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MEDIA ALERT: Syracuse Citizens to Rally to End Pay-to-Play, Urge Obama to Require Government Contractors to Disclose Political Spending

In Capitalism, Corporations, Media Alert on April 2, 2015 at 8:51 am

Video of Today’s Rally Event Now Available At:


Event Is One of Nearly 50 to Be Held Throughout the Country Calling for an Executive Order to Shine the Light on Corporate Corruption

A rally calling on President Barack Obama to issue an executive order requiring contractors that do business with the government to disclose their political spending. The Syracuse event will include speakers, creative signs, and a musical performance. Attendees will be able to rubber stamp their money with “Not to be Used for Bribing Politicians.”

Under the current system, corporations that bid for government contracts do not have to disclose their campaign spending. This has led to a corrupt pay-to-play system where government contracts can secretly funnel untold sums to help elect the very same lawmakers who are responsible for awarding government contracts. However, the solution does not require an act of Congress. Obama has the authority to fix the problem with the stroke of a pen. By signing an executive order, contractors would have to disclose their political spending and citizens would be able to see which elected officials are getting the greatest contributions from contractors. An executive order would shine the light on corporate corruption and set an example for other agencies struggling to curb money in politics.

Activists in Central New York are not alone – this is a nationwide movement. Rallies and other events are scheduled to be held in nearly 50 cities and towns, in 25 states, throughout the country. In Washington, D.C., activists will hold a press conference in front of the White House and deliver hundreds of thousands of petitions calling for an executive order. April 2 marks the year anniversary of the McCutcheon Supreme Court ruling that further flooded the election system with unprecedented sums of money from corporations and the super wealthy.

5:00 – 6:00pm, Thursday, April 2.

State Office Building, 333 E. Washington St., Syracuse (next to City Hall)

Jonah Minkoff-Zern, national co-director of Public Citizen’s “Democracy is For People” campaign; Michael Messina-Yauchzy, co-chair of Move To Amend of Syracuse and Central New York; others. The DREAM Freedom Revival will perform.

Creative signs and displays will abound.


New York State Budget Forum This Wednesday Groups to Present Recommendations for Alternative State Budget

In Budget, Media Alert, New York State on March 2, 2015 at 9:57 pm

For Immediate Release
Contact:   John Furman (315) 725-0974
Ronald Deutsch (518) 469-6769
Interviews are available.

The Central New York Citizens in Action, Inc., Fiscal Policy Institute, Central New York Labor Council, and other community groups will sponsor a community forum on the New York State budget at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4 at the Cornerstone Community Church, 500 Plant St., Oneida Square, Utica.    This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

The forum will provide an analysis of the state budget focusing on cuts to school aid, health care, housing, and human service programs, economic development, aid to municipalities, spending caps, and taxes.   The groups will present recommendations for an alternative state budget that promotes shared prosperity, funding for quality education, and economic growth.  The forum will provide an opportunity for local residents to voice their concerns regarding budget cuts that are harming local schools and communities.

The speaker will be Ronald Deutsch, Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, a nonpartisan independent,nonpartisan, nonprofit research and education organization.

For further information, call 725-0974, email, or visit

For more information on FPI and its work, and for copies of all of FPI’s publications, visit  Information on the Central New York Citizens in Action is available at  The Facebook event page is

Saturday WestSide Walks Hosted By Alchemical Nursery, With Public Statement To Be Issued About Sidewalk Snow Management

In Media Alert, Public Infrastructure, Volunteering on February 20, 2015 at 7:00 am

Contact: Frank Raymond Cetera

The Alchemical Nursery, Co-Founder and Permaculture Sites Coordinator, 315-308-1372


The Alchemical Nursery hosts WestSide Walks (WSW) volunteer snow shovelling. A public statement on behalf of NWS residents about the need for proper snow removal and management of pedestrian pathways will be issued. The free event is open to the public and is designed to introduce attendees to WestSide Walks and the pressing need for snow management in Syracuse.  All volunteers receive free lunch at 12:30 PM and a WSW toboggan knit hat.


  • Frank Raymond Cetera – Resident, Alchemical Nursery Co-Founder and Permaculture Sites Coordinator
  • Karaline Rothwell – Resident, WestSide Residents Coalition Community Organizer
  • Rick Destito – Resident, Owner of The Gear Factory


The Alchemical Nursery will host the WestSide Walks volunteer snow shovelling brigade, which will include participants who will take pictures of problem spots and commercial properties that are not adequately clearing pedestrian pathways for an online photo-journalism project.  A public statement will be issued on behalf of residents.

When:Saturday, February 21, 2015, 11:00 AM

Where:Brown Memorial Church, 228 Davis Street, Syracuse, NY 13204 (Off-Street Lot Parking Available, Please Use Side Entrance)

Bonus:Community Lunch will be served at 12:30 PM following the finish of the shovelling brigade’s work for the day.  All volunteers receive a WSW Safety Yellow toboggan knit hat.

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