December 31, 2020

GUEST: Anne Ames, co-founder of Wednesday Walk For Black Lives

Activist Radio has the following guest on this week:

GUEST: Anne Ames, local activist and resident of Kingston, NY, co-founder of Wednesday Walk For Black Lives, and member of the End the New Jim Crow Action Network, talks about how she got involved in fighting racism and the prominent role of women in the movement.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pn9VgFUvkeY


Activist Radio is broadcast: Thursdays 5-6 pm from WVKR 91.3 FM at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY; Sundays 4-5 pm from WIOF 104.1 FM in Woodstock, NY; and Sundays 5-6 pm from the Progressive Radio Network at PRN.FM. It will also be posted on the ClassWars website for the next ten weeks. Simply click on the date to hear it.

Thanks,

Fred
Activist Radio

December 24, 2020

GUEST: Dorothy Miller Zellner, former member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee

 

Activist Radio has the following guest on this week:

GUEST: Dorothy Miller Zellner, former coeditor of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s newsletter, SNCC's former media relations person, and coeditor of "Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC" talks about the Black liberation movement today and its connection to the campaign to free the Palestinian people.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSs9wOADl1k

Activist Radio is broadcast: Thursdays 5-6 pm from WVKR 91.3 FM at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY; Sundays 4-5 pm from WIOF 104.1 FM in Woodstock, NY; and Sundays 5-6 pm from the Progressive Radio Network at PRN.FM. It will also be posted on the ClassWars website for the next ten weeks. Simply click on the date to hear it.


December 22, 2020

Poughkeepsie Community Speaks Out About PBA Statements

 


Poughkeepsie Community Speaks Out

Poughkeepsie Community Speaks Out About PBA Statements


Hi All,


As many of you are aware, on December 7th and 8th the City of Poughkeepsie PBA directed statements at residents, stakeholders, and a long standing local benevolent organization, ENJAN (End the New Jim Crow Action Network), saying that the people who are publicly speaking out in favor of the police reform and reinvention ordered by Gov. Cuomo are “outsiders” and “non-stakeholders” who have not contributed to their community and are trying to "pull this city apart." Local activists felt these statements fell between mischaracterizations and outright falsities, and some residents of color felt these statements were "a red flag signaling a desire to preserve the status quo and protect white supremacy.” As one African American resident commented, "It’s the same narrative we’ve been subject to our entire lives, one that tells us we’re no good and that our voices don’t matter."


The PBA's statements and their coverage by local press also reflected a historically unbalanced power dynamic, and in an attempt to give voice to the community's concerns, eleven residents, stakeholders, and city elders gave statements regarding the current state of affairs.


These statements were read and filmed, and the video will go live at noon today, Monday, Dec. 21. (* Note:  The video went live at noon today.)

 

The statements can also be read here.


Since these statements were recorded, members of ENJAN have met with the police chief, Thomas Pape, to have a discussion moderated by Common Councilmember Sarah Brannen. PBA representatives declined to attend this meeting with city residents who they've said are non-stakeholders.


I hope you'll all listen to these all too often silenced voices and take their concerns to heart.


Sincerely,

Brian Robinson

CEO

Equitable Future, Inc.

EquitableFuture.org


December 18, 2020

"Caste" book study group


A group of us created ENJAN a decade ago after being inspired by a book read of Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow. Since then, there has not been another book with the same power to inspire a new way of thinking about the plight of Blacks and other minorities in America.


Caste: But now there may be such a book: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson, published earlier this year. Wilkerson defines caste as "the granting or withholding of respect, status, honor, attention, privileges, resources, benefit of the doubt, and human kindness to someone on the basis of their perceived rank or standing in the hierarchy." The caste viewpoint confirms everything already known about racism, but expands the vision dramatically. If a person or institution is considered racist, one can imagine -- at least in principle -- that that person's or institution's racism can be rooted out. Not so with caste. Caste is not a property of particular individuals and particular institutions. Caste is an intrinsic property of the American social structure, as well as that of India, and, according to Wilkerson, of Nazi Germany. Racism can be thought of as a localized phenomenon, and therefore more manageable. Caste is a property of our society, and therefore much more intractable.


