Raise the Roof at Mouzon: House Party!
Nov
4
3:00 PM15:00

Raise the Roof at Mouzon: House Party!

Join us on November 4 for a house party!

Music by Garland Nelson & friends
Tapas style hors d’oeuvres and appetizers
Cash bar • Silent auction
Tickets $50/person (includes one signature cocktail)

Proceeds support year-round programming and enable us to pay our performing artists, keynote speakers and workshop facilitators, venue rentals, food, printed materials, and other supplies.

To purchase tickets, send a check to the following address, made out to MLK Saratoga:
P.O. Box 1195, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Or contact us at MLKSaratoga@gmail.com.

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Immigrant Stories: In Their Own Words
Sep
25
6:30 PM18:30

Immigrant Stories: In Their Own Words

Sponsored by Saratoga Immigration Coalition. Hear firsthand the joys and struggles of immigrants and their families in coming to America; why they came, what made them stay, the trials and tribulations. Story tellers will include individuals who took part in the "All Are Welcome Here" walk and vigil. Learn through their stories how to better support immigrants in our area, cultivating greater understanding and tolerance for a more peaceful world. In a causal, safe environment, a space for dialogue will be provided for presenters and listeners. Look forward to an eye opening, heartfelt educational evening.  

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Saratoga Peace Fair & Concert to End Gun Violence
Sep
23
12:00 PM12:00

Saratoga Peace Fair & Concert to End Gun Violence

  • Presbyterian New England Congregational Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The fair showcases 50 exhibits that celebrate ongoing efforts for peace, educate about what more can be done and motivate fair-goers to become involved and take action.

  • Live music, family-friendly activities, fair trade items for sale
  • For kids and kids at heart, an inflatable obstacle course that will draw attention to the obstacles to peace for all. And Mr Twisty is back with balloon art.
  • Community lunch and conversation 1-2 pm
  • Music for the fair is again part of the Concert across America to End Gun Violence, which last year had 5,225 performers banding together in 43 states at 350 events. 4 hours of free live music

More events will be added as Peace Week approaches, so check the schedule at: Saratoga Springs Peace Week

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Potluck and Conversation
Sep
22
5:30 PM17:30

Potluck and Conversation

  • Presbyterian New England Congregational Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Are we making a difference? Reflections on doing good, better

After the potluck, at 7pm Michael Zanchelli will be leading a conversation about self-reflection, listening, feedback, and how we know if our efforts to build peace are working. Michael joins us from the U.S. Institute of Peace where he works on the Learning, Evaluation, and Research team.

More events will be added as Peace Week approaches, so check the schedule at: Saratoga Springs Peace Week

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Saratoga Springs Peace Week
Sep
21
to Sep 27

Saratoga Springs Peace Week

  • Presbyterian New England Congregational Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Peace Week 2018: Together for the respect, safety and dignity for all. Building a Community of Peace that is working for a more peaceful and just community, nation and world.

All events are in Saratoga Springs, open to the public, and free except where indicated.

More events will be added as Peace Week approaches, so check the schedule at: Saratoga Springs Peace Week

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Taking it Back: Free Haircuts, School Supplies, Food and Old School Fun for Kids K-12
Sep
3
11:00 AM11:00

Taking it Back: Free Haircuts, School Supplies, Food and Old School Fun for Kids K-12

Free haircuts, backpacks, school supplies and a hot dog bar are just a few of the offerings for this year's Back to School Community Cuts and Cookout. The event is hosted and sponsored by the Frederick Allen Lodge #609 at 69 Beekman Street in Saratoga. Amy Brower and friends will be on hand to give kids a free haircut. Join them between 11-3pm on Monday Sept. 3 for some Old School Fun! For more information, call Amy at (518) 937-1923.

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All Are Welcome Here Walk & Vigil
Aug
28
6:00 PM18:00

All Are Welcome Here Walk & Vigil

Saratoga Immigration Coalition hosts second "All Are Welcome Here" Walk & Vigil, Tue., Aug. 28th from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. 

This event is a time the community can come together, regardless of race, religion or political leanings.  The Walk is peaceful and silent, starting from 3 locations in Saratoga Springs: City Center and Temple Sinai on North Broadway; Beekman St. & Oak; Union Ave. & East at the race track entrance. 

