"The Ambassador of Soul" - Ellis Hall @ Caffe Lena's
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

"The Ambassador of Soul" - Ellis Hall @ Caffe Lena's

Caffe Lena
47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

"Boy, you got so much music in you it's scary!" Ray Charles to Ellis Hall

Through the ages, there have been a number of famous blind African American male entertainers in Gospel, Blues, Soul and Pop but few as gifted as Ellis Hall. What other man can claim to have written 3,800 songs, sung at the funeral of Helen Keller at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York and before Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, Africa, been a member of Oakland Soul band Tower of Power, been nominated for an Ovation Theater Award for his very first stage role in "The Gospel At Colonus" (in which he sang, acted, and walked the stage and stair props mostly unattended), and penned the official song of the city where he grew up: Claxton, Georgia. Welcome to the greatness of Ellis Hall!

When it comes to music, Ellis Hall does it all. He is a seasoned and accomplished vocalist in possession of a powerful 5-octave range. He is a songwriter, arranger, producer and educator that teaches clinics in which he records all the parts of a song in 45 minutes. Ellis' first instrument was drums before he went on to master piano, keyboards, guitar and - his favorites - upright and electric bass. 

Across a career of 40-plus years and counting, Ellis Hall has proven himself as an all-around performer that has entertained audiences on five continents, sharing stages with giants ranging from James Taylor, Natalie Cole, Patti LaBelle and Toby Keith to Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Bobby Womack, George Duke and Sheila E. His reputation of excellence earned Ellis the moniker, "The Ambassador of Soul."

Ticket and Event Information Here.

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UPRISING - an original drama by Ad Astra Theatre Troupe
Jun
1
7:00 PM19:00

UPRISING - an original drama by Ad Astra Theatre Troupe

Performance Dates & Times to be announced!

Ad Astra Theatre Troupe is an impressive non-profit student-run performance company focusing on spreading education, confidence, and a sense of community through the arts.

UPRISING:  Few Americans know about what life was like during the Nazi occupation of Poland in WWII. While there is some common understanding about the genocide of the Jews during the Holocaust, a full 30% of the Polish population was lost. Many young Polish people were rounded up, deported, and forced to work in Nazi factories and agriculture. In addition to providing a history lesson, the play helps the audience understand what regular people under Nazi occupation experienced in WWII. In particular, the play focuses on the Warsaw Uprising, when the citizens of Warsaw successfully drove the Nazis from the city and held out under siege for 63 days. Although the city ultimately fell, this respite, after years of foreign occupation, gave Poles a taste of freedom and represented the triumph of the human spirit over the worst forms of oppression. UPRISING is about how life can be beautiful even in the darkest of times.

"Ad Astra is all about empowering local teenagers to make a meaningful contribution to their community through the arts.  Our choice of subject matter is important because it is all about how young people, many of them teenage women, contributed to an important chapter in history. We hope that our production will inspire young people who are part of the project and part of the audience to understand their potential to make the world a better place."

Please visit Ad Astra Theatre Troupe's GoFundMe page and help this inspiring youth group manifest their next production!  Remember to LIKE their FB page, too!!  We'll see you at UPRISING in June!
 

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POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN:  CommUnity Potluck & Organizing Meeting
Apr
22
4:00 PM16:00

POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN: CommUnity Potluck & Organizing Meeting

Presbyterian Congregational Church
24 Circular Street
Saratoga Springs, NY  12866

POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN:  A National Call for Moral Revival is co-organized by Repairers of the Breach, a social justice organization founded by the Rev. Dr. William Barber II; the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary; and scores of state and local groups.  The campaign is uniting the poor, disenfranchised, and marginalized across the country in an effort to transform the political, economic, and moral structures of society and to save America’s soul. It will intensify starting Mother’s Day, leading up to a mass mobilization at the U.S. Capitol on June 23, and combine direct action with grassroots organizing, voter registration, power building and nonviolent civil disobedience.  

