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Past Events 2019

Monday, October 7, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, BNP Vigil: “Stop the Militarization of Space”, at the Four Corners, intersection of Kenwood and Delaware Aves. in Delmar. October 5-12 is “Keep Space for Peace” week.  There will be an international week of protests. Bring your own signs or use one of ours. Possible signs: “Stop the Militarization of Space”, “No Space Force”. Stay for a few minutes or an hour. Co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace and  Tom Paine Chapter of Veterans for Peace. Other Sponsors include: Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, March on the Pentagon: Rage Against the War Machine, No to War – No to NATO, US Peace Council, Veterans For Peace, Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, WorldBeyondWar.org  518-466-1192 for further information. Join us! Save Space for Peace Week Poster 2019

Thursday, October 3, 6:30- 8:45 pm, Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY . Film Showing: “El Che”(2017, 119 minutes). Spanish-Mexican writer Paco Ignacio Taibo II retraced the steps of Ernesto Che Guevara. El Che recounts Che’s early beginnings in Argentina; his travels around several countries in South America when he was a medical student and his encounters with political repression in Guatemala. Guevara escaped to Mexico. It is there that Guevara met Fidel Castro and after a long conversation about politics, Latin America and Cuba, the two establish a bond that will last until they oust dictator Fulgencio Batista in Cuba.  Sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. Information: 518- 466-1192

Monday, September 30, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, BNP Vigil: “Hands Off Kashmir”, at the Four Corners, intersection of Kenwood and Delaware Aves. in Delmar. In August, the Indian government revoked the longstanding autonomy of the contested area of Kashmir. They arrested thousands of people, cut off phone and internet services to millions of people and imposed a curfew. Indian Prime Minister Modi, who heads a right-wing Hindu nationalist party has been implicated in the past of Massacres of Muslims. It is feared that this attack on the largely Muslim area of Kashmir may lead to another massacre. Yet the US media is largely ignoring this situation. Please join Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace at our vigil on Monday to demand “Hands off Kashmir”. Stay for a few minutes or an hour. 518-466-1192 for further information.

Saturday, September 28, 7:30 PM,  First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, located at 405 Washington Avenue (across the street from the downtown SUNY campus). The Solidarity Committee of the Capital District opens its 2019-2020 film series with the screening of a documentary, “Vieques: An Unfinished Battle” (2016, 68 minutes). Fringed by palm trees and lovely beaches, Vieques is a small Puerto Rican island with some 9,000 inhabitants that attracts substantial numbers of tourists. But for nearly six decades, Vieques served as a bombing range, military training site, and storage depot for the U.S. Navy, until the outraged residents rescued their homeland from military control. This film tells the remarkable story of this successful resistance, as well as the continuing struggle to safeguard the population from the massive pollution generated by the dropping of an estimated trillion pounds of munitions, including depleted uranium, on the tiny island. A post-film discussion will be led by Dr. Pedro Cabán, chair of the Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies at SUNY/Albany. The film-screening is co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, New York Capital Region for Vieques, the Social Justice Center, and Upper Hudson Peace Action. It 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

Thursday, September 5, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Oakwood Community Center, 313 10th Street, Troy, NY.  Solidarity with Venezuela: Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese. Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese were two of the last four occupiers of the Washington DC Venezuelan embassy. They were attempting to keep the embassy out of the hands of the US-supported coup supporters. Physician Flowers and Attorney Zeese are the founders of Popular Resistance and longtime activists in the nation’s capital. Ike Nahem from the NY/NJ CubaSi coalition will chair the forum Co-Sponsored by: Bethlehem Neighbors For Peace, Capital District DSA, Capital District Socialist Party, The Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, Albany Cuba Solidarity, Troy Area Labor Council AFL-CIO, Upper Hudson Green Party. Hosted by James Connolly Forum.  Facebook Link 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

 

Tuesday, September 3, 7:00- 8:45 pm, Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY . Film Showing: “The Age of Consequences”(2017, 80 minutes). Directed by Jared P. Scott, this film is an investigation of climate change impacts on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict.  The film explores how water and food shortages, extreme weather, drought, and sea-level rise function as accelerants of instability and catalysts for conflict.  New York Times Review of this film Information: 518- 466-1192

 

