CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events/Announcements – April 14 – 21

Announcements from CNY Solidarity Coalition:

Next Meeting: Sunday April 19, 3-4 PM. Zoom link will be sent. 

Format of this newsletter

·       We’ve shortened it by eliminating some repetition, and reducing the overlap with the Monday Announcements. 

·       The focus on community events has increased, as more groups schedule online events and presentations. 

·       Ways to Help: Volunteer or Donate will focus on just a few needs each week, with some background, rather than repeating at list of suggestions. 

Stay Involved, stay active! Remember that many of the most effective actions we can take, like calls to officials, and letters to the editor, are still possible while we’re home!

Articles of the week:

Coronavirus and the Politics of Disposability: Boston Review

The scholar and cultural critic Henry Giroux analyzes this politics in his book Against the Terror of Neoliberalism (2008). “It is a politics in which the unproductive (the poor, weak and racially marginalized) are considered useless and therefore expendable,” he writes—and “in which entire populations are considered disposable, unnecessary burdens on state coffers, and consigned to fend for themselves.”

Interview: Noam Chomsky on How Bosses Are Making Coronavirus ‘Worse, for Their Benefit’  Labor Notes

…we should recognize that unless we get to the roots of this pandemic, it’s going to recur, probably in worse form, simply because of the manipulations of the capitalist system which are trying to create circumstances in which it will be worse, for their benefit. We can see that in the stimulus bill and many other things.

Post/Newsletter of the week: 

Heather Cox Richardson’s Letters from an American is a daily email – intelligent, short (one page), deep and insightful, clearly written, caring and compassionate, and positive in tone and message. And often, issues that have not been widely reported. Try it! See sample/signup Here

“Yesterday, the New York Times ran an op-ed by Elizabeth Goitein and Andrew Boyle of the highly-regarded Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School, calling our attention to the fact that Trump has at his disposal extraordinary emergency powers. The authors tell us what they have been able to discover about a highly classified series of documents called “presidential emergency action documents,” or PEADs.”


Tuesday April 14, 12-1:30pm, Zoom and  Register Here

A Poor People’s Response to the NYS Budget: Virtual Town Hall With the NYS Poor People’s Campaign

 Join the NYS Poor People’s Campaign on Tuesday, April 14, 12-1:30pm for a virtual town hall on the impact of this budget, COVID-19, and how front-line organizers are responding and continuing to build a movement to advance justice for their communities.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated the crises the NYS Poor People’s Campaign has been organizing to address for more than 2 years. Almost 10 million New Yorkers were living in poverty or one emergency away from it before the pandemic, which is worsened by the lack of safety net and deep economic injustice prevalent across the country. Yet in the midst of a public health and economic crisis that will hit the poor hardest, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the NY State Legislature passed an austerity budget, refusing to raise taxes on New York’s super-rich and ignoring the urgent needs of the majority of New Yorkers.

Open Meeting with John Mannion, Candidate for the 50th State Senate district. 

Manlius Democrats

Tuesday April 14, 2020. 7 -9 PM
Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 149 579 663
Password: 270021
Please invite anyone who may be interested in attending!
If you can’t make it to the meeting, please considering donating to his campaign.

Medicare for all Now and We Mean NOW

Thursday, April 16at 4 PM ET

RSVP here:
Join us for a virtual rally, as we demand the immediate passing of a seamless single-payer healthcare bills now and protections for our healthcare workers.

We Demand:
1) an emergency temporary OSHA standard for health care workers so they have the optimal PPE they require; 
2) the use of the Defense Production Act to mass produce and procure the volumes of PPE and medical equipment the country will need to take care of patients throughout this pandemic.
3) All COVID-19 patients enrolled in Medicare immediately.

Virtual Town Hall with Dana Balter, Candidate for Congress

Thursday, April 16, 2020at 6 PM – 7 PM

You’re invited to join Dana Balter, candidate for Congress in Onondaga, Cayuga, Wayne, and Oswego Counties, for a virtual town hall. Come hear about Dana’s campaign, ask your questions, and share your vision for your community. This event is free and open to the public.
RSVP here and we’ll send you a Zoom call-in link to join from your computer or phone:
This is an excellent way to participate in democracy while continuing to practice social distancing. We hope to “see” you there!

Disaster and Disparities COVID-19: Join the Conversation
Saturday | April 18| 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. EST
Meeting ID: 832 075 245  Password: blc2020
The Syracuse, New York community is invited to participate in a Disaster and Disparities: COVID-19 online town hall. Hosted by Black Leadership Coalition of CNY (BLC) co-facilitators Gina Iliev, Laiza Semidey, and Cjala Surratt, the community engagement town hall series endeavors to ensure that the policies and practices that are born out of this pandemic justly address the health, economic, educational and social needs of our community. 
This goal can be achieved by acknowledging the inequities highlighted and exacerbated by this pandemic, and centering the voices of vulnerable communities directly impacted by the systemic disparities. At the time of this release, in the United States alone, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports close to 459,1653 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19). In parts of the US fears about this virus are further compounded by data that reveals the pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on Black, Brown and marginalized communities. The BLC seeks to create a space for community dialogue, a space where an inclusive and equitable road-map for advocacy and systems change can be built. 
Black Leadership Coalition of CNY, a nonpartisan organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. 

