CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – May 31 to June 7, 2022

From CNY Solidarity Coalition: 

Revised Tentative Schedule of Upcoming Meetings: 6/26/22, 7/10/22, 8/21/22.

Check here to find out if meetings will be on Zoom or in-person. 

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


Uvalde Police Didn’t Move to Save Lives Because That’s Not What Police Do

“The police failed at protecting the schoolchildren, yes, but we should not be under the illusion that this is an example of the cops failing at their jobs. As far we can tell from reports, police at the scene acted as they usually do, in accordance with standard policing practice: Rather than risk a hail of gunfire to stop the killer, they kept themselves safe.” Read it on The Intercept

Bishop Bernard Alex: An Everson Museum family legacy

A nice article on the background and family of Bishop Alex, now the president of Syracuse National Action Network, who has provided important leadership in several local causes.  Read it on

How the NRA evolved from banning machine guns to blocking firearm restrictions (Guest Opinion by Robert Spitzer) Read it on

Election 2022: How to register to vote in New York’s June primary election

If you want to vote in the primary election on June 28, the deadline for new voters to register is June 3.

Read it on

“Trigger Points”: Author Mark Follman on How to Stop Mass Shootings Through Community Prevention

“…a community-based prevention method called “behavior threat assessment” can help prevent mass shootings. The method “brings together collaborative expertise, primarily in mental health and law enforcement” to recognize behavioral signs in perpetrators that often lead to shootings.”

Read it on Democracy Now


From the Clean Slate Coalition, in the final week of the legislative session:

Read & share this new op-ed from the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies. Here’s a template tweet:

READ: @FPWA calls for the passage of #CleanSlateNY: “Today, our brothers & sisters return to their communities to find themselves locked out of the very essentials that we all need to live with dignity.” Pass Clean Slate, @CarlHeastie @AndreaSCousins.

Then, keep calling and emailing Assembly and Senate leadership!

  • Call Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie: 518-455-3791 (or 718-654-6539). Here’s the message to deliver: “My name is _____ and I am calling on behalf of ______ [your organization] to urge you to pass the Clean Slate Act (A.6399C) this legislative session to allow all of us to access the jobs, housing and education we need to thrive. [Add anything about why Clean Slate matters to you.] Will Speaker Heastie bring Clean Slate to the floor for a vote this session?
  • Call Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins: 518-455-2585 (or 518-455-2715). Here’s the message to deliver: “My name is _____ and I am calling on behalf of ______ [your organization]  to urge you to pass the Clean Slate Act (S.1553D) this legislative session to allow all of us to access the jobs, housing and education we need to thrive. [Add anything about why Clean Slate matters to you.] Will Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins bring Clean Slate to the floor for a vote this session?
  • Email Assembly & Senate Leadership: Email Assembly Speaker Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins. Here is a template email to send along with the email addresses to send it to.

From our friends at
Cuse Action Medics: A volunteer medic collective providing free basic healthcare care at protests

We want to be able to hand out as many bleeding kits as possible – please consider donating to @cuseactionmedics on venmo or purchase the RHINO RESCUE kit on our amazon wishlist

If you can’t afford the kit there are other items on the wishlist we need, particularly the carabiners and triangular bandages. Every kit you donate or donate towards lets us put much needed emergency supplies in the hands of people who otherwise wouldn’t have them.

NYS Climate LawSend Comments  Each Week Until June 10

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. NY Renews is providing tools HERE on a different topic each week 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.


Vietnam: Resistance and Peacemaking 

with Dik Cool (Political Prisoner & Draft Resister)

WEDNESDAY June 1 AT 7 PM – 8:30 PM at Grace Episcopal Church of Syracuse

Vietnam: Resistance and Peacemaking with Dik Cool (Political Prisoner & Draft Resister)

Event by Syracuse Community Choir

Grace Episcopal Church of Syracuse

Dik Cool, political prisoner and draft resister, will share his story as well as speak on other acts of resistance here, in Vietnam and around the world. We will also sing together some of the powerful songs from this era. 

This event will be in-person. Masks & vaccination or negative covid test in the past 24 hours (on the honor system) are required. There is also an option to join on Zoom:…

Open to the public. Donations are appreciated:

Syracuse City Redistricting Commission is redrawing district lines and we want you there.

These meetings will be for all city residents who would like to share ideas and input about their neighborhoods and districts. Attendees can prepare a statement or other helpful material although this is not required to attend. Feedback given will be used to redraw district lines for the five common council districts in the City.

