Peace Action of Staten Island

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Due to corona virus concerns, this event is being POSTPONED.

Due to corona virus concerns, this event is being POSTPONED.


Saturday 3/14/2020

12:30 PM – 3:00 PM

When this forum is rescheduled, speakers will discuss the 2020 Election season, including key dates and guidelines for voting, with a focus on healthcare, workers’ rights and the environment. Learn what is at stake for Staten Island in the 2020 Elections and how you can get involved.

  • Opening Remarks – Roxanne Mustafa, SIWWM
  • Healthcare & 2020 Elections – Mark Hannay, NY Metro Health
  • Environment & 2020 Elections – Nidhi Khanna, Peace Action of Staten Island
  • Labor & 2020 Elections – Sam Coccozza, V.P., CWA Local 1102

Sponsors: Peace Action of Staten Island, Staten Island Women Who March, NAACP-SI Chapter, Move Forward SI, SI4Change, CWA Local 1102, Swing Left,  Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Church of SI, NY Metro Health, SI Political Action Committee

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Korea Peace: Film & Forum

Sat., February 15, 2020, 
2:30 to 4:30 pm
(rescheduled from original date in January that had to be canceled due to snow)

Unitarian Church of Staten Island

312 Fillmore Street (at Clinton Ave), SI, NY
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS is via walkway through side of the church on Fillmore

This Peace Action of Staten Island meeting is free and open to the public. Doors open at 2:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served.  Program starts promptly at 2:30 pm.

There will be a screening of "Memory of Forgotten War" (37 minutes) followed by a panel to discuss the film and the peace process as it stands now. 

MEMORY OF FORGOTTEN WAR conveys the human costs of military conflict through deeply personal accounts of the Korean War (1950-53) by four Korean-American survivors. Their stories take audiences through the trajectory of the war, from extensive bombing campaigns, to day-to-day struggle for survival and separation from family members across the DMZ. Decades later, each person reunites with relatives in North Korea, conveying beyond words the meaning of family loss. These stories belie the notion that war ends when the guns are silenced and foreshadow the future of countless others displaced by ongoing military conflict today. Find out more at


Betsy Yoon. Member of Nodutdol for Korean Community Development and part of the Korea Education and Exposure Planning Team, which organizes trips to both Koreas. She has a degree in international relations and lives in Staten Island. 

Dr. Hosu Kim. Born and raised in South Korea, Hosu Kim is a feminist researcher and teacher whose work has actively engages in methods and praxis of decolonization and peace building efforts. Her current research project examines the tourism and an idea of healing and reparation at various sites, including the former US military base, civilian massacre, the grounds of popular protests in South Korea and Vietnam. She is the author of Birth Mothers and Transnational Adoption Practice in South Korea: Virtual Mothering, published by Palgrave-Macmillan in 2016. She has been a member and a Korean language instructor at Nodutdol, community organization for peace in Korea.  Hosu Kim is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the College of Staten Island.  

Health Care and the 2020 Election: 

A Must Attend Community Meeting

Thurs., Dec. 12, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall

312 Fillmore Street (at Clinton Ave), SI, NY
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS is via walkway through side of the church on Fillmore

Doors open at 6:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served.  Program starts  promptly at 6:30 pm.

Peace Action of Staten Island has invited organizers and experts on health care policy to help Staten Islanders understand the debates over healthcare we are hearing in the 2020 Election Debates. Do we need "medicare for all," "medicare if you want it," "Obamacare with a public option," or none of the above? If you are confused with the back and forth on the presidential debate stage, then this forum is your chance to clear things up.

