Peace Council Pages

Educate, Agitate, Organize


compiled by Carol Baum

Syracuse Peace Council
924 Burnet Ave., Syracuse, NY 13203
(315) 472-5478
OFFICE HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 10 am - 5 pm
STAFF and INTERN Email Addresses:
Andy Mager
Carol Baum
Jessica Maxwell
Aly Wane
Beverly Springer

Iraq war resister Camilo Mejía is the featured speaker at SPC’s 72nd Birthday Celebration on September 20.

SPC’s Birthday Dinner Saturday, September 20
Make your reservations now for SPC’s 72nd Birthday Dinner on Saturday, September 20 at St. Andrew the Apostle Church, 124 Alden St. Dinner starts at 6pm and the program at 7:30.

In addition to a scrumptious vegetarian meal featuring organic local produce, you’ll have the opportunity to hear Camilo Mejía discuss “GI Resistance and the Anti-War Movement.” Camilo was imprisoned in 2004 for his refusal to return to the Iraq War, which he termed “illegal and immoral.”

Dinner is limited to 175 people. Cost is $15-72 (sliding scale) per person, although no one will be turned away for lack of ability to pay. To make a reservation, go to, send a check to the office or call Joe Marusa at 877-3432. Please pay by Monday, September 15. Free childcare is available by reservation (September 18 deadline).

To help contact Andy.
SPC’s Monthly Program

Crafting a Foreign Policy for the Next Presidency

Thursday, September 25 7:00 pm
SEIU 1199, 404 Oak St.,

A panel presentation and discussion featuring Horace Campbell, Ed Kinane and Diane Swords.

Free and open to the public.

Books not Bombs
As students gear up to go back to school, the Military Alternatives Education Project has been hitting the books as well. We participated in a two-day training organized by the American Friends Service Committee to get up to speed on the latest military recruitment strategies and tactics for countering them . During the school year, we regularly staff tables at local high schools with information on student rights, military service and military recruitment and alternative career options.

To schedule a speaker, informational table or video showing for your class or group, or if you are interested in participating in our efforts, contact Jessica.

Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemorations
Two inspiring events commemorating the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were organized by SPC in conjunction with Peace Action, the Syracuse Solidarity Network and Pax Christi. About 75 people participated in the annual procession through downtown on August 6. Many hundreds of people stopped in their tracks to observe the dirge-like drumbeat and dramatic props and banners. In addition to many longtime participants, three Fowler High School students joined us after reading about the event in the Scotsman and a woman who works downtown came to participate after watching the procession in previous years.

The August 6 procession created an uncommon and respectful stillness in downtown Syracuse. Lanterns for peace graced Onondaga Creek (inset) in the second event commemorating the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Photos: Kristin Mosher

The following evening, the Zen Center was filled for an interfaith sharing for peace, involving people from a dozen religious and spiritual traditions. Afterward, 20 hand-made lanterns for peace were launched on Onondaga Creek. Organizers plan to make this event into an annual tradition to complement the procession, which has occurred for over 25 years.

SPC Annual Garage Sale
This year’s garage sale is Saturday, September 6 from 10 to 5 (bargains Sunday 9 to noon) at 401 Scottholm Blvd., Syracuse. No early birds please!

Drop off donations on Friday until 1pm. Items should be in good condition (no clothes). Call Rae Kramer (445-2840) to make arrangements for another time if necessary. Volunteers for Friday prep and the Saturday sale are needed – contact Rae or SPC to help.

The Garage Sale is a great way to recycle stuff you no longer need and find items you can use at a bargain, plus you’re helping the Peace Council.

Come and Join the SPC Study Group
The SPC Study Group has chosen a new book for this fall – Witness in Palestine: A Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories by Anna Baltzer. We use a variety of sources including videos, members’ works, and other interests as fuel for discussion and reflection. Coffee and tea are provided and often we share homemade goodies. Meetings are the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month from 7-8:30 pm at the Friends Meeting House (821 Euclid Ave.).

The Study Group welcomes all new members who love to talk or just listen to interesting discussion. Consider bringing a friend and a suggestion for our next book! Contact Aly.

