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Past Events 2006: 

4th Annual Crossgates Mall T-Shirt Walk
Thursday, December 21
5:00 PM meet at Bricklayers (media invited)
6:00 PM meet at the Food Court in Crossgates Mall

Enter through any entrance and converge at the food court at 6:00 PM. Please car pool where possible. We will meet at the Bricklayers Hall behind the Westmere Fire Department, off Rt. 20, near the mall at 5 PM (media invited) and we will proceed to the mall and gather at the food court at 6 PM to sing like we did last year. ...WEAR YOUR PEACE TEE SHIRTS .....Please join us for this event. Let's stroll through the mall. We will sing holiday carols ( popular songs provided by the Raging Grannies) and share our hopes for peace with the holiday shoppers at Crossgates! This annual event is listed by Wikipedia: "At the dawn of the Iraq War in March 2003, the mall (Crossgates) became the center of a free speech controversy when Selkirk resident Stephen Downs was arrested refusing to take off an anti-war t-shirt that he had purchased in the mall. After many objections, the mall dropped the charges. Shortly thereafter, a large protest was held at the mall where many people came wearing anti-war attire." More Information at: 518 781-0071 Co-sponsored by Peace Action and Woman Against War.

An Inconvenient Truthr Profiteers
Democracy in Action: Where do we go from here?
Sunday, December 10, 4:30 - 7:00 PM Bethlehem Town Hall, 445 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY

Join us for an open mike discussion about the future of our country. Now that the elections are over, where do we go from here? Possible topics for discussion: War in Iraq ; Potential for more war: Iran , Syria etc.; Healthcare crisis: 45 million uninsured Americans; Global Warming; Peak Oil; Jobs and Education. Let's share our ideas and discuss the issues that matter to each of us! Short poems and songs are welcome additions to this event.

Take a break from the hectic holiday pace and join us. Refreshments will be available and the BNP store will be open for your holiday shopping. Mo Hannah and Joe Lombardo will sing a song or two to help remind us of the importance of solidarity and hope, as we work together to promote peace and justice for all. Call 439-1968 for further information.

 

 

An Inconvenient Truthr Profiteers
BNP Film: The Ground Truth
Thursday, December 7, 6:30 - 8:30 PM Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave, Delmar

Join Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace for a special showing of The Ground Truth, a moving 72-minute documentary that features the personal stories of several Iraq War veterans and shows us the human costs of war. Following the film, we will be joined by very special guest and Iraq Veterans Against the War member John Mallantz of Pittsburgh. John was a Combat Medic with the 4th Infantry Division in Iraq and for his service was awarded 4 Army Achievement Citations, 1 Army Commendation, 1 Combat Medic Badge, and 1 Global War on Terrorism Medal. John turned down the Purple Heart, even though he was eligible for it many times over because he was hit by numerous roadside bombs while conducting operations in Iraq. As is the case for many soldiers returning from Iraq, John is categorized as 90% disabled owing to his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and physical ailments suffered as a result of his service. To say the least, the effects of the Iraq war live on for John, and for his family. This holiday season, BNP is proud to ‘adopt’ John’s family, helping give them a happier holiday season with much-needed assistance from the BNP family. Don’t miss this special opportunity to meet John and hear his story first-hand. Call 439-8262 for more information.

Film: Bought and Sold Sunday, November 26, 2:00 - 4:00 PM Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave, Delmar

Do you trust political parties and government to protect your vote? Do you know about the reliability of the voting machines being marketed in NYS? This 45-minute film produced in 2006 by Robert Millman explores how the selection of new voting equipment required under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) has been skewed in favor of DREs (direct recording electronic voting machines), in spite of serious unanswered questions about the danger of vote tampering and verifiable voting. Come, get the information you need and then contact the county and state officials who will be deciding soon how votes will be counted and verified in our state. The screening will be followed by a question and answer period with Robert Millman, Film Producer; Aimee Allaud, League of Women Voters of Albany County; and Dennis Karius of ARISE. For information, Contact: Aimee Allaud, League of Women Voters, 482-2617, Ann Brandon, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, 439-4332, Dennis Karius, ARISE, 456-5721 It’s your vote - don't miss it.

BNP Cookbook Pot Luck Celebration Sunday, November 19, 5:00 - 7:30 PM The Commons at Adams Station, Juniper Drive, Delmar

Bethlehem Neighbors For Peace is pleased to announce the publishing of their first cookbook. Please join us in a POT LUCK supper, celebrating and acknowledging all our participants.The location will be: The Commons at Adams Station, Juniper Drive , Delmar. This is our chance to sample each other's cookbook recipes. If possible, please bring your cookbook recipe submission. Otherwise, a maindish, dessert or salad to share is fine. Your own place setting would be helpful. Recipes for 2nd edition will be welcome. We are selling fast. Paid pre-orders may be picked up on this day.You may pre-order cookbooks by sending a check for $14 each, made payable to BNP, to:
Leslie Hudson, 125 LaGrange Lane , Feura Bush , N.Y. 12067 .
Partial proceeds are to be donated to The Capital District Food Pantries.

