CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – April 12 to April 19, 2022

From CNY Solidarity Coalition: 

Upcoming Meetings: 4/24/22, 5/15/22, 6/12/22, 6/26/22, 7/10/22, 8/21/22. 

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

CNY Solidarity Coalition’s April 10th Meeting Report:

In-person at Bishop Harrison Center. Over 20 members attended. Watch the meeting on YouTube  Here

Treasurer’s report:   Quarterly donations have been made to: Syracuse Peace Council, National Action Network, Urban Jobs Task Force, and the RiseUp Mailing list service. Current balance $3250. We do need regular donations to keep this up.  Donate Here through PayPalOr send checks to mailing address at the end of this newsletter.

Onondaga County Aquarium Proposal: County legislatorMary Kuhn presented an opposing view.

Indivisible Onondaga County presented an in-depth look at all six candidates for the NY 22 congressional District. Watch the meeting on YouTube  Here


From the Invest in Our New York campaign, on the very disappointing NYS budget:

See IONY’s Budget Response Here 

Despite her promises of a New Era for New York, her steamrolling of the FY2023 budget is the same old Cuomo-era style pay-to-play politics—and it shows that New Yorkers can’t trust her to deliver for working families.

See  NYS Budget Summary with IONY’s comments Here

Implementing a Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) recently released a landmark study, A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty,1 which confirms that child poverty is a solvable problem when there is the political will to address it. Written by a committee of the nation’s leading experts on child poverty, this study puts forward an evidence-based policy agenda that, if prioritized and implemented by our nation’s lawmakers, would cut our child poverty rate in half within a decade. Read it Here

The Hidden Billion-Dollar Cost Of Repeated Police Misconduct

More than $1.5 billion has been spent to settle claims of police misconduct involving thousands of officers repeatedly accused of wrongdoing. Taxpayers are often in the dark. Read it Here in the Washington Post 

End the Double Standard: U.S. Accuses Russia of War Crimes While Continuing to Oppose the ICC

We speak with human rights lawyer Wolfgang Kaleck about the apparent double standards and weaknesses in the current international criminal justice system in light of the U.S. committing similar crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nations like the U.S. have refused to submit themselves to any kind of international jurisdiction because “they want to lead their wars,” says Kaleck. Read it on Democracy Now

Heather Cox Richardson’s Letters from an American is always worth reading, for her historical perspective and thoughtful and hopeful analysis. She reported today on the media’s negative reporting on Biden’s agenda.  

“Boehlert pointed to the extraordinary poll showing that only 28% of Americans know the country has been gaining jobs in the last year—7 million jobs, in fact—while 37% think the country has lost jobs. Under Biden, the U.S. has added more than 400,000 jobs a month for 11 months, the longest period of job growth since at least 1939. And yet, Boehlert pointed out, on the day the latest job report was released, cable news used the word “inflation” as many times as “jobs.” Here

Critics slam NY’s 12 ‘worst’ economic development deals. Three are in Syracuse area

“Three of the named projects are in the Syracuse area: the Central New York film hub in DeWitt (now called the Greater Syracuse Soundstage); the nearby high-tech factory in DeWitt built for Soraa Inc. (now occupied by NexGen Power Systems); and the still-unoccupied White Pine Commerce Park in Clay owned by Onondaga County.”

Read it on


Ryan McMahon wants to spend $85 million cash on an aquarium in the service of economic development. Public dollars should be utilized for boosting up our schools, providing necessary services such as public health and mental health, addressing our obscene level of childhood poverty, addressing our aging infrastructure, etc., etc., etc.  If you agree, please sign this petition and share the link widely. 

Legislators will have to vote to release these funds. You might also consider a short email to “County Legislators” expressing your objection and asking them to vote “NO”. Address it to: Jamie is the Clerk of the Legislature and she can easily forward it to all 17 Legislators. 

Watch Mary Kuhn’s explanation of this at the beginning of out April 4 meeting Here

From the Syracuse Peace CouncilWhat can we do about Ukraine?

