Saturday, July 23, 2016

Panel Discussion on Governor Cuomo’s executive order

We had about 30 people in the Woodstock Town Hall for this event. Wonderful speakers
and plenty of questions at the end. It seems like some people had even changed their minds.
The panel was filmed and put on Woodstock Public Television, and will be
played this coming Thursday on Activist Radio http://www.classwars.org.


-Friday, July 22, 7-9 PM in Woodstock. Panel Discussion on Governor Cuomo’s executive order attacking citizens’ right to boycott Israel. Alan Levine, Constitutional lawyer and Donna Nevel, National Board member for Jewish Voice for Peace, will discuss both the First Amendment and moral arguments against Cuomo’s order that would create a blacklist of organizations and groups working for peace and justice in the Middle East. The panel, part of the www.WoodstockFreeSpeech.org campaign, will take place at the Woodstock Town Hall, 76 Tinker St. Sponsored by: Middle East Crisis Response www.mideastcrisis.org, Hudson Valley Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions www.hudsonvalleybds.org and Catskill Mt. Veterans for Peace. Contact: nicabramson@riseup.net or (845) 679-5301

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Salt of the Sea


-Friday, July 1, from 7 - 9 in Kingston. Film screening of “Salt of This Sea" at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, 320 Sawkill Road (access to UU is from Rt. 209/Sawkill Road). The film is a stirring drama about the experiences of a young woman from the States in her efforts to reclaim her family roots in Palestine. Official Selection of the Cannes International Film Festival. Sponsored by: Middle East Crisis Response www.mideastcrisis.org and Hudson Valley Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions www.hudsonvalleybds.org. Contact: Jane.toby7@gmail.com or 518 291-6808

We had a nice turnout, over 30 people and a good many new faces. There was a lively discussion at the end about the role of art in opposing apartheid Israel. We also talked about the upcoming Woodstock Free Speech initiative:

http://woodstockfreespeech.org

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States


-Friday, June 3, from 7 - 9 in Kingston. Film screening of "The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States." at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, 320 Sawkill Road (access to UU is from Rt. 209/Sawkill Road). Crucial to Israeli illegal occupation of Palestine is its acceptance in the U.S. news media. This film offers a sophisticated analysis of Zionist strategy to keep both policymakers and the public in the United States on their side. Sponsored by: Middle East Crisis Response www.mideastcrisis.org and Hudson Valley Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions www.hudsonvalleybds.org. Contact: Jane.toby7@gmail.com or 518 291-6808

We had 35 people at this event, and the discussion was intense. No pro Zionists comments at all.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Two events for the beginning of May


Both of these events went very well. We had a small crowd for Yasmin Yablonko and
Khaled Farrag at a private residence in Woodstock. The movie, "Valentino's Ghost"
showed at the UU in Kingston and we had about 30 people who attended.


Monday, April 18, 2016

Taha attends vigil in Woodstock


Our friend, Taha, attends a vigil for Palestine in Woodstock on Apr 17, 2016.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism in POUGHKEEPSIE.

Mon, Feb. 1-15, Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism in POUGHKEEPSIE. Exhibit open to the public between Feb 1 and Mar 7 at the Retreat and Second floor of the College Center, Vassar College, Raymond Ave. Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) co-host this exhibition highlighting diverse historical boycott movements from the 1950s to the present. Contact 845 876-7906

This show was extended two weeks and was very popular. The following month, the Vassar Student Association passed a resolution supporting BDS of Israeli products.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Over 40 people came out to hear Lillian Rosengarten



Talk and book signing by Lillian Rosengarten, author of
Survival and Conscience: From the Shadows of Nazi Germany
to the Jewish Boat to Gaza, from 7-8:30 at the Inquiring
Mind Bookstore, 200 Main St, Saugerties.