CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – November 9 to November 16, 2021

From CNY Solidarity CoalitionUpcoming Meetings (on Zoom until further notice):11/14/21, 12/12/21, 1/9/22, 1/23/22, 2/6/22, 2/20/22, 3/6/22, 3/20/22, 4/10/22, 4/24/22.

Please note the change in the December dates. The Syracuse Peace Council Plowshares Craftsfair will take place on Dec. 4 and 5, so our one December meeting will be on 12/12.

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

11/14/22 MeetingIndivisible NY24 will host a conversation with Zephyr Teachout, a leading national expert on government corruption and a former candidate for NY Attorney General. Teachout is interested in hearing from grassroots groups statewide on their key priorities.

12/12/21 Meeting. DSA Syracuse on Housing and Tenants’ Rights

Articles of the Week:

The Only Winning Climate Policy Is a Pro-Worker Climate Policy


Climate legislation is failing under Joe Biden because the Green New Deal strategy was ignored from the beginning. We need to link decarbonization directly to material gains for the working class, not technocratic clean energy policies.

Matt Huber is a professor of geography at Syracuse University. His new book, Climate Change as Class War: Building Socialism on a Warming Planet, is out from Verso Books in 2022.

Read it on Jacobin

Why do the media keep saying this election was a loss for Democrats? It wasn’t

The election swept in a number of women and politicians of color at the state and local level. Yet pundits want to pretend this was an electoral catastrophe.

Read it in The Guardian

How Big Pharma delivered campaign cash to key lawmakers with surgical precision

KHN’s Pharma Cash to Congress database reveals how the drug industry attempts to influence politics

“Contributions covering the first half of this year show that some of its biggest donations were delivered with surgical-strike precision to sympathetic or moderate Democratic lawmakers the industry needs to remain in its corner.”

Read it on Salon


Call Katko – Protect Our Democracy Act

Wednesday, 11/10.

The Protecting Our Democracy Act (HR5414) is likely to come up for a vote in the House in the next few weeks. This bill was first introduced in the 116th Congress in light of the abuses of power during the Trump presidency. HR5414 addresses issues involving (1) abuses of presidential power; (2) checks and balances, accountability, and transparency; and (3) foreign interference in elections. See more details at:

We haven’t leaned on Rep. Katko about anything in a while and this is “sort of” up his alley. Please call his office, remind him that our democracy is still at risk and urge him to support the Protecting our Democracy Act when it comes up for a vote. For the greatest impact, let’s flood his office with calls this Wednesday, 11/10.  DC: (202) 225-3701, Syracuse (315) 423-5657.

Onondaga County Legislature Public Hearing on Redistricting

Wednesday November 10, 2021, 6pm 

Onondaga County Legislative Chambers – Room 407 of the courthouse downtown

The Onondaga County Legislature is calling a special session to vote on this November 12th.  November 10th will be your final opportunity to voice concerns over the map if you have them. 

While it may seem like an exercise in futility it will be important to document community concerns with the map for the next steps in fighting this gerrymander.  So if you have concerns, please attend the meeting and voice them even if you already attended public hearings and submitted written comment.  We also ask you keep your comments germane to the actual map being proposed and the issues you have with it in your community of interest.  The takes on process are well documented and infuriating however in our opinion the legislators need to hear the issue with the proposed maps specifically for us to have the strongest case for proceeding with further opposition to the maps.

the legislature needs to hear specific issues with their maps they are voting on (see link below) if there is any chance of continuing the fight on these maps.  Process questions are being ignored and are already well documented.  Right now, if you have concerns over the specific map attached they need to be voiced.

Maps to be discussed are here (scroll down to Maps).

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

Bald Eagles, the Haudenosaunee, and the Establishment of the Skä•noñh Great Law of the Great Law of Peace Center

Wednesday, November 10, 6:30 p.m.

Public Program – Bald Eagles, the Haudenosaunee, and the Establishment of the Skä•noñh Great Law of

Event by Onondaga AudubonOnondaga Lake Conservation Corps and Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center

Bald Eagles hold great historical significance for the Haudenosaunee people. In this program, Sarah Shute, director of the Skä•noñh Great Law of Peace Center, will talk about the Haudenosaunee and their relationship with the Bald Eagles of Onondaga Lake. She will also describe the establishment of the Great Law of Peace Center on the lake’s eastern shore.


Password: 030753

To join the audio portion, please dial either of the following telephone numbers: +1 646 558 8656 or +1 312 626 6799 (US Toll)
When requested to enter a Meeting ID, please enter this number: 998 8565 3241 

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. 

Freedom to Vote: Time to Act

Friday, November 12, 2021; 12 – 1pm EST

James M. Hanley Federal Building

100 S Clinton St, Syracuse, NY 13261

Link to Event

Extremist politicians have spent the year putting up barriers to voting in one state after another and are now drawing districts to benefit themselves, carving up communities and `attempting to drown out the voices of millions of American voters for the next decade.

