CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Alerts – Week of Dec 4th

CNY Solidarity members and supporters:
Please find below the weekly ACTION ALERTS from our legislative action team. Highlights this week are four different actions targeting the #TrumpTaxScam: letter writing today: on Tuesday, both an out of town protest in our nation’s capital and a Tax Talk Town Hall Meeting with Mayor Miner; and a rally at Katko’’s office on Wednesday.

Monday (Dec 4)

2 actions today:  write letters to editors about Katko’s vote on tax scam, and CNY Solidarity meeting tonight at Southwest Community Center.

Let’s keep pressure on Katko to do the right thing on Tax Reform/Tax scam.  

We encourage everyone to write letters to the editor on the tax scam demanding that Katko vote NO when the tax bill comes back for reconciliation conference. There are resources at, including this page of sample letters and submit to:

Syracuse Post Standard

Auburn Citizen              

Times of Wayne County and

Oswego County Today  


CNY Solidarity Coalition Meeting: From Concentrated Poverty to Economic Justice.

Mon., Dec. 4, 7-8:30pm, Southwest Community Center, 401 South Ave., Syracuse.

We’ll begin the meeting with some brief Coalition business items and then spend the bulk of the meeting looking at what’s happening to address the deplorable poverty rate in Syracuse, particularly for People of Color, and how the Coalition might join in these important efforts.

Panelists will include Sharon Owens, CEO of Southwest Community Connections, Ocesa Keaton, Executive Director of Greater Syracuse HOPE and community activist Deka Dancil.  Members of the Syracuse Common Council have been invited to participate in the conversation.


7:00     Coalition Business Items

7:15     Panel Discussion on Addressing Poverty
Panelists: Sharon Owens, Southwest Community Center; Deka Dancil (community activist), also invited Ocesa Keaton (Greater Syracuse HOPE)

7:35     Small group discussions (4 or 5 people) ideas for what else might be helpful or what they might be able to contribute.

7:45     Large group discussion and questions

8:15     Common Councilor thoughts/reflections (10 minutes)

8:25     Closing


Tuesday (Dec 5)

4 events today: Two out-of-town rallies, plus a Tax Talk Town Hall with Mayor Stephanie Miner, and Onondaga County Legislature meeting. 

Clean Dream Act 2017 National Mobilization

Dec. 5-6: On 12/6, the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is mobilizing hundreds of members and partners from across NYS to Washington DC. We will join with our national partners to rally and fight for NY DREAMers and TPS recipients. Click on THIS LINK to reserve a bus seat!

This is an overnight trip:

  • Leaves Syracuse on 12/5 at 4:30pm.
  • Rally 12/6 in District of Columbia
  • Return buses depart DC on 12/6, 4-5 pm

Stop the Trump Tax Scam, join the National Protest at the Capital

December 5 — Leaves Binghamton 5:30 am, return Midnight

Host Housing Available for Monday Night & Tues Night in Binghamton

If you would be willing to do Civil Disobedience

and possibly be arrested -please let us know

Free Bus to – the Washington DC Protest

Citizen Action Office 477 State St Binghamton

Sign up Today:


Tax Talk Town Hall

6:00 pm., Syracuse City Hall, 3rd Floor, Common Council Chambers

Mayor Stephanie A. Miner will host a Tax Talk Town Hall giving members of the public an opportunity to address her and other local leaders with concerns about the proposed tax bill currently being debated by Congress. The Town Hall will take place on Tuesday, December 5 at 6:00 pm in the Common Council Chambers at Syracuse city hall, 233 East Washington Street in Syracuse. Mayor Miner has extended invitations to local, state, and federal officials to attend this event. This town hall will give officials the opportunity to listen to their constituents and hear concerns about how federal efforts to change the tax code will impact their lives.


Bond resolution to fund last segment of the “Loop the Lake” trail on Murphy’s Island

1:00 pm.  Onondaga County Legislature, County Court House Room 407.

Bond issue is on the agenda of this monthly meeting. Especially for those of you who enjoy the bald eagles that often spend the winter months roosting in the trees along Murphy’s island and object to the trail being built there because of the belief the eagles will be disturbed, leave, and not return. I encourage you, and anyone you know that might be interested in standing up for the eagles to attend.


Wednesday (Dec 6)

2 actions today:  Rally at Katko’’s Office in Syracuse, and another rally for Renewable Heat in Albany

Rally Against Trump Tax Scam

12:00 noon at Katko’s Office, 440 South Warren St., Syracuse

Rally with the chicken.


