Wednesday, November 14, 2012

11-14-12 Activist Calendar

November 15, 2012, Issue #663
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Thursday, Nov. 15, NEW YORK STATE: Today is the “Call-In Day to Ban Fracking” by sending a message to Gov. Cuomo in Albany — (866) 584-6799. The sponsor is New Yorkers Against Fracking, a leading anti-fracking group. The group says: “Fracking is inherently dangerous and threatens our water, health, communities, and environment. The evidence is in, and the scientists and experts have spoken. Instead of whitewashing fracking with a sham health study, Cuomo should ban it.” The group says: Fracking is inherently dangerous and threatens water, health, communities, and environment. Information,, (917) 514-0700,

Thursday, Nov. 15 , POUGHKEEPSIE: Hip Hop is Bigger Than the (Palestine) Occupation”— free film showing — starts at 7 p.m. in  Spitzer Auditorium, Sanders Hall, at Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave. We’re told this “documentary is about a 10-day journey of artists traveling through the West Bank, teaching and performing nonviolent resistance. The tour included M1 of Dead Prez, Shadia Mansour, Lowkey, Marcel Cartier, Mazzi of Soul Purpose, DJ Vega Benetton, as well as many others. The group stayed at Bulata Refugee Camp in Nablus and experienced first hand what it felt like living under occupation. Both films will include some live performances. Organized by The New Jim Crow Action Committee. Endorsed by Middle East Crisis Response, Dutchess Peace, Peace Action NY, Vassar Grassroots Alliance for Alternative Politics, the Vassar Prison Initiative, Hip Hop 101, and the Young Democratic Socialists. Information,

Friday, Nov. 16, POUGHKEEPSIE: A program similar  to the above — “Hip Hop is Bigger Than the Occupation (Palestine)” — will be repeated tonight at 6 p.m. in Lateef Islam Auditorium, Family Partnership Center, 29 N Hamilton St.

Friday, Nov. 16, ALBANY: The Catholic Worker Community is organizing a 12:30-1:30 p.m. vigil in front of the Armory (at 195 Washington Ave.) demanding the closure of the Pentagon's "Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation," formerly known as the "School of the Americas." The Fort Benning, GA, school is a training base for political-military personnel of other countries, and has been implicated as the catalyst for many assassinations and human rights violations in these countries The vigil is in solidarity with thousands risking arrest in the Nov. 16-18 national protest in Fort Benning. Information, (518) 482-4966,,

Friday, Nov. 16, MILLBROOK: “The Seed Underground; A Growing Revolution to Save Food” is the topic of a 7 p.m. lecture by Janisse Ray, environmental activist, naturalist, and award-winning author. The venue is the Cary Institute auditorium, 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Rte. 44). Known for her books “The Ecology of a Cracker Childhood,” and “Wild Card Quilt,” Ray will discuss her newest publication, “The Seed Underground.” We’re told, “In the age of genetically-modified seeds, Ray takes us on a journey across the country to farms and neighborhoods to witness a growing revolution. People saving seeds, sharing them, and preserving the rich diversity of our food heritage—one seed at a time.” The event is public and free but seating is limited, so take heed that doors open at 6:30 p.m. Information,

Saturday, Nov. 17, ALBANY: "One Bright Shining Moment" — the very worthwhile 2005 documentary on the life of Sen. George McGovern — will be screened at 7:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany (FUUSA), 405 Washington Ave. McGovern was the Democratic Party’s final center left presidential candidate. His defeat by Richard Nixon in the 1972 contest was among the factors that gradually propelled the party over the decades to its contemporary resting place on the center right of the political spectrum. We’re told: “The 123-minute film is narrated by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, along with a wealth of archival materials, and interviews with prominent progressives like McGovern himself, Gore Vidal, Gloria Steinem, Warren Beatty, Howard Zinn, Dick Gregory, Gary Hart, Frank Mankiewicz, Jim Bouton, Sen. Jim Abourezk, Rev. Malcolm Boyd, Ron Kovic, Thomas Knock, Harvey Kornberg, Chip Berlet, Rick Stearns, and JC Svec; and features music from Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Donovan, Leon Russell, and Elvis Costello.” This free, public event is sponsored by the Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, and Upper Hudson Peace Action.. Information,, (518) 426-0883.

