rally was attended by over 3,000 people.It was organized to counter the right-wing opposition to the Islamic
Community Center that was being proposed for down town Manhattan.The rally in support of the Islamic
center was larger than the one opposed and got nation press coverage.
National Antiwar Conference in Albany, NY,
July 23 – 25
The National Antiwar Conference was a big success
with around 750 people registering.People came from 31 states and 22 people came from outside the
country.Much of the conference was
live-streamed onto the internet and recorded by the Sanctuary for
Independent Media.This can be seen
at here (http://mediasanctuary.tv/crows/).The conference adopted an action proposal
to guide our work for the next several months.The action proposal can be found here.
On April 5, 2010 members of the Muslim Solidarity Committee and
Project Salaam marched through Downtown Albany to City Hall where Council member Dominick Calsolaro proposed a
motion that the Albany Common Council urge the US Justice Department to review
the cases of Muslims who have been unjustly prosecuted.Family members and supporters spoke
with great emotion and resolution.The Coucil passed the resolution by a vote of 10 – 0 with 4 not
Over 100 People took to the Streets in Albany to protest on
the 5th Anniversary of the Arrest of Yassim Aref and Mohammed
August 4, 2009 over 100 people marched through the streets of
Albany, NY to protest the FBI crime of
tricking Yassim Aref and Mohammed Hossain into doing something that could
look as if it was illegal and then putting them in jail for 15
years.The protesters marched from
to a rally at the Masjid As-Salam Mosque, where both men worshiped. The
march and rally was sponsored by the Muslim Solidarity Committee and a
number of other local peace and justice groups.The Troy Record article on the march
and rally can be found on the link below.Click
here for the Troy Record Article on the March and Rally
The Linda Norris Auditorium, 339
Central Ave., Albany, New York. Everybody In,
Nobody Out: Jammin’ for a Single-Payer National Health Plan. This event
features music and entertainment by the bands Broadcast Live and Mother
Mcrees, the disk jockey Jardread, and the humorist Gregor Wynnyczuk.
Come and listen and dance to the music, learn about single payer
health care and maybe learn a few chants. Light refreshment will be
provided with a cash bar for beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages.
Admission is based on ability to pay with a suggested contribution of
$10-25.The event is co-sponsored by Single Payer New York, Capital District
Alliance for Universal Healthcare, Hunger Action Network of New York State,
Troy Area Labor Council, and The Capital District Area Labor Federation.For
more information contact Connie LaPorta at
On January 28th, 2009, BethlehemNeighbors for Peace held a
recognition dinner to honor Scott Ritter for the relentless struggle he has
pursued in the name of truth and justice.BNP also celebrated its 6th birthday.
honoring Scott were read from Danial Ellsberg, US Army Colonel Ann Wright,
author Michael Parenti and other local and national figures.
BNP was formed
right before the invasion of Iraq
and has continued to resist our government’s war drive in Iraq, Afghanistan and other parts of
the world for 6 years.Scott Ritter,
besides his work nationally has spoken at may BNP sponsored events
Anniversary Commemoration of the Arrests of YASSIN AREF & MOHAMMED
people marched from the Masjid As-Salam Mosque to down town Albany where a vigil
in support of Yassim Aref and Mohammed Hossain was held on Friday, August 22, 2008.
On Saturday, August 23, 2008,
55 people attended a conference on the case along with other similar
frame-up cases of Muslims.Out of
the Saturday conference, a new organization called the Muslim innocents
project was formed.A link to the
new web site will follow as soon as it is set up.
a picture of participants at the conference
Peace and Sustainability Conference on April 11 and 12, 2008 was a big
success.The Friday evening rally
was attended by 275 people.The
Saturday conference was attended by 200.Featured presenters included:
Sheehan: Peace activist, candidate for Congress, Gold Star Mom
for Peace Victor
Sidel : Co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility Elliott
Adams : National President of Veterans for Peace Steve
Breyman: Project Coordinator for climate neutral government and
institutional operations for the NYS Climate Change office.
member of Iraq Veterans Against the War including several active
duty soldiers from FortDrum.
Cindy Sheehan also spoke at UnionCollegeand Vic Sidel spoke at the AlbanyMedical school while they were in the area.
Cindy with some IraqVets at the conference
March Against the War: Remembering the Fallen
22, 2008 over 600 people participated in the 5th Anniversary
march and rally against the war in Iraqi (see www.RememberingTheFallen.org).As we rallied, the 4,000th
American Soldier died in this illegal and immoral war.At the rally, which took place in
downtown Albany in the CapitalWestPark,
participants set up a display with the names of nearly 4,000 of the fallen US
soldiers and also the identities of 4,000 Iraqi civilians who have
For coverage of the rally by the Times Union, click here
For pictures of last years 4th anniversary
rally in Albany
of over 1,000 people, go to: Album 1