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Peace Now Interview of Local Peace Activist

Peace Nowis a regular television program produced by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace.  It is aired on several local public access TV channels.  You might enjoy watching a recent program in which Trudy Quaif interviews Connie Houde.  You can see the program by clicking on this link:

Connie Houde is a photojournalist and Capital Region peace activist. In this interview, she discusses her trips to Afghanistan and Africa. She describes the conditions in Afghanistan and Africa and the results of war and industrialization. Her photos tell the story of the people and their vanishing cultures. She captures the spirit, and shared humanity, of people that she photographers.

Upper Hudson Peace Action, 33 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12210 463-5907,

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Protest Against Iran Sanctions

Report on the protest of Senator Gillibrand and Schumer’s support of S.1881, legislation which would torpedo Iran negotiations - organized by Women Against War with many other participants

Thank you to everyone who came yesterday to the Iran sanctions bill protest at the Federal Building. And thanks to all those who spoke – with passion and with eloquence — those who’d prepared presentations before and everyone who joined in.  It was great to have 30 of us there – from many different groups. I know our event stirred a spirited and educating discussion on the Move-On list which is great, too.

Schumer and Gillibrand’s office directors definitely got the message that there are multiple and good reasons we oppose their co-sponsorship of S 1881. At a similar New York City meeting with Gillibrand staff, the senator was described as in “a listening mode” on the issue – hopefully as a good sign. As is the meeting Obama had last night with democratic senators at which he pushed hard for giving the negotiations time to proceed.

The next month is a critical period to stop this legislation. Please keep the pressure on with letters to our senators!

Maud Easter, 12 Laurel Drive, Delmar, NY 12054,;

Posted: 12/03/13, 10:08 AM EST |

Pat Beetle: 89, is a Castleton woman who has focused on peace activism for years, recently received the 2013 Woman of Peace Award from Women Against War, a Capital District-based organization. She was cited for creating “Grannies for Peace,” which unites grandparents to work for an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, for adequate services for veterans, and for an end to gun violence.

What three figures in history do you admire the most — and why?: John Woolman, an 18th-century Quaker, [made] several trips south by horse and on foot to persuade Quaker plantation owners to free their slaves. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke and acted bravely for the civil rights of African Americans, against the war in Vietnam and for economic opportunity for all, especially lifting up the poor. Eleanor Roosevelt was the “eyes and ears” of her husband during the Depression and the war, reporting to him how people really lived.

What led you to focus your attention on peace activism?: As a Quaker, I believe in the message of our Peace Testimony against war and violence, and tried to find ways to put that into action, first with a group called Mediation Matters; as a facilitator with the Alternative to Violence Program, which does workshops in prisons and the community; and through action against nuclear weapons, starting in the early 1980s. That concern continues with Peace Action and my work with Women against War and Grannies for Peace.

Why should people care what happens in countries halfway around the globe?: The West has been exploiting their natural resources, their land, in some cases their people for centuries. The colonial powers had no compunction about carving up Africa as they chose. This has led to many of the problems that exist today. We have responsibility for our part.

How can ordinary people have an impact on peace?: A They can live nonviolent lives and pray for peace. They can join church bodies or peace and justice organizations. They can contact their Congress people and the President, write letters to the editor, and keep learning about the issues through books, lectures, TV and social media.

What skills do senior citizens possess to influence society?: They have a long history of experiences and witness to unfolding events of their lifetime. They care about their families and their futures, their grandchildren and those of future generations. They may have connections through work and church social networks that they can energize on causes. They vote. They may have more free time. They sometimes inspire others by hanging on to their beliefs and acting on them.

— James Breig