CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – January 25 to February 1, 2022

From CNY Solidarity Coalition:

Upcoming Meetings on Zoom: 2/6/22, 2/20/22, 3/6/22, 3/20/22, 4/10/22, 4/24/22.

Committees meet on their own. See last page to sign up for committee lists.

CNY Solidarity Coalition Meeting Feb. 6 on Zoom

Presentation from the statewide Invest in Our New York coalition.  Last year, CNY Solidarity Coalition, along with our DSA allies, was deeply involved in the statewide IONY campaign which was successful in raising taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers and increasing school funding. 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.  

Coming at a meeting soon: Good Cause Legislation in Syracuse. 

 The proposed legislation  would significantly expand tenant protections here in Syracuse by 1) preventing retaliatory evictions 2) limiting rent increases to approx. 3% or less per year, and 3) guaranteeing that all tenants have the right to a renewal lease. Multiple cities across NY have passed Good Cause locally already, including Albany, Hudson, Poughkeepsie and Newburgh.

Articles of the Week:

An Open Letter to School Administration in Tully, NY 

“As local leaders of LGBTQ+ organizations in Central New York, we are writing in support of Tully High School senior, Tyler Johnson. 

In light of the school’s initial refusal to print sections of Tyler’s Senior Highlight that shared his lived experiences as a gay teen who faced bullying for his identity, we find it imperative to illustrate how your decisions impact your students, staff, and the broader community”

Read it Here

Billionaires “had a terrific pandemic” — as inequality killed millions: report

“Oxfam International’s latest report on global inequality finds that while the 10 richest individuals in the world more than doubled their collective wealth since Covid-19 hit in 2020, the related result of this billionaire surge has been a deadlier and more prolonged pandemic for the rest of the world…”

Read it on Salon

The Women’s Marches may have been the largest demonstration in US history

“Even using a conservative estimate, it was the single largest day for a demonstration in the US,” Chenoweth, an expert on political protests and civil resistance, told us.

Every state in America hosted a Women’s March, as you can see in the map above. The events ranged from tiny gatherings in small town squares to throngs of more than 500,000 people clogging streets in cities like Washington, DC, and Los Angeles.”

Read it on Vox

Check out the 138 sources on Media Bias Chart 9.0, hot off the presses! This January 2022 flagship version contains select websites, TV networks and shows, and podcasts.

We produce an updated flagship static Media Bias Chart twice a year, in January and in August. Some sources are new, some have appeared before, some are no longer around, and some have moved!

Download your copy here:


The Syracuse Metropolitan Planning Council or SMTC is our local ‘Municipal Planning Organization'(MPO) for transport in CNY. We have until January 31, 2022 to comment on the 2022 Federal Certification Review for SMTC.   SMTC reviews and plan for most Federal, state and local transportation spending in the SMTC area, covering Onondaga, and part of Madison and Oswego Counties. 
SMTC may seem politically weak, and not many follow SMTC.  However, MPOs wield much planning and implementing power.
    In 2017, the Federal Government last conducted their 4-year Federal Certification Review for the SMTC. Federal recommendations for SMTC in 2017 included improving public participation, pursuing health-related grants for transit & bike / pedestrian planning, improving safety, better following the Civil Rights Act, improving the Freight planning for all CNY, and balancing local transportation spending. (From: SMTC’s 2017 Certification pp.13-15, posted on SMTC’s website here = 
* The 2017 Federal recommendations seem on target. CNY needs improved transport planning.
* Transport receives large funding streams, but often without adequate local community participation. 
* SMTC is improving their public participation, but we need more.
* CNY needs planning not only I-81, but also improving Centro for city and county, and coordinating transport with housing, jobs, riding bicycles and walking safely.
* Can we avoid planning disconnect, for example the County’s Amazon warehouse planning in Liverpool, which dropped all SMTC involvement?
The FHWA and FTA are accepting written comments until January 31, 2022. For addressing your comments:
Maria Chau, FHWA (Federal Highway Administration)
Adam Klein, FTA (Federal Transit Administration)
* For more information, call the SMTC at (315) 422-5716, or visit online at

Please complete the following surveys if you are a constituent:

William Magnarelli: Link to Magnarelli Survey

Rep. John Katko’s CNY Priorities Survey Link to Survey Feel free to use the “Other” and give your comments. 


Lead Poisoning In CNY: Post-Pandemic Progress & Challenges

Wed, January 26, 2022

8:30am – 10:00am EST

Event Link

Families for Lead Freedom Now supporters are needed to attend. The directly affected families of Families for Lead Freedom Now have been hard at work for the past several years organizing, reaching out to other community members, and challenging elected officials to prioritize the concrete changes needed to improve the dismal lead poisoning crisis still affecting families in Syracuse. Our support is needed to ask the hard but necessary questions. It has been 18 months since Syracuse passed its landmark Lead Abatement Ordinance. But where is the enforcement? The transparency on its implementation?

Families for Lead Freedom Now leaders Oceanna Fair and Darlene Medley will be panelists. 

