Week of June 15, 2006

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In this week's report: [ click on any of the bold headers below ]

Update on Native Burial Grounds

Inclusionary Zoning: Letter to Sag Harbor Express

Long Island, Israel and Palestine UPDATED

Peace & Justice Calendar

Suffolk Peace Vigils

Counter Recruiting Schedule

Alternative Media for Eastern LI

Support Independent Media: WUSB and WPKN/WPKM need your support.
Go to wpkn(dot)org and wusb(dot)fm and contribute on line.

Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez: Monday- Saturday on Riverhead/Southampton/Southold Channel 20.

Monday 10pm
Tuesday 9 pm
Wednesday 6am
Thursday 5pm
Friday 7pm
Saturday 8pm

See the North Fork People of Conscience web site

Also see the Suffolk Progressive Vision web site for links to more local events.

The East End Report is compiled by Tony Ernst.

Send comments, corrections and event listings to eastendreport@yahoo.com

Update on Native Burial Grounds

A Native American burial site in Southampton is threatened by a proposed housing sub-division and another burial site in Montauk has been saved from development.

A 13 acre property high above Shinnecock Bay along Montauk Highway in Southampton was cleared of trees for the construction of a luxury housing development this spring.

The land, west of the Shinnecock Reservation, is considered to be a sacred burial ground by the Shinnecocks.

Negotiations are ongoing between Southampton Town and the developer to purchase the land with Community Preservation Funds. County Legislator Jay Schneiderman who represents the South Fork wrote to Town officials in support of the purchase.

Schneiderman says he is introducing a resolution which will permit the County to apraise the parcel and join with the Town in the negotiations.

Approval to proceed with the development had been obtained. However on Tuesday the Town Board cancelled hearing on scenic and environmental easements for the project after a construction permit expired.

The Native American Grave Site Task Force urges us to write to the Southampton Town Board members and Ms. Mary Wilson, of the Community Preservation Fund office in support of the purchase of the land by the Town. They can be reached by mail at

Southampton Town Hall
Hampton Road
Southampton, NY 11968

or via the web at www.town.southampton.ny.us/contact.ihtml

Also you are encouraged to write to Suffolk Legislator Jay Schneiderman at Jay.Schneiderman@suffolkcountyny.gov and thank him for his work to save the land.

Dan's Papers reports that after years of litigation a native burial site in Montauk was purchased with funds from East Hampton Town's Community Preservation Fund. Native American artifacts from the late woodland period were found on what was known as the Capurso property.

Inclusionary Zoning: Letter to the Sag Harbor Express

Dear Bryan,

The recent local documentary film “Trouble in Paradise” highlights the difficulties middle class professionals face in finding a home on the South Fork.

A Sag Harbor elementary school teacher, who grew up in Sag Harbor and can not afford to own a home here, is one of the professionals featured in the film. Her dilemma is shared by many. Lack of housing for teachers was one of the biggest problems addressed at the recent school board candidates’ forum.

Something has gone seriously wrong when a professional working in our community can no longer hope to own a home in our community. We can not accept this circumstance as inevitable. It is unhealthy and unsustainable over the long haul.

We need to ask, “What can the village do to shape a future that includes housing for the professionals that work in our village?” One answer is to pass an Inclusionary Zoning ordinance. An Inclusionary Zoning ordinance would require a certain percentage of affordable homes in developments over a certain size. Communities across the country have passed these ordinances. Brookhaven and Southold towns in Suffolk County have passed Inclusionary Zoning ordinances. If 25% of the units in a renovated Bulova Factory were affordable our village would gain 25 homes for teachers, village workers, volunteers, and seniors in our community. What better way to honor the legacy of past Bulova workers than to have their factory house present workers in our community.

You can help restore the balance to Sag Harbor by contacting the Mayor and the Board of Trustees. Urge them to pass an Inclusionary Zoning ordinance for Sag Harbor.

Thank you.

Bill Chaleff & Antje Katcher,
co-chairs South Fork Chapter /Long Island Progressive Coalition

Kathryn Szoka, Housing sub-committee chair

Long Island, Israel and Palestine

UPDATED 6/15/06:

A member of the staff of one of the Long Island campuses of the State University frequently forwards notices of meetings by the peace movement and other events of interest to the progressive community on Long Island.

Recently the staff member forwarded a petition asking people to sign in order to prompt the Green Party to abandon the resolution it passed calling for divestment in companies connected with and profiting from the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine.

The petition appeared on the web-site www.standwithus.com which describes itself as

" An advocacy organization that promotes education and understanding that will bring a secure future for Israel and her neighbors. We educate through fact-based materials, weekly alerts, speakers, programs and conferences."

A most recent posting at 'StandWithUs' concerns the deaths of Palestinians on a beach in occupied Gaza:

"Shalom Friends of Israel & The IDF,

We have just come out of a second meeting today with officials investigating the events on the Gaza Coast last week. It is now clear that there is no evidence pointing to the fact that Israel is responsible for the events of last week on the Gaza coast."

