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.
  



Hossain_Aref_rallyMonday, August 4, 4:30 pm, begins at Washington Avenue Armory, corner of Lark Street and Washington Avenue 10th Anniversary Commemoration of Arrests of Mohammed Hossain and Yassin Aref . The Muslim Solidarity Committee, founded in 2006 to advocate for Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain, two local Muslims entrapped in an FBI sting operation, will mark the tenth anniversary of their arrests with a rally, march, and staged reading of a short play. Media and supporters are invited to attend. At 4:30 p.m., supporters will rally at the Washington Avenue Armory, corner of Lark Street and Washington Avenue, then march at 5 p.m. up Central Avenue to the Masjid As-Salam (280 Central Avenue), which was raided on August 4, 2004 as part of the sting that ultimately convicted the two men in 2006. Yassin Aref was imam of the mosque and Mohammed Hossain was a senior member. At 5:30 p.m. at the mosque, the Muslim Solidarity Players will perform a staged reading of a short play, “To Catch a Muslim,” written by area attorney and Aref defense lawyer Stephen Downs. The play dramatizes, with some dark humor, the entrapment scheme scripted by the FBI that targeted Hossain, a pizzeria owner, and Aref, the government’s main focus. Dinner will be served at the Masjid As-Salam after the reading. The Muslim Solidarity Committee has held a commemoration event each year since 2006 to remember the men and show support for their families, and will continue to mark the anniversary of their arrests annually until Aref and Hossain are released, in 2018 and 2020 respectively. Area peace and justice groups co-sponsoring the August 4 events are Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Dr. Dhafir Support Committee, Masjid As-Salam, NYCLU – CRC, Project SALAM, Save the Pine Bush, Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, Upper Hudson Peace Action, Veterans for Peace/Thomas Paine and Saratoga Chapters, and Women Against War. For info: Kathy Manley, (518) 596-3851, mkathy1296@gmail.com



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Talk by Judy Bello & Scott Williams: Gaza, Syria and Iraq, Wars Made in the USA - connecting the dots -
Thursday, August 7, 7:00 - 8:45 pm
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 

Israel’s brutal assault on the people of Gaza, targeting mostly children and civilians while destroying hospitals, schools, infrastructure and mosques, has been built and paid for by the US. On July 18, every single US Senator voted to support Israel’s attacks and increase funding to the Israeli army, now over $3.5 billion yearly. US and Israel’s goal is clear, defeat the Palestinians and weaken Gaza’s elected leadership, Hamas. Yet the Palestinian people, strengthened by a massive worldwide solidarity movement, have continued to fight back. Meanwhile, the US has been supporting armed right-wing militants in Syria to overthrow Syria’s elected President Bashar Al-Assad. For the past three years these insurgents, in coordination with the Pentagon, with unconditional political support from the US State Department, have wrought destruction and violence across the land, leading to the death of over 160,000 people in Syria. Yet the people of Syria are winning. The Presidential election on June 3, which led to the re-election of President Assad, highlighted the Syrians steadfast determination to defeat the insurgents and maintain their sovereignty.  After political and military defeat in Syria, the most violent factions have moved into Iraq. Over the past two decades, the US has destroyed Iraq with sanctions and war which have lead to 1.5 million deaths. Through divide and conquer tactics, the US has spread sectarian religious violence to weaken the fabric of society. Now the US has its hands on both sides of a new confrontation between ISIS and the Iraqi government. As these crises deepen, we need to build a movement at home to end US support for regime change and military domination. US war only creates more violence and devastation in Palestine, Syria, Iraq and beyond.  

JUDY BELLO is a member of the Administrative Committee of the United National Antiwar Committee (UNAC), and a leader of the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars.
Judy Bello's blog

SCOTT WILLIAMS is a national coordinator of FIST, Fight Imperialism, Stand Together, an anti-imperialist youth organization. He is an activist with the International Action Center in Philadelphia.
 Scott blogs at: http://fightimperialism.org        For additional information call (518) 466-1192.


BNP Discussion
Monday, August 11, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Meet at Four Corners, after vigil to determine location
Delmar, NY

Our gatherings here are are always lively and interesting, with many good ideas discussed among neighbors and friends. Contact: 466-1192 for further information. New members always welcome!



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Film-  American Empire:  An Act of Collective Madness
(THIS EVENT  POSTPONED from 7/15 and will be rescheduled  soon!)
Bethlehem Town Hall
445 Delaware Ave, Delmar

The documentary , American Empire: An Act of Collective Madness (2012, 96 minutes),  directed by Patrea Patrick,  covers a lot of ground, including: the Federal Reserve, U.S. foreign policy, corporate collusion and destructive agriculture. Included in the film, are interviews with Tariq Ali, G. Edward Griffin, Vandana Shiva, Gerald Celente, John Perkins and  Frances Morre Lappe.  "American Empire: An Act of Collective Madness" sheds light on the manner that the corporate controlled nation is holding out the genetically modified carrot to the masses rather than the flame of truth. ~ Huffington Post.   Join us.  Information 466-1192.