Welcome to Upper Hudson Peace Action

Dear friends and partners in peace and justice,

The Upper Hudson Peace Action Annual Dinner scheduled for March 30 at St. Andrew’s Church is now cancelled. The recommendations for Corona virus prevention include forgoing large gatherings that place people in close proximity to one another, and especially advise those who are not young to be extra cautious of exposures. This advice is applicable to our event, so we feel that cancellation is the prudent action for everyone’s health protection, particularly now since cases of the virus have reached the Capital District.

We so regret that we will not be sharing this evening of camaraderie, information, music, and good food with you at this time, and we hope that it will be possible to reschedule in the future. We also hope to honor Wendy Dwyer and Mark Mishler with this year’s peace awards at a future time. We thank Blue Carreker who was slated to sing, and hope to have her join us at some other time.

Dr. Ira Helfand, of Physicians for Social Responsibility was scheduled to speak on the topic of “The Growing Danger of Nuclear War: What We Can Do to Move Back From the Brink,” and has been very accommodating, so we will continue to explore an opportunity for rescheduling with him. Meantime, here is a link to a Ted Talk by him related to this subject.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We will look forward to seeing you when matters settle down. Be well.

From The Upper Hudson Peace Action Steering Committee
(Elaine Klein, Larry Wittner, Pat Beetle, Wendy Dwyer, Tom Ellis, Mark Schaeffer, Janine Moon, Sylvain Nagler, Bob Elmendorf, Paul Rehm, Katia Rehm, Michael Rice, Linda LeTendre)

Upper Hudson Peace Action works to end wars and prevent new wars through education and public witness. We seek to abolish nuclear weapons. We support human rights, economic justice and international cooperation. Located in New York’s Capital District, we sponsor speakers, organize demonstrations, screen films, pass out leaflets, circulate petitions and address elected officials.


Upper Hudson Peace Action’s nine affiliated Branches (click on links for more information):


Stay Informed!

–Watch DemocracyNow!     https://www.democracynow.org  The best media/news show for social activism, with Amy Goodman’s factual reporting, without the editorializing and hype seen on broadcast channels. It can be seen at their DemocracyNow! website, at http://FreeSpeech.org on Roku and similar internet TV streaming devices at 8AM, and listened to on WRPI 91.5 FM weekdays at 9AM.

–See UHPA’s Larry Wittner’s articles and biography: http://peaceact.net/larry-wittner-bio/

Get Involved!

* Sign up to be on the Upper Hudson Peace Action email list to get newsletter announcements of events: http://peaceact.net/contact-us/

* Join a weekly vigil near you (see the calendar and the local chapters listings above), or start your own—typically an hour of becoming friends with like-minded folks with signs on a busy street corner.

* Look into other organizations as well as us, such as:

  • Women Against War, http://www.womenagainstwar.org  Women Against War brings together Capital District women to work for peace. We advocate for changed US foreign policies through lobbying, leafleting, vigils, media outreach & educational events.
  • AFSC   https://www.afsc.org/ the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice. working with people of many backgrounds. Key activities: Ending discrimination, building peace, defending immigrant rights, ending mass incarceration, building economic justice.

* Support anti-nuclear activities:

* Support the refugees in our area:

* Get involved politically:

* Support environmental action:

  • see Bill McKibben’s  https://350.org/    350.org is building the global grassroots climate movement that can hold our leaders accountable to science and justice.
  • PAUSE, People of Albany United for Safe Energy  http://www.pausenergy.org/  PAUSE promotes safe, sustainable energy and fights for environmental justice.

PANYS logo snapshotWe are part of the national organization Peace Action – today’s Peace Movement
-the largest membership peace group in the United States.
Peace Action works for smarter American approaches to global problems.
Click on the link for more information on our overall organization. http://www.peace-action.org/

Peace Action logo snapshotWe are also one of 18 chapters of
Peace Action New York State (PANYS)    http://www.panys.org/
–From Buffalo to NYC, PANYS is a vibrant peace organization, with varied activies to model after and to take part in.

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For information on issues— click on these links:


We work in cooperation with other peace and justice groups in our area.


Dan Wilcox protests in the Capital Region

Schenectady Neighbors for Peace Vigil

Bertha Kriegler protests the war

Peace on the Mohawk River

Stop the Pipelines; Stop Fracking

John Amidon -Non-Proliferation Treaty talk at UN

Linda LeTendre- Solidarity with Jun-san’s Buddhist peace walks

Effective civil disobedience

Wendy Dwyer promoting Renewable Energy

Nuclear Weapons protest

Michael Rice protests war

Annual Hiroshima/ Nagasaki memorial Trudy Quaif of Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, with Mabel Leon (UHPA, Women against War, Grannies)

Sue Clarke reads John Hersey’s Hiroshima

Mari Matsuo at annual reading of
Hersey’s Hiroshima

David Easter at Non Proliferation Treaty
March NYC

Chatham peace vigil

Peace Action members joined the April 9 National Anti-war March in New York City

Obama Visit Demonstration 1-2011

Part of the “I Miss America” demonstration

Troy Peace Vigil

Labor rights and political action

Drone protest arrest at Hancock AFB

Nuclear non-proliferation march in NYC

Jackie Donegan– Teach Peace!

Close Guantanamo!

Action against Iran war

Pete Looker: No to fossil fools/fuels!

Steve/Barbara Wickham- protesting and tech support

Annual dinner/ award for Paul Rehm from David Easter

Mabel Leon receives award for her work

Labor Justice via the IWW

Protesting John Bolton at Union College

Jill Stein (on guitar) on peace Mohawk River-cruise

Protest signs collection at Siena College

Award presentation to Barbara Dworkin at Palestinian Rights Dinner

Marching in solidarity with the Japanese at the NPT in NYC

Engaging our politicians (Congressman Tonko/ Elaine Klein)

Greg Giorgio makes a joyful (?) sound while leading

Hiroshima remembrance at Schenectady Central Park’s Peace Pole

Terri Roben leading in song during Hiroshima remembrance Temple Gates of Heaven peace pole

Jeremy Clowe, Elaine Klein near St. Helen’s peace pole

Syracuse anti-drone large protest

Larry Wittner receives award

anti-KKK march in Albany