Saturday, June 6, 2009

June 3, 2009 Interim Activist Calendar

INTERIM ACTIVIST CALENDAR, June 3, 2009, Issue #146A
Of the Hudson Valley Activist Newsletter
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A full listing of additional June events will be emailed next Monday. The new Activist Newsletter will also be sent next week. Past newsletters and calendars are at


Saturday, June 6, TROY: A new documentary titled "From Mills River to Babylon and Back: The Jimmy Massey Story" will be shown at 8 p.m. at the Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Ave. We're told this 67-minute film "chronicles the life of Iraq Veterans Against the War co-founder Jimmy Massey and examines the political, legal, moral, and human rights implications of the war. It was shot in fourteen different states from 2005-2009. Former Staff Sergeant Jimmy Massey, a 12-year Marine veteran, served in Iraq in 2003 and was honorably discharged. He says he witnessed, and in some cases participated in, the killing of innocent civilians." Filmmaker Joe Stillman and Massey will be present for a discussion. Also appearing in the film are Martin Sheen, Ramsey Clark, Cindy Sheehan, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Father Roy Bourgeois, Scott Ritter, and others. It's sponsored by the Sanctuary for Independent Media and Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. It costs $10 (suggested), $5 student/low-income. Information, (518) 466-1192,

Saturday, June 6, WASHINGTON: Today is the 42nd anniversary of Israel's illegal seizure of Gaza and there will be a march and rally ally demanding "an end to the siege of Gaza." Demonstrators will gather at 12 noon at the Israeli Embassy (International Dr. and Van Ness St. NW) before the march. Using the pretext of combating terrorism, Tel Aviv has refused to allow even one truckload of cement into Gaza, much of which remains rubble after Israel's latest war on the Palestinian Territory in December and January. Some 1,400 Gaza residents, overwhelmingly civilians and children, were killed in the onslaught — a death toll 100 times more than that of the Israeli attackers. ANSWER is initiating simultaneous protests in San Francisco, San Jose, and Anaheim, CA. Sponsoring organizations include ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism), Muslim American Society (MAS) Freedom, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), National Council of Arab Americans (NCA), Al-Awda - the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, Alliance for a Just & Lasting Peace in the Philippines, Connecticut Students Against the War, People of Faith Connecticut, Nashville Peace Coalition, Action Center For Justice - North Carolina, Muslim Community Support Services - Massachusetts, Coloradoans For Peace, New Black Panther Party, Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance, and more. Information, (202) 544-3389,

Sunday, June 7, NEW PALTZ: The recently elections that brought a progressive party to power in El Salvador for the first time will be the topic of a free public meeting at New Paltz Village Hall starting at 6 p.m. The speaker will be Dave Grosser of the Committee in Solidarity With the People of El Salvador, a designated American observer of the March 16 election. Winning the presidential election — and thereby extending the substantial left political trend in Latin America — was Mauricio Funes of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), a former guerrilla organization that transformed into a democratic electoral party some years ago. His victory not only ended the 20-year rule of the right wing ARENA party but 130 years of oligarchy and military rule over this Central American nation of 7 million people. Attendees are welcome to take part in a 5 p.m. potluck. Village Hall is at 25 Plattekill Ave., one block south of Main St. (Rt. 299). This event is sponsored by the Caribbean and Latin America Support Project (CLASP), and endorsed by the Hudson Valley Activist Newsletter. Information,, or (845) 255-5779.