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Hiroshima
Monday, August 6, 11:00 AM,Townsend Park, Albany, NY. (Henry Johnson Blvd. & Central Ave.) Reading of John Hersey’s “Hiroshima”
The event is free and open to the public and the public is encouraged to join in the reading.  Those interested in reading can sign up to participate when they arrive.  Please bring folding chairs.  Rain site is the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave., Albany.

On August 6, 1945 the United States of America used the atomic bomb for the first time to destroy the city of Hiroshima, Japan; on August 9, the U.S. used the atomic bomb again on Nagasaki, Japan.  Over 200,000 people died immediately in the two bombings and over a hundred thousand more died in the following decades as a result of the effects of the radiation. Hiroshima by John Hersey tells the story of the bombing on August 6, 1945 by following the story of six of the survivors.  The book version has been in print since 1946. Co-sponsored by the Poetry Motel Foundation, the Tom Paine Chapter Veterans for Peace, Upper Hudson Peace Action, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Women Against War. For more information contact Dan Wilcox, 518-482-0262, dwlcx@earthlink.net


Remembering_HiroshimaMonday, August 6, 5:00 - 6:00 pm, BNP Vigil: Hiroshima Day”, at the Four Corners, intersection of Kenwood and Delaware Aves. in Delmar. During the final stage of World War II, the United States detonated two nuclear weapons over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945.  We must never forget.  Bring your own signs or use one of ours. Possible signs: “Ban Nuclear Weapons Now”, “Hiroshima, Never Again!” “Retire the Bomb,” “Remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki”, and  "Stop the Arms Race" Stay for a few minutes or an hour. 518-466-1192 for further information. Join us!



Saturday, August 4, 14th annual commemoration of arrests of Aref and Hossain. 
       5:30 p.m.: Rally at Masjid As-Salam, 276-280 Central Ave., Albany
       5:45 p.m.: March to Unitarian Universalist Church, 405 Washington Ave., Albany
       6 p.m.: Dinner
       7 p.m.: Performance of the play, “To Catch a Muslim,” written by Steve Downs
The Muslim Solidarity Committee will sponsor events to mark the 14th anniversary of the arrests in 2004 of Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain, two Albany Muslims later convicted in 2006 on spurious terrorism charges in a shameful “sting” trial. The events are free and open to all.

The Muslim Solidarity Committee organizes these annual events to remind the public of the men’s unjust convictions and to ensure that the men and their families (who still live in Albany) are not forgotten. This year’s commemoration will also be a celebration, since Yassin Aref will be released from prison in October after serving his sentence of fifteen years. 

Starting at 5:30 p.m. on August 4, supporters will gather outside the Masjid As-Salam, 280 Central Ave., for a rally. Aref was the imam there at the time of his arrest; Hossain was a co-founder of the mosque. Supporters will then march a few blocks to the First Unitarian Universalist Society, 405 Washington Ave., where dinner will be served at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., the Project SALAM Players will perform a short play written by Steve Downs, “To Catch a Muslim,” which treats the sting, the informant, and the Aref-Hossain trial and aftermath with irony and a little humor and takes some potshots at the government’s legal scheming to convict innocent men. After the play, supporters can write postcards to Yassin Aref to wish him well upon his upcoming release, and to Mohammed Hossain, who still has over two years before release.

Following the performance, a special guest, Tarik Shah, will speak about his own case. Shah, who was ensnared in a similar sting operation in New York City in 2005, was released from prison in March after serving thirteen years. An internationally acclaimed jazz bassist, Shah now lives in Albany, and his case was featured as part of the 2015 documentary film (T)ERROR, the first time that filmmakers had access to an active FBI informant in a domestic counterterrorism investigation. (T)ERROR won an Emmy award in 2016, and is available on Netflix.

