CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – August 17 to August 24, 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!

Repeat from Last Week: 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:

How AOC and the left reinvented NY politics

The young, diverse progressives she inspired are winning races and pushing out longtime incumbents.

Read the Article on City and State

Officer Brandon Hanks’ lawsuit is making national news:

A Black officer was a rising star. The department’s ‘Jim Crow culture’ destroyed his career, lawsuit says.

Read the Article in the Washington Post

“Hanks filed a federal lawsuit on Monday accusing his White colleagues, the city and the police department, his own employer, of “blatant and extreme racism” because of what he and his attorney describe as a “Jim Crow culture” against Black officers.”

Chomsky: Biden’s “Radical” Proposals Are Minimum Measures to Avoid Catastrophe

In this exclusive interview, Noam Chomsky, one of the world’s greatest scholars and leading activists, shares his insights on the state of the world and the conundrum of activism and change, including the significance of the Black Lives Matter movement, the movement for Palestinian rights, the urgency of the climate crisis and the threat of nuclear weapons. Read it on Truthout

Heather Cox Richardson on Social Security history                

August 14, 2021: On this day in 1935, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. While FDR’s New Deal had put in place new measures to regulate business and banking and had provided temporary work relief to combat the Depression, this law permanently changed the nature of the America government.Read it here and you can subscribe to the daily Letter from An American


Community Union Organizing Event

Community Union Organizing Event


5:30 PM EDT

Comfort Tyler Park 1212-44 E Colvin St

Event by Syracuse DSA

After a successful BBQ, we are back! Having issues on the job and don’t know where to turn to? We will be learning from one another about how to make change at work with our coworkers.

Join Syracuse DSA Labor Committee’s Community Union Organizing (CUO) event.

The purpose of the CUO is to provide a space for people to discuss workplace issues and come up with ideas to support organizing and strategies for solving those issues as a community. 

Syracuse DSA Mission statement: The Syracuse DSA Labor Committee’s mission is to empower workers to connect with other individuals, working or unemployed, to make our workplaces and government more democratic. Workers should feel a sense of shared community, be comfortable voicing their opinions, and leaders should address workers’ concerns properly. We strive to empower workers to build collective power through solidarity to guarantee everyone is respected and treated with dignity.

March on Washington for Voting Rights

Saturday, August 28th 

This August, on the 58th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech, democracy advocates across the country are joining the historic March On for Voting Rights.

The March On for Voting Rights will take place in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Miami, Phoenix, Houston, and across the country as we protect voting rights and demand that Congress act by passing federal voting rights legislation. Click here to learn more and join the marches online or in person.

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. 1 at Chestnut Hill Middle School

Sept. 8 at Mott Road Middle Shcool

Sept. 9 at Dr. King Elementary School

Sept. 13 at CNS High 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

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

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.

Sep 13, 2021 07:00 PM
Oct 11, 2021 07:00 PM
Nov 8, 2021 07:00 PM
Dec 13, 2021 07:00 PM

Register Here

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 

ArtRageous Bike Ride


Welcome to the 4th (almost annual) ArtRageous Bike Ride! 

A fun event to raise some money for ArtRage Gallery and support social justice art in CNY. 

Choose either the 20 or 40 mile ride (ride maps coming soon) 

and enjoy a delicious homemade lunch buffet back at ArtRage after the ride. 

Early registration is $45 ($55 after September 28). 



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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