Peace Action of Staten Island
Women's March to Ban the Bomb!
Supporting UN negotiations to adopt a 
treaty to ban nuclear weapons
Saturday, June 17, NYC
10:30am Take the Staten Island Ferry to Manhattan with Peace Action of Staten Island
12:00 noon Gather across from Bryant Park on 41st St
1:15-4:00pm Rally at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza

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Join the People’s Climate March
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Get Tickets to DC at http://bit.ly/MarchBuses
Can’t go to DC? You can march here at home!

Meet at NOON on the Boardwalk
Father Capodanno Blvd. and Lincoln Ave., Staten Island

    On April 29th, Sustainable Staten Island, Move Forward Staten Island, and a broad coalition of labor unions, immigration rights groups, environmental justice and other community organizations, including Peace Action of Staten Island, from throughout New York City, will stand together in solidarity to demand climate action now on the federal, state and local levels.
    The Staten Island March will symbolically be held in an area heavily impacted by Super Storm Sandy in remembrance of the 53 New Yorkers who lost their lives during the storm.
    If you can’t make it to the national People’s Climate March in DC, taking place the same day, please join the Staten Island People’s Climate March on us on April 29th at 12pm at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk on Staten Island.
     Contact: Steve Lawton at Slawton74@gmail.com, 9176827049 or Julienne, at info@moveforward.nyc.  For tickets to DC go to  http://bit.ly/MarchBuses and for more info go to: https://newyork.peoplesclimate.org/.

Next Steps at PASI’s Meeting
Forum with Citizen’s Climate Lobby

Saturday, May 13, 2017
from 5 to 8 PM

Unitarian Church of Staten Island
312 Fillmore St. (at Clinton Ave.)

    After you have marched, take the next step, by joining Peace Action of Staten Island at its Saturday, May 13, 2017 general meeting to learn about the climate reality we face as citizens of the world. 
    Philip Kahn of Citizen’s Climate Lobby (CCL) will be our speaker.  He has worked in renewable energy and, in 2013, became active in CCL, citizensclimatelobby.org, a volunteer group dedicated to putting a national price on carbon pollution.  Philip and other members of CCL in New York State are reaching out to state legislators in the pursuit of statewide action on climate mitigation and carbon pricing.
    PASI will hold its annual election at this meeting also, in order to elect 2017-2018 officers and board members.  Members in good standing are eligible to vote.  Renew your membership or join PASI today at www.peacesi.org.
    At the meeting, refreshments will be served, donated by members and participants. Everyone is welcome!  For more information, email pasi.contact@gmail.com.


PASI General Meeting and Potluck Dinner 
 Saturday, April 1, 5-7 PM 
 Unitarian Church of Staten Island, 312 Fillmore St. 
 
 Peace Action of Staten Island will announce the slate of candidates for the next PASI board. Current members who are present can ask to add their names to the slate. 
 
 We will also be forming committees to work on issues. Bring your concerns and knowledge. Help PASI plan our future while enjoying food and fellowship.

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US and European Union Militarism 
and the Risk of Nuclear War 
in the Trump Era

A talk by Joseph Gerson and Reiner Braun

Monday, March 27, 7-9 PM
College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Blvd. 
Williamson Theater, Center for the Arts, Bldg. 1P

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Join Peace Action of Staten Island at a talk by
foreign correspondent Reese Erlich:

A Reporter's Perspective: The Failure 
of US Syria Policy and What We Can Expect in the Trump Era

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 7-9 PM
Unitarian Church of Staten Island
312 Fillmore St.
(a block from Snug Harbor)


Reese Erlich, who has reported from the frontlines along the northern Iraq-Syria border, will discuss the growth of Syrian extremist rebel groups, the status of the Assad regime, foreign intervention and the failure of US policy. He provides up to date analysis and what President Trump will face in one of the world's major crises.

Erlich is a Peabody winning journalist and author of Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect, with a foreword by Noam Chomsky. 

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The People OR Trump: A Teach-In
How will Trump's militarism affect our communities?

Saturday, February 11 from 10 am to 3 pm
St. Joseph's College
245 Clinton Ave. between Willoughby and Dekalb
BROOKLYN
Sponsored by Brooklyn for Peace  
Click here for more information

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Join PASI at 

Sustainable Staten Island's 
Runaway Inequality Training

Saturday, January 14, 9AM-3PM
CWA Local 1102 Union Hall  
3950 Amboy Rd.  

For our general meeting this month, we are going to be doing something a little bit different! Sustainable Staten Island (a coalition of local activist groups) is hosting a training based on the book Runaway Inequality by Les Leopold.

The trainers will be Ray Ragucci and Joe Tarulli. The training is free, but you must register ahead of time (see the link below). Please come join Peace Action of Staten Island and Sustainable Staten Island.  Meet other activists. Learn how you and your groups can respond to the current political climate.



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Join us to

Rally on Human Rights Day
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2:00-4:00pm
On the steps of Staten Island Borough Hall
10 Richmond Terrace
(facing the Ferry Terminal)

The recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”

-- Universal Declaration of Human Rights


Come celebrate Human Rights Day and stand against the current attack on marginalized peoples and for our shared commitment to ALL PEOPLE’S human rights. Demand President-elect Trump meet his sacred responsibility to uphold the human rights of ALL PEOPLE, including women, immigrants, people of color, LGBTQ+ people and Muslims, both in his rhetoric and deed.
 
Universal human rights include: freedom from discrimination; freedom from fear and want; a prohibition of torture or degrading treatment; a prohibition against arbitrary detention; the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution; the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association; the right to fair pay and human dignity in the workplace; a right to join a union and the promotion of a spirit of brother and sisterhood. 

Called by Peace Action of Staten Island with iCivica, SIARAPB, El Centro, Communities United for Respect and Trust, SI Immigrants Council, Unitarian Church of SI, Pride Center of SI, La Colmena, Sustainable Staten Island, Progressive Democrats of America, and more

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Peace Action of Staten Island
Cordially Invites You to Our Annual 

Make Food Not War Dinner

Honoring Staten Island Peace Makers
& Advocates:
Sajda Musawwir Ladner, Universal Temple of the Arts
Steve Lawton, CWA
Local1102
Steve Jones and Katie McCarthy,
Everything Goes Book Cafe
Students for Justice in Palestine, CSI Chapter
Krystal Lake, Staten Island Against Racism and Police Brutality

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With Music by Omnia Hegazy
Saturday, October 22, 2016, 5:00 -– 8:00 p.m.
Olivet Presbyterian Fellowship Hall, 97 Myrtle Ave, Staten Island (at Broadway)
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Buy tickets and journal ads by clicking the MFNW link on the sidebar, or send a check to PO Box 201,
St. George Station, Staten Island, NY 10301
For more info: 718-989-2881 or pasi.contact@gmail.com


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 SAT., OCT. 8.  6:30 PM.  Women Defending Diplomacy.  Peace Action New York State's William Sloane Coffin Jr. Peacemaker Award Gala.  Honoring Judy Lerner.  Keynote Speaker Cora Weiss.  Celebration of the late Carol Husten.  All Souls Church, 1157 Lexington Ave, NYC. Tickets www.panys.org.

THURS., OCT. 13.  7:00 PMPeace Action Manhattan
Monthly Community Forum presents Report Back on Fact-Finding Peace Delegation to Syria from Joe Jamison, Queens Peace Council, Madelyn Hoffman, NJ peace activist. Goddard-Riverside Community Center, 593 Columbus Avenue (at 88thSt.), Manhattan
Free and Open To The Public.
 
SAT., OCT. 22.  5 PMMAKE FOOD NOT WAR DINNEROlivet Presbyterian Fellowship Hall, 97 Myrtle Ave (at Broadway). Tickets www.peacesi.org.
 

Forum on the Trans-Pacific Partnership
SATURDAY, SEPT. 17, 5 PM - 8PM
Unitarian Church of Staten Island, 312 Fillmore St.
(at Clinton Ave.)

Join Peace Action of Staten Island on the 5th Anniversary of Occupy Wall St. as we host Sustainable Staten Island and Adam Weissman of Trade Justice Alliance to discuss the TPP and the threat that it could be rammed through Congress after the November elections.
The TPP will push jobs overseas, as NAFTA has done, by exploiting low wages. It will legally protect profits for corporations, who will be able to sue against laws that affect their profits, at the expense of workers, our health, and the environment. All are welcome

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Calendar:

•  THURS. SEPT. 8, 4-8 PM. Art Build for Presidential Debate.  A. J. Muste Memorial Institute, 168 Canal St 6th Fl. Manhattan. RSVP Kate@panys.org

•  FRI. SEPT. 9, 7 PM. Noise Demo.  In solidarity with National Prison Work Stoppage Strike. Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center, 80 29th st Brooklyn NY 11232.

•  SAT. SEPT. 10-11, 9/11 Truth Symposium in NYC, The Great Hall, Cooper Union 7 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003.  Entrance fee $25-$35.

• TUES., SEPT. 15, All Day.  Ferry Flyering for PASI about the TPP  FORUM.  Contact pasi.contact@gmail.com to volunteer.

• TUES., SEPT. 15, 4 PM. Eric Garner Birthday Back to School Give Back.  202 Bay St. near Victory Blvd., Staten Island

• TUES., SEPT. 15, 7-9 PM. A New Cold War? The U.S., NATO and Putin's Russia.  The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Ave. between Bond and Hoyt, Brooklyn.  Free, open to the public.

