CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – April 27, 2021 to May 4, 2021

From CNY Solidarity Coalition:

Next Meeting: Sunday, May 16, 2021, 3-4 PM. Zoom Link to come

NOTE: Revised Meeting Schedule: Upcoming Meetings: 5/16/21, 6/6/21, 6/27/21. Committee meetings will take place, after announcements, at our second meeting each month: 6/27/21. We will schedule one full meeting per month for July and August. Committees will meet on their own. 

News/Announcements from our Committees:

You can sign up for the mailing lists of each of the committees. Email your request to the contact person listed. 

Indivisible NY24: Priorities: S1 democracy reform/voting rights; S51 DC statehood; filibuster. Schedulin meetings with Schumer staff. Voting rights/democracy reform action, 5/8, 11 am 

Contact: Tom Keck –

Climate Justice: Working to pass theClimate and Community Investment Act – legislative visits, LTE’s etc. 

Info at

Contact: Kitty Burns –

SLAT (State/Local Action Team), with DSA Allies:

Contact: Peter McCarthy –

Now that the Invest in Our New York campaign has won significant victories with the NYS budget, we are shifting to the NY Health Act. Info here:

Call John Mannion and CNY Legislators to pass the NY Health Act

For the first time in history, a majority of state legislators in the Assembly and Senate are supporting the, NY Health Act, the bill to make healthcare a guaranteed right to all New Yorkers by setting up a comprehensive universal, single-payer healthcare program. Calls are needed to CNY legislators in support of the NY Health Act. Use this tool from the Campaign for NY Health to contact lawmakersSenator John Mannion is not yet a cosponsor and needs to hear from constituents about the importance of passing the Health Act. Senator Rachel May and Assemblymembers Hunter, Stirpe, and Magnarelli are longtime co-sponsors – please thank them and urge them to push for a vote on the Health Act this session!

Articles of the Week:

Earth Day must address the prime cause of climate destruction Read it on 

By RonVan Norstrand of Beyond War and Militarism, a committee of CNY Solidarity Coalition and the Syracuse Peace Council

“We in the US must come to grips with the fact that the US military has the largest carbon and greenhouse gas footprint of any organization in the world. The US’ well-known history of fighting wars for oil allows the fossil fuel industry to rely on militarization to uphold its operations around the globe.”

Press coverage from faith leaders support transition off of fossil fuels Press conference organized by Climate Change Awareness & Action. To learn more about CCAA:

CNY Faith Leaders Get Behind Efforts To Reduce Fossil Fuel Dependence, Adopt Renewable Energy

Op-ed in Syracuse Post Standard on Religious Leaders Statement, Submitted by CCAA

Religious leaders of CNY call for transition from fossil fuels, urge local action (Your Letters) –

You have the right to film police. Here’s how to do it effectively — and safely.

Read it on The Washington Post. Smartphone video was critical in convicting Derek Chauvin of murdering George Floyd. Here are five practical and technical lessons for using your camera to bear witness.

Check out Syracuse DSA’s resource, Alternatives to Calling the Police. One of the issues in policing is that the police are called for  much more than criminal complaints – they are called for mental health issues, arguments, etc. We as a community need to rethink the 911 call and consider alternatives to it. DSA’s new resource is a step in that direction.

A Distinctly American Problem Needs Systematic Investigation

Every police killing, like every plane crash, warrants careful review by a federal agency.

Conor Friedersdorf

Staff writer at The Atlantic

“Aviation deaths once looked like an intractable problem. Then the federal government began probing every plane crash with an eye toward preventing future loss of life. Our skies got much safer as a result. A similar approach could reduce police killings. A federal agency should investigate every single killing and significant injury caused by American police officers, who have long killed people at higher rates than cops in many other wealthy democracies.”

30 Ways to Live More Sustainably—and Fight Climate Change in the Process

This article has some good content, well beyond conservation and recycling. 

“If justice is placed at the center, we will all connect how health, housing, energy, transportation, and access to democratic principles can be realized for everybody. It means breaking out of that narrow box that the environment movement somehow doesn’t include all these other issues around this quest for justice, particularly racial justice.”


