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Past Events 2014:

Vijay_Prashad

Talk by Vijay Prashad:  The War Against the Planet
Tuesday, December 16, 7:00 pm (NOTE: change in Date from 12/9)

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


Vijay Prashad is George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Vijay Prashad is the author of sixteen books, including: The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South (Verso and LeftWord, 2013). A columnist for Frontline
(India), a regular contributor to The Hindu (India) and a contributing editor for Himal South Asia (Nepal) and for Bol (Pakistan). His is a regular contributor to the US website Counterpunch. He is currently writing No Free Left: The Futures of Indian Communism (out in late 2014 from LeftWord Books) and Dispatches from Greater Arabia, based on his reporting from Greater Arabia from 2003 to 2014. He has just returned from a year teaching at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, where he had a close up view of the war in Syria.  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   James Connolly Forum web page

Tom Ellis

Tom Ellis: Depleted Uranium Weapons
Thursday, December 4, 7:00 - 8:45 pm 
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 12054

Tom Ellis will  be discussing the  health impacts of the US government's use of depleted uranium (DU) weapons on US soldiers and veterans. Tom Ellis has been a member of the Community Concerned about NL (CCNL) for more than 30 years.  Tom advocates for a complete clean-up of the former NL Industries factory property at 1130 Central Avenue in Colonie, poisoned with tons of radioactive fallout from NL's manufacturing operations in the 1960s and 1970s.  Tom is also along time peace activist and opponent of nuclear power.  Free. Everyone is welcome. Information: 466-1192.
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Film: "Cesar Chavez"
Saturday,  November 22, 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 2014-2015 film series with the capital district premiere of “Cesar Chavez” (2014, 102 minutes).  This dramatization of the life of the famed American labor leader focuses on the organizing of the United Farm Workers, especially the UFW’s struggles in the 1960s and early 1970s for union recognition and, more broadly, social justice.  Embracing an array of daring tactics―including strikes, boycotts, fasts, and nonviolent resistance―Chavez not only mobilizedtens of thousands of poor, exploited Mexican-American and Filipino farmworkers, but millions of other people in a dramatic campaign against corporate greed and racial prejudice.  According to the film’s director, Diego Luna, “Cesar Chavez” shows us that “change is in our hands.” This film-showing―co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, the Social Justice Center, 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.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  Information:  466-1192 

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Film:  "My So-Called Enemy"
Tuesday, November 11, 7:00 - 8:45 pm
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 
 

Join us for the screening of: My So-Called Enemy ( 89 minutes, 2010).  "Spanning seven years, My So-Called  Enemy follows six Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls committed to justice and mutual understanding after participating in a women’s leadership program called Building Bridges for Peace.  This heart and mind-opening film, from Emmy® Award-winning director Lisa Gossels, documents how the young women’s transformative experience of knowing their “enemies” as human beings in the United States meets with the realities of their lives back home in the Middle East.  Through the coming-of-age narratives of Adi, Gal, Hanin, Inas, Rawan and Rezan, audiences see how creating relationships across emotional, ideological, religious and physical borders are first steps towards resolving conflict.  My So-Called Enemy presents the complexities of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through a human lens – and the possibility and hope that come from listening to each other’s stories."  A discussion led by Michael Rice, will follow the film. Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Jewish Voice for Peace- Albany Chapter, Women Against War, Muslim Solidarity Committee, Project SALAM, and the Capital Region chapter of National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF)  Information 466-1192.  More information about the film:  www.mysocalledenemy.com


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A Talk by Leslie Pickering- "US Out of My Living Room: The Case of Leslie James Pickering, the Earth Liberation Front Press Office & Burning Books" 
Thursday, October 23, 7:00 PM.
Sanctuary for Independent Media
 3361 6th Avenue, Troy  NY


A decade after being under heavy federal surveillance for exercising free speech in support of the underground Earth Liberation Front, Leslie James Pickering discovered that his associates are being questioned by the FBI, the US Post Office is copying his incoming mail, he was put on a secret list for maximum security screening at airports and a federal grand jury subpoena was issued for records on him, his family and his bookstore, Burning Books.  Leslie has launched an extensive legal and public campaign to resist this surveillance, which he believes is aimed to repress Burning Books and the surge of activism and awareness that the bookstore generates, as well as harass and intimidate the radical environmental movement.  This multimedia presentation will open eyes to methods used by the federal government to repress activists and freedom struggles, and how they can be resisted.Admission: by donation ($10 suggested, $5 student/low-income)   Co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace.  
More Information:  Sanctuary for Independent Media website.


