Urban League: Senior Community Service Employment Program

The Urban League of Long Island, Inc. is delighted to introduce you to our newest initiative, the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).

SCSEP is a partnership between the Urban League of Long Island, the National Urban League and the United States Department of Labor that provides "Community Service Employment Training" to unemployed, low-income individuals 55 years of age and older who are interested in re-entering the workforce. Community Service Employment Training is defined as part-time, temporary employment through which participants are engaged in community service and receive valuable on-the-job training and skill development that can lead to unsubsidized employment. Under the SCSEP project design, local community-based, public, and/or government agencies serve as the partnering host agencies providing up to 20 hours per week of Community Service Employment Training. SCSEP participants are paid minimum wage (via the Urban League of Long Island) for time spent in on-the-job training at the host agency. Again with the goal being training that leads to employment.

Please join us in spreading the word about this wonderful program. Should you know of any seniors, community based organizations, or employers interested in participation please feel free to pass along the attached flyers and/or my contact information provided below.

Thank you in advance for your support and assistance!

Keisha Walker

Suffolk contact #: 631.232.2482 ext. 19
Email : kwalker@urbanleaguelongisland.org
or, kjwalkerULLI@yahoo.com

Note: We have and office in Riverhead

Urban League of Long Island, Inc.
Empowering Communities.
Changing Lives.

Week of March 22, 2007

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

Get It Off the Streets

A Trip to the Dump

Sag Harbor Vigil Draws Crowd

Congressman John Lewis on the Pelosi Plan

From Cynthia McKinney

WPKN Presents Rev. Holly Haile Davis and Thunder Bird Sisters

Facing War in Brooklyn

Peace & Justice Calendar

Suffolk Peace Vigils

Long Island Climate Crisis Network - Calendar

Counter Recruiting Schedule

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.

Note: WPKM 88.7 Montauk returned to the air Monday March 12.

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

Get It Off the Streets

At 10:15 pm Tuesday night the Suffolk County legislature voted down a resolution which would make it a crime to stand looking for work or to stop to pick up day laborers on the County's roads.

The vote was 10 against and 6 for the bill with East End Legislator Jay Schneiderman of Montauk abstaining.

Oponents of the bill rallied outside the Legislature building voicing disproval and calling for a more humane way of treating immigrant workers.

The proposed law was offered by Legislators in reaction to the situation in villages such as Farmingville and Southampton where workers stand on street corners seeking work. The workers have attracted anti-immigrant protesters who congregate nearby. Proponents of the bill claimed they create a serious traffic safety issue.

Immigrant supporters say the solution is a formal off street hiring facility.

Jim Clafey of the Long Island Community Fund told Michael O'Neill:

"I've been involved in immigration work for a dozen years now. We have been coming back again and again to this legislature to try to forestall these negative proposals they keep coming up with and to try to offer something positive.

Something we have been proposing for 8 years without sucess is to put together a worker's center. The men are already here. The opponents say if you build it they will come .... but the point is the men are already here.

If indeed there is a traffic issue then get it off the streets. Get a safe worker center where we can get some order out of the chaos that exists. This is the only possible solution that will really address the problem. This legislature consistently refuses to marshall the courage that will solve the problem."

In Southampton a group attempting to establish a hiring center has been frustrated by on-again off-again support by local officials. At a meeting last month the Coalition for a Work Link center in Southampton unveiled a plan for site at the Railroad station parking lot. Support from Mayor Mark Epley evaporated after residents and parents of a nearby school objected.

Proponents of the Hiring center are looking to the Mayor to find an alternative solution.

This report was prepared for WPKN news. (WPKN 89.5 Bridgeport / WPKM 88.7 Montauk)

Thanks to Michael O'Neill for the on the scene reporting.

Eleanor Oakley: A Trip to the Dump

This week (Cablevision) Channel 12 is featuring a trip made by local students to a DUMP in Nicaragua where the poor rely on the garbage to meet their families needs. The response of the viewers and presenters appears to be one of compassion and near disbelief and yet many of these same people including six of our legislators would prevent immigrants from looking for work that would prevent their families from this horrendous daily experience. Though Nicargua is featured it should be mentioned that it is only one of many countries where this is repeated every single day. I think the irony of this situation needs to be called to the attention of Channel 12 and the larger community. Who knows maybe just a peek into the life of the poor might lead to dialogue for a productive solution to what is called The Immigrant Problem.

Vigil Draws Crowd in Sag Harbor

At the Sag Harbor Wharf on Monday March 19, a large crowd estimated at 70 or more people gathered at 5:30pm in opposition of the continuation of the war in Iraq which started four years ago on that date. The national political lobbying organization Move On called the rally with the help of a local sponsor.

It is our estimation that those who gathered there were more in tune with the sentiments of former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (Dem.-Georgia, twice elected and then defeated by cross-over Republican votes) and Congressman John Lewis (Dem. Georgia) than with the recommendation of Move-On to support the Democratic majority's bill on Iraq now before Congress. They voted in a Democratic Congress because they believed the Party would act to end, not fund the killing in Iraq.