Book study circle: A few of us from Race Unity Circle (RUC), Dutchess County Interfaith Council, and ENJAN are organizing an 8-session study circle on Isabel Wilkerson's book Caste. The study circle will be held in cyberspace every other Sunday, from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM, beginning January 3. Attendance is limited to 30 people. If more than 30 people sign up, a separate study group may be organized. As is traditional in RUC, an attempt will be made to ensure a diverse group.


You can register for the Caste book study circle here.


Bill

December 14, 2020

Local Criminal Justice Reform Efforts in Dutchess, Part II

 

DCPAA has scheduled December 17 at 7 pm for our next DCPAA presentation, “Local Criminal Justice Reform Efforts in Dutchess, Part II”. The topics for Part II will be decarceration and the school to prison pipeline. 

If you plan to attend, please click on the link to the Facebook event and mark going or respond to this email.  The Zoom link will be sent out via email a couple of days before the event.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1516463665409206

If you missed Part I: Local Criminal Justice Reform Efforts in Dutchess Zoom presentation on Nov. 19, you may view the presentation here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/15SA9mJGP65r1_YeI50SUtHeyv1yRsPbL/view?usp=sharing

December 10, 2020

Links below to see the coverage from yesterday’s Decarcerate the HV launch

 Shannon sent the following:

Please check out the links below to see the coverage from yesterday’s Decarcerate the HV launch. Also attached is the Justice Roadmap and the NYCLU one-pager on some of the priority bills. 

We got news coverage in the Times Herald-RecordHudson Valley 360, and LoHud and placed op-eds in the Times Herald-Record and Yonkers Tribune.  

Please post these amazing pieces & share with or tag state electeds in your region! Tagging the electeds with news coverage and op-eds in their districts will be a really powerful way to let them know we are coming in 2021!

December 7, 2020

Human Rights Day 2020, Thursday, Dec. 10

The final webinar in the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP)’s Black Power Educational Series will address human rights. December 10 is globally recognized as International Human Rights Day to commemorate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) promulgated in 1948


HOW TO WATCH


Join the Black Alliance for Peace at 7 p.m., EST, Thursday, December 10 to delve deeper into the history and practice of the PCHRs as well as the relevance of the PCHRs for framing the ideological challenge to the ongoing and deepening neoliberal capitalist crisis.


Register at https://bit.ly/PCHR1210

 

December 3, 2020

Join us as we launch Decarcerate the Hudson Valley

 Join us as we launch Decarcerate the Hudson Valley, a new coalition to fight for a world without cages where all of our communities have what they need to thrive.


We are a coalition of community-based organizations, formerly incarcerated and directly impacted people, organizers and advocates in Westchester and the Hudson Valley who envision a world without cages. We work together to dismantle systems of criminalization and incarceration locally and across New York State with the understanding that they are built on white supremacy, target Black and brown communities and criminalize poverty. We fight to create alternatives that advance justice and liberation for all and build a world where all of our communities have what they need to thrive.

Wednesday, December 9th @ 11AM
Please meet at 10:30 AM to prep first.

In person (Wear a mask and practice physical-distancing. We will have extra masks on-site).

Westchester: Sing Sing prison (State Street & South Street, Ossining)

Orange: Orange County jail (255 Main Street, Goshen)

Albany: Governor's Mansion (138 Eagle Street, Albany)
Contact: Luke 917-702-8781 or Luke@vocal-ny.org

Join the launch on Zoom

November 30, 2020

Friday, Dec 4 from 7 to 8:15 pm ET

Zoom panel on "How police and vigilantes operate to attack and undermine minority groups and progressive movements in the U.S. and Palestine.”


