Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace public access tv shows completed in 2014



Episode 11: This is an interview with Leila Zand, (Filmed on January 28, 2014) . Leila Zand is from the Middle East and an activist for peace. She is actively involved with the Capital Region organization, Women Against War, and the international organization, Fellowship of Reconciliation. The discussion focuses on current conditions in Iran, what life has been like for Iranians under sanctions, and why it is important to work for peace in the Middle East.


Episode 12:  This is an interview with Lynne Jackson, (Filmed on February 18, 2014) Lynne Jackson talks about her activism in the Capital Region over the past 35 years, and her recent work with Project SALAM (Support and Legal Advocacy for Muslims). This past summer, Lynne went on a Journey for Justice, delivering a petition for Yassin Aref, walking from Albany to Binghamton. Lynne also talks about her work as co-founder of the Save the Pine Bush organization.



Episode 13:  Episode 13: This is an interview with Dr Lawrence Wittner, (Filmed on March 5, 2014) . Dr. Wittner is a Professor of History emeritus at SUNY/Albany. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including the award winning trilogy, "The Struggle Against the Bomb". Dr. Wittner discusses the history of the nuclear arms race and gives suggestions of how we might secure a nuclear weapons free world. He also discusses his newest book, a humorous novel, titled " What's Going On at UAardvark?". For people who would like more information about creating a nuclear weapons free world, Dr. Wittner recommends the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (wagingpeace.org) and Upper Hudson Peace Action (peaceact.net). "Confronting the Bomb", a book written by Dr. Wittner, is also a good place to start learning more about this issue.



Episode 14: This is an interview with Sandy Steubing, (Filmed on April 9, 2014) . Sandy Steubing is well known for her work opposing hydrofracking in New York State and her work with the Capital District Transition Network. Sandy is active in the Green Sanctuary Committee of the Albany Unitarian Church and more recently she has begun working with a new organization, PAUSE, People of Albany United for Safe Energy. Sandy discusses her history of environmental activism and various issues related to the "bomb" trains, now rolling through Albany every day, carrying Bakken crude oil. She also talks about the need for an energy policy that emphasizes renewable sources of energy and recognizes the need to move away from fossil fuels in order to create energy independence, while addressing climate change.



Episode 15: This is an interview with Dan Wilcox (Filmed on May 7, 2014). Dan Wilcox is member of the Tom Paine Chapter of Veterans for Peace, a long time peace activist, a poet and a photographer. In this interview, Dan talks about his work as a peace activist during the Vietnam War, while he served in the military. He also discusses his opposition to the war in Iraq and the current war in Afghanistan. He also discusses Third Thursday Poetry Night, a monthly poetry group, and he reads some of his own poetry, including: "If Peace Broke Out Tomorrow....." .



Episode 16: This is an interview with Susan DuBois (Filmed on June 18, 2014). Susan DuBois is well known for her work as an activist, advocating for workers on labor issues, and she is the treasurer for the Solidarity Committee of the Capital Region. She is also a long time peace activist, and has worked on many local issues, including efforts to keep local post offices open. In this interview, she talks about the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) and the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and their economic impact on the workers of Mexico and the United States. Susan also talks about her trips to Mexico with the Labor Religion Coalition of New York State.



Episode 17: This is an interview with Mary Finneran (Filmed on August 5, 2014). Mary Finneran She is well know for her work opposing hydrofracking in New York State. She continuously promotes peace, and a healthy planet. Mary is an active member of Greene Renewable Energy and Environmental Network's (GREEN), Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Frack Free Catskill, Frackbusters, and People of Albany United for Safe Energy. PAUSE In this interview, she talks about her motivation to become an activist and her reasons for opposing hydrofracking.



Episode 18: This is an interview with Pat Beetle, (Filmed on September 24, 2014) . Pat Beetle is well known for her work advocating for peace, justice and a healthy planet. In this video she talks about her history of activism. As one of the founders of Women Against War and the Grannies for Peace, Pat has been a role model for many other activists. The conversation includes a discussion of the work done by Upper Hudson Peace Action, which Pat was coordinator of for many years. Pat also discusses two issues she believes are of primary importance: the need for a ban on nuclear weapons and the Climate Change crisis.



Episode 19: This is an interview with Michael Rice, recorded on October 8, 2014. Michael Rice has a long history of activism. This interview includes a discussion of his early activism, what radicalized him, what motivates him to action, and the issues he is most concerned about today. He was one of the founding members of Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace and has also been active with the New York Civil Liberties Union, Occupy Albany and the Muslim Solidarity Committee. Michael also discusses the Nine Mile Farm CSA, his most recent project, which was started by Michael and his daughter Rebekah, in 2011.



Episode 20: This is an interview with Fred Pfeiffer, recorded on November4, 2014. Fred has been a Capital District Resident for over 40 years, originally graduated High School in Goshen, NY in 1968. He is a machinist by trade and union activist and elected representative. Half his work life he worked in area factories and the other half on behalf of union members. Currently he is retired from paid wage labor. He volunteers frequently in area activist work and works on sustainable gardening and at the HW Food Coop, As a charter member of the Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, a worker advocacy group, he works on Solidarity projects and helps publish the Solidarity Notes- their monthly newsletter that has been in existence for over 30 years. In this video, Fred discusses the roots of his activism and the issues that he is concerned about now: a living wage, peace, a healthy environment, worker rights and strong unions.



Episode 21: This is an interview with Alice Brody, recorded on December 9, 2014. Alice has traveled to 50 countries, beginning with the Peace Corps in Nigeria in 1966, during the period of the Biafra War. She was evacuated in the middle of the night, eventually being reassigned to Morogoro, Tanzania. She has been involved in the labor movement since the mid-70s, working at the GM plant in Fremont, Ca. and Brazil. She was part of the Brotherhood Caucus, a grassroots movement that democratized the union. She also worked for NYSUT for 16 years, creating a program for teacher aides and assistants. She continues to be a labor activist. Alice Brody visited the West Bank in 2013 and also Iran. In this interview, Alice talks about her activism, including promoting Single Payer Health Care and an end to the wars. She also discusses her visits to Iran and the West Bank.