Thursday, March 31, 2011

4/5/11: Health Care panel in Hyde Park

Health Care Reform: What Does It Really Mean?

Tuesday, April 5
8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Henry A. Wallace Center
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
4079 Albany Post Road, Route 9, Hyde Park

With the premise of health care as a human right, this will be a day of exploring the impact of health care reform on women, small businesses, seniors, African-Americans, Latinas, Latinos, and Americans with disabilities. As leaders in their fields, the featured speakers will illustrate, educate and debunk myths of health care reform.

Keynote Address: Geeta Desai, President, AAUW Poughkeepsie
Luncheon Speaker: Jamie Torres, U.S. Health & Human Services Regional Director, Region II–NY, NJ, PR, VI
Other Speakers and Workshop Leaders:
Susan Dooha, Executive Director, Center for Independence of the Disabled, NY
Margaret Moree, Director of Federal Affairs, The Business Council of NY State, Inc.
Michael Olender, Associate State Director, AARP
Lois Uttley, Executive Director, Raising Women’s Voices

Cost: $10 (suggested donation)
To register: call 845-229-5302 or e-mail (optionally, order a $10 box lunch when you register)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Maine Governor Denying History, Removing Mural, Renaming Conference Rooms

Dolores LaChance forwarded this article by former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich

Why We Need a Fighter in the White House: "Maine Governor Paul LePage has ordered state workers to remove from the state labor department a 36-foot mural depicting the state’s labor history. Among other things the mural illustrates the 1937 shoe mill strike in Auburn and Lewiston. It also features the iconic “Rosie the Riveter,” who in real life worked at the Bath Iron Works. One panel shows my predecessor at the U.S. Department of Labor, Frances Perkins, who was buried in Newcastle, Maine.

The LePage Administration is also renaming conference rooms that had carried the names of historic leaders of American labor, as well as former Secretary Perkins.

The Governor’s spokesman explains that the mural and the conference-room names were “not in keeping with the department’s pro-business goals.”"

Wasn't the Department of Labor set up to protect workers? How bizarre?

3/27/11: Second Annual Hudson Valley Hunger Banquet

Image source: Ulster Publishing

Sunday, March 27
3 PM to 5 PM
Mount St. Alphonsus
1001 Broadway (Route 9W)

To reserve your seat online, click here.

To read the 3/24 Hudson Valley Times article, click here.

To see this event on Facebook, click here.

Queens Galley web site

Friday, March 4, 2011

3/4/11: Roberta Gould poetry reading in Saugerties

Author Event with Roberta Gould

Friday, March 4
7 PM to 8 PM

The Inquiring Mind Bookstore
65 Partition Street

Reading from recent books and new poems

Image Credit: Foothills Publishing
(click this link if you want a sneak peek at a poem from this collection!)