Syracuse Peace Council Page

Ramadan Solidarity Fast

For the second year, the Peace Council will join the Islamic Society of Central New York in breaking the Ramadan Fast. People are encouraged to fast in solidarity with Muslims on Wednesday, December 4 and then break the fast together with a wonderful meal and sharing. A limited number of spaces are available, so please RSVP to the Peace Council soon to reserve your spot.

As Bush maintains his determination to attack Iraq, come show your support with Muslims locally and around the world. The event will take place at the Islamic Center of Central New York, 925 Comstock Ave. in Syracuse beginning at 4:30 pm. Participants are asked to contribute $5-$15 (sliding scale) to send material aid to Iraq.

Plowshares Craftsfair—December 7-8

Get ready for a wonderful community gathering—caring people, a diverse collection of handmade crafts, healthy food and lively entertainment—the Peace Council's 32nd annual Plowshares Craftsfair and Winter Peace Festival. For people who've attended before, this is a not-to-be-missed event. For newcomers, don't let it pass you by. We need lots of volunteer help to carry off the largest event on the Peace Council's annual calendar. Please invite your friends, co-workers, family and others. The fair again takes place at the Southwest Community Center, 401 South Ave. in Syracuse, on Saturday, December 7 from 10 am to 5 pm and on Sunday, December 8, from noon to 5 pm. See the program on pages 11-14 for all the details.

Morning Peace Vigils!

Due to early darkness and the coming holidays, the weekly peace vigils will vary over the coming months. Please come out to say "No War on Iraq."

• Fri., November 29, 9:00 _10:00 am Hiawatha Blvd., in front of Carousel Center (Northside)

• Wed., December 4, 7:30-8:30 am Erie Blvd. W. and W. Genesee St. (Westside)

• Wed., December 11, 7:30-8:30 am S. Salina and East Colvin (Southside)

• Wed., December 18, 7:30-8:30 am E. Genesee St. and Erie Blvd. (Dewitt)

• Thurs., December 26, 9:00-10:00 am Hiawatha Blvd., in front of Carousel Center (Northside)

Youth Peace Activism

Youth Empowerment for Peace is the name of a new youth peace group which is forming in Central New York. A dozen young people from four schools have participated in the initial organizing, with outreach to other schools underway. The young folks are enthusiastic and committed to working for peace and justice. Look for more in upcoming PNLs. You can contact them through Andy at the Peace Council office.

We Still Want Democracy Now!

As the drums of war grow louder, the need for readily accessible alternative sources of information increases. Please support our effort to get the innovative news radio program Democracy Now! on the air in Central New York.

Please contact WAER to request that they broadcast Democracy Now!: Ron Ockert, Director of Programming and Operations, WAER JAZZ 88, 215 University Place, Syracuse, NY 13244, email: rgockert@syr.edu, 443-4021.

For further information, see www.democracynow.org or pick up a CD or cassette sample of the show at our office.

No Blood for Oil

The past month has seen significant effort to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Nick Capparelli installed a new high-efficiency furnace at the Peace Council and a variety of volunteers participated in weatherization efforts. Contributions to help cover the costs of the more expensive furnace would be welcomed. Sue Nuccio has also been working hard to finish up the front room of the house.

Local Prisoners of Conscience Update

Local activist Laura MacDonald returned to Syracuse in mid-October after completing her three month prison term for nonviolently trying to close the US Army's School of the Americas/WHISC. See page 18 for her reflections. Rae Kramer has remained active in jail. She participated in the October 26 anti-war protests by posting a "No War on Iraq" sign which was quickly confiscated by a guard. She was more successful on Veteran's Day when her sign reading in part, "Let us remember and honor those veterans who suffered the terrible times of war…" was posted with authorization. Write to Rae and Michael Pasquale:

Rae Kramer

91096-020

Federal Prison Camp

Pembroke Station

Danbury, CT 06811

Michael Pasquale

91102-020 Unit A

Federal Prison Camp Allenwood

PO Box 1000

Montgomery, PA 17752