Thursday, August 22, 6:00 – 8:30 or 9:00 pm, Film: “The River and The Wall”, Bethlehem Public Library, community room,  451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY .The film will be of interest to anyone concerned about the environment and/or immigration. There is also a strong element of adventure/travelogue and breathtaking nature photography. “The River and the Wall follows five friends on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands as they travel 1200 miles from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes.
Conservation filmmaker Ben Masters realizes the urgency of documenting the last remaining wilderness in Texas as the threat of new border wall construction looms ahead. Masters recruits NatGeo Explorer Filipe DeAndrade, ornithologist Heather Mackey, river guide Austin Alvarado, and conservationist Jay Kleberg to join him on the two-and-a-half-month journey down 1,200 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border. They set out to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a wall on the natural environment, but as the wilderness gives way to the more populated and heavily trafficked Lower Rio Grande Valley, they come face-to-face with the human side of the immigration debate and enter uncharted emotional waters.”
Postviewing discussion led by Aaron Mair. An opportunity to sign petitions related to environmental concerns and immigration on the U.S.-Mexico border region. The event is free-of-charge and open to the public. Co-sponsors include: Capital District Border Watch, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Peace Action, Albany Save the Pine Bush, Women Against War,Hudson-Mohawk Sierra Club.  For more information, contact Carrie Kuehl kuehlcarrie@gmail.com 518-453-0545.

Wednesday, August 7, 5:30 pm, Pine Hills branch of the Albany Public Library, 517 Western Avenue. Albany. Free screening of the new documentary, “The Nuns, The Priests, and The Bombs” (1 hour, 46 min).  This film chronicles the lives of five religious peace activists, their acts of nonviolent civil disobedience, and their mission to eradicate weapons of mass destruction. A brief post-film discussion will be led by Larry Wittner, professor of history emeritus at SUNY/Albany. Everyone is welcome to attend. Sponsored by Upper Hudson Peace Action, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Veterans for Peace, Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, and Women Against War. For more information: contact: Larry Wittner (larrywittner@gmail.com).

 Tuesday, August 6, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Townsend Park, Albany, NY. 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 Facebook Link

Monday, August 5, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, BNP Vigil: “Anniversary of the US Dropping Nuclear Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki”, 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!

Thursday, August 1, 7:00- 8:45 pm, Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY . Film Showing: “the bomb”(2016, 61 minutes). This experimental meditation on the destructive power of nuclear weapons provides a powerful examination of their role in the worlds history and culture, as well as lessons about violence and war that some people choose to ignore. Forgoing the usual talking head interviews or explanatory narration, The Bomb sweeps forward by relying on striking visual film footage, plus electronic minimalist music by The Acid. Information: 518- 466-1192

Monday, July 15, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, BNP Vigil: “No War on Iran, No U.S. Coup in Venezuela, End the Sanctions and End the Wars. ” , at the Four Corners, intersection of Kenwood and Delaware Aves. in Delmar.  Please join us as we oppose the Trump administrations threats of war. Possible signs: “NO WAR ON IRAN”, “NO US COUP IN VENEZUELA”, “END THE WARS”, “HANDS OFF VENEZUELA”. Join us for a few minutes or an hour. Bring your own sign, or use one of ours.  Information:518-466-1192.

Tuesday, July 9, 6:30 – 8:45 pm, Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY, Film: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964, 1 hr 43 minutes) .  More commonly known simply as Dr. Strangelove, this film is a 1964 political satire black comedy,  that satirizes the Cold War fears of a nuclear conflict between the Soviet Union and the United States.  Directed by Stanley Kubrick, this classic film was produced at a time when the Cuban Missile Crisis was fresh in the viewers minds. This film about what could happen if the wrong person pushed the wrong button, is as timely today as it was in 1964.  Information: 518-466-1192

Monday, June 17, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Capital District Latino Center, 160 Central Avenue, Albany. The Cuba Caravan is Coming. Program: Pot Luck and Speaker Gail Walker- Executive Director of IFCO/Pastors for Peace. You can say no to Trump’s new aggression toward Cuba. Stand with your Cuban Family! Save the Date. Co-Sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. Information: mleon2@nycap.rr.com

