CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – August 10 to August 17, 2021

From CNY Solidarity Coalition

Upcoming Meetings:9/12/21, 10/3/21, 10/17/21, 10/31/21, 11/14/21.

Committees will meet on their own for July and August. 

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: Our principal focus remains on supporting the democracy reform efforts in Congress: S.1: For the People Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, etc.

Climate Justice: Contact: Kitty Burns –

SLAT (State/Local Action Team) Contact: Peter McCarthy –  Current priority: Rt 81/Community Grid. See below.

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

I- 81 Project Update:

See our CNY Solidarity Coalition page with I-81 information: Resources are being added. Links are there now to sign up for the public forums. We need a large showing at the forums!

Easy Ways to take Action:

1: Here are the two simplest ways to submit comments: (and you can submit as many as you wish)

Need some guidance on how and what to submit to the NYDOT?

NEW: The. Urban Jobs Task Force has produced a detailed guide to making comments

It has four sections: tips for preparing comments, accessing relevant parts of the DEIS, guidance on UJTF’s concerns on jobs, and sample comments to guide you. 

  View UJTF’s Guide for DEIS Comments regarding Economic Justice.

OR – 

 NYCLU Has a quick and easy way to submit comments directly from their site:

Use NYCLU form at:

2: Sign the UJTF Jobs Petition:

3: Sign up for alerts from UJTF here: DEIS action alert sign-up form

4: Virtual hearings:  Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 11 AM & 5 PM: To submit oral comments, please register here. You will be given a link to the Zoom hearing where you can make a public comment. 

5: In-person hearing: Wednesday, Aug. 18

Public hearings and open house

4 and 6 p.m. for the public hearings. The open house will run from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Oncenter, 800 S. State St., Syracuse

Articles of the Week:

The BBC is reporting on I-81:

Biden’s unlikely plan to use roads to fight racism

Tucked into US President Joe Biden’s expansive infrastructure bill is a plan to knock down “racist” roads that he says harm minority communities – but not everyone he’s trying to help agrees. Read the Article

The devastating new UN report on climate change, explained

“There’s no going back” — and there’s no room for wishful thinking, top climate scientists say.

“How much has humanity already changed the climate? And how much worse will it get? 

The answers now are sharper than ever, according to an international team of scientists. In a new report, they say that far more aggressive action is needed to limit catastrophic climate change, and that time is running out.” Read the Article on Vox

‘Dark Money’ Is Funding The 2020 Election Challenge — And Could Challenge 2024

Listen to Fresh air with Terry Gross interviewing Jane Mayer, author of:

The Big Money Behind the Big Lie

Donald Trump’s attacks on democracy are being promoted by rich and powerful conservative groups that are determined to win at all costs. Read the Article

Congress Is Slashing a $30 Billion Plan to Fight the Next Pandemic

The proposal would overhaul America’s approach to tackling outbreaks, allowing scientists to develop vaccines in advance. But for now, Democrats are cutting it down. Read the Article in The Atlantic


Democracy Can’t Wait Rally: Syracuse


Tuesday, August 10: 12 – 1pm EDT

Federal Building – 100 S Clinton St

Now is the time for the Senate to do their job and pass the For the People Act! 

On August 16th, the census data will be released, allowing states to begin drawing new maps for state and federal districts. If passed before the deadline, the For the People Act will ensure fair districting, keeping our communities whole and ensuring our communities can thrive for the next 10 years and beyond.

When it comes to our districts, we draw the line. And the stakes have never been higher. 

The freedom to vote is under attack by extremist state lawmakers across the country who want to put up deliberate barriers to make it harder to vote — especially for people of color.

What’s Happening in Cuba? An Internationalism from Below Forum


By  Internationalism From BelowHaymarket Books and New Politics magazine

Online Event

Recent protests in Cuba have generated debate on the international Left. What were the protests about and how should progressives make sense of them? What do the protests mean for debates about anti-imperialism, socialism, solidarity and internationalism?

Join us for this important discussion with three Cuban leftist intellectuals and activists to explore these questions (and others).