Yassin Aref served 1½ years in the Rensselaer County Jail pre- and post-trial before being sent to several different federal prisons over the last thirteen years. He was given credit toward his sentence for that jail time and for a spotless disciplinary record. A native of Iraqi Kurdistan, he has requested voluntary deportation when his sentence is done. Mohammed Hossain, a naturalized U.S. citizen, will be released in 2020, and is currently incarcerated in a medical prison in Springfield, Missouri. He now needs dialysis due to long-term improper medical care from the Bureau of Prisons..

The events of August 4 are co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Capital District Coalition Against Islamophobia, Capital Region Chapter of Coalition for Civil Freedoms, Masjid As-Salam, New York Civil Liberties Union Capital Region Chapter, Project SALAM, Save the Pine Bush, Social Responsibilities Council of First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, and Veterans for Peace/Tom Paine Chapter. For more information: Lynne Jackson, (518) 366-7324, lynnejackson@mac.com


Untold_History
Thursday, August 2, 7:00 - 9:00 pm,  Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY. Film:  The Bomb .
 "Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States: The Bomb" (58 minutes, 2012 ) was created and directed by  Oliver Stone with historian Peter J. Kuznick. "The Bomb" examines the mythology promoted by the U.S government about the atomic bombing of Japan and how the blasts sowed the seeds of mistrust in the Soviet Union. This is the 3rd episode in a series of twelve, about the reasons behind the Cold War, the decision to drop the atomic bombs, and changes in America's global role since the fall of Communism. Sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace.  Information: 518-466-1192.

Stop_Separating _FamiliesMonday, June 25, 5:00 - 6:00 pm, BNP Vigil: "END FAMILY SEPARATIONS!”, at the Four Corners, intersection of Kenwood and Delaware Aves. in Delmar. The theme for our weekly Peace Vigil will be "No More Family Separations!" . Bring your own signs or use one of ours. Possible signs: “END Family Separations!”, “Families Belong Together!” “Stop Separating Kids From Their Parents,” “Defund ICE.” Tell Donald Trump and his administration to stop separating kids from their parents! Families belong together, and we need to end this now. "What do we want? Free the children!"..... "When do we want it? Now!" Stay for a few minutes or an hour. 518-466-1192 for further information. Join us! Co-sponsored by Palestinian Rights Committee, Upper Hudson Peace Action, Veterans for Peace, and Women Against War.  Facebook event.

Vijay_Prashad

Monday, June 18, 7:00 pm, Oakwood Community Center, 313 10th St., Troy, NY. The James Connolly  Forum: Vijay Prashad, will give a talk.  More information on the topic of Vijay's talk, will be available soon. 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 







Tarak_Kauff


Tarak Kauff talk on the movement to close the US military bases on Okinawa

Thursday, June 7, 7:00 - 9:00 pm,  Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY. 

 Veterans for Peace member Tarak Kauff will give a talk on the movement to close the US military bases on Okinawa.  Tarak Kauff has just returned from Okinawa and he will discuss the recent protests  that Veterans for Peace have been involved in,  to support the efforts of the Japanese people to shut down existing  military bases,  and stop  the US  from building additional  military bases in Japan. Link to Tarak's photos of the protests.We will also show   a 13 minute film on this topic, titled:  Hiroji Yamashiro: a leader of the Okinawa movement against U.S. military bases.Okinawa

 "During our recent week in Okinawa the hundreds who blocked the construction gate at the US Marine base at Camp Schwab each day were mostly older people.  Many of them have memories of the terrible Battle of Okinawa where at least one-quarter of the civilian population died in 1945 when the US attacked the island and defeated the Japanese occupiers.  People there are deeply marked by WW II and fear another war as the Pentagon occupiers use Okinawa as an 'unsinkable aircraft carrier' aimed at China, North Korea and Russia. " from Veterans for Peace member, Bruce Gagnon's blog on the Okinawa protests. Information: 518-466-1192.



