Our Schools Remain At Risk- Syracuse City Schools Deserve and Need Increased State Support
A presentation by Dr. Rick Timbs, Executive Director, Statewide School Finance Consortium www.statewideonline.org in Syracuse, NY on Monday March 16, 2015 at the Bishop Harrison Center on Lancaster Avenue.
With the “one house” budget bills from the Assembly and Senate now released in response to Governor's budget proposal, state government is entering the final two weeks of budget negotiations before the budget is due on April 1.
This teach-in on the state budget was organized by the Green Party to inform the Syracuse community on the impact of the pending state budget on Syracuse schools, city services, and Centro so they can make their concerns known to their state legislators.
The teach-in featured an hour-long presentation by Dr. Rick Timbs of the Statewide School Finance Consortium on how the state budget impacts the Syracuse City School District budget, including the impact of the Gap Elimination Adjustment and the shortfall in Foundation Aid funding.
View the Presentation Slide Show Here.
Additional Presenters included Pearler Washington of the Local 580 of the Amalgamated Transit Union on the Centro budget, Howie Hawkins of the Green Party on an overview of the state budget, and Raymond Blackwell of Save Our Schools on bringing parents and teachers together to support Syracuse schools.
View Video of All Speakers Here.
Exclusive Video Courtesy of Independent Media CNY.
Due to heavy and persistent snowfall throughout Central New York, tonight's monthly meeting of the Green party of Onondaga County is postponed. We hope you will stay safe and warm and off the roads unless necessary. Keep and eye out for an announcement for when the meeting will be rescheduled.
Keep reading below for important events and actions happening this week to help us organizing to protect public education and to stop the next big and scary neoliberal trade agreement, the Trans Pacific Partnership.
#TPPTuesdays - Call-in to Congress
All day, from your phone. Join in this weekly action to urge Congress to vote "No" on Fast Track for the TPP.
Get more info (like where to call), RSVP and spread the word via Facebook.http://syracusegreens.nationbuilder.com/tpp_tuesdays_call_i…
Green Shadow Cabinet Meeting about the Trans Pacific Partnership
Wednesday, February 11, 8pm Conference Call
Join Green Party leaders and grassroots activists to learn about the undemocratic trade agreement being negotiated in secret - and how we can stop it! Register here! Find more info and spread the word on Facebook.http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/…/r…/KCFFE1GBQ58XQLJ2
#AllKidsNeed CNY Education Forum
Wednesday, February 11, 6pm Lyncourt School, 2707 Court St. Syracuse, 13208
Share, RSVP and find more information on Facebook.https://www.facebook.com/events/1546018539017230/
The upcoming NY State of the State on Wednesday January 21st will be a time for action, celebration, and future focus.
- New York has banned fracking! Rally to Celebrate New York Fracking Ban and Lead the Nation in Renewable Energy! Rally from 11:30am-12:30pm, followed by a celebration with food, fun, and live music from 1pm-4pm. For full details, visit the Facebook event page. Bus seats are available!
Special Events on Tuesday January 20th
- Tune into "The People's State of the Union" and participate in an online chat during President Obama's 2015 State of the Union speech on Tuesday, January 20, on the Green Party's Livestream channel (http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus). The State of the Union, which begins at 9:00pm ET, will be aired on the Livestream page. A chat box for discussion will be on the screen next to the live State of the Union video.
Become a sustaining member of the GPOC and the Green Party of NYS. Click Here! Green Party members are doing great things all year round, and we need your financial support. Check out this article about this past week's demonstration right here in Syracuse in support of a veto of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Thank you for your time, your financial support and your passion for the Green Party and its 2014 candidates, especially our own Howie Hawkins and his running mate, Brian Jones. Because you helped bring the Green Party message to voters this year, we saw the number of votes cast in New York for our Green Team increase to over 300% of our 2010 totals.
Sadly, I wasn't able to be very hands on with the Hawkins campaign in 2014. But I plan to call you in the next few weeks and hope to see you at our December 2nd meeting so that we can get to know one another better. I look forward to hearing what brought you to the Green Party as a supporter this year and how you plan to stay involved. If you have not yet done so, I urge you to register Green and consider a sustaining monthly donation at whatever level is affordable to you. I also hope that you will continue your activism in whatever other areas of Green politics you find most satisfying -- as a candidate, campaign manager, campaign volunteer, office volunteer, etc.
Building the Green Party to further our progressive agenda of a living wage, full employment, an end to wars and drone strikes, universal health care, free public education, and more, has been a dream of mine for many years. I look forward to working with you to capitalize on our success in 2014 to make this dream come true.
Barb Humphrey, GPOC Coordinating Committee Chair
Statement of Support from Members of the Syracuse Community for The General Body and Student Calls for Diversity and Transparency at Syracuse University
We are inspired by the student groups organizing on the SU campus for diversity and transparency (a summary of their grievances is below). Their movement embodies principles of inclusivity, democratic participation in one’s community, care for others and direct action in support of the public good.
At a time when it is common to hear complaints of youth apathy, we commend these students for their dedication and thoughtful action, and we call on the chancellor and the administration to respond to the substance of student demands with meaningful dialogue and action.
