CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – April 26 to May 3, 2022

From CNY Solidarity Coalition:

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

We are planning to hold in-person meetings at Bishop Harrison. We will watch for changing conditions. 

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

From our April24 Meeting at Bishop Harrison Center:

  • County Aquarium. Mary Kuhn spoke about the Aquarium proposal and the flawed decision making process. (Action Alert below)
  • NYS Climate Action Council’s Draft Scoping Plan: Dick Kornbluth presented an overview of the Draft Scoping Plan. (See April 26 Event below)
  • Tenants’ Rights: Good Cause Eviction Legislation: Max Luttinger of DSA explained the proposal to support the state Good Cause legislation. (see Housing Justice Town Hall below, date TBD)
  • IONY  (Invest in Our NY)Peter McCarthy provided an update.  IONY will be supporting campaigns of progressive candidates for the Assembly. 
  • NOON (Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation)NOON and WISH CNY planning to push the Common Council to pass a strong resolution supporting the Mayor’s plan to remove the Columbus statue and replace it with a heritage site which honors the diverse peoples who have contributed to our community.
  • 81, NYCLU: Barry Gordon gave an update on the final EIS and the project. (See Meeting and Walking Tour, April 30, Below)


CNY faith leaders, others: Invest in easing childhood poverty, not an aquarium (Your Letters) Read it HERE

See the new Syracuse Peace Council Newsletter Here

The focus of this e-newsletter is on the connection between militarism and the environment, in particular militarism’s connection with climate change (or as one booklet puts it, “How Militarism Fuels the Climate Crisis and Vice Versa”). While you’re at it, sign up to donate regularly Here

Michigan Sen. Mallory McMorrow blasts fellow Sen. Lana Theis in viral floor speech

“Senator Lana Theis accused me by name of grooming and sexualizing children in an attempt to marginalize me for standing up against her marginalizing the LGBTQ community…in a fundraising email, for herself. Hate wins when people like me stand by and let it happen. I won’t.

” Read and Watch it.

Elon Musk, the World’s Richest Man, Has Been an “Abusive” Bully on Twitter for Years. Now He Owns It 

On Democracy Now: Watch Amy Goodman interview tech industry watchdog Jessica González and Evan “Rabble” Henshaw-Plath, who was part of the team that launched Twitter in 2006.

Repeated in case you missed it last week:

Noam Chomsky And Jeremy Scahill On The Russia-Ukraine War, The Media, Propaganda, And Accountability

Noam Chomsky spoke with The Intercept’s Jeremy Scahill in a wide-ranging discussion on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Read it on The Intercept


Here’s an action you can easily take in this election year: 

Do you have friends or family in swing states, or anywhere, who would like to read thoughtful, moderate analysis, history, and news updates?  See if you can get them started on Heather Cox Richardson’s daily Letters From an American. Send them the link, then ask them what they think. 

Send your comments on the final I-81 plan:



Ryan McMahon wants to spend $85 million cash on an aquarium. Please 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 Ukraine News


New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) Public Hearing

Tuesday, April 26, from 4pm to 7pm 

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry  Gateway Center. 

CLCPA became law in 2019, and the Climate Action Council (CAC) have been meeting for over a year to draft a plan to achieve NY’s bold clean energy and climate mandates. Transportation – Public Transportation: Syracuse bus lines: SY40, SY48, SY50, SY72, Vehicle Parking: Use parking lot P22 at 119-21 Standart St, Syracuse, NY 13210. Free parking is available in Lot P22, with a 5-minute walk to the venue. ADA parking is available closer to the venue. Masks are required. Disposable face masks will be available. If you have any mobility needs, please pre-register and note the accommodations you will need. Please sign up to speak at this crucial hearing on April 26th, and please recruit your friends and allies to join us. Here is the link to our Facebook event for sharing. Important reminder: for folks attending the Syracuse hearing on the 26th, we’ll be tabling out front to welcome you, and we are planning to wear green for a green future!

City of Syracuse Redistricting Commission Final Pre-mapping Public Meeting

Thursday, April 28th at 7:00 p.m. at Nottingham High School.

You can attend in-person or virtually on Zoom! find the Zoom information for your desired date on the commission’s website now!

The commission is looking to open a dialogue about the process and gather input: come prepared with questions and anything that you want the commission to consider about your community when drawing the maps. 

Not sure of how to talk about your community’s interests? No problem! Here’s a Community Mapping worksheet from Common Cause to help you gather your thoughts.

Your input in this citizen-led commission will help create fair maps through a transparent process that will help hold your citywide elected officials accountable on the issues you and your community care about the most.

State of Democracy Lecture: Is Free Speech Killing Democracy?

Friday, April 29, at 4pm in Maxwell Auditorium on the SU Campus

Jacob Mchangama will be speaking on the relationship between free speech and democracy, followed by a brief response from Prof. Thomas Keck, then audience Q&A. Jacob is a Danish human rights advocate, one of the world’s leading advocates of robust free expression, and author of a great new book offering a global history of free speech. It should be a lively and engaging conversation.

Free and open to the public.

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. 

I-81 Community Meeting and Walking Tour

Saturday April 30 – 1:00-3:00 PM

STEAM @ Dr. King, 416 E. Raynor Ave., Syracuse NY 13202

Join the NYCLU for a walking tour and community meeting regarding the new location of the I-81 roundabout. We will walk to the proposed roundabout location and hold space for community members’ feedback.  A representative from the NYS Department of Transportation will be present to answer questions. Refreshments will be served. 

