CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – May 4, 2021 to May 11, 2021

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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. We will schedule one full meeting per month for July and August. Committees will meet on their own. 

RALLY: John L. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Action Day – National Action

Saturday, May 8, 11am – 12pm NOTE TIME CHANGE from earlier announcement. See below, May 8

SPECIAL SECTION – URGENT EFFORT TO PASS NY HEALTH ACT
WEEK OF ACTION for NY Health 

Tuesday May 4 – Monday May 11

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. However, passage is not assured – see the Jacobin article for explanation. Calls are needed to CNY legislators in support of the NY Health Act. Use this tool from the Campaign for NY Health to contact lawmakers.Senator 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.

Join CNY Solidarity Coalition, Syracuse DSA, The Campaign for NY Health, and others for a WEEK of ACTION to push our legislators to put PEOPLE FIRST in Pandemic Recovery! #PassNYHealth!

Commit to participating in one or more of our action items this week! 

The New York Health Act [A6058/S5474] will provide comprehensive, universal health coverage — including long-term care — for every resident of New York. Learn more here.  

And read this article for some background:

New York State Could Finally Get Single-Payer Health Care Read it on Jacobin

“It was safe for liberal legislators to support this overwhelmingly popular measure when it didn’t have the votes. They could get moral credit from progressives without having to face the political consequences of enacting genuinely redistributive policy. Now that it has a fighting chance, will the Senate and Assembly leadership actually introduce the bill?”

TUESDAY

Phone, email or tweet to your state representatives to #PassNYHealth! Using this simple online tool – call, email and tweet at your elected officials in the Senate and Assembly, asking them to pass the New York Health Act this year. Many of our local representatives have committed to co-sponsoring the NY Health Act. For those who have co-sponsored  – Senator May, Assemblymembers Hunter, Magnarelli and Stirpe, please thank them and ask that they make their support public. Senator Mannion needs additional encouragement from constituents to co-sponsor this important legislation. 

WEDNESDAY

Share your healthcare story.

Write a letter to the editor for Universal Healthcare.

THURSDAY 

Sign the petition to #PassNYHealth

Phonebank to #PassNYHealth! Thursday May 6th, 6:00 PM. RSVP here.

FRIDAY

Own a business? Would your organization like to endorse? Endorse the NY Health Act TODAY. Send an organizational memo of support to your legislators.

Stay tuned! Help us mobilize for our upcoming virtual Central New York Healthcare Town Hall, the week of May17th. 

MONDAY

Phonebank to #PassNYHealth! Monday May 10th, 6:00 PM. RSVP here.

Volunteers are needed for phone banking every Monday and Thursday in May.

Phonebank to #PassNYHealth! Thursday May 13th, 6:00 PM. RSVP here.

Phonebank to #PassNYHealth! Monday May 17th, 6:00 PM. RSVP here.

Phonebank to #PassNYHealth! Thursday May 20th, 6:00 PM. RSVP here.

Phonebank to #PassNYHealth! Monday May 24th, 6:00 PM. RSVP here.

Phonebank to #PassNYHealth! Thursday May 27th, 6:00 PM. RSVP here.

Articles of the Week:

2 Years After Passing A Landmark Climate Law, New York Has No Plan To Fund It

Governor Cuomo just approved the largest budget in New York history — and it has virtually no new funding to help meet the state’s emissions goals. Read it on Grist

“The Climate and Community Investment Act, introduced this month in the legislature, would aim to raise $15 billion each year from polluters by charging a fee of $55 per ton of fossil fuel emissions, making dirty energy sources less competitive.”

Read Onondaga County Elections Commissioner Dustin Czarny’s important commentary:

To preserve fair elections, Onondaga County needs to invest more money 

Jeremy Scahill: Joe Biden’s Foreign Policy Record Shows Evolution of U.S. Empire Since Vietnam War from Democracy Now!

“Scahill says Joe Biden is the first president in decades to come to the White House after spending significant time in Congress, but it’s not clear whether that will push him toward greater restraint in matters of war and peace.”

Resources on Route 81, the Community Grid, and the Impacts on Syracuse. 

These were shared after an amazing talk by Deka Dancil of the Urban Jobs Task Force: 

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

Read UJTF & LSCNY Racial Equity Impact Statement: www.ujtf.org/reis

Read UJTF Recommendations based on REIS findings: UJTF Recommendations (filesusr.com)

Sign UJTF petition for local jobs: I-81 Campaign | urban-jobs-taskforce (ujtf.org)

Read NYCLU report: Building A Better Future | New York Civil Liberties Union | ACLU of New York (nyclu.org)

Read Poverty and Race Research Action Council report: Layout 1 (prrac.org)

Read NYS Department of Transportation Draft Environmental Impact Statement: library (ny.gov)

Why We Need the Post Office to Close the Racial Wealth Gap

Article on ACLU.org 

Roughly 50 percent of Black families do not have access to affordable financial services. The post office can close that gap.

EVENTS/ACTIONS CALENDAR

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. 

Syracuse Parole Justice Town Hall

May 6, 2021 06:00 PM

Center for Community Alternatives 

Join us for a Town Hall to hear from formerly incarcerated people, families and lawmakers about the urgent need for parole justice in New York State. Together, we can end mass incarceration and bring our elders and loved ones home. In New York, there is a crisis of aging and dying in prisons due to decades of harsh sentencing and a racially biased parole system that values vengeance and endless punishment above redemption and personal transformation. RSVP here: bit.ly/syracuse-parole-justice.

