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Tom Ellis

Tom Ellis talk on Uranium Weapons: The Impact on Iraq
Thursday, December 5, 7:00 - 8:45 pm 
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 12054

Tom Ellis will  be discussing the environmental and health impacts on the land and people of Iraq, resulting from the use of uranium weapons by the US in the two Iraq wars. Tom  is a 30 year member of the Community Concerned about NL.  CCNL has successfully lobbied for a clean up of the former NL Industries factory in Colonie where early versions of U-238, aka depleted uranium (DU), weapons were manufactured in 1979-1980.   Free. Everyone is welcome. Information: 466-1192.

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Film: "The Next American Revolution"
Saturday,  November 23, 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 continues its 2013-2014 film series with a showing of “The Next American Revolution” (2013, 47 minutes).  Although there’s been no shortage of commentary about the structural crisis plaguing the American economic and political system, analyses that offer practical, politically viable solutions have been few and far between.  This illustrated presentation from historian and political economist Gar Alperovitz is a rare and stunning exception.  Pointing to efforts already underway in thousands of communities across the United States – from co-ops and community land trusts to government initiatives – Alperovitz shows how bottom-up strategies can work to check monopolistic corporate power, democratize wealth, and empower communities. Professor Noam Chomsky, praising this documentary, has declared:  “What Gar is talking about is not reform―it’s revolution.” 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).Admission is free, and free refreshments will be provided by the Honest Weight Food Co-op.  Everyone is welcome to attend.   Information:  466-1192

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Film:  UNMANNED: America's Drone Wars
Tuesday,  November 19, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Bethlehem Town Hall
445 Delaware Ave, Delmar

This is a one hour documentary from director Robert Greenwald, on the impact of the U.S. Drone Wars, at home and abroad. In Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars, the eighth full-length feature documentary from Brave New Foundation, director Robert Greenwald investigates the impact of U.S. drone strikes at home and abroad through more than 70 separate interviews, including a former American drone operator who shares what he has witnessed in his own words, Also included in the film are: Pakistani families mourning loved ones and seeking legal redress, investigative journalists pursuing the truth, and top military officials warning against blowback from the loss of innocent life.  A discussion will follow the film.  Join us.  Information 466-1192.

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Paul Rehm and Alice Brody  on Israel/Palestine, Children and
the Face of Occupation
Wednesday , November 13, 7:00 - 8:45 pm 

Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 12054

Paul Rehm is a steering committee member of Upper Hudson Peace Action and has worked with Christian Peacemaker Teams in Israel/Palestine during seven of the past nine years.Paul will share from what he's witnessed of Palestinian life under occupation.  The focus will be on children and how current Israeli policies and actions affect them.  Paul has worked with Christian Peacemaker Teams in Israel/Palestine during seven of the past nine years.  

Alice Brody was a labor union educator and activist, before retiring. She  now spends her time advocating for single payer healthcare, Palestinian Rights and is a member of WAW's Iran Working Group.  Through the lens of her camera she is able to convey the features of occupation and the struggle against it.       The_Wall  Free. Everyone is welcome. Information: 466-1192.

Photo by Alice Brody  "The Wall"



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Howie Hawkins & Sean Sweeney
Friday, November 8, 7:00 pm

Oakwood Community Center
313 10th St., Troy,  N.Y.


Democratize the Energy Sector!   Howie Hawkins and Sea Sweeney will discuss  the need to socialize and democratize the energy sector. Co-Sponsored by: Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, The Troy Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO 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 $5 requested, $2 unemployed and students more information: 518 505 0948 labor donatedLocated 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 $5 requested, $2 unemployed and students :more information: 518 505 0948 
 



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Wednesday, October 23, 7:00 pm, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 85 Chestnut St, Albany, NY.  Workshop for Anti- Drone Activists with Journalist Rafia Zakaria Debunking the Myths of Drone Warfare: A Workshop for Activists.  Rafia Zakaria is  a Pakistani-American journalist for DAWN, Pakistan’s largest English-language paper. She was also featured in NY Times, Huffington Post, The Nation & Al Jazeera. She is a Lawyer & Director of Muslim Women’s Legal Defense Fund representing domestic violence survivors.  Co-sponsors:  Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace Fellowship of Reconciliation Grannies for Peace,  Interfaith Alliance of NYS, Justice Committee of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Albany Province, Muslim Solidarity Committee Palestinian Rights Committee, Project SALAM, UAlbany Peace Action, Upper Hudson Peace Action; Veterans for Peace, Pakistani-American journalist for DAWN, Pakistan’s largest English-language paper. Also featured in NY Times, Huffington Post, The Nation & Al Jazeera. Lawyer & Director of Muslim Women’s Legal Defense Fund representing domestic violence survivors.  Rafia Zakaria’s Visit Organized by Women Against War Info@WomenAgainstWar.org

 
Wednesday, October 23, 3:30-5:00 pm, Assembly Hall, Campus Center, University at Albany (Uptown Campus) Rafia will also speak on: The Impact of the War on Terror and Pakistani Women.  Co-sponsors: UAlbany Department of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies; UUP Albany Chapter (Peace & Justice Committee); UAlbany Peace Action

 
Thursday, October 24, 1:00- 2:20 pm, Bush Memorial Auditorium, Russell Sage College, Congress and First St., Troy. 
Rafia will also speak on: Women in Pakistan, Student Assembly - Public Welcome. Co-sponsors: The WORLD General Education Program and the Department of History and Society at Russell Sage College

