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10-02-16 Calendar, October

CALENDAR October 2016
Hudson Valley Activist Calendar, Issue #701

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                                 OCTOBER  –  ONE MONTH TO G O!


Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 5-7, BEACON, POUGHKEEPSIE, KINGSTON, ALBANY: Ten years ago, the court ruled that New York State is systematically underfunding our public schools — and they still haven't paid what they owe. So this year, we are taking the fight to a new level. Early this month, parents and educators are marching 150 miles from New York City to Albany to tell our Governor and legislators that we are not giving up on the Campaign for Fiscal Equity. Join a rally for the #EdWalk in your city: 
* BEACON #EdWalk: Wednesday, Oct. 5.
Rally at 3:30 p.m. Beacon High School. Join us afterward as we continue our march and stop at Fishkill Correctional Facility 
to hold a press conference on the School to Prison Pipeline.
* POUGHKEEPSIE #EdWalk: Thursday, Oct. 6.
Rally at 2 p.m. at Poughkeepsie High School. Join us afterward as we bring our march to the Walkway Over the Hudson. 
*KINGSTON #EdWalk: Friday, October 7. Rally 2 p.m. at Kingston City Hall.
Join us after the rally for a potluck with the Ed Walkers (location TBD).
Alex Deane, Citizen Action of New York. Information, <,

Thursday, Oct. 6, NEW P ALTZ: The New Paltz Climate Action Coalition meets every Thursday 5-630 p.m. at Village Hall, Plattekill Ave. All are welcome. Information, (845) 255-9297,  

Friday, Oct. 7, DELMAR: The 2016 documentary Paying the Price for Peace will be screened at 6:30 p.m. at the Bethlehem Public Library,
451 Delaware Ave. This free offering features the true story of Vietnam Veteran S. Brian Willson, who paid the price for peace by nearly being killed by a military train during a nonviolent protest in 1987. Since then, he has not stopped calling attention to the U.S. government’s defiance of international law through waging endless illegal wars. The film also stars: Dan Ellsberg, Ed Asner, Martin Sheen, Blase Bonpane, Colonel Ann Wright, Ron Kovic, Medea Benjamin, Alice Walker, Bruce and David Swanson, and other current outspoken antiwar veterans of U.S. Wars including Iraq and Afghanistan.  A discussion will follow the free public film. Information, (518) 466-1192.

Friday, Oct. 7, KINGSTON: The War Around Us will be screened 7-9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, 320 Sawkill Rd. In 2008, two best friends found themselves trapped in one of the most dangerous places on earth as the only western journalists in the Gaza Strip. The free film tells their true story as they witness and cover one of the most disturbing wars of our time. Sponsored by Middle East Crisis Response (, Hudson Valley Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions ( Contact:, (518) 291-6808.

Saturday, Oct. 8, 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.

Monday, Oct. 10, 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 is Oct. 24. Information, (845) 475-8781 or

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 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 is Oct. 26. Information, (845) 475-8781 or

Thursday, Oct. 13, 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 next meeting is Oct.  27. Information, (845) 876-7906 or

Thursday, Oct. 13, HYDE PARK: Author Susan Quinn will discuss her recently published book Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped A First Lady at 7 p.m.
 in the Henry A. Wallace Center of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, 4079 Albany Post Road. She will sign purchased books. Information (845) 486-7770.
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√√ Friday, Oct. 14, TROY: The James Connolly Forum presents "Elections and Democracy in Cuba" starting at 7 p.m.
at Oakwood Community Center, 313 10th St. The speaker is Canadian journalist Arnold August, the author of Democracy in Cuba and the 1997–98 Elections, and, more recentlyCuba and Its Neighbors: Democracy in Motion. Cosponsored by the Solidarity Committee of the Capital District,
 Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace,Albany Cuba Solidarity, and
 the Hampton Institute. 
Donation of $5 requested, $2 unemployed and students. Information, map and parking,, (518) 407-7582.

Saturday, Oct. 15, SARATOGA SPRINGS:  The Saratoga Peace Alliance sponsors a weekly peace vigil Saturdays at noon at the Post Office at 475 Broadway. You are welcome to stand with us. Information, Jim Fulmer, (518) 859-5873.

