CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – March 15 to March 22, 2022

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From CNY Solidarity Coalition:

Upcoming Meetings: 3/20/22, 4/10/22, 4/24/22. 

We are considering in-person meetings soon. 

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

CNY Solidarity Coalition Meeting: March 20, 3 PM on Zoom:

Special presentation on Ithaca’s Green New Deal. We have invited local environmental advocates as well as city and county legislators.

FOR THIS MEETING, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED Register Here:

Ithaca Green New Deal

In November 2021, the city of Ithaca, NY voted to become America’s first carbon-neutral community. The plan projects full carbon neutrality by 2030. Implementing the plan will include:

·       meeting the electricity needs of City government operations with 100% renewable electricity by 2025, 

·       reducing emissions from City vehicle fleet by 50% by 2025

·       adopting a Green Building Code for new buildings in 2019

·       adopting a Green Building Code for existing buildings by 2021

The Green Building Code will ban the use of fossil fuels in new construction and require the elimination of fossil fuels for heating and other domestic uses when major renovations take place in existing buildings. 

CNY Solidarity Coalition is pleased to announce that Luis Aquirre-Torres, Ithaca’s Director of Sustainability, will be speaking at:the online CNY Solidarity Coalition general meeting, 3-4 pm on Sunday, March 20. 

FOR THIS MEETING, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED Register Here:

CNY Solidarity Coalition makes regular contributions to local progressive organizationsSyracuse Peace Council, National Action Network, and Urban Jobs Coalition, as well as to our mailing list provider, RiseUp. We also make occasional donations as needed to other local groups. We depend on our supporters’ contributions for this. 

To contribute: Donate Here through PayPalOr send checks to the mailing address at the end of the newsletter.

ARTICLES OF THE WEEK:

Putin Is a Fossil-Fuel Gangster. Clean Energy Could Cut Him Off at the Knees

“For decades, world leaders and Big Oil CEOs were happy to turn a blind eye to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s autocratic impulses and fantasies of empire building. They were all fossil-fuel junkies, hooked on the easy money of oil and gas, and Putin had plenty of it….Predictably, Republicans and their corrupt band of climate crooks and deniers immediately used the invasion of Ukraine as an excuse to deepen our dependence on fossil fuels, not free ourselves from it.” Read it in Rolling Stone

Former Navy secretary: The addiction to fossil fuels empowers Putin

“Whatever we do in the days ahead to support our European allies — and we should do everything we can — we must also move swiftly to end the world’s addiction to fossil fuels.” Read it on The Hill

The World is Plunging into a Dangerous New Cold War 2.0

Viewpoint by Dr Joseph Gerson, President of the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security

Faced with what analysts in both the U.S. and Russia have described as a Cuban Missile Crisis in slow motion, the world must rally with a NO! to nuclear weapons and nuclear war that cannot be ignored, as well as its demands for a ceasefire. If there is a silver lining in this crisis—faint though it may be—it is that the nuclear threats and dangers are beginning to reawaken humanity to the urgent need for the abolition of nuclear weapons. Read it on In Depth News

How to help Ukraine from Central New York: Ways to give money, supplies, support. Read it on Syracuse.com

ACTION ALERTS: Which of these can you do this week?

Help Accelerate an Equitable Transition off of Fracked Gas in NY’s Buildings!

Many New Yorkers are unaware that we are being forced to pay to install fracked gas pipelines to buildings across New York State. The state’s “100-foot rule” requires gas utility customers to collectively pay for the first 100 feet of new gas pipelines for building owners that request it.  The Gas Transition and Affordable Energy Act would end this rule, saving New Yorkers almost one billion in utility charges over the next five years while making our homes healthier and continuing New York’s climate leadership.  To send an email, go Here

Demand USPS Electrify the Postal Fleet – from The Sierra Club

The US Postal Service is planning on spending $11.3 Billion on a new fleet of gas-guzzling postal trucks. We’re fighting back to stop this purchase from moving forward, but we need your help. Led by Trump-appointed and major Trump donor Louis DeJoy, USPS is planning to purchase 165k new vehicles to its fleet, 90% of which are gas-powered — and get 8.6 mpg. These new postal trucks will be on the road for decades, and we need to make sure they are all electric. 