Please join us for our local organizing!

4:00 pm     Doors Open:  help set up, drop off food, sign in and socialize.

4:30 pm     POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN: Overview by Joe Paparone, Lead Organizer

5:30 pm     Dinner:  bring a dish or dessert to share, if you can; beverages will be provided.

6:15 to        Direct Action / Civil Disobedience Training

Childcare will be provided - Please let us know how many children and their ages.  Contact Kathy Johnson:  pyramidofpotential56@gmail.com

 

FROM THE LABOR-RELIGION COALITION Website:
You’re invited to join a statewide webinar on Wednesday, April 18, 7-8:30 pm.
 This webinar will provide an update on the campaign in New York State, an overview of the upcoming 40 Days of Action, and ways for people in any part of New York to get involved.

Click here to register.

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STAND UP / SHOW UP: Students Against Gun Violence
Apr
20
10:00 AM10:00

STAND UP / SHOW UP: Students Against Gun Violence

In front of TOWN HALL
Broadway & Lake Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Friday April 20th marks the 19th anniversary of the Columbine HS shootings.  JOIN Saratoga youth to rally for Gun Violence Protection and Common-Sense Gun Control.

#SHYFTsaratoga will be hosting a Voter Registration drive for all students turning 18 during 2018.  Making our voices heard on the street and in the voting booth:  "We WILL Vote!"

Follow #TogaAntiGunViolence and #SHYFTsaratoga for more information.

 

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The Miseducation of the Black Womyn
Apr
14
7:00 PM19:00

The Miseducation of the Black Womyn

Tang Teaching Museum's Art Gallery
Skidmore College

This performance is conceived and directed by Maryam DeWitt (’18 Social Work), in collaboration with six female students on campus from diverse backgrounds.

The three-part project —documentary film, performance, and essay— tells the stories of black womyn, written and performed by black womyn without the revision of their colonizers. The performers explore six different issues that form the black womyn’s self-esteem: hair, identity, beauty standards, sexuality, complexion, and acceptance of self. They use mesmerizing and enticing language to invite the viewers into their world. Interwoven in the visual representation of each story is a piece of artistry that inspired the artist during the research phase of the project.

FREE and open to the public.

http://ems.skidmore.edu/MasterCalendar/EventDetails.aspx?EventDetailId=21283

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Open Forum: Diversity in the Creative Economy
Apr
11
6:00 PM18:00

Open Forum: Diversity in the Creative Economy

This is the first Open Forum event hosted by the Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy. It will feature a discussion about diversity in the Capital Region's creative economy moderated by Ada Harper, creator of 518Blk.com. Confirmed panelists include Dale Davidson, owner of Umana Restaurant and Wine Bar,Ashleigh Kinsey, CEO of AK Design Digital Media Services & Consulting, Bhawin Suchak Executive Director of Youth FXDJ Trumastr, founder of Beat*Shot Productions, and Hana van der Kolk, Troy-based touring choreographer and performance artist. 

Presented in partnership with 518Blk.com, Mission Accomplished Transition Services, Inc. and the Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy. 

Free and open to the public.

Image credit: Eleazar Hernádez, "I Am Every Woman," 2016

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Planning Committee Meeting
Apr
9
6:30 PM18:30

Planning Committee Meeting

  • Glasby Room at the Saratoga Public Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join MLK Saratoga! Attend our monthly meeting if you are interested in volunteering or helping out with future events. We can always use help with: social media, website updates, fundraising, PR, marketing, and event planning. To RSVP or for more information about how you can get involved, email us at MLKSaratoga@gmail.com.

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Silent March and Vigil
Apr
4
5:30 PM17:30

Silent March and Vigil

Silent March and Vigil to remember and honor the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination, and to recommit ourselves to peace and justice for all. We will gather in front of the Saratoga Springs City Center (Ellsworth Jones Place) at 5:30 pm and march in silence down Broadway to Congress Park for a brief ceremony.  Church bells will ring at 6:05pm to commemorate the moment of his death.

