March 22, 2019

We All Belong Here

-Saturday, May 4, 1:30-4 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 320 Sawkill Rd, Kingston. “We All Belong Here: Hearing the Voices of Muslim Women.” This panel discussion, based on personal experiences and narratives of Muslim Women living in our region, will explore society’s perceptions and governmental policies. Refreshments provided. Hosted by Jewish Voice for Peace-HV and co-sponsored by: Fellowship of Reconciliation USA, the Muslim Peace Fellowship, Middle-East Crisis Response (MECR), and the Community of Living Traditions at Stony Point Center.

March 17, 2019

The Poor People’s Campaign

-Wed, Mar 27 6:30 - 8 pm at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 9 Vassar Street, Poughkeepsie. The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival ( This will be local people speaking about their experiences working to overcome racism, poverty, environmental degradation, and militarism.

March 15, 2019

Accountability for the City of Poughkeepsie Police

Join ENJAN and other community groups as we call for oversight, transparency, and accountability of the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department at the Poughkeepsie Common Council meeting:
When: Mon, March 18, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, arrive at 6:00.

Where: Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, 62 Civic Center Plaza            
Bring a sign! Stand up for transparency! Stand up for accountability! Demand de-escalation, not excessive use of force! 

Note that the meeting agenda includes a Resolution R19-41, setting an oversight hearing on policing, crime, and police-community relations in the City of Poughkeepsie.

March 11, 2019

The Case for Reparations

March 20, 2019 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Venue: Beulah Baptist Church

Should the United States make restitution for its history of slavery, oppression, injustice and injury to black Americans? What would (should) Reparations look like in 2019 and going forward?

Please join the Race Unity Circle for a discussion of “The Case for Reparations” based on the 2014 article in The Atlantic magazine written by Ta-Nehisi Coates.


March 10, 2019

Film Frank Gehry: Building Justice

Wednesday, March 27, instead of our regular ENJAN meeting, we are co-sponsoring a screening of the film Frank Gehry: Building Justice at 5:30 PM in Lecture Hall 404, Hudson Hall, DCC. This 70-minute documentary explores a project to reimagine the physical structures of incarceration, initiated by distinguished architect Frank Gehry, working with architecture students from two prestigious U.S. schools of architecture.

After the film: Stay for Q&A and refreshments.

Parking: In Parking Lot E off Creek Road, across from campus. Enter Hudson Hall, and take the elevator to the 4th floor.

Other co-sponsors of this free event: The DCC Behavioral Sciences Department, NYCLU Lower Hudson Valley Chapter, Social Justice Committee of Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Race Unity Circle, and Exodus Transitional Community.

The next regular ENJAN meeting after March 13 will be April 10.

March 9, 2019

Public Forum on Federal and State Education Policy


The Dutchess County Progressive Action Alliance (DCPAA) is hosting:
A Public Forum on Federal and State Education Policy 
(and its impact on public education in Dutchess County).

This event is free and open to the public – all who care about the state of public education in Dutchess County are encouraged to attend.

Thursday 21 March 2019
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Smith Metropolitan AME Zion Church
124 Smith Street, Poughkeepsie
(by kind permission of Reverend Ed Sutton)

Moderator: Dr. Joan Mandle, Executive Director, Democracy Matters.

The Alliance For Quality Education, the statewide advocacy group for public education will be represented by Jasmine Gripper, Legislative Director & Statewide Education Advocate.

The purpose of the DCPAA is to inspire and mobilize sustained community activism through the involvement of the people of Dutchess County, New York, in order to promote progressive agendas at all levels of government.

The Forum will address Federal and State Education policies which affect school funding at every level, provide support for many programs and administer policies and regulations which impact the daily operation of all public schools. Community input is encouraged.

For further information, please contact Gully Stanford or 303-349-5635.

March 5, 2019

Because she is a Black, Muslim woman who has taken a seat in the halls of power

Rep. Omar is facing these attacks because she is a Black, Muslim woman who has taken a seat in the halls of power and is refusing to be a silent token. She is advocating for unapologetically universal progressive politics. And yet, there is a deafening silence from the Democratic leadership about the threats against her—including the reprehensible Islamophobic poster in the West Virginia Capitol—effectively giving a green light to violence.

With their silence, Democrats are complicit in any violence or threats against Rep. Omar. That complicity edges them closer and closer to Trump’s gleeful incitement of hate speech and white supremacist, white nationalist violence against marginalized communities.

Call House Speaker Pelosi now at 202-225-0100 and press "1" to leave her a message.