Film: “The Power of Community – How Cuba Survived Peak Oil.” Monday, November13 ,Potluck Supper at 5:30 PM. Film at 7 PM The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Avenue in Troy (at 101st, where 6th Avenue turns into 5th Avenue)

The documentary became an inspiration to Faith Morgan and Pat Murphy when they took a trip to Cuba through Global Exchange in August 2003. That year Pat had begun studying and speaking about worldwide peak oil production. When they learned that Cuba underwent the loss of over of its oil imports and survived, after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990, they went to Cuba to see how they did it. They found what Cubans call “The Special Period.” The documentary describes the Cuban process. The event is co-sponsored by Hudson-Mohawk Community Renewable Energy (CoRE) Project, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Honest Weight Food coop and Capital District Energy Action.

The Wheels of Justice Tour with Bob Watada Wednesday, November 8, 6:30 pm. First Unitarian Society of Schenectady , 1221 Wendell Ave, Schenectady

The Senior Youth Group at the Schenectady Unitarian Society invites you to attend an evening with the Wheels of Justice Tour and Bob Watada. First launched by Kathy Kelly's Voices in the Wilderness, the WOJ brings eyewitness accounts to occupation in Iraq and Palestine . The colorful biodiesel bus traveled to hundreds of cities and thousands of venues over the past three years. They will be visiting local high schools and colleges November 8,9, and 10 in an effort to reach out to young people trying to understand war and occupation.


BNP Film: An Inconvenient Truth
Thursday, November 2, 6:30 - 8:30 PM Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave, Delmar

Join us for this compelling film that is a must see for anyone interested in saving our planet . A discussion will follow. Here are some questions that we will consider: Why isn't our government doing more to make the public more aware of Global Warming? How will global warming affect the lives of Americans in the next 10 - 20 years? How long do we have before the climate change becomes irreversible? Aside from changing my own house and lifestyle, what else can I do? The evidence for a coming global catastrophe is so obvious and compelling--but MOST people still don't get/believe/understand it. How can we put this information in front of enough people to effect real change? In what format/media/method? Call 391-2830 for more information.

Mansour Farhang Sanctuary for Independent Media: Professor Mansour Farhang: Iran Nuclear Program and U.S -Iranian Relations Wednesday, October 11, Reception (Iranian food) 6:00 p.m.; Talk 7:00 p.m. The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Avenue in Troy (at 101st, where 6th Avenue turns into 5th Avenue)

The Iran Working Group of Upper Hudson Peace Action will host Prof. Mansour Farhang. There will also be an Iranian meal and cultural display. Prof. Farhang is an Iranian-born author and former diplomat who served as reolutionary Iran's first ambassador to the UN after the fall of the Shah and before Khomenie. He now teaches international relations and Middle Eastern politics at Bennington College, Vermont.Mansour Farhang is Catharine Osgood Foster Chair for Distinguished Teaching, Professor of Political Science, Bennington College. He served as revolutionary Iran's first ambassador to the United Nations, resigning in protest when the Khomeini regime refused to accept the U.N. Commission of Inquiry's recommendation to release American hostages in Teheran. Early in the Iran-Iraq war, he served as envoy in negotiations with international peace missions. Currently, he is on the advisory board of Middle East Watch, a branch of Human Rights Watch. He is the author of U.S. Imperialism: From the Spanish-American War to the Iranian Revolution; and, with William Dorman, The U.S. Press and Iran: Foreign Policy and the Journalism of Deference. His opinion pieces have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and The Christian Science Monitor. Farhang has lectured at universities and colleges across the country including Georgetown, Stanford, Middlebury College, New York University, and The University of Texas at Austin. As one of the most sought after experts on the Middle East, he has appeared as a guest on numerous national and international radio and television programs, and serves as a regular commentator on both the BBC and Radio France International. Presented by the Iran Working Group of Upper Hudson Peace Action. Co-sponsors: Troy Peace Action, Women Against War, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, and Saratoga Peace Alliance. More information on the Sanctuary for Independent Media . Download the event publicity flyer.

 

IRAQ for SALE: The War Profiteers
BNP Film: Iraq for Sale
Sunday, October 8, 4:30 - 7:00 PM Bethlehem Town Hall
445 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY

This 75 minute film will be followed by a discussion. "Acclaimed director Robert Greenwald (Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, Outfoxed, and Uncovered) takes you inside the lives of soldiers, truck drivers, widows and children who have been changed forever as a result of profiteering in the reconstruction of Iraq. Iraq for Sale uncovers the connections between private corporations making a killing in Iraq and the decision makers who allow them to do so." Call 439-8863 for more information.

 

 

Holly Near
Holly Near Concert: Show Up For Peace
Friday, October 6, 8:00 PM Saint Joseph Hall at the College of St Rose
985 Madison Street, Albany

In our name, the U.S. government illegally invaded and continues to occupy Iraq, reaping death and destruction. Our government is violating international human rights law and abandoning the road to peace in the Middle East. Thousands of soldiers have died. And tens of thousands of civilians—including thousands of women, children, and elders. We have spoken our resistance to these wars, occupations and to illegal detentions. We will show up at the polls on election day on November 7 and vote for peace.
This concert is brought to you by: The Eighth Step, Women Against War, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, New York State NOW. Tickets available:
Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany; Honest Weight Food Coop, Albany; The Open Door, Schenectady; Market Block Books, Troy; The GreenGrocer, Clifton Park; Celtic Treasures, Clifton Park. Tickets are $20.

