How else did you expect me to show up?

From Congresswoman Omar's amazing, eloquent,  and powerful speech this week in front of the Capitol:
 "So, a sister of mine on TV said the thing that upsets—the thing that upsets the occupant of the White House, his goons in the Republican Party, many of our colleagues in the Democratic Party, is that—is that they can’t stand—they cannot stand that a refugee, a black woman, an immigrant, a Muslim, shows up in Congress thinking she’s equal to them. But I say to them, “How else did you expect me to show up?”

Lorett Ross at Vassar College

Join Reproductive Justice pioneer and human rights advocate Loretta Ross in an intimate discussion addressing white supremacy, the intersectionality of social justice issues, and the movements that impact us all.

Sponsored by Vassar Voices for Planned Parenthood, the Women's Center, the ALANA Center, the STS Department, the Office of Community Engaged Learning, and Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley.

To RSVP, go here:

We All Belong Here: Hearing the Voices of Muslim Women

-Saturday, May 4, 1:30-4 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 320 Sawkill Rd, Kingston. “We All Belong Here: Hearing the Voices of Muslim Women.” This panel discussion, based on personal experiences and narratives of Muslim Women living in our region, will explore society’s perceptions and governmental policies. Refreshments provided. Hosted by Jewish Voice for Peace-HV and co-sponsored by: Fellowship of Reconciliation USA, the Muslim Peace Fellowship, Middle-East Crisis Response (MECR), Veterans for Peace, Women in Black - New Paltz, Palestinian Rights Committee of Upper Hudson Peace Action, and the Community of Living Traditions at Stony Point Center. 

Community meeting

Community meeting, Tuesday, April 23 (tonight), at 6:30 PM to discuss the City of Poughkeepsie's statement and an action plan regarding the March 11 incident in which City of Poughkeepsie Police Officer John Williams threw 15-year-old Jamela Barnett to the ground. The City of Poughkeepsie has concluded Williams did not use excessive force. Williams has been returned to regular duty.
Location: Smith Metropolitan AME Zion Church, 124 Smith Street, Poughkeepsie

Facilitator: William Wagstaff, attorney for family of Jamela Barnett.
Community Leaders: Bishop Jesse Bottoms, Bishop Debra Gause, Dr. Weldon McWilliams
Shannon alerted me to this event just now. Unfortunately, she cannot attend, but she is strongly urging ENJAN members to attend, and to report back to ENJAN at tomorrow evening's meeting.


Case for/against Reparations

The Race Unity Circle will collectively investigate the case for/against Reparations on Wednesday, April 17, at 7:00 PM.

New location: The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory, 8 N. Cherry Street, Poughkeepsie.

Questions: Should we have a conversation about Reparations in the United States?  Why or Why Not? What should reparations look like? How would we implement them?

Thanks to Tracy for suggesting this announcement.

Segregated by Design

Richard Rothstein
narrates new short film
based on 
The Color of Law

“Segregated by Design,” a short film based on The Color of Law by EPI distinguished fellow Richard Rothstein, examines the forgotten history of how federal, state, and local governments used law and policy to segregate every major metropolitan area in the U.S. The film illustrates how racially explicit, unconstitutional policies created patterns of residential segregation that persist today, driving Rothstein’s conclusion that we are obligated to remedy it. “Segregated by Design” premiered at the American Documentary Film Festival on March 29 in Palm Springs, California. Watch the film »

Black women dying during and after childbirth

Why are so many black women dying during and after childbirth? On Monday, April 22  join PPMHV in exploring this galling disparity in the U.S. healthcare system during a free screening of DEATH BY DELIVERY at SUNY New Paltz. According to the CDC, Black women in the U.S. are dying of pregnancy-related complications at almost four times the rate of their white counterparts, and in DEATH BY DELIVERY, journalist Nelufar Hedayat investigates this crisis in maternal care. DEATH BY DELIVERY is an episode from Fusion TV series, The Naked Truth, and the screening will be followed by a panel of qualified health experts. We hope to see you there.