Ending a culture of White Supremacy and Racism in policing

 This announcement is from Rise Up Kingston:

Rise Up Kingston has joined in with activists and organizers around the country to demand changes to how we look at Public Safety, specifically by Defunding the Police and investing in our communities. 

We are looking to build a coalition of organizations and entities in Kingston and the Hudson Valley to show the importance of having a budget that reflects the priorities of our community -  Ending a culture of White Supremacy and Racism in policing. We hope that this could act as a model for other communities in the future. 

Here's the zine that we created that outlines our campaign to defund the police in Kingston by 22%.

We discussed this initiative at last evening's ENJAN meeting, and will vote at the 8/11 ENJAN meeting on whether the Poughkeepsie Chapter of ENJAN should sign on. Please review this outline and be prepared to vote.

Service for Dr. Albert Williams-Myers

 Activist, advocate, historian, professor emeritus, community elder, and
friend of ENJAN, A. J. Williams-Myers passed away peacefully on July 12,
2021, after a brief illness. Professor Williams-Myers was a former chair
of the Department of Black Studies at SUNY New Paltz and a widely
recognized expert who authored many books on African American history,
including moving and informative works on the Middle Passage
trans-Atlantic slave trade.

A memorial service for Dr. Williams-Myers will be held on Saturday,
August 14, 2021, at 2:00 PM at the New Progressive Baptist Church, 8
Hone St., Kingston. Please share with anyone you know who knew him and
just share far and wide and please attend the event.

GUEST: Dale Kretz, Assistant Professor African American History

 Activist Radio has the following guest on this week:

GUEST: Dale Kretz, Assistant Professor African American History, Civil War and Reconstruction, Race and Slavery, Health and Medicine at Texas Tech University, talks about his recent article in Jacobin Magazine, "Juneteenth Is About Freedom."


Activist Radio is broadcast: Thursdays 5-6 pm from WVKR 91.3 FM at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY; Sundays 4-5 pm from WIOF 104.1 FM in Woodstock, NY; and Sundays 5-6 pm from the Progressive Radio Network at PRN.FM. It will also be posted on the ClassWars website for the next ten weeks. Simply click on the date to hear it.


Sat, 17 July at Mansion Square Park


ENJAN will have a table at the Community Day celebration on Saturday, 17 July, at Mansion Square Park (165 Mansion St. Poughkeepsie, NY 12601) from 10 am - 5 pm. We need volunteers to help set up and staff the table.

Earl will be letting us use his table. Jeff will bring waters, flyers, sign-up sheets, and other information.
As we agreed at our ENJAN meeting tonight, here is a sign-up sheet for tabling for ENJAN (with DCPAA). Please fill it out! Thank you!

Citizen Action Workshop


Citizen Action of New York is sponsoring a 3-day workshop, Reversing Runaway Inequality, on Aug 10-12 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Zoom. Register using the above link. From the announcement:

In this workshop, we examine the massive level of economic inequality we bear in America today. We will discuss both what the current inequality looks like and how it came to be. Our economic system was built on exploitation of Black and brown people and, in order to achieve economic justice, we must understand and dismantle the racism inherent in the system.

Summer Organizing Institute to help end mass incarceration

 Apply now for CCA's Summer Organizing Institute to help end mass incarceration in New York State! Flyer attached. Applications due by July 14th. 

In the Summer Organizing Institute, you'll learn the ins-and-outs of grassroots organizing, legislative advocacy and campaign strategy. You'll also meet leaders, advocates and organizers across the state as we collectively build a movement to end mass incarceration & fight for the change our communities need.

If you've wanted to deepen your organizing and advocacy skills, learn more about how to get laws passed or how to organize a protest, this is your moment! The Institute is specifically geared towards formerly incarcerated people, families and others who have been directly impacted by systems of incarceration and criminalization.

The Institute will begin Saturday, July 24th and then run weekly on Tuesday evenings from July 27th through September 7th. All sessions will take place on Zoom. 

Apply here by July 14th! Spread the word with the attached graphic/flyer.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Marvin Mayfield at mmayfield@communityalternatives.org