CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter October 6 – October 13

From CNY Solidarity Coalition:

Next Meeting:  Sun. Oct. 11, 2020, 3-4 PM, via Zoom. Link to come. 

Agenda: Election topics: Congressional, State, and Local

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

Here are three things we can all do for this election.

UPDATES: Please read through this again. 

One: Vote and Be Counted!

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 be counted on election day. 

2.     Absentee Ballot, Drop off in Person.  Reduce the load on the USPS. You can also drop off ballots for others. NOTE: We have heard from people in Onondaga County who have been able to walk into the Board of Elections, complete an Absentee Ballot application, receive a ballot, complete it, and submit it, all in one visit. Like Early Voting, except your vote will be counted after Election Day. But you can do it now.

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

Two: Take the Senate

Donate to Indivisible’s Payback ProjectThey have targeted eleven Republican Senators who have to go. You can also sign up for phone and text banking in key states.

And for more perspectives on who to support, see the article below: How to actually make a difference…

Three: Save the Election. UPDATE:

ADVANCE NOTICE: We’re reaching out to a group of progressive organizations in Central New York to start a conversation about how to respond if/when Trump tries to steal the upcoming Presidential election, and to engage in possible proactive efforts to prevent that. We know that Trump is prepared to declare victory and begin legal battles if the results reported on Nov. 3 are close. We need to be ready for major demonstrations and other kinds of political action to prevent him from short circuiting the election.  

All of this, of course, is now up in the air along with many unresolved questions about the election. But whatever happens over the next month, we need to be prepared. We are watching what national groups are planning and will coordinate our actions. 

More to come. We will keep you informed. 

Here are some of the resources we are looking at. You can start to get ready now.

·       Indivisible’s is building a coalition of voters ready to mobilize if Trump refuses to accept the election results.

·       Choose Democracy is a new effort focused specifically on post-election action. Read this: 10 Things You Need to Know to Stop a Coup

· – The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition works so all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. 

·       Hold the Line Organizing. M+R and re:power held a national roundtable featuring their Hold the Line Guide, and are supporting groups who want to create their own Hold the Line teams.

Non-Partisan Resources for Voting Information:

The Best Way to Vote in Every State Early voting, absentee ballots, registration, checking your status, etc.

Early Voting Information for Six Central New York Counties: Article Here Register to vote, find your polling place, ballot info, and more at the League of Women Voters’ Vote 411 site. 

National Association of Secretaries of State. Includes contacts for all states. 

New York Board of Elections: contacts for all counties

Onondaga County Board of Elections absentee ballots, early voting info, etc. 

US Vote Foundation links to all state contacts.

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

Biden/Harris campaign:

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

Phone bank schedule – 

Every Wednesday and Thursday, from 5:30-7:30pm; Sunday, from 3-5pm

Zoom link for Wednesdays –

Zoom link for Thursdays –

Zoom link for Sundays –

Text bank schedule – 

Every Saturday, from 3-5pm

Zoom link for Saturdays –

Articles of the Week:

How to actually make a difference if you’re nervous about the election Read it on Vox.

“What people should actually do with their time to deliver the kind of overwhelming defeat for Trump that will stabilize democracy and force changes.”

On flipping State legislatures: “There’s an ActBlue to support 48 state legislative candidates who could collectively flip 10 chambers. And there’s the F*ck Gerry(mandering) list and then there’s the GiveSmart Fund, which has a great track record.”

Election Guide 2020: Who will be on the ballot in Central New York? In Read it here.

Repeated from last week. Important. Barton Gellman’s “The Election that Could Break America” and Jeffrey Toobin’s “The Legal Fight Awaiting us after the Election.”


