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Past Events 2010:

Stephanie Weiner

Anti-war Activist Stephanie Weiner,Target of FBI Raids
Sunday, December 19, 2:00 PM
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
405 Washington, Ave., Albany, NY

Stephanie Weiner, one of the antiwar activists targeted by the FBI and called before the federal grand jury in Chicago, will speak.Stephanie was also subject to a 12 hour search of her home by the FBI. Weiner has taught English in Chicago City Colleges for 25years. In 2007-2008, she was honored as Wright College Adult Educator of the Year. Stephanie is active with the Palestine Solidarity Group. One of their campaigns is to end the Chicago Sister City relationship with Petach Tikva, a city near Tel Aviv. Stephanie is also the adviser to Wright College Students for a Democratic Society and had been the advisor to the Peace and Justice club since 2002. Stephanie is a founding member of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3506. She had previously served on the executive board and on the bargaining committee. Stephanie was active in the struggle in her community in opposition to police brutality and wrongful convictions. Herwork in the Committee Exigimos Justicia helped win freedom for a number of people. Stephanie has been active in the peace and justicemovement since childhood, when her parents took her to anti-war marches. She is married to Joe Losbaker, and is the mother of twosons. She also enjoys making art based on social justice issues. This event is co-sponsored by BethlehemNeighbors for Peace, Tom Paine Chapter of Veterans for Peace, Women Against War, The Social Responsibilities Council of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, United National Antiwar Committee (UNAC) and Upper Hudson Peace Action. Donations to the Committee to Stop FBI Repression. For more information, please Joe Lombardo at 439-1968.

 

Joyeux NoelSolidarity Committee- Film: “Joyeux Noel”
Saturday, December 18, 7:30 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
405 Washington Avenue (across the street from the downtown SUNY campus)

TheSolidarity Committee continues its film series with the screening of”Joyeux Noel” (2005, 116 minutes). A dramatized version of anevent that occurred in 1914, “Joyeux Noel” depicts the spontaneousChristmas Eve truce declared by Scottish, French, and German troops inthe blood-stained trenches of World War I. As these wartimeenemies left their hatreds and weapons behind, they met in No Man’sLand and traded chocolates and champagne, played soccer together,compared pictures of their wives, and celebrated their commonhumanity. But higher-level officials, horrified by this breakdownin military discipline and national policy, ordered a resumption of thecarnage. Thought-provoking and moving, “Joyeux Noel” was anAcademy Award, Golden Globe, and British Academy of Film &Television Arts nominee for the best foreign film of the year. Thefilm showing — co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace and UpperHudson Peace Action — will take place in Room B-8 of the FirstUnitarian Universalist Society of Albany, located across the streetfrom the downtown SUNY campus, on Washington Avenue. Admission isfree, and free refreshments will be provided by the Honest Weight FoodCo-op.

Freeing Sylvia Baraldini

 

Freeing Sylvia Baraldini w/ filmmakers Margo Pelletier and Lisa Thomas
Saturday, December 11, 8:00 pm
Sanctuary for IndependentMedia
3361 6th Avenue, Troy NY

 

The award-winning documentary “Freeing Silvia Baraldini” is a profoundinquiry into the life of an Italian woman who became an Americanradical. Silvia spent 24 years in prison following her convictionof helping to free Black Panther, Assata Shakur from prison. Filmmakers Margo Pelletier and Lisa Thomas unlock a chapter in U.S.radical politics that has been until now, sequestered by the U.S.government. One country’s terrorist is another country’srevolutionary. Admission: by donation ($10 suggested, $5student/low-income) Co-sponsored by BNP. More Information: Sanctuary for Independent Media website.

 

Salud!Film: “Salud!”…BNP Store Clearance Sale..Potluck Snacks…
Discussion with Dr. Andy Coates
Sunday, December 5, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Bethlehem Town Hall
445 Delaware Ave, Delmar

Thisevent will include our annual store clearance, a wonderful filmanddiscussion, plus “pot luck” snacks. “Salud!”(2007, 93 minutes) is powerful and hopeful film. Againstthe alarmingbackdrop of thedeteriorating public health systems in even the richest nations,”Salud!” tells the little-known story of how Cuba, a poor country withfew resources, provides universal health care to its citizens and helpsother developing nations do the same. Directed by Academy Award nomineeConnie Field (“Rosie the Riveter”), the film examines the philosophyand activities of health professionals working to make health care aglobal birthright. According to former U.S. Surgeon GeneralJoycelyn Elders, “Salud!” provides a “deeply moving portrayal of ahealthcare system designed to keep people healthy rather than the`sickcare’ system that currently exists in the United States.” After the film, Dr. Andy Coates, Chair of Capital DistrictChapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, will talk with usabout Single Payer Healthcare, and lead a discussion.

