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Past Events 2018: 



Confederate_Monument

Thursday, February 1, 7:00 - 9:00 pm,  Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY.  Presentation by Melinda Lawson and Kenneth Aslakson titled, The Lost Cause of "The Lost Cause": Unpacking the Controversy Surrounding Confederate Monument Removal.
  Over the past few years, cities across the south have fiercely debated the fate of prominently located monuments to Confederate leaders.  The recent deadly riots in Charlottesville are but one example of the extent to which this issue has stirred heated and at times violent controversy. Does removing these statues erase history? Does leaving them up endorse white supremacy? In this talk, we weigh the importance of the statues, consider the issue in historical context, and discuss a variety of proposals for change.  Melinda Lawson and Kenneth Aslakson are both professors in the History Department at Union College.  Sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace.  Information: 518-466-1192.

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Pepe Rossy: Talk on Puerto Rico, After the Hurricanes
Friday, January 19
7:00 - 8:45 pm

Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar, NY


Peppy Rossy wil give a talk on Puerto Rico’s situation following hurricanes Irma and Maria.  Pepe has been working with others on a hurricane recovery initiative specifically focused on Vieques, PR. Vieques, and its sister island Culebra (both the target of bombing by  the military, as well as other NATO members for many decades), were the most affected Puerto Rican municipalities, by Hurricane Irma on Oct. 6, the first Category 5 hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in the past century.  Hurricane Irma caused much damage to the infrastructure of Vieques, particularly to its electric grid, and damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes.  Then exactly 2 weeks later, on Oct. 20, Hurricane Marķa, the most devastating hurricane in Puerto Rico’s history, hit Vieques again.  Today, three months after Hurricane Irma, except for the lucky few with electric generators, practically everyone in Vieques remains without electricity (not expected until 2018), there is no landline or cell phone communications, water supply is intermittent and unreliable, most workers have been laid off, gas and food is hard to get and expensive, the hospital is not fully operational, and schools are closed.  While electricity and other services has been restored to other municipalities, as a recent Washington Post article summed it up: “Vieques remains isolated, dark and silent.”  Information:  518-466-1192