 

 

Battered Mothers Child Custody Awareness Event Thursday, October 5, 6:30 PM- 8:30 PM Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave, Delmar

This nationwide event springs from the vision and activism of many people and organizations concerned with the re-victimization of battered mothers as they try to gain safety and protection for themselves and their children from our nation's family court system. The event co-coordinators include:

The Battered Mothers Custody Conference, Stop Family Violence, NOW NYS, Michigan NOW /National Family Court Watch Project, Protective Parents Assn, Garland Waller (Producer, Small Justice), Dominique Lasseur (Producer, Breaking the Silence: Children's Stories), & Men Actively Seeking to End Violence

In the Albany are there will be 2 events, one is co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. The other will be held at Siena college. A combination of 2 documentaries on this issue will be shown and the event will seek to link the issues of domestic violence and peace. For more information call 518-210-2487

My Country, My Country
Sanctuary for Independent Media: My Country, My Country
Tuesday, October 3, 7:00 PM The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Avenue in Troy (at 101st, where 6th Avenue turns into 5th Avenue)

Working alone in Iraq over eight months, filmmaker Laura Poitras creates an extraordinarily intimate portrait of Iraqis living under U.S. occupation. Her principal focus is Dr. Riyadh, an Iraqi medical doctor, father of six and Sunni political candidate. An outspoken critic of the occupation, he is equally passionate about the need to establish democracy in Iraq, arguing that Sunni participation in the January 2005 elections is essential. Yet all around him, Dr. Riyadh sees only chaos, as his waiting room fills each day with patients suffering the physical and mental effects of ever-increasing violence. Poitras gained remarkable access to the Sunni community, U.S. military and the U.N., resulting in "My Country, My Country," a powerful mosaic of daily life in Iraq not seen in the mainstream media. More information on the Sanctuary for Independent Media

 

 

Sir! No Sir!
The Solidarity Committee’s film series: Sir! No Sir!
Saturday, September 30, 7:00 PM Bricklayers' Local Union Hall
302 Centre Drive, Albany

This new, powerful documentary (84 minutes) discloses the long-suppressed history of the GI movement to end the war in Vietnam. Based on the stories of U.S. soldiers and never-before-seen archival material, “Sir! No Sir!” reveals the GI movement’s explosion of defiance against that bloody conflict, as well as the movement’s profound impact on the military and on the war itself. This film showing is co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Upper Hudson Peace Action, and the Tom Paine Chapter of Veterans for Peace. The film screening will occur at the Bricklayers’ Local 2 Union Hall (302 Centre Drive). Directions: Starting at the intersection of Western Avenue (Route 20) and I-87 (the Northway), go west on Western Avenue for 9/10 of a mile. Pass the 20 Metro Diner and the Westmere Firehouse (both on your right). IMMEDIATELY after the firehouse, turn right on Centre Drive and go 1/10 of a mile to the Bricklayers’ Hall. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome toattend.


Sir! No Sir!
Thursday, September 21, 7:00 PM The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Avenue in Troy (at 101st, where 6th Avenue turns into 5th Avenue)

This new, powerful documentary (84 minutes) discloses the long-suppressed history of the GI movement to end the war in Vietnam. Based on the stories of U.S. soldiers and never-before-seen archival material, “Sir! No Sir!” reveals the GI movement’s explosion of defiance against that bloody conflict, as well as the movement’s profound impact on the military and on the war itself. More information on the Sanctuary for Independent Media .

Loose Change DVD

BNP Film Night: WHY WE FIGHT Thursday, September 7, 6:30 PM- 8:30 PM Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave, Delmar

This 99 minute film explores the motivations for war. Imperialism, patriotism, militarism, and corruption are all reasons for war that are explored in this powerful documentary. Dwight Eisenhower warned us about the dangers of the "military-industrial complex". Today we see the results of how the entanglement of politics and business interests in war is driving us to a very uncertain future. Join us for this film and the discussion that will follow. For more information 439-8863.


Arlington West
The Convergence of Hope and History, Sustainable Solutions For A Peaceful World
Friday, August 18, 5:30 -9:00 PM
Saturday, August 19, 8:30 - 4:30 PM The National Kateri Tekakawitha Shrine, Route 5, Fonda, NY

The 8th annual peace conference will feature Jim Merkel and Jim Jennings. Jim Merkel is the author of Radical Simplicity and is the Sustainability Coordinator at Dartmouth College. Jim Jennings is the Founder and President of Conscience International, a humanitarian aid and human rights organization and a frequent political commentator for human rights on CNN, Fox and other TV and radio networks. The Friday evening program will also feature Anthony Aversano who is a local member of Families of 911, Peaceful Tomorrows.