The BNPstore sale will include many historic buttons, books, shirts, andstickers as well as newer items. This is your chance to stock up onpeace paraphernalia before the holidays! Please bring a snack to shareand join us! Information: 466-1192

 

The End of PovertyBNP Film: “The End of Poverty”
Thursday, December 2, 6:45 – 8:45 pm
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 12054

 

The End of Poverty (2008, 106 minutes) With so much wealth in the world, why is there so much poverty? This film explains the history of poverty in developing countries. This is a hard hitting look at the realities of how wealthier nations got wealthy by taking the resources of the poorer nations. Narrated by Martin Sheen,this compelling documentary includes interviews with historians,economists and sociologists, including John Perkins and Chalmers Johnson, who shed light on the ongoing conditions that contribute to poverty. Can we end poverty with our current economic system? A discussion will follow the film. Information on the film showing: 466-1192.

 

800 Mile WallSolidarity Committee- Film: “The 800 Mile Wall”
Saturday, November 20 7:30 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
405 Washington Avenue (across the street from the downtown SUNY campus)

TheSolidarity Committee continues its film series with the screening of apowerful documentary, “The 800 Mile Wall” (2009, 90 minutes). This film highlights the construction of new walls along theU.S.-Mexican border, and particularly their horrendous effect onmigrants trying to reach the United States. Taking an unflinchinglook at a failed U.S. border strategy that many believe violates fundamental human rights and has caused thousands of deaths, “The 800Mile Wall” also offers some ideas on how the current situation might be resolved. According to U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva(Arizona), this film “sounds the alarm on the neglected human rights crisis on our nation’s Southwestern border and puts on the table thelife-and-death questions we must address in comprehensive immigration reform.” A post-film discussion will be led by Guillermo Perez,of the Albany/Capital District Chapter of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA). The film showing — co-sponsored byLCLAA, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, and Upper Hudson Peace Action –will take place in Room B-8 of the
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, located across the street from the downtown SUNYcampus, on Washington Avenue. Admission is free, and free efreshments will be provided by the Honest Weight Food Co-op.

 

Helen Caldicott

Anti-nuclear activist Helen Caldicott
Saturday, November 13, 8:00 pm
Sanctuary for Independent Media
3361 6th Avenue, Troy NY

 

Author and activist Dr. Helen Caldicott will talk about the past, present and future of anti-nuclear activism. She is a pediatrician and an anti-nuclear activist, who opposes both nuclear weapons and nuclear power.
According to Caldicott, “Ninety-five percent of the approximately 23,000 nuclear weapons in the world are owned by the United States and Russia. The stark truth is that one single failure of nuclear deterrence could end human history. The operational and deployed nuclear arsenals of Russia and the U.S. hold the human race and all other species captive and at nuclear ransom. I am sickened that we still play this deadly game of nuclear risk with our fragile planet. There are no national or political goals that justify a war that could terminate human existence. What terrifying accident or act of aggression must happen to wake people and our leaders to this reality? This cannot be how we learn if we wish to avoid nuclear Armageddon, and nuclear winter.” Admission: by donation ($10 suggested, $5student/low-income) Co-sponsored by BNP. More Information: Sanctuary for Independent Media website.

Tom EllisTom Ellis: Book Review of Shamshad Ahmad’s book, Rounded Up: Artificial Terrorists and Muslim Entrapment After 9/11
Monday, November 15 , 7:00 – 8:45 pm
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 12054

 

Tom Ellis, who early in 2009, presented a well-received book reivew of Yassin Aref’s autobiography, Son Of Mountains, will discuss Masjid As-Salam mosque founder and president Shamshad Ahmad’s book, Rounded Up: Artificial Terrorists and Muslim Entrapment After 9/11, whichcarefully details the ‘terrorism” case of Albany immigrants/residentsYassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain. Tom, a member ofthe regional Palestinian Rights Committee, has been involved in manypeace, labor, environmental health, and civil liberties campaignsduring the past thirty years. Information on the filmshowing: 466-1192.

 

Bradley ManningJimmy Massey will join us at this Potluck Dinner and Silent Auction Fundraiser in Support of Accused WikiLeaks Whistle Blower PFC Bradley Manning
Wednesday, November 10, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Delmar Reformed Church
386 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY

Ethan McCord

 

Please join us for a very special pot-luck dinner and fundraiser for the defense of Bradley Manning.

We had originally planned to have Ethan McCord join us.Ethan McCord may not be with us afterall, but a video of his remarks at the July UNAC conference, along withexcerpts from Wikileaks will be shown. Ethan McCord spoke out about the civilian massacredocumented in WikiLeaks April 2010 video disclosure of Apachehelicopter footage of a New Baghdad attack that took place in2007, allegedly released by PFC Brad Manning. McCord’s story wasdelivered to attendees of the United National Peace Conference,which took place in Albany NY the weekend of July 23-25, 2010.
Jimmy Massey
Jimmy Massey, founding member of Iraq Veterans Against the War , will be our presenter at this fundraiser. A 12-year Marine and former recruiter, Massey transformed his view of the Iraq occupation and began to speak out against the war while he was still in Iraq, after witnessing the brutal treatment and killing of innocent Iraqi civilians by the US military. Labeled as a conscientious objector by his commanding officers, Massey sought legal counsel and won an honorable discharge in December 2003.

