Saturday, November 17, 2012

Gaza rally in Poughkeepsie

In all, we had 18 protesters on Route 44/55 coming into Poughkeepsie. Some were from Occupy Poughkeepsie, some from the Hip Hop event at Vassar, and several from MECR. Eli got us interviewed by the Poughkeepsie Journal, and he was quoted in an article on the front page. His quote, however, was after three paragraphs of pro-Israeli war analysis, and five paragraphs from the Jewish Federation of Dutchess County.

Incarcerated at 14 years old

Palestinian from the West Bank speaking to the conference on criminal justice in Poughkeepsie. Describing his arrest and imprisonment at 14 years of age, he made the link between racism in America and racism in his own land.

Hip Hop event at Vassar

Hip Hop is Bigger Than the Occupation (Palestine) - free film showing

Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7:00 pm
Spitzer Auditorium, Sanders Hall
Vassar College
124 Raymond Ave.
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

"Hip Hop Is Bigger Than The Occupation" is documentary about a ten day journey of artists traveling through the West Bank, Palestine, teaching and performing Non Violent Resistance. The tour included M1 of Dead Prez, Shadia Mansour, Lowkey, Marcel Cartier, Mazzi of Soul Purpose, DJ Vega Benetton, as well as many others. The group stayed at Bulata Refugee Camp in Nablus and experienced first hand what it felt like living under occupation. Both film showings will include some live performances.

Organized by The New Jim Crow Action Committee
Cosponsors: Middle East Crisis Response, Dutchess Peace, Peace Action NY, Vassar Grassroots Alliance for Alternative Politics (GAAP), the Vassar Prison Initiative (VPI), Hip Hop 101, and the Young Democratic Socialists (YDS).