Week of August 17, 2006

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

Why doesn't Israel work for peace?

East End Youth with SO(u)L Festival - Saturday in Bridghampton

Antje Katcher: Poetry

Dems Hold Congressional Fundraiser - Locals Opt Out

Film: Sisters in Resistance - in Greenport

Peace & Justice Calendar Updated 8-17

Suffolk Peace Vigils (East End Women in Black Vigil 4th Anniverary Sunday)

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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Why doesn't Israel work for peace?

From Newsday:

Holocaust victims would decry the slaughter of innocent children during attacks on Hezbollah


Silvia Tennenbaum, a writer in East Hampton, is author of the novels "Yesterday's Streets" and "Rachel, the Rabbi's Wife."

August 4, 2006

As a Jew who escaped the Holocaust by moving with my family to America in 1938, I turn on the BBC at night. And what I see are clouds of black smoke, explosions; the dead and the dying - children crying bitterly, cities in ruins. Only yesterday, these piles of rubble in Lebanon were home to thousands. Now, the cars roll out onto the highways, white flags attached to the windshields and doors. More than half a million are homeless.

The Israelis told them to leave, but then strafed one convoy from a helicopter. The military people exert their force without pity. They win their wars proudly. They are the masters of force.

Using the most modern weapons the United States can supply to search out the Hezbollah guerrillas, the Israeli soldiers destroy Lebanon. They wreck all of Gaza, seeking to murder the leaders of Hamas.

Many American Jews gather proudly to cheer them on. The face of the American president remains blank. A patter of platitudes issues from his lips. He is not interested in peace. He is happy to see Israel do the dirty war for him. Diplomacy is a word not in his dictionary.

But lo and behold - even as the destruction builds and the war continues through its third week - it seems suddenly no longer such a lark. Success is hard to come by; Israel is no longer the perennial victor. But will it know what to do when faced with the need to talk with the enemy? It has always felt so invincible that discussion seemed the weapon of fools and weaklings, much like the way the earnest work of its principled and dedicated peace camp - Jewish to the core, in an "old-fashioned" way - seemed pathetic and misguided.

But the peace camp knew that each and every Israeli atrocity nurtured another enemy, a potential terrorist, while every Palestinian home that the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions helped to rebuild, every olive tree it planted tenderly in occupied soil, brought another possible friend, another partner in dialogue.

Meanwhile, back at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, deep in the heart of the Jewish Lobby, the call to action is, as always, a call for solidarity, for good public relations. Denounce terrorism, suicide bombers and anti-Semitism in all its endless variations, which includes the "self-hatred" of the misguided Jew who asks us to give some thought to where we - obsessed with brutal retaliation - may have gone wrong.

And, it goes without saying, loyal Jews must talk about the Holocaust. Ignore the images of today's dead and dying, and focus on the grainy black-and-white pictures showing the death of Jews in the villages of Poland, at Auschwitz and Sobibor and Bergen-Belsen. We are the first, the only true victims, the champions of helplessness for all eternity.

No matter what great accomplishments were ours in the diaspora, no matter that we produced Maimonides and Spinoza, Moses Mendelssohn and hundreds of others of mankind's benefactors - not a warrior among them! - look at the world of our long exile always in the dark light of the Shoah. But this, in itself, is an obscene distortion: Would the author of "Survival in Auschwitz," Primo Levi, or the poet Paul Celan demand that we slaughter the innocents in a land far from the snow-clad forests of Poland? Is it a heroic act to murder a child, even the child of an enemy? Are my brethren glad of it and proud?

I am heartsick, and still I see a glimmer of hope (there must be that glimmer, to go on at 78 years).

The American peace camp reports a sudden massive increase in membership. All over the country, Jews whose consciences have not been crippled are writing in, speaking up, gathering, to raise their voices. Is this not what we have always done? What we were brought up to do? What - since the days of the Bible and the prophets - our forefathers taught us? If Israel had worked for peace as hard as it has worked for war, might it not all be settled now?

Three hundred British Jews took out an ad in the Times of London to ask the question, "What is Israel doing?" This question has now been taken up by Jewish Voice for Peace, and by Alan Sokal and Bruce Robbins who, some years back, placed an ad in The New York Times, that read, "Not in Our Name."

The time is long overdue for Jews to return to their role as the world's conscience, who come to the aid of the dispossessed, the wretched of the earth. Once again, we must join those who demand the end to unjust wars - in Iraq as well as Lebanon - and an unjust occupation in Gaza. We must honor the example of American civil rights workers Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, not that of the mass murderer Baruch Goldstein or Yigal Amir, killer of Yitzhak Rabin.