•  SAT. SEPT. 17, 1  - 5 PM, Black Heritage Parade & Festival, Tappen Park, Stapleton

•  SAT. SEPT. 17, 5 to 8 PM, PASI MEETING.  Unitarian Church of Staten Island, 312 Fillmore St.  Free, open to the public.

•  MON., SEPT. 26, 4 to 6 PM, Protest at First Presidential Debate, Hofstra University. Hempstead Ave. and Uniondale Ave., Hempstead, Long Island.

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Film screening: Wounds of Waziristan
followed by a discussion with
College of Staten Island professor and Pakistani scholar, Dr Saadia Toor
Thursday, June 9, 6:30 PM - 9 PM
Unitarian Church of Staten Island
312 Fillmore Street @ Clinton Ave
(doors open at 6 PM)

Since the drone attacks began in Pakistan in 2004, much of the focus has been on the technology. And, although the borderlands between Pakistan and Afghanistan are endlessly debated and declared upon by journalists and pundits, the ordinary people who actually live there are rarely heard from. WOUNDS records the voices of those who have been either labeled “militants,” or summarily dismissed as “collateral damage.”

Saadia Toor is a long time anti-war feminist activist and educator at the College of Staten Island. Her book State of Islam: Culture & Cold War Politics in Pakistan was published in 2011 by Pluto Press and chronicles the role played by the US in marginalizing the Left and strengthening the various forces of the Right in Pakistan from the early 1950s onwards.

Please join us for this important discussion on US drone wars and the history of intervention in Pakistan.

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 WED. JUNE 22, 7 PM, Preparing for the March in Philadelphia.  New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street, Manhattan

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THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Presidential Primaries Forum 
& PASI Board Elections


Peace Action Annual Meeting
Unitarian Church of Staten Island
312 Fillmore Street @ Clinton Ave
(doors open at 6 PM)

6:30 PM: PASI Annual Meeting
PASI will hold its annual election for board members. All Peace Action of Staten Island members in good standing will be eligible to vote.

7:00 PM: Presidential Primary Forum
Representatives from Democratic and Republican presidential candidates will present their candidates' positions and answer questions, ahead of the New York State primaries, which will be held April 19.



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THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 6:30 - 8:30 PM 
WOMEN ON WAR & PEACE 
Peace Action General Meeting
Unitarian Church of Staten Island
312 Fillmore Street @ Clinton Ave
(doors open at 6 PM)


from documentary "Pray the Devil Back to Hell"
http://www.forkfilms.net/pray-the-devil-back-to-hell/


Peace Action of Staten Island is holding a Women on War and Peace Forum in honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. 

Our guests will include: 
Madeline Akibo-Betts from Sierra Leone. 
Jenna Bitar from Adalah-NY is a young Palestinian-American interested in the rights of women political prisoners.
Iram Ali from Pakistan and raised in Brooklyn, former Associate Director, Operations & Development, Iraq Veterans Against the War and currently Kairos Fellow at MoveOn.org. 
 
Adama Demby from Sierra Leone who came to the U.S. in 1985. 
Jennifer Gray-Brumskine from Liberia who came to the U.S. in the late 1980’s as a student and is currently President of the Liberian Community Association. 
Parvina Olimova from Tajikistan, active in the Turkish Cultural Center, and interested in the role of women's education. 

The forum will bring women together to share their direct or indirect experience of war and peace. Too little attention is paid to the effect of war on women's and their families’ lives. Women are not equal partners in the processes that could have prevented conflicts in the first place.

Peace Action of Staten Island welcomes everyone to come to its meetings. New faces are very welcome. Doors will open at 6 pm. 
Please bring something to share for our light refreshment table. 


Bus Directions from Staten Island Ferry Terminal:  Take S40 Bus to Clinton Ave and Richmond Terrace.  Walk 2 blocks.  The Unitarian Church is at Clinton Ave and Fillmore St.  
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Shut Down Indian Point Forum
Thursday, February 18, 2016 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Unitarian Church of Staten Island
312 Fillmore St. (at Clinton Ave.), S.I.


Speakers:
Carl Lundgren, Chair, SDIPN
Catherine Skopic, Legislative Committee Chair, SDIPN
Dr. Alfred Meyer, Physicians for Social Responsibility

Print flier below and share with friends:
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Peace Action of Staten Island, in collaboration with the Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Church of Staten Island, will sponsor a forum on shutting down the Indian Point Nuclear Power Facility, north of New York City.

The Indian Point Energy Center houses two working nuclear power plants and is just 35 miles from midtown Manhattan in Buchanan, New York. 20 million people live within 50 miles of the plants, including most of Staten Island.  A study commission by New York State found that evacuation is not possible.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says, “Indian Point is a catastrophe waiting to happen.”  

Shut Down Indian Point Now! (SDIPN.net) is a grassroots organization, comprised of individuals working in New York City to shut down Entergy's Indian PointNuclear Plant and against the use of nuclear power in the US and around the world.

Find out why so many people are calling for the closure of Indian Point Nuclear Plant and the steps it will take to accomplish that goal.  Some of the reasons include: Indian Point’s vulnerability to terrorism, a laundry list of safety problems, the storage of 1500 tons of radioactive waste onsite, and the lack of a workable evacuation plan, 

Other community co-sponsors include:  Staten Island Democratic Association, New Yorkers for Clean Water, Inc., Food & Water Watch, and Eco-Poetry.org, SIARAPB Community, United for Action, Zeitgeist NYC Chapter, Alliance for a Green Economy, ISLA (list in formation).

This event is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.



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At the last PASI General Meeting, held on Jan. 14, 2016, Peace Action of Staten Island's membership voted toendorse a resolution in support of the Palestinian civil society call for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel. 

The resolution in support of the BDS movement, prepared by a committee formed after the November 12th informational presentation on the BDS by Riham Barghouti and Hani Ghazi of Adalah-NY, is as follows: 

The officers and membership of "Peace Action of Staten Island," in response to the call from Palestinian Civil Society (which lives under the control of the Israeli state) for a worldwide boycott, divestment and sanction of all Israeli products including cultural, educational and entertainment activities, do hereby resolve to give our support to the non-violent action of the "Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions" movement.  We give this support in an effort to bring peace and justice to the Palestinian people by encouraging an open dialogue with the State of Israel.

Click here for the full text of the BDS call.  More information about the BDS movement can be found athttps://bdsmovement.net/.    

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PASI Planning Workshop
Plus BDS Vote
At the next PASI General Meeting
Thursday, January 14, 2016 6 to 8:30 PM
Unitarian Fellowship Hall
312 Fillmore St. (at Clinton Ave.), S.I.

Peace Action of Staten Island will be holding an important meeting on Thursday, January 14th where members will vote on whether to endorse a resolution in support of the Palestinian civil society call for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel.  There will also be a planning workshop to discuss PASI’s priorities for 2016.  

The following resolution in support of the BDS movement was prepared by a committee formed after the November 12th informational presentation on the BDS by Riham Barghouti and Hani Ghazi of Adalah-NY. 

The officers and membership of "Peace Action of Staten Island," in response to the call from Palestinian Civil Society (which lives under the control of the Israeli state) for a worldwide boycott, divestment and sanction of all Israeli products including cultural, educational and entertainment activities, do hereby resolve to give our support to the non-violent action of the "Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions" movement.  We give this support in an effort to bring peace and justice to the Palestinian people by encouraging an open dialogue with the State of Israel.

Click here for the full text of the BDS call.  More information about the BDS movement can be found at https://bdsmovement.net/.

In order to be eligible to vote, according to PASI bylaws, members must have paid their 2015-16 dues by December 14th, at least 30 days in advance of the vote.  The newsletter mailing label will indicate whether your membership is paid up or needs to be renewed.  Please contact pasi.contact@gmail.com if you have any questions about your membership.

The 2016 planning workshop will be facilitated by PASI board members Ilya Jalal and Ghanim Khalil, along with PASI chair Eileen Bardel.  2016 is a key election year locally and nationally.  How can we together best advocate for peaceful resolutions to conflict through PASI?  To prepare for the planning workshop, please read the background article about ISIS in the January 2016 newsletter.

Peace Action of Staten Island welcomes everyone to come to its meeting.  New faces are very welcome.  Doors will open at 5:45 pm.  Light refreshments will be served.


Bus Directions from Staten Island Ferry Terminal:  Take S40 Bus to Clinton Ave and Richmond Terrace.  Walk 2 blocks.  The Unitarian Church is at Clinton Ave and Fillmore St.   

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INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY FERRY FLIERING 

Join us on Thursday, December 10
between 7:00 and 10:00 AM at St. George Ferry Terminal in Staten Island, 1 Bay Street, STATEN ISLAND

between 4:00 and 7:00 PM at Whitehall Terminal Ferry Terminal in Manhattan, 4 South Street, MANHATTAN

Come with Statue of Liberty crown and/or a Human Rights message.

On International Human Rights Day, we call on on President Obama and Congress to End the Syrian Civil War with Diplomacy NOT Bombs


• Take immediate steps to end the Syrian civil war and resolve the humanitarian crisis it spawned.

• Reject calls for military escalation including bombing, arms transfers and imposition of a "no fly zone.

• Implement a ceasefire.

• Engage without preconditions all involved parties, including Russia and Iran, in ending the Syrian civil war with a political agreement

• Fully fund UN refugee programs to help Syrian refugees.

