Racism and Identity in Dutchess County Schools

Join ArlingtON PAR at the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve for an event about racism and identity in Dutchess County Schools! The event will include tables from different anti-racist organizations across Dutchess County, a panel including various stakeholders, and the opportunity for people to take action in a variety of ways on a variety of issues in smaller groups (from running for the school board to in the moment actions on specific topics from discipline in schools to faculty representation).

RSVP here.

 

ENJAN’s 5th Annual Mid-Hudson Valley Gathering

Save the Date! ENJAN’s 5th Annual Mid-Hudson Valley Gathering is organized around the theme of No Rollbacks on Justice. We’ll have speakers, free food, and an opportunity to learn about ENJAN and other local organizations and the work they are doing to end mass incarceration and racism in the criminal legal system.

Homes Are Not Hotels Poughkeepsie Block Party

Homes Are Not Hotels Poughkeepsie Block Party organized by For The Many

For the Many is hosting a Block Party in Poughkeepsie to get the word out about our Homes Are Not Hotels campaign! RSVP here!

This campaign is taking on one of the major factors in the Hudson Valley housing crisis: vacation rentals (like Airbnbs) owned by absentee investors who live off-site. These outside investors are buying up huge amounts of houses and apartments and turning them into unregulated hotels for tourists instead of renting or selling them to long-term Hudson Valley residents.

Fewer housing options means that rents, property taxes, and home prices are going up for Newburgh residents while outside investors make a huge profit from renting to tourists. We’re fighting back and saying: our homes are not hotels!

O+ BHMK Mural Tour (in person)

Enjoy a tour of some of O Positive’s most fascinating outdoor wall murals. This is a specially guided walk that will provide you with an exciting and interesting experience of unique art in Kingston.

The walk will begin at 10am at the Black Lives Matter Mural located at 695 Broadway at Liberty St. in Kingston, NY 12401, USA and last approximately 75-90 min. Masking and social distancing required.

Enjoy a tour of some of O Positive’s most fascinating outdoor wall murals. This is a specially guided walk that will provide you with an exciting and interesting experience of unique art in Kingston.

on Advancing Supportive Housing Solutions to Reduce Homelessness for People Impacted by the Criminal Legal System (virtual)

Join Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), Exodus Transitional Community (Exodus) and other panelists to discuss the immediate actions NYC leadership can take in 2022 to expand access to supportive housing for those leaving Rikers Island who are homeless and have behavioral health needs. These fiscally responsible policy changes are an important component of de-incarceration and making our communities safer. Register here!

Panelists:
Louis Molina, NYC DOC Commissioner
Kandra Clark, VP of Policy & Strategy, Exodus Transitional Services
Cynthia Stuart, COO, Supportive Housing Network of New York
Mark Hurwitz, COO, Urban Pathways

Moderator:  Dr. Victoria A. Philips (Ms. V.), Founder of Visionary V, The Community, Health and Justice Organizer with the Mental Health Project, Urban Justice Center

A Discussion with Black Environmental Industry Professionals (virtual)

In this virtual webinar, the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater is thrilled to provide the space led by and for Black environmental professionals to share their work and amplify the visibility of the Black community in the environment to the next generation. Our incredible panelists will be joining us from throughout NYC and the Hudson Valley and will be sharing their professional journeys across the environmental field, from education, to research, to development and communications. Register here!

Panelists:

  • Megan Lung, Hudson River Estuary Program Environmental Analyst/NEIWPCC
  • Tanasia Swift, Field Station Program Manager at The Billion Oyster Project
  • Benita Law-Diao, Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardner, Patroon Creek Greenway Feasibility Study Community Liaison
  • Jerome Cunningham, Development and Communications Associate at Groundwork Hudson Valley
  • Zoraida Lopez-Diago, Program Director at Scenic Hudson’s River Cities Program

Climate Justice Working Group (remote)

The Climate Justice Working Group is tasked with establishing criteria for identifying disadvantaged communities for the purposes of co-pollutant reductions, greenhouse gas emissions reductions, regulatory impact statements, and the allocation of investments pursuant to the CLCPA.

This informational meeting will not take any official action but include presentations on mapping analysis and will be conducted by teleconference. Members of the public are welcome to listen to the meeting via webcast.

Join in here!

Poughkeepsie Common Council Meeting – Good Cause Eviction (virtual)

The Common Council is the law-making body of the City of Poughkeepsie and is comprised of 9 members. 8 ward representatives and 1 member At-Large. Similar to Congress at the federal level, we are the City of Poughkeepsie’s legislative body. The Council is separate from the Mayor’s administration but an equal partner in how our City is run.

Good Cause Eviction is a piece of legislation that would require a judge to approve every eviction and rent raise by a certain set of conditions.

Read the Good Cause Eviction Fact Sheet here.

This meeting will be held virtually, Zoom link forthcoming.