Week of June 29

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A Note From Kathy Engel

Our Rights are Like Muscles

Those Dang Illegals!

More McMansions to Replace Grave Sites?

School Funding Revisited

UPDATED Peace & Justice Calendar

Suffolk Peace Vigils

Counter Recruiting Schedule

Alternative Media for Eastern LI

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

Monday 10pm

Tuesday July 4 at 9 pm - Special Program: Actors Read 'Voices of the Peoples History of the US' by Zinn & Arnove

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

A Note From Kathy Engel

June 28, 2006

Dear friends on the East End:

It's that time again. I wonder what the woman with the torch would be saying if she could speak.

Every July 4th I write something to try to deal with my own internal conflicts. This year I have no words. I tried.

I plan to stay home with two exceptions. I will stand in Bridgehampton with the East End Women in Black Vigil on Sunday at 5 p.m. and I will go to the Southampton Village Hall at 4 p.m. on Monday for the historic swearing in of new Village Trustee Bonnie Cannon.

As people prepare for picnics and flashing lights in the sky, I write to ask you to do join East End Women in Black at our Sunday Vigil, 5 p.m., July 2nd, Bridgehampton Monument to show your opposition to this war, occupation, the sanctioning of torture in our names, the abandonment of people in the Gulf Coast, cruel immigration policies .-- to show that we are alive, that we resist these abominations, that we are committed to building our communities, and stand in a rich and proud legacy of ordinary people who understand and live by Dr. King's words: "A Time Comes When Silence is Betrayal." That time has long since come.

Stand with us to show your neighbors and community what you believe.

Code Pink/Women For Peace and Gold Star Families will launch a BRING THE TROOPS HOME FAST in Washington, D.C. on July 4th. Along with many others I will fast on the 4th, here at home. Many groups have called for a pledge to vote only for candidates who call for an end to the war and occupation. I have joined that pledge and hope you have or will.

The East End Women in Black Vigil is the longest standing public protest in our area -- thanks to a small, humble dedicated group: Dan, Antje, Sigrid, Tom, Tony, Ann and others. Let's make our presence known this Sunday.

I've pasted in last year's July 4th piece. Perhaps we can each bring something to share on Sunday -- signs of life, hope, resistance, community, imagination.

With thanks, to all those who have been carrying on,

Kathy Engel

July 4

No fireworks
This time

Day of Inter dependence
On the sidewalk
Next to the big store holiday sales
Voices strangled
Behind fabric
Blue red ink bleeds family secrets
(a flag by any other name)

Through blindfolds
Legs dragging metal, through distance
The contortion of staying alive

How many years
Whose tongue
Letters home

No fireworks
For me this year
No silence either
Each explosion a bomb
With a one syllable name
Incinerating places, people,
Ideas some official can't translate
In the name of something
Too mean to declare
Alphabet blown to bits
Declaration of omnipotence
No celebration of detonating earthshaking -
Skin too tender to touch
(With hands)
No please, no thank you
No oohs and aahs
No beach picnic, rooftop party

A friend on a reservation
said the fireworks
started early this year
someone couldn't wait
she heard
but couldn't see from her home
then remembered (the story)
when the boom and shiver came
out of nowhere
during dinner

This time
We just speak
The unspeakable
Plant something
With our beings

This time
We will not watch the stunning multicolored strip strapping
No new name for dismantling the parts that make a person whole: legs, kidneys, lips, hope, faith, thought, bread, family, love

No gorgeous lights in the sky
electric shock
Land mine keeps bursting
No fireworks this year

The lights
This time
sizzle from the words we dare
The way they work in our mouths
Syntax too complex and fascinating to pronounce
In a flash
In the sky
How we move
shimmer of memory

We Hold These Truths
It is not too late
To claim
A legacy
Of meaning
Intelligent, attached

Tell the story
Tell the story
Tell the story

July 3, 2005

UPDATED: Our Rights Are Like Muscles - They Need to Be Excercized

This weekend, as we have done for almost 4 years, members of East End Women in Black will stand in a vigil against the war in Iraq and the occupations of that country and of Palestine. The Vigil is at 5pm Sunday at the Monument in Bridgehampton.