• Significantly increase the number of Syrian refugees allowed to come to the U.S.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 6:00-8:30 PM
Why Boycott, Divestment and
Sanctions for Israel?
Unitarian Church of Staten Island, Fellowship Hall
312 Fillmore Street, Staten Island NY 10301
Peace Action Staten Island Membership Meeting

Bus Directions from Staten Island Ferry Terminal:  Take S40 Bus to Clinton Ave and Richmond Terrace.  Walk 2 blocks.  The Unitarian Church is at Clinton Ave and Fillmore St.   
    
Peace Action of Staten Island has invited two Palestinians to come to its next public meeting to present the case for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction or BSD movement. 
    
Riham Barghouti is a Palestinian American activist who lived in the Occupied Palestinian Territory for 10 years.  She currently resides in New York City where she works as a teacher.  Ms. Barghouti is a founding member of Adalah-NY, the New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel, and PACBI, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.

Hani Ghazi is a Palestinian American from the city of Ramallah, his father is from a West Bank village that is surrounded by Israeli settlements, and his mother is from an Arab neighborhood in East Jerusalem. He witnessed the second intifada when he was in high school. His Palestine solidarity activism work includes teaching Dabkeh (Palestinian folkdance) on college campuses and leading the organizers’ committee for the annual Israeli Apartheid Week event series.

Peace Action of Staten Island welcomes everyone interested in learning more about BDS movement at its meeting on Thursday, November 12th, in the Fellowship Hall of the Unitarian Church of Staten Island, 312 Fillmore Street (at Clinton Avenue).  Doors will open at 6 pm.  Light refreshments will be served. 




Artwork by Mohammad Saba'aneh



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Make Food Not War Dinner


PASI's Annual Fundraiser
Honoring Staten Island Peace Makers & Advocates


Gwen Carr, Eric Garner's mother
Patricia Kane, RN, NY State Nurses Association
Occupy the Block Staten Island
Staten Island Against Racism and Police Brutality


Music & Entertainment

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2015, 5 to 8 PM
Olivet Presbyterian Fellowship Hall
97 Myrtle Ave, Staten Island, NY

Pre-paid tickets are $50. Tickets at the door are $60.
Click to buy tickets and journal ads.

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DAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1-2:30 PM
ISIS, ISLAM, and American Muslims
Unitarian Church of Staten Island,
312 Fillmore Street, Staten Island NY 10301

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 6:30-8:30 PM
Y2K16: Millennials Speak Up!
Flagship Brewery, 40 Minthorne Street, Staten Island NY 10301
Peace Action Staten Island Membership Meeting
Youth Activist Panel
Open Dialogue between 2016 elections and issues that matter to you

What matters to you!? Peace Action of Staten Island (PASI) invites you to Flagship Brewery for their membership meeting. Take part in an open dialogue between the excitement building for the 2016 election and the issues that matter to you.

On Tuesday Sept 8th PASI will host a slew of young activists representing the campaigns and issues that are relevant in the world today. The panel discussion will feature supporters of various presidential campaigns, political views, and civic engagement and social justice issues.

Some of the organizations and campaigns that will be represented are the Green Party, 5 Boro for Bernie Sanders, Staten Island Libertarian Party, Isla and Black Lives Matter.

Flagship Brewery, regularly closed Monday through Wednesday, will be opening up its door for this special Tuesday night event at 6:30 PM. Flagship is located at 40 Minthorne Staten Island, NY 10301.

Directions: A short walk from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal down Bay Street 0.4 miles, pass Victory Blvd., turn left on Minthorne Street.

For more information, please contact Ilya Jalal 646-474-4713

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UPCOMING: Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemorations

THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 7-9 PM  
Nuclear Savage: The Islands of Secret Project 4.1
A Film by Adam J. Horowitz
http://www.nuclearsavage.com/

Staten Island Museum
75 Stuyvesant Place, Staten Island, NY 10301
Featuring recently declassified U.S. government documents, survivor testimony, and unseen archival footage, Nuclear Savage  uncovers one of the most troubling chapters in modern American history: how Marshall Islanders, considered an uncivilized culture, were enrolled as human subjects in the top-secret Project 4.1 to study the effects of nuclear fallout on human beings.  The film follows the islanders today as they continue to fight for justice and acknowledgement of what was done to them.  
Suggested donation $5.  Light refreshments. 

This screening is part of the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the A-bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, sponsored by Peace Action of Staten Island and Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Church of Staten Island.

For more information contact pasi.contact@gmail.com or leave a message at 718-989-2881
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Sunday, August 9th, 11 AM
70th Anniversary
Hiroshima-Nagasaki
Honoring the Hibakusha

Unitarian Church of Staten Island
 312 Fillmore Street, Staten Island
Interactive Learning Stations for Adults and Children
Music by Young Musicians of Staten Island
Participatory Stories of the Hibakusha (the Survivors)

Light refreshments
Child care available

Sponsored by Peace Action of Staten Island, Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Church of Staten Island, ISLA
To volunteer or for more information email pasi.contact@gmail or call Sally 917-362-0897

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Next Generation Activism: A Panel Discussion

Plus: Update on Shutting Down Indian Point Nuclear Plant

Peace Action of Staten Island Meeting

Thursday, June 11, 6:30 pm

Unitarian Fellowship Hall

312 Fillmore Street (at Clinton Ave), Staten Island


The toolkit of organizing has been turned on its head in the last few years.   Politics and lobbying has been infused with larger and larger sums of big corporate financing.  Our problems of income equality, immigration reform, and endless wars have dug in deep.  On Election Day, we can measure the ranks of the disaffected and unengaged.  Meanwhile, we see the streets filled with new voices determined to make change in the Black Lives Matter movement. 

What does this all mean for the next generation of activism?  How will organizations like Peace Action and other social justice organizations face the challenges ahead?

Come hear a panel of young activists discuss the challenges that face them on Thursday, June 11th at 6:30 pm at the next meeting of Peace Action of Staten Island, to be held at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall, 312 Fillmore Street, on Staten Island.

Download flyer here.

Panelists:

Dulce Chuva, Director of Programs and Advocacy, El Centro del Inmigrante

Naflan Doole, Staten Island Immigrants Council, Communities United for Respect & Trust, EyeOpeners Youth Against Violence

Ilya Geller, Peace Action of Staten Island, Sandy recovery volunteer, community activist

Rev. Karen Jackson, ‎Minister for Social Justice at Project Hospitality

Ghanim Khalil, Iraq Veterans Against the War

Katie Robbins,  Executive Director of the NY Metro Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Plan

Krystal Sanchez, Staten Islanders Against Racism and Police Brutality 

Dave Tiribi, member, Young Democrats of Richmond County

Catherine Vidos, Food and Water Watch

Moderator: Michael Santangelo, Peace Action of Staten Island

This program is open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.

Doors open at 6:15 pm.  The program will start promptly at 6:45 pm.

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Ebola: Where do we go from here?

Peace Action of Staten Island’s Annual Meeting

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 5:45 pm at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall

312 Fillmore Street (at Clinton Ave), Staten Island

Ebola has claimed the lives of 26,611 people, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
Last week, no new cases were reported in Liberia and about 30 in  Guinea and Sierra Leone.
3,000 American troops went to Liberia (100 remain). The United States military officially ended a mission to build treatment facilities in February
Is the Ebola crisis in West Africa finally petering out?
How would we evaluate the international response to the Ebola crisis?
What is needed to build up the shattered health systems in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone?
What is the connection between the Ebola crisis and the concerns of Peace & Justice? 
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April 24-26.  
Peace and the Planet  Mobilization 

FRIDAY-SATURDAY - International Conference
SUNDAY, APRIL 26 - March, Rally & Festival
Staten Islanders! Catch the 12 NOON Ferry 

1 PM Rally at Union Square

2 PM March to the United Nations
3 PM Peace Festival at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza at E. 47 St and 1st Ave

The Ukraine crisis and the simulated U.S. nuclear attacks against North Korea remind us that the threat of nuclear war and annihilation didn’t end with the Cold War. 2015 will mark 70 years since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; still, the nuclear powers possess nearly 17,000 nuclear weapons. We demand that when the world’s nations gather in New York for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference they mandate the beginning the good faith negotiations to eliminate the world nuclear arsenals, as required by the Treaty.  Peace Action is part of an International Planning Group organizing an international conference, interfaith service, rally, march, youth and student programs and a global peace wave on April 24-26, preceding the NPT conference.  For more information, please visit us at www.PeaceAndPlanet.org, “Like us” on Facebook at Peace & Planet, or e-mail us at info@PeaceAndPlanet.org.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 7-9 PM,  
PEACE & PLANET Mobilization Meeting 
Speaker: Kevin Martin, Executive Director
National Peace Action
Unitarian Church of Staten Island
312 Fillmore Street @ Clinton Ave
Organize!
Download Peace & Planet Flyer Here.
Download Peace & Planet Petition Here.

