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Past Events 2021

Wednesday, September 8, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY.  Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace Live and In Person Meet up at the Library. .  The library is now open to the public and we have reserved the Board room.  Join us as we get together to discuss the issues we have all been thinking about. The pandemic has been hard on just about every individual and it has given all of us, al lot of time to think and consider what kind of world we want to live in. Let’s get together! If you have ideas for future events, please bring them with you to the meeting. The world has changed drastically since the pandemic began and now is the time for us to come together in person, and continue our struggle for peace and justice. Everyone is welcome. Information: 466-1192

 

Monday, August 2, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, BNP Vigil: Hiroshima Day”, 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 5, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY. BNP will resume our programs at the library with the showing of a film, “Fairytales of Growth” (48 min, 2020), A film about Climate Change. The effects and risks of climate change are compelling young people the world round to call for system change as the only solution to avoid a catastrophic collapse. This film looks at the role economic growth has had in bringing about this crisis, and explores the alternatives to it, offering a vision of hope for the future. Featuring Jason Hickel, LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, Wendy Harcourt, Giorgos Kallis, Marta Conde, Alnoor Ladha, Filka Sekulova, Federico Demaria, Rupert Read, Tokata Iron Eyes, Maria Marcet and Greta Thunberg. Original score by Marvin Dez and Oliver King. A discussion will follow the film. Please join us! Information: 518-466-1192

 

 

Monday, July 5, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, BNP Vigil: “PEACE”, at the Four Corners, intersection of Kenwood and Delaware Aves. in Delmar.  This month our theme is Waging Peace.  In January 2003, a group of local residents gathered to discuss what could be done to stop the impending war in Iraq.  Bethlehem Neighbors  for Peace  was formed by this group.  Since that time our membership has changed but we have never wavered in our commitment to waging peace.   BNP has also persisted in our efforts to make a public stand on issues that don’t always get the attention of the mainstream media.   We have devoted vigils to a wide variety of issues from Climate Change to Black Lives Matter, but through all the vigils,  making a public stand for peace and justice, has been our goal.  Possible signs:  PEACE,  “No Justice, No Peace”,  “Peace is Possible”,  “Build Peace”,  “Wage Peace”, “War is Not the Answer!”.  Join us!   Information:  518-466-1192

 

Sunday, June 27, 9:00 pm – Monday, June 28, 9:00 pm, Leo O’Brien Federal Building Albany, NY ,Filibuster the Filibuster in support of the For the People Act. Event begins with a kickoff at 9pm Sunday, June 27th. There will be folks present for the entire 24-hour event, Monday morning and Monday evening (Rally about 4:30 PM until 6:00 PM). This really is a moment for the ages as it concerns our Democracy! Sponsored by Bethlehem Indivisible and co-sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. Information: Ellen Kelly-Lind, 518-441-3272

Monday, May 24, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, Four Corners, Delmar, NY. Say Their Name Vigil.  May 24th will mark nearly one year since the murder of George Floyd. The murders of unarmed Black and Latinx people at the hands of police have continued, in many cases with little consequence. Please join us to mourn those we have lost, to call for change, and to express again that Black Lives Matter.  We will observe 9 minutes and 29 seconds of silence – the amount of time that Derek Chauvin cruelly kneeled with his knee on George Floyd’s neck. Co-sponsored by Bethlehem Indivisible, Bethlehem for Social Justice, and Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. Sign Making: To make a sign that honors the life of one of the 42 people who have been killed by police since the death of George Floyd. Please click here for instructions on sign making: https://docs.google.com/document/d/17ieL6-LdOPp7gDweXo-VNdMHJWK4xmWUXk6X1yHtKJ4/edit

Monday, May 17, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, BNP Vigil: “Support Palestinian Rights!”, at the Four Corners, intersection of Kenwood and Delaware Aves. in Delmar. Other possible signs: “Free Palestine” and “Support Palestinian Human Rights”, “End the Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine!” Join us! Information: 518-281-1968