Contact your members of Congress by phone, email or in person.  Peace Action has a useful position paper on Ukraine to help with your preparation. If you prefer to tweak an already written letter urging diplomacy that will go to your members of Congress a quick click, use this link

Contribute to humanitarian aid organizations

See the list from SPC’s  3-15-22 E-newsletter on Ukraine


Syracuse Public Art Commission Meeting 

TOMORROW AT 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Room 215, City Hall, Syracuse, NY 13202, United States

Syracuse Public Art Commission Meeting

Event by Black Artist Collective

The Black Artist Collective encourages local artists to engage the organizations supporting our creative sector. — Syracuse Public Art Commission meetings are open to the public. Members of BAC will be in attendance, come thru, ask questions of your commissioners. 
SYRACUSE PUBLIC ART (SPAC) COMMISSION regularly scheduled monthly. The CITY AS A CANVAS public arts request for proposals (RFP) deadline is fast approaching, this is a great opportunity to observe a review process, meet SPAC committee members and ask general questions about public art submission guidelines. 

Webinar: Black Maternal Health and the NY Health Act 

Tues April 12, 6PM 

From Campaign for NY Health 
Featuring Assemblymember Phara Souffrant Forrest and birth justice advocates from around the state. Organized in partnership with Sankofa Reproductive Health and Wellness Center.RSVP here.

Empower Tenants; Help us Win Good Cause Protection

Wednesday, April 13 from 5-7:00 PM! 

RSVP here if you’re able to attend!

With the final day of the State legislative session being June 2nd, key DSA campaigns around the NY Health Act and Good Cause Eviction Protections are gearing up for the good weather to engage our communities! These canvasses will help get Good Cause passed in two ways:

  1. Gathering petition signatures to be shared with Local and State representatives.
  2. Inviting tenants to share their testimonials at an upcoming Town Hall event.

We’ll again be meeting in Loguen Park to distribute materials and pair up before heading out to canvas the surrounding area.

“A Blueprint for Re-renewal”: Film Screening + Storytelling Workshop 
Wednesday, April 13th | The Dunbar Center | 5:30-7:30 PM

What is happening to the public housing surrounding the I-81 highway? Are resident voices being represented as future plans quickly move forward? Who stands to benefit from the conversion of public housing to mixed-income housing? And who stands to suffer?

These questions and more are answered in “A Blueprint for Re-renewal”, a documentary on the Blueprint 15 partnership. On April 13th from 5:30-7:30 PM at the Dunbar Center, “A Blueprint for Re-renewal” will premiere and will be followed by a panel discussion with local activists and public housing residents. 

The event will conclude with a period of community reflection and a storytelling workshop. Audience members will be encouraged to express their thoughts following the premiere through writing and audio recording. 
The premiere is a collaboration between City Scripts, The Most Beautiful Home… Maybe, the Dunbar Center, the Engaged Humanities Network, SUNY-ESF’s Writing Resource Center, SUNY-ESF’s Digital Storytelling Studio, and Write Out. The premiere has been made possible through funding from the SOURCE, the Renee Crowne Honors program and the Engaged Humanities Network. 

Putin’s War Against Ukraine

Thursday Morning Roundtable: Join The Conversation!

April 14. 8 AM

This session, featuring Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs Professor Brian D. Taylor, will address the reason for Putin’s war against Ukraine, provide an update on the course of the war and discuss the implications for Russian politics. 

Register Here

Virtual Forum: Health Equity in Upstate NY

Wednesday, April 13, 6-7PM
Zoom RSVP here

Join Campaign for New York Health and state legislators hear about the systemic changes that are needed to make healthcare a right in our state and to learn how you can help win healthcare for all this year. 

Co-sponsored by Campaign for New York Health, NYS Poor People’s Campaign, New York State Nurses Association, Coalition for Economic Justice, Melinated Moms, Syracuse United Neighbors, ARISE

Film Screening: No War: The Boys Who Said No!

Thursday, April 14, 2022 At 7 Pm – 9 Pm

ArtRage Gallery

Film Screening: No War: The Boys Who Said No!

Event by Syracuse Peace Council

ArtRage Gallery

A highly awarded 2020 documentary profiling the young men and women who actively opposed the military draft in order to end the Vietnam War. Following the film, Andy Mager and Dik Cool will facilitate a discussion about the timeliness of the film and share their experiences of saying, “No” to war (Dik to being drafted during the Vietnam War, and Andy to draft registration). 

The event is free (although donations are welcome) and refreshments will be available. Masks are recommended, but not required; please maintain social distance when eating or drinking.

The film shows how their personal and collective acts of nonviolent resistance, risking arrest and imprisonment for up to 5 years, were a critical part of the antiwar movement, intensifying opposition to the war and eventually forcing an end to both conscription and the war.

The event is sponsored by Beyond War and Militarism, a joint committee of the Syracuse Peace Council and CNY Solidarity Coalition.

