Friday, April 1, 2016


April 1, 2016, Hudson Valley Activist Calendar, Issue #696
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                                                Wonderful Spring Is Here!

                                             When proud-pied April, dress’d in all his trim,
                                                 Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing.
                                                              Shakespeare Sonnets


                                         April Events:

Friday-Saturday, April 1-April 2, POUGHKEEPSIE: The highly acclaimed, Brooklyn-based Truthworker Theater Company will be performing two of their plays: Bar Code — a performative analysis of the school-to-prison pipeline, written by the company and directed by Samara Gaev; and In|Prism: Boxed In and Blacked Out in America, which deals with the issue of solitary confinement. On Friday, a fully staged production of Bar Code will be performed at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 9 Vassar St., at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. On Saturday, In/Prism will be performed at 5 p.m. at Vassar college's Sanders Classroom Building, Sptizer Auditorium (room 212). Admission is free, but space is limited. Reserving tickets in advance is highly recommended. To reserve, call (845) 473-50466,,

 Friday-Saturday, April 1-April 2, ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON (Bard campus): A Palestinian Film Festival take place these two days in the Preston Theater on campus, sponsored by Center for Civic Engagement, Film and Electronic Arts Program, Human Rights Project, and Middle Eastern Studies. 

Friday, 5 p.m.: Sling-Shot Hip-Hop (film),  2008, 100 mins.
7 p.m.  Arna's Children (film) 2005, 85 mins.
Saturday, 1 p.m.  Divine Intervention (film), 2003, 100 minutes.
3 p.m.:  The Time That Remains (film), 2011, 119 mins.
5 p.m.  The Wanted 18 (film),  2014, 75 minutes.
Information Dina Ramadan,, (845) 758-7667.

 Saturday, April 2, PHILADELPHIA, and or WASHINGTON, April 11-18: This looks like it will be big and dramatic. "Democracy Spring" has arrived "to save American democracy" beginning with a rally in Philadelphia and then a march to Washington to demand that "Congress take immediate action to end the corruption of big money in our politics and ensure free and fair elections in which every American has an equal voice." The kickoff rally starts at 10 a.m. at Independence Mall on 5th St. and Market St. There will be speakers, entertainment and a registration table where marchers from throughout the country will check in and get the information they need to join the march. The10-day, 140-mile march begins at 12 noon. We're told: "On the road to Washington, Democracy Spring marchers will meet with fellow citizens, talk to the media, and create a firestorm of anticipation by laying out a simple choice to Congress: either pass bills to make the 2016 elections free and fair for all people as equal citizens, or be prepared to send us and thousands of patriotic Americans who join us to jail simply for demanding an equal voice. (For the April 11-18 Mass nonviolent sit-ins and legal protests at the Capitol in DC, plus much other information including the sponsors, go to Monday, April 11, below.)

Saturday, April 2, TROY: Anti-apartheid musical legend Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited from Zimbabwe will be the featured performers at a celebration of the first 10 years of The Sanctuary for Independent Media at 8 p.m., 3361 6th Avenue in North Troy. Tickets are $20, available in advance at Mapfumo has been the musical voice of protest in Zimbabwe and all of southern Africa for nearly half a century. Easily the most famous singer in his native country, Mapfumo lives in exile from the regime of Robert Mugabe, and his music is banned at home. Innformation,

From the film DREAMers Among Us.

Sunday, April 3, POUGHKEEPSIE: DREAMers Among Us, a short documentary made by and for undocumented youth, will be screened at 1 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie, 67 South Randolph Ave. A taco lunch will be enjoyed prior to the film at 12 noon. Members of the Youth Arts Group of the Rural and Migrant Ministry created the film after years of fighting for the NY DREAM Act and better futures for undocumented students everywhere.  Members worked with U. Roberto Romano and Ilene Cutler to create a professional film that captures the pressing need for reform so that all young people have the chance to pursue a higher education, and their dreams. There is no charge for the lunch or the film but a free will offering will be taken to benefit the Rural and Migrant Ministry. The Fellowship's Social Justice Committee is sponsoring the event. Information, (845) 452-4013,