Friday, June 21, 7:00 pm, Oakwood Community Center, 313 10th St., Troy, The James Connolly Forum:  Working-Class Heroes A History of Struggle in Song: A Songbook. Mat Callahan and Yvonne Moore are back for the finale of the eighth year of the James Connolly Forum. They will be singing from and discussing their new book “Working Class Heroes” : A Song Book. If your organization is interested in co-sponsoring, let me know. Working-Class Heroes is an organic melding of history, music, and politics that demonstrates with remarkably colorful evidence that workers everywhere will struggle to improve their conditions of life. And among them will be workers who share an insight: in order to better our lot, we must act collectively to change the world. Carefully curated by Mat Callahan and Yvonne Moore, this profusely illustrated treasury of song sheets, lyrics, photographs, histories, and biographical sketches explores the notion that our best hope lies in the capacity of ordinary working people to awaken to the need to emancipate ourselves and all of humanity. 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

Thursday , June 6, 7:00– 8:45 pm, Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY. Talk by Joe Lombardo, Pippa Bartolotti  and  Moss Robeson on their trip to Odessa, Ukraine for the 5th Anniversary of the Odessa Massacre.  On May 2, 2019 Odessa, Ukraine marked the 5th anniversary of tragic events on Kulikovo Field, where 48 people were killed, and over 250 were injured. Most died in Trade Union House, when it was set on fire.  The people at the House of Trade Unions were holding a vigil to protest the US supported coup that took place in Maidan starting in late 2013. The massacre was carried out by right-wing, pro-fascist forces, many associated with the Right Sector, a coalition of pro-fascist organizations who had come to Odessa from throughout the country for a soccer match and used the opportunity to attack the protesters.  “We are going to Odessa to express our solidarity with the Mothers Committee and to be international observers of the protest. The Mothers Committee is a committee of relatives of the victims that is organizing the protest. Each year on the anniversary of the massacre, the Mother’s Committee has organized a large mobilization to remember the victims and each year the extreme right-wing has threatened to attack it. “ ~ Joe Lombardo.   Pippa, Moss and Joe, will talk about their trip and discuss the current situation. Pippa Bartolotti is a former leader of the Green Party in England and Wales. Moss  Robeson is an aspiring journalist and historian who has spent the last few years doing original research on the history of the Ukrainian far-right and its role in transnational anticommunist and fascist networks during the Cold War, particularly in the United States.  Joe Lombardo is the co-coordinator of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC).  US Activists Plan to Call for Intl Probe of Odessa Massacre on 5th Anniversary Sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. Information: 518-466-1192.

Monday, June 3, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, BNP Vigil: “NO WAR ON IRAN” , at the Four Corners, intersection of Kenwood and Delaware Aves. in Delmar. Please join us as we oppose the Trump administrations threats of war against Iran, and his attempts to back Iran into a corner. Possible signs: “NO WAR ON IRAN”, “BOLTON WANTS TO LIE US INTO WAR WITH IRAN”, “SAY NO TO WAR ON IRAN ”, “TELL TRUMP NO WAR ON IRAN”. Join us for a few minutes or an hour. Bring your own sign, or use one of ours. Information:518-466-1192.

 

Thursday, May 30, 7:00 pm, Oakwood Community Center, 313 10th St., Troy, The James Connolly Forum: NY.Gentrification and the Rise of the Real Estate State talk by Samuel Stein.  Samuel Stein studies geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His writing on planning politics has been published by The Guardian, Jacobin, The Journal of Urban Affairs, Metropolitics, and many other magazines and journals.He is the author of “Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State,” out now from Verso books. Capital City investigates what Stein calls “the rise of the real estate state,” or the increasingly powerful faction of government that seeks to bend public policy toward ever-rising property values. The book is particularly concerned with the role of city planners in producing and perpetuating gentrification, and the ways planning might be reworked to produce more affordable and democratic urban spaces. Sponsored by: Bethlehem Neighbors For Peace, Troy Area Labor Council AFL-CIO, Capital District DSA. 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 Facebook Link

 

Monday, May 20, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, BNP Vigil: “NO WAR ON IRAN” , at the Four Corners, intersection of Kenwood and Delaware Aves. in Delmar. Please join us as we oppose the Trump administrations threats of war against Iran, and his attempts to back Iran into a corner. Possible signs: “NO WAR ON IRAN”, “BOLTON WANTS TO LIE US INTO WAR WITH IRAN”, “SAY NO TO WAR ON IRAN ”, “TELL TRUMP NO WAR ON IRAN”. Join us for a few minutes or an hour. Bring your own sign, or use one of ours. Information:518-466-1192. Facebook Link

 

 

