September 18, 2020

Brian sent the following for posting:

 The Common Council's Public Hearing for legislation to establish a Civilian Review Board (CRB) is on Monday, 9/21 at 5:00 PM. Please register for the hearing and make sure you email before 4pm on 9/21 in order to speak at the hearing. This endeavor needs as much support as we can possibly muster, so please share with any and all individuals and organizations outside of ENJAN.

If you have a story about mistreatment or misconduct by the police, whether personal or witnessed, please consider sharing it if you're comfortable doing so. These experiences are emotionally traumatizing, and I fully understand reluctance at publicly sharing them.

For the rest of us, a concept to stress would be fostering trust in the police through transparency and accountability in the complaint process. All of us recognize there's a long history of policing communities of color differently than white communities, both here and throughout the country, and this injustice and the accompanying atrocities need to end. To further bolster the necessity of a CRB, it could be noted that legislation like this is exactly what's called for by Executive Order 203 and the guidance promulgated from it.

Every person is entitled and encouraged to voice their own opinion. I've tried to illuminate the complexity of constructing a comprehensive legislative package that fits within federal, state, and local law. Some suggested amendments to the proposed legislation would compromise the legal standing of a CRB. But one amendment that wouldn't do so is removing the ability of the chief of police to pick one member of the CRB. If you don't agree with allowing the Chief to pick a CRB member, by all means make that known among your other criticisms.

I look forward to hearing you all speak next Monday.


September 17, 2020

ENJAN events for next week

 Shannon submitted the following list of upcoming actions:

Monday, Sep. 21  at 5:00 PM, there will be a public hearing regarding the creation of the civilian review boardfor the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department. Brian will send some additional information. But here is the link to register for attendance. To speak you must also email before 4 pm on Monday, September 21, 2020.  

Wednesday, Sep. 23 at 11:00 AM public hearing on the City of Poughkeepsie's action plan to spend a half million dollar community development block grant awarded for COVID-19 response.

Wednesday, Sep. 23 at 6:30 PM City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rollinson will be joining our ENJAN meeting to discuss the recent addition of the mental health case worker at the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department. Please plan to join that meeting and if possible, share any questions you may have in advance with Shannon I am going to try to compile the questions and create a queue for the conversation with the mayor.

Today through Oct. 3, the Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights will facilitate half a dozen Police Reform and Modernization Community Forums to consider public comment on policing. See attached flyer and make your opinions known. YOUR VOICE MATTERS.

September 10, 2020

Activist Radio has the following guest on this week:


GUEST: Angela Walker, US veteran and working class activist with decades of experience advocating for racial and economic justice in social movements and unions, talks about her socialist beliefs and how she became Howie Hawkins’ running mate on the Green Party line.

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.



Activist Radio

Your voice in these meetings will make a big difference

Thank you for your on-going commitment to justice and fairness for all. I know many members of DCPAA are interested in alternatives to policing and police reform. And now is the time to speak up on these issues! The Dutchess County Police Reform Collaborative is having community forums starting on September 12th and ending on September29th.  These forums will provide the public with an opportunity to share their opinions, experiences and to support reform or alternatives to policing.  Now is the moment to transform policing as we know it.  

I would welcome the opportunity to work with members of the DCPPA to  identify a list of demands and talking points for these forums.  Your voice in these meetings will make a big difference. Please let me know if I can offer some support. You can contact me at 

Together we can create change!
Shannon Wong, NYCLU

Forums will be held via Zoom, will be two hours long, and American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will be available for the hearing impaired. Registration is required to participate; to sign-up for one of the forums, visit the new Police Reform & Modernization Website.

September 9, 2020

Zoom on Tuesday, September 22

The Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie will screen the documentary Suppressed 2020: The Fight to Vote via Zoom on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 7 p.m. Suppressed 2020: The Fight to Vote by Robert Greenwald (Director of Outfoxed and Making a Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRA) is a short, powerful documentary about the growing threat of voter suppression to our 2020 election. Deeply personal accounts from voters of color across the state of Georgia reveal deliberate, widespread voter suppression in the 2018 election. Polling place closures, voter purges, missing absentee ballots, extreme wait times and voter ID issues were in full effect again during the 2020 primaries and are ongoing across the country right now, all disproportionately affecting Black Americans and minorities from casting their ballots. Now, amidst a global health crisis, the cruel weaponization of vote-by-mail restrictions has turned the constitutional right to vote into a choice between life and death. Suppressed 2020 is a call to action against the calculated, unconstitutional and racist attacks intended to suppress the right to vote in America. Screening followed by speaker and discussion.

“Greenwald’s documentary on voter suppression should be viewed by every American.” – Sen. Harry Reid

“If you care about protecting our Democracy, if you care about protecting our right to self-governance, watch Suppressed 2020 and protect our right to vote.” – Rob Reiner

To join the Zoom screening, follow this link:

For more information, contact Pat Lamanna,