On the edge of the historic Hawley-Green neighborhood sits a commercial building with a narrow green door and raised garden beds. If not for the bright rainbow flag waving proudly from its front façade and the environmentally-friendly posters posted on its side, your eyes might casually glaze over it while driving down Lodi Street.
This is Syracuse Cultural Workers, a national publishing company and retail store founded in 1982. Walk through the door with the sign overhead that reads “Tools for Change” and you’ll be greeted with progressive paraphernalia and products- from feminist artwork hanging on the walls to pins and buttons with messages like “Protect kids, Not guns” and “Drones R Terrorism” tacked on cardboard.
For 36 years, this business has been educating people about human rights and social justice issues and encouraging activist work through the visual materials they sell.
And despite going through several economic struggles, Syracuse Cultural Workers is still sailing on, especially with the rise in civic engagement and activism across the nation in the last two years.
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