Albany: A group focusing on the education of students and citizens about the inconstancies in the official story of 9/11. "We wish to help push for a truly independent investigation, as well as expose the lies of the 'War on Terror' and the war In Iraq, as well as inform citizens about what they can do to stand up against the erosion of human civil liberties taking place in the US today. We also focus on issues such as The Patriot Act, The Military Commissions Act, and The National ID Act."
Meetings are held every Tuesday, at 7:00pm in CC 367 on The SUNY Albany campus.
A volunteer organization intending to motivate progressive New Yorkers to educate and take action on political campaigns and progressive auctions, both locally and nationally.
"At the heart of our mission is the belief that Democracy is not a spectator sport. Everyone must play a role in electing the best government possible and holding it accountable to a progressive agenda."
The group was founded in 2004 and has approximately 6000 members.
Hudson Valley Region: The group seeks to connect local activists, artists, farmers, intellectuals, students, and workers within the Hudson Valley Bioregion to create positive social change.
Weekly meetings are Sundays at varying locations. The group also hosts the "Really Really Free Market" every third Saturday of the month at Grace Methodist Church in Newburgh, NY.
Albany: A grassroots branch of the Green party, committed to nonviolence, social & economic justice, and grassroots democracy.
Meetings: 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 6-8PM, 33 Central Ave, Social Justice Center, Albany, NY
contact phone: 463-8653
Albany County: Mobilizing young people (age 18-35) to participate in Democratic campaigns, educational forums and political activism. ACYD is part of the Young Democrats of America, which is considered to be "the youth arm" of the Democratic National Committee. ACYD also works closely with the Albany County Democratic Committee (ACDC) through local campaigns and Democratic Party initiatives.
Serves those who Live, Work, or Go to School in Albany County
Meetings are the first Thursday of Every Month at Albany County Democratic HQ,
22 Colvin Avenue in Albany, NY 12201.
Albany: A grassroots, locally funded volunteer group established to help facilitate Barack Obama's presidential election in November 2008.
Ongoing activities include phone banking for primaries in other states.
92 Lexington Ave, Albany, NY 12206. Open 1:00pm-5:00pm daily.
Albany: A building providing office space, meeting rooms and other resources to grassroots organizations and individuals working on issues of the environment, homelessness, youth, college campuses, racism, homophobia, antiwar/peace efforts, and support for political prisoners.
Board meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at the Center, which also hosts Food Not Bombs every Monday night, free HIV testing every Wednesday, and monthly meetings of members and other local organizing groups.
Located at 33 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12210. Click here for a Google Map.
Central New York: "... a grassroots, volunteer program dedicated to reducing violence in our lives, in our homes, in our schools, in our prisons, in our streets and in our society."
AVP offers experiential workshops that take place in prisons, schools and communities. Workshops are typically 23 hours over three days. Community workshops typically begin on a Friday afternoon or evening and run through the weekend.
Albany: Amnesty International is a worldwide organization of individuals who work to uphold the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This local chapter works toward the A.I. mission of "protecting people wherever truth, justice, truth and dignity are denied" by participating in letter-writing campaigns, organizing events, bringing educational speakers and films to our community, meeting with elected officials, and advocating on behalf of "prisoners of conscience." The group welcomes new members and cooperation with other organizations who have an interest in human rights issues.
Annandale-on-Hudson: The Prison Activist Coalition is a political group whose overall purpose is combating inequality and injustice in the prison system, promoting consciousness around prison issues. The group does this through education at Bard and in the surrounding communities, through upholding and spreading educational programs for prison inmates as a more effective means toward rehabilitation, creating a stronger support network for inmates, and engaging in other actions to meet these and similar needs. Meetings are Tuesdays at 6:30pm in the Bard College Campus Center Meeting Room. Find the Campus Center on the following map page: http://www.bard.edu/campus/maps/
Northern Dutchess County: Larreynaga desperately needs jobs, decent housing, an affordable health care system, and better schools. In many ways, Larreynaga's problems are a reflection of our own, of our inner cities and of our permanent underclass. Working for change in Nicaragua helps us define the changes we need in our own society. Our common needs and hopes are the foundation for our solidarity.
Bethlehem / Capital District: Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace is a peace and justice group from Bethlehem, NY. "We were organized in opposition to the Iraqi war and we oppose all wars of aggression. We are a progressive organization that supports peace and justice struggles from the local to the global level. Our opposition to the war has led us to explore many issues from civil liberties to peak oil. We hold a weekly vigil on Monday from 5 to 6 PM at the Four Corners in Delmar (intersection of Kenwood and Delaware). We hold a monthly general meeting and a monthly discussion group (for times and location, see the BNP website). We publish a weekly e-mail newsletter, bi-monthly printed newsletter and hold forums, rallies and other events on a regular basis."
Rifton: Taking a view that US citizens must take responsibility for our tax dollars funding the killing of innocent civilians in the Iraq war, and proposing actions to remedy this.
The groups requests that
"1.) All citizens of good conscience join in solidarity for ongoing demonstration against the murder of innocent civilians and US military persons beginning April 15th, 2006, coinciding with the deadline of federal tax returns which fund this war of aggression fought in our name."
"2.) You symbolically color or clothe your hands in red in ongoing protest."
"3.) You create a presence in your community and at the offices of your local, state, and federal representatives."
