CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – May 10 to May 17, 2022

From CNY Solidarity Coalition: 

Upcoming Meetings: 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 MeetingMay 15, 3 PM. ON ZOOM.

(Link and agenda to follow.)

Please come and learn how we can help get this critical climate plan done!

Special presentation: Support the Climate Leadership And Community Protection Act 

With Jen Metzger, Senior Policy Advisor at New Yorkers for Clean Power

“The CLCPA, enacted in 2019, is a comprehensive response to the climate change crisis that mandates carbon emissions reductions from all sectors of New York’s economy by 40% by 2030, and 85% by 2050 (both measured against 1990 levels). The CLCPA also requires that 100% of the electricity used in New York must come from clean energy sources by 2040.”- BloombergLaw

BUT- The Scoping Plan will determine how the CLCPA is implemented, and there is well-financed opposition. Come and learn how we can support strong implementation of this plan.

Public comments will be accepted until June 10. So now is the time to learn how to make your voice heard. 

CNY Solidarity Coalition News

The Housing Justice Town Hall with Assembly Member Pam Hunter on May 5 was very successful! This week,  the Syracuse Common Council passed the resolution supporting the statewide version of the Good Cause Eviction law, known as the Right to Remain law. 

Event by Syracuse DSAFamilies for Lead Freedom Now and Syracuse Tenants Organizing for Power – STOP Coalition, CNY Solidarity Coalition


Climate Change as Class War – (book) by Matt Huber of Syracuse DSA

The climate crisis is not primarily a problem of ‘believing science’ or individual ‘carbon footprints’—it is a class problem rooted in who owns, controls and profits from material production. As such, it will take a class struggle to solve.
In this groundbreaking class analysis, Matthew T. Huber argues that the carbon-intensive capitalist class must be confronted for producing climate change. Yet, the narrow and unpopular roots of climate politics in the professional class is not capable of building a movement to face this challenge. For an alternative strategy, he proposes climate politics that will appeal to the vast majority of society: the working-class

“Huber has written a ‘What Is To Be Done?’ for all of us who are vexed by the failure of progressive climate activism “

Order Here:

Or ask your library to get it. 

Republicans aren’t even bothering to lie about it anymore. They are now coming for birth control 

As you can see, the status quo is changing very, very quickly. Read it on Salon

Make police more accountable. End qualified immunity in NY (Editorial Board Opinion) Read it on

The New York bill, sponsored by Assembly Member Pamela Hunter, D-Syracuse, would eliminate the “clearly established” standard as a defense for violations of the state and federal constitutions, opening the courthouse door to plaintiffs stymied by that high bar. They’ll still have to prove their claims to a judge. But at least they would be heard.

Most Price Increases from Inflation Have Gone to Corporate Profits

The inflation panic is causing some Democrats to pivot from social spending to deficit reduction. That’s exactly the wrong approach. Read it on In These Times


Click here to join over 208,000 fellow MoveOn members and sign the petition demanding that Supreme Court justices protect abortion rights for all!

From Renewable Heat Now

Join us to help pass three important pieces of legislation to support building electrification this year in New York.

  • All-Electric Building Act (S6843C / A8431B)
  • Advanced Building Codes, Appliance and Equipment Efficiency Standards Act (S7176 / A8143A)
  • Gas Transition and Affordable Energy Act (S8198/A9329)

Electrification of heating and appliances with energy efficient technologies such as heat pumps and induction stoves is the best and most cost-effective pathway for decarbonization of the building sector. These technologies reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also providing building occupants with immediate benefits in terms of health, safety, and comfort.

Send an email to your legislators and Governor Huchul asking them to support the Renewable Heat Now package of bills during this year’s legislative session. Take Action Here

Contact your local lawmakers, and especially Leadership — Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. Tell them to bring the NY Health Act to a vote this session!

Use this call tool to be automatically connected to Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and your local state Senator and Assemblymember:

  • Urge Leader Stewart-Cousins and Speaker Heastie to bring the NY Health Act to a vote this session. 
  • Urge your state Assemblymember and Senator to urge their Leadership (Senate Leader Stewart-Cousins or Assembly Speaker Heastie) to bring the NY Health Act to a vote this session. 

Send Comments: New York State Draft Climate Leadership Scoping Plan Each week this spring, join NY Renews in commenting on the New York State Draft Climate Leadership Scoping Plan. In late December, the Climate Action Council released its draft scoping plan for the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). Until June 10,  New Yorkers have a chance to provide feedback on the plan through written comments and at a series of public sessions being organized across the state. During this period, NY Renews will distribute weekly tools to help you make an informed comment about a sector of the plan and make your voice heard by state leaders. Here’s an overview of the CLCPA you can watch.


Clean Slate Act Advocacy Day

May 11, 10 AM – 4 PM Location: NYS Capitol – Washington Ave and State St Albany, NY 12224

Join us to end perpetual punishment and pass the Clean Slate Act. We’ll have a press conference, rally and meetings with dozens of lawmakers. RSVP Link:
The Clean Slate NY campaign is fighting for a new law (S1553C/A6399B) that will automatically clear a New Yorker’s conviction record once they become eligible. The civil damage a conviction record can inflict is often wide-ranging and enduring—permanently barring many individuals from basic opportunities like stable jobs, licenses to practice trades, and safe, secure housing. Clean Slate NY is about strengthening our communities by ensuring that New Yorkers are not punished beyond their sentences and can be full and fair participants in economic and civic life.   Information at:

Freida Jacques: Lessons from the Great Peacemaker

Wednesday May 11 At 7 Pm – 8:30 Pm

Freida Jacques: Lessons from the Great Peacemaker

Event by Syracuse Community Choir

Freida Jacques (Turtle Clan Mother, Onondaga Nation) will share the story of The Great Peacemaker and the the lessons it holds for how we live today. 

