February 24, 2018

Giving Life - LGBTQ & Black Excellence

Please join us this Sunday from 3:00 to 5:00 for Giving Life - LGBTQ & Black Excellence. See below for more details about the event.


Hi All,

I’m writing to let you know we are so excited to be welcoming our friends from The Tenth Zine (“Black, Gay and Unbothered”) to present this Sunday at 3 pm at Giving Life - LGBTQ & Black Excellence at the Center. Taking its name from a W.E.B DuBois essay titled “The Talented Tenth,” The Tenth is a biannual publication that champions black LGTBQ voices via photographic essays, in-depth interviews, prose, and events. Since the magazine’s first edition was released in 2015, it has received widespread acclaim for its presentation of counternarratives of black gay and bisexual lives, and for its ability to push boundaries and offer stunning visual imagery of and by black LGBTQ artists.

Khary Septh, the Editor in Chief, will be joined by two of the magazine’s creative directors to speak about the intricacies of the black gay experience and creative responses in the face of complex challenges—from digital engagement to classism—and examples of modern day trailblazers of Black Queer cultural resistance.

We hope to see you there!

Jake Salt I Director, Programs & Services
300 Wall Street I Kingston, NY 12401

February 20, 2018

Dutchess County Jail: one of the worst in NY

State report on Dutchess County Jail shows reforms are needed now

Rebecca Edwards, Valley Views Published 1:39 p.m. ET Feb. 19, 2018

Dutchess County Jail one of the worst in the state. 

Few of us check the news nowadays without a sense of dread. The Poughkeepsie Journal’s Feb. 14 headline hit particularly hard: “Report says Dutchess County Jail one of the worst in the state.” Yes, the state Corrections Department identifies our jail as one of the five worst in New York.

Full article:

February 19, 2018

Whose Streets? to show at Vassar College

Screening of Whose Streets?, a film that seeks to capture the narratives of Ferguson, MO residents in response to the murder of Michael Brown in 2014. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has been nominated for several awards. Following the screening, there will be a discussion with the director, Sabaah Folayan.

What: Screening and Discussion with Sabaah Folayan, director of Whose Streets?

When: Monday, February 26, from 5:30-8:00 pm

Where: Rockefeller Hall, Room 200, at Vassar College

The screening and discussion is open to the public.

Free Ahed Tamimi and Black Lives Matter in New Paltz

February 14, 2018

Michelle Alexander at Marist

Michelle Alexander -- highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, social justice advocate, and legal scholar -- will discuss the topic of her acclaimed best-seller, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, at the Marist College Student Center on Thursday, March 1 at 7:00 PM. In the book, Alexander peels back the curtain on systemic racism in the American prison system to reveal how mass incarceration has come to replace segregation. Alexander's talk, which will be moderated by Marist faculty members Tia Gaynor and Jocelyn Smith Lee, will explore the myths surrounding our criminal justice system from a racial and ethical standpoint, and offer solutions for combating this epidemic.  

Seating in the Theatre will be by ticket only, and only Marist students and staff can obtain tickets. Seating with live-feed viewing will be available in SC 3101, SC3102-05, and the Cabaret. No tickets are required for live-feed viewing, and the public is invited to attend.

February 7, 2018

First Presbyterian Church of Beacon


Fri., Feb. 23, 2018

Doors open at 7pm, film at 7:30pm
This powerful film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin's reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr, as well as his personal observations of American history.

First Presbyterian Church of Beacon,  
McKinley Hall,
50 Liberty St., Beacon, NY 12508
Free Admission
Info: 845 838-2415

SUNY New Paltz

Doris Butterfield
Department of Black Studies 
Scholar's Mentorship Program 
Phone: (845) 257-2760

Meeting at Adriance Library, Poughkeepsie, 1 pm Saturday, February 24th!

Current Resolution:


WHEREAS, Dutchess County should formally declare itself to be a Welcoming County to create a more inclusive, receptive county environment for all local populations, and

WHEREAS, Dutchess County commits itself to protect, respect, and fulfill the full range of inherent human rights for all, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as drafted by Dutchess County's own Eleanor Roosevelt and numerous other international human rights instruments, and

WHEREAS, Dutchess County residents should be completely free from discrimination because of race, creed, national origin or ancestry, color, religion, gender or sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, marital status, age, physical condition or disability in connection with employment, housing, public accommodations, financial practices, and credit transactions; free to protect their interest in personal dignity and freedom from humiliation; free to make available to the County their full productive capacities in employment; to secure the County against domestic strife and unrest which would menace its democratic institutions; to preserve the public safety, health, and general welfare; and to further the interest, rights, and privileges within the County, and

WHEREAS, Dutchess County has pledged reward workplace diversity, promote local industry, protect the environment, and promote equity through compliance with civil rights, and

WHEREAS, consistent with its responsibilities to its residents, Dutchess County has social and ethical obligations to take steps to avoid contracting with or investing in corporations or banks whose practices egregiously contradict efforts to create a prosperous, educated, healthy and equitable society; many municipalities across our country have already done this, including Ithaca, Buffalo, Albany, and New York City here in our state, New Orleans, Raleigh, Albuquerque, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Davis, and both Portland and Ashland in Oregon, and therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the Dutchess County Legislature calls for Dutchess County to be a Welcoming County and encourages the creation of a process to review direct investments and contracts for inclusion on, or removal from, Dutchess County's list of corporate securities, contractual partners, and the banks with which Dutchess County does business, according to the values of Dutchess County as referenced in this resolution, and be it further

RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Dutchess County Executive and Dutchess County Finance Commissioner

Black History Month

In recognition of Black History Month,  on Thursday night, February 15th, 6:30pm, Odell WinfieldThe Jewish Congregation of New Paltz and The New Paltz Historical Society will be co-hosting a special screening of I Am Not Your Negro at the Jewish Congregation of New Paltz

Community Center, 30 North Chestnut Street, New Paltz. The film is a 2016 documentary directed by Raoul Peck, based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript, Remember This House. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin's reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar EversMalcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr, as well as his personal observations of American history. It was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards.