Friday, November 8, 2019

New Paltz Honors Diversity and Takes a Stand to Defeat White Supremacy!

Donna Goodman and Ingrid Hughes
Photo by Susan Lehrer
All other photos by Barbara Upton
On Saturday, Nov 2, about 200 people took to the streets to say no to racism, bigotry and hate and to defend equality, inclusion and diversity! New Paltz Women in Black sponsored the action and Donna Goodman and Ingrid Hughes were the organizers. We thank them, our speakers, our cosponsors (below) and all who joined us!

Special thanks too to the Tin Horn Uprising Brass Band,  Debbie Lan and The Resisterhood Choir and the Redwing Blackbird Puppet Theater for adding drama, music and a festive atmosphere for the day!

Check out our great coverage in the New Paltz Times and in Mid Hudson News. We thank Spectrum News too!

CarmenTirado, SUNY New Paltz, Urban Lyrics

Charlie Olver, SUNY New Paltz NYPIRG

New Paltz Women in Black has been holding a vigil in front of the Elting Library every Saturday for 18 years! Please join us any Saturday from 12:45 to 1:30 pm to stand for peace and justice for all! 
Join us on Facebook too!

Thanks to our 36 terrific cosponsors!

AJ Williams-Myers African Roots Center, American Association of University Women Kingston, Amnesty International Mid-Hudson, Concerned Parents of New Paltz, De Facto Community Center, Dutchess County Progressive Action Alliance, End the New Jim Crow Action Network (E.N.J.A.N), Extinction Rebellion New Paltz, Holy Cross/Santa Cruz Church Kingston, Hudson Valley Humanists, Hudson Valley Lesbians Organizing for Change, IndivisibleUlster, Jewish Voice for Peace, Kingston Women in Black, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program at SUNY New Paltz, March On Hudson Valley, Maya Gold Foundation, Mid-Hudson Jews for Racial Justice, Middle East Crisis Response, Move Forward New York, New Paltz Climate Action Coalition, New Paltz Food Not Bombs, New Paltz Socialists, SUNY New Paltz Spanish Club, NYPIRG, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Resisterhood, Rondout Valley High School Human Rights Club, Saugerties Democratic Committee, SUNY New Paltz Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Take Back the Night, Tin Horn Uprising, U-Act, Ulster Immigrant Defense Network, UU Catskills and Vassar Students for Justice in Palestine.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Two Hundred Rise against Hate in New Paltz!

The day was sunny, the mood was energized and the resolve was strong, as people gathered on a street corner to denounce hate and bigotry in our schools and beyond last Saturday. The event was initiated by Lexy Zissu and Olli Chanoff, parents of a New Paltz Middle School student. They were upset by the District's lack of response to ten incidents of hate in New Paltz schools, which included swastika graffiti and students calling others the n-word. The event, co-organized by New Paltz Women in Black, expanded to include support for all the marginalized and vulnerable people in our community who are targets of hate, bullying and intimidation.

We thank our co-sponsors (listed below), the wonderful speakers and all who attended to take a stand against racism and bigotry and to affirm New Paltz and our Hudson Valley as hate-free zones!

We are also grateful to the performers who enlivened the day with music and puppetry. A big thanks to the amazing Tinhorn Uprising brass band, the dramatic Red Wing Blackbird Theater and the lovely and impactful Resisterhood Choir led by Debbie Lan. Also thanks to the Cronin Art Gallery at Water Street Market where we began the day making signs!

It takes a community and we are fortunate to live in one that stands for unity and equal rights for all!


Thank you to our inspiring speakers -

Amy Myslik, representing NYS Rep Jen Metzger’s office 
Elana Michelson of the Ulster Immigrant Defense Network     
Galo Vasquez, New Paltz Socialists
Jane Toby, Jewish Voice for Peace 
KT Tobin, Deputy Mayor of New Paltz
Superintendent Maria Rice 
Masha Shmarina, Wallkill HS student representing Amnesty International, HV Chapter
Rachel Labare, New Paltz Democratic Women
Sophia Skiles, Board member & organizer of vigils for Black Lives 
Tanya Marquette, Concerned Parents of New Paltz 
Victoria Nazario, student at Roundout Valley HS, representing the Human Rights Club.

Photos by Lexy Zissu, New Paltz Democratic Women and Barbara Upton

Thanks too to our supportive co-sponsors- please support the good work of all of them-

The ReSisterhood
New Paltz Democratic Women
New Paltz Racial Equity Coalition
March On Hudson Valley
Indivisible the Fight Is On
AAUW, KIngston
ENJAN- End New Jim Crow Action Network
Move Forward New York
Indivisible Ulster
U-Act (Ulster Activists)
Ulster Immigrant Defense Network
Roundout Valley HS Human Rights Club
Concerned Parents of New Paltz
New Paltz Socialists
The Maya Gold Foundation
Amnesty International, Hudson Valley Chapter
GLSEN Hudson Valley
Jewish Voice for Peace- Hudson Valley

And biggest thanks to Lexy Zissu and her partner Olli Chanoff for their leadership and making this whole thing happen!

If you would like to stay involved in making the New Paltz schools hate-free, welcoming and safe for all students contact Lexy Zissu at 
If you would like to continue to fight for acceptance, understanding and justice for all, contact Barbara Upton of New Paltz Women in Black at

BREAKING! Check out our front page coverage in the New Paltz Times!!

Monday, March 11, 2019

New Paltz Celebrates Women for International Women's Day!

The New Paltz International Women's Day crowd at Water Street Market 

The International Women's Day March attracted over 200 women and their allies in New Paltz on Saturday, March 9. After hearing brief remarks from co-sponsoring groups, the crowd marched down Main Street to the Water Street Market and back. 

It was led by the great Tin Horn Uprising brass band and striking puppets from the Redwing Blackbird Theater. The action was sponsored by New Paltz Women in Black; a group that has been standing for peace and justice in front of the Elting Library every Saturday for over 17 years! Co-sponsors included students from SUNY New Paltz and Roundout Valley High School, local Indivisibles, immigrant and racial justice groups reproductive rights activists and union and feminist organizations (a complete list is below).

The spirited and upbeat event celebrated the achievements, strength, resilience and courage of women, but it was also a call to action; for full equality and for an end to violence against women and for the eradication of racism, sexism, anti-LGBTQ bigotry and discrimination against immigrants and all vulnerable and marginalized members of society. For more information write to co-organizers Donna Goodman at, Barbara Upton at, or join them on their Facebook page- New Paltz Women in Black.


United University Professions
Ulster Immigrant Defense Network
Middle East Crisis Response 
A.J. Williams-Myers African Roots Center
End the New Jim Crow Action Network
Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson
Move Forward New York
Indivisible Ulster
Mid-Hudson Valley Amnesty International USA
Rondout Valley High School Human Rights Club
Concerned Parents New Paltz
Indivisible the Fight Is On
DeFacto Community Center Project
Food Not Bombs
SUNY New Paltz International Socialist Organization
Campaign for NY Health
Mid Hudson Valley Planned Parenthood
Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation
Party for Socialism and Liberation
Ulster Activists (U-ACT)
Women Empowered to Lead (SUNY)
AAUW KIngston
March on Hudson Valley
HV Jewish Voice for Peace


photos and video by Beth Dulay and Barbara Upton

Breaking-  Our excellent coverage in the New Paltz Times!