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Past Events 2017: 

Wednesday, May 10, 9:30 AM Gather, 12:30 PM  Rally, Capitol Park, Washington & Swan St. , Albany. Unite for Parole and Prison Justice:  A Day of Advocacy and Action, Parole reform now! Raise the age of crinimal responsibility.  End the torture of solitary confinement. Close Rikers. Close Attica.  Access to education and the right to vote.  Protect domestic violence survivors facing prosecution.  Reduce sentences.  Firgh for racial justice, community empowerment and the end to state violence!  Sponsored and Supported by:  Challenging Incarceration, Parole Justice NY.  Endorsed by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace.  Facebook link

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BNP Fundraiser: Pot Luck Dinner  & Play, "The Predator- A Passion Play for the Drone Era"  with playwright Jack Gilroy
Friday, May 5
Pot luck dinner at 6:00 pm,
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Delmar Reformed Church
386 Delaware Ave, Delmar

We will begin the evening with a pot luck dinner at 6:00 pm.  Please join us, and bring a pot luck dish to share.  The  program will begin at 7:00 pm.  A donation of $10 is requested.  $2 for students. Play to be performed: "The Predator" by Jack Gilroy - A Passion Play for the Drone Era. Playwright, Jack Gilroy, will lead a discussion after the play and  answer questions. The play is approximately 40 minutes long, and  revolves around a college student and some questions she is beginning to raise about her country's conduct in the world, and what her own response should be. The other characters in the play are: the student's Air Force officer mother, a U.S. senator, and an antiwar activist.  Women Against War Presents: HUMANIZE, NOT MILITARIZE posters will also be on display.   We will have a few locally crafted items for sale, including a painting by a local artist, and 3 wall hangings from the "Peace" series, by Trudy Quaif.  All of the  proceeds will go to BNP to fund future events.  Join us!  Please RSVP if possible with then number of people who will be attending and if possible, include what dish you will be bringing for the pot luck dinner. Thanks. Send the email to Trudy at:  tquaif@yahoo.com   If you can be there to help set up and/or help clean up, please email Trudy.  Questions:  466-1192.

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Film:  "Greedy Lying Bastards"
Wednesday, May 3
7:00 - 9:00 pm 
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 


Greedy Lying Bastards, (2013, 94 minutes), iinvestigates the reasons behind stalled efforts to tackle climate change despite the consensus in the scientific community that it is not only a reality but a growing problem, placing us on the brink of disaster.
 The film details the people and organizations casting doubt on climate science and claims that greenhouse gases are not affected by human behavior. From the Koch Brothers to ExxonMobil, to oil industry front groups, to prominent politicians and Justices, this provocative exposé unravels the layers of deceit threatening democracy and the ability for future generations to survive on planet earth.  A discussion will follow the film.   Information:  466-1192

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Film: "Disruption"
Saturday, April 29, 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 the screening of "Disruption" (2014, 52 minutes).  Focused on the crisis of climate change, this documentary looks at the scientific findings, the self-interested response of corporations, and the stalled political process that have brought the world to an ecological crossroads.  The film also examines the growing popular movement to save the planet, including the organizing of the People’s Climate March of 2014 during the UN’s world climate summit.  It features appearances by Naomi Klein, James Hansen, Bill McKibben, Chris Hayes, Naomi Oreskes, Van Jones, Rajendra Pachouri, and many other individuals who explore one of the great issues of our time.  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

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Monday,  April 17, 5:00 - 6:00 pm, BNP Vigil: "Diplomacy, NOT Endless War",  at the  Four Corners, intersection of Kenwood and Delaware Aves. in DelmarJoin us in opposing Trump's war agenda.   Trump's escalation of  the wars in Afghanistan and Syria, and his threats of war with North Korea, are making us less safe every day. Please bring a sign.  Sign suggestions: "NO World War 3", "Peace", "End the Escalation of Wars",  "Stop the Bombing of Syria & Afghanistan", "Diplomacy, NOT WAR", "NO WAR WITH NORTH KOREA" . Stay for a few minutes or an hour. Let's stand together for peace and justice.   518-466-1192 for further information. Join us!


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Friday, April 7, 7:00 pm, Oakwood Community Center, 313 10th St., Troy, NY.  Runaway Inequality:  How bad is it and what we can do about it. The James Connolly Forum continues with Les Leopold, who will give a talk  about his current book, "Runaway Inequality:  An Activist's Guide to Economic Justice (Labor Institute Press 2015)  Les Leopold is also the author of How to Make a Million Dollars an Hour: Why Financial Elites get away with siphoning off America's Wealth ; The Looting of America: How Wall Street's Game of Fantasy Finance destroyed our Jobs, Pensions and Prosperity, and What We Can Do About It, , The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor: The Life and Times of Tony Mazzocchi. The Mazzocchi story won the Independent Publisher Award for best biography.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.

