Friday, November 13, 2015

The Wanted 18

-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. 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Noga Kadman at the Inquiring Mind Bookstore

Nice turnout for Noga. The book signing was a big success, 
and many stayed on to ask questions. Perhaps we should
do more of these book signings.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Iran is not our enemy

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 and Hudson Valley Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Contact: or 518 291-6808

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Bassem Tamimi

Bassem Tamimi is an internationally recognized Palestinian human rights activist from the West Bankfarming village of Nabi Selah, where weekly nonviolent demonstrations are heldin opposition to illegal Israeli settlement construction and militaryoccupation. 

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.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Within the Eye of the Storm

This is a great movie. We only had 15 viewers, however.
Are people tired of watching the tragedy of the Palestinian People?
Perhaps we have to rethink the film series.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Code Pink on Iran and the threat of the Israel Lobby

Saturday, August 15, 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Medea Benjamin from Code Pink on "Winning Peace With Iran" at the Woodstock Town Hall, 76 Tinker St, Woodstock. Medea's talk will identify those trying to destroy the peace agreement and how we can make sure that Congress supports the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Sponsored by: Middle East Crisis Response, Hudson Valley BDS, Hudson Valley  Veterans for Peace - Catskill Mountain, Drone Alert Hudson Valley, Hudson Valley Activist Newsletter, and Mid-Hudson WORD. Contact: or 845 876-7906

We had a great turnout at this event in Woodstock, about 60 people. We collected $250 for Code Pink.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Rhinebeck BDS vigil

Six of us held banners, passed out flyers and collected signatures urging a local store, Williams Lumber, to stop carrying SodaSteam. 

People were generally supportive, and seemed to know more than last year. A Bard professor (from Turkey) will link us up with an active group at the college, Students for Justice in Palestine. We collected about 15 more signatures, and several were actually happy for the chance to add their names.

Small gains, but really important in getting the message out. We are part of a much larger movement that is finally challenging our country's blind support of Israel.


On June 5, MECR presented On The Side of the Road by Israeli filmmaker,
Lia Tarachansky. She was a guest on Activist Radio before the film showing.