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December Calendar

12-01-14, Hudson Valley Activist Calendar, Issue #686
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Editor’s note: Local activism always slows down in December and January — a combination of cold weather, campus vacations and holidays. But there probably will be more events announced. Check back in a few days. We update each calendar online as new events are announced until the next full calendar is posted. The additional items will begin with this mark: √√.

                                   Black lives matter!

 Denounce the Grand Jury Decision not to 
indict the cop who murdered Eric Garner.
CITY HALL, THURSDAY, DEC. 4, 2:30 P.M. (420 B’way.)
In solidarity with Eric Garner, Michael Brown, 
and all victims of police brutality.


Tuesday, Dec. 2, NEW PALTZ: A protest opposing construction of the Pilgrim Pipeline starts today at 4 p.m. at the intersection of  Rt. 299 (Main St.) and South Putt Corners near the NYS Thruway bridge (park in the NE corner of the ShopRite lot, near the Sunoco station). The proposed oil pipeline from Albany, NY, to Linden, N.J., is encountering criticism from residentcs of both states in proximity to the project. Pipeline construction by Pilgrim Pipeline LLC could have negative effects on the environment and public health and safety, passing through highlands, open spaces and densely populated communities. The sponsors are New Paltz Climate Action Coalition and Protecting Our Waters, and they say: “Send a strong message to the NYS Thruway Authority that the pipeline should not be allowed on a Thruway easement. If you can, please bring signs and banners.”
 Information, (845) 255-9297 or (845) 255-7711.

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 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. (Also meets here Dec. 17.) Information, (845) 475-8781,

Friday, Dec. 5, KINGSTON: The Films of Palestine Series presents “With God On Our Side,” 7-8:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, 320 Sawkill Rd. This documentary examines the theology of Christian Zionism, which teaches that because the Jews are God’s chosen people, they have a divine right to the land of Israel. Aspects of this belief system lead some Christians in the West to give uncritical support to Israeli government policies, even those that privilege Jews at the expense of Palestinians.. A discussion will follow this free film. Wheelchair accessible. Sponsored by Middle East Crisis Response and Hudson Valley Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Information,, (518) 291-6808.

√ Friday, Dec. 5, MILLBROOK: The Emmy Award-winning environmental documentary, “Green
Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time,” will be screened at at 7:30 p.m in the Cary Institute auditorium, located at 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Rte. 44). We’re told: “Green Fire explores the personal journey that led conservationist Aldo Leopold to establish his land ethic, which inspires us to see the natural world as a community to which we belong. His vision, popularized in his book, “A Sand County Almanac,” revolutionized the conservation movement and still resonates today. The film will be followed by a Q&A with Leopold scholar Curt Meine. This free public event is offered in partnership with the Dutchess Land Conservancy. Information,

√ Saturday, Dec. 6, ALBANY:  Grannies for Peace is holding a Holiday Vigil and Action:  “No to War and No to Violent Video Games,” Noon--1p.m., Vigil at Corner of Wolf Road and Central Avenue (near Sears at Colonie Center), from 12 noon-1p.m., followed by walk through the mall 1-1:30 p.m.  Women Against War,

Saturday Dec. 6, NEW PALTZ: Today is Amnesty International’s annual “ Global Write for Rights,” an event where people each write the same letter opposing a variety of human rights abuses. Amnesty’s Mid-Hudson chapter is hosting this at Cafeteria, 58 Main St., 1-4 p.m. Information, Ilgu Ozler,

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

Massive Climate March in NYC in September.
√ Thursday, Dec. 9, NEW PALTZ (SUNY campus): Following up on the massive  worldwide climate actions in September,  a public meeting titled, “The People Are Still Marching” will discuss  “Combating Climate Change: Steps & Solutions,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. in CSB Auditorium. 6:30pm. Campus map:

Thursday, Dec. 11, 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. Information, (845) 876-7906,

Sunday. Dec. 14, GOSHEN: A “Symposium on Public Banking for New York State will be held at 2 p.m. in Goshen United Methodist Church, 115 Main St. Speakers include Scott Baker, NYS Coordinator of the Public Banking Institute; Mike Krauss, chair, Pennsylvania Project; and Walt McRee, active in Pennsylvania and N.J, co-host and producer of “It's Our Money, with Ellen Brown.”  Sponsors are the New York Public Banking Group; Democratic Alliance; Orange County Peace and Justice; Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern; Westchester People’s Action Coalition (WESPAC); The Pennsylvania Project. Information, (845) 986-0062.

√ Tuesday, Dec. 16, TROY: Renowned Indian historian Vijay Prashad will speak on the topic of  "The War Against the Planet" at 7 p.m. in the Oakwood Community Center, 313 10th St. Prashad is chair South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, and the Edward Said Chair at the American University of Beirut. He has authored 15 books, including his most recent (2013), “The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South.” Sponsored by the James Connolly Forum. A $5 donation is requested ($2, students, unemployed). Information (518) 505-0948.

√ Thursday, Dec. 18, SCHENECTADY: Two short Iranian films — “Videotape” (14 min.) and “Dead End” (48 min.) — will be screened at Proctors, 432 State St. The evening also features instrumental international live music performed by Kori Soron, a photo exhibit by Afshin Katanchi, and Persian tea and sweets. Cost $10. Information from Women Against War.

√ Wednesday, Dec. 17, CATSKILL:  Greene County employee members of CSEA (Civil Service Employees Assn.) have not received a raise in five years and believe this is unfair, especially since county legislatures recently approved $10,000 raises for the Sheriff and the County Clerk. The Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation says: “Please join us as we ask our elected officials to have a heart and support our efforts in receiving a fair contract!” People will gather 12 noon-1 p.m. at Greene County Office Building on 
Main St. A second gathering will be 5-6:15 p.m. at the building’s Water St. entrance. Information, HVALF, (845) 527-5554.

√ Thursday, Dec. 18, SCHENECTADY: Two short Iranian films — “Videotape” (14 min.) and “Dead End” (48 min.) — will be screened at Proctors, 432 State St. The evening also features instrumental international live music performed by Kori Soron, a photo exhibit by Afshin Katanchi, and Persian tea and sweets. Cost $10. Information from Women Against War.

√ Friday, Dec. 19, NEW PALTZ: If you haven’t seen the film "Joyeux Noel” (Merry Christmas), we suggest that you attend the free public screening at 8:15 p.m. in Elting Library, 93 Main  St. This film tells the true-life story of the spontaneous Christmas Eve truce declared by Scottish, French and German troops in the trenches of World War I. Enemies leave their weapons behind for one night as they band together in brotherhood and forget about the brutalities of war. A truly powerful, must-see film. Directed by Christian Carion. This event is sponsored by New Paltz Neighbors For Peace

 √ Saturday, Dec. 27, NEWBURGH: “Amazing Grace,” an inspiring 32-minute documentary about creating and performing a musical inside of a women's prison, will be screened at 1 p.m. in the Newburgh Free Library Auditorium, 124 Grand St. This musical is by members of Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA) in Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, New York State’s only maximum security prison for women. The project grew out of a writing class for inmates led by RTA facilitators. The women were asked to write autobiographical pieces, and wrote such interesting stories that over a dozen of them were turned into songs. A discussion will follow, led by Anne Lloyd, director and RTA facilitator of the project and Michael Minard, musician and composer who wrote the melodies.  Free, but a $5 good will donation welcomed. Sponsored by Exodus: Newburgh Extension, The Presbytery Prisoner Partnership in cooperation with Rehabilitation Through the Arts, and the Newburgh Free Library. For information, Verne M. Bell, (845) 569-896.

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