Friday, October 28, 2011

10/29/11: Ulster County Candidate Forum

Saturday, October 29

10 AM - 11:15 AM



11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

District Attorney

Ulster County

Kingston City Hall

City Hall

420 Broadway


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sponsored by

The League of Women Voters of the Mid-Hudson Region

co-sponsored by AAUW Kingston

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

10/18/11: Two films tonight on Women & War

1. 7:15 PM,
Service: When Women Come Marching Home,
Rosendale Theater, 408 Main Street, Rosendale, $6 (more info below).

2. 10 PM, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, Episode 2 of 5 of the Women, War, and Peace series on PBS, featuring Nobel Peace laureate Leymah Gbowee. Plans are afoot to watch this series together on DVD, on some evenings in the near future - watch this space.

More on Service:

Please join us tonight at 7:15 in honoring our women veterans when the Rosendale Theatre premieres the powerful documentary Service: When Women Come Marching Home by filmmakers Marcia Rock and Patricia Lee Stotter. There will be a Q&A with the filmmakers and women veterans after the film.

Service portrays the courage of the women in service and after leaving the military. The film shows the traumas they face and the inadequate care they often receive on return. Women compose 14% of today's military forces. That number is expected to double in the next 10 years. [ed. Let's reverse this trend!] This important film poignantly portrays the first wave of mothers, daughters and sisters returning home.

These women wrestle with prosthetics, homelessness, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and what is termed military sexual trauma. The documentary establishes intimacy with the veterans by speaking with them in their kitchens and bathrooms, back yards, classrooms, therapy sessions and supermarkets.

Some of the women portrayed include:

Sue Downes enlisted in the army as an MP. In 2005, her humvee hit 3 landmines. She was the only one of three soldiers to survive, but barely. She is the first female double amputee from Afghanistan. It took her two years to learn how to walk with prostheses and has taken much longer to manage the psychological problems incurred by the loss of two fellow soldiers. When she received her service dog Lyla, her life changed. She regained her independence. The dog provides not only help with her physical disability but provides emotional calm for her PTSD.

Lashonna Perry, a vet who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lashonna expected a warm welcome from her family, but found a family unable to deal with her erratic behavior and she ended up homeless. It was only when she went to the VA because of a panic attack, that she learned she had PTSD. They also gave her a referral to a non-profit, The Jericho Project, that finds housing for homeless women veterans. The film follows Lashonna as she moves into her new apartment.

Mariette Kalinowski was a marine gunner in Iraq. When she returned home she was plagued with symptoms such as hyper-vigilance, fear of crowds, depression and flashbacks. Mariette saw college as a way to transition back to civilian life. She also received counseling through a special program offered by Hunter College in NYC. She is an aspiring writer and the film captures her working on a story about PTSD.

About The Filmmakers

Marcia Rock is an independent filmmaker who has produced many documentaries on women's issues. Rock is director of News and Documentary at the NYU Arthur Carter Journalism Institute and co-author with Marlene Sanders of, Waiting for Prime Time: The Women of Television News.

Patricia Lee Stotter is an Emmy Awarding winning composer and writer for television, film, theater and interactive media. She has worked on everything from Sesame Street to HBO/PBS documentaries, independent features to plays and musicals, Patricia was honored to work with the P.R.O.V.E (Project for Return and Opportunity in Veteran Education) program, CUNY, Hunter Campus. Patricia is a member of The Dramatist's Guild and ASCAP.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Anita Hill 20 Years Later | C-SPAN

Anita Hill testifying 20 years ago - Clarence Thomas Senate hearing 
Anita Hill put her personal and professional life on the line when she testified about Clarence Thomas's sexual harassment. It was a turning point for women. No longer do we consider sexual harassment of anyone business as usual.

This weekend hundreds of people gathered at Hunter College to reflect on what has happened, what we've learned, and the work that remains. The conversation was fast moving and the questions from the audience provoked differences in opinion as well as insight into the intersections of race, gender, power, and politics.

You can watch the video of the panels at Sex, Power and Speaking Truth: Anita Hill 20 Years Later conference here: Anita Hill Speaks 20 Years Later | C-SPAN

Speakers included Anita Hill, people involved in the hearing, like Catharine MacKinnon and Judith Resnik, scholars like KimberlĂ© Crenshaw, and current day activists like AAUW fellow Ai-Jen Poo, Jamia Wilson, and Emily May from Hollaback to name just a few.  This was a terrific conference, well worth carving out some time to watch.

