Thursday, September 16, 2010

09-16-10 Activist Calendar

Sept. 16, 2010, Issue #647
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The union movement is providing transportation from throughout most of the Hudson Valley to the One Nation Working Together rally in the nation's capital. It is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of demonstrators. Over 150 organizations in a new liberal-leaning coalition named One Nation Working Together are  calling the demonstration, which is conceived as an answer to the Tea Party and the right wing, and is obviously intended to build support for the Democrats a month before the elections. To sign up for the union buses email or phone Sue DelGiorno of the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation. Send your name, town and email address to her at The phone number is (845) 567-7760. Act soon before the buses  are filled. Website information:,

OCTOBER ACTIVIST CALENDAR will be emailed Sept. 26.

(This update includes some remaining September events from earlier calendars)

Friday, Sept. 17, MILBROOK: Author and angler Paul Greenberg will discuss large scale commercial fishing, extensive fish farming, and how questionable environmental standards have distressed aquatic ecosystems, pushing many wild fish species to the edge of extinction. Greenburg's new book, "Four Fish" discusses the relationship people have with salmon, bass, cod and tuna. This free public talk starts at 7 p.m. at the Cary Institute auditorium, 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Rt. 44). Information, (845) 677-7600, ext. 121,

Saturday, Sept. 18, NEW ROCHELLE: Westchester Women in Black will conduct a 2-3 p.m. Palestine Solidarity Vigil at Main St. and Memorial Highway sponsored by WESPAC and CodePink (Westchester). Men are welcome of course. Information, (914) 654 8990,

Sunday, Sept. 19, SARATOGA SPRINGS: A Peace and Justice Fair in celebration of International Peace Day will be held 12 noon-4 p.m. at the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular St. We're told, "Over 40 organizations will have displays and workshops about social justice issues, and how to get involved and make a difference." Sponsored by the Congregational Church and the Saratoga Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. Information, (518) 584-0902,

Monday, Sept. 20, ALBANY: "The struggle for Peace from Afghanistan to Gaza" is the topic of a 7: 30 p.m. talk by retired Army colonel Ann Wright, now a well known peace and justice activist. The event will take place at the First Unitarian Universalist Society, 405 Washington Ave. (between Robin and Lake Sts.). Wright is one of the highest ranking officers and diplomats to have resigned from government service to protest the Iraq war. She participated in the recent Gaza Freedom Flotilla that was interdicted by the Israeli armed forces. Sponsors of the event are Military Families Speak Out, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Veterans For Peace, SUNY Albany Justice and Peace in Palestine Alliance, Women Against War, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. Information, (585) 749-7121, (518) 439-1968,

Monday, Sept. 20, KINGSTON: A 6:30-8:30 p.m. community forum on "The future of the Hudson River and its watershed" will be hosted by Ulster County Assemblyman Kevin Cahill. This free public meeting takes place at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing. Information, (845) 338-0071.

Tuesday, Sept. 21, POUGHKEEPSIE (Marist College campus): Dutchess County's community forum on "The future of the Hudson River and its watershed" will be held at the Cornell Boathouse on campus, 3399 North Road (Rt. 9), 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. State Sen. Steve Saland, and Assemblymen Marc Molinaro and Joel Miller will participate. Information, (845) 575-3174.

Saturday, Sept. 25, LAGRANGEVILLE: South African activist Eddie Daniels, a former prison mate of Nelson Mandela for 15 years and the author of "There and Back," and will discuss his experiences before, during and after his incarceration. The 4-6 p.m. meeting — sponsored by the members of the All For Justice Committee — will be held at the Freedom Plains Presbyterian Church, 1168 Rt. 55. Mandela, who served as president of South Africa 1994-99, has written: "Shortly after we started working at the quarry, we were joined by other prominent political prisoners. We were also joined by Eddie Daniels, a 'Colored' [a term for biracial in South Africa] member of the Liberal Party who had been convicted for sabotage operations undertaken by the African Resistance Movement, a small sabotage group composed of members of the Liberal Party. Eddie was to become one of my greatest friends in prison.... We recall his loyalty and courage; his sense of humor and justice, as well as total commitment to the struggle of the prisoners for the eradication of injustice and for the betterment of their conditions." Information,,, (914) 474-5992.

Saturday, Sept. 25, POUGHKEEPSIE: The Mid-Hudson Chapter of The Sierra Club's annual "Big Tag Sale" will be held at Mulligan's Irish Pub's parking lot, 2146 New Hackensack Rd. (Rt. 376, Red Oaks Mill) 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 26. Information,, (845) 338-0300.

Monday, Sept. 27, POUGHKEEPSIE (Marist College campus): Progressive author and environmental activist Maude Barlow, an expert on the world's water systems, will discuss her book "Blue Covenant — The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water" at a free public meeting starting at 7 p.m. at the Nelly Goletti Theatre on campus. Barlow is also  the national chairwoman of The Council of Canadians. Campus map, Information,

SPECIAL NOTE:  The SUNY, New Paltz, Women's Studies Program is planning a conference on women and the environment to take place in the spring. We recognize that many faculty, staff members and others have expertise and interests in related issues and we welcome your input. Please contact Amy Kesselman if you are interested in participating in the conference planning process —, (845) 257-2977.