Week of July 13, 2006

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Kathy Engel: Bring The Troops Home Fast

Setauket Peace Vigil Attracts War Supporters

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 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.

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Kathy Engel: Bring the Troops Home Fast

Letter sent to East Hampton Star:

Sunday July 9, 2006

Dear David and Community:

Every morning I wake in panic. Somehow in coming out of my bleary middle of night half consciousness I hope and pray the war and occupation of Iraq will have ended. And then, like millions around the world and this country, I attempt to breathe, pull myself together, and go about my work and life, trying to function in the face of dissonance and horror.

For years, in hope of prevention and then since the invasion began, enormous numbers of people have marched, picketed, lobbied, stood in vigil, performed, made art, written, engaged in non violent civil disobedience and manifested opposition to the war and occupation in a multiplicity of ways.

On July 4th, 2006, in Washington D.C., across from the White House, CodePink Women for Peace and Gold Star Families who’ve lost family members in the war, began a Bring The Troops Home Fast in the tradition of Gandi, King, Cesar Chavez, and recently the former president of the TransAfrica Forum Randall Robinson, whose fast regarding U.S. policy towards Haiti was a catalyst for change. Some long term fasters will not eat until late September. Others, myself included, fasted on July 4th and will fast one day a week, or more, in support. More than 3,500 throughout the country have joined the fast, with local support groups nationwide. The Fast represents a step up in dramatic, imaginative, bold, visible opposition to a war and occupation that are causing massive devastation and shame, in our names and with U.S. tax dollars.

In early August I plan to go to Washington D.C. with poet Alexis De Veaux, and possibly others, representing our group KickAss Artists, to perform for the fasters and stand in support. I invite East Enders to join the fast, publicly. And if anyone wishes to send a message of support which I will take when I go to Washington you can e-mail to me at KAEDecember@optonline.net.

In mid August the fasters, including Gold Star mother Cindy Sheehan, and Code Pink founders, will return to Crawford, Texas “Camp Casey”, where Ms. Sheehan began her encampment last summer near George Bush’s home.

Check troopshomefast.org or CodePink4Peace.org for more information. Join the fast. Show the administration, and the world, that the majority of us are prepared to do more than quietly object to this stain on history in our names.


Kathy Engel

Setauket Peace Vigil Attracts War Supporters

Every Saturday, from 11 to noon, a group of stalwart people from North Country Peace Group and Veterans for Peace meet on Route 25A in Setauket to demonstrate against the war in Iraq. They have been doing so since the war began. Recently, a small group of war supporters have gathered on the opposite side of the highway, becoming increasingly vocal and confrontational.

On Saturday, July 8 several Long Island groups including North Fork People of Conscience, South Country Peace Group, Suffolk Peace Network and Pax Christi, traveled to Setauket to lend support and express solidarity with the anti-war demonstrators. This increased peace group presence of at least 30 people provided an impressive contrast to the five war supporters across the street. Along with a lively display of flags and signs, demonstrators held panels from the North Fork People of Conscience Honor the Fallen memorial of photographic panels of U. S. soldiers who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Organizers expect that this heightened peace presence will lead to a larger number of war supporters in the coming weeks.

Hazel Kahan, Mattituck

Photos taken at the vigil are posted at North Fork People of Conscience

Peace & Justice Calendar - Week of July 13

For details on the following events scroll down:

* July 17(Monday): OLA Forum on Housing & Evictions in Bridgehampton at 7:30pm

* July 23 (Sunday): Summer Fun Festival: Music, Food at Shinnecock Museum from 1 to 6 pm


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 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

Details Follow:

July 17(Monday): OLA Forum on Housing & Evictions in Bridgehampton at 7:30pm

Organizacion Latino-Americana of Eastern Long Island (O.L.A.) invites you to attend its July 17 meeting, which will deal with housing issues and the recent evictions of Latinos in East Hampton and Southampton.

We have 3 speakers confirmed for our panel discussion: Debra Foster, Councilwoman of East Hampton, Stephen Frano, Code Enforecement for Southampton and Stephen Grossman, attorney. It's likely that a code enforcement officer from East Hampton will be there as well.

The meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 17 at 7:30 pm at the Community Room of the Bridgehampton National Bank on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton.

More Info: Sandra Dunn, 631-723-0150

July 23 (Sunday): Summer Fun Festival, Music, Food at Shinnecock Museum from 1 to 6 pm

The Shinnecock Nation Museum and Cultural Center's Summer Fun Festival is set for Sunday July 23 from 1 to 6 pm. There will be Native music (a Dine' Singer at 2 and 4:30), a 'Kids Zone' and demonstrations of thatching and beadwork. Admission is free. Food will be for sale including a Lobster Bake.

More Info: 631-287-4923

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: 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

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 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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