CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – November 23 to November 30, 2021

From CNY Solidarity Coalition:

Upcoming Meetings (on Zoom): 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. 

12/12/21 Meeting. 3 PM. DSA Syracuse on Housing and Tenants’ Rights

Updates on Our Actions:

Last Friday, many of us showed up at the County Executive’s Public Hearing on Redistricting to object to the gerrymandered maps submitted by the Republican majority in the County Legislature. Yesterday County Executive Ran McMahon vetoed the maps. This is a major victory for all who worked to make it happen, but of course the fight is not over. Here is an update from County Legislator Mary Kuhn. And if you don’t have Facebook, here’s Mary’s conclusion: “It’s time to start over and citizen demands continue to be important. Please let’s not let Ryan McMahon direct this next opportunity to draw FAIR MAPS. Stay engaged. Keep your voices raised.”

Follow Fair Maps CNY on Facebook. 

We also had sizable groups the same day at:

Freedom to Vote: Time to Act rally at the Federal Building at 10 AM; AND

NY Health Act Event, noon at the State Office Building. Pictures here

Volunteers needed for CNY Solidarity Coalition booth

51st Annual Plowshares Crafts Fair & Peace Festival  – December 4-5.

The Syracuse Peace Council’s Plowshares Craftsfair will be at the Science & Industry Building at the NY State Fairgrounds – a good location with excellent ventilation.

(Turn right after driving through the Main Gate.  The building is on the corner of Onondaga Ave and Tonawanda St.)

Below are the shifts to be filled by two people each:

Saturday 12/4   

9:00 am – 10:00 am (Setup with Christine Flynn)

10:00 am – 12:30 pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Sunday 12/5   

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm   

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm (Take down with Peter McCarthy)

If you can help, please respond to this email with your name, and your first and second choice for shifts.

Also please include your cell phone #, and your preference for either a text or email response.

Articles of the Week:

Read about our local heroes Michael and Nick: 

How the Catholic Worker Movement  inspired one couple to open their doors to people with AIDS

“Nick and Michael opened their home to people dying from AIDS in 1992. They were intent on responding with mercy to a crisis that at the time showed no signs of slowing.” Read it in America – the Jesuit Review

And donate to the Friends of Dorothy House Here

Tucker Carlson’s ‘Patriot Purge’ Is Too Crazy to Believe — and Too Dangerous to Ignore

The Fox News host’s series on the Jan. 6 insurrection is a piece of fascist propaganda that wouldn’t be out of place in 1930s Berlin. Read it on Rolling Stone

Dysfunction Is Central to the Basic Functioning of American Society

Pandemic measures like the stimulus temporarily helped and empowered working-class and vulnerable people. And that’s quickly becoming a problem for an economy based on their hyper-exploitation.

Read it in

‘Carries shamelessness to a higher level’: Noam Chomsky delivers brutal assessment of Republican hypocrisy

Noam Chomsky recently delivered a blistering assessment of Republican lawmakers’ hypocrisy on the Afghanistan withdrawal. Read it on Alternet

“Speaking to Jacobin magazine, the prominent linguist and political activist recalled former President Donald Trump’s deal with the Taliban back in 2020 that would lead to the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan at the worst possible time; a time that Chomsky described as “the onset of the fighting season.”

At the time, Trump said, “We will pull out, and you can do anything you like,” he said. “Don’t fire at American soldiers, which wouldn’t look good for me. But anything else is your business.”

He then noted the Republican Party’s abrupt shift on the Afghanistan withdrawal. Although they supported the initiative when Trump spearheaded it, they completely abandoned that perspective once President Joe Biden took the White House. Even after Biden improved Trump’s provisions and implemented additional measures for withdrawal, he was still lambasted.”

U.S. Named A ‘Backsliding Democracy’ For The First Time On European Think Tank’s Annual List

The United States has been described as a democracy in decline for the first time in an annual list by a Stockholm-based think tank after a year marked by disputed election results and the passage of restrictive voting laws.

Read it on Forbes. 


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

Much More information Here

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

Please be aware: Proof of full vaccination OR negative Covid test within 72 hours will be required for all those ages 12 and up. 

Gate #2 – Plenty of free parking on site

Admission: $2-$5 Sliding Scale. Under 12 Free.