Syracuse Democratic Socialists of AmericaVirtual Town Hall

Monday, April 20 from 6-9 pm We would like to hear how you and your family and friends have been dealing with, overcoming and thinking about the COVID-19 pandemic. We would like to meet all important activists and sympathizers from the Syracuse area to have an open conversation about the current situation and come together to be connected as a community. The initial idea of this is to share and get to know all perspectives and voices regarding our current and future state as concerned activists, workers, community members, etc.. Please join using this link:, go to enter meeting ID: 691 108 680 Join from dial-in phone line: Dial: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 312 626 6799 Meeting ID: 691 108 680 

WAYS TO HELP: Volunteer or Donate

Using your stimulus check for good: Some of us are in the privileged position of expecting a stimulus check that we don’t need because we still have adequate income.  It has been proposed that a method be established to pool those funds, to provide support to local/regional campaigns and/or organizations which serve people profoundly impacted by inequality and, now, by pandemic. If you are interested in working to bring this idea to reality, please respond to the CNY Solidarity Coalition Discussion List at this email address: We can connect people who want to work on this. 

  For now, our best suggestions for donations are in this section each week. See previous issues of the Community Events Calendar here.

From Syracuse National Action Network: Many Syracuse City students are in need of computers to complete their work. NAN has at least 25 requests for assistance in obtaining devices for high school and middle school students. Some have immediate needs and some are students with disabilities.

If you have a laptop to donate, or if you would like to contribute towards one for a student, please respond to Twiggy Billue at 

Please make all donations via Cashapp $syracusenan or via mail to: National Action Network, 159 South Ave. 13204

Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors without Borders Doctors Without Borders is expanding our global response to the coronavirus pandemic, providing on-the-ground medical care to the people who need it most— from Italy to Iraq, Spain to Syria. We provide medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare. Our teams are made up of tens of thousands of health professionals, logistic and administrative staff – most of them hired locally. Our actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of impartiality, independence and neutrality.


Also see COVID19 Info Below

SIRDN Covid19 Warm Line: (315) 552-1670

Syracuse Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network(SIRDN) has set up a “warm line” to provide Coronavirus-related information and resources to farmworker, immigrant,  undocumented, day laborer, and domestic worker communities. We can help you find medical and public health information, community resources (food banks, clinics, childcare, and more), and information on policy updates related to Coronavirus that impact New York State, such as Emergency Medicaid and unemployment insurance. We will respond to messages within 24-48 hours. We cannot provide emergency support, nor medical diagnoses or direct services. We will do our best to help you find the information you need. English and Spanish-speaking operators. 

Text and phone call communication welcome.

The Syracuse Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network has also created a resource document for COVID-19 information, highlighting resources of use to immigrants and undocumented folks in NY and their allies. **Whenever possible, we included both English and Spanish versions of resources. When the resource is only available in one language, you can use these instructions to have Google translate the page to other languages.**

Future Events: Save the date! (Like you were going anywhere..)

Workers Memorial Day 2020 FREE ONLINE MEETING

FRIDAY, APRIL 24  9 – 10 am

~ Awards ~  Recognition of Fallen Workers by Name  ~ Keynoter: Dr. Michael Lax ~

Honoring the Healthcare Workers of the Coronavirus Pandemic

FaceBook page is

Why Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer to the Climate Crisis
May 13, 2020, 07:00 PM Eastern Time. Sierra Club New York City Group Zoom presentation
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 756 300 935 One tap mobile +16468769923, 756300935# US (New York)

Onondaga Lake Beach  Public comment period on the proposed Onondaga Lake beach has been extended to May 15th. Spread the word and speak out against a beach on Onondaga Lake!

For more information on why a beach on Onondaga Lake is a bad idea

Final Beach Feasibility Study Meeting Presentation

Share an e-mail commentwith Onondaga County Legislators: 

Share an online commentwith the Onondaga County Office of the Environment: 

World Beyond War. War Abolition 201: Building the Alternative Global Security System 

April 13 to May 24, 2020 In response to the heightening economic impact of the pandemic, we are offering our upcoming War Abolition 201 online course on a sliding scale, starting at $25 USD. War Abolition 201 brings together activists, advocates, and changemakers to engage in learning specific to establishing a just and sustainable peace. The course is not live – so you can study at your own pace for maximum flexibility. War Abolition 201 explores questions such as: With what do we replace the war system? What truly makes us secure? What actions and strategies might we pursue in building a peace system? Register now. To register by check, 1. Contact World BEYOND War to let us know! and 2. Make the check out to World BEYOND War/AFGJ and send it to World BEYOND War 513 E Main St #1484 Charlottesville VA 22902 USA. To register click here.

Multiple DatesJacobin Magazine: New political education series, Stay at Home

Our new political education series, Stay at Home, 6 PM EST on our YouTube channel.

Socialist politics is built on mass rallies, strikes, and door knocking. But since we’re all practicing physical distancing, we decided to launch a video-based political education series this month. A few times a week Jacobin will host a left-wing thinker on our YouTube channel to explain an idea for around 20 minutes. Then we’ll take questions from our virtual audience for a brief Q&A.


If you do not have a doctor and have questions, symptoms, or may have been exposed to COVID-19, call Upstate University Hospital’s Triage Line at 315.464.397

Assistance connecting with health and human services: call 211 or visit

Onondaga County Coronaviris Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information Page

COVID-19 Testing Hotline:

Upstate University Hospital Regional Triage (COVID-19) Information Page

NYS Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Page

Johns Hopkins – Coronavirus Disease 2019 vs. the Flu

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) webpage.

New York Attorney General Coronavirus Resources and Warnings

FCC Consumer Warnings and Safety Tips

FTC Coronavirus Scam Information

NYS Free Mental Health Hotline: 1-844-863-9314

Onondaga County Meals Help Line for Onondaga County: 315-218-1987

Madison County Mental Health Crisis Hotline: 315-366-2327

Oneida County Mental Health Hotline: 1-800-678-0888

Oneida County COVID-019 Hotline: 315-798-5431

Oneida County Family and Community Services Helpline: 315-798-5439 

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