Andy Mager is Sales Manager for Syracuse Cultural Workers.
Syracuse Common Council Candidates Forum
Andy Mager was listed as the contact for the Syracuse Common Council Candidates Forum held on June 26 2017 by the CNY Solidarity Coalition. Other organizers included the National Action Network(NAN), the Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse (ACTS), and Parents for Public Schools (PPS).
CNY Solidarity Coalition Coordinating Committee
Members of the CNY Solidarity Coalition Coordinating Committee (July 1, 2017 – Jan 31, 2018), included Andy Mager .
Praise for Cindy Squillace
Beneficiaries of white privilege must speak out against racism
Andy Mager signed a letter titled Beneficiaries of white privilege must speak out against racism, which was published by Syracuse.com on October 4, 2016.
- "To the Editor:
- "This letter is from people who benefit from white privilege in Syracuse and Central New York. We are strongly opposed to the pervasive white supremacy and racism in our society that allow the commonplace murders of African-American men, women and children by police officers. "Serve and protect" has too often become "intimidate and shoot." Overwhelmingly, people of color in the U.S. fear and mistrust police and a judicial system that is stacked against them.
- "The commercial media frequently suggests that it is only people of color who oppose these injustices. We want to make it absolutely clear that the undersigned and millions of other white Americans stand with the Black Lives Matter movement and protest-actions by others in Central New York and across the United States.
- "We specifically support the recent protests by athletes at Nottingham and Jamesville-DeWitt high schools. Acting against injustice is always difficult, and these young people are to be applauded for representing the values our country is supposed to stand for.
- "We urge white people to step outside the comfort of white privilege and, for example, try to imagine how it feels to be a parent explaining to your 10-year old son the special police rules he must understand and follow if he is to survive.
- "Keith L. Scott was murdered Sept. 20, 2016 in Charlotte N.C., while waiting to pick up his child at a bus stop. A few days earlier, a man with his hands raised was murdered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and a few days before that, a teenager carrying a BB gun was murdered in Columbus, Ohio. All were African-Americans, all were murdered by police.
- "This epidemic of "legal" killings reflects a resurgence of white supremacist attitudes that must be addressed by all fair-minded white people. We urge you to speak and act against racism in your daily lives.
- "We want justice now!
Communist youth festival
The National Preparatory Committee for the 12th World Festival of Youth and Students met in New York on March 2 and March 23 1985.
The meetings of representatives of the area preparatory committees and participating national organizations reflected the tremendous growth of the Festival movement over the month. Three hundred endorsements' have, now peen gathered by the more than 40 area' preparatory committees. The APCs have nearly tripled in number since late January.
Brenda Davenport, youth coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; Greg Moore, president of the U.S Student Association; Philip Oke of the UN Office of the Christian Peace Conference, Sharon Burgess of District 65 ~ New Jersey Region, United Auto Workers; and Bernice A. King; of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Non-Violent Change were among those that attended the latest meeting, Ms. King is the daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr..
The NPC meetings called for stepping up the pace of the festival movement and agreed that the April 20 demonstration for peace. jobs and justice in Washington D,C. was a key part of the work. Many area committees reported renting buses and signing youth up to go.
At the March 2 meeting, Ethel Lobman of Local 3882 of the American Federation of Teachers said, "It is our duty to bring together all those who suffer from Reagan's policies to protest" Ms. Lobman' was also a delegate to the New York Central Labor Council and án activist in the labor outreach committee of the New York coalition building April 20th.
- There wil be 250 delegates to the festival and 300 "special participants" who will attend the festival in Moscow for four days, then travel to other parts of the USSR for an additional ten days. It was agreed that 100 of the 250 delegates would be picked from a national "pool" in order to ensure the most representative delegation possible.
Five co-chairs were elected at the meeting including Brenda Davenport of SCLC: Julian Epstein, aide to Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.); Andy Mager, the first New York draft registration resister to be imprisoned; James Steele, national chairman of the Young Communist League; and Sue Wray, president of the Student Association of the State University of New York. Two slots were left open for representatives from the trade union and Latino communities.
Andy Mager was arrested in 1984 for resisting the New York draft registration requirement. He was also arrested in anti-nuclear protests at Griffiss Air Force Base.
- Syracuse Common Council Candidates Forum, accessed June 25 2017
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- Beneficiaries of white privilege must speak out against racism, accessed June 25 2017
- Dynamic, newspaper of the Young Communist League, April 1985
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