We are reaching out, working to bring together both political and ecological activists, hoping to encourage responsible citizen action on many different levels. We need to soften our footprints on our lovely planet earth. We need also to soften our government's footprint on planet earth and hence need to interact politically to humanize government policy. Maureen Auman @ 518-869-6674, Cathy Callan @ 518-439-8115 or Dave Smalley @ 518-922-5204 can provide complete information and tickets. Pre-registration is deeply appreciated to help facilitate planning for lunch and the days logistics. Prices are low and scholarships are available. Kindly pass this along to your friends and neighbors and please plan on attending. Friday evening: free will donation. Saturday: Students and Seniors - $10.00 Adults - sliding scale $15.00 - $40.00. Download a listing of Workshops that will be offered on August 19.

Loose Change DVD BNP Annual Summer Pot Luck Picnic Sunday, August 13, 3:00 PM- Dusk Bethlehem Town Park, Pavilion A, 261 Elm Avenue, Delmar

This will be our long awaited chance to socialize, strategize, organize and have fun! Please bring food to share. BNP will provide plates and utensils.Wine and beer are acceptable. Bring musical instruments to make music, good stories, games etc., and lawn chairs or blankets. A card table or two would be useful. Contact: tquaif@yahoo.com for further information or to volunteer to work on set-up or clean-up.

Please help us fill the BNP Recipes for Peace cookbook.! When you come to the picnic, please bring a copy of one or more of your favorite recipes to wet our appetites and encourage our culinary skills. All categories our welcome.If you cannot attend the potluck, please email your recipes to Leslie Hudson, at cathudson@att.net. Thanks.


Reading of John Hersey's "Hiroshima"

Sunday, August 6, 2006,
5:30 PM
Washington Park (Near the entrance at New Scotland and Madison)
Come any time you can between 5:30 pm and 9:00 pm
We will also pass out leaflets and end with a candlelight vigil. On August 6, 1945 the United States of America used the atomic bomb for the first time on the city of Hiroshima, Japan, destroying the city; on August 9, the United States used the atomic bomb again on Nagasaki, Japan. Over 200,000 people died immediately in the two bombings and over a hundred thousand more died in the following decades as a result of the effects of the radiation.

To remember those bombings and to commemorate the victims, local citizens will be gathering to read John Hersey’s Hiroshima. The public reading will take place on Sunday, August 6, 2006, in Washington Park, Albany, NY, near the entrance at New Scotland Ave. and Madison Ave., starting at 5:30 PM and continuing until the reading of the book is completed (about 9:00 PM). Seating will be on the grass, folding chairs or blankets are suggested. The event is free and open to the public. Those interested in reading can sign up to participate when they arrive, or by calling Dan Wilcox, 482-0262, dwlcx@earthlink.net.

Hiroshima was first published in the New Yorker in 1946; it tells the story of the bombing on August 6, 1945 by following the story of six of the survivors. The book version has been in print since 1946.

“No More Hiroshimas”

Co-sponsored by Upper Hudson Peace Action

Community Discussion on the Crisis in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip Wednesday, August 2, 7:00 - 10:00 PM First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, 405 Washington Avenue
With each day that goes by, more innocent civilians are dying in Lebanon, Israel and the Gaza Strip. Bombings and blockades
are limiting food, water, medical supplies and freedom of movement. A tragic humanitarian crisis is rapidly developing. Join with
other concerned citizens to find out more about what's going on. Learn what you can do to call for an unconditional cease-fire and a
negotiated peace. Please join this community forum for action with presentations on the background of conflict in the Middle East followed by an open strategy session. Sponsored by the Palestinian Rights Committee, the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany Social Responsibilities Council and Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. For more information contact the PRC at prc@riseup.net

Loose Change DVD BNP Film Night: Loose Change Thursday, August 3, 6:00 PM- 8:30 PM Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave, Delmar

Film makers Korey Rowe, Dylan Avery and Jason Bermas will be joining us for the film and the discussion that will follow."Loose Change 2nd Edition" is the follow-up to the most provocative 9-11 documentary on the market today. "This film shows direct connection between the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the United States government. Evidence is derived from news footage, scientific fact, and most important, Americans who suffered through that tragic day." Check back for further information.Join us for the film and the discussion that will follow. Contact 439-8863 for further information. Download the publicity flyer.

Capital Region Picnic for Peace....
Sunday, July 30, 9:00 AM -Dusk
Grafton State Park, Grafton, NY


Join other Capital Region peace and justice activists in a day of relaxation, food and fun. We have reserved the Rabbit Run Pavilion for the day. Bring food and beverages to share and please label food to indicate whether it is vegetarian or not. NEPAJAC will provide plates, cutlery , cups, ice and some beverages. This is a "carry in, carry out" so if folks can bring containers that they can take home and wash rather than anything disposable it would be environmentally friendly and clean up will be a lot easier. Bring your own wine or beer ( and plan to take home the containers). Bring music, live if possible. Sound system will be available after 12. Entertainment will include the Solidarity singers. There will also be an open mike so bring poetry, announcements and stories to tell. Activities include: children's playground, row boats,canoes, kayaks, volley ball, horse shoes, hiking trails, and a beach for swimming. Parking is $7 per car. Please car pool wherever possible. Plan to arrive by 10 AM if it is a beautiful day because Grafton allows a limited number of cars in the park at a time and if the parking areas are full, then cars have to wait to get in. Come early and stay for the day! RSVP if possible to Wendy at 518 781 0071 , Trudy at: tquaif@yahoo.com or Joe at 518 439 1968. If you are willing to go early for set up or stay till the end for clean up, please let us know and thanks. Sponsored by North East Peace and Justice Action Coalition (NEPAJAC) , BNP, Solidarity Committee, Peace Action, Veterans for Peace and other regional peace and justice organizations. Directions to Grafton State Park.

