Past Events 2004:
Nobel Peace Prize Nominee
December 11, 7 p.m.
Bethlehem Town Hall, 445 Delaware Ave, Delmar NY
has stood in front of tanks and armies throughout the world to witness
the innocent victims and to remind the world of the true face of war and
the need for social justice. Kelly, one of the founders of the organization
called Voices in the Wilderness,
has been to Iraq twenty times since January 1996. In October 2002, she
joined others in Baghdad to maintain a presence throughout the US bombardment
and invasion. Kelly left Iraq on April 19, 2003 and has returned twice
since then. In 2000, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Click
here for her full biography.
Day in Afghanistan
A slide presentation with Connie Houde
Thursday, December 2, 6:45 p.m.
Bethlehem Public Library, Community Room
Join photographer Connie Houde for a fascinating slide presentation on
present-day Afghanistan, including such photos as the one at left! Connie
has traveled several times to Afghanistan with her camera, and with her
for Our Lives
November 6 at 7:00 pm; FREE!
Bethlehem Town Hall, 445 Delaware Ave, Delmar NY
BNP presents a post election-day concert featuring local progressive musicians:
Roger and Me (Terri Roben & Roger Allen), Cavanaugh and Kavanaugh,
The Solidarity Singers and others. Join in songs of peace and social
change and keep the spirit of hope alive!
There Be a New Military Draft?
October 14, 7:00 pm
Bethlehem Central High School (Note:
700 Delaware Ave., Delmar
the continuing war in Iraq cause a reinstatement of a military draft?
That's what some members of Congress are proposing! A new military draft
would change our lives. Will America's young people soon face conscription?
Now is the time to get informed.
Jacob Levich, One of the founders of People Against the Draft.
He will discuss the potential for reinstatement of the Military draft
and how we can respond to this possibility now. Levich is a founding member
of People Against the Draft, a nationwide non-partisan, grassroots organization
of concerned parents, students, educators, and others. A longtime antiwar
activist and freelance journalist, he was contributing editor of Research
Unit for Political Economy's Behind the Invasion of Iraq (Monthly
Review Press 2003), described by Nelson Mandela as "a significant
contribution to the debate" on the Iraq War. He is an administrator
at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, Long Island.
Dr. Michael Tebbano,
Principal of Bethlehem Central High School. Dr. Tebbano will discuss the
No Child Left Behind Act and how Bethlehem Central School District is
implementing the current law's provisions regarding military recruitment
in the high school.
A presentation by Scott Ritter
October 16, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Bethlehem Town Hall, 445
Delaware Ave., Delmar
Why did the US go
to war? What
will be the outcome?
Bethlehem resident Scott Ritter is a former U.S. Marine Intelligence Officer
and lead weapons inspector with the United Nations until he resigned in
1998. He will reflect on the war in Iraq, discuss how the U.S. got into
this debacle and what we can expect in the future. There will be a question
and answer period at the end of the presentation.
Scott is the author
of: Frontier Justice: Weapons of Mass Destruction and the Bushwhacking
of America and Endgame: Solving the Iraq Crisis.
the Age of Oil Scarcity:
How Sustainable Energy Alternatives Can Work for You.
October 2, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Bethlehem Town Hall, 445 Delaware Ave, Delmar
Join us for an important
discussion of peak oil and sustainable energy alternatives. For those
of you who attended The End of Suburbia, we will pick up where
that event left off. This forum will cover the global depletion of oil
as an energy source, rising energy prices, realistic energy conservation
solutions you can take, renewable energy solutions available to all of
us, fuel efficiency and more. This event is FREE and open to the
Dave Borton (PhD and adjunct professor at RPI),
Jeff Peterson and Bill Reinhardt (New York State Energy Research and Development
Marion Trieste (Community Energy)
Sponsored by Bethlehem
Neighbors for Peace, The Better Bethlehem Community Coalition (BBCC),
Community Energy, Sierra Club Hudson/Mohawk Group, Environmental Advocates
of NY, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Social Responsibility Council of
the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, Returned Peace Corps
Northeastern NY. For more information
the flyer or call 439-8262.