From Indivisible:

Click here to urge President Biden to take immediate action on climate. We can not wait to address the climate crisis. Every day that we delay is one more step towards an uninhabitable planet Earth. 

County Legislator Mary Kuhn asks for public info on Ryan McMahon’s Aquarium Project:

“I believe it is our responsibility to inform the taxpayers about the aquarium and why you believe it will benefit the County and provide them an opportunity to have their questions answered. To this end, I am asking you to … hold town hall type meetings in the four quadrants of the County.”  Read the letter Here And contact Ryan McMahon Here

Where to donate for refugees in Ukraine and other places:

Doctors Without Borders teams remain in Ukraine and are currently seeking ways to respond to the medical and humanitarian needs as the conflict evolves. We are also mobilizing our staff and resources internationally to be ready for a variety of potential needs. Our supply centers are currently preparing medical kits for rapid dispatch. We have sent additional emergency teams to the region, and our staff are currently assessing the needs of Ukrainian refugees in Poland and other neighboring countries. 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.

OXFAM: Global Refugee Crisis – Urgent Funds Needed

As we speak, millions of families in Ukraine, Myanmar, the Horn of Africa, Syria and beyond are fleeing violence and in search of refuge. 

Oxfam continues to support people caught up in these crises, ensuring they have access to food, clean water, and hygiene materials, and advocating for their rights. We are also fighting for more welcoming policies in the US and urging Congress to adequately fund refugee assistance programs. Donate Here

EVENTS/ACTIONS CALENDAR:

TODAY: Village Elections –  March 15th

If you live in the Village of Baldwinsville, Fabius, Fayetteville, Jordan, Manlius, Marcellus or Minoa, make sure you have a plan to vote on Tuesday, March 15th, 2022. Elections vary per village. 
To see what positions are on the ballot visit: http://ongov.net/…/doc…/2022VillageOfficesToBeFilled.pdf 
Village of Fayetteville, Manlius and Minoa have propositions to be voted on. 
If you have questions about your village election, contact your village clerk.
Village of Fayetteville, Manlius and Minoa have propositions to be voted on. 
If you have questions about your village election, contact your village clerk.
Baldwinsville : 12PM – 9PM at Village Hall
Fabius : 12PM – 9PM at Fabius Area Community Center
Fayetteville : 6AM – 9PM at Village Hall
Jordan : 12PM – 9PM at Jordan Bramley Library
Manlius : 6AM – 9PM at Village Hall
Marcellus : 12PM – 9PM at Village Hall
Minoa : 12PM – 9PM at Village Hall

Democratic Congressional Forum – New NY22

Mar 15, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time

You’re invited to hear directly from three Democratic Congressional candidates working to be the next NY22 member of Congress.
Chol Majok
Vanessa Fajans-Turner
Sam Roberts
Come learn about their visions, positions, and plans to represent all of us.
Hosted by: Indivisible Salt City, Indivisible Onondaga County (formerly NY24), CNY Indivisible, Indivisible Syracuse, Indivisible Cayuga, CNY Solidarity Coalition, Indivisible Cortland County and Blue Seneca. Members of Indivisible groups, Democratic committees, and friends are encouraged to attend. 

Time

Register Here

Language Access Lobby Day 2022 – NY Immigrant Coalition

Wednesday March 16, from 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM 

Lack of language access is one of the most significant barriers New York’s immigrant communities face to accessing critical State services. This language access issue was made more prevalent in the wake of the global pandemic. Most COVID-related information was rapid, instantaneous, and mostly in languages that were not accessible to many immigrant communities. 

On March 16, we will advocate for legislation to expand language access A7428A /S5236A.

