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Ethnic Intimidation is Illegal in Pennsylvania

Vocational Services Available thru Pike MH/MR at 570-421-2901 (Stroudsburg) and/or Office of Vocational Rehabilitation 570-296-5661 (Shohola). Public Service Annoucement on Behalf of Northeast Resources Unlimited & Century 21 Select Group.


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TSUC is also represented on the Monroe County Advisory Council of the Pennsylavnia Human Relations Commission and attends thier meetings. Refer to thier website for more details - Poconounity.org.

TSUC member(s) also have a leadership role with the Rainbow Youth of NEPA. Refer to thier website for more details - Rainbowyouth.net
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  • June 13, 2009 - Annual Juneteenth Festival on June 13th from 10:00am to 7:00pm at Lehman Township Community Park.  Hosted by the African American Network of the Pocono's.  This festival is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States which started in 1865. Event Flyer.  For more information, visit the African American Network website at http://www.aanofpoconos.org or call them at 570-588-5065.
  • March 7, 2009 - 4th Annual Pike County AIDS/HIV Awareness Day from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at the Good Shepherd/St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Milford, PA.  A discussion on living with HIV/AIDS. Special Guest Speakers will include Regan Hofmann, Editor-in-Chief of POZ Magazine and Sean Strub, Founder of POZ Magazine.
  • February 28, 2009 - "The Meeting" Play at East Stroudsburg University at 2:00pm and 6:00pm.  Hosted by the African American Network of the Poconos and the Shades of Truth Theatre Company.  This play is about a fictitious secret meeting that occurs between Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. following the bombing of Malcolm X's home & shortly before he was assassinated. Call the African American Network at 570-588-5065 for more info.  More Details
  • October 14, 2008 - A Holocaust Perspective: From both Survivors and Progeny. Presented by Dr. M. Evers and Honored guests. Delaware Valley High School Auditorium. Call 296-1854 for reservations by Friday, October 10.
  • September 26-27, 2008 - Lenape Nation 11th Annual Pow Wow on Sept 27-28, 2008 (rain or shine), 10am-6pm at Bingham Park, Hawley, PA. Grand Entry at Noon. Flyer
  • September 8, 2008 - Pennsylvania advisory board to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission will meet at the Monroe County Administration Building in Stroudsburg. They will hold panel discussions on housing, taxes and immigration.
  • July 13, 2008 - Bias and Gang Discussion at Hemlock Farms (not open to public). Hosted and sponsored by the Jewish Womens International. Presentation by TSUC and Monroe County Advisory Council of PA Human Relations Commission.
  • June 28, 2008 - Juneteenth at the Lehman Township Park, Sponsored by the African American Network. What's Juneteenth? See here. TSUC members attended.
  • May 19, 2008 - Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Meets in Pike County at the the Hotel Fauchere, 401 Broad Street in Milford, PA from 1:00pm. The civil rights enforcement agency in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC). Their mission is to administer and enforce the PA Human Relations Act and PA Fair Educational Opportunities Act, which strive to eliminate discrimination and provide equal opportunity for all persons.

    Meeting Invitation - See News Release.

  • March 8, 2008 - Third Annual HIV-AIDS Awareness Day in Pike County. Good Shepherd/St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church on 110 West Catherine Street, Milford, PA. Further information: Jan Cuva-Primmer, MSW Pike County HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Coordinator janjan0412@hotmail.com or 570-780-9906. Download Flyer. TSUC members attended.
  • March 1, 2008 - Forum on Discriination and Gang Activity in Pike County. Speakers include representatives from the Tri-State Unity Coalition, Unity Coalition of the Poconos and Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. The Rallying Youth Organized Together Against Rape (RYOT) from Safe Haven will put on a socio-drama. Also speaking will be Michael Leonard Sr., a criminal justice consultant and gang expert (www.gangsrreal.com) and Dr. Letitia Lladoc, a multicultural instructor and educator.

