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  • Special Program on a Visit to Kurdistan

    Upper Hudson Peace Action Alert       Exploring Kurdistan: Yassin Aref’s Albany Friends Visit and Report

    Event has taken place. Link to YouTube video of presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yz_jo7YoN8o

    Tuesday, February 20, 2024 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Albany Public Library (161 Washington Ave., Albany, NY) 

    Upper Hudson Peace Action presents a program offering a rare glimpse into Kurdistan, home of Yassin Aref, by six Capital District people who had supported him during a long and very controversial ordeal involving accusations of association with terrorism and issues of FBI entrapment. After 15 years in US federal prisons, he returned to his home in Kurdistan in 2019. His supporters, now lifelong friends, traveled to visit him and learn about Kurdistan in 2023.

    After a brief introduction about the background of the trip, the talk will include: tales of the speakers’ adventures; explanations of the political situation and history and the genocides against the Kurds; personal accounts of Kurdish hospitality; and a presentation of the outstanding geography of the land.

    The presentation will include dozens of professional photos from the trip. Yassin Aref was an incredible host who took his visitors to many varied places in Kurdistan, including one of the world’s oldest cities.  During the ten day trip, they visited a general, a chief, lunched with the governor, and were well fed and tended by their friend’s extended family.

    The public is invited to attend this free program and gain a broader understanding of Kurdistan, a land loosely defined as areas inhabited mainly by Kurds in large parts of eastern Turkey, northern Iraq, western Iran and smaller parts of Syria and Armenia.

    Speakers for the event include: Steve Downs, Lynne Jackson, Kathy Manley, Alaa Muhiddin, Diana Morales, and Carl Strock, with Jeanne Finley as the moderator.

    Please note that attendees are asked to wear masks for virus prevention.

    Co-sponsors for the program include: Peace Action New York State, Upper Hudson Peace Action, Muslim Solidarity Committee, Project SALAM, and Save the Pine Bush 

  • UHPA Nov. 11 Peace Community Gathering Featuring David Cortright

    You are warmly invited to a community gathering at 7pm on Saturday, November 11, 2023 featuring scholar and activist David Cortright speaking on Why Nuclear Disarmament is More Urgent than Ever

    Upper Hudson Peace Action is sponsoring Professor David Cortright who will speak on “Why Nuclear Disarmament is More Urgent than Ever” Saturday, November 11, 7:00 PM at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 10 North Main Ave., Albany followed by a Q & A discussion time. Pat Beetle will be presented with a lifetime achievement award.  A dessert Bar and tea will be provided. There will be a silent auction, a short singalong led by Elizabeth Meehan, and a peace book swap. This is a fundraiser with a $20 admission, more if you can, less if you can’t.  Let’s take care of each other by wearing masks. 

    Cortright is a scholar and activist for peace, currently serving as University Lecturer and fellow of the 
    Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at Cornell University. He is Professor Emeritus at the 
    University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. 

    Cortright is the author or editor of 22 books, including most recently A Peaceful Superpower: Lessons 
    from the World’s Largest Antiwar Movement (New Village Press, 2023).  

    As an enlisted soldier from 1968 to 1971 Cortright spoke out against the Vietnam War and organized 
    petitions and protests as part of the GI peace movement. In 1970 he filed a federal lawsuit against the 
    Army to defend the right of dissent against unjust war. 

    From 1978 to 1988 he was the executive director of SANE, the Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy, and then co-director of SANE/Freeze. In 2002 he was a co-founder of Win Without War, which opposed the US invasion of Iraq and remains an active voice today in promoting progressive foreign policy. 

    This event is co-sponsored by the Peace Action Fund of New York State.

  • UHPA Calendar of Events

  • Public Reading of John Hersey’s Hiroshima

    The Tom Paine chapter of Veterans for Peace is sponsoring, with Upper Hudson Peace Action co-sponsorship, a public reading of John Hersey’s classic book, Hiroshima, which follows the true stories of six people caught up in the atomic bombing of their city. Starting at 11:00 AM on August 6, the event will take place in Townsend Park, in downtown Albany, NY. Those interested in reading can sign up to participate. Please bring folding chairs. The rain site is the Social Justice Center, located at 33 Central Avenue, Albany. 

    On August 6, 1945 the United States of America used the atomic bomb for the first time to destroy the city of Hiroshima, Japan. On August 9, the U.S. used the atomic bomb again on Nagasaki, Japan. Over 200,000 people died immediately in the two bombings and over a hundred thousand more died in the following decades as a result of the effects of the radiation. Hiroshima by John Hersey tells the story of the bombing on August 6, 1945 by following the story of six of the survivors. The book version has been in print since 1946.

