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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

NOVEMBER CALENDAR, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2016
Hudson Valley Activist Calendar, Issue #702

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Wednesday, Nov. 2, NEW PALTZ (SUNY campus): Biologist Sandra Steingraber, the author of "Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment," will speak at 5:30 p.m. in Lecture Center 100. Her topic is "The Health Consequences of Fossil Fuel." Steingraber has been named a Woman of the Year by Ms. Magazine, and is the recipient of the Rachel Carson Leadership Award. This free public event is sponsored by the campus Office of Sustainability.

Thursday, Nov. 3, DELMAR: The Obama administration's Trans-Pacific Partnership is in the news, but most people know little about it. Susan Weber and Susan DuBois will each give a critical presentation on this multi-national agreement that could supersede federal, state and local laws if it is passed by Congress as President Obama suggests. Candidates Trump and Clinton both oppose the measure for quite different reasons. "Stop the TPP" is the title of tonight's discussion beginning at 7 the Bethlehem Pubic Library, 451 Delaware Ave. Information, (518) 466-1192.

Friday, Nov. 4, WOODSTOCK: A free public showing of the documentary "Two Blue Lines" begins at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 76 Tinker St. Filmed over a period of 25 years, this 2015 film explores the passionate dispute among Israeli citizens about their government’s occupation of Palestine. The movie debates competing views of Judaism: a religious entitlement to land versus a spiritual commitment to freeing the oppressed. Sponsored by Middle East Crisis Response ( and Hudson Valley BDS ( Contact:

"We take this land in the name of Christ."
Friday, Nov. 4, OLD CHATHAM: The Quaker Meeting will screen "Doctrine of Discovery” at 7 p.m. in the Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse, 539 County Rt.13, across from Pitt Hall Rd. and Powell House. The film "shows how Christian governments used a framework of moral and legal 'rights' to invade and seize indigenous lands and dominate their peoples. Enslavement, extraction and extinction were the result and continue to happen. The end of the film deals with the undoing of this doctrine." There will be a potluck at 6 p.m. for those wishing to share dinner. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served and a moderated discussion will follow. Information (518) 766-2992. Directions:

Saturdays, Nov. 5, NEW PALTZ: The progressive group Women 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.

Poughkeepsie, Saturday, Nov. 5: The annual Fair Trade Bazaar, which took a hiatus last year, will re-open as the “Fair Trade and Handmade” Bazaar in a new location: the Hellenic Center, 54 Park Ave. from 11 to 5, and Sunday, Nov.6, from 11 to 3. Cosponsored by the Dutchess County Interfaith Council (, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie ( Organizer Pat Lamanna, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, says, “I see this work as related to the commitment of all the major religions to social justice, to concern for those in poverty, and for stewardship of the earth. It also helps raise awareness of the effect of our actions on others.”  Information,, or visit

Saturday, Nov. 5, NEW PALTZ: A "SlutWalk" March Against Rape Culture will begin at 3:30 p.m. from Manheim and Main Sts. (by New Paltz Middle School). At 4:30 the march resumes from Peace Park/Village Hall to Unframed Artists Gallery.  From 5-8 p.m. there will be  "Counter Stories pop-up feminist art show at 173 Huguenot Street." Information, Alex Wojcik (631) 335-2402 (cell), Rachel Caprari (845) 542-6212, or,

√√ Sunday, Nov. 6, NEW PALTZ: We have been informed: A group of community members have been holding vigils for victims of state violence outside the Elting Memorial library in downtown New Paltz every other Sunday from noon to 1 p.m. Today they focus on solidarity with the protestors at Standing Rock who are being assaulted for opposing an oil pipeline project that has the potential to disrupt their source for clean water and that runs through sacred burial sites. JOIN THEM IF YOU CAN. (Note daylight saving time ends. Turn  clocks back  an hour)

Mondays, Nov. 7, DELMAR: A peace vigil takes place each Monday, 5 to 6 p.m. at the four corners intersection of Kenwood and Delaware Aves. Bring your sign or use one of ours. Stay for a few minutes or an hour. Let's stand together for peace.  Information, (518) 466-1192.  

Tuesday, Nov. 8, USA: Election Day: We assume just about everyone on our list in the U.S. is going to vote against Trump, one way or another.
In our 19th Congressional District progressives are voting for Zephyr Teachout for a seat in the House of Representatives.

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 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 Nov. 23. Information, (845) 475-8781 or

Thursdays, Nov. 10, 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, led by Ann Guenther and Miriam Strouse, 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 

Thursday, Nov. 10, 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. Information Middle East Crisis Response 

Thursday, Nov. 10, HYDE PARK: The FDR Presidential Library will host an author talk and book signing at 7 p.m. in the Henry A. Wallace Center, 4079 Albany Post Rd. Craig Nelson will discuss his new book Pearl Harbor: From Infamy To Greatness. Copies of the book will be available for sale after the talk. Information (845) 486-7745.

Saturday. Nov. 12, 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.

