CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – March 1 to March 8, 2022

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From CNY Solidarity Coalition:

Upcoming Meetings on Zoom: 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: March 6, 3 PM on Zoom:

If you haven’t attended in a while, please come to this meeting! We will be reflecting together about our accomplishments and future directions: What are we doing well? And what do we need to do better?  Please plan to come and join this important conversation. Agenda and Zoom link to come. 

News from the CNY Solidarity Coalition Meeting on Feb. 20:

Important: We ae looking for a few people to help organize our support for these and other local initiatives. Please email our State/Local Action Team (SLAT) at stateleg-cnysolidarity@lists.riseup.net if you can help. 

Housing and Tenants’ Rights with Syracuse DSAPart 2, Report on our meeting of 2/20.

End Retaliatory Evictions! Pass Good Cause Eviction in Syracuse

Did you know that in Syracuse, tenants are being evicted for complaining about code violations?

Syracuse Democratic Socialists of America and Syracuse Tenants Organizing for Power (STOP) have been doing tenant organizing and advocacy work. 

Good Cause Eviction is a STOP! Coalition campaign/ordinance that will soon be brought to the Syracuse Common Council for a vote. It would protect tenants from no-fault evictions, give tenants the right to renew their lease, and protect tenants from unconscionable rent hikes. Tenants across Syracuse experience persistent substandard and unsafe housing conditions, from lead exposure to a lack of heat and electricity. 

Currently, landlords can evict a tenant without giving a reason. This enables retaliatory evictions, which disrupt organizing efforts and leave codes violations unaddressed.

Good Cause Eviction would mean that to evict, landlords would first have to prove that they have a ‘good cause’ to do so, such as nonpayment of rent or causing significant damage.

If would also protect tenants from unconscionable rent hikes (increases over 5% per year could be considered unconscionable).

The proposed ordinance states that landlords cannot evict:

*without presenting the Rental Registry Certificate or Certificate of Compliance

*if there are any open code violations

*if there is a history of intimidation

*based on nonpayment of a rent increase of more than 5%

There are lots of ways you can plug into this campaign!

*Join constituent meetings with city councilors

*Testify at a public hearing before city councilors; share your experience with housing in Syracuse (as a tenant or a landlord)

*Write op-eds, letters to the editor in support of GCE

*Sign the petition on goodcausesyr.org

Interested in one or more of these? Sign up here: https://forms.gle/zd3rUuNwez8bZyhUA

Good Cause Eviction Legislation:  goodcausesyr.org

Petition: Read and  Sign it Here

To Learn more or get involved, see this event in our calendar of events below:

Let’s Pass Good Cause Eviction!

MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2022 AT 6 PM

NEWS FROM OUR COMMITTEES: Beyond War and Militarism (BWAM)

Due to the pandemic, the Beyond War and Militarism Committee (BWaM) temporarily discontinued our Alternative Education series. However, we have continued our efforts, particularly at outdoor events, to raise awareness of how the $768 BILLION “defense” budget for 2022 creates insecurity around the world and robs our community of critically needed resources. 

In concert with the Syracuse chapter of Veterans for Peace, we held our annual Reclaim Armistice Day on November 11, 2021. Over fifty people gathered at Billings Park, not to pay homage to the weapons of destruction as is typical of Veterans Day celebrations, but to renew our commitment to work to end all wars and to foster peace and justice, at home and abroad. We honored military resisters Muhammad Ali, Chelsea Manning, Camilo Mejia and Daniel Hale. 

We received numerous indications of community support at our February 11th demo in Dewitt advocating Diplomacy Not War in Ukraine. We are planning to renew our monthly educational events soon. Themes under consideration are: What Does It Mean to be “Safe and Secure”, Non-Violence Training, Countering Military Recruitment and Fostering Alternatives to Military Service.  