Please bring a dish to share. There will be a suggested donation of $10.00 per person (more ifyou can, less if you cannot) and we will be having a silent auction aswell. If you have a book, CD, DVD, baked goods or services you wouldlike to donate for the silent auction, they will be greatlyappreciated. A number of local merchants are donating gift certificatesfor this event. This will be a an informative, hopeful and interesting evening as we raise money for legal defense fees that are mounting daily. Co-sponsored by Tom Paine Chapter of Veterans for Peace and Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. Information: Leslie Hudson 768-4676 or [email protected] . There is no need to pre-register for this event if you have not all ready done so. Everyone is welcome!

If you decide not to attend this event, butwould like to send a donation, send your check to: “BNP”, PO Box473, Delmar, NY 12054, and please write “Bradley ManningFundraiser” on the check.

Sign the “We Stand With Brad” petition. This event is cosponsored by Guilderland Neighbors for Peace and Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace.

The Last Gasp

 

Scott Christianson, “The Last Gasp: The Rise and Fall of the American Gas Chamber”
Friday, November 5, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Sanctuary for IndependentMedia
3361 6th Avenue, Troy NY

The Last Gasptakes us to the dark side of human history in the first full chronicleof the gas chamber in the United States. Award-winning writerScott Christianson tells a dreadful story that is full of surprisingand provocative new findings. First constructed in Nevada in 1924,the gas chamber, a method of killing sealed off and removed from thesight and hearing of witnesses, was originally touted as a “humane”method of execution. Delving into science, war, industry, medicine,law, and politics, Christianson overturns this mythology for good. Heexposes the sinister links between corporations looking for profit, themilitary, and the first uses of the gas chamber after World War I. Heexplores little-known connections between the gas chamber and theeugenics movement. Perhaps most controversially, he has unearthed newevidence about American and German collaboration in the production andlethal use of hydrogen cyanide and about Hitler’s adoption of gaschamber technology developed in the United States. More than a bookabout the death penalty, this compelling history ultimately revealsmuch about America’s values and power structures in thetwentieth century. Admission: by donation ($10 suggested, $5student/low-income) Co-sponsored by BNP. More Information: Sanctuary for Independent Media website.

Saturday, November 6, 12 NOON to 4 pm, St Mark’s Church on theBowery k 10th St & 2nd Ave, New York City, AFTER THE ELECTIONS:Join us for a discussion of a NEW kind of UNIFIED & INCLUSIVEantiwar movement that can challenge the wars abroad AND AT HOME. Then… From6:30 to 8:30 pm, A National meeting to STOP FBI Repression. Meetwith antiwar activists targeted by FBI raids & Grand Jury subpeonas. DISCUSS: * Making it real — a massive movement to bring thewar $$, troops, and mercenaries home now, rebuilding our cities,providing jobs, schools and health care that we all have a right to *Inclusion and solidarity with the targets of war demonization —building solidarity and confronting anti-Muslim and anti-immigrantbigotry and racism; combating FBI raids and other repression of antiwarand international solidarity activists * Incorporating the war onPalestine into the antiwar movement’s demands and actions. Hear concrete plans for the coming months and be part of planning for agiant April 9th NYC antiwar demonstration. Your input is welcome andessential. Join a working group or regional committee. It’s allhappening at St.Mark’s Church along with literature tables,displays, art, and delicious snacks. Information: Joe Lombardo439-1968. Email Joe at: [email protected] if you would like to be included in a car pool to this event.

Solidarity Committee- Film: “Mean Things Happening”
Saturday, October 23, 7:30 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
405 Washington Avenue (across the street from the downtown SUNY campus)

The Solidarity Committee continues its film series with the screeningof another powerful documentary, “Mean Things Happening” (1993, 53minutes). Originally part of “The Great Depression,” a film seriesproduced for PBS, “Mean Things Happening” tells the dramatic story oftwo workers’ uprisings of that era: the struggle of the SouthernTenant Farmers Union to organize sharecroppers and of the new Congressof Industrial Organizations to organize steel workers. Throughinterviews with participants and their descendants, as well as throughrarely-seen film footage, “Mean Things Happening” recreates the epicbattles of farm and factory workers who — in the face of poverty,massive intimidation, and violence — led the fight for social justice.The film showing — co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace andUpper Hudson Peace Action — will take place in Channing Hall of theFirst Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, located across thestreet from the downtown SUNY campus, on Washington Avenue. Freerefreshments will be provided by the Honest Weight Food Co-op.Admission is free, and everyone is welcome to attend.

