January 14, 2013

2:00 pm, Sunday, January 20, 2013

23rd Annual Birthday Tribute to
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
King Says “NO!” To The New Jim Crow
2:00 pm, Sunday, January 20, 2013
Woodstock Community Center, Rock City Road

Come join us for an afternoon of reflection, celebration, education and song to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As Dr. King said, “A time comes when silence is betrayal.” Many were a part of the struggle against Jim Crow embodied in the Civil Rights Movement to which Dr. King dedicated his life.  Today there is a call to educate and mobilize people against the New Jim Crow.  As Michelle Alexander points out in her new, best selling book, The New Jim Crow, Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, we now have a new form of racial caste system. Alexander shows how the mass incarceration of African American young men, brought about by the War on Drugs, has created a permanent, new caste system. She notes, “Like Jim Crow (and slavery), mass incarceration operates as a tightly networked system of laws, policies, customs and institutions that operate collectively to ensure the subordinate status of a group largely defined by race.”
Theo Harris, our keynote speaker, is a criminal justice consultant, author and singer. Theo will be teaching us about the New Jim Crow and linking it to Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement. His newly published autobiography Blessed andHighly Favored, Memoirs of a Multiple Felon, has received much acclaim. Theo holds a BA from Syracuse University, and a Master of Professional Studies from NY Theological Seminary, all of which were earned while he was incarcerated. Known for his singing inside and outside prison, he and his wife Phyllis, The Anointed Two, will also be performing. 
Speaking will be Pam Africa, International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal; Ismail Shabazz, Community Activist; Maggie Williams, Move to Amend; and the Town Supervisor of Woodstock Jeremy Wilber. Performing will be Dennis Washington, Director of the Ulster County Community Choir, singing Negro Spirituals; Debra Burger, Freedom Songs; and Theo and Phyllis Harris, The Anointed Two.
Sponsored by Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee, Haitian People's Support Project and Town of Woodstock
For information: terryler@aol.com or 845 679-7320

January 9, 2013

MLK Day...Monday, Jan. 21st

- Monday, Jan. 21st-

18th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
March for Social and Economic Justice

Starting with songs and speeches at 11 am that day at Smith Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church at 124 Smith Street in Poughkeepsie, marching at 12:30 pm to the Dutchess County Office Building at 22 Market Street, and ending up with more discussion and refreshments at Holy Light Pentecostal Church at 33 Clover Street in Poughkeepsie


The Rivertown Kids invite you to their

6th Annual Martin Luther King Day
Celebration for Social Justice

*A Benefit Concert for the Howland Cultural Center*

Monday, January 21, 2013
7:30 PM  (Doors open at 7:00 PM)
Howland Cultural Center
477 Main Street, Beacon, New York
Alvin Bell*David Bernz*Jacob Bernz
Betty and the Baby Boomers*Guy Davis*Dan Einbender
Jeff Haynes*Travis Jeffrey*Melissa Ortquist
The Rivertown Kids*Chris Ruhe*Pete Seeger*Sarah Underhill

$10.00 Minimum Donation
Sponsored by the Howland Cultural Center and Rivertown Kids, Inc.

For information contact the Howland Cultural Center at (845) 831-4988 or info@Rivertownkids.org