Kevin Martin has been the Executive Director of Peace Action and Peace Action Education Fund since 2001.  His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, and many other major publications. He has appeared on CNN, National Public Radio, Fox News, MSNBC, BBC-TV and radio, and many other local, national and international radio and television outlets. Kevin has traveled abroad representing Peace Action and the U.S. peace movement on delegations and at conferences in Russia, Japan, China, Mexico and Britain. He is married, with two children, and lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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 The Eric Garner Case 
and the Movement for Racial Justice: 
A Panel Discussion

Thursday, January 15, 7 to 9 pm
Staten Island Museum, 75 Stuyvesant Place


In a change of time and venue, the next Peace Action of Staten Island meeting will be held on a Thursday night and will take place at the Staten Island Museum auditorium at 75 Stuyvesant Place, one block from the St. George Ferry Terminal.  On the agenda is a panel discussion on the Eric Garner case and the potential of a new movement for racial justice in the U.S.  The meeting is open to the public.  

Ms. Shirley Belton is a long-time grassroots revolutionary, practicing Christian, advocate-activist. She is member of Peace Action Staten Island, Stop Mass Incarceration, Community Voices Heard, North Americans against a Police State, Occu-Evolve, the October 22 Coalition to Stop Police Brutality – New York, the People’s Power Assembly in New York, and Staten Islanders Against Racism and Police Brutality. She has worked as a social worker, teacher and a behavioral rehabilitation specialist.   
Mr. Chase Madar is a journalist and lawyer who writes about over-policing and over-criminalization. He has written for a wide range of publications, including The Nation, Urban Latino, TomDispatch, Jacobin, Le Monde diplomatique and the London Review of Books. He is a former staff attorney at Make the Road New York and the author of a book about Chelsea Manning, the Wikileaks whistleblower.
 
Mr. Josmar Trujillo is an activist and organizer with New Yorkers Against Bratton.

(Mr. Alex Vitale, who originally planned to be on the panel, is unable to attend due to unforeseen changes in his schedule.)

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Celebrate the Centennial of the Christmas Truce
with poetry and music at the Culture Lounge


Saturday, December 20, 2:30 PM
Culture Lounge
St. George Ferry Terminal
Peace Action of Staten Island will host a commemoration of the Christmas Truce of 1914 at the Culture Lounge, inside the St George Ferry Terminal, on the afternoon of December 20th, starting at 2:30 PM.
The Christmas truce was a series of widespread, unofficial ceasefires that took place along the Western Front around Christmas 1914, during World War I. The truce is often seen as a symbolic moment of peace and humanity amidst one of the most violent events of human history. It was a moment when war was all but put to a halt by joy and song, shared culture and mutual respect.

As part of the program, we'll watch a short documentary and have a variety of musical and spoken word performances.  Performers will include Occupy Guitarmy and Day de Dada,  

The Culture Lounge is run by Staten Island Arts, our borough's local arts advocacy organization. 

Peace Action of Staten Island (PASI) is a grassroots organization dedicated to promoting the non-violent resolution of conflict and the abolition of nuclear weapons, as well as to halting the global spread of conventional arms, building a human rights culture and promoting an economy rooted in human needs instead of militarism.  Go to www.peacesi.org to learn more and become a member.

For inquiries concerning the event please contact Ilya Jalal at 646-474-4713. 

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A Millions March NYC is planned for 
Saturday beginning at 2 pm at Washington Square Park in Manhattan calling for justice for Eric Garner, Michael Brown and others killed unjustly by the police.  This is a grassroots-organized peaceful protest with contingents coming from neighborhoods all over the city.  For details go to the following website:
http://www.millionsmarchnyc.org/.

Peace Action supporters have been invited to join Staten Island Against Racism and Police Brutality made up of College of Staten Island students, faculty and community members at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal at 12:15 pm on Saturday to catch the Ferry to Manhattan for the protest.  

Staten Island Against Racism and Police Brutality is also planning a demonstration tomorrow, Thursday, December 11th at 2:30 at the College of Staten Island at the Fountain in pack of Building 1P. 

Friends, please feel welcome to be part of this movement.
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College of Staten Island
Students for Justice in Palestine present the Professor Steven Salaita on Academic Freedom


On Tuesday, November 18 at 2:00 in building 1S Room 116Professor Steven Salaita will be speaking 
on academic freedom, the silencing of marginalized communities and dissident ideas in the academy and university campuses in an event titled "Silencing Dissent: Hear Steven Salaita". During the recent Israeli slaughter of over 2,100 people in Gaza, Professor Steven Salaita bravely spoke out against this barbaric assault and in defense of Palestine on twitter. 

For this, the University of Illinois Board of Trustees purged him from his tenured position due to pressure from donors, in direct violation of basic norms of academic freedom.
Now Professor Salaita is going on the offensive – against academic censorship, and against the continuing colonial domination of the Palestinian people that this censorship covers for. More information can be found on the Facebook event page.


College of Staten Island address:  2800 Victory Boulevard Staten Island NY 10314 
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College of Staten Island
Students for Justice in Palestine present "Soldier and Refusenik: Gaza 2014 Chronicle of a Death Foretold"

On Tuesday, 
November 11th 2:30 - 4:30 in building 1S Room 116 for our "Soldier and Refusenik: Gaza 2014 Chronicle of a death foretold"  event to meet and hear guest speakers Maya Wind and Eran Efrati, two conscious Israelis who will be sharing their experiences of Palestinian-Israeli struggle for justice and equality. They will discuss the events in Gaza and Jerusalem over the summer, direct action and protest in the West Bank and their efforts to educate the Israeli public about the occupation. They will also share their experiences of growing up in segregated Jerusalem and of their Zionist and militaristic education. More information can be found on the Facebook event page.

College of Staten Island address:  2800 Victory Boulevard Staten Island NY 10314 

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PASI GENERAL MEETING
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8
   
REFLECTIONS ON THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE 1914
Speakers: Bill Gilson of NYC Chapter of Veterans for Peace and Ghanim Khalil of Iraq Veterans Against the War
at the
 Unitarian Church of Staten Island

 312 Fillmore Street at Clinton Ave. 
from 5:45 pm - 8 pm
By Bus: Take the S40 from the Staten Island Ferry 

The Christmas truce was a series of widespread, unofficial ceasefires that took place along the Western Front around Christmas 1914, during World War I. The truce is often seen as a symbolic moment of peace and humanity amidst one of the most violent events of human history.
Meetings are free and open to the public.
Light Refreshments.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014
LIGHT THE SHORE
2nd Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy


Two years ago Hurricane Sandy made landfall causing devastation throughout NYC and the eastern seaboard.  The Staten Island Long Term Recovery Organization will host the second annual "Light the Shore event."  All are welcome as we remember our losses, recognize our ongoing struggles, and honor how our community has come together.  
 4 pm – Resiliency Walk on the Boardwalk (Sand Lane & Fr Capadonna Blvd by Dophins)
5 pm – Community Supper (Picnic Area at Midland & Lincoln Ave)
6:30 pm – Service of Remembrance (Picnic Area at Midland & Lincoln Ave)
7:45 pm – Light the Shore Vigil ((Picnic Area at Midland & Lincoln Ave or waterfront closest to your home)
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LIGHT THE SHORE ART BUILD
Sunday, October 26th, 3 pm to 8 pm
MakerSpace,450 Front Street, Unit B, SI, NY 10304

In preparation for the 2nd anniversary events and to keep the spotlight on Staten Island and the families STILL struggling with rebuilding, community members throughout the Island are invited to attend a facilitated Art Build @ SI MakerSpace on Sunday, October 26th, 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

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SATURDAY, October 18, 2014, 5-8 PM

Make Food Not War Dinner

Honoring Staten Island Peace Makers
Oran Brown, Peace Action of Staten Island
Ira and Joyce Malerba Goldstein, Staten Island Creative Community
Mike May, Peace Action of Staten Island
Beryl Thurman, North Shore Waterfront Conservancy

Click to view the Journal

Olivet Presbyterian Hall
97 Myrtle Ave., Staten Island, NY 10310
(at Broadway, one block north of Forest Ave.)
By Bus: Take the S44 or S48 from the Staten Island Ferry

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
   

PEOPLE'S CLIMATE MARCH

NEW YORK CITY

 Take the 9:30 am Ferry with PASI!

In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.

With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.

To change everything, we need everyone on board.
Sunday, September 21 in New York City. Join us.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
   
at the Unitarian Church of Staten Island
 312 Fillmore Street at Clinton Ave. 
One block east of Snug Harbor Cultural Center
from 5:45 pm - 8 pm
By Bus: Take the S40 from the Staten Island Ferry 

Organize Staten Island for People's Climate March

Come to a Peace Action meeting TO BUILD for the March.  HEAR Staten Islanders talk about the effects of climate change here on our island.  HELP organize phone calls. DO AN ARTBUILD for the march.  ORGANIZE TO HAND OUT FLYERS at the ferry.  TELL your friends. 

We will be joined by Judy Bankman
People's Climate March Field Organizer | Avaaz

Ms. Bankman will give us some context about the UN summit on 9/23, the Paris summit next year, and why it's so important we mobilize now and the importance of the march for vulnerable communities (i.e. Sandy affected communities) and how it's slated to the biggest and most diverse climate march in history.

Download a Staten Island flier here.
    