NOTE:  We will be carrying/wearing reproductions of the placards people wore when they marched in Memphis on April 8, 1968. This is intended to be a silent and solemn march.

To register*, please email MLKSaratoga@gmail.com

*Registration is not required, but helpful for planning purposes and ordering signs.

We are collecting donations to cover the cost of signs. Thank you!

SPONSORED BY: Bethesda Episcopal Church • In Our Name • Mt. Olivet Baptist Church • Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church • Saratoga Immigration Coalition • Saratoga Peace Alliance • Saratoga Peace Week • Saratoga Pride • Saratoga Progressive Action • Saratoga Unites • Soul Session Edu-tainment • Temple Sinai • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs • United Methodist Church

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Conversations to Build An Inclusive American Community: "What Income Inequality Looks Like in Our Community."
Mar
27
6:00 PM18:00

Conversations to Build An Inclusive American Community: "What Income Inequality Looks Like in Our Community."

Join us for an informative and inclusive conversation with our guest presenters:
Amani Olugbala, Soul Fire Farm
Ron Deutsch, Fiscal Policy Institute of NY
Bonnie Nelson, CAPTAIN Community Human Services

SPONSORED BY: In Our Name Initiative and Caffé Lena

6 PM TO 6:45 PM –Mingle and Performance by Amani Olugbala
7 TO 8:30 PM – PANEL PRESENTATION AND CONVERSATION
FREE & OPEN TO ALL

Our panel will get an open conversation started by sharing their insights and life experiences regarding income inequality and what that means specific to our area. Details will be posted on Caffe Lena's website: caffelena.org

“Conversations to Build An Inclusive American Community” is a monthly discussion series in which we invite our community to join with those dedicated to social, racial and economic justice to identify and explore critical civic and social justice issues, and our role in remedying them.
 

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CommUnity Potluck & Music Jam
Mar
25
5:00 PM17:00

CommUnity Potluck & Music Jam

Our intention is to build a more closely connected and inclusive community and to share information about the Poor People’s Campaign and other efforts to create justice and peace for all. Sunday, March 25 at the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular St., Saratoga Springs. Bring food to share, musical instruments, your voice, and your concerns and hopes for our community. Beverages will be provided. This is an alcohol free event. Family friendly.

For more information or to RSVP (helpful but not necessary) please contact: Kathy Johnson: pyramidofpotential56@gmail.com

Musicians willing to play a few songs or just jam during or after dinner, please contact: Holly Hammond: mlksaratoga@gmail.com

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The Colored Museum - Skidmore College Theater
Mar
23
to Mar 25

The Colored Museum - Skidmore College Theater

By George C. Wolfe
Directed by Grant Landau-Williams '19
Studio Lab, JKB Studios
Skidmore College
Box Office:  518-580-5439
https://theater.skidmore.edu/productions/

Enter The Colored Museum’s most recent exhibit on Afrofuturism, which will feature visual and interactive pieces representing both the movement and its philosophy of reorienting how we view canonical history. The interactive aspects will question how we identify ourselves and how we identify others by exploring truths and stereotypes through performance.

George C. Wolfe’s The Colored Museum brings art to life with its satirical and poignant commentary, which is all too applicable today.

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SURJ Workshop:  "Racism and the Food System"
Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

SURJ Workshop: "Racism and the Food System"

Albany Social Justice Center
33 Central Avenue
Albany, NY  12210

Capital District SURJ invites you to a powerful workshop on 'Racism & the Food System' with Amani Olugbala (Assistant Program Director at Soul Fire Farm): March 21st, 6:00pm at the Albany Social Justice Center.

