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- ACTIVIST CALENDAR, July 20, 2008
Of the Hudson Valley Activist Newsletter
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We're off soon for two weeks of camping and biking, so the next H.V. Activist Newsletter and Calendar will appear in later August. Enjoy your summer.
ANNIE KATZ R.I.P
A well known Mid-Hudson activist, Annie B. Katz, 55, died July 11 after a several-month struggle against cancer. A graphic designer, Annie was the coordinator of the Hudson Valley Contingent of Code Pink, the antiwar group, and a member of Veterans for Peace. According to a message from one of her activist friends: "You'll recall Annie at our antiwar demonstrations, dressed in pink from head to toe and armed with a truckload of signs for the taking. Annie's spirit and commitment were inspiring to all of us; she was a one-of-a-kind lady."
Annie Katz, presente!
Monday, July 21, ALL OVER: Today is a nationwide call-in day for peace activists to inform their members of Congress that they oppose any moves toward a war with Iran. The action was initiated by United For Peace and Justice, which says: "Now, before any irreversible steps are taken, is the time for us to speak out against any U.S./Israeli military attack on Iran…. Pressure on Congress is critical right now as it considers H.Con.Res. 362. 102 House Democrats and 117 Republicans have cosponsored a resolution against Iran that demands President Bush 'initiate an international effort' to impose a land, sea, and air blockade on Iran to prevent it from importing gasoline and to inspect all cargo entering or leaving Iran. Imposing such a blockade without UN authority could be widely construed as an act of war." To obtain Washington and local office information for Senate and House members go to http://capwiz.com/fconl/directory/congdir.tt.
Tuesday, July 22, NEW PALTZ: (Updated) What would the people of the Hudson Valley do if, say, 80% of their gas and oil supply was cut off for a decade until substitute energy resources were developed? A free public showing of the 53-minute documentary, "The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil," will provide an idea about how to survive such a crisis. Virtually all Cuba's petroleum and fertilizer came from the Soviet Union on a barter basis. When the USSR imploded in 1990, Cuba's supply was cut off, and the U.S. trade embargo compounded the crisis. Cubans managed by becoming one of the most energy efficient societies in the world. And their 10-year experience turned them into the global leader in organic farming. The 7-9 p.m. event will take place at the Elting Library, 93 Main St. (Rt. 299) at the corner of North Front St. (diagonally across the street from Starbucks). Sponsored by the Caribbean and Latin America Support Project and endorsed by the Activist Newsletter. Information, (845) 255-5779, email@example.com. About the film: http://www.communitysolution.org/poc.html.
Thursday, July 24, PLEASANTVILLE: The Fellowship of Reconciliation and WESPAC Foundation are sponsoring a mixed-media "Drug War Roadshow" at 7 p.m. FoR's Liza Smith appears with skits, puppets, humor and digital images that examine the human impact of U.S. drug policy at home and in Colombia. (Volunteers needed at 4 p.m. to help with the presentation.) The event will be at WESPAC's Pleasantville office, 17 Marble Ave. Information and/or to volunteer, (914) 449-6514, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.forcolombia.org/dwr.
Saturday, July. 26, KINGSTON: This is a reminder there is a weekly peace vigil 12 noon-2 p.m. Saturday's at the Kings Mall by the U.S. Army Recruitment Center, 1200 Ulster Ave. Information, Jay Wenk, (845) 679-6970, email@example.com.
Wednesday, July 30, to Sunday, Aug. 3, HIGH FALLS: A "Northeast Climate Confluence" will be held at the Epworth Camp and Methodist Retreat Center (8 Epworth Lane) for the purpose of "organizing for climate action." There will be workshops, music, discussion of public issues and strategy sessions. For full information, http://climateconfluence.org/.
Friday, Aug. 1, POUGHKEEPSIE: A showing of the film "Das Boot," followed by a discussion, will begin at 7:30 p.m. at The Muddy Cup, 305 Main St. The movie's about 42 raw German U-boat recruits, caught up in a war they didn't understand, and the captain who must lead them in their struggle to survive. The showing is part of the Dutchess Peace Coalition's "Give Peace a Film" series. Information, http://www.dutchesspeace.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, Fred Nagel (845) 876-7906.
Saturday, Aug. 2, MIDDLETOWN: A demonstration against U.S. or other military aggression toward Iran will take place at the Galleria Mall. It is part of a series of nationwide actions today on the same issue (see below). The Middletown event is sponsored by the Democratic Alliance of Orange County and Orange County Peace & Justice. Activists will protest, starting at 11 a.m., at the median strip off Rt. 211 close to the train and Lowe's and near Sam's Club. Information, email@example.com.
