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"Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley."

Theodore Roethke, American Poet. 

ARCHIVE ENTRY: April 25th, 2017

Action Alerts

Let's work together to transform Syracuse, eliminate poverty, and create equality:

2017 ACTS Spring Banquet: An "Insider's" Guide to the Banquet

Drumlins Country Club, 800 Nottingham Road, Syracuse, NY, from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

April 25, 2017

We invite you to join us at the 2017 ACTS Spring Banquet. Together we will reinvigorate the fight for social justice. In last week’s issue ​​​​​​​of the newsletter, we provided an insightful interview with our Keynote Speaker, Kathryn Howe Ruscitto. This week, we asked Simangaliso Smith a few questions about her final ACTS Spring Banquet. "Liso," as many in the ACTS Community know her, is our Office Manager and one of the chief organizers of the banquet. Click below to read our short Q&A with Liso. 

People's Climate March: Protecting Our Sacred World

Franklin Square Park at from 11am-2pm. Address: Solar St. and Plum St., Syracuse, NY 13204

April 29, 2017

"For human destroy the biological diversity of God's Creation; for human beings to degrade the integrity of the earth by causing change in its climate, by stripping the earth of its natural forests or destroying its wetlands; for human beings to contaminate the earth's waters, its lands, its air, and its life--these are sins," wrote Pope Francis in his 181-page encyclical in 2015 as he urged the world to cut back on fossil fuels.

The Climate Change Awareness and Action organization will echo this conviction with hundreds of other activists in Syracuse. The "People's Climate March of CNY" will coincide with protests across the nation, including in Washington D.C., aimed at denouncing the environmental agenda of the new federal administration. The new administation denies the dangers of Climate Change, a phenomenon with unanimous consensus from over 2,500 scientists from across 130 nations. This consensus points to the disastrous effects of Climate Change on our planet, and requires all those with moral aversions to poverty to halt it. 

ACTS Leader Indentifies a Must-See PBS Documentary on Solitary Confinement

Aired: 04/17/17---Duration: 1:54:46---Rating: NR

Mike Hungerford is a leader in the ACTS Community, and one of the former Co-Chairs of the Criminal Justice Task Force. Over the weekend, he highlighted a PBS documentary about the issue of Solitary Confinement that still grips our nation. The documentary is produced by the PBS FRONTLINE team, who have also filmed documentaries in war-torn Syria. It is critical that social justice advocates be well informed on the issues they strive to influence. Therefore, it is recommended the ACTS Community take just a couple of hours to witness this abhorrent breach of justice. To watch the documentary, click here. To view the full article with background on Solitary Confinement as provided by ACTS, click below.

Job Opportunities for Youth through Onondaga Earth Corps

​​​​​​​Unemployment is one of Syracuse's most difficult challenges. It is also one that affects youth just as adversely as adults. In fact, only 55% of working age people in Syracuse have jobs. However, the Community Violence & Youth Task Force has been notified of an opportunity to put our youth back to work! The Onondaga Earth Corps is hiring youth for a variety of positions. Feel free to pass this along and help someone get employment, and hopefully, out of poverty. Click below to view the application page. 

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Weekly Member Organization Events

If you are an ACTS Member Organization and have an upcoming social justice event please email Ryan Ivers at

Weekly Victories

Together we came closer to our goals. Let's reflect on the vital work we did last week:

Sneak Peek into Future Stories

The ACTS Youth Council attended the opening night of the Syracuse International Film Festival free of charge. The event was called "Samite and the Queen," and its major theme was the hope and resilience of refugees. Samite Mulondo, a Ugandan refugee himself, told stories and sang songs for 150 refugee students across the Syracuse area. The event was made possible by many generous grants from around the Syracuse community. 

Timothy Kirkland is the new Co-Chair of the Community Violence and Youth Task Force. Along with other partners, the Task Force is organizing "Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP)" workshops right here in Syracuse. Timothy Kirkland is both an advocate and a success story of the AVP program. We will share his perspective on AVP, the violence in Syracuse, and how his  experiences have shaped him as a leader.

The 2017 ACTS Spring Banquet is this week. ACTS members should anticipate many pictures and media from the banquet, along with stories to remember this unforgettable celebration of social justice!

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