During the pandemic we are using this space to announce virtual talks related to immigration and immigrants as well as issues such as housing, health care, and quality food that have been worsened by the virus plus learning activities and other opportunities for students whose schools are not fully open. All times are Eastern.


Saturday, May 8, 2 p.m., John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Day of Action, Kingston

Meet outside Seasoned Delicious Foods, 10 Cedar Street & Broadway, Kingston. Rally at 2 p.m.; walk, bike, or drive in a Votercade, 2:45; and  festival with music by Simi Stone, New Pro Baptist Church Choir, P.O.O.K., and Tin Horn Uprising, 3:30. Speakers: Michelle Hinchey, Pat Ryan, Dave Clegg, Sheriff Juan Figueroa, March Gallagher, Evelyn Clarke, Maude Bruce, Sajaa Tracy, Adriana Magaña, Elizabeth Lee, Keith Gurgui, Marisa McClinton, Tyrone Wilson, Tamika & Martinique Dunkley, and Rebekah Hendricks with emcee/chantmaster, Steve Spicer. Download flyer.

Monday, May 10, 7-8:30 p.m., A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America

In this virtual class, writer and teacher Clint Smith will discuss his book, How the Word Is Passed, with Cierra Kaler-Jones, director of storytelling, Communities for Just Schools Fund. Participants will break into small groups to meet, discuss content, and share teaching ideas. Designed for teachers and other school staff, however, parents, students, and others are welcome. ASL is provided.  Free. Sponsored by the Zinn Education Project. Learn more and register here.

Immigrants Welcome by Yakira Teitel, Justseeds

Wednesday, May 12, noon to 4 p.m.
Resource Fair & Pop-up Pantry, Poughkeepsie

Parking lot, Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County, 218 Church Street, Poughkeepsie: Food pantry • Information on immigration legal services • Case management and eviction prevention • Health screenings • Connect with providers from throughout the community. Download flyer in English or Spanish.

Wednesday, May 12, noon-1:30, Covid, Asians & Pacific Islanders: Creating a Caring Community

How does Covid-related anti-Asian rhetroic and action fit into old patterns of stereotyping and racism? What narratives are told? What’s not told? Sponsored by Dutchess County Commission on Human Rights in collaboration with the Orange and Ulster County Human Rights Commissions. Free. Register here.

Wed., May 12, 2 p.m., film premiere & discussion

A new documentary examines how Covid-19 has devastated New York’s Latin American immigrant communities.  Yo sé qué es pandemia or I know what pandemic means is bilingual featuring the voices of immigrant New Yorkers sharing stories of loss, community, financial pressures, and an overwhelming sense of helplessness. Free. Sponosred by Documented and Waterwell. Register here.

Thursday, May 20, 5 p.m., Virtual conversation
The Intersection of Racism and Education

What are the barriers that keep the Kingston City School District from hiring more black and brown educators? How might we overcome them? Recommended  background reading: We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom by Bettina Love. Buy the book at Rough Draft Bar & Books (participants get a 10 percent discount) or borrow through the Mid-Hudson Library system. Free but register here. Sponsored by Kingston Reads and Rough Draft.

Friday, May 21, Application deadline, Ulster County Summer Youth Employment Program

Open to those between the ages of 14 and 20 who need help finding a summer job. Applicants must be Ulster County residents, meet income guidelines, and include proof of family income. with application packet. Applicants will have to complete an online orientation, quiz, and an in-person orientation and must be available for work for the full program, from June 28 – July 30. Participants will earn $13.50 per hour, working 20-40 hours per week. Learn more and get application.

2021 Ulster Count Summer Youth Employment Program
Flyer for workshop series.

Through June, Free monthly workshops on Immigration & Education

CUNY Initiative on Immigration and Education (CUNY-IIE) is launching a virtual workshop series for families, students, and educators. Workshops are open and free to the public. All workshops will be held  5-6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Download flyer. Register here.

  • Thursday, May 20, Organizing at the Intersection of Immigration and Education
  • Wed., June 16, Fostering Conversation Across Borders at the Intersection of Immigration & Education

Ongoing: free programs, kids & adults
A. J. Williams-Myers African Roots Center

Story time, crafts, author talks, and more. Shown here: the cover of one of the story time options, a bold and lyrical picture book written by Carole Lindstrom, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe; illustrated by Michaela Goade, a member of Alaska’s Tlingit & Haida tribes; and read by Sarah Elisabeth. http://africanrootslibrary.org/upcoming-events, 845 802-0035

Reources from previous events

In fall 2019 some 80 activists and educators got ideas and information from parents, school personnel, and advocates at Back to School: Supporting Immigrant Children and their Families. Get take aways from this session.