Wednesday, January 11, 2012

01-10-12 Activist Calendar

Jan. 10, 2012, Issue #675
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NOTE: This is an addition to our extensive January calendar sent Jan. 4, and may be located directly below this posting.

Wednesday, Jan. 11, NEW PALTZ: An anti-fracking rally will be held 10-11:15 a.m. outside the Department of Environmental Conservation complex at 21 South Putt Corners Rd., just south of Main St., and a block west of Thruway exit 18. Today is the DEC's last day of public comment on proposals that could lead to the start of hydraulic fracturing to recover natural gas resources secreted in shale in various sectors of New York State. A press conference will take place during the rally. According to FrackAction, which is sponsoring this and similar events across the state: "We'll send Governor Cuomo and the DEC a clear message — the majority of New Yorkers are against fracking, the grossly flawed SGEIS must be withdrawn, we want a permanent ban on fracking in New York State, and we need to transition to a real green economy now." (SGEIS is the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement that the anti-fracking movement opposes.) Information,,

Saturday to Tuesday, Jan. 14-17, POUGHKEEPSIE: Occupy Poughkeepsie is organizing four days of local action, with a differently themed march and rally each day starting at Hulme Park. Information,

Sunday, Jan. 15, ROSENDALE: America's leading independent filmmaker John Sayles will attend a special 7:15 p.m. screening at the Rosendale Theater of his 2010 film "Amigo," about the U.S. war to colonize the Philippines in the early 1900s — an imperialist event about which most Americans know little to nothing. Sayles will be joined by longtime creative partner and producer Maggie Renzi to introduce the film and lead a Q&A after the screening. Sayles will sign purchased copies of his book, "A Moment in the Sun," on which Amigo is based. All proceeds will benefit The Rosendale Theatre Collective, a not-for-profit organization. Among the director's 17 feature films are "The Return of the Secaucus Seven," his 1979 debut film that energized the nascent independent film movement, "Baby It's You," "The Brother from Another Planet," "Matewan," "Eight Men Out," "Passion Fish," "Lone Star," "Sunshine State," "Casa de los Babys" and "Honeydripper." Tickets are available at the door for $7, $5 members. The theater is at 408 Main St., and directions are at, Information, (845) 658-8989.

Monday, Jan. 16, ALBANY: The 14th Annual MLK Labor Celebration, titled “Together We Vote, Together We Win — Your Vote is Your Voice,” will take place 10 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. at W.S. Hackett Middle School, 45 Delaware Ave. Join local residents and peace/justice groups for this free event, and lunch will be provided. Information,,

Friday, Jan. 20, RHINEBECK: The talked about documentary on education, "Race to Nowhere, The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture," will be screened at 7 p.m. at Rhinebeck High School Auditorium on North Park Rd., followed by a panel discussion. We're told: "The film examines systemic pressures on children and families and is a call to mobilize parents, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare our youth to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens." Sponsors of this free event are the Community Coalition for Rhinebeck Youth, and the Rhinebeck and Red Hook Parent Teacher Student Organizations.
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Saturday, Jan. 28, MILLBROOK: "Occupy Wall Street: An Historical Perspective" is the topic of lecture and discussion sponsored by Occupy Wall Street and the Weekend Edition (an upstate Occupy contingent). This free, public 10 a.m.-1 p.m. event will be at Millbrook Public Library, 3 Friendly Lane. Information, (845) 677-6233,