Workers’ Center seeking help with LTE’S: We won! $2.1 billion was allocated to an Excluded Workers Fund in the NYS budget. Unfortunately, it was an ugly fight and even some of our Dems (like Mannion) chose not to support excluded workers. We’re already seeing some uninformed, racist, anti-immigrant attacks on the fund by republican politicians. We want to ramp up positive voices in the media celebrating this fund and its impact in our upstate communities, correcting myths and supporting the politicians who fought for the fund. The FEW coalition is launching a coordinated Letters to the Editor (LTEs) effort over the coming weeks. We have a template and can help personalize messages and place LTE’s, we’re looking for allies in various sectors who are willing to sign one — especially teachers, healthcare workers, social workers, etc., who have seen first hand the harm this pandemic has caused to our immigrant community. If you can personalize, sign, and send a letter based on their template, please contact Jessica at 

SIRDN (Syracuse Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network) Biweekly Meeting

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 5:30 PM EDT – 7:30 PM EDT  We will be providing updates on our campaigns and the activities of our working groups, including solidarity fundraising, ongoing legislative advocacy campaigns, and other efforts to support the work of the Workers Center of Central New York. New members are always welcome. Meetings conducted in English and Spanish w/ interpretation. For Zoom information, please send us a Facebook message or email us at 

Signature Soul: Passion, Poetry, & Perseverance [Live streamed to FB & YouTube]

Wednesday, April 28 At 7 PM EDT – 8:30 PM EDT

Donations are welcome. Link at this page

Syracuse Community Choir is proud to present: Passion, Poetry, & Perseverance – a poetic offering from Signature Soul. SCC will keep our choir traditions of opening with a meditation and closing with announcements and appreciations.

Watch via live stream on Syracuse Community Choir Facebook/ YouTube or join on Zoom:…

Workers’ Memorial Day 2021

Wednesday, April 28 AT 9:30 AM EDT – 10:30 AM EDT

Workers’ Memorial Day 2021

Event by Occupational Health Clinical CenterCentral New York Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO and Workers’ Center of CNY


Join us for our annual Workers’ Memorial Day 2021 event presented via Zoom.

Every year, we observe Workers’ Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew our commitment to workers’ health and safety.

“Mourn for the dead. Fight like hell for the living!”

This virtual meeting will be free and open to all!!

Please register and join us.

Campaign for Clean Heat Webinar

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 At 7 PM EDT – 8 PM EDT

Go To Link

Event by HeatSmart TompkinsNetwork for a Sustainable Tomorrow and 2 others


Join Clean Heating and Cooling community teams from across New York and the Renewable Heat Now Campaign to learn about the movement for #BuildingElectrification and how you can be a part of it on a personal level, at the municipal level, and at the state level and federal level. #HeatPumpsNotPipelines 

Virtual People’s Hearing on New York State Redistricting

Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 6:30 pm EDT

Go To Link Event by League Of Women Voters of NYS

Join us for the League of Women Voter’s first ever virtual People’s Hearing on New York State Redistricting! Our virtual hearing will allow New Yorkers from around the state to present testimony on why redistricting matters to them and their community of interest.

Click here to register via Zoom for this event:…/reg…/WN_SAAgQj4oSvynFjTLVfx6Hg

The League will be inviting selected applicants to provide oral testimony at our People’s Hearing on April 29th at 6:30 pm. Testifiers will be selected based on their written testimony and the region of the state they represent.

Poverty in Syracuse and the Potential for Racial and Economic Justice through the I-81 Project

Apr 29, 2021 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)Register

Deka Dancil, Presenter

The Community Hub invites you to join us for the Social Justice in Syracuse lecture series, which features leaders from Syracuse who work to dismantle structural inequality and advance social justice in the community.
Deka Dancil is manager of bias response and education at Syracuse University and president of the Urban Jobs Taskforce Board of Directors. Deka’s talk will explore the history of the I-81 Viaduct and its role in the concentrated poverty and racial segregation that exists in Syracuse as well as look at how racial and economic justice may be achieved through the upcoming rebuild. Additional harsh realities surrounding poverty in the city of Syracuse will also be highlighted during this visionary presentation.

