CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – October 27 to November 2, 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. 

10/31/22 Meeting: Beyond War And Militarism, a joint committee of CNY Solidarity Coalition and Syracuse Peace Council, will present on Armistice Day

11/14/22 Meeting. Indivisible NY24 will present


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


Early Voting: October 23 – October 31 at six 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.

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

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

Vote YES on all 5 proposalsRecommendation by the CNY Solidarity Coordinating Committee

Note: Prop. 1 is opposed by some groups. 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 strongly recommend YES votes. 

Articles of the Week:

Americans are ready to tax the rich

It’s not always clear what the public wants. But a new poll shows strong support for taxing the rich to pay for Democrats’ Build Back Better Act. Read it on Vox

Mapped: The World’s Top Countries for Military Spending

The U.S. isn’t labeled as a global superpower for nothing. The country is by far the largest military spender, and its $778 billion budget trumps the remainder of the list’s collective $703.6 billion. On its own, the U.S. represents just under 40% of global military spending. Read it on

Legislator: Onondaga County budget fails to prioritize our most vulnerable (Commentary)

Excellent commentary from Mary Kuhn on why we need to FliptheLeg. Read it on

Striketober: Labor Militancy Grows as U.S. Workers Walk Off the Job & IATSE Members Get Tentative Deal

“…They understand they have more leverage right now. The labor market is tighter than usual. It’s harder to replace them if they go on strike. And they’re not willing to accept bad deals. And where they already have bad deals, if they’re in unions, they’re willing to try to fight to get what they’ve given up before back.”

Read or Listen on Democracy Now!

Also, Read this on Jacobin:

US Workers Are in a Militant Mood

“Evidence is growing of an uptick in labor militancy across the United States. This week, ten thousand United Automobile Workers (UAW) members at John Deere began their first strike at the company since 1986, and there are several other private-sector strikes still ongoing, including two thousand nurses at a Catholic Health hospital in New York, fourteen hundred workers at Kellogg’s cereal plants across the country, eleven hundred coal miners at Warrior Met in Alabama, and four hundred twenty United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) members at Heaven Hill Distillery in Kentucky.”

In case you missed it:

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


Vigil for Citizenship

Tuesday, Oct. 26 – 4 PM

100 S Clinton St, Syracuse, NY 13202

Vigil for Citizenship

Event by The New York Immigration CoalitionWorkers’ Center of CNY and 2 others

The New York Immigration Coalition, The Workers’ Center of CNY, SIRDN, Party for Socialism and Liberation, and allies are holding this vigil to demand that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer keep his promises to our communities and deliver on a path to citizenship. For decades, immigrants have relentlessly organized and fought for permanent protections that will allow them to remain together with their loved ones and continue to live in the country they now consider their home. This vigil, one of many across upstate cities and towns this week, will hold space for the pain and suffering that our communities face every day without a road to citizenship. Immigrants have been on the front lines of getting out country through the pandemic and we can not #BuildBackBetterwithout inclusion of citizenship in reconciliation.
Immigrants, advocates and allies have rallied across the country for the past few months to demand that citizenship for essential workers is included in the infrastructure package. The Senate Parliamentarian, an unelected bureaucrat, advised against the inclusion of a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants.
Now it’s up to us to ensure that Majority Leader Schumer and Democrats in power keep their promise to us. We will not stop fighting until we create history and opportunity for our immigrant essential workers, Dreamers and TPS holders. 

Parole Justice Town Hall

Oct. 28, 6 PM

East Side Boys and girls Club. 2100 E. Fayette St. Syr., NY 13224

RSVP here!

Center for Community Alternatives

Want to build community and fight for justice? Join us!

Together, we’ll watch an exclusive screening of The Interview, a short documentary produced by Oprah Winfrey about the injustices of the parole system, and a live panel discussion of formerly incarcerated people. Learn about our fight for parole justice legislation that will free our elders from state prison and reunite families.

Ahead of the screening, we’ll have music by Brown Skin band. Who Wants Smoke will provide food.

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.

The public will be allowed to sign up at these hearings and give comment on the redistricting process in Onondaga County and proposed maps.

Meeting #1; Date: Friday, October 22nd, 2021 

Meeting #2; Date: Friday, October 22nd, 2021 

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

Below is the link to Reapportionment Committee website:…/ReapportionmentCommission.html
There you can submit public comment. You can also get the hearing schedule, meeting minutes, and GIS and Census data given to the commissioners.
Make your voice heard.

Heat Pump Homeowner Happy Hour: Sustainable Manlius Edition!

October 29, 2021  – 5-6 PM on Zoom
This month we are featuring homeowners in the Town of Manlius, in support of the Get Sustainable, Manlius! campaign. Everyone is welcome to this casual conversation about energy efficiency results and best operating practices. 
Homeowners considering heat pumps are also welcome to attend.