Film Showing - Hijacking Catastrophe
11, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Bethlehem Town Hall
Join BNP on September 11 to view this brand new documentary film entitled
Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire
(2004; 68 min.). It examines how the Bush Administration has used 9/11
and the war on terrorism to sell the American people on a radical and
controversial neo-conservative agenda. This is an exciting chance to see
this film on the anniversary of 9/11; it is not yet available in any area
a review of the film.
The film showing will
be followed by a candlelight vigil to commemorate those who died
on 9/11 and in the wars which have followed.
THE WORLD SAYS NO TO THE BUSH AGENDA!
Massive Protest at the Republican
National Convention, New York City
Buses leave at 7:00 AM, CDTA park and ride, Delaware
from Delmar for the August 29, Rally for Peace and Justice at the
Republican National Convention in N.Y.C. If you missed coming with
us to the last NYC demonstration, you won't want to miss this historic
event! Tickets are $25. Call Joe at 439-1968 or e-mail Paul
Tick for tickets or more info. Buses will leave at 7:OO AM from
the park and ride. If you can't afford the full price of the ticket,
you may pay what you can afford
BNP Summer Picnic and Fundraiser
PM - Dusk, Saturday, August 21
Bethlehem Town Park Pavilion, Elm Avenue
GET ACQUAINTED...SUMMER FUN... POTLUCK PICNIC AND
are now over 500 members strong. So come one, come all. The time
right to become better acquainted, reconnect and support each other.
is reserved for just this purpose. Bring the family, some food for
sharing and plan to bid at the silent auction.
Non Violence training for Demonstrators and Vigilers
with Geralyn McDowell
Tuesday, August 24, 6:30
- 9:30 p.m.
67 Nine Mile Lane, New Scotland.
475-1929, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
for directions, information
workshop will include a variety of exercises, information and discussion
toward developing a common understanding of nonviolence; personal
response to violence; personal and communal strategies for nonviolent
action/response; travel considerations that build nonviolent community
and more. Plus we will have fun! This will be a three hour workshop
that will address nonviolence and safety needs and concerns re BNP's
weekly vigils, and plans to travel to NYC for the Republican National
Geralyn is an organizer with extensive experience in direct action
and extensive training and research in nonviolent actions. She is
currently the director/organizer at Rosa House in Troy. For more
information about Geralyn, her email address is: email@example.com
film showing! (FREE)
- 9 PM, Tuesday, July 20
Bethlehem Town Hall
us for what looks to be a great new film, Outfoxed. This film,
created by MoveOn.org members, exposes the manipulation of the news
by the Fox organization and how this impacts on national and international
politics. Don't miss it. This film will be shown at thousands of house
parties around the country this week. (Read
more about the film)
NOTE: If you plan to attend, please register on MoveOn.org so we know
how many people to expect (it also streamlines things at the door).
here to register to attend.
Screening and Discussion
End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream
- 9:00 PM, June 29
Bethlehem Town Hall
The Bethlehem Better Community Coalition and Bethlehem Neighbors
for Peace invite you to a community discussion. We will view the
documentary film: The
End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream,
which features local author James Howard Kunstler. Following
the documentary, James Howard Kunstler will give a brief presentation,
with time for discussion.
Visioning 'Another World is Possible'
with Sondra Sprinkling and Michael Rice of Interhelp
PM, Monday, June 28 (Pizza
67 Nine Mile Lane, Delmar
The workshop will be limited to 10 participants and pre-registration
is required by June 27th with payment (or commitment to pay) of
$10, which includes the food; checks made out to Interhelp.
space is limited, you are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible,
by phone to 439-6065 or 475-1929 or email firstname.lastname@example.org,
or mail to: Sprinkling Rice, 67 Nine Mile Lane, Delmar, NY 12054.