The American people have responded by coming together to demand Congress act. The House already passed sweeping legislation to protect our freedom to vote and realize the promise of democracy for all. 

Now, we’re working together to ensure that the Senate delivers for the American people so all our voices are heard and we can elect people who will deliver for us.

That’s why we’re mobilizing during the Senate’s next recess in November when lawmakers will return home (Nov 8th – Nov 13th) for a Freedom to Vote: Time to Act week of action. 

Join us for our Freedom to Vote: The Time is Now event to urge the Senate to act swiftly to pass robust national standards for federal elections, and to use every lever of power and influence to get this done.

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.

Blueprint 15 & the Syracuse Housing Authority’s Transformation Plan for the East Adams Street Neighborhood 
Friday, November 12, 12:00pm – 1:30pm, EST
IN PERSON at the Liverpool Public Library, Tulip Street, Liverpool; or VIRTUALLY on the GoToMeeting Platform
GreeningUSA’s next Green Bag Lunch will feature a panel discussion with audience participation on the 
East Adams Street Neighborhood Transformation Process. 
Masks are required to attend in person. 
This event is FREE but registration is required for both. In-person attendance is limited, so sign up early to avoid disappointment!  

In 2013, the Syracuse Housing Authority’s Transformation Plan for the East Adams Street Neighborhood was initiated to define a comprehensive approach to the revitalization of this part of the City of Syracuse that embodies both significant physical and social challenges, and unique opportunities for the creation of a new mixed-use, mixed-income community. The neighborhood is approximately 118 square acres on 27 square blocks between East Adams Street and Colvin Street. The East Adams Street Neighborhood Transformation Process includes the redevelopment of 1,037 units of public housing owned by the Syracuse Housing Authority that includes: Pioneer Homes, McKinney Manor, Central Village and Almus Olver Towers (AOT).

Blueprint 15, a newly formed not for profit organization, is serving as a “community quarterback” to help lead the holistic revitalization efforts for the East Adams neighborhood by engaging community residents and stakeholders in developing a “big vision”, supporting, and strengthening collaborative partnerships, securing funding, and coordinating implementation efforts and initiatives.  The flagship strategy of Blueprint 15 is the implementation of the Purpose Built Communities model in the East Adams neighborhood. The approach requires coordinated implementation of strategies within a clearly defined neighborhood: (1) high quality mixed-income housing; (2) cradle-to-college-and- career education pipeline; and (3) community wellness.

Panelists for this discussion will include:
·       Bill Simmons, Executive Director, Syracuse Housing Authority.
·       Raquan Pride-Green, New Executive Director, Blueprint 15.
·       Stephanie Pasquale, Director of Neighborhood Advancement & Chief Strategy Officer, Blueprint 15, Inc.
·       (Tentative) Pam Askew, Senior Vice President of Development, McCormack, Baron, and Salazar.

Topics for discussion include:
·       History of the East Adams Street Neighborhood Transformation Process.
·       Summary of the Master Planning Process, feedback from public listening sessions, and coordination with other development projects like I-81 & ReZone Syracuse.
·       Blueprint 15 and the Purpose Built model for holistic community revitalization and the role of the community quarterback.
·       Next steps: moving at the speed of trust.
FREE but you must register.

NOTE:  A link to virtually attend using the GoToMeeting platform will be sent to those registered the day before the event, after registration closes.  REGISTRATION CLOSES AT 5pm on November 11.
In-Person Registration:
Webinar Registration:

Portraits of Racial Justice: Book Launch and Artist Talk by Robert Shetterly

Friday, Nov. 12 at 7 PM 

Portraits of Racial Justice: Book Launch and Artist Talk by Robert Shetterly

Event by ArtRage Gallery

Public  · Anyone on or off Facebook

Reservations Required…/portraits-of-racial…

Selections from Robert Shetterly’s ongoing portrait series Americans Who Tell the Truth have been exhibited at ArtRage in 2010 and 2016. His entire series (238 at the time) was exhibited at Syracuse University in 2018. He will be traveling to CNY in connection to a new exhibition at Cornell University and we are delighted to welcome him to ArtRage to give us an update on his work and to celebrate the recent launch of his new book, Portraits of Racial Justice.

In honor of Armistice Day (11/11), Shetterly will also share portraits and thoughts about some truth tellers who have fought for both the end of war and for racial justice.

Portraits of Racial Justice will be available for purchase for $34.95

Also note: due to the pandemic we will not be hosting an opening reception for our new exhibition “Robin Holder: USA: The United States of Anxiety/We’re in it Together” and this will be the first chance for the public to view the exhibition. 

COVID PRECAUTIONS: Face masks are required for those in attendance regardless of vaccination status. In order to provide limited social-distancing, attendance will be capped at 40 and reservations are required. 

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

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. 12 PM, Downtown. Location TBA 

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

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



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

PALESTINE SOLIDARITY WEEKLY STREET HEAT. Gaza and Palestine Solidarity  Street Heat to 4 -4:45 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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