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Film: "Bidder 70"
Saturday, 
October 18, 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 opens its 2014-2015 film series with a screening of “Bidder 70” (73 minutes, 2012).  This award-winning documentary tells the remarkable story of Tim DeChristopher, a University of Utah student who safeguarded 22,000 acres of pristine public land that oil gas companies were planning to lease by bidding $1.8 million for the land at a public auction.  As this bid was backed up by nothing but courage, DeChristopher was indicted on two felony counts and sentenced to two years in prison.  Meanwhile, he emerged as a charismatic student leader in the battle to save the planet from environmental destruction.  The National Catholic Reporter praised “Bidder 70” as a “moving film with an inspiring message, calling us to work on behalf of the environment and humanity.” This film-showing – co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, the Social Justice Center, and Upper Hudson Peace Action – will take place in Room B8 of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, located at 405 Washington Avenue (across the street from the downtown SUNY campus).  Admission is free, and free refreshments will be provided.  Everyone is welcome to attend. Information:  466-1192 


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Talk by Stephanie Luce on the Struggle for Minimum Wage
Tuesday, October 14, 7:00 pm

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


Stephanie Luce on the struggle for a living wage and the $15 per hour campaign for low wage workers. Stephanie Luce, best known for her research on living wage campaigns and movements, is the author of Fighting for a Living Wage, and co-author of The Living Wage: Building a Fair Economy, and The Measure of Fairness. Her current research focuses on globalization and labor standards, labor-community coalitions, and regional labor markets. Her latest book, Labor Movements: Global Perspectives, came out this year. She teaches the Murphy Institute/CUNY School of Professional Studies in New York City.  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   James Connolly Forum web page



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3 Short Films:  "Taking the Future Into Account", "World Peace is a Local Issue" and "Seeds of Freedom"
Thursday, October 2,  7:00 - 8:45 pm
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 
 

Join us for the screening of three short documentary films: Taking the Future Into Account (30 minutes, 2014), World Peace is a Local Issue, (28 minutes, 2013) and Seeds of Freedom (30 minutes, 2012).  "Taking the Future into Account" attempts to convey how human behavior and the threat of climate change and environmental problems are strongly interlinked. " World Peace is a Local Issue"  documents a Palo Alto City Council meeting where 300 people showed up to speak their minds about the issue of the city passing a nuclear free resolution. During the meeting, the Council shifted from tabling the issue indefinitely to voting in support of a Nuclear Freeze Resolution.  "Seeds of Freedom" charts the story of seed from its roots at the heart of traditional, diversity-rich farming systems across the world, to being transformed into a powerful commodity, used to monopolise the global food system.   Information 466-1192.


Sunday September 21, 2:00 pm, Second Annual North Star Peace Walk,   Starting at Masjid As-Salaam 276 Central Ave.. Albany, NY. This will be a multi-generational inclusive family,   NON-POLITICAL EVENT and we welcome your group/congregational banners and non-political signs of peace.  Join other community members to reaffirm  common roots. Starting at Masjid As-Salaam 276 Central Ave., Albany, NY. Ending at  Sr Maureen Joyce Center (soup kitchen) 369 Livingston Ave. Albany.  Suggested Attire: White clothing. COST: FREE!   Sponsors include ove 30 local peace promoting organizations  Webpage   Facebook page.  For more info or for questions or concerns, please call Barbara at 370-5823. Contact: Barbara Dworkin bdworki1@nycap.rr.com

American_Empire

Film-  American Empire:  An Act of Collective Madness
Friday, September 5,  7:00 - 8:45 pm
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 
 

The documentary , American Empire: An Act of Collective Madness (2012, 96 minutes),  directed by Patrea Patrick,  covers a lot of ground, including: the Federal Reserve, U.S. foreign policy, corporate collusion and destructive agriculture. Included in the film, are interviews with Tariq Ali, G. Edward Griffin, Vandana Shiva, Gerald Celente, John Perkins and  Frances Morre Lappe.  "American Empire: An Act of Collective Madness" sheds light on the manner that the corporate controlled nation is holding out the genetically modified carrot to the masses rather than the flame of truth. ~ Huffington Post.   Join us.  Information 466-1192.



Grannies_for_PeaceRoving Grannies Drone Vigil, joining BNP Vigil
Monday, August 25, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
 Four Corners, intersection of Kenwood and Delaware Avenues
Delmar, NY

On August 25, the roving Grannies for Peace will join Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace  for a vigil with an anti-drone theme. The Grannies will be bringing a banner, and they will need help holding it during the vigil.  They will also be bringing some anti-drone sign and could use your help holding those as well.    Bring your sign or use one of ours. Stay for a few minutes or an hour. Let's stand together for peace. Join Us!  (518) 466-1192 for further information. 


 
BNP Discussion
Future Dates TBA
Meet at Four Corners, after vigil to determine location
Delmar, NY

Our gatherings here are are always lively and interesting, with many good ideas discussed among neighbors and friends. Contact: 466-1192 for further information. New members always welcome!