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Thursday, October 24, 6:00 - 9:00 pm, First Unitarian Universalist Church, 405 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY. "Humor from My Pen" an exhibition of the political cartoons of Gerardo Hernandex, one of the Cuban 5 prisoners, drawn in his prison cell.
The Cuban Five have served over fifteen years of "hard time" in federal prison but remain unbroken, proud of their efforts against the terrorist opponents of Cuba. Their fight for freedom joins the struggle against the US system of mass incarceration, where 2.3 million people are imprisoned, and 5 million are under parole or probation. Their case has garnered support from around the globe.  The Cuban Five deserve your support. The artwork being presented at this exhibition is the creation of Gerardo Hernández. He is serving two life sentences, but retains his ability to laugh at adversity. Come to enjoy Gerardo's cartoons, and learn more about the case of the Cuban Five. Exhibit from 6 - 9 pm. Program will begin at 7:00 pm. Refreshments will  More information on the Cuban 5.  Information about this program:  Pepe Rossy @ 557-6480 or Mindy Brudno @ 283-1864




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Barbara Garson:  Down the Up Escalator
Friday, October 25, 7:00 pm
Oakwood Community Center
313 10th St., Troy,  N.Y.


Barbara Garson will give a talk titled"  Down the Up Escalator:  How Capitalism is creating Bad Jobs After the Great Recession".  Barbara Garson is best known for the play Macbird, a parody of Macbeth that sold over  a half a million copies as a book and had over 50 productions world wide. In addition to plays, Garson is the author of four non-fiction books.  Her most recent book is titled:  
"Down the Up Escalator: How the 99% Live in the Great Recession" . She was recently featured on Bill Moyers. Co-Sponsored by: Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, The Troy Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO 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 $5 requested, $2 unemployed and students more information: 518 505 0948 labor donatedLocated 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 $5 requested, $2 unemployed and students :more information: 518 505 0948  



Music

BNP:  Making Music for Peace
Tuesday, October 15, 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.

Malalai Joya


Talk by Renown Activist and Author  Malalai Joya
Wednesday, October 9, 7:00 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
405 Washington Avenue (across the street from the downtown SUNY campus)
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Wednesday, October 9, 1:00 pm, Bush Memorial Auditorium, Russell Sage College, Congress and First Street, Troy, NY

Malalai Joya, 35 first gained international attention in 2003 when she spoke out publicly against the domination of warlords in Afghanistan.  She was at that time serving as an elected delegate to the Loya Jirga that was convened to ratify the Constitution of Afghanistan.  In 2005  she became one of 68 women elected to the 249-seat National Assembly.  An extraordinary young woman, raised in the refugee camps of Iran and Pakistan, Joya became a teacher in secret girl's schools, hiding her books under her burqa so that the Taliban couldn't find them.  Co-sponsored by Women Against War, BNP and numerous other local organizations. The tour is sponsored by The United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC).
  Information:  466-1192 PLEASE NOTE that  we have permission for people who will be attending the evening event to park in UAlbany's Hawley parking lot, across from FUUSA, for this event only.

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Tuesday, October 8, Noon,US Federal Building, 1 Clinton Avenue, Albany, NY.  Rally for Lynne Stewart, Rally for Compassionate Release.
Lynne was outrageously sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for zealously advocating for her client. She has stage four breast cancer. According to the federal Bureau of Prison’s own guidelines, she should be given compassionate release. October 8 is her 74th birthday. Speakers for the event will include: Honorable Doug Bullock, Honorable Dominick Calsolaro, Steve Downs, Joe Lombardo, Kathy Manley and Mark Mishler. Click here to sign the petition for compassionate release for Lynne Stewart. To read the press release, click here. Give Lynne a birthday present, advocate for her release from prison. For more information on Lynne’s case, see www.lynnestewart.org      Co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Muslim Solidarity Committee, National Lawyers Guild, Project SALAM, NYCLU Capital District Chapter, The Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, VFP Chapter 10, and Women Against War. For more information about the rally email Kathy Manley at  mkathy1296@gmail.com


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BNP Film: American Autumn: An OCCUDOC
Thursday
,  October 3, 6:30 - 8:45 pm.
Bethlehem Public Library

451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 

The documentary, "American Autumn An OCCUDOC" (76 minutes, 2012) is a documentary film by Dennis Trainor Jr.  Shot on the front lines and meeting spaces of the Occupy movement in NYC, Boston, and Washington, DC from the earliest days through the end of January 2012, American Autumn: an Occudoc is an inside looking out view of the occupy movement. The film includes interviews with organizers, thinkers and activists including Medea Benjamin, David Degraw, Dr. Margaret Flowers, Lee Camp, Naomi Klein, Nathan Schneider, Ashley Sanders, Vlad Teichberg, Sgt. Shamar Thomas, Dr. Cornel West, Kevin Zeese and many more, writer/ director Dennis Trainor Jr weaves commentary and a fearless style that often puts the viewer right between police and protesters. The film includes an original score by Goldi, a member of the OWS music Rebel group and Guitarmy, with additional original music created by Mike Lawrence-Yanicelli.The punk band FUGAZI supplied additional songs.  A discussion, led by Dan Kelly of Occupy Albany,  will follow the film.   For additional information call (518) 466-1192. Free and open to the public.