Saturday, Nov. 17, POUGHKEEPSIE:  "Mass Incarceration, Shame of the Nation” — panel discussions on racism and the criminal justice system — will take place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Family Partnership Center, 29 N. Hamilton St. A complimentary lunch will be served. Topics include the contemporary U.S. prison system and the gross disproportion of black and poor people who are locked up, with reference to Michelle Alexander's 2010 book "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness." The panel, featuring Dr. Alice Greene, Theo Harris, and Ernest Henry, lasts 10-11:30 a.m. Lunch is 12-1 p.m. including a workshop by the National Lawyers Guild. The Juvenile Justice System is  from 1-2 p.m. The event is public and free but reservations are advised to guarantee a seat. The event is sponsored by End The New Jim Crow Action Network and endorsed by Middle East Crisis Response, Dutchess Peace, Peace Action NY, Vassar Grassroots Alliance for Alternative Politics, the Vassar Prison Initiative, Hip Hop 101, and the Young Democratic Socialists (YDS). Information, Reservations and info, (845) 475-8781,

Reminding: Sunday, Nov. 18, DELMAR: The superb 2011 documentary "5 Broken Cameras," concerning nonviolent resistance in West Bank, will be screened free at 4 p.m. at Bethlehem Town Hall, 445 Delaware Ave. A discussion will follow. We’re informed this film is “a Palestinian farmer's chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army. The film was shot almost entirely by Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son. Over the years the Israeli authorities broke five of his cameras as he sought to film their oppressive activities. The footage was given to Israeli co-director Guy Davidi, who edited it to be structured around the violent destruction of the cameras. The filmmakers' collaboration follows one family's evolution over five years of village turmoil. Burnat watches from behind the lens as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify, and lives are lost.” The event is sponsored Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. Information,, (518) 466-1192

Reminding: Monday, Nov. 19, ALBANY: Iranian American  author Trita Parsi speaks on "U.S. and Iran — Between War and Diplomacy" at 8 p.m. in the SUNY Uptown campus center, Room 375, 1400 Washington Ave. Parsi, who is President of the National Iranian-American Council, is an advocate of diplomatic approaches to conflicts in the Middle East, and will be speaking on using diplomacy in the growing crisis between the U.S.-Iran. The free meeting is sponsored are New York State Writer's Institute, Women Against War and Fellowship of Reconciliation. Information,,

Thursday, Nov. 22, AMERICA:  “The symbolism surrounding the Thanksgiving turkey, much like the modern domestic turkey itself, has been largely manufactured by cynical commercial interests. There is neither compelling historical precedent nor meaningful rationale for associating the butchered carcass of a turkey with our national day of thanksgiving.” This information comes from a brief article titled “The History of Thanksgiving” on the Farm Sanctuary website, Google “Vegetarian or vegan recipes for Thanksgiving” and you will find some very delicious recipes. [All told throughout the year, about 300 million turkeys are raised for slaughter, nearly 47 million for this single day of gluttony.]

Reminding: Sunday, Nov. 25, STONE RIDGE: A Community Forum Against Fracking will take place at Marbletown Community Center, 3564 Main St. This free public event will focus on using Community Bill of Rights Ordinances (CBROs) as well as land-use municipal ordinances to ensure against local fracking. We’re told, “speakers will explain why a CBRO is effective as well as representatives from towns that  have passed ordinances. The free public event begins with a showing of the new documentary by Josh Fox “The Sky is Pink” (“his first film was Gasland”). The film starts at 1 p.m. The forum follows at 2 p.m. The sponsor is the town of Rochester Defense Against Fracking (Ulster County). Information, (845) 626-7355 or (845) 687-0692.