Saturday, May 18, 7:30 PM,  First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, located at 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 an award-winning film, “The Killing Floor” (2016, 1 hour, 42 min.).The Killing Floor (1984, 113 minutes) is An Elsa Rassbach Production, Directed by Bill Duke Starring Damien Leake, Alfre Woodard, Denis Farina, Clarence Felder, Moses Gunn and John Mahoney.  The film is a powerful historical drama set in the era of the Great Migration during World War One.  Through the eyes of a black migrant to Chicago, Frank Custer, the film tells the little-known true story of the struggle to build an interracial labor union in the Stockyards in the face of brutal management efforts to divide workers that culminated in the Chicago Race Riot of 1919. The film-screening,  co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, the Social Justice Center, and Upper Hudson Peace Action.  Admission is free, and free refreshments will be provided. Everyone is welcome to attend.  Information: 518-466-1192

 


Monday, May 6, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, BNP Vigil: “US Hands off Venezuela and Cuba” , at the Four Corners, intersection of Kenwood and Delaware Aves. in Delmar. Please join us as we oppose the Trump administrations threats for a “full and complete boycott”  of Cuba, and regime change in Venezuela. Bolton  has said that as many as 20,000 Cubans troops are in Venezuela. Cuba denies this and says those people are medical workers and teachers. Possible signs:  “Hands Off Venezuela & Cuba”,  “No Coup, No War, No  Sanctions”,  “No Embargo on Cuba”.  Bring your own sign if possible.  Information:518-466-1192.

 

Thursday, May 2, 6:45– 8:45 pm, Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY. May Day Film: Dolores (2017, 96 minutes) Dolores Huerta was an equal partner in founding the first farm workers union with César Chávez. She led the fight for racial and labor justice, and she continues the fight to this day, in her late 80s. Peter Bratt’s film Dolores chronicles Huerta’s life from her childhood in Stockton, California to her early years with the United Farm Workers, from her work with the headline-making grape boycott launched in 1965 to her role in the feminist movement of the ’70s, to her continued work as an activist. A Carlos Santana Production. Sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. Information: 518-466-1192.

 

Saturday, April 13, 7:30 PM, Rooms B-3 and B-4 (basement level) of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, located at 405 Washington Avenue (across the street from the downtown SUNY campus). The Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, in co-sponsorship with the Old Chatham Friends Meeting, continues its film series with the screening of an award-winning documentary, “A Bold Peace” (2016, 1 hour, 42 min.). Over 70 years ago, Costa Rica became one of the only nations in the world to disband its military and to redirect its national resources to education, health, and the environment. The result has been a marked improvement in these vital areas, with Costa Rica now ranked as one of the happiest nations on earth. In “A Bold Peace,” pointed parallels and contrasts are made with public policy and life in the United States. After the showing of the film, Dr. Joseph Olejak of the Old Chatham Friends Meeting will lead a discussion of the issues the film raises. The film-screening, also co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, the Social Justice Center, and Upper Hudson Peace Action. Admission is free, and free refreshments will be provided. Everyone is welcome to attend. Information: 518-466-1192

 

 

Tuesday, April 9, 7:00– 8:45 pm, Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY. Talk by Joe Lombardo on his trip to Venezuela. Joe Lombardo traveled to Venezuela in mid-March, as part of a U.S. Peace delegation. The group of peace activists held a press conference at the UN prior to leaving and spent over a week in Venezuela. During their visit they met with President Maduro, and groups of Venezuelan people to let them know that there are people in the US, such as the US antiwar movement, who support them and call for no intervention by the US. Joe will talk about his trip and the developments in Venezuela. “The US is not finished with its bloody regime change plans for Venezuela. As long as there is oil in the ground and a Venezuelan government that thinks the oil should benefit the Venezuelan people and not the US banks, the US will continue to push for regime change.” ~Joe Lombardo, 2/27/19 (at UN, press conference) Link to UN Press Conference To donate to UNAC to help pay for the trip to Venezuela. Sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. Information: 518-466-1192.

