November 24, 2020

Candlelight vigil for Black Lives Lost

 Please join 845 Unity's vigil for Black and Brown families who have lost family members due to police brutality, violence, and racism. It's held the day before Thanksgiving so families will know we stand in solidarity with them and they are not forgotten this holiday season. Candles will be provided. Please dress warm. Wear masksblack, and remember to practice social distancing. You may be gone, but we will never forget you! ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ

Wednesday  7pm 
November 25, 2020

1 Municipal Square
Walden, NY

November 19, 2020

Rally to End the New Jim Crow at Memorial Park in Beacon

ENJAN is co-sponsor with Beacon Prison Action and the Newburgh LGBTQ Center of a Rally to End the New Jim Crow at Memorial Park in Beacon (meet at pavilion by the Fishkill Ave parking lot) on Saturday, November 21, at 1:30 PM. Wear masks, bring signs, social distance. See also attached flier.

Laurie Dick sent the following message:

The COVID crisis is hitting New York’s prisons hard and turning prison sentences into death sentences. Because prisoners have little to no control over their medical care & hygiene, and are required to live in close quarters, outbreaks like the one at Elmira last month have proven to balloon into the hundreds in a matter of weeks.

The State of NJ just released over 2,000 prisoners in order to prevent a major tragedy and to free-up funds to pay for the sorts of help their communities need right now. At the same time, New York is going backward. Governor Cuomo has released very few of even the most vulnerable prisoners. Marc Molinaro is about to spend $200 million of Dutchess County taxpayers' money to break ground on a new jail. This at a time when the number of pre-trial detainees should be going down, not up.

At a time when our communities are suffering the worst economic downturn in decades, New York continues to send disproportionate support to carceral systems which disproportionately target Black and Brown New Yorkers.

Come out Saturday to say, "This needs to change!" 

November 9, 2020

Nonwhite Voters Are Not Immune to the Appeal of Right-Wing Populism

"The thin gruel of symbolic racial identity politics offered by the Democrats is not doing much to help minorities, and many of them are not going to keep accepting it forever. Measures like an increased minimum wage and Medicare for All would reduce racial inequalities in significant, tangible ways while also appealing to the white working class, who would benefit from the same measures. Instead, for years, the Democrats sidestepped the more ambitious of these universal economic programs in favor of identity-based appeals that they hope will do just enough to get them through the gate. That approach is showing serious morbid symptoms at this point. The Democrats may have dodged the bullet this time, just narrowly, but liberals should consider the position they could have been in today were they not running against a proudly incompetent opponent presiding over a historic public health and economic disaster."

 full article: 

October 22, 2020

City of Poughkeepsie police reform committee

 There will be another opportunity to tell the City of Poughkeepsie police reform committee how policing impacts you and what changes you’d like to see. Please sign up and tell them what reforms demand.

Your voice makes a difference! Speak up for change!  Together we can transform policing!

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison and the co-chairs of Poughkeepsie Procedural Justice Committee will host a public meeting to get feedback to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order pertaining to policing and enhanced training and policies.

The virtual meeting will take place from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. People can register here to speak and/or listen. The public will have up to three minutes each to share their experiences and make suggestions. Those who would like to participate in the virtual forums must register prior to the event’s start time.

The City's press release gives more information.

Guidance Available Here

Pop Art Demonstration

 No New Dutchess County Jail -- Pop Art Demonstration

Thank you for helping to make this experience interaction!
Volunteer support, our vision for creating two makeshift jail cells to place in two locations Poughkeepsie and Beacon have been realized! The goal is to use these makeshift jail cells to draw the community as they walk by to engage in conversation.

As we engage with the community, we will be asking the community to write on the jail cell. And have them send an email to their legislature. Talking points and orientation will be provided on Friday, November 6, 2020, from 6 PM to 7 PM.
Please fill out this form if you are available to take a shift over the weekend ofNovember 7 and 8 for the No-New-DCJ pop Art Demonstration. Please complete the form by Thursday 11/3 12pm.

Thank you; as always, please reach out to us if you have questions. 
looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Alisha Kohn 
Pronouns; She/Her/Hers
Director of Queer Justice Committee
The Newburgh LGBTQAI+ Center

October 20, 2020

Thursday, October 29, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Free panel discussion on Qualified Immunity: An Obstacle to Justice

Thursday, October 29, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

During recent months, we have seen an uprising in this country and a call to action for those who believe police should be held accountable. To further this work, I am pleased to invite you to theNYCLU Hudson Valley Chapter’s annual Henry Schwarzschild Memorial Lecture. This year, we will focus on the little known but hugely important legal principle known as qualified immunity. 

For decades, qualified immunity has prevented police officers from being held personally responsible in civil lawsuits, even when their actions result in serious injury or death. Until officers are held responsible for their actions, their behavior won’t change. Our panel of experts will go into depth about qualified immunity and how we can end it for police officers in New York. 

The event will be held via Zoom and it is free and open to the public. See also attached flier.

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