Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace public access tv shows completed in 2016



Episode 32: This is an interview with Lisa Zimmerman and Robert Conners, recorded on March 1, 2016. In this interview, Lisa and Robert, who are both board members of "Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline", discuss their opposition to Kinder Morgan's Northeast Direct Energy (NED) pipeline project. Bob and Lisa also discuss the many risks of the pipeline and the activities that "Stop NY Fracked Gas" has initiated to educate members of the impacted communities about their rights. They describe the impact of the pipeline on air and water quality, public safety, and climate. They also discuss safer alternative options to fracking, alternative energy options, with long-term benefits for local workers, and energy consumers. More information: http://stopnypipeline.org/



Episode 33: This is an interview with Pepe Rossy, recorded on April 20, 2016. In this interview, Pepe talked about the Cuban embargo, and the effects that the embargo has had on Cuba. Pepe discussed his recent trip to Cuba and his work with the Albany Cuba Solidarity Committee. He also discusses life in Cuba today and his hopes for Cuba's future.



Episode 34: This is an interview with Mark Klein, recorded on May 10, 2016. Mark Klein is a local activist and member of Solarize Schenectady County. Mark talked about why we should be looking for energy alternatives, to burning fossil fuels. Mark also discussed the costs and benefits for the home owner in purchasing solar panels. He described the options available for purchasing solar energy, and even an option for people who rent.



Episode 35: This is an interview with Grace Nichols, recorded on June 7, 2016. Grace Nichols is a very active and committed local environmental activist. In this interview, Grace talked about her work as an activist and the issues that she is most concerned about now. She recently founded Ecodefense, a new local activist group,focusing on the Town of Bethlehem. She is working to inform the public about the effects that gas and oil pipelines have on the local environment. Grace has been circulating petitions and organizing local actions on this issue. Several pipeline projects are planned in the Capital Region of NYS. Also in this interview, Grace also sings a couple of songs about environmental issues.



Episode 36: This is an interview with Tom Ellis, recorded on August 3, 2016. Tom Ellis has been a committed environmental and peace activist in the Capital Region, for decades. In this interview, Tom discussed the issues that he has worked on including his work as a 30-year member of a group of activists concerned about National Lead Industries. Tom discussed his long term committment to working for peace with Upper Hudson Peace Action, and the Palestinian Rights Committee. He also talked about his opposition to nuclear power.



Episode Episode 37: This is an interview with Joe Lombardo, recorded on October 5, 2016. Joe Lombardo is the Co-Coordinator of United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), and a founding member of Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. In this interview he talked about his history of activism, the Vietnam War, and more recent wars, including Syria. He discussed the formation of NATO and how it has become counter productive to peace. Joe also discussed Black Lives Matter, and how activism has changed through the use of social media and the internet.



Episode 38: This is an interview with Susan DuBois and Susan Weber, recorded on November 3 , 2016. Trade is in the news, but most people know little about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multi-national agreement that, if Congress enacts it, will supersede federal, state and local laws and regulations that conflict with its provisions. The TPP is an anti-democratic corporate takeover that undercuts our nation’s ability to make policy at the federal, state and local levels. While trade is essential to our economy, only a few of the TPP’s provisions concern typical trade issues. Most give multi-national corporations undreamed-of powers over 40 percent of the world’s economy. The TPP lets international corporations sue our governments at every level for anticipated lost profits caused by our laws, and to have those cases heard, not in U.S. constitutional courts, but by unaccountable trade tribunals, whose decisions cannot be appealed. This undermines U.S. sovereignty and democracy. Outrage over the TPP is growing as people learn that it sets corporate profit-making over American’s health and safety. Although Donald Trump has said that he will not sign the TPP, he has changed his mind about many other issues, so we will need to be vigilant and informed on this issue.



Episode 39: This is an interview with Gertrud Kauderer, recorded on December 7, 2016. Gertrud Kauderer is a long time peace and justice activist, visiting the U.S. from Germany. In this interview she discusses how she grew up and what motivated her to become an activist. Her activism career began in 1983 as part of a human chain formed by 100,000 people protesting the deployment of nuclear weapons in several places near my hometown. The chain started in Stuttgart at the European Command Center for the NATO troops and ended in Ulm at one of the designated deployment sites for Pershing ll and cruise missiles. The chain covered the distance of 100 km. Gertrud is a founding member of One by One, an organization bringing together children of holocaust survivors and children of Nazis, exploring their legacies in dialogue groups. For more than 20 years, she has been a participating member of the Berlin branch of Interhelp, following the teachings of Joanna Macy who taught how to transform despair into personal power. In this interview, Gertrud also shared her reaction to the election of Donald Trump as president of the U.S., and described how a similar populist right move is occurring in Europe. She also talked about her appreciation of all efforts of people who are working for a world in which peace and justice is possible.



Episode 40: This is an interview with Fazana Saleem-Ismail, recorded on January 10, 2017. Fazana Saleem-Ismail is a mother of two who works as a research scientist. She is the founder of Jazzy Sun Birthdays, a volunteer project that hosts personalized birthday parties for homeless children. As a practicing Muslim with a diverse group of friends, Fazana strongly believes that to reduce barriers and build bridges between people of different backgrounds, they must have opportunities to interact with each other. Over the past year, she has participated in a number of activities designed to educate individuals about Islam and dispel misconceptions about the religion. In this interview, Fazana talks about her experiences as a Muslim and discusses ways we can work to support our Muslim friends and neighbors in the current political climate.



Episode 41: This is an interview with Jamaica Miles and Joe Lombardo, recorded on March 8, 2017. Jamaica is an activist and organizer for Citizen Action and other Capital Region organizations. Joe Lombardo is the co-coordinator of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) and a founding member of Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. Joe and Jamaica discuss their activism, focusing on how activism has changed since the Trump inauguration. Jamaica played a key role in the organization of the Albany Inaugurate Resistance protest in Albany on January 21, 2017, that drew more than 7,000 participants. Joe was an organizer of the march that took place in Washington on the same day. The march in Washington, was attended by about 1 million people, and may have been the biggest march ever in Washington DC. In this interview, they discuss many of the issues that have been the focus of their activism.



Episode 42: This is an interview with Alice Brody, recorded on April 10, 2017. Alice is a long time activist who has traveled to over 50 countries. In this interview, she discusses the issues that she is most concerned about today, including war, labor unions, health care and environmental concerns. She discusses the future of the planet, Trump in the White House, and talks about how her perspective has changed since becoming a grandmother.



Episode 43: This is an interview with John Amidon, recorded on May 2, 2017. John Amidon is veteran of the Marine Corp and a long time peace activist. In this interview, John Amidon talks about his recent civil resistance at the Hancock Airfield in Syracuse, NY on Good Friday, where he and several other activists were arrested. John also talked about why he opposes the use of military drones, and what he thinks we need to do to make Americans aware of the true cost of war. John also discussed the annual Kateri Peace Conference, held every August at the Kateri Shrine in Fonda, NY for the past 18 years.