All starting-walk sites were chosen for historical and current immigrant significance. Walkers will gather at the Spirit of Life Monument in Congress Park at 6:40 for a short program to join in peaceful acknowledgement of the contributions immigrants make in our daily lives. Local artists, immigrants, clergy and citizens will contribute to the program of spoken word and song. This is a family friendly event.

Please bring you own electric light/candle, if possible. All signs should be positive and non-political, focusing on support and gratitude for immigrants.

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Black Umfolosi - a capella Imbube/Dance Troupe, Zimbabwe!
Aug
23
7:30 PM19:30

Black Umfolosi - a capella Imbube/Dance Troupe, Zimbabwe!

Thursday, August 23rd
7:30 pm
Park Theatre
14 Park Street
Glens Falls, NY 12801

Adults $18 Advance, $24 Door, Kids $10

Black Umfolosi is a self taught a cappella (Imbube) singing and traditional dance group that was formed in 1982 by the then school age members who wanted to develop themselves and contribute to their community. Specializing in imbube music, gumboot dance and Zulu dance, Black Umfolosi has toured extensively nationally and internationally –Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and Asia. They have represented Zimbabwe at international events such as Expo 1992 in Seville, Spain and the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada.

For more information, click here!

www.blackumfolosimusic.com (includes video)

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Jul
19
to Aug 5

"Skeleton Crew", Dorset Theatre Festival

July 19th - August 4th
Dorset Theatre Festival
104 Cheney Rd.,
Dorset, VT  05251
802-867-2223  x101


FB Event:
 https://www.facebook.com/events/211754619653536/

 

The Dorset Theatre Festival is showcasing the brilliant work of Dominique Morisseau, Skeleton Crew ... and they are offering a 40% discount. Please support this professional theater giving voice to the works of people of color!! www.DorsetTheatreFestival.org

In Dominique Morisseau’s third play in her Detroit Cycle, a makeshift family of workers at the last exporting auto plant in the city navigate the possibility of foreclosure. Power dynamics shift, and they are pushed to the limits of survival. When the line between blue collar and white collar gets blurred, how far over the lines are they willing to step?

"Clifford Odets' dramas come to mind and so does the great Pittsburgh cycle of August Wilson. But Skeleton Crew is squarely in the tradition of Arthur Miller...A deeply moral and deeply American play."
-The New York Times

TICKETS

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PPC - [Week 5] EVERYBODY'S GOT A RIGHT TO LIVE:  Education, Jobs, Income, Labor, Housing, and the Right to Organize
Jun
11
8:00 AM08:00

PPC - [Week 5] EVERYBODY'S GOT A RIGHT TO LIVE: Education, Jobs, Income, Labor, Housing, and the Right to Organize

Albany, NY

Details to come!

NYS Poor People's Campaign FB:  https://www.facebook.com/NYSPPC/

NYS Poor People's Campaign, NYS Labor-Religion Coalition:  https://laborreligion.org/call-for-a-new-poor-peoples-campaign/

National Poor People's Campaign:  https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/

 

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UPRISING - an original drama by Ad Astra Theatre Troupe
Jun
8
to Jun 10

UPRISING - an original drama by Ad Astra Theatre Troupe

Saratoga Springs HS
Friday, June 8th > 7 pm
Saturday, June 9th > 7 pm
Sunday, June 10th > 2 pm

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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PPC - [Week 4] ECOLOGICAL DEVASTATION, CLIMATE CHANGE, and THE RIGHT TO HEALTH:  Clean Air, Clean Water, and Healthcare for All
Jun
4
8:00 AM08:00

PPC - [Week 4] ECOLOGICAL DEVASTATION, CLIMATE CHANGE, and THE RIGHT TO HEALTH: Clean Air, Clean Water, and Healthcare for All

Albany, NY

Details to come!