Syracuse Community Health Center Voter Registration

Friday, April 15

10am, 2pm EDT

819 S Salina St

Syracuse, NY 13202

Registering voters at the SCHCenter in Syracuse! This non-partisan voter registration will help make sure everyone gets a chance to vote this year, please come join us!


Electronics Recycling Events –  Free – Starting April 23:

Rally in Albany to #PassNYHealth


New York State Capitol

Rally in Albany to #PassNYHealth

Please RSVP here:

We are closer than ever to passing the New York Health Act, with majorities supporting the bill in the state legislature and many committed care champions fighting in the halls of state power. This beautiful movement has been building power across the state through strategic basebuilding. It is time to mobilize everyone in Albany together!  Please join Campaign for New York Health and our statewide coalition. There will be buses statewide. We will be keeping an eye on the pandemic and will adjust safety protocols as necessary. 

NYS Climate Action Council’s Draft Scoping Plan Hearing

Tuesday, April 26 from 4 to 7 pm. (Possible rally earlier) at ESF

Save the Date and watch for updates!

In June 2019, the New York State Legislature passed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), the nation’s most progressive climate justice legislation. Since then, work has been underway to make the requirements of the law a reality.

The CLCPA created the Climate Action Council (CAC), which is responsible for developing a “draft scoping plan” to serve as the framework for how NYS will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase renewable energy usage, and ensure climate justice for disadvantaged communities. The draft scoping plan can be accessed here.

NYSERDA is holding public hearings to receive feedback from the public before a final scoping plan is released by the end of 2022. The comment period ends June 10th, 2022 andthey need to hear from us; we need to show up in big numbers to demonstrate that we, the people of New York, want to implement the CLCPA. 

AGREE has sent out a general email about the series of hearings taking place. The email contains the schedule, the link to sign up, several sources for talking points, and information for submitting written comments.

AGREE is coordinating with NY Renews and Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter to organize for the Syracuse hearing.

EarthFest 2022 – Drive Electric Earth Day 

SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2022 AT 10 AM – 2 PM

Fayetteville Free Library

EarthFest 2022 – Drive Electric Earth Day

Event by Sustainable Manlius

Rain Date May 7, 2022 10-2 p.m.

Come and explore the world in a new way! Visit the Drive Electric Earth Day “EV Row” where you can see a variety of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Connect with local organizations who offer great educational resources and volunteer opportunities to help make our community a more sustainable and eco-driven community. Connect with local business owners and learn how their business is striving to help our community reach our sustainability goals. 

GreeningUSA’s 18th Annual Meeting: The Virtual Big Tent
Stronger Together Through Collaboration!
May 6, 8-10am

Free Shredding Event – Confidential Documents Only
Saturday, May 14 9 a.m. to Noon; Orange Parking Lot of the NYS Fairgrounds. Registration

Legs Against Lyme Awareness Walk

Saturday, May 21, 2022, 11 AM  at Onondaga Lake Park! This is a 3K (1.8 mile) walk.

The Central New York Lyme & Tick-Borne Disease Alliance 

Join our team of providers, scientists and community members at the Willow Bay Area as we march against ticks and the diseases they carry. You will walk alongside some of the leading local (and national) experts in disease advocacy and research. We are just that lucky to have them on our team, right here in Central New York! Your registration fee covers the cost of your t-shirt and refreshments. 

Busy, But Want To Do Your Part To Help End War And Oppression? Join A Bunch Of Us For 45 Minutes On Any Tuesday, Friday Or Saturday

TUESDAYS TWICE A MONTH : as of April 5 we’ll be stepping up our HANCOCK demos  from the first Tuesday to both the first & third Tuesday — same time  (4 to 4:45 p.m) and as it has been for over a decade, is on ending killer drones.EVERY SATURDAY: as of April 2 we are resuming our “fair weather” street heat across from the Regional Market, from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Every Saturday morning. same time and place as in  previous years. While most of our signs focus on killer drones, we also will bringwider selection (anti-war, anti-nuclear, etc,).EVERY FRIDAY: we are continuing our every Friday street heat in De Witt at the broad intersection of Erie Blvd east and East Genesee from 4 to 4:45 pm.  For years out focus has been solidarity withPalestine; While Russia’s invasion of Ukraine persists our signs will also address  that crisis.To learn more contact Ann or Ed, 315 478 4571.###

CNY Solidarity Coalition

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Twitter: @CNYSolidarity and @IndivisibleNY24

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Mailing Address:

CNY Solidarity Coalition 

2013 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, NY 13210

To contribute: Donate Here through PayPalOr 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:

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;

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.
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