Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Methane: New York's Dirty Addiction to Shale Gas


 
Albany, NY

Presenters: Anthony Ingraffea, Robert Howarth, and Keith Schue

From the Organizers:

This press conference is being held on the two year anniversary of New York State’s ban on high volume hydraulic fracturing, and will point out that New York State, which had the wisdom to ban HVHF, is now consuming shale gas extracted in other states in record amounts, with no end in sight.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Oren Lyons at ArtRage


 
Native-American Faithkeeper, Human Rights Advocate, Environmental Activist

From the Organizers:

As a closing event for the ArtRage exhibition of Robert Shetterly’s Americans Who Tell The Truth portraits, we will proudly host a presentation by Oren Lyons.

The law says if you poison the water, you’ll die.
The law says that if you poison the air, you’ll suffer.
The law says if you degrade where you live, you’ll suffer…
If you don’t learn that, you can only suffer.
There’s no discussion with this law. -Oren Lyons

Oren Lyons is a member of the Onondaga and Seneca nations of the Iroquois Confederacy. As an activist for indigenous and environmental justice, Oren works with communities across the globe. As a Faithkeeper, he upholds the history and traditions of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga and Seneca. Oren often addresses modern-day conflicts by sharing traditional views on the law of nature. When he says “You can’t negotiate with a beetle”*, he implies that nature will respond to climate change whether or not humans do.

Oren’s dedication to the cause of Native and environmental rights has garnered him many accolades, including an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from his alma mater, Syracuse University. Awards include the Rosa Parks Institute for Human Rights Elder and Wiser Award, the Earth Day International Award of the United Nations, the National Audubon Society, and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Lyons serves on the board of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development and is board chairman of Honoring Contributions in the Governance of American Indian Nations. He is also remembered for his time as a lacrosse player and is Honorary Chairman of the Iroquois Nationals. In 1989 he was named Man of the Year in Lacrosse by the NCAA. His legendary performance as goalkeeper for Syracuse University, with Jim Brown on the undefeated 1957 national champion team, led to the induction of Oren R. Lyons, Jr. into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He was most recently invited to speak at the funeral of Muhammad Ali.

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Leslie James Pickering - On the FBI Frame-up Attempt Against Burning Books


 
Sponsored by the Syracuse Peace Council and the Syracuse Animal Rights Organization.

From the Organizers:

Leslie James Pickering, alleged “mastermind sociopath” of the conspiracy & former Spokesperson for the Earth Liberation Front Press Office, exposes secret FBI files, tactics deployed by the FBI against activists & strategies for resisting state repression in this shocking & eye-opening presentation.

For two years beginning in 2012, the FBI used informants & extensive surveillance in an eco-terrorism conspiracy investigation into Buffalo’s radical bookstore, Burning Books. Undercover agents were sent to public events at Burning Books while co-owners had their mail copied, were placed on a secret list for airline travel, were subject to over a dozen federal grand jury subpoenas, were followed around & had their photographs secretly taken by teams of FBI agents & much more.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Celebrating Fannie Lou Hamer


 
From ArtRage Gallery:

On Sunday, October 16, 2016, Vanessa Johnson will perform her one-woman show "I'm Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired," her tribute to civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. The show is based on testimonies and interviews of Ms. Hamer, primary documents from various U.S. archives, and the voices of other Civil Rights Activists who knew her. It includes spoken word, songs, audience participation and monologues.

Ms. Hamer was the youngest of 20 children and was 6 years old when she started working cotton fields in Mississippi. She began working with the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1962, was a founding member and Vice President of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and was called the “spirit of the Civil Rights Movement.” She said, “Sometimes it seem like to tell the truth today is to run the risk of being killed. But if I fall, I’ll fall five feet four inches forward in the fight for freedom. I’m not backing off.”

Vanessa Johnson, who also wrote the show, is a Griot, writer, playwright, actor, fiber artist, museum consultant, community activist, historian, and an educator. She will be accompanied during this performance by Berny Williford.

*A Griot is a West African poet, musician, storyteller, historian and/or praise singer.
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Friday, October 14, 2016

Project Unspeakable


The ArtRageous Players present a dramatic reading of Project Unspeakable, a new play about the 1960s assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Robert F. Kennedy. Twelve local actors play dozens of roles live at ArtRage Gallery. Project Unspeakable was inspired by James Douglass’ groundbreaking and meticulously researched book, JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters. It was written by playwright Court Dorsey and associate playwrights Debbie Lynangale and Steve Wangh, based on extensive research about the four assassinated leaders.