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Talk by Judy Bello & Scott Williams: Gaza, Syria and Iraq, Wars Made in the USA - connecting the dots -
Thursday, August 7, 7:00 - 8:45 pm
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 

Israel’s brutal assault on the people of Gaza, targeting mostly children and civilians while destroying hospitals, schools, infrastructure and mosques, has been built and paid for by the US. On July 18, every single US Senator voted to support Israel’s attacks and increase funding to the Israeli army, now over $3.5 billion yearly. US and Israel’s goal is clear, defeat the Palestinians and weaken Gaza’s elected leadership, Hamas. Yet the Palestinian people, strengthened by a massive worldwide solidarity movement, have continued to fight back. Meanwhile, the US has been supporting armed right-wing militants in Syria to overthrow Syria’s elected President Bashar Al-Assad. For the past three years these insurgents, in coordination with the Pentagon, with unconditional political support from the US State Department, have wrought destruction and violence across the land, leading to the death of over 160,000 people in Syria. Yet the people of Syria are winning. The Presidential election on June 3, which led to the re-election of President Assad, highlighted the Syrians steadfast determination to defeat the insurgents and maintain their sovereignty.  After political and military defeat in Syria, the most violent factions have moved into Iraq. Over the past two decades, the US has destroyed Iraq with sanctions and war which have lead to 1.5 million deaths. Through divide and conquer tactics, the US has spread sectarian religious violence to weaken the fabric of society. Now the US has its hands on both sides of a new confrontation between ISIS and the Iraqi government. As these crises deepen, we need to build a movement at home to end US support for regime change and military domination. US war only creates more violence and devastation in Palestine, Syria, Iraq and beyond.  

JUDY BELLO is a member of the Administrative Committee of the United National Antiwar Committee (UNAC), and a leader of the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars.
Judy Bello's blog

SCOTT WILLIAMS is a national coordinator of FIST, Fight Imperialism, Stand Together, an anti-imperialist youth organization. He is an activist with the International Action Center in Philadelphia.
 Scott blogs at: http://fightimperialism.org        For additional information call (518) 466-1192.


Hossain_Aref_rallyMonday, August 4, 4:30 pm, begins at Washington Avenue Armory, corner of Lark Street and Washington Avenue 10th Anniversary Commemoration of Arrests of Mohammed Hossain and Yassin Aref . The Muslim Solidarity Committee, founded in 2006 to advocate for Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain, two local Muslims entrapped in an FBI sting operation, will mark the tenth anniversary of their arrests with a rally, march, and staged reading of a short play. Media and supporters are invited to attend. At 4:30 p.m., supporters will rally at the Washington Avenue Armory, corner of Lark Street and Washington Avenue, then march at 5 p.m. up Central Avenue to the Masjid As-Salam (280 Central Avenue), which was raided on August 4, 2004 as part of the sting that ultimately convicted the two men in 2006. Yassin Aref was imam of the mosque and Mohammed Hossain was a senior member. At 5:30 p.m. at the mosque, the Muslim Solidarity Players will perform a staged reading of a short play, “To Catch a Muslim,” written by area attorney and Aref defense lawyer Stephen Downs. The play dramatizes, with some dark humor, the entrapment scheme scripted by the FBI that targeted Hossain, a pizzeria owner, and Aref, the government’s main focus. Dinner will be served at the Masjid As-Salam after the reading. The Muslim Solidarity Committee has held a commemoration event each year since 2006 to remember the men and show support for their families, and will continue to mark the anniversary of their arrests annually until Aref and Hossain are released, in 2018 and 2020 respectively. Area peace and justice groups co-sponsoring the August 4 events are Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Dr. Dhafir Support Committee, Masjid As-Salam, NYCLU – CRC, Project SALAM, Save the Pine Bush, Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, Upper Hudson Peace Action, Veterans for Peace/Thomas Paine and Saratoga Chapters, and Women Against War. For info: Kathy Manley, (518) 596-3851, mkathy1296@gmail.com

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Talk by Dahlia Wasfi
Tuesday, July 22, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Social Justice Center
33 Central Ave, Albany, NY.

Dalia Wasfi will give a talk on the current situation in Iraq, and discuss why there should be no more U.S. Wars on Iraq.  Dr. Dahlia Wasfi is an internationally known speaker and activist. Born in the United States to an American Jewish mother and an Iraqi Muslim father, she lived in Iraq as a child, returning to the U.S. at age 5. After graduating from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in Biology in 1993, she earned her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. Dr. Wasfi has made two trips to Iraq to visit her extended family since the 2003 "Shock and Awe" invasion, including a three month stay in Basrah in the spring of 2006. Sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peac,eVeterans for Peace - Tom Paine chapter and Women Against War  Information:  call Joe at 281-1968

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Tuesday, July 15, 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm, Albany Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave, Albany, NY. A Conversation About:  Building a People Powered Movement for Transformation with Margaret Flowers, M.D. and Kevin Zeese, J.D. of POPULARRESISTANCE.ORG, 
Sponsored by Captial District Organization for A Free Socuiety (OFS) afreesociety.org and co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace.  Information:  Alice Brody at abrody07@verizon.net