"4.) You bring this protest to the White House and Capitol Hill."
Ulster County: A grassroots fundraising effort to help John Kerry defeat George Bush in November 2004. Here's the idea: Campaign contributions from individuals are always helpful but have minimal impact. Bundling gets media attention that will encourage other local communities to raise funds to beat Bush and to show that grass roots fundraising is a democratic alternative that still matters.
Bethpage: A nationally-minded organization calling out companies that give money to anti-labor Republican Party candidates. Activities facilitated through the internet, and via telephone and fax.
"We make legislative demands of these companies and we boycott them until the CEO and upper management of these cheap labor Republican contributors obtain enactment of our progressive agenda by the US congress and signed by the President."
Capital Region: A regional arm of the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of unions in the United States. This chapter represents eleven counties in the Capital District of New York State, including Albany, Essex, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington.
"The mission of the AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families—to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our nation. To accomplish this mission we will build and change the American labor movement."
1044 Broadway, Albany, NY 12204
Oneida, Herkimer, and Madison Counties: Committed to living wage jobs, affordable health care and education, educational opportunities, campaign finance reform, and improvement in living conditions for low and moderate income people. A membership organization which consists of working people, tenants, small business persons, the elderly, students, clergy, and representatives of the labor movement.
Monthly breakfast and lunch meetings, Sunday potlucks.
Residents of Columbia County who first came together in the fall of 2002 to vigil in protest of the looming war in Iraq. "We are deeply committed to peace and social justice and to the plight of detained immigrants. Our latest concentration is educating about the war crimes have been committed by the US." Meetings every Thursday at 8:00pm.
Chatham Peace Initiative, P.O. Box 34, Chatham, NY 12037
Hudson Valley: Part of a large multi-racial membership organization founded in 1983, with chapters throughout NYS as CANY. The group works for social and economic justice in coalition with labor, senior citizen, women's, student, tenant and community organizations.
"Citizen Action of New York fights for quality affordable health care for all, jobs that pay living wages with decent benefits, expanded Medicare coverage for seniors that includes prescription drugs, strong investment in public education and after-school programs, campaign finance reform, an end to corporate tax loopholes and tax breaks for the wealthy, and consumer protections.""We are a progressive organization with a 24 year history of success, making a difference in the lives of millions of people in NYS. Active committees in our Hudson Valley chapter are focused on our statewide Clean Money, Clean Elections campaign; quality, affordable healthcare for all; and active support of progressive candidates."
Kingston: An organization dedicated to changing the legal status of the herb known as cannabis hemp. From the group:"A movement to restore people's rights to grow their own medicinal herbs and industrial hemp, lobbying the government to recognize that the health department is not authorized to police people's personal health choices when they are posing no provable threat to anyone else's safety or health. There has never been any real reason to prohibit the cultivation and use of hemp products for medicine, food, or anything else. You don't need the government's permission to use your medicine, when you are not harming anyone."
Kingston: CODEPINK is a growing international women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the war in Iraq, stop new wars, and redirect resources into healthcare, education and other life-affirming activities. CODEPINK rejects the Bush administration's fear-based politics that justify violence, and instead calls for policies based on compassion, kindness and a commitment to international law. With an emphasis on joy and humor, CODEPINK women and men seek to activate, amplify and inspire a community of peacemakers through creative campaigns and a commitment to non-violence.
Our Hudson Valley Contingent base is centrally located at 84 Hone Street in Kingston, New York. We have a core group of dedicated people from the surrounding areas including Kerhonkson, New Paltz, Stone Ridge, High Falls, Accord, Woodstock, Saugerties, Red Hook, Rhinebeck and Kingston. We are in search of many more to join us. We are trying to form a coalition with all local peace groups for the strength in numbers needed to make ourselves heard.
Meetings for planning and sign making occur about twice a month. Since forming in September 2005 there have been several very successful rallies.
Columbia County: The group works toward electing Democrats to office locally, county-wide and for higher offices. "Open, Honest and Responsible Leadership. Join Us!"
Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, at Space 360, 360 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534 (new location in 2009).
Putnam County: A community action group formed to address the growing threat of global warming and climate change. The group focuses on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from individuals, businesses and the county government; to affect change; educate and offer guidance.
Red Hook: A group of individuals who have banned together for common causes, addressing a wide variety of issues.
"We bring together direct care workers, parents, youths, volunteers, random people, religious leaders, and political leaders. We are set up to enable and educate people to help them selves. We also consider our selves a support agency for direct care workers, parents, youths and volunteers. We have a number of projects that we do! This has nothing to do with your religious beliefs or political ones, but everything to do with helping another human in need! We support 'crazy ideas,' as sometimes they are the best ideas! We are also here to let people know about other groups helping people through out America! Within two months we put together one of the largest resource databases in the US.
Glens Falls: This group is the original Dean Meetup #38, founded in March 2003. It has been in continuous operation since then and is now one of the oldest in the country. They are a local community of Democrats, liberals and progressives continuing Governor Howard Dean's campaign to "empower Americans, build a new American community, support progressive principles and candidates, fight right-wing and neocon extremism and 'Take Our Country Back.' Come together with us to help bring change to America!"
Some of the efforts in which the group has been involved include:
Endorsing and worked for a series of progressive candidates.