And perhaps the day will come that we will be counted - by Jew and Arab alike - as among the Just, perhaps even given a place at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, for the lives we helped to save in a lawless, savage time.

copyright Newsday



When a group of young people who had recently graduated from the East Hampton High School and the Ross School returned home from college and travel in the early part of the summer, having heard about bias related tensions and violence teens faced during the school year, they decided they wanted to create something to share with the generation coming up. Meeting every week, in between jobs and internships, the group decided their name needed to mean something in both Spanish and English, coming up with So(u)l, becoming Youth So(u)l.

They developed a statement of purpose and are planning a spirited performance and arts festival to build harmony among young people from different sectors of the East End, on Saturday August 19th, from 3 - 7 p.m. on the field next to Carvel in Bridgehampton, across from the Bridgehampton Commons.

"OF THE YOUTH, BY THE YOUTH, FOR THE YOUTH"is the group's credo. Their invitation for the festival states:

"We are planning a day in which we strike a chord that emphasizes the extensive range of possibility within youth collaboration and _expression. Through music, poetry, photography, painting and other forms of art and activity, this youth-led event will showcase the powerful capabilities of the youth community on the east end of Long Island."

One young poet and educator will travel from Jackson, Mississippi to join the East End youth. Herb Brown, a staff member of the Young People's Project, engaged in math literacy, will take a bus north, bringing his newly published book of poems with him.

The youth leaders of YouthSo(u)l are Chris Messinger, Ted Delano, Sam Brzozowski, Ella Engel-Snow, Rachel Blatt, Sequoyah Hunter-Cuyjet, Paola Agudelo, Carolina Agudelo, Layna Ware. Organizational and individual sponsors include OLA, Crossroads Music, NAACP Eastern Long Island Branch, Voz Latina, The Committee of Concerned Parents & Community Members, Audrey Gaines, Isabel Sepulveda, Sharon Ann Bacon, John Turnbull, Jonathan Snow, Bonnie M. Cannon and Kathy Engel. The group has gathered donations for a raffle from local businesses ranging from dinners to clothing to personal training. Their intention is to "pass the baton" to their younger siblings and community members still in high school.

According to Layna Ware, who also works with the NAACP Youth Committee: "Coming together for this celebration as one will show our dedication. We as one want to be constructive not destructive!"

For more information, contact: ( youthsoul06@yahoo.com ), Ted Delano:631-512-2808 and Chris Messinger:917-881-3355

Antje Katcher: Poetry

Could Andromache have talked to Helen?

Could the beautiful pious wife who married the upright hero

have found something in common with raped-rescued trophy daughter of Zeus?

Could Cassandra, who knew and refused the heedless love of the Gods,

have taught Helen to find her own face in that of the household women?

Could they have talked – these three women? Could they have halted

the burning of Troy?



As the radio reports use of white phosphorus in Fallujah

Coming home from a bombing raid

somewhere over Germany

the pilot breathed easier at the sight of cypresses

then found that a frozen cheese sandwich

heated on the machine gun housing tasted of life

It was that good war - WW II

it took courage as well as testosterone

to conquer the Alps - the Flak - the thin air;

he was a young man who had beaten the odds

on one more run

The women who cleaned up after air raids

would later tell how white phosphorus

stuck to clothes, to the skin, to eyes

you had no chance once it touched you - your body

would burn and shrivel to a black tree stump

For all that I know it might have been he, on that very run

who dropped his payload on the tire factory

by the river where a band of refugees

my father and mother among them

were cowering in the reeds.

My parents, as it turned out,

had a chance and survived – as did the pilot.

His fellow Jews, even then

being ground up in the gears of

Sobibor and Treblinka, had none

It was a necessary war,

even a just war, but not a good war

and somehow I hope what he felt on the run back to base

was also relief at riding the thermals

not bearing death

Antje Katcher

Dems Hold Congressional Fundraiser - Locals Opt Out

Local Democrats withdrew from a national Democratic party fundraiser
for six veterans running for Congress held Sunday night in Amagansett.

The event was advertised with support from members of the East Hampton
Democratic Committee and the East End Vets, a local group who are against
the Iraq war.

But both these groups withdrew after a Democratic party official cancelled
the plan to display panels with photos of fallen US soldiers of the Iraq and
Afghanistan wars. The panels were made by North Fork People of Conscience
of Southold.

