CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – May 18, 2021 to May 25, 2021

From CNY Solidarity Coalition:

Next Meeting: Sunday, June 6, 2021, 3-4 PM. Zoom Link to come

 Upcoming Meetings: 6/6/21, 6/27/21, 7/18/21, 8/15/21, 9/12/21, 9/26/21.We are considering possibilities for in-person meetings. Committees will meet on their own for the summer months. 

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: Contact: Deborah Rose:

Next meeting: Tues, 6/8, 7:00 pm. 

Stay tuned for information on a democracy reform action being planned for July 10, at the end of the July 4 holiday recess.

Climate Justice: Contact: Kitty Burns –

SLAT (State/Local Action Team) Contact: Peter McCarthy –  

Next Meeting: Sunday May 16, 4PM, at the end of the CNY Solidarity meeting. Agenda: Next steps in NY Health Act campaign. 

Beyond War and Militarism. A joint committee of CNY Solidarity Coalition and the Syracuse Peace Council. Contact: Ron Van Norstrand;

Next meeting: May 26 at 3pm. Agenda: the broad impact of War and Militarism on climate, policing, social justice endeavors, etc.


For the first time, a majority of state legislators in the Assembly and Senate are supporting the NY Health Act (A6058/S5474) , which makes healthcare a guaranteed right to all NYers by setting up a comprehensive universal, single-payer healthcare program (learn more about the Health Act here). However, bill introduction is not assured – see New York State Could Finally Get Single-Payer Health Care by Liza Featherstone in Jacobin. The New York Health Act will provide comprehensive, universal health coverage — including long-term care — for every resident of New York. 

Here’s how you can help:

  • Insist that Senator Mannion and other CNY Legislators pass the NY Health Act. Use this tool from the Campaign for NY Health to contact them.Sen. Mannion is not yet a cosponsor. Senator May and Assemblymembers Hunter, Stirpe and Magnarelli are longtime co-sponsors – please thank them and urge them to push for a vote this session. 
  • Share your healthcare story with the Campaign for NY Health.
  • Write a letter to the editor – many resources (and media contact info) here.
  • Sign the petition to #PassNYHealth
  • Would your business or organization like to endorse? Click here. 
  • Send aorganizational memo of support to your legislators.
  • Volunteers are needed for phone banking every Monday and Thursday in May at 6pm. RSVP here (scroll down to the date you want).

Join us for a Healthcare Town Hall! Tuesday May 18th 6-7 PM on Zoom and Facebook. Mobilize your networks! See May 18 event below.

Stop the Violent Repression in Columbia!

Please take action via the Witness for Peace Solidarity Collective demanding that the U.S. government take action to condemn and stop the Colombia government’s brutal violence against Colombian social movements:

The U.S. government has been a primary financier the Colombian military through decades of military aid and arms sales.

Articles of the Week:

Palestinians Are Refusing to Be Trampled – Israel was founded on the crime of ethnic cleansing and the principles of apartheid. The country may finally be coming apart at the seams under the weight of its own contradictions. Read it in Jacobin. 

10 Reasons Not to Shop Amazon. Includes some excellent links to other articles. 

Read it on Green America 

For regular updates on movements for peace, social justice, and related issues, sign up for the Syracuse Peace Council’s online Peace Newsletter. Email or

And while you’re at it, send them some money!


CNY Healthcare Town Hall: Health Justice
May 18, 2021 at 6pm – 7pm
WHERE: Zoom and Facebook

Join community groups, health advocates, and State Senator Rachel May for a virtual Central New York Healthcare Town Hall to discuss the urgency of passing the New York Health Act as part of our state’s pandemic recovery.

Please RSVP!

By establishing a universal healthcare system, the New York Health Act will address the structural roots of healthcare inequity by establishing a system that make care a right guaranteed for every New Yorkers regardless age, wealth, place of employment, or immigration status.

The New York Health Act has majority support in both the state Assembly and State Senate. We have until June 10 to pass the Health Act. During this event, we will hear how guaranteed healthcare is a critical racial justice and economic justice struggle and we will take collective action to call on state legislative leaders to make passing the New York Health Act a priority in 2021.

Current sponsors of this event include: ARISE, Campaign for New York Health, CNY Solidarity Coalition, Doula 4 A Queen, New York Immigration Coalition, Workers’ Center of Central New York, Syracuse DSA, Syracuse Peace Council, CNY Poor People’s Campaign.

To have your group endorse, contact Marianna (

Speakers list coming soon.

The event will be captioned and with Spanish-English interpretation. To request ASL interpretation, contact

The Democratizing Knowledge (DK) Collective at Syracuse University invites you to our webinar:

Centering Native American and Indigenous Communities: 

Decolonizing Pandemic Politics   

Tuesday, May 18, 6 – 8 pm EST.