We hope to see all those who are aghast at the actions of our US government in our name, including the torture, acts of war against innocent civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the monetary support our government gives to the horrific war against the Palestinians, most who have not resorted to terrorism but are the victims of same.

Also this weekend we hear from Michael O'Neill that the Southampton Bill of Rights Defense Committee has been refused participation in the July 4 parade if they carry any flag but Old Glory (no UN flag) or voice anything other than "Support Our Troops". We had a conversation with Mayor Mark Epley about this. He thinks protests at this parade are "not appropriate". His lawyer says they have the right to keep people out.

A special hearing at Federal Court in Islip on Monday, July 3 will be held to determine whether the BORDC can march. The court house had been schedued to be closed. The issue appears to us to be whether the Village has the power to suspend our first ammendment rights of free speech and assembly.

Meanwhile, the group has called for all to join them on Tuesday
July 4 at 9:30 am at Our Lady of Poland Church on Maple Street south of the
Southampton Railroad station the assembly point for the march.

As our friend Kathy says "our rights are like muscles - they need to be excercised or they will atrophy". This weekend we hope you will continue to excercise yours!


Those Dang Illegals!

They have been making attempts (and with great success I might add) to once again take a free ride on the backs of hard working true Americans. You guessed it, those dang illegals!

Always wanting more. Never receiving our permission to be on this land. Subsidizing our way of life making us scramble to make ends meet and feed our families. Taking our jobs- our livelihoods right out from under our feet. They have been here for years upon years not even bothering to learn our language! And now in their newest attempt to benefit from our hard earned livings- they want to collect taxes on our tobacco sales!

Enough is enough, when will New York State learn to govern their own and stop taking from the Indians!

UPDATED June 30: Peace & Justice Calendar - Starting June 29

For details about the following events - scroll down:

* June 30 (Friday): Film "Why We Fight" in Greenport at 8 pm

* June 30 (Friday): Film Series "The Human Face of Immigration" in Bridgehampton at 7pm

* July 2 (Sunday): Vigil For Peace - East End Women in Black in Bridgehampton at 5pm

* July 3 (Monday): Suffolk Peace Network Meeting in Bellport at 7:15

* July 4 (Tuesday): Bill of Rights Defense Committee Marches/Protests? in Southampton Parade starting 10am

* July 8 (Saturday): Green Party Meets in Holbrook at 1pm

Repeating Events:

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

* Sunday Nights: "Bush is a Liar Choir" rehearses in Lindenhurst from 7 to 9pm

* 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 30 (Friday): Film "Why We Fight" in Greenport at 8pm

North Fork People of Conscience will present the filem "Why We Fight" this Friday, June 30 at 8 pm in the Peconic Landing Auditorium in Greenport.

We will also show a trailer for Sir! No Sir!, a new documentary about resistance during the Vietnam War.

We extend a special welcome to high school and college students.

nfpofc@optonline.net or www.nfpofc.blogspot.com

June 30 (Friday): Film Series "The Human Face of Immigration" in Bridgehampton at 7pm

The South Fork UUs film series “The Human Face of Immigration,” concludes on Friday night June 30 with "Mississippi Masala" The films will be shown at 7pm in the new UU Meeting House (across from Morena de Azucar Restaurant) 1 block south of Scuttlehole Rd, at 977 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike.

The film is in English with Spanish sub-titles.

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


July 2 (Sunday): Vigil For Peace - East End Women in Black in Bridgehampton at 5pm

East End Women in Black Vigil at the Monument in Bridgehampton for peace, and non-violent action against the war and occupation of Iraq and the Occupation of Palestine.

Info at www.eewib.blogspot.com or 631-831-4966


July 3 (Monday): Suffolk Peace Network Meeting in Bellport at 7:15

The Suffolk Peace Network monthly meeting is at the Bellport Unitarian Universalist Meeting House on Browns Lane in Bellport at 7:15pm with chair Brian O'Haire.

Agenda: Megan O'Handley from the Long Island Alliance had asked to attend the July meeting to brainstorm possible ideas and strategies for the November mid-term elections. She is hoping that Nassau/Suffolk peace/justice organizations can work in coalition.