Thursday, May 13, 7:00- 8:30 PM, BNP Meeting on Zoom: A New President, Black Lives Matter, the pandemic, the vigil and more. During this period of physical distancing, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace has moved on-line. Our program will be an on-line meeting where we will have a discussion of current events, and suggestions for how we address these issues that are rapidly changing our own lives, and our country. Join us in this zoom meeting for an opportunity to share your ideas and consider how we can move ahead in our efforts to promote peace and justice. Please join us. Information: 518-466-1192

 

 

Friday, April 30, 7:00 pm, Zoom, Saturday, May 1, 1:00 pm, Albany Medical, 3:00 pm, Washington PArk, Albany. May Day Celebrate With Us!, Teach-in on Friday April 30, at 7:– pm, BIT.LY/ALBANYMED, TINYURL.COM/CDULFMAYDAY
This year the Capital District May Day Organizing Committee has three main events commemorating International Workers Day! This year the Capital District May Day Organizing Committee has three main events commemorating International Workers Day! The first event will be held on April 30 from 7-9PM featuring Jaribu Hill, Michael Zweig, Monica Cruz and Fareed Michelen to discuss the significance of May Day and the path forward for the working class. Scan the QR code to register for the Zoom event. The second event will be a rally at Albany Medical Center (43 New Scotland Ave) on May 1st where we will highlight the ongoing struggle for a fair contract for our nurses who have been on the frontlines since COVID began. We will then march to the Washington Park Amphitheater for live music, performances and speeches, where community and labor organizations will be tabling and encouraging people to get
involved in the workers’ struggle. The tinyurl and bit.ly will bring you to the Facebook event pages. To register for the April 30 Zoom program, use the following link: bit.ly/albanymayday

Monday, May 3, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, BNP Vigil: “Sanctions Kill!”, at the Four Corners, intersection of Kenwood and Delaware Aves. in Delmar. Sanctions are a weapon of Economic War, resulting in chronic shortages of basic necessities, economic dislocation, chaotic hyperinflation, artificial famines, disease, and poverty. The poorest and the weakest – infants, children, the chronically ill and the elderly – suffer the worst impact of sanctions.  People are dying because of sanctions.  As many as 40,000 people may have died in Venezuela alone as a result of US sanctions that made it harder for ordinary citizens to access food, medicine and medical equipment. Possible Signs: Stop U.S. Sanctions! Sanctions Are War!  End Sanctions Now! Stay for a few minutes or an hour. We will have a “speak out” during the vigil hour. Those attending the vigil will have the opportunity to speak out about war, or U.S Sanctions, or other issues. Vigilers are also encouraged to recite a favorite poem, or sign an antiwar song.   If you provide the words, we will sing with you.  Sign the petition: TELL THE NEW U.S. ADMINISTRATION TO END ECONOMIC SANCTIONS IN THE FACE OF THE GLOBAL COVID-19 PANDEMIC  Join us!   Information:  518-466-1192

Link to fact sheet PDF file of: List of 39 countries targeted by economic sanctions.. What are sanctions? Who is sanctioned?

Monday, April 5, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, BNP Vigil: “No Nukes!, No Wars!”, at the Four Corners, intersection of Kenwood and Delaware Aves. in Delmar. Nuclear weapons are the single greatest threat to US security.  Nuclear power is not clean or green!  Possible Signs: Nuclear Power, No Thanks!   NO NUKES!   Abolish Nuclear Weapons!    Say No To Nukes! Stay for a few minutes or an hour. We will have a “speak out” towards the end of the vigil hour. Those attending the vigil will have the opportunity to speak out about war, or nuclear power, or other issues. Vigilers are also encouraged to recite a favorite poem, or sing an antiwar song.   If you provide the words, we will sing with you.   Join us!   Information:  518-466-1192

 

 

