The Syracuse Peace Council (SPC), founded in 1936, is an antiwar/social justice organization. We are community-based, autonomous and funded by the contributions of our supporters. SPC educates, agitates and organizes for a world where war, violence and exploitation in any form will no longer exist. We challenge the existing unjust power relationships among nations, among people and between ourselves and the environment. Read our full statement of purpose here.
Want to learn more about SPC and how you can join? Please fill out the virtual sign-up sheet here and let us know what peace and social justice issues you care about. We’ll add you to our SPC Announcements email list (1-3 emails/week, including an e-newsletter). And if you’d like, we’d be delighted to talk further with you.
Current SPC Activities: SPC has ongoing projects (see below), works in coalition, and responds to breaking events having to do with peace and social justice. During the pandemic, SPC hasn’t stopped organizing—we’ve adjusted to the circumstances by working remotely, wearing masks and socially distancing, and paused production of our print Peace Newsletter. We’ve prioritized supporting the People’s Agenda for Policing, the removal of the Columbus statue in Syracuse, and voting Trump out of office. Recently SPC was one of the groups organizing a local coalition to protect the results of the election and ensure that every vote is counted, which is now prepared to respond to any attempts to stage a coup and suppress the will of the people. SPC has been organizing for peace and justice long before Trump took office, and we will continue the fight when he is gone, putting pressure on the Biden administration from day one.
At the in-person Plowshares, the SPC Info Table always has highlighted actions you can take immediately. Here are some for this year:
*Sign the petition to support the People’s Agenda For Policing. Read the Agenda here.
*Urge President Biden, your Senators and Representative to support Armenia/Artsakh by sending humanitarian aid, engaging in negotiations, and deterring further attacks by Turkey and Azerbaijan against Armenia and Artsakh—use the action tool here to send them a message.
Please join us! Individual action is incredibly important, but coordinating that with many others’ actions to become a social movement—well, that is unstoppable. Become a member. Participate in one of our projects—Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation, Beyond War and Militarism, Nuclear Free World, Justice for Palestine or the Peace Newsletter Editorial Committee. Help in our coalition work, or actions inspired by breaking events. Do small tasks, data entry, signmaking, phoning, and more. But most of all, please stay in touch and do what you can. Sign up our listserv (includes a weekly e-newsletter), check out our Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter feed (@SyrPeaceCouncil). Check out our Peace Newsletter (paper version on hiatus during Covid, but digital issues available going back to 1936). Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Ways to be involved:
Justice for Palestine
The Justice for Palestine committee organizes to achieve justice, freedom, and dignity for all Palestinians and Israelis. Our work aims to hold the US government accountable for its complicity in Israel’s military occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people, through educational events, solidarity demonstrations, and grassroots advocacy. Most recently, we have built local support among community members and organizations for the No Way to Treat a Child campaign to end US funding for Israeli military detention of Palestinian children. Our members also have a regular presence in DeWitt in support of Palestinians in Gaza demanding their internationally-recognized right to return to their homeland. Learn more about our work here.
Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation
Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON) supports the traditional government of the Onondaga Nation and joins in their call for justice, reconciliation and healing—of relationships between peoples and of people’s relationships with the environment. This has taken many forms over the years, including anti-fracking organizing, work to prevent a beach being built on the still-polluted Onondaga Lake, support of the Onondaga Nation’s Land Rights Action, production and ongoing distribution of the 79 page booklet Neighbor to Neighbor, Nation to Nation: Readings about the Relationship of the Onondaga Nation with Central New York (can be downloaded for free here). Our current major projects are:
* Witness to Injustice Program – an experiential workshop which helps participants understand more deeply feel the devastation that Native peoples have experienced since Columbus arrived in what is now known as the United States.
* Supporting the removal of the Columbus Statue in downtown Syracuse, and re-visioning Columbus Circle.
* We also have an e-newsletter (subscribe by sending an email to email@example.com). To learn more, click here or contact Sue Eiholzer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nuclear Free World
The Nuclear Free World Committee works to fulfill a vision of a world free from the threat of war and nuclear weapons, where resources are directed to human and environmental needs. We are currently organizing around the Back from the Brink campaign to prevent nuclear war. This past August, along with our commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we celebrated the Back from the Brink campaign endorsement by Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh and the Syracuse Common Council. We are focused on growing the campaign further, and continue to hold virtual presentations on Back from the Brink for local organizations and faith communities interested in endorsing the campaign’s call to action. To learn more, visit our webpage.
Beyond War and Militarism
Beyond War and Militarism is a committee of the Syracuse Peace Council and the New York Solidarity Coalition; it is also an affiliate of the international organization World Without War. The group focuses on educational forums and street actions to end war and create peace with social justice. Activities and events since the committee’s inception in 2017 include hosting invited speakers and sponsoring relevant films, holding an annual Armistice Day commemoration (with the mayor of Syracuse issuing a proclamation to recover the original meaning of November 11 to end all wars), and working to end the killing of civilians by U.S. drones. Beyond War and Militarism works cooperatively with other SPC committees like Nuclear-Free World and with outside organizations such as Veterans for Peace and Upstate Anti-Drone Coalition. For more information or to get involved, contact Ann Tiffany at email@example.com or 315-478-4571, or Rae Kramer at 315-445-2840. For more information click here.
SPC works in coalition with other groups—local, regional and national. Some coalitions and formal partnerships are long standing, others are new, and still others are specific to certain moments. Here’s what we are a part of now. The list is not exhaustive, in that we work in cooperation with many other groups too:
*Syracuse Police Accountability and Reform Coalition (SPAARC)
*Urban Jobs Task Force
*Choose Democracy CNY
*Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE)
*Upstate Drone Action
*US Campaign for Palestinian Rights
*CNY Solidarity Coalition
*World Beyond War
*US Campaign for Palestinian Rights
*Peace Action NYS
*Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse (ACTS)
*SPC-PACCNY Partnership (PACCNY is Pan African Community of CNY)
*Veterans for Peace Chapter 51
*United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)
If you want to be involved please contact in various ways, 2013 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, NY 13210 | (315) 472-5478 | firstname.lastname@example.org