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.  

Spirit of 45

Film: "The Spirit of `45"
Saturday, 
April 30, 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 concludes its 2015-2016 film series with a free showing of "The Spirit of `45" (2013, 94 minutes).  Directed by the acclaimed British film-maker Ken Loach, this documentary celebrates the dramatic changes in postwar British life that resulted from the Labour Party’s sweeping election victory in 1945.  From health care for all to public ownership of major sectors of industry, these democratic socialist reforms ushered in a new, more égalitarian society.  Only decades later did rightwing political forces manage to begin dismantling them and push Britain back toward its traditional system of social hierarchy and class privilege.  A glowing review in London’s “TimeOut” concludes that “The Spirit of `45” is “all at once a lament, a celebration, and a wake-up call to modern politicians and voters.”  Co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, the Social Justice Center, and Upper Hudson Peace Action, the film screening 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.


Celebrate_May_Day Sunday, May 1, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Oakwood Community Center, 313 10th Street., Troy, NY, Celebrate May Day in Troy, The event will include refreshments, with an open mic at 4:00 p.m., the Solidarity Singers at 5:30 p.m., and Jeff Halper speaking
at 6 p.m.  Jeff Halper's will speak about the  topic of his book, " War Against the People:  Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification".   He will discuss  "how Israel exports in Occupation --  its weaponry, its models, and tactics of control and its security and surveillance systems, all
developed and perfected on the Palestinians. Halper's presentation casts light on a critical aspect of our political lives that is little known or fought against: the increasingly pervasive presence of systems of control at home and wars against peoples abroad that instead of securing us threaten to pacify us all." Jeff Halper is  an American-born Israeli anthropologist, Co-Founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, and Coordinator of the Wars Against the People project. Jeff Halper's bio.       Event Facebook link.

Mr. Halper will also speak at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 2 at Husted
Hall on the downtown campus of  the University at Albany. 
Husted Hall
is located on Western Avenue between Lake Avenue and Robin Street.  The May 2 event is sponsored by the Palestinian Rights Committee.
 
Monday,  May 2, 6:00 - 7:30 pm,  Meet at Four Corners,
Delmar, NY. after vigil to determine location.  BNP Discussion. 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

Udita

 
Film-  "Udita"
Thursday, May 5,  6:45 - 8:45 pm 
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 12054

Udita (75 minutes, 2015), was produced by Rainbow Collective and Openvizor.   'UDITA'   follows a turbulent 5 years in the lives of the women at the grass roots of the garment workers struggle in Bangladesh . From 2010, when organizing in the workplace would lead to beatings, sacking and arrests; through the tragedies of Tazreen and Rana Plaza, and to the present day, when the long fight begins to pay dividends. We see this vital period through the eyes of the unions' female members, workers and leaders. Following the film, local activist Greg Giorgio will lead a discussion.  This film is one of several events planned  in the Capital Region to recognize May Day (Labor Day in many countries) .  Watch the trailer.  Information:  518-466-1192

Wednesday, May 11, 6:00 pm, Bethlehem Town Hall Auditorium, 445 Delaware Ave, First Floor, Delmar, NY.  Pilgrim Oil pipelines traversing Albany County will be discussed at the Delmar-Bethlehem Town Board meeting. Pleas plan to attend this meeting and tell the Town Board that you do not want the pipeline running through the Town of Bethlehem.   Please ask what the Town of Bethlehem plans to do to stop or delay the Kinder Morgan "Connecticut Expansion" storage loop emanating from Bethlehem. Some members of SNYFGP in Bethlehem offered to research the Town Of Bethlehem's interactions with Kinder Morgan re: "Connecticut Expansion" fracked gas pipeline project last fall. Their report should be interesting. This "Connecticut Expansion" project was approved by FERC and one hope is that the Town of Bethlehem and possibly other towns or political allies will find a way to slow down or stop this fracked gas project at this late stage. Article on this subject by Mary Finneran.  Information: msfinn123@yahoo.com


Songs of Freedom
Friday, May 13, 7:00 pm, Oakwood Community Center, 313 10th St., Troy, NY. PM Press presents Songs of Freedom, East Coast Tour May 2016 with Mat Callahan and Yvonne Moore.
  Celebrate James Connolly and the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising.  Co-sponsored by The James Connolly,  Irish Republican Club and Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. Info:  info@matcallahan.com    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 $10 requested, $5 unemployed and students :more information: 518 407 3582.

