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Tuesday, June 25, 5:30 PM, Albany Public Library, Main Branch, 161 Washington Ave, Albany, “The Isis Trial” followed by Public Discussion. A new documentary, “The ISIS Trial”, examines the sensationalized prosecution of 3 young Somali men with no history of violence who were entrapped by a high-paid FBI informant and sentenced to a combined 95 years in prison. SPEAKERS AND DISCUSSION LEADERS: Kathy Manley and Steve Downs—Board members of the New York Civil Liberties Union Capital Region Chapter and long-time advocates for Muslims targeted by federal authorities. Tarik Shah—Entrapment victim who was sentenced to 15 years in prison. He is a professional jazz bassist who played at President Clinton’s inauguration. More on this film may be found at https://vimeo.com/328959227 Sponsored by the Capital Region Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union

Friday, June 28, 3:00 – 5:00 pm,Townsend Park, 201 Washington Ave, Albany, NY. Capital Region Rally for Sudan. Join us in a peaceful rally to call for the end of the extreme violence committed in Sudan and to support justice for the peaceful protests and the people of Sudan. Capital Region Rally for Sudan is scheduled for Friday, June 28th from 3-5pm in Townsend Park in Albany, NY. Sudanese keynote speakers will address the rally and organizers will be taking donations, of which 100% will go to credible humanitarian organizations aiding in Sudan. Phone: 8456161962  Facebook event link

Monday, July 8, 7:00 PM, Albany Friends Meeting, 727 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY. Calling Out the Department of Energy, The People’s Indictment of the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) music by Sheri Bauer and talk by John Amidon. America is in crisis. A new nuclear arms race has begun with low yield “usable” nuclear weapons rolling off the production line. Secret and illegal plutonium shipments have crossed the nation to the NNSS and have created a high level of distrust and fear in Nevada. Environmental racism and the exploitation of the Western Shoshone people continue unabated as the Department of Energy continues its illegal occupation of the Western Shoshone Nation. Recently back from the NNSS and the Pahrump jail, John Amidon will address these concerns and share his experiences from the Nevada Desert Experience Sacred Peace Walk. Sheri Bauer, musician, singer and song writer, also recently back from the NNSS, will perform songs including, “The Noble Cause” and “Lift Up the Pentagon”, among others. John Amidon is a member of Veterans For Peace, a Nevada Desert Experience Volunteer, the founder and co-facilitator of the Kateri Tekakwitha Interfaith Peace Conference and long time attender of Albany Friends Meeting. Free and Open to the Public

Friday, August 16 and Saturday, August 17, 21st Annual Kateri Peace Conference. Kateri Shrine, Rt 5, Fonda, NY. Save the dates. Defying Extinction, Nurturing a Garden of Resilience, in the Face of Climate Crisis
Some of the Speakers:
Dahr Jamail, the author of,The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption (The New Press, 2019), The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan (Haymarket Books, 2009), and Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches From an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq (Haymarket Books, 2007). Dahr Jamail is also, a Truthout staff reporter and has written numerous articles on climate disruption.

H. Patricia Hynes is a retired Professor of Environmental Health from Boston University School of Public Health and current Chair of the Board of the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice. She has written and edited 7 books, among them The Recurring Silent Spring. She writes and speaks on issues of war and militarism with an emphasis on women, environment, and public health.

Mark Dunlea is chair of the Green Education and Legal Fund, where he coordinates the Campaign for 100% Renewables Now in NYS. He has been a member of the steering committee of 350 NYC and the People’s Climate Movement NY. He was the Executive Director of the Hunger Action Network for NYS for nearly three decades and served as the Head Organizer in several states for ACORN. An attorney, he is author of Madame President: The Unauthorized Biography of the First Green Party President. He lives in a passive solar home he and his wife built at Common Farms thirty years ago, an intentional community in Poestenkill NY.

Melissa Tuckey is a poet, writer, and editor with a background in environmental and social justice activism. She has worked as a professional writer and community organizer in the military toxics movement. Tuckey is co-founder of Split This Rock, a national literary organization dedicated to poetry of provocation and witness. Her most recent book is an edited anthology of ecologically inspired poetry entitled: GHOST FISHING.

More to come and soon. If you have any questions please email Maureen or John. Thank you! Maureen @ aumandmaureen@gmail.com, John @ jajaja1234@aol.com

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For a comprehensive listing of events, go to the Capital Region Progressive Calendar.