Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Calendar

Hudson Valley Activist Calendar, Issue #703, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016
The Calendar is updated with new events every few days. Check in again in a week or so. New items begin with this mark: √√.
The latest Newsletter (Nov. 20) is just below the Calendar. The next newsletter will be posted in a week to 10 days. There are several pieces about Fidel as well as the usual Middle East and Washington dreadfuls.


Protest Trump On Inauguration Day. Jan. 20, 2017 at 7 a.m. Freedom Plaza 1355 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (14th St. and Pennsylvania Ave.), Washington, DC 20004.
Progressive people from all over the country will be descending on Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20  to stage a massive demonstration along Pennsylvania Avenue on Inauguration Day. The high point is when Trump passes by on the way to the White House. The press won't ignore this.

BUSES WILL BE COMING FROM THE HUDSON VALLEY. CONTACT THE ACTIVIST NEWSLETTER IF YOU WISH TO TRAVEL WITH US, Send us your name, address and contact information as soon as possible. We will get back to you as soon as we can with bus information, pickup, delivery and cost. Details and permits are being worked out now in Washington. From other parts of the country, contact
Women's March On Washington. This event is being organized on Facebook and we are not familiar with the organizers. The 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. march and rally starts at the Lincoln Memorial.  The main contact address is  
From there you can find a page for your state. The New York Times had an article about the event recently at


Thursday, Dec. 1, DELMAR: Brian Trautman of Veterans for Peace  will report on his recent experiences at Standing Rock, 7-9 p.m. at 
Bethlehem Public Library,
451 Delaware Ave. Brian will discuss his Oct.12-17 experiences as he stayed at Standing Rock’s Oceti Sakowin Camp, which is next door to the Sacred Stone Camp located on the reservation.   A discussion will follow the presentation.   Information: (518) 466-1192.

Friday, Dec. 2, NEW PALTZ: The film Take Back Your Power will be screened at 8:15 p.m. at the Elton Memorial Library, 93 Main St. This free event investigates the benefits and risks of the ubiquitous “smart” grid program, with insight from insiders, expert researchers, politicians, doctors, and concerned communities. It questions the right of corporations to tap our private information and erode our rights in the name of “green.”  What you discover will surprise you. For example, Central Hudson Fortis is installing digital utility meters throughout the Hudson Valley. Many residents object to these meters on the grounds that they bathe them in unsafe amounts of electromagnetic radiation. In addition, the digital meters catch fire and they invade one’s privacy. Since 2015 the City of Kingston and the towns of Woodstock, Olive and Gardiner have passed memorializing resolutions against the digital meters in favor of allowing their residents to recover or retain their safe analog meters without penalties or monthly fees. Information from Teresa Dixon.

Saturday, Dec. 3. NEW PALTZ: Stand in solidarity with the Native American-led protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of Wells Fargo Bank, 29 Main St. Water protectors have been risking their lives to keep the 1,172 mile pipeline, which would carry Bakken Crude oil, from being laid under the Missouri River and Lake Oahe, the only water source of the Lakota Sioux. A break in the line will poison drinking water for millions and hasten climate change.  Water protectors are being met with brutal militarized force from County and State police, a private security firm hired by Energy Transfer Partners, as well as from the National Guard, even though the corporation has been given no federal permit approval to drill under the Missouri River. Please bring signs.  We will have fliers to distribute. Sponsored by Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipelines, New Paltz Climate Action Coalition, and Citizen Action of Hudson Valley.

Saturday, Dec. 3, ALBANY: Stand United with Muslims and immigrants, Trumps two favorite targets, at 2- 4: p.m. at Townsend Park (Central and Washington Aves.)  A theme of the rally responds to the fact that the Ku Klux Klan has announced a “victory” rally that day in North Carolina. David Duke former grand dragon of the KKK was an early endorser of Trump. We will say in unity that this is our country and that we oppose domestic terrorism and a Ku Klux Klan presidency. The rally is backed by a wide diversity of organizations of Democrats, liberals and the left. Information, Joe Facebook Link.

Saturdays in December in NEWBURGH, POUGHKEEPSIE, KINGSTON, MONTICELLO: Trump has made some of the most anti-Planned Parenthood, anti-reproductive health, anti-choice nominations imaginable. Most recently, Trump has nominated Tom Price (R-GA) as head of Health and Human Services. This is disastrous. Take action with Planned Parenthood of the Mid-Hudson Valley this Saturday, Dec. 3 from 12 Noon-2 p.m. at our Newburgh Health Center. We’re meeting to discuss the news we have about what faces Planned Parenthood, to write letters to key senators opposing the nomination of Tom Price, and to write letters to the editor of our local papers about why we need Planned Parenthood so desperately. Then we’ll have a Stand With Planned Parenthood demonstration outside the health center. Here’s the rest of the December schedule: Saturday, Dec. 10 Poughkeepsie health center, Noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec.17  Kingston health center Noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 Monticello health center, 12Noon-2 p.m.  Information, or call (845) 838-1200 ext.107, and

Saturday, Dec. 3. OLD CHATHAM:  The Quaker Meeting will screen The Singing Revolution at 7 p.m. in the Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse, 539 County Rt.13, across from Pitt Hall Rd. and Powell House. The video shares how, between 1987 and 1991, hundreds of thousands of Estonians gathered publicly to sing forbidden patriotic songs and share protest speeches to proclaim their desire for independence. The songs of the Estonians anchored their struggle, which was ultimately accomplished without the loss of a single life. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served and a moderated discussion will follow. Information, (518) 766-2992. Directions, Directions

Saturday, Dec. 3 (and each Saturday) 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.

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. HYDE PARK: Today is the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii  — the "Day that will live in infamy," in the famous words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It is logical that there will be free events at the FDR Presidential Library and the Henry A. Wallace Center. The address is 4079 Albany Post Rd. (Route 9.). Instead of listing them all, including another event Dec. 14, here's the web address For more information call Cliff Laube at (845) 486-7745, or Email

Thursdays, Dec. 8, 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, Dec. 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 next meeting is Dec. 22. Information, (845) 876-7906 or

Monday, Dec. 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 is Dec. 26. Information, (845) 475-8781 or

Wednesday, Dec. 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 Dec. 28. Information, (845) 475-8781 or

Wednesday, Dec. 14, ALBANY: The Palestinian Rights Committee meets in Albany on the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.  Phone Tom at (518) 453-8874 for location and directions

'Till we meet Again Jack