Monday, December 21, 2015
Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and Jim Crow are all in the same category. As an immigrant nation, those in power have always tried to pit one group against another. Closing the boarder to Middle East refugees after our bombs have devastated so many countries there would bringing such discrimination to a national level.
MECR held vigils in Woodstock and Rhinebeck, and more are being planned.
Posted by Fred at 6:59 PM
Monday, December 14, 2015
Friday, November 13, 2015
-Friday, Nov. 6, from 7 - 9 pm. FILM “The Wanted 18” at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, 320 Sawkill Road, Kingston. Great film, and lively discussion that followed. We only had 19 in the audience, perhaps because we didn't have quite enough time to get our publicity out. We probably should at least pick the films for this spring before the series starts. Maybe the whole group should work on this at a designated meeting. Or maybe the BDS film festival coming to the Hudson Valley will make our planning easier.
Posted by Fred at 8:45 AM
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Sunday, October 4, 2015
We had almost 30 people at our Iran event. The scheduled speaker was ill, so we asked Pam (longtime resident of Iran) to talk about her life there. We also watched a short video of the US and Iran agreement and what it means for peace in the Middle East.
-Friday, Oct. 2, from 7 - 9 pm. PRESENTATION "Inside Iran" at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, 320 Sawkill Road, Kingston. Ann and Ahmad Shirazi (friends of Ellen, Gail, Helaine, Nic, Tarak, and many more) recently toured regions of Iran as part of a gathering of Iranians living abroad, and they will tell their stories using slides and other media. The entire world supports the Iran deal, while the US Congress debates its virtues, and AIPAC convinces Washington to send yet more weapons to Israel. Sponsored by: Middle East Crisis Response www.mideastcrisis.org and Hudson Valley Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions www.hudsonvalleybds.org. Contact: Jane.email@example.com or 518 291-6808
Posted by Fred at 9:36 AM
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Bassem has been detained by the Israeli authorities over a dozen times, at one point spending three years in administrative detention withouttrial. In 1993, as a result of interrogation by the Israeli Shin Bet, Bassem was left unconscious for eight days and partially paralyzed for months tofollow.
Bassem has been described by the European Union as a “human rights defender” and Amnesty International has demanded his release as a “prisoner ofconscience.” At his talk Woodstock, Bassem spoke about his village’s work for freedom and justice and the struggles endured by his family and others who have been injured and/or imprisoned.
About 18 people attended the event that was organized by Tarak and Ellen.
Posted by Fred at 8:59 AM