PEACE WALK - Saturday Mar 22 - Sag Harbor to Bridgehampton

Observing the fifth anniversary of the

US invasion and occupation of Iraq,

Walkers for PEACE will leave from Long Wharf in Sag Harbor

at 10am Saturday March 22

and proceed to the Monument in Bridgehampton.

Expected arrival in Bridgehampton 12:30pm

More info: Dan at 631-831-4966

50 March for Peace in Southold

From Suffolk Times 3/20/08

Honor the fallen memorial comes to Silversmith's Corner

By Julie Lane

Suffolk Times photo by Randee Daddona Some of the 50 demonstrators who showed up at Silversmith's Corner in Southold Saturday to honor the U.S. troops who have lost their lives fighting in Iraq. This week marks the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.
Rainy skies gave way to sunshine Saturday afternoon, beckoning some 50 demonstrators to Silversmith's Corner in Southold to support North Fork People of Conscience in honoring troops who have given their lives in Iraq. On the fifth anniversary of that conflict, they stood shoulder to shoulder, bearing the images and brief biographies of the dead -- many with faces as young as those of local high school students.

When a couple of youths walked by and were invited to join the demonstration, they said they didn't have the time.

"You're going to be spending a lot of time in Iraq soon," a female demonstrator told them. An occasional passing car sounded its horn in support of those who stood in the chilly air. But most motorists went about their business, seemingly oblivious to the messages the demonstrators hoped to send.

"Somebody's got to hold these pictures up to honor their lives," Jean Lawless of Shelter Island said about the images of fallen soldiers.

"Southold will go with McCain," one man predicted.

Others had mixed opinions as to whether the November election will bring change to the country's war effort.

"Even Obama admits you can't get out overnight," said retired Southold school teacher David Hewitt. "It'll be at least another four years and another 4,000 lives. We're exporting democracy. We're losing it and they're not getting it," he said about the Iraqis.

Mr. Hewitt's wife, Mary, described herself as more optimistic, but said she's still not sure Americans will elect a woman or an African-American.

"I can't live my life believing that we can't make a change," said Jim Schwartz of Southampton. He's a World War II and Korean War veteran and a member of the anti-war East End Veterans.

"Ignorance is not bliss," Mr. Schwartz said. He remembers helping to liberate the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp early in his military career and believes it's only those willing to "take the road less traveled" who can make a difference in the world.

"We always have to have hope," Christine Baker of Mattituck said.

"We could have a third Bush term with McCain," said Bob Hovey of Southold.

"This is no democracy," opined Bill Douglas of Peconic. While ice cream just purchased at IGA was melting in his car, he felt compelled to spend some time at the rally."We talk about democracy; we better clean up our own democracy," he said.

"This was an important use of my time," Lucy Cutler of Mattituck said about joining the demonstration. She believes either Democratic candidate -- Sen. Obama or Sen. Hillary Clinton -- would end the war."It's a drain of life, a drain of energy," she said.

"So my grandchildren won't be going over to Iraq," said Barbara Kujawski of Mattituck, explaining her reason for demonstrating against the war. "War solves nothing," said Ms. Kujawski, who was born on Pearl Harbor Day.

Two German students visiting NFPOC leader Pat Hovey and her husband, Bob, got off a plane the night before to be told their first full day here would be spent at the demonstration. Alison Wade and Felix Lauber, who are college students in Munich, said they hope a change of administrations in Washington will bring an end to the Iraqi war.

"But I hoped [that] when the last election was," said Mr. Lauber, a touch of sadness in his voice.

Week of March 20

for latest updates click on East End Report

click on the links below:

Walk for Peace Saturday March 22 - Sag Harbor to Bridgehampton

John White Sentenced - to be free on bail pending disposition of appeal

Commentary: Throw Out Southampton Zoning & Housing Laws

Casualty Count Near 4000 in Iraq: Vigils Planned on LI for 4000 Dead Soldiers

Peace & Justice Calendar

Suffolk Peace Vigils

WPKN/WPKM East End Programs for download updated March 20
East End Ink - Ian Frazier reads from 'Gone to New York" Thursday Mar 20 12 Noon

Recommended Reading:

Long Island Wins: Immigration 101 and more - updated daily

Revealed: the US plan to start a Palestinian civil war

International Food Aid May Be Rationed - BBC Report

Arundhati Roy on Genocide: Listening to Grasshoppers

Israeli and Palestinian Peace Groups Rally for Gaza /AFSC Iraq Video on YouTube / and more

US Fatalities in Iraq

Counter Recruiting Schedule Revised Feb 14

Alternative Media

Democracy Now!

