WPKN/WPKM Programs for Download

UPDATED July 5, 2008

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East End Ink airs on the third Thursday each month at 12 Noon

East End Ink programs for download - New Program Airs Thursday June 19 12 Noon: Sacco and Vanzetti

"Tidings from Hazel Kahan" airs on the fourth Thursday of each month at 12 Noon.

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Week of December 20, 2007

click on the headers below:

Housing Opportunities

Sag Harbor Affordable Housing ?

Some Local News: Race and Shinnecock in the Courts

Tidings from Hazel Kahan: You may be more creative than you think

East End Ink: A literary review on radio and the web

Links: Recommended Reading

A Concert for Peace - Update

US Fatalities in Iraq

Peace & Justice Calendar

Suffolk Peace Vigils

Counter Recruiting Schedule

Alternative Media & WPKN Downloads

Democracy Now!

Non-corporate news hour with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez:
on Riverhead/Southampton/Southold/Shelter Island Channel 20:

New Schedule Starting Monday October 1:

Monday 6:30 am
Tuesday 11 pm
Wednesday 7 pm
Thursday 6 pm
Friday 9 pm
Saturday - 9 pm

Also on WUSB 90.1 FM 5pm Mon-Friday and East Hampton LTV Ch 20


For more Information on Peace Activism on LI

see North Fork People of Conscience at www.nfpofc.blogspot.com

see Suffolk Progressive Vision at www.spv.active.ws


The East End Report is compiled by Tony Ernst.

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Housing Opportunities

As we near the end of 2007 - some of us who are fortunate enough to have a roof over our heads - but who may be in need of a tax deduction - have three opportunities to help those whose roof or home are in need of repair.

Opportunity One:

Last Wednesday, members of the east end community and the Shinnecock Nation put a new roof on a house on the reservation just before the predicted rains and coming winter storms. The work was done under the auspices of East End Direct Action. If you would like to help pay for the costs involved, please contact Tony Ernst at 631-259-2482.

Opportunity Two: The Padoquohan Medicine Lodge, Inc. on the Shinnecock Reservation continues it's work helping folks on the 'Rez' with housing repairs. A home moved to Shinnecock last December needed up-grading and other projects will benefit from monies raised by contributions from the east end community. Address your tax-deductible checks to:

The Padoquohan Medicine Lodge, Inc.
P.O. Box 5078
Southampton, NY, 11969

Opportunity Three:

Buy a raffle ticket - the prize is a BMW auto- to benefit both the Padoquohan Medicine Lodge and the Hayground School in Bridgehampton. Hayground School is a private institution, many of whose students come from the 'minority' communities in our area.

For raffle tickets at $100 each - the drawing in June '08 - call Hayground School at 631-537-7068

Sag Harbor Affordable Housing

updated January 9

The Sag Harbor ZBA - Zoning Board of Appeals met Tuesday, December 18 at 4pm at Village Hall on Main St. The Bulova project discussion was postponed until the next meeting on Tuesday January 15. The meeting is at the Municipal Building on Main Street at 6:30 pm

The project, a plan by developers for more than 60 luxury apartments was discussed by the Sag Harbor Planning Board on Janury 3. The anticipated vote on the County's affordable housing requirement and the need for a formal environmental quality review (SEQRA) for the project was not taken.

The County has jurisdiction since the Bulova property is on a county road (Rte 114). However the Village can over-ride this requirement with a 'super-majority' opposed.

Those local teachers, fireman, police and other 'just plain folks' who would like to live near their jobs will be shut out unless the Village officials can be convinced that we do need affordable housing in Sag Harbor, not more weekenders' second homes.

A plan for low-cost housing CAN be developed using some of the land slated for this project.

Come to the meetings, hear what's going down and voice your opinion.

More info: Kathryn Szoka, LI Progressive Coalition - South Fork Chapter - 725-1149

Some Local News: Race and Shinnecock in the Courts

some local news from Newsday:


Issue of race permeates manslaughter trial

Joye Brown
December 13, 2007

You can't run from race at the trial of John White, a black man charged with shooting a white teen in the face in front of White's dream home in the suburbs. Given the reality of life on Long Island, it would be silly even to try.

