CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – June 21 to June 28, 2022

From CNY Solidarity Coalition: 

Revised Schedule of Meetings: 6/26/22, 7/24/22, 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.

CNY Solidarity Coalition News

Next MeetingStop the Aquarium, Fund Human Needs 

6/26/22, 3 PM on Zoom 

We will have speakers on how to use county funds for actual needs and how we can make sure that happens. 

See more at:

CNY Solidarity Coalition shares the radical belief that government must serve the needs of the people. 

We are now at a crucial point with our Onondaga County government – will we spend enormous funds on a poorly thought-out aquarium proposal, or will the county consider the actual needs of county residents?

We are inviting community groups to participate in this special meeting about the aquarium proposal. 

The purpose of this meeting is to help us understand the following:

· the weaknesses in the current aquarium proposal

· some urgent needs in the county that must be addressed

· how we can convince county government to meet those needs

We will have speakers addressing these points, time for discussion, and specific recommendations for next steps. 

Following the meeting, about 4:30, for those interested: a planning session to finalize a proposed action for July 5, to reach the County Legislature.


Please read this one: a terrifying expose of current right wing tactics. 

White Parents Rallied to Chase a Black Educator Out of Town. Then, They Followed Her to the Next One.

Read it on ProPublica

New York passes landmark voting rights legislation

New York’s governor signed a law Monday intended to prevent local officials from enacting rules that might suppress people’s voting rights because of their race. Read it on

Aquarium project needs to be more than a sketch to succeed (Your Letters)

“…The study appears far from serious and objective. It reads like a one-sided promotional piece full of fanciful and undefended claims.” Read it here. 

Armed campus police do not prevent school shootings, research shows

Multiple studies have found no association between the presence of armed officers in schools and the deterrence of violence. Read it on  

A study gave cash and therapy to men at risk of criminal behavior. 10 years later, the results are in.

Liberia found a stunningly effective way to reduce violent crimes. Now the US is trying a similar experiment.

Read it on Vox.


Oppose the Onondaga Aquarium

We have more important issues to address before considering a County Aquarium – Including but not limited to addressing poverty, increasing mental health services, building affordable housing, building better infrastructure like sewer, water, broadband, sidewalks, roads, etc., investing in public transportation, investing in education and more. More info on the CNY Solidarity Coalition website Here

County Executive Ryan McMahon: (315) 435-3516 |

Onondaga County Legislators:

Emails & Phone Numbers at

email all legislators at

From Elections Commissioner Dustin Czarny: Please help spread the word about Early Voting and the June 28th primary.  As you know this reform was hard fought for and in Onondaga County we have expanded Early Voting thanks to action of the NYS legislature.  This reform remains under attack from the GOP through funding cuts and fighting over site placements.  We need to show that We are still enthused about this reform and will show up in growing numbers to demand it be properly staffed and available.
The good news is that (June 18) was the first day of Early Voting for the June 28th primary, and it was the largest day for a primary in Onondaga County Early Voting history with 322 voters checking in at the 8 polling sites.  The bad news is people are confused about who can vote and what races are eligible.

I need your help.  Please consider posting a few times on social media over the next 9 days to promote Early Voting and the June 28th primary.  If you Early Vote take pictures and encourage people to go to to get information, or post some of the information directly.  Word of mouth is still the best way to raise awareness.  Doing so now, and in August, and November will help voters know their options and ultimately lead to higher turnout.


Virtual Town Hall: Urge Governor Hochul To Sign Crypto-Mining Moratorium

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 from 12:00pm-1:00pm ET

On behalf of EarthJustice, Strong Economy for All, Empire State Indivisible, New York Communities for Change and the Action Center on Race and the Economy, we invite you to a virtual town hall with Assemblymember Dr. Anna Kelles to rally support for crypto mining moratorium legislation that recently passed both chambers of the state legislature. It is now up to Governor Hochul to sign the bill into law. Unfortunately, the big monied crypto lobby has already amped up their efforts in opposition to the bill. But grassroots activists are not backing down because we cannot afford to stall action needed to save our planet.