Perfect Blend BNP Film Night: THE BIG BUY Tom Delay's Stolen Congress Thursday, July 6, 6:45 - 8:45 PM Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave, Delmar

Robert Greenwald's new film,THE BIG BUY Tom Delay's Stolen Congress (2006) "The Big Buy is a feature length documentary that connects the dots between big money and big government. It's not a pretty picture." Tom Delay quote: "By the time we finish this poker game, there may not be a federal government left! Which would suit me just fine." -Tom DeLay, 1994. Join us for the film and the discussion that will follow. Contact 439-8863 for further information.


Eyes Wide Open Eyes Wide Open: New York Friday, June 23, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
West Capitol Park, Albany, NY (Rain Location: Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Ave.)


"An exhibit that speaks directly to our hearts and reminds us of the human cost of war." This widely acclaimed memorial honors the casualties of the war in Iraq. On display are 117 pairs of empty combat boots, tagged with the names of New York soldiers who have died in the Iraq War and 50 pairs of shoes to represent the thousands of Iraqi civilians who have died during the conflict. Special events throughout the day: Poetry Reading, Reading of the Names of the Dead, Music and Inspriational Speakers. Free and open to the public. Organized by Women Against War, Albany Friends Meeting and Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. To volunteer, call Judy at 475-1773. or email: jf@albany.edu Download Publicity flyer.

Perfect Blend "Mardi Gras: Made in China" Tuesday , June 6, 7:00 PM The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Avenue in Troy (at 101st, where 6th Avenue turns into 5th Avenue)

The director of the new documentary "Mardi Gras: Made In China" will be presenting his film and answering audience questions. The award-winning documentary follows the path of Mardi Gras beads from the naked streets of New Orleans during Carnival, where revelers party 24/7, to the disciplined factories in Fuzhou, China, where teenage laborers live and thread beads 24/7. Told with humor and curiosity, "Mardi Gras: Made in China" provides a global connection by introducing workers and revelers to each other through a disposable commodity: Mardi Gras beads.
Contact: 439-8863 for further information.Sanctuary for Independent Media

WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE ...OR IS THERE?
Thursday, June 8, NOON, and the program will be repeated at 7:00 pm
Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Avenue, Albany


A little heralded takeover of municipal water supplies by private corporations is insidiously making its way across this country. It is no longer a third world problem. This will be the subject of a talk and discussion by Ruth Caplan who is the National Campaign Coordinator of the Alliance for Democracy's Defending Water for Life Campaign. Co-sponsored by Alliance for Democracy, Bethlehem Neghbors for Peace, Hunger Action Network and Save the Pinebush. Call 439-8863 for more information.

Perfect Blend "The Dreams of Sparrows" Thursday , June 1, 6:30 PM Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave, Delmar

Anthony Aversano, a member of Peaceful Tomorrows, will introduce this film and discuss the work of Peaceful Tomorrows with us. This is a powerful film, revealing the real cost of war to the Iraqi people.
“Through the eyes of Iraqis, in The Dreams of Sparrows, we can finally divine what emerges from the war's digestive tract...From Baghdad's necropolis of slums and nightmarish refugee camps we travel with Daffar to its middle-class apartments, artists' hangouts, mosques and the headquarters of the Communist Party. This is a city of armed men and of stylish women nervously chain-smoking in their apartments; a city where children studying in a private school hold up crayon drawings and say, "Here the tank is aiming at the helicopter, and they exchange shells and rockets." - Tom Bissel, The New York Times Magazine.

About Peaceful Tomorrows
Peaceful Tomorrows is an organization founded by family members of those killed on September 11th who have united to turn their grief into actions for peace. By developing and advocating non-violent options and actions in pursuit of justice, they hope to break the cycle of violence engendered by war and terrorism. Acknowledging their common experience with all people affected by violence throughout the world, they work to create a safer and more peaceful world for everyone.Peaceful Tomorrows

Perfect Blend Protest George Bush At West Point Saturday, May 27,8:00 AM (Bus leaving Albany at 6:00 AM) High Falls, New York (West Point)

Join with us to protest the appearance of George W. Bush at the commencement of the graduating class at the US Military Academy (USMA) at West Point on May 27, 2006. Send Bush and the media the message that the DECEIT and LIES that led us to the War on IRAQ are known and rejected by the public. . Missie Comley Beattie and Elaine Brower of Gold Star Families and Shirley Young of Military Families Speak Out are among the featured speakers. Register for the bus now!

Tentative agenda: Assemble in Highland Falls, NY. (Near West Point - US Military Academy) Veterans Park: 7:30- 8:00 AM. March to USMA Main Gates: 8:30 AM. Veterans Park Rally: 10:00 AM

Getting Organized to Have Local Foods in Your School Next Fall
Saturday, May 20, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Bethlehem Town Hall, 445 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY

The Regional Farm & Food Project is presenting this workshop to teach parents, students, faculty, staff, food service directors, farmers and food distributors on how to build supply and demand for local foods in our K-12 schools. Participants will learn how the school food systems works, the role of food service directors and food distributors, and the supporting resources available from the state. For more information contact Billie Best at 518-271-0744 or billie@farmandfood.org. Co-Sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Community for Renewable Energy & Honest
Weight Food Coop. Download publicity flyer in PDF format.

