CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – December 7 to December 14, 2021

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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.

Read it in The Atlantic

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.

Read it on Truthout

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.

Read it in Jacobin

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.)

Read it in Scientific American

EVENTS/ACTIONS CALENDAR:

Democracy Now! will celebrate 25 years on the air 

Tuesday Dec. 7th at 8 p.m. ET  – Virtual Event

will stream at democracynow.orgWatch Here!

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

Presenters:

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

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.

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!

Register here

Heat Pumps 101 

Monday, December 13, 2021 at 7 pm – 8 pm

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…

DONATIONS:

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.

Read it on Vox

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. 

OxFam: https://www.oxfamamerica.org

Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors without Bordershttps://www.msf.org

Here are last week’s links:

Syracuse Peace Council

Read Our Fall 2021 Fund Appeal Message and Donate Today! http://peacecouncil.net/donate

CNY Workers’ CenterDONATE 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

Alliance for a Green Economy 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! 

Donate: https://www.facebook.com/UnchainedNOW/

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 

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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