The event titled "Democratic Veterans for a Secure America" included Tim
Bishop who represents eastern Long Island in Congress and General Wesley

The host committee, according to the invitation, included New York Senator
Hillary Clinton and Rahm Emanuel of the national Democratic Campaign
Committee as well as members of East Hampton Democratic Committee and
members of the East End Vets.

Joe Giannini of the East End Veterans said he was angry with the organizers.
He said he "thought it was important to stand with the fallen so we can save
lives in the future. We support the veterans who are running but we have a
different strategy."

East Hampton Democratic Party member Michael O'Neill praised Chuck
Hitchcock, the local Democratic Chair, for standing up to the 'bigwhigs'.
O'Neill said "Good Democrats will no longer tolerate any Party big-whigs
cowering in fear of this right wing's implacable attack on dissenters to this
Administration's policies."

O'Neill added, "I think it is a harbinger of what we will see more and more
often as little people start standing up and fighting - demanding leadership
to take back our country."
Congressman Bishop was asked to comment on the withdrawal of the local
Democrats. He replied through an aide that "his focus is to help Democrats
win a majority in the House of Representatives this November."

This report was prepared for WPKN Local News heard Monday-Friday 6:30pm
on 89.5 Bridgeport and 88.7 Montauk.

Film: Sisters in Resistance in Greenport

North Fork People of Conscience is pleased to announce the first film in our series dealing with issues of war which will be screened in Greenport at Peconic Landing on Friday, August 25 at 8 pm.

"Sisters in Resistance", a documentary about four French women who put their lives on the line to fight the Nazi occupation of France which led to their arrest by the Gestapo and and deportation to the Ravensbruck concentration camp.

The film shows them as they are today, still activists, still bound by an enduring friendship. More information about the film and Maia Wechesler, the film maker, can be found at


The film will be screened in the Peconic Landing auditorium in Greenport on Friday, August 25 at 8 pm, and will be followed by an open discussion.

Admission is free.

We hope you and your friends can join us to watch this compelling story of courage and commitment.

For more information, please contact Gwynne Schroeder at 631 298 4912 or visit our blog


Peace & Justice Calendar - Starting August 17


For details on the following events scroll down:

* August 17 (Thursday): Film - "Crash" and Discussion in Southampton at 7 pm

* August 19 (Saturday): A Day of Youth Celebration of Diversity in Bridgehampton 3 to 7 pm

* August 20 (Sunday): Vigil for End of Occupations of Palestine and Iraq and for Peace in Lebanon - in Sag Harbor at 5pm (4th Anniversary of East End Women in Black)

* August 20 (Sunday): Artists and Authors for Peace: Ellen Frank, Faye Feller in East Hampton at 9:30 am and and Irshad Manji at 4pm

* August 21(Monday): Monthly OLA Meeting in Bridgehamton at 7:30pm

* August 22 (Tuesday): Southampton Town Board Hearing on Development on Shinnecock Bay Property at 1pm

* August 22 (Tuesday): Suffolk Peace Network Meets in Bayshore at 7:15 pm

* August 23(Wednesday) Homeowner's Tax Reform Commission Holds Public Hearing 12:30pm in Riverhead


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

* 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:

August 17 (Thursday): Film - "Crash" and Discussion in Southampton at 7 pm

How do we (mis)understand, (mis)judge, & (mis)treat each other?

The Southampton Anti-Bias Task Force presents an evening screening and community discussion of the film “CRASH”.

The film is a fast-paced urban drama, portrays the emotional collisions of a group of diverse Los Angeles residents - whites, blacks, Latinos, Koreans, Iranians, cops, criminals, the rich, the poor, the powerful, powerless. All are defined in one way or another by racism.

The film’s director and screenwriter is Paul Haggis, and the cast includes Sandra Bullock,
Matt Dillon, Don Cheadle, Jennifer Esposito, and Brendan Fraser.

The film will be followed by a facilitated discussion.

It will be shown at the Southampton High School Auditorium at 7pm on August 17.

For More information, contact

Mark Seidler at 631.513.2619; markuso@verizon.net
or Bob Schepps: bialyguy@aol.com


August 19 (Saturday): A Day of Youth Celebration of Diversity in Bridgehampton from 3 to 7 pm

Of the Youth, by the Youth, for the Youth / De La Juventud, Por La Juventud, Para La Juventud:

We are planning a day of vibrant celebration! Through music, poetry, photography, painting, etc. this youth-led event will showcase the powerful capabilities of the youth community on the east end of Long Island.

