In this week's report: [ click on any of the bold headers below ]
Robbing the Poorest of the Poor: Letter to Newsday
The War Continues
Peace & Justice Calendar
Suffolk Peace Vigils UPDATED 3-24
Counter Recruiting Schedule
Alternative Media for Eastern LI
See the new North Fork People of Conscience web site
Also see the Suffolk Progressive Vision web site for links to more local events.
The East End Report is compiled by Tony Ernst. Send comments, corrections and
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In Riverhead activists filled a theater to capacity to view films about the war and military recruitment, to hear speakers and to help pay for "Honor the Fallen",
a growing photographic memorial to US soldiers dying in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Among those who spoke were Carmen Trotta of the Catholic Worker Movement. Trotta said
"I am deeply fearful because in the last couple ofViet Nam Vet Joe Giannini of East End Veterans Against the War spoke about Marine General Smedley Butler:
years I have come to believe that we can no longer
reform this country...
Republican Party, Democratic Party ..they both want
this war, they both need the oil. There is no way to
reform this country yet there is a world begging.
The strongest political voice is the voice of the
American people if they would begin to speak and if
they would speak articulately"
"Smedley Butler left the Marines in the mid-30s. He wrote an essay. 'War is Hell: the profits are measured in dollars and the losses are measured in lives'."But is the message of the Peace movement getting to Washington?
... I have made a decision .I won't support any polititcian unless they stand with another Marine, John Murtha who's already come to the conclusion ... we have accomplished our mission ... Bring them Home Now".
Pat Hovey of North Fork People of Conscience, an organizer of the Riverhead event said:
"I think the message is getting to the American people. ..it hasn't got to Washington yet. Bush's polling numbers are so low .. and the American People are against this war"For information about the memorial exhibit and North Fork People of Conscience visit
From a report prepared by WPKN's East End Volunteer News Team for WPKN local news Mon-Fri 6:30pm 88.7 Montauk, 89.5 Bridgeport
March 21, 2006
To the editor:
Anyone who visits the Shinnecock and Poospatuck Indian Reservations on Long Island will see poverty as bad as in any third world nation. The contrast between life on these reservations and surrounding neighborhoods, particularly the Hamptons, is stark.
About 15 per cent of residents on the two reservations owe their livlihood to businesses selling tax free tobacco.
A recent poll conducted by Zogby International* shows that New Yorkers support the Native American tribes' position on the sales tax issue by a large margin. Two in three New Yorkers agree with Governor Pataki’s decision to withdraw regulations that would impose taxes on goods sold on Indian reservations.
But the greed of corporate retailers knows no bounds.
The unconstitutional cigarete tax law passed by the New York State Legislature at the behest of 'convenience store' operators requires taxing of tobacco and gasoline sold to non-natives on reservations. That unjust law and the incredible law suit filed by Gristedes with its outrageous claims about indigenous support for middle east terrorism would deprive the poorest of the poor of their meager living.
* March 23(Thursday): Hillary Clinton at Stony Brook U. 9:30am-12noon and Demonstration from 11:30am-1:00pm
* March 23 (Thursday): Jobs With Justice Assembly / Dinner in Commack at 6pm
* March 26(Sunday): Mideast in Crisis - Talk by Anna Baltzer in Bridgehampton at 4:30pm
* March 26th (Sunday) Monthly Candlelight Vigil in Patchogue 6:30-7:30 pm
* March 27 (Monday): LI Counter Recruiting Committee Meets in Bellport at 6:30pm
* March 27 (Monday): Veterans For Peace - LI Meet in Bellport 7:30 pm
* April 8(Saturday): Book Reading "Losing the Moon" by Kathryn Levy in Sag Harbor at 6:00pm
( see Suffolk Peace Vigils for a complete list of weekly and monthly vigils and
New Counter Recruiting Schedule for listing of weekly and monthly demonstrations)
* First Thursdays: Waging Peace - Meditation and Visualization in Westhampton Beach at 7pm
* Every Thursday evening - Book Study Group in Water Mill at 6:30
* "Herstory" Writing Workshops now on Wednesdays in Farmingville (Spanish and English) 3 to 5 pm and Thursdays in Spanish only in East Hampton at 7 pm
* Second Tuesday of Month: South Fork Chapter of LI Progressive Coalition Meets in Water Mill at 6:30 pm
March 23(Thursday): Hillary Clinton at Stony Brook U. 9:30am-12noon and Demonstration from 11:30am-1:00pm
The Social Justice Alliance at Stony Brook University is planning a "die-in" on the arrival of Hillary Clinton for an engagement at the Staller Center at Stony Brook University. Hillary continues to publicly support the ongoing War in Iraq. Join others as we say NO TO WAR! BRING THE TROOPS HOME!
The program inside the Staller Center is from 9:30-12:00. Those wishing to participate in the die-in should be at the Staller Center at 11:30. It is so important we take this opportunity to again say No To War!....and no to Hillary's stand on the war!
Contact the Social Justice Alliance if you wish to secure a ticket for the program.
Information about the program moderated by Hillary is on the university website: http://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/payequity.shtml
Additional information on the die-in: email firstname.lastname@example.org
9:30 in front of Staller Center for those
attending the presentation
11:30 for those participating in the die-in
March 23 (Thursday): Jobs With Justice Assembly / Dinner in Commack at 6pm
The next Jobs with Justice-LI Delegate Assembly is set for Thursday, March 23rd.