    See Meeting Materials

  • January 2008 - Dr. Martin Luther King Essay Contest sponsored by TSUC, the Pike County Public Library and Safe Haven Inc. of Pike County. Contest was open to all high school students from any school supporting Pike County. All entries were judged as one group and then ranked. The judges had a very hard time since the essays were very well done. The judges also commented that the student's perspectives were very encouraging! Our judges were as follows: Irene Prokop, the Editor-in-Chief of Milford Magazine, Dr. Julie Weber, an educator and been an advocate for civil rights for more than 40 years, and Maxwell Kofi Donker, an African artist, drummer and diversity advocate from New York City (www.bak2roots.com).


~ Click Name to Read Essay ~

Grades 9-10:
FIRST (and Overall SECOND) $100 - Cristy Castellanos, DVHS

Grades 11-12:
FIRST $100 - Joshua Spenser Davis, DVHS

SECOND $50 - Tenisha Person, ESNHS

THIRD $25 - Daniella Haigler, DVHS

THIRD $25 - Jessica Prickett, WAHS

  • January 20, 2008 - Delaware Township Democratic Club held a MLK Celebratory Tea with Poster and Oratory Contest. TSUC members attended.
  • May 20, 2007 - 5th Annual Pike County Family Community Expo hosted by the Pike United Way at Camp Speers-Eljabar YMCA. TSUC particpated. We had information, posters and several diversity related activities.
  •  Race Issues Hit Home - Residents Speak Out - Page 1, 2 and 3. Milford Magazine Article - Jan/Feb 2007.
  • November 12, 2006 - An African American man was seriously beaten in Port Jervis, NY in front of Alice's Deli by 4 white men shouting racial slurs. Record On-Line Azrticles (PDF)
  • Oct/Nov 2006 - Anti-Gay Speech. Letter to Editor "No Place for Hate" in the Pike County Dispatch discusses a teenager in Milford that was wearing a shirt stating "I Hate Gays" on the front.

    Letter to the Editor "Tolerance and Respect" by the Very Rev. Gerald F. Mullally, Pastor of St. Patrick's Church in Milford, speaks out against hate.

  • mid-Octobert 2006 - Delaware Valley Elementary School. Graffiti incident involving threats of rape and hating the school's principal. The police basically "interrogated" students of the school. The student responsible was found and the principal did not press charges. Pike County Courier 11/10/06 (PDF)
  • October 28, 2006 - Governor Rendell and the PA State Legislature made Pennsylvania the first state in the nation with a tax credit for people who make their homes accessible to visitors with disabilities.

    Visitability is a growing movement to renovate or build new single-family homes to make them accessible to a person with a disability who uses a wheelchair. The Residential Visitability Design Tax Credit Act gives counties, municipalities and school districts the opportunity to each offer a special local tax credit of up to $2,500 to people who renovate or build new homes with visitability design features.

    News Release

  • October 23, 2006 - Three Pike residents on a regional advisory council to improve opportunities for minorities. The civil rights enforcement agency in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC). They formed the Monroe County Advisory Council to better serve the Pocono Region and assist them in ascertaining and improving opportunities in employment, housing, public accommodations and education. The Monroe County Advisory Council consists of 16 members throughout Monroe and 3 members from Pike. The Pike County members of the Council are Perry Gower, Cindy Stine and Robert Veneziale. Perry Gower and Robert Veneziale are from the Tri-State Unity Coalition and Ms. Stine is an educational outreach coordinator/child advocate with Survivors’ Resources. News Release and Public Notice of Meetings
  • October 2006 - TSUC donated copies of the book "Children of Native America Today" by Y. W. Dennis & Arlene Hirschfelder (Charlesbridge) to the Delaware Valley, Wallenpaupack Area and East Stroudsburg Area School Districts. The book is written for children in 2nd to 6th grades.

    Children of Native America Today received distinction as a 2004 "Notable Book for a Global Society" by the International Reading Association. It was also recognized by the Cooperative Children's Book Center as an outstanding multicultural book.