Saturday, Aug. 2, NEW YORK CITY: A mass march to "Stop a War on Iran" will leave from Times Sq, 43rd St. and Broadway. Activists will assemble there at 12 noon. It is one of more than 50 actions in 21 states and Washington DC seeking to head off a possible unjust war against Iran. The mobilization is backed by a number of groups including American-Iranian Friendship Committee, International Action Center, Stop War on Iran, Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran, Mobilization Against War and Occupation, and Iranian Community Against War. Information about NYC and the entire campaign, http://stopwaroniran.org/, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, August 2, POUGHKEEPSIE: Today is the Dutchess Community College Music School's Annual Sing Along/Play Along at Dutchess Community College on Creek Rd. The public is invited to this 2-5 p.m. benefit for the MusicLink Scholarship Fund for low income students. Performers of all ages and levels are invited to take part. No connection to the college is necessary. Admission is free. Information, Julie Wenger at (845) 431-8916, email@example.com.
Wednesday, August 6, NEW PALTZ: Today is Hiroshima Day. A memorial to mark the 63rd anniversary of the first nuclear bombing of a human habitation will be held at Peace Park 5-6 p.m. The park is next to Village Hall on Plattekill Ave. just south of Main St. There will be music, dance and poetry. Sponsored by Arts for Peace. Information, Julie Wegener: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, Aug. 6, ALBANY: A reading of John Hersey's "Hiroshima" will commemorate the bombing of Hiroshima Aug. 6, 1945, and of Nagasaki on Aug. 9, 1945. Community members are signing up to read portions of the text. The 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. event will be held at the Swan St. Steps of West Capitol Park, S. Swan St. and Washington Ave. The sponsor is Poetry Motel Foundation. Information, (518) 482-0262, email@example.com.
Thursday, Aug. 7, DELMAR: A presentation on "The Middle East and a Closer Look at Hezbollah and Hamas," including a slide presentation and a Q&A will take place 7-8:30 p.m. at the Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave. Speaking will be John Amidon, a member of Veterans for Peace who last May participated in the U.S. Academics For Peace Delegation to the Mideast. The group visited Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, meeting with academics, religious leaders and representatives of both Hezbollah and Hamas. Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace is the sponsor. Information (518) 466-1192, firstname.lastname@example.org, and http://www.BethlehemforPeace.org.
Saturday, Aug. 9, MONTGOMERY: Orange County peace and justice groups have scheduled an afternoon of activities at the Day Camp pavilion of Thomas Bull Park (Route 416) to honor Beth Quinn, a newspaper reporter and columnist who was fired recently by the daily Times Herald-Record after 27 years with the publication. Several other employees were also let go in an economy move. "Beth Quinn Day," which takes place from 12 noon to dusk, was organized "to show our community appreciation for all Beth has done and meant to us." There will be hot dogs, hamburgers and soft drinks. Entertainment is planned. Sponsors include Orange County Peace and Justice Coalition, Democratic Alliance, and National Alliance on Mental Illness in Orange County. Information, Mauryck@aol.com.
Saturday, August 9, WOODSTOCK: A 2:30-4 p.m. Palestinian "Nakba" vigil will be held at the Village Green on Tinker St. The vigil is held on the second Saturday of each month to commemorate the 1948 forced exodus of over 700,000 Palestinians from their homeland coincident with the establishment of Israel. Sponsored by Middle East Crisis Response. Information, (845) 876-7906, http://www.mideastcrisis.org, email@example.com.
Friday, Aug. 15, to Monday, Aug. 18, PINE BUSH: The annual conference of the Union for Radical Political Economics will take place at Camp Deer Run on these days. Topics include papers and workshops on "Poverty and Unemployment Abroad and at Home: How Much and Why?," "Guns and Butter Once Again?," and "Strengthening the Power of the Working Class:
What Works and What Doesn't?" Information, (413) 577-0806, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.urpe.org.
Friday, August 22, CHATHAM: The film "King Corn" will be shown at the Chatham Farmers' Market, 15 Church St. starting at 7 p.m. It's about "two friends growing an acre of corn in Iowa who uncover the devastating impact that corn is having on the environment, public health and family farms." Public invited, donations accepted. Information, (518) 392-3353.