Through the medium of live theatre, the playwrights’ intention is to challenge the silence that for decades has surrounded these four “unspeakable” assassinations (“unspeakable” being a term Douglass borrows from renowned Trappist monk Thomas Merton).  In so doing, they hope to shed light on the “unspeakables” of today – the officially covered-up crimes on the part of elements within the U.S. government and their corporate allies that have led to or worsened the multiple crises that currently beset our country and the world.

The play includes the words and stories of courageous individuals who, despite government intimidation, refused to be silent about what they knew about these assassinations.  And it calls on all of us to examine our own responses over the years to such crimes, then and now, and to consider the potential for responsible action.

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Frida Berrigan - It Runs in the Family


 
On Being Raised by Radicals & Growing Into Rebellious Motherhood

From ArtRage Gallery:

As part of our speaker series during our Americans Who Tell The Truth exhibition, Frida Berrigan, daughter of Philip Berrigan, speaks at ArtRage about her dad and new book It Runs in the Family: On Being Raised by Radicals and Growing into Rebellious Motherhood.

The book illustrates how parents can create lasting and meaningful bulwarks between their kids and the violence endemic in our culture by considering how to raise thoughtful, compassionate, fearless young people committed to social and political change without scaring, hectoring or scarring them with all the wrongs in the world.

Her parents, Phil Berrigan and Elizabeth McAlister, were a former priest and nun who became nationwide icons for their prophetic witness against war and nuclear weapons, which sometimes resulted in long jail sentences. Frida grew up in the community they helped found, Jonah House in Baltimore, and becoming a parent herself has forced her to come to terms with her own upbringing in new ways. She offers a unique perspective on parenting that derives from hard work, deep reflection, and lots of trial and error.

Download the audio at the a-Infos Radio Project.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Steven Druker - Why Bioengineering Is Really Biohacking


 
Ithaca, NY; September 21, 2016

Steven Druker is a public interest attorney who founded the Alliance for Bio-Integrity and, as its executive director, initiated a lawsuit that forced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to divulge its files on genetically engineered foods — which revealed that the agency had covered up the warnings of its own scientists about the risks and has been consistently misrepresenting the facts.

His influential book, Altered Genes Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public, was released in 2015 with a foreword by Jane Goodall hailing it as “without doubt one of the most important books of the last 50 years.”

This is Lecture #3 in the GMO WTF! series, an independent, student-led GMO lecture series at Cornell University.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Miko Peled - Freedom & Justice: Keys to Peace in Palestine/Israel


 
Syracuse, NY; September 16, 2016

From the Organizers:

Author and Activist Miko Peled, son of an Israeli general and grandson of a signer of the Israeli Declaration of Independence, has become an advocate of Palestinian rights and the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which advocates boycotting and divesting from companies that profit off Israeli colonization of Palestinian land and other attacks on Palestinians.

In his 2012 book, The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine, Peled chronicles how his views transformed from the Zionism of his childhood to unabashed support for Palestinian rights after his niece Smadar was killed by a suicide bomber.

Peled spoke at United University Methodist Church in Syracuse, NY.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Steven Druker - Genetically Modified Foods: A History of Deception


 

Ithaca, NY; September 14, 2016

Steven Druker is a public interest attorney who founded the Alliance for Bio-Integrity and, as its executive director, initiated a lawsuit that forced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to divulge its files on genetically engineered foods — which revealed that the agency had covered up the warnings of its own scientists about the risks and has been consistently misrepresenting the facts.

His influential book, Altered Genes Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public, was released in 2015 with a foreword by Jane Goodall hailing it as “without doubt one of the most important books of the last 50 years.”

This is Lecture #2 in the GMO WTF! series, an independent, student-led GMO lecture series at Cornell University.

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Friday, September 9, 2016

9/11 Fifteen Years Later - What Have We Learned?

 

Binghamton University; September 9, 2016

Today the U.S. and its allies are entangled in wars both known and unknown throughout much of the world, including Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Pakistan. What have we learned in the years and wars since 9/11, and where do we go from here?

This video features a short introductory talk by Donna Marsh O'Connor, who lost her pregnant 28 year-­old daughter Vanessa on 9/11. Donna is a national spokesperson for September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows.