Our reply to the message about the petition (printed below) was returned several times. It has not been acknowledged to date.

UPDATE 6/15/06:

This evening Marjorie Carr of the Old Westbury campus of SUNY forwarded a copy of our email to her list. We thank her for helping start a dialog on this crucial issue of peace and justice. She has already been criticized for doing this by those who continue to defend the policies of the current government of Israel.

Here is what we wrote (slightly amplified with an additional article by Jeff Halper of ICAHD).

"May I suggest that you let your list see another opinion on how to achieve peace and security
for Israel, Palestine and the world.

One of the many organizations working for peace by ending the occupation of Palestinian lands is
the Israeli Committe Against House Demolitions (www.icahd.org)

Jeff Halper, Coordinator of ICAHD has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize
along with the Palestinian Ghasan Andoni.

Halper's recent Interview with KPFA (Pacific Radio)

Halper describes the Occupation as an apartheid
regime, says the essence of the conflict is dislacement ...
of thousands of villages and thousands of arab homes
in both Israel and the occupied terriories (East
Jerusalem, West Bank, Gaza). Criticizes US for its one
sided policy in favor of Israeli Govt position
Says Israeli public have taken themselves out of the
debate. The Palestinians have no power. The
international community must act.
Calls for sanctions, divestment, techniques used
successfully against Apartheid regime of South Africa.

Angela Godfrey-Goldstein: Immigrated to Israel from South Africa

Her essay "The Choice is Now"

includes a map of the occupied territories with major settlements dividing Palestine into cantons."

Since we replied to the petition email the following essay by Jeff Halper appeared (Mr. Halper is a sociologist born in the USA and formerly on the staff at Southampton College):


Read and make your own judgement.

Tony Ernst
Southampton, NY
or c/o eastendreport@yahoo.com

Peace & Justice Calendar - Week Starting June 15

* June 16 (Friday): Film Series "The Human Face of Immigration" in Bridgehampton at 7pm

* June 19 (Monday): Fact Finding Meeting on Public Health Needs in Riverhead at 3:30pm

* June 19 (Monday): OLA Meeting - Proposed Changes in Immigrant Legalization

Repeating Events:

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

* First Thursdays: Waging Peace - Meditation and Visualization in Westhampton Beach at 7pm

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

* "Herstory" Writing Workshops now on Wednesdays in Farmingville (Spanish and English) 3 to 5 pm and Thursdays in Spanish only 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

June 16 (Friday): Film Series "The Human Face of Immigration" in Bridgehampton at 7pm

The South Fork UUs continue their film series Friday night June 16 “The Human Face of Immigration,” in their new Meeting House (across from Morena de Azucar Restaurant) 1 block south of Scuttlehole Rd, at 977 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike.

This week the second of the four films that will be shown on successive Fridays at 7pm, will be Ang Lee’s “The Wedding Banquet,”

The films “In America,” and “Mississippi Masala.” will follow on the next two Fridays.
Subtitles in Spanish.

Admission is free. Questions: Michael O'Neill at leoneill@optonline.net

June 19 (Monday): Fact Finding Meeting on Public Health Needs in Riverhead at 3:30pm

A meeting of the County Legislature at the County Center in Riverhead will receive
comments from the public on public health needs of the community.

Please note that Legislator Ed Romaine has introduced a resolution calling for a Task Force to study health care services on the east end.

For more information contact Anne Kellett at annekellett@msn.com
June 19 (Monday): OLA Meeting - Proposed Changes in Immigrant Legalization


Lunes 19 de Junio a las 7:30 p.m. / Monday June 19 at 7:30 pm

In the “Community Room” of the Bridgehampton National Bank

2200 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton

Invitados / Guest Speakers:

Abog. De Inmigración / Immigration Lawyer David Sperling

“Proceso de legalización actual y los cambios propuestos” /

“Current Legalization Process and Proposed Changes”

Dr. Héctor Sepúlveda de la Universidad de Stonybrook

“La salud de la comunidad latina” / “The Health of the Latino Community”

Preguntas y Respuestas / Question and Answer period

Contact OLA (Organizacion Latino - Americana of Eastern Long Island

726-OLA6 (726-6526)

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.

First Thursday each month: Waging Peace - Meditation and Visualization in Westhampton Beach at 7pm A community gathering designed by a psychotherapist to combat feellings of helplessness and powerlessness. 32 Mill Road in Westhampton Beach from 7 to 8pm.

Contact Nancy Privett at 325-1402 or nlprivett@yahoo.com

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 6:30pmContact Pastor Vita at 631-537-1187 or pastorvita(at)verizon(dot)net

"Herstory" Writing Workshops in Spanish and English

Wednesdays 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 Spanish-speaking 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 and is conducted entirely in SpanishIt meets every Thursday, 7-9 p.m., at the Senior Citizens Center, 128 Springs-Fireplace Road.Call 631-723-0150 for more information.

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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