ARTICLES OF THE WEEK:

The U.S. Should Respond to Putin’s Unconscionable Invasion of Ukraine With Diplomacy, Not War

Urgent diplomacy and humanitarian aid—and Russia’s own antiwar movement—could stop the suffering

Read it in In These Times

Hedges: Chronicle of a War Foretold

After the fall of the Soviet Union, there was a near universal understanding among political leaders that NATO expansion would be a foolish provocation against Russia. How naive we were to think the military-industrial complex would allow such sanity to prevail. Read it on Scheerpost

See the following Statements by Peace Organizations. (Thanks to Syracuse Peace Council for this)

  • World Beyond War: “President Biden is half right when he refers to “an unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces” — unjustified indeed, unprovoked not in the least…” Read more.
  • Peace Action Statement: “Nobody should oversimplify the current situation. While no one but Russia is responsible for the decision to send troops and tanks into Ukraine, many decisions led to this day…” Read more.
  • Stop the War Coalition Statement (a UK groups): “This dispute could and should be resolved peacefully, and that remains the only basis for a lasting settlement, rather than the imposition of military solutions.  That it has not been resolved is not, however, the responsibility of the Russian or Ukrainian governments alone…” Read more. On Ukraine 
  • CODEPINK: This is both a petition to sign and a statement – “We cannot risk a military confrontation between the world’s two most heavily armed nuclear states–the United States and Russia. What we need instead is vigorous diplomacy to promote de-escalation and seek a negotiated solution, to avoid war and advance the Minsk II diplomatic process…”  Read more.

Everything you need to know about the 2014 Ukraine crisis  Read it on Vox

(From 2014 – a lot of good history and background leading up to Russia’s takeover of Crimea.)

Fossil fuel companies are trying to exploit this war for their gain. We can’t let them

Without fossil fuel, and Europe’s dependence on it, Putin wouldn’t have so much power. We need clean energy now, but big oil has other plans

“Russia never could have become such an oil and gas superpower without the help of western oil companies like ExxonMobil and BP, which owns a 20% share of Rosneft, Russia’s state owned oil company. Back in 2014, when Rosneft’s oil and gas production was largely flat, ExxonMobil partnered with Rosneft to help them modernize operations and expand production in the Arctic. The partnership went so well that Putin awarded former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson the Order of Friendship, one of the highest honors Russia bestows on foreigners.

This is how we defeat Putin and other petrostate autocrats by Bill McKibben

After Hitler invaded the Sudetenland, America turned its industrial prowess to building tanks, bombers and destroyers. Now, we must respond with renewables. Read it in The Guardian

Top Weapons Companies Boast Ukraine-Russia Tensions Are a Boon for Business

In calls with investors, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin boasted that the worsening conflict is helping profits.

Read it in In These Times

An ‘atlas of human suffering’: United Nations publishes grim new report on climate change

In the last year alone, the world has seen a cascade of unprecedented floods, heatwaves, and wildfires across four continents. Such events will accelerate in coming decades even if the fossil fuel pollution driving climate change is rapidly brought to heel, the 195-nation IPCC warned. Read it on Alternet

ACTION ALERTS:

Doctors Without Borders teams are deeply worried about the consequences of this conflict on Ukrainian people and communities. The situation is fast-evolving, so we are mobilizing a general emergency-preparedness response to be ready for a variety of potential needs. Read more/donate Here

Amnesty International USA 

As rockets fall on Ukraine, Amnesty International needs your urgent support to protect individuals likely to be targeted, including human rights defenders, journalists and LGBTI Ukrainians.

This is URGENT: Please donate and support our work to identify and protect these individuals at risk.

Support UNICEF efforts to address the dual crises of conflict and COVID-19 and protect children in Ukraine. These emergency humanitarian programs remain underfunded. Please donate.

Learn more about how UNICEF is meeting vulnerable children’s needs in other countries across Europe and Central Asia.

Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation: We need your help to contact four key leaders in the New York State legislature to push for the full $20 million for each of the three Indigenous Schools on Indigenous Territories, as requested by the Superintendents of these districts.

Use Our Easy Online Letter Writing Tool  to quickly send emails to each of these legislators in one simple step.