Non-corporate news hour with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez:
on Riverhead/Southampton/Southold/Shelter Island Channel 20:

March Schedule: (new schedule for April t.b.a.)

Monday 6:30 am
Tuesday 11 pm
Wednesday 7 pm
Thursday 6 pm
Friday 9 pm
Saturday - 9 pm

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


For more Information on Peace Activism on LI

see North Fork People of Conscience at

see Suffolk Progressive Vision at


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John White Sentenced and Appeal Filed

UPDATED 6:30 am March 20

On Wednesday, March 19, Judge Barbara Kahn of Suffolk County Criminal Court in Riverhead sentenced John White of Miller Place, Long Island to one and a third to four years for manslaughter and a concurrent sentence of two years for illegal possession of a weapon.

White was convicted in December in the August 2006 killing of 17 year old Daniel Cicciaro Jr.
Cicciaro was one of a group of young people who came to the White home saying they were going to kill White's son Aaron and sexually attack his wife. A confrontation in front of the White home ended with the shooting of Cicciaro.

Wednesday after the sentencing Daniel Cicciaro Senior, father of the victim, said that John White got away with the shooting because he was black, adding a threat against Aaron White.

"as long as you're black and there's a problem at the end of your driveway, you can grab an illegal hand gun and shoot someone in the face and get away with it. Well lets see happens when Aaron White gets shot and see how the laws are"

Defense Attorney Fredrick Brewington called on the Suffolk D.A. to investigate threats made against Aaron White. (*)

"Throughout this case Aaron White was forced to wear a bullet proof vest. People claimed that the threats against him were fake, that this was contrived. I am asking the SuffolkDistrict Attorney to launch a full investigation and raise a question of harrassment and death threats against Mr. Aaron White by Mr. Cicciaro."

If the D.A. does not investigate by Thursday, Brewington said he planned to ask the US Attorney's Office to take the entire case.

An appeal in the case, based on instructions the judge made to the jury, was filed in State Court in Brooklyn on Wednesday, March 19.


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

UPDATE: Newsday Reports - John White will be free on bail pending resolution of the appeal.

(*) Newsday, March 20:

[Suffolk District Attorney Thomas] Spota said he also asked Suffolk police to provide additional security to the Whites. Suffolk Police Commissioner Richard Dormer, through a spokesman, said he ordered a patrol car to be stationed outside the home almost immediately after the sentencing and added that "it will be there as long as we feel it's necessary."

East End Ink - Programs for Download - Now at

East End Ink is a monthly review of the literary coves of Long Island’s east end.

The program is recorded at Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor.

It airs on WPKN 89.5 Bridgeport and WPKM 88.7 Montauk and

on the third Thursday of every month at 12 Noon.

Programs for download - enjoy!

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East End Ink - Program 7: North Sea Poetry Presents Geo. Wallace and Desmond Egan

George Wallace is Suffolk County's first poet laureate. Ireland's Desmond Egan is the director of the Gerard Manley Hopkins School and Festival which starts this weekend (July 19) in Monastrevin, County Kildare, Ireland.

- recorded in Southampton in April 2008 ... Broadcast 12 Noon July 17 (Thursday) on WPKN 89.5 / WPKM 88.7 /

East End Ink - Program 6: Sacco and Vanzetti

Stephen Sanfilippo's presentation in song and spoken word about the 1927 execution of two Italian immigrants for murders they did not commit. Includes songs by Woody Guthrie and Phil Ochs.

First broadcast Thursday June 19 , 2008

East End Ink - Program 5: We Begin Here: Poems for Palestine and Lebanon

First Broadcast May 15, 2008

East End Ink - Program 4: Terry Sullivan Presents Irish Song and Poetry
First broadcast April 17, 2008

East End Ink - Program 3: New Yorker writer Ian Frazier reads from "Gone to New York"

First Broadcast on March 20, 2008

East End Ink - Program 2: Poet Philip Schultz reads from "Failure"
Mr. Schultz recently won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry for this work.

First broadcast on February 21, 2008

East End Ink - Program 1: Kathy Engel reads from "Ruth's Skirts"

First broadcast on January 17, 2008