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Our Soil Community Meeting

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy

Lead poisoning is a serious health threat in many cities, including Troy, but there is a lot we can do to prevent it. At this community meeting, you will learn about how soil can be a source of lead exposure – and you will have a chance to shape a study of soil contamination in […]

Chris Hedges, “American Sadism”

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy

Chris Hedges returns to the Sanctuary for a virtual talk about the times in which we live. Sadism now defines nearly every cultural, social and political experience in the United States. It is expressed in the greed of an oligarchic elite that has seen its wealth increase during the pandemic by $1.1 trillion while the […]

NATURE Lab Opening Celebration with Dr. Jennifer Willet and special guests

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy

From the streets of Troy, NY to community science labs around the globe, join our NATURE Lab Opening Celebration!   Join us for the grand virtual opening of NATURE Lab! From around the world, bio artists, scientists and ecologists will inaugurate our new community science laboratory. Featuring a virtual talk/performance by Dr. Jennifer Willet, bio artist […]

Blitz of the L-Lot: Permaculture in North Central!

Collard City Growers 3337 6th Avenue, Troy

Join us! We have a semi annual Blitz of the L lot, which is at the South End of the alley on Glen Street and is one of CCG Garden Mentor Christian Grigoraskos' favorite places on the Sanctuary campus. With a bit of care each year, we have been ushering this once abandoned space into […]

CCG Plant Swap Party!

Collard City Growers 3337 6th Avenue, Troy

Join us (socially distanced, of course!) to actively learn about garden propagation and division! The fruits of our labor will fill the beds of Collard City Growers and swap plants with attendees! This is an event for the community and gardeners to get together and exchange seedlings for the season. Stop by to pick up […]

Sunflower Planting around Norlite

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy

Join us on Saturday, May 15th to plant sunflowers across the City of Cohoes, with the City's permission. We hope this will be a healing activity for our community that is affected by Norlite's emissions. Sunflowers not only beautify the landscape, they are hyperaccumulators, removing toxins and heavy metals from the soil. Where: Saratoga Sites […]

Post-poned: Tony Cokes in conversation

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy

Due to limited access to the Rensselaer network, our conversation with Tony Cokes is postponed until further notice. Accordingly all EMPAC events and correspondence are on hold for the time being. Pencil in Thursday, September 2nd into your calendar... to be confirmed once we get closer to the fall! Please join us for an online presentation […]

Witness to the Future: 25th Anniversary Screening

Twenty-five years after its release, Witness to the Future’s focus on so-called "ordinary” citizens turned environmental activists has more relevance than ever before! It's time to watch this video again! Then, watch a pre-recorded Q&A with WTTF filmmaker Branda Miller and WTTF producer Robin Oppenheimer. Branda Miller’s “Witness to the Future” is an experimental documentary […]

Community Investment, Not Community Police

This event is past - but you can watch the town hall on YouTube or below! Did you know the City of Troy is voting next Thursday to expand the police force by six additional officers? Join a coalition of groups from Troy in a Town Hall on Sunday, May 2, 2021 as we discuss […]

Community Forum to Address Capital Region Health System Merger

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy

This event is over but, thanks to the magic of Sanctuary TV, you can watch the video here.  The Zoom chat window is here. In October 2020, the Albany Times Union reported a planned merger between Ellis Medicine in Schenectady and St. Peter’s Health Partners. Mergers between Catholic Health Systems and secular hospitals have raised […]

Echoes from Lock One

“Echoes from Lock One” is an evocative call for environmental and water justice from the eyes and voices of youth in Troy, NY. Personally screen this video and listen to a Q&A podcast with co-creators! During the Sanctuary’s “Uptown Summer” program, media makers, artists and scientists worked with teens in camera, audio production, script writing, […]

Arica: A Toxic Waste Scandal with “Our Soil” Panel

View a special Northern Hemisphere sneak preview of the documentary Arica, then join us for a panel discussion with directors, Lars Edman and William Johansson Kalén, plus local “Our Soil” project leader Professor Abby Kinchy and Professor Sebastian Ureta (Chile) and Rodrigo Pino (Chile). Register here to screen the Arica documentary by Lars Edman, William Johansson Kalén plus […]

Local Voices / Local Media: The Struggle for Clean Air in the Hudson Mohawk Region

You will receive links to the videos prior to the panel, and then can join in for a conversation with the media makers and local activists. On Earth Day, we celebrate our local voices in their eloquent calls for environmental justice and clean air in the Hudson Mohawk region. We focus on local media makers who […]

Dying with Dignity in New York

In the midst of unprecedented personal, national and global oppression, suffering and death, how do we process loss to maintain hopeful connections?  The People’s Health Sanctuary has offered a 3-part series, End-of-Life in the Age of Covid featuring conversations about our experiences of death, end of life care, and the creation of social and spiritual community during […]

Tending the Urban Forest

Freedom Square corner where 5th and 6th Avenues meet 101st Street, Troy

Learn about the Collard City Growers foodscape and how to care for our arboreal family, with professional arborists from the More Trees Cooperative. ***As health experts project we will continue to social distance into 2021, we’ll plan to wear masks.  Trees are amazing creatures. Like a fountain of life, they provide nourishment, habitat, shelter, materials, […]

Black History: Capital Region Youth Rise Up!

The Sanctuary 3361 6th Ave, Troy

Exploring the minds of youth in the Black History that they are part of and continue to create. Learn from the voices and vision of our younger generations, as they rise up to imagine a more just future! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER This event builds upon last month's Capital District MLK Holiday Labor and Community Celebration […]

Clearing the Air in Coeymans: Community Forum on Clean Air vs. Tire Burning

Hold this date for the Coeymans Community Clean Air Forum! Click here to register. Lafarge/Holcim wants to burn millions of tires every year at their Ravena cement plant opposite the Ravena Coeymans Selkirk middle and high schools on Route 9W.  In 2019, the Town of Coeymans adopted a Clean Air Law to establish clean air […]

Stretched Thin: The Grief of Traumatic Loss with Lisa Good/ Urban Grief

We are individually and collectively being bombarded with grief and traumatic losses. The repetitive losses and cumulative grief in conjunction with the social restrictions associated with COVID-19 have stretched social connections and relationships beyond capacity. In our time together, we will explore the overlapping aspects of trauma, and grief and consider ways/next steps to build […]

MLK Holiday Labor and Community Celebration: Rise Up! The Struggle Continues…

The theme of 2021's twenty-second Capital District MLK Holiday Labor and Community Celebration was "Rise Up! The Struggle Continues..."  The virtual event is over now, but you can watch the video here soon.  We saved the Zoom chat window so you can see it here. Key speakers were Charles Barron (Assembly member District 60), Dr. […]

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