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June 2013

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Many of you are familiar with the inspirational stories around our core resources: educators
using the Peace Calendar each year as a teaching tool then, at year's end, cutting it apart to hang
the 12 images; How To Build Community (going strong 15 years after publication!) being used by
firefighters in NYC after 9-11; our accordion poster Greetings And Thanks To The Natural World
beautifully carrying the Haudenosaunee message of respect for the earth across North America.

But I want to take a moment to tell you an unfamiliar story. Beginning about three years ago
we made a commitment to honoring the 50th anniversaries of benchmark actions in the Civil Rights
Movement. I call it a way to "honor and learn from the past to better work for a just future."

2011 was the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders – about 400 African American and white
citizens who risked beatings, imprisonment and death to advance racial justice in America. Most of
the Riders were arrested in Jackson, MS, where mugshots were carefully archived by the
segregationist system. After seeing the mugshots I decided to do a poster on the Riders.

This two-sided poster (currently out of print) displays all the mugshots on one side and
contemporary portraits of eight Riders by Eric Etheridge on the second side; Eric wrote the
wonderful book Breach of Peace, available from SCW.

In early 2011 we discovered a 50th reunion was being planned in Jackson, MS. The organizers
were very excited about the poster and ordered a large quantity. Almost 200 Riders made it to the
reunion and each was given a poster. Many were brought to tears when they found their face or a
comrade's among the hundreds of mugshots. I began crying when I heard the impact our work had
on these courageous heroes.

New resources on the "Civil Rights Movement at 50" are a great poster titled the March on
Washington for Jobs and Freedom
and a profile of Daisy Bates in the 2014 Peace
Calendar. Daisy was a key figure in the 1957 Little Rock, Arkansas school desegregation struggle.

I ask for your financial support so that we can continue to produce resources that educate,
agitate and inspire. We are committed to the long haul and we need a litte help (or not so little if
you can afford it! ) from our friends. Thank you so much.

Peace,
Dik Cool, Publisher / Founder

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Affirmations!

I do believe that art is a powerful force for change and you are one of the best examples of this idea.
-Maggie, Montreal, Canada

Keep those gutsy posters coming. This country is desperate for alternatives. -Spokane, WA

Dear Syracuse Peaceniks - the Peace Calendar is great. I hope to plug it everywhere I go.
-Pete Seeger, Beacon, NY

I'm giving your "Reagan Is a Dangerous Hypocrite" poster to my 96 year old grandmother who hates Reagan! Your products warm our Christmas. -
Jean, Ypsilanti, MI

Official reason the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Lexington, KY gave for rejecting a Peace Calendar sent to anti-imperialist political prisoner Susan Rosenberg: "...inciting disorderly conduct in the
security of the institution."

I am overwhelmed - I have just discovered your catalog..... Thank you for reflecting my visions back to me and providing substance.
-Beverly, Cleveland Heights, OH

As I turn my Peace Calendar to May, I am once again swept away by the tremendous beauty and power of this wonderful collection of art, propaganda, history, struggle and inspiration. I am a political prisoner and a grand jury resister. Today was a long day for me and
leafing through the calendar was like a kiss and a back massage.
-Julie, Lexington, KY
(This calendar got through "security!")

General Smedley Butler's post card is the most powerful article you have! He was in the 1st World War. I was a Marine in the 2nd World War. I give them out to people freely. Yesterday I gave out some 15 to people in my
barbershop. All of them were grateful and all of them agreed 100% that "War Is A Racket." Carpe Diem.

-Carl, Eugene, OR

Thank you very much for your thoughtful & comprehensive catalog. I appreciate your including my statement about our 9-11 response on a poster.
Please stay in touch!

-Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Oakland, CA

Syracuse Cultural Workers is a model organization, promoting the rights and works of many repressed minorities. This world is fortunate to have organizations such as yours. - Kerry, Guilford Native American
Association, Greensboro, NC

I thought the Peace Calendar was marvelous. Imaginative, informative, even uplifting. I hope it will become a regular event. -Noam Chomsky, Cambridge, MA

I'm a postal worker and while sorting the mail came across your catalog - being an honest one - I did not pilfer it. Could you please send me a copy of your
catalog?
-Gail, Ann Arbor, MI

I am proud to make a contribution to such an important and inspiring, creative organization. I only wish I could afford more than $100 but even that is extending myself right now. I just want to thank you for your efforts to make our world a better place and to give me the opportunity to join your efforts!!
I adore SCW!!
-Scott, Lancaster, PA

In light of all the grim news, receiving your beautiful,
intriguing catalog in today’s mail was a patch of
blue in an otherwise depressingly grey political sky!
Straightaway, I sent word of SCW to dozens of likeminded
friends. I only wish your catalog had been
around when I was a girl! -Jo, Blaine, WA

Keep on doing what you're doing.
It's needed more than you know!
-Rep. Vincent Hughes, Member, House of Representatives,
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

You are doing beautiful work and it deserves to be
widely known.
-Dennis, University of Pittsburgh
Department of Black Community Education Research &
Development