Peace Council Pages
Educate, Agitate, Organize
SPC IN ACTION
compiled by Carol Baum
Syracuse Peace Council
Miss the 38th Plowshares Craftsfair
Join us for our 38th annual celebration of art, craft and winter peace fellowship. With more than 120 crafts and community
|Native American craftsperson and flutist Roy Peters demonstrates the use of his handmade instruments. This year’s festival features over 120 craftspeople and food from The Mission Restaurant. Photo: Tammy Crandall|
SPC Responds to Economic Crisis
On October 19, about 60 community members came together to discuss the recent economic crisis. A panel of five experts answered questions and provided insights. We discussed the origins of the crisis, how the government was responding (i.e. the bailout) and what we can do in response. Some ideas were to generally develop our local economy, organize for national change, create green jobs, develop a local alternative currency and pool our money together to invest in our communities.
SPC Meets Ahmadinejad in the Grand
Iranian President Ahmadinejad was in New York City in September for the opening of the current United Nations sessions. The US Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) arranged a meeting with activists representing peace and justice groups from around the country. In the last few years FOR has led several "citizen diplomacy" delegations to Iran.
The two-hour session, financed by the Iranian UN Mission, was held on September 24 in the Grand Hyatt Hotel ballroom in midtown Manhattan. Earphones provided simultaneous translation.
Ed Kinane, representing SPC, attended - along with about 150 others. Ed and dozens of US activists had submitted written questions beforehand. Ahmadinejad spoke for about an hour, responding to some of the questions, and holding forth on the "roots of war."
His remarks, delivered in Farsi, were diplomatic and at times seemed platitudinous.
The event was mutually respectful. Ed's question to the President related to
Iran's nuclear and renewable energy policy. It can be read here.
|Weekly Peace Outreach|
a few moments during lunch to keep the pressure on President-elect Obama
to end the wars now!
Tuesdays: noon - 12:45 pm
18 Rt. 11, Northern Lts. Shopping Center (Mattydale)
With the economy in crisis, the Iraq and Afghanistan occupations largely disappeared from the media in the run up to the elections.SPC's Iraq Organizing Committee brought the war to the local Congressional debates. Outside both the healthcare and education forums, we held signs that compared Syracuse tax money spent on the war (over $260 million) with the alternatives - salaries for over 3,000 elementary school teachers for a year, healthcare for almost 50,000 people for one year, or over 40,000 university scholarships for one year. The Post-Standard printed an article featuring some of the numbers we cited. We also engaged in street theater outside the debate hosted by 40 Below at Syracuse Stage and passed out leaflets. The Iraq Organizing Committee continues to work to end the US occupation. We welcome new members. Contact Jessica or Carol.
Activist Appreciation: Richard Vallejo
|Richard Vallejo drums in the middle of Salina St. as part of SPC’s direct action marking the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War. Richard, along with Herm Bieling (to his left) were among 22 people arrested. Photo: Michael Greenlar|
SPC Video Ready for Primetime
After a long delay, SPC's video Educate, Agitate, Organize: The Syracuse Peace Council is finally completed. In addition to the main documentary it also features longer excerpts from eight of the many interviews conducted as part of the work. (Full transcripts for all interviews are available at: www.peacecouncil.net/history.)
Come to the screening at SPC's December Monthly Program on Friday, December 12 at 7 pm at ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave.
The video provides an energetic look at SPC's history and current work and features music by Colleen Kattau, Charlie King, Pat Humphries, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Jackson Browne and Jolie Rickman. The DVD is available for only $12 at the SPC office or at Plowshares (by mail add $3 for shipping). Check the website to see when it will air on the Peoples' 60 Minutes.
Blessed are the Peacemakers
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To donate an item or your time, contact the SPC office.
Unfortunately, St. Andrew's Church is slated to close soon. SPC was honored to attend a recent celebration of St. Andrew's commitment to peace work. Staffers Andy Mager and Jessica Maxwell brought antiwar signs, literature and a banner to present as part of the event. Many thanks to the St. Andrew's community for inviting us to participate and for its ongoing work for peace.
Fantastic Fundraiser at Syracuse Stage
SPC recently sponsored a performance of the Syracuse Stage production of Tales from the Salt City, a powerfully moving exploration of the Syracuse area's rich diversity. The reception afterwards was lively and well attended, with several cast members joining us. Not only was it a theatrical treat, but SPC also made about $500!
Thanks to organizers Barb Kobritz, Carol Baum, Andy Mager, Linda Perla, and Tracy White (Syracuse Stage). Also, thanks to the businesses and individuals who provided the food for the reception: Fins and Tails, Madelaine Greacen, Sue Lyons, Second Story Books, Sparkytown, Sugar Pearl, Marie Summerwood and the Syracuse Real Food Coop.
SPCs Monthly Program
GOT FREE SPEECH?
Tues., October 28, 7:00 pm
ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave.
Multimedia presentation and discussion on the right to protest and state repression..
On Monday, November 3, the Syracuse Common Council voted unanimously to approve an agreement with SourceOne to immediately begin a feasibility study on municipal power in Syracuse. The study is broken into two phases, with phase one scheduled to be completed in March 2009 and the results presented to the public. SPC has been an active participant in the Public Power Coalition, the grassroots group that has kept this issue moving forward. Coalition meetings are 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 7 pm at 2013 E. Genesee St. (2nd floor). November 20 meeting will be at Taps, 515 Westcott St. Contact Jessica or visit www.cnypublicpower.net
|LaOnf (which means “No Violence” in Arabic) is a network of over 100 Iraqi civil society organizations, representing people from all ethnic and religious groups. It works to promote nonviolence as “the most effectve way to struggle for an independent, democratic, and peaceful Iraq.” To support LaOnf’s Third Annual Week of Nonviolence SPC sent in this photo, to join other photos of support at www.flickr.com/photos/laonfsolidarity. To learn more about LaOnf, see www.laonf.net. Photo: Rick McDowell|
PNL Transition Time
This issue is the last for Jessica Maxwell as PNL Coordinator (at least for now). SPC staff rotate coordination of the newsletter and Andy Mager will start with the January 2009 issue. The committee is looking for another person or two interested in working on this wonderful publication. Contact Andy.
Acting to Transform Syracuse
SPC sent a small contingent to attend the October 26 public meeting of the Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse (ACTS) which drew some 1200 people. ACTS is an interfaith organization of 24 member organizations which value human worth, dignity and justice (www.acts-cny.org, 475-7277). SPC is beginning to explore a more formal affiliation with ACTS. Contact Andy.