Soul Fire Farm is committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system. Black farmers currently operate less than 1% of the nation’s farms, having lost over 12 million acres to USDA discrimination, racist violence, and legal trickery. 85% of the people working the land in the US are Latinx migrant workers, yet only 2.5% of farms are owned and operated by Latinxs and Hispanics. People of color are disproportionately likely to live under food apartheid and suffer from diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and other diet related illness - (www.soulfirefarm.org).

Please come out, learn about these important issues, and discuss how we can support Soul Fire Farm's work - particularly their new Reparations for Black-Indigenous Farmers project - (www.soulfirefarm.org/support/reparations/). 

Amani Olugbala (we/she/they), Assistant Program Director, is a storyteller who weaves music, film, speech and poem into art that highlights social injustice, honors the ancestors and demands for change. This, in an effort to uplift the spirits of the marginalized and promote love and service as necessary acts of rebellion against isolation and disconnection. An artist, farmer, educator and community organizer Amani uses artistic expression, urban agriculture and social awareness to impact change and foster a sense of empathy and inter-being in local urban communities. Amani started out at Soul Fire Farm as a participant and later facilitator of the Black and Latino Farmers Immersion.

Please invite your friends and wider community to the workshop by forwarding this email, and by sharing the Facebook Event for the workshop and inviting Facebook friends through the event page!  

Sliding scale donation (for Soul Fire Farm) requested at the door. Light refreshments will be served, please message us if you would benefit from child-care during the event and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

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The Exonerated
Mar
18
1:00 PM13:00

The Exonerated

Soul Rebel Performance Troupe presents The Exonerated. This play uses court transcripts, interviews and letters to recount, in their own words, the stories of six Americans who were convicted and sentenced to death for crimes they did not commit. Together, the five men and one woman spent more than 100 years on death row before being freed. This staged play reading touches on many of the problems and devastating outcomes of the U. S. system of mass incarceration. A facilitated discussion will follow each performance. Suggested donation: $10.

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The Exonerated
Mar
17
7:00 PM19:00

The Exonerated

Soul Rebel Performance Troupe presents The Exonerated. This play uses court transcripts, interviews and letters to recount, in their own words, the stories of six Americans who were convicted and sentenced to death for crimes they did not commit. Together, the five men and one woman spent more than 100 years on death row before being freed. This staged play reading touches on many of the problems and devastating outcomes of the U. S. system of mass incarceration. A facilitated discussion will follow each performance. Suggested donation: $10.

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The Exonerated
Mar
16
7:00 PM19:00

The Exonerated

Soul Rebel Performance Troupe presents The Exonerated. This play uses court transcripts, interviews and letters to recount, in their own words, the stories of six Americans who were convicted and sentenced to death for crimes they did not commit. Together, the five men and one woman spent more than 100 years on death row before being freed. This staged play reading touches on many of the problems and devastating outcomes of the U. S. system of mass incarceration. A facilitated discussion will follow each performance. Suggested donation: $10.

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Planning Committee Meeting
Mar
12
6:30 PM18:30

Planning Committee Meeting

  • Glasby Room at the Saratoga Public Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join MLK Saratoga! Attend our monthly meetings if you are interested in volunteering or helping out with future events. This month's meeting will focus on our April 4th vigil to honor the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King's assassination. We can always use help with: social media, website updates, fundraising, PR, marketing, and event planning. To RSVP or for more information about how you can get involved, email us at MLKSaratoga@gmail.com.

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Illuminate Theater Series: Black Love
Feb
27
7:00 PM19:00

Illuminate Theater Series: Black Love

In honor of Valentines Day and Black History Month, Illuminate will perform a combination of original and published monologues. Each actor will pick a piece that opens a conversation around black love. Topics will range from dating to the portrayal of black love in media. Local singer, The Age will open the show. The show will close with a talk back.

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Jan
15
7:00 PM19:00

Deeper Than The Skin: Greg Greenway & Reggie Harris Celebrate MLK, Jr.