Next is a talk by ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern. Ray served as a CIA analyst for 27 years, from JFK to George H. W. Bush, and from 1981 to 1985 briefed one-­on-­one to President Ronald Reagan’s five most senior national security advisers.

Introduction by Caleb Schwartz, President of Binghamton University Peace Action.

This talk is also available as a 58 minute podcast on iTunes or Soundcloud.

Download the audio at the a-Infos Radio Project.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The GMO Debate at Cornell University - A Student's Perspective


 
Ithaca, NY; September 7, 2016

A talk by Cornell student activist Robert Schooler. This is the first of 11 lectures in the GMO WTF! series, and  it includes a video appearance by Frances Moore Lappe.

For more info and background:

https://www.independentsciencenews.org/health/the-gmo-debate-one-students-experience-of-pro-gmo-propaganda-at-cornell-university/

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Reconciliation: A Way Forward for the Syrian Republic


 
Syracuse, NY; August 30, 2016

From the Organizers:

Political Analyst Judith Bello Returns From Syria; Will Speak At ArtRage Gallery August 30

Activist and political analyst, Judith Bello, will report on her recent week-long visit to Syria with a seven-member U.S. Peace Council delegation at 7 p.m., this Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Avenue in Syracuse. The U.S.P.C. delegation met with leaders of various NGOs, religious and civil society groups, as well as high-level government officials. The delegation held an extended private session with President Bashar al Assad.

This was Bello’s second fact-finding mission to Syria. A student of the Middle East and West Asia, Bello has taught in Iraqi Kurdistan and, several years ago, traveled with Code Pink to the Waziristan region of Pakistan to meet with surviving family members of hunter/killer Reaper drone attacks. She was among the very first arrested, tried and jailed protesting Hancock Air Force Base’s Reaper drones. Bello, of Rochester, is on the Administrative Committee of UNAC, the United National Antiwar Coalition.

Related Links:

The Deconstructed Globe -  Selected Views Through a Fractal Prism

Judith Bello

Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars

United National Antiwar Coalition

US Peace Council

Stand Together Against Racism and Islamophobia

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Halt the Harm Rally - Albany, NY

 
 
Albany, NY; June 14, 2016

From the Organizers:

Despite the administrative moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing in New York State, we have seen an unprecedented proliferation of fracked oil and gas infrastructure development, as well as a dramatic increase in our use and dependency on fracked gas. United Against Fossil Fuels is a new coalition of over 30 grassroots, frontline, and environmental groups that has formed to stop this buildout and challenge the systemic causes of our fossil fuel dependency once and for all.

Two major projects rapidly under construction in New York, The SPECTRA-AIM PIPELINE in Westchester County and the CPV VALLEY POWER PLANT in Orange County, along with pending approvals for several pipelines, compressor stations, power plants, and storage facilities, all demand urgent action. As a result of this infrastructure, environmental and public health harms are already underway. Our use and dependency on fracked gas and our acceptance of radioactive waste also create unacceptable harm in both New York and Pennsylvania.

The powerful anti-fracking movement must urgently re-engage; our work is not yet done. We stand on the precipice of an irreversible public health and climate change crisis. We must rebuild our movement now to stop fracking infrastructure.

Join us to DEMAND that our elected officials and state agencies immediately "HALT THE HARM". When the health and safety of New Yorkers are at risk, Governor Cuomo has an obligation to act immediately. We demand an immediate halt to the construction of the CPV Power Plant and Spectra-Aim Pipeline. We further demand a total rejection of state approvals for ALL pending oil and gas projects. Finally, we demand that incentives for gas be removed from all state regulatory proceedings

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Left Forum 2016 - Black Liberation & the Sanders Groundswell: Prospects for Left Unity


 
This is the Saturday Night Plenary from the 2016 Left Forum, held May 20 -22 at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. The conference theme was "Rage, Rebellion, Revolution: Organizing Our Power."

Moderators:

Bhaskar Sunkara and Glen Ford

Panelists:

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is a writer, public speaker and activist living in Philadelphia. She writes on Black politics, housing inequality and issues of race and class in the United States. She is the author of the forthcoming From Black Lives Matter to Black Liberation, published by Haymarket Books in Fall 2015. She is an Assistant Professor at the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University.

