Syracuse Cultural Workers
20 Years Creating Tools for Change

On October 25 the Syracuse Cultural Workers (SCW) celebrated its 20th anniversary and its wonderful, new, commercial building at 400 Lodi St., Syracuse (corner of Hawley). Hundreds of people attended the event which featured music by Colin Aberdeen, refreshments (Tiffany Catering, one of our new neighbors, donated a bunch of munchies), bargains galore, free “War on Iraq = Terrori$m for Oil” bumperstickers, building tours and lots of great schmoozing. We recently added the huge old bench originally built by Rocco Liuzzi for the Westcott Cafe to our corner, which is a hub of urban diversity.

Since 1987, SCW workers had labored in an old two-family wood frame house at 1419 E. Fayette St. With extreme creativity we used all four floors of the building to the max. As we steadily grew the last five years, Randy Squillace, our shipping and receiving supervisor, was especially adept at finding unique storage places for new products. However, there were many indications that a larger space was needed soon. Because of the enormous weight of our poster inventory, which was stored in the attic, the walls on the second floor had literally started to compress! And don’t even think about the inefficient and difficult schlepping by staff, up three flights of stairs, to get the posters stored there!

Our new building has an actual warehouse with two ground-level loading docks and a pallet-jack for large loads. Rather than a maze of small rooms, our shippers now work in a large room with a specially designed shipping table and easy access to all products. In the front we have an “actual” store, “Tools for Change,” adorned with five beautiful flags, which provides easy accessibility for local customers/activists and makes our peace and justice values much more visible. Our operations and customer service department, under Rose Zappala’s expert direction, has doubled its data entry work stations while designing and managing the store.

SCW’s success is but one indicator that millions of people in North America embrace progressive peace and justice values in clear opposition to Bush and his rightist regime. It is also a tribute to our dedicated, creative staff and artists and the broader Syracuse political community which nurtures our national work. Let’s “carry it on” together.
–Dik Cool