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Rally in support of Immigrant Rights – Monday, February 20th

Rally In in support of Immigrant Rights – Monday, February 20th

Rally at the fountain in downtown White Plains (intersection of Main Street and Mamamaroneck Ave) from 12 noon to 1pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/1345733042131900/

List of Participating Organizations in the Westchester Social Justice Community:

Community Voices Heard: http://www.cvhaction.org

Concerned Families of Westchester: https://www.facebook.com/ConcernedFamiliesofWestchester/

Food & Water Watch: https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/state/new-york

Hudson Valley Community Coalition: http://hvccoalition.org

Knowdrones.com: https://www.knowdrones.com

Lower Hudson Valley Progressive Action Network: https://www.facebook.com/LHVPAN/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE

Mount Vernon United Tenants: http://mvut.org

Indivisible Westchester: https://www.facebook.com/groups/228920050895653/

Prevent Gun Violence—Westchester: http://www.preventgunviolence.org

Up and Up Action Initiative: https://www.facebook.com/UUAction/?fref=ts

WESPAC Foundation: https://wespac.org

Westchester for Change: https://www.facebook.com/groups/westchester4change/

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Introducing the Westchester Coalition for Police Reform to the Yonkers Community

Introducing the Westchester Coalition for Police Reform to the Yonkers Community

Friday, February 10th at 2pm at the Yonkers Riverfront Library

1 Larkin Plaza in downtown Yonkers

This public forum is an introduction of the work of the Westchester Coalition for Police Reform to the Yonkers Community. Speakers include: co-founder of the coalition Kenneth Chamberlain, Jr., who lost his father in a police killing in the City of White Plains in 2011. Also, speaking will be the convener of the coalition, Rev. Doris Dalton, who is also the Executive Director of the Westchester MLK Institute for Nonviolence; Yonkers Community Organizer Hector Santiago and WCPR steering committee member Nada Khader who will speak about WCPR’s April forum on civilian oversight of local law enforcement.

Posted in Blogs, Communities & Focus Areas, Criminal Justice, Director's Blog, Movement Building, Racial Justice

Urge Senator Schumer to resist Trump Agenda

Urge Senator Schumer to
Resist Trump’s Anti-Environmental Agenda and Entire Agenda

Thursday, February 2, 2017
Noon – 1:00 pm

Office of Senator Schumer
1 Park St., Peekskill, NY

Donald Trump’s presidency represents nothing less than an all-out war on our climate, environment, and communities. Tell Senator Schumer that we won’t stand for this!

Trump’s administration of Big Business cronies would protect corporate interests while endangering our water, air, and food, threatening our civil rights and safety, and risking climate chaos.

As the nation’s top Democrat, Senator Chuck Schumer must stand strong against Trump’s catastrophic Cabinet appointments and his climate-destroying plans.

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WESPAC 2017 Awards Dinner

Please consider making an additional contribution to allow students and fixed income the opportunity to attend.

$

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From Sandra Blackwell

Dear Community Partners,
 
Have you made plans yet for Friday, January 13, 2017?
 
We invite you to Wear Your Colors, Bring Your Banners and MARCH with the members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Westchester Alumnae Chapter as we Re-Enact the Women’s Suffrage March,  Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to VOTE in New York State and our 104th Birthday!!!
 
The event will begin at the Thomas Slater Center, 2 Fisher Court in White Plains at 4:30 p.m. where we will register new voters.  Then, at 5:00 p.m., we will depart from the Slater Center and MARCH over to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Statue in front of the County Courthouse Building on MLK Boulevard.  (approx. one-half block).   Deltas participated in their first social action event in 1913 when they marched in the 4th Annual Women’s Suffrage March in Washington, DC.  We will hear brief remarks from our invited guests and Westchester Alumnae Chapter President, Danielle Henry.  
 
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Indian Point to Close by 2021

Amazing news: Indian Point Power Plant to shut down by 2021!
 
We salute the founder of WESPAC, Connie Hogarth, for being instrumental in this movement and to all the members of IPSEC  the Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition (Marilyn Elie, Jeanne and Gary Shaw, and many others) who have worked for decades to shut down this aging, radioactive leaking nuclear power plant.
 
We thank you and love you: http://nyti.ms/2i0ZuC0
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Candlelight Vigil Monday at 6pm against gun violence and use of county center for gun shows

Candlelight Vigil

Marking Gun Violence Deaths in Westchester as Legislators Prepare to Vote to Ban Gun Shows on County Properties

Monday, January 9

6:30-7:00pm

Front steps of Michaelian Office Building

148 Martine Ave., White Plains, NY 10601

Sponsored by Interfaith Clergy for Social Action and WESPAC

 

As Westchester County legislators prepare to vote on a bill that would ban gun shows from being held at the County Center on Monday, January 9, Interfaith Clergy for Social Action and WESPAC will gather concerned county residents for candlelight vigil from 6:30-7:00pm. 

 

The Vigil will be a time of prayer, song and silence to show support for the ban and to remember many people killed due to gun violence in Westchester. 

 

At 7:00pm legislators will vote on the bill.  If approved, it will be sent to the County Executive who is expected to veto.  An override would require 12 votes.  The Westchester County Executive lifted the ban in 2010 and a gun show is planned for later in January.

 

All are welcome to this public witness.  Candles will be provided.  This vigil has a permit with the City of White Plains.

 

Additional background in The Journal News, “Lawmakers move to block gun show advances”, Jan. 3, 2017.

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Westchester activists plan to march in DC with thousands for Trump’s inauguration

http://www.fios1news.com/lowerhudsonvalley/westchester-activists-plan-march-in-dc#.WG_H2PkrKUk

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Ann Wright to Speak at WESPAC

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2016 Fair Trade Festival!

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3RD • 10 AM – 4 PM MEMORIAL UMC SANCTUARY* 250 BRYANT AVENUE, WHITE PLAINS, NY MARGARET EBERLE 2016 FAIR TRADE FESTIVAL & CRAFTS SALE

• 30+ International & local fair trade arts and crafts vendors

• Lunch & homemade baked goods for sale

• Free parking or Bee-Line Bus #5 & #60

• Suggested admission $2 – $5 (A portion of your admission will be donated to Rural & Migrant Ministry, a NY non-profit)

• Live music: Walkabout Clearwater Chorus, Jenny Murphy, Art Bennett Quartet

* We’ve moved upstairs to the MUMC Sanctuary Fair trade seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions and securing the rights of marginalized producers and workers both locally and globally.

Organized by: Memorial UMC, The LOFT: LGBT Center, Westchester MLK Jr. Institute for Nonviolence, WESPAC (914) 949-2146 or www.memorial4all.org

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