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Dear Activist Community,

Thank you for your support of Activist Resource over the years.

After a decade of editing the calendar, I regret to announce that I've decided to take the service offline.

The calendar's use has gradually declined on both the submission and readership side, which I believe to be much due to the increased use of facebook. While I loath the activist community relying on the poor and questionable corporate services of facebook, I don't really have much to offer in response.

Good people are putting in a lot of work listing events on the Activist Resource calendar, and I don't believe they are reaching enough of an audience to justify the effort. We had an email list of over 1000 activists back in 2006, but it's crept down to 700 and continues to fall as email addresses expire and readers unsubscribe. There has also been a corresponding decrease in the rate of new signups. While the calendar is syndicated to many other web sites, it's difficult to know the exposure there.

A certain momentum must be maintained to make it worth the effort for everyone involved, and I think that momentum has dwindled enough, so that continuing seems fruitless.

For those looking to continue to list and follow activist events in the Hudson Valley, please consider Jack Smith's venerable Hudson Valley Activist Newsletter at http://ActivistNewsletter.blogspot.com/. Also, our list of local organizations can be a more direct resource for activism opportunities.

Phasing out the service will start with a disabling new event submissions, and a notice on the syndicated feed indicating its eventual removal.

Sincerely,
Mark


"Naturally the common people don't want war, but after all, it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag people along whether it is a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, a parliament or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. It is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country."
--Hermann Goering, Hitler's Reich Marshal at the Nuremberg Trials after WWII.
  