This event is part of Syracuse Community Choir’s Spring/Summer season: “El Derecho de Vivir En Paz/The Right to Live in Peace”. 

Zoom link:…

Donations are greatly appreciated!:

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: 

The Changing Landscape of Local Media: May FOCUS Forum

Friday, May 13 at 12:05 p.m.

How have print, television, radio, and internet media changed in Central New York in recent decades? How have factors such as technology, social media, and the COVID-19 pandemic driven those changes? And what lies ahead?

Panelists will share their views, and take your questions, on the state of local media, past, present, and future.

Panelists: Mitch Gelman, President and CEO, WCNY; Ken Jackson Editor and Publisher at Urban CNY; and Joel Kaplan, Professor of Magazine, News, and Digital Journalism and Associate Dean, Office of Graduate Programs, Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications; and Julie McMahon, editor-in-chief, Central Current, Inc.

Moderator: Chris Bolt, General Manager, WAER 88.3 FM Public Radio


For more about the Forums and FOCUS go to

Concert for Cajibio w/ Rubén Gonzalez & Colleen Kattau

May 13, Friday, AT 7:30 PM

Concert for Cajibio w/ Rubén Gonzalez & Colleen Kattau

Event by Colleen Kattau

Virtual Concert for Colombia with Rubén González!*
Proceeds Will support the Movimiento de Mujeres de Cajibío, Colombia, small farmer women trying to work the land in the midst of state violence. Colleen and Rubén will share songs from the Nueva canción movement as well as their own pieces. click on the link and you’re in!
Suggested donation: $0-20 or more All are welcome! DONATE directly at:

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

Hands Off Our Bodies

Sat., May 14 AT 12 PM

1120 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13210-1912, United States

Hands Off Our Bodies

Event by Women’s March Syracuse

Join us in a rally and human chain to connect between Planned Parenthood and University United Methodist Church. 

Defend abortion rights with us! 

We will meet to create a visual message from our community to our elected officials! 

Visual artists are invited to participate and expressing their voice through visuals,posters, artwork, and performing arts. Musicians are also invited. 

Let’s fill our city with activism, art and music! 


Geothermal House Tour in Pompey

Sunday, May 22 | 2- 3:30 PM

RSVP | Facebook

Environmental concerns combined with financial incentives prompted the Vigliettas to change energy systems and eliminate fossil fuel use in their home. Their heating was converted from expensive oil to efficient geothermal, paired with a heat pump water heater. They have also invested in electric vehicles and solar panels. 

The combination of federal tax incentives and NYSERDA and National Grid rebates made a geothermal system surprisingly affordable and comfortable. Their solar power covers the entire energy use of the house plus nearly all of the energy use of their electric vehicles. 

Light refreshments will be served. Masks are encouraged. Registration is required.

HeatSmart CNY Campaign Director, Lindsay Speer will discuss available rebates for energy efficiency improvements and heat pumps. Co-sponsored by HeatSmart CNY, Alliance for a Green Economy, The Town of Pompey, and HeatSmart Pompey.

Free Stop the Bleed Training


Iron Pier Dr, Syracuse, NY 13204. (Inner Harbor; see map on Facebook

Free Stop the Bleed Training

Cuse Action Medics and Black Artist Collective

The number 1 cause of preventable death after injury is bleeding.  Cuse Action Medics will be having a Stop The Bleed training at 4, 5 and 7pm depending on interest. ADDITIONALLY: We will be partnering with Onondaga County Health Department to offer Narcan Training at 6PM and 8PM! 

More Info on Facebook:

What will you learn? In a STOP THE BLEED course, you’ll learn three quick techniques to help save a life before someone bleeds out. 

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. Walk alongside some of the leading local (and national) experts in disease advocacy and research. We are 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. 

ACTS Annual Spring Event

Tuesday May 24 at Drumlins

Registration open at 5:30 PM and program ending by 8:30.

Join us to recognize 100 Black Men with our Community Social Justice Award,  to honor Rev. Craig French with the Rev. Dr. Nebraski Carter Award for Clergy Leadership, to affirm the work of Assemblywoman Pam Hunter with our Public Servant Award and to acknowledge the commitment of Aneesah Evans as Co-Advisor of our Youth Council.

Primary Election: Watch here for updates.


The War in Ukraine: Dispatch from Moldova

Photographs by Maraine Rae Staab

ArtRage VIRTUAL EXHIBITION on view from April 29, 2022 to May 31, 2022


One week after Russia invaded Ukraine, photojournalist, Maranie Rae Staab traveled to Moldova at the Ukrainian border and to the Southern Ukrainian cities of Odessa and Mykolayiv. Her intention with this virtual exhibition is to share the experiences of those she met and give us an intimate perspective of what is happening on the ground. 

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

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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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.

Peter McCarthy

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