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SPC IN ACTION
Building Real Democracy
Building Real Democracy (BRD), the last phase of SPCs Bush Must Go! campaign began Nov. 3, with SPCs demonstration downtown demanding that every vote be counted. We have since held two public meetings to generate ideas and discussion on how to move forward. At the Plowshares Craftsfair, we invited people to add their ideas on How to Build Democracy on a giant wall poster. In January, BRD is organizing an educational program on progressive electoral reform efforts (see box below).
SPC is working with the Syracuse Greens, Student Environmental Action Coalition, Student Peace Action Network and American Friends Service Committee to send a bus to protest Bushs Inauguration on Thursday, January 20. The bus leaves late Wednesday night and returns 24 hours later. Tickets are $40, $25 student or low income.
To reserve bus seats: Kate Simmer,
firstname.lastname@example.org or 477-0666.
SPC will also coordinate a local action: Jessica, 472-5478, or (jessica@ peacecouncil.net).
34th Plowshares Craftsfair
Twenty years at Plymouth Congregational church. Thirteen years at Southwest Community Center. And now one glorious year at Nottingham High School. One hundred and twenty artisans and community groups offered their crafts, and explained their causes to approximately 2,500 enthusiastic patrons. And a wonderful variety of song and dance entertained throughout the day in both the gym and cafeteria.
Good weather and good publicity combined with an exciting
new location and greatly expanded parking helped bring our community
out in droves, nearly doubling our best numbers at Southwest Community Center
and generating much-need funding for SPCs ongoing work. The publicity
around our being picketed on Saturday by three men out in the parking lot surely
added to our numbers on Sunday. The picketers one wearing a mask
held signs questioning Islams legitimacy and SPCs commitment to
democracy. In the spirit of nonviolent action, SPC quickly recruited people
to maintain a presence near the demonstrators with a sign stating: Islam
is not our enemy.
No transition and expansion of this size is without unforeseen
problems, and our move to Nottingham was no exception. Students taking the SATs
Saturday morning used many of our wonderful new parking spaces, and a gym hot
enough to almost create the First Naked Plowshares Festival were but a couple
of the minor obstacles to be overcome.
This wonderful festival is only possible through the year-round efforts of
a core committee, and the weekend help of a remarkable number of capable and
See you again in December!Andy Molloy, Beth Mosley, Barbara Floch, Lanny Freshman, Karen Kerney, Mardea Warner, Marie Summerwood, and Rae Kramer
The Plowshares Committee:
Weekly Peace Outreach
End the War;
Welcome New Steering Committee Members!
SPCs Steering Committee is responsible for our political direction and financial health. Its a significant commitment and were happy to welcome Joan Conley, Barb Humphrey and Mike Pasquale. Theyll join returning Steering Committee members Gary Bonaparte, Dik Cool, Emily Moeller, Beth Mosley, Tina Musa, Shirley Novak, Nick Poulos and Carole Resnick.
Great thanks to retiring Committee members Doug Igelsrud, Rae
Kramer and Ann Tiffany for their energy, spirit, commitment and continuing SPC
Interns, Interns, Interns!
This fall SPC was fortunate to have three interns. Amy Campbell, an Antioch College student, worked full-time, updating our Peace Newsletter archives, assisting with phones, tabling, mailings and more. Miljan Poro, an OCC student intern, assisted with our Bush Must Go! Campaign. Miljan made hundreds of phone calls, stuffed envelopes and staffed SPC tables at events. Justin Kopa, a Jesuit Novice, researched and reported on conflict resolution programs used in Syracuse City schools.
In January, we welcome Kelsey Waggaman, our third Antioch intern,
and Lauren Neider, a Cicero resident now attending Bennington College. Kelsey
will be with us through April, while Lauren will work with us through February.
Were excited to have them both!
Start the New Year With SPCs
If youve been thinking about joining SPCs Study Group on the US Global Agenda, now is a great time to start. Were beginning a new book in January Vandana Shivas Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution and Profit.
SPCs Monthly Program
Making Our Elections Democratic
Thursday, January 20
Westcott Community Center
Panel presentation on statewide efforts for progressive electoral reform followed by working group sessions. Topics will include the impact of the Help America Vote Act on 2006 NYS elections , requiring verified paper ballots and preventing disenfranchisement.
Meetings are the second and fourth Mondays at the Friends Meeting
House (821 Euclid Ave., across from the Westcott Community Center) from 7-8:30
Our next meeting is January 10. Join us for an evening of analysis
and discussion about issues that matter. Contact
Carol for the chapters well be discussing.
Keep the Money Coming!
By publication time, the fall fund appeal has brought in nearly $5,000. We count on this money to support us through the winter and spring. Thanks so much to everyone who responded.
If the fund appeal hasnt yet made it to the top of your
mail pile, now is a good time to excavate and make a donation. Contributions
of $50 or more can be tax deductible if made out to the A.J. Muste Memorial
Institute (write SPC in the memo line). Credit card contributions can
be made via paypal at our website (www.peacecouncil.net/donate.htm).
If youre a detail person, comfortable with numbers and a computer, we have the perfect volunteer opportunity for you! Were looking for someone familiar with SPC to help an average of 1-2 hours a week with our books. Well train you. Six month commitment required. Contact Jessica.Contact Jessica.
Does Uncle Sam Want
Feeling a Draft?
Bushs election increases the prospect of a renewed draft. A new youth outreach group formed at the November Peace Council Program. It has been meeting to plan stepped-up outreach to young people about military recruitment, draft registration and the draft.
Carol Baum, Andy Mager, Jessica Maxwell, Paul Pearce (SPC Press/TV)
SPC steering Committee
Peace Newsletter Committee