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  • Cobleskill: Vigil for peace (Peace / War) - A weekly vigil for peace every Saturday "until the war ends." The group held its 600th consecutive vigil at the end of 2012. Location: Corner of Main and Union Streets Cobleskill, NY 12043 Map and directions: maps.google.com... Contact: 518 287-1771 or via email below. Sponsored by: Peacemakers of Schoharie County.
  • Rhinebeck: Peace vigil (Peace / War) - A one-hour vigil for peace every Wednesday. All are welcome. Local high school students often attend. Location: Main light in the middle of town At the corner of Montgomery (Mill St / Rt 9) and Market St (Rt 308) Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Map and directions at: maps.google.com... Contact: 845 876-7906 or via the email address below. Sponsored by: Red Hook for Peace and Justice, and Dutchess Peace.
  • Poughkeepsie: Action group addressing the mass incarceration of people of color (Race Issues) - A group meeting on the second and fourth Wednesdays, planning actions to address the apparently racist situation in the U.S. criminal justice system, wherein a wildly disproportionate number of inmates are people of color. The effort is inspired by Michelle Alexander's controversial 2010 book "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness". The book is a New York Times bestseller about the mass incarceration rates of African Americans in the contemporary United... more
  • - Thu, Apr 24th -
  • Poughkeepsie: "Activist Radio" on WVKR 91.3 FM (General / Misc) - "Activist Radio" with Fred Nagel and Gary Kenton, every Thursday on WVKR: 91.3 FM, Vassar College Radio. Topics include the history of social struggle, activist songs, and media commentary. Internet streaming and podcasts of these programs are available at the web site below, which also has past shows for download and listening. Contact: Fred Nagel at the below email address, or 845 876-7906 Sponsored by: Dutchess Greens, Dutchess Peace.
  • Albany: Weekly meeting of "People of Albany United for Safe Energy" (Energy) - A meeting every Thursday to address the great increase in rail transport of highly volatile crude oil through local communities. Bakken crude oil and Canadian Tar Sands oil on its way to processing is being trans-shipped out of the Port of Albany and sent south down the Hudson. The group came together due to public safety and environmental concerns regarding these present shipments as well as any future oil by rail proposals in our state, city, and at the Port. From the organizers: "In 2012... more
  • Woodstock: Meeting of "Middle East Crisis Response" (General / Misc) - The Middle East Crisis Response is a group of Hudson Valley residents joined together to promote peace and human rights in Palestine and the Middle East. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Location: Woodstock Public Library 5 Library Ln Woodstock, NY 12498 Map and directions: maps.google.com... Contact: 845 876-7906, or via the email address below. Sponsored by: Middle East Crisis Response.
  • Wappingers Falls: Cable TV program on factory farming (Animal Rights) - "Undercover TV" A series on agriculture, food, and animal cruelty; broadcasting on Wappingers Falls Cablevision channel 21, every Thursday from 10:00pm-10:30pm. The weekly broadcasts are showings of DVDs about the meat industry, from treatment of animals to the food on our plates, with possible pieces on the fur industry. Most are filmed by undercover video cameras from across the US. Each show lists film credits, in case viewers want to get in touch with the producers. Warning: Most videos... more
  • - Fri, Apr 25th -
  • NYC: Symposium - "Combating Threats to the International Financial System: The Financial Action Task Force" (Economics / Poverty) - In response to the allegedly rampant international money laundering and terrorist financing, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) was established to set international standards and promote the effective implementation of legislative and regulatory reforms. This symposium examines policy recommendations promulgated by FATF, their implementation at both state and federal levels, and their direct impact on legal professionals in the corporate, financial, and... more
  • Schenectady: Vigil of local "Neighbors for Peace" (Peace / War) - Schenectady Neighbors for Peace has been holding their downtown peace vigil every Friday for over 12 years. The group "...welcomes all to join us in efforts for peace." Location: Corner of Jay St and Liberty St Schenectady, NY 12305 Map and directions: maps.google.com... Contact: 518 399-2080, or via the email address below. Sponsored by: Schenectady Neighbors for Peace, a... more
  • - Sat, Apr 26th -
  • Saratoga Springs: Peace vigil (Peace / War) - Saratoga Peace Alliance has been holding a peace vigil every Saturday for 13 years. From the organizer: "Please keep the crosswalks clear and be the peace you want in the world. Many among us will be making signs with positive messages reflecting our hopes or our concerns for the future. Our goal is to: Support the United Nations in promoting peace; Encourage people to consider effective alternatives to war; Empower people to express their views to their elected officials." Location: Outside the Post Office Broadway... more