 

Caffe Lena
47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Tickets available here:   https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3167986

FB Event Page

Musicians and activists Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway are much beloved in the world of Unitarian Universalism. They regularly perform at our General Assembly and are involved in several UU justice initiatives. We are thrilled that they will be leading our worship service on the morning of Sunday, January 14, in conjunction with an amazing weekend of events for Martin Luther King, Jr., Day coordinated by MLK Saratoga.

Singer-songwriter, storyteller, and activist Reggie Harris follows in the footsteps of Pete Seeger, Harry Belafonte, and Bernice Johnson Reagon. For four decades he has brought African American spirituals, folk, gospel, rock, and the music of the civil rights movement to stages across America.Greg Greenway is a chart-topping folksinger with eight studio albums and has served as of the beloved harmony trio Brother Sun. 

Together they have a unique story. Born three days apart, they discovered well into their 30 years friendship that they both trace their ancestry back to the James River in Richmond, VA, where 300,000 captured Africans were brought ashore. The river brought Reggies ancestors to a plantation in Ashland. With beautifully performed songs and words, they share a compelling story of racial injustice faced down with creative resistance, friendship, music and joy.

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MLK 50 Forward: Together We Win Love For Humanity
Jan
14
2:30 PM14:30

MLK 50 Forward: Together We Win Love For Humanity

  • SUNY SCCC Carl B Taylor Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Schenectady County Human Rights Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition presents their 50th Anniversary Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration:

Sunday, January 14, 2018
2:30 pm
SUNY SCCC Carl B Taylor Auditorium
78 Washington Avenue

Featuring Keynote Speaker:
Michael A. Blake,
State Assembly Member and DNC Vice Chair

All are welcome to support and attend.  For more information, contact the Human Rights Commission at 518-377-3823.

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Jan
14
10:00 AM10:00

Deeper Than The Skin: Greg Greenway and Reggie Harris Celebrate MLK, Jr.

 

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of  Saratoga Springs
624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY  12866

FB Event Page

Musicians and activists Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway are much beloved in the world of Unitarian Universalism. They regularly perform at our General Assembly and are involved in several UU justice initiatives. We are thrilled that they will be leading our worship service on the morning of Sunday, January 14, in conjunction with an amazing weekend of events for Martin Luther King, Jr., Day coordinated by MLK Saratoga.

Singer-songwriter, storyteller, and activist Reggie Harris follows in the footsteps of Pete Seeger, Harry Belafonte, and Bernice Johnson Reagon. For four decades he has brought African American spirituals, folk, gospel, rock, and the music of the civil rights movement to stages across America.Greg Greenway is a chart-topping folksinger with eight studio albums and has served as of the beloved harmony trio Brother Sun. 

Together they have a unique story. Born three days apart, they discovered well into their 30 years friendship that they both trace their ancestry back to the James River in Richmond, VA, where 300,000 captured Africans were brought ashore. The river brought Reggies ancestors to a plantation in Ashland. With beautifully performed songs and words, they share a compelling story of racial injustice faced down with creative resistance, friendship, music and joy.

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2018 MLK Celebration Weekend
Jan
12
to Jan 15

2018 MLK Celebration Weekend

RESISTANCE RECEPTION*
Friday, January 12, 2018
     6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Opening Resistance Reception
     JKB Theater Lobby, Skidmore College
     (*Tickets required by 1/04/18: click here)

DR. KING CHALLENGE
Friday, January 12, 2018
     7:00 pm - doors open
     7:15 pm - 9:30 pm DKC Program
     JKB Theater, Skidmore College

YOUTHQUAKE:  Teen Awareness Day
Saturday, January 13, 2018
     9:00 am - 3:30 pm
     Maple Avenue Middle School, Saratoga Springs, NY

TRAILBLAZING VOLUNTEER TRAINING (Youth Squared)
Saturday, January 13, 2018
     11:45 am - 3:30 pm
     Maple Avenue Middle School, Saratoga Springs, NY