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Albany Rally & March for Peace:  "Hands Off Iraq"
Thursday, July 10
4:30 PM Gather at Townsend Park, 201 Washington Ave, Albany, NY
5:00 PM  March to the Federal Building, 1 Clinton Ave., Albany, NY 


 Peace and anti-war activists will mobilize to let the Obama administration  know that the people of this country  oppose any military action in Iraq.  The U.S. government has threatened to militarily intervene in a religious civil war that instead requires a diplomatic solution.  Join us as we gather to demand “Hands Off Iraq”.  Other signs suggestions:  NO NEW WAR ON IRAQ!   NO BOMBING, NO INTERVENTION IN IRAQ.  STOP THE KILLING. We need jobs, education,housing, healthcare and infrastructure — not another war on Iraq.  Sponsored by  Bethlehem Neighbors  for Peace, Citizen Action,  Muslim Solidarity Committee, Project SALAM,  Schenectady Neighbors for Peace, Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, Upper Hudson Peace Action and Women Against War.  We will rally at 4:30 in Townsend Park and at 5:00 PM, we will march down Washington Ave to State Street, then down N. Pearl to the intersection of Clinton Ave.,  ending up near the 787 off ramp near the Leo O’Brien Federal Building. (This is a 25 minute, 1.2 mile walk.)  Call  Joe at 281-1968 for further information.  Facebook Link   PDF of Event  flyer.

4 Facts that You Need to Know  (Following from ANSWER Coalition, www.ANSWERCoalition.org):

  • The Iraq war killed millions — the politicians responsible are still walking free. From 1991 to 2003, U.S. bombing and sanctions took 1 million Iraqi lives, including 500,000 children. Nearly a decade of war took another 1 million Iraqi lives. 5 million were made refugees. Tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers were killed or wounded. The U.S. policymakers — the war criminals — who carried out this human atrocity are stillwalking free, giving speeches and raking in millions of dollars in book deals.
  •  The U.S. invasion and occupation is what caused the present situation. The present civil conflict in Iraq is a result of the U.S. war and occupation, which destroyed the Iraqi government and divided the country along sectarian lines in order to conquer it. This reversed Iraq’s long history of secularism, and the coexistence and intermarrying among its diverse communities. Islamic extremistforces were practically non-existent in Iraq until the Pentagon invaded.
  • The Iraqi people OPPOSE U.S. intervention. Huge numbers of Iraqis fought the U.S. occupation. While the sectarian Iraqi government led by Maliki hasrequested U.S. intervention, that is the last thing that the majority of Iraqi people want.
  •  The Pentagon and Wall St. want to control Iraq, not help it. Millions of people protested Bush’s war. It was built on lies. Iraq was no threat and had no connection to the 9/11 attacks. It was a war for oil, profit and control. The same war criminals are nowcalling for new U.S. attacks in Iraq and escalating the war against the independent government of Syria. 

On The Bridge

BNP Film: On The Bridge
Tuesday,  July 1, 6:30 - 8:45 pm
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 

On The Bridge (96 minutes, 2010) is an award winning documentary by Olivier Morel. The film follow  veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and their struggles with PTSD, after returning home. The film reveals the disturbing aspects of the current wars and the true price that our veterans pay.  The film's attempts to break down stereotypes and stigmas related to PTSD and the representations, or rather misrepresentations, of Iraq War veterans through raising awareness about what being a veteran means today. " American veterans are living on the edge of the cliff, in a society where their suicide rate has reached an unprecedented level in what I still see as a relative indifference if we consider the magnitude of the epidemic...When these U.S. soldiers left home, their patriotism was firm, their convictions intense. As they return from Iraq, nothing is clear. They are in-between, they are on the bridge. Their bodies and souls have been wounded or broken. How can they re-learn what it means to be human and stay in the worldof the living? "— Oliver Morel, Director   After the film, local Veteran for Peace, Jason Peterson, will lead us in a discussion of this issue.   For additional information call (518) 466-1192.  Free and open to the public.

Wa is Not the Answer

Wednesday June 25, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Citizen Action Office, 94 Central Avenue, Albany.  Strategy Meeting to plan action(s) opposing new U.S. intervention in Iraq. Planning meeting for local peace groups to get together  to  organize local actions opposing further US intervention in Iraq.  From Joe Lombardo: "The American people do not want to see another Iraq war.  The polls show overwhelming sentiment against any new intervention by the U.S. in any country.  This was shown by the overwhelming opposition to the announcement by Obama that he would bomb Syria last fall. That opposition helped stay his hand and he backed down. The antiwar movement in the US is starting to mobilize against the recent steps towards a repeat of the failed US policy in Iraq and the announced re-intervention of the US military there.  There have been several actions around the country and many more planned.  I attended one in New York City on Tuesday where President Obama came to deliver a fundraising speech.  UNAC has drafted a simple statement that we are now getting all national antiwar leaders and organizations to sign to show a united face against these recent moves.  The statement calls for continued action in local areas, and calls for day-after actions if there is any major escalation of the intervention in Iraq.... I urge everyone to attend this meeting."    If you have any questions, call Joe Lombardo at 518-281-1968. 

