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compiled by Carol Baum
Syracuse Peace Council
Support Soldiers Who Oppose
the Iraq War
Peace March to Ft. Drum, May 8-17
|Ann Tiffany talks about SPCs efforts to end the Iraq War with Democracy Fellows from the Mideast and North Africa visiting SPC at our new office. Photo: Ahmed Hezam|
Join people from across upstate New York in a march to Fort Drum in Watertown to mobilize public support for active duty soldiers and Iraq veterans who oppose the war in Iraq. Marches start from Ithaca, Rochester, and Utica on May 8, will join together near Pulaski and end in Watertown on Saturday, May 17. There marchers will join Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) for a day long Spring Festival.
People are welcome to march for one hour, one day, one week or ten days. For more information, or to sign up to walk or volunteer to help, please visit http://nysmarchesforpeace.org or contact Amanda Allan at email@example.com.
Winter Soldier 2008 Testimony:
Filmed and Live, Monday, May 12
The Ithaca feeder route of the march to Ft. Drum (see above) will pass through Syracuse on Monday, May 12. SPC is sponsoring a potluck and program that evening at Plymouth Church (232 E. Onondaga St., Syracuse) to welcome the marchers and support the winter soldiers (for more about Winter Soldier 2008, see article).
From 5:30-6:30 we'll share a potluck supper with the marchers (SPC will provide the main dish; please bring side dishes, drinks and desserts). From 7-9 we'll show some filmed highlights from the Winter Soldier 2008 testimony, followed by testimony from local IVAW members who will be present.
Please come to this free event and bring a friend. For more information or to help, contact Jessica or Carol.
On Saturday, April 12 SPC (mostly) moved to the Center for Peace and Social Justice at 2013 E. Genesee St. Our new offices are on the second floor. Our phone number and other contact info remains the same. See article for full details.
Center Grand Opening:
Saturday, May 31
Mark your calendar for the Grand Opening Celebration of the Syracuse Center for Peace and Social Justice on Saturday, May 31 from 3-6 pm at the Center, 2013 East Genesee St.
SPC, which initiated the process that created the Center and is a financial stakeholder, is thrilled at the progress made and looks forward to sharing it with SPC supporters and other interested folks.
SPC, American Friends Service Committee, Citizen Action and Peace Action will all have open houses in their offices, and there will be refreshments and live music. At 4:30 pm there will be a short program to thank the hundreds of people who have already supported the Center and to share upcoming plans to develop it.
Full details are on the enclosed flier, which PNL subscribers receive. RSVPs are helpful to plan for food: 701-1580 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Democracy Fellows visit
|SU Professor of African-American Studies and SPC Advisory Committee member Horace Campbell displays a resolution honoring Dr. Kings memory. Photo: Andy Mager|
Just two days after moving to the Center, SPC hosted a discussion and meal with 20 Middle Eastern and North African participants in the "Leaders for Democracy Fellows Program," a collaboration between SU's Maxwell School and the State Department (perhaps our first collaboration with the State Department). The lively gathering, attended by some 15 SPC folks was a fitting way to "warm" SPC's new home.
After introductions and sharing about SPC's work, the conversation turned to the Iraq War and whether US troops should be withdrawn. Statements by two participants that it was important to maintain a US military presence were met by a heartfelt and articulate response by the one Iraqi participant who wants the US to leave her homeland. Differences also arose regarding the level of "democratic" development here in our country and how much we had to "teach" others about this. Thanks to SU faculty John Burdick and Steve Lux for organizing the session.
Better Active Today than
Whether she's volunteering at a peace march, organizing a panel or writing an article for the PNL, Diane Swords is one of those people we always know we can count on to be thoughtful, timely, creative and reliable. A longtime SPC and community activist, Diane has been able to connect her recent academic work at Syracuse University with activist work in the community - and secure university resources to support community organizing work. She has also been a consistent and passionate activist for the abolition of nuclear weapons and nuclear power (you may have read her article on the Shundahai Network in the March 2008 PNL). Most recently she served as co-editor of the special section on militarism and the SU campus in the April 2008 PNL. Diane is always examining and challenging the present while organizing for and envisioning a better future. We're grateful for all her work - with SPC, in the community and on campus.
Alternatives Career Fair
The Military Alternatives Education Project will host a social justice oriented career fair on the second floor of the Westcott Community Center on Wednesday, May 14 from 11:30 am - 3 pm. We'll provide a free lunch (it's a half day for city schools) for young people who participate. Groups that will be present to provide information to young people include the Syracuse Educational Opportunity Center of SUNY, Urban Delights/Youthbuild program, Job Corps and more! The event has largely been organized by MAEP high school intern Mariah Daniels, with much support from SPC and the American Friends Service Committee. Details and flyers are available at: www.peacecouncil.net/MAEP.
Spring into SPC's Outreach-Tabling
With warmer weather come more community events, which provide a great way for SPC to interact with many different people. We love to set up information/outreach tables at many events throughout the spring and summer. But we can only do this if there are volunteers for set up, take down, and staffing them during the event.
People often find that staffing a table is a great way to participate at an event. The tables usually display lots of free literature, along with buttons and bumperstickers to sell. You'll have interesting conversations with people you might not normally meet, provide information about peace and social justice issues, and raise money for SPC.
Contact Carol if you're interested in giving this a try. If you've never staffed a table before, we'll provide training and set you up with a partner until you're ready to do it on your own.
|Weekly Peace Outreach|
is in the air, time to take our opposition to the war to the streets
Rt. 695 exit ramp to W. Genesee St. (Fairmount)
Renewing MLK's Vision
for Peace and Justice
SPC was delighted to partner with SU's Africa Initiative and the Pan African Community of Central New York on an April 4 program about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s vision for peace and social justice.
Coordinated by SU Professor of African-American Studies and SPC Advisory Committee member Horace Campbell, the event drew over 200 people to a diverse program including dance, music, speeches and historical storytelling.
Earth Day 2008
SPC was once again a co-organizer of the local community Earth Day celebration at Thornden Park, working together with Citizens Campaign for the Environment, NYPIRG, Onondaga Creek Kids and the Syracuse Real Food Coop. This year's event was held on Saturday, April 19 and featured a wide range of speakers, performers and activities. Many thanks to all those who donated time and energy to pull it together. The unusually dry, hot April weather reminded us all what a pressing issue the environment continues to be - and despite all the rhetoric from politicians, we know that we'll only see real change if we continue mobilizing from the grassroots.
Earth Day and Onondaga
As part of SU's MayFest (held on Earth Day), Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation interns organized "Earth Day: Learn from our Onondaga Neighbors." Featuring the Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers and presentations by Onondaga Faithkeeper Wendy Gonyea, attorney Joe Heath and ESF professor Robin Kimmerer, the event drew dozens of interested folks. Thanks to Jen McCafferty and Peggy McWeeney for their work on this and other projects. Next month NOON will participate in a "Living History Day" event at Homer High School. Contact Andy.
SPC recently received a $1200 grant from RESIST to "organize toward a world where war, violence and exploitation in any form will no longer exist." Thank you to RESIST, who has been funding social change for 40 years. RESIST is a progressive foundation that supports grassroots organizing for peace, economic, social and environmental justice, and provides political education for social change activism. To learn more about RESIST, contact 617-623-5110 or resistinc.org.
Best Wishes to Beverly
SPC's most recent Americorps VISTA worker, Beverly Springer, had to resign her position in March for personal reasons. We'll miss Beverly's positive energy around the office and wish her all the best in future endeavors.