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Past Events 2016:
Friday, December, 9, 7:00 pm, Oakwood Community Center, 313 10th St., Troy, NY. The James Connolly Forum continues with Peter Frase, who will give a talk titled: Four Futures: Life After Capitalism. Peter Frase argues that increasing automation and a growing scarcity of resources, thanks to climate change, will bring it all tumbling down. In Four Futures, Frase imagines how this post-capitalist world might look, deploying the tools of both social science and speculative fiction to explore what communism, rentism, socialism and exterminism might actually entail. Photo: Scene from “They Live” In his new book. Co-Sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Hampton Institute. 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: 518 407 3582.
Brian Trautman Talk on Standing Rock
Brian Trautman will report on their experiences at Standing Rock. Brian will report on his October 12-17, 2016 experiences as he stayed at Standing Rock’s Oceti Sakowin Camp, which is next door to the Sacred Stone Camp located on the reservation. Brian was there to lend his support as a representative of Veterans For Peace in solidarity with the resistance. Brianwill include relevant video material with the discussion of their experiences. Brian is a National Board Member of Veterans For Peace. He also teaches Peace Studies and Economics at Berkshire Community College. A discussion will follow the presentation. Information: 466-1192
Saturday, November 19, 1:30 - 3:00 pm, Townsend Park, Albany, NY (intersection of Central and Washington Aves), Rally Against Trumps 100 Days Agenda. Join us for a rally and march. Stand up against Trump’s agenda for his first 100 days in office. Stop deportations, stop white supremacy, stop racism, stop Islamophobia, support free speech, support Social Security and other social benefits that are now threatened. Sponsored by Capital District Coalition Against Islamophobia. Endorsed by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. Facebook Link
"Sacco and Vanzetti"
Friday, November 18, 7:00 pm, Oakwood Community Center, 313 10th St., Troy, NY. The Future of Israel: Occupier with a Wall or at Peace with the Palestinians? Joel Kovel, will speak at the The James Connolly Forum. Professor Joel Kovel is currently editor-in-chief of Capitalism Nature Socialism and an author, activist, and media commentator. Sponsored by The James Connolly Forum. Co-Sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace, Albany Chapter Palestinian Rights Committee, 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: 518 407 3582.
Forum: Stop the TPP
Susan Weber and Susam DuBois will each give a presentation on the TPP. Trade is in the news, but most people know little about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multi-national agreement that, if Congress enacts it, will supersede federal, state and local laws and regulations that conflict with its provisions. The TPP is an anti-democratic corporate takeover that undercuts our nation’s ability to make policy at the federal, state and local levels. While trade is essential to our economy, only a few of the TPP’s provisions concern typical trade issues. Most give multi-national corporations undreamed-of powers over 40 percent of the world’s economy. The TPP lets international corporations sue our governments at every level for anticipated lost profits caused by our laws, and to have those cases heard, not in U.S. constitutional courts, but by unaccountable trade tribunals, whose decisions cannot be appealed. This undermines U.S. sovereignty and democracy. Outrage over the TPP is growing as people learn that it sets corporate profit-making over American’s health and safety. We must educate ourselves and use our people power to stop the lame duck Congress from passing the TPP in November. Susan Weber is a retired lawyer and former legislative counsel at DEC; on the Board of Citizen ActionNY and state committee member of the Working Families Party; member of Popular Resistance fighting the TPP. Susan DuBois is a retired state worker, an Albany resident, and a member of the Capital District Area Labor Federation’s anti-TPP committee. A discussion will follow the presentation. Information: 466-1192
"Where to Invade Next"
Friday, October 14, 7:00 pm, Oakwood Community Center, 313 10th St., Troy, NY. The James Connolly Forum continues with Arnold August, who will give a talk titled: Elections and Democracy in Cuba. Arnold August holds a Master’s degree in political science from McGill University, Montreal. The Montreal-based author, journalist and lecturer is the author of Democracy in Cuba and the 1997–98 Elections (Editorial José Martí, Havana, 1999). He has also contributed a chapter entitled “Socialism and Elections” to the edited collection Cuban Socialism in a New Century (University Press of Florida, 2004, Contemporary Cuba series edited by John Kirk). In 2013, Cuba and Its Neighbours: Democracy in Motion was co-published in English by Zed Books (UK) and Fernwood Publishing (Canada), distributed in the U.S. by The University of Chicago Press BooksSponsored by The James Connolly Forum. Co-Sponsored by: The Solidarity Committee, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, The Hampton Institute and Albany Cuba Solidarity. Facebook link. 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: 518 407 3582.