The Healthcare Movie


Film: "The Healthcare Movie"
Saturday,  September 28, 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 begins  its 2013-2014 film series with the showing of “The Healthcare Movie”  (2012).  The Healthcare Movie is a serious, one-hour film comparing American and Canadian health care. Narrated by Kiefer Sutherland, the documentary explores the healthcare systems in Canada and the U.S. and considers how it came to be that the two systems ended up in such different places. In Canada, healthcare is regarded as a human right, treated as a responsibility of the government to be provided to every citizen. In America health care is operated as a profit-making commodity. Should healthcare be a human right in the United States?  Dr. Richard Propp will lead us in a discussion after the film. This event -- co-sponsored by Capital District Alliance for Universal Healthcare,  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).  Admission is free, and free refreshments will be provided by the Honest Weight Food Coop.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  Information:  466-1192

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BNP Film:  Mumia Long Distance Revolutionary
Tuesday
, September 24, 6:30 - 8:45 pm.
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 

The documentary, "Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal," (120 minutes, 2012) chronicles Abu-Jamal’s life and work as a journalist, writer and public intellectual, even as he spent some 30 years on death row in Pennsylvania. In 1982, Abu-Jamal was sentenced to die for allegedly killing Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. He has always maintained his innocence. Then, last year, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals set aside Abu-Jamal’s death sentence after finding jurors were given confusing instructions that encouraged them to choose death rather than a life sentence. In January, prosecutors announced they would no longer pursue the death penalty against Abu-Jamal, and the imprisoned journalist was transferred to the general prison population.  .A discussion will follow.   For additional information call (518) 466-1192. Free and open to the public..



Malalai_JoyaBook Discussion:   "A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice"
Wednesday,  September 18, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Bethlehem Town Hall
445 Delaware Ave, Delmar

You are invited to attend a book discussion of Afghan author and activist Malalai Joya's book: "A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice" Malalai Joya is an Afghan activist and a former elected member of the Parliament from Farah province. Her books include "Raising My Voice", and "A Woman Among Warlords" In October Malalai Joya will be doing a US tour sponsored by The Afghan Women's Mission and the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC).  She will be appearing in the Capital District for two events on October 9, 2013. As soon as more information is available about time and place for the October 9, evening event,  it will be publicized.   To get some idea of Malalai's current views and her work on ending the war in Afghanistan here are some links to articles from 2009 to 2012 compiled by Common Dreams.  Also,  Malalai Joya's website.  If you need a book and/or are planning to attend this book discussion on September 18th, please RSVP to tquaif@yahoo.com   Co-sponsored by Women Against War and Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace.  Information 466-1192.




Marcela_OliveraMarcella Olivera:  The Fight for Water Justice in Latin America 
Friday, September 20, 7:00 pm
Oakwood Community Center
313 10th St., Troy,  N.Y.


Marcela Olivera will give a talk titled: The Fight for Water Justice in Latin America.   Marcela Olivera is the Latin American coordinator for the Water for All campaign at Food and Water Watch. Marcela worked in Cochabamba as the key international liaison for the Coalition for the Defense of Water and Life and the Federation of Factory Workers in Cochabamba. Co-Sponsored by: Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, The Troy Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO 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 $5 requested, $2 unemployed and students more information: 518 505 0948 labor donated
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 $5 requested, $2 unemployed and students :more information: 518 505 0948  


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Bethlehem Children's School:  PinWheels for Peace
Monday, September 23, 10:30 am
Bethlehem Children's School
12 Fisher Blvd. Slingerlands, NY 12159

The students at the Bethlehem Children's School will be commemorating the International Day of Peace (official date is 9/21)  by planting pinwheels in the ground. If you would like to join them, bring your completed  pinwheel, ready to plant in the ground.  Parking  is along Fischer Blvd, as far off the pavement as possible.  The pinwheel can be any size but here is a template,  to make one.  Further information:  Ralph Fahnestock at (518) 478-0224.


Syria

Monday, September 9, 5:00 - 6:00 pm,  NO WAR IN SYRIA!,  at the Four Corners,  intersection of Kenwood and Delaware Aves. in Delmar.  Stay for a few minutes or an hour. Let's stand together for peace.   Please bring a sign.  Some suggestions:  War Is Not The Answer       Foster Peace, Not War        Ceasefire, Not Bombs       Diplomacy, Not Bombs       Not Another War       Bombs Will Kill Syrians     Hands Off Syria  Let's do all we can to help build public support for a Congressional vote against a United States attack on Syria.   Join us!    518-466-1192 for further information. ( Photo taken by Mari Matsuo at the  Peace Action vigil at the Capital on 9/4/2013)



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Saturday, August 31, 12:30 - 2 PM,  Townsend Park (Where Central & Washington come together), Albany. Protest the moves towards war with Syria!
Secretary of State Kerry’s demagogic speech on August 26 on the situation in Syria makes it clear that the U.S. is serious about military action against the people of Syria.  Polls show that the overwhelming majority of Americans are against any further intervention.  However, as with the Iraq War, the government shows contempt and disregard for the will of the people.  The issue of chemical weapons is the cover the U.S. and its allies use to justify their illegal and immoral acts of war, just as the specter of WMD’s were used as the rationale for attacking Iraq.  Their real mission, as in Iraq, Libya, and elsewhere, is to force regime change in order to control energy resources and get compliant regimes in the region.  The claim that a bloody military attack on a country that poses no threat to the U.S. is needed to offer humanitarian assistance is the height of hypocrisy.  The result of the “humanitarian” invasion and ten-year occupation of Iraq is over a million Iraqi deaths and a country in ruin.  Don't let this happen in Syria. Military intervention will not bring peace to a people already engulfed in terrible violence and destruction.  Such intervention can only lead to more death and devastation. Similar actions are being organized across the country and in many countries throughout the world. Bring a sign Join the Facebook event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/357747284356582/?notif_t=plan_admin_added . Say NO to another US War! Hands OFF Syria! for more information: 518-281-1968


Farmageddon

BNP Film:  Farmageddon
Tuesday, August 20
, 7:00 - 9:00 pm 
Bethlehem Town Hall
445 Delaware Ave, Delmar

Farmageddon:  The Unseen War on American Family Farms (2011, 86 minutes)   is a documentary about the loss of our right to access fresh, healthy foods. This documentary tells the story of farms that were providing safe, nutritional foods to their communities but were forced to stop, sometimes through violent action.   A discussion will follow the film. Free and open to the public. Due to a conflict at Town Hall, we have had to change the date for this film from Wednesday, 8/21 to Tuesday, 8/20. Information 466-1192.

