September 28, 2012

End the New Jim Crow in Kingston, NY

This will be a reading group to start. The Date is Oct 9th and the group will meet every other Tuesday until the book is completed. Meeting time 6-8 pm at the Everett Hodge Center, 15-21 Franklin Street, Kingston NY 12401. (845) 331-9683

September 19, 2012

Coming Meeting and Events

Our first meeting of the fall was exciting with a good turnout.  There was lots to report and discuss, much of which is capture in the meeting minutes below (also attached). 

Our next meeting of the full ENJAN is next Wednesday, 26 September.  Before then, however, there are two important dates:

  • The committee that will plan our big fall conference/event, to be held on Friday evening/Saturday, November 16-17, will meet on alternative Wednesdays at the Library in the Family Partner Center at 6:30 pm, starting tomorrow, 19 September.  Please bring your ideas!
  • Tabling Action:  ENJAN has accepted Dutchess Peace’s offer to share their table at the upcoming Arlington Street Fair this Saturday, 22 September, from noon to 6:00 pm.  As part of the fair, Pete Seeger will be signing copies of his book Pete Seeger in His Own Words.  To read more about the event: http://info.vassar.edu/news/2012-2013/120909-arlington-steet-fair.html The fair offers an opportunity to reach out to young people, including Vassar students, and get them involved in our group.
    • We need volunteers to work the table/work the crowds in two-hour shifts. Please let me know if you are willing to be there.
- Jeff

Odell also sent this report with pictures from the panel discussion on Building a Movement to End Mass Incarceration that took place on Friday, 9/14 at 7 pm at the Riverside Church:

> Hello everyone This was one of the best gathering I`ve been to regarding 
> building the movement to end Mass Incarceration. I met with Larry White and 
> Lewis Webb about our organizing in the Mid-Hudson area I also received 50 
> copies of The New JIM Crow. Please pass the word anyone who need a copy can 
> contact me. Here are a few pictures of some of the speakers and crowd shots.


September 11, 2012

Next ENJAN meeting

Hi, everyone--

Just another reminder about the next ENJAN meeting, which is tomorrow, Wednesday, 12 September, at 6 pm in the Library at the Family Partnership Center.
A number of people have submitted agenda items for the meeting, so I’ve put together a proposed agenda below.  It looks like we have a long list, so we’ll have to work efficiently to get through it all!

See you tomorrow!  --Jeff

Proposed Agenda:

  1. Updates: 
    • Tabling action at Picnic Devoted to G-d on 9/1 (Dolores, Earl, Mary Odell, etc.);
    • Action on 9/6 at NYC district attorney’s office sponsored by NYC’s Campaign to End the New Jim Crow (Tim)
    • Meeting with Dutchess County Criminal Justice Council on 8/28 (Dolores, Fred, Jeff, Katia, Mary)
    • Other
  2. Discuss and approve ENJAN guest editorial to Poughkeepsie Journal (working group: Mark, Mary, Pam, Tom, etc.) (letter below)
  3. ENJAN contingent and carpool to NYC panel discussion on Building a Movement to End Mass Incarceration on Friday, 9/14, at 7 pm at the Riverside Church (see attached flyer) (Odell)
  4. Next Action(s):  tabling at the Arlington Street Fair on Saturday, 9/22 (Fred)
  5. Big Fall Event(s):
    • Community book read with Occupy in Kingston as well as other possible venues (Odell)
    • “Hip Hop is Bigger than the Occupation” (Odell)
    • Conference on Criminal Justice in the Hudson Valley (Manna Jo, Jeff, others)
  6. Cop Watch (Occupiers)
  7. Blog & Facebook (Fred, Alexander)
  8. Other?