Speakers will explore how we can support local and national movements in overcoming racism and political repression to achieve basic human rights for all. The panel will include a Kingston, NY BLM activist (Anne Ames), the editor of mondoweiss.net (Philip Weiss), and a radical feminist, revolutionary member of Black Alliance for Peace (Asantewaa Nkrumah-Ture). 

To register in advance for
this Zoom meeting go to: 



November 24, 2020

Candlelight vigil for Black Lives Lost

 Please join 845 Unity's vigil for Black and Brown families who have lost family members due to police brutality, violence, and racism. It's held the day before Thanksgiving so families will know we stand in solidarity with them and they are not forgotten this holiday season. Candles will be provided. Please dress warm. Wear masksblack, and remember to practice social distancing. You may be gone, but we will never forget you! ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ


Wednesday  7pm 
November 25, 2020

1 Municipal Square
Walden, NY

November 19, 2020

Rally to End the New Jim Crow at Memorial Park in Beacon

ENJAN is co-sponsor with Beacon Prison Action and the Newburgh LGBTQ Center of a Rally to End the New Jim Crow at Memorial Park in Beacon (meet at pavilion by the Fishkill Ave parking lot) on Saturday, November 21, at 1:30 PM. Wear masks, bring signs, social distance. See also attached flier.

Laurie Dick sent the following message:

The COVID crisis is hitting New York’s prisons hard and turning prison sentences into death sentences. Because prisoners have little to no control over their medical care & hygiene, and are required to live in close quarters, outbreaks like the one at Elmira last month have proven to balloon into the hundreds in a matter of weeks.

The State of NJ just released over 2,000 prisoners in order to prevent a major tragedy and to free-up funds to pay for the sorts of help their communities need right now. At the same time, New York is going backward. Governor Cuomo has released very few of even the most vulnerable prisoners. Marc Molinaro is about to spend $200 million of Dutchess County taxpayers' money to break ground on a new jail. This at a time when the number of pre-trial detainees should be going down, not up.

At a time when our communities are suffering the worst economic downturn in decades, New York continues to send disproportionate support to carceral systems which disproportionately target Black and Brown New Yorkers.

Come out Saturday to say, "This needs to change!" 

November 9, 2020

Nonwhite Voters Are Not Immune to the Appeal of Right-Wing Populism

"The thin gruel of symbolic racial identity politics offered by the Democrats is not doing much to help minorities, and many of them are not going to keep accepting it forever. Measures like an increased minimum wage and Medicare for All would reduce racial inequalities in significant, tangible ways while also appealing to the white working class, who would benefit from the same measures. Instead, for years, the Democrats sidestepped the more ambitious of these universal economic programs in favor of identity-based appeals that they hope will do just enough to get them through the gate. That approach is showing serious morbid symptoms at this point. The Democrats may have dodged the bullet this time, just narrowly, but liberals should consider the position they could have been in today were they not running against a proudly incompetent opponent presiding over a historic public health and economic disaster."

 full article: 

October 22, 2020

City of Poughkeepsie police reform committee

 There will be another opportunity to tell the City of Poughkeepsie police reform committee how policing impacts you and what changes you’d like to see. Please sign up and tell them what reforms demand.


Your voice makes a difference! Speak up for change!  Together we can transform policing!

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison and the co-chairs of Poughkeepsie Procedural Justice Committee will host a public meeting to get feedback to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order pertaining to policing and enhanced training and policies.

The virtual meeting will take place from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. People can register here to speak and/or listen. The public will have up to three minutes each to share their experiences and make suggestions. Those who would like to participate in the virtual forums must register prior to the event’s start time.

The City's press release gives more information.

Guidance Available Here

Pop Art Demonstration

 No New Dutchess County Jail -- Pop Art Demonstration


Thank you for helping to make this experience interaction!
Volunteer support, our vision for creating two makeshift jail cells to place in two locations Poughkeepsie and Beacon have been realized! The goal is to use these makeshift jail cells to draw the community as they walk by to engage in conversation.