Sunday, April 3, PEEKSKILL: A "Rally to Protect the Hudson Valley- Stop the AIM Pipeline" will take place 2-4 p.m. at Riverfront Green Park. The event will focus on the Algonquin Incremental Market pipeline, and other pipelines in our region and beyond. A wide variety of speakers will address the gathering. Sponsors:
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater; WESPAC, Stop the Minisink Compressor Station; Croton Climate Initiative; Stop the Pipeline; Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy; Resist the Pipeline, West Roxbury; Delaware Riverkeeper; Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action Manhattanville College; Federated Conservationists of Westchester County; Catskill Watershed Corporation; Dominican Sisters in Committed Collaboration; Sierra Club, Atlantic Chapter; Grassroots Environmental Education; Resist; AIM; Riverkeeper; Damascus Citizens for Sustainability; Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Hudson Valley; Earth Guardians; People, not Pipelines; Earthworks; NYC Friends of Clearwater; Stop New York Fracked Gas Pipeline; Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition.

Tuesday, April 5, ALBANY: An environmental rally drawing participants from various New York State regions will take place here today in East Capital Park 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., including a march to the headquarters of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). At issue is stopping construction of the "Constitution Pipeline" largely in upstate NYS. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission appears ready to approve the project, pending a DEC decision that must be made by April 26 to approve what is termed a 401-water quality certificate. If the DEC refuses to do so, as the rally will demand, we're told the pipeline cannot be built. The proposed project has several alternate routes beginning in northeast Pennsylvania and ending north of Albany. Rally organizers declare: "If you want to save our trees, streams, and wetlands, and if you want to keep pipelines, compressor stations, and power plants out of your community, then make a commitment to come to Albany on April 5th." The speaker list includes Robert F. Kennedy Jr.; Karenna Gore – Center for Earth Ethics; Maya van Rossum – Delaware Riverkeeper Network; Rosemary Wessel – No Fracked Gas in Mass; Kim Fraczek – Sane Energy Project (march Leader). In case of rain gather at the million Dollar Staircase inside the capital building. Over 60 large and smaller state environmental groups are sponsoring this rally. Information,

Child cries as Syrian migrants cross a river, north of Idomeni, Greece, attempting to reach Macedonia on a route that would bypass the border fence, on March 14, 2016. 
Tuesday, April 5, WHITE PLAINS: A Panel discussion on the Syrian Refugee Crisis will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial United Methodist Church, 250 Bryant Ave. (Doors open at 7 p.m. with music, art and information tables.) Speakers include Rev. Karen Eiler, pastor, Memorial United Methodist Church; Chris George executive director Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services; Sana Mustafa, Syrian activist refugee now a student at Bard College; Riva Silverman of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society; Rabbi Julie Hilton Danan, Pleasantville Community Synagogue; Rev. Doris K. Dalton, Westchester MLK Institute for Nonviolence, moderator. Information,

Wednesday, April 6, NEW PALTZ (SUNY campus): "Climate Crisis - Separating Facts From Myth" is the title of a lecture by Geographer-Climatologist Professor Adam Kalkstein of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The 6 p.m. event is in the Coykendall Science Building Auditorium. Free and public. Information, Mike Boms at

Thursday, April 7, HYDE PARK: The CNN original series 
Race for the White House: Kennedy v. Nixon will be screened at 3 p.m. in the Henry A. Wallace Center 
of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. This free public showing will be followed by a conversation with library director Paul Sparrow and historian Timothy Naftali. Information, (845) 486-7745.

Thursday, April 7, PURCHASE (Manhattanville College): Riverkeeper president Paul Gallay will lecture on the global and local water crises at a public meeting starting at 5 p.m. on campus at Brownson 14, 2900 Purchase St.