Monday, Nov. 14, WHITE PLAINS: "Protecting Civil Liberties and Public Safety in an Age of Terror" is the title of a 6 to 8:30 p.m. panel discussion about potential terrorist activity to be held in the Tudor Room at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, 78 N. Broadway. The event will address public concern and review procedures that are in place to keep us safe while at the same time respecting the rule of law, constitutional rights and civil liberties.  Panelists will explore why protecting civil rights domestically is important to fighting terrorism. Panelists include: Mariko Hirose, senior staff attorney at the New York Civil Liberties Union; Chief Inspector John Hodges with the Westchester County Police Department's counter-terrorism unit; and Professor Thomas McDonnell, an expert in international human rights, the law of war, and the war on terrorism. This event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the Lower Hudson Valley Chapter of the New York CLU, the Pace Criminal Justice Institute, WESPAC, the Westchester Coalition against Islamophobia and the Westchester Coalition for Police Reform. Information, Pace Criminal Justice Institute Director Lissa Griffin at  Parking is available on campus.

Monday, Nov. 14, 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 Nov. 28. Information, (845) 475-8781 or

Mondays, Nov. 14, GUILDERLAND: Guilderland Neighbors for Peace conducts a peace vigil every Monday at the corner of routes 20 and 155 every Monday between 5 and 6 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 18, TROY: Long time activist and professor Joel Kovel will speak at 7 p.m. at the James Connolly Forum, Oakwood Community Center, 313 10th St. 

His topic is "The Future of Israel: Occupier with a Wall or at Peace with the Palestinians?" Kovel is currently editor-in-chief of "Capitalism Nature Socialism," an author and media commentator. Sponsored by The James Connolly Forum.  Co-sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace. Donation of $5 requested, $2 unemployed and students. Information, and directions, (518) 407-3582.

Saturday, Nov. 19, 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, Nov. 19, ALBANY: The film: Sacco and Vanzetti
 will be screened free at 7:30 p.m.
in Channing Hall of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, 405 Washington Ave. (across from downtown SUNY). Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were two Italian immigrant anarchists who were accused of a murder in 1920 and were executed after a notoriously biased trial. In this award-winning film, John Turturro and Tony Shalhoub serve as voices of Sacco and Vanzetti, while Howard Zinn, Studs Terkel, and Arlo Guthrie are interviewed about the doomed men’s case. Sponsored by the Solidarity Committee and co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, the Social Justice Center, and Upper Hudson Peace Action. Admission and refreshments are free. Information:  (518) 466-1192.

VV Saturday, Nov. 19, ALBANY: Join the Rally and March Against Trump’s 100 Days Agenda. Meet at 1:30 p.m. at Townsend Park (Intersection of Central and Washington Aves.) for a rally followed by a march to the Masjid As-Salam on Central Ave. We will demand: Stop deportations, stop white supremacy, stop racism, stop Islamophobia, for LGBT rights, support free speech, support Social Security and other social benefits that are now threatened. The action is initiated by the Capital District Coalition Against Islamophobia and endorsed by a number of other area groups. Information, (518)366-7324).

VV Saturday, Nov. 19, TROY: Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the women-led peace group CodePink, and the author or editor of eight books including a new one about the Saudi-U.S. relationship, will speak at 7 p.m. at the Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Ave. Admission:  by donation ($10 suggested, $5 student/low-income), Information, (518) 272-2390.

√√ Saturday and  Sunday, Nov 19-20, HYDE PARK: at the FDR Library/Wallace Center, 4079 Albany Post Rd. (Rt. 9), Hyde Park. The fourth Annual Veteran Arts Showcase starts at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, and celebrates veterans and the healing power of the arts. Artists, crafters, writers, poets, musicians, and other performers will be featured at this free weekend program. Information,  914) 522-5518,

VV Sunday, Nov. 20, NEW PALTZ: Join community members to stand vigil from noon to 1 p.m. outside the Elting library, 93 Main St. "These are dark times we live in. This week has seen incidents of verbal and physical violence based on prejudice across the country. At the same time it is so heartening that we also have constructive and positive push-back by campus and community members. More than at any time in the recent past we need to demonstrate solidarity with like-minded people in our community and across the region and the country and make sure that the future administration in Washington gets the message that they are not acting in our name when they engage in discriminatory policies that violate basic principles of human rights." In Solidarity, Gowri Parameswaran.

Thursday, Nov. 24, USA: Happy Thanksgiving. We’d like to talk turkey about turkeys. All told throughout the year in the U.S., up to 300 million turkeys are raised for slaughter every year, nearly 47 million for this single day of gluttony. Their lives are short and brutal. Many never leave the cruel factory “farm” until they are about to be killed. Turkeys are frequently confined so tightly that each bird has only between 2.5 to 4 square feet of space each. This space only gets tighter as the turkeys grow. “The symbolism surrounding the Thanksgiving turkey, much like the modern domestic turkey itself, has been largely manufactured by cynical commercial interests. There is neither compelling historical precedent nor meaningful rationale for associating the butchered carcass of a turkey with our national day of thanksgiving.” This information comes from a brief article titled “The History of Thanksgiving” on the Farm Sanctuary website,  Google “Vegetarian and vegan recipes for Thanksgiving” and you will find some very delicious recipes.

Thursday, Nov. 24, BEAR MOUNTAIN: A 1-2 p.m. demonstration in solidarity with Standing Rock and #NoDAPL, as well as the pipeline fiascoes in the Hudson Valley will take place on the Bear Mountain Bridge. Information, Tom O'Reilly, (845) 735-5926.