Thursday, January 14, 2016

Jan. 14, 2016 CALENDAR

Jan 14, 2016, Hudson Valley Activist Calendar, Issue #693
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Martin Luther King was born on January 15, 1929, and assassinated at the age of 39 on April 4, 1968. Below we list several birthday memorial events Jan. 15-18, as well as other events.

Here are two quotations from the great leader of the civil rights movement that are  ignored in nearly all the many commemorations of Dr. King:

·      "A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom."

·      "Capitalism does not permit an even flow of economic resources. With this system, a small privileged few are rich beyond conscience, and almost all others are doomed to be poor at some level. That's the way the system works. And since we know that the system will not change the rules, we are going to have to change the system."


Panthers in front of courthouse.
Friday, Jan. 15, OLD CHATHAM: A free public screening of "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution" will begin at 7 p.m. at the Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse, 539 County Rt. 13. "In the late 1960s, as change was coming to America — as cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil and women's rights — a new revolutionary culture was emerging seeking to drastically transform the system. The film is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails." A discussion will follow the film. A 6 p.m. potluck supper is available for those who wish to partake. Sponsored by The Old Chatham Quakers and WMHT Educational Telecommunication. (This film will premier Feb.16 on the PBS TV program Independent Lens.) Information: Bob Elmendorf (518) 766-2992, About the film: or

Friday, Jan.15, TROY: An MLK Day Social Justice Music Celebration begins at 8 p.m. featuring Albany-based Puerto Rican vocalist Taína Asili, an 8-piece Afro-Latin/reggae/rock fusion ensemble called la Banda Rebelde, and special guests. The event takes place at 8 p.m. at The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Ave. Admission is $10 at the door. Information, (518) 272-2390.

Saturday, Jan. 16, ROCK TAVERN: The video of a talk titled "The Truth Behind the Murder of Martin Luther King," will be screened at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 9 Vance Rd. (off Rt. 207). The speaker is Dr. William F. Pepper, the author of the controversial book "An Act of State - The Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King." In The book he maintains the innocence of convicted assassin James Earl Ray and argues that a conspiracy, including elements of the U.S. government, was behind the murder. Coretta  Scott King, wife of Dr. King, said: "We recommend [the book] highly to everyone who seeks the truth." A $5 to $10 donation is welcomed but no one will be turned away who cannot afford this. Snow date: Sat. Jan. 23, 7 p.m. Information, (845) 569-8965.

Saturday, Jan. 16, STONE RIDGE: The MLK Day Celebration takes place 2-5 p.m. in the Marbletown Community Center, 3564 Main St. (Route 209). Live music and refreshments. Volunteers from Ulster Corps and other Ulster County-based service agencies will be honored. (Snow date Jan. 18). Information (845) 481-0331.

Martin Luther King in 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery.
Sunday Jan. 17, WOODSTOCK: The 26th annual Birthday Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will begin at 2 p.m. at the Community Center, 56 Rock City Rd. Featured will be the Rev. G. Modele Clarke of New Progressive Baptist Church, Kingston; Woodstock Supervisor Jeremy Wilber; Pam Africa of International Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal; Diane Harrell, wife of Samuel Harrell who died April 15 at Fishkill Correctional Facility, a victim of prison guards, say his supporters; and Paula Watson, wife of Shane Watson who has been in prison since 1993 on a murder conviction his advocates believe was unjust. Performers include singer Journey Blue Heaven with her band The Woodstockers, Experience, and folk singer Debra Burger. Free and public. Information, (845) 679-7320.
At the March on Washington in in 1963.
Monday, Jan. 18, ALBANY: The Empire State Plaza Convention Center is the location of a public memorial observance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. The free lengthy event begins at 9:30 a.m. at 279 Madison Ave. In addition to numerous speakers, including many from the religious community, the there will be videos, various musical performances, singing, and other attractions. There will also be Concourse activities, including a Dr. King Memorial Exhibit, and 
an Empire State "Be A King" Volunteer Fair, among other events. Immediately following the program is a march to the Lincoln Park Dr. King Memorial sponsored by the City of Albany and the Frank Chapman Memorial Institute. (All marchers should assemble at the Madison Ave. Concourse doors. CDTA buses are available in the bus turnaround for seniors and people with disabilities for transportation to the march. A full schedule of events is available at Directions and parking

Thursday, Jan. 21, BEACON: A free public screening of the documentary "Where Are The Bees?" starts at 7 p.m. at the Beacon Sloop Clubhouse, 2 Flynn Dr. (adjacent to the harbor, across from the train station). The film takes an in-depth look at declining honeybee colonies in California, Switzerland, China and Australia. A discussion follows. Information,, (845) 463-4660.

Friday, Jan. 22, MILBROOK: Dr. Margaret Palmer, Director of the University of Maryland's National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, will discuss the realities of restoring our nation's flowing fresh waters starting at 7 p.m. at the Cary Institute Auditorium, 2801 Sharon Turnpike. Streams and rivers are among Earth's most degraded ecosystems. Palmer has spent her career researching how activities like mining and urbanization impact these ecosystems, with a focus on the promise and limits of restoration science. Public and free. Information, (845) 677-5343,

Monday, Jan. 25, ALBANY: Today is a day of action in the state capital on behalf of Planned Parenthood and Family Planning Advocates of New York from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Buses will bring out of town activists to join local supporters in a day including a rally, lunch and meetings with legislators. Information, Leila Ensha at (914) 467-7311, or Online: 

Slash and burn in Indonesia.
Friday, Jan. 29, BEACON: Slash and burn deforestation in Indonesia contributes a large portion of the world’s carbon emissions. A film and discussion begins at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Beacon, McKinley Hall, 50 Liberty St. Sponsored by Beacon Peace Awards Foundation, Beacon Independent Film Festival, and Southern Dutchess NAACP. Guest Speaker Rev. Noelle Damico. Pubic and free. Information, (845) 838-2415, 

Happy birthday FDR.
Saturday, Jan. 30, HYDE PARK: Franklin D. Roosevelt was born on this day in 1882 and the National Park Service will hold a 3 p.m. Rose Garden Ceremony to commemorate the occasion. Following this event, the FDR Presidential Library will invite attendees to return to the Wallace Center for birthday cake and refreshments. The Franklin D. Roosevelt 
Presidential Library and Museum
National Archives are at 
4079 Albany Post Road (Rt. 9 in Dutchess County). For information about this free public event, call (845) 229-6225.