David RovicsDavid Rovics In a Benefit Concert for Women Against War’s Afghan Well Project
Friday, October 22
5:30 PM, Potluck Dinner, with Music by the Solidarity Singers and Sybil Allyson & Dave Pallas
7:00 PM, David Rovics in Concert
Delmar Reformed Church
386 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY

David is an internationally known performer of socially conscious music who has been featured on Democracy Now!, the BBC, Al-Jazzeera, and other networks. The 200+ songs that he makes available on his website (http://www.davidrovics.com) have been downloaded more than a million times. David has performed in two dozen countries and on four continents. His essays are published regularly on CounterPunch and Truthout, and he has been interviewed for The Progressive and other progressive publications. The Afghan Well Project raises money to benefit the people of the village of Mir Taqi Shah, south of Kabul. Please bring a dish to share for the potluck. There will be a suggested donation of $10 per person (more if you can, less if you can’t). Sponsored by Women Against War. For more information or to reserve a ticket, email [email protected]

Christopher Hedges

Christopher Hedges
Friday, October 15, 7:00 pm
Sanctuary for IndependentMedia

3361 6th Avenue, Troy NY

ChristopherHedges, whose forthcoming book is “Death of the Liberal Class”(Perseus), is also the best-selling author of “War is a Force ThatGives Us Meaning” (2003), which was a finalist for the National BookCritics Circle Award for Nonfiction. A quote from the book was used asthe opening title quotation in the critically-acclaimed and AcademyAward-winning 2009 film, The Hurt Locker. The quote reads: “Therush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is adrug.” Admission: by donation ($10 suggested, $5student/low-income) Co-sponsored by BNP. More Information: Sanctuary for Independent Media website.

 

William KunstlerBNP Film: William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe
Thursday, October 7, 6:45 – 8:45 pm
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 12054

 

William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe (2009, 85 minutes) .William Kunstler’s daughters Sarah and Emily Kunstler chronicle thelife of their father, William Kunstler. The documentary captures thedaughters personal journey as well as much of the political climate ofthe US in the 60’s through the 90’s. Kunstler represented the “Chicago8”, who protested the Vietnam War, inmates at Attica, and the AmericanIndian Movement when they stood up to the US government at WoundedKnee. Co-sponsored by BNP and American Documentary P.O.V. He also represented accused rapists and assassins. Information on the film showing: 466-1192.

“A wonderful, inspiring film.
– Howard Zinn

Saturday,October 2, Washington, DC, Please signup for what will be thelargest demonstration in decades. The leading forces in the labormovement have united with the NAACP to organize a massive rally inWashington , DC on October 2, 2010 called “One Nation.” Buses leaving from Madison and Eagle are full. Therally is being called around the issue of jobs, but peace and otherissues will be included. The buses will leave Albany at MIDNIGHT onOct 2nd from the Eagle & Madison Avenue parking garage (plan to bethere Friday, Oct 1 by 11:30PM). As the bus staging for rally will beJFK Stadium, we will most likely return in the “wee hours” of Sunday,Oct 3.”

BNP Discussion Group
Monday, September 13, 6:15 – 7:30 pm
Java Jazz
318 Delaware, Avenue, Delmar, NY

Our gatherings here are are always lively and interesting, with many good ideas discussed among neighbors and friends. Contact: 439-8262 for further information. New members always welcome!

 

Anne Wright

Colonel Ann Wright (Ret.) Upstate NY Tour!! “The struggle for Peace from Afghanistan to Gaza”
Monday, September 20, 7:30 PM
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
405 Washington, Ave., Albany, NY

ColonelAnn Wright (Ret.) is one of the highest ranking officers and diplomatsto have resigned from government service in protest of the Iraqwar. Recently Wright was with the Freedom Flotilla that wasovertaken by Israeli troops when bringing supplies to Gaza and wassubsequently detained. The Voices of Conscience Upstate NY Tour issponsored by Military Families Speak Out; Iraq Veterans Against theWar, Veterans For Peace, SUNY Albany Justice and Peace inPalestine Alliance (JAPPA), Women Against War, BethlehemNeighbors for Peace. Formore information, please contact Marilyn Lambert-Fisher,[email protected], (585) 749-7121 or Joe Lombardo at 439-1968.

September11, 2010, The Muslim Solidarity Committee of Bethlehem Neighborsfor Peace, Project SALAM and the Masjid As Salaam have chartered a busto take people to the ground zero counter rally on Saturday, September11, 2010 in New York City. Thebus is scheduled to leave from the Masjid As Salaam on 276-278 CentralAve at 8 AM on Saturday September 11, 2010 and the round trip fare willbe $25. (If people want to make an additional contributionit would allow someone who cannot afford the price to go forless.) The bus should return before 7 PM that evening. If youwant to reserve a seat on the bus send a check to Lynne Jackson at 223South Swan Street, Albany, NY. 12202. (Early checks would beappreciated.) Lynne’s email: [email protected]

Taking RootSolidarity Committee- Film: Taking Root: “The Vision of Wangari Maathai”
Saturday, September 11, 7:30 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
405 Washington Avenue (across the street from the downtown SUNY campus)

TheSolidarity Committee kicks off its 2010-11 film series with a showingof the documentary, “Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai”(2008, 80 minutes). The film provides the dramatic story of the70-year-old Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner, whose act of plantingtrees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment,protect human rights, empower poor women, and defend democracy. Maathai links the problems in her local community to dictatorship, theommoditization of natural resources, and the colonial legacy in Kenyathat eroded traditional values which had protected theenvironment. Author and activist Frances Moore Lappéwrote: “Taking Root … captures the transformative potential ofregular people finding their voices” and “will inspire untold, endlessacts of courage.” The film showing — co-sponsored byBethlehem Neighbors for Peace and Upper Hudson Peace Action — willtake place in Channing Hall of the First Unitarian Universalist Societyof Albany, located across the street from the downtown SUNY campus, onWashington Avenue. Free refreshments will be provided by theHonest Weight Food Co-op. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome toattend.