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

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


        

Steve Early

Talk by Steve Early
Monday, June 9, 7:00 pm

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


Steve Early is a labor journalist and lawyer who has written for numerous publications.  He is the author of Embedded With Organized Labor: Journalistic Reflections on the Class War at Home and The Civil Wars in U.S. Labor. His latest book is “Save Our Unions: Dispatches From a Movement in Distress. Early was a Boston-based international representative or organizer for the Communications Workers of America for 27 years. “This book shows what it takes to defend democracy, workers rights, and social justice unionism.” DOLORES HUERTA , co-founder, United Farm Workers  The James Connolly Forum Co-sponsored by: Monthly Review, Troy Area Labor Council: AFL-CIO, Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, 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 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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Max Blumenthal, NY Times Best-Selling Author,  Israel: Where it is and Where it is Going
Tuesday, May 27, Noon
 Albany Public Library,  
1Washington Avenue, Albany
Tuesday,  May 27, 7:00 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
405 Washington Avenue (across the street from the downtown SUNY campus) 

Award-winning journalist and NY Times best-selling author, Max Blumenthal, will speak.  Max Blumenthal  Award Winning Journalist  Filmmaker, NY Times Best-Selling Author,  Israel: Where it is and Where it is Going    Blumenthal's latest book: Goliath: Life and Loathing in Israel, which is based on  years spent in Israel and Israeli society, was by described by James Fallows in The Atlantic as "a book that should be discussed and read", but there are many who have taken steps to denigrate and censor Blumenthal  and his writing.   Blumenthal will talk at the Main Branch of the Albany Public Library as part of its weekly book review. Sponsored by: Palestinian Rights Committee of Upper Hudson Peace Action Jewish Voice for Peace, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace Social Responsibilities Council at First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany Solidarity Committee of the Capital District.   Information:  prcalbany@gmail.com

Ukraine

BNP Forum:  Avoiding War in Ukraine
Thursday, May 22, 7:00 -9:00 pm
Bethlehem Town Hall
445 Delaware Ave, Delmar

This forum will focus on the developing crisis in Ukraine.  There is major resistance in the East and South of Ukraine against the right-wing coup government in Kiev.  The US has been deeply involved in this crisis including supporting and encouraging the coup, giving billions of dollars to the right-wing opposition to the elected government that was overthrown and helping to develop tens of thousands of pro-US and EU NGOs in the country.  As many in the Ukrainian military have refused to attacks the resistance in the East and South and many have joined the resistance, the Kiev government has built a National Guard comprised of brutal right-wing forces many from the pro-fascist Right Sector group.  These along with around 400 mercenaries from the US have been brutalizing the people in the East and South. Follow these link to find out more about what the mainstream US  media will not show: Preparing For War With Russia by Bruce Gagnon U.S. Prepares to Gas Russia Into Submission by Glen Ford, German paper says Blackwater in UkraineDavid Swanson’s Talk Radio with Rick Rozoff on Ukraine  .  The panel members of this forum will include:  Kristin Y. Christman, a local author with degrees in Russian and public administration, who wrote "The Taxonomy of Peace",  and is also a home schooling mother;  Joe Lombardo, BNP member and UNAC co-cordinator;  and Andor Skotnes, Professor of History and Chair, Department of History & Society, The Sage Colleges.   For more information, call Joe at 281-1968.  Sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. Syria

Monday, May 19, 5:00 - 6:00 pm,  U.S./NATO HANDS OFF UKRAINE!,  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...  No U.S. Intervention in Ukraine or Russia...No new U.S. war! Stop media lies about Ukraine..  Foster Peace, Not War....  Not Another War.  Recent articles on this topic:   Preparing For War With Russia by Bruce Gagnon,   U.S. Prepares to Gas Russia Into Submission by Glen Ford. German paper says Blackwater in UkraineDavid Swanson’s Talk Radio with Rick Rozoff on Ukraine  518-466-1192  for further information.   Join us!
 

