CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Outreach Events – April 24 – May 1


Free Marcial! Stop ICE from separating New York families

Tuesday April 24th 11:15 AM 100 S. Clinton St (Federal Bldg, 3rd Floor) Syracuse

On April 18, 2018 in Rome NY, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents seized Marcial deLeon Aguilar by force in his employer’s dairy barn in front of his two oldest children, ages 6 and 8 while they were waiting for the school bus. This warrantless intrusion and detention occurred while Marcial’s wife Virginia, who is 7 months pregnant, was at a medical appointment. The violent arrest left Marcial’s four children alone and traumatized.

For years, Upstate New York immigrants have faced incredible isolation, discrimination and criminalization. Despite this constant risk they continue to be a vital part of our communities and fulfill a crucial role in the New YorkState dairy industry. Marcial’s work is vital to his family, his employer and his community. Marcial is not a flight risk and must be released on bail. Join
the Workers Center of CNY and the Syracuse Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network and show support for Marcial at his Federal Court bail hearing.

You must bring an identification to enter the building

** If you prefer, you are encouraged to be outside with signs of solidarity and support for Marcial and all the immigrant families affected by the federal government inhumane immigration system.


Sign the online petition!

Please donate to Support Marcial and Virginia’s Family!


Protest Maxwell Hosting Israeli Ambassador

Tuesday April 24th 11:30 AM – 2 PM Eggers/Maxwell Hall (Maxwell School/SU)

Join us on Tuesday in front of Eggers Hall to protest Maxwell hosting the Israeli Consul General to the UN. The Israeli Occupation of Palestinian land is a blatant and continuous attack on the Palestinian People, their land and their right to self-determination.

It is abhorrent that our University is hosting Dayan at a time when the Israeli military is shooting at unarmed civilians protesting peacefully at the Gaza border. These attacks have resulted in the death of at least 30 Palestinians, and in injuries to thousands more.

We protest against the University’s policies of defending Zionist Neocolonialism, and stand united against the harassment of the pro-Palestinian activists in our student community and the rest of the Syracuse community.




Unite for Tenant Rights! March and Rally by Syracuse Tenants United

Tuesday, April 24th 2:30 PM meet at 2013 E Genesee Street Syracuse


Syracuse Tenants United is following up on a direct action and demand letter delivery for tenants in the East Genesee/East Fayette area who have been victimized and mistreated by an unscrupulous landlord. Previously, our collective action against this property owner has been successful, resulting in voided leases and reimbursement. Still the fight continues as more tenants experience dangerous and unclean conditions. We ask that you join us as we follow up for safe housing and decent living conditions.

Please email Syracuse Tenants United at for more information. Also, finds us on Facebook and Twitter @SyracuseTenants



Syracuse Peace Council’s Street Heat

Tuesday April 24th 4:15 PM – 5 PM corner of Adams and Almond Sts. (Rt. 81 underpass)

Saturday April 28th 9 AM – 9 :45 AM by Regional Market Main Entrance

Tuesday May 1st 4:15 – 5 PM  Hancock Airbase, opposite main gate, 6000 E. Molloy Rd


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 drone in Afghanistan and probably elsewhere. 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 or bring your own progressive signs. Contact for questions (315) 478-4571



Campaign for New York Health Organizing Meeting
Tuesday April 24 at 5:30pm
2013 E. Genesee St.  

Syracuse, NY 13210

Please RSVP to let us know you can be there!



Syracuse Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network Bi-weekly Meeting

Tuesday April 24th 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM at 2013 E Genesee Street, Syracuse

Bi-weekly meeting. Anyone interested in joining is welcome. We will be meeting in the common area on the second floor. Wheelchair accessible. Please do not wear any fragrances. Spanish translation can be provided.


Syracuse Police Chief Search: Community Input Sessions

Wednesday April 25th at SW Community Center

Monday April 30th at CNY Philanthropy

We encourage everyone to attend a Community Input Session to voice their concerns.

We also encourage everyone to take the Community Input Survey at

The Syracuse Police Accountability and Reform Coalition-SPAARC is a coalition of groups organizing around the need to hold SPD officers accountable and break the school-to-prison pipeline in Syracuse City Schools. Like and follow SPAARC on facebook.