As we engage with the community, we will be asking the community to write on the jail cell. And have them send an email to their legislature. Talking points and orientation will be provided on Friday, November 6, 2020, from 6 PM to 7 PM.
Please fill out this form if you are available to take a shift over the weekend ofNovember 7 and 8 for the No-New-DCJ pop Art Demonstration. Please complete the form by Thursday 11/3 12pm.

Thank you; as always, please reach out to us if you have questions. 
looking forward to hearing from you soon.
--
Alisha Kohn 
Pronouns; She/Her/Hers
Director of Queer Justice Committee
The Newburgh LGBTQAI+ Center

October 20, 2020

Thursday, October 29, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Free panel discussion on Qualified Immunity: An Obstacle to Justice

Thursday, October 29, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

During recent months, we have seen an uprising in this country and a call to action for those who believe police should be held accountable. To further this work, I am pleased to invite you to theNYCLU Hudson Valley Chapter’s annual Henry Schwarzschild Memorial Lecture. This year, we will focus on the little known but hugely important legal principle known as qualified immunity. 

For decades, qualified immunity has prevented police officers from being held personally responsible in civil lawsuits, even when their actions result in serious injury or death. Until officers are held responsible for their actions, their behavior won’t change. Our panel of experts will go into depth about qualified immunity and how we can end it for police officers in New York. 

The event will be held via Zoom and it is free and open to the public. See also attached flier.

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October 17, 2020

Say Her Name protest at 72 Market Street


Tracy submitted the attached flier for today's (10/17) Say Her Name
protest at 72 Market Street, Pok. at  6:45 PM

 

September 26, 2020

Wednesday Walk for Black Lives, Kingston, NY, 9-23-20



 

Racism and Health

The current uprising across the nation is a take-off moment for systemic racism in the United States. A take-off moment occurs when awareness about a crisis reaches a level of public consciousness where an event (in this case, the recent high-profile police murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd) sparks protests across the country.

Racist police violence has now become part of the national dialog, as has systemic racism, which is a much bigger topic than policing. A national movement to change these systems is growing. It will succeed if we continue to build on this momentum and demand change.



Racism and Health

One aspect of systemic racism that merits greater attention is the inherent racism in our healthcare system. Cities across the country are beginning to recognize that racism is a public health issue. On top of that, social determinants such as wealth inequality, access to housing and education and discrimination in the workplace, as well as other factors, also impact health resulting in worse health outcomes and higher death rates for black people.


Read Popular Resistance on-line: https://popularresistance.org/lets-talk-about-racism-and-health/

September 25, 2020

Watch the "Losing Our Homes" panel on YouTube

 

On Sept. 10 we held a Zoom panel on Losing Our Homes: The Destruction of Community, Culture and Identity. In this perfect storm of economic and pandemic crisis, millions of people run the risk of displacement through evictions, foreclosures, gentrification, and ethnic cleansing. 

Rashida Tyler, Founder of The REAL Kingston Tenants Union and Board Member of Citizen Action of New York, and Talal Jabari, Palestinian journalist and documentary filmmaker, will each make a short statement, including their own personal observations of displacement. 

We will then open the panel up to questions. Sponsored by Jewish Voice For Peace - Hudson Valley, Middle East Crisis Response, NYC Veterans For Peace and Women in Black - New Paltz.

Short movies recommended for the Zoom panel:

-HuffPost  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIEgpmRj1ns

5 min. on how COVID-19 exposes America’s housing crisis.

-Just Vision films https://justvision.org/homefront

four short films about settler eviction of Palestinians from their homes in the Sheik Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem.

