March and film: Alliance for Families March of Justice

Sun, Sep 3 from 6 - 7:30 pm. Alliance for Families March of Justice Coalition for Women Prisoners and Correctional Association of NY presents a short film: Strength of a Woman followed by discussion. Unitarian Universalist, 67  South Randolph Ave, Poughkeepsie.

Here is the address we will meet and leave from on Sunday, 9/3 to march to Poughkeepsie. Please arrive by 9:00 am so you can register or so you can check in if you are already registered.

Beacon Light Tabernacle SDA
1568 NY9D
Wappinger Falls, NY 12590

The March for Justice is an undertaking by the Alliance of Families for Justice–NY (AFJ-NY) to bring attention to human rights abuses in New York State prisons and jails. The March started in New York City on August 26, 2017, is coming through the Mid-Hudson Valley, and will culminate in a press conference and rally in Albany on Sept. 13, 2017, the anniversary of the 1971 Attica uprising and massacre. 

Sun, 9/3, 6:00: 
Strength of a Woman: Film and Discussion about justice for victims of domestic violence who are charged for fighting back. Potluck Community Meal at 4:30, UU Fellowship, 67 S. Randolph Ave, Poughkeepsie

Mon, 9/4, 4:30: Barbecue and Potluck Dinner followed by the Red Thread Ceremony, Valerie Eagle from the TMI Project, and Mindful Movement with Micah Blumenthal. New Paltz Reformed Church, 92 Huguenot St, New Paltz.

Tue, 9/5, 4:30: Potluck Community Meal, New Progressive Baptist Church, 8 Hone Street, Kingston followed by self-care and celebration at The Kirkland, 289 Fair Street, Kingston

Wed 9/6, 6:00: Profiled: Film Screening and Discussion about racial profiling and police brutality followed freedom songs with Reggie Harris and Rabbi Jonathan. Trinity Episcopal Church, 32 Church St, Saugerties.

For more details,

Beacon Prison Action

Rally for Justice
Thursday, August 31st 6:30 p.m.

Join Beacon Prison Action next Thursday at the Rally for Justice in Peekskill.  We will be welcoming the participants of the March for Justice, who will be marching from NYC to Albany to bring attention to human rights abuses in the prison system.  

Peekskill Presbyterian Church
705 South St.
Speakers will include:
Beacon Prison Action, Peekskill NAACP, and
the Alliance of Families for Justice

In light of the state's refusal to bring charges in the murder of Samuel Harrell, we must continue to highlight the atrocities endemic in the prison system.  Let us give strength and support to these marchers who share in the struggle and will be bringing this message to Albany.

Those interested in carpooling may contact Emily Joslin-Roher at to arrange rides to and from the rally.

Denounce Hate, Celebrate Love

Denounce Hate, Celebrate Love
In front of Dutchess County Office Building 
Poughkeepsie, NY 12580

Tuesday, August 15, 6:00 PM 
We are standing in solidarity with Charlottesville. Join us. Bring a candle. Bring a sign. Bring your hearts, your minds, your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers-- everyone you know. See you in front of the Dutchess County Office Building at 22 Market Street in Poughkeepsie Tuesday, Aug. 15th at 6 pm-- after a bit we'll walk down to 44/55 and hold our signs there. Info: 845-464-2245

ACLU and the Right to Know Act

Testimony of the New York Civil Liberties Union Before City Council Public Safety Committee in Support of the Right to Know Act
June 29, 2015

The New York Civil Liberties Union (“NYCLU”) respectfully submits the following testimony in support of Intro. 182 and Intro. 541, collectively known as the Right to Know Act. We also include comments on several of the other bills being considered today.

Friday at 8 pm, rally for Sam Harrell

Dear members,

  We write with devasting news from the Department of Justice: no criminal charges will be filed against the correctional officers who killed Sam Harrell by either the federal or county prosecutor.

  Please meet us at Beacon High School at 8pm tomorrow for a small, but heartfelt protest: FRIDAY 8PM. Bring signs (or just yourselves) and we'll walk along the sidewalk to the boundary of the Fishkill prison.

      We at Beacon Prison Action are horrified that the Dutchess County DA and the Department of Justice have decided not to pursue any charges against the officers who killed Sam Harrell, ensuring that the deep culture of violence in our state prisons and the utter lack of accountability for corrections officers will continue.