Where Soldiers Come From

BNP Film:Where Soldiers Come From
Thusday, August 1
, 7:00- 8:45 pm.
Bethlehem Public Library

451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 


“Where Soldiers Come From” (2011, 90 minutes) is a powerful documentary, that reveals  how several young men made the decision to join the National Guard, and the result of this decision.  From a snowy small town in northern Michigan to the mountains of Afghanistan and back, this Emmy award-winning documentary follows the four-year journey of childhood friends, forever transformed by a faraway war.  It looks at these young men as they are changed from reckless teenagers to soldiers looking for bombs in Afghanistan and, later, to veterans dealing with the silent war wounds of traumatic brain injury and PTSD.  A “New York Times” review calls the film “quietly devastating. . . .  The real cost of distant political decisions is softly illuminated, as well as the shame of a country with little to offer its less fortunate young people other than a ticket to a battlefield.”   Information:  518-466-1192



Peace Through MusicBNP:  Making Music for Peace
Wednesday, July 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.



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BNP Film: Bhutan- Taking the Middle Path to Happiness
Thusday, July 18
, 7:00- 8:45 pm.
Bethlehem Public Library

451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 


“Bhutan- Taking the Middle Path to Happiness” (2010,  57 minutes)
is a documentary about the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan and its development policy of “Gross National Happiness.”  Imagine a people who see all life as sacred, a land with abundant renewable energy, a nation committed to preserving nature and its culture. Imagine a country where the government’s goal is “Gross National Happiness.”  Can this small, geographically isolated country tucked away in the Himalayans truly protect its environment and culture as they open their doors to the West?”  The concept of taking “the middle path” is one rooted in the Bhutanese view of the world, a simple message: happiness lies in the middle path. Neither overindulging in the world’s pleasures nor rejecting the world’s goodness can lead to a prosperous and peaceful society. Happiness can only be found by taking the middle path – the path that provides the needs of mankind without sacrificing the life generating diversity of nature.  But now with Bhutan’s entry into the global marketplace, the introduction of television, advertising and the social pressures of consumerism can Bhutan maintain this delicate balance?
   A discussion will follow the film.   Information:  518-466-1192

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Monday,  July 15, 5:00 - 6:00 pm, Stop the War:  No Arms to Syria Vigil,  at the Four Corners,  intersection of Kenwood and Delaware Aves. in Delmar.   UNAC has issued a United Statement and Call for Action to Oppose U.S./NATO and Israeli War on Syria No more wars – U.S. out of the Middle East! UNAC has called for National Days of Action from June 28- July 17, 2013  Let's join together!    Stop the U.S./NATO/Israeli war and all forms of intervention against Syria!  Self-determination free from outside intervention for the Syrian people!  Fund people’s needs, not the military!     U.S. Out of the Middle East! 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. 


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Monday, July 1, 7:00 PM, Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Avenue, Albany NY,  Syria: Through the Eyes of Those Who Called it Home. Syrian Palestinian Nidal Bitari, NGO Project Coordinator, Author & NPR Researcher.  Humanitarians Theresa Kubasak & Gabe Huck Resident Teachers in Damascus 2005 – 2012, Founders of Iraqi Student Project. Free and Open to the Public.  Information: Call 518-966-5366; email prcalbany@gmail.com  Sponsored by Palestinian Rights Committee of Upper Hudson Peace Action  and co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace.

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A Talk by Maud and David Easter:  The Hyping of the North Korean Threat
Thursday, June 20
, 7:00- 8:45 pm
Bethlehem Public Library

451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 

 In 1980 Maud and David Easter negotiated and participated in the first non-sectarian US delegation to visit North Korea. They had worked on US Korea policy issues for the American Friends Service Committee while living in Japan from 1977-1980, visiting South Korea many times to document the impact of US support for the then-dictatorship. Soon after moving to Albany in 1981, they organized the Committee for a New  Korea Policy. Maud and David will discuss their experiences and share their analysis of the current hostilities between the United States and North Korea. There will be time for questions and discussion, after the talk.  For additional information call: 466-1192.

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Monday, June 17, 12:00 pm, Rally and March in East Capitol Lawn, Albany, NY. New York Crossroads:  Rally and March to Stop Fracking and Say Yes to Renewable Energy!,
  citizens from across New York—from Long Island to Niagara Falls—will arrive in Albany to demand freedom from dirty energy, calling on Governor Cuomo to reject fracking and lead the nation in constructing a renewable energy economy here and now in New York. At this march and rally, the anti-fracking movement will, for the first time, join with business leaders, faith leaders, health professionals, elected officials, farmers, and youth to demand the renewable energy jobs that our families and communities want and deserve.  Website for New Yorkers Against Fracking   Facebook  


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Monday,  June 3, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
,  Free Bradley Manning Vigil,  at the Four Corners,  intersection of Kenwood and Delaware Aves. in Delmar.  As his trial begins, let's join together to show our support for Bradley Manning.  From the Bradley Manning website: " After more than three years of imprisonment, including nine months of torture, Nobel Peace Prize nominee Bradley Manning’s trial is finally scheduled to begin June 3, 2013, at Fort Meade, Maryland. The outcome of this trial will determine whether a conscience-driven 25-year-old WikiLeaks whistle-blower spends the rest of his life in prison. Bradley believed that the American people have a right to know the truth about what our government does around the world in our name. We the People must send a message to the military prosecuting authority, and President Obama, that Bradley Manning is a patriot and heroic truth-teller."    Bring your sign or use one of ours. Stay for a few minutes or an hour. Let's stand together for Bradley Manning, and for peace.  (518) 466-1192 for further information. 

