January 18, 2020

Emmett Till and voter suppression

This MLK Day, remember Emmett Till and voter suppression

“We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality…We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and the Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote.” —Martin Luther King Jr.

Two historic events occurred in American history in different years on August 28. In 1955, Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi—and in 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. addressed the nation from Washington, D.C., with his “I Have a Dream” speech. While both events have been ingrained in many Americans’ memories, few are aware that they share a common link between brutality and voter suppression.

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January 17, 2020

12 noon, Monday, January 20, to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Please share this invitation and graphics widely.
Sent in behalf of Ms. Mae Parker-Harris (no email account):

Dear Sisters and Brothers,
It’s been more than 50 years from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign and we still have the same issues. Please support keeping MLK’s dream alive, because we haven’t accomplished social and economic justice yet. We’re carrying the same signs we were carrying in the 50s and 60s, and still have the same concerns. Please join us at 12noon, Monday, January 20, to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Smith Metropolitan AME Zion Church, 124 Smith St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.
Looking forward to seeing you Monday,
Mae Parker-Harris

January 15, 2020

GUEST: Elias Holtz, a freelance television producer, talks about police violence and the story of Ramsey Orta

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

GUEST: Elias Holtz, a freelance television producer and queer organizer with The #BradleyPride NYC Coalition and The Freedom Socialist Party, talks about police violence and the story of Ramsey Orta, who was prosecuted and imprisoned for videotaping the murder of Eric Garner. 

The interview can be heard live on 91.3 FM, or streamed from https://classwars.org. It will also be posted on the ClassWars website for the next ten weeks. Simply click on the date to hear it.


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Police Accountability in Kingston, NY

SAVE THE DATE - A Community Forum
We started the struggle for Police Accountability in March of 2018. Since then, we've made great strides. But there is still work to do. On January 28, we are hosting a community forum as a lead up to passing our Police Accountability legislation through the Common Council and on to the Mayor's desk. Join us to have all of your questions answered about Police Accountability in Kingston, and to use your voice to pass our legislation into law. We need to YOU to make Police Accountability happen!


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January 13, 2020

At the African Roots Center in Kingston

“Praising Our Ancestors”
with Good Gourd and Redwing Blackbird Theater
Saturday, January 18 | 4 – 6 pm

A coming together of Redwing Blackbird Theater giant activist puppets and music provided by Good Gourd, a singing and percussion group under the direction of Shekere Percussion Master Carol Caru Thompson. The performance honors African-American heritage and culture. Master Puppeteer Amy Trompetter encourages audience participation, so bring the children to this fun and festive event.

All are welcome. The event is free.

African Roots Center | 43 Gill St


Open House
The Civil Rights Movement and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Monday, January 20 | 5 – 7 pm

On the day we honor Martin Luther King Jr., we will have a discussion about the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. King, featuring a display of books, articles and other materials. You will also learn about the African Roots Center – our history, mission and the programs and services we provide – and explore our library collection of books for children and adults that focus on people of color.

Join us for this evening of discovery and to learn more about the African Roots Center.

This program is presented as part of our Real History Series.

All are welcome. The event is free.

African Roots Center, 43 Gill St, Kingston


February Programs

Black History: Slavery in the Hudson Valley
Saturday, February 1 | 6 – 8 pm

Mighty Times: The Children's March Film Screening and Discussion
Saturday, February 22 | 6 – 8 pm

January 11, 2020

Defend bail reform in 2020!

We need your help to defend bail reform in 2020! We have been hearing from legislators that many people have been contacting their offices in opposition to bail reforms that were passed last year. We need you to contact your legislators and let them know that you support these crucial reforms. Please take this action and send this along to your networks. We need lots of voices to ensure that the legislature doesn’t roll back what we’ve achieved in the upcoming session. 

Please call or email your representatives now
Senator Sue Serino
Phone: 845-229-0106

Assemblymember Jonathan Jacobson
Phone 845-763-7011

Assemblymember Didi Barrett