Please forward any additional agenda items which you feel should be included by July 1 to Mollydog4@aol.com


July 4 (Tuesday): Bill of Rights Defense Committee Marches/Protests? in Southampton Parade starting 10am

The Bill of Rights Defense committee has applied to march in the Southampton July 4 Parade as they did for the last two years. They have been rejected this year. The parade is organized by a group of veterans organizations under the auspices of the Village of Southampton. The parade starts from the vicinity of the Southampton railroad station at 10am.

For more information contact Michael O'Neill at sagharbormo@gmail.com


July 8 (Saturday): Green Party of Suffolk Meeting in Holbrook at 1pm
The Green party will meet at 227 Trumpet Lane in Holbrook at 1pm to Elect Suffolk County officers.
Also on the agenda will be the Malachy McCourt campaign for
Governor and the Green Party of New
York State Peace Slate.

More information: www.gpsuffolk.org or Kimberly Wilder at (631) 422-4702 or votewilder@yahoo.com

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.

Sunday nights from 7:00 to 9:00 in Lindenhurst: The Bush is a Liar Choir
wants you to join their political action singing group.

Participate in songs regarding environment, anti-war, labor, multiculturalism, civil rights, and other issues. Sing historic songs of struggle and social change. Explore the role of music in political movements. Experience singing musical arrangements, in four part harmony.

Perform these songs for others. Contribute to the progressive movement while becoming culturally enriched. If you've ever wanted to be in a singing group, now is your chance! Experienced and non-experienced singers are welcome. All we ask is that you are able to sing on pitch.

Rehearsals take place, Sunday nights from 7:00 to 9:00 in Lindenhurst.

Anyone interested, please call Lisa Fishbein at: (631) 957-4954


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

Send event listings for next week's report by 5pm Tuesday to eastendreport@yahoo.com

Plain old text would be appreciated!

More McMansions to Replace Grave Sites?

This is an example of houses built by Romaz Properties on in Dix Hills and Yaphank. Houses of about 4000 square feet sold for close to 1 million and up. Now Romaz is proposing to build 11 to 12 million dollar houses of comparable size on a hillside property along Montauk Highway, west of Shinnecock in Southampton Town.

This is the view from Montauk Highway of the property after trees were cut this spring. The property is a a high point along Shinnecock Bay.

How would it be possible to build on this hillside with a 30 degree or more slope? Would the hill side be leveled?

Based on oral history, the Shinnecock people consider this land to be an ancient burial site. Indigenous gravesites were typically located on high ground. This property is adjacent to land recognized as an important burial site.

The Long Island Native Gravesite Protection Task Force has been negotiating with Mr. Robert Romeo of Romaz Properties and the Southampton Town Community Preservation Fund in an attempt to prevent the destruction of this land.

Suffolk Legislator, Jay Schneiderman who represents the South Fork has introduced a resolution in the Legislature which would facilitate the County joining in this project. However, recently members of the legislature defeated a plan to preserve additional farm land in Riverhead and the North Fork. Western Suffolk Legislator Jon Cooper said that the east end has more than its share of land preservation funding.

You may write in support of preservation of this land to:

Ms. Mary Wilson, Director of the Southampton Community Preservation Fund and members of the Town Board at Southampton Town Hall, Hampton Road, Southampton, NY 11968.

Alternately you may address the Town Officials at their web site:


School Funding Revisited

School budgets with additional cuts received the voter's ok on the second try last week in all Suffolk County Long Island school districts except East Moriches.

Last month in Southampton Town voters rejected school budgets as they learned of increases
in the assessed value of their property.

Funding of public schools by a state-wide income tax has been advocated by some writers to Long Island media.

A Homeowner's Tax Reform Commission was formed by the Suffolk Legislature to explore alternatives for funding public schools. Lisa Tyson, director of the Long Island Progressive Coalition and a member of the Tax Commision told WPKN news that

"The state needs to pay more money to fund education. They need to pay a larger percent. We need to change the state aid formula to be based on needs .... the state needs to take a larger percentage of the school funding.

That will gradually change school funding issues and we will stop having people voting down their school budgets."
The Tax Reform Commission will be having public hearings at its next meeting scheduled for July 25 in Hauppage and again in August at the County Center in Riverhead.

From a report prepared by WPKN's Long Island News Team for WPKN/WPKM local news
at 6:30pm each weekday on WPKN Bridgeport 89.5 and WPKM Montauk 88.7.