    Author Website: Yvonne Wakim Dennis

 Book Cover of Children of Native America Today

Click here to order book

Thank you so much for generously donating a copy of "Children of Native America" to our library here at DDES. It is a wonderful book which personalizes Native American children and portrays the similarities among children everywhere. I'm sure our students will enjoy reading it for years to come.

Thanks again.

-Heather Haupt, DDES - Librarian

  • October 2006 - Diversity Leadership Training. Step Up To Leadership and Community Service, a 4-H program for youth grades 6-8, is the focus of a grant recently received by Cooperative Extensions in Monroe and Pike counties in collaboration with The Latino American Alliance of NEPA.

    This nine week program, starting in early October, will encourage students to grow and develop their leadership skills while developing and implementing a plan to impact positive change within their communities. During the nine weeks, five weeks will be devoted to using the Step Up To Leadership curriculum while the other four weeks will be used to celebrate diversity by bringing in successful minority role models to talk about their careers.

    To receive more information on this program, or to find out how to register, contact the Monroe County Cooperative Extension at (570) 421-6430 or the Pike County Cooperative Extension at (570) 296-3400.

    News Release

  • September 23-24, 2006 - 9th Annual Lenape Nation Powwow at Bingham Park, Hawley, PA. PUBLIC WELCOME! Gates Open 10:00 AM. Grand Entry Noon. Come Enjoy Native American Dancing, Drumming, Singing, Story Telling, Arts, Crafts and Food. Admission Adults $5.00, Seniors and Children (6-12) $3.00 and Children 5 & under are free. Additional information (215) 257-0389. All proceeds benefit Lenape Nation educational, educational and agricultural projects (www.lenapenation.org).
  • September 11, 2006 - Anti-Islamic Speech. Letter to the Editor "Intolerance, Not Islam, Is the Enemy" in the Pike County Dispatch by Pastor David Repenning of the Milford United Methodist Church. Letter rebutes Mr. Robert Gallagher's speech on 9/11 at the Veterans monument which lifts up all Islamic people as an enemy of outr nation.

    Response "Get Real on Terror" in the Pike County Dispatch disagrees and states "Respectfully, I totally disagree with the Pastor and totally understand and agree with the basis of Mr. Gallagher's remorks. Lets get real!"

  • August 22, 2006 - Monroe County Advisory Council of the PA Human Relations Commission held an orientation training session at the Eastern Monroe County Library. Pery Gower and Robert Veneziale from TSUC attended. Also attending and representing Pike County was Cindy Stine from Survivors' Resources.
  • August 19, 2006 - TSUC participated in the river journey and signed the "Treaty of Renewed Brotherhood" with the Lena'pe Nation. Resolution

    On August 24, 2002 an historic event took place at the Pennsbury Manor, the former estate of William Penn in Morrisville, Bucks County Pennsylvania, that marked a new beginning of brotherhood between the Lena'pe Indian Tribe and the people that neighbor the Delaware River. A treaty of renewed brotherhood was signed by the Lena'pe and a number of organizations: environmental groups, churches, historical societies, and sincerely committed individuals, who wish actively to support the Lena'pe culture and to help sustain their people, language, and way of life. The signing was prefaced by an equally historic and monumental three-week canoe journey, which began at the top of the Delaware River in Hancock, N.Y. and culminated in Cape May, NJ. It was agreed that the re-signing of the Treaty, as well as the River Journey, would take place every four years.

    The 2006 trip begun, once again, in Hancock, N.Y. on Friday, August 4, 2006 and culminated on August 17,2006 in Morrisville Perry Gower from TSUC joined the river journey on the river through the Milford area and hosted the group for an evening meal. The Treaty was signed at the end of the journey at Pennsbury Manor on August 19th.