No_war_with_Iran
Monday, May 14, 5:00 - 6:00 pm,  BNP Vigil:  "PEACE with Iran”,  at the  Four Corners, intersection of Kenwood and Delaware Aves. in Delmar. The theme for our weekly Peace Vigil will be "Peace with Iran"  .  Bring your own signs or use one of ours.  Possible signs: “Peace with Iran”, “No Sanctions on Iran,” “Honor International Agreements,”  “No Nuclear Arms Race.” Stay for a few minutes or an hour.  518-466-1192  for further information. Join us!  

Mabel_Leon_Africa

Thursday, May 3, 7:00 - 9:00 pm,  Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY. Mabel Leon: Kenya and South Africa-A Snapshot of Photographs and Impressions.
Women Against War's Mabel Leon  will present her photographs, learnings, and impressions of a trip to Kenya and South Africa (January 2018). This inspirational trip, sponsored by Environmental Grantmakers Ass., included meetings with environmental activists, civic leaders, diverse communities and a visit to a wildlife andtransforming_environmentalism biodiversity game park. Makoma Lekalakala, Director of Earthlife Africa, leads a community meeting in Soweto, South Africa. Makoma , a resident of Soweto,  is an environmental leader organizing community opposition to a proposed nuclear plant.  Sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace.  Information: 518-466-1192.






Rights_For _ImmigrantsTuesday,  May 1,  11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, May Day March for Immigrant Rights, “No Borders for Workers”. Over a dozen area organizations will sponsor a march on May 1st, 2018 to call for immediate action for a just immigration policy.  In light of recent attacks on immigrants and stepped up deportations by President Trump and his administration, area citizens are stepping up and marching for justice for immigrants in our community and across the land. As May Day is an international workers holiday and annual day to support immigrants, our theme is: “No Borders for Workers”. Our country and our prosperity has been built on the backs of workers welcomed here from all over the world, therefore, we stand in solidarity with them. The March kicks off after an interdenominational ceremony at 11:15AM in front of the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Americas on the corner of Central and North Lake Ave. After a spirited March and Rally, there will be a free light lunch in the Community Room of the New York State Nurses Association. All immigrants and supporters welcome. Current sponsors: Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, New Sanctuary for Immigrants, Capital District Coalition Against Islamophobia, Shrine Church of Our Lady of the Americas, Upstate NY Industrial Workers of the World, Labor Religion Coalition of NYS, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Veterans for Peace, Women Against War, Hampton Institute Working Class Think Tank, Albany Catholic Worker, Albany Cuba Solidarity Committee, ICE-Free Capital District, Albany County Central Federation of Labor, Capital District Socialist Party in NY, List in Formation. Contact: fredunite@gmail.com
Where: North Lake and Central Ave., Albany, NY
• 11AM Meet at Masjid As-Salam Mosque- Greetings
• 11:15AM Move to the Shrine Church of Our Lady of the Americas, Prayer Assembly with flags & banners,
• 11:45 AM Begin March to Townsend Square to Rally,
• 12:30PM on to Armory for Public Vigil Picket,
• 1:00PM Protest at NYS Republican Headquarters,
• 1:30PM- 3PM luncheon & music at NYSNA.

Israeku_war_crimesFriday, April 20, 4:00 pm, Townsend Park, (intersection of Henry Johnson & Central Ave), Albany, NY. End US Support for Israeli War Crimes in Gaza!   For weeks, protesters in Gaza have held demonstrations as part of the March of Return, demanding their right to return to their homes and lands they were expelled from in 1967 and 1948, as guaranteed under international law.  The Israeli military has met protesters with overt violence and clear disregard for human life, killing over 30 so far including children, and injuring hundreds with live ammunition. We condemn Israel's blockade of Gaza and the U.S. for vetoing a recent security council resolution calling for an investigation of Israeli violence in Gaza. We support the rights of all refugees to return to their homes and we urge our representatives to condemn Israeli aggression against Palestinians and the occupation of Palestinian lands. End US support for Israeli war crimes. The Palestinian Rights Committee along with the Albany Chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace and the Palestinian Youth Movement are hosting a vigil to call for an end to US support of Israeli war crimes in Gaza. Please bring relevant signs.Please RSVP on and share the Facebook event.