The meetings will be via Zoom. Meeting schedules with specific legislators will be sent prior to the lobby day.  We will start at 9:30 am with opening remarks and lobby training. Can’t make it for the whole day? You can register for a portion of the day. Please register here.

Addressing COVID-19 Disparities: Building Your Small Business Model
Wednesday, March 16th at 10am on Zoom

In partnership with SCORE, the New York Immigrant Coalition will dive into the components of a business plan and the resources needed for each element. Live interpretation is available in 7 languages, and we will be answering questions from the audience! More information, including registration links, are available here: https://tockify.com/thenyic/detail/240/1647439200000

Assemblyman Magnarelli’s Community Information Nights

6 PM Wednesday, March 16 

The meetings are an opportunity to speak with Assemblyman Magnarelli and to discuss the proposed 2022-2023 budget.

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

Rising Energy Costs: Your Bill and How to Save 

Wednesday, March 16 at 6 PM

Please join Assemblymember Pam Hunter for a webinar on rising energy costs. 

Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/…/reg…/WN_59HsrikiQqmGRKcFJ2Ek2A

Know Your Utility Rights! (NYSEG)

Wednesday, March 16, 6:30 PM on Zoom

Were you one of the thousands of New Yorkers who opened your electricity and gas bills and saw that they’d gone through the roof? Natural gas prices caused a shocking increase in our NYSEG gas and electric bills. Area HeatSmart programs and Fossil Free Tompkins are hosting this webinar with the Public Utility Law Project (PULP) who will give a presentation and answer your questions. Spread the word: Join and share the Facebook Event

Phonebank to Pass the NY Health Care Act

March 17, 2022 at 6:00pm – 8pm

What can I do to help make universal healthcare a reality in New York? How can I help pass the NY Health Act, Coverage for All, and the End Medical Debt bills??? 

The goal of the phonebank is to make sure Democratic legislators are hearing from people they represent about urgent need to pass universal healthcare in 2022. Through our calls, we will talk with New York Health Act supporters and help them take action to help pass the bill – by calling their legislators, inviting them to share their healthcare stories and to join in upcoming action opportunities.  

No experience necessary! During each phonebanking session there will be a training opportunity for new volunteers. Sign up Here

Hold RG&E Accountable for Rate Spikes: Know Your Utility Rights with PULP

Thursday, March 17, 6:30 PM on Zoom

With winter comes a variability in utility bills, but that doesn’t mean that we should be paying outrageous amounts in order to stay warm.

Tune in to learn from PULP about utility related financial assistance, why the rates have increased from RG&E & NYSEG, and what we can do as a community to mitigate the issue! Register Here

March FOCUS Forum: Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases

Friday, March 18 at 12:05 p.m.

A free, virtual forum with the CNY Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Alliance.

Ticks are everywhere in Upstate New York; they can spread dangerous, long-term, and debilitating diseases such as Lyme Disease, Anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

CNY Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Alliance will provide information on ticks and their diseases, as well as how to protect yourself, your family and your yard. REGISTER HERE

Syracuse City Redistricting Commission public meeting announcement

For the first time, an independent non-partisan commission is responsible for redrawing the boundary lines for Syracuse’s five Common Council districts.  The Democrats on the Common Council deserve great credit for passing this legislation rather than gerrymandering their districts! These meetings are opportunities for residents to ask questions as well as provide input and information on their desires regarding these boundaries for the commission to consider.

