May 31, 2020

Stop The Violence Movement 2020

Stop The Violence Movement 2020 is sponsoring a peaceful protest (rally and marching on streets) upon the death of George Floyd at Tubman Park (SW corner of Market Street and Eastbound Arterial, Poughkeepsie) on Tuesday, June 2 at 4:00 PM. Robert Pemberton and Joseph Stratford are coordinating the event.

May 30, 2020

Candle light vigil for George Floyd

Community Matters 2 and Change Point Church are sponsoring a candle light vigil for George Floyd outside the Change Point Church, 260 Mill Street, Poughkeepsie (corner of Market Street and westbound arterial) on Sunday, May 31, at 9:00 PM. We will form a perimeter around the church keeping six feet apart. People need to bring there own candles. 

May 29, 2020

This is the crime of which I accuse my country

…this is the crime of which I accuse my country and my countrymen and for which neither I nor time nor history will ever forgive them, that they have destroyed and are destroying hundreds of thousands of lives and do not know it and do not want to know it…but it is not permissible that the authors of devastation should also be innocent. It is the innocence which constitutes the crime.   - James Baldwin

May 27, 2020

GUEST: Dr. Oliver Fein, Professor of Clinical Medicine


Activist Radio (5 - 6 pm) has the following guest on this Thursday:

GUEST: Dr. Oliver Fein, Professor of Clinical Medicine and Public Health at the Weill Cornell Medical College and Executive Committee Chair for the Physicians for a National Healthcare Program, talks about how COVID has changed the national healthcare debate. (15:09)

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. Past programs can be heard on ClassWars.org, or as a podcast (search for Activist Radio).

Thanks,

Fred
Activist Radio

May 14, 2020

Congress must pass the Emergency Community Supervision Act

The NYCLU and ACLU have been working to decarcerate vulnerable folks during this time. Please take a minute to send this message to Congress.

Public health experts have repeatedly warned that mass incarceration poses a serious public health risk due to COVID-19. Yet, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have failed to use their authority to safely and swiftly decarcerate. This puts us all at risk.

Congress must pass the Emergency Community Supervision Act in the next COVID-relief package. This will mandate the release of the most vulnerable to this deadly virus and save lives.

We cannot ignore incarcerated people in our public health response to COVID-19. Join me and demand that Congress pass this critical bill to protect us all. Here's how you can send your message.

Onward,
Shannon

May 13, 2020

GUEST: Tunde Ebho

Activist Radio (5 - 6 pm) has the following guest on this Thursday:

GUEST: Tunde Ebho, South African student and member of the Africa Team of the Black Alliance for Peace, talks about his work on connecting U.S. foreign interventions and the domestic war on African people and other oppressed groups.   

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. Past programs can be heard on ClassWars.org, or as a podcast (search for Activist Radio).

Thanks,

Fred
Activist Radio

May 7, 2020

Ahmaud Arbery was murdered by two white supremacists

On February 23, just 4 days before February 27, the Eighth Anniversary of Trayvon Martin's killing that ignited a movement. Black Lives Matter, a 25-year-old black man named Ahmaud Arbery was murdered by two white supremacists. Ahmaud was jogging in a neighborhood outside of Brunswick, Georgia when he was chased down and killed in cold blood with a shotgun.

Ahmaud’s horrific murder was captured on a video released yesterday and there’s no question it was carried out by racist vigilantes who must be prosecuted.

We’re heartbroken for Ahmaud’s family and community. We’re angry that his killers still roam free more than 10 weeks after the incident. And we’ve had enough of the inaction on gun violence that leaves black and brown Americans looking over their shoulder every day.

There are two things you can do today to bring Ahmaud’s racist killers to justice:

1. Sign this petition demanding justice for Ahmaud.
2. Amplify this tweet to help spread the word on Twitter:

May 6, 2020

Vigil to honor the lives of people we have lost

I wanted to invite you to an event that Beacon Prison Action is organizing with RAPP (Release Aging People from Prison) and PPP (Parole Preparation Project)

I hope you will join us for a vigil to honor the lives of people we have lost. We will also continue to call on Governor Cuomo to release people to prevent more deaths. We will not be entering DOCCS property, holding the vigil outside the cemetery gates, and I have advised people to meet at the north end of the Beacon High School parking lot to begin the procession and for the walk to the cemetery. 

Schedule:
Thursday, May 7th
2pm: Gather in cars and on foot across from Fishkill Correctional Facility at 271 Matteawan Road, Beacon, NY.
2:15-2:45pm: Car procession 
3pm: Press Conference outside Fishkill Cemetery
3-6pm: Vigil and Graveside Sit

Friday, April 8
9am-6pm: Vigil and Graveside Sit

  You can Sign up for a two-hour vigil slot here (so that we can limit numbers and maintain social distancing). Or Register to virtually attend the press conference at 3pm Thursday. Feel free to broadcast in any way you see fit.
  Thanks,
  Laurie