CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – October 19 to October 26, 2021

From CNY Solidarity Coalition:

Upcoming Meetings (on Zoom until further notice):10/31/21, 11/14/21, 12/5/21, 12/19/21, 1/9/22, 1/23/22, 2/6/22, 2/20/22, 3/6/22, 3/20/22, 4/10/22, 4/24/22.

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

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 at six specific sites:

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.

Click here to learn more about the 5 statewide proposals.

Articles of the Week:

Onondaga County Democrats Mount “Flip The Leg” Campaign Aimed At Adding To Their Ranks On Legislature

“The GOP just recently rushed through measures to start the reapportionment process, even though the county charter gives the commission until March. Democrats claim the move is a not so subtle attempt to redraw district lines before a new legislature is seated in January.”

Read it on

Go to to donate, volunteer, find events, and learn more!

What the Five Ballot Proposal Questions Mean for New Yorkers this November

Five ballot proposals are up for a vote in the general election on Nov. 2. They include questions on the future of political representation in Albany, environmental protections, easier voter registration and absentee balloting, and how New York’s civil courts function.

Read the Article in The City

Click here to learn more about the 5 statewide proposals.

Our recommendation, from the CNY Solidarity Coordinating Committee: Vote YES on all 5. 

Note: Prop. 1 is opposed by some. The League of Women Voters has concerns about limits on the power of minority parties ( ). However, we feel that improvements outweigh the concerns. 

The issues on Proposals 2-5 are more clear-cut, and we recommend YES votes. 

2021 Candidates’ Climate Change Statements from Climate Change Awareness and Action

Election 2021 is upon us! As voters make their final choices and go to the polls to vote, CCAA firmly believes that a primary criterion for selecting candidates is their positions on climate change, especially the actions they would take from the offices they are seeking.

With that in mind, we reached out to candidates for the Onondaga County Legislature as well as Town positions in both DeWitt and Manlius. We made every effort to contact all candidates. In some instances, email information was not provided by county and town chairpersons; we did our best to obtain them. Here are the responses we received.  

Clifford Ryan on leadership: A determined, thoughtful, person can make a difference

Link  (Syr. Newspaper subscription required)

“…Ryan is the O.G., an old-school gentleman on a mission to reduce violence. He walks with signs so everyone knows him and knows when he’s around. He steps between armed antagonists. He uses reason, calm diplomacy and his own wellspring of love to lower tension and prevent the use of fists or guns. He meets with politicians, business leaders, gang members, cops, clergy, and grieving parents.”

Note: You can Donate to Cliff’s organization here: OGs Against Gun Violence


Please try to show up this week at the important events below. 

·       Rally for Clean Air and Water. (Thursday 5 PM)Sen. Rachel May has been a staunch and influential progressive leader in the NYS Senate. She deserves our public support! And the Green Amendment is essential!

·      Onondaga County Legislature Public Budget Hearing (Thursday 6 PM)

·      Onondaga County Redistricting Public Hearing (Friday 4 PM)

Letters to the Editor Needed on County Redistricting:

See the Syracuse Newspaper editorial about redistricting Here

Daily Orange article – good summary Here

Here are some tips, and links to area news outlets. 

Oct. 25 – last date to submit to Syracuse Newspapers before election. 

Rally for Clean Air and Water

Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 5 pm

Onondaga Lake Park near the Salt Museum 

Event by NYS Senator Rachel May Link to FB post

Join Senator May, Environmental Advocates NY, local elected and advocates to rally for clean air and water. 

This November, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to vote on a ballot initiative that would add environmental rights to the New York State Constitution and establish clean air, clean water, and a healthful environment as a fundamental right of all New Yorkers.

Join us to raise awareness of the ballot initiative.

All are welcome to attend, and masks are required. 

Onondaga County Legislature Public Budget Hearing

Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 6 pm

401 Montgomery St, Syracuse, NY 13202-2103, United States

Onondaga County Legislature public budget hearing

Event by Dr. Sunny for County Legislature

401 Montgomery St, Syracuse, NY 13202-2103, United States

Public  · Anyone on or off Facebook

We heard you! Many of us are outraged that our tax dollars are being used for sports complexes and an aquarium in the middle of a pandemic. Here is your chance to tell legislators how you feel. Reading material provided for those who want it! Invite all your friends. We need about 100 people. 

Onondaga County Redistricting Public Hearings are starting BEFORE Election Day. In a surprise move the GOP led redistricting commission is starting the public hearing process now. They are choosing the dates hoping the public won’t attend. We urge the public to make time and attend these meetings and voice their concerns.

Hearing schedule and updates Here.

Our current information: The public will be allowed to sign up at these hearings and give comment on the redistricting process in Onondaga County and proposed maps which are due October 27, 2021.

The hearings should be live streamed and there may be a chance for written public comment.

Meeting #1; Date: Friday, October 22nd, 2021 
Time: 11:00 a.m. 
Location: Clay Town Hall 4401 Route 31, Clay, NY 

Meeting #2; Date: Friday, October 22nd, 2021 
Time: 4:00 p.m. 
Location: LaFayette Town Hall 2577 US Route 11, LaFayette, NY

Meeting #3; Date: Wednesday October 27
Time: 6pm
Location: Onondaga County Legislature Chambers 401 Montgomery St #407, Syracuse, NY 13202

Meeting #4; Date: Thursday October 28 
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 5108 W. Genesee St., Camillus.

Meeting #5; Date: Friday October 29
Time 10am
Location: East Syracuse Village Hall 204 N Center St E, East Syracuse, NY 13057

Noam Chomsky meets Fatima Bhutto



Join the legendary philosopher and activist as he exposes the problems of our world and urges us to prepare for a more hopeful tomorrow.