Dinner is at 6pm. The meeting will take place at CSEA in Commack (directions below).
These meetings are open and welcoming to new faces.
For more Info contact Jim McAsey. Email email@example.com
CSEA region 1 is at 3 Garet Pl in Commack.
From the east:
LIE W to exit 53. Continue on the service road past the Sunken Meadow PK. Make a RIGHT on Commack Rd (route 4). Make your first RIGHT onto Henry. Go straight into the shopping center. CSEA is between Expo and Costco.
From the west:
LIE E to exit 52. Continue straight on the service road to Crooked Hill Rd (route 13). Make a LEFT on Crooked Hill. Go under the LIE, and make a RIGHT into shopping center. CSEA is between Expo and Costco.
March 26(Sunday): Mideast in Crisis - Talk by Anna Baltzer in Bridgehampton at 4:30pm
Hear the facts first hand from Anna Baltzer, a Jewish-American observer living in the West Bank and working with the International Women's Peace Service.
See Anna's blog: http://annainpalestine.blogspot.com/
The talk will be held at the new Unitarian Meeting House at 977 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike in Bridgehampton at 4:30 pm. Discussion after the talk.
Committee for Peace in Israel and Palestine,
Peconic Bay Quaker Meeting,
Unitarian Social Action Committee,
East End Women in Black
Contact Helen at misfitz(at)optonline(dot)net
March 26th (Sunday) Monthly Candlelight Vigil in Patchogue 6:30-7:30 pm
Candlelight Vigil at Four Corners in Patchogue (S. Ocean Ave. & Main St.). Names of those killed in Iraq will be read. Sponsored by South Country Women In Black, South Country Peace Group & Pax Christi. This vigil is held on the last Sunday each month.
email for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
March 27 (Monday): LI Counter Recruiting Committee Meets in Bellport at 6:30pm
The LI Counter Recruiting Committee will hold a meeting for interested adults to discuss the rights of the Conscientious Objector. The intention is to pass this info along to youth to help them interested in establishing a CO file.
The meeting will be at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bellport,
51 Browns Lane. For info call 631-875-8647
March 27(Monday): Veterans For Peace - LI Meet in Bellport 7:30 pm
Long Island Chapter of Veterans for Peace will meet at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bellport, 51 Browns Lane at 7:30pm
For info call 631-286-0090.
March 28th(Tuesday): Suffolk Peace Network Forum in Bayshore 7:15-9:15 pm
The Suffolk Peace Network forum will host Geoffrey Blank of the “No Police State” coalition.
Geoffrey and others have been targeted for prosecution for speaking out for Peace and Social Justice. A 20-minute film followed by an update by Geoffrey and a group discussion.
The forum is at the Bayshore/Brightwaters Library. Event is free, all are welcome.
For more info, call: 631-968-5571.
April 8(Saturday) Book Reading "Losing the Moon" by Kathryn Levy in Sag Harbor at 6:00pm
Kathryn Levy will read from her new book of poetry "Losing the Moon" at Canio's Books on Main Street in Sag Harbor at 6pm on Saturday April 8.
More Info: (631) 725-2940
See Suffolk Peace Vigils for a complete list of weekly and monthly vigils
See Counter Recruiting Schedule for a listing of weekly and monthly demonstrations.
First Thursday each month:
Waging Peace - Meditation and Visualization in Westhampton Beach at 7pm
A community gathering designed by a psychotherapist to combat feellings of helplessness and powerlessness. This is the first of a series every first Thursday of the month at 32 Mill Road in Westhampton Beach from 7 to 8pm.
Contact Nancy Privett at 325-1402 or email@example.com ___________________________________________________
Thursday evening Book Study Group in Water Mill at 6:30 pm
The group meets at the Lutheran Church at Hayground Road and Montauk Highway on Thursdays at 6:30pm
Contact Pastor Vita at 631-537-1187 or pastorvita(at)verizon(dot)net ____________________________________________________
"Herstory" Writing Workshops in Spanish and English (note changes):
Wednesdays in Farmingville:
Herstory Writers Workshop meets every Monday afternoon at the Farmingville branch of the Workplace Project from 3 to 5. Both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking women come together to share and shape their life experiences through memoir writing. The workshop is conducted in both English and Spanish. Call 631-723-0150 for more information and directions to the center.
Thursdays in East Hampton:
Every Thursday Spanish-speaking women come together to share their writing with one another and receive feedback on how to structure and shape their lifewriting.The East Hampton workshop is open to East Hampton Town residents and is conducted entirely in Spanish.
It meets every Thursday, 7-9 p.m., at the Senior Citizens Center, 128 Springs-Fireplace Road.
Call 631-723-0150 for more information.
Second Tuesday each month: South Fork Chapter - LI Progressive Coalition Meets in Water Mill at 6:30pm
The regular monthly meeting of the South Fork chapter of the Progressive Coalition is at 6:30pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Lutheran Church on Montauk Highway & Hayground Rd. between Water Mill and Bridgehampton. Info: 516-541-1006, ext.55 or www dot lipc dot org
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