CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Event Calendar: Feb 11 – 18

Dear CNYSC members and supporters, 

This week we start off with a reminder of the Tamales, Tacos, Tortillas and Salsa! Immigrant Solidarity FundraiserPlease click on the link above to order by Thursday Feb 13th for pickup Saturday Feb 15th.

Now, on to your calendar 


Weekly #CloseTheCamps Silent Vigil

Every Tuesday 12-12:15 pm outside Rep. Katko’s office, 440 S. Warren St., Syracuse, NY 13202.  

Take Action Night (Syracuse)

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 5:30-7:30pm Planned Parenthood Syracuse Second Floor 1120 E Genesee Street

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.

Special Guests – Rachel Ahart and Angela Douglas, members of the Survivors’ Network.
Action Item – Advocacy activity for the following bill:
Voluntary Intoxication and Sexual Assault (A 8634A Dinowitz/S 6679A Biaggi): Current New York State law implies that you forfeit your right to consent when you ingest intoxicating substances and are subsequently assaulted. This legislation would enable prosecutors to bring charges in cases where the assaulted individual voluntarily consumed intoxicating substances. All survivors deserve the ability to seek justice and respect within the judicial system. 
Please RSVP:

Climate Conversations: Nothing affects food like the climate

Tuesday Feb 11th 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM ArtRage Gallery 505 Hawley Ave, Syracuse

 This event is part of a weekly program this February and March called Reality Changes Everything: CLIMATE CONVERSATIONS.

Please join us for dinner and conversation. Food will be served beginning at 5:30 and the program will start at 5:45.

This evening will feature conversation hosted by local farmers and farm workers. 
Joining us will be:
Maureen Knapp of Cobblestone Valley Farm
Kathie Arnold of Twin Oaks Farm
Crispin Hernandez of The Workers Center of CNY

Free and open to the public.

This event is in conjunction with our current exhibition CARRYING THE WEIGHT: Fire & Ice. The Art of Zaria Forman and Stuart Palley.

DCC & OMA Present Lee Thomas, Emmy Award Winning Journalist

Tuesday Feb 11th 6PM – 8PM Watson Hall 405 University Pl, Syracuse

 Join us as we host Emmy Award winning television broadcaster, Lee Thomas, a unique regional journalist that has covered Hollywood throughout the entirety of his career. Thomas’s book, “Turning White: A Memoir of Change” is a photographic exploration of his identity development as a Black man with pigmentary condition vitiligo in the public eye. 

Collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). ASL provided. For accommodations, contact Cedric Bolton at or by calling 315.443.9676. 

Hosted by the Disability Cultural Center at Syracuse University. Open to the public.

On The Grounds with OGs Antiviolence Walk

Tuesday Feb 11th 6PM – 7PM Brighton and Hunt Ave.

 On the Grounds with OGs Anti-Violence walk in response to shooting of a young man.

 Manlius Democrats Open Climate Meeting

Tuesday Feb 11th 7PM – 8PM 301 Brooklea Dr, Fayetteville

 Join us for an open meeting at the Town Hall. We’ll have a presentation from Chris Carrick, the energy program manager for the CNY regional planning board. We will also have a representative from Climate Change Awareness and Action (CCAA), a local climate activism group.

Our, mostly newly elected, town board members will give an update on what they’ve been working on, recent changes in the Town of Manlius, and their upcoming plans.

Existing committee members are encouraged to bring neighbors, friends, and family. This is a great opportunity for new people to get involved with their local democratic party.

Jelani Cobb presents Race, Politics, and the News

Tuesday Feb 11th 7:30 PM – 9PM Hendricks Chapel

 A discussion with one of today’s most influential observers of the role of race in public affairs.

Jelani Cobb has been contributing to the New Yorker since 2012, where he is now a staff writer. He writes frequently about race, politics, history, and culture. His most recent book is The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress. He won the 2015 Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, recognizing his columns on race, the police, and injustice. He teaches at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and was previously an associate professor of history and director of the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Connecticut.

Free and open to the public. ASL and CART provided.

Part of the University Lectures series.
Sponsored by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences.
For more information, please contact Carol Faulkner at 315.443.2253 or

Public Hearing: Support and Engage on Lead Ordinance

Wed, Feb 12th 5:30 PM – 7PM · 233 E Washington St 3rd floor council chambers
The city of Rochester passed a similar ordinance in 2006 – the city saw an incredible 90% reduction in childhood lead poisoning following its passage over the next decade.

Advocates, parents, teachers, community members: are encouraged to attend and/or provide public comment during the one month period to support and engage in the process as our current strategy is NOT working to keep our children safe from the permanent effects of lead poisoning. 

