CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – January 18 to January 25, 2022

From CNY Solidarity Coalition:

Upcoming Meetings on Zoom: 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 Jan. 23, 3PM on Zoom

Agenda: Presentation from the statewide Invest in Our New York coalition.  Last year, CNY Solidarity Coalition was deeply involved in the statewide IONY campaign which was successful in raising taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers. This meeting will focus on IONY’s efforts this year to increase transparency, accountability, and responsiveness in NYS spending. We look forward to participating in this campaign. Please join us! We have a new governor and a somewhat progressive legislature – this is an opportunity to continue making  critically important changes.  

Articles of the Week:

The MLK Speech We Need Today Is Not the One We Remember Most

“…his speech “Beyond Vietnam,” from 1967, is actually the more insightful one… for King, standing against racial and economic inequality also demanded a recognition that those problems were inseparable from the military-industrial complex and capitalism itself.”

Read the Article in Time. 

Healing happens through redemption, not endless punishment. Reform parole in NY (Guest Opinion by Clifford Ryan)

The Elder Parole and Fair and Timely Parole bills must be passed to support rehabilitation, healing and a path home for those serving long sentences. Read it on 

Congress must pass Freedom to Vote Act to ensure fair elections

Opinion by David Driesen.  Read it Here

Time is running out. Here’s how the climate movement can level up.

The high-risk, high-reward stakes of building a more radical movement.

Read it on Vox.


On Monday January 24, our nine elected Syracuse Common Council members will vote yes or no on a services agreement between the City and Syracuse University. This agreement contains a clause regarding Thornden Park, which is widely opposed by constituents. Please take a moment and ask our representatives to “VOTE NO” unless Thornden Park is removed from the agreement. Feel free to copy and paste any text from the following document or edit to make it your own:

Please complete Rep. John Katko’s CNY Priorities Survey

Link to Survey

Feel free to use the “Other” and give your comments. 


Candlelight Vigil/Vigilia con Velas / Reinicio de la Lucha por el Fondo

Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 5 PM

Workers’ Center CNY, 2013 E. Genesee St.

Event Link

Join us to restart the campaign to reopen the excluded workers fund!

The Fund itself will be a step toward our true goal: PERMANENT unemployment insurance for the undocumented worker. Imagine being able to receive unemployment checks after being laid off or looking for another job!


“A Geothermal Story” with Rob Richardson (Clean Energy Communities Coordinator)

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 | 7 – 8 PM on Zoom

Event Link

By Heat Smart CNY

Interested in geothermal for your home or business? Do you have questions about the technology & how it works? Do you want to see what the installation process entails?

Please join us for “A Geothermal Story” to hear a firsthand account from someone who utilized the Clean Heating & Cooling Program to upgrade their HVAC system to geothermal. Rob Richardson, Clean Energy Communities Coordinator from the Genesee/Finger Lakes Region, will share his experience from assessment to activation and the benefits he’s experienced.

Say Yes to Education –  Presentation and Q&A

Thurs.Jan. 20 AT 7 PM

Event Link  Event by FACES of Nottingham High School

Syracuse Residents: Got an SCSD high school kid? Want to learn more about how Say Yes to Education Syracuse supports students to realize the possibilities of higher education? All graduates of the Syracuse City School District are eligible for scholarships to any State University of New York (SUNY) and City University of New York (CUNY) school to which they are admitted. In addition, scholarships are available to more than 100 private colleges and universities including Syracuse University. Nottingham’s parent organization FACES will be hosting a Say Yes information session, with Say Yes Manager Dana Lyons. Open to all SCSD high school families, not just Nottingham families. The meeting will held online via Zoom, and meeting links will be posted soon. Mark your calendar and bring your questions! 

Celebration + Action: One Year of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Friday Jan. 21 AT 12 PM – 12:40 PM – James M. Hanley Federal Building

Celebration + Action: One Year of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Event by Syracuse Peace Council

Join the Nuclear Free World Committee of the Syracuse Peace Council in celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) and calling on our members of Congress to support the treaty.

The TPNW is a historic achievement in the global movement to abolish nuclear weapons, making it illegal under international law for participating nations to “develop, test, produce, manufacture, otherwise acquire, possess, or stockpile nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices.” Pursuing nuclear abolition through an international treaty such as the TPNW is a key point of the Back from the Brink campaign to prevent nuclear war ( Back from the Brink has been endorsed by 19 community and faith organizations in the CNY, as well as local, state, and county legislators. (…/nuclear-free-world…). 

Representatives of some of the local endorsing organizations will briefly speak of the treaty’s importance and the need for our elected leaders to both endorse the treaty publicly and work for a nuclear-free world. We will call on Congress to support U.S. engagement with the TPNW, and we will ask representatives from our congressional delegation (Senators Schumer, Senator Gillibrand, and Congressman Katko) to be present to receive a signed statement from members of our community urging their support. 

