CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter August 4 – August 11

From CNY Solidarity Coalition:

Next Meeting: Sun. Aug.9, 7-8 PM, via Zoom. (In July and August meeting times will alternate between 3-4 pm and 7-8 pm) Agenda: Updates from our committees. Zoom link to come. 

Following Meeting: 3-4 PM on 8/23/2020

Articles of the week:

John Lewis’ Final Speech Read by Morgan Freeman. Listen Here

Here’s a pretty good summary of how the racist system in Ferguson worked and how it (partially) was dismantled.

Ferguson Prepared America For This Moment LINK The Ferguson unrest and the work of protesters laid the groundwork for the current movement, even if many white Americans didn’t listen until now.

“More Black citizens were stopped, and Black drivers were more than twice as likely as white drivers to be searched, even though the white drivers that were searched were more likely to have been carrying contraband.”

NY needs your help: If you haven’t already, fill out your Census response today.

Fewer responses mean our state risks losing out on New York’s share of $1.5 trillion in federal money distributed based on Census data. Money from the Census is used for an array of services including hospitals, first-responders, schools, SNAP benefits, and more. Every response counts.

New York’s poor response rate comes as our state faces a massive $13 billion budget deficit caused by the pandemic. Local governments are also feeling the crunch, and responding by cutting critical services. Losing out on Census dollars would only add to the fiscal pain.FILL OUT THE CENSUS


ArtRage Virtual Exhibition: 8 MINUTES 46 SECONDS

July 16, 2020 to August 23, 2020    CLICK HERE TO VIEW EXHIBITION 

Four Syracuse photographers capture the current movement for racial justice and police accountability; Ciara Feltham, Dennis Fernando, Maranie Rae Staab and Julio Urrutia.

Ending Militarization at Home and Abroad

Tuesday, Aug. 4 7-9 PM

A panel presentation and discussion, organized by the Pan African Community of Central New York, the Syracuse Peace Council and Veterans for Peace Chapter 51
RSVP required via Zoom – register here RSVPs accepted through 6.45 pm on August 4.
Reframing Public Safety – The need to demilitarize and defund the police – Alice “Queen” Olom, Black Lives Matter Syracuse and Emily Singletary, Unchained

Citizens’ Town Hall: Anti-Poverty Work is Anti-Racist Work

 Hosted by PEACE, Inc. and Greater Syracuse HOPE

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 5:30 PM – 7 PM

Online event

We know that concentrated poverty is a multi-layered issue where one of the drivers is racism. Of course, racism does not stop at police brutality, but is entrenched in all of our systems. That’s why we say anti-poverty work is anti-racist work. 
Please join us and community leaders at our citizens’ town hall as we discuss the intersections of poverty and racism. 
Panelists include: Rasheada Caldwell, PEACE Inc.; Lanessa Chaplin, New York Civil Liberties Union; Tom Dellwo, Syracuse Financial Empowerment Center; Dietra Harvey, Utica ESPR; Senator Rachel May; Wil Murtaugh, ACR Health; Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens; Brian Schultz, Centro

Manlius Democrats Virtual Rally with Dana Balter! 

Tuesday, Aug.4, 7-9 PM

Now that we are past the primary and well into campaign season, our hope is to bring Democrats from all over Manlius to hear about Dana.   Register

Uprising! Race and Reckoning in Syracuse

Aug. 5 Wed 7 PM  · Online Event

For Syracuse DSA’s General Meeting we invite not only our whole membership body, but also the community as a whole to explore the movement for black lives. Discussion on black liberation will inform and inspire us on a range of topics: ending police brutality, defunding police, abolition, and reparations for starters. REGISTER today

Hiroshima Day 75th Anniversary Commemoration

Thursday, August 6, 12:00 pm

Syracuse City Hall (233 E Washington St, Syracuse, NY 13202)

This year marks the 75th anniversaries of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. As we commemorate the devastation of those events, we also must organize for a world in which we are free of nuclear weapons and nuclear domination, and ensure that such destruction and suffering (or worse) never happens again. We will gather on the steps of Syracuse City Hall to hear stories of people directly affected by nuclear weapons, testing, and misspent resources; honor the activism over the years that has produced safeguards against nuclear war; and learn how we can build on our progress with the Back from the Brink campaign to eliminate nuclear weapons.

We ask that everyone keep each other safe by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing at this event.

This event will be livestreamed on our Facebook page for those unable to be there in person. Go to to view.

Virtual Town hall with NYS Senator Rachel May

Aug. 6, 5:30-6:30

Join us for a Town Hall with Rachel May for State Senate. This race is vital to protecting the Democratic majority in the NYS Senate. We will talk about her accomplishments in the first term and the campaign for re-election. You can join and ask questions as well
To join confirm your spotand we will email you Zoom information. We will only allow those connected through video to ask questions during the call as you must sign up through the chat windows to get in the que,. 

Protect the People #BLM Rally

Public · Hosted by Indivisible Mohawk Valley LINK

Friday Aug.7 at 4 PM – 6 PM

Oneida Square Roundabout 

Utica, NY 13502

This rally is held in support of the Movement for Black Lives and the constitutional right to freely assemble. Sheriffs across NY State including Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol recently endorsed a 10 point policing proposal in direct opposition to the national and local movement to demand respect for Black lives and an end to police brutality. 
The proposal would make resisting arrest a felony that can’t be dismissed in a plea bargain and make it a felony charge for any person to approach or stay within 25 feet of a police officer doing their job. The sheriffs also called for a felony for making a false accusation against a police officer. The proposals are clearly a police backlash against the Movement for Black Lives and demands for policing reforms. They are designed to attack Black people, people of color, and protesters exercising their first amendment rights.
The slate of proposals was rejected by NY State Senate Democrats on July 23rd, but we demand that Sheriff Maciol repudiate his previous endorsement of the plan at a press conferences, and that Mohawk Valley legislators who represent our community publicly announce that they will oppose the legislation in Albany. 
Wear masks and observe social distancing norms. 