September 24, 2020

The Center for Community Alternatives

 Jen Herman submitted the following:

The Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) promotes reintegrative justice and a reduced reliance on incarceration through advocacy, services, and public policy development in pursuit of civil and human rights. Their advocacy efforts focus mostly on both NYC and NYS. The CCA has a monthly statewide organizing meeting to provide key organizing and advocacy updates, collectively strategize, and move into action. You can register here for the next few CCA Zoom meetings, which are on 10/811/12, and 12/10at 6:00 PM.

September 22, 2020

Brian sent the following note for posting:

Thanks to all who attended what became the first of an indeterminate number of public hearings on the establishment of a civilian review board in the City of Poughkeepsie. Obviously I had no control over who was able to speak. Nevertheless, if you didn't get your chance last evening, I look forward to hearing you at the next meeting, 10/5 at 5pm. We'll post link for registration when it's available.

To give a quick summary, we had 3-4 times the number of people speak in favor of a CRB, at about a dozen. Somehow a comprehensive narrative was arrived at individually, with each successive speaker adding new dimensions to justification for the board. It was impressive and inspiring.

At tomorrow's ENJAN meeting, we'll discuss a more comprehensive recap and the strategy moving forward.

September 18, 2020

Brian sent the following for posting:

 The Common Council's Public Hearing for legislation to establish a Civilian Review Board (CRB) is on Monday, 9/21 at 5:00 PM. Please register for the hearing and make sure you email dflynn@cityofpoughkeepsie.com before 4pm on 9/21 in order to speak at the hearing. This endeavor needs as much support as we can possibly muster, so please share with any and all individuals and organizations outside of ENJAN.


If you have a story about mistreatment or misconduct by the police, whether personal or witnessed, please consider sharing it if you're comfortable doing so. These experiences are emotionally traumatizing, and I fully understand reluctance at publicly sharing them.

For the rest of us, a concept to stress would be fostering trust in the police through transparency and accountability in the complaint process. All of us recognize there's a long history of policing communities of color differently than white communities, both here and throughout the country, and this injustice and the accompanying atrocities need to end. To further bolster the necessity of a CRB, it could be noted that legislation like this is exactly what's called for by Executive Order 203 and the guidance promulgated from it.

Every person is entitled and encouraged to voice their own opinion. I've tried to illuminate the complexity of constructing a comprehensive legislative package that fits within federal, state, and local law. Some suggested amendments to the proposed legislation would compromise the legal standing of a CRB. But one amendment that wouldn't do so is removing the ability of the chief of police to pick one member of the CRB. If you don't agree with allowing the Chief to pick a CRB member, by all means make that known among your other criticisms.

I look forward to hearing you all speak next Monday.

Brian

September 17, 2020

ENJAN events for next week

 Shannon submitted the following list of upcoming actions:

Monday, Sep. 21  at 5:00 PM, there will be a public hearing regarding the creation of the civilian review boardfor the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department. Brian will send some additional information. But here is the link to register for attendance. To speak you must also email dflynn@cityofpoughkeepsie.com before 4 pm on Monday, September 21, 2020.  

Wednesday, Sep. 23 at 11:00 AM public hearing on the City of Poughkeepsie's action plan to spend a half million dollar community development block grant awarded for COVID-19 response.

Wednesday, Sep. 23 at 6:30 PM City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rollinson will be joining our ENJAN meeting to discuss the recent addition of the mental health case worker at the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department. Please plan to join that meeting and if possible, share any questions you may have in advance with Shannon swong@nyclu.org. I am going to try to compile the questions and create a queue for the conversation with the mayor.

Today through Oct. 3, the Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights will facilitate half a dozen Police Reform and Modernization Community Forums to consider public comment on policing. See attached flyer and make your opinions known. YOUR VOICE MATTERS.

