CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Outreach & Defense Alerts: 3/5


Join local organizing efforts to:

  • break the chains of cash bail and speed up due process
  • build true sanctuary for immigrants, clean up the heavy metals seizing the city’s children
  • claim space for LGBTQ+ people of color in the city
  • confront the local, droning face of empire
  • honor indigenous people and set the record straight on U.S. genocide
  • celebrate the power of solidarity when women strike across borders
  • and support the arts that renew us, body and soul.

Come, listen, and join the emerging chorus demanding justice!

Maureen Curtin and Marianna Kaufman


First, we highlight the efforts of BlackCuse Pride. BlackCuse Pride is committed to creating a point of cohesion for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Two Spirit, gender non-conforming, queer and questioning people of color communities of Syracuse, NY. Please like and follow BlackCuse Pride on facebook and help support this important work by donating on YouCaring

BlackCuse Pride is passionate about uplifting LGBTQ+ people of color in this city. Please put your money where your heart is and support us!


Guilty Until Proven Innocent: New York’s Injustice System hosted by NAACP

Monday March 5th 5:30 PM – 8PM 401 South Avenue, Syracuse

On any given day, 25,000 New Yorkers are held in county jails across our state, where human rights violations, racial disparities, violence, and medical neglect are commonplace. Our jails are unjust, unsafe and inhumane. Despite a steady decrease in crime, many county jails have grown – some even doubling in size.
Join us for a criminal justice forum to:
– Discuss the injustices of bail and the court system
– Hear from community leaders who have been directly impacted by our broken bail, speedy trial, and discovery laws
– Learn what you can do to demand change.
Dinner + refreshments provided at 5:30pm. Main program 6-8pm. 


Street Heat at Hancock Airbase

Tuesday March 6th 4:15 PM to 5 PM at E. Molloy Rd, between Thompson and Townline

The Syracuse area hosts Hancock Air National Guard base where the Guard’s 174th Attack Wing conducts drone assassination and target identification missions using MQ-9 Reaper drones in Afghanistan and probably elsewhere. It has been announced that the numbers of drone operators being trained at Hancock will be doubled.

Syracuse Peace Council’s Street Heat holds a monthly presence outside Hancock Airbase to call for an end to the illegal and immoral killing of human beings by weaponized drones, which are piloted remotely from the base. Join us! Signs provided.


What If Film Series presents: Bag It, Is Your Life Too Plastic?

Wednesday March 7th 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ArtRage Gallery 505 Hawley Ave. Syracuse

Please Join us for the first film of the 2018 Gifford Foundation “What If…” Film Series
Presented in partnership with GreeningUSA, OCRRA and NYSAR3 (New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling)

Free and open to the public. Followed by a community discussion.
Try going a day without plastic. In this touching and often flat-out-funny film, we follow “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world.


International Women’s Day Rally at SU hosted by ISO and XEX

Thursday March 8th 12PM – 1PM steps of Hendricks Chapel, SU campus

A Women’s Strike has been called for March 8th, International Women’s Day (IWD). Let us rally in solidarity with women across the world who have fought for their full liberation throughout history.
Since 1910, IWD has occurred across hundreds of countries each year, often in the form of a strike. It’s purpose is to demonstrate women’s contributions to our society, and how society would shut down without their labor.
This is an ongoing fight for all women. Poor, trans, cis, queer, Native, Black, Latino, Arab, Asian, immigrant, Muslim, and differently-abled women included.
This event will begin at noon in front of Hendricks Chapel. Wear red!


I-81/Community Grid Coalition Meeting

Wednesday March 7th 5:30 PM – 7PM at 500 W. Genesee St. Syracuse

At our first meeting, we had some great conversation with the community and got into Uplift Syracuse’s vision for the Community Grid option of the I-81 project. More discussion and action items will be presented at our next meeting on Wednesday, March 7th.

** Please note: doors will open at 5:30, meeting will start promptly at 6pm. Snacks will provided. **  Hope to see everyone there!


