Saturday, June 21, 2014


JULY EDITION, June 21 2014, Issue #683
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Monday, June 23, NEW PALTZ: Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins will speak, discuss the upcoming state elections and answer audience questions starting at 7 p.m. at Village Hall on Plattekill Ave., one block south of Main St. Information, Margaret Human, (845) 255-5727.

Saturday, June 28, HIGHLAND: The "Improv Patrol" playback theatre is performing a show on civil rights 7- 8:30 p.m. We’re told: “Audience members have the spotlight! In a playback event, someone in the audience tells a moment or story from their life, chooses the actors to play the different roles, and then all those present watch the enactment as the playback actors use improvisational theater to make the story come to life. Cost: $5. Sponsored by Improv Patrol. Information,,,,

Friday, July 4, NEW PALTZ: An Independence Day rally and march against military and surveillance drones and for many progressives causes will assemble at 12 noon at Peace Park, adjacent to Village Hall on Plattekill Ave., sponsored by Drone Alert-Hudson Valley. Rain date. July 5, 4 p.m. Information, (845) 699-3051.

The young stars from the documentary "Babies."
Monday, July 7, OLD CHATHAM: The Quaker Meeting will screen the documentary “Babies” at 7 p.m., preceded by a potluck (for those who wish to partake) at 6 p.m. at the Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse 539 County RRt.13 (across from Pitt Hall Rd. and Powell House). We’re told the film “follows four babies around the world — from birth to first steps. The children are: Ponijao, who lives with her family near Opuwo, Namibia; Bayarjargal, who resides with his family in Mongolia, near Bayanchandmani; Mari, who lives with her family in Tokyo, Japan; and Hattie, who resides with her family in San Francisco. Babies joyfully captures on film the earliest stages of the journey of humanity that are at once unique and universal to us all.” Free and public. Information, (518) 766-2992. Directions, http//

Tuesday, July 8, KINGSTON: The End the New Jim Crow Action Network! (ENJAN), a Hudson Valley network dedicated to fighting racist policies of racial profiling, police brutality, and mass incarceration (the "new Jim Crow"), meets 6-7:30 p.m. at the New Progressive Baptist Church, 8 Hone St. (Also meets here Tuesday, July 22.) Information, (845) 475-8781,

One of many SodaStream actions.
Wednesday, July 9, WHITE PLAINS: Jewish Voice for Peace-Westchester and WESPAC are sponsoring a 5-7 p.m. protest outside Macy’s kitchenware entrance calling for a boycott of SodaStream products, which are settler-produced in the occupied West Bank in Palestine. . This is part of a nationwide day of action coinciding with the 9th anniversary of the international movement BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions). Information, (914) 449-6514,

Wednesday, July 9, POUGHKEEPSIE: The End the New Jim Crow Action network will meet 6-8 p.m. at the Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Library, Family Partnership Center, 29 N. Hamilton St. (NOTE: Also meets here Wednesday, July 23. Information, (845) 475-8781,

Thursday, July 10, WOODSTOCK: Middle East Crisis Response, a group of Hudson Valley residents joined together to promote peace and human rights in Palestine and the Middle East, will hold  its regular meeting tonight, 7-8:30 p.m. at Woodstock Public Library, 5 Library Lane. Next meeting Thursday, July 24. Information, (845) 876-7906,

Thursday, July 24, ALBANY: Protests against the Israeli war Gaza will take place in a number of cities today organized by many organizations. In Albany, the demonstration will be held 4:30 – 6 p.m. at the park where Delaware Ave. and Madison Ave. meet in downtown Albany.  Please bring signs.  Let your friends know.  Sponsors include Bethleham Neighbors for Peace and Womern against war.

Tuesday to Thursday, July 29-31, HYDE PARK: Educators (especially K-12) and the public are invited to discover new and innovative ways to learn about the region’s culture, history, and future at a three-day conference  titled, “Farms & Food: Teaching the Hudson Valley from the Ground Up,” at the Henry A. Wallace Education and Visitors Center on the grounds of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Home and Presidential Library. Topics include “Educating our Next Generation to Eat with Consciousness,” “Climate Change and Agriculture: No Longer Business as Usual,” and  “Farming in the Valley Today.” Information about the event is available at (845) 229-9116, ext. 2035, (845) 242-4121,
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