Move On says:

" Our vigils will respect and reflect the solemnity of this moment. But we will not forget that even as we look back on the losses of the past four years, tens of thousands more US soldiers have been sent to Iraq as a part of President Bush's disastrous escalation strategy. Not only are these troops being sent into the middle of a chaotic civil war -- but they are being deployed under-equipped and under-prepared. So while we honor our troops this March 19th, we will also call on President Bush to do the same. Honor their sacrifice. Stop the escalation. End the war now."
But Move On is asking us to choose between doing nothing or supporting the
Democratic leadership's bill which will not "end the war now".

The Progressive Democrats of America ( http://pdamerica.org ) said on the weekend:

"MoveOn is polling its membership on whether to support or oppose the loophole-ridden Democratic leadership plan that prolongs the Iraq occupation on a slow timeline – slower than what most American voters want. Unfortunately, the MoveOn poll doesn’t explain the issues.

Please vote to “Oppose the Plan” in the MoveOn poll, and spread the word to others.
Especially to others who may not be aware that progressive Congressmembers who
have carried the antiwar banner on Capitol Hill for years do not approve of the Democratic leadership’s plan as currently written.

And please express yourselves to MoveOn – in the comments box --
that they should support
Rep. Barbara Lee’s efforts to bring an amendment to the floor for a fully-funded, orderly withdrawal of all U.S. troops and military contractors by the end of 2007. "

Move On now estimates that about 85% of respondents to their on line poll voted for the Democrat majority bill. But Move On did not explain the issue fairly.

Congressman John Lewis: The Pelosi Plan to Fund the War Won't Work

March 21, 2007

The Pelosi Plan to Fund the War Won't work for Civil Rights Leader, Congressman John Lewis*

Congressman John Lewis was the courageous leader of Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee in the early 1960s--a major civil rights organization. Not everyone from those days has lost their moral compass.

Here is John Lewis speaking as an elected member of the House of Representatives from Georgia, on March 20, 2007, addressing the proposed "compromise" presented by centrist Democrats that would actually fund the war for another year with $120 billion, more than the Bush White House asked for:

Mr. LEWIS of Georgia.

Mr. Speaker, I rise with deep concern that on this very day 4 years ago, our Nation inaugurated a conflict, an unnecessary war, a war of choice, not a necessity. The most comprehensive intelligence we have, the National Intelligence Estimate and the latest Pentagon report, tells us that Iraq had descended into a state of civil war.

Over 3,000 Americans have died, and hundreds of thousands, some even say up to 1 million citizens of Iraq, have lost their lives in this unnecessary conflict. And while we are telling our veterans of this war, the elderly, the poor, and the sick that there is no room in the budget for them, the American people have spent over $400 billion on a failed policy. We cannot do more of the same. Mr. Speaker, violence begets violence. It does not lead to peace.

President John F. Kennedy once said, ``Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.'' My greatest fear is that the young people of Iraq and of the Middle East will never forget this war. My greatest fear is they will grow up hating our children and our children's children for what we have done.

Mr. Speaker, the Bible is right. Even a great nation can reap what it sows. Nothing troubles me more than to see the young faces of these soldiers who have been led to their death.
Some are only 18, 19, 21, 22, 23. It is painful; it is so painful to watch. Sometimes I feel like crying and crying out loud at what we are doing as a Nation and what this administration is doing in our name. Our children do not deserve to die as pawns in a civil war. They do not deserve to pay with their lives for the mistakes of this administration. They never had a chance. When I was their age, when I was 23 years old, I was leading the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, soon to speak in Washington on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, but then we were involved in a nonviolent revolution to transform the soul of America, to create a beloved community.

Forty years ago, I was there in New York City in Riverside Church when Martin Luther King, Jr., gave one of the most powerful speeches he ever made against the war in Vietnam. If he could speak today, he would say this Nation needs a revolution of values that exposes the truth that war does not work. If he could speak today, he would say that war is obsolete as a tool of our foreign policy. He would say there is nothing keeping us from changing our national priority so that the pursuit of peace can take precedence over the pursuit of war. He would say we must remove the causes of chaos, injustice, poverty and insecurity that are breeding grounds for terrorism. This is the way towards peace.

As a Nation, can we hear the words of Gandhi, so simple, so true, that it is either nonviolence or nonexistence? Can we hear the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., saying that we must learn to live together as brothers and sisters or perish as fools? Tonight I must make it plain and clear that as a human being, as a citizen of the world, as a citizen of America, as a Member of Congress, as an individual committed to a world at peace with itself, I will not and I cannot in good conscience vote for another dollar or another dime to support this war.

* Forwarded by Rabbi Michael Lerner, www.tikkun.org

From Cynthia McKinney

March 18, 2007

Yesterday was my birthday and I spent it freezing in front of the Pentagon with 20,000 others who braved the cold and inclement weather to protest Congress' vote to fund the surge and Bush wars.