    River Journey Information

  • August 2006 - "A Quick Tale of a Different Type: Indians, Whites and a Promising Pike County Pact" Milford Magazine. Page 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  • June 9-11, 2006 - TSUC was at the non-profit table with a display during the Milford Music Feastival.
  • May 21, 2006 - 4th Annual Pike County Family Community Expo hosted by the Pike United Way at Camp Speers-Eljabar YMCA. TSUC particpated. We had information, posters and several diversity related activities.
  • May 23, 2006- Saw Creek (Lehmna Township) Gate Guard Accosted by a woman and her teenage son. Mason and her son, both Saw Creek residents, drove up to the visitor’s gate demanding entry. When asked for identification, Mason allegedly launched into a tirade hurling racial slurs and threats against the gate guard. The teen then threatened to get a gun in order to kill her. Mason was arrested and charged with ethnic intimidation, terrorist threats, simple assault, harassment and reckless endangerment. A juvenile petition will be filed against her son charging terrorist threats. Article and State Police Report
  • February 24, 2006 - Diversity Awareness Training by the American Cancer Society and sponsored by the Interagency Council. TSUC participated.
  • February 10, 2006 - Davis-Bailey Family Exhibit Opening. The Pike County Historical Society’s Columns Museum unveiled a new permanent exhibit that focuses on the family of Abraham and Sarah Davis. Abraham is believed to have served in the 5th Regiment, 204th Volunteer Artillery in the Civil War. He married Sarah Johnson and purchased the family home in Milford.

    Four generations of the Davis family lived in the home on High St. in Milford. Abraham’s descendent Milton Bailey was tragically the only black man from Pike County to be killed in the Korean War.

    The exhibit features family photos, portraits and Milton’s letters home from Korea. These letters describe his tour of duty and contain many personal observations concerning his life at home and abroad. His family received much consolation and support from the community during this unsettling time and a sense of mourning was apparent upon the declaration of Milton’s death on Jan. 1, 1955.

    Several guest speakers were on hand. TSUC was also in attendance. More Info

    Reported on Pike County Courier (PDF)

  • January 2, 2006 - St. John's Roman Catholic Church in Matamoras, PA. Vandals sprayed several walls on the front of the church with pentagrams, "666", upside cross and obscenities. Matamoras police were called. Reported in Pike County Dispatch.
  • June 30, 2005 - Business cards were found with a man garbed in a white robe, complete with the pointy hood and the blood-drop patch on his chest. It read, "I want you for the Ku Klux Klan." The cards turned up in Port Jervis and Deerpark businesses, a local post office and local bars.

    In response to a letter sent to the P.O. box address on the cards, a man identifying himself as Joe Allison referred questions to the Rev. Ray Larsen (imperial wizard).

    Larsen, heads one of the smaller KKK groups in the country based in Osceola, Ind. "We're always recruiting," he said. But who is the local leader? "When he decides to rear his head, you'll all know who he is," Larsen said.

    See also Record On-Line (PDF)

  • August 25-28, 2005 - The Laramie Project - A play that examines the aftermath of the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard. By Moises Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project. Abeloff Center for the Performing Arts, East Stroudsburg University. August 25-28th, 8pm. Flyer
  • August 16, 2005 - A Community Dialogue About Changing Demographics and Community-Building at the Western Wayne High School Auditorium (Wayne County).

    The presenters and facilitators will be representatives of member agencies of the Pennsylvania Inter-Agency Task Force on Civil Tension (www.stopbias.org), including the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Education, the PA State Police and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. TSUC also participated. More Details

