CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors


Dear members and supporters,

Thanks goes to our fellow organizers at the Workers Center for updating us on all the work being done RIGHT NOW, at our coalition meeting this past Sunday. We call on our members to help support the following meaningful efforts. Please familiarize yourself with the following impactful ways you can help TODAY.:

Green Light Call to Action!

Call on Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to pass #driverslicensesNOW

Check out our action toolkit for more information:

Call 518-455-2585 March 19-29

Calling on constituents of Al Stirpe: Are you a constituent? Stirpe has said he will sign on but has been quiet in recent months. He needs constituents to call and provide support for drivers licenses. See more about Green Light here.Support Friends of Farmworkers

Lastly, support an accurate census count NYCounts2020. Stay tuned for upcoming press conference Monday April 1st
Syracuse Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network is looking for volunteers! Follow the page for upcoming meeting dates and needs and/or contact


Vigil for Natalio hosted by Syracuse Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network

Wednesday March 27th 8:45 AM – 11:45 AM · Buffalo Federal Detention Facility 4250 Federal Drive Batavia

 Please join us as we gather in solidarity outside the Detention Center in Batavia to support community member Natalio Aguilar Ordonez, his wife Gloria and their 2 children, for his stay of deportation hearing on Wednesday March 27 at 9:00am.

Working Together to Solve Public Problems

Wednesday, Mar 27th 6 PM – 7:30 PM  · South West Community Center 401 South Avenue, Syracuse

Do you ever find it hard to work in groups? Do you get frustrated or angry? Do you feel like the group doesn’t get anything done? You’re not alone. 

Our communities face many challenges–poverty,
crumbling infrastructure, and gun violence to name just a few. Addressing these
challenges requires that we work together. To do that successfully, we have to
better understand what we each bring to the table and what we need from others.
We need to identify the ground rules and practices that make us effective.

Join us for this hands-on workshop and take away
strategies that will make us better at working together to solve public

Trans Week of Liberation 2019

LGBT Resource Center at Syracuse University

Wednesday, March 27, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Syracuse University LGBT Resource Center (548 Bird Library) 222 Waverly Ave

“Closed-Group Social for Trans and GNC Folks”

If you identify as trans, nonbinary, genderqueer, gender nonconforming, or gender questioning, please join us for a closed-group social with food, games, and screening of episodes from the FX original show Pose. Come meet other folks and be in community for an evening!

Thursday, March 28, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Syracuse University, 214 Slocum Hall

Geena Rocero, Trans Week of Liberation Commemorative Keynote

Rocero is a Filipino American model, producer, and transgender advocate. Since speaking at TED in March 2014 where she came out as a trans woman, Rocero has spoken at the White House, the UN, and at countless universities around the country on trans rights and elevating the visibility of the trans community in the media. Rocero is founder of Gender Proud, an advocacy and aid organization that stands up for the right of transgender people worldwide to “self-identity with the fewest possible barriers.” 

Friday, March 29, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Syracuse University LGBT Resource Center (548 Bird Library) 222 Waverly Ave

“Gender Affirming Clothing Swap and Mixer”

Pick up some new looks at our gender-affirming clothing swap! We’ll be collecting clothing donations throughout the week leading up to the swap and mixer. Drop off donations at the LGBT Resource center, Schine Atrium, and Hendricks Chapel. 

Further details and updates can be found on our website at For more information or to request accommodations, please email or call 315-443-3983.

HeatSmart CNY events this week:  

March 28, 6:30PM to 8:30PM

Free Public Workshop

Fabius Community Center

7786 Main St, Fabius 13063

Air Source Heat Pump Open House

March 30, 2:00PM to 4:30PM 

1433 Hills Road, Fabius 13063

At workshops about the HeatSmart CNY program, participants learn about efficient heat pump technologies including ground source (or “geothermal”) and air source (sometimes called “ductless mini-splits”) heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, and insulation improvements.  Expert installers are present to answer technical questions.  Information will be provided about links to the incentives and tax credits available for people to make building envelope improvements and to install more efficient heating and cooling systems in residences, businesses, and community buildings.

At open house events, people can visit local homes with heat pumps in operation and talk to the homeowners and installers about the experience and the process, as well as get an abbreviated introduction to the HeatSmart CNY initiative.

All events are free and open to the public.

Lead Prevention: Property Owner Information Session

Thursday March 28th 4 PM – 5 PM · White Branch Library 763 Butternut St, Syracuse

Multiple organizations collaborating on a forum to raise awareness about the crisis of lead exposure in the city of Syracuse. If you are property owner, please come and learn about best practices, and programs that are available to support property owner within the city. 
We’ll be joined by New American Forum, GHHI, and other groups. Please join us, and learn about how we can collaborate to address this issue in our city. 

The Campus Origins of the Radical Right

Thursday March 28th 4 PM – 5:30 PM · Shemin Auditorium Shaffer Art Building, SU campus

The Campus Origins of Today’s Radical Right and the Crisis of American Democracy

A talk by Nancy MacLean, author of the National
Book Award Non-Fiction Finalist, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the
Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America.