Surveillance_Valley

Friday, April 20, 7:00 pm, Oakwood Community Center, 313 10th St., Troy, NY. The James Connolly  Forum: Yasha Levine, Author of Surveillance Valley, will give a talk. Yasha Levine traces the history of the Internet back to its beginnings as a Vietnam-era tool for spying on guerrilla fighters and antiwar protesters–a military computer networking project that ultimately envisioned the creation of a global system of surveillance and prediction. Levine shows how the same military objectives that drove the development of early Internet technology are still at the heart of Silicon Valley today. Spies, counterinsurgency campaigns, hippie entrepreneurs, privacy apps funded by the CIA. From the 1960s to the 2010s — this revelatory and sweeping story will make you reconsider what you know about the most powerful, ubiquitous tool ever created. Co-sponsored by  Albany Democratic Socialists of America, Upper Hudson Green Party, The 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: 518 407 3582 

Gary Davis

Film Festival: "The World is My Country"
Saturday, April 21, 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 three documentaries (2 shorts and a full-length feature) that
outline the growth of an alternative to the nation-state system and to that system’s accompanying problems of war, immigration restriction, and unaccountable multinational corporations.  The  feature film, “The World Is My Country” (2017, 84 minutes) looks at the remarkable life of  Garry Davis, the daring, controversial World Citizen #1.  Davis, a Broadway song and dance performer, was a U.S. bomber pilot during World War II who came out of that titanic conflict determined to prevent future wars.  As a result, he plunged into an act of political theatre so eye-opening and inspiring that it sparked a world citizens’ movement of millions, including Albert Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Albert Camus.  As Martin Sheen remarks in this film, Davis operated by taking on “border guards, armies, and whole nations, showing us that we don’t have to be awed by their props of power and control.”  Davis demonstrated that “we the people can tear down the walls and write our own story.”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

Wednesday, April 11, 7:00-9:00 pm, First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, 405 Washington Ave, Albany, New York.  U.S.-Cuba Relations: A New Path. Miguel Fraga was appointed First Secretary in June 2015 to the then Cuban Interests Section. From 2008 to 2011, he served at the Cuban Embassy in Canada. Since 2006 he has worked in the Ministry of Foreign affairs in both the North American and U.S. divisions and the office of the Minister. From 2003 to 2008, Fraga was a member of the People’s Power Provincial Assembly of the city of Havana which is the provincial parliament in Havana. He graduated with a master’s of science in foreign relations from the Higher Institute of Foreign Relations “Raúl Roa García” in 2005 and from the University of Havana, Faculty of Law in 2003. In his role as first secretary, Fraga has made many visits to universities and communities throughout the United States to engage in education and outreach. As the Cubans choose a new leader later in April, there certainly couldn't be a better time to hear from a Cuban representative on the future of Cuba's relations with the US. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Albany-Cuba Solidarity. Co-sponsored  by Bethlemhem Neighbors for Peace. Facebook 

Yes_Men
Thursday, April 5, 7:00 - 9:00 pm,  Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY. Gun Violence in America-
Discussion and  Film: "The Yes Men #WeCallBS on Racist Murderous NRA".  We will watch "The Yes Men #WeCallBS on Racist, murderous NRA"  (21 minutes, 2017). This film uses humor to reveal the NRA agenda.  "In the wake of the Parkland shooting and the inspiring activism of teen survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the National Rifle Association and its Republican partners are facing intense scrutiny for their critical role in the rise of mass shootings and of homicides overall in America.....The film communicates how the NRA and the Republican Party, tapping into deep racist fear for their power and profit, have turned America into the most violent high-income country in the world by a truly immense margin, both overall and specifically. (We have 7 times the homicide rate, and 25 times the rate of gun deaths, of the average high-income country—mainly thanks to Republicans and the NRA.)" ~ Yes Men website.
Following the film, we will have a panel discussion on gun violence in America.  We hope to have several students from the Bethlehem Central High School, talk with us about their concerns.  We will also have a peace activist give a perspective on the connection between  wars abroad and violence at home. In addition, we will discuss some possible next steps to support the March for Our Lives movement. (March For Our Lives, Albany, will be holding a rally in West Capital Park, Albany, on March 24 at 10 am.)   Sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace.  Information: 518-466-1192.