“The Great and General Interests of Peace”-Julia Ward Howe…Saturday, May 13th 2:00 - 3:00PM. at the corner of State and Willett Streets, at the annual Tulip Festival, Washington Park,Albany Bring your vigiling signs. We will walk through the crowd distributing the Mother’s Day Proclamation by Julia Ward Howe and other flyers. Co-sponsored by NEPAJAC and Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. See Women against War (Code Pink) event also at the Pinksterfest, beginning at 12:45 PM.

Al-Maidah: The Table Spread with Food
Sunday, May 7, 2:30 – 5:00 PM
Islamic Center of the Capital District, 21 North Lansing Road, Colonie, New York

ATTENTION WOMEN: Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Meade

On Sunday Women Against War, Bethlehem Neighbors For Peace and WAFA (Womens' Muslim Group) will break bread together as an expression of community. Please join us as we bring a favorite vegetarian dish to share with one another. Bring a copy of your recipe so we may put a cookbook together. Building community. Questions? Contact Lori Coates

Perfect BlendALBANY MARCH FOR PEACE, JUSTICE & DEMOCRACY Friday, April 28, 2006 4:00 PM. Gather at Townsend Park, Albany
March to the Federal Building at 4:30 PM


Open mike at the Federal Building! Unite for change -Let's turn our country around! Too much is too wrong in this country.We have a foreign policy that is foreign to our core values, and domestic policies wreaking havoc at home. The times are urgent and we must act. Call 439-1968 for further information. Publicity flyer in PDF format.

  • No more never-ending oil wars!, Protect our civil liberties and immigrant rights.
  • End illegal spying, government corruption and the subversion of our democracy.
  • Rebuild our communities, starting with the Gulf Coast.
  • Stop corporate subsidies and tax cuts for the wealthy while ignoring our basic needs.
  • Act now to reverse the climate crisis and end the war on nature

Perfect BlendNYC MARCH FOR PEACE, JUSTICE & DEMOCRACY
Saturday, April 29, 6:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Departure from: Eagle Street Garage, Albany (Madison Ave. between Eagle and Philip)

Buses will be leaving at 7:00 AM on Saturday, April 29. (Please arrive by 6:30 AM.)The buses will arrive in NYC before 11 AM. The return buses will leave NYC at 5 PM and arrive back in Albany about 8:30 PM Saturday evening. 4 Buses Now Full. No seats available. Call Joe at 439-1968 for car pool information. For updates on the bus information, go to www.BethlehemforPeace.org or www.NEPAJAC.org for the most current information. Note: For more information about a bus stopping at the Catskill Thruway exit, call Wendy at: (518)781- 0071.
There will be a meeting place for Capital District people who would like to meet up with others from the Capital Region at the the U.S. Labor Against the War Rally on 19th Street, between Broadway & Park Avenue South. (The only entry is on the Park Avenue South side, as Broadway will be blocked off for the antiwar march route.) Meet between 10:30 AM and Noon.


“Fiesta Latina”
Sunday, April 30, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
St. Patrick’s/Holy Family Church, 282 Quail St., Albany
This free program will include flamenco guitarist Maria Zementauski, a bilingual storyteller, and dancing.

Renowned Labor Organizer from Bolivia and a representative from the Venezuela Consulate to be among speakers at Capital District May Day 2006 celebrations!

Monday, May 1, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Bush Memorial Hall on the campus of Russell Sage College, Troy, NY

Speakers include: Claudia Lopez of the Cochabamba, Bolivia chapter of the Federation of Factory Workers of Bolivia. As a member of the Federation, Claudia played a key role in the “Water War of 2000” which reversed the privatization of water in Cochabamba by uniting peasants, environmentalists, teachers and blue and white-collar workers in the fight against the granting of control of the public water supply system to global giant Bechtel Corporation. Susan Gauss, Assistant Professor of History and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University at Albany. Professor Gauss is an expert on the political and social origins of rising industrialism in post-revolutionary Mexico and issues of gender, class, and violence in the Mexican textile industry. William Camacaro from the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Consulate office in New York City. A representative from the Immigrant Rights movement.

Sponsored by The Hudson-Mohawk May Day Committee with members from the Troy Area Labor Council, Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, Eighth Step, New York Labor History Association, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, and others.

For more information about the May Day 2006 Celebration contact Dan Wilcox, 518-482-0262, email: dwlcx@earthlink.net; or Art Fleischner, 438-4206 ext. 202.

