Week of December 22, 2005

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Shinnecock and Activists Respond to Racist Attack

Peace & Justice Calendar

Suffolk Peace Vigils

Counter Recruiting Schedule

Affordable Housing

Democracy Now! onTV Channel 20 in Southampton/Southold/Shelter Island/Riverhead

Also see the Suffolk Progressive Vision web site for links to the Suffolk Peace Network Counter Military Recruiting Committee, Brookhaven Public Access TV and much more.


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Shinnecock and Activists Respond to Racist Attack

Last week a site office trailer on Shinnecock Indian Nation land at Hampton Bays was damaged and covered by racist graffitti. The trailer is on the site of the proposed Shinnecock gaming casino at West Woods just west of the canal.

The graffitti included depiction of a lynching, the terms 'KKK", "coon" and the mis-spelled 'niger'.

New York State Police arrested a 16 year old boy who was charged with second-degree criminal mischief and second-degree aggravated harassment as a hate crime. Both charges carry maximum penalties of several years.

On Tuesday the Southampton Town Anti-Bias Task Force called for local political and community leaders to strongly condemn acts of this type.

At a rally Tuesday evening held at the West Woods site tribal members and others spoke about the incident as part of a pattern of intimidation following a federal court judgement which recognized the Shinnecock Indian Nation as a tribe.

The court judgement is the first step in allowing the Shinnecock Nation to build a gaming casino at the site.

The judgement was followed by a statement from Senator Schumer criticizing the court. Other local elected officials re-affirmed their opposition to the Shinnecock Nation's plans for economic development.

Several speakers at the rally questioned whether one individual could have carried out the damage and defacement to the trailer. Some referred to the influence of local elected officials on the atmosphere which may have prompted the incident.

Several members of the tribe spoke about the hurt they felt on seeing the racial epithets.

Reverend Holly Haile Davis, of Shinnecock said

"...anyone who is surprised by this has not been paying attention. This is what it is like to be a Shinnecock Indian, to be called these names every day of your life."

Addressing absent elected officials including Senators Clinton and Schumer, Congressman Tim Bishop, State Assemblyman Fred Thiele and Southampton town supervisor Heaney she said

"this is the same reactionary anger and ignorance that prompted you and your statements in the past and has promted this ugly, ignorant crime."

"The answer to this is not to arrest 1 or 2 or 50 people. The answer to this is to address racism effectively and address poverty effectively"

Alabama-born Anti-Bias Task Force member Bob Zellner spoke about the similarity of the incident to acts of the Klan. He said it was the responsibility of the the white community to fight racism.

Zellner called on the elected leaders to come out strongly against what has happened as they had come out "immmediately, strongly and fiercly" in opposition to Shinnecock plans for a casino.

Speaking about his background and relatives who were Klan members, Zellner said
"I know about the KuKluxKlan, about organized hate groups. They are cowards, wear masks and act under the cover of night. They come out whenever any people win a victory and you have just won a great victory here. Getting people ... to recognize ...that you are a Native American sovereign nation. ... thats what they respond with."

"After the March on Washington in 1963 the Klan bombed a church in Birmingham and four little girls were killed in their Sunday School. That was the way they responded.

"They look for permission from their leaders, to people who are leaders in the community."

"A 16yr old does not have this idea on his own. A 16 year old is joined by many men and women who are united in hate - organizing hate - and they have to be stopped."

"Those leaders and each of us have to say 'this does not happen in this community'.

Peace & Justice Calendar - Starting December 22


* December 27 (Tuesday): Suffolk Peace Network Forum in Bayshore at 7:15pm

* January 9 (Monday): Visit with Rep. Tim Bishop in Southampton at 7pm

Repeating Events:

( see Suffolk Peace Vigils for a complete list of weekly and monthly vigils)

( see Counter Recruiting Schedule for listing of weekly and monthly demonstrations)

* Thursday evening Book Study Group in Water Mill at 6:30

* "Herstory" Writing Workshops in Spanish and English:

Mondays in Farmingville 3 to 5 pm
Thursdays 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

Details follow:

December 27 (Tuesday): Monthly Suffolk Peace Network Forum at Bayshore 7:15pm

SPN Forum at the Bayshore/Brightwaters Library, entitled "Peace, Politics &Public Access" with John Phillips, and Steven Greenfield (opposingClinton on an anti-war platform in upcoming Democratic Party primary), Bob Goldberg & Terry Morrone. Local activists speak out to inform, to educate, and to inspire. Light refreshments, all welcome.

Call631-968-5571 or spncr@active.ws for more info.


January 9 (Monday): Visit with Rep. Tim Bishop in Southampton at 7pm

Congressman Tim Bishop will discuss local and national issues and take questions from the audience at the Rogers Memorial Library on Windmill Lane in Southampton on Monday,January 9 starting at 7pm.

Reservations are required. Phone the library at 283-0774 ext. 523

Repeating Events:

( 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)

Saturdays: Weekly demonstrations at Coram Recruiting stations 10-11am

Every Saturday from 10-11 a.m., there will be a demonstration at the Coram recruiting stations, 356 Middle Counry Road

Info: Karen at 631-875-8647

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@verizon.net


"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.


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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