The mantra of the social justice movement is "Another World
Is Possible" or AWIS. This contrasts sharply with the mantra
of the publicists for corporate capitalism that "There Is No
Alternative" or TINA. Unfortunately, the political adherents
to these opposing paradms often talk right past each other and
have a hard time finding common ground. The
workshop is designed to do two things: first, to clarify for ourselves
and together just what heart-felt values we wish the alternative
world to incarnate and, second, to seek the common ground we almost
certainly share with most of the people who have been taught that
there is no alternative (and whom, too often, we have given up on).
are encouraged to participate in the weekly Peace Vigil at the
four Corners from 5-6 preceding the workshop, and on all other
BNP Public Forum
Muslims under attack in the Capital Region
and around the Country
PM, Thursday, July 1
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar
Imam Warith-Deen Umar
Shokriea Yaghi (wife of imprisoned and deported Ali Yaghi)
In the Capital Region, attacks on Muslims like Imam Umar, Ali Yaghi,
and Ansar Mahmood have had serious consequences, ranging from the
loss of a job to deportation to imprisonment. We are now learning
of additional attacks against Muslims in this region. These attacks
are a part of the general campaign of intimidation against Muslims
that has been going on in this country since 9/11.All of these attacks
have put a chill on freedom of speech and other democratic rights,
especially among Muslims.
Such attacks are designed to intimidate Muslims in the United States
and everyone else who has spoken out against U.S. government policy. Today
more than ever, it is essential that we stand behind our most vulnerable
citizens and oppose attacks against Muslims and others.
May 23, 2004, BNP sponsored a 2-hour forum entitled "Countdown
to Sovereignty: How Iraq's Past May Shape Its Future"
than 100 people came to listen to two professors and an Iraqi feminist/activist
present their views of Iraq's past, present and future. Sobering,
informative, thoughtful, necessary, enriching -- these were some of
the adjectives listeners used to describe the forum afterwards.
Photo left to right: Peg Clement (moderator), Dr. Michele Angrist,
Ms. May Khemili, Dr. Don Birn.
and Their Threat to Democracy
March 28, 4:30-6:30 PM
World Still Says 'No' to War!
Bethlehem Town Hall
See BNP member Cindy Perlin's letter in the T.U. http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=216644&category=OPINION&newsdate=2/7/2004
Saturday, March 20, 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
New York City
neighbors as we travel by bus from Delmar to N.Y.C. on the one-year
anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. "The World Still Says No to
War" will be the theme as simultaneous demonstrations go on around
the world. Tickets are only $20 round trip and we will have a blast
together with singing, games and prizes along the way. Bus leaves Delmar
at 7 AM and returns at 9 PM.
A Fragile Peace
29, 4:30 - 6:30 PM,
Town Hall, Bethlehem
Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace hosts this multimedia presentation of Connie
Frisbee Houde's trip to Afghanistan in 2003. Using music, slides and voice
she describes what she experienced and what she has learned about this
country which is struggling to recover from years of war.
She presents many images of the people of Afghanistan giving a touching
connection to a far away land. Connie has also traveled to Bosnia, Mexico,
Jordan, Peru, Vietnam and Cambodia. One week after the presentation, Connie
will be going again to Afghanistan. We hope you will join us for this
very special event.
Vigil For Peace
Sunday, February 15
12 - 1pm, 4-Corners, Delmar
a stand for peace on February 15, the one-year anniversary of the historic
day when more than 15 million people around the world took to the streets
to protest the Iraq War. Vigils are planned for cities across the United
States and around the world. Refreshments will be served and the conversation
promises to be inspirational and informative. See you there!
A Modern Day David and Goliath Story: Who
Owns Life? An Evening with Percy Schmeiser.
Monday, January 26, 7 - 9 PM. "If
you can patent a plant, what about birds, bees and animals - and ultimately
humans? Where does it stop?" First Lutheran Church of Albany, 181
Western Avenue between Quail and North Lake, Albany, NY. (Please use the
646 State St. entrance). Percy Schmeiser, a life-long farmer and seed
saver from Bruno, Saskatchewan, Canada, and former mayor and member of
the provincial legislature, has spent the last five years embroiled in
a battle with Monsanto after the its patent-protected Roundup Ready canola
contaminated his fields. This 73-year-old has become an international
folk hero in the struggle against genetically engineered crops and global
domination of our food supply by a handful of corporations. His landmark
case against Monsanto will be heard by the Supreme Court of Canada, just
6 days before his Albany appearance. Mr. Schmeiser will be available for
interviews during his visit to Albany.
