Week of September 22, 2005

In this week's report:

Letter from Kathy Engel: People's Hurricane Relief Fund

Pierson High School Recruiting for Military ?

Honor the Fallen

Peace & Justice Calendar

Also see the

Suffolk Progressive Vision

web site for links to the

Suffolk Peace Network Counter Military Recruiting Committee

and much more.


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Letter from Kathy Engel: People's Hurricane Relief Fund

"The people of New Orleans will not go quietly into the night, scattering across this country to become homeless in countless other cities while federal relief funds are funneled into rebuilding casinos, hotels, chemical plants and the wealthy white districts of New Orleans like the French Quarter and the Garden District."

Original statement of the People's Hurricane Relief Fund

19 September 2005

Dear Friends and Family:

I've just returned from several days in the Gulf Coast area. Most of my time was spent in the Jackson, Mississippi, just-established office of the People's Hurricane Relief Fund and Reconstruction Project. My friend and sister poet Suheir Hammad and I arrived to work just one hour after they had moved in, housed by the wonderful Young People's Project, created by graduates of Bob Moses' Algebra Project. In other words, the space is singing with the deep roots of the civil rights movement and the young people are there, carrying on, so beautifully.

I also visited Algiers, on the edge of New Orleans, Malik Rahim's Common Ground Collective and the Common Ground Health Clinic, serving as a center for those in Algiers and evacuees wishing to return and needing to organize.

This morning, Mama Dee of N. Doregenois, New Orleans is publicly opening her home as another center for connecting, organizing, gathering urgently needed supplies, and reconstruction.

The people who've been abandoned and disrespected are taking things into their hands, making life possible for themselves and their families and communities. They will determine their destinies, a phrase so often used by the great Chilean poet and humanist Pablo Neruda.

I am working on a piece about my week, but I didn't want to wait to send you this appeal. All of you and everyone you know has given in one way or another already to support the relief efforts. We all share horror and shame at the blatant criminal neglect of the black people and all people living in poverty in the Gulf Coast area. The racism we have known to be a bloody river of shame in this country can no longer be denied by anyone, even those working so hard to look the other way or explain it away.

Here's the opportunity: support the efforts and determination of those whose lives have been ravaged to control, oversee, determine THEIR OWN RELIEF, RECOVERY & RECONSTRUCTION. That' s what the People's Hurricane Relief Fund is about, spawned from the 7 year old Community Labor United, a local coalition of more than 42 grassroots, community, black and progressive led groups. The effort now has national and international recognition.

The people are going to do this. They are going to find each other, reunite, test the soil, water, air, teach their children, demand a role in the official process, take care of each other and business. But they need all of our support. That is the pledge for change. Because humanitarian aid alone won't assure anything. The millions and zillions of dollars of aid won't do the job if it isn't directed towards the self determination of the evacuees.
This I firmly believe.

Think of giving differently because this needs to be incorporated into our daily lives. Church people know this! Don't think: "I've already given…" Think, what can I do differently. Not to take away from fulfilling your needs, but is there something you do each week or month that you could not do and put that money towards the PHRF and celebrate that? Is there a piece of something you could sell? On Ebay? Can you skip a family vacation, still have a wonderful time at home, or working together in support of the reconstruction, and donate the $ you would have spent? Can you put an empty can on your kitchen table and agree to put a certain amount in every day or week? If you are an artist or performer how will you tell the stories? If money is not an option, can you gather your friends, colleagues, family, community to make a plan of solidarity, perhaps a regular potluck?

In Latin America in the 80's I heard people say: solidarity is the tenderness of the people. What can that tenderness mean and become?

The rebuilding of the Gulf Coast will show the true soul and determination of the people of this country, and will effect all our other efforts for justice and peace.

The Red Cross is not going to do it.

Martin Luther King, Jr. built a poor people's movement and denounced the war in Vietnam. This is what we must do. Saturday the world will be watching as we march in Washington demanding an end to both wars -- the one against Iraq and the one against people of color and people with little or no money in this country.

Gold Star mother Cindy Sheehan who caught the world's attention when she camped out in Crawford, Texas understands her connection to the mothers and people of the Gulf Coast. The military understands; they're recruiting in the shelters.

