Week of February 8, 2006


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Molly Ivins

Help Needed in Tax Day Free Speech Trial

Justice Deferred

Veterans Group to Lobby Congressmen

Peace & Justice Calendar UPDATED Feb 7

Suffolk Peace Vigils UPDATED Feb 7

Counter Recruiting Schedule UPDATED 1-31-07

Alternative Media for Eastern LI

Democracy Now!
Non-corporate news hour with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez:

on Riverhead/Southampton/Southold Channel 20:
Monday 10 pm - Tuesday 9 pm - Wednesday 9 pm - Thursday 9 pm - Friday - 6:30 am- Saturday - 6:30 am

Also on WUSB 90.1 FM 5pm Mon-Friday and East Hampton LTV Ch 20

See WPKN Today for program details on WPKM heard at 88.7 Montauk to Water Mill and WPKN 89.5 Bridgeport to Southampton and Southold.
WPKN/M Local News at 6:30 pm (Mon-Fri) has occasional reports from the East End.

For more Information on Peace Activism on LI

see North Fork People of Conscience at www(.)nfpofc(.)blogspot(.)com

see Suffolk Progressive Vision at www(.)spv(.)active(.)ws

Molly Ivins

We are the people who run this country. We are the deciders. And every single day, every single one of us needs to step outside and take some action to help stop this war. Raise hell. Think of something to make the ridiculous look ridiculous. Make our troops know we're for them and trying to get them out of there. Hit the streets to protest Bush's proposed surge. . . .

We need people in the streets, banging pots and pans and demanding, "Stop it, now!"

Molly Ivins , syndicated columnist of "The Progressive" and 400 newspapers died last week in Austin Texas at age 62 of breast cancer.

This was the conclusion of her last column, dated January 11, 2007

Help Needed in Tax Day Free Speech Case

Last April 15, five people were arrested as a result of walking on the sidewalks of East Hampton Village carrying signs in opposition to the war in Iraq.

One of these, Dan Steiger of Sag Harbor was held and charged with resisting arrest and interfering with official government business.

A date for a jury trial in Mr. Steiger's case has been set for Tuesday, February 27 at 9am in East Hampton Justice Court on Pantigo Road in East Hampton.

Dan Steiger says:
I believe this case is about the 1st and 4th amendments to the United States Constitution.

If you have any questions, have photos or video of my arrest or witnessed it, please contact me asap.

I am asking for your help. Please join me in court.

Dan Steiger 631 831 4966 meriger@hotmail.com

Justice Deferred

Seven years after the incident in which members of the Shinnecock Nation were beaten by New York State Police, the civil rights case they filed against
the State will be heard in Federal Court Islip by Judge Joseph Bianco on Wednesday February 21.

On February 24, 2000 the plaintiffs , Rebecca Genia, Herman Quinn and Gordell Wright were attempting to block buldozers clearing land for what was to become the Parrish Pond development in the Shinnecock Hills. The group had obtained a court order to stop the project but it had not been delivered when State Police cleared demonstrators from the site causing them serious injuries.

The site, near St Andrew's Road is one of several thoughout the Hills where native burial sites were built over, despite pleas by the Native Americans to preserve the land in its natural state.

The defendendants were charged by the State with resisting arrest but were acquitted in 2002.

The Native-Americans were joined at the demonstration by civil rights activist Robert Zellner of Southampton, who was also seriously injured. He was awarded a monetary judgement but New York State filed an appeal. Mr. Zellner's case is being heard separately.

In the present case the State had moved to dismiss the suit. The attorney for the plaintiffs is Fredrick Brewington.

Veterans Group to Lobby LI Congressmen

From Thomas Brinsin of Veterans for Peace - Long Island Chapter:

On Monday, February 12th at 9:00 am, Ray Zbikowski, William McNulty and myself will visit Congressman Tim Bishop in his Coram offices at 3680 Route 112. We shall be speaking to him about defunding the War.

Anyone who is free, please join us.

Also we have an appointment to meet with Congressman Steve Israel at
4:30 pm on Friday, March 2nd in his Hauppauge Offices.