Race and Justice in CNY: Anthony Ray Hinton Speaks

Thursday, April 29, 2021 5:30-6:30 PM

Anthony Ray Hinton survived for 30 years on Alabama’s death row. His story is a decades-long journey to exoneration and freedom. In 2018, he published The Sun Does Not Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row, which was selected for Oprah’s Book Club and is a New York Times bestseller.

Truth, Dissent, and the Legacy of Daniel Ellsberg 


Event by UMass AmherstUMass Department of History and College of Humanities & Fine Arts at UMass Amherst


Inspired by Daniel Ellsberg’s vast collection of personal papers, recently acquired by University of Massachusetts Special Collections and University Archives, this free online conference brings together more than two dozen distinguished historians, journalists, activists, whistleblowers, and former policymakers on the eve of the 50th anniversary of Ellsberg’s leak of the Pentagon Papers. In a keynote address by Daniel Ellsberg and seven roundtable discussions, presenters will explore the major issues that have engaged Ellsberg’s life: the Vietnam War, nuclear weapons, antiwar resistance, the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, whistleblowing, and the wars of the 21st century. 

The plenary panel is an historic conversation between Ellsberg and fellow whistleblower Edward Snowden, moderated by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! Other speakers include Beatrice Fihn, leader of a Nobel Peace Prize-winning antinuclear group; former Nixon White House counsel John Dean; historians Fredrik Logevall, Carolyn Eisenberg, and Ngo Vinh Long; former Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman; award-winning journalists Frances FitzGerald and Hedrick Smith, and many more. See the full list of speakers.

This conference is the culmination of a year-long course taught by UMass Amherst historian Christian Appy and journalism professor Kathy Roberts Forde in collaboration with Charles Sennott, founder of The GroundTruth Project, and the Special Collections and University Archives, UMass Amherst Libraries, which is the repository for Ellsberg’s papers. We are building a website, The Ellsberg Archive Project, to showcase the donated collection, and GroundTruth is producing a special five-part podcast series called The Whistleblower: Truth, Dissent & the Legacy of Daniel Ellsberg in collaboration with GBH.

Read more and register: 

“Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present”April 30, 2021 – 4 PM EST Ben-Ghiat, Professor of History & Italian Studies at New York UniversityMs. Ben-Ghiat writes frequently for CNN and other news and analysis sites on fascism, authoritarian leaders, propaganda, and threats to democracy around the world and how to counter them. She will discuss her new book, “Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present,” the first study to place President Donald Trump in the context of a century of authoritarian leaders that use a playbook of corruption, violence, propaganda, and machismo to stay in power. Webinar: Wait… What? How Much? US Military Spending and National Priorities? Wednesday May 5th 12-1pm. Register here.Join Dr. Heidi Peltier, a research fellow at the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range, to discuss the United States military spending and what it means for our national priorities. What does national security mean as we recover from the pandemic, live through the climate crisis and so much more. How can we end the military industrial complex so our national priorities are the inequalities of this country rather than a war economy.  Civic Saturdays: Meet the Candidates running in your local elections!Saturday, May 15, 2021. 12-5 PMKey Bank Parking Lot, 2209 S. Salina St.Sponsors: TNT and NANPlease join us for a day of fun with a purpose! Free food, entertainment, and candidate information!Learn why participation in your local elections is important: Local elections have local consequences!·       Voter Registration·       Voter Education·       ParticipationMust wear face masks. Sanitizer provided.  Save the Date:Poor Peoples’ Campaign Online Mass AssemblyJune 21, 2021


EXPOSE KILLER DRONE TERROR: join our decade-long protests against the  piloting of reaper drones over the Islamic oil lands…across from the main gate of Hancock AFB, 6000 East Molloy Rd  (east of Mattydale)…4:15 to 5 p.m. every Tuesdayfrom April 6 thru the end of October.

STAND WITH  PALESTINE  expose IDF terrorism, Occupation and apartheid in Gaza and West Bank…intersection of Erie Blvd E and E Genesee in De Witt…4:15 to 5 p.m every Friday       

BRING YOUR OWN PEACE AND JUSTICE SIGN*…opposite the Regional Market main entrance On Park ST.. every Saturday 9 to 9:45 a.m. beginning  April 3       *or use one of ours. (Ann or Ed  315 478-4571 home)

*Social distancing***Legal***No meetings, no obligation, no cost***Easy  parking***Rain or shine*

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