Fidel with brother Raul (left), in mountain
hideout months before victory.
√√ Friday, April 8, MANHATTAN: Liberation Flicks will screen the documentary Fidel the Untold Story at 7 p.m. in The Justice Center En El Barrio,
1637 Park Ave. (116 St & Park.) Fidel Castro, who will be 90 this year, was on of the great revolutionary leaders of the 20th century. This documentary by filmmaker Estela Bravo, combines vintage footage with exclusive interviews that offer an insight into Castro as a leader and the Cuban people. See the trailer here. Sponsored by the ANSWER Coalition. Public and free. Information,

√√ Saturday April 9, NEW PALTZ: Every Saturday, 12:45 to 1:30 p.m., New Paltz Women in Black conducts a vigil for peace and justice in front of the Elting Library, corner of Main and North Front Streets. This is their 15th year. Join them. (Also Saturday April 16, 23, 30.) Information,

√√ Saturday, April 9, KINGSTON: April 9: A Rally for Clean Eneregy, Safe Climate and to build support Bernie Sanders will begin at 2 p.m. at BSP, 323 Wall St. (enter via rear doors on Crown Street). Speaking will be Bill McKibben (, Josh Fox (Gasland), Tara Houska (tribal rights attorney and Honor the Earth Campaigns Director), and local organizers. (This rally is considered an official e vent of the Bernie 2016 campaign.)

Sunday, April 10, BEACON: "WOMEN'S WORK," a concert that features music for, by, and about women, starts at 3 p.m. at the Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St. The performers include Pat Lamanna, Lydia Adams Davis, Melissa Ortquist, Hope Altkin, Susan Bozsó, Karen Brooks, Goldee Greene, Eleanor Kleiner, Sharleen Leahey, Vickie Raabin, Laurie Siegel, Sarah Underhill, Susan Fisher Wright, Mighty Xee, with special guest Connie Hogarth. $15 admission benefits the Beacon Sloop Club's Woody Guthrie restoration. Information,,, (845) 452-4013.

Monday, April 11, KINGSTON: The End The New Jim Crow Action Network (ENJAN) will meet 6-8 p.m. at the New Progressive Baptist Church, 8 Hone St. ENJAN is a Hudson Valley network dedicated to fighting racist policies of racial profiling, police brutality, and mass incarceration. (The following meeting is April 25) Information, (845) 475-8781 or
and Gasland 2. The event will be held in Lecture Center 100. Information, (845) 257-3770,

Monday, April 11- April 18, WASHINGTON (continuing from April 2 above): The organizers say: "When the march arrives in Washington we hope to rally to celebrate that Congress has come to its senses and passed at least one of the perfectly-viable reform bills now pending before it. But if they refuse to do anything, we will have no choice but to reclaim the People’s House in mass, dignified but determined, nonviolent sit-ins to force their hand. Will Congress send thousands of patriotic Americans to jail instead of simply doing its job to ensure that our elections are free and fair for all people? Millions of people throughout the country watching an unprecedented nonviolent confrontation at the Capitol will find out. During the sit-in, we will maintain a public convergence center as a gathering point for supporters and the press and will coordinate call-in days, online petitions, Twitter storms, local solidarity actions and more to amplify the power of the mass sit-ins for people across the country and the world. Democracy Spring is being organized by a growing coalition of over 100 organizations, including a steering committee made up of 99Rise, Avaaz, Democracy Matters, Energy Action Coalition, the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU), and the United States Student Association (USSA). We and many sponsoring organizations are united by principles of unity." (Lots more material, including members of the coalition, unity principles and more at

Tuesday, April 12, NEW PALTZ (SUNY campus): There will be a free public screening of Josh Fox's new film "How to Let Go of the World (And Love All Things Climate Can't Change)," 7-10 p.m. There will be a Q&A with Fox after the film. He is best known for his two anti-fracking documentaries, Gasland 1 and Gasland 2. Information, Michael Boms <>.

Tuesday, April 12, New Paltz (SUNY campus): Journalist and author Eyal Press, the 2016 James H. Ottaway Sr. Visiting Professor of Journalism, will discuss his experiences reporting on some of the most divisive issues of our time, including abortion and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This event will be held in the Coykendall Science Building Auditorium from 7-8:30 p.m. and is free and public. Information, (845) 257-3573,

Wednesday, April 13, POUGHKEEPSIE: ENJAN (End The New Jim Crow Action Network) will meet 6-8 p.m. in the Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Library, Family Partnership Center, 29 N. Hamilton St. ENJAN is a Hudson Valley network dedicated to fighting racist policies of racial profiling, police brutality, and mass incarceration. The following meeting is April 27. Information, (845) 475-8781 or

