Syracuse Peace Council Pages
compiled by Carol Baum
Bush Must Go! Campaign Bursting with Energy
Just over three months remain to unseat the squatters in the White House. Now is the time to act if you havent already.
Protest the RNC
SPC sent two busses to the massive August 29 Republican National Convention (RNC) protest in New York City. United for Peace and Justice, the coalition organizing the demonstration, expected 250,000 people to attend. A legal training sponsored by SPC and the CNY Chapter of the NYCLU held on August 25 prepared Syracuse demonstrators for potential encounters with law enforcement. Protests will continue throughout the RNC, which runs from August 30 to September 2.
Protect the Earth
The Bush Administration has been devastating to our environment from reneging on the Kyoto Protocol on global warming, to gutting the Clean Water Act, to calling for more nuclear power plants, to using depleted uranium munitions and cluster bombs in warfare (and more see pages 11-14). A group of enthusiastic environmentalists is working with SPC to get this information out.
· Brochure. The center four pages of this PNL have been reprinted as a brochure, for door-to-door distribution in Syracuse. Please join us in that effort were not knocking on doors, just leaving brochures in the doors. Thanks to Karen Kerney for her artistic vision and flair, and Emily Aaron, Carol Baum, Laura Schmitt, and others for their editorial work.
· Plants and Animals Against Bush will debut soon. Costumes, a leaflet, and signs have been made (a tree carries a More Trees Less Bush sign). Well join weekly peace outreaches, and demonstrate outside the State Fair and at the Westcott St. Cultural Fair. Anyone can join in costumes are one size fits all. Sunflower (Sunflowers for Solar Power), lily and pansy (Flower Power Not War Power) costumes have been made for any kids who want to participate.
Special thanks to Robin Miller for making the costumes; Sarah Miraglia, Wendy Yost, and Chris Florack for decorating them; Lisa Maynard and Tina Musa for sign-making; and Peter Pedemonti and Carol Baum for creating the leaflet.
· Bush Must Go! lawn signs continue to be a hot item. The original printing stated Human Need Not Corporate Greed. We now have some saying Protect the Earth (see photo). For those who already have signs and would like a new message, the Protect the Earth overlayscan be taped onto the signs. Contact SPC for one.
· Plans continue to develop. To keep posted, call
SPC or join the SPC Announcements low-volume email listserv. Just send a blank
email to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
To learn more, contact Carol.
Look for the new Bush Must Go! helium balloon in the sky over the S
Weekly Peace Outreach
Take to the street corners to say Bush Must Go,
Bring the Troops Home and Protect the Earth.
Tuesdays, 4:45-5:30 pm. Bring your own sign or use one of ours.
yracuse area. Help is needed locating potential sites and moving the balloon. Contact Andy.
Bush Must Go Rally Oct.
The Peace Council is calling for a major Bush Must Go! rally in downtown Syracuse on the afternoon of Sunday, October 17. Well work with other organizations to bring out a wide cross-section of Central New Yorkers who are committed to voting out the Bush/Cheney regime. A speaking invitation has gone out to Michael Moore who will speak later that evening at SU. Contact Andy.
Bye Bye Big Brother October
Planning for the October phase of the Bush Must Go! campaign begins soon. The focus is the Bush Administrations dismantling of our civil liberties. October 26 is the third anniversary of Bushs signing the Patriot Act into law. Contact Carol.
Special Election PNL
The Peace Newsletters special election issue arguing that Bush Must Go! will be ready October 21. Many extras will be printed to help us distribute them widely contact Andy. The December PNL, including a Where Do We Go After the Election feature, will be published in mid-November (earlier than usual).
Boston Social Forum and DNC
In late July several SPC activists attended the Boston Social
Forum, a regional forum within the World Social Forum process. There were over
500 events, including workshops, cultural events, plenary sessions, and giant
convocations on a wide range of topics.
SPC intern Emily Aaron stayed for the Democratic National Convention. She joined thousands of activists from around the country to push the Democrats to support progressive issues. While there was much pre-convention hype about the free-speech zone and the likelihood of mass arrests, very few were made and most protesters chose to gather elsewhere (or used the free-speech zone, which a judge described as looking like an internment camp, as a demonstration prop).
Draft Workshop Sept. 26
Concerned about a possible return of the draft? Come learn more
and have your questions answered. Draft Registration: Where Does it Lead
will be an interactive program on Sunday, September 26 from 3-5 pm at
the Westcott Community Center, 826 Euclid Ave., Syracuse.
