Vassar College Events

Hip-Hop is Bigger than the Occupation Film and Panel discussion - 2/11 - Rocky 200
ViCE Film is screening of Hip-Hop is Bigger than the Occupation with support from Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP). Hip-Hop is Bigger than the Occupation follows a few US based Hip-Hop artists on a tour through historic Palestine where they meet with Palestinian Hip-Hop artists and discuss the solidarities between Black oppression and state violence in the United States, and human rights violations and violence towards Palestinians in historic Palestine. With that, Hip-Hop is highlighted as non-violent cultural resistance that takes place in both locations. The film will be followed up by a panel discussion on hip-hop as resistance from the US to Palestine. Panelists include M1 from dead prez, Professor David McDonald, NYU SJP President Taher Dahleh, Mazzi from S.O.U.L. Purpose, and a few others from Existence is Resistance. 

M1 DJ Set with WVKR 2/11 - Burgerfi - 9:30pm-12am
Join WVKR, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) at Burgerfi for M1’s live DJ Thursday night! We’ll kick off the weekend with $1 beers or $3 shakes. Student DJs will start at 9:30pm. 

Dabke Dance Workshop - 2/12 -UpC - 4pm
Dabke is a traditional Arab folk dance that’s been reclaimed by Palestinians as a form of cultural resistance to occupation and state violence. The workshop will be lead by members of the New York City Justice for Palestine, an organization which works continues to find creative approaches to discussing  this issue, one being Dabke Workshops. They will open the workshop with a short history of Dabke Dance, relate it to Hip-Hop Dance, and then teach attendees how to do Dabke. 

Let’s Get Free: Hip-Hop as Resistance from the US to Palestine - 2/12 - Villard Room - 10pm
Hip-Hop 101, Students for Justice in Palestine, and Jewish Voice for Peace are excited to present New York City hip-hop artist M1 from dead prez to campus! M1 will be performing alongside Vassar artists Sean Blaise and SPOOK, as well as Mazzi and others who’ve traveled and performed across the US and Palestine. They’re here to show us how hip-hop can be used as a tool of resistance to occupation, colonization, and state violence. 


Helping Returning Citizens adjust to life after prison
Saturday FEBRUARY 13, 2016
Rev. Dr. G Modele Clarke
            4PM TO 7PM 
Healing Community of the Mid-Hudson Region Spokesperson: Casey O`Connell
Will explain the program and how it works
   Mission Statement:
Healing Communities is a faith based organization dedicated to the goal of reducing recidivism. We enable faith based groups and community organizations to play a more active role in the lives of those affected by incarceration.
Entertainment by Terri Gittens   

Refreshment to follow program

Revolutionary Martin Luther King

Memphis sanitation workers Elmore Nickelberry, 76, and his son Terrence at the former Lorraine Motel where King was murdered on April 4, 1968. Photo Carl Juste/Miami Herald/Getty Images

Following up on their move last year to reclaim for a new generation his revolutionary legacy from the revisionist white-washed narrative of him, Black Lives Matter activists and many others urge we mark this Martin Luther King Day by remembering the real, radical, complex and anti-war Dr. King that "we were never supposed to know, and certainly never revere" - the one who called out white supremacy, imperialism, police brutality and the link between racism and capitalism; who cited the hypocrisy of a national press that applauded his non-violence in the South but censured his criticism of the violence of the Vietnam War; who insisted that peace without justice is not peace and, like St. Augustine, that "an unjust law is no law at all"; who blasted those who criticized Birmingham's "riots" without acknowledging the conditions and righteous rage that gave rise to them; who initially titled his renowned "I Have A Dream" speech,  "Normalcy, Never Again"; who said the problems of racial and economic inequality could only be solved with the "radical redistribution of political and economic power"; who was "tired of singing." The myth-busting, and the vital work, go on.

Meeting change

Kingston ENJAN meeting location for Monday, January 11, is # 1 Sterling St. at the corner of Greenkill Ave. in Kingston. The building is a two story multiuse office building. Parking lot is in front of building. Meeting room is upstairs on the second floor, room #11. Use the elevator in the lobby and walk down the hall to our meeting room on the right at the end of the long hall. Meeting is 6 pm to 8 pm.

MLK Tribute in Woodstock

Woodstock’s 26th Annual Birthday Tribute to
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
To All the Victims of Mass Incarceration
Date: Sunday, January 17, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm
Place: Mescal Hornbeck Community Center, 56 Rock City Road, Woodstock, New York
Featuring: Rev. G. Modele Clarke, New Progressive Baptist Church; Pam Africa, International Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal; Diane Harrell, Wife of Samuel Harrell; Paula Watson, Wife of Shane Watson; The amazing songstress Journey Blue Heaven with her band The Woodstockers, Experience; Jeremy Wilber, Supervisor Town of Woodstock; Debra Burger, Folk Singer
Sponsors: Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee, Haitian People's Support Project and Town of Woodstock
For Info: Call 845-679-7320

GUEST: James Kilgore

GUEST: James Kilgore, writer and social justice activist who spent six years in prison, talks about one of the books he wrote while behind bars: "Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People's Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of Our Time." 
The interview can be heard this Thursday at 5 pm at 91.3 FM, or streamed live from It will also be posted on the ClassWars website for the next six weeks. Simply click on the date to
hear it.

Dec 7 forum in Kingston

Youth Empowerment Forum

December 7th – 6:30pm
Old Dutch Church 

272 Wall St. Kingston, NY

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet, discuss, share concerns and receive information pertaining to your rights during encounters with law enforcement!

City of Kingston Mayor - Shayne Gallo

KPD Chief - Egidio Tinti

Ulster County Public Defenders - Andrew Kossover

Ulster County Probation - Trish Cina
Community Forum Sponsored by 
Ulster County Youth Bureau and ENJAN (End New Jim Crow Action Network