  • August 08, 2005 - Monument to Lenape tribe proposed for Easton park (Easton, PA). Plans for a massive monument in Easton to the Lenape Indian tribe. The monument's planners unveiled a rendering of the piece painted by Eric Labacz. They hope to erect the monument in Easton's Scott Park, positioned so the summer solstice sunrise shines through it at the confluence of the Lehigh and Delaware rivers. Article by Kurt Bresswein. The Express-Times. Full Story
  • June 27, 2005 - Machne Menachem Camp in Lackawaxen, PA (Pike County) was the target of a hate crime. A swastika and anarchy sign was sprayed in white on the cabin’s red siding. There was also a swastika on a doormat, one on the window of a storm door and one on a nearby picnic table. The word “Nazi” had been sprayed on the table’s bench. “Heil Hitler” had been sprayed in the grass, and the culprits had broken into a building, stolen Hebrew Bibles, ripped out pages and strewn them. This incident was the first of its kind to occur at the camp. Source: River Reporter On-Line (PDF)
  • May 15, 2005 - 3rd Annual Pike County Family Community Expo hosted by the Pike United Way at Camp Speers-Eljabar YMCA. TSUC particpated. We had information, posters and several diversity related activities.
  • July 27, 2004 - The Pike County Commissioners declared July 27th as Americans with Disabilities Act Day, and local advocates highlight some of the successes and setbacks for disabled members of the community. Full Story
  • May 2004 - 2nd Annual Pike County Family Community Expo hosted by the Pike United Way at Camp Speers-Eljabar YMCA. TSUC particpated. We had information, posters and several diversity related activities.
  • March 25, 2004 - Rabbi Eugene Korn will speak about the movie at the University of Scranton at 8pm in Room 228 of Brennan Hall. Rabbi Korn is the former director of interfaith affairs at the Anti-Defamation League. The lecture includes responses by the University of Scranton theology Professors Drs. Scott Baer-Saye and James Brian Benestad. Event sponsored by the University's Weinberg Judaic Studies. For more info contact Dr. Marc Shapiro, Associate Professor of Theology, at (570) 941-7956.
  • February 16, 2004 - TSUC was the featured speaker at the Pike County Americans for Diabilities Committee meeting. Full Story
  • January 11, 2004 - TSUC and the Dingman Township Branch of the Pike County Public Library co-sponsored a Native American Children's Workshop. The workshop was lead by Yvonne Wakim-Dennis and Arlene Hirshfelder who co-authored "Children of Native America Today". The authors donated a copy of their book to the library.

    The workshop was attended by about 20 children ranging from first through seventh grades. The workshop explored various Native American cultures of today to help children learn that Native Americans are not the traditional Indians of the past. Indians are doctors, lawyers, eductors and people like everyone else.

Copies of the book are available to purchase at Blue Sky Red Earth Tribal on West Hartford Street in Milford, PA at (570) 409-1826 or from Amazon.com.

See News Release from Pike United Way; also posted on thier site at http://unitedwaypike.org

  • November 15, 2003 - Trp. Richard S. Weinstock reported a simple assault, ethnic intimidation and harrasment on 11/15, 1810 hrs., in the Parking lot of Dutch's Market in Greentown. Victim was Luis Ignacio Velez of Greentown and the accused was Robert George Krawiec of Greentown. On Saturday night, the victim in this matter was stabbed by the accused, in the area of his upper right chest. The men were fighting over an alleged ethnic slur that was made to the victim by the accused. Charges will be filed in the near future. Source: PA State Police Reports (Blooming Grove) from the PC Dispatch 11/20/2003. See also Tristatenews.com.
  • September 4, 2003 - Letter to Editor "Four Letters" by Brendan O'Sullivan in Pike County Dispatch.

    Letter to the Editor about other Letters to the Editor including yet another letter from Mr. Fail. See below for other letters.

  • August 7, 2003- Latina Women's group forming in Pike County for fellowship and celcbration of thier culture. See Pike County Dispatch.
  • June 26, 2003 - TSUC's plan to bring about a resolution on the Tom Quick Monument:

Cover Letter to Milford Borough Council - June 26th

"Pathway to Community Harmony..."

  • June 13, 2003 - Tri-State Unity Coalition (TSUC) presented it's first recognition award to Mr. Richard Seltzer of the Americans with Disabilites Act (ADA) Committee of Pike County, for creating an environment of inclusion. Most notebly, Richard was instrumental in making the wheel chair lift at the Columns Museum a reality. Norm Gasbarro, TSUC Chairperson, presented the award to Richard at the ADA meeting on June 13th. Maureen Giordano, Democratic Committee Chair of Pike County, was the featured speaker at the meeting and the topic was "People with Disabilities in the Political Process."


    Photo - Maureen Giordano (Democratic Comittee Chair), Albert Peri (ADA), Richard Selzer (ADA) and Norm Gasbbarro (TSUC).