Derailing Disaster

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

This forum will address the issues related to the "oil trains", now rolling through Albany every day carrying Bakken crude oil.  Local community residents are becoming increasingly aware of the dangers of oil trains after a recent series of derailments and explosions, including one that killed 47 people in Quebec last July.  The trains can be seen every day, along Interstate 787 highway, while they idle, waiting to get into the port’s rail yards.  In addition to currently rail activity, Global Partners has proposed an expansion of their operations at the Port of Albany by building boilers to heat an unknown 'petroleum product'. Global Partners  currently has storage and loading capabilities at its Port of Albany terminal, where the company handles over one billion gallons of highly explosive Bakken crude oil from rail cars every year. We will have a panel of presenters, followed by questions and answers.  The panel will include Sandy Steubing from PAUSE,( People of Albany United for Safe Energy);  Vivian Kornegay an activist and member of the Albany Common Council from Albany's South End; and  Jon Flanders, a local activist, union organizer, and retired CSX railroad worker. Mary Finneran will be the moderator for the panel.    Free and open to the public. (Photo by Jay Wilcox)  Bakken Crude, Rolling Through Albany ( New York Times article from 2/7/2014)  Albany Places Moratorium On Crude Oil Port Expansion  (Joanna M. Foster, March 13, 2014) Link to PAUSE on Facebook. PAUSE website.  Viviam Kornegay was recently interviewed  on the CBS evening News (May 1, 2014) with Scott Pelley for a story about the  "bomb" trains,  that are now a constant, in downtown  Albany. For additional information call (518) 466-1192.


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

On Saturday, April 26, at 7:30 PM, the Solidarity Committee of the Capital District continues its film series with a showing of “Groundswell Rising” (2014, 80 minutes).  This new documentary, from Emmy award-winning Resolution Pictures, captures the passion of people engaged in a David and Goliath struggle against hydraulic fracturing (better known as fracking), especially in the Northeast.  Challenging a system that promotes profits over health, this people’s movement is shown in the process of taking on the giant oil and gas corporations, often successfully.  The story is told by those who are living it, with honesty and a fierce determination.  A post-film screening discussion will be led by Dave Walczak, the associate producer of “Groundswell Rising.”
This event – co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace and Upper Hudson Peace Action will take place in Channing Hall of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, located at 405 Washington Avenue (across the street from the downtown SUNY campus). Everyone is welcome to attend.  Information:  466-1192 

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

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


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Thursday,  April 3, 7:00 - 8:45 pm
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 

 Dirty Wars (86 minutes, 2013) is an award winning, Oscar nominated documentary, by  Richard Rowley.  Th film follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill, author of the international bestseller "Blackwater", into the heart of America’s covert wars, from Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia and beyond. This film is part political thriller and part detective story.  Dirty Wars tells the story one of the most important and under reported stories of our time. What began as a report into a U.S. night raid gone terribly wrong in a remote corner of Afghanistan quickly turned into a global investigation of the secretive and powerful Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).  In military jargon, JSOC teams “find, fix, and finish” their targets, who are selected through a secret process. No target is off limits for the “kill list,” including U.S. citizens.   For additional information call (518) 466-1192. A discussion will follow the film. Free and open to the public.

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BNP Film: Gasland II
 Wednesday,  March 19, 6:00 - 8:45 pm
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 

"Gasland II" (125 minutes, 2013) is a documentary film by Josh Fox.  In this followup to the Oscar nominated Gasland film, Josh Fox uses his typical dark humor to take a  broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level (in 32 countries worldwide).  A discussion, led by  anti-fracking activist Mary Finneran,  will follow the film. Mary Finneral is also a member of  Sovereign People's Action Network (SPAN) Frackbustersny, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace and the United National Antiwar Coalition.  For additional information call (518) 466-1192. Free and open to the public.



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BNP Potluck/Fundraiser with with Local Organizer/Activists & Glen Ford
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Friday, March 21
Pot luck dinner at 6:00 pm

Program begins at 7:00 pm
Delmar Reformed Church

386 Delaware Ave, Delmar

We will begin the evening with a pot luck dinner and  silent auction, starting at 6:00 pm.  Please bring a pot luck dish to share.  If possible, RSVP to tquaif@yahoo.com, if you are planning to attend.

Local Organizers/Activists:
 Jessie Ashley, an organizer of  Citizens United for Justice in Troy,  will join us to talk about the organizing against police brutality that has taken place in Troy,  as a result of a history of police misconduct. Recent article from Times Union.

We will also have a  local activist who will discuss  the "oil trains"   rolling through Albany every day, bringing crude oil from the Bakken oil shale fields in North Dakota. A recent proposal  to expand oil processing facilities at the Port of Albany, could make Albany an oil hub  and will have significant impact on local residents.

Keynote Address: Our keynote speaker this year will be Glen Ford, activist, journalist, and executive editor of the Black Agenda Report. The topic for Glen Ford's talk will be:  "The US War on Africa".

Entertainment:  Laura Baboulis will sing for us and she will be accompanied by Kevin Sullivan on guitar. 

Silent Auction:  We will have donations from local business and more. Join us. Individual contributions of items or services to the Silent Auction, or direct monetary contribution would also be welcome. (Checks should be made out the "Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace".)