Thursday, April 14, WOODSTOCK: Middle East Crisis Response (MECR) will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Woodstock Public Library, 5 Library Lane. MECR is a group of Hudson Valley residents joined together to promote peace and human rights in Palestine and the Middle East. (The following meeting is April 28.) Information, (845) 876-7906 or

U.S. antiwar movement opposed war against Syria.
√√  Thursday, April 14, NEW PALTZ (SUNY campus): A free public discussion of the crisis in Syria will begin at 5 p.m. in Lecture Center 104,vsponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Dialogue. Speakers include: 1. Frederick Deknatel, senior editor at World Politics Review, who will address “The War on Culture Being Waged in Syria by ISIS and Assad.” 2. Stephen Pampinella, an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations at New Paltz, speaking on "The Current Political Situation in Syria." Clinton Bennett, Adjunct Faculty member teaching courses in religious studies at New Paltz, who will focus on "Syria's Religious Landscape: the Civil War's Impact on Inter-Religious Relations." Information, James Schiffer, SUNY Professor of English,,

√√ Saturday, April 16, POUGHKEEPSIE: A family friendly Earth Day celebration lasts 12 noon to 4 p.m. at 505 Main St. There will be lots of things for kids. Information,

√√ Saturday April 16, NEW PALTZ: Every Saturday, 12:45 to 1:30 p.m., New Paltz Women in Black conducts a vigil for peace and justice in front of the Elting Library, corner of Main and North Front Streets. This is their 15th year. Join them. (Also Saturday April 23, 30.) Information,

√√ SATURDAY, April 16, NEW PALTZ: The 14th annual Earth Day Fair takes place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Reformed Church, 92 Huguenot St.  It's billed as a "free fun filled educational and interfaith celebration focused on "green living."  There will be children's activities, food, music and entertainment. The sponsors are New Paltz Climate Action Coalition,  Interfaith Earth Action, and a committee of the Reformed Church. Information,  (845) 255-4170.

√√ Sunday, April 17, POUGHKEEPSIE: A demonstration against the campaign appearance of Donald Trump will begin at 5 p.m. at the Mid-Hudson Civil Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza. Organizers say: "Let’s raise our voices and prepare to mobilize to let him know that his bigotry and hate are not welcome in New York State! Please spread the word." Sponsors include Hudson Valley Black Lives Matter Coalition, Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, Hudson Valley International Socialist Organization, Hudson Valley Activist Newsletter. Information or to sponsor,

Tuesday, April 19, NEW YORK STATE: Today is our state's presidential primary election. You know the stakes are high this year. Since virtually all our readers are liberal Democrats or are various degrees left of the Democratic party, it's important that you get to the polls.

A Chernobyl child being well cared fore in Cuba. He is showing his strength despite illness.

√√ Wednesday, April 20, COHOES: An extraordinary film about a truly remarkable humanitarian undertaking will be screened at 7 p.m.
at the Ukrainian-American Citizens Club,1 Pulaski St. This film — Chernobyl and Cuba —chronicles a little-known chapter in history when Cuban medical personnel came to the rescue of Ukrainian children harmed in the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster. An explosion in one of the reactors spewed radioactive fallout 400 times greater than at Hiroshima. Since its launch of the “Chernobyl Children” program in 1990, Cuba has provided medical care to more than 25,000 children, spending over $350 million, more than any other country. Thirty years after Chernobyl, the Cuban program is still going strong. Remarkably, children born years after the disaster still suffer physical consequences of the meltdown that irradiated large parts of Ukraine and Belarus; equally remarkably, despite severe economic limitations, Cuba’s outstanding health care system tends to them to this day. Free and open to the public. Information, Mira Peck, at (862) 207-1541.

√√ Thursday, April 21, NEW PALTZ (SUNY: "Beyond Diversity — Visions of Equality and Social Justice" is the subject of a lecture by Edward Pittman, associate dean of the College for Campus Life and Diversity at Vassar College. This free public event begins at 4:30 p.m. in Lecture Center 104. Information, Nancy Schniedewind, (845) 257-2827.

√√ Monday, April 25, GLENFORD: To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster two free films will be screened tonight starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Glenford Church, 210 Old Rt. 28. They are The Battle of Chernobyl and White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Sponsored by the Shandaken Democratic Committee. Information, (845) 688-2977.

Note: More events will be added as they come in, so check back in a few days.