CO-SPONSORS: Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign, Unitarian Church of Staten Island Social Justice/Black Lives Matter Committees, Staten Island Democratic Association, Move Forward SI, Staten Island NAACP, Communications Workers of America Local 1102, Sustainable Staten Island. Staten Island 4 Change, Young Democrats of Richmond County, Campaign for New York Health, Project Hospitality, Staten Island Family Health Care Coalition, Staten Island Immigrants Council, DSA - Staten Island Branch (list in formation)

Katie Robbins is the Director of the Campaign for New York Health, the statewide campaign advocating for universal, guaranteed health care in New York. She served as national organizer with Healthcare-NOW! from 2008 - 2011 during the healthcare debate leading to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, and is a graduate from Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health. She lives with her family in New York City.

Mark Hannay is Director of Metro New York Health Care for All, a citywide coalition of community groups and labor unions founded in 1993 that advocates for fundamental health care reform leading to a universal health care program.   He co-chairs the Steering Committees of Health Care for All New York,  chairs the board of the national Universal Health Care Action Network, and coordinates the New York City Organizing Committee of Health Care for America Now.  Mark began his health activist career in 1991 as a member of the Insurance and Health Care Access Committee of ACT UP/New York.  During the Clinton health care reform period of 1993-4, Mark worked as a Public Policy Associate at Gay Men’s Health Crisis, where he focused on health care and insurance issues for people living with HIV. Mark was a 2016 recipient of the Health Advocate of the Year given by Families USA, was a recipient of the 2012 Tisch Community Health Prize given by the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, was the inaugural recipient of the Health Advocate of the Year Award given by the Public Health Association of New York City in 2005, and also received its Health Media Professional Award in 2010.  He served on the Community Advisory Committee of the New York State Health Foundation from 2007-12.  In 2015, he was appointed to the Steering Committee of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Population Health Improvement Program.  From 2002 to 2018, Mark co-hosted the “Health Action” program on WBAI/Pacifica Radio.

Neal Frumpkin is the associate VP for Inter-Union Relations for the Retirees Association of District Council 37 of AFSCME. This association represents 50,000 retired city workers. He is also a Trustee for the DC 37 Health and Security Fund. He has helped build the fight against the criminally high cost of prescription drugs. 

Sally Jones, Chair, Peace Action Fund of New York State, member of PASI, and volunteer with the Move the Money NYC Campaign which advocates for moving Pentagon dollars to fund the needs of people and communities.


The program will include updates on activism on Staten Island.

This event is free & open to the public.



Iran Teach-In:

Get Up to  Speed to Stop A War

Meeting & Teach-In

Sat., Sept 14, 2019, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall

312 Fillmore Street (at Clinton Ave), SI, NY

PASI has invited Iran experts 

Ervand Abrahamian and Sina Toosi to brief us on the background and current tense situation between U.S. and Iran. 


Ervand Abahamian (B.A, Oxford University. Ph.D., Columbia University) is a historian of the Middle East specializing in modern Iran. He has taught at the universities of Oxford, Columbia, New York, and Princeton, in addition to the Graduate Center in the City University of New York and over forty years at Baruch College. He has written several books about Iran, including Iran Between Two Revolutions (Princeton University Press). He is now working on a book on the 1979 revolution in Iran.

Sina Toossi is a Senior Research Analyst with the National Iranian American Council. In this role, Sina conducts research and writing on U.S.-Iran relations, Iranian politics, and Middle East policy issues. Previously, he was a research specialist at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he focused on nuclear and security policy issues related to the Middle East. Sina has been published in Newsweek, The National Interest, The Huffington Post, The Atlantic Council’s IranSource, ThinkProgress, and The Washington Quarterly.

Doors open at 5:00 pm. Lignt refreshments will be served. Program starts  promptly at 5:30 pm.

The agenda will include updates on activism on Staten Island. 

This event is free & open to the public.



Honoring Staten Island Peacemakers

Jim Clark Vietnam Veteran and Peace Activist
Staten Island Women Who March
Sarah Blas Richmond Terrace Therapeutic Gardens
Jack Bolembach Coalition For Wetlands and Forests

Saturday, October 26, 2019
5:00 to 8:00 pm
Olivet Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
97 Myrtle Avenue (at Broadway)
In West Brighton, Staten Island

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