Kshama Sawant is an activist who brings a passion for social justice to her work. As a member of the Seattle City Council, now in her second term, she has been a voice for workers, youth, and the oppressed. After earning her PhD in economics, Kshama moved to Seattle and began teaching at Seattle Central Community College, Seattle University, and the University of Washington Tacoma. She joined Socialist Alternative in 2009, and since then has helped organize demonstrations for marriage equality, participated in the movement to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and was a leading presence in the Occupy Movement. In November 2013, she defeated a 16-year incumbent Democrat to become the first socialist elected in a major US city in decades and the only Councilmember in Seattle outside the Democratic Party establishment. Kshama has consistently used her position to expose the ties between powerful corporate interests and a majority of the city's politicians - all Democrats. After being at the forefront of the movement that won a $15/hour minimum wage, Kshama helped win critical funding for homeless people in the City budget.

August H. Mintz is a professor of political science and African American and African Studies at the University of Minnesota, August H. Nimtz is the author of several books including Lenin’s Electoral Strategy (2014) and Marx, Tocqueville and Race in America (2003). His essays on Marxism, race and politics have appeared in leading journals and publications and have been translated into many languages.

Debbie Bookchin is an investigative journalist, author, and former press secretary to U.S. Congressman Bernie Sanders. She has published in The Nation, Atlantic Monthly, HarperCollins' Best Science Writing and many other venues. She is coauthor of The Virus and the Vaccine (St. Martin’s Press, 2004) and recently coedited and introduced a new book of essays by her father, Murray Bookchin, called The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy (Verso Books, 2015).

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Left Forum 2016 - A Dialogue On Israel and Palestine with Tariq Ali and Norman Finkelstein


 
This is a panel from the 2016 Left Forum, held May 20 -22 at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. The conference theme was "Rage, Rebellion, Revolution: Organizing Our Power."

Moderator: Paul Jay

Panelists: Tariq Ali, Norman Finkelstein

Download the audio at the a-Infos Radio Project.

Listen to the 59 minute podcast on iTunes or SoundCloud.

Left Forum 2016 - What Next for the Movement Behind Bernie?



This is a panel from the 2016 Left Forum, held May 20 -22 at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. The conference theme was "Rage, Rebellion, Revolution: Organizing Our Power."

From the Organizers:

The Sanders campaign has drawn tens of thousands into massive, enthusiastic rallies for "a political revolution against the billionaire class". Grassroots organizations like "Labor for Bernie," "People for Bernie" and "#Movement4Bernie" swelled around the country. How do we continue the fight against the billionaire class after the primaries? Do we need a new party for the 99%? Can this be a step towards revitalizing the labor movement? Come discuss these questions and more with leaders of the movement.

Panel Chair:

Bryan Koulouris is the National Organizer for Socialist Alternative.

Panelists:

Charles Lechner is with People for Bernie.

Philip Locker is the national spokesperson for Socialist Alternative and a founder of #Movement4Bernie.

Micah Landau is with Labor for Bernie.

Kshama Sawant is Seattle's socialist City Councilmember. She was initially elected in 2013 as an open socialist fighting for a $15 an hour minimum wage. After Kshama initiated the "15 Now" movement, Seattle became the first city in the country to win 15, and that victory rapidly spread to other cities across the country. Kshama was re-elected in 2015 with widespread labor support while she campaigned for housing justice. She spoke alongside Bernie Sanders at rallies addressing thousands in Seattle.

Download the audio at the a-Infos Radio Project.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Brian Zbriger - The Palm Oil Boom: Why It Matters and What You Can Do


 
Endicott, NY; May 17, 2016

From the Organizers:

Brian Zbriger is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Binghamton University. He will discuss why palm oil plantations are expanding in Southeast Asia, how this is negatively impacting the environment, and how citizens and consumers are working to address the problem.

Sponsored by Sierra Club - Susquehanna Group.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

David Swanson - War is a Lie: What Your Tax Dollars Buy


 
David Swanson spoke at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta, NY on April 24, 2016 as part of a tour for his book War Is a Lie.

David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson's books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015 and 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.

From the Organizers:

Swanson will speak about and take questions on a variety of approaches to resisting, reducing and eliminating war, from counter-recruitment in schools, ending the draft, and conscientious objection, to lobbying, protesting, and dramatically disrupting the machinery of war. He will focus, however, on the process of educating people to recognize false justifications for war and to reject them.