Supporting progressive issues like windpower, saving Social Security, involvement in Walmart Watch, Leave My Child Alone and others.
Sponsoring a DFA Training Academy event in South Glens Falls in February 2006.
The group is also part of Democracy for New York.
Meetings are on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm at the Rockhill Bakehouse Cafe on Exchange and Elm Streets and Hudson Avenue in downtown Glens Falls.
"Dean is the messenger. We are the message."
Hudson Mohawk Region: A grassroots group located in the Capital District of upstate New York.
"We are inspired by the Democracy for America PAC, and the 2004 Presidential Campaign of Howard Dean, new Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. We work in conjunction with other DFA inspired groups across New York State as a participating member of Democracy for New York."
Their two main goals are: 1.) "DFHMR is a vehicle that enables and encourages ordinary citizens to become involved in every aspect and every level of the political process." and 2.) "DFHMR is dedicated to advancing socially progressive, fiscally responsible politics at every level of government through issue advocacy as well as candidate recruitment and support."
The group meets the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm, usually at the SEIU Union Hall 155 Washington Ave. Albany.
A group whose mission is to "raise public awareness of issues related to Predator and surveillance drone use, and to promote resistance to their uses as agents of terror and other violations of 'unalienable rights'".
The group sponsors or attends drone-related events and actions, and usually holds its meetings once a month on Sunday evenings, often in the Rosendale/New Paltz area. They are open to occasionally meeting at other times, or places in the general Hudson Valley region. Contact them to arrange.
Dutchess County: A local activist group that is part of the Green Party.
"We encourage real debate of this country's environmental and social justice needs. We are eager to take on the moneyed interests, the warmongers, the polluters, and the overpaid lawmakers lulled into complacency by a two party, one choice political system."
Meetings are the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 7:00-8:30pm, in the coffee shop of the Barnes and Noble bookstore on Rt. 9, south of Poughkeepsie.
Dutchess County: A grassroots organization intending to stop the proposed Dutchess County jail expansion.
Mission statement: "Dutchess Justice is a grassroots group of concerned community members. Our goals are to organize, empower, and build up our communities. We plan to do this by using strategic campaigns that seek to educate and shift power to the excluded and powerless to make sure that their voices are heard and their needs are met. We ultimately want social, economic, and racial justice for Dutchess County, so all of its inhabitants can have not just survival, but enjoy fruits beyond survival."
Meetings are the second and fourth Thursday of every month, at the Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Library, 2nd Floor, 29 N. Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie. The second Thursdays have popular education sessions on issues related to community organizing, social justice, and criminal justice reform. Fourth Thursdays are general meetings.
Dutchess County: An anti-war and civil liberties oriented group that concentrates on community action. Members can be from any political party. Meetings are on the first and third Mondays of each month starting at 7pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 67 South Randolph Avenue, Poughkeepsie.
Hudson Mohawk Region: Working to discover and create alternatives to violence and to build a culture of peace, and urging the Episcopal Church in accordance with our baptismal vows, "to renounce the evil powers of this world which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God, and to wage peace across all boundaries, calling upon people everywhere to repent, to forgive, and to love."
Meetings are held quarterly, with the location varying between Albany and Columbia Counties
Mailing Address : PO Box 48, East Greenbush NY 12061
Ask for Deacon Erik when calling.
Dutchess County: Encourages Dutchess County Christian churches to get more involved in their communities. Advocacy issues focus on speaking out for those with a limited voice, including young people, minorities, incarcerated persons, immigrants, and those with the fewest socio-economic resources. "We do not believe in merely speaking out for these individuals -- our goal is to help them find their own voice."
Hudson Valley: The Flames of Discontent is a protest music ensemble, regularly organizing and playing at fundraisers, rallies and other progressive events. "The Flames" are led by labor organizer / musician / cultural organizer John Pietaro (vocals, electric 5-string banjo, percussion) and also feature Laurie Towers (lead electric bass guitar, backing vocals) and are regularly augmented by Rafael Figueroa (percussion, vocals). The group performs contemporary arrangements of protest classics as well as original music, spoken word selections, more.
Pietaro is the cultural organizer for many area events, among them concerts commemorating May Day/Cinco De Mayo, Labor Day, Election Day and others, and in support of rallies such as the New Paltz Peace Rally, West Point Peace Rally, various labor rallies and others, plus special events in honor of artists such as Phil Ochs, Woody Guthrie and others. Most prominently is the annual Dissident Folk & Arts Festival, started in Beacon on 2006. This event celebrates protest arts in many genre and through many cultures and left philosophies. It also offers performance and speaking opportunities for a wide variety of performers and activists.
Pietaro is also a contributing music writer to "Z" magazine.
NYC: "The Forum Project (TFP) is a New York-based project of artist-advocates who work to offer methods through which individuals and communities can explore and understand the world, their community and their lives. TFP works through critical pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed techniques to offer opportunities for community dialogue. The Forum Project works to provide artists, activists, educators and organizers creative tools that will help them build and strengthen their communities and create lasting socio-political change.
TFP provides workshops and trainings which are publicized on our website. (No regular meetings)"
Hudson and surrounding area: The largest membership organization based in Columbia County, with over 3,500 donors. Focus on environmental, conservation, preservation, and economic development issues, with a specialty in the cement industry.