  • Chatham: Peace vigil (Peace / War) - A weekly Saturday vigil to protest the wars the U.S. is waging against Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The group also wants the Bush Administration to be prosecuted for war crimes. From the organizers: "We advocate non-violent solutions to the world's problems and support human rights everywhere." Location: Chatham Green (next to the railroad station) 5 Depot Square Chatham, NY 12307 Map and directions: maps.google.com... Contact:... more
  • Hudson: Peace and justice gathering (Peace / War) - "Gathering for Peace, Justice and a Reverence for Life" A group of Individuals that have been gathering every Saturday since 9/11, to "...help promote peace through discussion and presence." More from the organizers: "We gather in vigil for all victims around the world and engage in dialogue around Peace and Justice issues. As people struggle to improve their lives, freedom will overcome oppression." All are welcome, including performing musicians. Location: 7th Street Park 7th St and Warren... more
  • Highland: "Improv Patrol" playback theatre performing show on civil rights (Race Issues) - A live show every 4th Saturday of the month, where audience members share their stories of racial discrimination, and improvisational theatre performers reenact them on the spot. From the organizer:"The gift of your story is our script" Audience members have the spotlight! In a Playback event, someone in the audience tells a moment or story from their life, chooses the actors to play the different roles, and then all those present watch the enactment as the Playback actors use improvisational... more
  • - Mon, Apr 28th -
  • Delmar: Weekly peace vigil (Peace / War) - Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace hold a weekly vigil every Monday. From the organizers:: "Please join us in taking a stand against the war! Even if you can only stop by for a few minutes, your presence helps make a difference. Those of us who regularly attend the vigil enjoy sharing news and community with each other, and the encouraging honks and support from many drivers. Among other purposes, this weekly vigil serves as a regular reminder to hundreds of people in our community (those driving or walking by) of our viewpoints, issues... more
  • - Wed, Apr 30th -
  • Cobleskill: Vigil for peace (Peace / War) - A weekly vigil for peace every Saturday "until the war ends." The group held its 600th consecutive vigil at the end of 2012. Location: Corner of Main and Union Streets Cobleskill, NY 12043 Map and directions: maps.google.com... Contact: 518 287-1771 or via email below. Sponsored by: Peacemakers of Schoharie County.
  • Rhinebeck: Peace vigil (Peace / War) - A one-hour vigil for peace every Wednesday. All are welcome. Local high school students often attend. Location: Main light in the middle of town At the corner of Montgomery (Mill St / Rt 9) and Market St (Rt 308) Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Map and directions at: maps.google.com... Contact: 845 876-7906 or via the email address below. Sponsored by: Red Hook for Peace and Justice, and Dutchess Peace.
  • - Thu, May 1st -
  • Poughkeepsie: "Activist Radio" on WVKR 91.3 FM (General / Misc) - "Activist Radio" with Fred Nagel and Gary Kenton, every Thursday on WVKR: 91.3 FM, Vassar College Radio. Topics include the history of social struggle, activist songs, and media commentary. Internet streaming and podcasts of these programs are available at the web site below, which also has past shows for download and listening. Contact: Fred Nagel at the below email address, or 845 876-7906 Sponsored by: Dutchess Greens, Dutchess Peace.
  • Albany: Weekly meeting of "People of Albany United for Safe Energy" (Energy) - A meeting every Thursday to address the great increase in rail transport of highly volatile crude oil through local communities. Bakken crude oil and Canadian Tar Sands oil on its way to processing is being trans-shipped out of the Port of Albany and sent south down the Hudson. The group came together due to public safety and environmental concerns regarding these present shipments as well as any future oil by rail proposals in our state, city, and at the Port. From the organizers: "In 2012... more
  • Wappingers Falls: Cable TV program on factory farming (Animal Rights) - "Undercover TV" A series on agriculture, food, and animal cruelty; broadcasting on Wappingers Falls Cablevision channel 21, every Thursday from 10:00pm-10:30pm. The weekly broadcasts are showings of DVDs about the meat industry, from treatment of animals to the food on our plates, with possible pieces on the fur industry. Most are filmed by undercover video cameras from across the US. Each show lists film credits, in case viewers want to get in touch with the producers. Warning: Most videos... more
  • - Fri, May 2nd -
  • Schenectady: Vigil of local "Neighbors for Peace" (Peace / War) - Schenectady Neighbors for Peace has been holding their downtown peace vigil every Friday for over 12 years. The group "...welcomes all to join us in efforts for peace." Location: Corner of Jay St and Liberty St Schenectady, NY 12305 Map and directions: maps.google.com... Contact: 518 399-2080, or via the email address below. Sponsored by: Schenectady Neighbors for Peace, a... more
  • - Sat, May 3rd -
