INTERIM Mid-Hudson Activist Calendar

jacdon at jacdon at
Mon Nov 18 12:22:39 MST 2002

The following activist events were announced after the last issue of the
Mid-Hudson Activist Newsletter/Calendar and will take place before the
next issue in a few days.


Monday, Nov. 18, EVERYWHERE:  The Senate is expected to vote on the
Homeland Security Bill tonight (Monday) or tomorrow (Tuesday, the
19th).  Constitutional rights groups maintain that the proposal is
another step in the direction of abrogating civil liberties and privacy
rights. NOW IS THE MOMENT to phone or email Sens. Schumer and Clinton to
register your opposition.  There isn't time to fully read and list your
many objections to this 484-page reorganization of the federal
government, but it will be enough just to tell these two senators that
you oppose the erosions of civil rights contained in the bill, among
other shortcomings, and that you want them to vote NO. You may email at
the following addresses: Sen. Hillary Clinton,
senator at; Sen. Charles Schumer,
senator at   Telephone calls are said to be more
effective. There are two numbers to dial to place FREE calls to each
senator -- 1-800-718-1008, and 1-800-839-5276.

Monday, Nov. 18, EVERYWHERE:  Today's online Roundtable Poll on the WAMC
website concerns civil liberties vs. homeland security.  The question is
"Are you willing to give up a few civil liberties for homeland
security?  Vote at,


Wednesday, Nov. 20, POUGHKEEPSIE:  A demonstration to protest Sen. Chuck
Schumer's recent pro-war vote in Congress will take place 7-9:30 a.m. at
the Grand Hotel (next to the Civic Center on Market St., near Main
St.).  The occasion is a Chamber of Commerce breakfast featuring Schumer
as the speaker.   We're told, "There are a number of separate
groups/folks who have said they are coming. We
are calling for a picket as well as autonomous-affinity group style
actions."  People are encouraged to bring signs focused on Iraq.  There
is also a possibility that some protesters may purchase tickets for $16
to demonstrate inside the breakfast meeting.  "Call 454-1700 for a
ticket;  they may ask for your occupation and will definitely ask for
your name."   Information, Email k00 at or call (888) 365-0000
x1942. Leave a message for Konner.  (After the protest, if you have the
time, travel 20 minutes to New Paltz for the labor-community rally and
march, below).

Wednesday, Nov. 20, NEW PALTZ (SUNY campus):  There will be a campus and
community rally in support of a drive to unionize the college's food
service workers.  The food service corporation, Sodexho Alliance, is
conducting negotiations with SUNY New Paltz Camus Auxiliary Services for
a long-term contract.  Meanwhile, the Civil Service Employees
Association (AFL-CIO) is calling on Sodexho not to place obstacles in
the way union organizing but to allow the workers to gain CSEA
representation if there is proof that a majority seek union protection.
Sodexho is hardly considered a friend of labor and the march and rally
is intended to underscore the rights of workers to organize and engage
in collective bargaining.  The demonstration is set to begin at the
Faculty Tower where a march across campus is set to begin at 11:30 a.m.,
headed toward a rally in front of Hasbrouck Dining Hall.  Campus parking
may be a problem for community people arriving in cars, so a shuttle bus
is supposed to run from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from the Plaza Diner in
Ames Plaza on Main St. (Rt. 299) in New Paltz.   If you wish to go
directly to campus by car in hopes of finding a parking space or to have
people dropped off, the Faculty Tower is near the Studley Theater and
Hasbrouck Dining Hall is off Rt. 32 South within a cluster of student
residence halls.

Wednesday, Nov. 20, ALBANY: Sen. Hillary Clinton will be visiting the
SUNY Albany campus to tape an episode of MSNBC’s "Hardball" with Chris
Matthews. Local antiwar activists are organizng to protest Clinton's
support for the recent pro-war resolution in Congress.  We're told,
"Join activists at 6:30 p.m. in front of Page Hall (Western Ave off N.
Lake) in demonstrating against the war with Iraq and her support for it.
The program ("Hardball") and will be live starting at 9 p.m. Come speak
out help us make national news." Information, (518) 273-0167.

Thursday, Nov. 21, BROOKLYN: An antiwar rally, co-sponsored by the
ANSWER coalition and the M.L. King Peace Now Committee, will begin at 7
p.m. at the House of the Lord Church (415 Atlantic Ave.).  Speakers
include former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, NYC Councilmember Charles
Barron, Viola Plummer of the Dec. 12 Movement, House of the Lord pastor
Rev. Herbert Daughtry, and others.  Information, ANSWER (212) 633-6676,
or MLK Peace Now Committee, (718) 596-1991.

Thursday, Nov. 21, PURCHASE (Manhattanville College campus):  Attend the
screenings of two 25-minute activist films on the subject of Overturning
Corporate Greed.  The event starts at 7 p.m. in the Spellman Lounge,
sponsored by the Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action. They include
an "Interview with Vandana Shiva," an Indian environmentalist and
anti-globalization activist; and “Crossing the Line,” mass resistance to
the School of the Americas" at Ft. Benning, Ga.  Discussion.
Information, (914)323-7156.

Thursday, Nov. 21, CHATHAM:  Welcome to the newest weekly vigil in what
seems to be evolving into a vigil movement in the Hudson Valley.  It's
number 27. This one is being held Thursdays, 4:30-6 p.m., opposite the
clocktower at the site of the summertime farm stand.  For information,
Bob Elmendorf, poetapoetus at


Thursday, Nov. 21, NEW PALTZ (SUNY campus):  Author and Bard Professor
Joel Kovel will discuss "The Machine That Makes War," starting at 7 p.m.
in Lecture Center 102.  Kovel notes, "While it is obvious that the drive
toward war in Iraq is the result of immediate political and economic
motives, we also need to contend with U.S. militarism in all its forms.
This talk shall address these deeper structures. In other words, why,
and how, has the U.S. become a war-making machine?" Sponsored by the
9/11 Response Group.

Have you voted yet against a war with Iraq in the People's Antiwar
Referendum?  If not, do so as soon as possible. Activists may download
No War petition material for others to sign and also vote immediately at

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