September 10, 2020

Activist Radio has the following guest on this week:

 


GUEST: Angela Walker, US veteran and working class activist with decades of experience advocating for racial and economic justice in social movements and unions, talks about her socialist beliefs and how she became Howie Hawkins’ running mate on the Green Party line.

https://howiehawkins.us/about-angela-walker/

Activist Radio is broadcast: Thursdays 5-6 pm from WVKR 91.3 FM at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY; Sundays 4-5 pm from WIOF 104.1 FM in Woodstock, NY; and Sundays 5-6 pm from the Progressive Radio Network at PRN.FM. It will also be posted on the ClassWars website for the next ten weeks. Simply click on the date to hear it.

Thanks,

Fred

Activist Radio

https://www.classwars.org



Your voice in these meetings will make a big difference

Thank you for your on-going commitment to justice and fairness for all. I know many members of DCPAA are interested in alternatives to policing and police reform. And now is the time to speak up on these issues! The Dutchess County Police Reform Collaborative is having community forums starting on September 12th and ending on September29th.  These forums will provide the public with an opportunity to share their opinions, experiences and to support reform or alternatives to policing.  Now is the moment to transform policing as we know it.  


I would welcome the opportunity to work with members of the DCPPA to  identify a list of demands and talking points for these forums.  Your voice in these meetings will make a big difference. Please let me know if I can offer some support. You can contact me at swong@nyclu.org 


Together we can create change!
Shannon Wong, NYCLU

Forums will be held via Zoom, will be two hours long, and American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will be available for the hearing impaired. Registration is required to participate; to sign-up for one of the forums, visit the new Police Reform & Modernization Website.

September 9, 2020

Zoom on Tuesday, September 22

The Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie will screen the documentary Suppressed 2020: The Fight to Vote via Zoom on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 7 p.m. Suppressed 2020: The Fight to Vote by Robert Greenwald (Director of Outfoxed and Making a Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRA) is a short, powerful documentary about the growing threat of voter suppression to our 2020 election. Deeply personal accounts from voters of color across the state of Georgia reveal deliberate, widespread voter suppression in the 2018 election. Polling place closures, voter purges, missing absentee ballots, extreme wait times and voter ID issues were in full effect again during the 2020 primaries and are ongoing across the country right now, all disproportionately affecting Black Americans and minorities from casting their ballots. Now, amidst a global health crisis, the cruel weaponization of vote-by-mail restrictions has turned the constitutional right to vote into a choice between life and death. Suppressed 2020 is a call to action against the calculated, unconstitutional and racist attacks intended to suppress the right to vote in America. Screening followed by speaker and discussion.

“Greenwald’s documentary on voter suppression should be viewed by every American.” – Sen. Harry Reid

“If you care about protecting our Democracy, if you care about protecting our right to self-governance, watch Suppressed 2020 and protect our right to vote.” – Rob Reiner

To join the Zoom screening, follow this link: https://www.google.com/url?q=https%3A%2F%2Fzoom.us%2Fj%2F92835775102%3Fpwd%3DWFp1Z2tRR056ZXhSdDUzc0JCZkJqQT09&sa=D&ust=1600009524469000&usg=AOvVaw2NX_FwRLyhuzvM8qxinF64

For more information, contact Pat Lamanna, patla42@gmail.com.

September 3, 2020

Sept 5 at 5:30 pm


GUEST: Chuck Collins, writer and a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies

Activist Radio has the following guest on this week:

GUEST: Chuck Collins, writer and a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies and coauthor of a new study entitled "Gilded Giving 2020: How Wealth Inequality Distorts Philanthropy and Imperils Democracy," talks about the institute's plan to reform what charity giving can be deducted for those at the top of the income scale. 



Activist Radio is broadcast: Thursdays 5-6 pm from WVKR 91.3 FM at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY; Sundays 4-5 pm from WIOF 104.1 FM in Woodstock, NY; and Sundays 5-6 pm from the Progressive Radio Network at PRN.FM. It will also be posted on the ClassWars website for the next ten weeks. Simply click on the date to hear it.

