CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter September 15 – September 22

From CNY Solidarity Coalition:

Next Meeting: Sun. Sept. 27, 2020, 3-4 PM, via Zoom. Link to come. 

Upcoming Meeting Schedule:  10/11, 10/25, 11/8,11/22. 12/6, 12/20/20, 1/10/21

Sept. 13 CNY Solidarity Coalition Meeting: 

Announcements: We donated $150 each to RebirthSyr and Cuse Action Medics to support their work at the Rochester demonstrations. 

Eric van der Vort, Legislative Director for NYS Senator Rachel May, spoke and answered questions.  

TWO THINGS YOU NEED TO DO. Have you done them yet?

First: Make a Voting Plan. DO IT NOW. Tell all your friends, especially those in swing states:

Here are four ways to vote, starting with the most secure and reliable:

1.     Vote early in person, if you’re comfortable. Your vote will go directly into the system and be counted on election day. 

2.    Absentee Ballot, Drop off in Person.  Reduce the load on the USPS and the risk of the mail being late. You can also drop off ballots for others. 

3.    Absentee Ballot, Mail it in.  Do it as soon as possible.

NOTE: Absentee ballots, delivered in person or by US Mail (2 0r #3), will all be counted after Election Day. 

4.    Election Day Voting. Try to get it done earlier. (Trump has promised that there will be chaos on Election Day.) 

For  information on early voting, absentee ballots, registration, checking your status,, etc. for your state: 

The Best Way to Vote in Every State

Did you send it? Now here are the links for Onondaga County (And NYS) for you. 

Early voting: Oct. 24-Nov.1. Six locations in Onondaga County. Details here.

Absentee ballot Info: Details Here.

·      For Election Day voting: Confirm your registration and polling place by looking it up at

·      Go to check to confirm your absentee application or ballot has been received

·      Last Date for voter registration: October 9.  

The links above are for Onondaga County. For others in NYS, find your county Board of Elections Here.

Second: Send money. Whatever you can afford. It’s time. Here are our top suggestions:

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

Flipping the Senate is essential

Indivisible’s Payback Projectis out to do just that! They have targeted eleven Republican Senators who have to go. 

Support NYS Senator Rachel May! Two years ago we elected a true progressive and helped change the direction our state. Let’s keep up the momentum. Donate Here

Biden/Harris campaign:

Articles of the Week:

10 Ways Trump Is Becoming a Dictator, Election Edition Read it here

The closer the president gets to election day, the bigger the threat he poses to U.S. democracy.

“Even before U.S. President Donald Trump took the oath of office in 2017, serious observers were worried about the fragility of the United States’ democratic order and Trump’s all-too-obvious dictatorial proclivities.

It was partly his evident narcissism and contempt for the truth, but also his willingness to run roughshod over long-standing norms, his long record of fraud and shady business dealings, and his evident admiration for dictators in other countries.”

Heather Cox Richardson’s daily email, Letters from an American, continues to be the best daily news summary with intelligent and caring commentary. Read a sample, and subscribe for free or upgrade to a paid subscription Here.

Heather Cox Richardson is an American historian and Professor of History at Boston College, where she teaches courses on the American Civil War, the Reconstruction Era, the American West, and the Plains Indians.


VOTE TODAY, Sept. 15: Village and Town Elections are happening throughout New York State on Sept 15th.

Village and Town elections are controlled locally so visit your town or village website to see what offices you may be eligible to vote for.

Syracuse Common Council Public Safety Committee Meeting 

Tuesday, September 15 at 4:30 p.m.

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: raGdWv5Mk22

Dial-In Option: Access Code: 173 550 9674

SIRDN End of Summer Welcome Meeting!

Sept. 15, 5:30 PM

Syracuse Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network

SIRDN has been very busy during these pandemic times! Please join us for our next meeting to learn about and plug into our ongoing projects, including: solidarity fundraising, ongoing legislative advocacy campaigns, and other efforts to support the work of the Workers Center of Central New York. For Zoom information, please send a Facebookmessage to us or email us at

Manlius Democrats Virtual Town Hall: John Mannion & Al Stirpe

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 7 PM – 9 PM

Hosted by Mannion for State Senate and Manlius Democrats

Please register here

Join us for an open Manlius Democratic Committee meeting to hear from State Senate candidate John Mannion & Assemblyman Al Stirpe. This is a great way to meet the candidates!

