CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Calendar – Nov 12 – 19

Thank you to Elaine Denton, Mary Kuhn, and Misse Ross for sharing their experiences about running for office at this past Sunday’s coalition meeting. Thank you for your advocacy and leadership!

Thank you to Michaela Czerkies and Ursula Rozum of the Syracuse Peace Council and Justice for Palestine committee for an informative presentation Sunday on the brutality facing Palestinian children under military occupation, and its relevance to rights of children everywhere as we stand in solidarity against the immoral detention of children at our Southern border. Thanks to the presentation, we are better equipped to speak to our congressional representatives about the need to support and cosponsor HR 2407, the Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living under Israeli Military Occupation Act. Please get in touch if your faith group or other organization would like to host a similar presentation.

Also, if you have not yet signed the petition to release Justino, shared to us by organizers of the Syracuse Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network, you may read more and sign here.


Silent Protest Every Tuesday 12:00 – 12:15 PM at Katko’s Office

440 S Warren St, Syracuse

Outraged? Join us to give a weekly reminder to Congressman Katko that we are not okay with his complicity with GOP/Trump human rights violations. 12:00-12:15 pm Tuesdays at 440 South Warren St., Syracuse

An Assembly in Support of All Immigrants

Every Saturday until they close the camps, we’ll gather from 11:30-12:00 noon on the sidewalk adjacent to the paid parking at the Regional Transportation Center, directly across the street from the Regional Market. Feel free to bring your own sign; we’ll also have a bunch of printed standard signs to share. More details here

 Street Heat with the Syracuse Peace Council 

Exposing Hancock’s Weaponized Reaper Drones

Meet us out in the streets with messages of peace and social justice. Bring a sign or use
one of ours. Contact Ann Tiffany or Ed Kinane at 315-478-4571

November Thru March we are only at Hancock Airbase and only on first Tuesdays: Nov 5th, Dec 3rd, Jan 7th, Feb 4th, Mar 4th.

 Free Gaza – weekly demonstrations will continue

Fridays 4:30 – 5:15 pm  (every Friday afternoon) 

Corner of East Genesee St. and Erie Blvd, DeWitt

Over one year after the Great March of Return protests began at the Gaza-Israel border, Palestinians in Gaza are still demanding their internationally-recognized right to return to the homes they were displaced from in 1948. The protests have continued at the border every Friday, and Israeli snipers have continued to meet them with excessive force, resulting in hundreds of deaths and thousands more injuries since the Great March began on March 30, 2018. Join us to stand up for human rights – bring your own sign or borrow one of ours.

Take Action Night (Syracuse) hosted by Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York

Tuesday Nov 12th 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM  Planned Parenthood Syracuse Health Center 1120 E Genesee St. Second Floor 

Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York is hosting Take Action Night, a monthly event where you can get involved and work towards change.

Take Action Nights will include education, advocacy and the opportunity to connect with fellow Planned Parenthood supporters.
Learn about: The Comprehensive Sex Education Bill 
Help with our project: Writing letters to the editor in support of the bill

Refreshments will be served.
Ready to Take Action? RSVP here:
We hope you can join us and appreciate your continued support!

American Dreams: Immigration Stories

Tuesday Nov 12th 7 PM- 9PM · ArtRage Gallery 505 Hawley Ave

ArtRage Gallery will present a staged reading of American Dreams: Immigration Stories, a collection of stories told from the perspective of immigrants living in the United States, as a fundraiser for both ArtRage and the Friends of Farmworkers House.

$10 Suggested Donation at the door.
The play, written by award-winning director and playwright Linda Britt and directed here by Carmen Viviano-Crafts, will feature local actors and activists; Aly Wane, Karin Franklin-King, Gerard Moses, Mary Slechta, Daryl Acevedo, Lilli Komurek, and introducing Kailana Rowser.

Britt wrote the play in response to public attitudes surrounding immigration, and took inspiration from current events, such as the travel ban and the expiration of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. Britt says, “This play was sparked by the news we see every day, and the rhetoric that’s coming out about there being ‘bad’ immigrants.”

Pack the Council! Stop the Weakening of the CRB! Hosted by Black Lives Matter Syracuse

Wed, Nov 13th 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM · Common Council Chambers 3rd Floor 233 E Washington St

Special meeting of the Syracuse Common Council Public Safety Committee to consider an amendment to weaken the Citizen Review Board! Call to action!!

