NYS NAACP call for justice


NEW YORK STATE NAACP CALLS FOR JUSTICE FOR MR. SAMUEL HARRELL, AN AFRICAN AMERICAN MALE INMATE BEATEN TO DEATH BY NEW YORK STATE CORRECTION OFFICERS AT FISHKILL PRISON ON APRIL 21, 2015

DR. HAZEL DUKES, PRESIDENT
LEROY GADSDEN, J.D., CHAIRMAN, CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE

FACTS:
1. On April 21, 2015, Mr. Samuel Harrell a non-violent African American Inmate (bi-polar) was involved in a confrontation with New York State Correction Officers at Fishkill Prison.  A confrontation that led to Mr. Harrell being beaten to death by numerous correction officers.  

2. Prior to the fatal beating by correction officers, Mr. Harrell was not charged or accused of any type of weapons related offense.

3. After the beat down, correction officers called for an ambulance, but according to medical records, the officers mentioned nothing about a physical encounter. Rather, the records showed, they told the ambulance crew that Mr. Harrell probably had an overdose of K2, synthetic marijuana.

4. An autopsy report by the Orange County medical examiner concluded that Mr. Harrell, 30, had cuts and bruises to the head and extremities and had no illicit drugs in his system, and died of cardiac arrhythmia, “following a physical altercation with corrections officers.”

5. The Orange County Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide.

6. The New York State Correction Department has failed to take any type of appropriate disciplinary actions against the officers and supervisors who not only appeared to beat Mr. Samuel Harrell to death but lied in an attempt to conceal and or justify their actions.

NO CRIMINAL CHARGES HAS BEEN BROUGHT AGAINST THE OFFICERS INVOLVED IN THE FATAL BEATING
(18 months and counting)

Undoing Racism Training


 
Subject: Hudson Valley Leaders Organizing Training for Undoing Racism

Challenged by How to Deal with Race Issues in Your Organization? 
Concerned about the Impact of Race and Racism in our HV Communities?

We invite you to take part in a half-day of organizing training led by Ron Chisom, co-founder of The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB). Ron will bring several PISAB  northeast organizing leaders to share insights and years of experience organizing to undo racism across the nation.
 

Date, Time and Place:
Saturday, May 20th  10:00am – 3:00pm 
The Sharpe Reservation
436 Van Wyck Lake Road, Fishkill, NY 12524

Cost: $10 includes lunch
This is an invitation-only event for HV organizing leaders.
Please RSVP by May 13, 2017 to:

 Tracy Givens Hunter (thgivens@gmail.com
or, Pete Heymann (heymann.peter@gmail.com)

Session participants will engage in a comprehensive exploration of how we as anti-racist organizers and social justice activists can gain organizing skills, strategies and tactics to better lead the effort to bring Undoing Racism Workshops back to the HV.

Undoing Racism Workshops are unique 2 1/2 day workshops offered by The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, a national, multiracial, anti-racist network from New Orleans dedicated to ending racism in our lifetime.

Now in its 38th year, PISAB has provided training, consultation, and leadership development to more than 500,000 people in organizations nationally and internationally.

The PISAB analysis moves beyond a focus on the symptoms of racism to an understanding of what Racism is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it still persists and how we can effectively organize to Undo Racism in our communities.

Key areas of discussion will include:
1. Assessing where we are in our level of organizing skills
2. Hearing success stories strategies and tactics
3. Learning from History
4. Sharing organizing experience
5. Organizing to Undo Racism


Let’s gather together to organize to Undo Racism. 

Please RSVP now.
Peace,

Peter 

Peter Heymann

May 10 Lobby Day in Albany

May 10th Day of Advocacy and Action

Please join Challenging Incarceration and New Yorkers struggling for justice statewide for our May 10th lobby day in Albany, Unite for Parole and Prison Justice: A Day of Advocacy and Action. This legislative action and advocacy day will focus on amplifying our message of an end to mass incarceration, state violence and torture, and identity-based oppression, and the promotion of community empowerment. Our May 10th legislative advocacy will place a particular emphasis on bringing people home through a more humane parole system.

Unitarian Universalist Principles and Black Lives Matter

Black Lives of UU endorses #Vision4BlackLives Policy Platform

from the Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism Organizing Collective



Today The Movement for Black Lives released it’s #Vision4BlackLives Policy Platform which we whole heartedly endorse as an Organizing Collective. This truly visionary platform seeks to restore Black humanity and dignity through Black political will and power. It features as set of six demand categories each of which are deeply explored & researched on the policy platform website: https://policy.m4bl.org/
In response to the sustained and increasingly visible violence against Black communities in the U.S. and globally, a collective of more than 50 organizations representing thousands of Black people from across the country have come together with renewed energy and purpose to articulate a common vision and agenda. We are a collective that centers and is rooted in Black communities, but we recognize we have a shared struggle with all oppressed people; collective liberation will be a product of all of our work. — from #Vision4BlackLives Policy Platform
While we certainly see a direct link between this policy platform and our own 7 Principles of Black Lives, the grounding of the #Vision4BlackLives in the goal of affirming Black humanity & dignity also show a clear connection to our Unitarian Universalist Principles.

The Movement for Black Lives is asking individuals and organizations to formally endorse the #Vision4BlackLives. Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism has already taken that step as an Organizing Collective. We encourage all UUs and all UUA entities to read, digest and endorse this critical step towards collective liberation.

May 1 March for Sanctuary

Celebrate International Workers' Day by making Poughkeepsie a sanctuary city.


On May Day, rally and march for workers' rights to sanctuary cities, public transit, education, and good jobs. As the Poughkeepsie Common Council introduces a sanctuary-inspired resolution on May 1st , show them how the Hudson Valley feels about defending our neighbors!

Monday, May 1st starting at 4:30pm.
4:30pm Gather at the Family Partnership Center in Poughkeepsie (29 N Hamilton St.),
5pm March to City Hall
5:30pm Rally at City Hall (62 Civic Center Plaza)
6pm Speak out on sanctuary-inspired resolution at Common Council meeting
RSVP here or contact Community Voices Heard, the coordinating organization for more details: jordan@cvhaction.org

Two-Year Vigil for Samuel Harrell



On April 21, 2015, correctional officers at our local prison beat to death Samuel Harrell.  Two years later, those same officers are not only free from criminal prosecution but are still on the job.

Please join Beacon Prison Action as we mourn Sam's death, call for accountability for this heinous crime, and organize toward systemic reform:

Two-Year Vigil Friday, April 21st 7pm Polhill Park, Beacon (corner of Main St & 9D in Beacon) Tell us you're coming on facebook

Please sign up to help on the 21st & 22nd! All throughout the day of the vigil and the following day, we'll be handing out information and helping people address postcards to the local prosecutor and the Governor's office.  Please sign up for a shift here or by emailing Kate at katherinegillieflanagan@gmail.com.

Two-Year Vigil Friday, April 21st 7pm Polhill Park, Beacon (corner of Main St & 9D in Beacon) Tell us you're coming on facebook

Please sign up to help on the 21st & 22nd! All throughout the day of the vigil and the following day, we'll be handing out information and helping people address postcards to the local prosecutor and the Governor's office.  Please sign up for a shift here or by emailing Kate at katherinegillieflanagan@gmail.com.