ACTS 2016 Spring Banquet, “Transforming Syracuse: Claiming Power to Build an Equitable Community”

For Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse, the date is fast approaching when we can help give ACTS a financial boost by attending its annual fundraising banquet.

The program for this year’s spring banquet, “Transforming Syracuse: Claiming Power to Build an Equitable Community,” includes a keynote speech by a young dynamic local leader, the presentation of social justice awards to three local leaders and the announcement and presentation of a new award for clergy.

The April 19 event at Drumlins Country Club, 800 Nottingham Road, DeWitt, begins with a 6 p.m. social hour followed by dinner and program at 7 p.m., with the evening ending by 9 p.m. Tickets are $65 each, $30 of which is tax deductible, and a table of 10 is $650.

Yusuf Abdul-Qadir

Yusuf Abdul-Qadir

Keynote speaker Yusuf Abdul-Qadir, director of the Central New York chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union, a Syracuse University graduate who has worked locally with the Spanish Action League, Center of Excellence and Islamic Society of CNY.

Before taking his position at the NYCLU, Abdul-Qadir served under the ambassador of the Panamanian Mission to the United Nations as an adviser to the ministers of finance, vice president/foreign minister. On a global level he has managed and created international development projects in Sweden, South Africa, Turkey, the Balkans, Nigeria, Morocco and Egypt.

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The three local leaders receiving Social Justice Awards in recognition of their commitment to bring equity to our community are Mohamed Khater, president of the Islamic Society of CNY; Derrick Dorsey, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Syracuse and Syracuse City School District commissioner of education; and Marsh Weissman, former executive director of the Center for Community Alternatives.

The new award for clergy leadership in social justice will go to the Rev. Dr. Nebraski Carter, pastor of Living Water Church of God in Christ in Syracuse.

It will be named in his honor – Rev. Dr. Nebraski Carter Clergy Leadership Award — for his lifetime of justice work.

ACTS, founded in 2002, is a grassroots, interfaith network of 25 member organizations striving for a more just and fair community that improves the quality of life for all in Onondaga County.

To purchase tickets, please call office manager, Liso Smith at (315) 416-6363. She can also be reached via email at You can also visit their website at for more details.