A proposed amendment by outgoing councilor Steve Thompson will weaken the CRB considerably by continually describing its actions as “advisory” and essentially optional. Citizens are asked to come and oppose the amendment. It is essential to show the Common Council that we will not tolerate weakening this crucially important body. There will be time for the public to speak. Join us in solidarity with Black Lives Matter Syracuse.

The Citizens Review Board (CRB) has been reviewing citizen complaints about misconduct by Syracuse police officers since 1993.  It has never had the power to impose disciplinary actions on police officers but makes recommendations to the Chief based on CRB determinations about particular cases. It also recommends improvements to Syracuse Police Department policies, training, and supervision practices. For example, the recently adopted Use of Force policy was put in place after years of recommendations by the CRB to do so. 

 In addition:

·        The CRB’s power is already strictly limited by the existing ordinance. The Chief makes all decisions about discipline.

·        The CRB has made some progress over the last several years in defining its powers. Due to a State court ruling, it now has the power to subpoena documents, and to subpoena police officers to appear at CRB hearings (although they can refuse to speak).  

·        Councilor Thompson and the City Corporation Counsel have attempted to blame the CRB for a “drain on City resources” due to multiple million-dollar judgements by courts against the city for the actions of police officers. The CRB is not responsible for these judgements. 

·        New York City and Rochester have just approved enhancements to the powers of their citizen oversight bureaus.

Sankofa Planning/Visioning Meeting

Wed, Nov 13th 5:30 PM – 7PM  · Dance Theater of Syracuse, 117 Harvard Pl

Meeting with our planning team and former residents of the 15th ward to begin to shape the story we want to tell. We are also continuing to seek participation from the a members of the Onondaga Nation and New Americans to tell their Syracuse stories.

Film – Room to Breath hosted by It’s About Childhood and Family, Inc and ArtRage Gallery

Wed, Nov 13th 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM · SALTspace, 103 Wyoming St Syracuse


6:30 pm INTRO
7:00 pm FILM

Room to Breathe explores the personal transformations that happen for students, their families, and educators as mindfulness is introduced in a truly challenging public school environment. By providing a raw and realistic look at the experience, it shows how integrating mindfulness, along with patience, skill, collaboration and more, can transform even the most difficult classrooms.

Tell the PSC: Lack of action is climate change denial!

Thu, Nov 14th 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM · Empire State Plaza Agency Bldg 3, 19th Floor Boardroom, Albany

Join us to witness what the Commissioners say in the 19th Floor Boardroom. Will the PSC finally issue the long-awaited energy efficiency order? Will we again hear climate change denial from the commissioners? Will the PSC acknowledge that the uncertainty of not having a plan thwarts our efforts to promote energy efficiency and renewable heat and emboldens fossil fuel infrastructure buildout? On November 14 we will again gather in Agency Building 3 in 19th Floor Boardroom at 9:30am for the 10:30 meeting. Then we will hold a 1:30pm press conference in Legislative Office Building Room 130 – our reaction to what was (or wasn’t) discussed in the Public Service Commission meeting.

Secure Our Vote: Syracuse

Thu, Nov 14th 10:30 AM – 11AM · James M. Hanley Federal Building 100 South Clinton St, Syracuse

Time is running out to secure the vote, and the clock is ticking on the next Congressional funding deadline. 

Last month, democracy advocates organized dozens of events, and made thousands of phone calls,
calling on McConnell and the Senate to fund election security.

As a result, McConnell announced his support for $250M for election security. It’s a small sum compared to the $600M passed by the House with strong accountability language requiring
that taxpayer funds actually be used to secure the vote.

The Senate and House must agree on how to fund the government by Nov. 21st – will they give the states meaningful funding with accountability to secure the vote before 2020, or is
all of this just talk?

We need to ensure that election security funding makes it into the pre-Thanksgiving funding deal, to ensure the funds are received in time to secure our elections.

Join us on Nov, 14 to call on Congress for the $600M and accountability language so states can Secure Our Vote!

Women’s Fund Celebration of Women in Philanthropy

Thu, Nov 14th 5PM – &PM · CNY Philanthropy Center 431 E Fayette St. Syracuse

 The Women’s Fund of Central New York is making a difference in our community! Come hear from recent grantee organizations about the fabulous work they are doing and how funding from the Women’s Fund enabled them to help women and girls in Central New York.

