CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – June 1, 2021 to June 8, 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. June 27, since it’s the second meeting of the month, will be devoted to  Committee Meetings, following general announcements. Committees will meet on their own for July and August. 

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 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, 6/27 about 3:15, following general announcements at the 3:00 meeting.

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

Articles of the Week:

Are Democrats sleepwalking toward democratic collapse?

“(The 2020 election and insurrection) was a test run for a way to overturn an election with the veneer of legality. You have to give Trump and Republicans some kind of dark credit for figuring out that this is really conceivable. I think they now know that, even though it would cause a court battle and possibly a civil war, that if they can’t win by suppressing the vote and the election is close enough, they can do this if they control enough state legislatures and the Congress. 

If Democrats don’t make some changes to our election laws and if they lose some races that they really need to win in 2022 and 2024, then we’re in real trouble.” Read the Article

Good news on the efforts of the Urban Jobs Task Force:

Advocates: Lifting Of Federal Ban On Local Hiring For I-81 Project “A Big Deal” 

One of the biggest barriers to achieving local hiring goals for the I-81 replacement project in Syracuse has come down, and advocates couldn’t be more pleased.  We learned Wednesday that the Biden administration has lifted the ban on local hiring for federal transportation projects as part of a pilot program. Read/Listen on

In other news, water is wet:

White male minority rule pervades politics across the US, research shows

“White men represent 30% of the population but 62% of officeholders, dominating both chambers of Congress, 42 state legislatures and statewide roles across the nation, the analysis shows.

By contrast, women and people of color constitute 51% and 40% of the US population respectively, but just 31% and 13% of officeholders…” Link to Article in The Guardian


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

Once again, John Katko uses deceitful and selective language to mislead his constituents and produce false data to justify his right-wing positions: 

Katko has a constituent survey. It consists of one question, and the only choices provided line up with the completely inadequate Republican “Infrastructure proposal”. Here is the question and “suggested” answers:

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

·       Repairing roads, highways, and bridges
·       Moving forward with the I-81 project
·       Strengthening water infrastructure & keeping drinking water clean
·       Expanding rural broadband
·       Improving costal residency & port infrastructure (Note: Presumably means “coastal”, not “costal”. If so, is this stuck in to protect wealthy oceanfront property owners?)
·       Supporting aviation industry & travelers
·       Other

Here are just some of the elements from Biden’s proposal that Katko chooses to ignore. You could use some of these in the OTHER box in the survey:

FROM: FACT SHEET: The American Jobs Plan Link to Fact Sheet

·       Build, preserve, and retrofit more than two million homes and commercial buildings, modernize our nation’s schools and child care facilities, and upgrade veterans’ hospitals and federal buildings.

·       Solidify the infrastructure of our care economy by creating jobs and raising wages and benefits for essential home care workers. 

·     Revitalize manufacturing, secure U.S. supply chains, invest in R&D, and train Americans for the jobs of the future.

·       Create good-quality jobs that pay prevailing wages in safe and healthy workplaces while ensuring workers have a free and fair choice to organize, join a union, and bargain collectively with their employers.

·       Modernize public transit.

·       Invest in reliable passenger and freight rail service. 

·       Create good jobs electrifying vehicles.

·      Redress historic inequities and build the future of transportation infrastructure. 

CALL KATKO and express your outrage at his constant dishonesty!  (315) 423-5657


The Campaign for New York Health: Statewide Rally and Direct Action  in Albany

Monday, June 7th. 

CNY Solidarity Coalition endorses the New York Health Act and is part of the Campaign for NY Health. 

We are the closest we have ever been to winning universal healthcare for all New Yorkers. We ask you to join us in Albany on Monday, June 7th at 9:30 AM for our final push to win the New York Health Act THIS legislative session which ends on June 10. With the New York Health Act, a predictable progressive tax will fund a comprehensive public health system that will mean every New Yorker, regardless of immigration status or ability to pay, will receive the care they need without paying skyrocketing premiums, deductibles, and copays. 

This past March, the New York Health Ac was reintroduced in the state legislature with MAJORITY SUPPORT in BOTH the NYS Assembly and Senate for the first time ever. It is power of the people that got us to this far, and it will be the power of the people that push the NY Health Act over the finish line. 

We call on you to join us in Albany on June 7! Everyone will reach Albany by 9:30 AM to begin actions by 10:30 AM and end actions in Albany by 4 PM. 

Here’s what you need to know: 

For questions or additional information, email Ursula at

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

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. 

Syracuse Community Choir “Processional-in-Place” at Thornden Park

Saturday June 5 AT 10:30 AM EDT – 12:30 PM EDT

“Processional-in-Place” at Thornden Park

You are invited to join us to film a “Processional-in-Place” at Thornden Park! Meet us near the pool, and be filmed in stationary small pods. We are bringing puppets, signs, and props! Feel free to bring your own signs, representing your wishes for the world. We will hum to the universe! There will be a dance party! Hope to see you there!

COVID-safety: We are encouraging mask-wearing and physical distancing. We are still refraining from singing together as a big group, but will hum together with masks on.

*Rain Date: June 12th

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 

Indivisible NY24 shared a post.


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*

CNY Solidarity Coalition: 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:  and

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