Speak Out Against Azeri and Turkish Attacks on Artsakh and Armenia

Outside Katko’s Office: 441 S Salina St. Syracuse NY 13202-2417

Join us outside Rep. Katko’s office at 441 S Salina St. to hear stories about and speak out against what’s happening in Artsakh and Armenia. You may or may not know a lot about this part of the world, but we are all responsible for speaking out against humanitarian crimes and the denial of indigenous peoples’ right to exist on their own land. We are calling on Rep. Katko to support H.Res.1165 condemning Azeri and Turkish aggression (link to more info about the resolution in the “Context” section Here).
We will gather beginning at 5:30 pm, with a start time of 6 pm. Signs are encouraged, and MASKS ARE MANDATORY. There will be some extra masks if you forget yours.
Peace is possible, and no one wants war, but war was forced on this region by the dictatorial regimes of Azerbaijan and Turkey.

Public Hearings: National Grid Rate Case

Wednesday, October 7th at 6 PM 

Alliance for a Green Economy

We are inviting everyone in National Grid’s upstate electric and/or gas territory to join one of the Public Hearings being held online Sept 30 – Oct 7. Speak Out against National Grid Rate Increase – Say No to Raised Rates & Climate Destruction!
At a time when millions are losing their jobs due to COVID and people are facing evictions and food insecurity, the last thing we need is an increase in gas and electric rates. But that’s what National Grid, a massively profitable British utility corporation, is proposing.
Making things worse, as California is burning and storms are destroying communities in the Midwest and along our coasts, National Grid wants to spend more of our ratepayer dollars on climate destruction. The funds from this rate increase will be used to expand polluting fossil fuel pipelines for natural gas — despite the fact that New York has passed a landmark climate law!
The Public Service Commission and Governor Cuomo have the power to stop this increase. Give them a piece of your mind and testify at the state’s “Public Statement” hearings.
When you register at the Action Network from Citizen Action, we will share info to help you prepare your short statement, including a talking points document and virtual events on and on September 29 with Citizen Action New York:

Virtual Town Hall with Pam Hunter Assembly District 128

Thursday, Oct. 8, 6-7:30 PM

Public · Hosted by Dustin M. Czarny

This week’s Zoom with Czarny we have our candidate town hall with Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter who is running for re-election in AD 128th. We will talk about her term in Albany including dealing with the fallout of the COVID-19. Confirm your reservation to get a live zoom link sent to your email or watch for broadcast on Friday.

The University Lecture Series featuring Nikole Hannah-Jones

Oct 8, 2020 07:30 PM Register

Pulitzer Prize winner Nikole Hannah-Jones covers racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine, and has spent years chronicling the way official policy has created—and maintains—racial segregation in housing and schools. Her deeply personal reports on the black experience in America offer a compelling case for greater equity. Hannah-Jones is the creator and lead writer of the New York Times’ major multimedia initiative, “The 1619 Project.” She co-founded the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting with the goal of increasing the number of reporters and editors of color. Hannah-Jones holds a Master of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina and earned her BA in History and African-American studies from the University of Notre Dame.

Revisiting George Washington’s Assault on the Haudenosaunee

Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 11 AM – 1 PM 

Hosted by Syracuse University Humanities Center, Indigenous Values Initiative and Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace 

The Sullivan-Clinton campaign, an attack on the Haudenosaunee by General George Washington 240 years ago, was the largest assault on Native nations in US history. Drawing from Indigenous perspectives to challenge settler-colonial narratives, speakers discuss land theft, broken treaties, and attacks on Haudenosaunee sovereignty to show how this historical trauma lives on and informs contemporary xenophobia, racism, and sexism.  

Panelists include Alyssa Mt. Pleasant (Historian and Scholar of Native American & Indigenous Studies, University of Buffalo), Andrea Lynn Smith (Professor of Anthropology, Lafayette College, Easton, PA), Jake Haiwhagai’i Edwards (Onondaga Nation, Eel Clan), and Robert Venables (Professor Emeritus, Cornell University). Philip Arnold (Associate Professor and Religion Dept. Chair, Syracuse University) will facilitate the discussion.

The event will be LIVE-streamed on:

• Facebook @SkaNonhCenter, @IndigenousValues

• Twitter @SkaNonhCenter, @IndigenousVI

• YouTube @IndigenousValuesInitiative 


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:


 Also see COVID19 Info Below

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 undocumented folks. 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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