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Film: "Where Soldiers Come From"
Saturday,  May 25, 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 2012-2013 film series with a showing of “Where Soldiers Come From” (2011, 90 minutes).  From a snowy small town in northern Michigan to the mountains of Afghanistan and back, this Emmy award-winning documentary follows the four-year journey of childhood friends, forever transformed by a faraway war.  It looks at these young men as they are changed from reckless teenagers to soldiers looking for bombs in Afghanistan and, later, to veterans dealing with the silent war wounds of traumatic brain injury and PTSD.  A “New York Times” review calls the film “quietly devastating. . . .  The real cost of distant political decisions is softly illuminated, as well as the shame of a country with little to offer its less fortunate young people other than a ticket to a battlefield.”  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).Admission is free, and free refreshments will be provided by the Honest Weight Food Coop.  Everyone is welcome to attend. Information:  518-466-1192


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"Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield" w/ author Jeremy Scahill
Wednesday, May 22, 7:00 PM.
Sanctuary for Independent Media
 3361 6th Avenue, Troy  NY


   A look inside America’s new covert wars, in which foot soldiers operate daily across the globe with orders from the White House to do whatever is necessary to hunt down and capture or kill those designated as enemies..  Admission: by donation ($10 suggested, $5 student/low-income)   Co-sponsored by BNP.  More Information:  Sanctuary for Independent Media website.

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BNP Film:  Do the Math
Wednesday, May 15, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Bethlehem Town Hall
445 Delaware Ave, Delmar

Do The Math movie is a 42-minute mini-documentary about the rising movement to change the terrifying math of the climate crisis and challenge the fossil fuel industry. The Do The Math documentary follows Bill McKibben, an environmental author and the founder of the international climate campaign 350.org, on last November’s 21-city “Do The Math” tour that helped spark a new fossil fuel divestment campaign that is sweeping the nation. The film also features author Naomi Klein, climate scientist Dr. James Hansen, Rep. Henry Waxman, green jobs visionary Majora Carter, environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Nobel Peace Prize Winner Desmond Tutu, and other climate and progressive leaders.   A discussion will follow the film. Free and open to the public. Information 466-1192.
Invention_of_white_raceJeffrey B. Perry: “The Invention of the White Race”: A Slide Presentation/Talk for the New Expanded Edition of the book by Theodore W. Allen
Friday, May 10, 7:00 pm
Oakwood Community Center
313 10th St., Troy,  N.Y.


 Theodore W. Allen’s “The Invention of the White Race,” (Verso Books, November 2012) with its focus on racial oppression and social control, is one of the twentieth-century’s major contributions to historical understanding. This two-volume classic details how the “white race” was invented as a ruling-class social control formation and a system of  racial oppression was imposed in response to labor solidarity in the wake of Bacon’s Rebellion (1676-77), how the “white race” was created and maintained through “white race”  privileges conferred on laboring class European-Americans relative to African-Americans, how these privileges were ruinous to the interests of African-Americans and “disastrous” for laboring class European-Americans, and how the “white race” has been the principal historic guarantor of ruling-class domination in America. Jeffrey B. Perry  is an independent, working-class scholar formally educated at Princeton, Harvard, Rutgers, and Columbia. His work focuses on the role of white supremacy as a retardant to progressive social change and on the centrality of struggle against white supremacy to progressive social change. For over thirty-five years he has been active in the working  class movement as a rank-and-file worker and as a union shop steward, officer, editor, and retiree.  Co-Sponsored by: Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace,  Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, Troy Area Labor Council AFL-CIO. 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 $5 requested, $2 unemployed and students more information: 518 505 0948 labor donated
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 $5 requested, $2 unemployed and students :more information: 518 505 0948  

The_Healthcare_Movie

BNP Film:The Healthcare Movie
Thusday, Ma
y 2, 7:00- 8:45 pm.
Bethlehem Public Library

451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 

 This film  is a serious, one hour film comparing American and Canadian health care. Narrated by Kiefer Sutherland, the documentary explores the health care systems in Canada and the U.S. and considers how it came to be that the two systems ended up in such different places. In Canada, healthcare is regarded as a human right, treated as a responsibility of the government to be provided to every citizen.  In America health care is operated as a profit-making commodity for the financial gain of health insurance and pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and doctors.A discussion will follow.   For additional information call (518) 466-1192. Free and open to the public..


Drones
April 29, 5:00 - 6:00 pm,  Stop Predator Drone Attacks    Peace Vigil,  Monday, 5 - 6 PM at the Four Corners,  intersection of Kenwood and Delaware Aves. in Delmar.
   Join us for this special vigil to protest the US predator drone attacks: Resist global wars, drones and empire.  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.
 


