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compiled by Carol Baum

Syracuse Peace Council
2013 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, NY 13203
(315) 472-5478
SPC@peacecouncil.net
www.peacecouncil.net
OFFICE HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 10 am - 5 pm
STAFF and INTERN Email Addresses:
Andy Mager andy@peacecouncil.net
Carol Baum carol@peacecouncil.net
Jessica Maxwell jessica@peacecouncil.net
Ursula Rozum ursula@peacecouncil.net

The Radical Anarchist Baking League brought bowling pin-shaped cupcakes to last year’s event and won best costume. Photo: Andy Mager

Strike for Peace Bowlathon – February 27
Get your team together now for SPC’s annual Strike for Peace Bowlathon! Registration forms, flyers and pledge sheets are available at peacecouncil.net/bowl. We will once again be bowling at Flamingo Bowl in Liverpool. Sign-in for the morning session begins at noon, for bowling 12:30-2:30 pm. Afternoon sign-in begins at 2:30 pm, for bowling 3-5 pm.

We strongly encourage outrageous costumes and team names. Prizes will be offered for team spirit, most age diversity on a team, most creative names, best costumes and more. Teams should be 4-6 people; individuals are welcome—we’ll match you with a team. Entry fee is $15 for adults, $10 for kids (12 and under) and includes two games plus shoes.

Anyone who raises $50 or more in pledge money will receive a t-shirt as a beautiful gift.

To register your team (please register by February 18), get help in starting one or anything else bowling related, contact Carol (who is a terrible bowler, but has fun).

Anti-Wars Activism Updates
   Protest the reaper drones at Hancock Air Base from 4:15-5 pm on Tuesday, February 1. Join us outside the main entrance on E. Molloy Rd., Mattydale. We’ll supply the signs, just come with your spirit. Contact Ann or Ed for details: 478-4571.

     SPCers Chris Jamison, Ed Kinane, Rae Kramer and Ann Tiffany were arrested in Washington, D.C. on December 16 during an anti-war demonstration. Charges have since been dropped.

  The anti-wars committee is working to organize an educational forum on drones. Stay tuned.

   Regional activism against the drones is increasing. Some universities in Upstate NY have received grants for research related to improving drones. Again, stay tuned.

Youth and Militarism Gets Out of the City
SPC’s Monthly Program

The US vs. John Lennon

Wednesday, February 16 7-9 PM

Artrage Gallery (505 Hawley Ave.)

A screening of the documentary followed by discussion of current US surveillance and harassment of activists.

The film follows Lennon’s transformation into a rallying anti-war activist. It details attempts by the US government under Nixon to silence him and other popular figures involved in anti-war activism.

Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided. Contact SPC, 472-5478.

Military recruiters are working hard to take advantage of the economic crisis to lure young people into the military as a job. They continue to struggle to meet recruitment rates in the cities and have increasingly focused on rural communities where jobs are hard to come by and there are fewer community organizations offering alternatives. This semester, SPC’s Youth and Militarism Committee will prioritize getting out to some nearby rural schools to staff Truth in Recruiting information tables and provide young people with realistic options. We’re looking for people with daytime availability who could help us get to more schools.

We again plan to coordinate an Art for Peace contest for high school students. Last year over 60 students participated. This year’s theme and deadlines have not yet been set. Please contact Jessica or Andy.

SPC Annual Retreat: Feb. 5 & 6
SPC activists and supporters will gather the first weekend of February at the Deer Hill Bed & Breakfast in Cazenovia to evaluate and discuss the Peace Council’s program work. Saturday’s discussion begins at 9:30 am (coffee, tea, snacks and lunch provided) and will wrap up by 6 pm. All are invited to stay for dinner. The Peace Council Steering Committee will continue to meet on Sunday, and SPC activists are welcome to stay as observers at the meeting, or to stay and enjoy outdoor activities on the grounds of Deer Hill. We ask for a sliding scale contribution of $30-60 for overnight guests (includes accommodations, one breakfast, lunches and one dinner) and $10-20 if you plan to stay for just one day. (You may give less if necessary). RSVP to Carol.

Children’s Peace Workshop Training
SPC and Peace Action have, as part of our annual Hiroshima Remembrance, sponsored short children’s programs using the story of Sadako Sasaki and her thousand paper cranes to help them think about how they can make the world more peaceful. We are taking this program to a wider audience and will start offering the programs in February. We’re looking for people to help at and facilitate the programs and for new venues to present them.

We’re offering a free training for presenters/helpers on Thursday, February 10 at 5:30 pm at the SPC office. Join us for bread and soup afterwards. RSVPs helpful, but not required—contact Carol. If you have trouble with stairs, let us know and we’ll make accommodations.