To provide public comment at the hearing: ARRIVE A FEW MINUTES EARLY prior to the start of the meeting to sign up on cards just outside the chambers and find your seat, START 5:30 PM. Following approximately 30-40 min of introduction and questions by common councilors, the public will have an opportunity for 3 minutes of public comment, each.

READ: the proposed lead ordinance in the DGEIS

The public has 30 days from February 5th – March 5th to comment on the Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement; the action plan for the ordinance begins approximately page 13 of the comprehensive document that outlines the scope of the problem in the first pages. See event page for list of cosponsors and additional details.

Art’s & Crafts Day #BHM hosted by the Workers’ Center of CNY

Wed, Feb 12th 6PM – 8PM · 2013 E Genesee St

 We are preparing for our Black History Month event. If you love doing arts and crafts and enjoy being around cool people this is the place. 

This will help us with the #BHM event on Wednesday February 19….

 Pre-Designation Roundtables with Dana Balter

Wed, Feb 12th 7PM Bishop Harrison Center 1342 Lancaster Ave

 Onondaga County Democratic Committee Members: Have questions about the race? Want to know how we’re going to win in November? Want to talk strategy with Dana? Join us for a roundtable discussion ahead of the Feb. 15 OCDC designation.

Peoples Lobbying: Holding Effective Meetings w/ Public Officials

Wed, Feb 12th 7PM – 8:30 PM · Syracuse Center for Peace and Social Justice 2013 E Genesee St

 Learn how to prepare for powerful meetings with public officials, including setting a strong agenda and clear goals, understanding how it fits into a campaign, framing an “ask” and who to bring. 

Register at:

Faciliated by Ursula Rozum, the Upstate Campaign Coordinator for Campaign for New York Health (CNYH), the statewide coalition dedicated to passing and implementing legislation for universal single-payer healthcare. She has 10 years of professional and volunteer experience on electoral and issue-based campaigns. 

There is a sliding scale fee of $0 to $20 for attendance (pay what you are able). Registration is limited to 20 participants. 

Light refreshments will be provided. 

Please send any questions to our inbox. 

This workshop is part of the Activist Skillbuilding for Justice series: a six-part workshop series to learn skills and strategies from one another and strengthen our movements. 

The Activist Skillbuilding for Justice series is organized by RiseUp and co-sponsored by Syracuse Center for Peace and Social Justice.

Winter General Meeting: DSA for Bernie/Class Struggle Elections

Thu, Feb 13th 7PM – 9PM · ArtRage Gallery 505 Hawley Ave, Syracuse

 This is a big meeting for our Syracuse DSA Chapter! 

1st — We will ELECT a new Steering Committee (Co-chairs, Secretary, and Treasurer. Online voting opened February 1st)

2nd — Our guest speaker is from NYC DSA! Megan Svoboda is an elected member of DSA’s National Political Committee and also a member of the Steering Committee for the DSA for the Bernie 2020 campaign. She will talk about DSA’s recent resolution and commitment to “class struggle elections!” This strategy argues electoral campaigns can be a central part in a larger process of building working class power and organization. Follow her on Twitter!

We will update everyone on all our committee activities and ways to get involved!!

Fire & Ice: A Climate Crisis Panel Discussion

Fri, Feb 14th 12PM – 1:30 PM · ArtRage Gallery 505 Hawley Ave, Syracuse

 Panelists Include:

Mark Lowery, Assistant Director, Office of Climate Change
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Dr. Cornelius “Neil” Murphy, Jr., Past-President, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Chris Carrick, Energy Program Manager, CNY Regional Planning & Development Board
Rachel May, New York State Senator

The panelists will explore the critical issue of climate change from the big picture point of view. They will offer their perspective on the climate crisis, the status as well as prospects and challenges including, federal, state and local actions responding to the climate crisis; what’s working and what’s not; what more must be done.

You are welcome to bring your Green Bag Lunch!


FreeGaza – weekly demonstrations Fridays 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm (every Friday)  Corner of East Genesee St. and Erie Blvd, DeWitt

Each Friday (winter hours: 4 to 4:30 p.m.) where East Genesee and Erie Blvd East meet in “downtown” DeWitt,  Justice for Palestine supporters demonstrate for Palestinian liberation.  Signs we hold include: FREE GAZA…NO DRONES OVER GAZA…JUSTICE FOR GAZA MEANS LIFE FOR THE CHILDREN… SUPPORT “NO WAY TO TREAT A CHILD” CAMPAIGN.  Hope you will join us. Questions call Ann Tiffany, 315-478-4571)

Weekly #Closethecamps Rally at the Regional Transportation Center

11:30-12 noon;  Every Saturdayuntil they close the camps, the rally will continue to take place 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

 Black and White: Narratives of the Civil Rights Movement

Sat, Feb 15th 12PM – 2PM  · Community Folk Art Center 805 E Genesee St, Syr

 Opening Reception Black and White: Narratives of the Civil Rights Movement

Photographs from the George R. Rinhart Collection

This exhibition features forty-one black and white pictures from one of the largest private collections of American photography, presenting multi-faceted narratives of the Civil Rights era. They enable us to explore how visual images facilitated and documented political, cultural, and emotional dimensions of struggles for justice, equality, freedom, power, and humanity. They allow us to see barriers to these efforts embedded in the structures of American society.