REGISTER here by Monday, May 17

We will examine the crisis of Covid-19 within a broader history of structural violence and its impact on land, language, environment, and personal and communal wellbeing. Speakers include: Betty Lyons (Onondaga Nation, American Indian Law Alliance), Dr. Brian Thompson (Oneida / Onondaga Nation, Assistant Dean for Diversity, SUNY Upstate Medical), and Dr. Jessica Kolopenuk (Cree, Peguis First Nation, University of Alberta, Canada). Dr. Danika Medak-Saltzman (Turtle Mountain Chippewa, Syracuse University) will serve as co-facilitator.

The webinar is the second in our series on Communities of Color, (In)Justice, and Multiple Pandemics. 

Please register early. This event is free and open to the public. 

Ongoing Nakba: Sheikh Jarrah, Gaza, and Historic Palestine

Wednesday, May 19, at 11:00 am EDT

Online event. Register here.

The dramatic events that have taken place the last few weeks in Gaza, Jerusalem, and across historic Palestine have been unfolding as Palestinians commemorate the 74th year of the Nakba on May 15.

How do the recent assaults on Palestinians in Jerusalem, Gaza, and across historic Palestine reflect the structural realities of Israel’s military occupation and settler-colonial foundations? Do the reactions of Palestinians across historic Palestine represent a change in the narrative of Palestinian resistance? How can the frameworks of settler colonialism and apartheid be employed to dismantle the practices that drive Israel’s violence?

Join Al-Shabaka and guests Aseel Albajeh and Saleh Higazi alongside host Nadim Bawalsa as they navigate these questions and more in our forthcoming policy lab.

What Does Palestine Mean for Black America? 

Wednesday, May 19 @ 8 PM


US Campaign for Palestinian Rights

A discussion on why we must stand with Palestine

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


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

Virtual Talk With Robin Wall Kimmerer and An Evening With Live

Public Meeting on I-81: Syracuse/Onondaga County Human Rights Commission

May 20, 2021 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

This will be a listening session. Community members are encouraged to ask questions and learn the facts about the pending I-81 project. 

Join Zoom Meeting…

Meeting ID: 836 9699 7786

Passcode: 362978

They Sustain Us: Food Sovereignty on the Onondaga Nation


Go To Link

Event by Erie Canal Museum and Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center


Please join the Ska•noñh-Great Law of Peace Center and the Erie Canal Museum for a virtual discussion with Onondaga Nation Farm Supervisor, Angela Ferguson, about the many ways in which the Onondaga Nation is achieving food sovereignty.

Angela is a member of the Onondaga Nation Eel Clan. She has been the Onondaga Nation Farm Crew Supervisor since 2015. The farm is responsible for all aspects of food sovereignty within their community, including: planting, harvesting, seed preservation, foraging, medicine gathering, traditional food preparation, butchering wild game, bee keeping, food distribution, and community/Elder meal preparation. Angela is also one of the Braiding the Sacred Organizers. They have gathered hundreds of Indigenous Corn Growers together to share knowledge from respected elders, seed sharing, & planting methods. 

The talk is a part of the Erie Eats Foodways Project and is a part of our collaborative series on Exploring Indigenous Foodways Along the Erie Canal. This series has received generous support from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, Indigenous Values Initiative, and the American Indian Law Alliance. 

Free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated and welcomed and allow us to host more events in the future. 

Register here:…/reg…/WN_OF3mAaKkSZ6mZ_ZPiiUm1A 

FOCUS Forum on Workforce Development for the Individual

Friday, May 21, 2021 at 12:05 p.m.


Equitable employment strengthens low-income families’ economic security and well-being, it also is the main path towards broad-based economic growth. 

Our May FOCUS Forum will feature the Syracuse Community Center Collaborative, which brings a neighborhood connection to city-wide programming through the Supported Employment Program, Work Train, and Greater Syracuse Works. 

The Collaborative consists of Westcott Community Center, Syracuse Northeast Community Center, Syracuse Community Connections, and Huntington Family Centers. Collaborative members are united in strengthening Syracuse neighborhoods by helping neighbors access opportunities to build the lives they want to live.

ISCNY Protest for Palestine

FRIDAY, May 21 AT 2:30 PM EDT – 4:30 PM EDT

100 S Clinton St, Syracuse, NY 13202-1336, United States

A call out to all humanity for a Palestinian protest. As many of you may know Palestinians have been stripped once   again of their human rights, their homes, and more importantly their future! Israel continues to strike innocent Palestinians with sewage water, tear gas and missiles every day! Israeli Zionist have demolished, homes, hospitals, schools, news stations, and cell phone towers. Palestinians have no electricity, access to food, water, or family. Please join us in solidarity as we march for Palestine! Hope to see you all there

Shop Small Sunday 

SUNDAY, MAY 23, 2021 AT 11 AM EDT – 5 PM EDT

Salt City Market, 484 S. Salina St. 13202

Shop Small Sunday

Wildflowers Armory

Salt City Market

Join us for an outdoor festival that features antique, creative makers and craft vendors in the parking lot at Salt City Market. Live music on the outdoor patio, 40+ vendors

Sunday May 23rd 11am – 5pm 
presented in partnership with Antique Underground, Black Artist Collective, Crafted and Wildflowers Armory. Support local – eat, drink, shop and enjoy! 