Friday, March 30, 7:00 pm, Oakwood Community Center, 313 1th St, Troy, NY. The James Connolly Forum presents  "A Strategy for Decline:  The Political Economy of the Trump Years", a talk by Doug Henwood. Doug Henwood published the Left Business Observer, a newsletter on economics and politics, from 1968–2013. He continues that work on a blog, lbo-news.com." He also hosts “Behind the News,”a weekly radio show covering economics and politics on KPFA, Berkeley, that is rebroadcast on several other stations across the U.S., and has a worldwide audience via its Internet archive.He is the author of “Wall Street, How it Works and For Whom.”His writing has also appeared in The Nation, Harper's Magazine, Grand Street, Village Voice, Newsday, the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and Extra!. He is a contributor editor at The Nation. He has been quoted or cited in a range of media including The Asia Times, The New York Times, and The Times of London.  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. co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. More information: 518 407 3582


My_Lai_massacre
Monday, March, 19, 5:00 - 6:00 pm, BNP Vigil:  "My Lai: Never Again”,  at the  Four Corners, intersection of Kenwood and Delaware Aves. in Delmar. The 50th anniversary of the My Lai Massacre is  Friday, May 16. This vigil is dedicated to remembering  My Lai and the  struggle of the Vietnamese people. One of the most painful moments of the US war in Viet Nam, was the deliberate murder in My Lai on March 16,1968, of 504 innocent civilians, including women and children. There are events being held around the country and internationally.  Bring your own signs or use one of ours.  Possible signs: "My Lai: Never Again”  or “50 Years since My Lai: 50 years of Violence and War”.  Stay for a few minutes or an hour.  518-466-1192 for further information. Join us! Historians for Peace and Democracy  Sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Capital District Democratic Socialists of America, Tom Paine Chapter (#10) Veterans For Peace and Women Against War.



Palestinian Rights
Palestinian resistance speakers and Film
Tuesday, March 20, 7:00 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
405 Washington Avenue (across the street from the downtown SUNY campus)



In 2002, the International Solidarity Movement grabbed world attention by bringing volunteers from around the world to defend Palestine through nonviolent resistance.  They stayed with resistance fighters in the Nativity Church in Bethlehem. They brought medical supplies to the besieged Palestinians in the ancient Nablus Casbah.  They documented and filmed the destruction and mass killing of Palestinians in the Jenin refugee camp.  In 2002 and 2003, thousands participated at their own expense.  One was Rachel Corrie, who was killed trying to prevent demolition of a home in Gaza. Another was Tom Hurndall, killed by a shot to the head. ISM has operated continuously since then, serving at the request of the Palestinian community through participation in Palestinian nonviolent resistance. In 2009, 2012 and 2014, ISM volunteers were with the Palestinian people in Gaza, reporting the Israeli invasion and helping in the hospitals, clinics and schools that were attacked even as they served the refugees. The presentation will include a screening of an abridged version of The presentation will include a screening of an abridged version of  Radiance of Resistance, a film produced by three ISM volunteers serving in Nabi Salih and featuring Ahed Tamimi and her cousin, Janna Ayyad.  Sponsored by: Albany Palestinian Rights Committee, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace and Jewish Voice for Peace.Radiance of Resistance, a film produced by three ISM volunteers serving in Nabi Salih and featuring Ahed Tamimi and her cousin, Janna Ayyad.  Sponsored by: Albany Palestinian Rights Committee, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace and Jewish Voice for Peace. For more information: 518-281-1968 Admission is free, and free refreshments will be provided.  Everyone is welcome to attend.