NYS Poor People's Campaign FB:  https://www.facebook.com/NYSPPC/

NYS Poor People's Campaign, NYS Labor-Religion Coalition:  https://laborreligion.org/call-for-a-new-poor-peoples-campaign/

National Poor People's Campaign:  https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/

 

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The Reluctant Radical
Jun
3
2:00 PM14:00

The Reluctant Radical

Our Social Justice Committee will host the screening of the video The Reluctant Radical at our Meeting House on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 2 PM. The video captures the story of the radicalization of one man who becomes convinced of the threat posed by Climate Change. It’s a story of both the threat of global warming and the duty to act to counter that threat. There will be time for chat and discussion about the video. Please plan to participate!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/264493720759981/

 

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Ad Astra Theatre Troupe -  Uprising
Jun
1
7:00 PM19:00

Ad Astra Theatre Troupe - Uprising

  • Old Maxwell Road Latham, NY, 12110 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ad Astra will be previewing Uprising, which is a new original play about the Warsaw Uprising. Meet the playwrights, Grace Alberti, Lale Davidson, and Catie LeCours. Hear a table read of key scenes by the originating cast. Buy your tickets to the debut performances of the show, which will be held June 8, 9, and 10 in Saratoga Springs. Purchase a signed print of our lovely show poster, an original work of art by Tess Davidson-Brown.

Old Maxwell Rd, Latham, NY 12110, United States

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1657974630960780/?event_time_id=1657974637627446

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PPC - [Week 3] MILITARISM, THE WAR ECONOMY, and THE PROLIFERATION OF GUN VIOLENCE
May
29
2:00 PM14:00

PPC - [Week 3] MILITARISM, THE WAR ECONOMY, and THE PROLIFERATION OF GUN VIOLENCE

Albany, NY
New York State Capitol

RSVP at http://bit.ly/nyppcweek3

Schedule and Details: https://www.actionnetwork.org/events/week-3-albany-non-violent-moral-direct-action

Events Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/374465492957209/

NYS Poor People's Campaign FB:  https://www.facebook.com/NYSPPC/

NYS Poor People's Campaign, NYS Labor-Religion Coalition:  https://laborreligion.org/call-for-a-new-poor-peoples-campaign/

National Poor People's Campaign:  https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/

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PPC - [Week 2] LINKING SYSTEMIC RACISM & POVERTY: Voting Rights, Ending Mass Incarceration, Sanctuary and Justice for Immigrants, and the Mistreatment of Indigenous Communities
May
20
to May 26

PPC - [Week 2] LINKING SYSTEMIC RACISM & POVERTY: Voting Rights, Ending Mass Incarceration, Sanctuary and Justice for Immigrants, and the Mistreatment of Indigenous Communities

Albany, NY

Details to come!

NYS Poor People's Campaign FB:  https://www.facebook.com/NYSPPC/

NYS Poor People's Campaign, NYS Labor-Religion Coalition:  https://laborreligion.org/call-for-a-new-poor-peoples-campaign/

National Poor People's Campaign:  https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/

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PPC - [Week 1] - SOMEBODY'S HURTING OUR PEOPLE: Child Poverty, Women, LGBTQIA+, and People with Disabilities
May
13
to May 19

PPC - [Week 1] - SOMEBODY'S HURTING OUR PEOPLE: Child Poverty, Women, LGBTQIA+, and People with Disabilities

Albany, NY

Details to come!

NYS Poor People's Campaign FB:  https://www.facebook.com/NYSPPC/

NYS Poor People's Campaign, NYS Labor-Religion Coalition:  https://laborreligion.org/call-for-a-new-poor-peoples-campaign/

National Poor People's Campaign:  https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/

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"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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Poor People's Campaign: Training - Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action
May
1
6:00 PM18:00

Poor People's Campaign: Training - Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action

1199/Seiu Greater New York Education Center
155 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY  12210

FB Event Page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/381000708975110/

RSVP: bit.ly/AlbanyNVMFDA

On Tuesday, May 1st, from 6-9pm - join us for a meeting and training about the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Learn about the story, structure, and vision of the campaign, and how you can take part. The second portion of the meeting will be a training in Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action, for those who intend to participate in the 40 Days of Action.

50 years after Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination, The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is taking up his vision, bringing together people across the country who are organizing to build a broad and deep national moral movement — led by the poor, impacted, clergy and moral agents and reflecting the great moral teachings — to unite our country from the bottom up. They are challenging four interconnected evils of systemic racism, poverty, militarism, and ecological destruction. In the Spring of 2018, the Campaign will launch with 40 days of moral actions, from May 13th until June 21st, in at over 30 states and Washington D.C.

We hope you'll join us.

Childcare and light refreshments will be provided.

Learn more about the Poor People's Campaign, and take the pledge to join here: www.poorpeoplescampaign.org

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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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