From CNY Solidarity Coalition:
Upcoming Meetings (on Zoom until further notice):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.
Committees will meet on their own. See last page to sign up for committee lists.
CNY Solidarity Coalition Meeting, Sunday, Dec, 12, 3 PM on Zoom.
We have collaborated on several important actions with Syracuse DSA (Democratic Socialists of America), including the Invest in Our NY campaign.
DSA and the STOP (Syracuse Tenants Organizing for Power) Coalition will bring news of their work on housing issues in Syracuse, followed by an overview of the work of DSA’s other committees, with an eye toward future collaborations.
Plowshares Crafts Fair update:
Thanks to our volunteers who filled all the shifts at our booth on Dec. 4th and 5th. This year it took place at the State. The Syracuse Peace Council depends on Plowshares for a significant portion of its annual budget.
Articles of the Week:
Trump’s Next Coup Has Already Begun
By Barton Gellman in The Atlantic
January 6 was practice. Donald Trump’s GOP is much better positioned to subvert the next election.
Oil and Gas Industry Profits Climbed as Americans Faced High Gas Prices in 2021
Consumer advocates say that high gas prices are due to “the deliberate policies of energy producers” to pad profits.
Exxon alone reported making $6.9 billion in the third quarter, a 60 percent increase in revenue from the same time last year and its highest profits for four years.
What’s really driving inflation? Corporate greed
Giant corporations with little to no competition are driving price increases
By ROBERT REICH
Save 81: Powerful Forces Masked As Grassroots Movement Fight To Keep Interstate Through Syracuse
“…Save 81 is an elusive group of business owners and suburban politicians who want to keep traffic and money flowing into their hotels, the Destiny USA shopping mall and other businesses.”
Read it (subscribers) on Syracuse.com
We Obtained New FBI Documents on How and Why Fred Hampton Was Murdered
FBI files related to the 1969 murder of Fred Hampton, newly obtained by Jacobin, shed light on two key aspects of the bureau’s anti–Black Panthers operation: one, FBI informant William O’Neal was more vital — beyond helping murder Hampton — than previously understood. Two, sabotaging the Panthers’ ability to work with other organizations was an explicit FBI goal.
Repeating this important article:
Why We Need to Upgrade Our Face Masks—and Where to Get Them
High-quality respirators such as N95s and K95s are now widely available and provide the best protection against COVID, according to experts. Why aren’t more people wearing them?
(According to the article, both surgical masks and cloth masks are far less effective than N95’s and equivalents.)
Democracy Now! will celebrate 25 years on the air
Tuesday Dec. 7th at 8 p.m. ET – Virtual Event
Special guests will include:
Noam Chomsky, world-renowned political dissident and author
Angela Davis, legendary activist and scholar
Danny Devito, Emmy Award-winning actor
Martín Espada, National Book Award-winning poet
Danny Glover, actor and activist
Winona LaDuke, Indigenous leader
Arundhati Roy, the acclaimed Indian writer and activist.
The event will also feature musical performances by the Grammy Award-winning Mexican singer & songwriter Lila Downs and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine.
Amy Goodman, Juan González & Nermeen Shaikh will host the virtual event.
Please donate in honor of Democracy Now!’s 25th anniversary today. If you can give $50 or more, you’ll get to choose from some great 25th anniversary gifts!
Community Press Conference on the Threat from Lead Paint on I-81 Viaduct for Demolition Workers and Nearby Residents.
Wednesday, December 8, 2021; 11:30am – 12:15p
Northeast corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. East and Oakwood Street
(across from Tucker Missionary Baptist Church).
Parking: We have permission to use Tucker Missionary Church’s parking lot during this event.
MASKING DURING EVENT HIGHLY ENCOURAGED. Press Packets will be available.
Visuals: Panoramic view of I-81 (East): STEAM@Dr. King Elementary (North);
Central Village (West); Display of Sign-On Letter; Photo Display of Peeling Paint
Jeanette Zoeckler, MPH, Ph.D., Occupational Health Clinical Center
Mariana Pernia, M.D.
Sandra D. Lane, MPH, Ph.D.
Oceanna Fair and Darlene Medley, Families for Lead Freedom Now!
Lanessa Chaplin, Esq. NYCLU
Looking Back & Looking Forward: Round Table on the Future of GreeningUSA
Friday, December 10, 12:00pm – 1:30pm, EST on the GoToMeeting Platform
Attendees at the final GBL of the year will have the opportunity to share their views on what’s been working, what deserves change and offer suggestions for the future of GreeningUSA, the organization that has worked to promote sustainability since 2004.
