CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Outreach Event Calendar – April 9-16

Dear CNYSC members and supporters, 

Today we call on you to thank Al Stirpe for signing on to the Green Light legislation. Please make an effort to call, mail or send in letters or letters (or replies) to the editor to thank the assembly member.

Today we need your help making calls to Assembly Speaker Heastie. Please thank him for is support of Green Light and ask him to pass A03675 in the Assembly before the end of the month. Please see the bilingual action guide and share on social media far and wide!  Thank you!

Now, on to your calendar.


Syracuse Peace Council’s Street Heat

Tuesday April 9th 4:15 – 5 PM corner of Adams St and Almond St

Saturday April 13th 9 – 9:45 AM Regional Market Entrance on Park Street.

Tuesday April 16th 4:15 PM – 5 PM Hancock Airbase 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

Arthur Flowers Performs!

Wednesday Apr 10th 7PM – 9PM · ArtRage Gallery 505 Hawley Ave

African American writer, griot and blues singer Arthur Flowers and Indian scroll painter Manu Chitrakar have combined their very distinctive storytelling traditions in an extraordinary literary jam session culminating in a book titled, I See the Promised Land: A Life of Martin Luther King Jr. 

Arthur will be at ArtRage to perform this story in
musical prose, based on griot oral storytelling traditions, bringing his own
perspective to the events he describes. This graphic narrative brings together
two diverse yet dramatic traditions of storytelling and Arthur will use the
original scroll that carries the tale into the vivid idiom of Patua art,
turning King’s historic journey into a truly universal legacy. As we see each
panel unfurl, we find that I See the Promised Land traverses the milestones of
Martin Luther King Jr.’s short life, ministry, and journey as only Arthur
Flowers can tell it—replete with destiny and the human condition.

American Creed: Community Conversations

 Thursday Apr 11th 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM · Liverpool Public Library

 Daryl Files of Interfaith Works and Liverpool Village Historian Dorianne Gutierrez will present “‘Immigration Past and Present,” the first installment in the American Creed: Community Conversations series, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11 at the Liverpool Library. Files will discuss current immigration in Syracuse and how InterFaith Works assists the local immigrant and refugee population. Gutierrez will journey into the past, looking at who immigrated to Liverpool and why. Find out more about the American Creed program at

Cruel April 2019 – Joel Dias-Porter and Nina Puro

Thursday April 11th 6PM – 8PM · The Point of Contact Gallery 350 W Fayette St

Point of Contact’s annual poetry reading series CRUEL APRIL welcomes Joel Dias-Porter& Nina Puro on THURSDAY, APRIL 11th, 2019. Both poets will present their new work featured in the 2019 edition of Corresponding Voices, Vol.12, published by Point of Contact, edited by Jules Gibbs and Tere Paniagua.

Joel Dias-Porter’s poetry engages the act of improvisation through explorations of intimacy, jazz music, and family heritage. In addition to his own CD of jazz and poetry, LibationSong (2002), Dias-Porter is featured on the CD anthology Meow: Spoken Word from the Black Cat (1996).

Nina Puro’s writing is in Guernica, the PEN / America Poetry Series, Witness, and others, including the chapbooks elegy with pilot light (Argos Books, 2017) and The Winter Palace (dancing girl press, 2015).
This program is possible thanks to the support of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Coalition of Museum and Art Centers (CMAC) at Syracuse University, the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), CNY Arts and SU’s Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics.

RiseUp for Social Action Training Day

Saturday April 13th 9AM – 3:30 PM· Bishop Harrison Diocesan Center 1342 Lancaster Ave

There are two options for online registration:
Register and pay online at:
Register online and pay at the door or register
online for full scholarship tickets at:

RiseUp for Social Action, in conjunction with a number of community organizations (including the Urban Jobs Task Force, CNY Solidarity Coalition, Workers Center of CNY, National Action Network, Seeds of Peace, Uplift Syracuse, Syracuse Peace Council, Parents for Public Schools, CNY NOW, All Saints Parish and the Green Party) is planning a day-long conference on skill-building for community organizers and activists.

This day of training and skill-building for organizers and activists will include 3 workshop sessions (with multiple choices during each session) and a keynote talk on community-based efforts to combat poverty featuring John Washington, Director of organizing PUSH Buffalo. The day will be valuable for experienced organizers and newcomers alike.

We do need additional funds to pay for the day, but want everyone who wants to come to do so, regardless of ability to pay. We plan to have a sliding scale fee of $0 to $25 for attendance.

Support for this project has been provided by a
“What If…” mini-grant from the Gifford Foundation.

