CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – June 8, 2021 to June 15, 2021

From CNY Solidarity Coalition:

Next Meeting: Sunday, June 27, 2021, 3-4 PM. Agenda: Announcements, followed by breakout Committee Meetings.  Zoom Link to come

Upcoming Meetings: 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 July and August. 

Announcements from our Committees:

To 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 –

Next meeting: Sunday, 6/27 about 3:15, following general announcement at the 3:00 meeting.

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

Next meeting: Sunday, 6/27 about 3:15, following general announcement 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:

First, read Dr. Thomas Keck’s article in the Washington Post:

Biden is considering overhauling the Supreme Court. That’s happened during every crisis in U.S. democracy.

During six major crises in U.S. history, debates over reshaping the court were linked to debates over whether democracy could survive.

Zoom with Czarny: CNY Solidarity’s Thomas Keck.  See it Here

I am pleased to have my friend Thomas Keck on. We talk filibuster and Scotus reform and the attack on Democracy happening across the country. Hope you enjoy. 

Cops and their allies have pushed hard for new wave of stringent anti-protest bills. Read the Article in Salon

Since last summer, police have lobbied for a crackdown on “riots,” with new laws that give them even more power

“…Republicans have proposed at least 100 “anti-riot” bills in 33 states from last June to this March. These measures aim to address protest-related activities by greatly expanding the definition of “riot,” granting criminal immunity to drivers who hit “rioters” with their cars, suspending state benefits for those who participate in a “riot” and increasing penalties for demonstrators who block traffic.”

‘We have to act now’: Historian lays out a ‘nightmare’ scenario for a stolen 2024 election Read the Article

Snyder describes a “nightmare” scenario in which Republicans could steal the 2024 presidential election even if the Democratic nominee wins both the popular vote and the electoral vote.


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

Go to the link here: survey and complete the survey.  


From our Allies at Center for Community Alternatives and Clean Slate NY:

We have just three more days to pass the Clean Slate Act this year. Last week, we rallied in five cities NY. (Press coverage in Pix11ABC 10CBS 6Spectrum RochesterWHAMWTENWIVBMid-Huson Valley News, and New York Now.) Now, we need to make sure we hit it home to end perpetual punishment!

Today & all this week, take THREE actions for Clean Slate:

CALL YOUR REPRESENATIVES: Use this Phone2Action tool to call, tweet and email your Assembly Member and Senator. It’s powerful and only takes a few minutes. (Don’t worry if you’ve already contacted them – they more they hear from us, the better!)

CALL LEADERSHIP: Call Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie – and tell them to pass Clean Slate this week! Here are their numbers and a template phone script

POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Please join our social media campaign! Here is a guide.

More Info:

FREE Anti-Racism Training Open to All Union Members ‘


FREE Anti-Racism Training Open to All Union Members

Event by Greater Syracuse Labor Council and Central New York Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO

This training focuses on relationships that are expanding at an exponential rate, but our discourse is more divisive than any time in recent history. 

This introductory workshop will go much deeper into the issues that currently cause conflict and division within the labor movement. 

The objectives of this training will be to build solidarity by examining the dynamics of race, class and gender; to actively practice listening as a tool and a skill; to experience the impact of deep breathing on anxious situations; to reframe arguments and disagreements from “winner take all” to agreeing to honor the humanity that we share with our harshest critics.

This event is sponsored by the Greater Syracuse Labor Council and being provided at no cost to union members. 

Click here to RSVP:…/free-anti-racism-training…/ 

Syracuse Chapter School Board Candidate Forum. 


817 E Willow St, Syracuse, NY 13203-1985, United States

Syracuse Chapter School Board Candidate Forum.

Event by Rebirth SYR

This forum will provide a time for candidates to share their platform and aspirations for our Syracuse City School District and to answer questions from those in attendance. It gives the community a chance to interact with people who directly affect their children’s futures! 

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. Event on Facebook.

Water will be available. Possibly also seating – feel free to bring your own.

Why this hearing? Why now? Syracuse suffers unequally from childhood lead poisoning. Syracuse has 31% of the County’s population, but 88% of the entire County’s childhood lead poisoning. And in 2019, after years of testing Syracuse children for lead poisoning, our County Health Department ended blood-lead testing of children at WIC clinics, eliminating a key source of information about just how serious lead poisoning is in Syracuse. We want testing of that kind to return.

Sign and Share the Petition: End Childhood Lead Poisoning in  Syracuse, NY!

We demand our elected officials prioritize the following:




4.    SHARE THE DATA ON RACE AND PLACE.  (See link for additional). 

Co-Sponsors include: Families for Lead Freedom Now! – Community Counsel Project/ Legal Services of CNY – Onondaga Votes! – CNY Solidarity Coalition – Syracuse Peace Council – Syracuse DSA – Syracuse PSL (Party for Socialism and Liberation) – PEACE Inc. – Syracuse Tenants Union – Syracuse Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network – Workers’ Center of CNY 

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

Monday, June 14, 2021 | 7 – 8 PM


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.

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.

NYS United Against School Privatization 

TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2021 AT 6:30 PM EDT – 8 PM EDT

NYS United Against School Privatization

A virtual forum on charter schools and their impact on our education system with:

Carol Burris, Network for Public Education

Dr. Shawgi Tell, Nazareth College

Parents, students & educators



Jewish Fast for Gaza 


James M. Hanley Federal Building

Jewish Fast for Gaza

Event by Jewish Voice for Peace – Syracuse

We are joining in with the national Jewish Fast for Gaza. We’ll gather for an hour at the Federal Building to share fellowship and advocate for justice. We invite others to join us downtown or to fast on your own for the day. All are welcome – regardless of religious/ethnic identification and fasting is encouraged but not required.

The national effort is a religious initiative launched by a group of rabbis, Jews and people of faith/conscience with three goals:
• to call on Israel to immediately lift the blockade of Gaza;
• to call on the US government to cease all military aid to Israel until it complies with basic standards of human rights and international law;
• to call on Israel to negotiate a just peace that guarantees equality, justice and freedom for all who live between the river and sea.
To donate:!

Learn more about the national campaign here:

Juneteenth! Saturday 6/19. & Sunday 6/20/2021
Join In The South Side Weekend Celebration 

Saturday ~ June 19th, ~ 1pm ~ 6pm Key Bank ~ Rear Parking Lot 

2209 South Salina Street 

* Health & Wellness Day * 

Voter Education / Registration * (All Information On Local Election ) 

1pm ~ 4pm* 

Onondaga Department Of Health *Covid Vaccine Station ~ Free ~ Ages 12 Years & Older. > 

Information Booths  – Free Food & Music

Sunday ~ June 20th., ~ 1pm ~ 6pm 

Sankofa Park 2101 South Salina Street 

Musical Entertainment Enjoy The Smooth Sounds:

4pm ~ 6pm: Closing Ceremonies *Cornerstone Awards Presentations 


* Greater Syracuse Southside Neighborhood Association 

* 100 Blackmen Of Syracuse 

Poor Peoples’ Campaign Online Mass Assembly

June 21, 2021

Heat Pump Homeowners Happy Hour! From Heatsmart CNY

June 25, 2021 | 5 – 6 PM


Come brag about your system, ask questions about best operating practices, and generally enjoy the company of other heat pump homeowners. You are part of the climate solution! Homeowners considering heat pumps are also welcome to attend.

Democracy Reform Rally

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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