This event is free and open to the public.   Light refreshments will be served.  Doors open at 5:30 pm.
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SUNDAY, AUGUST 10, 2014, 11 AM


Staten Island and the Bomb

Marking 69th Anniversary of the A-Bomb attack

on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

 Hear the story of Staten Island’s connection to the Atomic Bomb

Beryl Thurman of the North Shore Waterfront Conservancy

Mary Hernandez, Holistic Health Counselor

Music by WaFoo 
and the Staten Island
 Young Musicians

Unitarian Church of Staten Island
312 Fillmore StreetStaten IslandNY 10301
(1 block east of Snug Harbor Cultural Center)
By Bus: Take the S40 from the Staten Island Ferry

"In 1938, a three story Archer Daniels Midland Company warehouse stood in the shadow of the Bayonne with an address of  2377-2387 Richmond Terrace. Typically the warehouse stored vegetable oil. That year the buildings took on a new purpose when a ship carrying 1200 tons of raw uranium ore from the Belgian Congo unloaded 2,007 steel drums into its secret Staten Island destination.  ...[N]ot even the Staten Island Borough President at the time knew of its arrival...A report from NY 1 dating to April 2010 describes the clean-up, now more than 70 years after the arrival of the uranium, as still being in the 'preliminary assessment' stage." (Read more at Friends of the Pleistocene)

Learn more about the connection between Staten Island and the Atom Bombs that dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945.  
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SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 2014, 5:45 to 8 PM
PEACE ACTION MEETING

Candidates Forum

Please note new location:

Olivet Presbyterian Hall
97 Myrtle Ave., Staten Island, NY 10310
(at Broadway, one block north of Forest Ave.)
By Bus: Take the S44 or S48 from the Staten Island Ferry
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Thursday, June 12, 2014, 6 -8 pm
Unitarian Church of All Souls, 1157 Lexington Ave, Manhattan
Honoring Jonathan Schell
1943-2014


Journalist, Truth Teller, Nuclear Abolitionist

Author of the books and articles that changed the way we think about war and peace
in the Nuclear Age

The program will include Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, Cora Weiss, United Nations representative of the International Peace Bureau, historian Van Gosse from Franklin & Marshall College, former Organizing Director, Peace Action, and Guy Quinlan, Chair of the All Souls Nuclear Disarmament Task Force.   Musical tributes will be performed by singer Peter Yarrow, formerly of the trio Peter, Paul and Mary, as well as by WaFoo, the Japanese jazz ensemble

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EARTH AND FOOD JUSTICE DAY EXPO
Saturday, June 7, 2014, 10 am to 3 pm
Unitarian Fellowship Hall, 312 Fillmore Street, Staten Island
    
The Expo will feature the work of pro-environmental and food consciousness groups, such as Food and Water Watch, The Blue Belt of S.I., Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, Sane Energy Project, and S.I. Council for Animal Welfare, and North Shore Waterfront Conservancy.   Other exhibitors will include Physicians for a National Health Plan, Move to Amend, and Occupy Staten Island. Food counselor Mary Hernandez will offer information about intentional eating.
The award-winning documentary, “Bidder 70”, will be screened at 1:00 p.m. The film tells the story of Tim DeChristopher who raised his Paddle #70 to bid more than  $1.7 million on 22,000 acres land with money he did not have.  His bold direct action de-railed the auction and saved the public lands at the cost of two felony convictions and a two-year jail sentence.

Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Church of Staten Island (UCSI) and Peace Action of Staten Island (PASI)

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Dirty Wars Screening 

& PASI Annual Meeting

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Please note new location:

at the Unitarian Church of Staten Island
 312 Fillmore Street at Clinton Ave. 
One block east of Snug Harbor Cultural Center
from 5:45 pm - 8 pm
By Bus: Take the S40 from the Staten Island Ferry
Peace Action of Staten Island will be screening the award-winning documentary Dirty Wars at its annual meeting on Saturday, May 10th.  Everyone is invited.

Last year, Jeremy Scahill released his newest book, Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield. The book immediately hit the New York Times bestseller list and received critical praise.  Just two months later, the film Dirty Wars, directed by Rick Rowley, was released by IFC Films throughout North America.   You can watch a trailer at http://dirtywars.org/.   Part political thriller, part detective story, the film follows an intrepid reporter as he investigates the activities of a secret army, known as JSOC, who "find, fix, and finish” their targets. No target is off limits for the “kill list,” including U.S. citizens.

Before the screening, Peace Action of Staten Island will hold elections for new officers and board members.   Light refreshments will be served.

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Global Day of Action Against Military Spending (GDAMS)
April 15 Tax Day

Peace Action of Staten Island will be fliering at the Staten Island Ferry on Tuesday, April 15th to shine light on the need to take a good hard look at bloated Pentagon spending that is needed to fund our communities.  There is a broad and growing movement of peace, community and economic justice groups pushing for new federal budget priorities.  Tax Day is a good day to remind our fellow taxpayers where their hard-earned tax dollars are going.   Contact pasi.contact@gmail.com to be part of this movement.
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MARCH 29, 2014

PEACE ACTION NYS ANNUAL MEETING

Peace Action NYS will hold it's 2014 Annual Meeting in NYC this year.  Contact Alicia at PANYS at 646-723-1749.
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SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2014, 5:45 to 8 PM

PEACE ACTION MEETING
  Staten Island Museum Auditorium
75 Stuyvesant Pl., Staten Island, NY 10301
(1 block up from Staten Island Ferry) 

Fund our Communities!


Our speaker will be Jean Athey, coordinator of Peace Action Montgomery (MD) and chair of the Steering Committee of Fund Our Communities, Not the Pentagon, (www.OurFunds.org), a Maryland coalition composed of over 60 organizations whose mission is to establish a strong grassroots constituency for change in our nation’s priorities, away from war and militarism and towards peace and social justice.  Jean is also secretary of the Board of the national organization Peace Action.
The Fund Our Communities coalition has sponsored town hall meetings throughout Maryland, organized a campaign to prevent a special tax break for Lockheed Martin, managed an innovative Pull the Pork political event, and sponsored a bus tour in MD called “Prosperity Not Austerity.” The latest campaign is passing a bill in the state legislature designed to show that jobs need not be dependent on military spending.

In April, 2011, Jean went to Afghanistan on a peace mission. In October 2008, she volunteered with the International Solidarity Movement in Palestine for the olive harvest and at the Jerusalem home of a family threatened with eviction. In 2006, she co-founded the Washington Region Religious Campaign Against Torture, a coalition of religious groups working to end U.S.-sponsored torture and hold accountable those who have participated in torture. Jean has worked at the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration; taught at the University of Oklahoma; and served in the Peace Corps in Tunisia.  She received a Ph.D. in social services policy and administration from the University of Chicago.   
On the agenda for the evening is a presentation of the report by the nomination committee for the PASI board.  Elections are scheduled at the annual meeting on May 10, 2014.    This event is free and open to the public.   Light refreshments will be served.

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Flier at the Ferry January 6 – 10th
SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2014, 5:45 to 8 PM
PEACE ACTION MEETING
  Staten Island Museum Auditorium
75 Stuyvesant Pl., Staten Island, NY 10301
(1 block up from Staten Island Ferry) 

Money Out of Politics Forum



    On Saturday, January 11th, Peace Action of Staten Island will hold a forum regarding the campaign now underway to amend the constitution to end corporate personhood as it now exists under US law.  
   
As Affiliate Coordinator for the NYC chapter of Move to Amend movetoamend.org, Reed Perkins has been working with area members to broaden awareness of the issue and reaching out to other organizations with an interest in cleaning up the corruption of big money in our political process. Currently MTA NYC is supporting the New York for Democracy Coalition in getting NY State Senators on the record with their positions on an amendment resolution.
  
The Move to Amend campaign began because of the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission prohibiting the government from limiting political expenditure by corporations, associations or labor unions because it would violate the right of free speech, thus equating corporations to persons.  This decision has led to an unprecedented amount of money flowing into elections at all levels of government.  
    
Move to Amend asks its supporters to take the following pledge: “We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.”
   
On the agenda for the evening is also the selection of the nomination committee for the PASI board.  Elections are scheduled at the annual meeting on May 10, 2014.
   
This event is free and open to the public.   Light refreshments will be served.

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   Peace Action of Staten Island will flier at the Staten Island Island Ferry Terminal the week of January 6th 2014 from 6 am to 9 am to encourage our fellow Staten Islanders to come to the January 11th forum (see below), listen to Reed Perkins and the Move to Amend campaign, and discover ways they can support reforming our democracy.  A stronger democracy is part of building a more peaceful and just world.  Would you like to help?  If you have never handed out a flyer before, let this be your first courageous act of 2014!  Contact Rich Greve at 347-277-2697 to volunteer.
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SATURDAY, NOV. 9, 2013, 5:45 to 8 PM

PEACE ACTION MEETING
  Staten Island Museum Auditorium
75 Stuyvesant Pl., Staten Island, NY 10301
(1 block up from Staten Island Ferry)

"The Dark Side of Anti-Bullying Laws"
presented by Izzy Kalman, MS

In recent months, the United States Government has been under constant attack for its increasing growth as a totalitarian police state, conducting mass surveillance while curtailing the precious right to Freedom of Speech, all with the justification of protecting the population from terror.
Izzy Kalman, a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, is the author of numerous books and publications that teach individuals and organizations how to successfully eliminate bullying by using the age old wisdom of the Golden Rule. He is creator/author of the website, Bullies2Buddies.com, and writes a Psychology Today blog, A Psychological Solution to Bullying.  He worked as a school psychologist in Staten Island for fourteen years, until 2002.

Join us for an interesting and interactive presentation by Mr. Kalman who will talk about freedom of speech as the solution to verbal bullying and not the cause of it.  According to Mr. Kalman the anti-bullying movement is the most polular witch-hunt in human history.

