CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – August 24 to August 31, 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 each of the committee mailing lists, contact the 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? The. Urban Jobs Task Force has produced a detailed guide to making commentsIt 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; SEE BELOW, Starting Aug. 24: Additional DOT information sessions about the Interstate 81 project. 6-8 PM

Articles of the Week:

This week’s Syracuse Peace Council Newsletter includes some excellent resources on Afghanistan. It also has updates on a number of important SPC projects: Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON); Justice for Palestine; Nuclear Free World; Beyond War and Militarism Committee; E-newsletter/E-communications; SPC Steering Committee; Plowshares Craftsfair; Intern for the Fall 2021 Semester 

You can become an SPC member Here or get SPC information at

What the Classroom Didn’t Teach Me About the American Empire from Howard Zinn

 What the Classroom Didn’t Teach Me About the American Empire

Perhaps even more relevant today than it was in 2008, when it was first published, is the remarkable Howard Zinn’s writing on how, from his childhood in school to his years as a bombardier with the Eighth Air Force in the Second World War and beyond, he had to discover for himself that his country was an imperial power of the first order, another empire in a long history of them.

Washington’s War in Afghanistan Is Over. What Happens Now?

President Biden was right to withdraw US troops. But we should have no illusion that this will end the war for Afghans.

Read the Article in The Nation


U.S. officials constantly said they were making progress. They were not, and they knew it, an exclusive Post investigation found.

“A confidential trove of government documents obtained by The Washington Post reveals that senior U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign, making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable.

Read the Article in The Washington Post

Secret IRS files revealed: Trump’s “big, beautiful tax cut” boosted the ultrawealthy’s gains Read the article on Salon.

Billionaire business owners deployed lobbyists to make sure Trump’s 2017 tax bill was tailored to their benefit


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 School

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/ 

Rally at the State Fair to Tell Carl Heastie #PassNYHealth

NYS State Fair Main Entrance

Wednesday, August 25



For more information, contact Ursula

Join a Rapid Response Welcome Rally in support of the NY Health Act at “Speakers Day” at the State Fair!
Speaker Heastie and State Lawmakers are scheduled to arrive at the State Fair at 10AM. We will be there to welcome them to Syracuse and show legislators and the press that there is strong support in Upstate New York for passing the NY Health Act. It’s VERY possible that Governor Hochul will also attend but this has not yet been confirmed. We will begin by rallying and then those who are interested and comfortable staying longer will go inside the Fair to speak directly with Speaker Heastie and lawmakers. Please come demand that the legislators make passing the NY Health Act a top priority in the first post-Cuomo legislative session!

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.

Deadline for Democracy Rally

Saturday, August 28

11:00 am – noon, public sidewalk outside Wegmans in Dewitt

Indivisible NY24

 It’s a make-or-break moment for our democracy. Please join us as we call on Senate Majority Leader Schumer to do everything in his power to enact S.1: For the People Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, and DC Statehood. Republican state legislatures are attacking voting rights; we need Congress to fight back. Every Saturday until further notice, we’ll gather on the public sidewalk outside Wegmans Dewitt to spread the word to passing drivers. Bring a sign, and bring a friend


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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