Posted by: ourvoicestogether | October 31, 2007

What Can be Done about Terrorism?

What Can be Done About Terrorism?A public forum “Building a Safer, More Compassionate World,” was held on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the SUNYIT’s Kunsela Hall.

“What can be done about terrorism?” was the focus of a panel discussion spearheaded by Prof. William C. Banks of the Maxwell School of Public Policy at Syracuse University, an expert in constitutional law, national security law, and counterterrorism. Panelists include Beverly Quist, Professor of Sociology/Criminal Justice at MVCC, Cynthia Banas, a peace activist who has traveled and lived in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as Peter Vogelaar, Executive Director of the Mohawk Valley Center for Refugees.

We ended up having a great evening! We had about 81 participants and an excellent panel. Although our press releases were published, there was no coverage the day after the event. I am writing a letter to the editor and our League members as well as some audience participants have agreed to do the same with their local affiliates. The fact that the press did not show up led to a discussion during our forum around the important role the media should be playing (but in fact has not) to promote the community dialogues like ours to move policy-makers and candidates alike to be more responsive and call all of us to action. We did have several questions from the audience with the panel interacting and responding on them. We did in fact show the Our Voices Together DVD as part of the evening.

— Donna Gillette, Co-President, Utica/Rome Metro Area League of Women Voters

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