Near Net Zero with Geothermal (Open House in Madison Co.)

Saturday, April 30, 2022 At 3:30 PM – 5 PM

Shelly Kempton’s Home 3506 Hall Rd Erieville, NY 13061

Near Net Zero with Geothermal (Open House in Madison Co.)

Event by HeatSmart CNYRenewable Heat Now and 3 others

Shelly Kempton’s 2,700 sq. ft. house is an excellent local example of a near net zero home. …Shelly opted for horizontal geothermal, a heat pump water heater, closed- and open-cell blown-in insulation, and solar for her new home. This cut her bill from hundreds of dollars a month to heat and cool to less than $10 per month on electric. 

Free & open to the public. Allergy heads-up, a dog and two cats live in the house. Masks are optional. Registration is required:

Stories of the Six Nations: Haudenosaunee Music and Story-telling 

Saturday, April 30; 7 pm

Inspiration Hall, 709 James St Syracuse, NY 13203

Some wonderful performances by Symphoria are coming up on Saturday, April 30 featuring Haudenosaunee music and story-telling by Theresa Bear Fox and Leah Shenandoah. There will be a children’s program at 10:30am and an adult program at 7:00pm. Virtual and in-person tickets are available now at

Symphoria is at Inspiration Hall.

Outreach Canvassing – Healthcare Outreach Canvassing
Sunday, May 1st, 12PM-3PM

Hear healthcare stories, invite Syracuse residents to take action to demand universal healthcare and no medical debt. RSVP here:

Pathways to Peace in Ukraine and An End to War

A panel discussion, hosted by The Syracuse Peace Council and Syracuse DSA

Tuesday May 3rd 7-8:30 PM via zoom.  Register in advance for this meeting.

FB Event link

We will hear from panelists on the world’s heightened state of nuclear risks, the state of the refugee crisis caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the strategies that can still be used to end the attack on Ukraine, while avoiding world war. 

Many thanks to our co-sponsoring organizations CNY NOW (National Organization for Women), and Syracuse Veterans For Peace Chapter 51. This forum is dedicated to the war resisters – those who want an end to the senseless bloodshed of wars everywhere.

Panelists: Aly Wane, Donald J. Hughes, Khury Petersen-Smith 

Emcee: Carol Baum 

Concluding action items: Brian Escobar 


Housing Justice Town Hall

Date TBD – First week of May 

DSA – Democratic Socialists of America and (STOP) Syracuse Tenants Organizing for Power 

Good Cause Eviction would protect tenants from no-fault evictions, empowering tenants to demand better, safer living conditions without fear of retaliation. 
The goal is for the Syracuse Common Council to pass a resolution supporting the statewide version of the Good Cause Eviction law, know as the Right to Remain law. 

For inf0:  

GreeningUSA’s 18th Annual Meeting: The Virtual Big Tent
May 6, 8-10am 

Stronger Together Through Collaboration!

All are welcome! Free but you must register to attend.

HeatSmart Pompey Campaign Kickoff!

Thursday, May 12, 2022 At 6:30 PM – 8 PM

HeatSmart Pompey Campaign Kickoff!

Event by HeatSmart CNYRenewable Heat Now and Alliance for a Green Economy

Pompey Town Hall (8354 U.S. Route 20 Manlius, New York 13104)

The Town of Pompey, HeatSmart Pompey, and HeatSmart CNY are working together to educate local homeowners about new developments in heating and cooling technologies, and available grants and rebates for insulation and heat pumps for all income levels. Together we can make our homes and buildings more comfortable, cost-effective, and better for the climate!

HeatSmart brief presentation, followed by Q & A and with expert installers. FREE & OPEN to the public. Masks are encouraged. Registration is encouraged: 

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. 

Primary Election: June 28

Early Voting: June 16-26

Organizing Jobs

Citizen Action of NY is hiring a Statewide Healthcare organizer: and 

Campaign for NY Health is hiring a temporary Upstate Organizer:


FROM WHERE WE STAND: Photographs from The Stand’s Annual South Side Photo Walk
Now Through May 14, 2022


The South Side Newspaper Project, a collaboration of neighborhood residents and Syracuse University, has given voice to the South Side community of Syracuse since its founding in 2010. The annual summer Photo Walk is its largest annual community event, bringing together photographers of all skill levels and ages to explore the South Side, take photos and practice their skills. This exhibition features 51 photographs by 45 photographers taken during this event throughout its 12-year history and is a visual testament to the struggles and resiliency of the neighborhood.  VIEW THE VIRTUAL EXHIBITION HERE

Unchained: Allan Rohan Crite, Spirituality and Black Activism 

Saturday, February 19, 2022 – Sunday, May 08, 2022 10:00 am

Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum of Art 310 Genesee Street Utica NY, 13502

One in a series of American art exhibitions created through a multi-year, multi-institutional partnership formed by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as part of the Art Bridges Initiative.

The first exhibition to explore how the spiritual art of Allan Rohan Crite (1910–2007) reflected the African American quest for racial justice in the years leading up to the Civil Rights Movement. The exhibition brings together over 60 of the artist’s paintings, watercolors, works on paper, and sculptures that reveal how Crite’s art, faith, and social connections began inside spaces of worship and extended outside to the urban environment.

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.###

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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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