Race permeates the manslaughter trial, as it does day to day life in Nassau and Suffolk - and not just because the region is one of the most racially segregated in the United States.

At the courthouse in Riverhead, you can see race as you walk into the courtroom.

Most whites sit on one side, most blacks sit on the other. Early in the trial, the Nation of Islam made an appearance; so has 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, and black and white members of local NAACP chapters.

You can hear race, from the prosecutor and defense attorneys, as they go about reading transcripts and questioning witnesses:

The word nigger - and please accept my apologies, but n-----, N-word and N-bomb just don't tell it like it is - was caught on 911 tapes, as a car of frantic teenagers carried their fatally wounded friend, 17-year-old Daniel Cicciaro Jr., to the hospital.

John White's wife, Sonia, said she heard the word coming from her son's cell phone; flinching, visibly, as it fell from her lips in testimony yesterday.

And a threat-filled transcript of a 34-minute-long instant messaging session between Aaron and another teenager offered as evidence yesterday included the word 13 times (with a "cotton picker" tossed in, for good measure).

You can even laugh at race, as many in the courtroom did yesterday when White's neighbor, Gary Greene, told how he approached police outside White's house the night of the shooting.

"I put my hands up," said Greene, a very big black man whose awesome house (judging from a photo projected onto a screen) has an awesome backyard pool. "I didn't want any misunderstanding."

Everybody in the courtroom knew what he meant.

"This case is the trial of the century in Suffolk County," Lucius Ware, 74, an NAACP official who has lived in Southampton for almost 40 years, told me during a break yesterday.

"The case is important to Long Island in the 21st century because we all know, instinctively, that things would be different had two carloads of young black men invaded a quiet neighborhood at 11 o'clock at night."

In his first published interview after the incident - with my former Newsday colleague, Paul Vitello - John White didn't mention race.

Neither did his attorney or the police or the district attorney's office, and Cicciaro's family mentioned, frequently, that Daniel had friends of all races. And yet racial tension doesn't just live, but thrives in the trial.

The cornerstone of the defense now is that John White was protecting himself, his property and his family against a lynch mob.

That's race.

The prosecutor, reading Aaron White's words from the IM transcript, more than once fell into a mimic of a black voice.

That's race.

And yesterday, the defense raised the racial animus and threats against Aaron White's life - from another teenager - as the reason White's testimony in the trial differed so much from his testimony before a grand jury.

That's race, too.

What didn't come out in court testimony was that the IM threats, according to a police document, "did not constitute a hate crime."

A teenager is dead, and it's hard to watch his grieving parents in the courtroom. A father faces a potential prison term; it's hard to watch his family, too.

A jury will decide what happens, but this much we know already.

The race issue, which divided Long Island before the trial - and has so divided this courtroom - will keep dividing neighbors, long after the John White jury goes home.


Jury in shooting case has choice of two verdicts


December 18 2007, 8:32 PM EST

A jury will have the option of convicting John White of a misdemeanor
-- rather than a felony -- for the shooting death of Daniel Cicciaro
Jr., a Suffolk County judge ruled Tuesday.

The complete article can be viewed at:

Shinnecocks irked by Southampton blocking casino


December 18 2007

Tribal Trustees of the Shinnecock Indian tribe yesterday charged that
Southampton Town was committing "cultural genocide" by insisting that
the residentially-zoned land should be used only to build houses.

The complete article can be viewed at:

Dismissal of Indian smoke shop suit still burns


December 7 2007

A federal judge's recent dismissal of several claims in a lawsuit
alleging Unkechaug and Shinnecock Indian smoke shops violated racketeering
laws by selling untaxed cigarettes has not been a cause for celebration
on either side.

The complete article can be viewed at:

Tidings from Hazel Kahan: You may be more creative than you think

WPKN 89.5 and WPKM 88.7 aired the second program in the series "Tidings from Hazel Kahan" on Thursday December 27 at 12 noon.

Hazel says "just because you don't think you're creative doesn't mean you are not" and she interviews three area artists about what drives their creative spirit.

Download the program here. Enjoy!

Tidings from Hazel Kahan: Program 2