CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Outreach Event Calendar For Jan 15-22

Syracuse Industrial Development Agency (SIDA) board meeting.

Tuesday, January 15th 8 AM Common Council Chambers (3rd flr, city hall). 233 E Washington St

Urban Jobs Task Force, one of our member affiliates, tries to have a presence at each SIDA Board Meeting.

You can read the SIDA agenda by going to the SIDA website, then go to the Meetings page and click on meeting agenda for January 15.


The agenda highlights:

There is a hearing for a new downtown project by Commonspace Warren LLC.   The developers are asking for $256, 647 in mortgage recording and sales tax exemptions.  They are not asking for a PILOT.

 There will be a vote (no hearing) on the Deys Plaza’s project application for $266, 250 in mortgage recording and sales tax exemption.  The developer is not asking for a PILOT..


 Say NO! to Tax Breaks for Building that Houses ICE

Tuesday January 15th 8:30 AM · 233 E Washington St, Syracuse


Dey’s Plaza, the downtown building that harbors the Syracuse ICE office, is requesting tax breaks to convert offices into apartments. The developers have applied to the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency for $438,198 in tax exemptions. Their proposal is up for approval.  Join us Tuesday January 15th at 304 City hall, 233 East Washington St as
we say NO MONEY EVICT ICE!! Hosted by Syracuse Immigrant and Refugee defense Network



The Cost of Freedom: Court Watch Training hosted by Unchained

Tuesday January 15th 5 PM – 7 PM @ Beauchamp Branch Library- 2111 S Salina St, Syracuse


Hundreds of people, disproportionately Black and Brown folks, are locked up in the Onondaga County jail (“Justice Center”) every night simply because they cannot afford to pay their bail and buy their freedom. We do not need to wait on Albany to change New York’s bail system. We can transform our own system here in Onondaga County right now!

Come learn about how bail is set at arraignments and get trained to be a court watcher so that we can hold judges and attorneys
accountable. Court watchers will volunteer to occasionally attend arraignments in downtown Syracuse and document what they see by filling out a one page form
for each case.
Refreshments will be provided at the training. This is a joint project of Unchained and the Criminal Justice Task Force of the Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse (ACTS).



Webinar: Militarism in the Media hosted by World Beyond War and Roots Action

Tuesday January 15th 8 PM – 9 PM · Your computer or telephone!


Militarism, violence, and war are pervasive in pop culture and the entertainment industry. The mainstream news media largely refuse to critique skyrocketing military spending and the vast negative impacts of perpetual warfare. Join World BEYOND War for our next free webinar featuring experts on the strained relationship between militarism and the media.  Militarism is the “elephant in the room,” says FAIR founder Jeff Cohen.
Former TV pundit for MSNBC, CNN, and Fox, Jeff was fired for shedding light on the perils of U.S. interventionism and in particular,

for opposing the invasion of Iraq on the air. Rose Dyson, President of Canadians Concerned About Violence in Entertainment, expresses concern about the culture of war that is perpetuated by TV, music, video games,
and social media. Popular culture glamorizes the use of guns, normalizing violence and conflict.  Tune in to our Militarism in the Media free webinar with experts Rose Dyson and Jeff Cohen to discuss the role of media in promoting war and violence, and how, in turn, we can be peaceful advocates for a world BEYOND war. REGISTER for log-on details:



 The State of Our Community: Crime and Public Safety, hosted by National Action Network – Syracuse

Wednesday January 16th 6-7:30 pm, Southwest Community Center, 401 South Ave, Syracuse


We have been working with several grassroots groups on community safety plans, identifying community resources and creating neighborhood action tool-kits (from NYC Mayors Office to End Gun Violence). We are holding this discussion TO BRING AWARENESS TO SENSELESS VIOLENCE IN COMMUNITIES OF COLOR and to encourage the Syracuse Community to bring your ideas on reducing youth violence and gun violence to the table. We all must be involved in this effort if we want real change. No Justice No Peace.  Town Hall Style- Open Panel Discussion on violence in our Community.


Study Group: Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Disposessed”

Wednesday January 16th 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM  · Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville 5110 Jamesville Rd, Dewitt


This study group we will venture away from our normal focus on theory, strategy, politics and history and explore socialist themes in fiction. We will read Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Disposessed.” The novel won the Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best Novel and the National Book Award. The book explores themes of anarchism, socialism, capitalism and utopia and is widely read in university classes and by readers around the world. 