Here's my remarks from yesterday:

"What the Vote Really Means" Remarks in front of the Pentagon March 17, 2007

Well, it seems that George Bush and Democratic Leaders were right. They confidently told us that not only would Democrats fund the surge, but that the Democrats would not stop action in Iran, too. Now, we are not surprised when the unelected, illegitimate Administration of George Bush ignores us, but we are shocked that the Democratic majority in Congress chose war over us as we say Bring our troops home now! The answer is clear: Our country has been hijacked. What about a livable wage for America's workers? What about the right of return for Katrina survivors? What about repealing the Patriot Act, the Secret Evidence Act, and the Military Tribunals Act? Why is impeachment "off the table"? Our country is bankrupt yet this institution has "lost" 2.3 trillion dollars! I want that money back . . . For jobs . . . for health care . . . for education . . . for our veterans! The Democrats have become so timid they won't even repeal the Bush tax cuts as a strategy to deal with a bankrupt nation. Seems the story is the same: more money for war, but we can't feed the poor. It's hard to believe, but now the Democrats are full partners in George Bush's wars. And by funding his wars, the Democratic Congress is explicitly complicit. Complicit in war crimes! Complicit in torture! Complicit in crimes against humanity! Complicit in crimes against peace! The FBI spied on us; Condoleezza, Dick, and George lied to us. In 1957, Dr. King observed that "Both political parties have betrayed the cause of justice." And so it must be repeated today. Our beloved America is dividing again into two Americas. Our struggle is for nothing less than the soul of our country. We want an America that is respected in the commonwealth of man; we want our values to shine like a beacon throughout the world. As an American of conscience, I hereby declare my independence from every bomb dropped, every threat leveled, every civil liberties rollback, every child killed, every veteran maimed, every man tortured. And I sadly declare my independence from the leaders who let it happen. We will not stop. We will win. We will get our country back!

Peace & Justice Calendar - Starting March 21

For details on these events scroll down:

UPDATED March 25

* March 30 (Friday): Sacred Walk of Inclusion in Southampton - 12Noon - 2pm

April 15 (Sunday): Reading of "The Dandelion War" by Richard Rosenthal in Hampton Bays at 2 pm

* April 19, 20 (Thursday, Friday): Anti-Bias Training Session in Riverhead time tba

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

* "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:

March 30 (Friday): Sacred Walk of Inclusion in Southampton - 12Noon - 2pm

An Inter-Faith Prayer Walk of Solidarity with our Immigrant Neighbors

Throughout the Sacred Walk of Inclusion there will be time for silence, meditation, intercession, and hymns. The walk begins at the Southampton Village Hall at 23 Main Street and continues to Southampton Town Hall to the Southampton Railroad Station, to the 7-11 on County Road 39 and
North Sea Road, and back to village hall. The Sacred Walk ends with
prayer and the opportunity to sign onto the Golden Rule signifying a
pledge to work for the inclusion of all people in our community.

Prayerful walkers should meet in front of the Southampton Village Hall
by 11:45. The Sacred Walk ends at the village hall by 2:00 but the journey toward inclusion continues until all people live by the Golden Rule.

Sponsored by the Sacred Walk of Inclusion Committee

April 15 (Sunday): Reading of "The Dandelion War" by Richard Rosenthal in Hampton Bays at 2 pm

Richard Rosenthal's novel "The Dandelion War" concerns housing advocates, etc. in a slightly familiar seaside setting. Mr. Rosenthal has two local appearances scheduled for reading of The Dandelion War, the Hampton Bays Library on April 15th at 2 p.m. and the East Hampton Library, May 2 at 7:15 p.m.


April 19, 20 (Thursday, Friday): Anti-Bias Training Session in Riverhead time tba

A 2-day training sponsored by the Anti-Bias Task Forces in our area and by the organization Erase Racism. It's called "Unraveling Racism" and will take place on Thurs, April 19 and Friday, April 20 (2 full-day sessions) at Suffolk Community College in Riverhead at hours to be announced. The training will cover areas like historical/social context for racism in the US; links between racism/classism/sexism; reality and daily experience of individuals, institutional racism and white privilege; etc.
Call OLA at 726-OLA6 for more information. There is a cost for this training and subsidies may be available.
Repeating Events:

See Suffolk Peace Vigils for a complete list of weekly and monthly vigils.

See Recruiting Schedule for a listing of weekly and monthly demonstrations
Second Friday of Month: Labor Dept Reps in Water Mill from 11am to 1 pm

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 ( 726 - OLA6).

Saturday Demos in Patchogue Recruiting Station at 12-1:30pm

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

Thursday evening Book Study Group in Water Mill at 7 pm

The Thursday night group invites you to a Lively discussion starting March 1.
"Saving Jesus (from the Religious Right)"

To view an introductory video, go to

Meeting begins at 7:00 pm with Taize (Candlelight, Silence, Simple Chants, Scripture), Simple Soup at 7:30 , DVD and discussion from 8:00 until 9:00

The group meets at the Lutheran Church at Hayground Road and Montauk Highway
on Thursdays at 7pm

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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WPKN / WPKM Radio Presents:

of the
Shinnecock Reservation
on Long Island

Recorded as they led the Sunday
service at the First Universalist Church of
Southold, New York on January 14 of this year.

The program includes musical selections by the
Thunder Bird Sisters and stories from the gospel
according to some Native Americans.

Reverend Holly Haile Davis is the first
Native American woman ordained as a
Presbyterian minister.


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