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2018 People’s Peace Award Recipient Joe Heath, Esq. To speak About His Life and Work for Justice
Wednesday November 28 7-8pm
Grace Episcopal Church, 819 Madison
Each year, at the Winter Solstice Concert (December 15), the Syracuse Community Choir honors people who have done extraordinary work for peace and justice. We are pleased to announce this year’s awardee, Joe Heath. As the general counsel for the Onondaga Nation since 1982, he centered on environmental protection, particularly under the Clean Water Act focusing on Onondaga Lake and Onondaga Creek and the Land Rights Action.
He also represented the Onondaga people for archeological site and unmarked burial site protection, Native American Graves Protection, Repatriation Act litigation, Indian Child Welfare Act litigation, hunting and fishing rights, treaty rights, and more. He worked extensively against fracking, including speaking to landowners in more than 40 towns, doing research and lobbying. As a student in law school, he was one of four representing the class action against New York State for the 1971 Attica prison uprising, and spend a great deal of his career working for the Attica Brothers until the case was settled in 2000. He also has worked with constitutional law and protection of free speech and assembly, protection of abused and neglected children, and fighting domestic violence. Joe is also an active member of Veterans for Peace and is a kind and good man.