Swanson argues that, while the prevention of a U.S. bombing campaign in Syria in 2013 and the upholding of a nuclear agreement with Iran in 2015 left much to be desired, they also provide grounds for encouragement, and were built on the public understanding of the lies about Iraq that had been promoted in 2002-2003. Swanson argues for a different understanding of current U.S. wars in Western Asia from that most often promoted on television. Frightening beheading videos, he suggests, were intended to draw the United States into war, and succeeded only because the U.S. public is not yet sufficiently resistant to such manipulation.

Author David Swanson was invited by the UUSO Social Action Committee.

This event was funded by a grant from the New York State Convention of Universalists.

Co-sponsors:

Schoharie County Peacemakers
SUNY Oneonta Social Justice Society
SUNY Oneonta Africana and Latino Studies Club

Download the audio at the a-Infos Radio Project.

Listen to the 58 minute podcast on iTunes or SoundCloud.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Die-In at the UN: The Climate Mobilization Protests the Paris Agreement Signing


 
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, New York, NY; April 22, 2016

As 171 nations gathered Friday morning to sign the Paris Agreement, and most environmental organizations hailed this as an “historic” achievement, The Climate Mobilization staged a die-in, collapse scenario outside the United Nations to demonstrate the truth of this agreement: it puts us on a path to a 3.5°C temperature rise and the collapse of global civilization.

Instead of the “carbon gradualism” of the Paris agreement, protesters demanded a WWII-scale climate mobilization to rapidly eliminate emissions and draw excess greenhouse gasses out of the atmosphere.

For more information see The Climate Mobilization.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Dr. Jonathan Latham - GMO Hazards to Health and Ecosystems


Central United Methodist Church, Endicott, NY; April 19, 2016

How Dangerous are GMO Crops to Your Health and to the Environment?

British Scientist Dr. Jonathan Latham talks about the new and old research into the hazards of GMOs and the lack of regulatory supervision in the United States.
 
Dr. Latham is with the Bioscience Research Project.

Read the paper to which Dr. Latham referred:
Transformation-induced Mutations in Transgenic Plants

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Multifaith Anti-Drone Conference - Session 5


Regional Grassroots Coordination and Mobilization

Stony Point Center, Stony Point, NY; April 8 -9, 2016

Featuring:

Nick Mottern of KnowDrones.com
Joe Lombardo of United National Anti-War Coalition
Brian Trautman of Veterans For Peace
Barbara Kidney & Andrew Dalton of Drone Alert Hudson Valley
Multifaith Prayer by Rasoul Noviri

Multifaith Anti-Drone Conference - Session 4


Multifaith Perspectives on Drones, Islamophobia & Movement Building

Stony Point Center, Stony Point, NY; April 8 -9, 2016

Featuring :

Muhammed Malik of Muslims for Ferguson
Rabbi Michael Feinberg of the Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition
Imam Hamin Rashadah, of the Masjid Al-Ikhlas Mosque in Newburgh, NY
Aaron Stauffer, of Religions for Peace
Irene Siegel, of Jewish Voice for Peace

Download the audio at the a-Infos Radio Project.

Multifaith Anti-Drone Conference - Session 3

 
Stony Point Center, Stony Point, NY; April 8 -9, 2016

Medea Benjamin - Drone Warfare: It's a Matter of Faith

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Multifaith Anti-Drone Conference - Session 2

 
Stony Point Center, Stony Point, NY; April 8 -9, 2016

Arun Kundnani - Violence Always Comes Home: Terrorism, Empire and Islamophobia

Arun Kundnani is Adjunct Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University.

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Multifaith Anti-Drone Conference - Session 1

Stony Point Center, Stony Point, NY; April 8 -9, 2016

This discussion followed a screening of the 2014 documentary "Drone," and features whistleblower Christopher Aaron, Kambale Musavuli (Friends of the Congo), and ex-CIA officer Ray McGovern.

From the Organizers:

Hosted by the Community of Living Traditions - a multifaith intentional community dedicated to social justice — this working conference will link anti-war organizing with the struggle to decolonize our faith traditions from racism, Islamophobia and empire. It will be an interactive, working conference that will follow up on the work done at the Interfaith Conference on Drone Warfare held at Princeton Seminary in January 2015, including building on the Interfaith Letter on Drone Warfare which was sent to President Barak Obama and the U.S. Congress.