Thursday,September 2, 7:00 – 8:45 pm, Bethlehem Public Library, 451Delaware Ave., Delmar. Alice Brody will discuss her recent visitto Iran and show photos of her trip. “Preventthe Next War Now: Top 10 reasons not to attack Iran” is the title of aflyer available from the Global Exchange and Alice will incorporate this in her talk. She will relate herexperiences in Iran, to the recent national Peace Conferencein Albany, and other current events. A question and answersession will follow. An Iranian Journey, by Alice Brody Information: 466-1192.

 

Friday and Saturday, August 20 -21,The 12th Anniversary, Kateri Tekakwitha Peace Conference, National Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine, Route 5, Fonda, NY. Presenterswill include: Diane Reiner, Joyce Reeves, Rich Goodhart, Ed Kinane, Elliott Adams, Rudyard Edick, and Fr. Jerry Zawada. Friday Schedule: 6:00 – 7:00 PM Potluck Supper, 7:10 -Opening Remarks, 7:15 – 8:45 PM A Council of AllBeings, Diane Reiner and Joyce Reeves, The “COUNCILOF ALL BEINGS”, is a colorful, communal ritual which allows us toshift perspectives and speak restore our relationship with nature. This will be a fullyparticipatory event that promises to offer fresh opportunities to speakout about our world today. Saturday Schedule: 8:45 – 9:15 AM Registration & Coffee, 9:30- 10:30 AM Opening remarks: John Amidon & Maureen Aumand, 9:30 – 10:30 Drones, Blowback and Domestic Surveillance by Ed Kinane,10:30 – 11:30 Workshops- for workshop descriptions and presenter’sbiographies visit “Workshops & Presenters“,11:30 – 12:30 Lunch, 12:30 – 1:30 “Shaman Mirror MedicineTree: A World Music solo performance with Rich Goodhart”, 1:30 -2:30 We Are All One! by Fr. Jerry Zawada, 2:30 – 3:30 CommunityTalk Back- information on our Talk Back may be found with our workshopdescriptions, 3:30 Closing Remarks See the Conference Website for details including workshops topics. Information: [email protected]

Dangerous ManBNP Film: The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Thursday, August 5, 6:45 – 8:45 pm
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 12054

 

The Most Dangerous Man in America (2009, 93 minutes) chronicles Pentagoninsider Daniel Ellsberg’s leaking of top-secret government papers thatdisclosedshocking truths about the Vietnam War and Nixon’s presidency. JudithEhrlich and Rick Goldsmith directed this Oscar-nominatedaccount that features compelling interviews with Ellsberg, and retired New York Times editor Max Frankel. Information on the film showing: 466-1192.

The most exciting thriller I’ve seen in a while – as powerful as anything Hollywood can throw at us.”
– V.A. Musetto, New York Post

 

Blue Gold

BNP Film: The People Speak, Narrated by Howard Zinn
Thursday, July 1, 6:45 – 8:45 pm
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 12054

The People Speak ( 2009, 113 minutes) was inspired by historian Howard Zinn’s, “A People’s History of the United States”. Actors recreate the voices of American history’s mosteloquent dissenters, many of whom are excluded from traditional historybooks. The words of slaves, authors, politicians, poets, protesters andothers come to life. A discussion will follow. Information on the film showing: 466-1192.

 

Crude

Solidarity Committee- Film: “Crude: The Real Price of Oil”
Saturday, June 19, 7:30 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
405 Washington Avenue (across the street from the downtown SUNY campus)

TheSolidarity Committee of the Capital District concludes its 2009-2010film series with the screening of an impassioned documentary,”Crude: The Real Price of Oil” (2009, 100 minutes). In thisepic account of one of the largest and most controversial environmentallawsuits on the planet, 30,000 residents of Ecuador’s Amazon jungle arepitted against the powerful oil giant Chevron. The Ecuadoriansclaim that Texaco — which merged with Chevron in 2001 — spent threedecades systematically exploiting and contaminating their homeland,resulting in increased rates of cancer, leukemia, birth defects, andother health ailments, as well as in the destruction of the indigenouspeople and their traditional way of life. According to a reviewin the “New York Times,” this powerful indictment of multinationalcorporate practices provides “a forceful, often infuriating story aboutBig Oil and little people.” The film-showing– co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace and Upper Hudson PeaceAction — will take place in spacious Emerson Hall at the FirstUnitarian Universalist Society of Albany, located at 405 WashingtonAvenue (across the street from the downtown SUNY campus). Admission is free, and free refreshments will be provided by theHonest Weight Food Coop. Everyone is welcome to attend. .Information at 466-1192

