Poverty & Segregation in Syracuse Study Group
In recent years Syracuse’s Post-Standard reported about two studies showing that Syracuse is among the top ten most racially segregated cities in the US and that Syracuse has the highest rates nationwide of poverty in communities of color.
The Peace Council is launching a study group to answer the question, “How did it get this way?” Join us to examine scholarly and journalistic sources that shed light on policies and practices that reinforced and intensified segregation of poor people and people of color here in Syracuse. We will also be hosting guest speakers throughout the study group, residents and activists that will shed light on the lived experiences of long-time Syracuse residents and introduce participants to ongoing work local work against poverty and segregation. The purpose of this study is to learn about Syracuse's history and current work to address poverty and housing issues in the city.
Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm
Jan 26, Feb 2, Mar 1, Mar 22, Apr 5, Apr 26, & May 3.
This group will meet in the Clover Corner at the Southwest Community Center (401 South Ave, Syracuse). This is a wheelchair accessible location.
Please note: the Feb. 23 meeting date has been canceled because Alicia Garza, a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, will be speaking at Hendricks Chapel. We hope everyone will plan to attend Ms. Garza's presentation!
Registration is closed for the study group. We apologize if you were looking forward to participating. In order to ensure a high quality experience for everyone, we have to limit the number of people. Please contact Amelia if you have any questions.
For information, call Amelia at 472-5478.
- Salt City & its Black Community: A Sociological Study of Syracuse, NY. S. David Stamps and Miriam Burney Stamps. Syracuse University Press, 2008. 335 pages.
- Human Rights in Syracuse: Two Memorable Decades; A Selected History from 1963-1983. Zoe Cornwall. Human Rights Commission of Syracuse, 1989. 221 pages.
Readings by Date
This section will be updated regularly. Please check back between meetings for any articles we may add or other changes to the schedule.
For January 26:
- Chapter 2, Salt City and its Black Community. (If you do not have a copy of the book yet, you can read it on a sample from Google here.)
- Onondaga Historical Timeline, created by SPC committee Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation with input from the Onondaga Nation
Additionally, here are links to the Post-Standard articles cited at the top of this page and some of the studies they report on:
- Syracuse metro area ranks 9th in nation in housing segregation between blacks, whites. Syracuse Post-Standard, December 20, 2010.
- Syracuse has nation's highest poverty concentrated among blacks, Hispanics. Syracuse Post-Standard, September 6, 2015.
- Brookings Institute housing segregation charts using US census data
- Architecture of Segregation. Paul Jargowsky, 2015.
For February 2:
- Chapter 3, Salt City and its Black Community.
- Chapters 1 & 2, Human Rights in Syracuse. This document cuts off the last page or two of chapter 2, but it's what we've got to work with for now.
On February 23:
Alicia Garza, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, will speak at Hendricks Chapel on SU campus. Event starts at 7:00 pm, doors open at 6:30. Download the flier.
For March 1:
Our guest: Sharon Owens, Executive Director of Southwest Community Center, to talk about the recent Consensus report and the HOPE anti-poverty initiative
For March 22:
- Chapter 4, Salt City and Its Black Community
- Chapter 5, Salt City and Its Black Community
For April 5:
- Chapter 6 of Salt City and Its Black Community
For April 26:
- Chapters 5, 7, 8, 9 of Human Rights in Syracuse
- Salt City and its Black Community, Chapters 8 and 9 ’Pie in the Sky: Economic Dilemmas in the Syracuse Black Community’ and 'Education and Syracuse Schools'
For May 3:
- Rise of the Renter Nation Executive Summary
- The Problem with Mixed-Income Housing
- McKinney Teens Were Bulled for Their "Section 8 Homes." Here's What That Means
- 'I don't want out': After growing up in public housing, a plan to grow old there
- Five Myths About Public Housing
- The Case for Public Housing
- Affordable Housing Explained
- Trickle Down Gentrification