Saturday, Oct. 15, POUGHKEEPSIE: A 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. teach-in on the Dutchess County jail expansion takes place in the Cafeteria, downstairs at The Family Partnership Center, 29 N. Hamilton St. Topics include Restorative Justice, Alternatives to Mass Incarceration and the  School-to-Prison Pipeline. Sponsors include Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Library, New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) and End the New Jim Crow Action Network (ENJAN). A light breakfast begins at 9:30 a.m.. Information,,, (845) 475-8781.

√√ Thursday, Oct. 20, NEW PALTZ (SUNY Campus): A free public pre-screening of the environmental film Before the Flood will be shown tonight at 8:30 p.m. at the Coykendall Science Building auditorium. National Geographic wrote: "From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award-winning actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio, Before The Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change." Campus map: .

Friday, Oct 21, MILLBROOK: Dr. Karen Lips will describe the impact chytrid pathogens have had on frogs and salamanders globally, and what we might expect as new pathogens emerge and spread. The 7 p.m. meeting will be held in the Cary Institute auditorium,
2801 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44). Free and public.

Saturday. Oct. 22, CHATHAM: Every Saturday for years, Chatham Neighbors for Peace conducts a 12 noon-1 p.m. peace and justice vigil at The Gazebo, 1 Park Row. You can bring your own sign or use one of ours. For Map and directions: Information, (518) 542 4194.

Saturday, Oct, 22, HYDE PARK: The FDR Presidential Library (4079 Albany Post Rd.) will host an talk at 3p.m. with Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of the forthcoming Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 3: The War Years and After, 1939-1962. Public and free. Information  (845) 486-7745.
From Birth of a Nation
√√ Wednesday, Oct. 26, NEW PALTZ (SUNY campus): A symposium on the influential 1915 anti-black racist film The Birth of a Nation will take place 6:30-8 p.m. in Lecture Center 108, sponsored by the Black Studies Department. There will be four speakers. Considering the role this film played in reinforcing Jim Crow segregation, the discussions should be most enlightening

√√ Wednesday, Oct. 26, NEW PALTZ (SUNY campus): A free public screening of ecologist Sandra Steingraber's documentary Living Downstream will takej place at 7 p.m. in Lecture Center 100. It is based on the ecologist’s personal Investigation of cancer and the environment. Imformation. <>

√√ Thursday, Oct. 27, NEW PALTZ (SUNY Campus): The free public program "Emotions Matter: Creating More Compassionate Schools and Communities Through Emotional Intelligence," begins at 7 p.m. in CSB Auditorium. Shauna Tominey and Kathryn Lee of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence will present a program, geared for families and teens, that will provide tools and strategies for managing emotions to reduce stress, improve communication, and support one another. This interactive evening will include full group learning activities and breakout discussions. It will emphasize emotions as a point of connection across race, gender, and class difference. The program is presented by the Maya Gold Foundation and co-sponsored by the Humanistic/Multicultural Education Program.

√√ Saturday, Oct. 29, POUIGHKEEPSIE, HIGHLAND: the 4th Annual Walk for Gun Sense, Sponsored by New Yorkers Against Violence, begins at 10 a.m. at the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park. The march will demand an end to the gun violence that’s devastating our communities, families and loved ones. The event begins on the Poughkeepsie side of the Walkway. All are welcome. Information,

Saturday, Oct. 29, ALBANY: A free public screening of Michael Moore's latest film, Where To Invade Next, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Channing Hall of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, 405 Washington Ave. (across from the downtown SUNY campus). Public an free, sponsored by the Solidarity Committee and Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. Information, (518) 466-1192.

√√ Saturday, Oct. 29, CASTLETON-ON-HUDSON: A Renewable Energy Fair will take place 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Maple Hill High School, 1216 Maple Hill Rd., sponsored by Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline. The group says "Visit and learn how to save money, save energy and save the planet." Information,

To Our Readers: The recent anti-Russia, anti-Putin comments coming from Washington and the commercial mass media portend the possibility of moving ever closer to a war no none will win. We have tried to make this case in the Sept. 26 Activist Newsletter. Check out this educational article directly below this calendar.  Jack