Sunday, November 14, 2010

11-14-10 Activist Calendar update

Nov. 14, 2010, Issue #652
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Editor's Note:  This supplements our full November Calendar, dated Oct. 29, and the Nov 5 supplement below this item. Our December Calendar will be posted Nov 28.  The Activist Newsletter, including reports on our Oct. 27 environmental event and Nov. 10 Palestine meeting, will be posted in  a week.

Tuesday, Nov. 16,  MIDDLETOWN (Town of Wallkill): There are so many tax loopholes for the wealthy these days that progressive taxation — meaning proportionately higher tax rates for higher incomes — has become compromised. The Bush millionaire tax cuts are a stunning case in point. The Orange County Democratic Alliance is sponsoring a forum at 7:30 p.m. on the topic "Progressive Taxation: An Essential Element of Economic Recovery." The speaker is Frank Mauro, the executive director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, a leading proponent of progressive taxation. This free public meeting will be held at Town of Wallkill Town Hall, on Tower Drive, off Rt. 211. The organizers say "raising taxes on wealthy New Yorkers is the best option for balancing the state's budget during the recession." Information,

REPEATING: Wednesday, Nov. 17, NEW PALTZ (SUNY campus): A free and public 7 p.m. screening of the documentary "Gasland" will be held Lecture Center 100. This new film by Josh Fox exposes the extreme dangers of the fracking (horizontal hydraulic fracturing) process of extracting natural gas. The State Senate has issued a temporary moratorium in New York State and the Assembly has yet to vote. The event is sponsored by NYPIRG and the Environmental Task Force.

Thursday, Nov. 18, NEW PALTZ: A "Hydro-Fracking Mini Forum" — a good follow-up to "Gasland" — will begin at 7 p.m. at New Paltz Village Hall, 25 Plattekill Ave., a block south of Main St. (Rt. 299). The free event is  sponsored by the New Paltz Climate Action Coalition, which says "bring your questions and ideas." Information, (845) 255-9297.

Friday, Nov. 19, MILLBROOK: There will be a free public screening of "Carbon Nation," which is described as "a witty and optimistic documentary about climate change solutions."  We are told that "this 90-minute film details how fighting climate change can boost local economies, improve public health, and strengthen national security" as well as explaining "what the world needs to do to stave off climate change by moving to a low-carbon economy." The event will be held in the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies auditorium, 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Rt. 44). Information, (845) 677-7600, ext. 121,

Friday, Nov. 19, STONE RIDGE: "No Impact Man," a 93-minute documentary about Manhattan family trying to live a year while making no net environmental impact, will be screened at 8 p.m. p.m. at the Marbletown Multi-Arts Center, 3588 Main St. A discussion will follow. From 6-8 p.m. the facility's Café is open for dinner and snacks. Local crafts, herbal products, and sustainable living supplies are available for purchase. Sponsored by the Collective Wisdom Series. The cost is $5-$25, sliding scale. Information, (845) 332-7522,,

Friday, Nov. 19, to Sunday, Nov. 21, FT. BENNING, GA.: Thousands of demonstrators will protest against the infamous School of the Americas (SOA) at the Ft. Benning Army base near Columbus. As in past years there will be workshops, plenary speakers, political action and — for those who wish to participate, nonviolent civil disobedience at the gates to the military facility on Saturday, Nov. 20. People from around the U.S. will take part in this event. Information about this annual action, transportation, accommodations, etc., is at the website of the sponsor, SOA Watch,

Sunday, Nov. 21, KINGSTON: More than 30 regional folk singers will be jamming together at the 4th annual Hootenanny taking place 2:30-5:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, 320 Sawkill Rd. The nonprofit Heritage Folk Music is sponsoring this fundraising event which honors the tradition of celebrating the art of singing together. “Many of the great songs of the 1960's folk boom found their way to the mass market through people from the Catskills and the Hudson Valley,” said Bob Lusk, founder of Heritage Folk Music. “Our annual Hootenanny raises awareness of this while also highlighting the great performers of today.”  In addition to the music, the event will include an auction with many of the artists donating instruments, CD’s, vintage folk music magazines and other memorabilia. Admission $5. For a complete listing singers and auction items, visit  Information, Bob Lusk at (845) 594-4412,