CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter October 27 – November 3

From CNY Solidarity Coalition:

Next Meeting:  Sun. Nov.8, 2020, 3-4 PM, via Zoom. Link to come. 

Agenda: What’s Next?

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

Oct. 25 Meeting: Endorsed the Protect Democracy CNY Rally, Nov.4 at 5 PM (See Below)

The latest on what we can all do for this election:

The best way to fend off a Trump challenge to the election is a Biden landslide. Reporting from the east coast states will be important in forming the news narrative, so your vote in New York does count!

Early Voting is now open. Six Sites in Onondaga County. Details Here: 

Early Voting

Wondering where to make that last donation? Here are some handy links!

Indivisible’s Payback Project Targets eleven Republican Senators who must go!

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

Biden/Harris campaign:

Rachel May for State Senate:

John Mannion for State Senate;

Anthony Brindisi for Congress NY 22 Donate 

Important Nationwide Action Nov. 4

Protect Democracy CNY RallyClinton Square, Nov.4 at 5 PM

The date and nature of this action could change. Watch email and Facebook from Nov. 4. 

Protect Democracy CNY, a coalition of local progressive organizations, has been formed to respond if/when Trump tries to steal the election. We know that Trump is prepared to declare victory and begin legal battles if the results reported on Nov. 3 are close. 

Indivisible/ProtecttheResults has pulled together a nationwide network of organizations ready to respond. They will issue a final call for action on Nov. 4, depending on the national situation. Meanwhile, we are planning a large rally in Clinton Square on Nov. 4. The action may be delayed a few days, or otherwise modified, depending on the situation. This overall effort may require weeks or months of work. 

The public needs to see nationwide mass actions resisting a takeover attempt. This, in conjunction with other important strategies, can have a pivotal impact.  See 10 Things You Need to Know to Stop a Coup

If an ongoing effort proves necessary, you can DONATE to support it: Donate to CNY Solidarity Coalition at or mail a check to CNY Solidarity, 2013 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, NY 13210. All contributions during this period will be available to support Protect Democracy CNY’s efforts. We are making an initial contribution to Cuse Action Medics (FB Here), who have been invaluable at protests, to help them prepare.

RALLY Health Tips: Take Care of yourself when you show up Nov.4!

·       Wear a mask

·       Stay hydrated

·       Use hand sanitizer

·       Don’t yell; use signs & noise makers instead

·       Stick to a small group

·       Keep 6 feet from other groups

·       Consider limiting your time of exposure. 

Repeated: Essential links to stop a coup!

·       Indivisible’s has a coalition of voters ready to mobilize starting Nov.4. Share that link with friends in other places – they can look up local events. 

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

·       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.

Voting Information:

New York Board of Elections: contacts for all counties

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

Wondering where to make that last donation? Here are some handy links!

Indivisible’s Payback Project Targets eleven Republican Senators who must go!

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

Biden/Harris campaign:

Rachel May for State Senate:

John Mannion for State Senate;

Anthony Brindisi for Congress NY 22 Donate  

Articles of the Week:

What’s the game plan if Trump really does try to steal the election? 7 tactics to stop a coup. Read it here

If you still haven’t read the scary stories about what could happen: These two, particularly Barton Gellman’s, give the best, and scariest, overviews of post-election scenarios. Barton Gellman’s “The Election that Could Break America” and Jeffrey Toobin’s “The Legal Fight Awaiting us after the Election.”

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


Sign this petitionSupport Peace in Artsakh and an End to Imperial Wars: DSA Syracuse Solidarity Statement

Indigenous Armenian civilians in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) have been under constant bombardment for the past three weeks by Azerbaijan and Turkey. This petition, directed to Dana Balter, urges the United States to condemn this ongoing humanitarian crisis, and use its power to help end the war and prevent the renewed ethnic cleansing of Armenians in Artsakh.

Early Voting in New York State Opened October 24. 

How to Vote Safely in Person

How to Beat an Election-Related Power Grab

From Choose Democracy

Oct. 27, 2020 OR Oct. 28, 2020. 7:30-9:30 PM


Democracy is fragile. We have reason to worry that this fall we may see an undemocratic power grab — a coup. We also know that the people can defend our democracy. Nonviolent mass protests have stopped coups in other places, and we may have to do the same in this country.
Elections work because the public agrees to honor the results. Similarly, coups work only if the public honors them. When the public refuses to accept the coup as legitimate, coups fall apart. Refusal looks like millions of people using nonviolent tools to delegitimize the coup by demonstrating, resisting orders, and shutting down the country until democracy prevails.
Join this national workshop led by George Lakey, with Zein Nakhoda. The two-hour workshop will share the most important things to know and practice in order to be ready in the event of a coup.