The program, facilitated by Paul Frazier, will include presentations, role-plays and discussions addressing Selective Service Registration, Conscientious Objection and the prospects of a new draft. Contact Andy.
Study Group First Fall Meeting
SPCs Study Group on the US Global Agenda will have its first
fall meeting Monday, September 13 at 821 Euclid Ave., Syracuse (Friends Meeting
House) from 7-8:30 pm.
No experience is necessary just a desire to learn, willingness
to discuss ideas respectfully, and general support of the SPC Statement of Purpose
(see page 2). We meet two Mondays a month.
At this first meeting, well discuss what to read next. Last
spring we read Chalmers Johnsons The Sorrows of Empire, and several
articles from The Nation and the PNL. We look forward to hearing
your ideas. Contact Carol.
Friday, August 6 was the annual commemoration of the nuclear bombings
of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. A solemn, theatrical procession through downtown
Syracuse mourned the Japanese killed, as well as those all over the world who
have been harmed by the nuclear age. We distributed hundreds of leaflets noting
the chilling similarities between 1945 and 2004, and asked people to view Hiroshima
as a wake-up call for today. A rally at Columbus Circle followed.
Thanks to the organizing committee: Emily Aaron and Carol Baum
(SPC), Kate Bell (Peace Action), Tim Judson (Citizens Awareness Network), and
Chrissie Rizzo (American Friends Service Committee). Thanks also to Kathy Barry,
Brian Caufield, Colleen Kattau, Jessica Maxwell, Paul Pearce and Diane Swords.
Our Summer Interns
This summer has been livelier than usual, thanks in part to our
summer interns. By August 20, Emily Aaron, Lisa Maynard, and Dave Salati will
be gone, but not without leaving their marks.
Emily came as a full-time intern from Antioch College. Her spunk,
humor and spirit have brightened the office. She dealt with her fear of phoning
strangers, organized the buttons and bumperstickers, set up tabling, walked
in parades, helped organize several events and the Protect the Earth
phase of the Bush Must Go! Campaign, and took on many daily offices chores.
Her parting gift is a manual for future interns.
Lisa came as an SU graphics design student, worked two days a
week in the office, plus many hours at home. Her enthusiasm and cheerful willingness
to provide yet another version of a graphic have become legendary. Thanks to
her we have attractive display boxes for PNLs and Neighbors of the Onondaga
Nation (NOON) booklets, ideas for a new logo, T-shirts for the Corporate Challenge
recycling volunteers, a bumpersticker display and a great start on an SPC brochure.
Dave, an SU communications and political science major, worked
about two days a week with SPC. We appreciate his willingness to stretch himself
and question. Dave almost single-handedly organized SPCs recycling program
at the Corporate Challenge Race, involving 15 SPC volunteers and raising nearly
$700. He was one of the the weekly Peace Outreach regulars, transporting signs
Plowshares Moves to Nottingham
After 13 years, Plowshares, SPCs winter craftsfair and peace
festival, has outgrown the Southwest Community Center (SWCC). Were moving
to Nottingham High School (3100 E. Genesee St., Syracuse), which has much more
space for crafters, and easier parking. So mark your calendars for the Plowshares
Craftsfair, December 4-5, at Nottingham High School!
Thanks to SWCC for having been a comfortable home for so long.
Bikes 4 Peace!
SPC volunteers offered five free bike clinics this summer. We
met outside the Northeast and Westcott Community Centers, sharing tools and
skills with youth to help them fix their own bikes or donated bikes. We have
worked with over 50 youth so far as well as a few parents! Hopefully the youth
who participated are not only riding safer bikes but also gained skills maintaining
their bikes and an appreciation of working together. We hope to make this project
a permanent part of SPCs summer programming. Contact Jessica.
On August 9, SPC activists Rae Kramer and Jessica Maxwell led the first session in a 10-month project with the Dunbar Centers youth program. Fifteen youth attended the opening session that focused on getting to know each other and sharing some beliefs about our neighborhoods. Over the course of our work together, we hope to identify and implement a community project addressing the ongoing violence in Syracuse neighborhoods.
PROTECT THE EARTH
SPCs Monthly Program
Thursday, September 23
Westcott Community Center
(corner of Euclid and Westcott, Syracuse)
followed by refreshments & discussion
A panel discussion on the Bush administrations attacks on the environment, and ideas on how we each can make a difference.
Syracuse Peace Council
924 Burnet Ave., Syracuse, NY 13203
Staff Email Addresses:
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