 

Blue Gold

BNP Film: Coal Country
Thursday, June 3, 6:45 – 8:45 pm

Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 12054

Coal Country ( 2009, 85 minutes) What is the price for cheap energy? We get to know working miners along with activists who arebattling coal companies in Appalachia. We hear from miners and coalcompany officials, who are concerned about jobs and the economy andbelieve they are acting responsibly in bringing power to the Americanpeople. Both sides in this conflict claim that history is ontheir side. Families have lived in the region for generations,and most have ancestors who worked in the mines. Everyone shares a deep love for the land, but MTR (Mountain Top Removal miningwhich has leveled over 500 Appalachian mountains) is tearing themapart. We need to understand the meaning behind promises of“cheap energy” and “clean coal.” Are theyachievable? At whatcost? Are there alternatives to our energy future? A discussion will follow. Information on the film showing: 466-1192.

The Yes Men Fix the World

Solidarity Committee- Film: “THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD”
Saturday, May 22, 7:30 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
405 Washington Avenue (across the street from the downtown SUNY campus)

TheSolidarity Committee of the Capital District continues its 2009-2010film series with the screening of an uproariously humorous documentary,”The Yes Men Fix the World” (2009, 87 minutes). In this screwballtrue story, two gonzo political activists, posing as top executives ofgiant corporations, lie their way into big business conferences andpull off the world’s most outrageous pranks. From New Orleans toIndia to New York City, armed with little more than cheap thrift-storesuits, the Yes Men apply raucous comedy to a multitude of ways thatcorporate greed is destroying the planet. According to journalistNaomi Klein, the resulting film is “hilarious, therapeutic,inspiring.” Don’t miss it! The Yes Men Fix the World Challenge.The film-showing — co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace andUpper Hudson Peace Action — will take place in spacious Emerson Hallat the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, located at 405Washington Avenue (across the street from the downtown SUNYcampus). Admission is free, and free refreshments will beprovided by the Honest Weight Food Coop. Everyone is welcome toattend. Information at 466-1192

Blue Gold

Blue Gold: World Water Wars
Thursday, May 13, 6:45-8:45 pm

Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 12054

BlueGold: World Water Wars (2009, 90 minutes) explores anotherpotential source of future wars: control of water. As thepopulation increases, governments become increasingly corrupt, and corporations gain control, water will be increasingly expensive and difficult to obtain. A discussion will follow. More information on “peak water“. Information on the film showing: 466-1192.

Hudson Mohawk May Day 2010 Celebration: International Labor Day
Friday, April 30 – Saturday, May 1
Friday,April 30, 7:30 pm–The Eighth Step presents a spectacularly irreverent,powerful and hilarious concert of political commentary with ANNEFEENEY, ROY ZIMMERMAN & EVAN GREER, three of our very bestpolitical singer-songwriters: 8th Step at Proctors (440 Thr), 440 StateStreet, Schenectady. Doors open at 7. Feeney: union maid, hellraiser & labor singer; Zimmerman: funnysongs about ignorance, war & greed; Greer: high-energy, veryradical acoustic music. Tix $22, $5 discount for union & CWmembers; Student Rush $10 at 7:25 pm. For information, advance tickets& info about tabling space ($30) during the concert, call (518)434-1703/Email/[email protected] or visit eighthstep.org. Freeparking, accessible; unsold tickets available at thedoor.

Saturday, May 1, 1-4 pm, West Capital Park, Albany . The12th Annual May Day Celebration will be held at West Capital Park inAlbany. There will be Music, poetry, food and tables forliterature. Speakers will focus on more jobs, less war, betterhealthcare and fairer trade, support for public education and the rightfor every one to marry, no to state layoffs and yes to unionorganizing, support for fair taxation and for immigrant rights. More Information: call (518) 273-2759 or see the Hudson-Mohawk May Day website.

Trumbo

Solidarity Committee- Film: “Trumbo”
Saturday, April 10, 7:30 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
405 Washington Avenue (across the street from the downtown SUNY campus)

TheSolidarity Committee of the Capital District continues its 2009-2010film series with a screening of the powerful documentary, Trumbo (2007,96 minutes). Although Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood’s mostsuccessful screen writer, he fell afoul of the House Un-AmericanActivities Committee in 1947, when he refused to cooperate withit. Imprisoned, blacklisted, and brought to the edge of financialruin thereafter, he fought back tenaciously and, ultimately,prevailed. This film, recounting Trumbo’s life through personalletters, interviews and archival footage, provides a testament to thecourage it takes to stand up for principle against overwhelmingodds. In a rave review, the New York Times called Trumbo a”stirring documentary.” The film-showing — co-sponsored byBethlehem Neighbors for Peace and Upper Hudson Peace Action. Admission is free, and free refreshments will be provided by theHonest Weight Food Coop. Everyone is welcome to attend. Information: 466-1192

 

Capitalism:A Love Story

BNP Film- Capitalism: A Love Story
Thursday, April 1, 6:30 -8:45 pm
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 12054

