Syracuse is facing a lead poisoning crisis of astounding proportions, and it is affecting our children first and foremost. It was time for residents to take action, and our cameras captured it all.

While lead paint was banned from use 40 years ago, Syracuse children are still being poisoned in their own homes at an alarming rate. There is no safe blood lead level in children and once its damage is done, it’s irreversible – damaging brain development and robbing children of the ability to reach their full potential. The LeadSafeCNY funding commitment issued by the Central New York Community Foundation has inspired a passionate surge of action to put a stop to this injustice.

In 2023, we tapped into this new energy to launch our first-ever participatory budgeting project – putting decision-making into the hands of residents. The results were nothing short of breathtaking.

“Voices Rising: Syracuse’s Fight Against Lead Poisoning” is a compelling documentary highlighting the transformative power of community engagement through participatory budgeting to address the injustice of childhood lead poisoning in Syracuse. This film captures the resilience and determination of Syracuse residents as they took collective action to allocate $150,000 to a project that will move the community toward a safer future. While recognizing the need for substantial additional resources, the documentary emphasizes giving the community a voice in shaping their future and driving impactful change.

Save the Date! Join the Central New York Community Foundation for the documentary premiere of “Voices Rising: Syracuse’s Fight Against Lead Poisoning” on September 6, 2024. This premiere event will be hosted at the Everson Museum of Arts Plaza, with more event & registration details to come!

For those unable to attend the in-person premiere event on September 6, we will be offering an online viewing premiere with more details to come!

  • Community Steward: Prudential
  • Community Steward: Pathfinder Bank

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