In conversation with the author Fatima Bhutto, Noam Chomsky joins us live from Arizona to shed light on the world in 2021. He will analyse the phenomenon of right-wing populism, expose the catastrophic nature and impact of authoritarian policies on people and the planet, and explore the dynamics of our dog-eat-dog society. And he will share his insights into the recent mobilisations of millions against racism and police violence.

Accessibility Gala at the Center for Peace and Social Justice

Friday, October 22, 2021 At 4 PM – 6:30 PM

2013 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13210-2215, United States

Link to Event

Syracuse Center for Peace and Social Justice

2013 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13210-2215, United States

Join us as we celebrate the completion of our elevator addition! Featuring Singer Colleen Kattau and dance music from Zimbabwe by Kambuyu Marimba! Appetizers and Beverages served, for public safety please mask and/or distance. Limited handicapped parking by reservation. (315) 701-1580. Add’l parking on Westcott and Cambridge Streets.

Before the Ballot Candidate Forum 

Saturday, October 23, 2021, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Martin Luther King School. 

Hosted by Syracuse Police Accountability and Reform Coalition (SPAARC).

Will also be live-streamed on the National Action Network (NAAN) Syracuse Chapter Facebook

Forum organizers pledge strict adherence to the most up-to-date COVID-19 safety protocols in order to protect in-person forum attendees. Mask-wearing is strongly advised

The Candidate Forum moderators are Shukri Mohamed, and Yakeef Davis. The Before the Ballot forum provides the public and more pointedly historically excluded and disenfranchised communities with an opportunity to learn about the candidates and their views on important issues in our community. As an extension of the SPAARC mission to agitate and advocate this forum challenges candidates to drop safe, boilerplate stump speeches for clear policy insights that will help guide voters in their decision at the ballot. As part of a commitment to bipartisanship, all parties have been extended an invitation to participate. 

Confirmed mayoral forum participants include (in alphabetical order):  asterisk indicates incumbent

Khalid Bey (Democrat) – Mayoral Candidate

Janet Burman (Republican) – Mayoral Candidate

*Benjamin Walsh (Independent) – Mayoral Candidate

Any voter who has a question to be considered for the forum can email  “Candidate Questions” to: SPPARC at by Tuesday, October 19, 11:59 p.m. EST.  Audience members will be able to submit questions at the in-person forum and on our social media platforms during the live-stream. Due to time constraints and the number of candidates, not all questions will be asked.  Questions should be on the issues and applicable to all candidates. No personal attacks or biased questions will be accepted.  

Freedom to Vote Relay – Rally at the Finish Line!

Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 11:30 am

New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Event by Public CitizenCenter for Common Ground and 5 others

We need the Freedom to Vote, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement and DC Statehood Acts to protect the freedom to vote for all Americans and to address election sabotage. 

Sign up for stops on the relay route or to bike in the relay (5 miles or 1.5 days):
Sign up to walk the relay or join the virtual support team:
Sign up to volunteer for the rally/relay:

Freedom to Vote Relay Schedule:

Wed. Oct. 20th – Charleston to Charles Town, WV – WV caravan day
Thurs. Oct. 21st – Harpers Ferry, WV to Glen Echo Park, MD – walk run bike – Best Bike Day
Fri. Oct. 22nd – Glen Echo Park, MD to Washington, DC – walk, run and bike day – Best Walk Day
Sat. Oct. 23rd – Rally at the finish line 11:30am

For months, the American people have been calling on the Senate to protect our freedom to vote, ensure fair representation, and get big money out of politics —demanding action in the face of a faction that spread lies about COVID, fueled the deadly attack on our Capitol, and exploited a Senate loophole to block legislation the majority of us support.

Solidarity Ensues: An Evening of Comedy for DSA Candidates!

Solidarity Ensues: An Evening of Comedy for DSA Candidates!

 SATURDAY Oct. 23 AT 8 PM – 10 PM

Event by Democratic Socialists of America

RSVP Here:…/solidarity-ensues-an…/

Join DSA on Saturday 10/23 at 8pm EST/5pm PST for an evening of comedy and performances featuring Richie Floyd and India Walton to raise money for DSA’s slate of nationally endorsed candidates! Hosted by Sandy Honig and Peter Smith and with performances by Jamie Loftus, Ayo Edebiri, John Early, the DSA NYC Sing in Solidarity Chorus and others to be announced!

Syracuse City School District Family Forum

MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2021 AT 6 PM – 7:30 PM

SCSD Family Forum

Event by Parents for Public Schools- Syracuse and NeuroDiversity Consulting LLC

Group · SCSD Parent Support Group

This family forum is an opportunity for members of the Syracuse community to develop goals for supporting students and staff in the Syracuse City School District.


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

Workshop: Change the World: Organizing for Social Justice 


Maxwell Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244, United States

Workshop: Change the World: Organizing for Social Justice

Event by RiseUp for Social Action

The workshop will be facilitated by Aly Wane and Andy Mager of RiseUp Social Action Training and Education. It is being presented as part of the Conflict Management Center’s ongoing workshop series at Syracuse University.

The training will provide a hands-on introduction to skills needed to organize effectively for social change on a campus and in the community. Participants will learn to identify stakeholders and potential allies, develop out reach strategies and build a campaign on issues of concern to them.

The session, which will include roleplaying and other interactive learning exercises, will be valuable for newcomers and those already engaged in social action.

Andy Mager and Aly Wane of RiseUp for Social Action will facilitate the workshop. Andy and Aly bring over 60 years of combined organizing experience in Central New York. They have worked with many social movements, including those for peace, clean energy, immigrant and worker justice, racial justice, economic justice, environmental protection and food justice.

The workshop is FREE and open to all. Registration is required. To register, please send an email to Let them know what academic department/community organization you are with, if you require any special accommodations


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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