Having inscribed the words of the first amendment on the walls of Newhouse III, it would be particularly hypocritical for SU’s administration to repress the rights of students to freedom of speech and to peaceable assemble.
The Syracuse community has a long history of social movement organizing and civil disobedience to further peace and social justice. As organizations committed to continuing that organizing tradition for a more just and equitable future, we stand in solidarity with the organizing work and demands of The General Body, a united front of student organizations at Syracuse university.
For more background and the 43-page document of grievances and demands, see www.thegeneralbody.org.
Signed by the following Syracuse area Community groups:
The Syracuse Peace Council, The Green Party of Onondaga County, Syracuse Community Choir, ArtRage Gallery, Peace Action of CNY, Bread and Roses Collective House, Westcott Neighborhood Association, SEIU 1199.
Please accept a hearty THANK YOU to our supporters, volunteers, and newest members here in Syracuse and Onondaga County.
Following Election Day 2014's vote total of nearly 5% (176,269 votes) for Hawkins for Governor, and a rise to Line D on theballot (formerly we were two further down at F), the Green Party in New York State is as strong as it has ever been - but not strong enough.
In a mostly dismal election year, Howie Hawkins and Brian Jones gave the left something to cheer about with their Green Party campaign for the governor and lieutenant governor of New York. By getting almost 5 percent and 200,000 votes, Hawkins-Jones had the most successful independent left-wing campaign in New York state in more than 50 years.
- "This Campaign Doesn't End on Election Day" http://socialistworker.org/2014/11/13/this-campaign-doesnt-end-here
It's not good enough to only think of Election Season as October-November, or even May-November, because it is time to work on party building now and year-round through:
Registering Green Voters - Ask Us for a Form or Find Other Options by Clicking Here
- Signing Up State Party Supporting Members - Click Here
- Providing Feedback on the Recent Campaign Effort - Click Here
Working and Learning Together Locally - Stay Tuned for a December County Meeting Announcement, Help us Grow on Social Media in the Meantime by Liking and Sharing.
Identifying Offices and Candidates for 2015
We can't leave the light on, or always have someone home, but if you see it shining, please stop into our office at 2013 East Genesee St in Syracuse.
Let's Make A Scene in Syracuse and Onondaga County!!! We know calls work best to reach our supporters, but signs and flyers will reach media, and other voters, and the general public, to show that the Green Party Movement is strong and proud. How many people can hold a sign on a street corner Monday night and Election Day, how many people can come by and take some flyers (we've got a lot left, help us push them out) to distribute in your neighborhood, at local businesses and public places, and to your friends and family? Movement building, alongside electioneering, alongside showing support, alongside demanding change, alongside shaking up the establishment. Do a little, or a lot, contribute to a great change! Oh yeah, we'll take phone callers too ;>)
It's time to think GOTV - Get Out The Vote - for Howie Hawkins for Governor!
We're putting out the call locally to ask you to volunteer to help us Get Out The Vote for Howie over the next 7 days here in Syracuse. Are you able to spend some time with us making phone calls, distributing leaflets door-to-door, or working Election Day for the only true progressive NY vote on the ballot?
- Sunday Phone Banking with PIZZA!
Each One, Bring One! Tell and Bring a Friend!
Frank Cetera, Syracuse Greens
No pretense. We need you to volunteer. There are less than two weeks until election day, and every bit of effort counts towards what will be a record performance, and a clear message sent to Governor 1% and the duopoly parties and their supporters, that the Green Party has arrived as a clear champion of progressive policies for the 99%. Your vote for Howie Hawkins can be multiplied by taking part in our outreach efforts outlined below, we really hope you can take part, and bring a friend or loved one with you - Each One, Bring One!
Literature Drop to Registered Voters
Saturday, October 25 at 2 PM - 4 PM on the Southside
Meet at the Green Party office at 2617 South Salina St, Syracuse - Please RSVP
3rd Annual Green Halloween Fundraising Extravanganza
Sunday, October 26 at 5-8 PM at ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave, Syracuse
Fun music and food - proceeds will benefit the Hawkins for Governor campaign
$15 Suggested Donation
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Green Party Office, 2013 East Genesee St, 1st Floor, Syracuse
Frank Cetera, Syracuse Greens
More motivation? Check out Howie's highlights from his debate victory Wednesday night.
Supporters all across the state are getting out in their communities in support of Howie Hawkins for Governor. Join us this weekend in Syracuse, on Saturday or Sunday, for literature drops to registered voters homes:
Saturday, October 18 at 11 AM - 1 PM on the Northside
Meet in the TOPS Market parking lot at 700 1st North Street, intersecting with Pond St.
Sunday, October 19 at 2-4 PM on the Near West Side
Meet at 717 Otisco St (personal residence)
Contact Frank (315-308-1372 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to let us know you are coming, we'll be prepping walk lists, and want to be on the look-out for you :>)
Also, we'll still be phonebanking next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, so call or email today to sign up for a volunteer slot.
Finally, join us next Wednesday, October 22nd at 8 PM for a debate viewing! This is the only scheduled NY Gubernatorial Debate to include all the candidates, and will be taking place in Buffalo. We'll be at Munjed's Middle Eastern Cafe, 505 Westcott St. Please stop on by, cheer on Howie, Boo down Cuomo and Astorino, and enjoy the company.