August 6, 2020

GUEST: Christian Perenti on "The Surprising Geography of Police Killings"

Activist Radio has the following guest on this week:

GUEST: Christian Perenti, author of "Radical Hamilton," and Associate Professor of Economics at John Jay College CUNY, talks about his latest article, "The Surprising Geography of Police Killings" and how race and region determine who gets murdered by the men in blue.

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Black August Defund the Police Teach-in

Community Voices Heard is sponsoring a Black August Defund the Police Teach-in on August 11 at 6:30 PM in cyberspace. From the CVH announcement:

The event will be led by Anthonine Pierre, Deputy Director of the Brooklyn Movement Center.

As we celebrate Black resistance throughout the month of August, join us to learn about the growing movement to defund the police. We will discuss how we can reimagine community safety by investing in infrastructure and services for Black and Latinx communities - including housing, education, health care, and more.
To attend, submit your identifying information at the event announcement.

August 4, 2020

Poughkeepsie Journal story asserts that Dutchess County Sheriff Butch Anderson will report to the Public Safety Committee of the Dutchess County Legislature on Thursday, August 6 at 5:30 PM regarding the July 18 Black Lives Matter protest in Pleasant Valley at which multiple physical confrontations and injuries occurred during encounters with a "Back the Blue" counter-protest. Many ENJAN members were in attendance.

Public comment will be accepted until 4:30 PM on August 6. The committee meeting will be livestreamed, recorded, and transcribed. For links to submit comments and/or view the livestream, see the public notice.

July 30, 2020

Celebrate, learn, and discuss the Right To Know Act today

ENJAN is sponsoring a gathering to celebrate, learn, and discuss the Right To Know Act today, Thursday, July 30, at 6:30 PM at Earline Patrice Park (formerly Mansion Square Park)165 Mansion Street, Poughkeepsie.

The City of Poughkeepsie just passed the Right To Know Act (RTKA) which will require City of Poughkeepsie police officers to identify themselves, explain the reason for the stop, and provide a business card. Join us t learn more about this campaign and your rights, and to discuss local police reform moving forward. Wear your mask, and bring something to sit on.

Pleasant Valley march (thanks, Shannon)

Thank you for your advocacy related to Pleasant Valley march on July 18th. I’m writing to inform you that your calls for advocacy have worked. 


At the August 6 meeting of the Dutchess County Legislature’s Public Safety Committee the 


Public Safety Committee of Dutchess County Legislature

August 6 5:30 pm

A link is here to watch it virtually (because of COVID, the public is not in attendance and many legislators are joining by Zoom).  

July 21, 2020

From a report given by John Lewis to SNCC in 1965 (thanks to Ben Mabie)

"It matters not whether it is in Angola, Mozambique, Southwest Africa or Mississippi, Alabama, Goergia, and Harlem. The Struggle is one of the same. . Call it what you may - racial segregation, social, economic and political exploitation, or what the Freedom Fighters in South Africa are demanding an end to. . .imperialism and colonialism. It is a struggle against a vicious and evil system that is controlled nad kept in order for and by a few white men throughout the world."

From a report given by John Lewis to SNCC in 1965

July 18, 2020

Keep up the pressure

Dear friends,

Thank you so much for writing Dutchess County's legislators to urge that bonds for the new jail project be rescinded. Over 500 people emailed us, almost as many more signed petitions, and the chair said he answered 55 phone calls. We've never seen anything close to that level of public input. 

As you may know, the Republican majority didn't heed our pleas. The Budget Committee voted to keep the bond authorization (the 8 Republicans voted for, the 4 Democrats against).  The result is very disappointing, but there are several steps we can take.

First, we encourage everyone to keep up the pressure and continue to contact the County Executive, urging him to reconsider or at least scale back the jail project. The bonds are not yet issued and the county is not obligated to issue or spend the full amount. ...
- Democratic caucus, Dutchess Co. legislature