Peace Council Pages
Educate, Agitate, Organize
|Syracuse Peace Council
924 Burnet Ave., Syracuse, NY 13203
OFFICE HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 10 am - 5 pm
Staff Email Addresses:
Andy Mager firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol Baum email@example.com
Jessica Maxwell firstname.lastname@example.org
Aly Wane email@example.com
Eric Benner firstname.lastname@example.org
SPC IN ACTION
compiled by Carol Baum
Step Up the Pressure
End the War
|Cheney protest, July 14, 2006, Utica. Photo: Ray Trudell|
Big Response to Local Cost of War
SPC's Local Cost of the War Committee gained three new members after the October 20 rally and our follow-up dessert meeting (was it the sugar?). We set three follow-up meetings to plan the next few months of activities, and will soon be asking you to support our latest efforts to mobilize our local community into action against the occupation of Iraq.
The media response to our rally was mixed - lots of attention from print and radio, but not a single TV station (despite press releases and phone calls) came to cover an event that brought 200 people out in the cold rain to hear internationally-recognized speaker Angela Davis. We responded with letters to all four local stations and letters to the editor. Two letters made it into the Post-Standard, and we received a reply from Channel 5 - apologetic and encouraging us to please keep them informed of future events. More than one jaded activist almost fell off her chair.
To help organize and hold our politicians and media accountable to the community, contact Carol or Jess.
|Weekly Peace Outreach|
there may be no free lunch, Peace Outreach is free and more nourishing
to the spirit!
Friday, November 24 Carousel Center, Hiawatha Blvd.
Activist Appreciation -Plowshares Committee
They are the organizer/hosts of SPC's annual craftsfair and winter peace festival. They work year round to bring us this warm event the first weekend of December, celebrating the work of people's hands and our peace and justice loving community. Each is an activist in other areas as well, and our community benefits from their work and persistence. They are artists, performers, educators, agitators and organizers.
The committee works all year and with great intensity since September. They do it all: find the place, fill the place, and clean up the place. The Plowshares Committee is the one large committee that SPC staff help and support but are not actually on - something the staff are incredibly grateful for. We thank you, Mardea Warner, Sam Tarbania, Marie Summerwood, Beth Mosley, Andy Molloy, Karen Kerney, Rae Kramer, Lanny Freshman, Barbara Floch, and fall intern, Lea Abe.
|Syracuse veteran and MAEP activist Dave Lester (center) talks with others who came out for the opening of the Different Drummer Café in Watertown. Photo: Joel|
Military Alternatives Education Project (MAEP) Update
On November 1, over 90 people from the community viewed Sir! No Sir!, the new documentary about the GI resistance to the war in Viet Nam. Many stayed afterwards to hear Frank Houde from the Albany Chapter of Veterans for Peace share his recollections of the Viet Nam War. Following Frank, Dave Lester from Iraq Veterans Against the War spoke about the importance of organizing today's soldiers against the current war while making connections between the Viet Nam War and the war in Iraq.
On November 15, people came together to begin planning for the next year of activity for MAEP. It is not too late to get involved in this critical work. Contact Eric.
SPC Wish List
If you like to give gifts around the winter holiday season, consider a gift for SPC. While we always appreciate financial contributions, there are many other ways you can support our work. A few are listed below (more are listed at our website).
o Display supplies (brochure holders, exhibit boards, etc.)
o A few good folding tables to take to events (ours are rickety)
o A manual button-making machine (for small quantity buttons) - about $70
o Good progressive films/documentaries on DVD
o A volunteer to help organize buttons and bumperstickers
o A volunteer to coordinate the free distribution of PNLs in Central New York
o A photocopy machine in good working order
o A laser printer
o A desktop computer (Pentium III or better)
|This powerful photo of an anti-war demonstration at Clinton Square in 1975 is one of many images youll find in the SPC video. Photo: Ruth|
SPC's Reel Truth
We're on the home stretch of SPC's video, as we approach final editing after nearly two years of work. Tentatively titled Educate, Agitate, Organize: The Syracuse Peace Council, the video addresses our history, current work and vision. Funded in part by a DeFrancisco Heritage Grant through the Cultural Resources Council, the video includes excerpts from over 20 lengthy interviews.
Tim Brachocki of the Syracuse Alternative Media Network is the videographer and editor, and many folks have assisted with interviews, transcribing, scanning photos and more. Early reviews of the piece have been highly favorable. Keep your eye out for the premiere sometime this winter.
It's in the Mail
November and December are typically our largest fund-raising months - due to the Fall Fund Appeal and Plowshares. We are currently running at a slight net loss, which is not unusual, but we need to make up for it now to carry us through the winter months (which tend to have fewer fund-raising activities).
Please respond as generously as you can to the fund appeal - even if you did not get one in the mail. We stretch your dollar to the fullest. Donations of $50 or more can be made out to the A.J. Muste Memorial Institute (please write SPC on the memo line); these will be tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the IRS. For more information on SPC finances, please contact Carol.