CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – October 5 to October 12, 2021

From CNY Solidarity 

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

Committees will meet on their own. See last page to signup for committee lists. 

Report from our Meeting Sunday, Oct. 3, 3 PM. 

We had two important presentations, both related to upcoming election issues.

·       John Deer spoke on the Flip the Leg effort to flip the majority in the County Legislature. In the process of the 2019 campaign, all but two of the GOP Legislature Candidates signed the Fair Maps CNY pledge to support fair, non-partisan, and independent redistricting. On July 7, 2020, every Republican Legislator voted against fair redistricting, allowing for the possibility of Gerrymandered districts to be put in place for the next decade. John mentioned four races that are critical:

o   Jana Rogers, District 5

o   Heather Waters, District 10

o   Ryan Suser, District 11

o   Dr. Shanelle Benson Reid, District 14

And two other that are possible wins:

o   Dr. Sunny Aslam, District 12

o   Matt Johnson, District 3

What district am I in? Find yourself on these maps: OR follow the instructions below under General Election – Sample Ballot.

If you want to help but are not in a competitive district, go to to donate or volunteer.

·       Maya K. van Rossum, Founder of the Green Amendment For The Generations Movement. The goal of the Green Amendments For The Generations is to advance a Green Amendment movement that sweeps the nation and secures for all people constitutional recognition and protection of their inalienable rights to pure water, clean air, a stable climate  and healthy environments. The Green Amendment is now on the ballot in NYS! It would “establish the right of each person to clean air and water and a healthful environment”.

How Do You Create a Sustainable Syracuse?

Mayoral Candidate Forum

Co-Sponsored by CNY Solidarity Coalition

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

General Election: Tuesday, November 2, 2021 Polls are 0pen 6:00am- 9:00pm. State, county, and local positions, and statewide proposals. 


Early Voting will be October 23 – October 31

Sample Ballot: Look up your own voter info here: . Then, using that information, get your sample ballot here:

Reminder: there are five proposals on the back of the ballot. Proposal 2 is the Green Amendment (see above)

Click here to learn more about the 5 statewide proposals.

I- 81 Project Update:

Comments to DOT by 10/14. 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)

 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:

Articles of the Week:

Corporations Would Literally Kill You to Turn a Profit

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.

Read It in Jacobin

Largest-Ever Leak of Offshore Files Reveals the Secret Finances of Hundreds of Billionaires and World Leaders

Based on 11.9 million records, the “Pandora Papers” expose hidden holdings of global elites from Putin to Shakira.

Read the Article in Mother Jones

NY Attorney General files lawsuit against Syracuse landlord over child lead poisoning

According to the latest data available from the Onondaga County Health Department, about 9% of children in Syracuse have a dangerous level of lead in their blood. The rate jumps to between 20 and 30% in neighborhoods on the Southside.

Read it in CNY Central. 

The Koch Empire Goes All Out to Sink Joe Biden’s Agenda — and His Presidency, Too

The dark-money network is spending tens of millions to undermine Democrats’ effort to protect the climate and shore up the social safety net

Read it in Rolling Stone

If you’re looking for more news and commentary from a progressive perspective, here are some more you might look at.  Continued from last week’s list.


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. 

Pathway of Resistance Walking Tour 

THURSDAY, Oct 7 AT 1 PM – 3 PM

Erie Canal Museum

Pathway of Resistance Walking Tour

Event by Erie Canal Museum

We are pleased to announce the return of the Pathway of Resistance walking tour, examining the African-American experience on and along the banks of the Erie Canal, from the waterway’s beginnings to contemporary times. We will present this in-person program on alternating Thursdays and Saturdays at 1 p.m. starting on August 26th. Space is limited, so please try to reserve a space in advance here:…/pathway-of-resistance…/ or by calling the Museum at (315) 471-0593 or emailing Walk-ins are welcome as well.

While the legacies of slavery and systemic racism can be uncomfortable to discuss, it is crucial for these issues to be be addressed and to understand how these legacies continue to impact our society today. Because we believe that the issues presented in this tour are very important, the program is free of charge. We do, however, encourage a donation of $10 per person.

The tour begins at the corner of Montgomery Street and Erie Boulevard in downtown Syracuse, just outside the Museum garden. Per CDC guidelines, face masks are encouraged but not required for outdoor programs at the Erie Canal Museum. Free parking is available in the lot across from the Museum, under routes 81 and 690. We hope you’ll join us! 

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.

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.

Email your questions to:

Written questions will also be accepted on postcards at the in-person event, 

and in the “chat box” on line.

The three Mayoral Candidates will field questions about their vision to create a sustainable future for the City of Syracuse.  Chris Bolt, WAER News and Public Affairs Director, will moderate the forum which will be recorded for airing at a subsequent date on WAER-FM 88.3, and archived for later access.  

