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Past Events 2017: 


"Fascism and Populist Authoritarianism"

Thursday, February 2
 7:00 - 9:00 pm 
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 12054

Teresa Meade and Andor Skotnes will give a talk titled "Fascism and Populist Authoritarianism".  The presentation will be a consideration of the nature of authoritarian and fascist movements and regimes, drawing especially on the experiences of the Americas, in light of our current situation. Brief presentations will be followed by open discussion. Andor Skotnes has taught history of the Americas and Sociology at Russell Sage College in Troy for a quarter century.  He researches and writes on racial ethnicity and class, is a member of the Editorial Collective of Radical History Review, and has long been involved in a number of social movements. Teresa Meade has taught Latin American history at Union College for nearly 30 years, specializing in social movements, labor and gender studies. She is the author and editor of many books on Latin America, a member of the Editorial Collective of Radical History Review, President of the Board of Trustees of the Journal of Women's History, and a longtime activist in support of social justice. Spoonsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace.  Information:  518-466-1192 Facebook

Monday, January 30, 5:00 - 6:00 pm, BNP Vigil:  "Stand with Our Muslim Friends & Neighbors",  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 and justice.   Please bring a sign.  Sign suggestions: "Say No to Racism", "SAY  NO to Islamophobia", "Love Trumps Hate!",  "Not My President", " Religious Persecution is not an American Value" 518-466-1192 for further information. Join us!


Film: "
The Brother from Another Planet"
Saturday, January 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 presents  "The Brother from Another Planet" (1984, 104 minutes).  This classic film by award-winning  director John Sayles portrays an escaped slave from another planet who takes refuge in New  York City’s Harlem.  Part science fiction and part subtle comedy, “The Brother from Another  Planet” serves in many ways as an allegory for America’s immigrant experience.  Today, as the United States confronts the Trump administration’s plan to deport millions of immigrants and to  bar entry of others because of their religion or national origin, the film raises the issue of who  should be viewed as an undesirable outsider in this country of outsiders.   Co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, the Social Justice Center, and Upper Hudson   Peace Action, the film screening 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:  518-466-1192


Thursday, January 26, 7:00 pm, Oakwood Community Center, 313 10th St., Troy, NY. Remaking an American City: RPA Takes on Chevron,  How the Richmond Progressive Alliance took on the Chevron Corporation and Won.  Steve Early on his new book at the James Connolly Forum. Steve Early chronicles the ten years of successful community organizing in Richmond that raised the minimum wage, defeated a casino development project, created a municipal ID to aid undocumented workers, challenged home foreclosures, and took on a big oil giant. Here we meet a dynamic cast of characters—from 94-year-old Betty Reid Soskin, the country’s oldest full-time National Park Ranger and witness to Richmond’s complex history, Gayle McLaughlin, the city’s first Green Party mayor who led the movement to sue Chevron—and won, to former police chief Chris Magnus, who pioneered “community policing” in Richmond, and is now celebrated as one of the country’s most effective police reformers.  Sponsored by The James Connolly Forum.  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: 518 407 3582.

Saturday, January 21, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm, 1199/SEIU Greater New York Education Center, 155 Washington Ave., Albany, NY, Inaugurate Resistance Day of Action:  Kick-off to 100 Days of Resistance,
Inaugurate Resistance Day of Action: Kick-off to 100 Days of Resistance.  On January 21, 2017, the Capital District will kick-off 100 Days of Resistance with an inclusive Day of Action which will highlight the power of the people and the resistance to hate, bigotry and oppression. There will be a training and opportunity to take action with our first workshop at 12noon!  There will be additional workshops starting 12:30pm & 2:00pm. The march will leave at 4:00pm from 155 Washington Ave and conclude at the West Capitol Park at the NYS Capitol with a rally and speak out. Join the resistance against a Trump agenda filled with racism, poverty, bigotry, sexism and all forms of oppression and hate. How do we fight back against a Trump agenda? TOGETHER! Current Co-sponsors include: Albany County Central Federation of Labor, Amnesty International USA, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Bernie Sanders Network of the Capital Region, Capital District Coalition Against Islamophobia, Citizen Action of New York, In Our Own Voices, Jewish Voice for Peace, Albany Chapter, Mayor Kathy Sheehan, New York Civil Liberties Union Capital Region Chapter, New York Progressive Action Network, New York State Nurses Association, North Star Interfaith Peace Walk, Obama Democracy Club, Palestinian Rights Committee, Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson, Pride Center of the Capital Region, Robert F Kennedy Democrats of the Capital Region, Saratoga Unites, Schenectady Federation of Teachers, Solidarity Committee, Upper Hudson Peace Action, Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, Women Against War, Working Families Party.  To join in, email: Jamaica at Facebook Link


Standing With Our Muslim Neighbors
Thursday, January 5
 7:00 - 9:00 pm 
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 12054

Fazana Saleem-Ismail, Shamshad Ahmad, Lynne Jackson, Jeanne Finley and Steve Downs will join us for a discussion about how we can support our Muslim friends and neighbors during the Trump presidency.   Fazana Saleem-Ismail, who has co-organized several  "Ask a Muslim"  events and conducted talks on Islam, will be available to answer basic questions about the religion and to discuss the impact of outreach efforts.  Shamshad Ahmad is author of the book: Rounded Up: Artificial Terrorists and Muslim Entrapment After 9/11. Lynne Jackson is one of the founders of Project SALAM.  Jeanne Finley is active in the Muslim Solidarity Committee and Project SALAM, and worked on the anti-Islamophobia resolutions for the Albany Common Council and Albany County Legislature.  Steve Downs is also one of the founders of Project SALAM and a local attorney.  Please join us if you would like to find out more about the Muslim religion, and learn how we can support our Muslim  friends and neighbors.  A discussion will follow the presentation. Sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. Photo taken by Jon Flanders at Townsend Park, Albany, Rally on 11/19/16.  Information:  466-1192