Enough_is_Enough
Monday, March 5, 5:00 - 6:00 pm, BNP Vigil:  "Remembering the Victims of Gun Violence ", at the  Four Corners, intersection of Kenwood and Delaware Aves. in Delmar.  Stay for a few minutes or an hour. Peace vigil to remember the victims ofgun violence and to advocate for legislation to ban assault weapons. We support the student survivors of the Parkland, Florida mass shootingand join them in calling for action now. In the days after the shooting at Parkland, thousands of students, teachers and others across thecountry rallied together to protest the federal government’s lack of gun control. We support these students, and students  who staged a“die-in” in front of the White House to honor those killed in Parkland and to protest President Donald Trump’s lack of action.  We alsocondemn Trump’s suggestions to arm teachers in schools. Some possible sign messages include:  "Enough is Enough", "Say NO to the NRA","The NRA is a Terrorist Organization", "Federal Action on Gun Control Now!" , "Ban Assault Weapons Now!", "STOP the NRA" ,"How Many More Kidswill Die?", "Protect Kids, Not Guns" "Arm Teachers with Books, NOT Guns!"  Let's stand together forpeace and justice. 518-466-1192 for further information. Join us!  


Water_Power
Thursday, March 1, 7:00 - 9:00 pm,  Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY.  Film:  Water & Power:  A California Heist.
 (2017, 1hr 18 minutes) Directed by Marina Zenovich this documentary shows how privatization of water rights is making one of our most basic necessities, unavailable to local residents.  In California's complex water system, a handful of corporate land owners took advantage of a state-engineered system and gained control of the state's most precious public resource, while drought left local homeowners with dry wells. New York Times Review .   " Fed-up residents tell of contaminated drinking water or no water at all; but only when the movie turns from small-town specifics to the uncertain future of our global water markets does the real chill set in." Sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace.  Information: 518-466-1192.


Close_Guantanamo
Monday, February 26, 5:00 - 6:00 pm, BNP Vigil:  "Close Guantanamo! Return the Land to Cuba! Stop the Torture!​",  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. UNAC( United National Antiwar Coalition) has called for actions around Feb 23, the 115th anniversary of the opening of the Guantanamo Navy base on Cuban land.  This is generally considered the first U.S. foreign military base.  The call for actions was made at the Baltimore conference against U.S. foreign military bases. UNAC is  calling for the closing of the base, returning of the land to Cuba and freeing of the political prisoners held there.  You can see a list of the actions here.   518-466-1192 for further information. Join us!  Co-sponsored by  Albany Cuba Solidarity.


Thursday, February 15, 7:00- 9:00 pm, Oakwood Community Center, 313 10th St., Troy, NY. The James Connolly forum presents a talk by Alex S. Vitale, "The End of Policing". The fact that violent crackdowns on protesters, rough treatment for criminal suspects, and brutal mistreatment of immigrants are seen as simply prerogatives of the police is indicative of “a fundamental crisis in police legitimacy,” writes sociologist Alex Vitale in his forthcoming book, The End of Policing (Verso, 2017). While the police tend to argue that such behavior is necessary to keep people safe and society in order, the leniency we have seen being offered to armed white nationalists this summer suggests that violence is not meted out equally. Co Sponsored by: The Hampton Institute, Albany Democratic Socialists of America, Capital District Socialist Party,Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, 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


Awake
Film: "Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock"
Saturday, February 17, 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 "Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock" (2017, 88 minutes).  In 2016-2017, the Water Protectors at Standing Rock captured world attention through their peaceful resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline.  This powerful documentary captures the story of the heroic Native-led defiance that dramatically changed the fight for clean water, the environment, and the future of the planet.  Crafted as a labor of love, the film is a collaborative effort between indigenous filmmakers and better-known Oscar nominees.  One of the filmmakers explained:  “What began in North Dakota has become a worldwide rallying cry for resistance to corporate power and its relentless drive for profit at the expense of human needs, rights, and dignity.” 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.


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.

 Hurricane_Irma
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 María, 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