ACTS 2021 Spring Virtual Event Series

05/24/2021 06:30 PM – 07:40 PM ET

We are excited to announce ACTS 2021 Spring Virtual Event Series “Seizing The New Day for Social Justice“! 

*If you prefer to register offline, please fill out our registration form and mail it to our office at:

1085 E. Genesee St. Syracuse, NY 13210

*If you are registering for a congregation with multiple individuals, please e-mail us at*


Guest Speaker: Sarhia Rahim, ACTS Youth Council member, founding member of Raha Syracuse

Folk Music by: Colleen Kattau, singer and songwriter for social justice 

Presentation of Community Social Justice Leadership Award ArtRage Gallery

ACTS Program Report Equity in Education – Kelly Ward, Task Force Leader

TICKETING OPTIONS (Please read carefully if you are buying a ticket that includes catering!)

FREE: Individual ticket

$25:   Individual ticket

$40: Catering from King David’s. **Catering orders must be placed by Wednesday, May 19th at 9:00pm*

Catering pick-up will be from 5:00pm-6:00pm at University United Methodist Church (UUMC) 

Event live stream on Zoom or in person at UUMC: 6:30pm-7:40pm 

The Big Shift: Special Education and Mental Health in 2021

May 25, 2021 at 6:00pm – 7:30pm EDT


What does the transition into the post pandemic world look like for families, teachers and individuals with disabilities in work and school? For Mental Health Awareness Month, this panel discussion will address the concerns, support and resources needed as people re-think this next phase of the pandemic.

Welcome by Senator Rachel May, NY State Senate 53rd District


  • Adrian Bayardi, Consultant for Remote Learning, The Jowonio School
  • Melissa Luke, Associate Dean for Research and Dean’s Professor, Counseling and Human Services
  • Samantha Pierce, Founder, Sanchia A. Callendar, Inc.
  • Mark Warner, Teaching Assistant, Syracuse City School District
  • Monique Wright-Williams, Chief of Staff, Syracuse City School District
  • Amy Zogby, Professional Development Specialist, School-Age Family and Community Engagement Center at Syracuse University

Moderated by:

  • Christine Ashby, Director, Center on Disability and Inclusion
  • Nodesia Hernandez, Public Affairs Director, Senator Rachel May

Settling Basins 9-15 Closure Plan Virtual Public Meeting/Public Comment

May 25, 2021. 6:00 p.m – 30-minute presentation followed by Q&A.

To inform the public about ongoing and upcoming closure activities at Settling Basins 9-15 located on approximately 662 acres in Camillus and Geddes, New York. The Settling Basins are near Interstate 690, NYS Route 695, State Fair Boulevard, and the New York State Fairgrounds. 

Register for the public meeting and to access all relevant documents. 

Comments will be accepted at the public meeting and during the public comment period that begins on May 12, 2021 and ends on June 11, 2021.

Save the Dates:

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

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!


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

War and the Environment: June 7 – July 18, 2021

Start: Monday, June 07, 2021 • 12:00 PM • EDT

End: Sunday, July 18, 2021 • 12:00 PM • EDT

Host Contact Info: Phill:

Register/Info Here

Course fee: $100 (Pay less if you have to, more if you can.) There will be a limit of 150 tickets sold for this course.

Grounded in research on peace and ecological security, this course focusses on the relationship between two existential threats: war and environmental catastrophe. We will cover:

• Where wars happen and why. 
• What wars do to the earth. 
• What imperial militaries do to the earth back home. 
• What nuclear weapons have done and could do to people and the planet. 
• How this horror is hidden and maintained. 
• What can be done.

This course is 100% online and interactions are not live or scheduled, so you can take part whenever works for you. Weekly content includes a mix of text, images, video, and audio. Instructors and students utilize online discussion forums to go over each week’s content, as well as to provide feedback on optional assignment submissions.

People’s Public Hearing on Lead Poisoning: Environmental Justice for Syracuse Now!”

Saturday, June 12, 2021, from 12pm – 2pm, in front of Syracuse City Hall

Poor Peoples’ Campaign Online Mass Assembly

June 21, 2021

Democracy Reform

Saturday July 10, 11AM – Sidewalk outside Wegmans Dewitt 

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