Coming Events:

Peace Vigil each Monday, 5 - 6 PM at the Four Corners,intersection of Kenwood and Delaware Aves. in Delmar. Bring your sign or use one of ours. Stay for a few minutes or an hour. Let's stand together for peace.  (518) 466-1192 for further information.  




Boycott

February 4-20, 2015, Standish Library, Siena College, 515 Loudon Road, Loudonville, New York. Boycott!  The Art of Economic Activism.
An exhibition highlighting posters from more than 20 campaigns using economic pressure to secure people's rights and achieve justice, including:  Montgomery Bus Boycott, United Farm Worker  grape and lettuce boycotts, Anti-Apartheid Movement, Anti-Sweatshop campaigns, Palestinian call for Boycott, Divest and Sanctions BDS).  Opening Reception on Monday, February 9, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, Panel Discussion on Wednesday, February 11, 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Participants in several campaigns will discuss the art and practice of economic activism.  Created by American Friends Service Committee and Center for the Study of Political Graphics.  Sponsored by Fair Trade and Scoial Justice PRogram, Upper Hudson Peace Action, Jewish Voice for Peace- Albany NY, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Women Against War and Solidarity Committee Albany of the New York Capital District.  
 Information:  call 518-966-5366 or email kprehm@aol.com



Aaron Swartz

Film-  The Internet's Own Boy:  The Story of Aaron Swartz
Thursday, February 12, 6:45 - 8:45 pm 
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 12054

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (105 minutes, 2014) is the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz's help in development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was his groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing, combined with his activist approach to information access that resulted in his two year legal battle with the Federal government. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26.    'A devastating meditation on what can happen when a prescient thinker challenges corporate interests.' New York Times Free. Everyone is welcome. Information: 466-1192.


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Film: "Pete Seeger: The Power of Song"
Saturday,  February 14, 7:30 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
405 Washington Avenue (across the street from the downtown SUNY campus) 

The Solidarity Committee of the Capital District continuesits 2014-2015 film series with a screening of “Pete Seeger: The Power of Song” (2007, 90 minutes).  This first authorized film biography of the great folksinger and political activist reveals him as an extraordinary individual, convinced that music and people could make a difference.  Ferociously attacked by critics, including the U.S. government, for his daring views on peace, unions, civil rights, ecology, and more, Seeger went from the top of the hit parade to the top of the blacklist. Nevertheless, he had the courage to stick to his convictions and, ultimately, he prevailed.  His inspiring story, accompanied by wonderful music, is told by Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez, Tom Paxton, Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, and Seeger himself. This film-showing – co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, the Social Justice Center, and Upper Hudson Peace Action – will take place in Channing Hall of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, located at 405 Washington Avenue (across the street from the downtown SUNY campus).Admission is free, and free refreshments will be provided.  Everyone is welcome to attend.   Information:  466-1192 


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Talk by Brian Jones- "The Fight for Public Education:  Race, Class, and Privatization"
Friday, February 20, 7:00 pm

Oakwood Community Center
313 10th St., Troy,  N.Y.


Brian Jones taught elementary grades for nine years in New York City’s public schools, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Urban Education at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He was the Green Party’s 2014 candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York. Brian co-narrated the film, The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman, and has contributed to several books, including More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing. He is a member of the Movement of Rank and File Educators: the social justice caucus of the United Federation of Teachers. Brian has also lent his voice to several audiobooks, including The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World and Howard Zinn’s one-man play, Marx in Soho. Brian is the recipient of a 2012 Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship.   Located Exit 9E off 787 Collar City Bridge for Rte 7: on left at 2nd light between 9th and 10th Sts. Parking on left on 9th St., Old Fire station building parking lot left on 10th Use the door facing Hoosick St. Donation of $5 requested, $2 unemployed and students more information: 518 505 0948 labor donatedLocated Exit 9E off 787 Collar City Bridge for Rte 7: on left at 2nd light between 9th and 10th Sts. Parking on left on 9th St., Old Fire station building parking lot left on 10th Use the door facing Hoosick St. Donation of $5 requested, $2 unemployed and students :more information: 518 505 0948   James Connolly Forum web page


 

Intersectionality

BNP Forum: Intersectionality
Thursday, March 5, 7:00 - 8:45 pm
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 

  Intersectionality for purposes of this forum is defined as the study of intersections between forms or systems of oppression, domination or discrimination.  "This feminist sociological theory was first named by Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989, though the concept can be traced back to the 19th century. The theory suggests that—and seeks to examine how—various biological, social and cultural categories such as gender, race, class, ability, sexual orientation, religion, caste, and other axes of identity interact on multiple and often simultaneous levels, contributing to systematic injustice and social inequality. Intersectionality holds that the classical conceptualizations of oppression within society, such as racism, sexism, biphobia, homophobia, transphobia, and belief-based bigotry, do not act independently of one another. Instead, these forms of oppression interrelate, creating a system of oppression that reflects the "intersection" of multiple forms of discrimination."  From Wikipedia    An example of intersectionality would be the School-to-Prison-Pipeline where there are disproportionate numbers of racial minorities and children with disabilities who are subjected to this institutional system of structural inequality. The panel will include Angelica Clarke, Mari  Matsuo and Mary Finneran. Each panelist will speak for about 15 minutes, followed by a discussion period with questions and answers.  Free and open to the public. For additional information call (518) 466-1192.


Music

BNP:  Making Music for Peace
Tuesday,  March 17, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Bethlehem Town Hall
445 Delaware Ave, Delmar

 Bring your voices,  guitars, drums, spoons  etc.,  and maybe a snack to share.  We will sing and play along to some of the  wonderful peace songs we all know and love. If you have a favorite peace song, please bring the lyrics/music so we can sing along with you. Information 466-1192.