This event is free and open to the public.   Light refreshments will be served. 

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 21, 2013, 5:45 to 8 PM
PEACE ACTION MEETING
Weaponized & Surveillance Drone Teach-In

Speaker: Debra Sweet, World Can't Wait
Staten Island Museum Auditorium
75 Stuyvesant Pl., Staten Island, NY 10301
(1 block up from Staten Island Ferry)

Join Peace Action of Staten Island  as we discuss how the international community should address the new military paradigm of weaponized and surveillance drones.  There is a week of action planed for the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly from September 23-28 to bring drones to the attention of the public.

This event is free and open to the public.   Light refreshments will be served. 
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THURSDAY, SEPT. 5, 2013, 6 TO 7:30 PM
DEMONSTRATION
in front of Rep. Michael Grimm's office, 265 New Dorp Lane, SI, NY
  Republicans! Please tell President Obama:
Hear Our Words...We Don't Want Another War!

Bring signs.

Peace Action will ask Republican elected officials to speak out against military intervention in Syria on Thursday, 9/5 in front of Rep. Grimm's office.
Train Directions: Take Staten Island Rapid Transit from Staten Island Ferry. Get off at New Dorp Lane.
CLICK HERE TO READ PRESS RELEASE

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 3, 2013, 5:30 TO 7 PM
DEMONSTRATION
in front of the Crystal Room, 67 Olympia Blvd, SI, NY
  Democrats! Please tell President Obama:
Hear Our Words...We Don't Want Another War!

Bring signs.

Peace Action will ask Democratic elected officials to speak out against military intervention in Syria on Tuesday, 9/3 in front of the SIDA Dinner.
Bus Directions: Take S51 Bus from Staten Island Ferry. Get off at Fr Capodanno Bl - Sand LA. Start out going North East on FR CAPODANNO BLVD (FATHER CAPODANNO BLVD) towards SAND LN.  Turn left onto SAND LN.Turn left onto OLYMPIA BLVD.
CLICK HERE TO READ PRESS RELEASE
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MONDAY, SEPT. 9, 2013, 6 TO 7:30 PM
NO ATTACK ON SYRIA VIGIL
in front of Rep. Michael Grimm's office, 265 New Dorp Lane, SI, NY
  Please tell Congress:
Hear Our Words...We Don't Want Another War!

Bring signs.

  Move On and Credo are helping to organize vigils across the country to ask more members of Congress like Rep. Michael Grimm to oppose military intervention in Syria.  Increase diplomacy and humanitarian aid instead!
Train Directions: Take Staten Island Rapid Transit from Staten Island Ferry. Get off at New Dorp Lane.
CLICK HERE TO FIND A VIGIL NEAR YOU OR ORGANIZE YOUR OWN


This coming week is critical in the effort to prevent a war. The Senate will probably vote on a resolution to authorize the use of military force (AUMF) in Syria early in the week, and the House may also vote. Both houses will hold hearings.  As friends of peace, we are sending the following message to Congress through our phone calls, messages, vigils and demonstrations:

    We do not want a U.S. military attack on Syria;
    We want the U.S. to use diplomacy to end the Syrian nightmare;
    We want the U.S. to provide generous assistance to Syrian refugees.
Click here for alternatives to the use of U.S. military force.

Congress has heard loud and clear from the American people that we do not want another war. On Thursday, September 5th, Rep. Michael Grimm switched from supporting U.S. military action to coming out publicly against it, partly because of the large number of calls to his office (202-225-3371 and 718-351-1062) opposed to more war.  Here's what we know about the positions of our Senators:

    Senator Charles Schumer:  Told reporters on Capital Hill that he will vote for the AUMF.  Call his office at 212-486-4430.

    Senator Kristin Gillibrand:  Told a reporter that she wants to see more intelligence before she makes her decision.  Call her office at 212-688-6262.
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Building Bridges presents
“BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER”
 A Gathering for Reflection & Hope
SUNDAY, AUGUST 25TH 2013
2:00PM – 5:30PM
The Unitarian Church of Staten Island
312 Fillmore Street (corner of Fillmore & Clinton Streets).
We will walk through Sailor Snug Harbor, stopping at Tuscan Garden & Healing Garden, and return to the Unitarian Church of Staten Island
Sharing, coffee & cake
For more Information call (718) 816-1998 or visit the Building Bridges website:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Building-Bridges-Coalition-of-Staten-Island/245446322132278
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Summer Tabling

       Get in the swing of summer by joining the PASI Summer Tabling Crew.  Sign up for a date on the doodle poll link below:

http://www.doodle.com/gsa4c44nwud5m4ki


We have the table, literature, buttons, pens, and shopping bags.  If you know of any beach festival, street fair or block party where you think PASI should set up and engage Staten Islanders in one-on-one dialogue about peace & justice, jobs & schools, or drones & scandals, let us know by calling 718-989-2881 or emailing pasi.eblast@gmail.com.  Have table, will travel. 

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Sunday, August 4, 2013 11 am
Hiroshima and Nagasaki Commemoration
Unitarian Church of Staten Island, 312 Fillmore St.
   This event is sponsored by Peace Action of Staten Island and the Unitarian Church of Staten Island.  It is free and open to the public.

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TUESDAY, JULY 9, 2013, 7 PM
Know Your Rights: The Path of a Criminal Case
Presented by The Legal Aid Society
College of Staten Island 1P Lecture Hall
2800 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10314

Topics to be discussed include: Civilian encounters with law enforcement, court proceedings, collateral consequences of criminal charges and conversions and much more.

This event is co-sponsored by The Academy of Retired Professors, The Urban League Staten Island Branch, Empowerment Zone, NYC Councilwoman Debi Rose, Peace Action of Staten Island, The Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Program. 

For additional information contact Finda Gbollie at fgbollie@legal-aid.org or 917-727-9691.
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SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2013, 5:45 to 8 PM
PEACE ACTION MEETING
The Grimm Truth about TPP and TTIP
Can We Prevent Staten Island's Congressional Rep from Supporting Backroom Trade Deals for the 1%?

Speaker: Adam Weissman, TradeJustice, NY Metro
Staten Island Museum Auditorium
75 Stuyvesant Pl., Staten Island, NY 10301
(1 block up from Staten Island Ferry

Join Peace Action of Staten Island  as we learn from Adam Weissman of TradeJustice New York Metro about how the Obama administration is trading our rights away in closed door international negotiations.  Adam has been campaigning to raise awareness about Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement (TPP).  You might not be aware of the TPP because it is shrouded in secrecy and all but ignored by the corporate media.  By the end of October 2013, President Obama expects to finalize this trade agreement with 10 other nations, which will outsource jobs to sweatshops, limit access to lifesaving generic drugs, prohibit regulations on the banking industry, replace family farms with factory farms, and grant foreign corporations the power to sue our government when U.S. laws block their environmentally destructive projects and toxic exports.  TPP is part of "Obama's Pacific Pivot" - his administration's broader agenda for  US military and economic dominance in the Asia-Pacific region.  And TPP is setting the stage for TTIP - a trade agreement between the US and the European Union.  Rep. Grimm has voted for every job-killing, anti-environmental trade agreement to come to Congress since his election.  Find out what we can do to pressure him to change his tune before TPP and TTIP reach Congress.

This event is free and open to the public.   Light refreshments will be served.
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SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2013

Stat
en Island LGBT Pride Parade & Festival
Come join us marching & tabling at the Staten Island Pride Parade and Festival.  PASI will have Free Bradley Manning signs and collect petition signatures (http://www.standwithbrad.org/) that will be sent to the Bradley Manning Support Network. 
  We meet at 11:30 am on Saturday, June 1st in front of the St. George Library on Central Ave. 

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Make Food Not War Dinner
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Olivet Presbyterian Fellowship Hall
97 Myrtle Avenue (at Broadway)
Honoring Staten Island Peace Makers
Tiokasin Ghosthorse, First Voices Indigenous Radio WBAI
Rev. Susan Karlson, Unitarian Church of Staten Island
The Honorable Diane Savino, New York State Senator
Gonzalo Mercado, Staten Island Immigrant Council

Catered by Lifestyles for the Disabled.
Entertainment by singer Joy Ryder and Jimmy Satten
M.C. David Jones.
Pre-paid tickets are $50.  Tickets at the door are $60.
Click here to buy tickets or journal ads.
Below are notes and links about recent events of Peace Action of Staten Island.
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SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2013, 5:45 to 8 PM
PEACE ACTION ANNUAL MEETING & ELECTIONS
Iraq: 10 Years After
Speaker: Leslie Cagan

Staten Island Museum Auditorium
75 Stuyvesant Pl., Staten Island, NY 10301
(1 block up from Staten Island Ferry)

Join Peace Action of Staten Island and Leslie Cagan to reflect on the legacy of the Iraq War.  From 2002 to 2010, Leslie was the National  Coordinator of United for Peace and Justice, the nation's largest grassroots antiwar coalition with more than 1,400 local and national organizations, including PASI.

    In addition to the presentation, this is also PASI’s annual meeting.  Election of officers and at-large members of the PASI Board to fill terms to May 2014 will take place.  Following is the list of the candidates. 

