Check out what Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson has been working in the Fall 2016 in our E-Newsletter below!
Five Officers Charged at Downstate Correctional Facility
In 2013, Kevin Moore was beaten so badly by five corrections officers at Downstate Correctional Facility in Fishkill that he was hospitalized for 17 days. As discussed in the New York Times, the five officers have now been charged for federal civil rights violations.
Yet, we’re still waiting for charges to be brought against the corrections officers who murdered Samuel Harrell at the Fishkill Correctional Facility in 2015. The Hudson Valley Black Lives Matter Coalition continues to call for the officers’ immediate suspension from the Facility (where they continue to work) and for the filing of murder charges.
Post on social media to spread awareness about Moore’s case and demand justice for Samuel.
#5DownstateOfficersCharged now we want #JusticeForSamuelHarrell #BlackLivesMatter http://pojonews.co/2djg672 #BeatUpSquad still on duty after brutally murdering Sam Harrell #JusticeForSamuelHarrell NOW #BlackLivesMatter #CharlotteToNY
Building the Energy Justice Movement: Statewide and Nationally
As a Steering Committee member of the New York State Energy Democracy Alliance, we’re working to ensure New York’s publicly funded energy programs emphasize investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that promote economic, environmental, and health improvements in New York’s most vulnerable communities. That’s why we’re continuing to call for New York to create a Race and Economic Equity Metric and Asset Mapping tool to measure progress of investment in these communities, and calling on New York to ensure that 40% of Clean Energy Funds are directed to low-income communities and communities of color. You can help by adding your name to our appeal.
Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson also had the opportunity to give a presentation on our energy utilities work, including on our new report, at a recent conference of foundations. The convening, Towards a More Resilient Place: Promising Practice in Place-Based Philanthropy, took place September 19-21, and was hosted by the Neighborhood Funders Group and the Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions. Foundations and advocacy organizations at the conference from around the country- including New Mexico, Minnesota, and Massachusetts- requested copies of the report.
National Voter registration Day was September 27th. We celebrated by holding a voter registration training and outreach session in Poughkeepsie with the New York Civic Engagement Table. We registered 34 people to vote!
The Hudson Valley Chronogram
In September, our Organizer Margaret was interviewed for an article about anti-Black racism in the Hudson Valley Chronogram:
“Parents are trying to teach their children to be hyper-vigilant and hyper-aware all the time – the way you’re standing, the way you approach somebody – with the knowledge and expectation that you’re going to be seen as a threat,” says Margaret Kwateng, of Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, a multi-issue community organization based in Poughkeepsie that connects people with problems rooted in systems of power, and co-founded the Hudson Valley Black Lives Matter Coalition. “Parents are often assumed to be incompetent, uncaring, or ineffective,” Kwateng says. “This framing shifts the blame from economic systems that have destroyed all of their surroundings to the parents, who are struggling to put together the pieces.
Teach-In: the Plans for a New Jail in Dutchess County
The End the New Jim Crow Action Network (ENJAN) will be hosting a teach-in about Dutchess County’s plans to build a new and larger jail on Saturday, October 15, from 10:00 am-1:00 pm in the cafeteria in the Family Partnership Center on 29 North Hamilton Street in Poughkeepsie.
The teach-in will provide updates on the county’s jail plans, present a number of ideas for reducing the jail population and creating more just response to crime in our country, and discuss alternatives being used around the country.