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


Monday – May 6:  Support robust early voting in Onondaga County – Early in 2019, the newly elected state legislature authorized early voting to begin this Fall, and after tireless advocacy from election reformers during budget negotiations, the legislature and governor agreed to provide state funding to implement it. Now, it’s up to county election boards to work out the details. Onondaga County recently announced 6 early voting sites for this Fall (2 in Syracuse; 1 each in Baldwinsville, Clay, Dewitt, and Lafayette). But there is state funding available for 8 sites and local election reform advocates have been calling for additional sites at OCC and in Cicero. (The OCC site would be particularly valuable for OCC students, many of whom don’t have cars.) Local Republican officials have refused to consider the proposed expansion, so let’s give them a call today to weigh in. Today, please call and/or email one or more of these folks and indicate your support for expanded early voting options:

·         Onondaga County Elections Commissioner Michelle Sardo (315) 435-VOTE elections@ongov.net

·         Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon (315) 435-3516 ryanmcmahon@ongov.net

·         Onondaga County Legislative Chairman David Knapp (315) 435-2070 davidknapp@ongov.net


Tues, May 7:   Democracy is Brewing Community Event – Public Citizen, The American Promise and The League of Women Voters are hosting this event to discuss getting big money out of politics.  You’ll meet an active group of citizen leaders preparing to meet with legislators, engage with the media and present to the public about the problem with money in politics.  5:30 – 7:30 pm at Stout Brewing Company – 126 Dell St., Syracuse, NY 13210. 


Tues, May 7:  Sunrise CNY General Interest/Launch meeting.   Sunrise is a climate change initiative.  7:30 – 830 pm at Art Rage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave.


Wed, May 8:  Meeting with Joe Nehme from Senator Schumer’s office –  10:00 am at the Peace and Social Justice Center – 2013 East Genesee St., Syracuse.  Meet up at 9:30 a.m. to discuss an agenda.  Let Jonah know if you would like to attend and if you would like to meet on the ground floor if stairs are a challenge.


Thursday, May 9 –  National Call in Day: Indivisible is joining the Defund Hate Coalition in a national call-in day to ask Members of Congress to reject the administration’s $1.1 billion supplemental funding request to increase resources to yet again expand the already massive immigration enforcement apparatus. This request came a day after a 16 year-old immigrant child died while in U.S. Custody.  Instead of expanding funding to detain individuals and families the focus should be on processing and releasing people as quickly and humanely as possible.   John Katko DC Office: Phone: (202) 225-3701   Syracuse Office: Phone: (315) 423-5657 .


Friday,  May 10 :It’s Time to Tax the Rich – Did you see our New York State Progressive Agenda in the Jan/Feb 2019 issue of the Peace Newsletter? After this year’s budget process, we decided to update it. Take a look and download our graphic to share with your reps, especially Governor Cuomo. ( NYS State Capitol Building, Albany, NY 12224 ) . 


Save the date for these upcoming events:
Mon., May 13
. 6:30: Making Sense of the Mueller Report. Indivisible Cayuga Meeting, Phoenix Building, 2 South Street, Auburn NY. Professor Thomas Keck, Ph.D., of Syracuse University will join us.  Dr. Keck is Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.  He is a leading expert on the Supreme Court, constitutional development, freedom of speech and has written several scholarly works about these and related topics.  Just this month Dr. Keck was named a 2019 Carnegie Fellow. 
Friday,  May 10 
:It’s Time to Tax the Rich – Did you see our New York State Progressive Agenda in the Jan/Feb 2019 issue of the Peace Newsletter? After this year’s budget process, we decided to update it. Take a look and download our graphic to share with your reps, especially Governor Cuomo. ( NYS State Capitol Building, Albany, NY 12224 ) .  