  • Chair – Eileen Bardel
  • Co-Chair – Richard Greve
  • Secretary – Patricia Berg
  • Treasurer – Sally Jones
  • At-Large –  Janice Bocchicchio, Lloyd Berg, Dennis Dell’Angelo, Richard Florentino, Matthew Gleason, David Jones, John Lawrence, David Poleshuck, Debby Poleshuck
This event is free and open to the public.   Light refreshments will be served.
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Tuesday, APRIL 30, 2013, 7 to 9 PM
What Does Just and Dignified Immigration Reform Look Like?
College of Staten Island, Center for the Arts 1P - Lecture Hall, 2600 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY
A Forum for the College and Community sponsored by:
Division of Student Affairs, Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Program, CORE Program and Peace Action of Staten Island
.  CLUE CERTIFIED.
Download small 4-up flyer
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Moderator: Rev. Susan Karlson, Unitarian Church of Staten Island
Panelists: Dr. Calvin Holder, Department of History
Cesar Vargas of the Staten Island DREAM Coalition
Tania Castillo, CSI Dream Team
Gonzalo Mercado of Staten Island Immigrants Council
Introductions: Hina Naveed

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Drone Conference & PANYS Annual Meeting in Syracuse NY
Attend the April 27-28, a DRONE CONFERENCE and the ANNUAL MEETING of Peace Action NYS will be held at the Southwest Community Center, 401 South Ave in Syracuse, NY.  The Annual Meeting takes place at 8:15 AM on Sunday.  Make a weekend of it with Peace Action. 
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Monday, April 15, 2013, 6 to 9 AM
Global Day Against Military Spending
Staten Island Ferry Terminal

The US Congress and the President have been locked in cycles of brinkmanship over the federal budget priorities  and deficits that have brought the vast and wasteful Pentagon budget into public scrutiny.  The general public overwhelmingly supports cuts to military spending when shown the facts and the trade offs between human services and the Pentagon. There is a broad and growing movement of peace, community and economic justice groups pushing for new federal budget priorities.  This makes GDAMS and Tax Day in the US a particularly auspicious occasion this year.  Click here for more information. 
Download Tax Day flier.
Download US Budget Pie Chart

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Sunday, April 14, 2013, 2 to 4 PM
Film Screening: "Miss Representation"

Staten Island JCC, 1466 Manor Road, Staten Island, NY

Miss Representation (90 min; TV-14 DL) uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.  Presented by the Unitarian Social Justice Committee and the Staten Island JCC.  PASI is proud to be one of the sponsoring organizations.
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 5 to 6 PM
NYC Anti-Drone Rally with the Grannies

Rockefeller Center, Manhattan
Join Peace Action on Wednesday, April 3, from 5 to 6 at an anti-drone rally at Rockefeller Center sponsored by New York City peace grannies.  The protest will be held on the west side of 5th Avenue between 49th and 50th Sts.  Col. Ann Wright and Nick Mottern, editor of KnowDrones, will speak.
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Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 10 am
Peace Walk for a New Spring from MA to DC will be in Staten Island!
www.newenglandpeacepagoda.org
Meet up and walk with the Peace Walkers at 10 am on Saturday at Guyon Ave and Mill Rd in the Oakwood section of Staten Island.  We will walk through the neighborhoods affected by Sandy and then walk to the Buddhist Temple at 113 John Street in Port Richmond.  This will be about an 8 mile walk.   If you join the walk, please dress appropriately and bring snacks and water for yourself.  Take S76 Bus from the Ferry (59 minutes).
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Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 5 to 7 pm
Parent-Teacher Conference Leafleting

to distribute information to parents and their students on Non-Military Options After High School.  Email: bharris21@nyc.rr.com.

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REFLECTIONS ON THE CURRENT DISORDER:
Why Did Wall Street Get Bailed Out and We Got Sold Out?
Williamson Theater, Building 1P, College of Staten Island
A lecture by Doug Henwood
Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 7 pm 
  Come to a talk by Doug Henwood, the editor Left Business Observer and author of Wall Street and The State of USA, who will address the roots of the current global economic crisis and offer what a popular, rather than Wall Street centered, solution would look like.
Sponsored by : the Department f Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work; Campus Activities Board.

This event is free and open to the public.  It is funded by the Campus Activities Board and Student Activity Fees.  For more information call Jay Arena at 718-982-3779 or email: john.Arena@csi.cuny.edu.
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SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2013, 5:45 to 8 PM
PEACE ACTION MEETING
Post-Sandy Priorities
Staten Island Museum Auditorium
75 Stuyvesant Pl., Staten Island, NY 10301
(1 block up from Staten Island Ferry)
Join community activist and journalist Danny Panzella,  community activist Staci Memmesheimer, Katrina-survivor and College of Staten Island Sociology Professor John (Jay) Arena, and Dennis Dell'Angelo, PASI board member and Staten Island architect.  This talk is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.
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SATURDAY, January 12, 2013,

5:45 to 8 PM
PEACE ACTION MEETING
Staten Island Museum Auditorium
75 Stuyvesant Pl., Staten Island, NY 10301
(1 block up from Staten Island Ferry) 

Economic Democracy:
The Cure for Capitalism

Speakers:  John Lawrence and Rich Florentino

Another world is possible! We can create a more egalitarian democratic economy in which everyone has universal healthcare, access to high quality life-long education and arts, economic security and work that they enjoy. An institutional cornerstone of a just society is democratic workplaces in which workers own and manage their own work. In this talk, we will discuss the movement to for economic democracy.


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Wednesday, December 5th, 7-9 PM
The Story of the Suspect Behind the Largest Security Breach in U.S. History
Speaker: Chase Madar
on WikiLeaks Whistle-Blower Bradley Manning

College of Staten Island
Center for the Performing Arts Lecture Hall 1P-119
2800 Victory Boulevard . Staten Island, NY 10314
  Bradley Manning, a 24-year-old Army Intelligence Officer, is accused of leaking diplomatic cables and reports on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the anti-secrets website Wikileaks.  Some consider him a heroic whistle-blower who exposed crimes committed by the United States government.  Others consider him a criminal.  His case has far-reaching implications regarding democracy, government transparency, and civil rights.  Chase Madar is a civil rights attorney and author of the new book on the accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower, called “The Passion of Bradley Manning.” The book looks at Bradley’s motives, his treatment by the U.S. government, and the political issues his case brings up.

Lecture sponsored by the CSI Student Government.


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SATURDAY, NOV. 10, 8:30 AM
PEACE ACTION CLEAN-UP CREW
Peace Action members are encouraged to volunteer on Saturday in the recovery effort. 

 
VOLUNTEERS needed to do demolition and sort donations in warehouse.
MEET-UP at 8:30 am at 568 Quincy Ave., near Seaview & Father Capadanno Blvd.
BY BUS: Take S51 from Staten Island Ferry to Seaview Ave.
DRESS WARMLY IN WORK CLOTHES & BOOTS
BRING TOOLS (hammer, crowbar).
RSVP pasi.eblast@gmail.com

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SATURDAY, NOV. 10, 5:45 to 8 PM
PEACE ACTION MEETING
Staten Island Museum Auditorium
75 Stuyvesant Pl., Staten Island, NY 10301
(1 block up from Staten Island Ferry) 

HURRICANE SANDY: GRASSROOTS RECOVERY
Guest Speaker: Rev. Susan Karlson, Unitarian Church of Staten Island

After the cleanup effort, meet for refreshments and a discussion of grassroots recovery efforts underway by local faith groups, volunteers and supported by websites like statenisland.recovers.org.

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Wed., October 3, 2012  - 6 pm to 7 pm
PROTEST ELEVEN YEARS OF WAR – STOP THE
KILLING
New Dorp Lane and 10th Street, Staten Island in front of Congressman Grimm’s office
Please join Peace Action in a demonstration that will mark the 11th ANNIVERSARY of the Afghanistan War.  It will take place this coming Wednesday, October 3, from 6:00  to 7:00 p.m. on New Dorp Lane at 10th Street, in front of Congressman Michael Grimm's office , a short walk from the New Dorp train station.  Together we must keep up the pressure to Exit Afghanistan, bring the troops home and end the killing.  Bring yourself, a friend and a sign.  Call 718-989-2881 and leave a message if you need more information or visit our website www.peacesi.org.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 10:30 AM
10:30 am Catch the Staten Island Ferry
11:30 am South Ferry Press Conference
1:00 pm Staten Island Borough Hall Rally

NUNS ON THE FERRY

Nuns and Faith Leaders continue the ride for Faith, Family and Fairness. ·Ryan's budget does not pass the basic moral test. Faith leaders and  participants will present the Washington DC Interfaith Coalition's "Faithful Budget" proposal to NY Congressmen. We must protect vulnerable Americans and their families from unjust cuts and alterations to responsible social Programs. We plan to tell our  elected officials that we do not want the budget balanced on the backs of the Poor. Come ride with us!  Take the 10:30 am ferry to go to the 11:30 Press Conference at South Ferry.  Then ride with the nuns over to Staten Island for a 1 p.m. Rally at Staten  Island Borough Hall. Watch for further details to follow! We are our brother's and sister's  keepers!
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SATURDAY, SEPT. 8, 5:45 to 8 PM
PEACE ACTION MEETING
Staten Island Museum Auditorium
75 Stuyvesant Pl., Staten Island, NY 10301
(1 block up from Staten Island Ferry)

Voices for Peace & Justice for Israel & Palestine

On Saturday, September 8th, at its first fall public meeting, Peace Action will be shining the light on some of the positive developments for peace: on the individual and organizational Jewish voices, both in Israel and in the United States, that are calling for peace and democracy in Israel and Palestine.  Our guest speaker will be Sefi Yahav, a young Jewish Israeli activist who is a student here in New York temporarily and has been working hard for unity between Palestinian and Israeli workers and students.  In addition, the recent Doris Shaffer Memorial Lecture by author Peter Beinart (author of “Crisis of Zionism”) that was given on August 21, 2012 in Lenox, Massachusetts will be viewed.  It is Peace Action’s hope that this will turn into more extensive conversations at different venues and times throughout the coming year sponsored by open-minded and peace-loving Staten Islanders.
Directions to the Staten Island Museum: From the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, walk to Richmond Terrace and Wall Street and walk up one short block.