The exhibition developed from a Fall 2019 African American Studies and Honors seminar, Photography of the Civil Rights Era, taught by AAS professor Joan Bryant in collaboration with
the Community Folk Art Center (CFAC).

Tenant Teach-in

Sat, Feb 15th 1PM · Beauchamp Branch Library-Onondaga County Public Library System

 We hold Tenant Teach-ins every month to educate and organize tenants.

American Dreams: Immigrant Stories, a play 

Saturday Feb 15th 7PM @ May Memorial 3800 E Genesee St

 February 15, 7pm: American Dreams: Immigrant Stories by Linda Britt will be performed at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 E. Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY, 13214 by community volunteers and directed by Carmen Viviano Crafts. A reception and discussion will follow the performance. This play reading of monologues focuses on the immigrant experience in the U.S., an experience which varies widely depending on country of origin, race, religion, age, and location. COME JOIN US! YOU WILL BE DEEPLY MOVED! Suggested donation $10-15. All donations will benefit the CNY Sanctuary Coalition and the St.Vincent dePaul’s Church Immigrant Fund (for bail/bond). No one turned away for lack of money!

CNY Solidarity Meeting: Presidential Primary Process

Sun, Feb 16th 2PM – 4PM · Park Central Presbyterian Church 504 E Fayette St

 Special Topic: The 2020 Presidential Primary

Please join us for a panel discussion of the presidential primary, hosted by Indivisible NY24. We’ll hear brief remarks on why primaries are an important part of the democratic process, followed by brief presentations from community members on why they’re supporting Biden, Bloomberg, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Sanders, Warren, and Yang for president. Then we’ll provide some time for supporters of each candidate to discuss follow-up local organizing plans. 
2:00-2:05: Welcome and announcements
2:05-2:55: Panel discussion
2:55-3:10: 15-min huddles for supporters of each candidate
3:10-4:00: CNY Solidarity committee meetings
*Please plan to arrive a few minutes early. The meeting will begin promptly at 2:00 PM. All are welcome!
We are also hoping to livestream the program; look to the CNYSC facebook page if you would like to follow from home.

Public Forum on the Right to Know Act

Monday Feb 17th 5:30 PM – 8PM · Community Folk Art Center 805 E Genesee St. Syracuse

 Please join hosting organizations the Central New York Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) and the Syracuse Police Accountability and Reform Coalition (SPAARC) at an educational forum around the Right To Know Act, legislation that is pending passage here in Syracuse. 

The Right To Know Act is a two part bill that requires officers to remind citizens of their constitutional right to consent to search for certain police-citizen encounters, while also requiring residents be presented a business card from the officer stopping them informing them of the reason they are being stopped, who it is that is stopping them, and where they can go to file a complaint. We think these are tremendously important tools for increasing police accountability,and hope to use this forum to educate the community as to what we have learned from the implementation of similar legislation in other cities across the state, and how we can make Syracuse the model of best practice. 

Please join us for a light reception to be followed by our panel of experts who will talk about this bill and why it is needed in Syracuse. 
PLEASE REGISTER at the link posted below if you plan to attend:

February Lead Prevention Meeting: Monday, Feb 17

Monday Feb 17th 6 PM – 7PM · 500 W Genesee St

Pizza and soda provided.

The Wanted 18: Film Screening

Monday Feb 17th 7 PM – 9PM · ArtRage Gallery 505 Hawley Ave Syracuse

Through a clever mix of stop motion animation and interviews, The Wanted 18 recreates an astonishing true story: the Israeli army’s pursuit of 18 cows, whose independent milk production on a Palestinian collective farm was declared “a threat to the national security of the state of Israel.” 

In response to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, a group of people from the town of Beit Sahour decide to buy 18 cows and produce their own milk as a co-operative. Their venture is so successful that the collective farm becomes a landmark, and the cows local celebrities—until the Israeli army takes note and declares that the farm is an illegal security threat. Consequently, the dairy is forced to go underground, the cows continuing to produce their “Intifada milk” with the Israeli army in relentless pursuit. 

Recreating the story of the “wanted 18” from the perspectives of the Beit Sahour activists, Israeli military officials, and the cows, Palestinian artist Amer Shomali and veteran Canadian director Paul Cowan create an enchanting, inspirational tribute to the ingenuity and power of grassroots activism.

