CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Alert – Week of Oct 15th

CNY Solidarity members and supporters:
Please find below the weekly ACTION ALERTS from Indivisible NY24 and our legislative action teams.

The general election is in just 22 days. Thanks to New York’s worst-in-the-nation election laws, the voter registration deadline has now passed. From here on out, it’s all about finding and mobilizing the voters who will support our candidates, and ensuring they get to the polls on Nov. 6. Top priority for these last three weeks is doors and phones, doors and phones, doors and phones.

If you haven’t tried canvassing yet, check out this short video from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on why it’s so important. We hosted a canvass on Syracuse’s Eastside this past Saturday. About 35 people showed up to canvass in the cold and rain, including about a dozen first-timers. If you’re new, we’ll give you a brief training and pair you up with someone experienced. The more canvassers we have, the more voters we can reach. Check out all the opportunities below.


Today (Oct 15)

One important online action, plus three local events with candidates today

Defend the Right to Protest

We’re trying to focus on the elections here, but the Trump administration has proposed new rules governing permits for large-scale protest marches and demonstrations in Washington, DC. The proposed new rules are egregious, and today is the last day they are accepting public comments. Click here to read the new rules in full; click here for a more comprehensible summary; and click here to submit a comment.

Social Security Works with President Jon “Bowzer” Bauman

Please join Bowzer (legendary member of Sha Na Na and now President of Social Security Works PAC), Eric Kingson (Chair of the Board of Social Security Works), and Dana Balter for music and discussion on safeguarding Social Security. 10-11am at Munjed’s, 503 Westcott St. in Syracuse. More details here.

Candidate Forum on Disability Issues

Hosted by Disabled in Action, AccessCNY, ARISE, Aurora of CNY, and Self-Advocacy CNY. 1-4pm at CNY Community Foundation, 431 E. Fayette St. (Assembly candidates 1-2pm; State Senate candidates 2-3pm; NY-24 House candidates 3-4pm). More details here.

State Senate Town Hall (SD-50)

Co-sponsored by CNY Solidarity. Town Hall featuring John Mannion and Bob Antonacci who are both running for State Senator for the 50th District, to replace John DeFrancisco. 5:30pm at DeWitt Community Room, E. Syracuse Fire Dept., 148 Sanders Creek Pkwy 13057. More details here. Please come with written questions for both candidates. Our friends at the Campaign for New York Health encourage questions about the New York Health Act in particular.

Tuesday (Oct 16)

End Gun Violence in Syracuse

From our state legislative action team: Please call Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh at 315-448-8005 to ask: What is your approach to address the extreme and growing incidence of gun violence among youth in Syracuse?  Please speak publicly this week about your administration’s policies to improve this situation.

Wednesday (Oct 17)

Wednesday Potluck Phone bank

Every Wednesday from 4-8pm, the Balter for Congress campaign hosts a potluck phone bank. Bring a dish to pass, a charged cellphone, and a laptop if you have one, and they’ll train you on their phonebanking system. Click here for details. If Wednesdays don’t work for you, click here for a comprehensive list of canvassing and phone-banking opportunities, in all corners of the district, on every day of the week.

Thursday (Oct 18)

Three important community conversations today

Candidate Forum sponsored by Black Leadership Coalition of CNY

Moderated by Gina Iliev and Yusuf Abdul Qadir. Confirmed participants include Dana Balter, Janet Burman, Frank Cetera, Mike Greene, Rachel May, Ann Magnarelli, Mike Montes, Shadia Tadros and Jason Zeigler. 5:30-8pm at Eat to Live Food Coop, 2323 S. Salina St. 13205. More details here.


Homeless, Where Do I Go? A Community Conversation

Community discussion about poverty, hosted by Housing and Homeless Coalition of CNY and others. 7-9pm, Palace Theater, 2384 James St. 13206. More details here and here.


Candidate Forum: NYS Senate District 53 and Assembly District 121

Sponsored by League of Women Voters of Cazenovia. Participants include Rachel May, Janet Burman, William Magee, and John Salka. 7-10pm at Cazenovia High School, 31 Emory Ave., Cazenovia 13035. More details here.


Friday (Oct 19)

Mobilization Canvass

Door-to-door canvassing is launching every day from Dana Balter’s downtown office, 213 W. Adams St. 13202. Click here to sign up for a shift.


Saturday (Oct 20)

Eastside Canvass

From now through Nov. 6, main staging location for GOTV efforts on Syracuse’s Eastside will be Rachel May’s campaign office, 2817 James St. 13206. Today, we’ve got canvassing shifts at 9am, 12 noon, 3pm, and 6pm. Click here to sign up, and bring a friend if you can.

If you live elsewhere in the district, click here for a comprehensive list of canvassing opportunities. Canvassing will be launching today from all over the place.

Syracuse City Phone Bank

If you’ve given canvassing a try and it’s not for you, phone-banking is the next best thing. Syracuse phone bank for Dana and other progressive candidates today from 9am to 8pm. Click here to sign up for a shift.


Sunday (Oct 21)

Canvassing in Manlius, Dewitt, and Town of Onondaga

All weekend long, canvassing in Syracuse’s eastside suburbs will launch from the Balter for Congress office in East Syracuse, 601 W. Manlius St. 13057. Click here to sign up for a shift. Bring a friend if you can.

Make Lead History

Lead poisoning is a crisis, affecting children in the city of Syracuse. Our musical community unites to help raise the awareness and funds to find a solution. Please join us. Suggested Donation $20. Co-hosted by Uplift Syracuse, CNY Solidarity, and a long list of other organizations. 2-8pm at Place Theater, 2384 James St. 13206. More details here.


Save the date for these upcoming events

Mon, Oct 22: Nuclear Power: Promise or Peril? Is there a role for nuclear in a green energy economy? 7-9pm at UUMC, 324 University Ave. 13210. More details here.

Tue, Oct 23: Support Tadros for City Court at Maxwells. 5-7pm at 122 E. Genesee St. 13202. More details here.

Oct. 24: is hosting a NY-24 congressional debate which will be livestreamed on Facebook. More details as we have them.

Sun, Oct. 28: No CNY Solidarity meeting this weekend. We encourage you to devote the time to GOTV efforts.

Oct. 30: Deadline to request absentee ballot by mail for general election.

Oct 30-Nov 4: Three televised debates planned for the NY-24 congressional race. More details as we have them.

Tue., Nov. 6: Election day (general election for all offices).

Sun., Nov. 11: CNY Solidarity meeting. 3-5pm, location TBD.

Sun, Dec. 2: CNY Solidarity Coalition meeting. 3-5pm, location TBD

Sun, Dec.16: CNY Solidarity Coalition meeting. 3-5pm, location TBD


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