Together, merging two movements, two arms of one body, we have the chance to claim ourselves, our souls and build democracy.

Please let me know what you do.

With thanks and love,

Kathy Engel

People's Hurricane Relief Fund:
3656 Wheatley Street, Jackson, Miss. 39212
601 346 5995

tax deductible contributions:
c/o Vanguard Public Foundation, 383 Rhode Island Avenue, suite 301
San Francisco, California 94103
Earmarked for People's Hurricane Relief Fund

or you make a contribution at www.vanguardsf.org/

The People's Hurricane Relief and Reconstruction Project intends to work with community groups to oversee all aspects of relief, recovery and reconstruction, is submitting a petition to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, and is calling on the government to:

" provide funds for all displaced families to be reunited:

" allocate the $50 billion for reconstruction to the victims of the hurricane in the form of a Victims Compensation Fund;

" accept representation on all boards that are making decisions on spending public dollars for relief and reconstruction

" place displaced workers and residents of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast in public workers' jobs, offering union wages;

" publicly account for and show the entire reconstruction process

Pierson High School: Recruiting for the Military?

From a letter to the Sag Harbor Express:

Late last week parents of Pierson High students received a letter from the school containing a form which must be returned by Monday, September 26 in order to have their children's names and contact information witheld from a list which will be sent US military recruiters.

The school is required by law to send student information to the military and also to notify parents of their right to 'opt out' of the process.

The school is not required to add the following questionable information which was contained in the letter:

Student directory information will be used specifically for armed services recruiting purposes and for informing young people of scholarship opportunities. For some of our students, this may be the best opportunuity they have to get a college education."

This information is misleading in two respects.

Firstly, student directory information, if witheld from the military recruiters has no effect on the availablilty of this information to college recruiters. The information sent to parents recently by Southampton Schools makes this clear.

Secondly, college assistance available to veterans is inadequate according to Joseph Galloway, senior military correspondent of Knight Ridder Newspapers.

(See Detroit Free Press March 31, 2005 )

Galloway says new enlistees must agree to have their pay reduced by $100 per month for the first year in order to get 36 months of assistance at about $1,000 per month. Vets must take remedial courses after having been in the military for four years or more. Benefits run out by the time they reach their senior year.

Honor the Fallen - Memorial to War Dead

The North Fork People of Conscience has been preparing and exhibiting a series of memorial panels with the faces and biographies of the 2,000 US soldiers who died in Afghanistan and Iraq. This is an ongoing effort since the number of dead is continually growing.

Last week the exhibit, called "Honor the Fallen", was shown at New York University in collaboration with the Campus Anti-War Network. Hundreds of students saw the exhibit which drew new recruits to the campus group.

NYU officials described as "political" a table bearing literature, posters and a container for donations and demanded it be removed.

The next scheduled showing of Honor the Fallen will take place from Friday September 30 to Sunday October 2 at Camp Quinipet on Shelter Island.

Information on this project may be obtained by calling 631-765-4612 or
going to HonorTheFallen dot net

reported by Hazel Kahan for the WPKN / WPKM East End News Team

Peace & Justice Calendar - starting Wednesday 9/21

For details about the following events scroll down:

* September 21(Wednesday): Equal Exchange & Fair Trade - Lecture in Water Mill at 7:30 pm

* September 24 (Saturday): United for Peace & Justice and A.N.S.W.E.R. Joint Rally in DC to End Iraq War: - Buses from LI

* September 27 (Tuesday): Suffolk Peace Network Videos at Bayshore Library at 7:15pm

* September 30 (Friday): Report Back from Jerusalem Women in Black Conference in Bellport at 7:30pm

* September 30 to October 2 (Friday-Sunday) Exhibition of Honor the Fallen memorial at Camp Quinipet, Shelter Island

* October 9 (Sunday): Benefit-Celebration - South Fork Chapter Long Island Progressive Coalition in East Hampton at 3pm

* Repeating Events:

Writers Guild of America East Strike in Wainscott, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm

"Herstory" Writing Workshops in Spanish and English: Mondays in Farmingville 3 to 5 pm Thursdays in East Hampton at 7 pm


September 21(Wednesday): Equal Exchange & Fair Trade - Lecture in Water Mill at 7:30 pm

Ed Eckart of World Mission Crafts will deliver a lecture "Thou Shalt Not Exploit: Equal Exchange & Fair Trade" as part of the series Religion and Ethics at the Incarnation Lutheran Church, Montauk Highway at Hayground Road between Water Mill and Bridgehampton. Info at 631-537-1187.