Thanks,

Fred
Activist Radio
https://www.classwars.org


August 25, 2020

Jacob Blake

Jacob Blake's Father Says His Son Is Paralyzed Below Waist After Being Shot From Behind by Kenosha Police
Marches and demonstrations have been held nationwide demanding justice for the 29-year-old father of six, who is Black.
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A boy sits on his father's shoulders while holding a sign on August 24, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man whom police shot in the back multiple times in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday, is now paralyzed from the waist down and doctors do not yet know if the injury is permanent, his father told the Chicago Sun-Times on Tuesday.

The younger Blake, a father of six, was reportedly trying to break up a fight before officers followed him to his vehicle and fired several shots at point-blank range as Blake opened the driver-side door. Blake's partner, Laquisha Booker, told a local television station that the couple's three children were in the back seat "screaming" when police shot him.

August 21, 2020

Support the Civilian Review Board

Now is the time to act to support the Civilian Review Board. The Civilian Review Board (CRB) legislation will be introduced at the Common Council meeting on Monday, 8/24 at 6:30 PM. Please register in advance to attend. To speak during the public comment period, you'll also need to email dflynn@cityofpoughkeepsie.com in advance, requesting a 3-minute time slot. On 9/21 at 5:00 PM there will be a public hearing for which we'll also need full support.


Information about the Civilian Review Board
  • one-page summary of the CRB legislation and a set of Frequently Asked Questions are attached.
  • The formal legislation in its entirety is given on pages 6--11 of the Common Council's 8/24 agenda, which you can download.

Share Your Story: 
If it's within your emotional bounds, I urge you and anyone you know to share stories of witnessed or experienced mistreatment by the police department and how that was handled. For anyone who lives in fear of going through such things, I hope you'll express your heartfelt concerns. For others, I urge a bit of diplomacy. The CRB is not designed to be an enemy of the police department, but instead an ally in building a better, safer, and more just community. Keep in mind that your stories and comments will need to be shared at both the 8/24 and 9/21 meetings.


Thank you: A very sincere thanks to everyone who has spoken up during the drafting of this legislation. I'm grateful for everyone's ideas and continued support.

August 13, 2020

GUEST: Van, local antifa activist and member of the Hudson Valley Antifascist Network

GUEST: Van, local antifa activist and member of the Hudson Valley Antifascist Network, talks about white supremacy violence and the collective efforts to expose and publicly shame racists, homophobes, and right wing fascists.

https://therivernewsroom.com/opinion-defending-your-neighborhood-from-nazis-and-white-supremacists-without-calling-the-cops/

August 6, 2020

GUEST: Christian Perenti on "The Surprising Geography of Police Killings"

Activist Radio has the following guest on this week:

GUEST: Christian Perenti, author of "Radical Hamilton," and Associate Professor of Economics at John Jay College CUNY, talks about his latest article, "The Surprising Geography of Police Killings" and how race and region determine who gets murdered by the men in blue.  

https://nonsite.org/symposium/the-surprising-geography-of-police-killings-back-of-the-napkin-calculations-on-race-region-and-violence

Activist Radio is broadcast: Thursdays 5-6 pm from WVKR 91.3 FM at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY; Sundays 4-5 pm from WIOF 104.1 FM in Woodstock, NY; and Sundays 5-6 pm from the Progressive Radio Network at PRN.FM. It will also be posted on the ClassWars website for the next ten weeks. Simply click on the date to hear it.

Thanks,

Fred

Activist Radio

https://www.classwars.org



Black August Defund the Police Teach-in

Community Voices Heard is sponsoring a Black August Defund the Police Teach-in on August 11 at 6:30 PM in cyberspace. From the CVH announcement:

The event will be led by Anthonine Pierre, Deputy Director of the Brooklyn Movement Center.

As we celebrate Black resistance throughout the month of August, join us to learn about the growing movement to defund the police. We will discuss how we can reimagine community safety by investing in infrastructure and services for Black and Latinx communities - including housing, education, health care, and more.
To attend, submit your identifying information at the event announcement.