CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter August 25 – September 1

From CNY Solidarity Coalition:

Next Meeting: Sun. Sept. 13, 2020, 3-4 PM, via Zoom. Link to come. 

Following Meeting: 9/27/20

Make a Plan to Vote. COVID-19 is now a valid excuse to apply for an absentee ballot. Click Hereto apply for one today. And – once early voting opens on Oct. 24., you can drop it off at the Board of Elections and not depend on the Post Office. More details to come. 

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

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:

Election-theft expert says Trump has a plan to steal the election legally — and the USPS isn’t the problem Link

During his speech on Monday before the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump said again that he wants to stay in office for 12 more years. He also said that mail-in voting is one of the biggest “scams” in human history and once again suggested that the only way Joe Biden and the Democrats can defeat him is by cheating. With such wild claims Trump is, again, creating a pretext for a “Reichstag fire” event which he will try to use to nullify the 2020 Election.

Martin Luther King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jailis always worth re-reading. 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the future of the left

Rising star Ocasio-Cortez’s politics provide a model for a progressive movement seeking to diversify.


For an additional source for community events, go to https://artragegallery.organd sign up for the ARTRage mailing list. Although the gallery is not open, they are active and continue their arts and activism work. You can also make a donation while you’re at the website. 

In Solidarity: Syracuse Protests

Virtual Exhibit from Light Work. Aug. 24 – oct. 15 Link

A group exhibition featuring images made during events at the epicenter of the protest movement in Syracuse, NY. Light Work’s Urban Video Project first exhibited these images at UVP’s outdoor exhibition site on the facade of the Everson Museum of Art. In Solidarity documents forty days of marching, actions, and rallies with images from local photographers Cherilyn Beckles, Mylz Blake & Eric Derchio Jackson Jr., Dennis Fernando, and Maranie Staab. 

Realities of Indigenous Migrant Farmworkers During Covid-19

Wednesday, Aug. 26 2 PM-3:15 PM

Hosted by Cultural Survival Link

This panel held by Cultural Survival in partnership with International Funders for Indigenous Peoples will spotlight and analyze the intersections of Indigenous and migrant farmworker experiences and forms of organizing during COVID-19 and its impact on livelihoods and identities. Indigenous Peoples are heavily represented among migrant farmworkers in the United States, and they are highly impacted by COVID-19, due to the exclusion of undocumented people from most benefits, as well as other structural inequities in access to health and other resources that affect both documented and undocumented people.

Cultural Survival representatives Galina Angarova (Ekhirit Nation, Buryat People) and Avexnim Cojtí (K’iche’ Maya) will discuss some of the root causes of migration that force Indigenous Peoples to leave their homelands. Panelist Arcenio López (Mixteco) from (based in the Central Valley, CA) and Crispín Hernández (Mixteco) of the Workers’ Center of Central New York will speak about the unique challenges farmworkers face in each of these regions during the COVID crisis, the work their organizations do, and how they are moving through this crisis through local and regional organizing. 

NYSUT Women Vote 2020: A Commemoration and an Education on the 19th Amendment

Aug. 26, 7-8 PM. Learn more:

NYSUT and the NYSUT Women’s Committee are proud to announce a virtual live event – NYSUT Women Vote 2020 – A Commemoration and an Education on the 19th Amendment. Join your sisters from the NYSUT Women’s Committee and NYSUT Women’s Chapters as they talk about the need for racial and gender justice for all women and the importance of voting in 2020.
We will be joined by NYSUT President Andy Pallotta; Interim Commissioner of Education Dr. Betty Rosa; Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins; and Executive Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Labor Nathaalie Carey.

NOTE: Links to the live stream on Facebook and YouTube will be available at in the day on Wednesday; the event will begin at 7.

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.
Get tickets for the Summer Celebration Quilt at
The Choir Celebration Quilt is multilayered and sewed with choir song words and phrases. Quilt tickets will be sold online.

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.

Onondaga Votes: Rejuvenating Politics

Why your voice and vote matter: Join us to hear a panel of youth advocates discuss their views on civic engagement.

Aug 28, 2020 05:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Onondaga Votes! hosts a dialogue with civically engaged youth in NYS. Use link below to register to join via zoom or see it live on Facebook @Onondaga Votes!…/register/WN_EaVXqZVkTcyMzyjJS3iHrQ



If you work with concrete, sand, rock, quartz, counter-tops

If you work in construction trades such as masons, laborers, operators, carpenters etc

If you need to comply with new OSHA Silica in Construction training requirements 

Presented by Certified Industrial Hygienist, Gregory Siwinski, Occupational Health Clinical Center, Syracuse, NY. 

LINK to TRAINING Or, go to enter meeting ID: 950 5772 6247 

Or, dial: +1 346 248 7799 or +1 646 876 9923

Contact Jeanette Zoeckler for details or assistance. (315) 380-7512, (Note: $40 incentive for completing the OSHA funded training) 

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.

For more information:

HOW TO HELP: Volunteer or Donate

Black Leadership Coalition NY

Contribute: GoFundMe

Black Leadership Coalition’s 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

–Peter McCarthy

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