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.
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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.
Onward,


Movement For Black Lives

NYS NAACP call for justice


NEW YORK STATE NAACP CALLS FOR JUSTICE FOR MR. SAMUEL HARRELL, AN AFRICAN AMERICAN MALE INMATE BEATEN TO DEATH BY NEW YORK STATE CORRECTION OFFICERS AT FISHKILL PRISON ON APRIL 21, 2015

DR. HAZEL DUKES, PRESIDENT
LEROY GADSDEN, J.D., CHAIRMAN, CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE

FACTS:
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.

NO CRIMINAL CHARGES HAS BEEN BROUGHT AGAINST THE OFFICERS INVOLVED IN THE FATAL BEATING
(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 (thgivens@gmail.com
or, Pete Heymann (heymann.peter@gmail.com)

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.
Peace,

Peter 

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: https://policy.m4bl.org/
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.

May 1 March for Sanctuary

Celebrate International Workers' Day by making Poughkeepsie a sanctuary city.


On May Day, rally and march for workers' rights to sanctuary cities, public transit, education, and good jobs. As the Poughkeepsie Common Council introduces a sanctuary-inspired resolution on May 1st , show them how the Hudson Valley feels about defending our neighbors!

Monday, May 1st starting at 4:30pm.
4:30pm Gather at the Family Partnership Center in Poughkeepsie (29 N Hamilton St.),
5pm March to City Hall
5:30pm Rally at City Hall (62 Civic Center Plaza)
6pm Speak out on sanctuary-inspired resolution at Common Council meeting
RSVP here or contact Community Voices Heard, the coordinating organization for more details: jordan@cvhaction.org

Two-Year Vigil for Samuel Harrell



On April 21, 2015, correctional officers at our local prison beat to death Samuel Harrell.  Two years later, those same officers are not only free from criminal prosecution but are still on the job.

Please join Beacon Prison Action as we mourn Sam's death, call for accountability for this heinous crime, and organize toward systemic reform:

Two-Year Vigil Friday, April 21st 7pm Polhill Park, Beacon (corner of Main St & 9D in Beacon) Tell us you're coming on facebook

Please sign up to help on the 21st & 22nd! All throughout the day of the vigil and the following day, we'll be handing out information and helping people address postcards to the local prosecutor and the Governor's office.  Please sign up for a shift here or by emailing Kate at katherinegillieflanagan@gmail.com.

Two-Year Vigil Friday, April 21st 7pm Polhill Park, Beacon (corner of Main St & 9D in Beacon) Tell us you're coming on facebook

Please sign up to help on the 21st & 22nd! All throughout the day of the vigil and the following day, we'll be handing out information and helping people address postcards to the local prosecutor and the Governor's office.  Please sign up for a shift here or by emailing Kate at katherinegillieflanagan@gmail.com.

April 17 lecture on children and race relations at Vassar College

LECTURE: Wilma King, "'We are all bound together in one great bundle of humanity’: The Interconnected Lives of Enslaved and Emancipated Children in North America" (4/17)

Vassar, Rockefeller Hall, room 300
5:30pm

Wilma King is the Arvarh E. Strickland Distinguished Professor in African American History and Culture Emerita, University of Missouri. She has published examinations of slavery and freedom in nineteenth-century North America. This lecture focuses specifically on interconnections among black children, enslaved and emancipated, and attempts to answer questions about how and when they learned of legal differences among themselves and their contemporaries, black and white. 

Black Lives Matter presents "There is a Field"

Black Lives Matter Hudson Valley presents: There is a Field

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Black Lives Matter Hudson Valley and DonkeySaddle Productions PRESENT: There Is A Field, a play about a young Palestinian teenage boy who is shot to death by an Israeli Police Officer, based on the true story of the death of 17 year old Aseel Asleh in October 2000, written and produced by Jen Marlowe. Based on interviews and primary sources collected over fourteen years, the documentary-style play offers a uniquely personal lens for understanding inequality as the root of state violence and impunity.
This will be a reading of the play by local community members working in conjunction with DonkeySaddle Productions.

