Saturday, March 27, 2010

03-27-10 Activist Calendar

ACTIVIST CALENDAR, March 27, 2010, Issue #157, third update
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Editor's Note: The next full month calendar #158 will be emailed April 4.


Sunday, March 28, NEW PALTZ: Under the auspices of MoveOn — in an effort to spark discussions regarding "how we can stop big corporations from taking over our democracy" — showings of Michael Moore's recent film, "Capitalism: A Love Story," will take place free in nearly 700 U.S. locations this weekend. We are told: "The film centers on the financial crisis of 2007-2010, and the recovery stimulus, while putting forward an indictment of the current economic order in the United States and capitalism in general." Moore still does not advocate for socialism, though his critique suggests its viability — such being the conservative environment blanketing the United States. The New Paltz event takes place 4:15 p.m. at the Elting Library at 93 Main St. across from Starbucks. We're told it's best to register first. Just link to

Sunday, March 28, DELMAR: "Blind Spot," a 2008 documentary on peak oil and sustainability will be shown free at 5 p.m. at Bethlehem Town Hall, 445 Delaware Ave., sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. The film focuses on this dilemma: "If we continue to burn fossil fuels we will choke the life out of the planet, and if we don't our way of life will collapse." It
consists of a series of interviews with scientists, academics, economists and other professionals with important commentaries on the energy and climate crises associated with fossil fuels. Information, (518) 466-1192,,

Sunday, March 28, ROSENDALE: A benefit for the Rosendale Theater Collective will take place today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a "Gospel and Jazz Brunch" catered by local restaurants. Members of the band Saints of Swing, featuring Rene Bailey, are donating their talents to the cause of keeping this theater going with fine films. Adults $15 (2 for $25 in advance), teens and seniors $12; children 5-10 years, $5; under 5, free. Information

Sunday, March 28, GARDINER: The Gardiner Green Energy Taskforce has organized a series of tours of energy efficient local buildings. Today's 1:30 p.m. event is at Four Winds Farm, 158 Marabec Lane, between Rt. 208 South and Sand Hill Rd. Jay and Polly Amour use a 14 kilowatt photovoltaic, inter-tied, electrical power system, waste veggie oil vehicles, passive solar straw hay bale barn with green house and root cellar. The Amours and the builder of the straw bale barn will be available to answer questions as will the farmers of the Second Wind Community Supported Agriculture. This is a free family friendly event. Information,

Wednesday, March 31, PURCHASE (Manhattanville College campus): "Understanding and Combating Climate Change and Its Crippling Consequences" is the topic of a public meeting that starts at 7:15 p.m. at Reid Castle East Library, 2900 Purchase St. Speakers at this free public event include Cecil Corbin-Mark of WEACT; Shabazz Jackson and Josephine Papagni of Greenway Environmental Services of Dutchess County; John Cronin of Pace University Environmental Center; Mannajo Greene of Hudson River Clearwater; and Ross Gould of Environmental Advocates of N.Y. Sponsored by the Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action. Campus map,
Information, (914) 323-7156.

Thursday, April 1, DELMAR: Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace is showing Michael Moore's documentary "Capitalism: A Love Story" starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by a discussion. We value Moore's immense progressive contributions, and loved the film, but think it's finally time for him to go beyond suggesting that the Democratic Party is the vehicle for correcting the inherent, indeed signature, abuses of capitalism. Alas, once again we have exceeded our limited political mandate — but such, such are the joys! Sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. Information, (518) 466-1192,,