  • Saratoga Springs: Peace vigil (Peace / War) - Saratoga Peace Alliance has been holding a peace vigil every Saturday for 13 years. From the organizer: "Please keep the crosswalks clear and be the peace you want in the world. Many among us will be making signs with positive messages reflecting our hopes or our concerns for the future. Our goal is to: Support the United Nations in promoting peace; Encourage people to consider effective alternatives to war; Empower people to express their views to their elected officials." Location: Outside the Post Office Broadway... more
  • Chatham: Peace vigil (Peace / War) - A weekly Saturday vigil to protest the wars the U.S. is waging against Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The group also wants the Bush Administration to be prosecuted for war crimes. From the organizers: "We advocate non-violent solutions to the world's problems and support human rights everywhere." Location: Chatham Green (next to the railroad station) 5 Depot Square Chatham, NY 12307 Map and directions: maps.google.com... Contact:... more
  • Hudson: Peace and justice gathering (Peace / War) - "Gathering for Peace, Justice and a Reverence for Life" A group of Individuals that have been gathering every Saturday since 9/11, to "...help promote peace through discussion and presence." More from the organizers: "We gather in vigil for all victims around the world and engage in dialogue around Peace and Justice issues. As people struggle to improve their lives, freedom will overcome oppression." All are welcome, including performing musicians. Location: 7th Street Park 7th St and Warren... more
  • - Mon, May 5th -
  • Delmar: Weekly peace vigil (Peace / War) - Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace hold a weekly vigil every Monday. From the organizers:: "Please join us in taking a stand against the war! Even if you can only stop by for a few minutes, your presence helps make a difference. Those of us who regularly attend the vigil enjoy sharing news and community with each other, and the encouraging honks and support from many drivers. Among other purposes, this weekly vigil serves as a regular reminder to hundreds of people in our community (those driving or walking by) of our viewpoints, issues... more
  • - Wed, May 7th -
  • Cobleskill: Vigil for peace (Peace / War) - A weekly vigil for peace every Saturday "until the war ends." The group held its 600th consecutive vigil at the end of 2012. Location: Corner of Main and Union Streets Cobleskill, NY 12043 Map and directions: maps.google.com... Contact: 518 287-1771 or via email below. Sponsored by: Peacemakers of Schoharie County.
  • Albany: Peace vigil (Peace / War) - A vigil for peace on the first Wednesday of each month, in front of the State Capitol Building. Message from the organizer: "The vigil opposes the US war in Afghanistan; urges dialog, not war, with Iran; and supports peace in the Middle East, human rights and international cooperation." Location: In front of State Capitol Building, East side Eagle St and State St Albany, NY 12210 Map and directions at: more
  • Rhinebeck: Peace vigil (Peace / War) - A one-hour vigil for peace every Wednesday. All are welcome. Local high school students often attend. Location: Main light in the middle of town At the corner of Montgomery (Mill St / Rt 9) and Market St (Rt 308) Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Map and directions at: maps.google.com... Contact: 845 876-7906 or via the email address below. Sponsored by: Red Hook for Peace and Justice, and Dutchess Peace.
  • Albany: Monthly meeting of local Amnesty International chapter (Human Rights) - Amnesty International of Albany members meet the first Wednesday of each month. The group writes and sends letters, plans actions, and discusses current human rights issues. The meetings are open to the public and new members are welcomed. Location: Conference Room 1 Albany Public Library (Main branch) 161 Washington Ave Albany, NY 12210 (Free parking anytime in lot behind library, off Elk Street) Library's map and directions: more
  • - Thu, May 8th -
  • Poughkeepsie: "Activist Radio" on WVKR 91.3 FM (General / Misc) - "Activist Radio" with Fred Nagel and Gary Kenton, every Thursday on WVKR: 91.3 FM, Vassar College Radio. Topics include the history of social struggle, activist songs, and media commentary. Internet streaming and podcasts of these programs are available at the web site below, which also has past shows for download and listening. Contact: Fred Nagel at the below email address, or 845 876-7906 Sponsored by: Dutchess Greens, Dutchess Peace.
  • Albany: Weekly meeting of "People of Albany United for Safe Energy" (Energy) - A meeting every Thursday to address the great increase in rail transport of highly volatile crude oil through local communities. Bakken crude oil and Canadian Tar Sands oil on its way to processing is being trans-shipped out of the Port of Albany and sent south down the Hudson. The group came together due to public safety and environmental concerns regarding these present shipments as well as any future oil by rail proposals in our state, city, and at the Port. From the organizers: "In 2012... more
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    Events, actions, and organizations represented on this site do not necessarily represent the views or methods of the site's editors. ActivistResource.org does not endorse any particular event or organization, but merely provides a venue for the dissemination of information that appears to be activist in nature, and might not be welcome on mass media calendars.