Reception | Wendy Red Star: Baaeétitchish (One Who Is Talented)

Thu, Nov 14th 5PM – 7PM · Light Work 316 Waverly Ave, Syracuse

Light Work is pleased to present Baaeétitchish (One Who Is Talented), a solo exhibition of photographs by multimedia artist Wendy Red Star. Red Star makes art that arises from her Native American cultural heritage and family history, as well as her expansive interest in photography, video, sound, sculpture, fiber arts, and performance. Red Star’s artistic practice involves ongoing research into historical archives and narratives, which she thoughtfully deconstructs to explore the intersections of Native American ideologies and colonialism’s unsettling effects on past and present. 

*An opening reception and gallery talk with Wendy Red Star will be held on Thursday, November. 14, at 6p.m. in the Kathleen O. Ellis Gallery. The reception is FREE and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

La Liga Gala, Celebrating 50 years

Thu, Nov 14 5:30 PM – 10 PM · Marriott Syracuse Downtown

Come help us celebrate 50 years of dedicated service and advocacy! Since 1969, the Spanish Action League has strived to help a community that faces so many barriers everyday. We bridge the cultural and experiential gap and give our clients comfort to hold on to in times of crisis. We strongly believe in what we do for the community, and we will continue to fulfill our mission long into the future. 

Charly Palmer Opening Reception

Thu, Nov 14th 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM · Community Folk Art Center 805 E Genesee St, Syracuse

Please join us for the Opening Reception in celebration of a journey of the African Diaspora through the works of artist Charly Palmer’s, “RECLAIMING OUR TIME, EMBRACING OUR BEAUTY.” The night will feature an artist talk as well as refreshments! Entry is FREE!
This exhibition is a proud
part of the African American Studies Fall Colloquium.

Jacinta Hartman: Creation & Consequences of Boarding Schools

Thu, Nov 14th 7PM – 8:30 PM · Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center 6680 Onondaga Lake Pkwy, Liverpool

Hartman will discuss the creation and consequences of Native American Boarding Schools and Adoption Eras and their social, psychological, legal, and personal consequences. The purpose is to educate people on a subject that few Americans are aware of. This event is free and open to the public with a sliding scale donation admission charge.

Fall General Meeting: Socialism and Disability hosted by Syracuse DSA

Thu, Nov 14th 7PM – 9PM · ArtRage Gallery 505 Hawley Avenue Syracuse

Keith Rosenthal is a socialist writer and activist. He will kick things off by bringing some central themes from his recent edited volume, Capitalism and Disability: Selected Writings by Marta Russell (Haymarket, 2019). Then, each panelist will bring unique perspectives on the socialist view of disability. Their contributions will include analysis of marginalization, invisible disability, and what it means to move “beyond compliance.” We will open the floor for conversation to assess major institutions in Syracuse and discuss ways to increase collaboration among all groups/organizations in the local disability rights community.

American Sign Language interpretation will be provided by Empire Interpreting Service.

Keith Rosenthal .
Richelle Brown
Kevin Treadway
Kate Pollack

 The Haudenosaunee Arts and Craft Fair at the Skä•noñh Center

Sat, Nov 16th 10 AM – 4PM · Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center 6680 Onondaga Lake Pkwy, Liverpool

The Haudenosaunee Arts and Craft Fair will be held at the Skä·noñh-Great Law of Peace Center on Saturday, November 16th from 10 am to 4 pm. There will be well-known vendors Tom Huff, Eli Thomas, Peter Jones and many more selling their art and hand-made products. There are a variety of mediums being featured: paintings, pottery, jewelry, baskets, soapstone, silverwork, soapstone sculpture and more.

The event will be held inside the facility and is free and open to the public with plenty of free parking.

There will be a food vendor featuring traditional Native food with vegetarian options. Entertainment will be provided by Theresa ‘Bear’ Fox who will be singing at 11 am and 3 pm.
Theresa Bear Fox is a Mohawk woman with a beautiful spirit who writes her own songs. Please come and have an enjoyable day viewing beautiful crafts and artwork while meeting our artists.

Sankofa Communities Syracuse Workshop

Sat, Nov 16th 10 AM – 4PM · Community Folk Art Center 805 E Genesee St, Syracuse

Day-long workshop to build community, engage with local history and stories, and begin to engage with those stories through InterPlay forms and practices. 

The Sankofa Communities Syracuse Project invites you to join us in shaping and co-creating a Sankofa Communities Syracuse Project that will address issues of historical community displacements, but also intersecting questions of sovereignty, self-determination, survival, and thriving. The goal of this project is to create community engagement leading to a performance. We envision monthly gatherings and two day-long workshops leading up to a free, interactive community performance. Some of the materials we may use are factual timelines that highlight federal treaties; federal, state and county laws that were enacted specifically to support the displacement of Native American, Black, and Latinx communities and families, as well as white flight and economic disinvestment; and some actual stories of those families.