Small, all volunteer, not-for-profits such as GUSA constantly struggle to fulfill their missions and programs. GreeningUSA is no different. When committed stalwarts decide to refocus, move-on or age-out, it becomes a challenge to an organization’s sustainability; recruiting and retaining committed volunteers is vital to sustaining what we do. So come and join in December’s GBL discussion to help celebrate and sustain the mission of GreeningUSA.
REGISTRATION CLOSES AT 5pm on December 9.
Registration Link: https://tinyurl.com/vs4phzbc Link to virtually attend using GoToMeeting will be sent to those registered
Climate Change Theater Action -Syracuse
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2021 AT 7 PM – 9 PM
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.
Climate Change Theatre Action is a worldwide event running through December 18, 2021
Milton Loayza’s performances and productions of Latin American plays have been presented at Syracuse venues like ArtRage, The Point of Contact, the Red House, and Syracuse University. He has toured nationally as an actor in the tango opera María de Buenos Aires. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Modern Languages at SUNY Oswego (with academic interests in ecocriticism and performance philosophy.
Virtual Tour: Saving Energy with Geothermal Heating in Cortland County
Sunday, December 12th | 2 PM on Zoom
Join Peter and Ricke McClure of Preble, NY as they give a virtual tour of their geothermal heat pump system, heat pump water heater, and solar PV array! Listen firsthand to their journey from facing a failing oil furnace in the dead of winter 2018-2019 to converting to reliable, clean heat. While many of us face fossil fuel price spikes, their costs of heating decreased significantly by switching to geothermal. In addition, most of the electricity needed is produced by their solar panels!
Heat Pumps 101
Event by HeatSmart CNY
Want to make your home more comfortable and energy efficient?
Heat Smart CNY is hosting an online workshop about improving home performance and and clean heating and cooling technologies like air and ground source heat pumps.
We’ll talk about how heat pumps work, places to consider reducing energy loss, and available grants and incentives. We can help save the planet while making our homes safer and more comfortable!
The presentation by Dick Kornbluth will be followed by a Q&A with expert installers.
Register Here: https://us02web.zoom.us/…/tZUldumtpzsrGNRPMu…
Last week we linked to a number of local organizations in need of help. You can look that up at https://www.cnysolidarity.orgThe links alone are also repeated below.
This week, a larger frame for thinking about donating. Here’s a series of articles from Vox’s Future Perfect project, which you can read about Here.
Want to donate to charity? Here are 10 guidelines for giving effectively.
Think of this as not only a rundown of charity recommendations but also a broader guide to thinking about how to give. Here are a few simple tips for end-of-year giving that can help.
Want to fight climate change effectively? Here’s where to donate your money.
These are seven of the most high-impact, cost-effective, evidence-based organizations. You may not have heard of them.
Read it on Vox
Want to help animals? Here’s where to donate your money.
These are the most effective charities for reducing animal suffering.
Read it on Vox
A criminal justice expert’s guide to donating effectively
Chloe Cockburn’s job is finding and funding the highest-impact groups working on criminal justice. Here are her top picks.
Read it on Vox
And here are a couple of the most respected international aid organizations.
Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors without Borders: https://www.msf.org
Here are last week’s links:
Syracuse Peace Council
CNY Workers’ Center: DONATE NOW to Support Worker Power!
Syracuse Center for Peace and Social Justice Donate
Syracuse Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network Donate to SIRDN’s fund.
Syracuse Community Choir Donate Here
ArtRage is no ordinary gallery. Donate
Kanatsiohareke is a powerful Mohawk community. Support their important work Here
Light Work Light Work provides direct support to emerging and under-recognized visual artists.
Donate to Light Work
Onondaga Earth Corps https://onondagaearthcorps.org
Unchained Christmas Giveaway 2021 https://www.weareunchained.org
Help Unchained give kids in Syracuse with a parent in state prison a special Christmas!
HOLIDAY SHOPPING THOUGHTS
1. Support Local/Independent Businesses as much as possible. Buy gift cards, order and pick up, etc. They really need our support! Example: https://www.syracuseculturalworkers.com
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 https://www.onlib.org 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
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: https://www.serrv.org/?a=artrage. 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.
VERY BUSY? BUT WANT TO DO YOUR PART? JOIN STREET HEAT!
BAN KILLER DRONES MONTHLY STREET HEAT
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. 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: www.facebook.com/cnysolidarity/ and
From our Committees: To sign up for each of the committee mailing lists, contact the person listed.
Indivisible NY24: Contact: Deborah Rose: firstname.lastname@example.org
Climate Justice: Contact: Dick Kornbluth email@example.com
SLAT (State/Local Action Team) Contact: Peter McCarthy – firstname.lastname@example.org