Statewide: An organization that builds coalitions of like-minded individuals and entities to reform factory farm practices and improve the environment for small farmers in New York State. This includes support for New York Assembly Bill 8163 on Support Factory Farm Reform.
Hudson River: Clearwater conducts environmental education, advocacy programs and celebrations. The nucleus of the activities is to protect the Hudson River, its tributaries and related water bodies, and to create public awareness of the estuary’s complex relationship with the coastal zone.
The sloop Clearwater is the centerpiece of Clearwater’s public education programs. Clearwater is a 106-foot wooden sailing sloop designed after 18th and 19th century Dutch sailing sloops.
Hudson Valley: Serving union members and working families in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties.
Focus: Build authentic power for workers' in their workplace and community and foster economic justice through non-partisan civic empowerment, coalition building and collective actions.
Meetings: Dates vary based on organizing initiatives and campaigns. Visit our webpage to sign up for regular action alerts.
A not-for-profit grassroots quarterly environmental newsletter which is mailed to our 1,000 subscribers with another 9,000 free copies distributed from local businesses and advertisers. HV GREEN Times in the only area publication to regularly publish in depth, carefully researched information on local, regional and global environmental and energy issues.
Mid-Hudson Valley: An organization formed from volunteers of the Obama campaign and long time local activists. Committed to supporting President Obama while "networking, educating and advocating for a national and local progressive agenda." Forums and educational programs are ongoing. Monthly steering committee meetings are held in Kingston, New Paltz, or Poughkeepsie.
Marbletown: The group was established in the Spring of 2004, with a mission to: 1.) Support equitable tax reform at the local, county and state levels; 2.) Develop a network of communities throughout New York State; 3.) Work with local schools to support education while reducing taxes.
Usually Meets on the third Friday of the month, 7:00pm at Marbletown Town Hall, Route 209, Stone Ridge.
Ulster and Dutchess Counties: Democracy depends on the consent of the governed. Informed Consent is an open association of local citizens whose purpose is to further democracy so that our future consent may be informed. We share with our local community information by print and video at public forums called to provide open discussion led by a knowledgeable moderator.
Topics are announced in advance on an irregular schedule by email and flyer.
Gatherings are held at Town of Esopus Town Hall in Port Ewen. Refreshments are provided.
Contact is Joanne Steele.
Latham: An affiliate of The Interfaith Alliance (TIA) based in Washington, DC, the Capital District New York State chapter is a grassroots organization that provides a mainstream, faith-based voice on issues involving justice and peace. TIA of New York State is a membership organization open to all people of faith, including those not affiliated with any congregation. A major goal of the organization is to foster social and economic justice by examining public policy through the ethical lens of the major religious faiths. In addition to studying public policy options, the Alliance also advocates for those policies which are most consistent with the fundamental religious principles of justice, fairness and tolerance.
The office is located at 1 Lear Jet Lane, Suite 1A, Latham NY 12110-2313.
Meetings are second Mondays from 9:00am-10:30am at the Latham Community Baptist Church, 109 Forts Ferry Road, Latham NY 12110.
Albany: A statewide coalition of congregations, clergy, and individuals from Protestant, Reform Jewish, Unitarian Universalist and other faith traditions.
"We advocate with the New York State Legislature and Executive Chamber from progressive and liberal religious points of view for justice, reason and compassion in NYS public policies. Among the issues we actively support are comprehensive reproductive health care and education; civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons, including marriage equality, the Dignity for All Students Act, and the Gender Non-Discrimination Act; universal health care; environmental stewardship; criminal justice reform; economic justice, including farm worker rights and raising basic welfare grant; and the separation of church and state."
The group holds an annual Legislative Advocacy Day, and also holds legislative briefings and forums throughout the state.
First Lutheran Church
646 State Street
Albany, NY 12203
Albany: A "community of resistance" located in downtown Albany. The goal of the collective is to provide its members with the possibility of a communal lifestyle in an urban area while experimenting with urban sustainability projects. In addition, the group organizes around issues of inequality and exploitation prevalent in US society such as foreign and domestic imperialism, the prison industry, police brutality, gentrification & environmental destruction.
Staatsburg: Members from various churches and organizations throughout Dutchess County running a speakers forum since September 2004. The forums provide education and raise awareness in individuals as well as the community about issues of social justice. It is hoped that by doing this, more and more people will engage in works that will somehow assist the poor, the oppressed and those living on the fringes of society.
Our speakers are normally scheduled for the 3rd Sunday of each month at 4:00 p.m. and speak for approximately 1 hour with a Q & A period immediately following. There are refreshments afterwards and admission is free but donations gladly accepted.
Currently the events are held at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in the village of Staatsburg, on Old Post Rd.
See the web site for more details and a listing of current speakers scheduled.
Kingston: The Kingston DFA is designed to bring together Ulster and Northern Dutchess folks who are interested in getting and staying involved in our communities.
We are here to plan and work for change by building alliances with reform-minded individuals and groups inside and outside of the Democratic Party.
We are committed to working through our Democratic Party organizations and through whatever others will help to impact our governing institutions and officials.
We are committed to bringing democracy and our government back to the people who build it, pay for it, and who it's designed to help and work for.
Albany: A group pursuing social and economic justice on issues of mutual concern to the religious and labor communities, "affirming the dignity and worth of every human being." With a membership of religious, labor, community, and student organizations, and individuals, the coalition advocates for the needs of the poor, vulnerable, and oppressed, with particular emphasis on workers' rights and interests.