MayDay2012

Wednesday, May 1, 
Noon - 11:00 pm,  Albany May Day 2013:  A Day of Intersectional Struggle! 
March for Immigrants’ Rights, 11:30 to 1:00, 273 Central Ave to Armory;
Student Solidarity Caravan, 1:00 to 3:30, From Armory to SUNY Uptown;
Justice for Janitors Picket, 4:00 to 5:00, Alfred E. Smith Building;
Speaker’s Rally on May Day History, 5:00 to 6:00, Academy Park;
Solidarity March Recognizing the connectedness of our struggles, 6:00 to 7:00, March stops: Capitol, County Courthouse, Verizon, TD Bank, Federal Court,
SUNY Administration;
Breaking Bread, Making Music, 7:00 to 10:00, Red Square,  $5-­$10 cover charge

e-­mail: AlbanyMayDay@gmail.com, phone: 518 465 964  Facebook  
web: occupyalbany.org


Earth_days


Film: "Earth Days"
Saturday,  April 27, 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 continues its 2012-2013 film series with the showing of “Earth Days” (2010, 102 minutes).  Directed by acclaimed documentarian Robert Stone, “Earth Days” examines the dawn and development of the modern environmental movement through the extraordinary stories of the era’s pioneers.  The film illustrates that, thanks to the activism of the 1960s and early 1970s, congress passed a broad array of federal legislation to clean up the land, water, and sky of the United States.  “Earth Days” also provides a poetic meditation on humanity’s complex relationship with nature and a searching look at the achievements and missed opportunities of eco-activism.   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).  Admission is free, and free refreshments will be provided by the Honest Weight Food Coop.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  Admission is free, and free refreshments will be provided by the Honest Weight Food Coop.  Information:  466-1192



Global_Day_of_Action
April 15, 5:00 - 6:00 pm,  Peace Action's Global Day of Action on Military Spending.   Peace Vigil,  Monday, 5 - 6 PM at the Four Corners,  intersection of Kenwood and Delaware Aves. in Delmar.
  Members of Peace Action will join our regular vigil on tax day, and will bring signs focusing on how our tax dollars are being used to fund unnecessary wars.  Join us on tax day and express you preference for where you would like your tax dollars to be spent.    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.
 




Peace
BNP Coordinating Committee & General  Meeting 

Wednesday, April 17, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Bethlehem Town Hall
445 Delaware Ave, Delmar

 The agenda will include:  Review of, recent past events,  Future events:  Drone Forum (4/23);  Drone Conference (4/26-4/28); May Day in Albany (5/1); Library film: The Healthcare Movie (5/2) Town Hall event (5/15),  Update from Joe on UNAC activities,  Requests for funding,  future event planning, current events.  Please join us.  Free refreshments.   Information 466-1192.  



Fred_MagdoffFred Magdoff:  Depletion of the World's Resources- What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism
Monday, April 8, 7:00 pm
Oakwood Community Center
313 10th St., Troy,  N.Y.


Fred Magdoff is Emeritus Professor of Plant and Soil Science at the University of Vermont. His interests range from soil science to agriculture and food (science, production, economics, policy) to ecology to the U.S. economy. His most recent books are Agriculture and Food in Crisis: Conflict, Resistance, and Renewal (2010) and What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism (2011, with John Bellamy Foster). His most recent article, in Monthly Review, is “Global Resource Depletion: Is Population the Problem?  Co-sponsors include Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. 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 $5 requested, $2 unemployed and students :more information: 518 505 0948  


The Throwaways
The Throwaways  ( 2013, 72 minutes) Sneak Preview Showing at UAlbany
Tuesday, April 9, 6:00 pm
Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, University at Albany 1400 Washington Ave. Albany, NY. 


The Throwaways tells the story of filmmaker and ex-felon Ira McKinley, who struggles to turn his life around and transform his inner-city community in Albany, NY. Weaving McKinley's personal narrative of survival with stories of emerging social movements, The Throwaways takes an intimate look at the complex challenges facing urban America. Produced and Directed by Bhawin Suchak & Ira McKinley  3 Minute Trailer   Co-Sponsored by: Graduate Student Employees Union (GSEU/CWA 1104), Albany UUP Executive Committee, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, the UAlbany Latin American, Caribbean and US Latino Studies Department, Holding Our Own, NYSR, Occupy Albany, Save Our SUNY, Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, Students Revolutionary Coalition, Upper Hudson Peace Action.  Facebook information.



Victoria_Brittain
Thursday, April 11,  7:00pm - 9:00pm, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 85 Chestnut St., Albany, NY.  Victoria Brittain reads from her new book Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror. Shadow Lives reveals the unseen side of the “wars” since 9/11: their impact on the wives and families of men incarcerated in Guantanamo, or in prison or under house arrest in Britain and the U.S. It raises urgent questions about civil liberties that no one can afford to ignore. Victoria Brittain will read from her book and speak on the issues. “…a searching, sensitive, and wrenching account of the ordeal of the women left behind, their torment, their endurance and courage, their triumphs over the cruel ‘extension of prison to home.’ And not least, a revealing picture of what we have allowed ourselves to become.”   ––Noam Chomsky  British journalist Victoria Brittain is a former editor of The Guardian newspaper (UK). She lived and worked as a journalist in Washington, Nairobi, Saigon, Algiers, and London, and is co-author of Moazzam Begg’s 2006 Guantanamo memoir, Enemy Combatant. Sponsored by: Masjid As-Salam, Muslim Solidarity Committee, National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF) Capital Region chapter, and Project SALAM.      Co-sponsored by: Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC), Dr. Dhafir Support Committee, Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), Upper Hudson Peace Action, Veterans for Peace/Chapter 10, Women Against War.  Free and open to all.

