June 3, 2020

Pass meaningful police transparency laws

New York has failed to pass meaningful police transparency laws for years while officer misconduct has been routinely protected under the auspices of state law
Today we join our partners at Communities United for Police Reform and urge you to take action to put an end to to this. Police, like every other branch of government, must be held to the highest standards of accountability, no exceptions. Call your state representatives and ask them to immediately return to session and:
  1. End police secrecy and repeal 50-a (A2513/S3695), which shields the personnel records of police officers, firefighters, and corrections officers.
  2. Pass the Police Statistics and Transparency (STAT) Act (S1830/A05472)which requires police departments to record and report demographic and geographic data on enforcement of low-level offenses.
We realize that strengthening public disclosure laws are but a piece of a broader justice framework and will not solve for the brazen misconduct we saw in New York over the last few days. It is, however, a step towards greater accountability. 
In solidarity,
Susan Lerner & the team at CCNY
Not sure who to call? Look up your state legislator here.

May 31, 2020

Stop The Violence Movement 2020

Stop The Violence Movement 2020 is sponsoring a peaceful protest (rally and marching on streets) upon the death of George Floyd at Tubman Park (SW corner of Market Street and Eastbound Arterial, Poughkeepsie) on Tuesday, June 2 at 4:00 PM. Robert Pemberton and Joseph Stratford are coordinating the event.

May 30, 2020

Candle light vigil for George Floyd

Community Matters 2 and Change Point Church are sponsoring a candle light vigil for George Floyd outside the Change Point Church, 260 Mill Street, Poughkeepsie (corner of Market Street and westbound arterial) on Sunday, May 31, at 9:00 PM. We will form a perimeter around the church keeping six feet apart. People need to bring there own candles. 

May 29, 2020

This is the crime of which I accuse my country

…this is the crime of which I accuse my country and my countrymen and for which neither I nor time nor history will ever forgive them, that they have destroyed and are destroying hundreds of thousands of lives and do not know it and do not want to know it…but it is not permissible that the authors of devastation should also be innocent. It is the innocence which constitutes the crime.   - James Baldwin

May 27, 2020

GUEST: Dr. Oliver Fein, Professor of Clinical Medicine

Activist Radio (5 - 6 pm) has the following guest on this Thursday:

GUEST: Dr. Oliver Fein, Professor of Clinical Medicine and Public Health at the Weill Cornell Medical College and Executive Committee Chair for the Physicians for a National Healthcare Program, talks about how COVID has changed the national healthcare debate. (15:09)

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. Past programs can be heard on ClassWars.org, or as a podcast (search for Activist Radio).


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May 14, 2020

Congress must pass the Emergency Community Supervision Act

The NYCLU and ACLU have been working to decarcerate vulnerable folks during this time. Please take a minute to send this message to Congress.

Public health experts have repeatedly warned that mass incarceration poses a serious public health risk due to COVID-19. Yet, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have failed to use their authority to safely and swiftly decarcerate. This puts us all at risk.

Congress must pass the Emergency Community Supervision Act in the next COVID-relief package. This will mandate the release of the most vulnerable to this deadly virus and save lives.

We cannot ignore incarcerated people in our public health response to COVID-19. Join me and demand that Congress pass this critical bill to protect us all. Here's how you can send your message.