Free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided. ArtRage is a wheelchair accessible facility.
Sponsored by the Justice for Palestine Committee of the Syracuse Peace Council.

Climate Conversations: Youth Climate Talk and Leadership

Tuesday Feb 18th 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM · ArtRage Gallery 505 Hawley Ave Syracuse

 This event is part of a weekly program this February and March called Reality Changes Everything: CLIMATE CONVERSATIONS.

Please join us for dinner and conversation. Food will be served beginning at 5:30 and the program will start at 5:45. We will be serving vegetarian soup with stretch bread donated by Pastabilities and gluten-free rice cakes donated by Syracuse Cooperative Market.

Registration required.
Please email

This youth led event, primarily for young people, focuses on young people in the mobilization fighting the climate crisis. There will be an opening youth panel followed by opportunities to explore your personal experiences and what’s next. 

This event is in conjunction with our current exhibition CARRYING THE WEIGHT: Fire & Ice. The Art of Zaria Forman and Stuart Palley.

Biweekly organizational meeting/Reunión quincenal de la organiza

Tuesday Feb 18th 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM · 2013 E Genesee St, Syr

 Biweekly organization meeting of the Syracuse Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network. Anyone interested in joining is welcome. We will be meeting in the common area on the second floor. Wheelchair accessible. Please do not wear any fragrances. Spanish translation can be provided.

Reunión quincenal de la organización. Cualquier persona interesada en unirse es bienvenida. Nos reuniremos en el área común en el segundo piso. Silla de ruedas accesible. Por favor, no use ninguna fragancia. Traducción en español puede ser proporcionada.

Save the Date and/or Register:

Carrying the Weight: Fire and Ice. Feb 1st – March 14th. Opening Reception Sat Feb 1st 6- PM ArtRage Gallery

ACTIVE HOPE WORKSHOPS, in conjunction with ArtRage Gallery’s exhibit “Fire and Ice” relating to the climate crisis:  An opportunity to participate in experiential activities based on the work of Joanna Macy. (Those who are interested can check out her books, Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy, and Coming Back to Life, or a recent video  All are welcome to attend any or all of the workshops.  Pre-registration is required at least a week ahead of time. Contact to register or with questions.

Saturday 2/15 – 1 day workshop, 9am-6pm, led by Sarah Nahar, at SU’s Nancy Cantor Warehouse, 350 W. Fayette St.  Please bring or plan to go out for lunch. Sliding scale $10-$50. See for full details.

Sunday 2/23 –  1 day workshop, 10:30am-5pm, led by Cindy Squillace and Carole Resnick, at ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave.  Please bring lunch. Sliding scale $10-$50. See for full details. 

Sunday 3/8 – Part I of a 2 day workshop*, 11am-5pm, led by Sarah Nahar, at ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave.  Please bring lunch ANDSunday 3/15 – Part II of the 2 day workshop*, 11am-5pm, led by Sarah Nahar.  Please bring lunch. Sliding scale $20-$100 for the full 2 day workshop.*Please note that people interested in this workshop should register for both 3/8 and 3/15, since it is a single workshop, presented in 2 sessions. See for full details.

CLIMATE CONVERSATIONS:  A weekly series of gatherings for a light dinner and conversation. Presentations will come from a variety of perspectives and experiences looking at the intersection of the climate crisis with the many other issues facing our community and the world. Tuesday 2/11, Tuesday 2/18, Tuesday 2/25, Monday 3/2, and Monday 3/9 5:30 PM ArtRage Gallery. See for full details.

Confronting Oppression Workshop hosted by RiseupTuesday, Feb. 25, 7-8:30 pm 2013 E Genesee St Click here to register:

Public Beach Meeting and Press Conference February 29th 10:30 AM · Town of Salina

Challenging White Privilege, Working for Social Justice hosted by CNYSC and NAN Syracuse

Saturday March 7th 10 AM – 3PM (breakfast and arrival 9AM) · Bishop Harrison Diocesan Center

 *Help needed: CNYSC is Looking for volunteers to make this day a success. – Please contact if you are available to help set up, bring a breakfast item, serve lunch or clean up.

CNY Solidarity Coalition and National Action Network, Syracuse present a day-long workshop designed for those interested in, or involved in, antiracism organizing.
Understanding White Supremacy, Challenging White Privilege, Working for Social Justice
Saturday, March 7th  10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Arrival, registration and breakfast 9 – 10 AM
Presenters: Twiggy Billue and Deka Dancil
Donation: sliding scale 0-$50 Please pre-register and rsvp on as seats are limited:

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:

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Have an organizing event, workshop, rally/vigil or community fundraiser to share? Please send the information to and by Monday mornings for the the Tuesday weekly community event calendar.

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