Register Here

Responding to the National Call from Palestine

Join us as Palestinian activists from the ground partner with legal scholars to discuss how the unregulated 501(c)(3) system finances, and thus animates, a political matrix of tyranny ranging from hate groups and fascist movements on Turtle Island to Israel’s system of apartheid.

SPC’s Justice for Palestine committee strongly supports the Defund Racism campaign led by Palestinian organizers. Here is a great webinar opportunity to learn more about the campaign coming up on Friday, Oct 29 at 1:00 pm EST:

“Responding to the National Call from Palestine: Join us as Palestinian activists from the ground partner with legal scholars to discuss how the unregulated 501(c)(3) system finances, and thus animates, a political matrix of tyranny ranging from hate groups and fascist movements on Turtle Island to Israel’s system of apartheid.”


Why We Need Clean Slate: Breaking the Cycle of Trauma – Elders Speak Out!

November 2nd from 6-7pm 

Join us  to discuss the generational traumas and consequences New York’s criminal legal system imposes on New Yorkers, and learn what you can do to help break the cycles of perpetual punishment.

Help spread the word and tell all to join the discussion. Registration Link. Learn more about the Clean Slate Act:

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

NY Health Act Press Event

November 19, 2021. Time and location TBA (Tentative: noon, downtown)

The New York Health Act [A.6058/S.5474] will provide comprehensive health care for every New Yorker. You and your healthcare provider of choice will work to keep you healthy—New York Health pays the bill. You will never have to fear going without coverage again—especially in the middle of a deadly pandemic.

By distributing the tax burden fairly based on ability to pay and having capital gains and other taxable investment income contribute to its cost, 90% of New Yorkers will see substantial savings in their spending for health care.

Thanksgiving Circle of Peace and Hope

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2021 AT 10 AM – 11 AM

Willow Bay PIcnic Area, northside of Onondaga Lake

Thanksgiving Circle of Peace and Hope

Event by Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation

On Thanksgiving morning, Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation gather with Onondaga people each year on the shores of Onondaga Lake to express thanks for the goodness of the Earth and to each other for our ongoing friendship, working side-by-side in peace and hope for healing, justice, and environmental restoration. You are invited to join us. 

Some years it’s relatively warm, other years snowy and frigid. Please dress for the weather.

Please wear a mask and be prepared for safe practices to protect one another and our community during the ongoing COVID Pandemic.

Questions, contact Andy Mager

Syracuse Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network

To CNY Solidarity

Appeal for Assistance

First of all, THANK YOU for continuing to support our work.  Some of you have come through with generous funds and you may know about our network of drivers helping us with rides and with our much needed monthly food deliveries to approximately 30 households in Syracuse and Central New York.

SIRDN has been able to resettle someone in one of the local “TinyHomeforGood” apartments! We are all very happy about this unexpected positive outcome.  He is also well supported with food through Meals-on-Wheels and the UUMC Food Pantry.  We are are hoping that Medicaid will approve personal care hours. WE WILL, HOWEVER, NEED ONGOING FINANCIAL SUPPORT to pay rent of $ 350/month.  Please reach out to us if you are interested in helping with this. Even a small monthly donation would be helpful.

We are also reconfiguring how we do food deliveries.  Our 7-month association with Sankofa’s Food Pantry is coming to an end and we are looking to connect each family with a food pantry that is closer to them, and to establish teams of 2-3 drivers for each local group of families who will “adopt” this group of families and take care of the monthly deliveries as a group. Again, if you are interested in helping out with these deliveries, even just as a substitute we can reach out to, or as a member of a team that takes turns, please write an email to (The same is true if you think you might be able to help with rides every so often!)

Last, but not least, we are an advocacy organization. As you might know, not much has happened in terms of improving the immigration system or creating a path for citizenship since the Biden administration took office.  For sure, it’s a complicated subject.  If you would like to learn more and help us advocate for the MANY people living in this country without rights and/or viable immigration status, please reach out to us!  We need people to come to vigils, to write to Senator Schumer, and more. We hold Zoom meetings every other Tuesday, and would very much welcome new members.



Beginning  November 2  — from 4 to 4:45 pm every first Tuesday of the month thru the winter – – 

local upstate drone action coalition members protest the nys national guard’s 174th attack wing.

For over a decade we have been  gathering right across from the main gate of the 174th’s host, 

Hancock Airbase, on East Molloy Road in the town of Dewitt.

 Please join us. To learn more: 315 478 4571 and


Given the encroaching winter we have moved  our 45-minute Gaza and Palestine Solidarity 

Street Heat to 4 PM Every Friday. Join us at the intersection of east genesee st &  erie blvd east.

[across from the DeWitt fire station]

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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