Tenant Teach-in hosted by Syracuse Tenant Union

Sat, Nov 16th 1PM – 2:30PM · Beauchamp Branch Library-Onondaga County Public Library System

Come join us to learn about Tenants Rights, wrongs, and Power.

Not Normal: Art in the Age of Trump

Sat, Nov 16th 8PM – 11PM · ArtRage Gallery 505 Hawley Ave, Syracuse

 Building Company Theater and ArtRage Gallery present the 3rd annual Not Normal: Art in the Age of Trump, a night of performance art related to the Trump presidency. 

Suggested donation $10 to benefit ArtRage Gallery. Reserve your seat online or buy at the door.

Members of the community will respond to the injustices related to the Trump administration using theatre, music, poetry and performance art, all in a space dedicated to community well-being and thought-provoking dialogue. The community will gather to witness these performances, using art as a catalyst for dialogue and resiliency in the age of Trump. 

Feeding over 150 at Brown Memorial

Sun, Nov 17th 2:30 PM – 4PM· CNY Project Hope

Come and help us make and serve over 150 meals to the community around Brown Memorial church. We will be serving a thanksgiving type meal. We can use cans of cranberries, mashed potatoes, desserts, gravy and salads. Let us know what you are making. Thank you.

Trust in the Land: New Directions for Restoration

Monday Nov 18th 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM · SUNY-ESF, Marshall Hall, Nifkin Alumni Lounge

Trust in the Land: New Directions for Restoration with Dr. Beth Rose Middleton Manning, UC Davis.

Dr. Beth Rose Middleton Manning is a Professor of Native American Studies at UC Davis. Beth Rose’s research centers on Native environmental policy and Native activism for site protection using conservation tools. Her broader research interests include intergenerational trauma and healing, rural environmental justice, indigenous analysis of climate change, Afro-indigeneity, and qualitative GIS.

Beth Rose has written two books: Trust in the Land: New Directions in Tribal Conservation, on Native applications of conservation tools, and Upstream, on the history of Indian allotment lands at the headwaters of the California State Water Project. She is currently working on a project regarding tribal participation in the carbon market. Beth Rose is passionate about increasing under-represented perspectives, especially indigenous perspectives, in academia and in environmental policy and planning.

This event is free and open to the public. For questions and parking information, contact Tusha Yakovleva:
Coffee, tea, and light breakfast snacks will be provided.

Bernie Sanders Organizing Meeting

Monday Nov 18th 5:15 PM · OneGroup Insurance 706  N. Clinton St, Syracuse

Come to our organizing meeting for supporters in the Syracuse area. Please click “going” if you will be attending. – If anyone needs a ride, please reach out and we’ll try our best to help.

Imprisoning a Generation – Film Screening

Monday Nov 18th 7 PM – 8:30 PM · May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society

Imprisoning a Generation is a documentary film following the stories of four young Palestinians who have been detained and imprisoned under the Israeli military and political systems. Their perspectives, along with the voices of their families, combine to form a lens into the entangled structures of oppression that expand well beyond the prison walls.

Watch the trailer at

This event is organized byn the Justice for Palestine committee of the Syracuse Peace Council and May
Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society.

Justice for Palestine’s No Way to Treat a Child campaign aims to build support for Palestinian children’s rights by encouraging Congressional representatives to cosponsor H.R. 2407, the Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living under Israeli Military Occupation Act.
H.R. 2407 seeks to promote justice, equality and human rights for children globally by prohibiting U.S. foreign military aid given to any country from supporting “the military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment of children in violation of international humanitarian law.”

If your organization would like to sign on to our letter in support of HR 2407 and/or host a presentation for your group on Israeli military detention of Palestinian children, contact

To learn more about the No Way Way to Treat a Child campaign, visit .

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Picket the Health Insurance Profiteers! Nov 21st  12 PM · 55 Eagle St, Albany

Teach-In Socialism, Communism, and Capitalism Wed Dec 4th 6:30 PM UUMC 1085 E Genesee

Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival Sat Dec 7 and Sun Dec 8 · Nottingham High School

 ArtRage Fair Trade Sale Days  Friday, December 13, 2019 and Saturday, December 14, 2019   

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