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.
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 Mixteco.org (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: https://www.nysut.org/news/2020/august/nysut-women-vote
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 http://www.nysut.org/nysutwomenvoteearlier 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 https://kb55irhn.betterworld.org/events/choir-summer-celebration-concert
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
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
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. https://secure.actblue.com/donate/maysh
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!
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD5:00 – 8:00 PM
SILICA, IT’S NOT JUST DUST!
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.
Or, dial: +1 346 248 7799 or +1 646 876 9923
Contact Jeanette Zoeckler for details or assistance. (315) 380-7512, email@example.com. (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: firstname.lastname@example.org
HOW TO HELP: Volunteer or Donate
Black Leadership Coalition NY
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
Medecins Sans Frontieres is one of the most reliable international NGOs providing direct assistance in disaster areas.
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 computers. Donate 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 families. DONATE HERE
Syracuse Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network https://www.facebook.com/SyracuseIRDN/
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.
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 visit211cny.com
COVID-19 Testing Hotline:
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) webpage.
New York Attorney General Coronavirus Resources and Warnings
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