Saturday, April 4, 2015

Two events for early Spring 2015


We raised over $800 from a good crowd of 45 people.
Veterans for Peace did much of the organizing, and we
thank Tarak and Ellen for their excellent work.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Dear Friends of Rachel Corrie: We Shall Never Forget

Dear Friends of Rachel Corrie,

In case you have not seen it, attached is this year's tribute to Rachel in The Poughkeepie Journal.

Thanks so much for your help - it would not be what it is without your help.

Greg DeSylva

Tom Shaker

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Screening of film "Newburgh Sting"

Friday, March 6 in Kingston: Films of Palestine Series presents the film "Newburgh Sting"
7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, 320 Sawkill Road.
"The Newburgh Sting" is a documentary about the FBI’s entrapment of four Muslim men supposedly involved in a 2009 Bronx terrorism plot. It was later brought to light that the four men were coaxed and bribed into participating. The film reveals how the FBI targets Muslim communities in poor neighborhoods and lures believers into planning acts of terrorism.
SPECIAL GUEST: Liz Mc William, mother of David Williams, member of Newburgh Four

Sponsored by: Middle East Crisis Response and Hudson Valley Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Contact: or 518 291-6808.


We had a very good turnout, and Liz Mc William's account of her son's trial and incarceration added a good deal to the experience. Thanks to Bennett Weiss from bringing the film to us.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Bethlehem cards on Sunday

Yesterday Pia, Jane, and I gave out between 100 - 150 "Bethlehem" cards to people attending services at ... in Kingston. When people ask about the cards we tell them that they are Christmas cards with a message. The vast majority of people are receptive and even grateful for the cards. 

We were going to give out cards at the ... , but much to our surprise, we were actually invited inside the church. We actually had an opportunity to speak with the Pastor who seemed sympathetic to our cause. Pia suggested that this church might be a good place to show the fillm Steadfast Hope. I will be communicating with the Pastor to explore this possibility. It was a cold day, but overall a warm experience. Thank you Pia and Jane.


Monday, December 8, 2014

With God On Our Side documentary at the UU

We had about 20 people who came out in the snow and sleet to see
this excellent movie. The question and answer session was devoted
to Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, the focus of a revised website:

RE/MAX Israel has a commanding presence in the Israeli real estate market, referring to itself as “the number one company in Israel”. Most disturbingly, RE/MAX Israel is also the leader in selling land in the Palestinian West Bank territory to Israeli settlers - land that under international law is illegally acquired.

As a result, RE/MAX Israel is directly contributing to the oppression of the Palestinian people under Israeli Occupation. This is the same Israeli Occupation that has caused 40% of Palestinians in Gaza to be unemployed and 80% of those living in the areas of the West Bank under direct Israeli control to lack a steady supply of food. These terrible conditions existed even before the most recent escalation of attacks by Israel which have lead to the death of over 2,000 Palestinians, including over 500 children, and the destruction of over 10,000 homes in the Gaza Strip. (from: Code Pink)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

We had a great night.

We had a great night. The movie was thought provoking,
the after film discussion was heartfelt, and the night ended
with Maddy and Fred signing songs.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

”My Name is Rachel Corrie”

-Sunday, November 2 in Poughkeepsie: ”My Name is Rachel Corrie,” live production starring Ashley Malloy, from 7:30 to 9:00 pm in Rockefeller Hall, Room 200, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave.

Rachel Corrie, 23, was crushed to death by an Israeli Army bulldozer in Gaza as she tried to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home. "My Name Is Rachel Corrie" recounts the young woman's life from journal entries, letters, and e-mails she left behind. This current production has been touring colleges across the country to excellent reviews. Ashley Malloy will lead a discussion of the play at the end. Funds raised will go to support The Freedom Theatre located in the Jenin Refugee Camp in the West Bank.

Sponsored by Vassar Students for Justice in Palestine, and cosponsored by Middle East Crisis Response, and Hudson Valley BDS Contact: or 845 876-7906.

Turnout was OK, but not as good as we expected. We had short notice to get the publicity out, a little over one week. We will have to work more closely with SJP campus groups to insure better turnout. The play itself was great, and we had an excellent question and answer session at the end with Ashley.