Thursday, November 26, 2009

11-26-09 West Point Protest

Protest Near West Point Tuesday Dec. 1
as Obama Announces a wider Afghan war

As President Obama announces his plans to escalate the Afghan war in a speech at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point Tuesday, Dec. 1, the Hudson Valley peace movement will be conducting a nearby protest against his decision to send additional American troops to the battlefield.

The antiwar action will start in the Main St. park in the town of Highland Falls in Orange County, which is adjacent to the grounds of the Military Academy. People will begin gathering at 5:30 p.m. for a rally at 6:30 p.m. featuring several speakers. After about a half hour, participants will join a quarter-mile candlelight march to the gates of West Point, then return to the park.

This demonstration is a rain or shine event. Bring candles or a flashlight. It is sponsored by Orange County Democratic Alliance, WESPAC, Peace Action of New York State, World Can’t Wait, Peace and Social Progress Now, and the Hudson Valley Activist Newsletter.

The organizers are urging activists from throughout the region to take part in this important event. The world will be watching Obama's speech that evening and it is important to show that representatives of the majority of the American people who oppose the Afghan war are making their views known.

Contact the Activist Newsletter,, for information about possible car pools from Ulster and Dutchess counties. For information about the rally contact Bennett Weiss at (845) 569-8662,, and Nick Mottern (914) 806-6179, For carpooling from Westchester County coordinated by WESPAC, (914) 449-6514.

Highland Falls is about 32 miles south of New Paltz and 16 miles south of Newburgh. Driving from the north, Rt. 9W is your best bet. There are two entrances to the town from 9W. The first one is where Rt. 218 cuts into Highland Falls and it will take you into Main St. in 1.1 miles. The second, about mile and a half further south on 9W connects directly with Main St. (Rt. 218) and you go north a mile or so. (If you are coming from Albany, its quicker to take the Thruway to exit 17 Newburgh, and switch to 9W south.)


There will be another demonstration against Washington's expansion of the Afghan War that will take place Saturday, Dec. 5, in New Paltz between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Main St. (Rt. 299) on the sidewalk in front of New Paltz Plaza shopping center (with Stop 'n' Shop). It is sponsored by Peace and Social Progress Now, the H.V. Activist Newsletter and New Paltz Women in Black. For information or for a group to enlist as a co-sponsor, contact, (845) 255-5779.