Wednesday, March 13, 2013

3-13-13 Activist Calendar

March 13, 2013, Issue #666
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Our March 7 rally in Defense of Women’s Rights at SUNY New Paltz was a success, despite the snowstorm. An article is in the Hudson Valley Activist Newsletter that is also being posted today at

SAVE THE DATE Saturday, April 13, for our “U.S. DRONES OUT OF MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA, & EVERYWHERE” protest in New Paltz, coinciding with nationwide demonstrations. Join our picket line with signs visible to busy traffic at 10:30 a.m. in front of the Elting Library (Main St. across from Starbucks). At 12 noon we will march with signs and leaflets through the business district (about a half hour). Organized by the Hudson Valley Activist Newsletter. Information, There are two nearby public parking lots on Plattekill Ave., including at Village Hall.


Thursday, March 14, NEW PALTZ (SUNY campus): The important documentary “40 Years Later: Now Can We Talk?” will be screened free at 5 p.m. in Lecture Center 104. Barnard College Professor Lee Anne Bell, who worked with filmmaker Markie Hancock to produce the film, will speak at the showing. The film tells the story of the first African Americans to integrate the white high school in Batesville, Miss., in 1967-69. In 2005, black alumni were invited to their class reunion for the first time in 40 years. “By interspersing separate group discussions among black and white former students with a dialogue between both groups the film provides a moving story of the impact of desegregation then and now.” Sponsors include the Educational Studies Dept., Elementary Education Dept., Humanistic/Multicultural Education Program, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, English Dept., and Progressive Academic Network. Campus map:

Thursday, March 14-15, 17, 22, HUDSON: Time & Space Limited, 
434 Columbia St. is the venue for four showings of the new environmental documentary “A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet.” The 88-minute film spans 50 years of grassroots and global activism. Information, (518) 822-8100,

Friday, March 15, TROY: A talk on “Politics, Protest and Music,” followed by a Q&A, will start at 7 p.m. at Oakwood Community Center, 313 10th St. The speaker is John Halle, Director of Studies in Music Theory and Practice at Bard College. A donation of $5 requested, $2 unemployed and students. Sponsors include Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. Information, (518) 505-0948,

Friday, March 15, NEW PALTZ: There will be a free screening of the 77-minute documentary: “The Sacred Science,” concerning eight people with serious illnesses who embark on a healing journey for 30 days, into the Peruvian Amazon jungle. The event begins at 8:15 p.m. at the Elting Library, 93 Main St. Sponsored by New Paltz Neighbors for Peace. Information,

Saturday, March 16, KINGSTON: A demonstration against the Keystone XL Tar Sands project, which would bring super greenhouse causing oil into the U.S. from Canada, will be held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in front of the TD Bank, 411 Washington Ave.  This bank is pipeline corporation TransCanada’s top shareholder. Participants are encouraged to wear black. We’re told, “Call Morganne Montana if interested in a peaceful demonstration to reject Canada’s Tar Sands and demand clean energy.” Information (503) 704-3635.

Saturday, March 16, MIDDLETOWN: American democracy is thoroughly subverted when millionaires, billionaires, powerful corporations and Wall St. determine electoral outcomes on the basis of their huge campaign contributions. A 1 p.m. meeting at the Thrall Library, 11-19 Depot St., will discuss the rational alternative to such a system — public financing. Speakers include Citizen Action of New York Director Karen Scharff; Middletown NAACP President James Rollins; Assembly members James Skoufis and Aileen Gunter; and Sparrow Tobin, Democratic Minority Leader of the Orange County Legislature and president of the Catskill-Hudson Central Labor Council. “Already in place in several states and in NYC, this system has begun to change the game,” says Citizen Action, the sponsor. All are welcome.  RSVP here or come at the last minute:

Sunday, March 17, RHINEBECK: The Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society is hosting a free screening of the 78-minute 2004 documentary "Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home, 1:30 p.m. at UpState Films. This film “explores the ethical awakening of several people who grew up in traditional farming culture and have now come to question the basic assumptions of their way of life.” There will be a reception and talk by filmmakers Jenny Stein and James LaVeck at nearby Rhinebeck Town Hall following the film. Information (and reception reservations), (845) 876-2626,

Friday-Sunday, March 22-24, TROY: A three-day “Ecosocialist Convergence” will take place at the Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Ave., in north Troy (just below 101 St.). The weekend is sponsored by Ecosocialist Horizons and it is “devoted to organizing to bring about an ecologically sustainable and politically equitable society.” Full information is at http://www/ Directions,

Saturday, March 23, NEW ROCHELLE: Women in Black Westchester will conduct a vigil in solidarity with the Palestinian people 2-3 p.m. at Main St. and Memorial Highway. It is sponsored by WESPAC and local CodePink. Information,, (914) 654-8990.

Saturday, March 23, ALBANY: The great documentary about the 1973 Brookside coal mine strike, “Harlan County,” will start at 7 p.m. at First Unitarian Universalist Society, 405 Washington Ave. Doug Bullock, First Vice President of the Albany County Central Federation of Labor (AFL-CIO) will lead a discussion after the film. It’s public and free. Sponsors are the Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, and Upper Hudson Peace Action. Information,,

Sunday, March 24, ELLENVILLE: Liana Hoodes, executive director of the National Organic Coalition, will discuss "The Politics of Food & Farming... and Why You Should Care," beginning at 4 p.m. This free public event will be held at Empowering Ellenville, 159 Canal St. It is sponsored by Occupy South Ulster. Information,  (845) 699-3051,

Wednesday, March 27, WHITE PLAINS: A Call to Action for Women’s Equality will be featured during the annual meeting of the Lower Hudson Valley NYCLU, starting at 7 p.m. at the Westchester Ethical Culture Society, 7 Saxon Woods Rd. The meeting will focus on the Women‘s Equality Agenda — Gov. Cuomo’s 10-point legislative plan. There will be speakers from the NYCLU and Planned Parenthood. Information, (914) 997-7479,

Wednesday, March 27, NYACK:  Local activists are invited to the kick-off meeting of Rockland Peace Action, a new chapter of Peace Action New York. The 7-8:15 p.m. event will be held in the Nyack Library Community Meeting Room, 59 South Broadway. The guest speaker is the Executive Director of Peace Action N.Y. Information, (845) 358-3420,

Friday, March 29, NEW PALTZ: A discussion and sale of a newly published book by political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz will begin at 7 p.m. at Inquiring Minds Bookstore, 6 Church St. Shoatz, a former member of the Philadelphia Black Panther Party who was associated with the New African Liberation Army, has been imprisoned for about 40 years, much of it in solitary confinement. The book is titled "Maroon the Implacable: The Life and Writings of Political Prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz." The free event will be presented by editor Quincy Saul and Theresa Shoatz (the author's daughter). Information, (845) 255-8300,