Organized by the Regional Farm & Food Project. Co-sponsors include
Honest Weight Food Coop, Siena Program for Sustainable Land Use, the Northeast
Organic Farming Association of New York, The Nature Institute, Save the
Pine Bush, and Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. Free and open to the public.
A 5-$10 donation at the event is suggested to help defray Percy Schmeiser's
legal expenses. Contact Tracy Frisch, Regional Farm & Food Project,
Peace: God and Guatemala
72-Minute Documentary Film,
Sunday, January 25, 3 - 5 PM
Delmar Presbyterian Church Meeting Room
585 Delaware Ave, Delmar
first part of the film focuses first on the brutal violence of the
36-year war in Guatemala, seen through the eyes of a rural Guatemalan
family, and then explores the peace process that finally silenced
the guns in 1996. The second part looks at more insidious levels
of violence, still operative today-in particular the economic, racial,
and religious marginalization of Guatemala's Mayan Indian population.
This film was funded in part by the United States Institute of Peace.
The film's producers and writers, Rudy and Shirley Nelson of Albany,
will attend this presentation and will be available afterward for
discussion. Presented by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace.
1st Anniversary Celebration
Candlelight Peace Vigil: 5-6 PM, Meet at 4
Celebration Dinner: 6:15, Hidden Cafe (details below)
Vigil: Everyone is invited to join fellow members of the local
community in a Candlelight Vigil for Peace starting at 5 PM on Sunday,
Jan. 18. The vigil will commemorate
our first vigil at 4 Corners in Delmar one year ago, where over
100 people helped begin our ongoing weekly vigil for peace (usually
Mondays from 5-6 PM). The candlelight vigil will meet at 4 Corners,
with a short procession to Veteran's Park and back. Please bring
candles/holders or flashlights, etc, and park at the Municipal Lot
on Kenwood Avenue (or walk to the event). As always, please consider
carpooling to this event.
Dinner: 6:15 - on, Sunday January 18, Hidden Cafe, Delaware
Plaza, Delmar. This is a fun, private event open to BNP members
and family to help celebrate our first year as an organization!
Buffet Dinner (Chicken, Fish, Pasta, Pita and Salad, Soda, Coffee).
Adults: $20, Children $6.95 (separate kids menu of chicken fingers,
fries and soda). Cash bar: beer-$3, wine-$4. There is a minimum
of 35 people, with a maximum of 65 allowed, so please register right
away! If you wish to attend the dinner you must send a check made
out to "BNP." You may send the checks to Sondra Sprinkling
at 67 Nine Mile La., Delmar, 12054. The checks must be received
by Sat., Jan.10th in order to hold a reservation and there will
be no refunds. The first 55 people to send checks will have a confirmed
reservation. You may call Sondra at 475-1929 if you have any questions.
Sorry, no refunds possible.
Alert: Preserving Our Civil Liberties
A FORUM ON THE USA PATRIOT ACT AND
CIVIL LIBERTIES POST SEPTEMBER 11
11, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Bethlehem Town Hall, 445 Delaware Ave., Delmar
Diane Berry, American Library Association, Intellectual Freedom
Nancy Ota, Albany Law School, Professor, Immigrant's Rights
Dominick Calsolaro, Albany Common Council, Ward 1
Marggie Skinner, The Book House, Community Liaison, representing
views of American Booksellers Association.
Melanie Trimble, New York Civil Liberties Union, Executive
Director, Capital District Chapter
Sponsored by: Bethlehem Bill of Rights
Defense Committee, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, New York Civil Liberties
Union-Capital Region Chapter, League of Women Voters, Veterans for
Peace-Albany Chapter, and Center for Law and Justice.