Harlan_County

Film: "Harlan County USA"
Saturday,  March 23, 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 continues its 2012-2013 film series with the showing of the Academy Award-winning “Harlan County USA” (1976, 103 minutes).  Directed and produced by Barbara Kopple, this stirring film unflinchingly documents a grueling coal miners’ strike in a small Kentucky town.  With unprecedented access, Kopple and her crew captured the miners’ sometimes violent struggles with strikebreakers, local police, and company thugs.  Featuring a haunting soundtrack—with legendary country and bluegrass artists Hazel Dickens, Merle Travis, Sarah Gunning, and Florence Reece—the film is a heartbreaking record of the thirteen-month struggle between a community fighting to survive and a corporation (Duke Power Company) dedicated to the bottom line.  Admission is free, and free refreshments will be provided by the Honest Weight Food Coop.  Everyone is welcome to attend.The film-showing -- 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


John HalleJohn Halle:  Politics, Protest and Music
Friday, March 15, 7:00 pm
Oakwood Community Center
313 10th St., Troy,  N.Y.


John Halle is Director of Studies in Music Theory and Practice at Bard College. Active as both a composer and theorist, recent compositions have been performed by the Meridian Arts Ensemble, the Cygnus Ensemble, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Locrian Ensemble, Fulcrum Point, flutists Ransom Wilson and Tara Helen O'Connor, and the Now Ensemble, among others. He is a founding member of Common Sense, a composers' collective which will release its third CD on the Albany label. His "Mortgaging the Earth," based on a text by Lawrence Summers, has received more than 20 performances and will be included on the Sequitur Ensemble's upcoming Koch International release. Halle's scholarship focuses on connections between the mental representation of language and music. This work been published in scholarly journals and presented in invited talks at Stanford University, CNRS (Paris), the University of Missouri, and Columbia University.Previously on the faculty of Yale University, Halle was twice elected as a Green Party member to the New Haven Board of Aldermen where he sponsored resolutions opposing the war in Iraq, anti-dumping ordinances and legislation in support of the Yale Unions during the 2002 Yale strike. (Note: This forum will be chaired by musician Mark Emanation). Co-sponsors include Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. 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 $5 requested, $2 unemployed and students :more information: 518 505 0948  

Park_Avenue

BNP Film: Park Avenue:  Money, Power and the American Dream
Wednesday, March 6, 7:00- 8:45 pm.
Bethlehem Public Library

451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 

Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream (60 minutes, 2012)  show the contrast between two different neighborhoods in NYC, one in Manhattan and the other in South Bronx.  Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) presents his take on the gap between rich and poor Americans in Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream. Gibney contends that America's richest citizens have "rigged the game in their favor," and created unprecedented inequality in the United States.In Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream Gibney states that while income disparity has always existed in the U.S., it has accelerated sharply over the last 40 years. As of 2010, the 400 richest Americans controlled more wealth than the bottom 50 percent of the populace — 150 million people. In the film, Gibney explains why he believes upward mobility is increasingly out of reach for the poor.  A discussion will follow.   For additional information call (518) 466-1192. Free and open to the public

Peace
BNP General  Meeting/Discussion on Getting Our Message in the Media

Wednesday, February 20, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Bethlehem Town Hall
445 Delaware Ave, Delmar

 The agenda will include a brief general meeting, a short film titled: Rich Media, Poor Democracy (2003, 35 minutes),  and a discussion of what our next steps will be to get our message in the media.    BNP has completed our first 30 minute  program that will appear on local public access tv in March.  In the next couple of weeks, we will  film the next 30 minute  tv program  on the topic of drone warfare.   ( The film,  Rich Media, Poor Democracy  features Mark Crispin Miller and Robert McChesney.)   Please join us for this important discussion.  Free refreshments.   Information 466-1192.  



Dear Governor Cuomo

Film: "Dear Governor Cuomo"
Saturday, February 23, 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 continues its 2012-2013 film series with the showing of “Dear Governor Cuomo” (2012, 72 minutes).  On a rainy night in May of 2012 a coalition of musicians, scientists and activists gathered in Albany on the governor’s front doorstep, calling for a ban on hydraulic-fracturing. With the news that Governor Andrew Cuomo might lift the moratorium on fracking in New York any day, the event was assembled in less than a month. Two rehearsals in 24 hours and it was showtime! The film that resulted from the night – a unique blend of “The Last Waltz” and “An Inconvenient Truth” – was written and directed by Jon Bowermaster and filmed under the direction of Academy Award winning doc-maker Alex Gibney. The stars of the night included actors Mark Ruffalo and Melissa Leo, environmental biologist Sandra Steingraber and a long list of musicians that included Natalie Merchant, Joan Osborne, Dan Zanes, the Felice Brothers, Citizen Cope, Medeski Martin & Wood and many more. A discussion, led by local antifracting activist Daniel Morrissey, will follow the film. The film-showing -- 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.  Admission is free, and free refreshments will be provided by the Honest Weight Food Coop.  Everyone is welcome to attend. Information:  466-1192



Doing time for peace

Presentation by Rosalie Riegle:   "Doing Time for Peace" 
Tuesday, February 19, 6:00 pm: Potluck dinner, 7:00 pm
Our Lady of the Americas Shrine Church
273 Central Ave., Albany (at corner of N. Lake Ave.)

   A conversation about civil disobedience for people of faith and people of conscience.-- There will be a table for upcoming events and group information to share. -- Local peace activists will have an opportunity to share their personal stories of civil disobedience. --Author Rosalie Riegle will be available to sign copies of her book (available for purchase)   Co-Sponsors:Albany Catholic Worker Community (Emmaus House), Project SALAM, Muslim Solidarity Project, Upper Hudson Peace Action, Veterans for Peace, Commission on Peace and Justice (Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany), Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. For more information, please contact Fred Boehrer at: fred.acw@gmail.com or 518-482-4966.


