CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Outreach Event Calendar – Sept 25 – Oct 2



Syracuse Peace Council’s Street Heat

Tuesday Sept 25th 4:15 – 5 PM Erie Blvd East and E Genesee  St. in Dewitt

Saturday September 29th   9 AM – 9:45 AM by Regional Market Main Entrance Syracuse

Tuesday October 2nd 4:15 PM – 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 twice 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


Why Are We Homeless? A Panel Discussion

Wednesday September 26th 7 PM – 9 PM @ ArtRage Gallery 505 Hawley Ave, Syracuse

As part of ArtRage’s current exhibition, “Invisible People: Portraits of the Homeless by Neil Shigley” ArtRage and In My Father’s Kitchen are hosting this conversation on the root causes of homelessness in our nation and in our community.

Moderator: John Tumino, of In My Father’s Kitchen
Dr. Sunny Aslam (MD in psychiatry and addiction specialist)
Kevin Batsford (formerly homeless individual)
Rose Austin, MSW (Associate Director of Shelter Services for Vera House)

As many as 3.5 million Americans are homeless each year. Of these, more than 1 million are children and on any given night, more than 300,000 children are homeless.


The Case For Abolishing ICE hosted by International Socialist Organization – Syracuse

Wednesday September 26th 7 PM – 8:30 PM @ Hall of Languages 500 Syracuse University

In recent months, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has come under fire for its inhumane treatment of undocumented families. Because of this, the call to “Abolish ICE” has come to prominence. However, some people question whether this is achievable, and even if it’s preferable. Come join local activists, some of whom were arrested for acts of civil disobedience at the ICE office here in Syracuse, for a panel and discussion on the case to abolish ICE altogether.


Reinvest CNY! Campaign Launch!

Thursday September 27th 5 PM – 7 PM @ Erie Canal Museum 318 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse

We are proud to announce the launch of the revolutionary Reinvest CNY! campaign! This groundbreaking initiative of the Reinvestment Alliance seeks to reinvest $5,000,000 of community assets into socially beneficial organizations and companies, and leverage those assets to effect change.

Join us to learn how the Divest. Reinvest. Engage model works, and how everyone in Central New York can participate. You’ll hear from representatives of the Reinvestment Alliance as well as our three partner organizations: Syracuse Cooperative Federal Credit Union, Hansen’s Advisory Services, and the Central New York Community Foundation.

The mission of this campaign is to educate the community on the incredible resources we have right here in Central New York. The Divest. Reinvest. Engage. model will demonstrate that all of us have the power to influence change. All of us already have the tools that we need. This campaign will teach us how to use them and enable us to have maximum social impact both locally and around the world.

This event is free and family friendly! There will be music, food and a cash bar. Spread the word, and come learn how you be a part of the socially responsible finance movement.


16th Annual SU Human Rights Film Festival

Thursday September 27th 6 PM – Saturday Sept 29th  @ Syracuse University

Free and Open to the Public
Free public parking is available in the Lehman, University and Harrison lots on University Avenue after 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, parking is available in Q4 and other open parking lots.

Thursday, September 27

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

SU Human Rights Film Festival Opening Reception (Newhouse 3 lobby)

7:00 PM

The Sentence (Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3)

Friday, September 28

7:00 PM

On Her Shoulders (Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3)

Saturday, September 29

1:00 PM

Call her Ganda (Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building)

4:00 PM

I Dream in Another Language (Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building)

7:00 PM

White Sun (Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building)



Empty Bowls 2018

Friday September 28th 11 AM – 2 PM @ 350 W Fayette St, Syracuse

An Empty Bowls fundraiser to benefit the Interreligious Food Consortium (IFC) will be held on Friday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Nancy Cantor Warehouse, 350 W. Fayette St., Syracuse. For a $20 donation, patrons may choose from hundreds of handcrafted ceramic bowls and enjoy a meal of soup and bread from local restaurants. The event is open to the public.

Empty Bowls is organized by the Shaped Clay Society in the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ School of Art, Clayscapes Pottery and IFC. The IFC is an umbrella agency for more than 70 food pantries and meal sites throughout Onondaga County. It assists each of these programs with donations of food, money and program support and connects people in need of food assistance with appropriate resources.


The 5th Annual A Little Spark Fundraiser

Saturday September 29th 7 PM – 10:30 PM @ Red House Arts Center

We proudly announce our 5th Annual fundraiser for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Thank you to Redhouse Arts Center for hosting us this year.

Never underestimate the power you have to positively impact others. For a person in despair, it can feel impossible to find light at the end of the tunnel. And so we will help how we can, by igniting that light with a little spark.
AFSP raises awareness, funds scientific research, and provides resources for those affected by suicide. This variety show includes special appearances from local musicians (including Gary Carpentier of NBC’s “The Voice”), comedy artists, and Syracuse Improv Collective teams.

