Week of March 12: click here for updates

Who can protest and does not is an accomplice in the act _The Talmud

Suffolk County Actions to Mark 6th Anniversary of Iraq War and to Oppose Escalation of Afghanistan War

March 13 (Friday): Immigration Forum - Get the Facts - Hampton Bays at 6pm

March 19 (Thursday): 6th Anniversary of Iraq War / Occupation

March 21(Saturday): NAACP Jubilee in Riverhead at 11 am

March 21: (Saturday): Hoops for History - Basketball Match Benefits Shinnecock Museum - 7 pm

Performing Plumber: Terry Sullivan's March Concerts

April 1 (Wednesday): Global Warming-How Immediate is the Crisis- Talk by Dr Scott Carlin in Babylon

April 1, April 3: Father Roy Bourgeois - School of Americas Watch at Stony Brook, Huntington

April 4 (Saturday): March on Wall Street - United for Peace & Justice

LI Wins Blog: Police Deputization and more on ICE Raids

Peace and Justice Calendar

Suffolk Peace Vigils

Casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan - When will they end?

Gaza / Palestine Update: Is there a Leadership Crisis? Obama choice for Intelligence Council withdraws under fire from AIPAC

Recommended Reading - click here:
Capitalism Hits the Fan - Richard Wolff

Lucero Killing Follows Months of Anti-Immigrant Agitation

Economic Contributions of Immigrants to Long Island

Democracy Now!

The independent news hour with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez:
on Riverhead/Southampton/Southold/Shelter Island
Channel 20:

Note: Channels 20 (public access) and 22 (government meetings) now require a digital capable TV or converter box and have been removed from the basic cable service in violation of contracts with the east end towns. Call your Town Council members to find out what they are doing about this cablevision.com/update for more information.

Monday 10 pm
Tuesday 6 pm

Wednesday 10 pm
Thursday 10 pm
Friday 8 pm
Saturday - 6pm

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

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Thursday, March 19th, 7:30 PM - Anniversary of the 6th Year in Iraq - A prayer service will be held at St. Joseph the Worker Church , 510 Narragansett Ave., East Patchogue. As in the past, Code Pink LI will provide the Memorial Ribbons for the procession. This garland is now very long and needs at least 30 volunteers to carry it. If you can participate in that, please come to the church by 7PM. If you would like to be a reader, please contact PaxChristi.LongIsland@verizon.net

Thursday, March 19th, 5:00-6:00 PM and again on
Saturday, March 21st, 2:00-3:30 PM – Join the South Country Peace Group on Route 25 in front of the main entrance to the Smithhaven Mall as a presence of peace. While our presence will be there to mark the 6 years of occupation, we will also highlight opposition to the growing involvement in Afghanistan. Contact: dmu7@optonline.net

Saturday, March 21st, 10:30 AM – Join the North Country Peace Group to mark the 6th anniversary of the start of war in Iraq . Gather on Rt. 25A, a mile east of the Nichols Road/25A intersection, near the Chase Bank on the south side of 25A (across from the St. James Catholic Church) in Setauket. From there, those who wish can join us as we process east along the storefronts in the King Kullen, Wild by Nature and Stop and Shop shopping centers. We will be carrying signs about Iraq and Afghanistan and the NCPG banner. Also, we will have handouts for passersby explaining why we are processing and inviting them to come to the bottom of the hill (our usual protest spot at Rt. 25A and Bennetts Road in Setauket) for the rest of our event, which will include a reading of the names of fallen Long Islanders from both wars.

Global Warming: How Immediate is the Crisis?

April 1 (Wednesday): Dr. Scott Carlin on Global Warming in Babylon at 7pm

The Babylon Green Party Gathering will feature Dr. Scott Carlin, the founder of the Long Island Climate Solutions Network, speaking about Global Warming: How Immediate is the Crisis? The event will be held at Pisces Café, 14A Railroad Avenue, Babylon, NY. Global Warming is not just a crisis of ecology, it effects our economy and our ability to produce energy. If we continue on the same path, we will soon face a Mad Max world of starvation, wars and environmental die-off on a scale we have not seen. We need a broader model of democracy which will allow us to quickly and fairly dial down our consumption while focusing on fulfilling basic human needs.
Contact Ian Wilder 631-422-4702 or email ian.wilder@yahoo.com

March 19 is the 6th Anniversary of the Iraq War and Occupation

And the violence continues.

Here are the latest statistics

Suffolk County Actions to Mark 6th Anniversary of Iraq War and to Oppose Escalation in Afghanistan

President Obama ordered the beginning of the end of the U.S. war and occupation of Iraq.

Or did he?

See Phyllis Bennis' analysis


".... And if this plan were actually a first step towards the clear and unequivocal goal of a complete end to the U.S. occupation of Iraq, it would be better than good, it would be fabulous. That would mean defining this withdrawal as the first step towards a complete withdrawal of all troops, pulling out of all the 150,000+ U.S.-paid foreign mercenaries and contractors, closing all the U.S. military bases, and ending U.S. efforts to control Iraqi oil.

But. So far that is not on Obama's agenda. And there are way too many potholes in the road ahead for us to unequivocally embrace this plan - and certainly too many for us to even consider giving up the urgent need for popular mobilization demanding a real end to the U.S. occupation of Iraq."

New Immigration Forum Friday in Hampton Bays - and a comment

from The East Hampton Star and Long Island Wins blog:

Rep. Tim Bishop, State Assemblyman Fred Thiele and Southampton Town Councilwoman Anna Throne-Holst have formed a new coalition to address immigration issues and will host a forum on the subject on Friday, March 13 in Hampton Bays.

Titled "Immigration in the Hamptons: Beginning a Community Dialogue." it will be held at the Southampton Senior Center on Ponquogue Ave. at 6pm.

In a press release Mr. Bishop said "This coalition is a proactive effort to bring issues in the light, have a rational discussion of the impact of immigration on our community and ultimately bring people together."

Speakers include: Joanne Loewenthal, Superintendent of Hampton Bays Schools; Laura Anker, Professor of American Studies, SUNY-Old Westbury; Julio Gonzalez, Associate Professor of Education, SUNY-Old Westbury; Robert Chaloner, CEO of Southampton Hospital; and representatives from the Long Island Farm Bureau and the Montauk Chamber of Commerce.


Some of us thought we began a "rational discussion" on these issues as far back as 2003 when among others, OLA and the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons had public forums on problems associated with immigration including issues associated with hiring day-laborers. Local leaders including notably Mayor Mark Epley of Southampton attempted to provide solutions. The public was not ready. Suffolk County legislators passed redundant local laws about who should be hired to do work for the County. A County Executive played the race-baiting card. Teens attacked immigrants for sport and they killed a young man from Ecuador.

Farmingville and Patchogue were the beginning. Violent attacks on immigrants continue all across the country. As the economy winds down jobs dissappear and low paid immigrants become scapegoats.

We hope that this new attempt at dialogue produces some positive results. Here are some suggestions:

Start by getting the facts and publicize them:
Pass a local minimum wage law and enforce it.
Finally allow those private entities who want to regulate the hiring process do so.

tony ernst
March 11, 2009