It is our hope that by bringing together the lively expression of various ages, ethnicities and social groups within the community, we will demonstrate the realities of youth today.

Diversity is the key to success for all species.

Join us Saturday August 19 from 3 to 7 pm at the field next to Carvel and across Route 27 from the Bridgehampton Commons.

Contact: youthsoul06@yahoo.com or 631-512-2808 or 917-881-3355.

August 20 (Sunday): Vigil for End of Occupations of Palestine and Iraq and for Peace in Lebanon - in Sag Harbor at 5pm

East End Women in Black continue their long running vigil this Sunday August 20 at 5pm at the Sag Harbor Wharf. This is the 4th anniversary of Women in Black.

There will be another vigil at 5pm in Bridgehampton on Sunday August 27.

More Info: www.eewib.blogspot.com or 631-831-4966
August 20 (Sunday): Artists and Authors for Peace: Ellen Frank, Faye Feller in East Hampton at 9:30 am and Irshad Manji at 4pm

On Sunday, August 20th The Jewish Center of the Hamptons, 44 Woods Lane in East Hampton, presents a special two-part program “Artists and Authors for Peace.” Speakers include Ellen Frank, Artistic Director of the non-profit Ellen Frank Illumination Arts Foundation, Inc., U.N. Representative Faye Feller and best-selling author, Irshad Manji.

After a bagel brunch at 9:30 am, Ellen Frank and Faye Feller will speak on “Art as an Instrument of Peace.” This event marks the East Hampton debut of selected paintings from the acclaimed “Cities of Peace Project” and the debut of the limited edition tapestry-like carpets inspired by “Cities of Peace.” The “Cities of Peace Project,” with monumental gold-illuminated paintings produced at the Foundation’s “Illumination Atelier,” honors world cities that have been gripped with violence now or in the past.

Faye Feller is Executive Director of the National Association of Women for the arts. She also serves as co-chair of the NGO Education Committee at the United Nations. She will place the “Cities of Peace Project” in a worldwide context.

Irshad Manji, Yale scholar and best-selling author of “The Trouble With Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith,” will speak at 4:00 pm. A refugee from Idi Amin’s Uganda, Ms. Manji fled with her family to Vancouver in 1972 where she attended public schools as well as the Islamic madressa.

Cathie Gandel at (631) 324-9858 Ext. 218

August 21(Monday): Monthly OLA Meeting in Bridgehamton at 7:30pm

OLA Le Invita a una reuntion / OLA Invites you to a meeting

Lunes, 21 de Agosto a las 7:30 p.m. / Monday, August 21 at 7:30 p.m.

at the “Community Room” Bridgehampton National Bank 2200, Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton.

Invitado: Christopher Castro, Presidente de la Cámara de Comercio de Brentwood

Speaker: Christopher Castro, President of the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce

information: iscanlon13@yahoo.com


August 22 (Tuesday): Southampton Town Board Hearing on Development of Shinnecock Bay Property at 1pm

On the agenda of the Town Board is a hearing on the application of Robert Romeo for variances in connection with the development of a hillside site overlooking Shinnecock Bay and bordered by Montauk Highway and Peconic Road. The site is believed to be a native burial ground and is ecologically sensitive. Efforts are underway to buy the property from the developer should the Town not approve the development. Funds from the Southampton Community Preservation Fund and other sources would be used.

for more information contact: Lisa Votino-Tarrant at lmvotino@opotonline.net

August 22 (Tuesday): Suffolk Peace Network Meets in Bay Shore at 7:15 pm

The Bay Shore Library will play host to the suffolk peace network monthly forum and this month's topic will be "Mideast Crisis: the beginning of World war 3? are there alternatives?"

Come to discuss the situation, share your opinions and insights, and commence to work on ideas for furthering the cause of peace.

Information: Brian515@optonline.net

August 23(Wednesday) Homeowner's Tax Reform Commission Holds Public Hearing 12:30pm in Riverhead

The Homeowner's Tax Reform Commission was formed to examine alternatives to the real estate tax for funding public shools. The Commission will meet in Riverhead County Center at 10am and will hold a public hearing at 12:30 pm in the Maxine Postal Auditorium at the Suffolk Legislature building.

More information: Lisa Tyson at the Long Island Progressive Coalition
lisa@lipc.org or 516-541-1006

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

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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