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SPC IN ACTION
compiled by Jessica Maxwell
|Onondaga Nation Tadadaho Sid Hill speaks at the Land Rights Action news conference at the Onodaga Nation Cookhouse on March 11. Photo: Phil Arnold|
Onondaga Nation Files its Historic
Land Rights Action
The Syracuse Peace Council has great respect and gratitude for the Land Rights Action filed by the Onondaga Nation on March 11 (see article). Its action is unique in its focus on restoring the Earth and seeking healing, while striving for justice.
Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (a Peace Council committee) worked
hard in recent months to prepare for the day when the Onondagas would seek justice
from our community. The response thus far to their compassionate call for redress
and environmental clean up has been heartening.
Within two weeks nearly 200 people signed NOON's "Pledge
of Support for the Onondaga People."
SPCs Monthly Program
What Ever Happened to Colombia's Drug War?
Thursday, April 21
Westcott Community Center
Three local activists report back on their recent trip to remote and wartorn Putumayo- land of oil, cocoa, guerrillas and paramilitaries.
On March 24 the Westcott Community Center was packed with people
eager to hear Tadadaho Sid Hill and Jeanne Shenandoah of the Onondaga Nation
talk about their connection with the water. The spirited crowd responded enthusiastically
to the Land Rights Action as described by Onondaga Nation attorney Joe Heath.
Much work lies ahead to be sure that our community responds productively.
Please join us in supporting their action:
. Wear a Proud Neighbor of the Onondaga Nation button or put the bumpersticker on your car (available at SPC).
. Learn more. Visit the NOON [www.peacecouncil.net/NOON] and Onondaga Nation websites [www.onondaganation.org].
. Sign the Statement of Support (on the website) and circulate it.
. Invite NOON to provide a presentation for groups in which you're involved.
. Write a letter to the editor.
Learn more and get involved at a NOON meeting on Monday, April 4 at 7 pm at the Westcott Day Hab Center, 522 Westcott St., Syracuse. Contact Carol or Andy.
Two Years Too Long
Activists demonstrated for peace in almost 800 communities around the US to protest the beginning of the third year of the Iraq war. On Friday, March 18, 70 people demonstrated at the Federal Building in Syracuse calling for a peaceful and democratic resolution to the war. Days earlier (March 15) the House of Representatives, including local Rep.Jim Walsh, voted overwhelmingly to approve Bush's $80 billion war appropriation request despite the lack
|SPC supporters have initiated a "pledge a counter-protester," project 448-0470 (Clinton), 423-to raise money from the harrassment of SPC. Sign up to participate 5471 (Schumer). for April and May: 472-5478 or [email@example.com]. This is from our March 18 demonstration to mark the 2nd anniversary of the Friday - US invasion of Iraq. Photo: Mike Greenlar|
Youth and Militarism Task Force
on the Move
The Youth and Militarism Task Force has several exciting new engagements. Coalition members recently tabled at Nottingham High School, leading to a student-initiated request for counter-recruitment action. We are mobilizing peace and social justice organizations and affiliated individuals to participate in the Jamesville-Dewitt High School Sophomore Career Day on Wednesday, April 13. The military will have a strong presence at the event. Help young people see the alternatives to the military by presenting your socially conscious vocation. Contact: Kelsy, firstname.lastname@example.org, 472-5478.
Kelsy will represent the Youth and Militarism Task Force on a panel at the Student Environmental Action Coalition's Militarization Conference on Friday, April 22from 1-5:30 pm in HBC Hall's Kitteredge Auditorium at Syracuse University.
Jimmy Massey: The Courage to
Former Marine Sgt. Jimmy Massey spoke to over 500 people on March 10 in Syracuse about the "genocide" of civilians in Iraq and the illegal tactics of Marine Recruiters. His full day of presentations ranged from the Thursday Morning Round Table, a group of business and political figures, to an intimate group of students sitting on the floor at Nottingham High School. His message was poignant, passionate and universal: the death and destruction caused by the Iraq War and the recruiting system of the armed forces are coming at an unjustifiable human cost. With every talk, Jimmy Massey says audiences help him to heal his soul - one day, one night at a time. See article for more.