 As a result of our efforts Governor Hochul included $35.7 million for the St. Regis Mohawk School ($17.8 million), the Tuscarora School ($11.8 million), and the Onondaga School ($6.1 million) in her Executive Budget. We’re now targeting four key leaders in the New York State legislature to push for the full $20 million for each school requested from the Superintendents of these districts. More info Here

EVENTS/ACTIONS CALENDAR:

Capitol Calling Party: No War in Ukraine! Negotiations, Not Escalation 

TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2022 AT 8 PM EST

Event by Massachusetts Peace Action and CODEPINK: Women For Peace

On Tuesday, March 1, join CODEPINK Congress & Massachusetts Peace Action for the third event in our SPECIAL SERIES ON FOREIGN POLICY! This event is also co-sponsored by the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament, and Common Security.

This Capitol Calling Party will be followed by a viewing party of the State of the Union address at 9pm ET

Information/Registration Here

Assemblyman Magnarelli’s Community Information Nights

These meetings, due to the ongoing pandemic, will be held through Zoom. The meetings are an opportunity to speak with Assemblyman Magnarelli and to discuss the proposed 2022-2023 budget. 

There will be two meetings: 

6 PM Tuesday, March 1

6 PM Wednesday, March 16 

fergusonj@nyassembly.gov or visit https://nyassembly.gov/mem/William-B-Magnarelli  to receive the Zoom link. 

Coverage4All Coalition 

Wednesday March 2nd

Join Campaign for NY Health and partners at the #Coverage4All Coalition in Albany for a day of action to advocate for health justice for immigrants and undocumented communities! COVID-19 Safety Protocols will be observed and masks are required. Buses from around the state will be filled to half capacity. Lunch and dinner will be provided. RSVP here.

Pax Christi Upstate NY

Wednesday March 2 at 11:30am 

Syracuse Diocese Cathedral (259 E Onondaga St, downtown Syracuse). 

They will “make ashes of the logos of 10 industries (some in the Syracuse area) whose profits are based on killing.” At 12:30 they will proceed to the Federal Building (100 S Clinton St) to call upon Senators Schumer and Gillibrand to “transform use of funds for killing to funds for living.” For more info, contact Jack at jgilroy1955@gmail.com or 607-239-9605 or Harry at hmurray9@naz.edu

Chili Bowl Festival – Thornden Park Field House

SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2022 AT 12 PM – 3 PM

Event by Thornden Park Association. Thornden Park is celebrating its 100th Anniversary! The Chili Bowl Festival is a great way to reconnect with neighbors and friends while enjoying tasty bowls of chili, cornbread, homemade root beer, and outdoor dining with heaters and seating. Quarts of chili for Take-Away will be available. Support TPA by becoming a member, making a donation, or participating in our raffle.

Removing Columbus: A Virtual Workshop Series

Monday, March 7, 2022 at 5:30 pm – 7 pm

Session ii- March 24th, 7-8:30 pm

Event by Women of Italian and Syracuse Heritage CNY and Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation

Register

Session I- Goodbye Columbus: Time for Justice, Time for Healing
Join Joe Heath, General Counsel of the Onondaga Nation, for an exploration of the historical context of the idolization of Columbus and the ongoing court proceedings around Syracuse’s Columbus monument. The Onondaga Nation has a right to be heard in support of the City’s decision to move the Columbus monument. The Circle is within both the Onondaga homelands and the reservation protected by the 1794 Treaty of Canandaigua. In this session, Joe Heath, legal counsel of the Onondaga Nation, will discuss the history of Syracuse’s Columbus monument from the 1930’s to present, and focus on the current lawsuit against the city of Syracuse to prevent the city from moving the monument. You will learn more about the Onondaga Nation’s Amicus (friend of the court) in the case and what may happen next depending on Judge Neri’s ruling. The Nation and its citizens have been subjected to 100s of years of colonial destruction and this monument constantly brings historic trauma to the surface. Register here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/…/tZElcOyqqT4qE9KFKnyQz3qhcSHNZ…

Let’s Pass Good Cause Eviction! 

MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2022 AT 6 PM

Let’s Pass Good Cause Eviction!

Event by Syracuse Tenants Organizing for Power – STOP CoalitionSyracuse Tenants Union and Syracuse DSA

Learn how Good Cause Eviction will expand tenant protections in Syracuse! 

RSVP to receive the Zoom link: https://actionnetwork.org/…/syracuse-help-us-pass-good…?

Currently, tenants across Syracuse face bed bugs, lead poisoning, unsafe structures, loss of heat and other substandard and unsafe housing conditions. Tenants who try to get conditions fixed are often evicted instead. Good Cause Eviction would protect tenants from this kind of retaliatory, no-fault eviction, allowing tenants to demand better, safer living conditions. With Good Cause Eviction, tenants win the right to renew their lease and protect themselves from unconscionable rent increases.

You can help us get this law passed in Syracuse! Join us to learn how you can help guarantee safe, dignified housing for yourself and everyone in our community.

Visit https://goodcausesyr.org to learn more.

Celebrating International Women’s Day by awarding Women’s March Syracuse 

TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2022 AT 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

1085 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13210-1808, United States

Celebrating International Women’s Day by awarding Women’s March Syracuse

Event by Women’s March Syracuse

We will celebrate organizers of the Women’s March Syracuse and some amazing women in our community. 

The celebration will take place inside the church.

Snacks and refreshments will be served.

$15 Billion Before It’s Too Late: Fund Climate Justice Now!

March 8, 2022 

On Tuesday, March 8, New Yorkers from across the state will flood the streets of Albany to demand $15 billion for climate, jobs, and justice. This is the capstone action in the NY Renews budget campaign, and it could be the one that pushes us over the top. But to get the $15 billion our state needs, we need you.

Join us on March 8th as we tell our leaders that we need to see $15 billion in the New York State budget, because climate justice—and our communities—can’t wait any longer.

Ready to join us in Albany? We’ll be coordinating buses, vans, and carpools from major areas across the state. You can select your transportation needs in our RSVP form.

Due to Covid-19, we will require everyone to be fully vaccinated and masked. We highly encourage the use of KN95 or N95 masks. 

Register Here

**SAVE THE DATES**

GreeningUSA’s Next Virtual Green Bag Lunch! Sustainable Material Management

 Friday, March 11, 12:00pm – 1:30pm, EST

Join this Virtual Green Bag Lunch conversation about the current state of recycling;  NYS Extended Producer Responsibility, requiring manufacturers to “take-back” products at the end of their useful life, as well as reducing packaging waste; the NYS Bottle Bill and the “Circular Economy”. 

Moderator:   Renee Vogelsang, Climate & Environmental Activist

Panelists: Kevin Spillane, Executive Director, OCRRA (Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency), addressing the current state of recycling 

Jennifer Congdon, Deputy Director, Beyond Plastics, addressing NYS Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

FREE! But you must be registered to attend. Register Here:  https://tinyurl.com/32e3t4zw

A link to the GoToMeeting platform will be sent to those registered by March 10 @ 5pm.

Heat Pumps 101: Introduction to Cleaner and Greener Heating and Cooling

Monday, March 14 | 7 – 8 PM

 Want to make your home more comfortable and energy efficient? Heat Smart CNY is hosting an online workshop about improving home performance and clean heating and cooling technologies like air and ground source heat pumps. The presentation by Dick Kornbluth will be followed by a Q&A with expert installers.

Register Here

Syracuse City Redistricting Commission public meeting announcement

The commission’s first public meeting will be held on March 18 at The Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central. The others are as follows:

• March 26 at PSLA at Fowler

• April 7 at Henninger High School

• April 24 at Corcoran High School

• April 28 at Nottingham High School

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

Mailing Address:

CNY Solidarity Coalition 

2013 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, NY 13210

To contribute: Donate Here through PayPalOr send checks to mailing address above

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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