Regular meetings are on 4th Thursdays at 9:00am, at 40 N. Main Ave, Albany 12203 (Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany Pastoral Center)
Social Justice Center
33 Central Ave
Albany, NY 12210
New York City/Statewide: Marriage Equality New York is "an all-inclusive organization whose mission is to educate the public by raising awareness of the important right of all persons to enter into legally recognized gender neutral civil marriage with all the benefits and responsibilities that entails. Without marriage, committed same-sex couples are denied over 1,138 federal rights and obligations including social security, hospital visitation, co-parenting rights, estate tax, and immigration, just to name a few."
Meeting are 6:30pm on the 1st Wednesday of each month, at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W 13th Street, New York, NY. The meetings feature guest speakers, updates on MENY plans, actions, and events, and ways for participants to volunteer.
Beacon: A grassroots organization formed after the national election of 2004. The Alliance was formed to encourage and support morally, socially, and environmentally responsible governance. MHPA sponsors and produces events and action in support of political candidates, the Constitution and rule of law, the environment and peace.
Meetings are held the first and third Saturday of each month 9:30am-11:30am at various locations in Beacon. Consult the web site for specifics.
"We welcome participation at all future meetings and events by all those who share our beliefs in a more progressive political direction for the Hudson Valley and the entire U.S."
Hudson Valley: A group of residents joined in protest against policies of Israel and the United States in the Middle East. "We came together initially because of the attack on Gaza and subsequent invasion and massive bombing of Lebanon during the summer of 2006."
Meetings are held every other Thursday starting at 6:30pm at the Inquiring Mind Bookstore, at the light in Saugerties, NY.
PO Box 154
Boiceville, NY 12412
Sullivan County NY (Liberty / Monticello): Part of the MoveOn national coalition, the group hopes to "...educate our fellow Americans of the dire conditions that are befalling many, like huge unemployment numbers, foreclosures, hunger, poverty, and a general feeling of despair. We are rallying across the Nation in order to reverse this trend. We support all progressive actions and movements, including Occupy Wall Street movements." The national organization is "...a service - a way for busy but concerned citizens to find their political voice in a system dominated by big money and big media."
Albany area: The primary focus of this group is to ask for justice for two Albany area Muslims targeted in an FBI sting, and then found guilty of various charges. Part of this effort involves educating the public on the facts of the case. Final sentencing for the two will be in February 2007.
The group holds two vigils per week, which are listed here.
Organizer statement: "We feel [these two men] were wrongly convicted, and there is a strong outreach to educate the public and also to collect funds for the families. The vigils will point out that the families of the convicted men need help and support. And they will urge compassion and leniency when the men are sentenced."
Visit the web site for details on the case and more information on future activities. Anyone can join the listserv to receive emails regarding the latest news, activities and meeting times, etc.
Also called the "Muslim Solidarity Committee."
Hudson Valley: A non-denominational organization open to all progressive people, secular and religious, committed to taking back the country from the religious right.
"Our chapter also aims to provide a broad base of support for local people working for social change, to build bridges among local religious and secular progressive people, and to promote a new moral agenda for social change on the local, state, and national levels."
Monthly meetings held at various sites in Ulster and Dutchess counties. See web site for information on the next meeting.
New Paltz: New York Citizens for Clean Elections (NYCCE) is a non-partisan, grassroots organization advocating for the passage of the Clean Money Clean Elections law in New York State. This law, which has already been passed in several states, provides for a system of public financing for political campaigns. NYCCE works to educate the electorate about the urgent need for this type of reform. We strongly feel that Clean Election law could greatly strengthen our democracy. In addition to New Paltz, NYCCE has chapters in Woodstock and Hilltown. Please contact us to find out more about the issue or how to get involved.
Rhinebeck: A grass roots organization serving an area which includes the Hudson Valley, the Catskills, the Capital-Saratoga district and the Adirondacks. The group works to promote independent, investigative journalism in this area, to raise consciousness about government control of "mainstream" media and the need to alter the corporate media structure.
Capital District: NEPAJAC is a loose coalition of peace and justice organizations mostly from the Capital District (Albany) region of New York Stats. Primarily they come together to coordinate activity of area groups. Besides a web site, they have a mailing list that sends out periodic local announcements. See the web site for more information and to join the list.
The network focuses on protests against the military overthrow of the government of Thailand. Its goals are the repromulgation of the constitution, freeing of all political prisoners, and the reinstatement of the House general elections.
35-40 75th St., Apt #1G Jackson Heights NY 11372
The local Albany group of the national Occupy movement, which states "Occupy Albany is built on the peaceful examples set by Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy Together movement. The Occupy movement is organized to address critical issues about the nation’s economic crisis, consolidation of wealth and power, and the ability of citizens to meaningfully participate in a democracy unshackled by the interests of big money."
The General Assembly meetings are on Saturdays at 3:00pm, at 153 South Pearl St, Albany.
Albany: A grassroots organization formed in 2003, comprised of Jews, Palestinians and others concerned with the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Advocating a negotiated peace agreement, believing that no military solution to the crisis is possible. "We support the human rights of Israelis and Palestinians, however we call ourselves the PRC because Palestinian rights are often rendered invisible in the Western lens. Palestinians and others in the Middle East are automatically portrayed as 'terrorists,' 'suicide bombers,' and/or 'guerrillas' and not as forming an armed resistance to state terror inflicted by Israel and its illegal occupation."
