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#BlackLivesMatter was created in 2012 after Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted for his crime, and dead 17-year old Trayvon was posthumously placed on trial for his own murder. Rooted in the experiences of Black people in this country who actively resist our dehumanization, #BlackLivesMatter is a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society.Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes.
The Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) is a leader in the field of community-based alternatives to incarceration. Our mission is to promote reintegrative justice and a reduced reliance on incarceration through advocacy, services and public policy development in pursuit of civil and human rights.
CCA serves people in trouble: youth at risk; families in crisis; people struggling to address drug and alcohol problems and HIV and AIDS; and people who have been involved in the criminal justice system who are seeking community reintegration and productive, law-abiding lives. CCA endeavors to address these issues by emphasizing personal empowerment, self-respect and concern for one’s community.
The core mission of the institution of the Dunbar Association Inc. is to enhance the quality of life, break the cycle of poverty, and develop racial equity in our community by strengthening youth and their families through a comprehensive delivery of services that promote excellence through advocacy and education.
Eastern Farmworkers is a volunteer-run organization involved with low-income working families. We work with farmers and their workers, and former manufacturing workers who have had to assume temporary jobs after plants like Carrier relocated. We work to bridge the gap between rural and urban communities, and maintain healthy relationships between employers and employees who are often affected by the same policies. We allocate benefits such as job and housing referrals, food and clothing distribution, and volunteer dental, legal, and medical services.
The Islamic Society of Central New York (ISCNY) is a religious organization whose purpose is to provide programming and services for the religious, social, community, health and holistic well-being of the community. ISCNY is committed to and actively seeks to foster collaborative partnerships & promote inter-cultural & interfaith dialogue to eliminate misunderstandings about the principles and ideals of the Islamic way of life. ISCNY’s doors are open to anyone. Located in the heart of the City of Syracuse’s University Hill Neighborhood, serves a diverse community of over 15,000 spread throughout Central New York, from Oswego and Watertown to Ithaca, Camillus, and Syracuse.
La Casita Cultural Center’s mission is to advance an educational and cultural agenda of civic engagement through research, cultural heritage preservation, media, and the arts, bridging the Hispanic communities of Syracuse University and Central New York.
Grassroots organization of Central New Yorkers that recognizes and supports the sovereignty of the traditional government of the Onondaga Nation. A program of the Syracuse Peace Council, NOON supports the right of native peoples to reclaim land, and advocates for fair settlement of any claims which are filed.
The North Side Learning Center (NSLC) was founded in 2009 and exists to aid in adult and youth literacy development, and to be instrumental in teaching self-sufficiency and self-actualization to newcomers in our community. Students come from dozens of countries around the world. Beyond the core of teaching English to adults and providing academic support to their children, additional programs are offered as resources allow.
We are a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, working to protect the civil rights and liberties of residents in 7 Central NY counties since 1963. The New York Civil Liberties Union, the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, promotes and defends the fundamental principles and values embodied in the Bill of Rights, U.S. Constitution and New York State Constitution, including freedom of speech and religion, and the right to privacy, equality, and due process of law. We carry out our mission through public education, advocacy and litigation.
Formerly known as the Somali Bantu Community Association (SBCA), RISE was founded by Somali Bantu refugees in 2004 to ease the transition of other members of the resettled Somali Bantu community living in Onondaga County. RISE was established at the beginning of 2016. RISE’s mission is to advocate and promote self-sufficiency through employment, education, social support and economic independence for members of the refugee and immigrant communities in Onondaga County.
Offers resettlement services and support for those forced to leave their countries due to unsafe conditions. Provides assistance with applying for jobs and registering for English language classes, locating translators, finding housing, and securing medical care.
**Update: Now Syracuse RISE
Established to promote Bantu cultural programs intended to inform about Bantu life in the United States and to promote programs directed to assisting and aiding the Bantu community in and around Onondaga County, New York in attaining the necessary skills, language competency and resources to overcome poverty and become functioning members of Society.
The Stand is an online South Side community newspaper that is written for and by South Side residents. As the voice of the South Side community of Syracuse, the paper aims to start a community conversation online by inviting residents of the South Side to share their stories. The paper is the brainchild of the South Side Newspaper Project, a collaboration of the South Side Community Coalition, Syracuse University and a number of dedicated South Side community residents.
Established in 1974, Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility, Inc., now d.b.a. Syracuse Community Connections. (SCC) is the managing entity of the City-owned Southwest Community Center (SWCC) located at 401 South Avenue. SWCC, in the tradition of settlement houses also known as community or neighborhood centers, provides services and activities designed to identify and reinforce the strengths of individuals, families and communities. SCC provides a refuge for community residents with a variety of services to meet a number of social, health, economic and nutritional needs.
SCW is a progressive publisher committed to peace, sustainability, social justice, feminism and multiculturalism. We create and publish visual materials, like calendars, posters, T-shirts, cards and postcards, and distribute them across North America.
Oldest local, autonomous, grassroots peace and social justice organization in the United States. SPC educates, agitates and organizes for a world where war, violence, and exploitation in any form will no longer exist. Anchor organization of CNY Solidarity Coalition.
Established to support and promote the academic achievement, multicultural competence, social development, civic engagement, and retention of students from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups at Syracuse University.
An organization made up of community groups; faith based organizations and concerned citizen, dedicated to creating a local economy that provides good jobs and job training for local communities of color, low income families and more opportunities for local woman and minority-owned enterprises.
One of Syracuse’s longest-surviving community gardens, cultivated primarily by community members living near the garden, the West Newell St. Garden utilizes a shared harvest model and holds regular garden workdays, garden lunches, barbecues, and fishing trips. West Newell Street Community Garden is a social change garden, striving to be inclusive of individuals from diverse backgrounds and ethnic groups.
The Workers’ Center of Central New York is a grassroots organization focused upon workplace and economic justice. Through community organizing, leadership development, popular education and policy advocacy, the Workers’ Center of Central New York aims to empower marginalized, low-wage workers to combat workplace abuses and improve wages and working conditions throughout the community.
WCCNY is an anchor organization of CNY Solidarity Coaltion.