 Here are suggestions to consider for your comments from Coran Klaver of the  Syracuse Police Accountability and Reform Coalition-SPAARC

Framing of current problem: Us vs. them thinking within the police force, Paramilitary training and organizational models

Antidote: a police chief who is committed to creating an alternative police culture, a police chief who is committed to a police force that sees itself as serving the public, (rather than seeing the public as a threat)  a police chief who is willing to work with community members to accomplish these goals

Specific policies and issues:

  • De-escalation and cultural competency/racial bias training
  • Revision of SPD use of force policy
  • Police accountability

– Any candidate must have demonstrated an ability to cooperate with the Citizens Review Board

  • Transparency—a willingness to be open with the public about training, officer misconduct, and so forth

*All of these issue affect not just adults but also children in schools—SROs in schools 

Farha Ternikar: Pakistani immigrants and intersectionality

Wednesday April 25th 5 PM – 7 PM 520 White Hall (Falk College) SU Campus Syracuse

On Wednesday, April 25, the South Asia Center is pleased to host associate professor, Farha Ternikar.

Her talk will explore the role of food in identity maintenance for Pakistani and Indian Muslim immigrant women. Food can be used to reinforce and challenge hegemonic notions of collective identity. Through food, “Desi” women are able to maintain an imagined “authentic” ethnic, and often Muslim identity, but also renegotiate a gendered ideal of womanhood in the diaspora Based on in-depth interviews in Chicago, this project expands intersectionality and adds religion as an important framework for understanding consumption.

This event will take place at SU – from 5-7pm. We hope to see you there!

Cruel April 2018 welcomes Safia Elhillo

Thursday April 26th 6 PM – 8 PM The Point of Contact Gallery 350 W Fayette St, Syr

Point of Contact’s annual poetry reading series CRUEL APRIL welcomes Safia Elhillo for the season finale on THURSDAY, APRIL 26. Elhillo will present her new work featured in the 2018 edition of Corresponding Voices, Vol.11, published by Point of Contact, edited by Jules Gibbs, Tere Paniagua and Kathy Everly.

Reading will be followed by an intimate reception with the poet.
Free Parking available on the SU lot, corner of West and W Feyette.

Safia Elhillo is the author of The January Children (University of Nebraska Press, 2017). Sudanese by way of Washington, DC, she received a BA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and an MFA in poetry at the New School. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Conversation, Crescendo Literary, and The Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Incubator. In addition to appearing in several journals and anthologies including “The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop,” her work has been translated into Arabic, Japanese, Estonian, and Greek. With Fatimah Asghar, she is co-editor of the anthology “Halal If You Hear Me.” She is currently a teaching artist with Split This Rock.

This program is possible thanks to the support of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Coalition of Museum and Art Centers (CMAC) at Syracuse University, the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), CNY Arts and SU’s Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics.

Thugocracy: The Russian Mafia and the Trump Presidency

Thursday, April 26, 6:30 p.m., at Cayuga Community College, Student Lounge, 97 Franklin Street,Auburn; Sponsored by Indivisible Cayuga

Nancy Ries, Prof., Colgate Univ., will explain how the collapse of the Soviet Union gave rise to a global kleptocracy that helped bring Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump to power. With three decades of research in Russia, work on the Russian mafia, Dr. Ries will provide a roadmap for understanding conspiratorial networks that arose after the fall of communism. What tools do democratic societies have to counteract the impacts of gangster-style politics.


Workers’ Memorial Day 2018 CNY Unity Breakfast

Friday April 27th 8AM – 10 AM Holiday Inn Syracuse-Liverpool 441 Electronics Pkwy

Workers’ Memorial Day is observed around the world to remember those who have died on the job and to renew our commitment to workers’ health and safety.
Workers’ Memorial Day 2018


Solidarity with the Gaza  #GreatReturnMarch

Friday April 27th 4 PM corner of Erie Blvd and East Genesee St, Syracuse

On March 30, 30,000 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip began six weeks of sit-ins and demonstrations to demand their internationally recognized right of return to the villages they were displaced from in 1948, which lie just a few miles away, totally inaccessible to the residents of the besieged coastal enclave.

The Palestinians participating in the Great Return March are continuing to march — and around the world, people are joining in solidarity actions to show our support for justice for the Palestinian people.