REGISTER through Eventbrite to receive a link to the video conference on the day of the event:…/whats-happening-in-cuba…

This event will also be recorded and have live captioning.

NYCLU Talks on I-81: Every Thursday in August

Thursday (Aug 12)

Every Thursday in August. 5:30-7pm at Syracuse Dunbar Center, 1453 S. State St. Contact David Rufus,

GreeningUSA’s Next Virtual Green Bag Lunch!
“I-81 Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIS): Final Comment Period” held on GoTo Meeting.
 Friday, August 13, 12:00pm – 1:30pm, EST

Confirmed Panelists:
Deka Dancil, President, Urban Jobs Taskforce 
Lanessa Chaplin, Assistant Director, NY Civil Liberties Union
Greg Loh, Chief Policy Officer, City of Syracuse, OR
Sharon Owens, Deputy Mayor, City of Syracuse
Panelist Just Added: Jonathan Link Logan, Director, Northside Up
GreeningUSA continues the conversation about the I-81 Viaduct Project in Syracuse with a focus on the DEIS, which the NYS DOT issued on July 16.  The final community comment phase ends September 14, prior to issuance of the final EIS and record of decision.
Panelists from various perspectives will describe what they view as important issues requiring community input. Please plan on joining GreeningUSA as we help you prepare to effectively participate by submitting comments to the NY DOT in this important I-81 Community Grid approval phase.
FREE but you must register. A link to attend using the GoToMeeting platform will be sent to those registered the day before the event. 
Webinar Registration:

Rally for democracy reform

Saturday (Aug 14 Tentative)

IndivisibleNY24 has been rallying for democracy reform every Sat. at 11am on the public sidewalk outside Wegmans Dewitt. If the U.S. Senate goes on recess as expected this week, we may put this weekly action on hold for now. More details after Tuesday. 

UJTF/NYCLU Press Conference/March for Justice in the Rt. 81 Project

Saturday, August 14

10:30 AM at Dr. MLK School; March Begins

12 PM: Press Conference at 333 E. Washington St.  – City Hall

An Urban Jobs Task Force and NY Civil Liberties Union Event

Facebook Event

The revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is out, and hearings and  comment  schedules have been announced. Join this march to demand 


Additional DOT information sessions about the Interstate 81 project. 6-8 PM 

·      Aug. 24 at Lincoln Middle School

·      Aug. 25 at PSLA at Fowler

·      Aug. 26 at H.W. Smith

·      Sept. 9 at Dr. King Elementary School

Last Day to submit comments: Sept. 14

Revitalizing Haudenosaunee Food Culture, A Virtual Talk with Chef Tawnya Brant


Revitalizing Haudenosaunee Food Culture, A Virtual Talk with Chef Tawnya Brant

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 Mohawk Nation citizen Tawnya Brant. Tawnya is the Chef Owner of Yawékon Foods, which specializes in Haudenosaunee fusion cuisine. 

Chef Tawnya grew up in her home community of Six Nations of the Grand River in a home without electricity or running water and had a large garden. Her mother Terrylynn is an avid gardener and her dad Richard a lifelong hunter/fisher. She spent her foundational years with a kitchen filled with Indigenous harvests and wild game. Chef Tawnya has been working in the restaurant industry for 24 years. After becoming a mother she switched her focus to Indigenous foods and catering, founding Yawékon Foods as a focus on Haudenosaunee culinary roots. Since 2014 she has travelled across North America sharing her cuisine.

This talk will take place on Tuesday, August 24 at 7:00pm EST. The event is free and open to the public. A donation of $5 or $10 would be welcomed and appreciated and would allow us to host more events like in the future.
Register here to join:…/reg…/WN_vfMvOEAvRaao-F04IAsfbg
If you would like to make a donation, please visit:…/donation-erie-canal-museum/ 

Final comments to DOT on I-81: Sept. 14

Westcott St. Cultural Festival

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021  Info here

CNY Solidarity will be tabling; if you’re interested in helping with this, please contact 


STAND FOR  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 TUESDAY AND FRIDAY       


Park St. opposite the Regional Market main entrance… every SATURDAY 9 to 9:45 a.m.       

 *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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