We have some beautiful posters and some beautiful updates in this e-newsletter. Read on for both!
On May Day, rally and march for workers’ rights to sanctuary cities, public transit, education, and good jobs. As the Poughkeepsie Common Council introduces a sanctuary-inspired resolution on International Workers Day, show them how the Hudson Valley feels about defending our neighbors! Join us Monday, May 1st at 4:30pm.
4:30pm: Gather at the Family Partnership Center in Poughkeepsie (29 N. Hamilton St.)
5:00pm: March to City Hall
5:30pm: Rally at City Hall (62 Civic Center Plaza)
6:00pm: Speak out on sanctuary-inspired resolution at Common Council meeting
Beyond the Moment
Not in the Hudson Valley on May 1st? Sign up at beyondthemoment.org to get information about May Day actions taking place around the country. Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson is excited to stand with Black Lives Matter, United We Dream, Right to the City Alliance, BYP 100, Causa Justa/Just Cause, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, and many more amazing organizations in Beyond the Moment in creating a mighty movement of all people dedicated to freedom.
Save the Date!
On Sunday, May 21st from 3-6pm in Peekskill, the Hate Free Zone will be hosting a “Know Your Rights/Know Your Responsibilities” forum on immigration and racial profiling. Stay tuned for more information!
Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America
Join the LGBTQ Community for Racial Justice, Hate Free Zone, and others on Friday, April 28th at 6pm at the auditorium in the Family Partnership Center on 29 North Hamilton St. in Poughkeepsie for a screening and discussion of Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America. Forbidden is a documentary film telling the story of Moises Serrano, an undocumented gay man and activist who grew up in rural North Carolina.
A Platform for Educational Justice
The students, parents, and allies in Parents and Advocates Supporting Students have created a platform for educational justice in Poughkeepsie. Students and parents met with three school board candidates in the upcoming election — Debra Long, Doreen Clifford, and Tron Melton — who all endorsed the platform in full.
Students and Parents have been going door-to-door in Poughkeepsie every week to recruit more members and register people to vote!
Fighting for Energy Justice
Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson serves on the Steering Committee of the New York Energy Democracy Alliance (EDA) — a coalition of 21 organizations working for energy justice in the state. The EDA has been growing its “People’s Commissioners” campaign calling for Governor Andrew Cuomo to appoint to the Public Service Commission people who are committed to serving the interests of the people and environment of New York. Sign the petition calling on Cuomo to appoint People’s Commissioners if you haven’t already!
On April 13th, the EDA held a press conference in Albany for the campaign, and quoted Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson member Trudy-Ann Bowen-Griffiths in their press release:
“I had a child born at 19 weeks. He was fighting for his life for six months, had open-heart surgery. My son came out of the hospital on all kinds of machines, he had 24-hour nursing care. As a nurse was giving my son treatment, Central Hudson shut off our power. Central Hudson has been under investigation for over a year for racial discrimination and illegal shut-offs. We need People’s Commissioners to hold them accountable!”
Read more about Trudy’s story in CounterPunch:
There Is A Field
From April 5th-9th, Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson co-sponsored a theater residency in Poughkeepsie that was co-hosted by Black Lives Matter Hudson Valley and Donkey Saddle Projects. The residency culminated in the public reading of There Is A Field, a play about a Palestinian teenage boy who is shot to death by an Israeli police officer, based on the true story of the death of 17-year-old Aseel Asleh in October 2000. Prior to the reading, the hosts led a week of workshops on the context of the play.