 A donation of $10 (or more) is suggested.  $2 for students.  If you would like to volunteer to help with setup or cleanup, donate silent auction items ahead of time, or would like further information, please email Trudy at tquaif@yahoo.com or call 466-1192.

Kathy Kelly
Kathy Kelly will give a talk: 
Drones and 21st Century Warfare: Afghanistan  and Beyond
Thursday, March 6
, 7:00 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, Emerson Hall
405 Washington Avenue (across the street from the downtown SUNY campus) 

Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Non- Violence, will bring her first hand witness to the effects of America's longest war on the people of Afghanistan. She will raise her voice against the horrors which drone warfare, the new and evolving face of US war and militarism, represents. During each of nine recent trips to Afghanistan, Kathy Kelly, as an invited guest of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, has lived alongside ordinary Afghan people in a working class neighborhood in Kabul. She and her companions in Voices for Creative Nonviolence believe that “where you stand determines what you see.” They are resolved not to let war sever the bonds of friendship between them and Afghan people whom they’ve grown to know through successive delegations. Kelly and her companions insist that the U.S. is not waging a “humanitarian war” in Afghanistan. Kelly has also joined with activists in various regions of the country to protest drone warfare by holding demonstrations outside of U.S. military bases in Nevada, upstate New York, and, most recently, at Whiteman Air Force base in Missouri.  This presentation is being co-sponsored by Women Against War's " Beyond Afghanistan/ No Drones Project Committee", the Social Responsibilities Committee Peace Team of the First United Unitarian Society of Albany and Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. For more information, please contact Maureen Aumand at aumandmaureen@ gmail.com; Barbara Cooley at fernhill75@gmail.com or info@womenagainstwar.org.  By special arrangement, free parking will be available in the U Albany Hawley lot, across Washington Ave from the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, for this event only.  The Hawley Lot is located directly across the street from FUUSA.  Near the corner of Washington Avenue and Robin Street. Parking is available there between 6 PM and 10 PM on March 6.  PDF file of publicity flyer for this event.

Join Kathy Kelly for a Rally Against War & Strategy Session
Saturday, March 8,  1:30 - 4:30 pm
Townsend Park, 201 Washington Avenue, Albany  & Citizen Action Office, 94 Central Avenue, Albany
Join Kathy Kelly and  other peace activist in a rally at Townsend Park, Albany, followed by a strategy session at the Citizen Action office, 94 Central Ave., Albany.

1:30 - 2:30 pm Rally at Townsend Park, Speakers and March

2:30 - 4:30 pm Strategy Meeting, Citizen Action Office

On March 20, 2003, the day after the invasion of Iraq had begun, protests were held in cities around the world. (At that time, we had been protesting the war in Afghanistan, since October 2001.)  The wars have continued for the past 13 years.  The protests have continued as well. Let's get together,  with Kathy Kelly, to show our continued support for PEACE.

We have the opportunity to work with  international peace activist, author and three time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Kathy Kelly. When the first American Marines battled their way into Baghdad in March of 2003 they were met by Kathy Kelly and a small band of peace witnesses. From Baghdad to Beirut, Haiti to Ft Benning, from a maximum security prison cell to  Washington DC, Kathy Kelly has courageously put her life on the line to serve as a witness for peace in a war-ravaged world.

At  the 5th anniversary of the War in Iraq, antiwar event in Albany (in March 2008), these were our demands: 1.  Support the Troops, Bring Them Home Now  2. Reparations for the Iraqi People 3. Money for Jobs, Health Care, Education, Community Needs, Not Occupation  4.  Full Benefits for Returning Veterans  5. Restore Constitutional Government 6. Stop the Torture 7. No War with Iran

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Since that time,  we have added new demands to the list, including: stop using predator and reaper (weaponized) drones, as well as Bring the Troops Home from Afghanistan, and no new wars.  Let's gather again on this 11th anniversary of the Iraq war,  to discuss how far we have come,  to consider the future of the antiwar movement,  consider our demands, and to share our ideas for how we can work together to end the wars.  Join us!  Information:  Tquaif@yahoo.com or 518-466-1192 or Joe  518-281-1968


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Film-  Pete Seeger:  The Power of Song
Thursday,  February 27, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Bethlehem Town Hall
445 Delaware Ave, Delmar

The film, PETE SEEGER: THE POWER OF SONG (2007, 93 minutes), directed by Jim Brown, documents the life of Pete  Seeger.  The film won an Emmy Award and was executive produced by Seeger's wife, filmmaker Toshi Seeger. The film also includes interviews with Arlo Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Tom Paxton, Mary Travers , Natalie Maines, and numerous Seeger family members. One of its associate producers was Kitama Jackson, a grandson of Seeger. "For me, Pete Seeger has been one of the most important voices and influential musicians in America. He got a whole generation interested in playing guitar and banjo, got them singing together, and helped introduce America to its own folk heritage, while using music as an instrument for social change." ~Jim Brown, Director of the film. A discussion will follow the film unless we decide to sing some Pete Seeger songs... and maybe someone will bring a guitar.  Join us.  Information 466-1192.