Support the local movement for Lead Freedom by signing the Petition for Four Community Demands: 1) Enforce the Ordinance; 2) Make Rental Registry Easily Accessible; 3) Re-Start WIC Testing; 4) Share the Data on Race and Place. For more information and to sign the petition, read more at

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

2022 State of the District


2022 State of the District

Event by NYS Senator Rachel May

Join Senator May and Senator Mannion for a State of the District update for the 53rd and 50th Senate Districts. 

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Indivisible Statewide Meeting with Comptroller Tom DiNapoli


Everyone from Indivisible NY24 is invited to attend our first statewide conversation with Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, the State’s chief fiscal officer who ensures that State and local governments use taxpayer money effectively and efficiently to promote the common good.

We want good people with good ethics to make good government work for all of us. We’ll learn more about Mr. DiNapoli, the work his office does, and how it intersects with the issues and justice that we work on. We’ll have time for Q&A, so if you’re like to submit a question, do so here:

Virtual doors open at 6:45pm so we can get started right at 7pm. Please register today!

Zoom registration link:…/tJ0tcOiurj8vGNNa217h8VYzs

Introduction to Socialism and Capitalism

Wednesday 1/26 at 8:30pm ET/7:30pm CT/6:30pm MT/5:30pm PT

What makes socialism a viable alternative to capitalism and what are the pathways to getting there? 

How would you describe the critical problems with capitalism in just a few sentences? 

This event from DSA’s National Political Education Committee will feature speakers Hadas Thier and Peter Frase, who will guide us through the basics of socialism and capitalism. Representing different socialist perspectives within DSA, you’ll learn how to discuss large ideas in simple ways with members and non-members alike. 

Register Here

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!

ACTS Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting for Members of the Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse

Thursday January 27, 2022 @ 7 PM via zoom.

If you are an individual member or affiliated with one of our congregational or organizational members, you qualify to participate.

If you are a participant in the current training program in community organizing provided by Faith In Action, our national resource center, you are most welcome to attend.

Among the agenda items will the Election of Officers and Board Members. 

Please send requests for meeting  Agenda and zoom link .  


FOCUS Forum on the Future

Friday, January 28, 2022 – 12:00 p.m.

Tell FOCUS which topics to cover and suggest panels and strategies for engaging the community in forums.

Registrants can suggest themes in advance and will get a link to the Forum by email. 

Last year, FOCUS conducted a virtual “Forum on Future Forums,” giving our community the chance to tell us what topics they would like to learn more information on – this conversation guided our forum planning for 2021. We listened and provided forums on: digital inclusion, housing, mental health, and more.

This year, we want to hear from YOU again! REGISTER HERE

For more about our Forums and FOCUS go to .

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.

Free Stop the Bleed Training

SATURDAY .Jan. 29AT 12 PM – 1:30 PM

Class by Cuse Action Medics and Jordan Krick

Online Class with Rooms

This event uses Rooms to video chat. Simply come back when the event starts to join the room. Learn More

The number 1 cause of preventable death after injury is bleeding.

What You’ll Learn: What stops bleeding? In a STOP THE BLEED course, you’ll learn three quick techniques to help save a life before someone bleeds out: (1) How to use your hands to apply pressure to a wound; (2) How to pack a wound to control bleeding; (3) How to correctly apply a tourniquet. These three techniques will empower you to assist in an emergency and potentially save a life.

We will also be covering:
Improvised tourniquets.
What is an IFAK and how do I build one?

Kids 12+ are welcome to sit in and take the class with parental permission as well.

**Class content warning: Discussions and pictures of fake blood, injuries and open wounds 

Colonization vs Sustainability of Human & Natural Communities: Palestine Case Study

SATURDAY, JANUARY 29, 2022 AT 3 PM – 4:30 PM

Event by Syracuse Peace Council

The Justice for Palestine Committee of the Syracuse Peace Council and Rochester Witness for Palestine are pleased to present this critical discussion by Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh on Saturday, January 29 at 3 p.m. EST.

Register here:…/tZUtce2vqT4uGt3xcA9Ve8wGhL…

Professor Qumsiyeh is the founder and volunteer director of the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) at Bethlehem University. Dr. Qumsiyeh is Professor at both Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities. He will tell of the work he and his staff are doing to promote sustainability in the context of Israeli colonization and how their task informs the work ahead of us all.

Dr. Qumsiyeh has published over 160 scientific papers, over 30 book chapters, and several books on topics ranging from cultural heritage to human rights to biodiversity conservation to cancer. He serves on the board of a number of Palestinian youth and service organizations and oversees many projects related to sustainability of human and natural communities. He is a laureate of the Paul K. Feyerabend Foundation award the Takreem award among others. His regular reports from Palestine reach an email audience of 50,000.

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

Democratic Congressional Forum

Tuesday, February 1. 7-9 PM on Zoom

Hosted by Indivisible Salt City and Indivisible NY24

Hear from Democratic candidates Sarah Klee-Hood, Steve Holden and Francis Conole on their plans and priorities and how we can help flip the seat in the November election.

To attend the forum, register at:


Letters to the Editor 101

Letters to the Editor 101


Have you ever wanted to write a letter to the editor but don’t think you can write? Do you need help being concise and getting your point across? This teach-in will equip you with some basic tools to write letters to the editors that persuade and get the attention of political leaders. 

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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