Charges Dropped in East Hampton Protest Case

Charges were dropped Friday, September 7 against five anti-war protesters arrested 17 months ago in East Hampton, New York. The five were charged with obstructing pedestrian traffic on April 15, 2006. They walked along Main Street in East Hampton Village carrying signs with pictures of US troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq. A similar demonstration was held last month without arrests.

Outside of East Hampton Jusice Court the five gathered displaying pictures of 144 of the war dead. One of the defendants is Kathy Engel of Sagaponack.

Ms. Engel said "What we did on April 15, 2006; that's not only our right but it's our obligation",

Dan Steiger of Sag Harbor, another of the five, spoke about protests to come:

"I hope you'll help us end this war. We have lots of plans in terms of direct action. Civil disobedience is on the table and massive protest on the east end."

The five protesters were represented pro bono by attorneys Jim Henry, Josepth Giannini and Steven Grossman.

The photos of the dead displayed at the Court and carried by demonstrators were prepared by members of the Southold Town based North Fork People of Conscience. The photos are mounted on panels with 18 photos each. Some of these were held as evidence by the East Hampton Village Police. It is presumed they will be returned soon. Other photos have been on display recently in the windows of Bookhampton, Main Street in East Hampton.

Adapted from a report heard on WPKN/WPKM News - heard Monday-Friday at 6:30 pm
following Free Speech Radio News on WPKM 88.7 Montauk and WPKN 89.5 Bridgeport and

Week of September 6

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East Hampton Five Stand Trial Friday (UPDATED)

One Party United

Peace & Justice Calendar

Suffolk Peace Vigils

Long Island Climate Solutions Network - Calendar

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Jeff Halper: A Jewish Voice for Peace
originaly broadcast July 19

Jeff Halper of the Israeli Committee Against House
Demolitions tells about his work and explains the reality of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands.

Rev. Holly Haile Davis and the Thunderbird Sisters at the Southold UU
Originaly broadcast on March 29.

WPKN presents the Reverend Holly Haile Davis and the singing Thunder Bird Sisters of the Shinnecock Nation on Long Island. The program was recorded as they led the Sunday service at the First Universalist Church of Southold, New York on January 14 of this year.

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

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

Counterpoint: Scott Harris Host

To hear in-depth analysis you'll rarely hear in corporate media, listen to "Counterpoint" LIVE on WPKN-FM Monday nights from 8 to 10 pm

An archive of Counterpoint programs are accessible for free at Some segments of Counterpoint are edited for re-broadcast on the syndicated Between The Lines radio newsmagazine.

Gordian Raacke on WPKN:

"Going Solar" - In this special program, our guest, renewable energy expert Gordian Raacke, will explain how solar energy systems can be used in existing homes.

Originally broadcast April 15, 2007. Interviewer: Ken MacDermotRoe

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


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East Hampton Five Stand Trial in Justice Court Friday at 9:30am

Charges Dropped: Click Here for Update

The 5 people arrested on April 15, 2006 are scheduled to appear before East Hampton Justice Catherine Cahill at the East Hampton Justice Court on Pantigo Road (Rte 27) at 9:30 am Friday. This trial has been postponed several times incuding in July when one of the several police witnesses could not be present.

The five, Kathy Engel, Ella Engel-Snow, Paola Agudela, Dan Steiger and Connor Wolf-Milne were arrested as they walked on East Hampton Village's Main Street carrying signs in opposition to the war in Iraq. A similar demonstration was held August 25 in the same place when over 100 people participated ... this time without arrests and with the cooperation of the East Hampton Village Police.

One Party United

Fact: In several past Southampton Town elections the Democratic candidate for Supervisor dropped out well before the election. In one case the candidate announced that he had stopped actively campaigning early in the campaign.

Fact: There has been one Democratic Supervisor (Mardythe di Pirro) in the last 30 years in Southampton.

Fact: Democrats frequently endorse Republican State Assemblyman Fred Thiele when he runs for office.

Fact: When it comes to significant local issues such as the sovereignty of the Shinnecock Nation and their recognition by the federal government local Democrats and Republicans unite in opposition to the tribe, denying the truth of a Federal judge's findings.

Fact: James Henry was nominated by the Southampton Town Democrats to run for Supervisor. He is in the race to stay (he says).

Fact: Democrat Tim Bishop, US Representative (1st CD) has declined to endorse Mr. Henry. According to the Southampton Press of September 6 "Mr. Bishop said he has no plans to endorse Democratic Town supervisor candidate Jim Henry—or any other supervisor candidate—owing to his 'long-standing personal relationship' with Republican Town Supervisor Patrick Heaney. Mr. Bishop explained that because of their relationship, both he and Mr. Heaney have decided to stay out of each other’s races."

Opinion: The failure of previous Democrats to stay in the Supervisor race and the failure of Mr. Bishop to support his fellow Democrat are evidence of a corrupt one party system in Southampton.

Prediction: As the rocks are lifted further evidence of a corrupt system will be uncovered.

Tony Ernst
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