    For more information contact Dan Wilcox, 518-482-0262dwlcx@earthlink.net

  • Golden Rule Peace Boat visit coverage in the Albany Times Union

    Times Union Article

  • Golden Rule Peace Boat visits Albany July 11- July 13

    In 1958 four Quaker peace activists sailed the Golden Rule toward the Marshall Islands in an attempt to halt thermonuclear weapons testing. The US Coast Guard boarded her in Honolulu and arrested her crew, causing an international outcry. Arrest of the crew and rising awareness of the dangers of radiation and nuclear war led to worldwide demands to stop nuclear testing. This spurred the U.S., the U.S.S.R., and the U.K. to sign the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963.

    In 2010, the Golden Rule was rebuilt in Humboldt Bay, California, and is now “Sailing for a Nuclear-Weapons Free World and a Peaceful, Sustainable Future.

    ”With tensions so high between nuclear armed nations and a new nuclear arms race, it is more important than ever to bring a message of nuclear disarmament and peace. Come see the boat and learn what you can do to support the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty, and the total elimination of nuclear weapons.

    Tuesday, July 11 Between 4 & 7 PM The Golden Rule will arrive and dock on the Hudson in Albany, NY next to Dutch Apple Cruises and the USS Slater. The land address is the intersection of Quay Street and Broadway.

    Wednesday, July 12 9-5 Tours of the boat will be available at that location.


    Upper Hudson Peace Action & Peace Action New York State
    Invite You to a Free Online Interactive Talk With Michael Richardson, Co-founder of Rivers & Mountains Greenfaith

    Build a Greener, More Peaceful Economy By Not Investing in Fossil Fuels & Weapons
    Date:  June 14, 2023
    The recording of the session can be found herehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWeuVJ1FuBY

    Links mentioned in the talk:
    https://www.rivers-mountains-greenfaith.org/
    https://www.rivers-mountains-greenfaith.org/divest-invest-workshop
    https://fossilfreefunds.org/
    https://weaponfreefunds.org/


    Details: This talk contains some useful green investment and banking strategies for all of us – no need to have a stash of cash

    Discussion Will Include Information About

    Personal Banking – find community banks and credit unions that use deposits for local ventures.Credit Cards – find alternative cards that do not invest in fossil fuel projects.

    Home & Auto Insurance – find local, small insurance companies that don’t invest with fossil fuel projects.

    Retirement Investments – learn about your current investment fund and how to find alternative greener investments… and how to find an environmentally conscious financial advisor.

    About the speaker: Lifelong activist, Michael Richardson, is co-founder of Rivers & Mountains GreenFaith, an inter-faith group of climate activists in the Hudson Valley of New York State in coalition with Stop the Money Pipeline, Third Act, and GreenFaith (international).  He also is on the steering committee of NY Renews, the force behind the landmark NYS Climate Act.

  • Build a Greener, More Peaceful Economy

    By Not Investing in Fossil Fuels & Weapons

    Free Online Interactive Talk With Michael Richardson, Co-founder of Rivers & Mountains Greenfaith

    Date:  June 14, 2023     

    The recording of the session can be found here:

    Links mentioned in the talk:
    https://www.rivers-mountains-greenfaith.org/
    https://www.rivers-mountains-greenfaith.org/divest-invest-workshop
    https://fossilfreefunds.org/
    https://weaponfreefunds.org/

    Details: This talk contains some useful green investment and banking strategies for all of us – no need to have a stash of cash

    Discussion Will Include Information About

    Personal Banking – find community banks and credit unions that use deposits for local ventures.

    Credit Cards – find alternative cards that do not invest in fossil fuel projects.

    Home & Auto Insurance – find local, small insurance companies that don’t invest with fossil fuel projects.

    Retirement Investments – learn about your current investment fund and how to find alternative greener investments… and how to find an environmentally conscious financial advisor.

    About the speaker: Lifelong activist, Michael Richardson, is co-founder of Rivers & Mountains GreenFaith, an inter-faith group of climate activists in the Hudson Valley of New York State in coalition with Stop the Money Pipeline, Third Act, and GreenFaith (international).  He also is on the steering committee of NY Renews, the force behind the landmark NYS Climate Act.

  • It’s Time to Build a Supranational System of Governance: An Indispensable Foundation for Peace

    Upper Hudson Peace Action and Peace Action New York State are pleased to invite you to a talk by Sovaida Ma’ani Ewing about a system of global governance for peace.

    Sovaida Ma’ani Ewing is a prolific author, speaker, and international lawyer with 20 years of experience in public and private legal practice. She is the founding director of The Center for Peace and Global Governance, a virtual think tank and online forum that pools and proposes principled solutions to pressing global challenges. She has published five books in the area of peace and global governance including “Building a World Federation: The Key to Resolving our Global Crises.” Her latest book, available on Amazon, is “The Alchemy of Peace: 6 Essential Shifts in Mindsets and Habits to Achieve World Peace.” She also hosts a video podcast Re-Imagining Our World” on the CPGG YouTube channel — that is dedicated to creating a vision of the world we want and infusing hope that we can make the choices necessary to attain it.

