CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Legislative ACTION ALERTS for week of Feb 4

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


Highlights this week include multiple key opportunities to engage with elected representatives regarding the Community Grid. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reshape our city, and it’s a fight we can win.


Rep. Katko recently announced that he will hold four public town halls devoted to I-81 redevelopment this month. The details for town halls in Auburn and DeWitt are listed below. Those for town halls in Salina and Syracuse will be released soon. Katko purports to be open-minded about which of the I-81 options is selected, so it’s important for him to hear from Community Grid advocates at all of these events.


In addition, State Assembly Member Magnarelli is holding a Community Information Night this week. Magnarelli has been a vocal opponent of the Community Grid, so it’s important for him to hear from us as well.


If everyone reading this email commits to attending at least one of these upcoming forums, we’ll fill the rooms with Community Grid advocates. In addition to the legislators themselves, the press will also be in attendance, which will amplify our voices further.


Also, if you have not yet filled out a yellow postcard to legislators in support of the Community Grid, please click here to fill out the online version.


Today (Feb 4)


Facebook Live Q&A with Katko

The Citizen is hosting a Facebook live Q&A w/ Rep. Katko at 2pm today. More details here.


Cayuga County Town Hall on I-81

Katko’s first town hall forum on I-81 is tonight in Auburn. 6pm at the Community Room, Cayuga Community College, 197 Franklin Street, Auburn, New York 13021. The event is free and open to all, so please consider making the drive to Auburn for it. Perhaps even more important, if you have progressive friends/allies in the Auburn area, please call them today and encourage them to attend. If they don’t know anything about the community grid debate, offer to help them out with some talking points (or to go with them!). If they’re not comfortable speaking on the policy details, ask them to say something like, “Congressman, thank you for coming to our community to hear our views, but on this issue, it seems to me the people you need to be talking to are the people of Syracuse.”


Community for the Grid Fundraiser

6-8pm at The Listening Room at 443 Café & Lounge, 443 Burnett Ave. More details here.


Tuesday-Wednesday (Feb 5-6)

Letters to the editor on democracy reform

We’re going to provide additional guidance on this in upcoming alerts, but we’d like every member to write at least one letter to the editor this winter/spring focused on issues of democracy reform. Pick your favorite such issue—automatic voter registration, early voting, dark money disclosure, small-donor matching funds, etc.—and draft a brief letter saying why it’s important and calling on Rep. Katko to do more to fight for it.


Thursday (Feb 7)


Thursday Morning Roundtable with Syracuse Police Chief Kenton Buckner

8:00 am at 350 W. Fayette St., room 405, Syracuse 13202. More details here. 


Community Information Night with Assembly Member Magnarelli

6:30pm at State Office Building, 333 E. Washington St. in Syracuse. Let’s pack the room with Community Grid advocates.


If you’re a constituent of Magnarelli’s and can’t make it to the event (or even if you can!), please click here to fill out his current constituent survey. In question #7, please indicate your support for the Community Grid option.


Friday (Feb 8)

No actions scheduled today, but please make plans to attend Katko’s DeWitt town hall tomorrow morning.


Saturday (Feb 9)

Onondaga County Town Hall

Katko’s 2nd town hall on I-81 is this morning in DeWitt. Time: 10:00 a.m. Location: DeWitt Town Hall, Court Room, 5400 Butternut Drive, East Syracuse, NY 13057. Please arrive early if you can. We want to make sure Community Grid supporters are well represented in the audience. No preregistration is required, but to help track our numbers, we’re encouraging folks to RSVP on Facebook here.


Sunday (Feb 10)

No actions scheduled at this time.


Save the date for these upcoming events

Tue, Feb. 12: Day of Action in Albany to Fight for Campaign Finance Reform. Details here.

Thu, Feb 14: Vigil for Parkland. 7pm at Everson Plaza. More details here.

Sun, Feb 17: Launch Party for Enter the Public Square. 1-2:30pm at Bishop Harrison. More details here.

Sat, Feb 23: RiseUp Social Action Training in Outreach and Communications Skills for Social Movements. 9:00-12:30 at 204 Maxwell Hall, Syracuse University. The workshop is FREE and open to all but registration is required. To register, please send an email to

Sat, Feb 23: “From Panther 21 to 21st Century Revolutions,” with Sekou Odinga, Dequi Kioni Sadiki and Matt Meyer. 6-9pm at ArtRage Gallery. More details here.

Sun, Feb 24: CNY Solidarity workshop on militarism, poverty, and racism. 2-5pm location TBD

Thur, Feb 28: Assembly Member Magnarelli Community Information Night. 630-8pm at 7575 Van Buren Rd., Baldwinsville 13027.

Sun, Mar 10: CNY Solidarity meeting. 3-5pm location TBD

Sun, Mar 24: CNY Solidarity meeting. 3-5pm location TBD

Sun, Apr 14: CNY Solidarity meeting. 3-5pm location TBD

Sun, Apr 28: CNY Solidarity meeting. 3-5pm location TBD

Sun, May 19: CNY Solidarity meeting. 3-5pm location TBD

May 31: voter registration deadline for 2019 primary

Sun, Jun 9: CNY Solidarity meeting. 3-5pm location TBD

Sun, Jun 23: CNY Solidarity meeting. 3-5pm location TBD

June 25: ELECTION DAY. Primary election for local and county offices

Oct 11: voter registration deadline for 2019 general election

Nov 5: ELECTION DAY. General election for local and county offices


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