Thursday, September 1, 2016

September 2016 Calendar

Hudson Valley Activist Calendar, Issue #700

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A mountain lake in New York's  Adirondacks

Sunday, Sept. 4, NEW PALTZ: A protest against proposed oil pipelines in the Hudson
Valley will take place 4-6 p.m. at Main St. and North Front St., sponsored by the New Paltz Climate Action Coalition. Information,, or (845) 255-9297.

Monday, Sept. 5, POUGHKEEPSIE: The 22nd annual Dutchess County Labor Day Rally starts at 12 noon in front of the Poughkeepsie Post Office at the corner of Mansion and Market Sts. Representatives from various unions, political groups, and movement organizations will speak, including county legislator Joel Tyner, who has organized  this event from the beginning. Also speaking are CWA 1120 Vice President Rob Pinto, 1199's Joseph Stratford, Citizen Action's Callie Jayne Mackenzie, Black Lives Matter's Jordan Taylor, Hudson Valley Working Families Party Rep Phillip Leber, and many others. One theme of the day is raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Information, (845) 464-2245, (845) 876-2488,

Tuesday, Sept. 6, KINGSTON: In response to the racism and stereotypes evident in this election cycle, faith, labor, and community leaders are coming together for a series of conversations that will expose the harm in "dog-whistle" politics. It is called, "Our Best Selves" and will be held at 6 p.m. at the Old Dutch Church, 272 Wall St. Information from Citizen Action of New York (Kingston), <>

Wednesday, Sept.7, ALBANY: A public meeting on the topic "Is NATO Counterproductive to World Peace?" will start at 7 p.m. at 
Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave. Tom Ellis and Joe Lombardo will discuss the history of NATO and its current function. They will also address other questions such as "Has NATO  outlived its usefulness and should it be abolished?" and "Could NATO provocations against Russia lead to nuclear war?"  Information, (518) 466-1192.
Missy LeHand 

Thursday, Sept. 8, HYDE PARK: The FDR Presidential Library will host an author talk and book signing at 7 p.m. in the Henry A. Wallace Center with Kathryn Smith, author of The Gatekeeper: Missy Lehand, FDR, and The Untold Story of the Partnership That Defined A Presidency. Copies of the book will be available for sale after the talk. The address is 4079 Albany Post Road. Information, (845) 486-7770.                     

Thursday, Sept. 8, 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 — Sept. 22.) Information, (845) 876-7906 or

Friday, Sept. 9, NEW PALTZ: Improv theatre and music by the Hudson River Playback Theatre is based this evening on audience members’ personal stories relating to climate change. New Paltz Climate Action Coalition invites you to "join us to share these vital stories in a beautiful woodland setting, lit by torchlight as the sun goes down. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Rail Trail Café, 310 River Road Ext., right beside the parking lot on Stone Mountain Farm off Springtown Road, which serves delicious food and drinks. Come early to eat!" This outdoor show will be cancelled in case of rain. Information

A flotilla  of opponents protested the Bakken oil pipeline in Iowa last year.
Saturday, Sept. 10, ALBANY: A  "People Over Pipelines Flotilla" (and picnic) will take place 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. sponsored by People of Albany United for Safe Energy (PAUSE). According to PAUSE: "Enjoy a beautiful day protecting the Hudson River and front line communities from the dangers of oil pipelines, bomb trains and other dangers from fossil fuels. Participants will meet at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch for an 11:30-3 p.m. Flotilla, and are welcome at the Health & Safe Community picnic from 1-5 p.m. Information,

Saturday, Sept. 10, NEW PALTZ: The progressive group Woman in Black, which has been fighting for peace and numerous good causes every Saturday since soon after 9/11, will be holding their signs in front of the Elting Memorial Library, 93 Main St. 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. You are welcome to stand with them.

√√ Sunday, Sept. 11, NEWBURGH: A protest rally against the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline will take place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the intersection of Rt.300 and Rt. 17K., close to the New York State Thruway. The event is sponsored by RAPP (Residents Against Pilgrim Pipelines), which invites you to join them for any amount of time. They are making signs and banners. Information, Sandra at (845) 564-3018,

Sunday, Sept. 11, KINGSTON: The LGBTQ Task Force to Undo Mass Incarceration and Institutional Racism meets on the 2nd and 4th Sundays 3-5 p.m. at the  LGBTQ Community Center, 300 Wall St. Information,  Janet at (845) 797-7691.

Monday, Sept. 12, 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 next meeting — Sept. 26.  Information, (845) 475-8781 or

√√ Tuesday, Sept. 13, New PALTZ (SUNY campus): Professor Ilgu Ozler will speak on the recent coup attempt in Turkey and its significance at 7 p.m. in the Coykendall Science Building Auditorium. Campus map: Information, <>.

Wednesday, Sept. 14, POUGHKEEPSIE: A community training on “Reversing Runaway Inequality” will be held 5:30-9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 67 South Randolph Ave. Admission is free; please bring a dish to share for the potluck meal, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Over the past 50 years, inequality has grown at a rapid pace in the U.S. severely weakening the middle class, intensifying poverty in communities of color and among low wage whites, and concentrating wealth in the hands of the top 1%. Reversing Runaway Inequality workshops are highly interactive, building on participants’ own experiences with how concentration of wealth has impacted their lives and communities. The workshop is co-sponsored by Citizens Action NYS, Dutchess County Progressive Alliance and the Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie. Information, (845) 229-7890 or

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 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 next meeting — Sept. 28. Information, (845) 475-8781 or
Artwork on the West Bank side Israel's imprisoning wall.
√√ Wednesday, Sept. 14, WOODSTOCK: "My Life as a Christian Palestinian in the West Bank," is the title of a 7 p.m. talk by Salam Qumsiyeh, at the Woodstock Reformed Church, 16 Tinker St. Middle East Crisis Response ( is cosponsoring the event, which will include refreshments and is open to the public. Information,, (518) 291-6808.

