Communities & Focus Areas :

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.

Posted in Blogs, Communities & Focus Areas, Director's Blog, Environmental and Food Justice

WESPAC 2017 Awards Dinner

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

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Posted in Blogs, Communities & Focus Areas, Director's Blog, Frontpage, Movement Building

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
Posted in Blogs, Communities & Focus Areas, Director's Blog, Environmental and Food Justice, Frontpage

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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2016 Fair Trade Festival!

2016-fair-trade-festival

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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Make Westchester a Sanctuary!

Satellite map of Westchester County, desaturated.

Satellite map of Westchester County, desaturated.

Make Westchester a Sanctuary! Convertir Westchester en un Santuario!

March and Rally in downtown White Plains on Black Friday, November 25th

Assemble at 12 noon at the Fountain (intersection of Main Street and Mamaroneck Avenue in downtown White Plains)
12:30pm march to the Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd statue located at 111 Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd. in White Plains

This march and rally has a permit with the City of White Plains and is organized by WESPAC Foundation, Inc. and supported by the Lower Hudson Valley Chapter of the NYCLU, the White Plains Greenburgh Chapter of the NAACP, the White Plains Religious Leaders, Westchester for Change (list in formation)

For more information contact [email protected] or call 914.449.6514.  Signs will be provided:

Make Westchester a Sanctuary       Convertir Westchester en un Santuario 

Keep Families Together                  Mantener unidas a las Familias

Path to Citizenship for All               Proceso de naturalización para todos

Drivers Licenses for the Undocumented      

Licencias de conducir para los indocumentados

Climate Change Action Now

Respect Indigenous Sovereignty 

Protect our Constitution

Protect our Bill of Rights

Support our Veterans

Black Lives Matter: support racial justice

Muslims are part of our Family

People with Disabilities are part of our Family

Respect and Support Women’s Rights

Respect and Support LGBTQ Rights

Support a Living Wage: we need economic democracy

Support our Workers and Unions

Westchester Welcomes Refugees

Posted in Blogs, Communities & Focus Areas, Director's Blog, Economic and Human Rights, Movement Building

Colorful Parade of Westchester Social Justice Community

BLM 2It seems like the moment for us to bring all our campaigns together in a show of force and to strengthen our social justice movement in the Westchester County area.

 
What about having a colorful parade of all of our contingents standing up for what we believe in:
 
Path to citizenship for all people and immediate end to deportations and steps to protect people in our midst – sanctuaries etc.
First Nations independence and respect for treaties
Racial equity
LGBTQ equality
Renewable energies
Police accountability
End to drone warfare and surveillance
Black Lives Matter
Palestinian human rights
Student debt forgiveness and free college education
Universal health care coverage – single payer
Farmworker rights, dignity and protections
Living wage jobs for all
Refugee resettlement and welcome
So much more
 
Can we organize this before the holidays?   We know there will be lots of folks going down to DC for the January 21st inauguration.  Let’s do something big in Westchester before that.  I will be at the WESPAC office (31 Mamaroneck Ave, 4th floor, White Plains) at 7pm on Tuesday, Nov. 15th for anyone who would like to be part of the planning.
 
Best,
 
Nada
Posted in Movement Building

The War in Syria Cannot Be Won. But It Can Be Ended.

 
Phyllis Bennis
October 31, 2016
The Nation
 
The left is profoundly divided over the conflict, but we should at least agree on a set of principles to end it.

 

yrian-Americans demonstrate near the United Nations to demand a cease-fire in Syria, New York, May 1, 2016.,  Sipa via AP Images

 

We need a powerful movement demanding an end to the war in Syria. The United States and to some extent the global antiwar movements remain largely paralyzed. There are some campaigns responding to specific congressional and other war moves, with some particularly good work against US support for Saudi Arabia. But as a movement, we seem unable to sort through the complexity of the multi-layered wars raging across Syria, and unable to respond to our internal divisions to create the kind of powerful movement we need to challenge the escalating conflict. (more…)

Posted in Blogs, Communities & Focus Areas, Director's Blog, Militarism and Foreign Policy, Movement Building, Racial Justice