Ferguson to Palestine radio show on WVKR

WVKR, 91.3 FM. 
Vassar College's independent radio station.

"From Ferguson To Palestine"
Wed, July 22, 12 – 1 pm

Weekly on Wednesday

From Ferguson To Palestine is a weekly talk show concerning issues of social justice and racial equity in the United States and abroad.  Hosted by Susan Smith and Daniel Aguilar, and incorporating interviews and discussions from grassroots activists.

To listen to the program from 12 - 1 pm every Wednesday:

Bermanzohn Talk in Kingston

On 7/14 at 6pm at New Progressive Baptist Church Paul Bermanzohn will lead a very exciting  discussion on the history of how America developed the war on drugs. Paul will connect Michelle Alexander`s  book THE NEW JIM CROW with America`s war on drug.

Bringing down the Confederate flag

Over the weekend, a young freedom fighter and community organizer mounted an awe-inspiring campaign to bring down the Confederate battle flag. Brittany “Bree” Newsome, in a courageous act of civil disobedience, scaled a metal pole using a climbing harness, to remove the flag from the grounds of the South Carolina state capitol. Her long dread locks danced in the wind as she descended to the ground while quoting scripture. She refused law enforcement commands to end her mission and was immediately arrested along with ally James Ian Tyson, who is also from Charlotte, North Carolina.

VFP solidarity

Photo and story by Ellen Davidson

VFP Members Make Solidarity
Visit to Black Church

Three members of Veterans For Peace went to services at the mostly African-American New Progressive Baptist Church in Kingston, N.Y., June 21 to express sympathy and solidarity in the wake of the racist shootings at the  Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., June 17.

Woodstock, N.Y., VFP President Jay Wenk presented flowers and a card with VFP's statement on the killings to "NewPro" pastor Rev. Dr. G. Modele Clarke, who said, "You have no idea how moving that is." As Jay noted that the bouquet was in sympathy for the massacre, a member of the congregation asked, "The one in South Carolina?" Jay's response, "All of them," was met with shouts of approval.

Rev. Clarke's call to worship that morning stressed turning anger at the killings at "Mother Emanuel" into concrete action, saying "Talk is cheap … [you have to] put some feet on the talk, some feet on the faith." When he asked the congregation if they were familiar with the contoversy about the Confederate flag flying over the South Carolina statehouse, Rita Worthington spoke from the pews, saying "I understand why it is a flag of legacy for some, but for us it is a legacy of hate … a legacy of white supremacy."

The VFP members got an ethusiastic welcome from the regular church-goers, who urged them to come back any time. "Your message about the importance of action really resonated with us," VFP National Board member Tarak Kauff told Rev Clarke, who uses his post to promote social justice, in particular prison outreach and street ministry.

Stand With Charleston Solidarity Action

Thursday, June 25
at 6:30 pm

A vigil to commemorate the nine Black people killed in a horrific act of white supremacist terror at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Corner of Market and Main St., Poughkeepsie