Register here: 

Interfaith Prayer for Peace in Ukraine

Wed. June 22 at 7 PM

St. Luke’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church; 3290 Warners Rd, Warners, NY 13164

(Service outdoors, weather permitting)

All faith traditions welcome!

Please join us as we come together to pray for peace in Ukraine during this time of crisis. This interfaith prayer service is open to all faith traditions and will feature blessings from religious leaders of various faiths.

Significance of the date: In 2000, Ukraine officially designated June 22nd as “Remembrance Day of Mourning and Commemoration of War Victims”

End the War in Ukraine Thursdays: Discussion Series and Action Ideas 

6:00 p.m. on Zoom starting on 6/23/22 (see registration link below)

Weekly series except for 7/7/22. Register Here

Sponsored by the Syracuse Peace Council and the Syracuse Democratic Socialists of America

Wondering how we can respond to the war in Ukraine?  Do you have ideas for action?  Don’t be alone. 

The mainstream media and our government would have us believe that the only response to the crisis is to arm Ukraine and devastate Russia. The risks of this approach are great, up to and including nuclear war.  

This discussion series will use alternative online video resources featuring experts and peace activists to to better understand the conflict, stimulate dialogue, and create action steps for how to respond.  

Discussion will be moderated with Individual comments limited to 3 minutes. 

For our first session (6/23) we encourage attendees to watch a 25-minute interview with economist, Jeffrey Sachs answering key questions about ending the war.  We’ll watch the first 13 minutes together and then open up for discussion. One on One – Economist Jeffrey Sachs

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:

Upcoming Election Dates 

State/ Local Primary Election: Tuesday, June 28, 2022; 6:00am- 9:00pm

Congressional/State Senate Primary Election: Tuesday, August 23, 2022; 6:00am-9:00pm

General Election: Tuesday, November 8, 2022; 6:00am- 9:00pm


The 12th (almost) annual ArtRageous Extravaganza

Saturday, July 9, 2022 At 7 Pm – 10:30 PM

The 12th (almost) annual ArtRageous Extravaganza

Event by ArtRage Gallery

After a two year hiatus, we welcome you back to a festive night of live music, local brews, good food, good friends and a silent auction all to support ArtRage Gallery! $20 at the door. Proof of vaccination required. Masks required indoors. Featuring: Kambuyu Marimba Ensemble of Syracuse; The TreehuggersChip Osborne -Acoustic Guitar, Zeke Leonard – Tenor guitar, Brandy Witthoft – Bass, Tom Fay – fiddle and Hymie Witthoft Jr. -Drums.

Emcee: Karin Franklin-King 

Westcott Street Cultural Fair: September 25, 2022


 Central New York Arts & Entertainment Calendar. Check out the calendar Here 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. First & Third Tuesdays Of The Month…4 to 4:45 p.m.: Killer drones                                                                                                                       Hancock AFB (home of the 174th Attack Wing of the NYS National Guard),  6000 East Molloy Rd. across from the main gate. Park on the south shoulder.Every Friday…4 to 4:45 p.m.    West sidewalk of the broad intersection of Erie Blvd East & East Genesee St. in De Witt (across from the Fire Dept.)                                                             For years our focus has been on solidarity with the people of Palestine; while the invasion of Ukraine persists, we also address that tragedy.Every Saturday…9 to 9:45 a.m.                                                                           Across from Syracuse’s Regional Market, 2100 Park St., our team also deals with a range of topics (racism, anti-war, anti-nuke, etc.).Our current stalwart team: Julienne, Les, Leslie, Geoff, Ed, Ann, Peter…. To learn more, Ed or Ann 315 478 4571

Organizing Jobs

NYCLU is hiring: Three positions for Syracuse office! Two full time organizers for the CNY region and a Western Deputy Director to cover Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo- but can be located in any of the cities! Info Here

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 Onondaga County (Formerly 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 contributes regularly 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 above.

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