Syracuse Police & Prison Abolition Study Group: Meeting #1

Sat. Jan. 22 –  12 PM

Event by BLM Syracuse

Hey fam – we got big news! Syracuse BLM is gonna start holding prison & police abolition study sessions every 2 weeks! If you want to learn more about prisons, police, police abolition, or how to fight police violence, come thru. It’ll be a good way to meet other activists in Central New York and talk about how we can make Syracuse a safe city for everyone. The first meeting will be on Saturday the 22nd. The study group meetings will be every other Saturday at noon as long as there are no major problems with that time slot. 

See the Syracuse BLM Facebook page for posts on what articles & videos we’ll be talking about in each meeting.

If you want to join any of the study sessions and need accommodations (internet access, ASL services, etc.), please email Syracuse BLM at AS SOON AS POSSIBLE so we can try to get your accommodations. 

Reparations 101: Building A Culture Of Repair For The Syracuse Community. 

Mondays from 6:30pm to 8pm on Jan 24, Jan 31, Feb 7 and Feb 14.

Organized by a group of Plymouth Congregational Church, UCC members inspired by teachings from the Grassroots Reparations Campaign,in partnership with the Center for Racial Justice. 4 part discussion series via zoom. 

Register online at before the Jan 23rd deadline! 

LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS. See the Facebook Link for details and topics. For more info, contact Jim Watts at

New Year, New Incentives! (2022 Grants & Rebates to Afford Clean Heat) 

Monday, Jan. 24, 2022 AT 7 PM – 8 PM

Event by Renewable Heat Now and HeatSmart CNY

Are you interested in installing a heat pump, but need financial assistance to do so? There are state and federal grants, rebates, and other incentives, many of which are for low to moderate income households. 

Lindsay Speer (HeatSmart CNY) and Barb Henza (Clean Energy Advisor with Cornell Cooperative Extension) will share the latest on grants, rebates, and other incentives to help you to invest in a clean heating and cooling system.

The purpose of this webinar is not to sell, but to educate. Please bring any questions you might have for the presenters!



Lead Poisoning In CNY: Post-Pandemic Progress & Challenges

Wed, January 26, 2022

8:30am – 10:00am EST

Event Link

In this virtual session, we will build upon the discussion from our 2019 “Lead Poisoning in CNY” event. Precious time has passed for families who are enduring lead poisoning and now, with the addition of the pandemic, many government, medical and nonprofit organizations are still preoccupied with COVID-19. With two panels featuring government, medical and neighborhood experts, we will cover the progress that has been made over in medical testing and code enforcement, as well as the challenges Central New York may face moving forward.

By presenting this event, we hope to:

  • Identify outstanding issues and obstacles
  • Inform government representatives, funders and others of the current state of affairs
  • Re-establish momentum
  • Build renewed awareness
  • Form alliances

Syracuse NAACP Community Education Forum 

Thursday, January 27, 2022 At 6 Pm EST

Syracuse NAACP Community Education Forum

Event by Syracuse/Onondaga Naacp Act-So Program

Join us. via Zoom @, Facebook, or Youtube @ for a Community Education Forum presented by the Syracuse NAACP Education Committee, Chaired by Gwen Muok. Topics to be discussed will include COVID 19, Remote Learning vs. in-class Instruction, Trauma, Critical Race Theory in K-12 Classrooms, and Proficiency rates and graduation trends. Moderator for the event will be Dr. Lorna Lewis, Superintendent of the Malverne UF School District. Our guest panelists include Jamie Alicea, Superintendent of the Syracuse City School District, Daniel Bowles, Superintendent of the Cicero-North Syracuse School District, and Dr. Donna DeSiato, Superintendent of the East Syracuse Minoa School District. Parents and students are encouraged to join us. We also ask you to submit your questions in advance to To register for the event please visit: or scan the QR code with the camera app on your phone.

County Redistricting: How, What, and When?

January 27th at 6:30 PM

League of Women Voters of NYS

Event Link

Want to know more about New York’s county redistricting process? Join LWVNYS on for our virtual educational event!

Learn the basics of county redistricting and the new legislation that will affect the process, and hear from LWV Rochester about their experiences with redistricting in Monroe County.

To register, go to We hope to see you there!

Heat Pump Homeowner Happy Hour!

Friday, January 28, 2022 | 5 – 6 PM on Zoom

By HeatSmart CNY

Come brag about your system, ask questions about best operating practices, and generally enjoy the company of other heat pump homeowners. You are part of the climate solution! Homeowners considering heat pumps are also welcome to attend.

Reducing the Threat of Nuclear War: Rebuilding a Broader Movement

Sat January 29 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm EST

An Online Conference by Massachusetts Peace Action

With Congress appropriating funds for new and upgraded nuclear weapons and delivery systems, the need to counter these misguided policies has become acute. The 2022 Conference will follow the general pattern of previous conferences, but with increased emphasis on coordinating efforts of advocates, and expanding outreach to organizations and constituencies outside the world of nuclear disarmament advocates.

Information and registration

Heat Pumps Q & A

Monday, February 7, 2022 | 7 – 8 PM on Zoom
Interested in switching to a heat pump but still have some questions? HeatSmart CNY representatives and our vetted heat pump installers will answer all of your burning questions. If you haven’t attended our Heat Pump 101 virtual webinar, please watch it in advance: . 



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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