CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – September 21 to September 28, 2021

From CNY Solidarity Coalition

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

(At our Sept. 12 meeting we decided to resume Zoom meetings for now.)

Committees will meet on their own. 

Meeting Sunday, Oct. 3, 3 PM on Zoom

Spotlight on local elections. 

·       John Deer will speak on the Flip the Leg effort to flip the majority in the County Legislature

·       Open discussion on other local elections: Syracuse Mayor, etc. 

I- 81 Project Update:

Comments to DOT by 10/14. 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 from their site:

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 represents you. Find out more:

The CNY Solidarity Coalition meeting on 10/3 will focus on local elections. 

Articles of the Week:

The Long History of American Cruelty

A conversation with Adam Serwer about the ideological roots of Trumpism, the failures of the Reconstruction era, and his new book, The Cruelty Is the Point.

Read the Article in the Nation 

7 Wealthiest Americans Have Enough Wealth to Cover a Third of $3.5T Budget Plan

“The collective wealth of the seven wealthiest Americans has now reached nearly $1 trillion. And these seven pay virtually nothing in income tax.

According to Forbes, the collective wealth of these seven men — Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Larry Ellison — stood at $996 billion at the end of the day on August 25.

That’s a group small enough to fit an SUV.”

Read the Article on Truthout.

This one is centered on Britain but there are lots of parallels:

Eat the rich! Why millennials and generation Z have turned their backs on capitalism

Nearly eight out of 10 of young Britons blame capitalism for the housing crisis and two-thirds want to live under a socialist economic system. How did that happen?

Read the Article in the Guardian

Study says nearly half of defense spending for 9/11 wars went to private contractors

Politics Sep 13, 2021 5:58 PM EDT

Up to half of the $14 trillion spent by the Pentagon since 9/11 went to for-profit defense contractors, a study released Monday found. While much of this money went to weapons suppliers, the research is the latest to point to the dependence on contractors for war-zone duties as contributing to mission failures in Afghanistan in particular.

…It started with then-Vice President Dick Cheney, the former CEO of Halliburton. Halliburton received more than $30 billion to help set up and run bases, feed troops and carry out other work in Iraq and Afghanistan by 2008, the study says.

Read the Article on


Join Onondaga VOTES and Greater Syracuse Southside Neighborhood Association for a series of “Talk Tuesdays” Electoral Forums 

See listings by date below

Syracuse Common Council President and Councilor-at-Large and Legislature (15th District)

Tuesday, Sept. 21, 5:30-7:30 PM

The Well of Hope Church, 1642 South Ave. 

Livestreaming at

Flip the Leg with Masterpole, Reid & Conole at Now & Later


Join Onondaga County Comptroller Marty Masterpole, Entrepreneur Todd Reid, and Congressional Candidate Francis Conole for a fundraiser to help flip the County Legislature from Red to Blue!

There will be live music, craft beer, adult beverages, and our Democratic candidates for Onondaga County Legislature! We have a fantastic Democrat in all 17 districts!

We will make history this year. Be part of something big and exciting. Get your ticket or become a sponsor today!

Attica Still Means Fight Back!

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 At 6 Pm Edt

Go To Link

Event by Unchained

As an organization led by our incarcerated Co-Executive Director Derek Singletary and made up of members in jails and prisons across New York State, Unchained will be commemorating the uprising and reflecting on its legacy.

Join us for a powerful evening with:
Dr. Heather Ann Thompson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy
Bobby Harrison, Co-Founder of Faith Hope Community Center in Syracuse and survivor of the Attica uprising
Joe Heath, General Counsel for the Onondaga Nation who spent three decades representing the Attica Brothers. 

We are thrilled to highlight the role of people from Upstate New York, especially our home base of Syracuse, in the uprising that forever changed the course of social movements to resist white supremacy and dismantle the carceral state.

You will also hear directly from Derek, speaking from maximum security prison, about the work Unchained is doing to honor the sacrifices and demands of the Attica Brothers 50 years later. For example, Unchained co-wrote and co-led the campaign to pass the Less is More: Community Supervision Revocation Reform Act, which was passed by the New York State Legislature on June 10, 2021. The new law, expected to go into effect in March 2022, will prevent thousands of people every year from being returned to prison for non-criminal technical parole violations, one of the demands of the Attica Brothers that went unmet for 50 years.

You can register for the event to receive the Zoom link at the following link:

Attica still means fight back!

Additional DOT information session about the Interstate 81 project. 

Sept. 23 Town of Camillus Municipal Bldg., 4600 W. Genesee St. Syracuse, NY, 13219

DOT staff on hand to explain the project and respond to questions.

Last Day to submit comments: Oct. 14 

FROM SYRACUSE.COM: The toll-free comment hotline (1-855-481-8255) has been unreachable at times. Other options for submitting your comments: Call (315)-703-4181 to leave your recorded comment.

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

September FOCUS Forum:  Bridging the Digital Divide in CNY

Friday, September 24 at 12:05 pm 

Forum on “Bridging the Digital Divide in Central New York” 

Register HERE for the September 24 forum at 12:05 pm

This forum will cover the impact of the digital divide in CNY, and the initiatives planned and underway by the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County to address digital inclusion and equity. 

Eliminating the digital divide in urban and rural communities is a long-standing national challenge which was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, as access to technology was essential to daily necessities of life. 