Before the Ballot: Candidate Forum 

THURSDAY, October 29, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Zoom Link —…

Meeting ID: 817 8826 5021
Passcode: Vote2020

The nonpartisan forum, hosted by the Black Leadership Coalition of NY offers Central New York voters the opportunity to ask questions and hear from candidates running for local and federal appointments.

As part of a commitment to bipartisanship, all parties have been extended an invitation to participate.

Fight Your Boss! Teach-ins, Part 2: A History of Class Struggle

Hosted by Syracuse DSA

Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 7 PM – 8:45 PM

Following up the first Fight Your Boss! Teach-in, we are hosting Tod Rutherford of SU’s Geography Dept. for some collective learning about the history of class struggle in the United States and workers’ present situation. We must understand history to understand the present and future.
New and prospective members welcome regardless of prior knowledge or experience. Register in advance 
This is the second teach-in focused on working class struggle in our series this fall. In November, we’re hosting our final Fight Your Boss! Teach-in where we’ll talk about how to organize in your workplace at the super practical level.

Street Theater Performance of “Alice’s Nightmare in Drone Land”
Thursday, October 29 at 11:00am
Main Gate of Hancock Air Field, 6001 E. Molloy Rd, Mattydale, NY 13211
Masks & physical distancing required.

On October 29, you’re invited to join Upstate Drone Action for a unique street theater performance of “Alice’s Nightmare in Drone Land” outside of the Hancock Air Base near Syracuse. Our country has gone down the rabbit hole – racially, spiritually, and economically. The Pentagon squanders essential resources on endless wars and weapons. The MQ9 Reaper drone piloted right here in Upstate New York from the Hancock Air Base is used to perpetrate war crimes overseas in Afghanistan, where civilians are killed, maimed, displaced, orphaned, and widowed by these drones. And let us not forget that, although drones are often touted as a means for so-called “targeted killing,” the majority of those killed by drones have been unidentified. 
Little wonder that we must call upon Alice, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, and the Cheshire Cat to help wake folks up and demand change…

Election Day  – November 3. We hope you have voted already!

Protect the Results/Count Every Vote

November 4, 5 PM

Nationwide day of action on November 4 at 5 PM. Please save the date. We have signed on to have an event here, but what that will look like and what specific actions will be part of it are yet to be determined. 

Making Change: Basics of Organizing for Social Justice  

Saturday, November 14⋅12:00 – 4:00pm via ZOOM

This is a skills-building workshop facilitated by RiseUp Social Action Training and Education. It is part of the workshop series sponsored by the Conflict Management Center of the Program for the Analysis and Resolution of Conflict and Change at Syracuse University.

The training will provide a hands-on introduction to skills needed to organize effectively for social change on a campus and in the community. Coming just 10 days after a pivotal election, it’s a great opportunity to learn skills to accompany your passion for social change. Participants will learn to identify stakeholders and potential allies, develop outreach strategies and build a campaign on issues of concern to them.

Andy Mager and Aly Wane of RiseUp for Social Action will facilitate the workshop. The workshop is FREE and open to all. To register, send an email to include information about organization affiliations or academic departments and any special accommodations that would enable your full participation.  


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:

WAITING FOR NORMAL: Cuba and the United States

October 22, 2020 to January 17, 2021 at ArtRage Gallery

You must make a reservation to view this exhibit in the gallery!

CLICK HERE to reserve your time to see the exhibit.

People feel an undeniable attraction to Cuba after visiting even once. It’s mostly about the people—their warmth and friendliness, their art, music and culture. However, it is almost impossible to photograph or create art in Cuba without capturing the effects of the embargo. Photographer Joe Guerriero’s photography and film work does just that, reflecting more than 20 years of spending time with the Cuban people and experiencing first hand the effects of the United States’ continuing embargo of the island. He shows how the embargo affects the lives not only of Cubans but of those Cuban-Americans who still have relatives in Cuba.


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

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