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Sunday, August 26, 2 to 5:30 PM
Building Bridges Peace Walk:

What Makes Us One?

Hindu Temple, 1318 Victory Blvd.

    Join Peace Action of Staten Island and the Building Bridges Coalition in a gathering of reflection and hope.

   Our journey will begin at the Hindu Temple at 1318 Victory Boulevard.  It will take us on a walk through Clove Lake Park.  A prayer will be offered at the Vietnam Memorial at the Armory, at Martling Avenue and Manor Road.  We will end at Congregation Bnai’-Jeshurun at 275 Martling Avenue.  

    For more information call (718) 816-1998 or visit the Building Bridges website: www.buildingbridgessi.org.  Free and open to the public.

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Sunday, August 5, 20124 pm to 5:30 pm

Why Remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki ?

Unitarian Church of Staten Island, 312 Fillmore St.

    This year’s program on Staten Island will open with the music of pianist David Jones and the Japanese jazz ensemble WaFoo.  Art will be used to retell the story of the A-bomb survivors.  Father Liam O’Dougherty of Our Lady of Good Counsel (who was unable to be with us last year due to illness) will reflect on his work in Nagasaki four decades after the bombing.   A dramatic skit will highlight how the nuclear age affects New Yorkers still living under the threat of nuclear weapons and nuclear power plant accidents. The program will conclude with a Native American drumming ceremony and a talk about the Medicine Wheel with the Guardians of Ancestral Wisdom in the churchyard.    
    Light refreshments will be served and participants will be invited to learn more at information tables and displays with a chance to engage and ask questions.     

   This event is sponsored by Peace Action of Staten Island and the Unitarian Church of Staten Island.  It is free and open to the public.

Click here to see photos of the event by Yuuki Koike

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PASI Summer Picnic
Sat., July 28, 2012, 4 to 8 pm

Peace Action will be holding its summer picnic in the backyard of an Eltingville member this year.  Come, hang out with your PASI family, bring the kids, throw down, and mainly relax!  If you would like to volunteer to bring food, setup or clean up, that’s good, too.  Contact us at pasi.eblast@gmail.com or call 718-989-2881.   The picnic is free with your PASI membership.  You can sign up at the picnic. 

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June 13, 2012 - Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the NYC March and Rally of
1 Million People for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament
NO NUKES – NOW MORE THAN EVER!

6:30 pm: Cocktail Hour
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Main Event
DopDop Salon: 170 Mercer Street New York, NY
click here to download event flyer Guest performances by:
Judy Gorman: Vocal Artists & Peace Activist
Olivia Gatwood: Author and Poetry Slam Champion
Light food and drink will be provided.
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Saturday, June 9, 2012 - Disturbing the Peace
Stop & Frisk in NYC
Panelists: Ed Josey, NAACP, Cynthia Davis, SI National Action Network, OWS Activist, Debbie Almonaster, Muslim Consultative Network, NYPD

Saturday, June 9, 5:45 - 8 PM, Staten Island Museum, 75 Stuyvesant Place, Staten Island (across from the Staten Island Ferry ramp)

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Saturday, June 2, 2012 - Staten Island LGBT Pride Parade and Festival
March with Peace Action of Staten Island contingent.
Meet at PARADE start with your PASI T-Shirt at 11:30 am at Central and Slosson Aves, winds through the streets of St. George, and leads right into a Festival in Tompkinsville Park.

Nuclear Power & War

Guest Speaker Alicia Godsberg, Executive Director of Peace Action NYS

Saturday, May 12, 5:45 - 8 PM, Staten Island Museum, 75 Stuyvesant Place, Staten Island (across from the Staten Island Ferry ramp)

Come join us at PASI's General Meeting.   It is free and open to the public.

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MAY DAY 2012! 
May 1st: Labor, The Immigrant's Rights Movement, Peace Groups, and Occupy Wall Street are coming together for a mass rally and march.

Rally at Union Square at 4PM March to Wall Street at 5:30PM.

We are the 99%!
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Peace Action NYS Strategy Retreat April 28-29, 2012

First United Methodist Church: 603 State Street, Schenectady, NY

Saturday: 9am – 5pm – voting for officers, strategic planning and organizing retreat

Sunday: 9am – 5pm – fundraising and Board development, C3 Board Meeting, networking

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Dan Cantor: On Creating A National Third Party.
A House Party for Peace Action Fund of NYS.
March 18, 2012, 3 to 7 PM, 110 Hamilton Avenue.
RSVP to sjones1@si.rr.com  

Dan Cantor, the Executive Director of Working Families (WFP), will speak to the issue of creating a national third party.  WFP is a New York State party advocating for well-paying jobs, affordable housing, accessible health care, better public schools and more investment in public services.  It is aligned with parties from other states but is not national.  In a political environment where voters are disenchanted with the major parties…is a national third party a possible option?

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Hydrofracking vs. Clean Water

Guest Speaker Susan Chew of New Yorkers for Clean Water

Saturday, March 10, 2012 5:45 - 8 PM, Staten Island Museum, 75 Stuyvesant Place, Staten Island (across from the Staten Island Ferry ramp)

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Racism in the Age of Obama: From the Local to the Global

A Lecture by Glen Ford, Executive Editor of the Black Agenda Report

Date:
Tuesday February 28th, 2012
Time:
7:00 pm-9:00pm
Location:
College of Staten Island, The Center for the Arts, Lecture Hall

Prolific writer and activist Glen Ford will discuss these contradictions and the type of social movement that will be needed to end racial oppression.  Free and open to the public.
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TOP the CLOSING of PS 14! Protest at the PEP Panel
Thursday, Feb 9, 6 pm at Brooklyn Technical High School
Fort Green Ave. & Dekalb Ave., 2 blocks from Atlantic Ave
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January 14, 2011Drones:  The New Face of Warfare and Domestic Spying.  Guest Speakers:   Zohra Amed from Pakistan; and Nick Mottern, WESPAC. 

click here to see photos of the event
click here to download audio recording by Fred Nguyen
click here to view video of Zohra Ahmed

click here to view video of Nick Mottern

click here to view video of Drone Discussion

Under the US global war of terror, 40% of the US budget goes to preserve and expand the US empire, killing people in the Middle East to protect a global system of exploitation. As an integral part of the terror program, drones are a weapon of choice. The Obama administration is coordinating drone strikes in at least six countries: Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan. In fact, these drones are being used eight times more by the Obama administration than by the previous one. PASI's January 14th meeting brought attention to what the new drone program costs, where they function, who flies them, and how our airspace is now occupied continually by drones, but "Predator" and "Reaper". 

Zohra Ahmed, who is from Pakistan, and has just recently returned, shared her own personal experiences with the human devastation and destruction of her country through the use of unmanned drones

Nick Mottern is coordinator of the kNOw Drones project that uses replicas of Reaper drones to do sidewalk education and works for an international ban on weaponized and spy drones. He is a member of WESPAC justice and peace organization in Westchester County where he has been involved in anti-war work for many years and is the director of Consumers for Peace.org. He is a journalist, writing most recently for Truthout.org, and he has worked for Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, Bread for the World and the US Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs as well as several newspapers.

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December 10, 2011, Ten Years + Counting.  A Rally/Walk to End the War in Afghanistan was held from Noon to 1 PM, starting at the corner of Forest Ave. and Jewett Aves in Staten Island.
click here to download flier
click here to print your own EXIT Afghanistan sign

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November 12, 2011, Occupy Wall Street Comes to Staten Island.  Occupy Wall Street activists and Rev. Earl Koopercamp of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in West Harlem will be at the Peace Action of Staten Island meeting & potluck gathering on Saturday, November 12th at the Staten Island Museum, 75 Stuyvesant Place to engage in a dialogue about the movement that has spread to more than 150 communities across the nation and more worldwide.  CLICK HERE FOR FLIER WITH DAY'S EVENTS
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4th annual Make Food Not War Dinner

Keynote Speaker:  Colonel Ann Wright

Honoring Staten Island Peace Makers

Marjorie Garvin, Community Activist

Patricia and Lloyd Berg, Fellowship of Reconciliation

Saturday, November 5, 2011  - 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

New Dorp Moravian Church

2205 Richmond Road, Staten Island, NY 10306

Music by Jimmy Mack, Phyllis Forman, David Jones

Photos & Story, Courtesy of Thomas Good, Next Left Notes

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September 11, 2011, Coming to Peace with 9/11
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August 7, 2011, Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemoration in Music, Word, and a Walk.

     Hiroshima And Nagasaki — Retelling The Story by Ruth Benson


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July 3, 2011, Get to Know Your Neighbor Harmony Day Picnic at Miller Field.
     Get to Know Your Neighbor Website
     Photos
     Whitefeather Performance
     Potato Sack Race
     Link to NY1 story


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