The Peace Council has been a flurry of activity, coordinating many efforts to oppose war on Iraq. Hundreds of people have attended meetings, attended vigils and called the office to see how they can help. Despite the Congressional cave-in to Bush, opposition continues to grow.
Some highlights of our recent work:
¨ Two successful organizing meetings have been helddrawing experienced activists and newcomers
¨ Weekly peace vigils have grown
¨ Anti-war lawn signs are appearing throughout the city (although many have been stolen)
¨ Peace perspectives have received increased media attention
¨ A Contingency Plan has been developed. If a "new" attack on Iraq begins, we will demonstrate at 5:00 pm at Clinton Square that day. If it begins after 5:00 pm, we will gather at the same time the following day
At press time, momentum is building for our October 26 Peace Walk and Rally, which we hope will be the largest anti-war demonstration in Central New York since the Vietnam War.
The next organizing meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 29 at 7:00 pm at Grace Episcopal Church, 819 Madison St., Syracuse.
The Common Council of the City of Syracuse will soon address a Resolution Opposing War Against Iraq. The Resolution was crafted by members of the Peace Council and Peace Action of CNY. It will be discussed at a Common Council study session at noon on October 30, and on the agenda for action at their November 4 meeting at 1:00 pm. Syracuse residents are urged to call their councilors. The full text of the Resolution can be found at www.peacecouncil.net.
Kate O'Connell has taken the lead on the resolution and reports that support has been expressed by Councilors Robinson, Miner, Atkins, and Simmons. Opposition has been expressed by Councilors Masterpole, McMahon and Mahoney, while Councilor DeRegis has not been heard from.
Common Council Members
President: Bea González, 469-5994
At-Large Councilors: Van Robinson, 478-0480; Kate O'Connell, 446-0160; Joanne Mahoney, 492-0046; Stephanie Miner, 425-1763.
District Councilors: Steve DeRegis (1st) 472-3653; Martin Masterpole (2nd), 362-4405; Rory McMahon (3rd), 473-9325; Mike Atkins (4th), 425-1727; Bill Simmons (5th), 449-2460.
Dick Lewis, The Garden Keeper, has created a beautiful perennial flower garden in front of the Peace Council. It creates a much more welcoming and peaceful entrance to our office. Dick donated many of the plants (others were donated by Pat Hoffman and Anita Martin) and all his labor. Our thanks and appreciation go out to Dick. The Garden Keeper can be contacted at 607-842-6961.
Our fall fund appeal went out in the second half of October. Please respond quickly to the appeal and be as generous as you can. (If you didn't receive a mailing, feel free to send in a donation, or contact us and we'll send you a copy.)
A strong response to the appeal will help the Steering Committee address the fact that the Peace Council staff has been working overtime to organize opposition to War on Iraq and to find ways for new people to get involved. There is also a strong need for people who can coordinate specific projects, take leadership on tasks and assist with organizational infra-structure.
Held every Wednesday from 4:45 _ 5:45 pm at busy intersections in the Greater Syracuse area. Please come out to say No War on Iraq.
¨ November 6: Hiawatha Blvd., in front of Carousel Center (Northside)
¨ November 13: Adams St. and Rt. 81 (Downtown)
¨ November 20: James St. and Thompson Rd.
¨ November 27: Valley Dr. and Seneca Tpk. (Valley)
¨ December 4: Erie Blvd. W. and W. Genesee St. (Westside)
Celebrate Halloween at the Halloween Hoedown to benefit SPC. Organized by Jolie Rickman, it features: Pamala Means, Coatlicue, Ember Swift Band, Jolie Rickman, Colleen Kattau, John Rossbach and others. The show starts at 9:30 pm at the Westcott Theater, 524 Westcott St., Syracuse, $7-20 sliding scale. Dress up. Prizes will be given for scary politician costumes and best superhero revolutionary.
The Peace Council co-sponsored the cartoon show "USA Patriot Act: Cartooning & Free Speech in Time of War" with the Community Folk Art Center and Syracuse Cultural Workers. In addition to over 50 cartoonists from throughout the US and beyond, it included work by Frank Cammuso of the Post-Standard and Dave Hill of the Onondaga Nation. The powerful show was exhibited at the Community Folk Art Center. The October 7 opening was festive and well-attended. The show runs through October 31.
Since we don't want the US government to go to war for oil, we're having a work project to winterize the office on Saturday, November 9 from 9:30 to 4:00. Please RSVP so we can be sure we have enough hearty soup.
Joy Ezeilo, an activist/feminist who teaches law at the University of Nigeria, will speak about "The Nigerian Women's Insurgency and Chevron" on Monday, November 18 at 7 pm at South Presbyterian Church. Joy is the Executive Director of the Women's Aid Collective, an organization which helps women and children victims of both family and societal violence. Her talk is co-sponsored by the Peace Council and the People's Roundtable in conjunction with the Syracuse Social Movements Initiative.
The Peace Council's 32nd Plowshares Craftsfair and Winter Peace Festival will take place at the Southwest Community Center, 401 South Ave., Syracuse, on Saturday, December 7, 10 am to 5 pm and on Sunday, December 8, noon to 5 pm. This wonderful gathering is also the Peace Council's largest annual fundraising event. Please come shop, visit with friends, check out great entertainment and get more involved with the Peace Council. Lots of volunteer help is needed. Please call the office to offer your assistance.
Nick Cardell, Barb Major and Rosemary Heaney
Three long-time activists for peace and social justice passed away in recent weeks, departing at a time when their presence will be sorely missed.
Nick Cardell was the guiding light of May Memorial Unitarian Society for many years and a strong voice for peace and justice. See page 11 to read his courtroom testimony for nonviolent resistance at the School of the Americas.
Barb Major, a former Franciscan sister, was on the founding board of the L'Arche Community, was involved early on with Unity Kitchen and Glory Bee Bakery, and worked with Jail Ministry.
Rosemary Heaney ministered to those in need_working with imprisoned AIDS patients, supporting Jail Ministry and working with the Catholic Interracial Council in the '60s.
A dozen people came to our first orientation for volunteers in many years. We're hopeful that many of them will become active volunteers in the coming months. We'll plan another orientation for January. In the meantime, you can volunteer even if you didn't come to the orientation. Some specific tasks in need of a person are:
¨ Regular Office Workers
¨ Fundraising Event Coordinators
¨ Peace Newsletter distributorsBaldwinsville, Liverpool/Clay
¨ Monthly Potluck Coordinators