CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – August 31 to September 7, 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. 

Meeting SUNDAY, Sept. 12, 3 PM at Bishop Harrison Center and Livestreamed on Facebook.

Our committees will report on their activities and plans. 

Update on plans for the Westcott Festival. 

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:

It is critical that we all submit comments to DOT by 9/14. See Events/Actions below, and see our CNY Solidarity Coalition page with I-81 information:

Easiest Ways to take Action:

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

Urban Jobs Task Force has produced a detailed guide to making comments

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

County Elections Reminder: 

There is a critically important election approaching for Onondaga County Legislators. If you live in the city of Syracuse, you do have a County Legislator who represent you. Find out more:

Articles of the Week:

Corporations Would Literally Kill You to Turn a Profit

Read the Article in Jacobin

Coca-Cola killed trade unionists in Latin America. General Motors built vehicles known to catch fire. Tobacco companies suppressed cancer research. And Boeing knew that its planes were dangerous. Corporations don’t care if they kill people — as long as it’s profitable.

Billionaires Need to Get on Board With More Taxes or Expect the Pitchforks

Read the article in In These Times

The super-rich have made a killing off of the pandemic. It’s time to tax the hell out of them to pay for programs that serve the working class.

Big oil coined ‘carbon footprints’ to blame us for their greed. Keep them on the hook

Read the Article in The Guardian

Climate-conscious individual choices are good – but not nearly enough to save the planet. More than personal virtue, we need collective action


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

These smaller-scale meetings will take place in local schools and have DOT staff on hand to explain the project and respond to questions.

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

FROM SYRACUSE.COM: If you’ve been unable to phone in your comments on the state’s plan for revamping Interstate 81, you’re not alone. The toll-free comment hotline (1-855-481-8255) has been unreachable for many callers since Friday.

State transportation officials say they are working to correct the problem. In meantime, here are other options for submitting your comments:

Alternative phone number You can call local number (315)-703-4181 to leave your recorded comment.


You can fill out an online form or you can send an email to this


LIVING IN LIMBO: Portraits from the Border by Bill McLaughlin


SPECIAL EVENT – Saturday, September 11th from 4-6 with RESERVATION


Open for viewing from 12-4pm on Saturday, September 11th – before the special event!

Artist Bill McLaughlin of New Berlin, NY traveled to Tijuana, Mexico in December 2019 to photograph the migrants and asylum seekers left stranded at the border. They were stranded due to the January 2019 abrupt change in US immigration policy informally known as “Remain in Mexico” in which asylum seekers at the US/Mexico border were returned to Mexico to wait, often for many months, for their immigration proceedings.

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

The Big Scary “S” Word and Economic Democracy


The Big Scary “S” Word and Economic Democracy

Event by Democratic Socialists of America

Join the Democratic Socialists of America Fund, Dissent magazine, NYC-DSA’s Housing Working Group, In These Times, and Housing Justice for All for the third installment in a series of virtual events inspired by the film The Big Scary “S” Word. This month’s discussion will focus on worker cooperatives and the fight for economic justice.
The Big Scary “S” Word, a new documentary feature from director Yael Bridges examining the past, present, and future of socialism in the United States, connects the dots between many of our social and economic crises and focuses on American socialists’ responses. 
On September 14, the filmmaker will join us to show a clip from the film and answer questions about the movie. The panelists will discuss and respond to your questions about how we get where we need to go now to work beyond capitalism for economic democracy.

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***

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