  Perfect BlendFrom the Front Lines of Iraq

Sunday, April 23, 4:30 - 7:00 PM
Bethlehem Town Hall
, 445 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY

Join us for an evening with Jimmy Massey, author of Kill! Kill! Kill!, and founding member of Iraq Veterans Against the War. Jimmy will share with us some of his experiences as a platoon sergeant in the 7th Marines during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. A 12-year Marine and former recruiter, Massey transformed his view of the Iraq occupation and began to speak out against the war while he was still in Iraq, after witnessing the brutal treatment and killing of innocent Iraqi civilians by the US military. Labeled as a conscientious objector by his commanding officers, Massey sought legal counsel and won an honorable discharge in December 2003. Massey is now speaking publicly around the world about his experiences. He has been an invited guest to peace conferences with international leaders as well as a member of the southern leg of this past fall’s Bring Them Home Now Tour. We are delighted to welcome him to the Capitol District. For more information contact 518.439.8262. Download the publicity flyer in PDF format .

NEPAJAC
Thursday, April 20, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Bethlehem Town Hall, 445 Delaware Ave, Room 107, Delmar NY

North East Peace and Justice Action Coalition Planning Meeting. Please join regional Peace and Justice groups in working together to create
new actions and coordinating our efforts. Call Joe at 439-1968 for further information.


BNP Discussion Group
Monday, April 10, 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Perfect Blend, Delmar
, NY

Our gatherings here are are always lively and interesting, with many good ideas discussed among neighbors and friends. NOTE: If possible, please make a purchase when you arrive and be sure to tell the person at the counter that you are with BNP. (We now have a minimum order that we must meet in order to reserve the back room. ) Contact: 439-8262 for further information. New members always welcome!

State of FearState of Fear
Saturday, April 8, 7:00 PM
Bethlehem Town Hall
, 445 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY

Meet Academy Award winner Pamela Yates and producer Paco Onis in person at Bethlehem Town Hall. See their most recent film State of Fear. This film has won the Amnesty International Film Festival Award, Chicago International Documentary Award and the Council on Foundations Award. The film is currently showing in a number of different countries and within the U.S. and receiving rave reviews. The special event will be co-sponsored by the Solidarity Committee of the Capital District and Students for Peace and Survival, Bethlehem Central High School Amnesty International. Refreshments available. Doors open at 6:30, come early and get good seats--don't miss this very special evening. See the trailer for this film.

What Democracy Looks Like
Documentary: "What Democracy Looks Like"
Thursday, April 6, 6:45 - 8:45 PM
Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave, Delmar

"What Democracy Looks Like" (47 minutes ) by film maker Chun Pan, is a documentary about the antiwar protest in Washington, D.C. on September 24-26, 2005. Join us for an inciteful look at democracy in action. This is an inspiring film that demonstrates why is it important for us to continue to hold mass marches and rallies and to unite for change. Now is the time to reserve your seat on the bus to NYC for the MARCH FOR PEACE, JUSTICE AND DEMOCRACY on April 29, 2006. Contact 439-8863 for further information.


BNP Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, March 28, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Bethlehem Town Hall, 445 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY

Come discuss and plan with us! What is next for the peace movement. locally and globally? One important item on the agenda for this meeting is:Call for Venezuela Solidarity Action and Endorsements. International Call for Venezuela Solidarity Action and Endorsements International Week of Grassroots Venezuela Solidarity Actions: April11-19. No to US ntervention! Respect Venezuela's Sovereignty and Democracy! We will vote on endorsing this action. Also on the agenda: Matt Ellinger from the State Democratic Party will outline the Democratic Neighborhood Network initiative and provide BNP members an opportunity to voice the issues that they wish to be considered by all candidates of the State Democratic Party. Since there is now a primary challenge to current Attorney General Spitzer's gubnatorial candidacy Matt will not be presenting solely on behalf of Elliott Spitzer's campaign.

Help create our upcoming events and actions. Call 439-8863 for further information. New members welcome!

Surround the Federal Building
Monday, March 20, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Federal Building, Albany

We will surround the block in protest of the War in Iraq. Speakers, and music provided. Bring signs and dress for March weather

Perfect BlendSign-On For Peace Campaign
Wednesday, March 15

Set-up day for yard and window signs "Support Our Troops, Bring Them Home Now!", free signs available from over 20 peace and justice organizations participating in SIGN-ON for Peace Campaign coordinated by Woman Against War. Call Joe at 439-1968 to pick up a sign at 201 Kenwood Ave., Delmar. Other sign pick-up locations.

Shocking and Awful
Urban Hammid w/ Deep Dish TV's "Shocking And Awful: A Grassroots Response To War In Iraq"
Wednesday, March 15, 7:00 PM
The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Avenue in Troy (at 101st, where 6th Avenue turns into 5th Avenue)

The NYS Capital Region premiere of Deep Dish TV's "Shocking And Awful: A Grassroots Response To War In Iraq" featuring Iraqi-Swedish journalist Urban Hamid, as part of global observances of the third anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Urban Hamid, who returned from Iraq in December 2005, has been covering the war and occupation for three years. His footage was used in Michael Moore's film "Fahrenheit 911" as well as the 12-part Deep Dish TV documentary series "Shocking and Awful," which examines the latest violent and highly controversial actions in Iraq. With segments produced by more than 100 independent filmmakers and activist organizations, the impassioned, on-the-ground viewpoint of these broadcasts shows the flipside of the Bush Administration’s “Shock and Awe” military tactics. This project of Deep Dish TV, the original alternative satellite network in America, has been screened around the world--and is currently being featured at the 2006 Whitney Biennial in the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. More information on the Sanctuary for Independent Media.