September 24 (Saturday): United for Peace & Justice and A.N.S.W.E.R. Joint Rally in DC to End Iraq War: - Buses from LI

United for Peace & Justice and International A.N.S.W.E.R. will join forces for a joint rally and march on Septermber 24 in Washington, D.C. Buses from many points on Long Island are being arranged for Saturday September 24 round trips to DC. Some buses were filled last week and additional buses were being arranged for some locations.

East Hampton and Water Mill: Betty Mazur at 631-267-8392

Riverhead: Pat Hovey at 631-765-4612

Buses from other points - see updated bus info

September 27 (Tuesday): Suffolk Peace Network Videos at Bayshore Library at 7:15pm

The monthly Suffolk Peace Network event at the Bayshore/Brightwaters library hosted by
Brian O'Haire will be held next Tuesday, 9/27, at 7:15-9:30 p.m. Brian will be showing video
clips from recent events involving SPN including the "Bush Vacation Ruination Celebration."

Information: Brian at 631-968-5571

September 30 (Friday): Report Back from Jerusalem Women in Black Conference in Bellport at 7:30pm

Eve Sokol of Bellport Women in Black has returned from the Women in Black Conference in Jerusalem. She will speak about her experiences and show slides of the event and her travels in Israel and Palestine at the UU Fellowship, 51 Brown's Lane in Bellport. The meeting is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 30, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Info: chilepaz@msn.com

September 30 to October 2 (Friday-Sunday) Exhibition of Honor the Fallen memorial at Camp Quinipet, Shelter Island

The memorial with photos and biographies of soldiers who died in Afhanistan and Iraq will be shown. More info at 631 765-4612 and Honor the fallen


October 9 (Sunday): Benefit &Celebration - South Fork Chapter Long Island Progressive Coalition in East Hampton at 3pm

Join the celebration of the 5th anniversary of the South Fork Chapter of LI Progessive Coalition. Special guest speaker is Michael Ratner, Vice President of the Center for Constitutional Rights. Honorees are Joseph Giannini of the East End Veterans, Linda Kabot, Southampton Town Council, Judy Lerner of Peace Action and Lucius Ware, President of the Eastern LI Branch of NAACP.

The celebration will take place from 3 to 5pm at at 16 Todd Lane, East Hampton, the home of Jean Hoffmann and Eric Kruh. Food will be served.

For directions and reservations call 516-541-1006.


Repeating Events:

Writers Guild of America East Strike in Wainscott, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm

WGA East spokesperson Marija says

"Our strike against Big Big World Productions in East Hampton is ongoing and we would really appreciate the support of anyone to come and picket with us at 75 Industrial Road, Wainscott. We are there from Monday through Friday, 10 to 4 pm.

Info at wgaeast dot org


"Herstory" Writing Workshops in Spanish and English:

Mondays 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 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. It meets every Thursday, 7-9 p.m., at the Senior Citizens Center, 128 Springs-Fireplace Road.


Send event listings for next week's report to our new address

eastendreport@yahoo.com by 5 pm next Tuesday.

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Buses to Washington DC Rally Sept 24

UPDATED September 20

There will be buses to the Washington, DC anti war march and rally scheduled for Sept 24 from East Hampton, Riverhead and Exit 63 on the Long Island Expressway as well as points in Huntington, Bayshore and Nassau County.

At this time many buses are full and additional buses may be available. Call the phone numbers listed below for each area or contact:

LI2Wash@aol.com or phone Liz at 631-689-2132

For information about the march click here

East Hampton:

Call Betty Mazur at 267 8392 or email her at seabetty@msn.com.

Bus leaves East Hampton Town Hall Parking Lot at 4:30 am and
Water Mill at Shopping Mall opposite Water Mill Community House at 5:00 am

Returns to East Hampton by 10 PM.


Bus will leave from the parking lot behind Green Earth Natural Foods at 50 East Main St. Riverhead.

The bus will leave at 5:30 am and return about 10 or 11 pm.

