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Jan 8 – The Abolitionists premieres on PBS http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/abolitionists/
Jan 9 – Meeting for CeaseFirePA 5:30-7 PM Jefferson Educational Society, 3207 State St., Erie, PA. The topic of the program will be legislative efforts to control gun violence in PA. “ WE SEEK an end to gun violence and an end to the trafficking of illegal firearms–a plague that continues to ravage our communities. WE INVITE all area residents, community leaders (both faith and secular), activists and students to work together as a community to forge a safer environment for all generations.” http://www.ceasefirepa.org/ All are welcome.For more information and/or to RSVP, please contact Rob Conroy, Western PA Field Coordinator of CeaseFirePA, at [email protected] or (412) 965-0383.
Jan 9 – Rally to Stop Fracking in NY at the State of the State Address RSVP and sign up for more info and transportation here: http://bit.ly/VmdiS7 The New Yorkers Against Fracking coalition is calling on all New Yorkers to come to Albany for a rally to keep fracking out of our beloved state. We will take our message right to the Governor as we gather outside the annual State of the State Address, delivered by Andrew Cuomo. By New Yorkers Against Fracking
Jan 11 – National Day of Action Against Guantánamo
Jan 11– Lewis Black in Erie “The Rant is Due” Warner Theater
Jan 12 - UU Erie Black and White Movie Series is showing “Citizen Kane.”7 pmUnitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie is at 7180 Perry Highway (Route 97) in Erie, less than a mile north of I-90.
Jan 17-26 – David Mamet’s “Race” at Dramashop. One of David Mamet’s most recent works, “Race” follows “three attorneys, two black and one white, offered a chance to defend a white man charged with a crime against a black woman.” The plot unfolds as the three lawyers and defendant grapple with the evidence of the case and their own feelings about race. Socially relevant, poignant, and often biting, “Race” offers a crash course in racial tension and the nature of resolution. Renaissance Centre Theatre (2nd floor)1001 State Street Erie, PA 16501
Jan 18-26 – ‘Pageant Play’: Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. at t PACA, 1505 State St. Erie PA (2nd floor); Edgy satire that explores the totally twisted world of child pageants. Cost: $10 adv/ $15 at the door. Info: www.paca1505.com. PACA is a wonderful new space for the performing arts, right in Erie’s Entertainment District.
Jan. 18 – Martin Luther King Tribute Concert 7:30 p.m. Central Tech High School, 3325 Cherry St.presented by Gannon University’s Erie Chamber Orchestra with Shiloh Baptist Choir. Free. Info: 871-7755.
Jan 19 – All Aboard Erie Annual Membership Meeting “This is your chance to be a part of the push for improved mass transit, locally and regionally. Local author Steven Porter will speak, as well as the “e” Director of Operations Mike Tann, and then the annual elections will be conducted. You will be able to join All Aboard Erie for $10, which will allow you to vote in the elections. Please show your support of our efforts…” Saturday January 19 at 1PM, at the Brewerie at Union Station, 123 West 14th Street, Erie. www.allaboarderie.com
Jan 20 – UU Erie Breakfast Standing on the Side of Love (an interfaith public advocacy project of the UUA) 9 am.Unitarian Universalist congregations nationwide are launching a THIRTY DAYS OF LOVE campaign — from MLK Jr. Day to Valentine’s Day — to harness love’s power to stop oppression. This special service will address issues related to LGBT equality, immigrant justice, Islamophobia, and bullying. You will be treated to a video of a rousing sermon by Rev. Gail Geisenhainer: “We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest.” Service Coordinator: Al Richardson Musician: Lin Lang Su, Rebecca and Hannah http://www.standingonthesideoflove.org/
Jan. 20 – A Day of Expression Honoring Dr Martin Luther King. At Erie Art Museum, 20 E. Fifth St., Erie. Presented by The Youth Leadership Institute of Erie and Youth Service America with live performances by the Victory Christian Center alternative youth group, Kemoni Farmer with “The Legacy Of MLK” and more. $10 (donation), Info: 806-0103.
January 21 Annual Martin Luther King March and Rally. Marchers will gather on South Perry Square next to City Hall at about 11:30 a.m. with the march kicking off at 12 noon. The marchers will walk up W.6th St. to Chestnut and then north to the Martin Luther King Center for a brief rally. Dress for weather…In observance of the Martin Luther King Holiday, Gannon will host a prayer service at 9 a.m. in the University’s Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel, 520 Peach St. The public is welcome to participate. Also on Martin Luther King Day, Gannon will host a light lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Yehl Ballroom of the Waldron Campus Center, 124 West Seventh St. The lunch is free and open to the public.
Jan 21 – Anti-Drone protest at the Inauguration Set to coincide with the Presidential Inauguration Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and the third anniversary of the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling, the Arc of Justice rally and parade will be a determined but hopeful expression of our concern and dissent against the wars, occupations, loss of civil liberties, overwhelming corporate and big money power over our lives, environmental degradation, and many other important issues mostly abused, ignored, or minimized by recent administrations and Congress.
Feb 2 – New Strategy for Peace movement (Pittsburgh). 2:30-5pm Meeting at the Friends Meeting House 4836 Ellsworth Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Map to Meeting House ”While many groups are working for peace and are opposing the military mindset of our society, we each have been pushing our little part of it with some success, but little notice by the general public or the media. Several of us, involved with the American Friends Service Committee PA, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Code Pink, Peace Action, Anti-War Committee know that there are many more groups and individuals who contribute in their own way or would like to bring about a more peaceful world. We believe that if we pool our efforts and ideas, that we could be a more powerful force and have more impact on events in Washington and the world. Since President Obama’s election to a second term, he himself has said that he needs to hear from us, and so does the rest of our government.” Group of peace people from Erie are going, email Erie Peace Initiative at [email protected] or message at EPI Facebook .
Feb 15 – On Screen/In Person: Cafeteria Man Mercyhurst
Mar 1-2 – Pennsylvania Progressive Summit Harrisburg
SUNY Fredonia Study Finds High Levels of Plastic Pollution in Lake Erie The highest levels of concentration were found in Lake Erie between Dunkirk and Erie, Pa. where the research team found concentrations of over 600,000 plastic pieces per square kilometer…”That’s two times higher than any published number from any sample anywhere in the world,” explained Dr. Mason. Many of the samples included very tiny beads, and researchers believe they were flushed into the lakes by consumers using facial cleaners…”Many people don’t realize that these micro-beads, these exfoliants, that are in their common consumer products are actually plastic.” … What makes the finding so troublesome is that the micro-plastic is often the same size as fish eggs, something that is eaten by local marine life. … “If you find it in a bird, if you find it in a fish, it is in us,” warned Dr. Mason.
Gas field workers cited in Pa. hospital’s debts The CEO of a north-central Pennsylvania hospital says the facility’s first operating loss in about five years is a sign of the influx of natural gas field workers without health insurance.
Marcellus Protest page has posts about anti-Fracking activists leafletting at “Promised Land” screenings in the region