CNY Solidarity Coalition

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CNY Solidarity Action Alerts (Week of Feb 27)

Monday (Feb. 27): Multiple options today, including social media, in-person, and phone-calling actions (one of which starts in just a few minutes!)


  1. This morning at 10am, U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY 24th) will join The Auburn Citizen’s Robert Harding for a Facebook Live interview. The interview will be streamed on The Citizen’s Facebook page, If you’re reading this before 10am, the Citizen invites readers to submit questions for the congressman prior to the live interview. To submit a question, send an email
  1. CNY Solidarity’s state legislative action team has arranged a meeting with State Senator Dave Valesky on Mon. 2/27 at the Center for Peace & Social Justice, 2013 E. Genesee St.  We will meet in advance about the agenda at 1 PM.  The meeting with Valesky will start at 1:30 PM.  RSVP and for more information: Jonah Minkoff-Zern jzern@citizen.orgor Paul Weichselbaum
  1. Jose Coyote Perez, a member of the Workers Center of Central New York (one of CNY Solidarity’s founding member organizations) has been detained by ICE. We are getting more details, but please call the ICE Buffalo Field Office at (716) 843-7600. More details here, including a petition urging Mr. Perez’s release.
  1. Call Rep. Katko and urge him to co-sponsor Rep. Nadler’s resolution of inquiry to require investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia (H.Res. 111). Tomorrow morning, the House Judiciary Committee will vote on this resolution, which would require Attorney General Jeff Sessions to release documents related to corruption by Trump or his cronies, including ties to foreign governments. This is not a partisan issue; it’s about the integrity of the Oval Office and of our democracy. Yet, only 67 MoCs have co-sponsored. More details here. Katko’s numbers are 315-423-5657 (Syracuse), 315-253-4068 (Auburn), or 202-225-3701 (DC).
  1. At 4:30pm, the Syracuse City School District Board of Education will hold a Public Budget Hearing at 725 Harrison Street in Syracuse. If you live in Syracuse, please consider attending and urging the Board to support universal bus passes for Syracuse students. Please contact Joyce at JSuslovic@scsd.uswith any questions.
  1. CNY Solidarity’s door-knocking committee will meet at 7:30pm at the Center for Peace and Social Justice, 2013 East Genesee Street. The committee is planning our first door-to-door canvassing effort, scheduled for March 4.

Tuesday (Feb. 28): multiple actions today, in-person and phone-calling

  1. Syracuse Mayor Miner has been hosting “Resist Trump Tuesday” rallies on Tuesdays from 12-1pm in Perseverance Park in downtown Syracuse. This week’s event will focus on immigration and feature speakers from the Workers Center of CNY, which is one of CNY Solidarity’s founding member organizations.
  1. The Senate is scheduled to vote today on the nomination of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to be Secretary of Energy. Perry called for abolition of the department—then famously forgot which department it was—when he ran for President in 2012. Please call the offices of Senators Schumer (202-224-6542, 315-423-5471) and Gillibrand (202-224-4451, 315-448-0470), urge them to oppose Perry’s nomination, and thank them if they pledge to do so.
  1. Call Rep. Katko and ask if he will support a congressional request for the Treasury Department to turn over Trump’s tax returns. The numbers are 315-423-5657 (Syracuse), 315-253-4068 (Auburn), or 202-225-3701(DC). If his staff refuse to give a direct answer (or if you reach the office’s voicemail), please urge Rep. Katko to support this request, leave your name and number, and ask for a callback with his position. Trump is the only president in our modern history not to release his tax returns, and Congress has power to obtain them. More details here.
  1. Support local activists charged with resisting the lethal and illegal use of MQ9 Reaper drones over Afghanistan and elsewhere. Five members of the Upstate Drone Action coalition face charges of obstructing governmental administration (max sentence of 1-year), trespass, and disorderly conduct. They will face a jury at 5pm on Tuesday, 2/28. The five were arrested for participating in a nonviolent protest at Hancock Air Base on 3/19/15, the 12th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The trial takes place in Dewitt Town Court, at 5400 Butternut Drive, East Syracuse. Supporters are welcome. Please contact Ed Kinane at 315-478-4571 with any questions.
  1. CNY Solidarity’s community outreach and defense committee meets Tuesday, 2/28, at 7pm on the 2nd floor of the Center for Peace and Social Justice. Newcomers are welcome. Please contact Maureen with any questions.

Wednesday (Mar. 1)

  1. Volunteer in support of Elizabeth Warren’s Conflicts of Interest bill (S.65) at 1pm at Public Citizen’s office at the Center for Peace and Social Justice, 2013 East Genesee Street. We need help calling constituents in key states and finding folks to write op-eds around the country. If you can’t make it in person, please call 1-866-985-2543to thank Senators Schumer and Gillibrand for co-sponsoring Senator Elizabeth Warren’sPresidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017 (S. 65) and ask Senator Schumer to help us get the remaining 22 members of his Caucus to sponsor. Also, call Rep. Katko at 202.225.3701 and ask him to join 123 of his colleagues in co-sponsoring H.R. 371 (the House version of the bill). For more details, email Jonah at
  1. From 6:30-8 pm, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) will host a framing session on Electronic Communications and Privacy, location TBD. This is one of a number of sessions NYCLU is hosting as part of the lead-up to a statewide day of action in Albany on March 13. For more info:

Thursday (Mar. 2): 2 actions (1 phone-calling, 1 in-person)

  1. Please call Senator Schumer (202-224-6542, 315-423-5471), Senator Gillibrand (202-224-4451, 315-448-0470), and Rep. Katko (315-423-5657, 315-253-4068, or 202-225-3701) and urge them to co-sponsor theRestricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act. The bill number is S200 in the Senate and HR669 in the House. This legislation would prohibit the President from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress. The crucial issue of nuclear “first use” is more urgent than ever now that President Donald Trump has the power to launch a nuclear war at a moment’s notice. More details here.
  1. State Assembly member Bill Magnarelli has “community information nights” on Thursdays from 6:30-8pm. Tonight’s event is at the Cecile Center, 174 W. Seneca Turnpike.

Friday (Mar. 3)

  1. CNY Solidarity’s legislative action team has arranged a meeting with Joe Nehme, Regional Director of Senator Schumer’s office, at Noon. We will meet to plan the agenda at 11:30 AM.  The meeting will take place at the Center for Peace and Social Justice at 2013 East Genesee Street on the top floor. RSVP and for more information: Jonah jzern@citizen.organd Carol
  1. From 6:30-8 pm, NYCLU will host a framing session on Police Transparency and Pubic Defense Reform, location TBD. This is one of a number of sessions NYCLU is hosting as part of the lead-up to a statewide day of action in Albany on March 13. For more info:

Saturday (Mar. 4): 2 in-person actions (do them both if you can!)

  1. If you’re opposed to the Trump/DeVos agenda on public education, please join us for a People’s March for Education Justice, 12-1 pm, Hanover Square, E. Water & S. Warren, in Syracuse. More details here.
  1. CNY Solidarity’s door-knocking campaign is planning a pilot run of the canvasing effort on Saturday, March 4 from 1-4:30pm, location TBD.

Sunday (Mar. 5): CNY Solidarity Coalition meeting, 3-5pm, All Saints/Bishop Harrison Center, 1342 Lancaster Ave. in Syracuse. We’ll start with a 60-min. full-coalition meeting, then divide into breakout groups.

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