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Larry Wittner:  "A Nuclear Arms Race or a Nuclear-Free World?"
Thursday, April 6, 7:00 - 8:45 pm 
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 12054

Larry Wittner will give a talk titled: "A Nuclear Arms Race or a Nuclear-Free World?" Description:  Currently, all the nuclear powers are engaged in their latest nuclear weapons buildup, with the U.S. government alone spending $1 trillion on nuclear  "modernization."  This nuclear arms race is being challenged this spring by UN negotiations to ban nuclear weapons.  Which will prevail? A discussion will follow Larry's presentation. Larry Wittner is Professor of History emeritus at the State University of New York/Albany.  Larry is the author or editor of thirteen books, including Rebels Against War, The Biographical Dictionary of Modern Peace Leaders, Peace Action, Working for Peace and Justice, and the award-winning trilogy, The Struggle Against the Bomb, which is available in abbreviated form as Confronting the Bomb.  His hundreds of published articles and book reviews have appeared in journals, magazines, newspapers, and online publications around the world.  He has given lectures about peace and disarmament in dozens of nations, and has spoken about such issues at the Norwegian Nobel Institute and at the United Nations.   Everyone is welcome. Information: 466-1192

Tuesday, April 4, 7:00 PM, Albany Medical College, Huyck Auditorium, Albany,NY. Film:  Where Health Care is a Human Right Community Doctors:  A Look Into Cuba's Medical Scholarship Program.  Sponsored by Albany Cuba Solidarity. Co-sponsored by BethlehemNeighbors for Peace   Parking free along Madison Avenue or in the AMC Notre Dame Parking Lot off Holland Ave..  Informationjonflan@gmail.com

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Monday,  March 20, 5:00 - 6:00 pm, BNP Vigil: "End  the Escalation of Wars in Iraq, Yemen and Syria ",  at the  Four Corners, intersection of Kenwood and Delaware Aves. in Delmar. On the anniversary of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, we call for an end to the recent escalation in Iraq, Yemen and Syria. As you may know, Sunday is the anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.  The US has recently increased its presence in Iraq with the attack on Mosul.  Also, the US has recently increased its presence in Syria.  The Syrian government has said that it does not want US troops in Syria and has called the recent US “boots on the ground” an invasion.  The US has also had “boots on the ground” in Yemen and is responsible for many civilian death in recent weeks.  The US has  greatly increased its drone bombing in Yemen.  They have also sent troops to Kuwait to be a rapid response force for the entire area.  The US war in the area is escalating. Stay for a few minutes or an hour. Let's stand together for peace and justice.   Please bring a sign.  Sign suggestions: "Peace", "End the Escalation of Wars in Iraq, Yemen, and Syria", "Love Trumps Hate!",  "Stop the Wars", " Stop the Drone Killings". 518-466-1192 for further information. Join us!



Wednesday, March 22, 7:00 -9:00 pm, Bethlehem Town Hall,445 Delaware Ave, Delmar,  BNP General Membership Meeting.  Agenda- How Can We Stop the Trump agenda? , What kind of a Society would we like to live in? , What is next for the peace movement locally and globally? Ideas for upcoming events and actions.  Current events discussion.   Information: 466-1192


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Wednesday, March 22, 7:00 pm, Oakwood Community Center, 313 10th St., Troy, NY.   The Red and the Green: the Struggle  for Ireland's Workers' Republic 100 Years On.  Ronan Burtenshaw will give a talk. Ronan Burtenshaw is the Europe Editor for Jacobin Magazine and edited their Irish issue on the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising last year. He is a former researcher and political organiser in Dáil Éireann and representative of the youth section of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, and is active in the Right2Water movement. He is based in DublinSponsored 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.

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Tom Ellis: Reflections on his February 2017 trip to Palestine/Israel
Wednesday, March 1, 7:00 - 8:45 pm 
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 12054

Tom Ellis will talk about his February  trip to Palestine/Israel. Tom is a leader in several social justice groups including the Palestinian Rights Committee of Upper Hudson Peace Action. He has played an important role in many successful environmental campaigns including blocking the siting of a low-level' radioactive waste disposal facility in rural New York, preventing the destruction of rivers in Canada, creating the community pressure that led the federal government to clean up the former NL Industries factory in Colonie where depleted uranium weapons were manufactured, preventing the City of Albany from siting a landfill in Coeymans, helping preserve a 39-member Albany County Legislature, and educating the public about the just cause of the Palestinians. Tom is also a member of Save the Pine Bush and the Solidarity Committee of the Capital District and he regularly contributes articles to their newsletters. Questions and answers will follow his talk.   Everyone is welcome. Information: 466-1192

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"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

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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!
 

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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


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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.


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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 jmiles@citizenactionny.org Facebook Link

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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