ITHACA, N.Y. — Tom Reed is hosting a town hall at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Southside Community Center in Ithaca. 

The event is expected to draw hundreds of people, so if you plan on going, here is what you need to know:

  1. Tickets for the event will be handed out on a first-come, first-serve basis at 6 a.m. at the Southside Community Center, located at 305 South Plain St. Doors will open at 7 a.m. Early ticket holders may leave the community center if they choose to do so, but must return by 7 a.m. or their ticket will be forfeited to a person on the wait-list. 
  2. Limited seating will be available for the elderly and people unable to stand during the entirety of the town hall. 
  3. Questions for Reed must be emailed in advance to by 5:00 p.m. Friday (That’s today!).
  4. A rally will immediately follow the town hall at the community center to promote continued community action.
  5. Street parking will be limited, however, parking is available at the Cayuga and Green Street garages.
  6. Dr. Nia Nunn, Southside Community Center Board President, will moderate the discussion.
  7. The event will be live-streamed via The Ithaca Voice facebook page and there will be speakers outside of SSCC broadcasting a live audio feed. (Note — Internet connectivity issues could hamper these efforts, though backup plans are being made to ensure the event is recorded in its entirety. )
  8. It will be extremely cold Saturday, with wind chill values expected to be as low as -8 degrees. Dress warmly!
  9. For additional updates, including additional follow-up events, visit the SSCC Facebook page at…/
    and join the Facebook event at

The Southside Community Center issued the following statement on social media about the event and the community center’s mission:

Ithaca’s Southside Community Center to Host Historic Town Hall Meeting on Saturday 3/11/17 Southside Community Center, Inc. affirms, empowers, and fosters the development of self-pride among Black citizens of greater Ithaca while providing programming for all underserved people throughout the county. The agency was incorporated in 1934 by a group of Black women who secured federal funding through the Works Progress Administration to address a lack of services and support from the City of Ithaca. Southside Community Center, Inc. provides educational activities, recreation, cultural events, opportunities for political & social awareness, a food pantry, and other direct services. We are honored to host this historic meeting and appreciate the increasing visibility of the agency’s mission and leadership role in the community. The timing could not be more providential as Southside Community Center, Inc. is in a time of crisis and seeking community support.

If you cannot attend, please consider making a contribution to the SSCC. Your donation will help provide critical support to our programs which will serve youth, seniors and marginalized groups across Tompkins County.

Donations can be made securely online and will also be collected at the event.…/souths…/campaigns/south-side-pride

Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.