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Film: "Farewell to Factory Towns?"
Saturday,  March 1, 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 film series with a showing of “Farewell to Factory Towns?” (2012, 61 minutes).  This award-winning documentary explores the future of former factory towns as they cope with the devastation of deindustrialization during this time of austerity measures, wars, and attacks on the labor movement.  The focus is on North Adams, Massachusetts, a typical New England mill town where a major electronics company shut down its factories, leaving masses of residents without gainful employment.  Suggesting new directions for labor and other social movements, “Farewell to Factory Towns?” received a Special Jury Award at the 2013 Workers Unite Film Festival in New York City.  The post-film discussion will be led by Maynard Seider (the maker of this film, who is also an author, sociologist, and union activist) and Dick Dassatti (one of the labor activists shown in the film).This event – co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace and Upper Hudson Peace Action – will take place in Channing Hall of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, located at 405 Washington Avenue (across the street from the downtown SUNY campus). Everyone is welcome to attend.  Information:  466-1192                        


Songs_of_FreedomSongs of Freedom with Mat Callahan
Friday, February 7, 7:00 pm

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


Songs of Freedom is a celebration of the life and work of James Connolly, the Irish revolutionary socialist martyred by the British for his role in the Easter Rising of 1916. Mat Callahan will be performing and talking about these works here at the James Connolly Forum as part of a US tour to bring attention to the new CD he and others have created with these songs. The presentation will be Mat Callahan on guitar and voice accompanied by Yvonne Moore. The evening will include a brief discussion about the project followed by a selection of the songs from the CD. Mat Callahan is a musician, composer, producer, author and community activist. Born in San Francisco, he began composing and performing with the duo Prairie Fire, recording several records and touring the US. Upon his return to San Francisco he formed the Looters. They made several albums, toured the US, Canada, Nicaragua and Europe. He has produced albums for numerous artists and authored the book The Trouble With Music, which was published in spring 2005. Today he lives in Bern, Switzerland. Co-Sponsored by: 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 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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Computer Skills for Peace Activists
Thursday,  February 6 , 7:00 - 8:45 pm
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 12054 

 Would you like to know more about your computer?  Would you like to know how to use social media such as Twitter and Facebook, as a way to connect with other activists? Would you like to learn more about how to create a newsletter or send out information to a mailing list?  Join us for this skills discussion/workshop. Local activist Mari Matsuo will talk with us about how to use  social media such as Facebook and Twitter.   Charles Ehly will talk with  us about operating systems,  and navigating  through Windows.  He will also be available to answer questions about Macs, and more.  Steve Wickham will discuss  web pages, email newsletters  and more.  Mark Roberts will discuss open source software, including Linux.  All four members of our panel will be available to answer your questions and help you become more proficient at  using your computer.  Join us and email your computer questions  now, so we can have answers for you on February 6. (If we can identify  specific requirements for additional training at this meeting, we will schedule future  sessions to address specific computer skills requests.)    BethlehemNeighborsforPeace@yahoo.com  Sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. For additional information call (518) 466-1192. Free and open to the public .

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Lynne Jackson's Journey for Justice
Thursday,  January 9, 6:30 - 8:45 pm.
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 12054 

   Lynne Jackson will speak about her Journey for Justice, a 133-mile walk for Yassin Aref in July 2013.  Last summer, Lynne Jackson from Project SALAM organized a 133-mile walk from Albany to Binghamton to advocate for a new appeal by Yassin Aref, a Kurdish imam who was entrapped by a criminal con artist hired by the FBI.  Despite no evidence that Yassin supported any terrorist activity, the post-9/11 climate made the jury afraid to acquit him or his co-defendant, Mohammed Hossain. But two years ago, new evidence came to light that the FBI originally thought Yassin was a Pakistani Al-Qaeda operative (who was killed in 2010). In spring 2013, the defense prepared an appeal motion to reopen the case based on this dramatic new evidence of mistaken identity.

To bring attention to Yassin's new appeal, Lynne undertook citizen action: she organized the Journey for Justice in Albany to carry petition signatures in support of the appeal to the Binghamton judge who will hear it. Lynne will describe Yassin's case, speak about how she organized the walk, and talk about the adventures she had along the way, including July's heat wave, the responses of people she met, and what it was like to stay in a different stranger's home each evening, get dunked in the Susquehanna River, and finally arrive at the courthouse in Binghamton in a wheelchair. Sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Project SALAM, Muslim Solidarity Committee,  and the Aref/Hossain Chapter of the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF). (For more information on Yassin and his case, see this article in New York Magazine, 'Little Gitmo.' )  For additional information call (518) 466-1192. Free and open to the public
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