Thursday, March 18, 7:00- 8:30 PM, BNP Meeting on Zoom:   A New President, Black Lives Matter, the pandemic, the vigil and more.  During this period of physical distancing, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace has moved on-line. Our program will be an on-line meeting where we will have a discussion of current events, and suggestions for how we address these issues that are rapidly changing our own lives, and our country. Join us in this zoom meeting for an opportunity to share your ideas and consider how we can move ahead in our efforts to promote peace and justice. Please join us. Information: 518-466-1192  Information on

 

 

 

Wednesday, January 20,  5:00 PM,Leo O’Brien Federal Building, Rally for the People’s Demands, We are all relieved that Donald Trump’s treasonous and criminal rule will soon end. What remains, and what COVID-19 has exposed for us all to see, is a corrupt and rotten capitalist system built to serve the rich and powerful while leaving only crumbs for working people. Over the course of his long career, President Biden has been a dedicated servant of this exploitative system and the greedy and selfish interests in charge. We call on the working people of the Capital District to unite in forcefully and persistently asserting that a better world is possible and achievable!
Our demands:
Medicare For All:
no premiums, no co-pays, no deductibles, everyone and everything covered…
The Green New Deal:
an all-out national effort against the oncoming disaster of climate change
Fight COVID 19 and Inequality:
generous direct income support for all workers and small business, full federal mobilization of our health care resources to provide vaccination, quality treatment, testing and contact tracing for all.
Dismantle the War Economy: our greatest national security threats are here at home, and Marines, aircraft carriers, stealth bombers, overseas bases, sanctions, blockades and interventions are useless in fighting them. A more peaceful world starts with us!
End the Blockade on Cuba: full efforts into normalizing relations with Cuba, removing all Trump Administration sanctions and ending the economic blockade on Cuba.
Rebuild America: while we lit trillions on fire in Iraq and Afghanistan, our bridges, roads, schools, power grids and sewer and water systems were falling apart. More earthmovers and less tanks!
Peace in the Streets: Abolish ICE, demilitarize and downsize our bloated, corrupt and brutal police forces and end their war of mass incarceration and murder against black, brown and indigenous lives.
The people united will never be defeated!!
Please dress warmly and, for the safety of all, wear a mask and social distance. Hosted by Capital District United Left Front, The Upper Hudson Green Party and more local organizations.  Facebook Link

 

 

Monday, January 11, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, Close Guantanamo, Free the Innocent, BNP Vigil, at the Four Corners, intersection of Kenwood and Delaware Aves. in Delmar. Bring your sign or use one of ours. Stay for a few minutes or an hour.  Let’s stand together.

January 11th will mark the 18th anniversary of the first prisoners arriving at the US naval base at Guantanamo.  Forty men — five of whom were cleared for release during the Obama administration — remain imprisoned there.  BNP’s January 11th peace vigil will focus on Guantanamo and the men unjustly imprisoned there…to call for their release or trial in civilian courts.

Lest We Forget, Redux By Linda Muralidharan (Women Against War Blog) on December 11, 2020

Due to the pandemic, please wear a face covering and practice social distancing (6 feet apart) while attending this vigil. Thank you.  518-466-1192 for further information.

Sign Suggestions:

Close Guantanamo
Free the Innocent

Free the Innocent
Guantanamo Prisoners

End 19 years of
Guantanamo Cruelty

Guantanamo Prison =
19 years of American
Shame

Close Guantanamo
Free Saifullah Paracha

 

January 18, 11:00 am -1:00 pm, MLK Holiday Labor Celebration. Hold the date for the twenty-second Capital District MLK Holiday Labor and Community Celebration Committee. The theme of this year’s virtual program is “Rise Up! The Struggle Continues….”

Click here to register

Speakers include Odell Winfield and others TBC, plus guest appearances musician Taina Asili, poetry from D. Colin, Diamond Owens, Shania Jackson and more! Then participants will split up into “Break Out” thematic groups for intensive discussion and report backs! This will be a virtual event. Co=sponsors include Sanctuary for Independent Media and Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. Tom Ellis: tomellis107@gmail.com