CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Outreach Events – May 1st – 8th

This week, we have a special message and two fundraisers from our friends at the Workers Center, a petition  for school equity and an antiwar fundraiser.

* CNY Solidarity members who are represented by Pamela Hunter are invited to a session at Hunter’s office today Tuesday May 1st at 2:30pm to voice support for Green Light, NY. Contact the Workers Center of CNY for more information (315) 218 5708.

Tamales, Tacos, Empanadas, Tortillas and Salsa! Immigrant Solidarity Fundraiser

Support Marcial and Virginia’s family separated by ICE

Also, please sign this letter in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Jamesville-Dewitt Schools.

You may have seen the World Beyond War billboards in Syracuse! Please consider making a donation here to help support the work to put up more AntiWar Billboards in Washington, DC

Now, on to your calendar…



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.


Syracuse Peace Council’s Street Heat

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

Saturday  9 AM – 9 :45 AM by Regional Market Main Entrance Syracuse

Tuesday May 8th 4:15 – 5 PM   East Genesee St and Erie Blvd East in Dewitt

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


How the Community Grid will improve traffic for you!

Wednesday May 2nd 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM 335 Montgomery St, Syracuse

Join the Moving People Transportation Coalition to learn about how the community grid will improve how we get around the city! Presenters will be using large graphics to display how the community grid changes traffic patterns and will help people move around in more efficient ways.
Doors open at 6:30, program starts at 7. For more information,

School Safety Town Hall Hosted by CNY Central

Thursday May 3rd 7 PM – 9 PM at Liverpool Middle School 720 7th St, Liverpool

Please Register for this event here:
On May 3rd CNY Central is hosting a regional town hall to address SRO’s in the schools and school safety. It will be from 7-9pm at Liverpool High School. Please attend to ensure our voices are heard. Here is the link to the article:


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.

 If attending,  please consider the 5 steps to reduce disparate discipline and criminalization of black and brown students:

  • Eliminate the criminalization of low-level behaviors that pose no public-safety threat to students, teachers, or staff, such as “willful defiance,” dress-code violations, and talking back to teachers. Also, reduce the ability of school personnel to refer student-behavior cases to juvenile court for minor offenses.
  • Eradicate zero-tolerance policies and develop more culturally sustaining and appropriate pedagogies centered on student communication and learning.
  • Create more trauma-sensitive schools and classrooms, which identify the roots of student behavior and provide the appropriate resources for them and families.
  • Ensure that suspensions, expulsions, and arrests can be used only when immediate safety threats exist and no other interventions are available.
  • Provide more sustained training for school personnel and SROs on unconscious bias and racial microaggressions. In some cases, white children and children of color engage in similar types of behavior in schools, yet the responses and punishments can differ notably. Unconscious attitudes and beliefs may explain much of the racial disproportionality of school arrests.


Solidarity with Gaza #GreatReturnMarch

Friday May 4th 4 PM – 5 PM corner of Erie Blvd and East Genesee St, Dewitt

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:


Nonviolent Moral Direct Action Training

Saturday May 5th 10 AM – 5 PM Atonement Lutheran Church 116 W Glen Ave, Syr

Want to learn more about nonviolent direct action? Thinking of participating in the May 14 civil disobedience action being organized by the Poor People’s Campaign in Albany, NY or in followup actions for the campaign?” This is a great opportunity to learn and consider how nonviolent direct action can make your social justice campaigns more powerful and effective.

If you want to come, please formally RSVP at RSVPs to this facebook event will not be formally registered!
Experienced trainers from the Syracuse Peace Council will facilitate the training.

It’s important that participants plan to attend the full training. Format will include small and large group discussion, role-plays and other interactive exercises. We’ll provide a resource packet, coffee and tea, and a simple lunch. Please dress comfortably.
There is no fee to attend the training, but we will collect donations at the event to help cover material and lunch costs.
Please contact 315.472.5478 or if you have questions.

