Blog Posts Archive by Month: October, 2018

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The Secrets in Canvassing

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by Samantha McCormick

We are all told from a young age that it is what’s on the inside that counts. We are told that our inner beauty is all that matters. Sadly, in the real world that isn’t true.

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A Response to the Afghan Peace Volunteers From Syracuse Students For Change

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Syracuse Students for Change

Syracuse Students for Change is a student activist organization that first organized after the Parkland school shooting in the March for Our Lives rally. They work with the local community to spread the awareness of gun violence, and organized a Die-In protest in front of Congressmember Katko's office and hosted a Democratic primary debate prior to the July 26 election. Follow them on Facebook for their latest updates: www.facebook.

com/syracusestudents.

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TEEN Solidarity Against the Merchants of Death

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by Kathy Kelly

Here in Kabul, as the rising sun begins to warm our chilly rooms, I hear excited laughter from downstairs. Rosemary Morrow, a renowned Australian permaculture expert, has begun teaching 35 young students in a month-long course on low-resource farming.

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When You Ask Italians to Give Up Columbus

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by Jack P. Mann

Island people (Sicilians, Irish) are vulnerable to looters, conquerors,

Storms, imperial schemes, thugs.

Its an old story for our people; it breaks our heart

And compromises our integrity, more; our souls.

 

When you ask Italians to give up Columbus

You need to know how we lost our soil and our souls.

We were tough people: small in stature and bent by work and the fear

Of the padrones, the landowners,

and their Mafioso who kept us all in check by terror.

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Italian Heritage Perspectives on Columbus Day: Indigenous Peoples Day Forces Us to Confront Truth About Columbus

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by Cindy Squillace

This piece was originally published in syracuse.com, April 2, 2018

The Syracuse City School Board recently held a public forum to hear opinions about changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. There were people who spoke about the pros and cons of doing this and I would like to share my viewpoint.

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Borders and Belief

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By Hilary-Anne Coppola

Religion is supposed to guide us to a better state of being. When your followed faith leads you astray from what your soul knows to be true, what is your next step? We are standing at a moment in history when we must act on behalf of people seeking refuge. There are now thousands of families separated without the promise of being reunited. The Supreme Court has upheld a ban against immigrants due to their religion, dashing the hopes of families that have been waiting for years to be united again.

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Tragic and Preventable: The Death of Selena

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by Carly Fox and Ben Kuebrick

We grieve alongside Estela for the loss of her 18-year-old daughter, Selena Hidalgo Calderon. Selena was killed in late May, 2018. Selena's one-year-old son Owen is still missing. elena came to the United States seeking asylum and worked on New York State farms. The suspect in custody for Selena's murder was her boyfriend, who Selena lived with.

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SPC in Action

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Various authors

Activist Appreciation: Barry Gordon

Many of us know Barry from his years at Eureka Crafts and/or as the “Spoon Man” at Plowshares Craftsfair—the crafty creator of functional utensils worthy of artistic display. Those of us at the Beyond War and Militarism Committee have also enjoyed and benefited from his equally skillful analysis of social justice issues, enlightened by his knowledge of cultural geography.

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The Community’s Voice: Police Accountability in Syracuse

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by Coran Klaver
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SPAARC called for "Counselors, Not Cops" at a Syracuse City
School District Community Engagement Forum in May, 2018.

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Defining Our Spaces for Ourselves – unapologetically BlackCuse Pride

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By LoriKim Alexander & Rahzie Seals

You know that feeling you get when you walk into a space and feel immediately unwanted and uncomfortable? Think about what that feels like for every space you encounter when trying to find a safe community, especially within a community that is supposed to be for you. BlackCuse Pride is run by co-directors LoriKim Alexander and Serena “Rahzie” Seals. We exist for those of us who sit on the margins, and hold space for folks in the intersection of lived realities.