Coming Events:

Occupy Albany Information

Tuesday, April 22, Noon, starts in Tivoli Park, takes about an hour and ends in Ezra Prentice, Albany NY. 2014 Earth Day Bike Parade.   A  change is the route this year, which will be from Tivoli Park down to the Hudson and then ride along side the bomb trains to Ezra Prentice.  We want send two messages on this Earth Day:  1) the potential and value of Tivoli Park,  2) the threat of the bomb trains.  Information:  Sandy Steubing at


Spring Days of Action to End Drone Killing, Drone Surveillance, Global Militarization
Wednesday, April 23, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Intersection of Wolf Road & Central Avenue
Albany, NY

 At  the strategy meeting that was held on March 8, where local activists met with Kathy Kelly, we decided hold a "Spring Days of Drone Action" . Spring Days of Action to End Drone Killing, Drone Surveillance, Global Militarization  – 2014, is  a coordinated campaign in April and May to End Drone Killing, Drone Surveillance and Global Militarization.The campaign focuses on drone bases, drone research facilities and test sites and drone manufacturers. Bring signs if you have them. This event is sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Women Against War, Vets for Peace and other local peace and justice organizations.   For additional information call (518) 466-1192 or Joe at 281-1968.  (Photo  by Jon Flanders at the 3/8 antiwar protest with Kathy Kelly.)


Film: "Groundswell Rising"
Saturday,  April 26, 7:30 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
405 Washington Avenue (across the street from the downtown SUNY campus) 

On Saturday, April 26, at 7:30 PM, the Solidarity Committee of the Capital District continues its film series with a showing of “Groundswell Rising” (2014, 80 minutes).  This new documentary, from Emmy award-winning Resolution Pictures, captures the passion of people engaged in a David and Goliath struggle against hydraulic fracturing (better known as fracking), especially in the Northeast.  Challenging a system that promotes profits over health, this people’s movement is shown in the process of taking on the giant oil and gas corporations, often successfully.  The story is told by those who are living it, with honesty and a fierce determination.  A post-film screening discussion will be led by Dave Walczak, the associate producer of “Groundswell Rising.”
This event – co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace 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). Everyone is welcome to attend.  Information:  466-1192 

Derailing Disaster

BNP Forum: Derailing a Disaster in Albany
Friday,  May 9, 7:00 - 8:45 pm
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 

This forum will address the issues related to the "oil trains", now rolling through Albany every day carrying Bakken crude oil.  Local community residents are becoming increasingly aware of the dangers of oil trains after a recent series of derailments and explosions, including one that killed 47 people in Quebec last July.  The trains can be seen every day, along Interstate 787 highway, while they idle, waiting to get into the port’s rail yards.  In addition to currently rail activity, Global Partners has proposed an expansion of their operations at the Port of Albany by building boilers to heat an unknown 'petroleum product'. Global Partners  currently has storage and loading capabilities at its Port of Albany terminal, where the company handles over one billion gallons of highly explosive Bakken crude oil from rail cars every year. We will have a panel of presenters, followed by questions and answers.  The panel will include Sandy Steubing from PAUSE,( People of Albany United for Safe Energy);  Vivian Kornegay an activist and member of the Albany Common Council from Albany's South End; and  Jon Flanders, a local activist, union organizer, and retired CSX railroad worker. Mary Finneran will be the moderator for the panel.    Free and open to the public. (Photo by Jay Wilcox)  Bakken Crude, Rolling Through Albany ( New York Times article from 2/7/2014)  Albany Places Moratorium On Crude Oil Port Expansion  (Joanna M. Foster, March 13, 2014) Link to PAUSE on Facebook. For additional information call (518) 466-1192. 

BNP Discussion
Monday, May 12, 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!


BNP:  Making Music for Peace
Tuesday, June 17, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
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.


BNP Film: Bidder 70
Friday,  June 20, 7:00 - 8:45 pm
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 

  Bidder 70 (2013, 73 minutes) is the story of University of Utah economics student Tim DeChristopher. In 2008, he committed an act which would redefine patriotism in an age of corporate controlled government.  He spent 2 years in federal prison for his "crime".   This simple act, bidding  $1.7 million for drilling rights to 22,000 acres, with no intention of drilling, ignited the climate justice movement.  Join us for a screening of this award winning film, produced and directed by Beth and George Gage. The choice you are making today is what side are you on. -Tim DeChristopher      A discussion will follow the film. Free and everyone is welcome.   For additional information call (518) 466-1192.