2018 Conference Hope, Healing and the Human Spirit – Stronger Together

Friday May 4th 8am to Saturday May 5th 2 pm Embassy Suites Destiny USA Syracuse

Conference Speakers Include
Cathy Cave – National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health
Al-amin Muhammad- We Rise Above the Streets
Andrew Lunetta – Tiny Homes for Good
Crystal Brandow PhD – community and behavioral health
Suzanne McDonald Tucker – Generation Mindful & Time-in Toolkit
Megan Smith & Alana Russotti – Infant / Early Childhood Mental Health
Leah Russel & Charles Rivers -Peacemakers
Noel Hunter PsyD – clinical psychologist
Jasmin Brandow – Inspired Vision LLC
Kelly Esposito
Jennifer Sauda-Wainman
Amy Doyle – Functional Nutrition
Nicole Semmens – Nurtured Heart Approach (NHA)

*see link for tickets to event

On the Ground with OGs Community Violence Prevention Walk Training

Saturday May 5th 10 AM – 12 PM Hopps Memorial CME Church 1110 S State St, Syr

Free community training to walk with the OGs Against Violence. Community building is the healthiest and most important form of violence prevention we can conceive. After participating in these one of these trainings, community and ACTS members will participate in scheduled walks with Clifford Ryan and other OGs in city neighborhoods.

She-WE-He Conversations on Feminism and Masculinity

Saturday May 5th 2 PM – 6 PM Matilda Joslyn Gage Center 210 E Genesee St Fayetteville

The Gage Girl Ambassadors for Human Rights invite you to their first annual conference featuring Conversations and Dialogues between Men and Women of all ages! Topics include: Gun Control, Sexual Assault, Human Trafficking, The Representation of Women in Media, Gender and Faith, and The Myths and Definitions of Feminism. Marco Solo from Signature Soul’s Eclectic Performance Duo will conduct a workshop, “The Power of Creative Expression and Speaking Ones Truth”, which explores the power of masculine and feminine voices as allies in creating social justice messages. Workshop participants have the option of sharing their spoken word creations with conference participants!

Procession of Neighbors in Solidarity with Refugees

Sunday May 6th 3 PM – 4:30 PM 514 Turtle St, Syracuse

People of all faith communities are invited to join a prayerful procession in solidarity with refugees on Sunday, May 6th, 2018, National Day of Prayer. Along the route, the procession will pause at several faith centers in a gesture of welcome and acceptance. The procession begins at 3:00 pm in front of the Destiny Christian Church (514 Turtle St). The procession will walk through the Northside with brief stops at several faith locations and conclude at Masid Bilal Mosque (466 N. Salina St) at about 4:30 pm. The event takes place rain or shine. A shuttle will be available. For more details visit:

Rally in Solidarity with Dolores!

Tuesday May 8th 8AM – 11AM Buffalo Federal Detention Facility 4250 Federal Dr Batavia

We rally again to support Dolores! Her previous trial date at the Federal Detention Center was rescheduled last December for this May. We continue to stand in solidarity with Dolores and hope that at this trial date a request for asylum will be granted to her.
After fleeing abuse in Mexico, Dolores settled in Wayne County with her young daughter as a single Mom more than 13 years ago. As a valued worker on an apple farm, a community leader of farmworker women, worker rights advocate and active Board member of two organizations, Dolores deserves to stay in Wayne County with her young daughter where she has made her home. She has represented farmworker women and testified at conferences in the US including at Harvard and Washington, DC, helps her fellow farmworkers in need, and contributes to her community. In 2014, when Dolores was stopped for a minor traffic violation, State Police turned her over to immigration authorities and she was placed in deportation proceedings.

Stand in solidarity with Dolores!
Keep families together! Stop deportations now!

*For those departing from Syracuse, join a group leaving from the Workers Center of CNY at 5:45 AM*

Syracuse Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network Bi-weekly meeting

Tuesday May 8th 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM 2013 E Genesee St, 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.

And please save the date:

Plant-based Nutrition and Evolving Medical Paradigms by Ted Barnett, MD

Wednesday May 9th 7 PM Onondaga Free Library 4840 W Seneca Turnpike

Community Togetherness Fundraiser hosted by Teen Outreach Progran

Saturday May 12th 12 PM – 2 PM Boys and Girls Club 212 Van Buren Street Syracuse

Greenlight NY Mobilization to Albany Drivers Licenses NOW!

Monday May 14th 11 AM – 1 PM Albany State Capitol


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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