 

 

Monday, March 18, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, BNP Vigil: “New Zealand Mosques Solidarity Vigil” , at the Four Corners, intersection of Kenwood and Delaware Aves., Delmar, NY. This will be a solidarity vigil in the wake of the deadly shootings at two mosques in New Zealand, that claimed the lives of 50 people and injured several others. Please join us Monday, and stand against right wing extremists. Possible sign messages: “Solidarity with our Muslim Neighbors”, “Stand Against Hate”, “Solidarity with New Zealand Mosques” , “No to Islamophobia ” Co-sponsored by Coalition Against Islamophobia and Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. Facebook Link Information: 518-466-1192

 

Thursday, March 7, 6:30 – 8:45 pm, Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY. Film: Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018, 2hrs, 8 minutes). Michael Moore predicted that Donald Trump would become the 45th president of the United States. To produce this film, he traveled across the country, interviewing American citizens to get a sense of the social, economic and political impact of Trump’s victory. Moore also takes an in-depth look at voting, the Electoral College, the government agenda, the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and the water crisis in his hometown of Flint, Mich. Sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. Information: 518-466-1192.

 

Kathy Kelly in the Capital Region: February 28-March 3, Kathy Kelly, from Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Visits Capital Region. Kathy Kelly, long-term peace activist and co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence (www.vcnv.org ), has been invited by Women Against War to speak on the endless wars in places such as Afghanistan and Yemen at various local venues. Hoor Arifi, a young Afghani peace activist currently studying at Bennington College, will join her. Please come to one or more of these events to learn about US involvement in current wars and to benefit from Kathy Kelly’s extensive experience as a peace activist. All of the events listed below are free and open to the public.

 

 

Thursday, February 21, 6:45 – 8:45 pm, Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY. Film: How to Change the World. (2015, 110 minutes), directed by Jerry Rothwell, is a documentary about Greenpeace.  In 1971, a group of friends sail into a nuclear test zone, and their protest captures the world’s imagination. Using never before seen archive that brings their extraordinary world to life, How To Change The World is the story of the pioneers who founded Greenpeace and defined the modern green movement. Sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. Information: 518-466-1192.

 

Saturday, February 23, noon, corner of Wolf Rd., and Central Avenue, Colonie, NY. Hands Off Venezuela demonstration/vigil. Local actions have been called in many US and Canadian cities and in a growing number of cities in Europe and other areas of the world. It has been announce that US ally Columbia will try to get “humanitarian” aid into Venezuela with the help of the US military. They will try to bring aid into the country through “humanitarian corridors” with the help of the US military. The question must be asked, if the US is so interested in the welfare of the Venezuelan people, why not end the sanctions? Venezuelan president Maduro calls this an act of war and is now arming 2.5 million Venezuelans to defend their country. It looks like there can be another war, but this one will not be halfway around the world, but close to home. Sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace and other local peace groups. Information or to Co-Sponsor: Joe at 518-281-1968


Monday, February 18, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, BNP Vigil: “Oppose Trump’s Fake Crisis and Racist Deportation of Immigrants” , at the Four Corners, intersection of Kenwood and Delaware Aves. in Delmar.
Please join us Monday, and stand against Trump’s racist wall. Donald Trump has declared a #FakeNationalEmergency—an illegal power grab from an unhinged man to push his racist, dangerous policies.  We will reject Trump’s fake national emergency!  The real emergency is his abuse of power! Please share far and wide! Possible sign messages: “Build Bridges, Not Walls!”, “#FakeNationalEmergency”, “Oppose Trump’s Fake Crisis”, “Stand Up Against Trump’s Fake Emergency!”  Facebook Link Information: 518-466-1192

 

Thursday, February 7, 6:00 p.m., Albany Public Library, main branch, 161 Washington Ave., in the auditorium. Showing of the BBC film “Dead in the Water” about the Israeli attack on the American intelligence-gathering ship USS Liberty during the Six-Day War of 1967, an attack that killed 34 American servicemen and wounded 171. Liberty survivor Bryce Lockwood will be guest commentator. On June 8, 1967, during the Six-Day War pitting Israel against neighboring Arab countries, after several hours of aerial surveillance, unmarked Israeli fighter jets attacked the American intelligence-gathering ship USS Liberty in international waters off the coast of Egypt, wave after wave bombing, strafing, and napalming it. This was followed by an assault by Israeli torpedo boats, blasting a massive hole in the hull of the ship and strafing lifeboats that were being lowered. Israel claimed it was a case of misidentification; it thought the ship was Egyptian, and the United States quickly accepted the story, following with only a perfunctory investigation that amounted to a whitewash. Admiral Thomas Moorer, chairmain of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, would later declare, “Israel’s attack was a deliberate attempt to destroy an American ship and kill her entire crew,” and it was subjected to “an official cover-up without precedent in American naval history.” No thorough investigation has ever been done, and the event has all but disappeared from official memory. The BBC film makes the case that Israel was attempting to lure the United States into the war against Egypt, and that top American officials, including President Lyndon Johnson, knew full well the attack was not a mistake. Sponsors: Palestinian Rights of Committee (an affiliate of Upper Hudson Peace Action), Women Against War, Saratoga Peace Alliance, Adirondack Chapter of Veterans for Peace. Admission is Free. Information: Carl Strock strockcarl@gmail.com 518-587-9279


