April 1, 2015, Hudson Valley Activist Calendar, Issue #690
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Wednesday, April 1, ALBANY: A lunchtime rally begins at City Hall, 24 Eagle St., at 11:45 a.m., demanding the end of "bomb" (oil carrying) trains, sponsored by PAUSE (People of Albany for Safe Energy). PAUSE calls on the government "to protect the people from the dangers of bomb trains and to work to end our economic dependence on fossil fuels as we transition to a sustainable energy supply." Information, firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Oil tanker cruising up the Hudson River.|
Thursday, April 2, POUGHKEEPSIE
(Vassar campus): Crude Oil Transportation in the Hudson Valley is a 5:30-7 p.m. presentation by Riverkeeper's Jeremy Cherson, at Aula in Elly Hall. Up to 5 billion gallons of crude oil are transported through the Hudson Valley annually by train, barge and ship. Spills, explosions and fires — some resulting in the catastrophic loss of life — have occurred elsewhere on this virtual pipeline and it could happen here. The sponsors are the Casperkill Watershed Alliance and Vassar College Sustainability. Campus map, http://info.vassar.edu/visit/maps/
|Roosevelt, Stalin, Tehran Conference, 1943|
Thursday, April 2, HYDE PARK: The FDR Presidential Library, 4079 Albany Post Rd (Rt. 9) will host an author talk and signing at 7 p.m. with Susan Butler, author of "Roosevelt and Stalin: Portrait of a Partnership." Copies of the book will be available for sale. Published earlier this year, the book in one part discusses an extremely important fact about Roosevelt that is known but to few Americans although it dramatically changed U.S. history from 1945 to now: Until his death that year, this great American president was utterly committed to maintaining close and friendly peacetime relations with the USSR. His successor, Harry Truman, the reactionaries in Congress, and big business essentially launched the Cold War, which at the time was only opposed at home by the progressives and the left. The liberals caved in. Free public event. Information, (845) 486-7745.
starts at 6:45 p.m. at the Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave. From 1967-1975, a Swedish film crew recorded interviews with major figures in the Black Power movement, creating hours of footage that remained unreleased for decades. In clips, Stokely Carmichael, Huey P. Newton and Angela Davis discuss the movement's evolution. With contemporary audio interviews from leading African American artists, activists, musicians and scholars, this documentary examines the people, society, culture, and style of the era. Recent events, including the Black Lives Matter movement, are a direct result of the failure to address the issues brought forward by the Black Power Movement. Information, (512) 466-1192.
|Hebron: International supporters of Palestinians have been harassed.|
FRIDAY, APRIL 3, KINGSTON: The Films of Palestine Series presents "Ghost Town: The Hebron Story," 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, 320 Sawkill Rd. This documentary by Ellie Bernstein tells the story of several families living in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron. Narrated by Martin Sheen, the film follows the rise of Israeli settlements that are destroying any hope of peace in the Middle East. Director Bernstein will also discuss the making of her movie. Sponsored by Middle East Crisis Response (http://www.mideastcrisis.org) and Hudson Valley Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (http://www.hudsonvalleybds.org.) Information: Jane.email@example.com or (518) 291-6808.
Saturday, April 4, ROCK TAVERN: The well known anti-drone strike campaigner Nick Mottern will speak on "Resisting Militarism Through Boycott and Divestment" at 4 p.m. in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern, 9 Vance Rd., just off Rt. 207. Public and free, though a voluntary donation of $5 or $10 is always appreciated. Information, Verne Bell at (845) 569-8965.
Monday, April 6, Old Chatham: A free public screening of “The House I Live In” will be screened at 7 p.m. at the Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse, 539 County Rt. 13, across from Pitt Hall Road and Powell House. The film concerns the war on drugs, which has been a failure practically, morally, and economically. There are more than 500,000 people incarcerated for drug offenses; billions of dollars are spent annually on narcotics enforcement; treatment is still out of reach for millions of people; and drugs are more available and cheaper than ever before. There is, however, increasing momentum for drug policy reform from all levels of government and society. Refreshments will be served and a moderated discussion will follow. Information, (518) 766-2992. Directions, www.oldchathamquakers.org.
Tuesday, April 7, NEW PALTZ (SUNY campus): The Departments of Sociology and Black Studies present: "The Problem with Carceral Feminism: Race, Gender and Mass Criminalization," a public lecture by Dr. Beth Richie, Professor of African American Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, Criminology, Law and Justice, and Sociology at University of Illinois Chicago. This free public event begins at 3:30 p.m. in LC 102. The emphasis of Richie's scholarly and activist work has been on the ways that race/ethnicity and social position affect women's experience of violence and incarceration, focusing on the experiences of African American battered women and sexual assault survivors. The speaker is the author of "Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence and America’s Prison Nation" (NYU Press, 2012), and numerous articles. Co-sponsors include the Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, Native American Studies Program and the Humanistic and Multicultural Education Program. Information, (845) 257-3756.
Tuesday, April 7, NEW PALTZ (SUNY campus): Progressive Dr. Jill Stein, the 2012 Green Party candidate for president will speak at 7 p.m. in Coykendall Science Building. Stein says she has "gone from practicing clinical medicine to practicing political medicine because politics is really the mother of all illnesses. If we want to fix the things that are literally killing us, then we've got to fix this very sick political system." Her talk will likely begin from that premise but being an environmental-health advocate she will no doubt touch on environmental as well as many other issues. Sponsored by Environmental studies.
Wednesday, April 8, POUGHKEEPSIE: The End the New Jim Crow Action Network will meet 6-8 p.m. at the Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Library, Family Partnership Center, 29 N. Hamilton St. (Also meets here April 22.) Information, (845) 475-8781, http://www.enjan.org.
