CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – November 2 to November 9, 2021

Picture of the City of Syracuse

From CNY Solidarity Coalition:

Upcoming Meetings (on Zoom until further notice):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. 

11/14/22 MeetingIndivisible NY24 will present with a guest speaker.

GET OUT AND VOTE! TODAY!

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

Sample Ballot: Look up your own voter info here: https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov . Then get your sample ballot here:  http://ongov.net/elections/SampleBallots.html

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, but the article below is much clearer. 

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 (https://lwvny.org ). However, we feel that improvements outweigh the concerns. 

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

Public Comment Period Extended for Onondaga County Reapportionment Committee to Wednesday at 10am 

Please make your voice heard

They have finally put up all maps to be discussed on November 3rd on their website here (scroll down to Maps).

http://www.ongov.net/legislature/ReapportionmentCommission.html

The maps the Democrats have put forward are 1.0 and 1,5, The GOP have put forward 2.0.

While there has been a lot of public comment on extending the process, there has not been as much on a map preference.  Please make a public comment if you can, and if you prefer one of the maps also make that comment.  If there is any chance of slowing this down or getting favorable maps we need a strong public comment period. 

Please email your public comment to:  onondagacountylegislature@ongov.net

Remember to act before 10am Wednesday, Nov. 3.

Articles of the Week:

Why Is U.S. Military Spending Increasing to New, Outlandish Levels?

Critics of the Biden administration’s Build Back Better plan to increase funding for U.S. education, healthcare, and action against climate catastrophe say the U.S. can’t afford it, there are no such qualms about ramping up funding for the military. Read it on Portside

The Dirty Dozen: Meet America’s Top Climate Villains

Few are household names, yet these 12 enablers and profiteers have an unimaginable sway over the fate of humanity

Read it in The Guardian

Pro-military agenda at SU makes students like me feel unsafe, unwelcome

The multiple experiences of students and faculty engaging in pro-military rhetoric have been detrimental to my PTSD.

Elon Musk Opposes Billionaire Tax While Making a Record $36 Billion in One Day

“… Studies have found that decades of tax cuts for the wealthy have not resulted in the promised trickle-down effect and instead only allowed the rich to accumulate even more wealth while paying a lower effective tax rate.”

Read it on Truthout

EVENTS/ACTIONS CALENDAR:

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:www.cleanslateny.org.

What is Abolition? Syracuse DSA 

Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 6:30 pm – 9 pm

ArtRage Gallery

What is Abolition? Syracuse DSA GM

Event by Syracuse DSA

ArtRage Gallery

The chapter wide meeting of the Syracuse chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. The meeting is hybrid in-person at ArtRage Gallery and online on Zoom.

RSVP here: https://actionnetwork.org/…/syracuse-dsa-november…&

Due to COVID and space constraints at ArtRage Gallery, we must limit in-person attendance to 35 people. We ask people who plan to attend in person or online RSVP with this form as soon as possible and indicate which way you will participate. We will require RSVPing to enter and if you RSVP after in-person attendance is full we’ll let you know. This is our second hybrid general meeting and we had positive feedback from those who participated remotely last time. We hope for our future meetings to be hybrid and wish to really make it work and enable full participation online.

If you have any questions about the agenda or any of the above, email syracusedsa@protonmail.com

Virtual Teach-In with LEA: “Honor the Dark” & “Be the Light”

Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 12 pm – 1 pm

Virtual Teach-In with LEA: “Honor the Dark” & “Be the Light”

Event by Syracuse Community Choir

Participate in Syracuse Community Choir’s virtual choir video this season! Lea Morris will teach us her songs “Honor the Dark” and “Be the Light”. You will then have the opportunity to record a video of yourself singing, which will be included in a video for our Virtual Winter Solstice Concert (Sunday, Dec. 19th). This event will be recorded for those who can’t attend.  More information and registration Here.

“The Good Mind” Film Screening and Panel Discussion

 SATURDAY, Nov. 6 AT 2 PM – 5 PM

Event by Syracuse University Art Museum

Link to Event 

“The Good Mind,” an award-winning feature documentary film by Gwendolen Cates, will be featured as a part of an afternoon of programming presented in correlation with the current art museum exhibition “Each One, Inspired: Haudenosaunee Art Across the Homelands,” as well as in celebration of Native Heritage Month.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion and a reception at the museum, which will be open until 6pm for visitors to view and enjoy the exhibition.

