May 13, 2010 UPDATED

In this week's report (scroll down or click on links) :

* Don't Forget Horton Ave: Newsday story on flooding

from News Review - Riverhead:  "Shirley Coverdale, a director of the Long Island Organizing Network, is hoping to spread the word to anyone affected by last month's monster rain storm to report their damages to the town and county."

* Poets for Haiti: help them raise funds to re-build Port-au-Prince library.

Jim Henry (Submerging Markets) Report from Haiti  

* More from Jim Henry - Haiti Live Blog 
Three months after the January 12th earthquake, you've still got at least 1.5 mm people "living" in Port au Prince, the capital city, in crowded camps of tents and makeshift shacks. Hurricane season in Haiti is June-November, and NOAA, the US weather agency, says there could be multiple Caribbean hurricanes this year alone.

On Saturday April 10, Kathy Engel and the group Poets for Ayiti read their work at Canio's Books, Sag Harbor.  Their chapbook Poems for Haiti: For the Crowns of Your Heads is available with proceeds going to help restore the 
Bibliotheque du Soleil in Port-Au-Prince.  

See the Poets for Ayiti blog-click here

The  Commitee for Peace in Israel/Palestine  has launched a new educational web site / blog  

The blog presents the facts on the ground as viewed by leading journalists and academics who advocate for a just solution to the ongoing conflict betwen
Israel and Palestine. 

Featured on the blog now are articles by Israeli-American professor Bernard Avishai: "the occupation is ruining our lives" and mid-east correspondent of the Independent (UK)

Robert Fisk : "Both the United States and Europe stand idly by while the Israeli government effectively destroys any hope of a Palestinian state; destroying the last chance for peace"

Also featured is an analysis of the recent speech by US General David Petraeus  who says Israel's policies foment anti-American sentiment and terrorism.

Ordinary Injustice: Jim Henry looks at the U.S. criminal (in)justice system and recommends the book "Ordinary Injustice" by Amy Bach


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IN OUR INBOX: Stop Assault on border wildlands!


From: Dan Millis <>
Subject: [ACTNET-BORDERLANDS-ALERTS] Help stop Cinco de Mayo assault on border wildlands!
Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2010, 5:13 PM

Extremist Republican Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina is trying to impose his will on our borderlands! 

Today DeMint called for 700 miles of double-layer, federal penitentiary-style border wall to be added to the financial reform bill. This would mean construction of another 1,019 miles of 15-foot tall steel that would block wildlife, cause flooding and wreak environmental havoc across the Southwest!

Write your Senators today, and tell them:

* We already spent $3.4 billion to build 645 miles of border barriers and walls.
* Border walls have proven costly, ineffective and harmful to border communities and wildlife.

Click here to find out how your Senators voted last time DeMint tried this malicious trick. Thank or spank your Senators! 

Below is a link to a news story about this "DeMinted" Cinco de Mayo amendment:

Thank you for caring about the border,

Dan Millis
Borderlands Campaign, Sierra Club
738 N. 5th Ave. #214
Tucson, AZ 85705

(520) 620-6401

Horton Ave. Needs Help: Meeting Saturday May 8 at 1st Baptist Church Riverhead

Don’t let our historic Suffolk neighborhoods go down the drain because of bureaucratic indifference. If the picture makes your heart sink, join us and our elected officials to make certain that Long Islanders don’t get the short end of the stick.

First Baptist Church of Riverhead
1018 Northville Turnpike
Riverhead, NY 11901 (631) 727-3446
WHEN: Saturday May 8, 2010 at 9:00 am

CONTACT: Evangelist Linda Hobson 631-431-4104 or Emma Kimble 631-727-1435

The church is located just north of Rte 58 on Northville Turnpike (Route 43)

The event is open to the public. Admission is free. 
Light refreshments will be served so please call to confirm your attendance. 

The following public officials are being requested to participate:

Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Timothy Bishop,
State Senator Kenneth LaValle, Assemblyman Marc Alessi, County Executive Steve Levy, Legislator Ed Romaine, Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, Riverhead Councilpersons John Dunleavy, George Gabrielsen, Jodi Giglio, & James Wooten

Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum Opens “Garments of Ritual: Native Traditional and Contemporary Regalia”

The Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum will open a new exhibit, “Garments of Ritual: Native Traditional and Contemporary Regalia,” a show that explores the cultural expression and tradition of ritual garment use. A small representative selection of men, women, and children’s antique and contemporary dress clothing of the Shinnecock and other Native American nations will be on view at the museum from Saturday May 8 through June 8.

Some complete clothing sets have been donated for the exhibit by members of the Shinnecock Reservation community, while others are assembled from various indigenous groups from other parts of North America produced during the late 19th and early-20th centuries. Each piece is accompanied by a description about the owner and some history about the regalia.

A reception will be held on Saturday, May 8 from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Museum is located at 100 (Old) Montauk Highway at West Gate Road, west of Southampton Village.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform - ACLU Has Reservations

A number of Long Island residents rallied in support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform in Hempstead, East Hampton and Southampton on Long Island last weekend. Some of them were concerned about immigration bills introduced by New York Senator Charles Schumer, New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez and Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Andrea Callan of the Suffolk County New York Chapter of the A.C.L.U. says her organization has a problem with the proposed national ID cards.

Ms. Callan  told the Southampton rally
 "Senator Schumer has introduced a bill including a requirement for all workers to carry a bio-metric ID card.  This requires everyone to go to a government office to have their retina or other body part scanned. They will need to carry the card to get a job and to go to work.  President Obama has a pretty good sense of the need for privacy and security but what will happen when the next "Bush Era" comes along and they want to expand this program to things that were not intended...  I live in an apartment complex and I will have to have the card scanned to get in the gate? "
Callan says the ACLU does support a path for immigrant citizenship, but there should be due process in immigration court and a halt to local enforcement of immigration law. 
from a WPKN Radio News report May 5.
WPKN Radio 88.7 Montauk, 89.5 Bridgeport