More info:
Pat Hovey at 631-765-4612
Tom Cowan at 516-369-0360 (cell)

Exit 63 L.I.E.

Bus leaves the 'Park & Ride' just north of LIE Exit 63 at 5:45 a.m.
Information: Karen 631- 875-8647 or Susan at 631-281-0055


Bus leaves 6:00 am. For location, reservations:

email: ajustpeace@earthlink.net or playfair@aol.com

Bayshore (stopping at Freeport):

Bus leaves Bayshore at 6 am. For Complete info call Brian at 631-968-5571 or Heather at 516-223-8002

Lindenhurst, Seaford, Lynnbrook:

Bus leaves Lindenhurst at 5:30 am, Lynnbrook at 6:30 am
Sponsored by Peacesmiths - phone
631 - 798 - 0778 for details

For general information e mail

LI2Wash@aol.com or phone Liz at 631-689-2132

Eastern LI Alternative Media

Radio and TV News - Alternatives to the Corporate Media Heard from Brookhaven to Montauk and Orient

Democracy Now!

on Southampton, Riverhead, Southold, Shelter Island

Public Access TV Channel 20

Starting Monday October 3:

Mondays 10pm

Tuesdays 7pm

Wednesdays 9pm

Democracy Now! on WUSB, Stony Brook, 90.1 FM
5 - 6pm each weekday


WPKN 89.5 Bridgeport - WPKM 88.7 Montauk

Free Speech Radio News:
Monday - Friday 6:00 pm
News from Around the World by Pacifica Reporters Against Censorship

Monday 8-10 pm:
Interviews on Regional, National and International Affairs with Scott Harris

Between the Lines:
Tuesday 5:30pm, Wednesday 8am, Saturday 2:00pm

Under-reported news and
interviews on regional, national and international issues.


WUSB 90.1 FM Stony Brook
and streaming audio via www.wusb.fm

Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez
5 - 6pm each weekday

Free Speech Radio News:
Tuesday - Saturday 6:30 - 7:00 am

"GET UP, STAND UP" with Matt Hegedus
Alternate Sundays from 7 - 8 pm starting Sept 25.

Mort Meklosky: Monday at 12Noon - 1:30pm

Chris Sorochin:If this be Treason Wednesdays at 1 - 2pm
Provocative political rants to help you digest your lunch and get you in the proper frame of anger for the rest of the day.

Lunch on Thursday with Bill McNulty: Thursday 12N - 2pm
Commentary on world events - includes material W does not want you to hear plus the East End Report.


East Hampton - L T V

Public Access TV Channel 20

Lecture Series: Religion and Ethics
recorded at Incarnation Lutheran Church in Bridgehampton
Mondays at 10:00 pm
Wednesdays at 12:30 pm

Democracy NOW!
Mon-Fri at 8am and Midnight
Also Monday and Wednesday at 7pm

LTV Schedule


Riverhead /Southampton /
Southold / Shelter Island

Public Access TV Channel 20

Eastern LI NAACP
Tuesday at 7pm; Friday 2pm

Shinnecock Nation
Thursday 6:30pm; Sunday 11:30am

Vida En Los Hamptons
with Isabel Sepulveda (en Espanol)
Sunday 8:30pm

"Military Myths"
Focuses on youth of color and the racial/economic profiling behind recruitment

Monday at 10:30 PM

"The Childrenof Ibdaa: To Create Something Out of Nothing"
A Palestinian children's dance troupe from the West Bank
tells the story of their people’s struggle
Wednesday at 12:30 am

Brookhaven / Hauppage Public Access TV Channel 20

UU View- Unitarian Universalists Presentation
Saturday 5-6pm

Show for the Workers with Brian O'Haire
Saturday 1am (Sunday morning)

Suffolk Progressive Vision
Sunday 8 pm

The Liberal Media
Sunday 11 pm

The Struggle Continues
Monday 6:00 pm

Democracy NOW!

Sundays 1:30 to 2:30 PM
Mondays 9:00 to 10:00 PM
Wednesdays/(Thursday) Midnight to 1:00 AM
Thursdays 6:30 to 7:30 AM
Fridays 4:00 to 5:00 PM

Complete Schedule for Brookhaven PA TV