CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – May 25, 2021 to June 1, 2021

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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. 

Syracuse Rally To #PassNYHealth

Tuesday, May 25th 12-1 Pm 

Syracuse State Office Bldg. 333 E Washington St Syracuse, NY 13202

Details below

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: dcurryrose@gmail.com

Next meeting: Tues, 6/8, 7:00 pm.  Coming: democracy reform action July 10, at the end of the July 4 holiday recess.

Climate Justice: Contact: Kitty Burns – otiscohills@yahoo.com

SLAT (State/Local Action Team) Contact: Peter McCarthy – pmccar1100@gmail.com  

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

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

Articles of the Week:

A Unique Food Hall Transforms Syracuse

KitchenAid.com is not usually the first place we would look for in-depth reporting.  Trust us. Read it.

The New York highway that racism built: ‘It does nothing but pollute’ Read it in The Guardian

In the 1960s, I-81 plowed through a historically Black neighborhood in Syracuse, displacing hundreds. Organizers’ dream of seeing it torn down may get new life under Biden. 

“…for a neighborhood that has long been disenfranchised, tearing down the highway also means repairing the legacy of injustice done to their community.” 

Teshuvah: A Jewish Case for Palestinian Refugee Return

Link to Article in Jewish Currents

How We Fight Back Against the GOP’s New War on Democracy

The core issue is that in order for the imbalance of power to continue to favor the elite, systemic racism must continue.

Read it on CommonDreams

ANNOUNCEMENT:

The Syracuse Center for Peace and Social Justice is accepting applications for their Board of Directors.  The Center is a non-profit organization that houses Syracuse Peace Council, Workers Center of CNY, Public Citizen, Black Lives Matter, AGREE, Unchained, and NY Immigration Coalition.  We also offer low cost meeting spaces for progressive organizations.  We are a fully volunteer board seeking to expand our skill base.  Applications can be found on our website at syracusecenter.org

EVENTS/ACTIONS CALENDAR

Syracuse Rally To #PassNYHealth

Tuesday, May 25th 12-1 Pm 

Syracuse State Office Bldg. 333 E Washington St Syracuse, NY 13202

Join healthcare workers, small business owners, interfaith leaders, and community members to protest an unjust private health system and to demand our state legislators prioritize and lift up the health of its residents by passing the NY Health Act.

During this pandemic, healthcare workers and essential workers paid a heavy toll for the lack of a universal, publicly funded healthcare system for all. Healthcare providers and healthcare workers support NY Health and healthcare unions – SEIU 1199 and the New York State Nurses Union – support NY Health.

Over 500 employers support the NY Health Act because it will help them retain employees and level the playing field in terms of costs. For small business owners, providing healthcare for employees in the current for-profit system is unpredictable and expensive. Small business owners and employees both benefit from NY Health.

Based on conservative estimates on the economics of the NY Health Act from the RAND Corporation, NY State will see  $11 billion in savings compared to the current system. Ninety percent of individuals will see improved coverage and access, at a lower cost.

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

Rally with us – All are welcome!

Please RSVP! Here:  (https://www.nyhcampaign.org/syrpassnyhealth052521 ) OR JUST SHOW UP!

Event sponsors include: CNY Solidarity Coalition, Campaign for NY Health, CNY Poor People’s Campaign, NAACP Syracuse and Onondaga County, 1199 SEIU, Students for a National Health Program SUNY Upstate, Syracuse Cultural Workers, 

Katko has a constituent survey; one question: 

As Congress considers comprehensive infrastructure reform legislation, what do you think should be prioritized?

The Big Shift: Special Education and Mental Health in 2021

May 25, 2021 at 6:00pm – 7:30pm EDT

Info/Registration

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

Panelists:

  • 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.

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.

All Out for PRO Act: Phonebanking

Wednesday, May 26 AT 6:30 PM EDT

All Out for PRO Act: Phonebanking

Event by Syracuse DSA

We in DSA know that we can only win the Green New Deal with a radicalized and organized working class. Labor militancy won the original New Deal; if we pass the PRO (Protecting the Right to Organize) Act, we can achieve a transformative Green New Deal. That’s why we are organizing to pass the PRO Act. It will strengthen unions, build working class power to organize on the job, and boost our collective capacity to win a just transition to a green economy for all.

To pass the PRO ACT, we need you to join Syracuse DSA as we phone-bank for the PRO ACT!

Together DSA and partnering organizations have made well over 700,000 dials across Arizona, Maine, West Virginia, and Virginia. By building that pressure with regular people across the country, we flipped Senator Angus King of Maine and Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia to support the PRO Act. And we are now targeting Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).
So: whether you’re a phone bank pro, or it’s been a couple months since you hit the phones, or you’ve always been meaning to chip in but haven’t made time—this phonebanking sessions is for you. It’s all hands on deck to hit our goals. Sign up for the 5/26 phonebanking shift shift, and organize two other people to do the same. We can do this. 

Afterwards you’re invited to join the labor group meeting from 8 to 9! Join that meeting here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89648028478

“Keep on Singing Loudly”: Songs in the Spirit of Justice [Emma’s Revolution] 

Wednesday May 26, 7 PM EDT – 8:30 PM EDT

Go To Link

“Keep on Singing Loudly”: Songs in the Spirit of Justice [Emma’s Revolution]

Event by Syracuse Community Choir and Emma’s Revolution

Online: us02web.zoom.us

Syracuse Community Choir is proud to present…Emma’s Revolution in Concert!

With fearless truth-telling and melodies you can’t resist singing, Emma’s Revolution is the dynamic, award-winning activist duo of Pat Humphries & Sandy O. Their songs have been sung for the Dalai Lama, praised by Pete Seeger and covered by Holly Near. Join us to build connection, love and justice through song with these longtime friends of the Syracuse Community Choir!

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 or join us on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86750991629…

Everyone is welcome! Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated: syracusecommunitychoir.org/support-the-choir

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

Save the Dates:

Thrift 2 Fight is coming to the Center for Peace and Social Justice

Sat. June 5, 2021, 11 AM-6 PM

2013 E. Genesee St. Syracuse NY

All money goes to organizations hosted by the Center: Unchained, BLM Syracuse, Workers Center of CNY, Public Citizen, Syracuse Peace Council, NY Immigrant Coalition

What is Thrift 2 Fight? 

We fund organizations at the intersections of racial justice work, climate activism, and Queer liberation with the profits of a dynamic thrifting movement. 

Simply put: we sell secondhand clothes and send the money to local grassroots initiatives. 

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: education@worldbeyondwar.org

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 

Indivisible NY24 shared a post.

Today and every day, be sure to follow us online and on social media. Check out our Website and our Instagram. Follow us on Twitter: @CNYSolidarity and @IndivisibleNY24 and Facebook: www.facebook.com/cnysolidarity/  and 

www.facebook.com/groups/IndivisibleNY24

Peter McCarthy
pmccar1100@gmail.com

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