Meeting Registration – Zoom

Socialist Feminist Working Group Meetup – Syracuse DSA

THURSDAY May 6 AT 8 PM EDT – 9 PM EDT

Socialist Feminist Working Group Meetup – Syracuse DSA

RSVP here to receive the Zoom link: https://actionnetwork.org/…/syrdsasocialistfeministwg0521

During the first half our meeting we will hear from Joe Bennett, DSA endorsed candidate for Onondaga County Legislature. Then we will share and discuss plans for organizing in support of universal healthcare and fundraising for the New York Abortion Fund. 

What is the Socialist Feminist Working Group?? We recognize that capitalism is a barrier to women’s liberation, and other oppressions like sexism and racism are barriers to human liberation. The Socialist Feminist Working Group seeks to fight the oppression of cis women, trans people, and gender nonconforming people on a local and national level by focusing on economic and social issues. Let’s meetup, share our experience, and decide how we can fight together for our collective rights.

Building A Sustainable Future: Event by GreeningUSA

Fri. May 7AT 8 AM EDT – 10 AM EDT

Building A Sustainable Future

GreeningUSA’s 17th ANNUAL MEETING!

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh will provide opening remarks.

All are invited to attend. Please register here: https://tinyurl.com/n7u2wjz6 This event is FREE but you must register. A link to join the meeting will be sent to those registered a few days before the event.

GreeningUSA’s “Sustaining Our Community” Awards for 2020 will be presented.

CNY Solidarity Coalition will be receiving an award.


John L. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Action Day – National Action

Saturday, May 8, 11am – 12pm NOTE TIME CHANGE from earlier announcement

Wegmans; 6789 E Genesee St Fayetteville, NY 13066

Please join Indivisible NY24 to call for enactment of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, along with HR1/S1, DC Statehood, and other important democracy reforms.

As part of a national day of action on this front, we’ll be gathered on the public sidewalk outside Wegmans Dewitt at 11am Saturday. If we get a large enough turnout, we’ll line the sidewalk on both sides of Genesee St. Bring a sign, and bring a friend!

Details available here: 

https://www.facebook.com/events/972461436891866

and here:

https://www.mobilize.us/publiccitizen/event/386883/

Heat Pumps 101: Introduction to Cleaner and Greener Heating and Cooling 

MONDAY, MAY 10, 2021 AT 7 PM EDT – 8 PM EDT

Heat Pumps 101: Introduction to Cleaner and Greener Heating and Cooling

Heat Smart Mohawk ValleyHSST by Network for a Sustainable Tomorrow and HeatSmart CNY

Online: us02web.zoom.us

Heat Smart CNY is hosting an online workshop on how to make your home more energy efficient and install renewable heating and cooling technologies like air and ground source heat pumps.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/…/tZEqc–opjgjGtIXGouyQI…

Come learn how heat pumps work, what incentives are available for you to install one, and how they can help save the planet while making your home safer and more comfortable!

The presentation by Campaign Director Lindsay Speer will be followed by a Q&A with expert installers.

https://www.facebook.com/HeatSmartCNY/ for HeatSmart’s other May events

Save the Dates:

Civic Saturdays: Meet the Candidates running in your local elections!

Saturday, May 15, 2021. 12-5 PM

Key Bank Parking Lot, 2209 S. Salina St.

Sponsors: TNT and NAN

Please 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

·       Participation

Must wear face masks. Sanitizer provided. 

The Honorable Harvest: An Evening with Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer

WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 2021 AT 7 PM EDT – 9 PM EDT

The Honorable Harvest: An Evening with Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer

Virtual Talk With Robin Wall Kimmerer and An Evening With Live

Community Discussion: OC Party Chairs Benedicte Doran (R) and Pamela Hunter

WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 2021 AT 6 PM EDT – 7:30 PM EDT

Event by Black Leadership Coalition

The Black Leadership Coalition (BLC) will host a conversation with Benedicte Doran and Pamela Hunter, respective Onondaga County Chairs of the Republican and Democratic Parties. The forum held via Zoom and also be live-streamed on the BLC Facebook page 

www.facebook.com/blcofcny

This virtual space is extended to learn, engage and question party ideas and ideals. Join BLC for this community-wide bi-partisan educational opportunity. Party representatives Doran and Hunter will share affiliation perspectives and insights. BLC looks forward to a candid discussion about the impact of these platforms to Black and Brown community. 

Flip the County Leg 2021 with Senators Rachel May and John Mannion!

THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2021 AT 7 PM EDT

Join New York State Senators Rachel May and John Mannion for an event that will feature all 17 2021 Democratic Candidates for Onondaga County Legislature. This initial fundraiser will help us start the groundwork for the 2021 campaign to #Fliptheleg. We will have additional fundraisers with our Assembly Memebers and others later this year!

The event will be MC’d by musician, Syracuse Common Councilor, and Flip the Leg Chair Joe Driscol!

Save the date! Chip in what you can and let’s #FlipTheLeg

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/flipkickoff

Poor Peoples’ Campaign Online Mass Assembly

June 21, 2021

VERY BUSY? BUT WANT TO DO YOUR PART?  JOIN STREET HEAT!

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*

COVID Vaccinations:

Onondaga County – Sign up Now, scheduling for all over 16

Kinney Drugs: https://kinneydrugs.as.me/schedule.php

Peter McCarthy
pmccar1100@gmail.com

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