To bring us to your youth group or religious education class, contact Terry (tgavagan@twcny.rr.com). We are happy to send you the lesson plan first if desired.

Onondaga Land Rights Series Closing Celebration
The closing celebration of NOON’s year-long Onondaga Land Rights and Our Common Future series is set for Tuesday, February 22 at 7 pm at the Onondaga Nation School, Rt. 11A, Onondaga Nation Territory. The celebration will feature participatory Haudenosaunee social dancing led by the Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers. Please join us. Contact Andy.

75th Anniversary
At press time energy is building for our kickoff celebration with Harry Belafonte on January 31. Check out the web site for photos, reports and more. Plans are still developing for the year-long celebration, which will include events large and small. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 11 when Noam Chomsky will speak at Nottingham High School. We’re also working on plans for an event to commemorate feminist work for peace (March), organizing to end the Viet Nam War (April) and much more. Help is needed. Contact Andy.

Joe Marusa carrying a banner in the Hiroshima Day Procession. Photo: Diane Lansing

Activist Appreciation: Joe Marusa
Joe Marusa is one of those multi-talented activists who brings a thoughtful presence and out-of-the-box perspective to events and project committees. At various times he’s served on SPC’s Birthday Dinner Committee, played a role in our anti-war tableau, worked on Hiroshima Day and assisted with organizational planning. Most recently, Joe joined our 75th Anniversary planning committee. He helped the PNL committee produce our special 800th issue last month and has contributed to planning our kickoff celebration with Harry Belafonte. Joe always pushes us to keep our goals and purpose at the forefront, helping us stay focused. He is engaged, level-headed, and appreciative of those around him. Thanks, Joe.

SPC’s 2011 Steering Committee
SPC’s Steering Committee is responsible for our political direction and financial health and is composed of 10-13 people plus the SPC staff. We are happy that many current steering committee members will be returning and several new people have joined. Returning (non-staff) members are Jessica Azulay, Rae Kramer, Kim McCoy, Julienne Oldfield, Carole Resnick, Richard Vallejo, Rose Viviano and Wendy Yost. We welcome new members Jack Brown, Amelia Ramsey-Lefevre and Sara Watrous.

Great thanks to Peter Sinatra, who is leaving the Steering Committee. SPC is fortunate in that our former Steering Committee members are a great resource. Peter will continue his work with the Anti-Wars Committee.

Gotta Pay Those Bills
Plowshares was again very successful last December, raising just over $25,000 to support our work. Response to the fall fund appeal has also been very positive, with $5900 contributed so far. If you haven’t responded yet, we hope you will do so.

The development committee has also launched a campaign for 75 pledgers by the end of the 75th anniversary year. The 45 people who contribute on a monthly or quarterly basis provide a strong base for our other fundraising efforts. We ask you to join this group of committed SPC members. Contact Andy.

CNY Working Reviews Past Year
As part of planning for the coming year, CNY Working for a Just Peace in Palestine and Israel reviewed our past two years of work. We developed an impressive list of activities: organizing Central New York’s first Nakba commemoration, bringing seven speakers to the community, organizing a half dozen video showings, supporting efforts by local colleges to bring speakers, organizing several demonstrations, raising money to support Palestinian farmers and Israeli anti-occupation activists and more. With your help, we can do even more in the coming year. Contact Andy.

Public Power
On January 18, the Public Power Coalition held a spirited demonstration of about 40 people outside National Grid’s office on Erie Blvd., calling on the Public Service Commission to deny National Grid’s rate hike request. The Coalition continues to believe that the best long-term solution to Syracuse’s high utility rates is a publicly-owned utility. The coalition welcomes new people at our meetings, the first Thursday each month at 7:30 pm at the Syracuse Center for Peace and Social Justice (2013 E. Genesee St.). Contact Jessica.

Jail Medical Care to be Privatized
The fledgling United as One coalition continues to bring together a broad range of groups to work on transparency and accountability within the Justice Center. In January, representatives from the coalition met with jail staff and the County Executive regarding the new contract with a private corporation to provide medical care within the Justice Center. Coalition groups are pushing for community oversight of contract implementation and provision of services. The coalition meets the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Spanish Action League (700 Oswego St.).

Our Door’s Always Open!
Don’t fret if you missed our Get Involved Night on January 19! If you want to work for peace but aren’t sure how, stop in for a cup of coffee or tea, and we can chat about how your passion and skills can contribute to the local anti-war movement. Peace takes all of us! Contact Ursula.