Saturday, December 8, 2018

JVP - HV Vigil Against Racism and Islamophobia

Rally for Peace held in Kingston

Candles for peace KINGSTON – 

Members of Hudson Valley Jewish Voice for Peace held their third annual Hanukkah Vigil outside Kingston City Hall, Tuesday evening, to make a statement against religious and racial intolerance, promoting the message, “Rise above racism. We all belong here.”

Hudson Valley Jewish Voice for Peace members were joined with other civil rights organizations – Nobody Leaves Mid Hudson, Citizen Action of New York, Rise Up Kingston and Middle East Crisis Response, to promote the message of tolerance and unification within the community.

Robert Gelbach of Hudson Valley Jewish Voice for Peace said the recent mid-term election stirred up noticeable division among various communities and they were intent on letting the Kingston community know that all are welcome.

“We felt after the election campaign that there had been so much focus on race and racist innuendo in the elections, that it really was time for us to broaden the concern beyond what we had started with, to say it’s time for all of us to start getting together and speaking out against the resurgence of racial attitudes, and racial expressions, in our politics,” said Gelbach.

Fredrick Nagel, a representative for Veterans for Peace and Middle East Crisis Response, said he sees the U.S. operating globally as an autonomous empire and it trickles down to a narrative negating tolerance among different individuals.

“As a veteran, and as a Palestinian rights organizer, I see human rights being the most important thing that we Americans could end up supporting,” said Nagel. “The empire has to start to take a look at what it does abroad – the occupations that we support and send our troops for.”

Overall, the vigil’s message was aimed at creating cohesiveness among the diverse community of individuals that make up the county, state and country.

Although this vigil was held directly before a city common council meeting regarding the issuance of community IDs to all, but focusing on the undocumented residential community, Gelbach maintains that it was just a “happy accident” rather than a politically motivated endeavor.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Manifest Destiny's Child in Woodstock

This was a great performance and an interesting evening at the Mountain View Studio. It was not well attended despite the publicity we did for the event. Too close to the election? A few objected to the "good white liberals" tag line. Get over it! Thanks to Tarak and Ellen who brought Dennis Trainor to Woodstock.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Inheritance at Mountain View Studio.

Great crowd for this event on Iran. 

Sunday, October 7, 7:30-9:00 PM at the at the Mountain View Studio, 20 Mountainview Ave., Woodstock. The documentary “Inheritance” follows the filmmaker’s search for his family’s history in the US overthrow of Mohammed Mossadegh in Iran. Cambiz Amir-Khosravi, a widely recognized, award-winning documentary film and video producer whose work ranges back to the early 1980s, will talk about his craft.
Sponsored by: Middle East Crisis Response, Hudson Valley BDS, Jewish Voice for Peace-HV, and Veterans For Peace. Contact: or 845 876-7906

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Project for the New American Century is now.

-Friday, September 7, 7:30-9:00 PM at the at the Mountain View Studio, 20 Mountainview Ave., Woodstock. Film and talk entitled “Is War With Iran Inevitable?” with Dr. Bahman Azad, retired professor of economics and sociology and former acting director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University. Dr. Azad served as a lieutenant in the Iranian Air Force and is organizational secretary of the U.S. Peace Council, co-chair of Iran Pledge of Resistance, NGO representative of the World Peace Council at the U.N., and coordinator of the Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases. Suggested donation $10. Sponsored by: Middle East Crisis Response, Hudson Valley BDS, Jewish Voice for Peace-HV, and Veterans for Peace. Contact:

About 40 attended this talk by Dr. Azad. It was one of the clearest analysis we have heard of the US empire in the Middle East, and how it follows the recommendations of the Project for the New American Century. It is hard in the middle of a military empire to determine its size, scope, and danger to the rest of humankind. As citizens, it is our task to understand the political system we live under.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Vigil last December

This is the vigil against Islamophobia that Hudson Valley JVP did with MECR (and a number of other local groups). It was such an important event last holiday season that it is being included now, even though it occurred in December 2017.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Understanding racism is the underlying theme

MECR showed “Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine” at the New Progressive Baptist Church, 8 Hone St, Kingston. This free documentary follows an African American gospel choir as it travels the Holy Land singing in a Palestinian play about Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Al Helm (the dream) explores cultural differences, human rights, and the power of nonviolent action. The New Progressive Baptist Church Choir performed live at the end of the film. Sponsored by: Middle East Crisis Response, Hudson Valley BDS, Jewish Voice for Peace-HV, and Veterans for Peace.

This was a great event with a fair turnout. It was a little disappointing with such an interesting movie and the participation of the New Progressive Baptist Church Choir. MECR is still committed to building bridges to other groups in the Hudson Valley. The fight for racial and economic justice is the same, whether it is in Palestine or in the streets of Kingston NY. When the majority of white people in America discover one, they will be able to understand the other.