Conference Sponsors:

Peace Action Education Fund
Interfaith Drone Network
KnowDrones
Community of Living Traditions

Endorsed by:

Code Pink, Veterans For Peace, Muslim Peace Fellowship, Westchester Coalition Against Islamophobia, Standing Together Against Racism and Islamophobia, WESPAC, United National Anti-War Coalition (UNAC), Muslims for Ferguson, Middle East Crisis Response, Veterans For Peace


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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Rally for the Hudson Valley - Stop the AIM Pipeline!


 
Peekskill, NY; April 3, 2016

From the Organizers:

The rally will focus on the AIM pipeline, and other pipelines in our region and beyond.

Speakers will include:

Hudson Riverkeeper - Paul Gallay
Delaware Riverkeeper - Maya van Rossum
Earth Guardians - Rachel Marco-Havens & Aidan Ferris
Nuclear Expert - Paul Blanch
Protect Orange County - Pramilla Malick
Resist AIM - Courtney Williams
New York State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef
Food and Water Watch – Barbara Hough
Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina
Community Climate Initiative – Lisa Moir
SAPE Co-Founders and Affiliates

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Kevin Martin - Love Can Conquer Suffering



Seeking Wisdom, Joy and Effectiveness from Gandhi and King

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton, NY; March 20, 2016

Kevin Martin is the Executive Director of Peace Action.

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

UNAC Day of Peace and Solidarity


 
New York City, March 13, 2016

Sponsored by the United National AntiWar Coalition (UNAC).

Contains language which some may find offensive.

Featuring (in order of first appearance):

Debra Sweet, Peace Poets, Joe Lombardo, Al Marder, Margaret Kimberley, Nat, Nina Macapinlac, Ann Wright, Sara Flounders, Monica Moorehead, Kathy Kelly, Dr. Khaldoun Makhoul, Walid Fidama, Terrea Mitchell, Raymond Nat Turner, Mohammed Mujumder, Alicia McWilliams-McCollom, Naomi Jaffe, Julia Willebrand, Narciso Castillo, Jessica Coco, Shahid Comrade, Larry Hamm, Ray Laforest, Imam Abdul Rashid Talib, Les Jamieson, The Raging Grannies, Lynne Stewart, Ralph Poynter, Milos Rackovich, Radmila Milentijevic, Nick Maniace

From the Organizers:

What happens when there are endless wars accompanied by militarized policing, spreading racism, erosion of civil rights, and concentration of wealth, but the only news is election news, and none of the candidates wants to talk about shrinking the world's largest military?

We happen. That's what. We turn out for a Day of Solidarity and Peace in New York City on Sunday, March 13th. We start by signing up at http://peaceandsolidarity.org and inviting all of our friends to do so. If we can't come, we invite all of our friends anywhere near New York to sign up and be there. We sit down and think of every person we remember hearing ask "But what can we do?" and we tell them: You can do this.

We stopped the war mongers who wanted to rip up the agreement with Iran last year, and the political progress in Iran reflects the wisdom of diplomacy as an alternative to yet more war. We stopped a massive bombing campaign of Syria in 2013. Our brothers and sisters just this month stopped the construction of a U.S. military base in Okinawa.

But U.S. weapons and bases are spreading across the globe, ships are sailing provocatively toward China, drones are murdering in numerous nations with a new base just opened in Cameroon. The U.S. military is assisting Saudi Arabia in bombing Yemeni families with U.S. weapons. The U.S. war in Afghanistan is being accepted as permanent. And the U.S. wars in Iraq and Libya left behind such hell that the U.S. government is hoping to use more war to "fix" it -- and to add another overthrow in Syria.

Why will no candidate propose a serious reduction in military spending and war making, foreswear the use of killer drones, commit to making reparations to the nations recently attacked, or agree to join the International Criminal Court and to sign onto the many treaties limiting warfare on which the United States is a holdout? Because not enough of us have turned out and made noise, and brought new people into the movement.

Will you join us in New York City on March 13th to say "Money for Jobs and People's Needs, not War! Rebuild Flint! Rebuild our Cities! End the wars! Defend the Black Lives Matter movement! Aid the world, stop bombing it!"

Peace Poets, Raymond Nat Turner, Lynne Stewart, and other speakers will be there.
Will your organization help spread the word? Please let us know and get listed as part of this effort by emailing UNACpeace [at] gmail.com. Can you help in other ways? Have ideas for how to make this stronger? Please write to that same address.

