Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Monday, December 21, 2015

Vigils in support of refugees and against Islamophobia

Racism has a long, ugly history in our country. Our politicians have long stirred the pot of racial hatred for short term electoral gains.

Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and Jim Crow are all in the same category. As an immigrant nation, those in power have always tried to pit one group against another. Closing the boarder to Middle East refugees after our bombs have devastated so many countries there would bringing such discrimination to a national level.

MECR held vigils in Woodstock and Rhinebeck, and more are being planned.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Islam is Not the Enemy

Islam is Not the Enemy. Vigil was Sunday, Dec 13 at the Woodstock Village Green.

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 www.mideastcrisis.org and Hudson Valley Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions www.hudsonvalleybds.org. Contact: Jane.toby7@gmail.com 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.