April 5 : Shannon Wong, Director of the New York Civil Liberties Union

Shannon Wong, Director of the New York Civil Liberties Union
Lower Hudson Valley Chapter will present:

"Protecting Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in NYS"

Family Partnership Center April 5, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Please reply to confirm your attendance, and how many others will also attend, as soon as possible to facilitate appropriate planning.

Room to be Announced based on the number of people interested.
So Don't Delay - Let Me Know!

brian@dutchessoutreach.org

I Am Not Your Negro: Saturday, April 1st

Engage Film Series Presents: I Am Not Your Negro: Saturday, April 1st at 10:00 am in Rhinebeck. Free benefit screening (suggested donation $10), followed by a panel discussion anchored by Black Lives Matter Hudson Valley, Showing Up for Racial Justice Ulster County, and the Million Hoodies Project of Bard College. Proceeds will benefit Black Lives Matter, Hudson Valley

Saturday, March 25, 7:30pm at Pointe of Praise Family Life Center in Kingston


TMI Project Presents: #BlackStoriesMatter

The TMI Project offers storytelling workshops to cultivate change in participants and inspire audience members. Partnering with Citizen Action of New York in the Hudson Valley, TMI Project will stage its latest performance, #BlackStoriesMatter, to bring to light part of the contemporary black experience. "#BlackStoriesMatter is our way of participating as an organization in the national outcry of injustice that has been amplified as a result of senseless killings at the hands of law enforcement, frequent racial profiling, and the history of racism in this nation," says TMI Project Executive Director Eva Tenuto. In addition to numerous storytellers, the event will feature performances by Brooklyn Tech's Step Team, The Lady Dragons, and the social justice dance team from Center for Creative Education. Saturday, March 25, 7:30pm at Pointe of Praise Family Life Center in Kingston. TMIProject.org



March 28 film screening and discussion


March 28 5-7:30 pm film screening and discussion. Documentary "13" explores the history of race and the criminal justice system. Discussion by Paul Donnelly, a teacher in the Poughkeepsie  City School District and instructor for Vassar College's Urban Education Initiative. Location Hudson Hall, Dutchess Community College

School To Prison Pipeline


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Please bring your friends and share widely.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1818470245079095/
SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE; KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
Thursday, March 16, 2017
6-8pm @ Mid-Hudson Heritage Center
317 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY

Join the End the New Jim Crow Action Network (ENJAN) and the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) Lower Hudson Valley Chapter for a community discussion and workshop to:
• Identify concerns and share statistics about area high schools
• Discuss the impacts of the school-to-prison pipeline on students, families and communities
• Propose strategies, programs and policy solutions
• Provide training about knowing your rights with police in schools and knowing your rights when facing suspension
PANELISTS:
Paul Donnelly, teacher
Jocelyn Johnson-Kearney, community organizer
Geri Willmott, educator/activist
Shannon Wong, NYCLU Lower Hudson Valley
SPONSORS:
ENJAN (End the New Jim Crow Action Network) Poughkeepsie
NYCLU (New York Civil Liberties Union) Lower Hudson Valley Chapter
www.ENJAN.org  |  enjanhv@gmail.com  |  https://www.facebook.com/enjanpok/
NYCLU: 914-997-7479  |  lowerhudsonvalley@nyclu.org

Focus on First Ladies, and Women Who Created Black Lives Matter

SOUTHERN DUTCHESS NAACP ANNUAL

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION

7 p.m. Saturday, March 25th
Howland Cultural Center * 477 Main Street * Beacon NY 10524 * 845-831-4988
FOCUS ON FIRST LADIES
Screening documentary film, THE LEGACY OF MICHELLE OBAMA
A musical commemoration of the  90th birthday of Leontyne Price, renowned lyric-dramatic soprano who starred as Cleopatra in the 1966 opening of the then-new  Metropolitan Opera House.
Presented by Goldee Greene
Tribute to a game-changing trio of women who created Black Lives Matter:  Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi, and Alicia Garza.