Film: Paying the Price for Peace
Paying the Price for Peace: The Story of S. Brian Willson (2016, 110 minutes), is a powerful film about a very committed peace activist. Vietnam Veteran S. Brian Willson paid the price for peace by nearly being killed by a military train during a non-violent protest in 1987. Since then, he has not stopped calling attention to the US government’s defiance of international law through waging endless illegal wars. The film also stars: Dan Ellsberg, Ed Asner, Martin Sheen, Blase Bonpane, Colonel Ann Wright, Ron Kovic, Medea Benjamin, Alice Walker, Bruce Gagnon, & David Swanson, and other current outspoken anti-war veterans of the US Wars including Iraq and Afghanistan. A discussion will follow the film. Information: 466-1192
Friday, September 16, 7:00pm, Oakwood Community Center, 313 10th St., Troy, NY. The James Connolly Forum continues with Sarah Jaffe giving a talk titled Necessary Trouble:America's New Radicals. Sarah Jaffe is a Nation Institute fellow and an independent journalist covering labor, economic justice, social movements, politics, gender, and pop culture. She is the author of Necessary Trouble: Anerica's New Radicals (Nation Books, 2016) Her work has appeared in The Nation, Salon, the Week, the American Prospect, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, and many other publications. She is the co-host, with Michelle Chen, of Dissent magazine's Belabored podcast, as well as an editorial board member at Dissent and a columnis at New Labor Forum. Sponsored by The James Connolly Forum. Co-Sponsored by: The Solidarity Committee, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace and SEIU Local 200 United. 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: 518 407 3582.
Is NATO Counterproductive to World Peace?
Tom Ellis and Joe Lombardo will discuss NATO. They will discuss the history of NATO and it's current function. They will also address other questions such as: Has NATO outlived its usefulness and should it be abolished? Could NATO provocations against Russia, lead to nuclear war? Join us for this important discussion. Information: 466-1192
Leave No Soldier (53 minutes, 2016) was directed by Donna Bassin, Ph.D., an artist and clinical psychologist. Footage includes events and interviews of Veterans for Peace (Stan Goff, Ann Wright and others), Iraq Veterans Against the War, and also veterans who have been participants in the Rolling Thunder Memorial Day ride to the Wall in Washington DC. " Leave No Soldier takes a dramatic look at the dynamics of activism among two generations of US war veterans and paints a vivid picture of how America treats its soldiers when they are no longer on the battlefield.
Friday, June 10, 7:00 pm, Oakwood Community Center, 313 10th Street, Troym NY. After the Primaries: Electoral Politics and the Left, Where Do We Go From Here? James Connolly Forum, with Jill Stein, Presidential Candidate for the Green Party Nomination, Bhaskar Sunkara: Jacobin Magazine and Ashley Smith from the International Socialist Organization(ISO). Co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, The Hampton Institute and Upper Hudson Green Party. 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: 518 407 3582
Wednesday, June 15, Noon, NYS Capitol, Albany, 2nd Floor (outside of Gov. Cuomo's office), Protest Gov. Cuomo's Executive Order creating a "blacklist" of entities that support the Palestinian initiated international nonviolent Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions movement against the government of Israel. Tell Gov. Cuomo: Don't violate our first amendment rights! We support Palestinian human rights! Rescind the unconstitutional Executive Order! Sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace (Albany chapter), Palestinian Rights Committee of Upper Hudson Peace Action, Codepink, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, and others.
Wednesday, June 22, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 262 State Street, Albany , NY Welcoming the Pastors for Peace Caravan, with Pot Dinner, music, poetry, and speakers. Albany Cuba Solidarity and our community will be welcoming the Pastors for Peace Caravan on their national tour to mobilize the people of the United States to lift the Embargo of Cuba and all travel restrictions. This is the 27th Caravan to come to the Capital district and will be traveling to over 100 cities and towns in the US. Manolo de Los Santos will be the speaker. He is staff of Pastors for Peace and lives 6 months of each year in Cuba studying to become a pastor and overseeing the American students studying to become doctors at the Cuba Latin School of the Americas . He was raised in the Bronx and has done humanitarian work in Haiti , Cuba , and the Dominican Republic . He will be sharing an up-to-date report on Cuba , the need to lift the Embargo, and religious freedom in Cuba. Information: Mabel Leon at 372-1531 or 265-0374 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, June 22, 5:30-7:30 pm, Albany Public Library (Main Branch), 161 Washington Ave, 2nd fl. community room, Stop Pilgrim Oil Pipelines. Did you know that a 178 mile long twin oil pipeline is being proposed that would take 200,000 barrels per day of Bakken fracked crude oil from Albany to refineries in Linden NJ and then back again to Albany with the refined product? Learn about the threats these pipelines pose to the environment, to our health, to our river, & how they would actually DOUBLE the number of bomb trains traveling through Albany. Then find out what we can do to stop them! Featured speakers include: Vivian Kornegay-Albany Common Council Member, Roger Downs-Sierra Club and CAPP-NY, Jeremy Cherson-Riverkeeper and CAPP-NY, Rev. Marc Johnson-St. John’s Church of God in Chris. Co-sponsors to date include Mothers Out Front, Sierra Club, Citizen Action-NY, 350.org Capital Region, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Riverkeeper, Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline contact: email@example.com For more info: www.stoppilgrimpipeline.com or www.pauseenergy.org
Democracy and the Roberts Court, a talk by Professor Stephen Gottlieb. Stephen Gottlieb will discuss the topic of his recent book, "Unfit for Democracy: The Roberts Court and the Breakdown of American Politics" (NYU Press 2016).
"Gottlieb has written a stunning book about democracy. ... This is a work about law, political science, and history and is filled with important insights about what causes democracies to succeed or fail. The book culminates in a forceful critique of the Roberts Court and how it has damaged American democracy. This is an important book, impressive in its scope and its analysis, and the cautions it offers for the future of democracy in the United States." — Erwin Chemerinsky Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law University of California, Irvine, School of Law
Stephen Gottlieb is a professor at Albany Law School. Information: 466-1192
Wednesday, June 1, 6:00 - 8:45 PM, Albany Public Library- Delaware Branch, 331 Delaware Avenue, Albany NY. Film: The AOGIRI – Phoenix Tree. "The AOGIRI-Phoenix" (120 minutes) is based on the true life story of Ms. Susuko Numata, a victim of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima ( a hibakusha). Of that monstrous event, she said: “It was only three days before my wedding and my life was changed forever.” Her story of love needs to be told. The film reveals intricate details of the suffering of a young woman who in one horrific instant lost her leg. Though she was repeatedly forced into the depths of despair, she eventually made up her mind to live on as an atomic bomb storyteller for peace. In addition to telling a great many others, Suzuko Numata continually told her story about her experience of suffering from the bombing to countless children under the Aogiri tree (Chinese parasol tree) which also survived the A-bomb and is now standing in Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park. Ms. Numata passed away on July 12th, 2011, four months after the Great East Japan Earthquake. In her last days she was extremely concerned about the victims of the calamity, in the area affected by the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant accident. Satomi Nakamura, the film’s producer, will never forget Ms. Numata’s words a month before her death; “I must live on to tell them my story… I do not want anybody in this world to go through the same pain ever again.” This film sows the seeds of peace embodied in the message of the hibakusha. No more Hiroshima! No more Nagasaki! No more war! We will be joined by Satomi Nakamura, who produced the film. Satomi is also a song writer and musician and will perform a couple of the songs from the film if there is time, after the film. We will also have a brief discussion after the film. Co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Upper Hudson Peace Action and Women Against War. Free and open to the public. Information: 466-1192
Wednesday, May 18, 5:30 silde show, 6:00 lecture followed by discussion, Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Ave, Albany, NY. Steve Ellner: Defending the Revolutionary Gains of Cuba and Venezuela. Steve Ellner, Ph.D. is one of the most prominent Venezuela experts, and as a reviewer of one of his dozen books said, “one of our most insightful interpreters of Latin American politics.” Since 1977 he has taught at the Universidad de Oriente in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela, and has been a visiting professor at some of the most prestigious American Universities. He has published scores of journal articles and over a dozen books, his most recent books are Rethinking Venezuelan Politics: Class, Polarization and the Chávez Phenomenon and (editor) Latin America’s Radical Left: Challenges and Complexities of Political Power in the Twenty-First Century, which provides case studies of the radical left in power in Venezuela, Bolivia, and Ecuador and its influence in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Cuba. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Albany Cuba Solidarity. Co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. Information: AlbanyCubaSolidarity@gmail.com
Udita (75 minutes, 2015), was produced by Rainbow Collective and Openvizor. 'UDITA' follows a
turbulent 5 years in the lives of the women at the grass roots of the
garment workers struggle in Bangladesh . From 2010, when organizing in the workplace
would lead to beatings, sacking and arrests; through the tragedies of
Tazreen and Rana Plaza, and to the present day, when the long fight
begins to pay dividends. We see this vital period through the eyes of
the unions' female members, workers and leaders. Following the film, local activist Greg
Giorgio will lead a discussion. This film is one of several
events planned in the Capital Region to recognize May Day (Labor Day in many
countries) . Watch the trailer. Information: 518-466-1192 Film- "Udita"
Wednesday, May 11, 6:00 pm, Bethlehem Town Hall Auditorium, 445 Delaware Ave, First Floor, Delmar, NY. Pilgrim Oil pipelines traversing Albany County will be discussed at the Delmar-Bethlehem Town Board meeting. Pleas plan to attend this meeting and tell the Town Board that you do not want the pipeline running through the Town of Bethlehem. Please ask what the Town of Bethlehem plans to do to stop or delay the Kinder Morgan "Connecticut Expansion" storage loop emanating from Bethlehem. Some members of SNYFGP in Bethlehem offered to research the Town Of Bethlehem's interactions with Kinder Morgan re: "Connecticut Expansion" fracked gas pipeline project last fall. Their report should be interesting. This "Connecticut Expansion" project was approved by FERC and one hope is that the Town of Bethlehem and possibly other towns or political allies will find a way to slow down or stop this fracked gas project at this late stage. Article on this subject by Mary Finneran. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, May 13, 7:00 pm, Oakwood Community Center, 313 10th St., Troy, NY. PM Press presents Songs of Freedom, East Coast Tour May 2016 with Mat Callahan and Yvonne Moore. Celebrate James Connolly and the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising. Co-sponsored by The James Connolly, Irish Republican Club and Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. Info: email@example.com Located Exit 9E off 787 Collar City Bridge for Rte 7: on left at 2nd light between 9th and 10th Sts., Parking on left on 9th St., Old Fire station building parking lot left on 10th Use the door facing Hoosick St. Donation of $10 requested, $5 unemployed and students :more information: 518 407 3582.
"The Spirit of `45"
"The Spirit of `45"
Round Table of Local Peace and Justice Activists
Friday, February 26, 7:00 pm, Oakwood Community Center, 313 10th St., Troy,
NY. Carol Barton on "Women and the Refugee Crisis".
Carol Barton is Executive for Community Action with United
Methodist Women national office based at the Church Center for the
United Nations. Current UMW priority concerns include Immigrant
and Civil Rights; Climate Justice; Human Trafficking and Domestic
Violence. Carol is lead staff on UMW’s Immigrant and Civil
Rights Initiative and serves on the church-wide United Methodist
Immigration Task Force. A priority focus is on the
intersection of race, class and gender in women’s lives.
She holds a masters in Political Economy from the New School for Social
Research in New York City. She has also worked with Church Women
United; Women & Philanthropy; the UN Non-Governmental Liaison
Service; and the Women’s International Coalition for Economic Justice. She lives in New York City. Sponsored by The James Connolly Forum,
Co-Sponsored by: The Media Alliance, Bethlehem Neighbors
for Peace and The
Hampton Institute. 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: 518 407 3582.
Poster Girl (38 minutes, 2013), is a documentary by filmmaker Sara
Neisson."Robynn Murray was an All-American high-school cheerleader who
became the poster girl for women in combat. Since returning from Iraq,
she has fought an insidious foe: post-traumatic stress disorder. This
Oscar-nominated documentary short follows Robynn over the course of two
years as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery and redemption
through art and poetry." "Packs a bigger wallop than most
feature-length films." ` The Boston Globe.Facebook link.
We will also show Iraq Paper Scissors, the 43 minute companion film to Poster Girl. This is a documentary film that takes us into the lives of five Iraq War veterans struggling with PTSD as they discover that they have dreams and talents beyond machine guns and combat. Expressing themselves as artists and individuals, those who have served are refusing to be forgotten and, more importantly, hoping to be understood.
Saturday, January 30, 7:00pm, Oakwood Community Center, 313 10th St., Troy,
NY. Doug Henwood on his new book "My Turn". NOTE: Date Change from 1/23. "“My
Turn” is compulsively good reading—not only for its glimpse into
Hillary Clinton's mind but for its insights into the entire Clinton
political-philanthropic machine. Doug Henwood is both smart and—almost
uniquely for this campaign season—sane.” Barbara
Ehrenreich, author of "Nickel and Dimed”
Monday, January 11, 5:00 - 6:00 pm, BNP Vigil: Solidarity with Muslims!, NO to Islamophobia, 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. Other sign suggestions: "We Stand in Solidarity with Our Muslim Friends and Neighbors", Stop Islamophobia, Defend the Muslim Community" 518-466-1192 for further information. Join us!
Joe Lombardo & Mo Hannah on their trip to Cuba
Joe Lombardo and Mo Hannah traveled to Cuba in December. They attended a peace conference at Guantanamo Bay, traveling as part of a United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) sponsored delegation. Joe and Mo will share photos of their trip and talk with us about their experiences. Free. Everyone is welcome. Information: 466-1192. (Photo on the right by Mo Hannah)