Plaintiff Eddie Lee Archie filed a civil rights lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Newark, NJ alleging that defendant, Sussex County Corrections Office Arthur Kapetanakis had beat him about the head, face, arms, and hands with a blackjack while calling him racial slurs.
The lawsuit was filed because the Sussex County Prosecutor's Office failed to pursue criminal charges and has prepared a plea bargain where the defendant is allowed to keep his pension and escape criminal charges.

Reported also on Sussex County Justice's Hall of Shame (bottom).

  • May 18, 2003 - TSUC attended the "Music is the BEST Medicine" event sponsored by the Tri-State Disabilities Council. See photos.
  • Rick Santorum, a two-term Pennsylvania Senator and chair of the Senate Republican Conference, compared homosexuality to bigamy, polygamy, incest and adultery while discussing a pending Supreme Court case about a Texas sodomy law. Read more at "Santorum In Gay Rights Dispute" on CBSNews.com.

Other Opinions:

"This is Our Country" on March 6, 2003
"Learned and Enlightened?" on March 6, 2003
"Ludicrous Immigration Policy" on March 27, 2003
"One Human Family" on April 3, 2003
"American Heritage" on April 10, 2003

"Immigrants Served - And Died" by TSUC on April 24, 2003 (actual letter)

"Ostriches About Immegration" on May 1, 2003

  • April 11, 2003 - ADA Sponsored Event. Pike County First Assistant District Attorney Joseph Kameen discussed the update to the PA hate crime laws. TSUC was in attendace. See article in the Dispatch.
  • February 13, 2002 - Pocono Record artcile entitled "The Columns in Pike getting chair lift" by Sarah Koenig. Reports on the issue of the PCHS's inappropriate use of grant funds awarded to make the Columns more disabled accessible that TSUC first brought foreward back in July 2001.
  • September 8, 2001 - Unity Day at Franklin & Marshall College Sports Center on Harrisburg Pike in Lancaster -- TSUC representatives made the 3 hour (150 mile) trip to support our follow Pennsylvania citizens in Lancaster. The event was organized by the Human Relations Department in Lancaster. Unity Day was held as a response to the KKK march planned on the same day. There were speakers, politicians, the NAACP, Gospel Choirs and Local Musicians and much more! More Info and Photos 1, 2 and 3.
  • June 9,2001 - Pocono Record article regarding white supremacist fliers inserted into Pocono Record and other community papers! Article
  • June 3, 2001 - TSUC got together to help repair the damage at the Jewish camp on Silver Lake Road that occurred last October as a result of a hate crime. This story was covered by several local news sources, including WNEP Channel 16! We went back on June 10th to repaint the handball court. More Info and Photos.
  • Memorial Day 2001 - The TSUC Float in the Memorial Day Parade - Milford and Matamoras, PA. We dressed up the truck with the large TSUC sign, banners and ballons in honor of Milton Bailey. Milton was a Milford and Pike County resident, and an African-American, who answered his nation's call to service in the Korean Conflict, and gave his life for his country. More Info and Photos.
  • May 20, 2001 - TSUC participates in the Tri-State Disabilities Council Awards/Awareness Day at Airport Park in Matamoras. More Info.
  • March 20, 2001 - TSUC presentation at the PTA Meeting at the Shohola Elementary School.

    Danielle and Rosanne from TSUC presented the PTA with two copies of "And don't call me a racist". They also showed relavant Blue Ridge Cable News clips of unity issues in our area, stated the TSUC mission, distributed individual pledge forms and suggested that the PTA issue a unity proclamation. The PTA had a good response to our mission. Photos 1 and 2 - Rosanne, Laura Lamberton (the PTA President) and Danielle.

  • September 13, 2000 - Pike County Commissioner's Resolution 00-31 Concerning Recent Statements of Intolerace (PDF or JPG) 
  • August and September 2000 - Anti-Semitic graffiti on the Old Milfrod Inn. A community meeting was held and the Tri-State Unity Coalition was born! See Letter to Dispatch from a Delawre Valley School Student.
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