·       March 18 at The Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central. 4 PM

·       March 26 at PSLA at Fowler High School. 7 PM

·       April 7 at Henninger High School. 7 PM

·       April 24 at Corcoran High School. 4 PM

·       April 28 at Nottingham High School. 4 PM

Heat Up the Winter with HeatSmart CNY & Sustainable Manlius

Saturday, March 19 | 3:00- 5:00 PM

Spill the Tea Cafe in Minoa, NY – 208 N Main St, Minoa, NY 13116

Join HeatSmart CNY and Sustainable Manlius to discuss new developments in heating and cooling technologies that can make our homes and buildings more comfortable, cost-effective, and better for the climate. Learn about geothermal and air source heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, and building performance improvement through insulation and air sealing. RSVP | Facebook

Syracuse BLM Police & Prison Abolition Study Group (Meeting #5)

Saturday March 19 At 12 Pm – 1:30 PM

Info/Registration: Syracuse Blm Police & Prison Abolition Study Group (Meeting #5)

Event by BLM Syracuse

BLM is hosting biweekly police & prison abolition study group sessions! If you want to learn more about prisons, police, police abolition, or how to fight police violence, come thru. It’s 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 Struggle To Connect: Current Exhibition At Artrage

A Call and Response Conversation on Race and Gender by Women Artists

Curated by Vanessa Johnson

Exhibit CLOSES on Saturday, March 19, 2022

The Struggle to Connect is an invitational group exhibition featuring a racially diverse group of women artists from CNY and beyond. The exhibit confronts the differences between white feminism and the feminist issues of women of color and explore differences in experiences and perspectives. READ THE RECENT REVIEW BY CARL MELLOR HERE    VIEW THE VIRTUAL EXHIBIT HERE    Read poetry and prose by the CNY Pen Women inspired by the exhibition HERE

Communities Not Cages: Syracuse Town Hall

Tuesday, March 22; 6-7:30 PM (In person event.) 

Freedom Commons, 450 Burt St., Syr 13202

By Center for Community Alternatives

Communities Not Cages is a statewide campaign building the power of people and families impacted by mass incarceration to overhaul New York’s racist and draconian sentencing laws. 

Join us to learn about our campaign and how you can fight for:

·       The Eliminate Mandatory Minimums Act

·       The Second Look Act

·       The Earned Time Act

RSVP HERE

Contact: nbullock@CommunityAlternatives.org

**SAVE THE DATES**

Addressing COVID-19 Disparities: Syracuse Vaccination Event

by New York Immigrant Coalition

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

White Branch Library 

Join us to access COVID-19 vaccines and boosters from 3pm-7pm. In partnership with Wegmans, attendees 5+ can receive their 1st and 2nd doses of the COVID19 vaccine, and attendees 12+ can receive a booster shot. Attendees 17 and younger must have a parent or guardian present. More information, including registration links, are available here: https://tockify.com/thenyic/detail/241/1648062000000
Our events are free of charge and open to the public. 

For Town of Manlius residents:

Public Hearing on New Solar Law for Town of Manlius

Wed. March 23 at 6:30 pm at 301 Brooklea Dr., Fayetteville 

Public hearing on a proposed solar law for the Town of Manlius. All residents of the Town are welcome to give input.

If you cannot make the meeting in person go to:

Zoom link for meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81755486757…You will be able to make a comment in support via zoom.

The proposed Solar Law will give authority to the Town Board to build a solar farm on the Town of Manlius landfill similiar to what the Town of Dewitt did. This solar farm will provide all of the energy used by the T. of M. municipal operations. For more information contact: pwirth2@verizon.net

Back from the Brink Open House

Mar 31, 2022 08:00 PM EDT Register

This one hour Zoom discussion will provide an opportunity for supporters, BftB activists and the general public to get the latest on the Ukraine war and how it’s impacting our work. We’ll share updates about Back From the Brink’s strategies and priorities, and provide folks with specific actions they can take at this moment, in their communities. Nuclear weapons expert and disarmament advocate, Zia Mian, Co-Director of Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security will be joining us. We’ll be sending additional details to all registrants prior to the event.

Back from the Brink: https://preventnuclearwar.org

BUSY, BUT WANT TO DO YOUR PART TO HELP END WAR AND OPPRESSION? JOIN US FOR 45 MINUTES ON ANY TUESDAY, FRIDAY OR SATURDAY

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

Check out our Website and our Instagram.

Twitter: @CNYSolidarity and @IndivisibleNY24

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 PayPal. Or send checks to mailing address above

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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