Strike for Peace a Success!
The annual SPC Bowl-a-thon in early March drew some 200 peace-loving bowlers! Youth were well represented, with teams from Corcoran High School, Cazenovia High School, Syracuse University and El Progreso at Le Moyne. Many activist and community groups and faith communities also organized teams.
We raised over $3000, and the pledges are still coming in. Forty-five
teams participated with amazing costumes, decorations, and team spirit. If you
still have outstanding pledges, please collect them and turn them in so we can
close the books. We look forward to seeing you at our 2006 Bowl-a-thon. Thanks
to all who made this event successful: Kathy Barry, Brian Caufield, Joan Conley,
Lanny Freshman, Barb Humphrey, Rae Kramer, Mike Pasquale, Mayer Shevin and the
dozens of folks who organized teams, solicited pledges and bowled.
|Chuck Lochner reminds us that there's more to activism than meetings and demonstrations. If you use our bathroom, you'll understand. Photo: Paul Pearce|
We have a newly renovated bathroom at SPC thanks to the hard work of Chuck Lochner. Chuck came to our volunteer orientation in February and over a couple of weeks in March hung dry wall, spackled, sanded and painted. When he was finished, he even brought us new soap! We're thrilled. Many others helped previously with cutting out the old drywall, putting in insulation, picking up materials, and starting the new drywall. These included Herman Beiling, Marc Kapilla and Brian Post.
Make a Difference
SPC always needs people to participate in our work for peace and social justice. You can plug in with specific tasks or help organize ongoing campaigns and projects. Current priority work needs are:
Tax Day Organizing
- Help coordinate a "Peoples' Poll" among area students to help educate
people about the federal government's outrageous spending priorities (10-20
hours over the next three weeks)
Peace Newsletter Scanning
- scan old Peace Newsletters to create a complete searchable archive
of Peace Newsletters for our website (5-10 hours/month)
Iraq Organizing Committee
- help develop our plans to end the Iraq war (510 hours/month)
Committee - participate in article selection, working with authors
and editing (10-20 hours/month)
Peace Newsletter Editing
- assist with copy editing of Peace Newsletter articles (3-8 hours/month)
Phone Calling - make phone calls to SPC supporters about upcoming activities (varied time commitment)
SPC Three-year Plan
SPC activists from various standing committees, steering committee and staff have been meeting this winter to think critically about SPC's work for the next three years:
- how to build a stronger Peace Council, how to empower more people, what issues to focus on and other questions. We're grateful we have so many clear thinkers in our community to help build the movement. Stay tuned for the results of our planning process later this spring.
UFPJ National Assembly
SPC is one of the 800 local and national groups joined together to oppose the US government's policy of permanent warfare and empire-building. That coalition, United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ), held its second national assembly in St. Louis in late February. Carol Baum represented SPC. Decisions made by the over 500 representatives include:
Devoting the bulk of UFPJ's resources to ending the US war in Iraq and bringing
the troops home asap.
. Focusing on six campaigns: grassroots education, local costs of the war, legislation, community implications of using the National Guard, supporting Clergy and Laity Concerned about Iraq, and a mass mobilization on September 10.
|Weekly Peace Outreach|
Join us at busy intersections to say "End the Iraq War."
Every Tuesday, 4:45-5:30 pm.
. Electing a new 41-person steering committee.
Carol is happy to share more details. You can also visit [www.unitedforpeace.org].
SPC Steering Committee member Shirley Novak accompanied 12 people to El Salvador February 19-26 as part this year's Syracuse, NY-La Estancia, El Salvador Sister Community delegation. The group included one university and five high school students, a timpanist with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, two youth group leaders and three teachers. Besides visiting each of the five caserios that make up the remote, mountainous community of La Estancia, the group visited El Mozote, site of the 1981 massacre of nearly 1,000 civilians by the Salvadoran military. It also visited the National Cathedral, site of the slain Archbishop Oscar Romero's tomb. For information about presentations, contact Shirley: 446-6099 or [shirleynovak@ yahoo.com].