Seize the Power: Climate and Energy Action Fair

Saturday April 13th 10AM – 2 PM · Hubbard Hall – Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, NY

Climate& Energy Action Fair Scheduled for April 13 at Cazenovia College

Cazenovia, NY – The public is invited to attend ‘Seize the Power: Climate & Energy Action Fair’ on Saturday, April 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Hubbard Hall, Cazenovia College. Back by popular demand, this expanded event will bring together local residents, students, business owners, farmers, and industry experts for a hands-on, how-to, afternoon of fun and learning about our community’s climate-smart future.

All are invited and welcome to “Seize the Power” of renewable energy and climate-smart information. Buffet lunch is available to attendees in the college dining hall for $8.00 per person. For a full list of exhibitors and presentations, visit

Adam and Zack Khalil: Inaate/se/

Tuesday April 16th 2:15 PM – 4:15 PM · Shaffer Art Building

Adam and Zack Khalil’s debut film re-imagines an ancient Ojibway story, the Seven Fires Prophecy, which both predates and predicts first contact with Europeans. A kaleidoscopic experience blending documentary, narrative, and experimental forms, INAATE/SE/ transcends linear colonized history to explore how the prophecy resonates through the generations in their indigenous community within Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. With acute geographic specificity, and grand historical scope, the film fixes its lens between the sacred and the profane to pry open the construction of contemporary indigenous identity.

The Khalil’s will be joined by their frequent collaborator, multimedia artist Jackson Polys for a talk and Q&A following the screening.

Telling Women’s Stories in Mithila, Bihar, India

Tuesday April 16th 6 PM – 8 PM · ArtRage Gallery

 This presentation with Coralynn Davis from Bucknell University, describes the unique role that Mithila Art has played in the making of a film about changing women’s lives in Mithila. She explores how Mithila Art has helped illuminate various aspects of the relationship between gendered Maithil narratives and social roles in conjunction with a participatory action research project, begun in late 2016, in and around the town of Madhubani in Bihar, India. Free and Open to the Public

Ms. Davis is the author of “Maithil Women’s Tales Storytelling on the Nepal-India Border” Traces Maithil women’s agency and meaning-making in their contemporary telling of traditional folktales.

Study Group: How We Get Free edited by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Wednesday April 17th 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM · Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville

This month we will read an exciting collection about the intersection of socialism and black feminist politics. This is the publisher’s description: “The Combahee River Collective, a group of radical black feminists, was one of the most important organizations to develop out of the anti-racist and women’s liberation movements of the 1960s and 70s. In this collection, founding members of the organization and contemporary activists reflect on the legacy of its contributions to black feminism and its impact on today’s struggles.”

The first few chapters are available here:

Reception Fundraiser honoring Senator Rachel May with guest of honor Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

Friday April 12th 2:45 PM – 4:30 PM @The Hops Spot 116 Walton St. Syracuse

Suggested contribution levels begin at $150 

To RSVP contact Mike Arnold 3152638944

*This could be an excellent opportunity to connect with the Senate Majority Leader on Green Light. Contact if you will attend and want to learn more about how to help.

Please save the date (and/or register) for the upcoming events:

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

Jubilee Homes is hosting a Job Fair at the Boys & Girls Club on Shonnard St on Thursday, April 26 from 9 am to 1 pm.

Conversation Café: WEDNESDAYS at DUNBAR Center 1453 South State St. starting on APRIL 24, 2019 to May 29, 2019 (for six weeks).  We will again have dinner first at 5:00 and then conversation from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Our theme is around race, class, gender and sexuality. The book is  Your Silence Will Not Protect You, the writing of Audre Lourde. We will also discuss other writings and the intersection of these themes in our lives.  Most of us have heard of Audre Lourde, the “Warrior Poet” but may not have read her many works. Her life and work embodied the struggle of identity, having a voice, speaking truth to power, her anger and, activism as she battled Cancer.  

Come and be a part of the conversation. We ask that you call Dunbar Center and reserve your space: 315760-3155. Space is limited. Spread the word. see attached flyer with poem.

James Baldwin – Reading & Discussion Group Funded by Humanities New York and facilitated by Dr. Patricia E. Clark, ArtRage will offer a 5-week reading and discussion group on the writings of James Baldwin, free of charge to the first 15 people who register by email to REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MAY 6th.

The group will run every Thursday beginning on May 23rd and ending on June 20th. Books will be provided on loan from Humanities New York and can be picked up, along with the group syllabus, on May 9th at ArtRage.

Get involved in exciting local primary races happening now!: 

Let’s Primary: A Resource and Call to Action


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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