Capitalism : A Love Story (2009), runs 127 minutes. MichaelMoore takes on capitalism’s roots, thefloundering U.S. economy, and 2008’s global financial meltdown andsubsequent bank bailout in this documentary. Michael Morreinterviews those who have suffered most from the Wall Streetbailout. Discussion to follow. Please arrive early as thisis a long film and we need to start promptly. Information: 466-1192

 

Blind SpotBNP Film and Discussion: Blind Spot – – a documentary film on peak oil and sustainability
Sunday, March 28, 5:00 – 7:30 pm
Bethlehem Town Hall
445 Delaware Ave, Delmar

BlindSpot was directed by, Adolfo Doring, released ion 2008 ( Runningtime 1:28). Blind Spot is a documentary that illustrates thecurrent energy crisis that our way of life is facing. Whatever themeasures of greed, wishful thinking, neglect or ignorance, we have putourselves at a crossroad which offers two paths, both with direconsequences. If we continue to burn fossil fuels we will choke thelife out of the planet and if we don’t, will our way of life willcollapse? Prof. Al Bartlett is interviewed.”Official Selection”, Woodstock Film Festival 2008 Documentary. Watch the Bartlett interview. RudyardEdick will lead us in a discussion following the film. Information: 466-1192,This will be a mini-potluck…so please bring snacks to share. Join us!

 

 

The Coca-Cola CaseSolidarity Committee- Film: “The Coca-Cola Case”
Saturday, March 27, 7:30 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
405 Washington Avenue (across the street from the downtown SUNY campus)

TheCapital District continues its 2009-2010 film series with a screeningof the film, “The Coca-Cola Case” (2009, 86 minutes). Thispowerful documentary takes a look at labor relations in Colombia, thelabor union murder capital of the world. In this nation, 470workers’ leaders have been brutally killed since 2002, usually byparamilitaries hired by private companies intent on crushingunions. Among these unscrupulous corporations is the poster boyfor American business: Coca-Cola. But “The Coca-Cola Case”also provides an epochal story of resistance, for it shows how laboractivist Ray Rogers and other defenders of workers’ rights stepped inand launched an ambitious crusade against this corporatebehemoth. From Bogota to New York, Guatemala to Atlanta,Washington to Canada, “The Coca-Cola Case” depicts a suspense-filled,hard-fought struggle — one that continues today. The film-showing –co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace and Upper Hudson PeaceAction — will take place at the First Unitarian Universalist Societyof Albany, located at 405 Washington Avenue (across the street from thedowntown SUNY campus). Admission is free, and free refreshments will beprovided by the Honest Weight Food Coop. Everyone is welcome toattend.

 

7th Anniversary March Against the Wars
Friday, March 19, 5 pm
March to begin at West Capital Park, Albany

Meet at the step in the West Capitol Park across from the SmithBuilding . Please bring signs. We will also carry displayswith the names of Americans, Iraqis and Afghans who have been killed inthe wars. We will march through the Albany downtown area with oursigns and displays. Please spread the word.This is theseventh anniversary of the criminal war of aggression launched againstIraq. The demonstration will demand the immediate and unconditionalwithdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan and Iraq. Instead ofwar, we will demand funds so that every person can have a job, free anduniversal health care, decent schools, and affordable housing.

Wewill construct these displays in Guilderland on Thursday evening, March18. Please come Thursday night to help with the construction. . There will be more information aboutthe time and place soon. The displays are being coordinated by SteveWickham from Guilderland Neighbors for Peace. Sponsored by Northeast Peace and Justice Action Coalition(NEPAJAC). More Information: 518 439-1968 or 518 466-1192

 

March 21, 2009

March 20, 2010 Washington, DC March on Washington!
Saturday, March 20, 2010, Demonstration: US out of Afghanistan and Iraq Now! , Washington DC… March20 is the seventh anniversary of the criminal war of aggressionlaunched against Iraq. The demonstration will demand the immediate andunconditional withdrawal of all U.S. and NATO forces from Afghanistanand Iraq. Instead of war, we will demand funds so that every person canhave a job, free and universal health care, decent schools, andaffordable housing. The 7th Anniversary of the war in Iraq is the timeto make our voices heard…a bus willbe leaving from the East Garage in Albany at 1 AM on March 20 and return to Albany after the demonstration on March 21 around 1:00 AM. Seatsare $60 each. There will be partial scholarships available.Reserve abus seat today. Reservations must be received by March 10. Checksmade out to “BNP”, can be sent to, BNP, PO Box 473, Delmar, NY 12054(please include name(s) of bus riders , phone and e-mail address withcheck). Donations also accepted. Additional Bus Information. Sponsored by several national anti-war groups and coalitions, including the National Assembly. More Information: Joe Lombardo at 439-1968

