CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – December 14 to December 21, 2021

From CNY Solidarity Coalition:

Upcoming Meetings (on Zoom until further notice: 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. 

January 9 meeting: Annual membership meeting on Zoom

Articles/Book  of the Week:

Trump’s Next Coup has Already Begun by Barton Gellman

January 6 was practice. Donald Trump’s GOP is much better positioned to subvert the next election. 

(A year ago, Gellman forecast the coup attempt that occurred in January. This is frightening.)

Read it in The Atlantic

Rep. Katko Should Lay Off The Divisive Rhetoric – Letter to the Editor from David Driesen

Read it on

For 50 years, it’s been hard to sue cops for misconduct. A NY lawmaker from Syracuse has another idea

A bill from Assembly member Pam Hunter, D-Syracuse, would end “qualified immunity” that police officers and other public officials in the state have been able to use as a defense from lawsuits for more than 50 years.

Read it on

The Media Is Rewriting Bob Dole’s History as a Vicious Right-Wing Attack Dog

“There’s a tiresome ritual … which comes every time an older generation’s Republican dies. Like clockwork, as if every reporter was sent the same sheet of talking points the night before, a stream of articles, tweets, statements, and other ephemera spills onto the Web, telling us what a moderate force this man was, how he’s the last of an era of bipartisanship and civility, how different he was to the disagreeable, corrupt, and often extreme right of today, and wouldn’t it be nice to be back there again.

It happened with John McCain. It happened with Colin Powell. It happened with George H. W. Bush. Hell, it happened with Bush’s son, and he’s not even dead yet. And sure as the sun comes up, it’s happening again with former Senate majority leader Bob Dole…”

Read it on Jacobin

Orwell’s Roses by Rebecca Solnit: “The best book I read last year…Rebecca Solnit is the best writer and thinker of our generation, and her message is perfect for this moment.” – Heather Cox Richardson

You can watch an hour-long conversation of Richardson interviewing Solnit about the book and other topics Here

While you’re there, you can follow Solnit on FB. 


In lieu of our monthly Indivisible NY24 meeting, we’re encouraging all members to attend the “Dems Deliver: Meet the Candidates” virtual forum being hosted by the Madison County Democratic Committee. Indivisible NY24 is a co-sponsoring organization.

TONIGHT: Tues, 12/14, 7:00-8:30 pm. register today  

Hear from the five Democratic candidates eager to represent NY22 and NY24 in Congress. While we don’t yet know what our districts will look like, we do know that we need to start preparing now for the 2022 midterm elections! 

Anthony Brindisi will moderate the forum, Sarah Reeske will explain the 2022 timeline and how each of us can help our candidates win next year and DCCC organizer Dylan Black will describe the role of his organization in supporting our congressional races. The current candidates who will participate in the conversation are: 

(NY24) Francis Conole

(NY24) Steven Holden 

(NY24) Sarah Klee Hood

(NY22) Mikayla Ridley
(NY22) Josh Riley

Let’s hear what they have to say! Register here.

Please consider signing this petition to your reps asking them to pass the Build Public Renewables Act. The NY Build Public Renewables Act can

  • Create up to 51,000 new jobs
  • $90 billion in economic development by building the publicly-owned renewable infrastructure we need to avert climate catastrophe, and doing so while remaining revenue-neutral.

Coffee and Conversation with Sarah Klee Hood

Saturday, December 18th at 9AM

Come out to Rise & Grind Cafe to meet Congressional Candidate for NY-24, Sarah Klee Hood.

She is eager to have community discussions about issues that are important to you – and try one of their delicious apple streusel muffins!

For more about the campaign, visit:

Free Stop the Bleed Training 

Saturday Dec. 18 At 11 Am – 4 Pm

2013 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13210-2215, United States

Free Stop the Bleed Training

Event by Cuse Action Medics

Red Bread Holiday Distribution

Saturday Dec. 18, 10 Am – 3 Pm

2013 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13210-2215, United States

Red Bread Holiday Distribution

Event by SyracusefnbCuse Action Medics and 2 others

Group · Food Not Bombs (Syracuse)

Join Syracuse Food Not Bombs and friends at the Syracuse Center for Peace and Social Justice from 10:00am to 3:00pm on December 18th for the distribution of food, clothes, and hygiene items. All are welcome!

The mission of Food Not Bombs is to recover and share free vegan or vegetarian food with the public without restriction, to protest war, poverty and the destruction of the environment.

Rethinking Alternatives with Marx: A Panel Discussion

Saturday, December 18, 2021 At 2 Pm

This book presents a Marx that is in many ways different from the one popularized by the dominant currents of 20th century Marxism. The dual aim of this collective volume is to contribute to a new critical discussion on Marx’s critique of political economy and to develop a deeper analysis of certain questions, like ecology and migration, to which relatively little attention has been paid until recently.

Order the book here:

This event is sponsored by the Marxist Education Project, Shelter & Solidarity, The Community Church of Boston, Encuentro5, Hardball Press, and Socialism & Democracy

Public Hearing on Onondaga County Redistricting

11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21

County Legislature Chambers

County Court House, 401 Montgomery St., Syracuse

There will be a public hearing on the latest versions at in the legislature’s chambers. The legislature is set to vote on the maps at its regular meeting, scheduled for 1 p.m. the same day.

The maps that will be considered for the public hearing and to be voted on by the Legislature on 12/21 are now available on the Legislature’s page Here. Go to “Reapportionment” on the left column. The maps labeled “2.5” and “4” are both offered by the Republicans. Map “3” is one offered by the Democratic caucus. 

Please review them and come prepared to comment on Tuesday December 21st at 11:30 AM. Sorry about the time of day – we have no say in that – but maybe with enough notice, those who work might be able to take a bit of extra time for lunch. If not, emails to the Legislators – or to the Clerk ( with the request to have them forwarded to the Legislators. (Thanks to Mary Kuhn for the information).


Recently  we linked to a number of local organizations in need of help, and last week we posted some articles from Vox on how to donate effectively ( Previous newsletters are

This week we want to think about the necessity of supporting independent news. Please consider supporting organizations that provide thoughtful and thorough independent coverage and commentary. A sampling is below. Ctr on Budget & Policy Priorities Fairness  & Accuracy in Reporting Free Speech TV


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

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.



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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