After our virtual town hall, stick around to hear from local Democratic leadership, including the Chair of our committee and some of our Town Councilors. Our committee has recently flipped our Town blue by electing a Democratic majority to the Town Board and we’re excited to keep that momentum moving forward. Please attend and invite others as well!

Housing in a time of COVID – A Virtual FOCUS Forum

Friday, September 18, 2020 from 8:05 AM to 9:00 AM EDT

You are invited to a free FOCUS Forum in virtual format. 

HomeHeadquarters CEO Kerry Quaglia and Housing Visions Director of Community and Government Relations Mike LaFlair join FM Realty President Don Radke to discuss what’s changed in housing during the COVID 19 pandemic. Registerand send in questions now or join in with questions in the Zoom webinar.

Before the Ballot: Candidate Forum

Hosted by Black Leadership Coalition

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 at 6 PM – 8 PM

Moderators: Christopher Montgomery, Gina Iliev, and Sam D. Roberts II. 

Voters are invited to join us with your questions via zoom or Facebook Live.(link TBA)

Candidates running for public office will participate in an online Before the Ballot: Candidate Forum Ahead of the upcoming General elections, on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. The nonpartisan forum, hosted by the Black Leadership Coalition of NY (BLC) will offer Central New York voters the opportunity to ask questions and hear from candidates running for local and federal appointments.

Southern Hills Anti-Racism Gathering

Sept. 26, 2 PM

Cummings Park, Grove St., Tully NY

Speakers include: Awhenjiosta Myers, Onondaga Nation Community Organizer; Bishop Collette Matthews-Carter, Senior pastor, Zion Hill World Harvest Baptist Church; Nodesia Hernandez, Chair, Executive Paralegal Committee, Onondaga County Bar Association. CEO/Founder, Minority Paralegal Association; and an educator and advocate from Cortland, NY.

Central New York Solar Tour  – 25th National Solar Tour
Sept. 28th to Oct 4
Climate Change Awareness & Action  is taking part in the 25th Annual National Solar tour

The National Solar Tour is the largest grassroots renewable energy event in the nation. Hundreds of people across the nation will show off their solar homes and businesses. During this week, you will have a chance to ask solar owners questions, and participate in a nationwide virtual solar experience.  You’ll also hear from national leaders in the solar and electric vehicle fields, solar businesses, solar schools, and from community organizations advocating for solar and energy equity.Whether you own your home or rent, can’t afford to pay for a solar system up front or don’t want to – if you want to reduce your electric bill and help the next generation avoid
catastrophic climate change this event is for you.                                           
Hear from three Central New Yorkers how they are saving money, contributing to the transition away from fossil fuels and addressing climate change. Look for our tour on an interactive map when you RSVP <>.

Our  tour will highlight residential and community solar and explain how you can incorporate solar PV with technologies, such as highly efficient electric heat pumps, so
you not only save money and produce your own electricity, but also reduce your natural gas consumption and improve air quality in your home.
Community solar is ideal for individuals who own or rent who can’t afford or don’t want to put any money down up front or don’t have a site suitable for solar. 
This “online, virtual tour” will go live Sept. 28th and run through Oct. 4th. 
Climate Change Awareness and Action, is a local organization of 2,000 individuals concerned about climate change.


TIM ATSEFF: THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS – A Trump Dystopian Heptology 

September 3, 2020 to October 4, 2020

ArtRage Gallery   ArtRage  is now open for visits by reservation. 

Tim Atseff has been painting since 1970. He spent his professional career in journalism including several years as an editorial cartoonist exposing hypocrisy and corruption with the stroke of his pen. Enlarge a nose or jowl here and droop an ear-lobe or place tiny hands there. The idea is to take an imperfection and apply a magnifying glass while still capturing the subject’s likeness and exposing them for who they really are.

This exhibition merges Atseff’s painting and cartooning into one hybrid presentation. Reflecting on the reasons for its creation Atseff says, “When I get an itch, I have to scratch it. It makes me feel alive. The darker the work, the more alive I feel. President Trump is my itch. For the last two years, I have felt like I’ve had a bad case of poison ivy. My skin is raw.”

“Trump’s scorched democracy policy and his feckless lemmings have been assaulting objective truth, civility and the free press on a daily, if not a minute-by-minute basis. Destroying and desensitizing the difference between right and wrong. They are complicit, corrupt, immoral and indecent. Trump embodies each sin as narcissistic, full-throated and butt-naked for all to see.”

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. In Solidarity documents forty days of marching, actions, and rallies.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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