February 18, 2019

The Kalief Crowder Story

Prince Hall

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM Next Week ·  Oblong Books & Music - Rhinebeck 6422 Montgomery St, Rhinebeck, New York 12572


Is protest broken? Micah White, co-creator of Occupy Wall Street, thinks so. Disruptive tactics have failed to halt the rise of Donald Trump. Movements ranging from Black Lives Matter to environmentalism are leaving activists frustrated. Meanwhile, recent years have witnessed the largest protests in human history. Yet these mass mobilizations no longer change society. Now activism is at a crossroads: innovation or irrelevance.

February 16, 2019

#FREEnewyork Lobby Day!

Join us on February 27th, in Albany to demand legislation that decarcerates jails and brings justice to our communities. RSVP here.
Buses provided from NYC and Hudson Valley. We can also carpool from Poughkeepise.  
Every day, tens of thousands of New Yorkers languish in jail pretrial, deprived of their freedom and denied access to critical information in their case because of our unjust bail, discovery, and speedy trial laws. We cannot allow Albany to drag its feet while our loved ones and neighbors suffer. 

Join FREEnewyork & New York Civil Liberties Union on February 27th for a powerful day of creative direct actions, speak outs, and meetings with elected officials. This will be an all day trip to Albany. Free transportation & lunch provided from across the state. To reserve your spot, RSVP here.

Together, we will demand the legislature overhaul New York's pretrial system, decarcerate jails, and bring our loved ones home. 

Please RSVP here and spread the word for a #FREEnewyork Lobby Day!

Next ENJAN meeting

Our next ENJAN meeting is on Wednesday, February 27, at 6:30 PM in the African Roots Library of the Family Partnership Center, 29 North Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie. Agenda items:
  • Shannon: Report on #FREEnewyork lobbying in Albany, Feb. 27 (bail reform, speedy trial, and discovery reform).
  • Shannon: Plans to screen film: Frank Gehry: Building Justice
  • Jeff: Court watch status.
  • Shannon: Reminder: NYCLU Lobby Day in Albany – Tuesday, May 14.

February 15, 2019

Retaliation for his leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice

The NFL and attorneys for Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid jointly announced on Friday afternoon they have settled a complaint of collusion by the players, who claimed the league’s owners blackballed them because they had protested by kneeling during the pre-game playing of the national anthem. ...

The filing said the NFL and its owners “have colluded to deprive Mr Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr Kaepernick’s leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States”.

February 10, 2019

ENJAN meeting is on Wednesday, February 13

Reminder: Our next ENJAN meeting is on Wednesday, February 13, at 6:30 PM in the African Roots Library of the Family Partnership Center, 29 North Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie. Agenda items:
  • Shannon: Report: Communities United for Police Reform - Lobby Day in Albany
  • Shannon: Plans to screen film: Frank Gehry: Building Justice
  • Jeff: Court watch status.
  • Shannon: Reminder: NYCLU Lobby Day in Albany – Tuesday, May 14.
Please send me other agenda items.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the meeting,


February 8, 2019

Dreams Deferred

Over the past three decades, a polarizing racial wealth divide has grown between White households and households of color. Since the early 1980s, median wealth among Black and Latino families has been stuck at less than $10,000. Meanwhile, White household median wealth grew from $105,300 to $140,500, adjusting for inflation.

• Between 1983 and 2016, the median Black family saw their wealth drop by more than half after adjusting for inflation, compared to a 33 percent increase for the median White household. Over that same period, the number of households with $10 million or more skyrocketed by 856 percent.
• The median Black family today owns $3,600— just 2 percent of the $147,000 of wealth the median White family owns. The median Latino family has assets worth $6,600 — just 4 percent as much as the median White family. In other words, the median White family has 41 times more wealth than the median Black family and 22 times more wealth than the median Latino family.
• If the trajectory of the past three decades continues, by 2050 the median White family will have $174,000 of wealth, while Latino median wealth will be $8,600 and Black median wealth will be $600. The median Black family is on track to reach zero wealth by 2082.

February 6, 2019

24th Annual Mid-Hudson MLK March for Social and Economic Justice

This event has been
postponed. Stay tuned!

24th Annual Mid-Hudson 
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
March for Social and Economic Justice

Join Rev. Edwrin Sutton, Bishop Debra Gause of Holy Light Pentecostal Church, long-time community activist Mae Parker-Harris, former Councilwoman Ann Perry, Rev. Gail Burger, Nubian Directions founder Robert Wright, folksingers Pat Lamanna and Fred Nagel, Community Voices Heard Poughkeepsie Organizer David Pakter, et. al. on Martin Luther King Day Saturday, Feb. 23rd at noon-- for our 24th Annual Mid-Hudson Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March for Social and Economic Justice-- starting with an hour of speeches/songs inside Smith Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church at 124 Smith Street in Poughkeepsie-- with march stepping off at 1 pm to our County Office Building at 22 Market St. in Poughkeepsie!

[ending up with refreshments, discussion, songs, and speeches at Holy Light Pentecostal Church at 33 So. Clover St.-- Bishop Debra Gause/Ann Perry's church!]

February 4, 2019

The Color of Law

-Tue, Feb 12, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Family Partnership Center, 29N Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie. In honor of Black History Month, join us for a presentation by Jen Brown, Esq. about Richard Rothstein’s book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, and a discussion about how housing discrimination shows up in Poughkeepsie today. Food will be provided!