Accomplishments include presenting public educational forums and sponsoring rallies and vigils. In 2004 a member of the PRC traveled to the West Bank and worked with Palestinians under the International Solidarity Movement. The PRC sponsored his stay by fundraising and providing regular updates to the community on his activities. Also originated the annual Children's Flower Vigil, held every June in Albany, recognizing the loss of innocent children since the start of the second Intifada (September 2000).
"We gather in a circle, each participant with a flower, as we read the names of Israeli and Palestinian children who have been killed in this conflict. We then lay the flowers on the ground as a memorial."
Contact: Erin O'Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org or David Aube at email@example.com
Hudson Valley: A local chapter of Pax Christi USA, part of the international catholic movement for peace. Based in Christian tradition, but open to people of all faiths and people of good will, this group has been active in the Valley since the mid 1980s. The main focus of the group is to become educated and to educate others about the issues of peace and social justice as seen from the point of Catholic Social Teaching. There are several activities throughout the year including teach-ins, discussion groups, prayer vigils, conferences and direct action.
Meetings are held at 7:00pm on the first Monday of each month, at either St. Joseph's Parish Center in New Paltz, NY on odd months or St. Mary's in Fishkill, NY on even months.
Capital District: Working to end wars and prevent new wars, through education and public witness. Seeking to abolish nuclear weapons. Supporting human rights, economic justice and international cooperation. Sponsoring speakers, organizing demonstrations, passing out leaflets, and addressing elected officials. Upper Hudson Peace Action works in the New York Capital District (Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga and surrounding areas). An affiliate of Peace Action, the largest membership peace group in the United States.
Mid-Hudson Valley. An effort to "... kick-start the declining antiwar movement in the Hudson Valley, and to activate the progressive forces in the region on issues from single-payer healthcare to actions promoting environmental consciousness, from reducing the defense budget to strengthening civil liberties, from a genuinely progressive taxation to increased social programs for working families."
PSPN intends to conduct regional demonstrations calling for U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, and hold educational meetings addressing a variety of national and international topics.
Johnson City/Binghamton: A Christian-inspired group of peace and justice activists with their focus coming from Jesus' "Sermon on the Mount."
"We educate and we act. In the past several years we have had hand gun collections (next one is Mothers Day Week End), Earth Day Environment Fairs, trips to peace actions. We bring in speakers to educate, e.g., John Dear SJ, Fr Louie Vitale, Kathy Kelly, Bishop Tom Gumbleton, James Douglass, Roy Bourgeois,Jimmy Massey etc. Some of our members have done CD, some have served in jail and federal prison. We try to do outreach to the schools - very difficult but sometimes accomplished."
Meetings are the second Sunday of each month at 9:30am, downstairs in the St James Church, 155 Main St, Johnson City, NY.
The main contacts are co-chairs Jack and Helene Gilroy.
New Paltz: Persephone's is a house "potluck dinner party" which includes a video of a current political nature, with discussion afterwards. Open to all interested. See calendar listing for upcoming events.
Philipstown and Putnam Valley: A group of concerned citizens determined to mobilize voters to participate in the political process and to promote progressive policies. Provides a forum to exchange ideas and give support for specific political actions.
During Fall, Winter and Spring, meetings generally held at 2:00pm on the 2nd Sunday of the month at Desmond-Fish Library in Garrison. During the summer, meetings will be at various times. All meetings and special events are announced on the web site and in the Putnam County News and Recorder.
Based in Philipstown, near Garrison.
Putnam County: Created to serve the people of the region with up-to-date information regarding over development and suburban sprawl. With the ever increasing traffic and congestion, light, noise, water and air pollution that threatens us each day as the megalopolis south of us creeps ever northward, the people of Putnam County need a place they can go to learn how to push back - to stop the sprawl. If Putnam County is "where the country begins" maybe we ought to preserve some of that country.
Franklin, Essex and Clinton counties: The Progressive Coalition of Northern New York is devoted to promoting democratic values and advocating for economic and social reform throughout the North Country and beyond. In short time since its formation, PCNNY has organized protests against the Citizens United decision, joined with the Northeast Central Labor Council to demonstrate in solidarity with Wisconsin’s state workers, and participated in several petition drives and letter writing campaigns.
PCNNY meetings are held bimonthly, on the second Friday of the month at the Plattsburgh Town Hall on 151 Banker Road in Plattsburgh, NY. They begin at 7:00pm and conclude at 9:00pm. All meetings are open to the public.
Red Hook: An active group in Northern Dutchess County and Bard College. Activities include tabling at fairs, holding vigils, and otherwise being very involved in progressive grassroots activism in that area.
Albany area: The local chapter of a united national effort that brings together individuals and grassroots organizations with the mission to build support for workable comprehensive immigration reform.
Planning meetings are Wednesdays at 7:00pm, at 33 Ten Eyck Blvd in Albany.
The local coordinator is Gustavo Santos.
Safeguarding the ecological integrity of the Hudson River, its tributaries and the watershed of New York City (protecting the city's drinking water supply) by tracking down and stopping polluters. Since 1983, Riverkeeper has investigated and brought to justice more than 300 environmental lawbreakers. Riverkeeper believes in the rights of every citizen to enjoy and defend our nation's water resources.
Poughkeepsie: The Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Library was created in response to a grassroots initiative to focus on African-American contribution to arts and culture. The library collaborates with other community organizations to promote literacy and the exchange of ideas, information, and creativity through the teaching and learning about the African Experience. The library is a center in which the diverse cultural roots represented in the community are understood and spread through sharing and growing from one another.
The library is open to the public on Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2:00pm-3:30pm and 5:30pm-8:00pm. The library in located in the Family Partnership Center at 29 N. Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, Suite 218.
An active political organization
encouraging positive change in Saugerties and the surrounding areas. "We urge
all voters to get involved in local politics with meetings held every month
in the Village of Saugerties." Calendar online at www.saugertiesdems.org and
sign-up for weekly reminders of events. Contact: Mike Harkavy.
Rosendale: A group advocating continued access to Rosendale's William's Lake, and to resist overdevelopment of the property. There is a proposal to develop it into a very exclusive, upscale, and gated resort community. The group meets regularly, and has an email discussion list. Visit their web site for more information.
Troy: "To pursue a sustainable lifestyle on planet Earth through simple living."
Simple Living is an open and diverse community of people who share beliefs about environmental sustainability and simplifying life. As a network of like-minded citizens, with no religious or political connection, we come together regularly to discuss, educate and learn about aspects of sustainability, renewable energy, organic and local economies, social consciousness and freedom, natural health, and other various issues that affect the well-being of planet Earth and all its inhabitants.
For more information please email us or stop by one of our meetings. Simple Living meetings are at 7pm on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the 1st United Presbyterian Church, 1915 5th Ave, Troy, NY. All are welcome.
Albany: A veterans' return and healing project addressing the emotional and spiritual needs of veterans, their families and communities. Soldier's Heart promotes and guides community-based efforts to heal the effects of war based on strategies presented in "War and the Soul" by Edward Tick, PhD.
500 Federal Street
Troy, NY 12180
Sullivan County: This group seeks ways to create a more peaceful and just world for all people. "We support realizing every child's potential, universal healthcare, protection of the environment, affordable housing, living wages, renewable energy, restoration of constitutional rights, access to information, and a cabinet level Department of Peace." Standing committees are Steering, Political Action, Membership & Finance, Education, Environment, & Community Outreach.
General meetings are 1:30pm on the 1st Saturday of each month at the Liberty Free Theater, 109 So. Main St. Liberty, NY. Saturday Vigils are from 12:30-1:15pm in front of Liberty Movie Theater on Main St.
The mailing address is Box 206, Hurleyville, NY 12747
A group questioning the safety of a few dormitories the State University of New York at New Paltz, after a PCB/Dioxin contamination incident in 1991. Many believe there has been a cover-up and that extremely dangerous levels of PCB and dioxins remain, and that thousands of students passing through the dorms have been exposed in those many years.
Inquiries and public awareness efforts are being made by the Student Association and SYNTHESIS to address student health concerns with the SUNY New Paltz Administration.
Hudson Valley: A network of individuals and organizations, from the New York City border to the headwaters of the Hudson, working creatively to build more sustainable cities, towns, neighborhoods and rural communities.
Syracuse: The oldest, local, independent peace and social justice organization in the US.
"SPC educates, agitates and organizes for a world where war, violence and exploitation in any form will no longer exist. We challenge the existing unjust power relationships among nations, among people and between ourselves and the environment. As members, we work to replace inequality, hierarchy, domination and powerlessness with mutual respect, personal empowerment, cooperation and a sense of community."
Major projects include a campaign to End the Iraq War, and the Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation project. There are various other projects underway as well and SPC is always open to new initiatives.
There are two weekly peace outreach events: Tuesday afternoons from 4:45pm-5:30pm at various busy intersections in the Greater Syracuse area, and Saturday mornings from 9:00am-10:00am in front of the Regional Farmer's Market on Park St.
Individual projects have regular meetings. New members and workers are always welcome.
The TC-OFA is working to build a significant volunteer base in Tompkins County to help re-elect President Obama. They hold regular phone banks to call into Pennsylvania and Ohio, and organize canvassing trips to Pennsylvania.
"We do this all because we're not willing to accept the consequences of a Romney Presidency. We fight for the middle class, the working class, and the poor: Not for corporations. This is the most important election of our time; are you willing to accept the consequences of inaction?"
Trips to PA happen on Saturdays, phone banks on Thursdays, Tuesdays, and other days.
Main campaign website: http://dashboard.barackobama.com
Tompkins County Democratic Committee headquarters, 311 E. Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.
Troy/Lansingburg: A group working to end the war in Iraq, prevent future wars, and abolish nuclear weapons. It supports human rights, economic justice, and international cooperation.
The group meets on the second Tuesday of every month, at the First United Presbyterian Church of Troy, 1915 Fifth Ave, Troy, NY 12180.
The group is a branch of Upper Hudson Peace Action, which is the affiliate for Peace Action in the New York Capital District Region.
The group was formerly called "Troy Peace Action."
