Ithaca is FENCES

Direct action against the fences

We encourage people to engage in creative nonviolent direct action against the fences. 

Examples of nonviolent direct action may include: Information warfare, stickers, flyers, picketing, vigils, sit-ins, leafletting, letter writing, art, music, poetry, community education, civil disobedience, boycotts, sabotage, fraternization, noncooperation, general strikes.  These examples are just that, examples.  We don't endorse any particular tactic.  Find others who share your opinion and who you can trust. Be creative. Be proactive.

Whatever your level of commitment is, don't just silently hate the fences.


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Cornell University, the City of Ithaca and Newspapers and the Architect hired by Cornell University

Tell them what you think about the fences.

Demand open hearings about the fences

The students will not be here when the vote on the fences occurs in summer 2011.  Again the city and Cornell University will shut students out from discussion about the fences.

Send a letter or email to demand that:
1. all further discussions about the fences should be open to the public
2.  all further discussions should be announced and widely advertised with adequate notice so citizens and students can contribute
3.  all further meetings and votes should be scheduled while the University is in session so students can attend
4.  the issue of whether the suicide fences are necessary must be discussed openly and voted on by Common Council before they are permitted to proceed on any other issue about the suicide fences especially erecting replacement suicide barriers
5. the secret meetings with Cornell at the Means Restriction Committee end immediately and the minutes of the prior meetings be published so the community can see what has happened at those closed and unadvertised meetings

Who to Contact

City Officials and Departments

Mayor Carolyn K. Peterson
Mayor's Office 
Carolyn K. Peterson
Fourth Floor of City Hall
108 E. Green Street
Ithaca, NY 14850

Phone: (607) 274-6501
Fax: (607) 274-6526

City of Ithaca Department of Public Works
Superintendent of Public Works: William J. Gray, P.E.
Second Floor of City Hall
108 East Green Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 274-6527
Fax: (607) 274-6587

City of Ithaca Planning and Development
Director of Planning and Development: JoAnn Cornish
Third Floor of City Hall
108 East Green Street
Ithaca, NY 14850

Phone: (607) 274-6550
Fax: (607) 274-6558

Cornell University

Cornell University President
David J. Skorton Office of the President
300 Day Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

Phone: (607) 255-5201
Fax: (607) 255-9924

Vice-President for Student and Academic Services
Susan H. Murphy
Office of Student and Academic Services
Day Hall Room 311
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

Phone: (607) 255-7595

Kent L. Hubbell
Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley
Dean of Students
401 Willard Straight Hall


University Architect Gilbert Delgado

University Planner Mina Amundsen

Head designer for the Suicide Fence project,
Nader Tehrani of Office dA

Common Council Members

All Common Council members are called Alderperson they may be reached at the following address:
108 E. Green Street
Ithaca, NY 14850

Common Council - First Ward - Maria Coles
Phone (607) 272-0106

Common Council - First Ward - Jennifer Dotson
Phone:(607) 351-5458

Common Council - Second Ward - J.R. Clairborne
Phone:(607) 272-4905

Common Council - Second Ward - Eric Rosario
Phone:(607) 273-2417

Common Council - Third Ward - Ellen McCollister
Phone:(607) 272-5936


Common Council - Third Ward - Joel Zumoff
Phone:(607) 273-8794

Common Council - Fourth Ward - Svante Myrick
Phone (315) 750-8304

Common Council - Fourth Ward - Eddie Rooker
Phone: (315) 406-0990

Common Council - Fifth Ward - Deborah Mohlenhoff
Phone  607-351-0047

Common Council - Fifth Ward - Daniel Cogan
Phone: (607) 273-7040