Public Meetings: 

Thursday, June 2nd, 5:30pm; Northeast Community Center (District 1) 716 Hawley Ave, Syracuse NY 13203

Tuesday, June 14th, 5:30pm Southwest Community Center (District 4)

GABRIEL GARCIA ROMAN: Queer Icons June 4, to July 8, 2022

Opening Reception: Saturday June 4th 6-8pm at ArtRage.

Dedicated to Community Organizer and Black Proletarian Feminist, Nikeeta Slade

(Free to attend. Vaccinations and Masks required. Light refreshments will be served outdoors.)

New York City based artist, Gabriel García Román began his ongoing ‘Queer Icons’ series in 2011. This portrait series honors Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) specifically activists, community organizers, poets and artists; members of the community that are doing the work and bringing attention to issues that affect the QTPOC community. 

ArtRage is excited to announce that with the support of the Central New York Community Foundation, García Román has created 10 new works for his Queer Icons series featuring inspiring QTPOC from Syracuse. These 10 individuals represent a small fraction of the remarkable QTPOC artists and activists in our own community. García Román met and photographed Kyle Bass, Ellen M. Blalock, Sara Hagan, Jose Miguel Hernandez, Hunter Kusak, Timothy Lattimore, Jason Ngo, Rahzie Seals, Talia Shenandoah (Harlow Holiday), and Fabiola Ortiz Valdezat at ArtRage this March and the finished works will be unveiled at the gallery on June 4th.

Join us for an Artist Talk with Gabriel García Román on Thursday, June 16th.


January 6 Select Committee Hearings: Watch Event

Thursday, June 9 7:30 – 9pm EDT

Location TBD: Info Here:

The House Committee charged with investigating the January 6th attack is preparing for public hearings to uncover the truth, demand accountability and ensure violence like this never happens again.

We need to make sure these hearings break through the busy news cycle and reach the American public. We cannot allow Trump Republicans to successfully cover up one of the greatest attacks ever planned against American’s freedom to decide who governs in our name!

March for Our Lives CNY in Syracuse 2022 

SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2022 AT 12 PM – 3 PM

Buffalo! Uvalde! Enough is enough! A demand for politicians of all parties to act now.

Freedom Fest 2022

SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2022 AT 3 PM – 11 PM

425 Solar St, Syracuse, NY 13204-1329, United States

Freedom Fest 2022

In celebration of Juneteenth, The Black Artist Collective (BAC) will host Juneteenth: Freedom Fest 2022.

The one-day celebration will include an outdoor screening of Crooklyn from Oscar award-winning director Spike Lee, a showcase of performers, food trucks, pop-up market and a family arts activity tent. FREE and OPEN to the community. 

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. 

CNY Pride Festival & Parade

SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2022 AT 11 AM – 5 PM

Inner Harbor, Syracuse FREE

CNY PRIDE Festival & Parade is an inclusive, family friendly event celebrating our LGBTQIA2S+ community and allies.  The festivities begin with our parade down Solar Street at 11am, and continue all day with entertainment, activities for youth and families, food, drinks and 80+ vendors at the Inner Harbor. Everyone is welcome, and there is NO charge for entry! Learn more or get involved:

Primary Elections: June 28

Early voting Starts June 18



 Looking For  Flexible  — No Meeting,  No Committee —  Opportunity To OpposeWar And Oppression And Work For Peace And Social Justice?We call it STREET HEAT: an easy, uncomplicated way –in solidarity with a handful of others — to  stand up and out for what we stand for. Greeting passing traffic at rush hour with hand-held signs, we want to get them thinking about the day’s crucial issues. Bring your own sign or use one of ours. EVERY SATURDAY: we assemble across from the Syracuse’s Regional Market, from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Our signs cover a range of topics: racism, 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 St. from 4 to 4:45 pm.  For years out focus has been solidarity with Palestine; while Russia’s invasion of Ukraine persists our signage alsocurrently address that crisis.ON FIRST & THIRD TUESDAYS of the month we gather across from the main gate of Hancock Air Base, 6000 E. Molloy Av, focusing  onHancock’s killer drone operation. That timing is specifically to engage the attention of Hancock’s afternoon shift streaming off the base then. Our current stalwart team: Julienne, Les, Leslie, Geoff, Ed, Ann, Peter…. To learn more, Ed or Ann 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.

Peter McCarthy

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