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Alliance of communities transforming Syracuse to gather

The Islamic Society of Central New York, Living Water Church of God in Christ and University United Methodist Church have a common interest on Oct 26; they will meet with public officials and candidates for office to discuss improvement initiatives within their communities.

"The goal of this meeting is to pull the public and politicians together," Pastor Nebraski Carter of Living Water Church said.

The Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse will host this public meeting on Oct.26 at Most Holy Rosary, 100 Roberts Ave. Elected officials and candidates for the 25th congressional district are invited to assemble with ACTS' 24 member organizations.

The Syracuse based coalition, ACTS, is an interfaith multi-racial alliance of communities which works to address political and social concerns of underrepresented communities. Oct. 26, ACTS hopes to draw at least 1,250 people to the meeting, Julio Urrotia Jr., an organizer said.

"We encompass a larger group this year," Urrotia Jr. said. "We want a larger crowd because we want our candidates and officials to take notice."

Nov. 18, ACTS assembled over 800 individuals at their first public interest meeting at Bethany Baptist Church.

"This meeting is to also discuss follow-up on what we've accomplished since our first public meeting a year ago," Wayne Wright, an organizer from Living Water Church said.

Prior to the Nov. 18, 2007 meeting, ACTS met with member Service Employees International Union 1199 and member congregations to elect the dominating concerns of the public. This meeting yielded structuring four taskforces that would meet throughout the year with public officials and address necessary improvements.

"The people chose what issues were important to them. They listened to all the arguments and voted on what they felt needed to be addressed," Andre Kwon, lead organizer said.

The task forces presented council-persons and politicians with proposals within the areas of: Economic Development & Jobs, Youth, Justice, and Health Care.

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