Help us welcome the "Peace Pilgrimage for a Nuclear Free Future" as the walkers pass through Troy on their journey from Boston to Albany. Bring a dish and join us for supper at the Missing Street Ministry (across from Freedom Square, corner of 5th and 6th Avenues and 101st Street, a few doors north of The Sanctuary for Independent Media)!
They will walk a total of 300 miles, beginning each day at 8 am and typically walking 15-18 miles per day. The walkers will be spending their night in Troy at the Missing Link Street Ministry.
Activists from the radical environmental group Earth First! will speak at The Sanctuary For Independent Media (3361 Sixth Avenue in North Troy) at 7 PM on Wednesday, June 30, 2010. They will be presenting the Earth First! Journal Roadshow, featuring a program about the international ecodefense movement called “Earth Nightly News” followed by a multimedia presentation on the history of Earth First! (which is celebrating 30 years on the front lines of ecological defense).
The Sanctuary for Independent Media and Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace welcome filmmaker Joe Stillman and Iraq Veterans Against the War co-founder Jimmy Massey for a screening of the new documentary "From Mills River to Babylon and Back... The Jimmy Massey Story."
Former Staff Sergeant Jimmy Massey, a 12-year Marine veteran, served in Iraq in 2003. He witnessed—and in some cases participated in—the killing of innocent civilians. The Iraqis “were just doing their normal routines,” he says, “and they were getting frickin’ blasted for it.” He began to speak out to his superiors and was eventually diagnosed with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. He won an honorable discharge in December 2003
By Tom Keyser
Robert Hillary King spent nearly three decades in solitary confinement at the notorious Angola state prison in Louisiana. As a member of the Black Panther Party, he and two party members became nationally known as the Angola 3 — political prisoners who spent decades in solitary confinement for, they contend, organizing prisoners to improve conditions.
King, 66, will speak Friday at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy in support of his book, "From the Bottom of the Heap: The Autobiography of Black Panther Robert Hillary King" (PM Press, 224 pages, $24.95).
After becoming a Black Panther in prison and organizing inmates, according to the book's dust jacket, "prison authorities beat him, starved him and gave him life without parole after framing him for a second crime. He was thrown into solitary confinement, where he remained in a 6-by-9-foot cell for 29 years as one of the Angola 3. In 2001, the state grudgingly acknowledged his innocence and set him free."
A Rally for the Freedom of Speech
Photos by Tom Killips — The Record
Top left: Joe Lombardo speaks to protesters rallying against Troy's decision to essentially close down the Sanctuary for Independent Media because of code violations.
Top right: Sarah Gonek protests outside Troy City Hall Tuesday night.
Bottom left: Fred Elfenbein (l) and Sheldon Carnes carry signs about Troy Department of Public Works Commissioner Bob Mirch during a protest Tuesday night.
Bottom right: Shannon Miya holds a sign as she marches with others protesters outside Troy City Hall Tuesday night.