Join AG James, address our seniors’ most pressing priorities 


Join us as Attorney General Letitia James addresses questions posed by NY StateWide members & friends relating to topics concerning New York’s seniors and their families. 

Submit questions for AG James to respond to here:

Please RSVP for the event here:

Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook (Virtual Screening)

Aug. 11, 7 PMLINKHosted by Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and Maryland Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

Join Maryland PPC for a virtual screening of the must-see documentary, Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook. This film exposes the decade-long effort to prevent non-whites and younger people from voting or having their vote count. It also shows the fights being waged to protect our democracy (and features Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival’s Co-Chair, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II).

Protesters’ Know Your Rights Training

Public · Hosted by NLG Albany Chapter

Tues. Aug. 11, 6PM-7:30 PM ZOOM Link

The National Lawyers Guild recognizes that the constitutional civil liberties framework is deeply flawed. Historically, states of emergency, mandatory quarantines, and curfews have often been used to expand state control over political and civil freedom. Emergency powers often infringe on freedom of expression, protest, and marginalized communities. As such, it is important that we know what rights exist to protect ourselves and resist excessive policing. 
We invite you to a training on the rights of protesters, presented by Nic Rangel, Mark Mishler, Samantha Barnhart and Brenda Baddam. 
– Overview of Rights in Movement Lawyering
– Organizing a protest 
– Attending a protest 
– Taking pictures or shooting video at a protest 
– Getting stopped by the police while protesting 
Zoom: Meeting ID: 840 9235 6521  Passcode: 772862

Ecosocialism Committee Meeting: Learning from Rochester on Lead Justice

Aug. 12 Syracuse DSA

Register hereSyracuse’s Common Council recently passed a lead ordinance that aims to eliminate childhood and other lead poisoning in the city of Syracuse. The ordinance itself was modeled after a similar one passed in Rochester in 2005. The Rochester ordinance led to significant declines in lead poisoning. 
How can we learn from Rochester’s experiences? For this special Syracuse DSA Ecosocialist committee meeting, we have invited three speakers from Rochester to share their experiences with the implementation of their own lead ordinance.
Our conversation will feature Katrina Korfmacher, Andrea Carvalho,, and Elizabeth McDade of the Rochester Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning. 

Virtual Town hall with 50th Senate Candidate John Mannion

August 13, 2020; 5:30-6:30

Join us for a Town Hall with Mannion for State SenateJohn Mannion is back running again after a super close race in 2018. We will talk about his race this time around and what is at stake.. You can join and ask questions as well. To join confirm your spotand we will email you Zoom information. 

“Sandwich Saturday” together we stand fundraiser

Sunday, Aug. 23, 2:30 PM  FB Link

Please join us “Together We Stand fundraiser” let’s join together and celebrate Humanity, share love and kindness, Demonstrate peace and equality. To continue these efforts we need your help! to help us maintain our food pantry and street services for the homeless and to secure the future of Sandwich Saturday. 

Street Heat – Weekly Protests are back with Physical Distancing!

HANCOCK: our decade-long protests against Hancock’s piloting killer reaper drones over the Islamic oil lands continue.  6000 East Molloy Rd every Tuesday from 4:15 to 5 p.m. 

DEWITT: Weekly protest against IDF terrorism, maiming and killing of Palestinians. Fridays 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. at Erie Blvd E and E Genesee, Dewitt. Park in the nearby mini-mall parking lot. 

            REGIONAL FARMERS MARKET: anti-weaponized drones/anti-militarism protest: 9 to 9:45 a.m Saturdays . directly across from the market’s main entrance on Park Street.

HOW TO HELP: Volunteer or Donate

National Action Network GoFundMe for student computersDonate Here

Many Syracuse City students are in need of computers to complete their work. Many do not even have access to cable television to participate on WCNY.  NAN Syracuse Chapter has at least 45 requests for assistance in obtaining devices for high school and middle school students. Some have immediate needs and some are students with disabilities.

National Groups: Here’s Where You Can Donate to HelpProtests Against Police Brutality.Links to Bail funds, legal aid, and other organizations working to help activists seeking justice for George Floyd and other victims of police violence

For exampleActBlue: Split a donation between 39 community bail funds

Syracuse Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network(SIRDN): fund to

support undocumented workers and familiesDONATE HERE

Syracuse Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network

Political/Electoral Actions, Donations 

Ready to Flip the Senate this Year? Indivisible’s Payback Projectisout to do just that! This would be a great place to put your stimulus check to work! 

Dana Balter for Congress: We need a progressive voice representing us in Congress, instead of someone who endorses Donald Trump for President!


Also see COVID19 InfoBelow

SIRDN Covid19 Warm Line: (315) 552-1670

Syracuse Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network(SIRDN)  Coronavirus-related information for farmworker, immigrant,  undocumented, day laborer, and domestic worker communities. English and Spanish-speaking operators. Text and phone.

SIRDN has also created a resource document for COVID-19 information, for immigrants and undocumentedfolks. English and Spanish Or use these instructions to have Google translate .


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

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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