Israel is expecting to act with impunity, as it has so many times in the past. It is past time for us to demand accountability. Join us in the streets every Friday until May 15 — and take a moment to contact our Congresspersons to let them know they must hold Israel accountable for it’s merciless murder of Palestinian demanding their rights: 

Sandwich Saturday if We Eat They Eat Campaign

 Saturday April 28th 10 AM Lincoln Middle School 1613 James St, Syracuse

If you are looking for a fulfilling and life changing experience, come help us serve the homeless community in Syracuse. We will be making lunch sacks, hygiene packages and having meaningful exchanges with our homeless friends. The success of our effort is due in great part to the willingness of community to show compassion to our neighbors who may be going through a rough time. That’s where YOU come in!

Give your Saturday a new meaning and make it a day of service. We Rise Above The Streets will be hosting Sandwich Saturday at Lincoln Middle School, this weekend, April 21st at 10am. Join us! You will be glad you did!

For monetary donations:
Mail or drop off at our office Monday-Friday 9am-2pm, Saturday 9am-1130am
404 Oak St. Ste 111 Syracuse, NY 13203
Click the Donate link on our website page

Healthcare-for-All Canvassing

Saturday April 28th 11AM – 2PM 2617 S Salina St, Syracuse

Outreach in our communities is critical to building the movement to win healthcare for all. On Saturday April 28, the Campaign for New York Health is teaming up with the Syracuse Democratic Socialists of America chapter for door to door canvassing to collect healthcare stories. RSVP to let us know you can attend. We’ll gather at 11am, conducting a canvassing mini-training, knock on doors in pairs and ask residents to share their stories using the Healthcare Access Survey, and reconvene at 2pm to debrief and make plans for future canvassing. Collecting healthcare stories is a priority for the Campaign for New York Health in the coming months — please the local canvassing team on April 28!



The Rape of Recy Taylor – Film Screening and Discussion

Sunday April 29th 2PM – 5PM ArtRage Gallery 505 Hawley Avenue, Syracuse

Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice.

The film exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story. An attempted rape against Parks was but one inspiration for her ongoing work to find justice for countless women like Taylor. The 1955 bus boycott was an end result, not a beginning.

Followed by a discussion with Professor Paula C. Johnson, professor of law at Syracuse University College of Law and Co-Director of the Cold Case Justice Initiative.

Free and Open to the Public.
Presented in collaboration with the NAACP of Syracuse and Onondaga County


Work for Tips? Testify to End Tipped Wage

 Monday April 30th 8:45 AM – 2 PM The Gateway Center 1 Forestry Dr. SUNY-ESF

The TCWC is excited to hear of the NYS Dept of Labor Wage Board Hearings across New York on potentially ELIMINATING the sub-minimum wage for those who work for tips throughout the State.

The proposal would not eliminate tipping itself, rather the tipped wage.

One of the first hearings will be held in Syracuse on Monday, April 30th, at 10 a.m. [A rally and news conference will begin at 8:45 a.m.] The TCWC intends to turn out in force to this hearing, ESPECIALLY with workers who presently receive the tipped minimum wage, as well as with workers who PREVIOUSLY have worked in a tipped profession. Believe us: if we and you don’t testify, industry sure will.


May Day Workers’ Festival!

Tuesday May1st 11:30 AM – 1 PM Perseverance Park 205 South Salina St, Syracuse 

Join us for a celebration of May Day, the International Workers’ Day! We will gather for speakers, music, and food.

Groups of workers are divided and exploited in various ways, but we are all a part of the same struggle. How can we fight back in the workplace to win better working conditions? We can learn from workers of the past and present who have fought and won!
Accessibility info: This event will be in Spanish and English. Unfortunately, this event will not have ASL interpretation. The park is accessible by wheelchair.


Speak up for the New York Health Act at the Onondaga County Legislature!

Tuesday May 1st 1 PM 401 Washington St, Syracuse
On May 1st at 1pm the Onondaga County Legislature will consider a resolution in support of the New York Health Act. We need you there to show your support! A successful vote in Onondaga County endorsing truly universal health care in New York State will help inspire more actions across the state.

This is your opportunity to speak as to why universal health care is so important to YOU. Testimony will be limited to two minutes. RSVP to let us know you can be there and make your voice heard. All are welcome to attend and show support, even if you do not wish to testify. If you plan to speak on May 1st, please arrive at 401 Montgomery St. by 12:45. Please give yourself ample time to find parking downtown and to pass through building security.


If you would like to add your event 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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