Bikes for Peace
Weekly Peace Outreach

Take your electoral thoughts to the street. Neither major party candidate will really end the war without sustained grassroots pressure.

Tuesdays: 4:45 - 5:30 pm

September 2 Rt. 11 (in front of Northern Lights Plaza, Mattydale)
September 9 Adams St. and Rt. 81 (Downtown)
September 23 Seneca Tpk. and S. Salina St. (Valley)
September 30 Rt. 257 (Fayette St.) and Rt. 173 (E. Seneca Tpk.), Manlius

October 7 James St. and Thompson Rd. (Northside)

Also every Saturday 9-10 am
in front of the Regional Market
Park St., Syracuse

SPC';s summer youth bike program has completed another season thanks to core members David Gruzca and Jessica Maxwell and our newest volunteer Ursula Rozum. In just six clinics, we worked with over 100 youth around the city, helping them to fix their bikes. At least 15 bikes were also salvaged, repaired and given out to youth who spent at least one afternoon working at the clinics. Thanks to Northeast Community Center and Spanish Action League for their support in hosting and promoting clinics. If you have suggestions or would like to be involved next year, please contact Jessica.
Local blues musician Miss E performs at SPC’s Bands Against Bombs benefit. She was the primary organizer, as well as performing at it. Photo: Andy Mager

Bands Against Bombs a Great Success
SPC would like to thank the dozens of people and businesses who made our July 20 Bands Against Bombs benefit a great success. Special thanks to Miss E who initiated and coordinated the event.

We also wish to thank the other performers: Colleen Kattau, Ashley Cox, Chris Townsend, Ric Brush, Denn Bunger of CDR and Lisa Henderson and Leo Boylan; the Dewittshire Tavern for hosting the event; Sparkytown for food; and the businesses who donated to the silent auction.

We hope to plan additional music benefits in the coming months. Contact Andy to help.

PNL Thanks Lily Galvin
SPC was fortunate to have Syracuse University student Lily Galvin interning with our newsletter committee this summer. Readers may recognize her name from a variety of articles in the summer issue – including “PEACES” and the page of famous quotes on revolutions. Lily was energetic, skilled and creative, filling in wherever she was needed, whether it was layout, research or writing an article. Staff also appreciated her enthusiastic presence around the office. We’ll miss her and wish Lily well with her future efforts! SPC offers a wide variety of student internships. For details:

August Speakers on Iraq
Two Thursdays in August, Syracuse was treated to speakers on Iraq, Colonel (Ret.) Ann Wright and Dr. Dia Alsayednoor. Ann, a US diplomat

SPC Garden Party
Great thanks to Michele Feak (right) for offering to host a Garden/Tea Party at her home as a fundraiser for SPC. It was so much fun we’d like to have more Garden Parties next summer. Anyone else have a garden they’d like to share? Photo: Carol Baum

who resigned in March, 2003 in opposition to the Iraq war, has been protesting the occupation ever since. Dia had fled Iraq as a refugee under Saddam Hussein’s regime, and returned to Iraq after the US invasion to assist in rebuilding.

End of Summer and the Finances are Better Traditionally summer is difficult financially for SPC, and this summer has been especially challenging due in part to our having to reschedule our Spring Birthday Dinner and also to the time and energy going into SPC’s move. Since June we’ve sent out the “Spring” Fund Appeal (raising $3600), held a Phonathon ($2860), and organized benefits (see pieces above). We have financially recovered somewhat, but are still behind where we were at this time last year.

Special thanks go to the Phonathon volunteers: Ann Tiffany, Dik Cool, Rose Viviano, Aly Wane, Andy Mager, Pat Carmeli, Brent Bleier, Wendy Yost, Carmen Viviano-Crafts, Jessica Maxwell, Stephanie Leeds, Richard Vallejo, Doug Igelsrud, Nick Cavanaugh, Diane Swords, Carol Baum and Chris Riley. We spoke with 217 people, and left messages for an additional 223.

Thanks also to all who have responded to our fundraising efforts. We know many people don’t like receiving fundraising phone calls, and we tried to make them as interactive and informative as possible.

For more information on SPC’s finances, contact Carol.