Thursday, March 4, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, WAMC Linda Norris Auditorium, 339 CentralAve (at Quail St), Albany, NY. “Forum on War: Do the PeaceMovement and the Tea Party Movement agree?” The “Right, Left, andIn Between Dialogue” planning committee present the 3rd in a series oflocal public forums, bringing together representatives of widelydiverse thoughts. The public is invited to hear speakers from manysides of the issue, and to participate in the discussion. The formatwill be 3 speakers from each perspective, and a moderator. The 1st partwill be approximately 30 minutes, with each speaker giving introductoryremarks of about 5 minutes each. Speakers will alternate between”right” and “left” viewpoints. The 2nd part, also approximately 30minutes, will have the speakers asking each other questions, anddiscussing their areas of agreement and disagreement. The 3rd part willhave audience members posing questions to the speakers. Speakersinclude: Joe Lombardo, Jason Peterson, Mabel Leon, Patrick S. Zeigler,Steven Vasquez and John Minehan. Contact: Dennis Karius at the belowemail address, or 518 456-5721. Sponsored by: the Right, Left and InBetween Dialogue Planning Committee, consisting of people who areactive members in the following local organizations: MoveOn.org CapitalRegion Council , Campaign for Liberty, Interfaith Alliance of NYS, 9-12Project, Capital District Greens, We The People, Bethlehem Neighborsfor Peace, John Birch Society, Labor-Religion Coalition of the CapitalDistrict/Jobs with Justice, and ARISE (A Regional Initiative SupportingEmpowerment).

 

Vietnam: American Holocaust

BNP Film: Iran (is not the problem)
Thursday, March 4, 7:00 -9:00 pm
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 12054

IRAN(is not the problem) (79 minutes, 2008) is a film responding tothe failure of the American mass media to provide the public withrelevant and accurate information about the standoff between the US andIran, as happened before with the lead up to the invasion ofIraq. This film contains current analysis, history,including US overthrow of democratic Iranian government in 1953,interviews with Iranian-Americans. Noam Chomsky advised. Discussion tofollow the film. Information: 466-1192


Salud!Solidarity Committee- Film: “Salud!”
Saturday, February 27, 7:30 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
405 Washington Avenue (across the street from the downtown SUNY campus)

TheSolidarity Committee of the Capital District continues its 2009-2010film series with a screening of the powerful documentary, “Salud!”(2007, 93 minutes). Against the alarming backdrop of thedeteriorating public health systems in even the richest nations,”Salud!” tells the little-known story of how Cuba, a poor country withfew resources, provides universal health care to its citizens and helpsother developing nations do the same. Directed by Academy Award nomineeConnie Field (“Rosie the Riveter”), the film examines the philosophyand activities of health professionals working to make health care aglobal birthright. According to former U.S. Surgeon GeneralJoycelyn Elders, “Salud!” provides a “deeply moving portrayal of ahealthcare system designed to keep people healthy rather than the`sickcare’ system that currently exists in the United States.” The film-showing — co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace andUpper Hudson Peace Action. Admission is free, and freerefreshments will be provided by the Honest Weight Food Coop. Everyone is welcome to attend. Information: 466-1192

 

Juan Melendez

Solidarity Committee- Film: “Juan Melendez 6446”
Saturday, January 23, 7:30 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
405 Washington Avenue (across the street from the downtown SUNY campus)

TheSolidarity Committee of the Capital District continues its 2009-2010film series with the new documentary, “Juan Melendez 6446” (2009, 50minutes). The film tells the true story of Juan Meléndez,a Puerto Rican migrant worker raised in New York City who came close tobeing executed for a crime he did not commit. Convicted of murderin the state of Florida, he served nearly eighteen years on death rowbefore his innocence was established. This harrowing story, toldby Meléndez, his mother, lawyers, and friends, illustrates theissues raised by the death penalty in law, politics, and publicpolicy. A post-film discussion will be led by David Kaczynski ofNew Yorkers for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. Thefilm-showing — co-sponsored by New Yorkers for Alternatives tothe Death Penalty, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, and Upper HudsonPeace Action — will take place at the First Unitarian UniversalistSociety of Albany, located at 405 Washington Avenue (across the streetfrom the downtown SUNY campus). Admission is free, and freerefreshments will be provided by the Honest Weight Food Coop. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Vietnam: American HolocaustBNP Film: Vietnam- American Holocaust
Thursday, January 14, 6:45 -9:00 pm
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 12054

Vietnam: American Holocaust is an 87 minute documentary on theVietnam War. The film covers the history of the conflict fromWWII, the defeat of the French, and the long term American involvement.During the Vietnam War the U.S. dropped more bombs on Vietnam than hadbeen dropped by all countries in World War II. They also used chemicalweapons on the people, including Agent Orange and White Phosphorous.Thefilmexposes one of the worst cases of sustained mass slaughter in history.Our generals and foot soldiers, knowingly or unknowingly, killed3 million people, mostly usingincendiary bombs. Vietnam has never left our nationalconsciousness, and now, it has more relevance than ever.Martin Sheen, who played the leading role in Apocalypse Now almost 30years ago, has generously lent his powerful voice to this actualhistory of the War in Vietnam.Written, produced and directed by ClayClaiborne. Thomas Brinson, a Vietnam Veteran and ActivistPoet/Dramatist, who sometimes asks poetically-correct questions,will lead the discussion following the film… Information: 466-1192