Nancy Maclean is the William H. Chafe Professor of
History and Public Policy at Duke University. MacLean’s research focuses on
race, gender, labor history and social movements in 20th century U.S. history,
with particular attention to the U.S. South.

Free copies of Democracy in Chains will be
available to the first 100 attendees courtesy of Nancy MacLean and the SU
chapter of AAUP

La Conexión Cubana / The Cuban Connection

Friday, March 29th 6 PM – 8 PM  · La Casita Cultural Center 109 Otisco St, Syracuse

World-class musicians and leading scholars of Latin jazz are teaming up for an amazing showcase! 

Renowned journalist, music critic for The Wall
Street Journal and Watson Distinguished Visiting Professor in residence at
Syracuse University, Larry Blumenfeld will be joined by Cuban saxophonist,
chekeré master and director of the Jazz ensemble at Harvard University, Yosvany
Terry, in a discussion about the Afro-Cuban traditions that have bonded with
jazz in the United States.
The Yosvany Terry Quartet will perform live
following the discussion: Yosvany Terry, alto saxophone and percussion
Yunior Terry, bass
Osmany Paredes, piano
Obed Calvaire, drums

Admission is free and open to the public.
Traditional Caribbean food and refreshments will be served. ASL will be
provided for the dialogue.

SCSD Educational Foundation 19th Annual Recognition Breakfast

Saturday, March 30th 8 AM – 10 AM · Holiday Inn Syracuse-Liverpool-Exit 37 441 Electronics Pkwy

Each spring, the SCSD Educational Foundation hosts its largest fundraiser of the year, a Recognition Breakfast, presenting awards to individuals and companies that have gone above and beyond supporting teachers, students and schools in the Syracuse City School District. Recipients have included major corporations, business executives, individuals, and community leaders. Funds from the Annual Recognition Breakfast are donated by the Foundation back to city schools in the form of grants to teachers to support projects and field trips that otherwise would not be possible. We encourage corporations, individuals, school administrators, and community leaders to participate as sponsors or purchase tables or seats at the event.

Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps Photography Exhibit

Sat, Mar 30 · Honeywell’s Onondaga Lake Visitors Center, 280 Restoration Way, Syracuse, NY 13209

Local wildlife photographers will display colorful images of birds of prey taken in recently restored and enhanced areas along the Onondaga Lake shoreline at the “Onondaga Lake Birds of Prey” photography exhibit March 30-31. The exhibit will showcase the diverse range of species including Bald Eagles, Osprey, hawks, owls, and falcons that have returned to Onondaga Lake. The Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps is hosting the exhibit in partnership with Honeywell, Audubon New York, and NextEra Energy. The exhibit will take place at Honeywell’s Onondaga Lake Visitors Center, along the southwest lakeshore in Geddes. The suggested donation is $5/person and $15/family.

The exhibit runs Saturday, March 30, from 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m., and Sunday, March 31, from 1 to 4 p.m. Visitors will meet the
photographers who captured the images and will have an opportunity to look for
birds in their natural habitat with experts from the Montezuma Audubon Center
and Onondaga Audubon. For the first time, the images displayed will be for sale
to the public. Images of designated smaller sizes can also be ordered during
the event. All proceeds will benefit Audubon’s Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps

The Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps seeks to
inspire future stewards of Onondaga Lake and its watershed through a hands-on,
experience-based program that offers citizens and organizations the opportunity
to participate in activities that help restore and sustain Onondaga Lake and
its value as an Important Bird Area.

To learn more about the Onondaga Lake Conservation
Corps or participate in future activities, please contact, visit, or call 315-365-3588. Like the Corps on Facebook
or Instagram, or visit YouTube to learn more.

Herstory: The Not-So-Golden Life of the Gilded Age Wife

Saturday March 30th 1 PM – 2 PM · Onondaga Historical Association 321 Montgomery Street, Syracuse

For Women’s History Month, we’re excited to welcome Ehris Urban and Velya Jancz-Urban, who make up the Grounded Goodwife, for “The Not-So-Golden Life of the Gilded
Age Wife.”

Laugh, grimace, and honor our foremothers’
journeys while learning about the little-known issues faced by women during
America’s Gilded Age.

“Although Gilded Age women in the upper and
lower classes had many differences, they had one similarity – women were viewed
as second best to men, and were expected to be content with this role in

This unique presentation is offered by Ehris Urban
(herbalist, daughter) and Velya Jancz-Urban (historian, mother) who believe
healing comes from nature, history, and within. The duo offer unique
holistic/historic workshops, presentations, and events at a variety of venues,
as well as at their colonial home.

$8 for OHA Members, $10 for non-members.

SPC 83rd Birthday Dinner with speaker Brittany DeBarros

Saturday, March 30th 6 PM – 9 PM · University United Methodist Church- 324 University Avenue

Doors open at 5:30 pm, dinner starts at 6:00 pm, and the program starts at 7:30 pm. Suggested donation is $30, with a sliding scale of $10-60 (more if you can, less if you can’t); no one turned away for lack of funds.

