The Southside Community Center is the site for this Saturday’s early morning town hall with Representative Tom Reed, just a few weeks after days of sit-ins at his Ithaca office led to a surprise visit from the congressman.
Organizers say they will start handing out tickets at 6am and open the doors to the building at 7am for the 8am town hall. Tickets will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and there will be limited seating inside for seniors and others who can’t stand for the one-hour meeting.
Since doors won’t open for an hour after organizers start handing out tickets, they say anyone who wants to go wait somewhere warmer must be back when doors open at 7, or people on the wait list may be let in in their place. They say the weather will be cold, and attendees should dress appropriately.
Dr. Nia Nunn, Southside Community Center Board President, will moderate the discussion, and questions for Rep. Reed can be emailed before 5pm Friday to SouthsideTownHall@gmail.com.
Reed’s four town halls last month drew large crowds of vocal protesters. “I care about your opinions and will continue to work to find common ground so that we can solve the problems of our country together,” Reed said after one of the events.
After the one-hour town hall in Ithaca on Saturday morning, Reed will head to the Ovid fire hall for a 10:30 event, then the Manchester Town Hall in Clifton Springs at 12:30pm, and the Pulteney fire hall at 3pm.
In Ithaca, Southside Community Center organizers say there will be a rally immediately after the town hall “with the goal of promoting continued community action.”
The Southside Community Center is at 305 South Plain Street, and there’s limited street parking nearby. Organizers suggest parking in the Cayuga Street or Green Street parking garages, which are free on the weekend.