Perfect Blend
Documentary: "Fallujah: The Hidden Massacre"
Thursday, March 2, 6:45 - 8:45 PM
Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave, Delmar

Democracy Now Documentary on the U.S. use of Napalm-Like White Phosphorus Bombs. This documentary charges U.S. warplanes illegally dropped white phosphorus incendiary bombs on civilian populations, burning the skin off Iraqi victims. Viewer discretion advised due to the graphic content of this film. Contact 439-8863 for further information.


The Take
Canadian Film: The Take
Thursday, February 2, 6:45 - 8:45 PM
Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave, Delmar

Join us for this 87minute film chronicling worker run businesses in Argentina.This political thriller puts the focus on the globalization debate and documents the worker's lives and their struggle. Teresa Meade, BNP member and professor of Latin American History, and of Women and Gender Studies, at Union College, and Andor Skotnes, Sage College (who traveled with her for a part of the tour), will lead a discussion following the movie. Teresa and Andor visited Argentina in December 2005. They will talk with us about Argentina and show us some of the products they purchased from one of the cooperatives mentioned in the film. Contact: 439-8863 for further information.

Dahr Jamail
Monday, January 23, 7:00 PM.
Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 Sixth Ave., Troy
(at 101st Street where Sixth Ave. turns into Fifth)

Tired of the US media's failure to accurately report the realities of the war in Iraq for the Iraqi people and US soldiers, Dahr Jamail went to Iraq to report on the war and the occupation himself. Now back in the US, he will be showing and providing commentary on: "Caught in the Crossfire - The Untold Story of Falluja" by Conception Media and "Falluja 2004", a film by independent Japanese journalist Toshikuni Doi. Donation. Question and Answer session will follow.Free. Sponsored by: Political Science Dept. –Union College; Political Science Dept. and the Community Services Dept. -College of St. Rose; Peace Action-Albany; Veterans for Peace – Thomas Paine Chapter; Pax Christi Schenectady; Chatam Peace Initiative; Social Justice Center, Albany; Women Against War; Hudson Mohawk Independent Media Center; Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. For more information: 518-869-6674; 518-378-2909; 518-439-8115 or go to: http://www.dahrjamailiraq.com For more information on the Independent Media Sanctuary visit: www.thesanctuaryforindependentmedia.org

Dahr Jamail
Tuesday, January 24, 7:00 PM.
College of St. Rose, St. Joseph's Hall, 985 Madison Avenue, Albany

Tired of the US media's failure to accurately report the realities of the war in Iraq for the Iraqi people and US soldiers, Dahr Jamail went to Iraq to report on the war and the occupation himself. He will discuss his experiences. Free. Sponsored by: Political Science Dept. –Union College; Political Science Dept. and the Community Services Dept. -College of St. Rose; Peace Action-Albany; Veterans for Peace – Thomas Paine Chapter; Pax Christi Schenectady; Chatam Peace Initiative; Social Justice Center, Albany; Women Against War; Hudson Mohawk Independent Media Center; Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. For more information: 518-869-6674; 518-378-2909; 518-439-8115 or go to: http://www.dahrjamailiraq.com

The Future of Food
The Future of Food
Saturday, January 14, 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Bethlehem Town Hall, 445 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY

Join us for a film and discussion concerning the importance of keeping our food supply local, safe and secure. Beginning at 12:30p.m., Mark Warford, administrator with the East Greenbush Goff Middle School, will present to us how he has produced a working, organic, school garden and recycling program. Mark has presented this program at the 2002 New York State Middle School Conference and received the Governors Award for Waste Reduction and Recycling in 2003. A showing of the film “The Future of Food” by Deborah Koons Garcia follows. This film explains the truth behind genetically engineered food and the attempts of multinational corporations to control the world’s food system. Local, organic and sustainable farming is explored as an alternative to this way of agriculture. Finally, a professional panel will round out the afternoon. Included are: Billie Best, executive director from Regional Farm and Food Project, Carl N. McDaniel, PhD., Professor of Biology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Louise Maher-Johnson, member of New York State Against Genetic Engineering of food and the Northeast Organic Farming Association. Refreshments and tables for organizational information will be available. Further information available at 518-439-0314.

Common Ground Collective
Hurricane Katrina Relief and the Future of New Orleans:
A “Veterans for Peace” Perspective
Thursday, January 5, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave, Delmar

Join Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace as we begin the New Year with an evening dedicated to learning about the devastation wrought upon our brothers and sisters in New Orleans, and what we can do to help. Our featured guest will be Elliott Adams, a member of Veterans for Peace who spent the week following Thanksgiving in New Orleans, where he joined the contingent of Veterans for Peace who have been running relief efforts in Louisiana since the first days after Hurricane Katrina. The experiences Elliott will share with us are bound to be heart wrenching first-hand accounts of the utter devastation that to this day dominates the city that was once New Orleans. We will spend the evening learning about this together, and together we will develop constructive ways to assist the individuals, families, and communities whose lives have been ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. Co-sponsors include: Hudson Mohawk Indymedia, Veterans for Peace and BNP.Contact Elaine Hills at (518) 439-8262 for further information.