Some of our members were fortunate to be there. Whether you were there in person, watched the live stream, of watch the video, please add your impressions of the day or thoughts on sexual harassment in the comments.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hear the Candidates for Kingston Mayor and Ulster Cty DA, 10/29

Kingston City and Ulster County Candidate Forum
Sponsored by the AAUW Kingston Branch and the League of Women Voters
Saturday, October 29
Kingston City Hall
420 Broadway

10 AM    to 11:15 AM    Candidates for mayor of Kingston
11:15 AM to 11:30 AM    Break
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM    Candidates for Ulster County District Attorney

Each candidate is allowed two-minute opening and closing statements.
Index cards will be distributed to the audience to write questions on.
The cards will be collected and read to the candidates by the moderator
for one-minute responses.

Read with the AAUW Kingston Book Club, 2011/12

Kingston AAUW BOOK CLUB: Reading List for Sept 2011 to June 2012
Photo by OxMatheus, CC, some rights reserved

Sept. 20 Homer and Langley by E. L. Doctorow
...a small but sweeping masterpiece about the infamous New York hermits, the Collyer brother’s. Doctorow's achievement is in not undermining the dignity of two brothers who share a lush landscape built on imagination and incapacities.

Oct. 18 Muriel's War: An American Heiress in the Nazi Resistance by Sheila Isenberg
An American heiress turned resistance hero, Muriel Gardiner saved countless Jews and anti-fascists, providing shelter and documents ensuring their escape.

Nov. 15 The Covenant by Naomi Ragen
When Elise and Jon moved into their home in Maaleh Sara, Judea, they didn't realize that they would soon be considered 'illegal occupiers". One day the unthinkable happens: Jon and the couple's young daughter, Ilana, are taken hostage.

Dec. (same day as holiday party) Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Simonson tells the tale of Maj. Ernest Pettigrew, an honor-bound Englishman and widower, and the very embodiment of duty and pride. This is a vastly enjoyable traipse through the English countryside and the long-held traditions of the British aristocracy.

Jan. 17 Crossing to Safetv by Wallace Stegner
Two couples meet during the Depression years in Madison, Wis., and become devoted friends despite vast differences in upbringing and social status...Charity is one of the most vivid characters in fiction...arrogant, kindhearted, enthusiastic, stalwart and brave.

Feb.21 Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill
This novel spans the life of Aminata Diallo, born in Bayo, West Africa, in 1745. Kidnapped at the age of 11 by British slavers, Aminata does what she can to free herself and others from slavery, including learning to read and teaching others to.

March 20 The Diaries of Sofia Tolstoy edited by Cathy Porter
Sofia was 19 and innocent when her new husband, Leo Tolstoy, 34, handed her his sexually candid diary. Smart and determined, she took refuge in her own diary, chronicling her daunting life as the wife of the self-absorbed genius.

April 17 When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
...tells one Japanese American family's story of internment in a Utah enemy alien camp during World War II. This novel is written in deceptively tranquil prose, a distillation of injustice, anger, and poetry.

May 15 Olive Kittredge by Elizabeth Strout
Thirteen li{ked tales present a heart-wrenching, penetrating portrait of ordinary coastal Mainers living lives of quiet grief intermingled with flashes of human connection.

June 19 Shannon by Frank Delaney
Delaney's novel follows an American priest as he travels along Ireland’s Shannon River in search of his family roofs, and while it's peace he seeks, trouble finds him.

To print or download this list, go here

Monday, October 3, 2011

AAUW Kingston Branch 2011 -12 Calendar

2011 -2012 AAUW Kingston Branch Board

Membership & National Contact– Ruth Bean
Meeting Facilitator – Vivi Hlavsa
Program Coordinator– Diana Chesmel
Treasurer – Jane Riley
Recording Secretary and PR – Adele Calcavecchio
Corresponding Secretary - Joan Reis
Trips - Vivi Hlavsa and Linda Gold
Communications - Ruth Wahtera
Directory - Sheila Beall
Diversity - Arlene Bruck
Educational Foundation - Doris Goldberg & Gloria Sender
Historian – Virginia Kohli
Hospitality Coordinator – Vacant
International - Vacant
Legal Advocacy Fund - Dolores LaChance
Public Policy – Susan Holland
Telephone Tree – Dot Henry

Board meetings happen on the second Tuesday of the month. All members are welcome to attend and participate.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Fracking in Saugerties, Hot Coffee in Kingston

October Public Policy Events

Please note these schedule and meeting changes for this month:

1. Hydrofracking Educational Event

This event will take place in Saugerties on 10/4, rather than at the 10/22 branch meeting:

Tuesday, October 4, 7 PM
Atonement Lutheran Church
100 Market Street

- Showing of GASLAND, the 2010 Academy-Award-nominated documentary about Pennsylvania resident Josh Fox's cross-country quest to find out the truth about living with gas wells
- Question and answer session with Kate Hudson, Attorney, Riverkeeper Watershed Program
- "Who Can We Trust?" with Joan Walker of Frack Free Catskills

All are welcome!
Why attend? Can you drink gas? Next question!...
For more information, call 845-246-8322

2. October Branch Meeting

Saturday, October 22, 10:30 AM
Kingston Library
Community Room, 2nd Floor
55 Franklin Street

This month, while we (safely!) sip our hot coffee and munch on the delicious breakfast goodies provided by our (always!) "absolutely fabulous" hospitality team, we will watch the 2011 documentary called Hot Coffee. As ViVi, who showed it at her 8/14 film discussion, noted: "It's about that incident we all heard of: a woman sues McDonald's because her coffee was too hot. Well, it turns out that there is more to the story than we thought. Behind the publicity were corporations in favor of 'tort reform,' trying to make it difficult for citizens to have their grievances aired in court and to disempower juries." We'll have a discussion about the film afterward.

Join us for both of these informative October meetings!

-- Susan Holland, Public Policy Chairperson

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

10/11/11: Annual AAUW-NYS Day at the UN


Join your fellow AAUW-NYS members on Tuesday, October 11 at the United Nations in NYC. This yera's program is Gender Equality and Sustainable Development. The achievement of sustainable development requires the integration of its economic, environmental and social components at all levels. Women will play a key role in achieving sustainability.

Let Rokki Carr know if you register to attend and would like to travel together.

Morning Program at the United Nations
9:15 to 9:45 Check In
9:45 to 10 Welcome by Carolyn Donovan, AAUW's Representative at the UN
10 to 11 Briefing 1: Women's Leadership in building a Sustainable Economy: Preparing for Rio +20 in May, 2012
11 to 11:30 Briefing 2: Jane Roberts, founder, 34 Million Friends of UNFPA
11:30 to 12:15 Group Tour of the UN
12:15 to 1:15 Lunch in the UN Cafeteria (pay on your own)

Afternoon Program at the ICO Center, 323 East 47th Street
1:15 to 3:15 Panel Discussion: Developing a Sustainable Future for Women
  • Rebecca Tinsley, author of When the Stars Fell To Earth, founder of Network 4 Africa
  • Kimberly Campbell, Director, Metropolitan New York Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women
  • Other panel participants to be announced
Space Is Limited!
Registration fee of $30 includes a tour of the UN. (Lunch in the UN Cafeteria is pay as you go.) Send check payable to AAUW-NYS with form to:
AAUW-NYS International Chair, P.O. Box 384, Valley Cottage, NY 10989

For more information, contact Melissa Guardaro, AAUW-NYS International Chair (914-906-0242, Postmark your reservation by October 3.

Friday, September 2, 2011

AAUW-NYS Sponsors a Day at the UN, Oct. 11

From Rokki Carr, International Chair

Join AAUW-NYS October 11 at the United Nations.  The program: Gender Equality and Sustainable Development. The achievement of sustainable development requires the integration of its economic, environmental and social components at all levels. Women will play a key role in achieving sustainability. 

Let me know if you register to attend and would like to travel together.

Morning Program at the United Nations
9:15-9:45        Check In
9:45-10:00      Welcome by Carolyn Donovan, AAUW's Representative at the UN
10:00-11:00    Briefing I: Women's Leadership in building a Sustainable Economy: Preparing for Rio +20 in May, 2012
11:00-11:30    Briefing II: Jane Roberts, founder, 34 Million Friends of UNFPA
11:30 -12:15   Group Tour of the United Nations
12:15-1:15      Lunch (on your own) A list of restaurants will be forwarded to registered participants.

Afternoon Program Co-Sponsored with Marymount College, ICO Center, 323 East 47th Street
1:15 – 3:15      Panel Discussion: Developing a Sustainable Future for Women
  • Rebecca Tinsley, author of When the Stars Fell To Earth, founder of Network 4 Africa
  • Kimberly Campbell, Director, Metropolitan New York Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women
  • Other Panel Participants to be announced
Space Is Limited!
Registration fee of $30 includes tour of the United Nations. (Lunch is on your own.) Please send check payable to AAUW NYS with this form to AAUW NYS International Chair, PO Box 384, Valley Cottage, NY 10989

For further information please contact Melissa Guardaro, NYS AAUW's International Chair, at (914) 906-0242 or Please postmark your reservation by September 27, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Ulster County Office of the Aging Public Hearing, Fri., Sept. 9

The Ulster County Executive, Michael Hein and the Office for the Aging invite you to attend their annual Public Hearing.  It will be held on Friday, September 9, 2011, beginning at 9:00 am (registration will begin at 8:30 am), at Roudigan’s Restaurant, Rt. 28, Kingston.  A “Healthy Continental Breakfast” will be provided through donations to the Ulster County Office for the Aging.
Guest speaker will be Michael Burgess, former NYSOFA Director, to speak about the New York State Senior Wide Senior Council.  We will also have various Directors of Ulster County departments to speak about services provided to the senior community.
Make your voice heard
The Annual Public Hearing provides seniors the opportunity to comment on current programs, offer suggestions for improving services and share ideas for additional programs that would be valuable to Ulster County seniors.  For those seniors who cannot attend the Hearing but would like to share their ideas and comments, please call the OFA and speak directly to the Director, Anne Cardinale.
For additional information and reservations, please call the Office for the Aging at (845) 340-3456 or toll free 1-877-914-3456.  Reservations are required to attend by Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Friday, July 8, 2011

7/12/11: Branch Strategy, Part 2 - please come!

I hope everyone's having a great summer! A little branch business:

Unless otherwise noted, AAUW Kingston Branch Board Meetings, which are open to all, are held in the Community Room on the 2nd Floor of the Kingston Library (55 Franklin Street, Kingston) from 3 PM to 5 PM on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Here are the dates for the rest of the year; please add them to your calendars:

7/12 (Story Hour Room, 2nd Floor, next to the Children's Library, on the right)
8/9 (Story Hour Room)
12/6 (1st Tues.)


The 7/12 meeting (and beyond?) will be a continuation of the
6/26 strategy meeting facilitated by Ruth Wahtera and hosted
by ViVi Hlavsa. Please join us as continue to strategize!....

(photo: from 5/21 Chalk Walk, see Kingston Library Facebook page for more!)

Saturday, July 2, 2011

No Surprise: Capitol Hill Staff Mostly Male, White

No Surprise: Capitol Hill Staff Mostly Male, White
A 2011 demographic survey
of 319 congressional staff members revealed that 68 percent are male and an overwhelming 93 percent are white. One former congressional staffer noted
that because staff members often serve as gatekeepers for hearings, meetings, and other critical steps in the policy-making process, a lack of diversity among staff can have serious implications for women and people of color.
AAUW advocates the importance of closing the long-standing political leadership gender gap. Click here
to learn more about Elect Her, an AAUW initiative that empowers and trains women to run for office at all levels—an effort that could change the face of politics in America.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Pamper Yourself at SPAC July 16, 2011

Linda Gold and AAUW present a Bus Trip

NY City Ballet at Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Magic Flute/ Circus Polka/ Apollo/ Serenade

Saturday, July 16, 2011    Cost $122

Pamper yourself for a day! The cost of $122 includes luxury coach, gratuities, mimosas with breakfast en route, an hour to explore the charming town of Saratoga, elegant lunch at the Hall of Springs restaurant and superb seats for this wonderful combination of four ballets. Hors d’oeuvres with wine and chilled beverages will be served on the return trip.

The bus departs from the front of the Monticello Government Center on North Street at 8am and from the back of the former Ames, Kingston Plaza at 9:15am. We return to Kingston at approximately 7pm and Monticello at approximately 8:15pm.

A highlight of the performance is Peter Martins’s Magic Flute, which is revived for the first time since City Ballet performed it in 1983. This Magic Flute has nothing to do with the famous opera by Mozart, although the story does contain the wondrous instrument of the title. This one has a score by Riccardo Driga and was originally danced by Peter Martins. It’s a tale of a pretty heroine who loves a poor but proud village lad, but her parents have their sights on a wealthy, but elderly buffoon.

Circus Polka, was originally choreographed by Balanchine for circus elephants – a commission by Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus. The story is told that after receiving the commission, Balanchine asked his friend Stravinsky to compose the music. “What kind of music?” asked Stravinsky. “A polka.” was Balanchine’s reply. “For whom?” “Elephants.”  After its premier in 1944 the ballet was  re-choreographed by Balanchine and later by Jerome Robbins (1972) for young students with a Ringmaster (who was often a notable guest such as the Russian dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov).

Apollo is a charming ballet choreographed by Balanchine with a score by Stravinsky. It is with this ballet that Balanchine, at age twenty-four, achieved international recognition and began his lifelong partnership with the composer. Apollo, the young god of music is visited by three muses: Terpsichore, muse of dance and song, Polyhymnia, muse of mime, and Calliope, muse of poetry.

Serenade with a score by Tchaikovsky, is the first original ballet Balanchine created in America and is one of the signature works of New York City Ballet’s repertory. It’s an exquisite ballet – ethereal and hypnotic­ - in four movements.
We always have a full bus for our Saratoga trip, so sign up early to insure a spot. Make your check payable to AAUW (American Association of University Women) and mail it to: Linda Gold, 1 Jacobs Lane, New Paltz, NY 12561. For further information call Linda at 845-255-5256 or email Specify “art tours” in the space for “subject” so that your message is not deleted.