Sponsored by the Syracuse University Art Museum, Department of Religion, Hendricks Chapel, Indigenous Values Initiative, and the American Indian Law Alliance 

Heat Pumps 101: Introduction to Greener, Cleaner Heating and Cooling

Nov 8, 2021 07:00 PM 

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.
Will repeat on Dec 13, 2021 07:00 PM

Register Here

SAVE THE DATES:

Dunbar Annual Celebration 2021

Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. 

Join our annual celebration to enhance Dunbar’s mission, help break the cycle of poverty & develop racial equity.

You are cordially invited to attend the Dunbar Association’s 103rd Annual Celebration. This virtual fundraising event may be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home via Zoom. The Zoom link will be provided to registered attendees. Register.

Armistice Day for Peace

Thursday, November 11, 2021, 10:30 AM-11:15 AM

Billings Park, corner of S. Salina Street and E. Adams Street, Syracuse

The Syracuse chapter of Veterans for Peace (VFP) and the Beyond War and Militarism Committee (BW&M) call upon all veterans and people who wish to commemorate the true meaning of Armistice Day to gather in remembrance of the millions killed, wounded, widowed, imprisoned, orphaned, and displaced by war. Mayor Walsh will join us and issue a Proclamation declaring the Eleventh Day of November 2021 to be Armistice Day for Peace in the City of Syracuse. In the continual effort to reclaim Armistice Day they will honor military resisters as a step toward ending war. “We will gather in this solemn manner, not to pay homage to the weapons of destruction, but to renew our commitment to work to end all wars and to foster peace and justice, at home and abroad.” We will exercise appropriate social distancing and require all to wear masks. In remembrance of ALL victims of war, we will wear white poppies. 

Syracuse Law Symposium to Address the Threat of ‘Executive Authoritarianism’

Nov. 12 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Syracuse Law’s Melanie Gray Ceremonial Courtroom.

University Professor David Driesen’s important new book—”The Specter of Dictatorship: Judicial Enabling of Presidential Power” (Stanford, 2021)—reveals how the U.S. Supreme Court’s presidentialism threatens democracy and what the United States can do about it.

To celebrate the publication of the new book, Syracuse Law Review is presenting a daylong symposium that will address Driesen’s major themes in panels that bring together the nation’s top legal scholars of constitutional law, the Supreme Court and the rule of law. The American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society are event co-sponsors.

Workshop: Change the World: Organizing for Social Justice 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2021 AT 12 PM – 4 PM

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 cmc@maxwell.syr.edu. Let them know what academic department/community organization you are with, if you require any special accommodations

The Consequences of Capitalism with Noam Chomsky

Monday, November 15, 2021 at 5:00 PM

Consequences of Capitalism, a new book by Noam Chomsky and Marv Waterstone, exposes the deep, often unseen connections between neoliberal ‘common sense’ and structural power. In making these linkages, they will show how the current hegemony keeps social justice movements divided and marginalized. And, most importantly, we see how we can fight to overcome these divisions. Is there an alternative to capitalism? Chomsky and Waterstone will chart a critical map for a more just and sustainable society. Register Here

This event is sponsored by Haymarket Books. While all of our events are freely available, we ask that those who are able make a solidarity donation in support of our important publishing and programming work.

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. 

https://www.nyhcampaign.org

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 andy.mager@gmail.com

51st Annual Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival

December 4-5, 2021(Saturday 10-5; Sunday 10:30-4:30)

Science and Industry building at the Great New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, NY map

https://www.peacecouncil.net/plowshares

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. SIRDN315@gmail.com

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 Sirdn315@gmail.com (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. SIRDN315@gmail.com

VERY BUSY? BUT WANT TO DO YOUR PART?  JOIN STREET HEAT!

BAN KILLER DRONES MONTHLY STREET HEAT

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 upstatedroneaction.org.

PALESTINE SOLIDARITY WEEKLY STREET HEAT

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: www.facebook.com/cnysolidarity/  and 

www.facebook.com/groups/IndivisibleNY24

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

Indivisible NY24: Contact: Deborah Rose: dcurryrose@gmail.com

Climate Justice: Contact: Dick Kornbluth dick@dickkornbluth.com

SLAT (State/Local Action Team) Contact: Peter McCarthy – pmccar1100@gmail.com  

Beyond War and Militarism. A joint committee of CNY Solidarity Coalition and the Syracuse Peace Council.Contact: Ron Van Norstrand; ron@vannorstrandlaw.com
Peter McCarthy
pmccar1100@gmail.com

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