DISMANTLING RACISM:  Understanding Race and Privilege Workshop
Co-sponsored by Saratoga Unites
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Facilitated by Jean Fei
     12:30 pm to 2:30 pm, Dutcher Room
     Saratoga Springs Public Library

IMMIGRATION & HUMAN RIGHTS:  The Case for Central America
Co-sponsored by Saratoga Immigration Coalition
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Presented by Terry Diggory & Kevin O'Brien
     3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, Dutcher Room
     Saratoga Springs Public Library

AMERICA'S FAMILY TREE
Co-sponsored by Frederick Allen Lodge #609 and Mary A. Carter Temple #362
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Presented by Sharon Leslie Morgan
     3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, Frederick Allen Lodge
     69 Beekman St., Saratoga Springs NY

POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN: A National Call for Moral Revival
Co-sponsored by Presbyterian New England Congregational Church
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Presented by Joe Paparone, Labor-Religion Coalition of NYS
      4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
     Presbyterian New England Congregational Church
     24 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs, NY  12866

CommUNITY DINNER & JAMM
Sunday, January 14, 2018
     5:30 pm to 6:30 pm  Soul Food Dinner
     Sponsored by Presbyterian New England Congregational Church


     6:00 pm to 8:15 pm  Entertainment by The Heavenly Echoes
     Presbyterian New England Congregational Church
     24 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs, NY  12866

CommUNITY BUILDING through COMMUNITY SERVICE: 
Volunteer Projects

Monday, January 15, 2018
     9:30 am to 12:00 pm
     Registration > 9:15 am, Dutcher Community Room
     Saratoga Springs Public Library

VOLUNTEERS' LUNCHEON
Monday, January 15, 2018
     12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, Dutcher Community Room
     Saratoga Springs Public Library

CommUNITY CELEBRATION
Special Guest Artist-Activist: TAINA ASILI
Monday, January 15, 2018

     2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
     Saratoga Music Hall
     3rd floor of City Hall, 474 Broadway,
     Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

 

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Take a Knee Saratoga
Nov
5
1:00 PM13:00

Take a Knee Saratoga

City Hall

Flash Mob and Street Theater

"An event to create space for us to publicly acknowledge institutional racism, the harm it continues to do to our sisters and brothers of color and give them some tools to help change systemic injustice. We also help reclaim the focus of Colin Kaepernick’s protest back to the treatment of people of color and away from the false narrative of it being anti-American.”


With prayer and song, people will read the names of people of color who, while unarmed, have been killed by police officers and will take a public oath to work to dismantle systemic racism and work for racial equality." Reception follows at Temple Sinai. Free.

(This is a community initiative.)

For more info: Linda LeTendre, letendre.linda@gmail.com or 518-330-7683.

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Oct
25
6:30 PM18:30

Community Forum with "Gathering at the Table" Authors Sharon Morgan & Thom DeWolf

Saratoga Music Hall
474 Broadway (above Town Hall)

Recent events around the world have escalated tensions, violence, and hostilities.  Why?

We are honored to welcome award-winning authors Sharon Morgan and Thomas DeWolf (Gathering at the Table) to lead this forum.

"Gathering at the Table" is the healing journey of a daughter of slavery and a son of the slave trade.

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Aug
24
6:00 PM18:00

"All Are Welcome Here" - Silent Walk & Peaceful Vigil

MLK Saratoga is co-sponsoring this important community action, which has been organized by The Saratoga Immigration Coalition, a non-denominational group of concerned citizens. With three(3) starting locations - Union Avenue near the Track Entrance; Beekman Street; North Broadway, near the City Center and Temple Sinai, all peacefully-silent walkers will congregate at the Spirit of Life statue in Congress Park for a short program of spoken word and song.  [Locations have been chosen for their current and historical connections to immigrants.]

For further information &/or to volunteer, contact Committee Maxine Lautenberg:
587-9438 • mlautenberg@nycap.rr.com

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