David Bottar, Executive Director, CNY Regional Planning and Development Board; Annabeth Hayes, Co-Founder, CNY Digital Inclusion Coalition, Director, Tully Free Library; Jennifer Tifft, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Neighborhood & Business Development, City of Syracuse; and Kevin Sexton, Chief Information Officer, Onondaga County Department of Information Technology. With Moderator Sharon Brangman, MD, Chair, Department of Geriatrics, SUNY Upstate Medical.

For more about the Forums and FOCUS go to

Green New Deal for Public Schools Rally


100 S Clinton St, Syracuse, NY 13202-1336, United States

Green New Deal for Public Schools Rally

Event by Syracuse DSA

Join us to call on Senator Schumer to pass the Green New Deal for Public Schools! 

A Community United to Protect Voting Rights

Sept 25, 2-4 pm Eastern Time on Zoom

PACCNY, Pan-African Community of Central New York, invites you to join us for our annual Unity Day event 

The event is free and open to all, so, please share this information with as many people and organizations as possible. We have an exciting program and dynamic presenters

You must Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Questions? Email

Healthy Work – Online Workshop Series

Hosted by the Occupational Health Clinical Center*

Sept. 25-29 

*The Occupational Health Clinical Center is ~

Affiliated with the Department of Family Medicine, Upstate Medical University

Member of the NYS Department of Health Occupational Health Clinical Network

Participants are sent a $40 cash gift card and a certificate in thanks for completing the workshop. Participants can attend more than one workshop ($40 each time).

Questions? Jeanette Zoeckler, Director of Preventive Services  (315) 380-7512

Chemicals @ Work

September 25th 10:00 am – 12:00 noon    

During the Coronavirus Pandemic, we’ve noticed that many workplaces have stepped up their cleaning practices, but sometimes workers are being asked to clean with unsafe chemicals that won’t eliminate the coronavirus any better than safer alternatives. This workshop covers how to protect workers from harmful chemicals and offers practical information how chemicals should be handled, according to “Right-to-Know” laws. Participants leave with occupational health and safety resources. 

Healthy Work

September 27th 6:30 – 8:30 pm     

Using engaging activities that include body mapping and hazard mapping, objectives for this workshop are to raise awareness around common workplace hazards and their potential health effects. Workers’ rights and how to use them is explored. Follow-up with OHCC and other community-based resources is encouraged.

Coronavirus @ Work

September 28th 6:30 – 8:30 pm     

Using up-to-date curriculum approved by OSHA, public health experts lead the workshop participants through life-saving prevention-oriented information. Extensive Q & A round out the workshop. Delta variant disease transmission, common workplace protocols, and information on vaccines are covered. Participants are offered follow-up connection to community-based resources for Covid-19.

Workplace Stress and Incivility

September 29th 6:30 – 8:30 pm    

Workers report that their number one concern is the lack of respect in their workplaces. This workshop connects the dots between work-related stressors and their effect on human health. Workplace strain is defined with diagrams and relatable examples. Discussions center on ways to reduce the drama at work through collective activities. Solutions are suggested for harassment, discrimination, bullying and any form of workplace incivility.

Westcott St. Cultural Festival

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021  Info here

CNY Solidarity will be tabling; to sign up for a shift, please contact 

Join Onondaga VOTES and Greater Syracuse Southside Neighborhood Association for 

“Talk Tuesdays” Electoral Forum

Board of Education Candidates

Tuesday, Sept. 28; 5:30-7:30 PM

Syracuse Community Connection

401 South Avenue

Livestreaming at


Defend Our Reproductive Rights

Saturday, October 2, 2021 At 11 AM– 1 PM

Defend Our Reproductive Rights

Event by Women’s March Syracuse

Planned Parenthood, 1120 E Genesee St., Syracuse, NY

We will gather at Planned Parenthood to show our support for this critical provider of abortion and other reproductive services in our community. After a short rally, we’ll march to the Syracuse Federal Building, 100 S. Clinton St., The march is 1.5 miles and transportation assistance will be available for people who can’t walk that distance. We’ll rally at the Federal Building with additional speakers and music

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). 


Join Onondaga VOTES and Greater Syracuse Southside Neighborhood Association for a series of “Talk Tuesdays” Electoral Forums 

Mayoral Candidates

Tuesday, October 5 5:30-7:30 PM

The Well of Hope Church, 1642 South Ave. 

How Do You Create a Sustainable Syracuse?

Mayoral Candidate Forum

October 8, 2021 from 12:00-1:30 pm.

FOCUS Greater Syracuse, GreeningUSA, and CNY Solidarity Coalition present a joint Mayoral Candidate Forum. 

This event is FREE and open to the public, but registration is required.

We are working to present this event “in-person” and virtually.

Watch for more details and location in September.

Registration Link for Attending in Person:  
Registration Link for Online Participation:  

A link to attend online will be emailed on October 7.
Registration closes at 5pm, October 7.

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

Register Here


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: Follow us online and on social media. Check out our Website and our Instagram. Follow us on Twitter: @CNYSolidarity and @IndivisibleNY24 and Facebook:  and

From our Committees: To sign up for each of the committee mailing lists, contact the person listed. 

Indivisible NY24: Contact: Deborah Rose:

Climate Justice: Contact: Kitty Burns –

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

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

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