En Chroma/Friends and Patrons Benefit at Point of Contact Gallery

Thursday March 8th at 6PM – 8 PM at 350 W. Fayette Street, Syracuse

Point of Contact requests the pleasure of your company at our exclusive Patrons Benefit
-SOFT WHITE, currently on view at the gallery, ace and light installation works by Andrew Havenhand.
-A live art class hosted by Wine & Paint Time. Create your own piece inspired by the Point of Contact collection.
– A special menu of hors d’oeuvres created by The Stoop Kitchen, paired with wine and champange.
-Live music
-Special book sale, including an array of limited edition archival prints and Point of Contact publications
Proceeds will go to The Pedro Cuperman Memorial Fund, which supports our artists and poets.

Tickets available on


Immigrant Women Creating Sanctuary in Central New York

Thursday March 8th 7PM – 9PM at  2013 E. Genesee St. Syracuse

On International Women’s Day Immigrant women will talk about creating sanctuary in Central NY to keep our families together and how we are organizing for dignity and respect in the workplace and in the community.

The event is free but donations will be accepted for families facing separation due to the unjust and inhumane immigration system.
Everyone is encouraged to donate at these families fundraising campaigns:
Help the family of Rene Mendez Perez
Help the family of Arely Tomas Navarro


Womens Day Pancakc Breakfast to benefit Artrage Gallery

Saturday March 10th 9AM – 12 PM at Bishop Harrison Center 1342 Lancaster Ave. Syr

In honor of International Women’s Day (March 8) ArtRage Gallery is organizing our 3nd annual pancake breakfast at the Bishop Harrison Diocesan Center, next to All Saint’s Church.
$10 -$25 Sliding Scale Donation, Kids under 5 free

Breakfast includes, homemade buttermilk pancakes with real NY maple syrup, turkey and veggie sausage, fruit, coffee, tea and juice. Gluten-free pancakes available!
A fantastic group of men are volunteering to prepare and serve this pancake breakfast!


Syracuse City Schools Forum on Commemorating Indigenous Peoples

Monday March 12th at 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM at Westside Academy 312 Oswego St. Syr

As a first step, the Syracuse city 2017-18 school calendar was changed for the second Monday in October to read: Indigenous Peoples Day / Columbus Day. We are calling on the Syr school board to complete the change and mark it simply as Indigenous Peoples Day and use that change as an opportunity educate our students about indigenous peoples and the true history of the colonization of the Americas.

As part of the school board’s deliberations, they have scheduled a forum on the issue. Please come join us if you can and share the information with others you think would be interested in supporting this important acknowledgement of the original peoples of this land.
There will be an opportunity for people to share their thoughts on this proposed change.


Syracuse Lead Prevention Coalition: March meeting hosted by Uplift

Monday March 12th 6PM – 7:30 PM at 500 W Genesee St, Syracuse

Syracuse has one of the nation’s highest rates of lead exposure for children. Our monthly meetings have brought together concerned citizens, non-profit workers, elected officials, and other community organizers.
This month we will be discussing this complex problem and possible solutions, and discussing the path forward with coalition building. We will be joined by Legal Services CNY, and hear about their efforts canvassing and community outreach.
Please come join us and build the political to create long term, sustainable change.


Speciesism: The Movie hosted by People for Animal Rights CNY and ArtRage Gallery

Monday March 12th 7 PM – 9 PM at ArtRage Gallery 505 Hawley Avenue Syracuse

Presented in partnership with People for Animal Rights of CNY
Free to the Public.

Modern farms are struggling to keep a secret. Most of the animals used for food in the United States are raised in giant, bizarre “factory farms,” hidden deep in remote areas of the countryside. Speciesism: The Movie director Mark Devries set out to investigate. The documentary takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide these factories, flying in airplanes above their toxic “manure lagoons,” and coming face-to-face with their owners.

After watching Speciesism: The Movie, you’ll never look at animals the same way again. Especially humans.


Also, please mark your calendars for the Peace Council Birthday Dinner featuring Barbara Smith on Saturday March 24th 6PM – 9PM at University United Methodist Church Syracuse.


If you would like to add your event, campaign, or fundraiser to the weekly community outreach event calendar please email the information in 100 words or less to by Monday mornings at 9am. 


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