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ARCHIVE ENTRY: May 17th, 2017

Action Alerts

This week in our work to transform Syracuse, eliminate poverty, and create equality:

Healthcare in America: History & Change According to Catholic Moral Tradition

May 24, 2017

Where: St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1001 Tulip Street, Liverpool, NY, from 7:00-8:30 pm

ACTS has a long history of support for health care insurance that started with our advocacy for a re-authorization of Child Health Plus and for the passage of the Affordable Care Act.  Considering recent events, all are urged to join Msgr. Fahey in a forum focused on healthcare in America. Fahey was the Honorary Chair for the successful 2017 ACTS Spring Banquet, and is an internationally recognized expert on aging, health, and ethics. Fahey was the Honorary Chair for the successful 2017 ACTS Spring Banquet, and is an internationally recognized expert on aging, health, and ethics.

The American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA) passed in the United States House of Representatives with a vote of 217 to 213. With only $8 billion allocated to insure those with preexisting conditions, the AHCA budget will fall precariously short in protecting vulnerable people. The private and commercial marketplace has demonstrated a lack of ability to address basic health care needs. ACTS, through its Clergy Caucus, strongly supports universal access to quality, affordable health care. Refreshments will be served at the forum.

ACTS' Clergy and Faith Leader Caucus: Faith Against Division

May 25, 2017

Where: Believers Chapel City, 1640 South Avenue, Syracuse, NY, from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Be watching for updated information about the Clergy Caucus scheduled for Thursday, May 25. Unfortunately, the invited guest speaker is no longer available, due to illness. The Clergy co-chairs are working on alternate plans. Clergy and religious leaders can expect to hear more in a separate email.

Public Hearing on New Education Policy Announced

May 24, 2017

Where: Henninger High School, 600 Robinson St, Syracuse, NY 13206, from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The New York State Education Department is seeking your input as it develops the state's Every Student Succeeds Act plan. Public hearings will be held throughout the state and one has been scheduled for May 24, 2017 from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm at Henninger High School in Syracuse.

All are invited to speak at the event. The public also will be able to submit written comments from now until June 16, 2017. For more information, please visit the Department of Education’s web page (link) here

Dunbar Fund-Raiser on May 27th

May 27, 2017

Where: Holiday Inn, Address: 441 Electronic Parkway, Liverpool

“U.A.D, one of Central New York's finest singing groups, heard the call and graciously offered their services for the May 27 Dunbar fundraiser to be held at the Holiday Inn, 441 Electronic Parkway, Liverpool. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. The event features music, silent auction, cash bar and the extraordinary talent of special guest William Gorman, pianist and organist,” 

wrote Jackie Warren-Moore, a poet, playwright, theatrical director and freelance writer. Moore performed an incredible spoken word poem at the ACTS 2017 Spring Banquet. One can find more of her work in her book Where I Come From

To read more about Syracuse’s Dunbar Center, click the button below:

Refugee Unity Day

May 20, 2017

Where: Assumption Church Food Pantry @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, Address: 808 N Salina St, Syracuse, NY 13208, United States

Syracuse Refugee Unity Day aims to build community between refugees in Syracuse through a day-long celebration that allows them to share and celebrate their cultural diversity.


For more information, click the button below:

Sacred Sites Tour

May 17, 2017

Where: Varied (see schedule) Address: Varied (see schedule)

Six Syracuse congregations will offer tours this coming weekend as part of the statewide Sacred Sites Open House Weekend sponsored by the New York Landmarks Conservancy. The event is co-sponsored in Syracuse by the Preservation Association of Central New York.


The tours offer an opportunity for the community to learn about the historic and cultural significance of these landmark buildings and to experience their architectural beauty, PACNY organizers said. Two of the churches showcasing their history are also connected to ACTS. Both the University United Methodist Church and the Grace Episcopal Church will open their doors to all visitors, and encourage people to connect with the rich heritage of Syracuse.


To view full schedule of tours for each site, click the button below.

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Weekly Community 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:

ACTS Youth Council Attends Global Music and Film Event

There was a moment between songs when Samite Mulondo, international musician and Ugandan refugee, asked the audience at the Syracuse International Film Festival’s (SIFF) “Samite and the Queen” event an interesting question. Who had spent time in a Kenyan refugee camp? From the vantage point of the Palace Theatre’s rear balcony, one could see dozens of hands raised against the lights of Samite’s stage. The audience on the night of April 21st consisted of refugees from all over the world. Just like Samite, many in the audience had escaped death, famine, and persecution in their African homelands by fleeing across the border into Kenya.

ACTS Leader Deynaba Farah Graduates from Syracuse University!

​We would like to congratulate to Deynaba Farah, who has graduated from Syracuse University. Deynaba is on the ACTS board and serves as an adviser to the ACTS Youth Council. She volunteers for many other organizations and causes across Syracuse. She is also the first in her family to pursue and graduate from higher education, as her family arrived to America as Somali refugees.

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