Find out how you can help at one of these links:
Nearly 10 million mayors, moms, teachers, survivors, gun owners, students, and everyday Americans have come together to make their own communities safer.
Watch one of these films:
Bowling for Columbine (Available through Onondaga County Libraries)
The United States of America is notorious for its astronomical number of people killed by firearms for a developed nation without a civil war. With his signature sense of angry humor, activist filmmaker Michael Moore sets out to explore the roots of this bloodshed.
101 Seconds (Available on Hoopla)
The film follows individuals across a wide spectrum of political and philosophical beliefs as they engage in a debate concerning gun legislation in Oregon in the aftermath of a shooting at the Clackamas Town Center Mall in Oregon in 2012.
Living for 32 (https://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/living-for-32/)
A profile of Colin Goddard, who survived the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings that claimed the lives of 32 of his classmates and galvanized him to become a gun-control advocate.
Read one of these books from an LGBTQ+ author and community member:
How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel
The Book of Pride: LGBTQ Heroes Who Changed the World by Mason Funk
Love Lives Here: A Story of Thriving in a Transgender Family by Amanda Jette Knox
Tomorrow Will be Different: Love, Loss and the Fight for Transgender Equality by Sarah McBride
Watch one of these films featuring LGBTQ+ themes:
Call Me By Your Name
The Danish Girl
Participate in the Pride Parade in Syracuse on June 25
Censorship thrives in ignorance. The best way to prevent it is to make sure that free expression advocates know it’s happening, even if an official challenge hasn’t been made yet. 5 Things You Can Do to Support the Right to Read | September 2018 (Retrieved 9/29/21, bmf)
Attempts to ban books rarely succeed when people speak out against them. Here are a few ways you can speak out for banned and challenged books:
Be Wary of Self-Censorship
Watch this video about how Mental Health care is affected by the vote, then take the pledge to stay informed.
Read this short article on better understanding mental health and knowing the signs and symptoms of mental illness.
There are so many terms and conditions to understand. Read through this glossary from the National Institute of Mental Health to increase your understanding and be able to talk with authority about mental health.
Join Maggie and Cindy at the The Skä•noñh: Great Law of Peace Center on Thursday, October 2 at 10:00 a.m.
The The Skä•noñh: Great Law of Peace Center is located on the Onondaga Lake Parkway.
Cost is $5.00 ($4.00 for seniors) per person payable at the door.
Visit the Columbus Statue. Look at it carefully and consider it. Read all the inscriptions. Formulate your opinion on the removal, relocation or nonremoval of the monument. Research the options and write a letter voicing your thoughts on the matter. Mail that letter to Mayor Walsh, County Executive Ryan McMahon, and the Syracuse Common Council.
Watch this streaming film, part of the Point of View Season 34 collection of films distributed by PBS.
Rember Yahuarcani is an Indigenous painter from the White Heron clan of the Uitoto Nation in Peru. He left to pursue a successful career in Lima, but when he finds himself in a creative rut, he returns home to his Amazonian community of Pebas, visiting his father, a painter, and his mother, a sculptor, and discovers why the stories of his ancestors cannot be forgotten.
Investigate this topic more and in a broader context by taking this course for free on the MOOC server Coursera. Click the Join Free button in the top right hand corner to audit the course for free.
Take Vera House's Pledge to fight back against domestic abuse.
There are many types of abuse. Elder abuse has been on the rise since our population has started aging. Read this article about Elder Abuse.
This article looks back at a topic we discussed previously relating to poverty and Eviction. Eviction was mentioned in "No Visible Bruises". Read this article about affordable housing being built in Syracuse:
Double check your own registration status and encourage your friends to also!
Volunteer to become a poll worker or election inspector.
Find out more about Indivisible, what they do and how you can get involved.