√√ Fridqy, Sept. 16, NEW PLTZ: A rally featuring Bernie Sanders and Zepher Teachout  — the liberal Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives from New York's 19th CD — will begin at 11 a.m. in Hasbrouck Park on Mohonk Ave., just south of Village Hall. In a mailing announcing the event, Sanders noted that "Zephyr Teachout is one of the very first people I endorsed as part of our political revolution." The Activist Newsletter supports Teachout as do just about all our 

Friday, Sept. 16, TROY: Progressive journalist and author Sarah Jaffe is giving a talk titled "Necessary Trouble: America's New Radicals" starting at 7 p.m., in Oakwood Community Center, 313 10th St. Jaffe is a Nation Institute fellow and an independent journalist covering labor, economic justice, social movements, politics, gender, and pop culture.  She is the author this year of Necessary Trouble: America's New Radicals. This event is Sponsored by the James Connolly Forum and co-sponsored by The Solidarity Committee, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace and SEIU Local 200 United. Donation of $5 requested, $2 unemployed and students. Information: (518) 407 3582.

√√ Monday, Sept. 19, NEW PALTZ (SUNY campus): A free public screening of Michael Moore's latest film, Where To Invade Next, will begin at 7 p.m. in Lecture Center 100. The sponsor is the campus Environmental Task Force. Campus map:

√ Tuesday, Sept. 20, NEW PALTZ (SUNY campus): Filmmaker Michael Moore will speak about "The Youth Vote and the 2016 Election" at 7 p.m. in LC100. The sponsor of this free public event is the campus Environmental Task Force. Campus map:

Monday, Sept. 19, NEWBURG: Is this small city's drinking water safe?  Join the Environmental Protection Agency and the City of Newburgh for a follow up public meeting on Perflurooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) found in the water. There will be a presentation and Q&A. It starts at 7 p.m. in Aquinas Hall of Mount Saint Mary College, 330 Powell Ave.

Wednesday, Sept. 21, COLONIE: Grannies for Peace will be gathering with other members of Women Against War and allies in the peace and justice community to highlight the urgency of waging peace in a world descending into a never ending cycle of violence. The theme of the 5-6 p.m. vigil outside Colonie Shopping Center at Wolf Rd. and Central Ave. is “Violence begets violence.” They say: "We will stand together to call for an end to the ever expanding wars that our country is involved in.  We will instead recommend ceasefires and negotiations to end the suffering of the millions of people caught in these conflicts. Information,

Thursday, Sept. 22, SUFFERN (Rockland Community College): Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson are holding a public information meeting on the proposed Pilgrim oil pipelines in the Hudson Valley. The event begins at 6:30 p.m., 145 College Rd. Information, (845) 574-4000.5 College Road, Suffern, NY
Thursdays, Sept. 22, NEW PALTZ: The Climate Action Coalition meets every Thursday in New Paltz Village Hall (upstairs), 25 Plattekill Ave. The 5-6:30 p.m. meetings feature weekly reports on local current actions in solar, composting, fracking and pipeline resistance, energy transition and more. Information,, or!/pages/New-Paltz-Climate-Action-Coalition/440970735951732.

West Point: the more officers, the more wars of aggression.
√√ Monday, Sept 26, HIGHLAND FALLS: A “Stop the U.S. Colonial Wars” protest will be held at 11 a.m. at the West Point U.S. Military Academy’s Thayer Gate. The demonstration will call on Washington to totally disengage militarily from wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, Syria and Libya and for a halt in all U.S. drone attacks. “We are protesting at West Point because students are being trained there to fight dishonorable wars of aggression and domination solely to the benefit of wealthy interests,” said Nick Mottern, Coordinator of, an organizer of the protest. The event is in solidarity with an antiwar protest being held the same morning at the Pentagon in Washington, by the National Campaign for Non-Violent Resistance (NCNR).  This protest will be the culmination of the international “No-War 2016” conference being organized by World Beyond War. The West Point action is endorsed by NCNR,, WESPAC Foundation, World Beyond War, Middle East Crisis Response and the Hudson Valley Activist Newsletter. Information,, or call (914) 806-6179,

Wednesday, Sept 28, HYDE PARK: The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will present "Listening to the Roosevelts: Franklin D. Roosevelt — The War Years" at 7 p.m. in the Henry A. Wallace Center. Hosted by Library Director Paul Sparrow — in conversation with Mary Stuckey, author and professor of communication at Georgia State University —this program will include selected audio recordings of FDR during World War II. The address is 4079 Albany Post Road. Information, (845) 486-7770.

√√ Thursday, Sept. 29, CATSKILL: A Pilgrim Pipelines Public Information Meeting will be held 7-9 p.m. at Catskill High School Auditorium, 343 W. Main St.4

√√ Friday, Sept 30: MILLBROOK: A lecture by noted herpetologist Harry Greene, a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University, will take place at 7 p.m. in the Cary Institute auditorium located at 2801 Sharon Turnpike. He will discuss his new book, Tracks and Shadows: Field Biology as Art. In the process he will explain, "Through an exploration of frogs, snakes, African megafauna and other charismatic wildlife, one can discover how natural history, aesthetics, and ethics underpin conservation.: Information, (845) 677-7600 ext. 203. 

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