2019 State of the City Address

Thursday January 17th 7 PM – 9 PM @ Red House Arts Center


Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh will report on his first year in office and discuss forward-looking plans for the city.
It will be his second State of the City address. The annual report is a requirement of the City Charter to be delivered to the Syracuse Common Council before the end of January.
Free parking will be available in the City Center parking garage at 520 S. Clinton Street and at the surface lot at 484 S. Salina Street entered off of W. Onondaga Street or S. Clinton Street.
This event is free and open to the community.

Bald Eagle Education Event

Saturday January 19th 8 AM – 10 AM meet at Destiny USA Yellow Parking


The Friends of the Onondaga Lake Bald Eagles invite all bald eagle admirers to learn about, observe, and appreciate the bald eagles of Murphy’s Island at a family-friendly event on Saturday, January 19th at 8 a.m. at the Destiny Mall parking lot. Local eagle experts and wildlife photographers will be there with plenty of equipment, knowledge, and tips on how to enjoy and take memorable photographs of bald eagles. Children are not only welcome, they are encouraged! For questions, contact Jason Mauro at

Women’s March Syracuse

Saturday January 19th 10 AM – 12 PM James M Hanley Federal Building 100 S Clinton St. Syracuse


It’s time to march again.
The 2017 Women’s March inspired hundreds of women to run, millions more to vote, and dozens to win elected office. The 2019 Women’s March marks two years of resistance to the Trump presidency, two years
of training new activists, and two years of building power. And this time, we’re coming back with an agenda.

On January 19, 2019, we’re going to flood the streets of Syracuse, and cities across the globe. The #WomensWave is coming, and we’re sweeping the world forward with us.
Join us to celebrate the diversity of Syracuse, the home of  vibrant immigrants, refugees, and our diverse population with out 86 recognized languages. #WomenMarchSyracuse19
To donate or contribute please  Contact


Women March in Seneca Falls2019 March and Rally

Saturday January 19th 10 AM · 136 Fall St, Seneca Falls, NY


3rd Annual March & Rally in Seneca Falls 
Women March in Seneca Falls2019 is hosting the 3rd Annual March & Rally…“re-DEFINING RESISTANCE…women in the lead” commemorating the 700 historic women’s marches around the world two years ago.
March organizer, Melina Carnicelli, said, “As per-SISTERS we continue to move forward in solidarity with all who support our unity principles: ending systemic racism & sexism; environmental justice; equal pay; eradicating violence against women; gender parity in elected office; LGBTQIA, immigrant, and disability rights; passage of the proposed ERA; and, reproductive rights/self-sovereignty.

SATURDAY, January 19, 2019 Morning Rally – 10am March Step-off – 11:30am
Women’s Rights National Historical Park First Amendment Space Birthplace of Women’s Rights in America Seneca Falls
Feminist Music Fest – 12:30pm Trinity Lane @ Fall St.
Women March in Seneca Falls2019 is an inclusive march and rally.
For frequent updates:
Join us…Be a per-SISTER


Witness to Injustice

Sat, Jan 19 · First Unitarian Universalist Society of Syracuse is postponed until some time in March. Stay tuned to the event page for updates.


Geothermal Open House – Finlayson-Schueler Residence

Sat, Jan 19 2 PM – 4:30 PM · Finlayson-Schueler Residence 118 Shirley Rd Syracuse

Join us at the Finlayson-Scheuler’s home, to tour his 4 ton horizontal well geothermal heating and cooling system in Syracuse.  They also have solar panels and solar hot water!

ALLERGY ALERT: This is a house with dogs.

Please RSVP via Eventbrite so we know you plan to attend!




 Political Education: Teach In Militarism, Poverty and Racism

Sunday January 20th 2PM – 5 PM @ Bishop Harrison Center 1342 Lancaster Avenue

On the Sunday before Martin Luther King Jr Day, we invite all CNY solidarity coalition members, supporters and those interested in furthering their knowledge to join us as we learn about the 3 evils of modern day society – Militarism, Poverty, and Racism, as taught by Martin Luther King Jr.

With improved knowledge, we can more effectively organize for change.

