Inspired by the enthusiasm of Rich Morgan, Conscience Bay participated in the 10th annual Long Island Pride Parade in Huntington, organized by the Long Island GLBT Services Network, an association of five non-profit organizations serving Long Island’s GLBT community of all ages with centers in Bay Shore and Garden City, working to end homophobia on Long Island, to provide a home and safe space for the GLBT community, and to advocate for equality.
On May 2, 1010, Co-clerk Joy Weaver was one of several members of meetings in New York Yearly Meeting who participated in an International Day of Action in New York City organized to coincide with the opening of the pentennial Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), held under the auspices of the UN, May 3-28. Interviewed about her participation by a reporter from a Japanese newspaper, Joy informed him that her lifelong involvement in nuclear disarmament activities was precipitated by the Long Island visit of two of the “Hiroshima maidens,” the two dozen young Japanese women who were were severely disfigured by the Hiroshima bomb and came to the U.S. for reconstructive surgery. Joy met them – just a few years older than herself – when an American escort brought them into the Garden City shop where she was working.
For the May 2 event, some 10,000 people filled Times Square for a rally with speeches and music, followed by a march across town to the UN, where an International Peace and Music Festival took place in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. The event was preceded on April 30-May 1 by an International Conference for a Nuclear-free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World at Riverside Church keynoted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and attended by 800 people from 30 nations.
Saturday, March 21st, 10:30 AM – Join the North Country Peace Group to mark the 6th anniversary of the start of war in Iraq. Gather on Rt. 25A, a mile or two east of the Nichols Road/25A intersection, near the Chase Bank on the south side of 25A (across from the St. James Catholic Church) in Setauket. From there, those who wish can join us as we process east along the storefronts in the King Kullen, Wild by Nature and Stop and Shop shopping centers. We will be carrying signs about Iraq and Afghanistan, and the NCPG banner. Also, we will have handouts for passersby explaining why we are processing and inviting them to come to the bottom of the hill (our usual protest spot at Rt. 25A and Bennetts Road in Setauket) for the rest of our event, which will include a reading of the names of fallen Long Islanders from both wars.
Three years ago, a similar event was held and several members of Conscience Bay Meeting attended. Their photos appeared in Newesday.