Wednesday, November 11, 2015

11-11-15 November/December Calendar

Nov. 12, 2015 2015, Hudson Valley Activist Calendar, Issue #692
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Thursday, Nov. 12, WOODSTOCK: Middle East Crisis Response  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, (845) 876-7906 or

Saturday, Nov. 14, COLD SPRING: Riverkeeper is organizing a fall cleanup at Little Stony Point. "Come and clean up the most beautiful park on the Hudson! Volunteers please sign in at gate. Bring gloves." Information,

Saturday, Nov. 14, NEW PALTZ: A vigil in support of the Palestinian people and of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement will begin at 12:45 p.m. on diagonal corners of Main St., sponsored by Women in Black (in front of the Elting Memorial Library, 93 Main St.) and Middle East crisis Response (in front of Starbucks, at1 Plattekill Ave.). Information,,

Grapes of Wrath.

Monday, Nov. 16, HYDE PARK: As part of the Poughkeepsie Read, The Roosevelt Library, Marist College and the Poughkeepsie Public Library District will present a discussion, "Sights, Sounds and People in The Grapes of Wrath Era." The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center. Marist College professors will highlight different aspects of John Steinbeck's novel, "The Grapes of Wrath." Information (845) 486-7745.

One of many anti-drone protests at Hancock air bace near Syracuse
Tuesday, Nov. 17, ANNANDALE ON HUDSON (Bard campus): The Bard Human Rights Project and the Center Information, (845) 758-7650,  for the Study of the Drone present "Surveillance Torture Drones: Human Rights and Endless War" beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Olin Humanities Building Room 102. Speaking at this public lecture will be Mark Danner, a writer, journalist and professor at both UC-Berkeley and Bard College. Campus map,

Wednesday, Nov. 18, TROY: The Sanctuary for Independent Media has organized a 1-10 p.m. series of events under the general title of "Resist Toxic Fracking Infrastructure — Skillshare, Networking, Screening." They say: "Media makers, activists, scientists and just plain folks join forces to organize for family, health and home.  An afternoon skillshare will offer numerous informational sessions, followed by the opening of a gallery show on Indigenous resistance to fracking in Canada, a community potluck, and an evening screening with environmental filmmaker Jon Bowermaster, special guest Mike Bonanno of The Yes Men, and plenty more." A full schedule is at The venue is the Sanctuary's home at a historic former church at 3361 6th Ave.  in north Troy.  

Friday, Nov. 20, MILLBROOK: Urban ecologist Dr. Peter Groffman will discuss how the homogenization of American cities impacts the environment, 7 p.m., in the Cary Institute auditorium located at 2801 Sharon Turnpike. Event and parking are free. Seating is first come first served. Information, (845) 677-5343.

Henry Wallace and FDR: Had they prevailed,
Our history would have been quite different.
Saturday, Nov.21, ROCK TAVERN: "World War II" — Episode One of Oliver Stone's magnificent film series, The Untold History of the United States — will be screened at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 9 Vance Road, (off Rt. 207). The series is a re-examination of some of the under-reported and darkest parts of American modern history, using little known documents and newly uncovered archival material.  It looks beyond official versions of events to the deeper causes and implications and explores how events from the past still have resonant themes for the present day. Light refreshments and discussion follow. A $5-$10 sliding scale donation is welcomed, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Information, (845) 569-8965 or

Monday, Nov. 23, ROSENDALE: The End The New Jim Crow Action Network (ENJAN) will meet 6-8 p.m.  at the Rosendale Cafe. The meetings in December we will resume at New Pro in Kingston. ENJAN is a Hudson Valley network dedicated to fighting racist policies of racial profiling, police brutality, and mass incarceration. Information, (845) 475-8781 or

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 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. Information, (845) 475-8781 or

Thursday, Nov. 26, AMERICA: 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.

Saturday, Nov. 28, PEEKSKILL: The decisive UN Paris climate talks begin at the end of the month. A "Peekskill to Paris Climate Rally" will take place 1-3 p.m. at the Peekskill Riverfront Green. "Speakers, music, fun." It's sponsored by WESPAC, Intergenerate, Grassroots Environmental Center, Connie Hogarth Center for Change, Clearwater, SAPE, IPSEC, Croton Climate Initiative, Map at,+Peekskill,+NY+10566/@41.2834791,-73.935657,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89c2c8cb7bb5c94f:0x2213a2221f50d3a7.

VV Tuesday, Dec. 1, NEW PALTZ (SUNY campus):  An important panel discussion on education in New York State's Public Schools will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Coykendall Science Building. "Receivership, High Stakes Testing and Social Justice" is the topic. Panelists will highlight the need for united action to challenge "the intense segregation of our public schools, and The discriminatory nature of current accountability policy and law."  They will also examine the dangers of privatization, loss of local control and parental rights.  The panel is composed of five educators from throughout the state.  Sponsors of this free public meeting include Rethinking Testing Mid-Hudson Chapter, SUNY New Paltz, Graduate Program in Multicultural/Humanistic Education, Departments of Educational Studies, Secondary Education and Educational Administration, Campus Auxiliary Services Inc. Information,,  (845) 257-2827

VV Tuesday, Dec. 1, NEW PALTZ: Hudson Valley civil rights attorney Michael Sussman will speak at a free public meeting titled "Racism in Our Schools is Costing Taxpayers Money." He will discuss a current case. The 7-9 p.m. event will take place at the Jewish Congregation of New Paltz Community Center, 30 N. Chestnut St. Sponsored by Concerned Parents of New Paltz. Information, or call (845) 255-8560.

VV Thursday, Dec. 3, NEW PALTZ (SUNY CAMPUS): Social justice advocate, poet and lawyer Reginald Dwayne will chart his journey from prison to law school while he speaks about and reads from his most recent poetry collection — "Bastards of the Reagan Era." This free public event takes place at 4:30 p.m. in Lecture Center 104. Students Against Incarceration and Major Connections are the sponsors.