Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn "Demand the Impossible"

Date & Time: 
10/15/2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
by donation ($10 suggested, $5 student/low-income)

Join longtime activist/educators (and former members of the Weather Underground) Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn for an engaged conversation about the world, this historical moment, and where we go from here.

Bill Ayers and Bernardine DohrnBill Ayers is a social justice activist, teacher, Distinguished Professor of Education (retired) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and author of two memoirs, "Fugitive Days" and "Public Enemy."

Peace of Mind

So  I love life.  I think it is wonderful to be part of this world.  I think there are many reasons that I am in love with living is that I keep focused on the positives in life.  So I have taught my environment to be nice to me.  This includes facebook as well!  Only positive feeds, genuine human interest stories, social advocacy, and all the good news around us.  I have told people that we hypnotize ourselves with our own language, with media, with people we choose to have around us.  I don't watch the news that repeats the same stories over and over again, with disturbing images.  I don't live under a rock either though.  So I know what is going on in the world but I am not bombarded by constant negativity.  I also don't get the visuals, which can be traumatic.

Hypnotize your brain your way.  Find all the Peace, and Love happening all around the world.  It is there!  Like this picture I took yesterday morning.  Got up early and the sun greeted me like this!

early morning


Date & Time: 
07/31/2015 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Please join us for our second annual peace festival at Freedom Square!!!  Lots of fun to celebrate community with great music, and a delicious free barbeque!  There will be free Henna tattoos by local artist Talad, and music by local artists.  Enjoy some yoga, and other free items!




Chris Hedges Dinner

Date & Time: 
05/29/2015 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Chris HedgesJournalist, author and war correspondent Chris Hedges will be the guest of honor at a special fundraising dinner from 5:30-6:30 PM on May 29, 2015 in support of the recently FCC-approved low power non-commercial radio station WOOC 105.3 FM, which will be based at The Sanctuary for Independent Media.

Tickets for the dinner are $75; call (518) 272-2390 or email with questions and for reservations. Purchase tickets online by making an online donation of $75 for each ticket here.

Here's the menu so far:

Green Salad, Tzatziki, Babaganoosh, Beet and Feta Salad, Carrot Salad, Three Bean Salad
Chicken Tangine, Bar-b-Que Chicken
Pears with Wine Sauce, Strawberries with Whipped Cream, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Biscotti
Coffee, tea, water with lemon and limes, tonic/seltzer

The dinner will be followed at 7 PM by a talk.

Peacestock 2014

Everyone experiences emotions such as stress, anxiety, and frustration. Emotions are caused by a variety of factors, like having a bad day at work or school. Emotions may be overwhelming and difficult to cope with at times. Many doctors are resorting to medication. Over medication is an increasing epidemic in the United States. People may consume more than one medication in a day for the same disease or illness. Today doctors are prescribing multiple medications for an illness. Prescribed medications can have detrimental effects on our body. A diabetes medication may alleviate some symptoms, but cause side effects such as drowsiness and nausea. Too many people are medicated for something that can be fixed by a simple change in lifestyle. Simple activities include physical exercise, meditating, reading a book, filming a short video, drawing, or listening to and playing music. Some people prefer alternative forms of coping with emotions because they are much healthier for us.

See video

Women Against War

Women Against War is a group of women based out of the Capital District, who advocate for peace and change in United States foreign policies through lobbying, leafleting, vigils, media outreach, and educational events. Founded in 2002, a group of women stood up against the United States government's plan to go to war against Iraq. Hundreds of women around the area reached out and commited to raising their voices against the impending violence. Women Against War co-sponsored events with the Sanctuary, one being a talk with journalist Jeremy Scahill called "Dirty Wars."

Caravan for Peace: Mali’s "Festival in the Desert" came to Freedom Square this summer

Tartit/Imhartan photoThe traveling edition of Mali's award-winning "Festival in the Desert," featuring two of Africa’s most powerful musical groups, stopped in Troy NY for a free all-ages show in Freedom Square on Friday, July 26, 2013. Freedom Square is located at 39 5th Avenue, where 101st Street meets 5th and 6th Avenues in North Troy. Bring lawn blankets and chairs.

War can’t stop the music, and Malian artists continue to practice their art despite upheaval and violence. In support of and to highlight their tenacity, the Festival au Desert - Caravan for Peace, brings to the US legendary Malian artists adored in Mali.

The Festival in the Desert has featured everyone from rock idols to Saharan nomads, Now it is coming to several U.S. and Canadian cities this July and August, 2013. In addition to Freedom Square, stops include New York (Lincoln Center Out of Doors), Montreal (Festival Nuit d’Afrique), Santa Fe (Lensic Theater), Northampton MA (Iron Horse), Trumansburg NY (Grassroots Festival), Spiegeltent at the Hudson Valley’s Bard Music Festival, and more in Brooklyn, Washington DC and beyond.

"Cultures of Resistance"

Date & Time: 
11/05/2011 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
by donation ($10 suggested, $5 student/low-income)

Does each gesture really make a difference? Can music and dance be weapons of peace?

Cultures of Resistance banner


In 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, director Iara Lee embarked on a journey to better understand a world increasingly embroiled in conflict and, as she saw it, heading for self-destruction. After several years, travelling over five continents, Iara encountered growing numbers of people who committed their lives to promoting change. This is their story. From IRAN, where graffiti and rap became tools in fighting government repression, to BURMA, where monks acting in the tradition of Gandhi take on a dictatorship, moving on to BRAZIL, where musicians reach out to slum kids and transform guns into guitars, and ending in PALESTINIAN refugee camps in LEBANON, where photography, music, and film have given a voice to those rarely heard, CULTURES OF RESISTANCE explores how art and creativity can be ammunition in the battle for peace and justice.

Community potluck welcoming the "Peace Pilgrimage for a Nuclear Free Future"

Date & Time: 
08/06/2011 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Image of the monks and nuns of the Nipponzan Myohoji Peace Pagoda leading a Walk for a Nuclear Free FutureHelp 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.

Syndicate content