Fair and Affordable Housing Community Meeting

The Past, Present, and Future of Community Planning

For Fair and Affordable Housing
in Westchester

 A WESPAC Foundation / CSEA Roundtable / Planners Network Forum

Saturday, October 24, 1pm

CSEA Local 860

595 W. Hartsdale Avenue, White Plains, NY 10607 Read more ›

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An Evening with Gideon Levy and Suheil Khalilieh

October 19, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
An Evening with Gideon Levy and Suheil Khalilieh

How Can We Be Agents of Change to Secure Human Rights for Israel and the Palestinian Territories?
On this panel, we will hear from Israeli and Palestinian voices of conscience who will help us understand that in the long struggle toward justice and peace in the Holy Land, the fulcrum of change must involve the international community. Read more ›

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Please support WESPAC’s 2015 Membership Drive!

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Responding Locally to the Refugee Crisis

Here at WESPAC, we are interested in forming a broad-based community committee to organize locally to sponsor Syrian/Iraqi/Afghani (among many others) refugees and to pressure our government to step up its acceptance of these refugees.   While European countries have agreed to accept tens of thousands or more refugees, the U.S. has to date accepted only a 1,500 or 0.03% of the people fleeing war and destruction — and is considering admitting only 10,000 in 2016.

As a result of the U.S. invasion of Iraq — which helped set off the civil wars now going on in Syria and Iraq — we have an important responsibility to respond to the Syrian refugee crisis.  Read more ›

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Nature Walk with local farmer Doug DeCandia

Doug Walk

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Phyllis Bennis at WESPAC’s Annual Meeting


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Upcoming Events

  1. Candidates Forum

    October 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. League of Women Voters of White Plains

    October 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. A Permaculture Perspective

    October 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  4. Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective

    October 14 @ 7:30 pm
  5. Annual Schwarzschild Memorial Lecture

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NY State Regent Judith Johnson to Speak at Forum on Educational Inequality

October 20, 2015, 7:00pm - October 20, 2015, 8:00pm

Ethical Culture Society of Westchester

Featured Speaker: New York State Regent, Judith Johnson The greatest education reforms in our country have been born when society is galvanized by questions of moral importance. American public schools were once the vehicle that provided access to the concept of economic mobility. Public schools were viewed as the great equalizer. The notion was that each student, regardless of birth conditions, would receive an education that led to opportunities to climb the American economic ladder of success. Today, that access is closed for far too many children. Now we ask, what is the role of public education in a democratic society? How can we ensure equitable education for all? Challenging decades of inequality is hard but essential work if we are to preserve our democratic principles of social justice. Westchester for Change is delighted and fortunate to have Regent Judith Johnson of the New York Board of Regents as its featured speaker for its next forum, which is on educational inequality. Ms. Johnson, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education in the Department of Education in the Clinton administration, is also a former superintendent of both the Peekskill and Mount Vernon public schools. Regent Johnson will discuss the characteristics that define public school education inequities, the implications for our democracy if left unaddressed, and invite us to consider strategies to fulfill the state's mission of providing a public school education that offers opportunities for all students to emerge from school prepared to participate as members of a democratic society. A question and answer period will follow the presentation. Cosponsoring groups include: Citizen Action of New York, Ethical Society of Westchester, Greenburgh Democrats, Mt. Vernon United Tenants, Scarsdale Democratic Town Committee, White Plains Democratic City Committee, White Plains NAACP, WESAPC (list in formation).

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Tonight Free Event! Gonzalo from Workers Justice Center and Guisela from NYCLU Lower Hudson Valley will be discussing Farmworker Justice. Join us at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY @ 6pm. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. ...

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Monday, October 19th at 6:30pm
Greenburgh Town Hall
177 Hillside Avenue
Greenburgh, NY 10607

The discussion will be moderated by Natalie Kabasakalian, an active member of Jewish Voice for Peace - Westchester. She is an attorney who holds an LL.M. in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights from the University of Geneva.

About the Speakers:
Gideon Levy is a Haaretz columnist and a member of the newspaper's editorial board. Levy joined Haaretz in 1982 and spent four years as the newspaper's deputy editor. He is the author of the weekly Twilight Zone feature, which covers the Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza over the last 25 years, as well as a writer of political editorials for the newspaper. Levy was the recipient of the Euro-Med Journalist Prize for 2008; the Leipzig Freedom Prize in 2001; the Israeli Journalists’ Union Prize in 1997; and The Association of Human Rights in Israel Award for 1996. His new book, The Punishment of Gaza, has just been published by Verso Publishing House in London and New York.

Suhail Khalilieh is the Head of the Settlements Monitoring Department at the Applied Research Institute-Jerusalem (ARIJ). He joined ARIJ over two periods of time, the first of which between 1997 and 1999. He then moved to work in the Human Rights Field working at the Citizen Rights Center (CRC) with The Arab Thought Forum (ATF), where he gained an extensive experience in the field. Khalilieh has also worked with the Palestinian Trade Center – PALTRADE as the Publications & Communication Officer. He then went to be the Executive Director of the Union of Stone & Marble Industry. Khalilieh rejoined ARIJ in 2003 and has been working there since. He contributed to a wide and extensive publication issued at every post he held and is considered a political analyst and an expert on Israeli settlements and policies practiced by the Israeli Army in the occupied Palestinian territory.

This event is free and open to the public. Contributions will be requested to cover honoraria and travel costs. The evening is co-sponsored by JVP - Westchester and WESPAC Foundation. For more information, contact westchester@jewishvoiceforpeace.org or call 914.449.6514.

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The members of the planning committee for this year's Margaret Eberle Fair Trade Festival are soliciting invitations from fair trade vendors to apply to participate as a vendor at this year's festival which will take place on Saturday, December 5th from 10am to 4pm. Please forward this email to those who may be interested. We have a formal application process for serious candidates:

While there is no one definition of Fair Trade, there are some accepted principles that most proponents of fair trade expect. These include fair price and fair labor conditions for those who created the products, elimination of unnecessary middlemen, community development, and environmental sustainability. We consider local artists who create their products, crafts, and art at home to be a component of fair trade ethics and we welcome their participation. Our commitment to these ideals is a foundation of the event and we strive to offer fair trade products with the principles listed.

The Margaret Eberle Fair Trade Festival and Crafts Fair offers many communities a place to reap the benefits of having their products sold. From helping pay for medicines, fund schools, and sustain artist communities, we are an important piece in establishing fair economics in a real way. The fair also provides a venue for vendors like yourself to educate people about fair trade and fair economics.

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