More Info at ltbrin@earthlink.net

Peace & Justice Calendar - Starting Feb 8, 2007

For details on these events scroll down:

UPDATED February 7

* February 10 (Saturday): NAACP Luncheon in Huntington

* February 13 (Tuesday): Press Conference on Worklink Center in Southampton at 7pm

* February 15 (Thursday): Panel Discussion - "Saving Sacred Places" in Southampton at 10:30am

* February 21 (Wednesday): Shinnecock Civil Rights Case Hearing in Federal Court in Islip at 10 am

* February 27 (Tuesday): Jury Trial in Tax Day Free Speech Case in East Hampton at 9am

Repeating Events:

* Second Friday of Month: US Dept. of Labor Rep at OLA's Water Mill Office

* Demonstration at Patchogue Recruiting Station 12-1:30 pm

* 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:


February 10 (Saturday): NAACP Luncheon in Huntington at 12 Noon

The NAACP Long Island Coalition of Branches Luncheon is February 10, 2007 at the Huntington Town House, 124 East Jericho Turnpike, Huntington.

Each of the eleven branches on Long Island has an honoree. The Eastern Long Island Branch honoree is Det. Sgt. Herman Lamison, Jr. of Southampton. This is the major fundraiser for our branch. If you cannot attend, donations will be appreciated.

Tickets will be sold until Sunday, February 4th. All tickets ($50.00 each) are to be sold in advance.

Tickets are available at the branch office (631/287-7346) or from Dan Steiger at 631-831-4966 or contact elibnaacp@aol.com

February 13 (Tuesday): Press Conference on Worklink Center in Southampton at 7pm

A new plan for a Southampton center for hiring of day laborers will be presented by members of the Coalition for a Worklink Center at a meeting
at the Rogers Memorial Library on Windmill Lane in Southampton at 7pm February 13.

Information at www.worklinkcoalition.com


February 15 (Thursday): Panel Discussion - "Saving Sacred Places" in Southampton at 10:30am

A panel discussion "Saving Sacred Places" will be held in conjunction with an exhibit about the Shinnecock Hills land threatened by development, an
historic house and the ancient Native American burial sites on the property and the last remaining un-disturbed natural landscape in the area.

The exhibit and the panel discussion are at the Southampton Historical Museum on Meeting House Lane in Southampton Village.

Among the panelists will be Shinnecock Museum and Cultural Center Curator David Bunn Martine.

The Southampton Historical Museum is at 17 Meetinghouse Lane.

February 21 (Wednesday): Shinnecock Civil Rights Case Hearing in Federal Court in Islip at 10 am

Three members of the Shinnecock Nation have charged New York State with violation of their civil rights in the February 2000 action at the site
of the Parrish Pond development. See "Justice Deferred" in February 8 East End Report


February 27 (Tuesday): Jury Trial in Tax Day Free Speech Case in East Hampton at 9am

A jury trial will be held in East Hampton Justice Court in the case of Dan Steiger of Sag Harbor who was charged with resisting arrest when he and others marched holding signs opposing the Iraq War on April 15 2oo6 on East Hampton Village Streets. see "Help Needed in Tax Day Free Speech Case" in East End Report for February 8, 2007

Repeating Events:

Suffolk Peace Vigils for a complete list of weekly and monthly vigils.
Counter Recruiting Schedule for a listing of weekly and monthly demonstrations

Second Friday of Month

Bilingual Latino representatives from the US Dept of Labor's Wage and Hour Division are available the second Friday of every month in the OLA office, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., to answer questions concerning workers' rights and to help workers--whether documented or undocumented--recover pay owed them.

If your employer has not paid you for time you've worked or if you know someone in this situation, visit the OLA office at 1152 Montauk Hwy in Water Mill to find out what you can do.

Call 631-726-6526 (OLA6).
Saturday Demos at Patchogue Recruiting Station 12-1:30 pm

We will continue our regular protest in Patchogue on Saturday with informational leafletting against recruiters in our public schools and deceiptful recruiting practices. Signs, flyers, petitions will be provided.

Where: 116 Main St., Patchogue, west of Route 112, east of N. Ocean Ave.

When: 12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m. Come for 1/2 hour or the whole time.

Why: To make the public aware of military recruiting practices in our public schools. We want equal access into our schools alongside military recruiters with information regarding the realities of the military. We want an adult present when a student speaks with a recruiter.

Contact: 631-875-8647 / rksrc@optonline. net


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(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 Spanish. It 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 (.)lipc(.)org
Sundays: Bush is a Liar Choir" rehearses in Lindenhurst from 7 to 9pm

Join 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.

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.

We need sopranos!

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

Call Lisa Fishbein at: (631) 957-4954


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