Saturday, January 4, 2014

1-4-14 Activist CALENDAR

January 4, 2014, Issue #678
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Sunday, Jan. 5, HIGHLAND and POUGHKEEPSIE: There will be a rally for ending use of fossil fuels, prohibiting fracking and other environmental objectives at the Walkway Over the Hudson. At 1 p.m. separate, brief rallies will be held on the Highland and Poughkeepsie sides of the Hudson River by residents of the east or west side. At 2 p.m. everyone will gather together in the middle of the Walkway for a combined rally. Information, (845) 453-2105,

Sunday, Jan. 5 (snowdate Jan. 12), COTTEKILL: Drone Alert Hudson Valley meeting, 7-9 p.m. at the Sustainable Living Resource Center, 150 Cottekill Rd. Agenda includes working on strategies to raise awareness of and to resist predator and surveillance drones. “Donation for use of Center appreciated.” Information,, or Andrew, (845) 699-3051.

Monday, Jan. 6, KINGSTON: A free public showing of the film "Slavery By Another Name" (Part 2) will begin at 7 p.m. at the New Progressive Baptist Church, 8 Hone St. This is part of the "Who Is Jim Crow?" film series. It’s sponsored by The End the New Jim Crow Action Network! (ENJAN), New Progressive Baptist Church, Woodstock Jewish Congregation, Task Force to End the New Jim Crow, NY Citizen Action (Hudson Valley) and others. Information, (845) 475-8781,

Monday, Jan. 6, OLD CHATHAM: "The Healthcare Movie” will be shown at 7 p.m. at Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse, 539 County Rt. 13 (at Pitt Hall Rd.). A discussion will follow the film. This 65-minute documentary tells how the health care systems in Canada and the United States, which were once essentially the same, evolved to become dramatically different. The event is free and there will be refreshments. Information,, (518) 766-2992.

Wednesday, Jan. 8. ALBANY: There will be a Ban-Fracking rally at Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State speech outside the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Madison Ave., being organized and sponsored by about 40 environmental and progressive groups. The event will last 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.  Cuomo says he will make his decision to permit or ban fracking just after the elections. Anti-fracking citizens should make a good showing at this rally if possible. According to New Yorkers Against Fracking: “We know that fracktivists are dedicated, hardy souls. But we want to assure you that this rally is entirely indoors. And you’ll be joined by thousands of fellow New Yorkers, raising the temperature with chants, singing, sign-waving, and joining together powerfully for a better future.” You can purchase bus tickets to the event online at NEWBURGH  8:30 a.m. 112 State Route 17K, (Parking Lot adjacent to the Bus Depot at ShortLine/Coach USA).
9 a.m. New Paltz Thruway Exit 18 Park & Ride. KINGSTON 
9:45 a.m. Hannaford Supermarket Parking Lot, 100 Plaza Rd. SAUGERTIES
 10 a.m.
  CVS Parking Lot. CATSKILL
 10:30 a.m. Catskill Park & Ride, NYS Thruway Exit 21.

Wednesday, Jan. 8, POUGHKEEPSIE: The End the New Jim Crow Action Network — Hudson Valley groups dedicated to fighting racist policies of racial profiling, police brutality, and mass incarceration — is holding a regular meeting 6-7:30 p.m. to which the concerned public is invited. The venue is Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Library, Family Partnership Center, 29 N. Hamilton St. Information, (845) 475-8781,

Thursday, Jan. 9, and Jan. 23,WOODSTOCK: Middle East Crisis Response will meet both dates, 7-8:30 p.m., at the Woodstock Public Library, 5 Library Lane. The group consists of Hudson Valley residents joined together to promote peace and human rights in Palestine and the Middle East. Information, (845) 876-7906 or