Workshops Offered:
– Ending Militarism: Central to Ending Poverty and Racism, led by Diane Swords and Peter Swords, members of the Beyond War and Militarism committee, a joint committee of the Syracuse Peace Council and CNY Solidarity Coalition.
– Reinvest CNY! Workshop led by representatives of Cooperative Federal Credit Union, Hansen’s Advisory Services, and the Central New York Community Foundation. Effect change nationally, globally, and right here in our community, by reinvesting for equitability.
– Poverty in Syracuse, led by Deka Dancil, Director Shonnard St Boys and Girls Club and president Urban Jobs Task Force, and Misse Ross, community member/advocate and outspoken progressive organizer with Uplift and CNY Solidarity Coalition.

On Monday we invite members to involve themselves in service to the community by volunteering their time or donating.

Have a new or gently used coat, winter outerwear, or nonperishable food items to donate? Bring them with you and volunteers will make sure they get to the United Way of Central New York’s MLK Day Food and Clothing Drive taking place at the Southwest Community Center Monday January 21st 8AM – 12PM.

Donations appreciated.


Tabling: Progressive groups may table in the common area. Please contact if your organization is interested in tabling during the event.
A comprehensive recommended reading list to further support our political education is now posted: see post in discussion for this list. Syracuse Cultural Workers will be present and will be providing us with a book and merchandise sale at the event!)
CNY Solidarity Coalition breakout committees may meet at 1PM at Bishop Harrison Center, prior to the event.
Accessibility: Bishop Harrison Diocesan Center is a wheelchair accessible facility Use the entrance nearest the chapel for the elevator to the ground floor meeting space.



MLK Day of Service – Syracuse

Monday January 21st 8 AM – 12 PM @ Southwest Community Center 401 South Avenue, Syracuse

Join us for the 19th Annual
Martin Luther King Jr
Day of Service
Food & Clothing drive

Needed:  WARM WINTER OUTERWEAR (new or gently used)
also warm blankets, non perishable food, formula, diapers

Drop off at Southwest Community Center 401 South Ave
Hosted by the Greater Syracuse Labor council, AFL-CIO and the United Way of CNY

Helen Hudson –  315-428-2203
Wendy Colucci 315-422-3363
To Volunteer: Shavel


 Health Justice at Upstate 2019: Shifting the Power

Monday January 21st 9:30 AM – 4 PM · Upstate Medical University 750 E Adams Street, Syracuse

Health Justice at Upstate is now in its second year! This year, the conference offers 11 options for breakout sessions and interactive workshops addressing disparities in health, implicit bias, institutional support of minority health professions students, and tools for activism.

See the full program and learn more here:

This year’s sponsors include Office of Admissions, Office of Student Affairs, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Medical Alumni Association, College of Graduate Studies, and Association of Women in Surgery.


Community For The Grid Campaign- General Interest Meeting

Tuesday January 22nd 6 PM @ 910 Madison Street Syracuse

Please join us for a general informational meeting about the Community For The Grid campaign, and learn how to get involved. Join us in the effort to educate and advocate for the Community Grid option to replace the elevated section of 81.

Meeting starts around 6:00. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.

Sign the petition now if you haven’t already!

Palestine: Behind the Wall

Tuesday January 22nd 7 PM – 9 PM · ArtRage Gallery 505 Hawley Avenue, Syracuse

The Justice for Palestine committee invites you to join us for an informational event and discussion on current Palestinian human rights issues, and to kick off our 2019 petitioning campaign to help end Israeli military detention of Palestinian children!

We will discuss water rights in the West Bank and Gaza, the economic importance and symbolism of olive trees, the crippling blockade of Gaza and recent Great March of Return movement, and the Israeli’s military’s systematic ill-treatment of Palestinian children through detention and imprisonment.  We’ll explain and learn from one another about actions we can take, individually and collectively, to oppose the Israeli military occupation of Palestine and support Palestinian human rights.

Free and open to the public.  Light food & drinks will be served.
ArtRage is an accessible facility.




Please save the date for the upcoming events:


The Alternatives to Violence Project and Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse will be co-hosting a Basic AVP Workshop Friday February 1st through Sunday February 3rd.  When: Friday 5:00 – 9:00 pm Saturday 8:30 am – 6:00 pm Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Where: Friends Meeting House, 821 Euclid Ave.
Who: Alternatives to Violence Project
         Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse
What: Conflict resolution and violence prevention workshop

Contact and pre-register:  Coran Klaver



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.



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