Monday, August 24, 2009

Aug. 23, 2009 Activist Calendar

ACTIVIST CALENDAR, Aug. 23, 2009, Issue #149
Of the Hudson Valley Activist Newsletter

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Editor's Note: The Activist Newsletter will be emailed in a day or two. There will be two articles on the healthcare conflict, plus a first-person account of a rumpus at a Town Hall meeting in the Hudson Valley. There are also two articles on the Honduras coup, questioning Washington's lukewarm attitude toward the deposed president; and articles on America's huge prison population, the Supreme Court decision on the Troy Davis case, the status of the climate talks, peace walkers arrested in Wisconsin, the issue of church and state, war by remote control, America's unjust sex laws, the growth of U.S. military bases in Latin America and many more.


Sunday, Aug. 23, KINGSTON: Felice Gelman, a member of the WESPAC Middle East Committee, and part of a group of four delegations under the umbrella of CODE PINK, will report on their trips to Gaza by them and the UN Relief and Works Agency, at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, 320 Sawkill Rd. 6-7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Middle East Crisis Response

Monday, Aug. 24, TROY: The docudrama, "In This World" will be shown at the Troy Public Library, 100 Second St., 6-8 p.m. The 4th in a series of free films presented by the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, this is also a chance to learn about the committee's work with refugees in the Capital District, and to volunteer if you wish. This free event is sponsored by U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Albany. Information (518) 459-1790,

Tuesday, Aug. 25, LATHAM: Rally and picket the Holiday Inn Express at 400 Old Loudon, Rd. from 4-6 p.m. Each Tuesday, and Wednesday, people will be picketing in solidarity with union organizers who were illegally fired. Charges have been filed with the National Labor Relations Board, and some workers have been reinstated, but the hotel continues to break labor laws, and intimidate workers. Sponsored by Local 471, Workers United. Information (607) 216-5061,,

Wednesday, Aug. 26, NEWBURGH: The Community Action Committee is holding a public meeting on the topic of police misconduct in Orange County. It takes place at 123 Grand St. on the third floor, at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Democratic Alliance. Information, Michael Sussman,

Thursday, Aug. 27 WOODSTOCK: The Middle East Crisis Response group of Hudson Valley residents opposed to Israeli and U.S. policies toward the Palestinians meets 7-8:30 p.m. at the Public Library, 5 Library Lane. All welcome. Information, (845) 876-7906, ,

Friday, Aug. 28, NEW YORK CITY: A National Solidarity March Against the Coup D'etat in Honduras takes place 4-7 p.m., beginning at Times Sq. (42nd St. and 7th Ave.) in Manhattan. It is backed by the International Action Center and dozens of co-sponsoring organizations. Simultaneous actions will be held in 10 other cities. Among the demands are "Stop the killings and repression of the Honduran people," "Immediate return of Constitutional law and restore constitutional President José Zelaya," and " No to the militarization of Honduras, or U.S. military bases in Honduras." Information: (917) 841-3643, (212) 633-6646,

Sunday, Aug. 30, MIDDLETOWN: Demonstration and rally for single payer health insurance in front of the Galleria Mall entrance at Rt. 211 starting at 1:30 p.m. Sponsored by Democratic Alliance. Information,

Wednesday, Sept. 2, NEW PALTZ: New Paltz Women in Black, and Ulster County MoveOn Council will be hosting a "Public Option Now!" vigil in front of the Elting Library, 93 Main St. at 7 p.m. To sign up, and for more information,

Thursday, Sept. 3, DELMAR: Prof. Steve Breyman of RPI — a writer for, and — will discuss U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, at the Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave., 7-9 p.m. Sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. Contact: (518) 466-1192,,

Monday, Sept. 7, POUGHKEEPSIE: The 14th Annual Labor Day Rally begins at noon in front of the Post Office on Mansion St. Speakers include Mike Salvia, president of CWA 1120; Tom Midgley, president of Alliance IBM, and Mae Parker-Harris, a well-known local activist and organizer. Music featuring folk performers, Pat Lamanna, Chris Ruhe and Frances Sandiford. Information, Joel Tyner (845)489-5479, (845)876-2488,

Saturday, Sept. 12, PHILADELPHIA, PA: Protest at the Army Experience Center at Franklin Mills Mall, 1455, Franklin Mills Circle. Starting at 2 p.m. The experimental Experience Center is a major Pentagon effort to imbue teenagers with a desire to join the Armed Forces when they attain enlistment age. Information, Elaine Brower,,
and Pat Elder,,

Saturday, Sept. 12, POUGHKEEPSIE: The film "Peace One Day" will be screened at Poughkeepsie Friends Meeting, 249 Hooker Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Audience discussion to follow. This film documents the five year journey of Jeremy Gilley, who meets heads of State, Nobel Peace laureates, media moguls, victims of war, and other people at the UN, in his successful expedition to convince world powers to officially endorse a global cease-fire day, or a day of peace, worldwide. Sponsored by Dutchess Peace Coalition and Poughkeepsie Friends Meeting. Information (845) 454-6430 or (845)454-2870.

Monday, Sept. 14, ALBANYÚ The Roman Catholic based "New Sanctuary Movement" group will be gathering in support of local immigrants who are in danger of deportation at Emmaus House, 45 Trinity Place, 7-8:30 p.m. Sponsored by New Sanctuary Movement and Albany Catholic Worker. Information,, (518) 482-4966,