Thursday, April 9, BEACON: Crude Oil Transport on the Hudson River is the subject of a 7-8:30 p.m. lecture by Join Riverkeeper’s Jeremy Cherson. The event will be held at Beacon Sloop Club, 2 Red Flynn Drive.
Thursday, April 9, NEW PALTZ (SUNY Campus): “The Mass Media and the Poverty We Cannot See” is the topic of a talk by Nermeen Shaikh, co-host of “Democracy Now, the award winning daily radio, TV and Internet news program. The free public 5 p.m. event will take place in the Old Main Building 1907 Room on campus. Shaikh's talk will focus on how the commercial mass media often trivializes general news, minimizes poverty, slants political news and has been known to function as a virtual propaganda arm of the government in its approach to complex international events. This important talk is sponsored by The Progressive Academic Network, Office of the Provost, Humanistic/Multicultural Education Program, and Departments of Digital Media and Journalism, Economics, Educational Studies, Political Science and International Relations. Information, Nancy Schniedewind, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, April 9, WOODSTOCK: Middle East Crisis Response, a group of Hudson Valley residents joined together to promote peace and human rights in Palestine and the Middle East, will hold its regular meeting tonight, 7-8:30 p.m. at Woodstock Public Library, 5 Library Lane. (Next meeting April 23, same place.) Information, (845) 876-7906, http://www.mideastcrisis.org.
Monday, April 13, KINGSTON: The End the New Jim Crow Action Network! (ENJAN), a Hudson Valley group dedicated to fighting racist policies of racial profiling, police brutality, and mass incarceration (the "new Jim Crow"), meets 6-8 p.m. at the New Progressive Baptist Church, 8 Hone St. (Also meets here April 27.) Information, (845) 475-8781, http://www.enjan.org.
Saturday, April 18, OSSINING: Green Ossining is organizing a public Earth Day Festival at Louis Engel Waterfront Park (adjacent to the train station), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This year will be solar energy themed, and focused on promoting solar energy in Westchester County through the Solarize program.
Saturday, April 18, 2015, HYDE PARK: The third annual Hudson Valley History Reading Festival will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library, 4079 Albany Post Rd (Rt. 9. In four sessions, beginning at 10 a.m., authors of books on Hudson Valley history will present author talks followed by book signings. Copies of all of the authors’ books will be available for sale in the New Deal Store located in the Wallace Center. Sponsors are The FDR Presidential Library and the Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District. Information, http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/publicprograms/calendar.html.
|Up to no good. Count on it.|
Tuesday April 21, ANNANDALE ON HUDSON (Bard campus): History Professor Mark Lytle, will speak on "President Nixon, Henry Kissinger and their influence on America in the world," 5–7 p.m. in the Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium. Lytle is the author of six books including "The Gentle Subversive: Rachel Carson, Silent Spring and the Rise of the Environmental Movement" (2007) and "America's Uncivil Wars: The Sixties Era from Elvis to the Fall of Richard Nixon" (2006)." Sponsored by Historical Studies Program; public and free. Campus map, http://www.bard.edu/campus/maps/pdfs/campusmap.pdf
Wednesday, April 22, ALBANY: Today is Earth Day. Beginning 11:45 a.m. at Tivoli Park (Judson and Livingston (where there is parking), is the 2015 Earth Day Bicycle Parade. This year — celebrating institutions with solar panels — participants will ride by the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, the Spectrum Theater and the Dormitory Authority (NYS). The ride will last about an hour, and will end at SASNY, 515 Broadway. Information, email@example.com.
Friday-Saturday, April 24-25, NEW YORK CITY: A 2-day conference on a "Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just, and Sustainable World" will take place at Cooper Union in Manhattan, 7 East 7th St. It is organized by Peace and Planet, the group sponsoring the large anti-nuclear protest in New York City on Sunday, April 26. (directly below). Information about this conference is at http://www.peaceandplanet.org/conference-program/.
Sunday, April, 26, NEW YORK CITY: This year marks the 70th anniversary of the United States atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and it comes at a time when Washington is currently engaged in a huge upgrading of its massive supply of nuclear weapons and delivery systems. Join this massive demonstration — an international anti-nuclear protest centered in New York City — againat these nightmare weapons the day before the 2015 nuclear NonProliferation Treaty review conference will take place at the United Nations. The anti-nuke organization Peace and Planet is sponsoring this protest, which they say will include over 1,000 activists from Japan, including elderly Hibakusha (survivors of the atomic bombings) as well as other activists from around the world and America. Here's the April 26 schedule: 11-12:30: Interfaith Convocation for Nuclear Weapons Abolition (Tillman Chapel of the Church Center at the United Nations, 777 First Avenue). 1 p.m.: Rally (Union Square North, East 14th Street, Park Ave. South & Broadway, featuring some great speakers. The Global Wave action will begin in at this time in NYC, followed by the March and move westward to cities and capitals around the world. 2 p.m.: March (Beginning at Union Square North. The route will be posted soon). 3-6 p.m.: Peace Festival (Dag Hammarskjold Plaza East 47th St., 2nd Ave. Together with Genuikyo (Japan Council Against A-and H-Bombs), the demonstration will present millions of petition signatures calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons to UN and NPT Review officials. Much more information is at http://www.peaceandplanet.org. To learn about the dangerous decision by the U.S. to expand the power and reach of its nuclear weapons click on 10-22-14 Activist Newsletter. (This is going to be a very worthwhile event. I can't march any more but I wish someone, anonymously, would march for me. Jack.)