Thursday, Jan. 9, HIGHLAND: A weekly Thursday and Saturday gathering to share ideas about community actions for "undoing racism" in the Hudson Valley. These sessions take place on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m., and Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. From the organizers: "Join two groups coming together to share ideas: Improv Patrol, an improve acting workshop that often deals with issues of race; and Undoing Racism Community Outreach, a group that wants to bring Undoing Racism Workshops to the Hudson Valley. This will be a great way to explore issues of race and racism and how they effect everyone and all communities. Join us and let's share and plan." It’s free and located at 278 State Route 299. Information, (845) 642-1839,

Friday, Jan. 10, MILLBROOK: Investigative journalist Alan Weisman, author of the bestselling “The World Without Us,” will discuss practical solutions to support Earth’s burgeoning population at 7 p.m. at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies auditorium,
2801 Sharon Turnpike (Rt. 44). Information, (845) 677-5343.

Tuesday, Jan. 14, KINGSTON: This city’s End the New Jim Crow Action Committee meets tonight 6-7:30 p.m. at the New Progressive Baptist Church, 8 Hone St. Information, (845) 475-8781,

Saturday, Jan. 18, POUGHKEEPSIE: The 19th Annual Mid-Hudson Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March for Social and Economic Justice takes place here today. At 12 noon there will be a one-hour meeting inside Smith Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church — 124 Smith St. — for speeches and songs. At 1 p.m. participants will march to Dutchess County Office Building at 22 Market St. St. At 3 p.m. there will a discussion and refreshments at Holy Light Pentecostal Church, 33 Clover St. Information, Mae Parker-Harris (845) 485-3516, Ann Perry, (45) 454-0947, Rev. H. Dwight Bolton (845) 454-1913, Joel Tyner at

Saturday, Jan. 18, NEWBURGH: A film of author Michelle Alexander’s important speech about racism delivered at Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church, followed by a lively discussion, will take place 1-3 p.m. at Newburgh Free Library, 124 Grand St. Alexander is the author of the influential best seller “The New Jim Crow — Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.” Her shocking revelations about mass imprisonment in America, especially of people of color locked up for nonviolent offences, has launched a new movement opposed to the growth of this new form of racial subjugation. Odell Winfield, founder of ENJAN (End the New Jim Crow Action Network), will be the discussion leader. Tonight’s showing is part of the “Who is Jim Crow?” film series, which will be presenting several relevant and inspiring works on how Jim Crow, past and present, has affected people of color and our entire nation.  Sponsors include Greater Newburgh Ministerial Association, Newburgh Free Library, ENJAN. Information, (845) 475-8781,

Sunday, Jan. 19, WOODSTOCK: This town’s 24th Annual Birthday Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will begin at 2 p.m. at Woodstock Community Center, Rock City Rd. This year’s slogan is “Justice for all — Stop Criminalizing Immigrants!” A wide variety of speakers include Antonio Flores-Lobos former editor of Las Noticias; Pam Africa, International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal; Kat Fisher, organizer for Hudson Valley Citizen Action of New York; several immigrants who will share their stories and hardships; and Town Supervisor Jeremy Wilber. Music includes NYC’s Tayino Trio, a Haitian Voodoo-Jazz Band, and folk singer-songwriter Debra Burger. Information, (845) 679-7320.

Monday, Jan. 20, KINGSTON: A Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration will take place 6-8 p.m. at the New Progressive Baptist Church, 8 Hone St. It will feature a community reading and discussion of King’s famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” A discussion will follow led by Professor Harriet Malinowitrz of Long Island University. Light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by End the New Jim Crow Action Network! (ENJAN-Kingston), New Progressive Baptist Church, Woodstock Jewish Congregation, Task Force to End the New Jim Crow, and Ulster County Human Rights Commission. Information, Odell Winfield, (914) 388-3092.

Friday, Jan. 24, ROCK TAVERN: The film “Food Inc.” will be screened at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 9 Vance Rd. (off Rt. 207). We’re told: “This documentary lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer. It shows how our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the safety of workers and our own environment.  It reveals surprising and often shocking truths about what we eat, how it's produced, who we have become as a nation, and where we are going from here. The event is hosted by the Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern; snacks and discussion follows. A $5-$10 donation requested; no one turned away for lack of funds.  Information:,  (845) 569-8965.