Monday, January 28, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, BNP Vigil: “Oppose Regime Change in Venezuela” , at the Four Corners, intersection of Kenwood and Delaware Aves. in Delmar.  
Please join us Monday, Oppose Regime Change in Venezuela! The situationis Venezuela is getting very serious. The pro-U.S. opposition leader Juan Guaido has declared himself president, and President Trump has just recognized himas the legitimate president as opposed to the democratically elected Nicolás Maduro Moros. This is nothing less than a U.S.-sponsored coup -Washington’s idea of bringing “democracy” to a country that refuses to surrender to the U.S. goal of dominating the region. And Trump hasalready raised the possibility of invading Venezuela, as has the pro-U.S. head of the Organization of American States. “A Coup IsNot a Democratic Transition!” US Peace Activist Interrupts Pompeo Speech on Venezuela

 

Friday, January 18, 7:00 pm, Oakwood Community Center, 313 10th St., Troy, NY. The James Connolly Forum: Endless War No More: Why a West Point Graduate Quit the Military. The James Connolly Forum- Spenser Rapone enlisted as an infantryman out of high school in 2010, and deployed to Afghanistan in 2011. After returning from his combat tour, he applied and was accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY in 2012, graduating and receiving his commission in May 2016. Deciding he could no longer stomach the immorality of US imperialism, he spoke out against the reprehensible actions of the military in September 2017. He ultimately resigned his commission, and was separated from the Army in June 2018 with an Other Than Honorable discharge. Spenser Rapone enlisted as an infantryman out of high school in 2010, and deployed to Afghanistan in 2011. After returning from his combat tour, he applied and was accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY in 2012, graduating and receiving his commission in May 2016. Deciding he could no longer stomach the immorality of US imperialism, he spoke out against the reprehensible actions of the military in September 2017. He ultimately resigned his commission, and was separated from the Army in June 2018 with an Other Than Honorable discharge. Co-Sponsored by: Bethlehem Neighbors For Peace and Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, 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

Wednesday, January 9, 7:00 – 9:00 pm Film- Citizen Clark: A Life of Principle, Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY. (2018, 95 minutes) is a documentary by Joseph C. Stillman. For the past fifty years, former U.S. Attorney General and Human Rights activist Ramsey Clark has challenged the abuses of U.S. power and championed numerous causes that have affected humanity. The examines his lifetime commitment to movements from Civil Rights, to U.S. wars, to incidents like the Parkland, Florida shooting. His perspective on our democratic principles and assessment of “American policies” that have affected our country and the world are discussed for future generations to utilize. As a participant who helped to write some of our country’s greatest legislation (The Civil Rights Acts of 1964 & 1968 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 among others), Ramsey Clark’s life has been a steadfast example of a truth seeker on a mission to expose the facts. The film stars starring Martin Sheen, Frank Serpico and Ralph Nader.

Friday, January 4, 6:00 pm, Capital District Latinos, 160 Central Ave, Albany, NY, The Cuban Revolution at 60 YO: Challenges and Achievements. Gail Walker, Director Pastors for Peace, Co-Chair National Network on Cuba. Ms. Walker was one of the founders of Pastors for Peace in 1988, an organization that through its peace missions seeks to deliver material aid to support the victims of the so-called “low intensity” wars in Latin America and to campaign for a more just and moral US foreign policy in our hemisphere. Since their founding PFP has organized dozens of caravans, delegations and work brigades to Mexico, Central America and Cuba, with the participation tens of thousands of Americans. As Executive Director of Pastors for Peace, Gail Walker has repeatedly risked arrest and imprisonment to defy the illegal USA blockade against Cuba; to assert the right of Americans to travel freely to Cuba and to support the Cuban Revolution. As Co-Chair of the National Network on Cuba, Gail helps coordinate the efforts of groups such as Albany Cuba Solidarity in dozens of American and Canadian cities. Free and open to the public. Sponsors: Albany Cuba Solidarity, Socialist Workers Party, Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. Facebook Link