Steve_Ellner
Wednesday, May 18, 5:30 silde show, 6:00 lecture followed by discussion, Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Ave, Albany, NY.  Steve Ellner:  Defending the Revolutionary Gains of Cuba and Venezuela.
Steve Ellner, Ph.D. is one of the most prominent Venezuela experts, and as a reviewer of one of his dozen books said, “one of our most insightful interpreters of Latin American politics.”  Since 1977 he has taught at the Universidad de Oriente in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela, and has been a visiting professor at some of the most prestigious American Universities.  He has published scores of journal articles and over a dozen books, his most recent books are Rethinking Venezuelan Politics: Class, Polarization and the Chávez Phenomenon and (editor) Latin America’s Radical Left: Challenges and Complexities of Political Power in the Twenty-First Century, which provides case studies of the radical left in power in Venezuela, Bolivia, and Ecuador and its influence in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Cuba.  Free and open to the public.  Sponsored by Albany Cuba Solidarity. Co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. Information:  AlbanyCubaSolidarity@gmail.com

AOGIRI
Wednesday, June 1, 6:00 - 8:45 PM, Albany Public Library- Delaware Branch,  331 Delaware Avenue, Albany NY. Film: The AOGIRI – Phoenix Tree. 
  "The AOGIRI-Phoenix" (120 minutes)  is based on the true life story of Ms. Susuko Numata, a victim of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima ( a hibakusha).  Of that monstrous event, she said:  “It was only three days before my wedding and my life was changed forever.”  Her story of love needs to be told.  The film reveals intricate details of the suffering of a young woman who in one horrific instant lost her leg.  Though she was repeatedly forced into the depths of despair, she eventually made up her mind to live on as an atomic bomb storyteller for peace.  In addition to telling a great many others, Suzuko Numata continually told her story about her experience of suffering from the bombing to countless children under the Aogiri tree (Chinese parasol tree) which also survived the A-bomb and is now standing in Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park. Ms. Numata passed away on July 12th, 2011, four months after the Great East Japan Earthquake. In her last days she was extremely concerned about the victims of the calamity, in the area affected by the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant accident. Satomi Nakamura, the film’s producer, will never forget Ms. Numata’s words a month before her death; “I must live on to tell them my story…  I do not want anybody in this world to go through the same pain ever again.”  This film sows the seeds of peace embodied in the message of the hibakusha.  No more Hiroshima! No more Nagasaki! No more war!  We will be joined by Satomi Nakamura, who produced the film. Satomi is also a song writer and musician and will perform a couple of the songs from the film if there is time, after the film. 
We will also have a brief discussion after the film.  Co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Upper Hudson Peace Action and Women Against War.  Free and open to the public.  Information:  466-1192


Unfit_For_Democracy

 
Talk by Professor Stephen Gottlieb
Wednesday, June 8,  7:00 - 9:00 pm 
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 12054


 Democracy and the Roberts Court, a talk by Professor Stephen Gottlieb. Stephen Gottlieb will  discuss the topic of his recent book, "Unfit for Democracy: The Roberts Court and the Breakdown of American Politics" (NYU Press 2016).


   "Gottlieb has written a stunning book about democracy. ... This is a work about law, political science, and history and is filled with important insights about what causes democracies to succeed or fail. The book culminates in a forceful critique of the Roberts Court and how it has damaged American democracy. This is an important book, impressive in its scope and its analysis, and the cautions it offers for the future of democracy in the United States."  — Erwin Chemerinsky  Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law University of California, Irvine, School of Law

Stephen  Gottlieb is a professor at Albany Law School. Information:  466-1192



Save the Date. June 10, 7:00 pm :Where Does the Left Stand After the Primaries: James Connolly Forum at the Oakwood Community Center in Troy, with Jill Stein, Presidential Candidate for the Green Party Nomination, Bhaskar Sunkara: Jacobin Magazine and Ashley Smith from the International Socialist Organization(ISO) More information soon.