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A Jewish Woman Working for Peace in Israel/Palestine

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by Mara Sapon-Shevin

Several weeks ago, as I stood with a sign as part of a vigil against the Israeli actions in Gaza, a woman passing by rolled down her window and gave me a huge thumbs-up. Moments later, she had parked her car and came running across the Erie/Genesee triangle where we stood to introduce herself as a Palestinian woman. We embraced and I introduced her to some of the other protesters, including another woman from Palestine. She cried and said, “I didn’t know there were people here that cared about this.”

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Detroit’s Water War

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by Martin Lukacs

It was six in the morning when city contractors showed up unannounced at Charity Hicks’ house.

Since spring, up to 3,000 Detroit households per week have been getting their water shut-off—for owing as little as $150 or two months in bills. Now it was the turn of Charity’s block—and the contractor wouldn’t stand to wait an hour for her pregnant neighbour to fill up some jugs.

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Court Rules That NY Towns Can Ban Fracking And Drilling

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by Katie Valentine

The New York Court of Appeals upheld the ruling of a lower court that local governments have the authority to decide how land is used, which includes deciding whether or not fracking and drilling should be allowed on that land. The plaintiffs in those lawsuits argued that New York’s oil, gas and mining law takes precedence over local zoning laws, but in rulings both by a lower court and now the Court of Appeals, that claim was overturned.

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Educate, Agitate, Organize: SPC IN ACTION

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compiled by Carol Baum

SPC Garage Sale

Reduce! Get rid of unwanted stuff. Reuse! Your trash is my treasure. Recycle! Down with planned obsolescence. And support the Peace Council at the same time!
This year’s garage sale is September 13-14: Saturday 9 am–5 pm, Sunday 9 am–12 pm, 401 Scottholm Blvd., Syracuse. Drop off your “gently used” items Wednesday-Friday, September 10-12 between 9 am and 10 pm. Wanted: household and sporting goods, books, DVDs, games, toys, furniture, linens, tools, plants, art, jewelry, lamps, holiday items, appliances and more.

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Peace Calendar July-August 2014

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The Death Penalty is Cruel and Unusual Punishment

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by Amelia Lefevre

The cruelty of capital punishment is being played out grotesquely in the current crisis around lethal injection. Many states’ favored method of prisoner execution became imperiled when production of a key execution drug, sodium thiopental, came to a halt in 2011. Since then prisons have gone to great lengths to continue the executions, including experimenting with the three-drug cocktail. These exercises have led to numerous horror stories.

Humane Execution?

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Veterans: What the 4th of July Means to Me

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The Peace Newsletter editorial committee thanks these members of a local veterans’ writing group for sharing their thoughts with us this July 4.

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Proposed Lakeside Amphitheater Seeks to Bury the Waste

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by Andy Mager and Jack Ramsden

“Not good enough” is our response to the overall “clean-up” plan for Onondaga Lake. The current proposal to construct an amphitheater atop the massive wastebeds (up to 80 feet deep) on the lake’s west shore is simply the latest step in the ongoing efforts to mask the depth of the toxic problems facing the lake and our communities. It builds on the narrative—heavily funded and loudly trumpeted by Honeywell’s well-oiled public relations apparatus—that “the lake clean-up is nearly complete.”

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Hancock Air Base and Orders of Protection

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by Carol Baum

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the above defendant, [name], observe the following conditions of behavior:

Stay away from Earl A. Evans; the home of Earl A. Evans; the school of Earl A. Evans; the business of Earl A. Evans; the place of employment of Earl A. Evans;

Refrain from communication or any other contact by mail, telephone, e-mail, voice-mail, or other electronic or any other means with Earl A. Evans;

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SPC and Student Activism: Two Cases from the Sixties

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by Jason Luther

The concept of town and gown—the notion that universities are sequestered physically and figuratively from the cities and towns in which they are located—has a long and ongoing history. Yet the historical record reveals a more complicated story, where students and community partners, especially the Syracuse Peace Council, have worked together in their mutual quest for peace and social justice. The following represents a brief selection of such moments from the Sixties, though there are many other moments that occur long before them and as recent as this year.

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