  • Non-Violent Solutions to World Conflict

    Non-Violent Solutions to World Conflcit
    1. https://www.brandeis.edu/peace-conflict/pdfs/198-methods-non-violent-action.pdf Gene Sharp 198 non-violent methods of non-violent action
    a. https://www.nonviolenceinternational.net/nv_tactics_book This monograph updates Gene Sharp’s 1973 seminal work Methods of Nonviolent Action, reworking Sharp’s classifications to include 148 additional tactics. Brief yet comprehensive, this overview of nonviolence explains the mechanisms by which nonviolent actions succeed. added 10/3/22
    2. http://nonviolence.rutgers.edu/ Digital Library of non-violent resistance
    3. George Lakey
    a. https://nvdatabase.swarthmore.edu/browse
    4. https://dataverse.harvard.edu/dataverse/navco added 9/30/22
    5. https://v-dem.net/ added 9/30/22
    a. https://v-dem.net/media/publications/dr_2022.pdf
    6. Deep Canvassing https://deepcanvass.org/
    7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJSehRlU34w Erica Chenoweth Ted Talk
    a. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14754835.2022.2077085 Chenoweth can non-violent resisters survive covid? NYT 9/30/22
    b. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/30/world/middleeast/iran-protests-haiti-russia-china.html?
    8. https://www.athensdemocracyforum.com/ Conference 9/27-9/30/22
    a. https://www.athensdemocracyforum.com/fileadmin/uploads/adf/Documents/final_agenda_11.pdf
    9. https://www.nytimes.com/spotlight/world-review-democracy Athens Democracy Forum September 30, 2022
    10. https://protectdemocracy.org/the-authoritarian-playbook/
    11. https://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/22056042/the-authoritarian-playbook-how-reporters-can-contextualize-and-cover-authoritarian-threats-as-distinct-from-politics-as-usual.pdf
    12. https://www.nonviolent-conflict.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Peter-Ackerman-%E2%80%93-The-Checklist-to-End-Tyranny.pdf Ackerman who wrote A force more powerful
    13. https://bookriot.com/nonviolence-reading-list/ :
    a. This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century Paperback – October 3, 2017 by Mark Engler (Author), Paul Engler (Author), Bill McKibben (Foreword)
    b. BLUEPRINT FOR REVOLUTION: HOW TO USE RICE PUDDING, LEGO MEN, AND OTHER NONVIOLENT TECHNIQUES TO GALVANIZE COMMUNITIES, OVERTHROW DICTATORS, OR SIMPLY CHANGE THE WORLD BY SRDJA POPOVIC AND MATTHEW MILLER
    c. NON-VIOLENCE IN AN AGGRESSIVE WORLD BY A.J. MUSTE
    d. AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY: MY EXPERIMENTS WITH TRUTH BY MAHATMA GHANDI
    e. VISIONS OF A BETTER TOMORROW: HOWARD THURMAN’S PILGRIMAGE TO INDIA AND THE ORIGINS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN NONVIOLENCE BY QUINTON DIXIE AND PETER EISENSTADT
    f. WHY CIVIL RESISTANCE WORKS BY ERICA CHENOWETH AND MARIA J. STEPHAN
    g. NONVIOLENCE: THE HISTORY OF A DANGEROUS IDEA BY MARK KURLANSKY

  • March for Our Lives’ Day of National Action

    Indivisible Columbia County NY will join March for Our Lives’ Day of national action, in reaction to the latest wave of gun violence. They will be holding a vigil at the gazebo in Chatham on June 11, 2022 at NY 11:00 – Noon.

    March for Our Lives (MFOL) was founded in the wake of the Parkland shooting. They call for the reexamination of the dangerous District of Columbia v. Heller interpretation of the Second Amendment in which the US Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects an individual’s right to keep and bear arms, unconnected with service in a militia, for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. MFOL also calls for the initiation of both FEC and IRS investigations into the NRA, and the full repeal of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) which is a United States law that protects firearms manufacturers and dealers from being held liable when crimes have been committed with their products.

    MFOL advocates the passing of legislation to raise the national standards for gun ownership. This includes a national licensing and registry system which promotes responsible gun ownership; a ban on assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, and other weapons of war; policies to disarm gun owners who pose a harm risk; and a national gun buy-back program to reduce the estimated 265–393 million firearms in circulation by at least 30%.

    This vigil is cosponsored by Upper Hudson Peace Action.