Rally for Renewable Heat

12:00 pm, New York State Capitol Building, Million Dollar Staircase

Renewable Heat Now! rally in Albany. More details  here   and carpool sign-up here.


Thursday (Dec 7)

No Actions (until further notice)


Friday (Dec 8)

No Actions (until further notice)


 Saturday (Dec 9)

3 events today:  two rallies – Net Neutrality at federal building and Easy Election NY in Albany – then 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence event in the evening

Rally to Save the Internet

12-1 pm.   James Hanley Federal Building

Tell the FCC to keep the internet free and accessible for all! The FCC is moving forward to repeal net neutrality. They are scheduled to vote on this issue December 14th. The basic principle of net neutrality is that access to all websites and web services should be treated equally- that anyone can start their own website and make it available to anyone with internet access. What the FCC wants to do is empower broadband service providers to potentially distort the online marketplace and set up a pay for play system. This will damage our economy while reducing innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity.
Please join us to demand the FCC keep the internet free and accessible for all.


Easy Elections NY Statewide Campaign Kick off

11am – 5 pm, First Presbyterian Church of Albany, 362 State St, Albany, NY 12210

Ever felt like you’re running an obstacle course to vote in New York State? You’re not alone!

New York State’s complicated voting rules make it much less likely that people will get to the polls, so it’s no surprise that voter participation in New York consistently ranks as one of the lowest in the country.

We’re ready for a change and we know you are too!

Activists, advocates, community leaders and members of all backgrounds who are interested in reforming New York’s voting laws are invited to attend this statewide gathering to discuss how a strategy for 2018 to win reforms that will give more New Yorkers the freedom to vote.

Together we can achieve a greater, more inclusive democracy for New York!

Sponsored by the Easy Elections NY Coalition, Common Cause, Public Citizen, Citizen Action, SEIU32BJ, NYPAN, UAW Region 9A, MPower Change, Interfaith Impact of NYS, Brooklyn Voter Alliance, 2 Hours A Week, and more.

16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence   

2-5 pm, Funk ‘n Waffles.  This year, the Near East Foundation, Planned Parenthood, Vera House and New Feminists for Justice have joined together to observe the international campaign 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence.    

 This year, the Near East Foundation, Planned Parenthood, Vera House and New Feminists for Justice have joined together to honor this campaign against Gender-based Violence, observing the international campaign 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence.    

Each year, the international campaign, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, is held in communities around the world. Starting on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) and ending on Human Rights Day (10 December), this campaign presents an opportunity to raise awareness of gender-based violence and advocate for positive change at local, national and international levels.

Please see this 2017 publication of Rutgers University and the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, which reveals a clear gap in public awareness of this campaign in the U.S. and highlights the need to boost awareness, in particular, in/around college campuses.

 $5 cover and donations will be accepted at the door to help each of the coordinating organizations continue to fight against GBV.

Brownskin Band, Tanksley and Signature Soul will be performing at the event, and Funk ‘n Waffles is generously hosting the event free of charge. Anyone (including children) is welcome to attend. Please join us!


Sunday (Dec 10)

One event today

Program of Speakers in Honor of International Human Rights Day

4:00-6:00 pm.  All Saints Church, 1340 Lancaster Ave., Syracuse

Featured speakers include: Professor Paula C. Johnson, SU Law School; Bruce Sexton, Advocate for People with Disabilities; Abdul Saboor, Refugee Representative and Advocate

For further information, contact Barrie Gewanter, Onondaga County Human Rights Commission 315-435-3565


Save the date for these upcoming events:

Sun., Dec. 17, 3-6pm: CNY Solidarity Coalition meeting and potluck, Bishop Harrison Center.

Committee Breakouts: 3-4 PM

Full Coalition Meeting, including Coordinating Committee Election: 4-5:15 PM

Potluck Dinner: 5:15 PM

Sat., Jan. 20: Women’s March Anniversary action in the works for Seneca Falls, and possibly Syracuse and elsewhere.

CNY Solidarity Coalition meetings:

Sunday, Jan. 14, 3-5 pm   Location TBD

Sunday, Jan, 28, 3-5 pm       “           “

Sunday, Feb. 11, 3-5 pm      “           “

Sunday, Feb. 25, 3-5 pm      “           “


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In solidarity,


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