CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter August 11 – August 18

From CNY Solidarity Coalition:

Next Meeting: Sun. Aug.23, 3-4 PM, via Zoom. Agenda and link to come. 

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


Update on the People’s Agenda for Policing from the organizers at SPAARC 

(Syracuse Police Accountability And Reform Coalition)
SPAARC thanks all who were able to make it out to the People’s Agenda for Policing Rally on August 1st! The time to reimagine a new way is now.  We have the best policing practices from around the country in the 9 demands that will put a limit on police brutality, hold bad cops accountable, and reinvest in community resources that WORK.

 The SPAARC coalition is seeking additional volunteers to reach out to the community:

1. Door to door canvassing – upcoming petition drives will be announced over the upcoming weeks.

2.  Outreach to people you know – can you reach out to at least 5 people you know to sign and share the 2 petitions at Please SHARE the website and petitions with your friends, groups, and on social media.

To become more familiar with the 9 Demands of the People’s Agenda go to the website and attend the Friday evening Community Forums hosted by RebirthSYR. (See Aug. 14 below) RebirthSYR has started some canvassing announced on their fb page – if you would like to help out please review the 9 demands ahead of time.

Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook (Virtual Screening)

Aug. 11, 7 PM LINK Hosted 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. 

Interstate 81 Jobs “Big Table” meeting 

Thursday, Aug. 13. 4:00 – 6:30 PM

The meeting was proposed by the Urban Jobs Task Force, a community advocacy group concerned about employment opportunities for city residents and a member organization of CNY Solidarity Coalition.  It will explore policy, legislative and regulatory actions to ensure City residents can benefit from the jobs and economic opportunity that the Interstate 81 project will create.

“The Interstate 81 project has the potential to be a multi-billion injection of investment in our community. We need to ensure the project creates good jobs and launches careers for people in Syracuse who have been left behind for far too long,” said Mayor Walsh. “This is more than just a business, labor and government challenge. Creating a ‘big table’ signifies the importance of having a wide range of voices working together to address the challenges of creating jobs for local residents on major public infrastructure projects.”

The meeting will take place via a web conference.  See list of panelists and registration link HERE.

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. 

Next Steps Part 5 with SPAARC: The People’s Agenda on Policing

August 14. 6-8 PM 

Victory Temple Fellowship Church

817 E Willow St, Syracuse, NY 13203

Every Friday, from 6-8pm #RebirthSYR will continue hosting our informational forum discussing the status of The People’s Agenda for Policing. Also they will be reflecting on the turnout from the Aug 1st SPAARC Rally at City Hall, and what’s next going forward!

“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. 

Save the Date: Summer Celebration Choir Concert

Thu Aug. 27, 7 PM· Syracuse Community Choir

Join us for our Summer Celebration Choir Concert! 

A FREE Facebook Live Concert with beautiful footage from last summer AND a drawing for an incredibly moving quilt created by our own Mara Sapon-Shevin.

Digital Concert with Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman!

Aug. 27 6-7:30 PM

 Karen Savoca & Pete Heitzman and Rachel May for State Senate

Please join us for a digital concert in support of Senator Rachel May! We will first have a fantastic musical performance by Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman, which will be followed by a group discussion with Senator May.
RSVPs will get zoom link – get your spot at this link.

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

OGs Against Gun Violence

OG’s Against Violence is proud to serve the City of Syracuse  and Central New York to reduce the violence that has afflicted our community through grassroots outreach and a boots on the ground effort to reach out to people and bring positive change. 

In cooperation with the Founder it is our intention to raise resources for the organization’s mission, and to assist in the goals and operations of the organization to reduce violence in the city of Syracuse and Central New York.

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.

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 Project is out 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

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