Jane GuskinJane Guskin discusses The Politics of Immigration
Friday, February 15, 7:00 pm
Oakwood Community Center
313 10th St., Troy,  N.Y.


Jane Guskin is coauthor with David Wilson of The Politics of Immigration: Questions and Answers, published in July 2007 by Monthly Review Press. Guskin and Wilson are also coeditors, since 1990, of Weekly News Update on the Americas, a summary of Latin American news. In addition, Guskin edited Immigration News Briefs, a bulletin covering immigrationrelated news, from 1998 through 2008. In 1997 Guskin and Wilson helped found the Coalition for the Human Rights of Immigrants, an all volunteer group mobilizing against workplace raids. From April 2002 to April 2004, they worked to free their colleague and friend, Farouk AbdelMuhti, from immigration detention. Guskin is codirector of the A.J. Muste Memorial Institute, a grassroots foundation supporting nonviolent action for social justice, where she has worked since 1993. She lives in New York City. CoSponsored by: The Troy Area Labor Council, AFLCIO, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. 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 $5 requested, $2 unemployed and students :more information: 518 505 0948   Note:  Starte time is 7:00 pm.

Phyllis Bennis
Wednesday, February 6,  noon at the Main Branch of the Albany Public Library, and at 7:00 PM in Room 354 at the Humanities Building at the Uptown Campus of SUNY Albany.  Middle East analyst Phyllis Bennis will speak. Her talk, “A New Year and Old Wars in the  Middle East … Where’s it all going?
” will have both daytime and evening venues, to accommodate the needs of all attendees.  Both events are free and open to the public.  Ms. Bennis, author of eight books on Middle East issues, is the director of the New Internationalism  Project at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., and a fellow at the Trans-National Institute in the Netherlands. She co-chairs the UN-based International Coordinating Network on Palestine, and since 2002 has played an active role in the growing global peace  movement. She also serves as an adviser to several top UN officials on Middle East and UN democratization issues. The event is sponsored by the Palestinian Rights Committee and co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace.   For more information, contact Paul Rehm: kprehm@aol.com 518-966-5366.

China Blue

BNP Film: China Blue
Thursday, February 7, 6:45 - 8:45 pm.
Bethlehem Public Library

451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 

This 87-minute feature documentary (2005) was produced and directed by Micha X. Peled. China Blue takes us inside a blue-jeans factory, where Jasmine and her friends Orchid and Li Ping, are trying to survive the harsh working environment. Their lives intersect that of the film's other protagonist and factory owner, Mr. Lam.  Providing perspectives from both the top and bottom levels of the factory’s hierarchy, this film brings complex issues of globalization into focus. In response to the growing concern in New York State about sweatshops, BNP  is showing this film in support of the Labor Religion Coalition's  NYS Sweat-Free Week of Action February 3rd- 9th, a week featuring activities geared to educate the public around the issue of sweatshops.  Questions and a discussion will follow.   For additional information call (518) 466-1192. Free and open to the public

Film: "Soundtrack for a Revolution"
Saturday, January 26, 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 continues its 2012-2013 film series with the showing of “Soundtrack for a Revolution” (2009, 82 minutes).  This documentary tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music -- the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in police vans, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality.  It features new performances of the songs by top artists, plus interviews with civil rights leaders and grassroots activists, among them John Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Julian Bond, and Andrew Young.  The film-showing -- 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. The film-showing -- co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace and Upper Hudson Peace Action.   Admission is free, and free refreshments will be provided by the Honest Weight Food Coop.  Everyone is welcome to attend. Information:  466-1192




Peace
Monday, January 28, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace will celebrate our 10th Anniversary. We will start with a 10th anniversary vigil at the Four Corners and then at 6:00 pm we will move the celebration down the street to  Cafe 333 Restaurant,
333 Delaware Avenue  Delmar, NY
. We will enjoy a buffet dinner and the menu will include: Green Winter Salad with Cucumber Vinaigrette,Home Made Bread and Herbed Olive Oil, Vegetarian Lasagna, Sauteed Chicken Cutlet with Mushroom,  Atlantic White fish (cod) with Cucumber Dill sauce, Coffee and Tea.  We will also have a Dessert Table Including: Bread Pudding, Apple-Cranberry Crisp. Wine and beer will be available by the glass for an extra charge. Join us for  the vigil, the dinner, or if possible, both.  The cost of the dinner is  $29.00 per person and this includes tax and gratuity.  Please make your check out to Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace and send to BNP, PO Box 473, Delmar, NY.  12054.  Please let us know ASAP if you plan to attend the dinner. Please join us for a wonderful meal, a vigil that commemorates over 500 peace vigils since 2003,  and a chance to reflect on what Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace has meant to our community, and to us, over the past ten years. For further information:  tquaif@yahoo.com or 466-1192.


Peace Through MusicBNP:  Making Music for Peace
Thursday, January 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.


Heist

BNP Film: Heist- Who Stole The American Dream?
Thursday, January 3, 7:00 - 8:45 pm 
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 12054

Heist: Who Stole The American Dream? (76 minutes, 2012) investigates the roots of the current economic crisis, and the ongoing assault on working people in the United States. This is a groundbreaking documentary about the roots of the American economic crisis, and the continuing assault on working and middle class people in the United States. Heist unflinchingly reveals the crumbling structure of the U.S. economy--the result of four decades of deregulation, massive job outsourcing, and tax policies favoring mega-corporations and wealthy elites, implemented by both the Republican and Democratic parties. A discussion will follow the film.  Free. Everyone is welcome. Information: 466-1192.