Mid-Hudson Valley: Voices for Peace, an activist chorus affiliated with Arts for Peace, is based in Ulster County and serves the mid-Hudson region. The group rehearses and performs music devoted to peace and human understanding -- from simple chants for rallies and marches, to concert pieces that we perform at special events. Our aim is to be a force for peace and reconciliation as we join (and sometimes create) events for positive social change. Songs include some old standards and many exciting new ones, some written by members. Singers range from relatively inexperienced to professionals, and we have a great esprit de corps!
Rehearsals, held in Shokan, alternate Tuesday evenings at 7:30 and Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. Contact director, Danielle Woerner, for details.
Westchester County: WESPAC Foundation has been the leading force in Westchester County for peace and justice work for over three decades. The group provides outreach and community to individuals, groups and leaders in civic and religious organizations in greater Westchester who find themselves without a voice or support system for their progressive positions. The purpose is to give a human face to those who would otherwise be unrecognized victims of war, injustice and environmental degradation. WESPAC Foundation connects the people of Westchester with a progressive agenda for the planet and its peoples.
WESPAC Statement of Purpose:
To provide a meeting space along with material, organizational and moral support for groups and individuals in the greater Westchester Community to organize, educate and work toward peace, justice and a sustainable environment for the planet and for all people.
Westchester County, with of Rockland and Putnam Counties: Westchester for Change includes over seven hundred residents of Westchester County working for progressive social and political change. "We are an independent volunteer activist organization committed to educating ourselves and the community and to engaging in political action. With passage of health care reform, Westchester for Change has renewed its efforts to work in multiple issue areas through task forces, including tax fairness and environmental initiatives."
Greene and Columbia Counties: A community-run media project launching an online radio station in 2009, with plans for a 3,300-watt radio station on 90.7-FM in 2010. The group is "re-envisioning radio as an innovative platform for local participation. Our inclusive programming will connect diverse voices, and distribute information across the public spectrum in New York's Greene and Columbia Counties."
Buffalo: "One of the very few peace and justice organizations from the Vietnam War era that has been able to sustain itself and continue to thrive and grow. For nearly four decades, the Peace Center has proudly established itself as a force for progressive social change in Western New York and beyond."
2123 Bailey Ave, Buffalo, NY 14211
Regular meetings: Peace Action Taskforce - 4th Monday of every month, from 6:00pm-8:00pm, at the WNY Peace Center; Latin American Solidarity Committee - 1st Monday of every month, from 7:00pm-9:00pm, at St Joseph's University Church, Main Street, Buffalo
Capital Region and surrounding communities: Founded in 2002 by a group of Capital District women who felt it was imperative to mobilize against the United States government’s plan to go to war with Iraq. Their call for action was answered by hundreds of area women committed to raising their voices against the impending violence. Primarily an anti-war activist organization, we began by focusing on the cost of the Iraq war to women and children in particular. Projects since 2002:
A continuous five-month Fast for Peace with each participating woman fasting and reflecting on peace for a 24-hour period; documentary film made; publication of journals kept during fast.
Demonstrations against the war and vigils for peace.
Voices and Bells, an evening of local artists expressing their hope for peace.
A public forum on the Patriot Act and its impact on the civil liberties of citizens and immigrants.
The Peace Tent, which was set up at farmer’s markets, fairs and gatherings, and is available for educational outreach.
Forum on the health care crisis in Iraq.
Continuing outreach to the Muslim community, specifically to the families of detainees and to Muslim women.
Reading of the Names of the Dead in Iraq (US military and Iraqi civilians) at State Capitol.
Member participation in and co-sponsorship of numerous panels, speakers, protests, and forums with other area activist groups.
SignOn for Peace Campaign, distribution of 1700 lawn signs with message "Support the Troops Bring Them Home Now!", and purchase of billboard space on Central Ave. in Albany with same message.
Eyes Wide Open at Capital Park West.
Since the spring of 2006 there has also been a focus on preventing war with Iran, with two more billboards, vigils, legislative lobbying, creation of resource materials, and activities related to this message "Iran Next? No War! No Way!".
Grannies for Peace and the Iraqi Refugee Committee are currently active sub-committees, along with the Iran Project.
Grannies for Peace is working on improved healthcare for returning veterans and truth in recruitment in the area high schools. Women Against War has been coordinated by a seven person Steering Committee since December 2006. Quarterly meetings are announced on the web site and held at the Friends Meeting House, 727 Madison Ave. Albany Mailing address: Women Against War, Box 505, Delmar, NY, 12054
Woodstock: An organization working to defeat George Bush in 2004, and electing the Democratic nominee along with a progressive House and Senate.
Meets the first and third Sundays of the month
at the Woodstock Community Center.
Kingston: Serving New York State, organization provides free legal services to low-wage workers struggling to enforce their rights in the workplace, contributes to the empowerment of workers by educating them about their labor and civil rights, and works with local and national organizations to advocate for reform on behalf of low-wage workers.
New York City: A social change organization with 452,840 members as of August 2010. The goal of the movement is "... to address the true foundational causes that are generating the economic/ecological/ethical problems we see in the world today. In turn, we wish to reorient society itself in a way that not only overcomes the problems, but rather the problems will have no basis to begin with. In order to do so, we must all address the one thing that no one seems to have the courage to talk about- and that is the social-economic system itself."
The group projects that based on their growth rate in 2010, they expect to have well over 1 million members by 2011. They are active in over 70 countries, and still growing.
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