2012: A Year in Peace Work

From the January 2013 PNL #820

by Jack Brown and Amelia Ramsey-Lefevre

2012: A Year in Peace Work

From a local to global scale, 2012 was a year of trials and tribulations. We saw military escalations in Afghanistan, Syria, Egypt, Libya, El Salvador, between Israel and Palestine, and here at home where a series of high-profile shootings have brought counter-terrorism efforts to our front door like never before. Many activists and organizations are aware that this is ‘crunch-time’ to work for peace.

As we begin a new year in peace work, we at SPC would like to highlight some of our successes from the past year. We started our 76th year carrying the momentum of a record-breaking Plowshares, and the excitement just kept coming as the year unfolded. We maintained organizing energy around myriad crucial issues; organized a successful Bowlathon, birthday din­ner and Plowshares; and published ten PNLs. On top of all that, the following efforts led by volunteers, interns and staff were unique to 2012:

● Organized and hosted PeaceSongsCNY release party

● Hosted Medea Benjamin & a weekend of anti-drone organiz­ing including a march and rally

● Supported six separate arrest occasions at Hancock Airbase and one trial for drone resistors

● Laid groundwork & built momentum for Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign

● Hosted Rabbi Brian Walt to teach us about the Boycott, Di­vestment & Sanctions campaign to end Israel’s occupation of Palestine

● Supported Aly Wane in his Coming Out of the Shadows party, and by extension lent support to the Undocumented and Unafraid movement

● Partnered with Peace Action of CNY to host the Peace Picnic, a family-oriented event promoting abolition of nuclear weapons

● Partnered with the Onondaga Nation for Water is Life festival

● Facilitated a new youth anti-war effort that led a work-in at SU’s ROTC office, protested drones at the NYS Fair, and did CIA counter-recruitment on SU campus

● Organized and led the Drone Country Tour, a tour of local facilities contributing to global drone warfare

● In the midst of all this great organizing SPC said goodbye to longtime staff members Jessica Maxwell and Andy Mager, and welcomed Steering Committee members Jessica Azulay and Amelia Ramsey-Lefevre to the staff collective.

Thanks to each and every one of you who contributed to and participated in all of this work. We look forward to another ac­tive and inspired year in solidarity for peace.