Led by Tracy Givens Hunter.
Suggested donation: $5          Refreshments served.
Special thanks to Aaron Verdile/EXT Productions for technical support

Michael Sussman and ENJAN

Michael Sussman is scheduled to introduce the Court Watching Program at ENJAN Kingston on Monday, March 13, at 6 to 8 pm at New Progressive Baptist Church, 8 Hone St. Kingston 12401.  The public is invited.

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Michael Sussman at ENJAN Poughkeesie  April 12.  Details below.

Ending Mass Incarceration will require dedication, focus and your time. If you are ready and want to learn how to "Court Watch" to "monitor" (gather data from) local criminal courts in Dutchess County. We have confirmed a Date Time and Place with Attorney Michael Sussman.

Sussman is coordinating with, and helping to train court watch groups in several Counties.  

Our initial meeting will be held at ENJAN - POK meeting on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 6:30pm at the Sadie Delaney Peterson African Roots Library, 29 North Hamilton Street. Suite 218. Poughkeepsie, New York 12601. 

Please forward this information to your respective groups.  Thank you and Best!

- - Jen Brown, Tracy Givens-Hunter, Jeffrey Schneider
     members ENJAN Poughkeepsie

Film at Beacon Prison Action

Ava DuVernay's powrful and important film, 13th, wil be showing Monday, March 13, 8 pm at the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon

"One of the Best Films of 2016"
97% on Rotton Tomatoes

"An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality."

Beacon Prison Action will present briefly before the film.

Ending Mass Incarceration, April 12 event

Ending Mass Incarceration will require dedication, focus and your time. If you are ready and want to learn how to "Court Watch" to "monitor" (gather data from) local criminal courts in Dutchess County. We have confirmed a Date Time and Place with Attorney Michael Sussman.

Sussman is coordinating with, and helping to train court watch groups in several Counties.  

Our initial meeting will be held at ENJAN - POK meeting on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 6:30pm at the Sadie Delaney Peterson African Roots Library, 29 North Hamilton Street. Suite 218. Poughkeepsie, New York 12601. 

Please forward this information to your respective groups.  Thank you and Best!

- - Jen Brown, Tracy Givens-Hunter, Jeffrey Schneider 

Assembly with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

Community Voices Heard is organizing an assembly with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Thursday, March 9th from 6pm to 8pm at the Armory in Newburgh, NY. We are gathering over 250 CVH members and community members to confront the Attorney General on issues including homelessness, drivers' licenses for undocumented immigrants, and sanctuary cities. 

We are prioritizing low income people of color to attend the event, but it is open to everyone. We are also looking for volunteers; people willing to carpool or provide transportation, bring refreshments, childcare, and other miscellaneous responsibilities throughout the event.

If you are interested in attending the event or volunteering, just email me back here with your name, number, address, and how you want to be involved! And please share with your networks! As you know he is a statewide public official and is not in these parts often, so this is an important opportunity to make our Hudson Valley community voices heard! 

I hope to hear from y'all soon! Thanks!

Opening/Naming Ceremony


Please check out these fantastic pictures of the Opening/Naming Ceremony of the AJ Williams-Myers African Roots Library in Kingston by famed civil rights photographer Jim Peppler.
Terry Leroy

Safeguard New Yorkers from attacks on our freedom

Take real action to safeguard New Yorkers from attacks on our freedom. Join us for an Emergency Day of Action on Monday, March 13. What are we demanding New York state leaders do?
  • Enact public defense reform that ensures the constitutional right to effective counsel.
  • Protect reproductive freedom by reforming New York’s abortion law to codify Roe v. Wade.
  • Fight hate by protecting New Yorkers — including immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ people, people of color and students in public schools — from discrimination and harmful government actions.
  • Protect New Yorkers’ privacy by limiting surveillance and securing or destroying government databases.
  • Promote police accountability and transparency by publicly reporting street stops, arrests and police misconduct.
Trainings are taking place around the state — sign up to join now!
Wednesday, February 22, 6 p.m.
Family Partnership Center
Room L24 (lower level)
29 N. Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie