2/23: Gov. Cuomo’s Council on Women & Girls: Regional Empowerment Forum at SUNY New Paltz

RSVP by 5 PM today, Thursday, February 22 to: dylan.miyoshi@exec.ny.gov

and join Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul & the New York Civil Liberties Union at Gov. Cuomo’s Council on Women and Girls: Regional Empowerment Forum —

When:  Friday, February 23, 10 AM

Where:  Student Union Multi-Purpose Room, SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz

Parking: In the Route 32 Parking Extension

Goal:  To develop an empowerment action plan and discuss the intersectionality of the women’s agenda for the Mid-Hudson Valley region.

Black History Month in Kingston

There is a lot of great stuff happening for Black History Month
in Kingston, starting with:

Economic Film Series: Black Wall Street
Friday, February 2
6 PM to 8 PM
AJ Williams-Myers African Roots Library
43 Gill Street, Kingston

Black History Month Kingston: Kick-Off Event
Saturday, February 3
1 PM to 5 PM
Lace Mill, 165 Cornell Street, Kingston

More info:



1/22 & 1/24 — Two showings of “Birthright: A War Story”

This film will be shown twice locally, as a remembrance of the 45th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade, and to illuminate some of the current events surrounding this landmark decision.

Monday, January 22, 8 PM, Upstate Films, 6415 Montgomery Street (Route 9), Rhinebeck

Wednesday, January 24, 7:15 PM, Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main Street, Rosendale

Get to one of these screenings if you can, and bring your family and friends!…Susan H.

11/6: 100th anniversary of NYS women winning the right to vote

NYS Women Vote!

Honoring the Past 100 Years: November 1917 to November 2017

There’s a lot of exciting stuff going on in New York this month, and beyond.
Let’s honor our heritage as we move forward to our future!

Here are a few important dates to keep in mind:

Saturday, November 4, 2017 to May 13, 2018
A Special Exhibit at the NYS Museum in Albany celebrating women’s suffrage
history —
Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial

Monday, November 6, 2017
The 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in New York State.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Election Day!
Polls are open from 6 AM to 9 PM.

Please send any other local or state centennial-related events my way for our website calendar – thanks!…Susan H.

11/7: Election Day, including 3 Ballot Proposals

Tuesday, November 7, 2017, is Election Day!
Please get out and vote.
Encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to vote too.
We have many local elections and three ballot proposals.

Turn Your Ballot Over!
There are three important proposals on the back of the ballot:

Proposal Number One: Shall there be a convention to revise the Constitution?

Proposal Number Two: Allowing the Complete or Partial Forfeiture of a Public Officer’s Pension if He or She is Convicted of a Certain Type of Felony

Proposal Number Three: Authorizing the Use of Forest Preserve Land for Specified Purposes

For information about what these amendments will do if they are approved and the background of each of the proposals, go to:


Polls are open in our area from 6 AM to 9 PM.
Call me if you need a ride to the polls.
Susan H, 845-389-3961, susan-holland@usa.net

Election information (LWV website)

Board of Elections websites
– Dutchess County:
– Greene County:
– Ulster County:
– NYS:

10/12 + 10/16: Forums on the NYS Constitutional Convention ballot proposal

AAUW Kingston branch members,
Here is some information about two upcoming educational sessions / forums regarding the November 7 ballot proposal on the NYS Constitutional Convention. I strongly encourage
you to attend one or both of these to learn about this important proposal.

1. Tonight, October 12, 6:30 to 8 PM —

New York State Constitutional Convention: Yes or No? What it is and what it means to New York State Residents

Morton Memorial Library
82 Kelly Street

More information

2. Monday, October 16, 6 PM to 8 PM —

Yes or No? A New York State Constitutional Convention?

Coykendall Science Building Auditorium
SUNY New Paltz
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz

More information

Please let me know if you hear of other events like these – thanks!…
Susan Holland, 845-389-3961

Citizens’ March: Sat., 8/12 at noon in Kingston

Hello! Here are some notes about today’s march from Callie Jayne of Citizen Action of NY — Susan H.

Good Morning!

Today is the Citizens’ March —

We’ll be kicking it off at 12 noon at Academy Green (238 Clinton Avenue) in Kingston.

This is so important. We need to keep the pressure on our NY-19 Congressman, John Faso, so that he votes against the current proposed budget. That’s right, we need to keep on, keeping on. This fight is far from over!

Not only will we not accept the cuts to health care, education, housing, and everything else we care about; we are demanding more. We are demanding a moral budget, one that works for all of us, not just for the super-rich. It is possible, but we need to fight! 

I’m amazed by the community support – over 30 organizations have endorsed the march, and it’s going to be big! We’ll hear great music from Hudson Valley’s Tin Horn Uprising, inspiring words from local organizers who are deep in the fight, and some of our coalition partners at The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools as they kick off a National Campaign to demand fully-funded schools!

I’m looking forward to seeing you!

In Solidarity, Callie

Library vote today (6/6) + 2 AAUW elections this month


It’s election season! We have three important elections this month:
1. Library Vote (Tuesday, June 6)
Many local libraries have a budget vote and trustee election today from 10 AM  to 8 PM.  If you live in Kingston, see: http://www.kingstonlibrary.org/, or, contact your local  library (for example, check here: http://midhudson.org/libraries/).
2. AAUW Kingston (Wednesday, June 14)
We will vote on our 2017-2018 budget and 2017-2019 slate of officers at our  annual meeting / picnic at Adele’s home on 6/14:
2017-2019 Slate of Officers
President: Adele Calcavecchio (continuing)
VP National Liason: Joan Davis (continuing)
Vice president of membership: Lynn Gore (outgoing: Ruth Bean)
Vice president of program: open
Recording secretary: Barbara McMichael (continuing)
Corresponding secretary: open
Treasurer: Marjorie Bot (outgoing: Susan Hirsch)
3. AAUW National (vote online by 9 PM on Thursday, June 15)
Did you get an email about the AAUW National election?   For example, I got one on May 8 from AAUW Interim CEO Mark Hopkins —   Subject: Vote now on AAUW’s membership requirement, board of directors, and more!
Click on the big pink “Just click here to vote.”  button in that email, or, go  to:
Enter your member ID and your voter PIN (listed on the back cover of your  Spring Outlook).
Review the ballot and cast your votes.
For questions about the voting process, email connect@aauw.org or call 800-326-2289
(weekdays between 10 AM and 5 PM ET).
So, please remember to vote! Let me know if you need more information
or if you need a copy of our branch bylaws.
                                                                       — Susan Holland, susan-holland@usa.net, 845-389-3961