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 mideastcrisis.org, Hudson Valley BDS hudsonvalleybds.org, Jewish Voice for Peace-HV jvphudsonvalley.org, and Veterans for Peace. Contact: mecr@mideastcrisis.org


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 mideastcrisis.org, Hudson Valley BDS hudsonvalleybds.org, Jewish Voice for Peace-HV jvphudsonvalley.org, 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. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Talk and Book Signing with Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh



Fri, Jun 22 at 7 pm. Talk and Book Signing with Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh at the Inquiring Minds Bookstore & Gallery, 200 Main St, Saugerties, NY. Professor at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities and founder of the Palestine Museum of Natural History (palestinenature.org), Dr. Qumsiyeh will talk about his book, “Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment.” Hear how environmental and social justice movements can come together to fight both climate change and racial injustice. Sponsored by: Middle East Crisis Response mideastcrisis.org, Hudson Valley BDS hudsonvalleybds.org, Jewish Voice for Peace - HV jvphudsonvalley.org, and Veterans for Peace.

We had a great crowd for Mazin, who was at the top of his game explaining how colonialism has worked in the US and in Palestine. Over sixty people listened to his talk.

Our first farmer's market of the year - Woodstock


Saturday, June 2, 2018

Break the Blockade of Gaza, an Evening of Music and Discussion with Yonatan Shapira


Thanks to Gail, Tarak, and Ellen for a wonderful night of political discussion and songs. Yonatan is a gifted singer and songwriter, and it was a pure pleasure to listen and join in the chorus. And Elis Elhanan had his own moving story to tell.

I will be playing one of Yonatan's songs next Thursday on Activist Radio. The song, "We Will Return" is about Palestinian refugees. The following Thursday, I will play some of Yonatan's stories from the night along with another haunting song in Hebrew.

Activist Radio is on Thursdays from 5-6 pm (91.3 FM or streamed live from http://www.classwars.org). Once broadcast, Yonatan's songs will be on the website for the next ten weeks. You can also hear Activist Radio on the Progressive Radio Network each Sunday from 5-6 pm (http://www.prn.fm).

Thanks,
Fred

Fri, Jun 1 at 7:30 pm. Break the Blockade of Gaza, an Evening of Music and Discussion with Yonatan Shapira (former IDF Air Force pilot) and Elis Elhanan (co-founder of the Israeli-Palestinian NGO Combatants for Peace) to Benefit the 2018 Gaza Freedom Flotilla. At the Mountain View Studio, 20 Mountainview Ave., Woodstock. Suggested donation $10. Sponsored by: Middle East Crisis Response mideastcrisis.org, Hudson Valley BDS hudsonvalleybds.org, Jewish Voice for Peace - HV jvphudsonvalley.org, and Veterans for Peace. Contact: mecr@mideastcrisis.org or 845 876-7906


Monday, May 7, 2018

Bethlehem to Brooklyn: Breaking the Surface


Friday, May 4, 7-8:30 PM. Film “Bethlehem to Brooklyn: Breaking the Surface” at the Holy Cross Santa Cruz Episcopal Church, 30 Pine Grove Ave, Kingston. Documentary spotlights the world of Latino, African American, and Palestinian teenagers struggling with the circumstances in their daily lives. They don’t join a jihad or a gang, but find a way to resist through writing and activism. SPECIAL GUEST: A member of Black Lives Matter - Hudson Valley will talk about the campaign to bring racial justice to our local communities. Sponsored by: Middle East Crisis Response mideastcrisis.org, Hudson Valley BDS hudsonvalleybds.org, Jewish Voice for Peace - HV jvphudsonvalley.org, and Veterans for Peace. Contact: mecr@mideastcrisis.org or 845 876-7906