Syracuse Ice Cream Social – A Success!!!


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May 23, 2010 – Over a hundred people came out on a beautiful Sunday afternoon to eat ice cream with us and learn about MILK NOT JAILS. Brief presentations were made by MILK NOT JAILS organizers, local food activists and members of FREE! (Families Rally for Emancipation & Empowerment). Attendees socialized, signed petitions to reduce NY State’s prison system, wrote letters to elected officials and filled out surveys that were placed on the wall. People were also encouraged to take photos in our ice cream sundae photo booth!

The event took places as part of the Great Central Depot in the Open City Project, a community arts project looking at Syracuse’s role in the anti-slavery movement of the mid-19th Century. The project uses public art and events to dialogue about what being an “open city” means today.

The event successfully kicked off the MILK NOT JAILS campaign in the Syracuse area. MILK NOT JAILS is working now to organize ice cream socials in July and August across New York State. In the fall, the campaign will return to Syracuse and other ice cream social sites to start local chapters and build the marketing campaign and political demands of the project.

Interested in having an ice cream social in your area? Contact us! We are looking to host ice cream socials in NYC, Albany and the Hudson Valley in July. We will be organizing ice cream socials in Western and Northern NY in August. Please contact us at and let us know your availability!


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