Saturday, June 17th, 5:00 p.m.

Juneteenth: Keeping History Alive, Remembering Those Who Stood Up
Saturday, June 17th, 5:00 p.m.
8 Hone Street, Kingston, N.Y. (New Progressive Baptist Church)
This co-sponsored event commemorates the anniversary of the day the last slaves in Galveston Island, Texas were freed -- two years after the Emancipation Proclamation had been issued. Today, we celebrate the spirit of justice and freedom by recognizing community members who continue to fight for these standards. This year’s celebration will feature guest speakers, a theatre presentation, and two special tributes: We will be thanking  Drew Andrews of Kingston’s Center 4 Community Education for using art as a means of empowerment and bringing his love of dance to our schools and streets.  (If you have seen a hip-hop performance at any of Kingston’s festivals in the last ten years or so, chances are Drew was behind it.) We will also be celebrating Journey Truth, who has devoted her 105 (and counting!) years of life to speaking out for equality. 
To learn more about the history of Juneteenth, check out this article.
For the full event details and to R.S.V.P, click here.

Movement For Black Lives

Land is Power. Land is Liberation. Land is The Commons.
On Juneteenth 2017 (Monday, June 19th) Black people across the country will take back land and reclaim space, from vacant lots to empty school buildings. We are taking back land that should be used for the good of the people; land that has historically been denied to Black people. Through these actions we will confront the institutions and individuals that have been built off the extracted wealth of Black people and Black land.

Click here to join the call.

This is an open call, led by the Black Land & Liberation Initiative, to Black folks to launch actions in their own communities, or to join actions that are being planned.

Learn more about this initiative on the BLLI info call Wed, May 24th at 5pmPST/8pmEST.  For more info read the manifesto.

Movement For Black Lives

NYS NAACP call for justice



1. On April 21, 2015, Mr. Samuel Harrell a non-violent African American Inmate (bi-polar) was involved in a confrontation with New York State Correction Officers at Fishkill Prison.  A confrontation that led to Mr. Harrell being beaten to death by numerous correction officers.  

2. Prior to the fatal beating by correction officers, Mr. Harrell was not charged or accused of any type of weapons related offense.

3. After the beat down, correction officers called for an ambulance, but according to medical records, the officers mentioned nothing about a physical encounter. Rather, the records showed, they told the ambulance crew that Mr. Harrell probably had an overdose of K2, synthetic marijuana.

4. An autopsy report by the Orange County medical examiner concluded that Mr. Harrell, 30, had cuts and bruises to the head and extremities and had no illicit drugs in his system, and died of cardiac arrhythmia, “following a physical altercation with corrections officers.”

5. The Orange County Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide.

6. The New York State Correction Department has failed to take any type of appropriate disciplinary actions against the officers and supervisors who not only appeared to beat Mr. Samuel Harrell to death but lied in an attempt to conceal and or justify their actions.

(18 months and counting)

Undoing Racism Training

Subject: Hudson Valley Leaders Organizing Training for Undoing Racism

Challenged by How to Deal with Race Issues in Your Organization? 
Concerned about the Impact of Race and Racism in our HV Communities?

We invite you to take part in a half-day of organizing training led by Ron Chisom, co-founder of The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB). Ron will bring several PISAB  northeast organizing leaders to share insights and years of experience organizing to undo racism across the nation.

Date, Time and Place:
Saturday, May 20th  10:00am – 3:00pm 
The Sharpe Reservation
436 Van Wyck Lake Road, Fishkill, NY 12524

Cost: $10 includes lunch
This is an invitation-only event for HV organizing leaders.
Please RSVP by May 13, 2017 to:

 Tracy Givens Hunter (
or, Pete Heymann (

Session participants will engage in a comprehensive exploration of how we as anti-racist organizers and social justice activists can gain organizing skills, strategies and tactics to better lead the effort to bring Undoing Racism Workshops back to the HV.

Undoing Racism Workshops are unique 2 1/2 day workshops offered by The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, a national, multiracial, anti-racist network from New Orleans dedicated to ending racism in our lifetime.

Now in its 38th year, PISAB has provided training, consultation, and leadership development to more than 500,000 people in organizations nationally and internationally.

The PISAB analysis moves beyond a focus on the symptoms of racism to an understanding of what Racism is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it still persists and how we can effectively organize to Undo Racism in our communities.

Key areas of discussion will include:
1. Assessing where we are in our level of organizing skills
2. Hearing success stories strategies and tactics
3. Learning from History
4. Sharing organizing experience
5. Organizing to Undo Racism

Let’s gather together to organize to Undo Racism. 

Please RSVP now.


Peter Heymann

May 10 Lobby Day in Albany

May 10th Day of Advocacy and Action

Please join Challenging Incarceration and New Yorkers struggling for justice statewide for our May 10th lobby day in Albany, Unite for Parole and Prison Justice: A Day of Advocacy and Action. This legislative action and advocacy day will focus on amplifying our message of an end to mass incarceration, state violence and torture, and identity-based oppression, and the promotion of community empowerment. Our May 10th legislative advocacy will place a particular emphasis on bringing people home through a more humane parole system.

Unitarian Universalist Principles and Black Lives Matter

Black Lives of UU endorses #Vision4BlackLives Policy Platform

from the Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism Organizing Collective

Today The Movement for Black Lives released it’s #Vision4BlackLives Policy Platform which we whole heartedly endorse as an Organizing Collective. This truly visionary platform seeks to restore Black humanity and dignity through Black political will and power. It features as set of six demand categories each of which are deeply explored & researched on the policy platform website:
In response to the sustained and increasingly visible violence against Black communities in the U.S. and globally, a collective of more than 50 organizations representing thousands of Black people from across the country have come together with renewed energy and purpose to articulate a common vision and agenda. We are a collective that centers and is rooted in Black communities, but we recognize we have a shared struggle with all oppressed people; collective liberation will be a product of all of our work. — from #Vision4BlackLives Policy Platform
While we certainly see a direct link between this policy platform and our own 7 Principles of Black Lives, the grounding of the #Vision4BlackLives in the goal of affirming Black humanity & dignity also show a clear connection to our Unitarian Universalist Principles.

The Movement for Black Lives is asking individuals and organizations to formally endorse the #Vision4BlackLives. Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism has already taken that step as an Organizing Collective. We encourage all UUs and all UUA entities to read, digest and endorse this critical step towards collective liberation.