There’s a march across Ithaca’s west end this afternoon for International Women’s Day, and it will end with an event that looks for alternatives to mass incarceration. Marchers will gather at Wegmans at 4pm, and set off at 4:30 towards the Space at GreenStar.
“We will begin with a march in solidarity with our incarcerated sisters and their families,” said Phoebe Brown in a statement about the event. “America incarcerates a higher proportion than any other country in the world.”
The march will proceed north along Route 13 to The Space at GreenStar, an event facility next to the natural grocery coop, and organizers say “participants are encouraged to bring signs, noisemakers, and the spirit of revelry.”
The community event that follows at The Space is a partnership between Decarcerate Tompkins County, a group working to stop the expansion of the Tompkins County Jail, along with Women Healing: Mind, Body and Spirit, and For Brown Bleeders. The group “aims to lift up the voices of women impacted by mass incarceration.”
The aim is “to encourage our legislators to continue investing in mental health services, addiction recovery support services, re-entry, affordable housing, and transportation in lieu of additional jail cell construction.”
The gathering at The Space at GreenStar is scheduled for 5:30-8:30pm, with guest speaker Taylar Neuvelle of #WhoSpeaksForMe, a trauma survivor who spent over four years incarcerated. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share, and can text 607-624-9876 for help with transportation.
There’s an afterparty at Lot 10, where this week’s stand-up comedy open mic features an International Women’s Day theme and a guest comedian, Madelein Smith from Rochester.