Dinner will have vegetarian, vegan, gluten free
and meat options.

You may come for the program only – please donate
what you can.

To RSVP, please fill out the RSVP form online,
call our office at (315) 472-5478, or send us an email (

RSVP form here:

We’re very excited to have Army Reserve Captain
Brittany DeBarros as our speaker. Brittany is co-director of About Face: Vets
Against the War’s “Drop the M.I.C.” campaign (M.I.C.= military industrial
complex), and organizer with the NYS Poor People’s Campaign (PPC).

We met her during the sit in at the War Room in
Albany last year organized by the PPC. From one of her speeches: “I’m a
woman, I’m White, I’m Latina, I’m black, I’m queer, and I’m a combat veteran.
As a person existing at the intersection of these identities, I carry a grave
conviction in my core that there can be no economic, racial or gender
liberation without addressing the militarism that is strangling the empathy and
morality out of our society.”

Witness to Injustice: Unraveling U.S. and Indigenous Histories

Sunday March 31st 2 PM – 5 PM · First Unitarian Universalist Society of Syracuse 109 Waring Rd

Join the Neighbors of Onondaga Nation (NOON) for this interactive workshop called Witness to Injustice: Unraveling US and Indigenous History adapted from the KAIROS Blanket Exercise. This is a 3-hour interactive group exercise that invites participants to experience: colonization, conquest, and attempted genocide of the Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island (the North American Continent). Witness to Injustice is a participatory exercise designed to raise awareness of European conquest and Indigenous resistance and survival through the use of meaningful quotes and blankets representing the lands of Turtle Island. Participants engage in an experiential history lesson designed in a way that can’t be provided by reading a book.
Sliding scale workshop fee of $10-25 to be given
to Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation to continue their valuable work in our
community. Space is limited.

Please RSVP to to reserve
your spot or Register here:
Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON) is a
grassroots organization of Central New Yorkers which recognizes and supports
the sovereignty of the traditional government of the Onondaga Nation. A program
of the Syracuse Peace Council, NOON supports the right of native peoples to
reclaim land, and advocates for fair settlement of any claims which are filed.
Wheelchair accessible

Cooperative Federal Annual Meeting & Dinner

Sunday, March 31st at 3:00 pm
The Venue
211 Catawba Street, Syracuse
(Next Door to Coop Fed – N Salina St Branch)
Meeting 3 to 5 pm
Listen to brief reports, discuss the future of your Credit Union, and elect the Credit Committee and Board of Directors. Childcare and Simultaneous Translation in Spanish will be provided during the meeting. 
Dinner 5 to 7 pm
Stay for dinner, dessert and conversation at the close of the meeting. View the menu here.
Adult $9.75 each  Kids $5.00 each + Free Tickets Available!
You are invited to attend dinner for free
if you are a new Coop Fed member,
a first time Annual Meeting attendee,
or unable to pay due to financial hardship.

Reservations Required 
Please RSVP no later than March 25th. Register online or call (315) 473-0211.

Annie Patterson & Charlie King w/ Colleen Kattau

Sunday March 31st 3 PM – 5 PM · ArtRage Gallery

Join us for an evening of powerful singing with two of North America’s finest activist folk singers, celebrating the release of Annie & Charlie’s new live CD Step By Step and this year’s 100th anniversary of Pete Seeger’s birth.
Charlie is a musical storyteller, hailed by Pete
Seeger as “one of the finest singers and songwriters of our time.”
Annie is the co-creator of Rise Up Singing and
Rise Again songbooks. “Annie’s sparkling presence makes every song she touches
come alive” ~ Reggie Harris. Colleen is a dynamic performer of originals and
nueva canción with two new recordings in the works. Come out and celebrate

Funk Gives Back to: Vera House w/ MALVINAS, Tiesha and Friends

Sunday March 31st 5 PM – 8 PM Funk ‘n Waffles 307 S Clinton St, Syracuse

Join us for a benefit concert to support Vera House.

$ 10.00 / Age All Ages


NYCounts2020 Press conference for Census to ask for $40 mil for CBO’s to do outreach for hard to count communities

To learn more contact Kayla Kelechian

Monday April 1st time and location to be announced

Syracuse Peace Council’s Street Heat

Tuesday April 2nd  4:15 – 5 PM @ Hancock Airbase, opposite main gate, 6000 E. Molloy 

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

Please save the date for the upcoming events:

New York Immigration Coalition Public Charge Training of Trainers Program 

Tuesday April 9th 9am-5pm Syracuse TBD.  Find here more information about the program. Nominate yourself and/or a colleague today!

RiseUp For Social Action Training Day Saturday April 13th 9AM – 3:30 PM Bishop Harrison Diocesan Center

Workers Memorial Day 2019 Unity Breakfast Friday, April 26th 8 AM – 10 AM  Holiday inn 441 Electronics Pkwy

Get involved in exciting local primary races happening now!: 

Let’s Primary: A Resource and Call to Action

The window for candidates to collect the required number of signatures to get on the ballot closes April 4. We can’t stress enough the time to get involved is NOW.

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