Monday, March 2, 2015

March Across The Walkway

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie presents
March Across The Walkway
The Dream Marches On

On Sunday, the 7th of March, 1965, thousands of peaceful demonstrators from different faiths, classes, and races assembled in Selma. On the approach to the Petruss Bridge, they were met by violent resistance. Bloody Sunday was aired on Nation Television and became a rallying cry for social justice across the nation.

Fifty years later, the city of Montgomery organized the "Dream Marches On" campaign, honoring the anniversary of this moment in history. Here in the Hudson Valley, we will participate in our own March to Freedom on the Walkway Over the Hudson. Join us, and show your commitment to justice, freedom, and human rights. All are Welcome.

Date: March 8th, 2015 Time: 2pm-4pm Location: East Approach Parking Lot, Poughkeepsie

A peaceful assembly marching from the East to the West end of the walkway (or half-way and back, should the weather be poor), in conjunction with the march happening in Alabama.

Marchers are encouraged to bring their own signs and banners. Please dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes with good grip. The march will happen rain or shine, regardless of the temperature.

‘‘There never was a moment in American history more honorable and more inspiring than the pilgrimage of clergymen and laymen of every race and faith pouring into Selma to face danger at the side of its embattled Negroes’’ (King, ‘‘Address at the Conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery March,’’).

For more information please contact Jolanda Jansen at or Merrill Sunderland at

Thursday, February 26, 2015

More Justice, Less Jail!

Members of ENJAN hold up a sign at Marc Molinaro's
State of the County address. We also passed out
several hundred flyers questioning the need for a
$200 million dollar new jail for Dutchess County.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

CANCELLED due to possible slippery roads

"Keeping Black History Alive,"  Women of the Movement from Ella Baker,  (Fundi) to the Women of New Progressive Baptist Church,  at New Progressive Baptist Church in Kingston has been CANCELLED due to possible slippery roads.  The event is RESCHEDULED for Saturday,  March 14th.  Please spread the word.  Stay safe.

Barbara Stemke
Odell Winfield ph.  914 388 3092

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Special meeting notice

ENJAN will hold a special meeting: 

Time and Place: Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 6 PM at the Family Partnership Center, most likely in the Library. (We'll post a notice if it's elsewhere in the building.)

Topic of meeting: Planning for Marc Molinaro's State of the County Address, which is Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 5 PM at the Culinary Institute. Members of the public are invited to attend, but must pre-register here, giving full name, email address, and stating whether you are an elected official. (Presumably, they are given priority.)

Friday, January 30, 2015

Film Series - Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle

********** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***********

WHEN February 13, 2015   6:00 PM
WHERE: Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Library
29 North Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie NY

WHAT:  Opening of a Series of Films for Thought
Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle

CONTACT: Odell Winfield
ph: 914-388-3092

We invite you to join us for a timely four part film series made possible through the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

We will be viewing and discussing four films that cover the period of reconstruction through the Jim Crow years and into the civil rights movement. A local scholar with expertise on themes and happenings within each film will be leading interactive group discussions as we embark upon a journey to a better understanding of the struggles of race and social justice in America. A lot has been occurring in our country, especially recently, that echoes our past. What better time to reflect upon our history as we work for racial justice now and for the future.

The film showings and discussions will take place from February through April in the Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Library located on the second floor of the Family Partnership Center, 29 North Hamilton St. in the Poughkeepsie, NY.

The Loving Story (2011 – 77 Mins.)  6:00 PM Friday February 13th, 2015 
This documentary brings to life the arrest and legal battle that followed the interracial marriage of Mildred and Richard Loving in Virginia in 1958. Scholar to be announced.

The Abolitionists (2013 – 180 Mins) 10 AM Saturday March 7th, 2015 
This PBS mini series, shown in full (with a break for lunch) depicts the struggles of those who led the battle to end slavery. w/ A.J. Williams-Myers, SUNY New Paltz professor and author

Freedom Riders (2010 – 117 Mins.) 5:30 PM Friday March 27th, 2015 
This film tells the terrifying and moving story of a time. when hundreds of white and black volunteers challenged the segregation laws of the Deep South to awaken the conscience of a complacent nation and risked being jailed, beaten, or killed. w/ Sally Bermanzohn retired Brookly College professor and author.

Slavery by Another Name (2012 – 90 Mins)  6:00 PM Wednesday April 22nd, 2015
From the Pulitzer-Prize-winning book by Douglas Blackmon, Slavery By Another Name tells the stories of men, charged with crimes like vagrancy, and often guilty of nothing, who were bought and sold, abused, and subject to sometimes deadly working conditions as unpaid convict labor. Scholar to be announced.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

External Advisory Group of the Dutchess County Justice & Transition Center

A Poughkeepsie Journal story today announced that the External Advisory Group of the Dutchess County Justice & Transition Center (jail) will hold a public meeting at the Bardavon on Thursday, January 29 at 6:00 PM. Quoting from the meeting announcement:
The agenda for the January 29th meeting will include updates and presentations on:
  • Installation of temporary housing units, also known as PODS;
  • RicciGreeneAssociates' needs assessments reporting;
  • Special populations programming;
  • Creation of a new Criminal Justice Council committee focused specifically on diverting individuals with mental illness from entering the criminal justice system.
Members of the public are asked to submit questions prior to the meeting so they can be addressed during the meeting.  Those wishing to submit questions should email their inquiries to by Friday, January 23rd.  There will be an additional designated time allotted for the public to offer comments.  The public will be allowed to ask questions at the meeting, but those questions will be addressed after via email,  at future meetings of the External Advisory Group, and/or on the Dutchess County Justice & Transition Center project webpages.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

20th annual Mid-Hudson Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March for Social and Economic Justice.

20th annual Mid-Hudson
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
March for Social and Economic Justice.

Monday, Jan 19 (MLK Day) at 11 am

Join Mae Parker-Harris, Poughkeepsie Fifth Ward Councilwoman Ann Perry, Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation Executive Director Beth Soto (and HVALF's Matt Martini), 1199 Organizer Joseph Stratford, folksingers Chris Ruhe and Fred Nagel, R & B singer Marlene Squire-Merritt, Co. Leg. Micki Strawinski, Rev. Tama Kaya Bell, Joel Tyner, and many more for our Real Majority Project's 20th annual Mid-Hudson Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March for Social and Economic Justice.

At Smith Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church, 124 Smith Street in Poughkeepsie-- marching to the Dutchess County Office Building at 22 Market Street and ending with refreshments and discussion/strategizing at Holy Light Pentecostal Church at 33 South Clover Street in Poughkeepsie!...(co-sponsored by Community Voices Heard-- yay).