Tickets are $20. Thank you for your support!
In order to maximize donations to AFSP, you’ll notice Eventbrite fees in addition to ticket purchases. To purchase tickets, please visit:
Every little bit helps. If you can’t make the show and would love to to make a donation. please visit:


“It’s Never Too Late for Justice”:  CCJI Celebrates 10 Years of Racial and Social Justice Work
Saturday, September 29, 2018  7:30-9:30 pm Syracuse University College of Law

Join the Cold Case Justice Initiative (CCJI) to commemorate over 10 years of seeking justice and accountability for racially motivated killings during the Civil Rights Era.  The celebration will bring together CCJI alums, current student volunteers, victims’ family members, advocates for racial justice, and many others who support CCJI’s efforts, pedagogy, and professional ideals.  Learn about CCJI’s continuing work on cases during the Civil Rights Era and present times, identification of victims of racial violence, and legislative advocacy in helping ensure passage of the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act. Learn what former CCJI volunteers are doing, and learn about current volunteers’ projects.  The awards dinner will pay tribute to CCJI Founding Co-Director Janis L. McDonald, on her emeritus status, and will bestow the Frank Morris Racial Justice, Civil Rights, and Human Rights Award to CCJI alums and other civil and human rights activists and advocates.  The dinner costs $50 general admission/$30 students. You may pay by credit card or by check addressed to Syracuse University, with notation “CCJI Dinner registration.”  Checks can be mailed to Lisa Cummings, CCJI Administrative Assistant, Syracuse University College of Law, 950 Irving Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13244.  Please contact Lisa Cummings for questions at, (315) 443-2158. For CCJI Anniversary dinner registration, go to or  


CNY Solidarity General Coalition Meeting and Committee Breakout Meetings

Sunday September 30th 3 PM – 5 PM @ Bishop Harrison Center

Main topic for the first hour will be CNY Solidarity’s policy for engagement with electoral activities. The proposed policy emphasizes robust communication about electoral activities while effectively addressing, as needed, any objections that develop about the content of information that is shared. Second hour will be devoted to committee meetings. 3-5pm at Bishop Harrison Center.

The Bishop Harrison Center is an accessible facility. Use the entrance nearest the All Saints chapel for the elevator to the ground floor meeting space.

Community Conversation with Mayor Ben Walsh and City & Elected Officials

Monday October 1st 6 PM @ South Side Innovation Center 2610 South Salina St, Syracuse

Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today (TNT) – Area 3, Southside invites you to attend a Community Conversation with Mayor Ben Walsh, city department heads, and elected officials moderated by Jennifer Sanders of NewsChannel 9 WSYR-TV. Join us for an evening of dialogue and Q&A and learn about some of the initiatives being undertaken by elected officials and department heads.

Panelists include:
— Mayor Ben Walsh
— Frank Fowler, Syracuse Chief of Police
— Stephanie Pasquale, Commissioner, Neighborhood & Business Development
— Julie Lafave, Commissioner, Department of Parks, Recreation & Youth Programs
— Latoya Allen, Common Councilor, 4th District
— Susan Boyle, Common Councilor, 3rd District
— Daniel Romeo, Board of Education Commissioner
— Judge Derrick Thomas, City Court Judge
— Owen Kearney, Assistant Director of Planning
— Ken Towsley, Director of Code Enforcement
— Katelyn Wright, Executive Director, Syracuse Land Bank
For more information, please contact
About the Moderator:
Jennifer Sanders is an award-winning global journalist, news anchor and documentarian, who is passionate about helping and empowering people through visual storytelling. 

County Leg Meeting On Aggressive Panhandling

Tuesday October 2nd 12:30 PM @ 401 Montgomery Street Syracuse 

On Tuesday Oct. 2nd, the Onondaga County Legislature will meet at 1 pm to discuss legislation proposed by Legislator McMahon that will further criminalize poverty in our county. Please read the attached info for further details and join us at the meeting. We encourage you to come at 12:45 pm to sign up for a 2 minute speaking slot. Feel free to see attached material or contact us for talking points if you wish.




Bi-weekly Meeting/Reunión Quincenal

Tuesday October 2nd 6:30 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.
Reunión quincenal. Cualquier persona interesada en unirse es bienvenida. Nos reuniremos en el área común en el segundo piso. Silla de ruedas accesible. Por favor, no use ninguna fragancia. Traducción en español puede ser proporcionada.





Save the date and pre-register:

ArtRage 10th Anniversary Celebration Dinner October 4th 6:30 PM – 9 PM Pascale Bistro at Drumlins


Regulated Marijuana Listening Session in Syracuse Tuesday October 9th at 6PM pre-register here 

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