Save the date for these upcoming events:
Mon., May 13
. 6:30: Making Sense of the Mueller Report. Indivisible Cayuga Meeting, Phoenix Building, 2 South Street, Auburn NY. Professor Thomas Keck, Ph.D., of Syracuse University will join us.  Dr. Keck is Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.  He is a leading expert on the Supreme Court, constitutional development, freedom of speech and has written several scholarly works about these and related topics.  Just this month Dr. Keck was named a 2019 Carnegie Fellow. 

Several sites provide access to the full Mueller Report.  The Washington Post site, below, allows you to scroll through and read the summaries or other sections. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/politics/read-the-mueller-report/?utm_term=.87151af32a3d

Mon, May 13 – Get To Know Your Syracuse Government.  6:30 – 7:15 pm. Betts Branch Library.   Join members of the Syracuse City Administration to learn more about what our city government does for us and how to influence our government to work even better.  The event will include an open Q&A so feel free to bring questions.  More information here.

Sat., May 18, 2PM: Talk on green or natural burials.   Speaker-Herbert John Engman, President of Greensprings Natural Cemetery in Newfield, NY (just outside of Ithaca) Speaking on history of natural cemetery movement and the requirements for a green burial. Talk sponsored by Funeral Consumer Alliance of Central New York.  Park Central Presbyterian Church-504 East Fayette Street

Handicapped accessible, parking available across the street and behind the church.

Sat., May 18 – Sun. May 19:  Steven Cross, acting professor at SU and founder of Building Company Theater, will perform his new work, Fragile White Guy, at Art Rage for 2 shows only on May 18 and 19.  It is based on themes drawn from the discourse on the book White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo.

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

Thurs., May 23 (and 5 Thursdays through June 20):  Reading/discussion series about writings of James Baldwin.  Facilitated by Dr. Patricia Clark of SUNY Oswego.  Sponsored by Humanities New York.   Contact Art Rage at 315-218-5711 for more information and to register.

May 31: Voter registration deadline for 2019 primary

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

Sun, Jun 23: CNY Solidarity will not meet this weekend.  We encourage folks to pitch in with one or more campaigns for Tuesday’s primary.

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

June 26-27: Televised 2020 Democratic Primary Debates on both evenings. If anyone knows of plans for watch parties, please keep us posted.

July 30-31: Televised 2020 Democratic Primary Debates on both evenings. If anyone knows of plans for watch parties, please keep us posted.

Oct 11: Voter registration deadline for 2019 general election

SAT, OCT 26, 2019:  9:00AM TO 2:00PM:  Early voting!

SUN, OCT 27, 2019: 9:00AM TO 2:00PM:   Early voting!

MON, OCT 28, 2019: 9:00AM TO 5:00PM:   Early voting!

TUE, OCT 29, 2019:  12:00PM TO 8:00PM:  Early voting!

WED, OCT 30, 2019:  12:00PM TO 8:00PM: Early voting!

THU, OCT 31, 2019:  7:00AM TO 3:00PM:    Early voting!

FRI, NOV 1, 2019:     7:00 AM TO 3:00PM:   Early voting!

SAT, NOV 2, 2019: 9:00AM TO 2:00PM:       Early voting!

SUN, NOV 3, 2019: 9:00AM TO 2:00PM: Early voting!

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

Today and every day, be sure to follow us online and on social media. Check out our Website and our Instagram. Follow us on Twitter: @CNYSolidarity and @IndivisibleNY24 and  Facebookwww.facebook.com/cnysolidarity/  and www.facebook.com/groups/IndivisibleNY24

Support the CNY Solidarity Coalition by making a donation online to help us cover technology, printing and other expenses. Thank you. *Donations are not tax deductible .

Volunteers needed:
Interested in helping with the website, data entry? Contact elaine@iammeinteractive.com
Interested in helping to distribute CNYSC brochures? Contact 
barry@barrygordon.com
Interested in helping to welcome new members? Contact 
Marianna.kaufman@gmail.com

In solidarity, 

Sharon

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