Friday, January 9, 2015

01-09-15 January Calendar

01-08-15, Hudson Valley Activist Calendar, Issue #687
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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: √√.

Friday, Jan. 9, MILLBROOK: Explore the Northern Forest with Wildlife Conservation Society  auditorium, 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Rt. 44). Information,  
ecologist Jerry Jenkins. He will distill 45 years of research into a visually-rich presentation on the ecology of the Northern Forest, which spans New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire. Learn about habitat change, resident wildlife, human impacts, and conservation priorities. Jenkins is the author of “Climate Change in the Adirondacks: The Path to Sustainability” and “The Adirondack Atlas.” 
The free public
7 p.m. event will be held in the Cary Institute

Anti-pipeline protest in New Paltz.
Saturday, Jan. 10, SAUGERTIES: A forum will be held today about the potential danger to the local community if the proposed Pilgrim Oil Pipeline passes through this town along the New York State Thruway from Albany to refineries in New Jersey. The pipeline would transport explosive, volatile crude oil from the Bakken Shale fields of North Dakota. The 3 p.m. meeting is at Saugerties Senior Citizens Center, 207 Market St. The sponsors are the Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline-Saugerties and Esopus Creek Conservancy. Information,, (845) 246-3449.

Monday, Jan. 12, 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 Jan. 26.) Information, (845) 475-8781,

√ Tuesday, Jan.13,  GARRISON: A film showing about an FBI sting operation in Newburgh, N.Y.,  followed by a panel discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Desmond-Fish Library meeting room 
(enter at back of library building),
 Rt. 403 and Rt. 9D. “The Newburgh Sting,”an acclaimed HBO documentary, depictd the plight of four poverty-stricken men from Newburgh who were recruited by an FBI 
informant to  take part in a terrorist plot created, planned, and supplied 
by the FBI. The panel includes Elizabeth McWilliams,  the mother of one of the men snared 
by the FBI; Daniel Berger, executive director of the NYCLU (Lower Hudson 
Valley chapter), and Bennett Weiss, Orange County Peace and Justice. 

(Snow date, Tuesday, Jan. 20.) 


Wednesday, JAN. 14, 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 Jan. 28.) Information, (845) 475-8781,

Thursday, Jan. 15, 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 Jan. 29, same place.) Information, (845) 876-7906,

Kathy Kelly, on the job.
FFriday-Saturday, Jan. 16-17, LATHAM: Internationally respected peace and human rights activist Kathy Kelly will lead a time of reflection entitled: "Beyond Iraq, Beyond Afghanistan" at the St. Joseph's  Provincial House, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Rd. The event covers two days: Friday, 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. We’re told: “The weekend's activities will be guided by the powerful themes of Dr. King's revolutionary speech,  ‘Time to Break the Silence,’ reflected on in the light of Kelly's commitment to stand with the victims of war in so many war torn nations.” This important event will be facilitated by Maureen Aumand from Women Against War. The following week, Kelly will begin to serve a three month federal prison sentence imposed on her for trying to deliver a message of peace and reconciliation from the young Afghan Peace Volunteers  to the commander of  a Missouri drone base. The judge found her to be in need of  "rehabilitation." Information or to register, contact Sister Joann St.Hilaire,

Saturday, Jan. 17, NEWBURGH: A screening of the film “Racism, White Denial & the Costs of Inequality” begins at 1p.m. in the Newburgh Free Library Auditorium, 124 Grand St., followed by a discussion. The showing consists of antiracist author and educator Tim Wise expounding on dismantling racism in the unfinished quest for racial justice. “Free, but a $5 good will offering will be welcomed.”  Information,Verne M. Bell, (845) 569-8965  or Steve Ruelke (845) 391-8890.

√ Saturday, Jan. 17, MIDDLETOWN: There will be an M.L. King Day vigil to resist construction of the CPV fracked-gas fired power plant starting at 3 p.m. Meet at the parking lot of El Tequilero, 3491 Rt. 6 (intersection with Rt. 17M). In addition to environmental concerns (it will release 2.1 million tons of CO2 annually) the proposed plant will destroy a Native American burial ground. The vigil will be led by the Chief of the Ramapough-Lenape tribe.  

Sunday, Jan. 18, ROCK TAVERN: Kathy Kelly will also speak today at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 9 Vance Rd. Rev. Chris Antal is currently hosting the Veterans for Peace "Drone  Quilt Exhibit." Information, including time, (845) 496-9696.

Sunday, Jan. 18, WOODSTOCK: This Ulster County community’s 25th Annual Birthday Tribute to Dr.  Martin Luther King Jr. will begin at 2 p.m. in Woodstock Justice Court, 76 Tinker St. Among those who will speak or entertain are Rev. G. Modele Clarke, New Progressive Baptist Church; Pam Africa, International Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal; Kortnee Simmons, Youth Activist, Kingston; Josh Otero, with Spoken Word Poets; Urban Lyrics from SUNY New Paltz and Hip Hop Performers; and Debra Burger, Freedom Songs. This free public event is sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee, Haitian People's Support Project and Town of Woodstock. Information, (845) 679-7320.

√ Monday, Jan. 19, POUGHKEEPSIE: The Real Majority Project’s 20th annual Mid-Hudson Martin Luther King Jr. March for Social and Economic Justice begins at 11 a.m. at Smith Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church, 124 Smith St. Participants will march to the Dutchess County Office Building, 22 Market St. The event will be followed by refreshments and discussion at Holy Light Pentecostal Church at 33 South Clover St. Information, Joel Tyner

Friday, Jan. 23, HUDSON:  The First Presbyterian Church of Hudson is the venue for a free 7:30 p.m. showing of the 96-minute documentary “Steadfast Hope: The Palestinian Quest for a Just Peace.” This film “offers an inspiring view of the activities currently being undertaken by Muslim, Jewish, and Christian peacemakers working for justice and reconciliation. It also gives helpful guidance on how religious groups can contribute to the cause of a just peace for the people who share the Holy Land. The address is 369 Warren St. Information, Middle East Crisis Response, (518) 828-4275,,,

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