Our moderator will be reviewing and aggregating questions from the three sponsoring organizations, as well as questions submitted by the public, to create a focused event, highlighting the most important sustainability issues facing the City.  In 2010, The City of Syracuse used GreeningUSA’s “12 Traits of Sustainable Communities” to self-assess and plan for the future.  Learn more about it at:

 Citizenship in an Age of Perpetual ConflictFriday, October 8 | 4:00 p.m. EDT 
Location: National Veterans Resource Center (NVRC), Daniel and Gayle D’Aniello Building,K.G. Tan AuditoriumPhil Klay, Dartmouth College graduate and United States Marine Corps Veteran, is the author of Redeployment, winner of the 2014 National Book Award. The work provides a powerful collection of stories that takes readers to the front lines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His newly released novel, Missionaries, offers a meticulously researched bird’s-eye depiction of the remote yet interconnected ways that American-sponsored wars are waged across the globe. Among its many early accolades, it was named a “favorite book” by former President Obama. For more information on the speaker, please visit American war today is in a strange place. On the one hand, America just withdrew its last ground troops from Afghanistan, seemingly bringing a twenty-year war to an end. But even as he announced the withdrawal, President Biden promised that we’d keep killing American enemies there, using “over-the-horizon” strike capabilities. This creates a strange situation for Americans, largely protected from the harsh consequences of war, and yet citizens of a country using lethal force across the globe. We generally find out about the extent of our involvement only when US soldiers die, resulting in a bizarre circumstance for Americans trying to understand their citizenship, and their humanity, in relation to the killing done in our name. What does it mean to be a citizen of a country that is not at peace, but doesn’t seem to believe it’s at war? Klay’s speech will try to offer some answers to that question. A book signing will follow the lecture.Register Here
 Live streaming will also be available, link will be provided on day of event at, The Tanner Lectures SeriesThis lecture series is coordinated by the Campbell Public Affairs Institute, and co-sponsored by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), and SU Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (OVMA).

CKsquared- A Benefit Show for ArtRage 

Fri. October 7 AT 7 PM – 9 PM

Online Event

CKsquared- A Benefit Show for ArtRage

Event by Charlie King – Musical StorytellerArtRage Galleryand 2 others


Join us for this virtual concert! Charlie King & Colleen Kattau team up once again for an ArtRage benefit show. They will share new and seasoned tunes over Zoom from their repertoire.

About the performers:
Charlie King and Colleen Kattau sing with a common passion that makes you believe the world could be saved by beauty. Their songs are like flowers growing from the hard soil of political realities, rooted in the belief that music can cultivate a new reality by embodying visions in song. Best known for the work they do independent of each other, they’ve been sporadically performing together since 1993. The common repertoire they’ve developed is rich, harmonious and brimful with comic relief.

Replace Columbus Observance

Monday, October 11, 2021 at 6 pm – 6:40 pm

Heritage Park (aka Columbus Circle), 259 E Onondaga St, Syracuse

Replace Columbus Observance

Event by Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation and Women of Italian and Syracuse Heritage CNY

Join Women of Italian and Syracuse Heritage in Central New York (WISH CNY), Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON), and Resilient Indigenous Action Collective (RIAC) as we gather at the Columbus monument to lay his false hero image to rest and pay respect to the multitude of victims of genocidal violence past and present that resulted from the impact of colonialism. Speakers include Maryann Zeppetello and Natalie LoRusso of WISH CNY and RIAC members Ionah and Danielle. Colleen Kattau, a local singer, song writer, and educator, will lead us in song. We will complete our gathering in collective silence as we stand in a powerful visual demonstration. At the conclusion of this event, we will walk as a group to the Everson Museum of Art Plaza for Refocus: Haudenosaunee Films to Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day. 


Poor Peoples’ Campaign Moral Congress

October 15, 16, 18, and 23rd

The PPC worked tirelessly this summer pressing DC on voting rights, minimum wage and infrastructure.  This is a chance to learn from national leaders, as well as some talented NY State folks

  • Friday, October 15, 11am – National Press Conference
  • Saturday, October 16, 2-6pm – PPC Congress Plenary Sessions, Part I (The PPC Moral Fusion Organizing Model, June 2022 Mass Assembly, and Voter Participation and Protection)
  • Monday, October 18, 7:30-9:30pm – National Town Hall on Building a Third Reconstruction
  • Saturday, October 23, 2-6pm – PPC Congress Plenary Session Part II (Training on theomusicology, social media, religious organizing, electoral politics and more)

Register Here by Oct. 11. 

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

Register Here

2021 General Election Early Voting will be October 23 – October 31

General Election: Tuesday, November 2, 2021 Polls are 0pen 6:00am- 9:00pm


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…

NEW TIME 4:00 to 4:45 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: Dick Kornbluth

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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