In a presidential debate in December a moderator asked one of the candidates: "Could you order air strikes that would kill innocent children by not the scores, but the hundreds and the thousands? Could you wage war as a commander-in-chief? . . . You are OK with the deaths of thousands of innocent children and civilians?"

The candidate mumbled something in response instead of shouting Hell No, as any decent person was obliged to do and as we will do on the Day of Peace and Solidarity. How are your lungs? Ready to make some noise? Join us!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Ground the Drones! - Press Conference and Sentencing


DeWitt Town Court, DeWitt, NY

From the Organizers:

Ed Kinane welcomes press and supporters, introduces Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones, and provides an update about the Jerry Berrigan Memorial Blockade and upcoming "Mass Mobilization to Stop the Drone Wars" at Creech air base in Indian Springs, Nevada.
 
Mary Anne Grady Flores, who was released from the DeWitt County jail on Monday [3/7/16], discusses the scope of Pres. Obama’s drone program, the impact on victims, and the attempt to silence witnesses to the drone assassinations internationally.  She provides an update on the stay of her jail sentence for violating an unconstitutional Order of Protection and the appeals to the NY Court of Appeals that have been filed to challenge the legality of the Orders of Protection, supposedly to protect the air base commander from nonviolent protesters. 
 
Beth Harris, Ithaca Jewish Voice for Peace, shares the ACLU's call to limit the next president's power to wage drone warfare and the importance of breaking the government’s silence about the selection of drone targets and accounting for the actual killings that have occurred due to this policy. 
 
Harry Murray, who will be sentenced at 8pm, discusses the prohibition during his trial of disclosures to the court the impact of drone warfare on children. He concludes that quashing this evidence hampers democracy and governmental accountability.  He addresses the need for civil disobedience to counter the human rights abuses inflicted by drone policy.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Commentary on Laudato Si, the Pope's Encyclical


 
Endicott, NY

From the Organizers:

Father Tim Taugher, Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Hillcrest, NY, and Scott Lauffer, Chair of the Susquehanna Group of the Sierra Club, will both speak to the message of this momentous work on our "common home" that covers the Earth's environment, with an emphasis on climate change as well as morality and social justice issues.  The Pope speaks to non-Catholics and Catholics alike.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Resisting the Constitution Pipeline: A Family's Fight to Protect Their Land


 
New Milford Township, PA

Catherine & Megan Holleran take viewers on a tour of their family's property, currently under eminent domain threat from the Constitution Pipeline, which will carry fracked gas from the wells of Pennsylvania to upstate New York.

They are joined in the second half of the video by Alex Lotorto of Energy Justice Network.

See their Facebook page for the latest updates: Stop the Con Pipeline - PA.

Epilogue:

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Professor Jason W. Moore - Capitalism in the Web of Life


Why Nature Matters, and Not (Always) in the Way You Might Think

Professor Moore spoke at the Susquehanna Group of the Sierra Club in Endicott, NY on January 19, 2016.

Finance. Climate. Food. Work. How are the crises of the twenty-first century connected? In this talk, Jason W. Moore argues that the sources of today’s global turbulence have a common cause: capitalism as a way of organizing nature, including human nature. Drawing on environmentalist, feminist, and Marxist thought, Moore offers a groundbreaking new synthesis: capitalism as a “world-ecology” of wealth, power, and nature. Capitalism’s greatest strength—and the source of its problems—is its capacity to create Cheap Natures: labor, food, energy, and raw materials. That capacity is now in question. Rethinking capitalism through the pulsing and renewing dialectic of humanity-in-nature, Moore takes readers on a journey from the rise of capitalism to the mosaic of crisis and limits today.  He shows how thinking about humanity as part of nature is key to understanding our predicament, and to pursuing the politics of liberation and sustainability in the century ahead.

Bio

Jason W. Moore is Associate Professor of Sociology at Binghamton University, where he teaches world history and world-ecology. He is author of Capitalism in the Web of Life (Verso, 2015) and editor of Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism (PM Press, 2016). He writes frequently on the history of capitalism, environmental history, and social theory.
 
Moore is presently completing Ecology and the Rise of Capitalism, an environmental history of the rise of capitalism, and with Raj Patel, Seven Cheap Things: A World-Ecological Manifesto – both with the University of California Press. He is coordinator of the World-Ecology Network. Many of his essays can be found on his website: www.jasonwmoore.com.