CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter August 18 – August 25

From CNY Solidarity Coalition:

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

Agenda: Updates on Police Protests and the Peoples’ Agenda

Following Meetings: 9/13/20; 9/27/20

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

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

Articles of the Week:

Michelle Obama’s Speech at the DNC Link

How to Avert a Post-Election Nightmare Link

“We anticipate lawsuits, divergent media narratives, attempts to stop the counting of ballots, and protests drawing people from both sides,” TIP writes in a post-exercise report summarizing their findings. “The potential for violent conflict is high, particularly since Trump encourages his supporters to take up arms.”


Please sign this petition:

TO: Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service

Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service: Remove Louis DeJoy

The People’s Hearing: Impact of COVID-19 in Prisons & Jails

August 19 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

On Zoom – register here. To submit testimony, complete this form. Those who are invited to testify will be notified by Tuesday, August 18th. All will be invited to submit written testimony. Together, we will surface the public health crisis of incarceration in New York State, give voice to the 48,000 New Yorkers behind bars, and demand action by our elected officials. And don’t forget to spread the word!

Last week, New York’s legislature began a series of nine hearings on the COVID-19 pandemic. However, none of the hearings address the pandemic in jails or prisons despite an infection rate in four state prisons that is more than double the state’s overall rate.

New York State has offered little transparency on conditions behind bars throughout the crisis, released only a small fraction of elder and immunocompromised people, and used solitary confinement in lieu of medically-sound quarantine protocols, leaving incarcerated people vulnerable as the virus spreads.

Because the legislature refuses to conduct its own hearing or pass legislation to free our elders, end solitary confinement or address the harms of COVID-19 behind bars, it’s up to us. Join us on Wednesday, August 19th at 10am for The People’s Hearing on COVID-19 in Jails and Prisons.

Public Safety Committee of the Syracuse Common Council

Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. via WebEx.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss proposed “Right to Know” legislation. This legislation would increase transparency and accountability in police officer interactions with the public by requiring police officers to identify themselves during interactions.

WebEx Meeting Link

If prompted, password is: 7TztVn

Dial-In Option: Access Code:

1-408-418-9388 129 599 7792


Syracuse Medicare for All Day of Action

Sat. Aug. 22, 9 AM – 10 AM

CNY Regional Market · Syracuse

Hosted by the Syracuse DSA Socialist Feminist Working Group, this action is part of a National Day of Action for Medicare for All. Actions will be happening across the country to show that our communities are demanding the right to healthcare as a response to the ongoing pandemic. 

If you can come please RSVP here

Make a sign in support of Medicare for All and then join us (socially distanced) outside the Syracuse Farmers Market.

Wear RED so that we can all be coordinated to maximize the visual impact of our action.

Save The Post Office & Fair Elections!

Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020 FB Link

11 AM Clinton Square, Syracuse

Women’s March Syracuse, NAACP of Syracuse and Onondaga County, Indivisible NY24 

The President has recently admitted he is undermining the US Postal Service in order to make it more difficult to vote by mail. It is important that we the people raise our voices and fight back against this tyrannical behavior. Please join us for a peaceful gathering that will begin our rally in Clinton Square with a march to the Post Office on 444 South Salina Street.

Ride or die for Black lives!

Saturday, Aug. 22 4 PM

Syracuse City Hall

Rebirth SYR

REBIRTHsyr will be having a rally at city hallon the 22nd to hold ALL elected officials accountable. As we continue to fight social injustice, police brutality, systemic racism, abuse of power, and white supremacy. This fight is far from over and the demands of the people’s agenda for policing has not been met! Therefore THIS IS A ESCALATION!

“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. 

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.

Heal the Sick, House the Poor: Virtual Town Hall

NYS Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

Thursday, August 27, 6-7:30pmRegister Here

New York is a rich state and yet we have the highest levels of inequality. We know that there is enough wealth to go around to make sure everyone’s basic needs are met. Our state government must take bold and immediate action to secure housing and healthcare for all through this public health crisis and beyond. 

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

Black Leadership Coalition NY

Contribute: GoFundMe

Black Leadership Coalitions mission is to build a culture of political engagement within Black/Brown Communities. We create spaces of conversation and advocacy around issues impacting Black people. We believe those in office and those seeking office must be held accountable for the policies they seek to implement and must be able to speak clearly to communities of color. 

This fundraiser is in collaboration with Syracuse Universities Student Association. As alumni and Syracuse residents – we are grateful for your support!

Help for Beirut: Doctors without Borders

Donate Here

Medecins Sans Frontieres is one of the most reliable international NGOs providing direct assistance in disaster areas. 

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 tosupport undocumented workers and familiesDONATE HERE

Syracuse Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network


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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