COVID Precautions in place for the event: Proof of full vaccination OR negative Covid test within 72 hours of entry required for all those ages 12 and up. MASKS REQUIRED FOR ALL AGES 2 & UP.

About Plowshares: Plowshares is Central New York’s premiere multicultural craftsfair, featuring over 120 local craftspeople and community organizations. A beautiful community of activists, conscientious consumers and fair traders gather for a weekend of commerce and communing at the Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival. Plowshares is an opportunity to step into the kind of world we’re working so hard to create: a place of justice, of peace, of compassion, of environmental sustainability. This is Plowshares under COVID, so if you have been before, it will have some new challenges – but it will have the same spirit. So bring your good spirit and good cheer!

Check out the crafters & community groups that will be at the event here.

Check out the entertainment schedule for the weekend here.

Volunteers needed: help us make the event a success! Plowshares is a labor of love that comes together thanks to the help of many volunteers. Sign up to volunteer here. Since we are reinventing Plowshares for the second year in a row, volunteers are even more necessary than usual. Please get involved in helping out.

Delavan Holiday Open Studios


Delavan Holiday Open Studios

Visit studios for holiday shopping and chat with the Artists.

The Erie Canal and the Western Door

The Erie Canal and the Western Door


Event by Erie Canal Museum and Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center

Public  · Anyone on or off Facebook

Traditionally, the Seneca are the keepers of the Western Door. The Haudenosaunee Confederacy imagined itself as an extended family, which followed the layout of a longhouse. As such, the Seneca protected the Western Door from all. However, in the early 19th century American advancement came from the east. Along the way, the individual nations of the Confederacy did what they could to preserve swaths of their territories. Their actions did little to stop the westward American movement. This talk will discuss some of the impacts of the Erie Canal terminus on the Seneca and the Confederacy who rekindled their Central Fire in Buffalo Creek after the American Revolution. Join Dr. Joe Stahlman, Director of the Seneca Iroquois National Museum for this important conversation.

To register, please click here:…/erie-canal-western-door/ 

Climate Change Theater Action -Syracuse


ArtRage –  505 Hawley Avenue,Syracuse,13203,US 

Climate Change Theater Action -Syracuse

Event by HeatSmart CNYCNY Solidarity Coalition and 2 others

An evening of Staged Readings of plays performed as part of International Climate CHANGE Theater ACTION events.

COVID Precaution: We are limiting the audience to 35 people so please make sure to make an online Reservation through eventrbrite. Guests must wear masks regardless of vaccination status. The actors will not be wearing masks.

Join us for an evening of Staged Readings of plays performed as part of International Climate CHANGE Theater ACTION events. The performance will be followed by a hopeful conversation with the audience about our current climate change emergency.

COVID Precaution: Reservations required. Guests must wear masks regardless of vaccination status. The actors will not be wearing masks.

ArtRage Gallery Virtual Fair Trade Sale

November 1, 2021 to January 15, 2022

We are once again opting for a virtual sale this year. In addition to it being safer, we loved that everyone could choose from the full range of SERRV products rather than the limited selection at an in-person event.

Your purchase supports ArtRage Gallery and artisans from around the world!

There are two ways to shop with SERRV International as a fundraiser for ArtRage:
1. Place your order through ArtRage using this order form and ArtRage will receive 25% to 50% of the sale.   
2. Shop directly with SERRV. Through our partnership with SERRV International, ArtRage Gallery (The CORA Foundation) will receive 20% from your purchases made online using this special web address: Make sure you see the banner that The CORA Foundation will receive 20%.
There is FREE Ground Shipping on $50+ orders from November 8-22! Use Promo Code SE4SERRV21
We’ll keep you posted on other upcoming promotions.


1.      Support Local/Independent Businesses as much as possible. Buy gift cards, order and pick up, etc. They really need our support! Example:

2.     Don’t buy books from the richest man in the world. Support independent bookstores. Shop online with Bookshop.Read about it here. Or try OR Books. It embraces “progressive change in politics, culture and the way we do business.” (Or go to for Library Takeout or to download books, movies, etc.)

3.     Shop at Green America’s directory of green businesses Here

4.     Seven Sites that are Great Alternatives to Amazon for online essentials.  article from Fast Company



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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