CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – June 28 to July 5, 2022

From CNY Solidarity Coalition: 

Meetings: 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

6/26/22 Meeting ReportStop the Aquarium, Fund Human Needs 

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

The purpose of this meeting was 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 had speakers addressing these points, time for discussion, and specific recommendations for next steps.

Announcements and Introductions.  – Peter McCarthy         (20 m.)

·      Current State of the Aquarium Proposal. Mary Kuhn    (15)

·      Why not an Aquarium?  – Elaine Denton                         (15)

·      Lead Poisoning: County’s Role – Oceanna Fair                (15)

·      What we can do. – Sunny Aslam                                       (15)

·      Questions/Closing                                                               (10)

 See more at:

Following the meeting: planning for an event to reach the County Legislature. See July 5 event below. 


Anti-Abortion Politics Have Always Been The Right-Wing’s Trojan Horse For Racism

Evangelical leaders only seized on abortion as its cudgel for winning elections after religious-right leaders realized it could serve a higher purpose: keeping segregation alive. Read it on

How The Christian Right Took Over The Judiciary And Changed America 

…Understood in the context of the movement that created the supreme court in its current incarnation, however, there is nothing surprising about (the reversal of Roe v. Wade.). In fact, it marks the beginning rather than the endpoint of the agenda this movement has in mind. Read it at

If you missed it last week, please read this terrifying expose of 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 ProPublicla

Noam Chomsky: The Supreme Court Is Wielding Illegitimate Authority in the US

Former president Jimmy Carter deemed the U.S. as having become “an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery” in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s 2014 decision to strike down limits on campaign contributions, and the wielding of illegitimate authority within our political system has only grown more extreme in the eight years that have passed since then. Read it on

America Is Growing Apart, Possibly for Good

The great “convergence” of the mid-20th century may have been an anomaly. Read it in The Atlantic

From Rebecca Solnit: I don’t care how people feel about Democrats, their aesthetic choices, fundraising frequency, etc. They are the vehicle to get the things we need, and there is no alternative but letting the destruction run unchecked. Right now if you’re interested in winning on behalf of the most vulnerable, from those who can get pregnant to those hit hardest by climate chaos, building campaigns to take the senate and keep the house and keep people motivated and participating is how you do it. And pushing politicians to do better is, yes, a very different thing than disparaging them while not otherwise participating. If you truly can’t stand them, focus on non-electoral work like supporting abortion access directly. Find Rebecca’s post on Facebook. 

Corporate Profits Soared to Highest Levels in 7 Decades Last Year

“Survey data shows that U.S. voters, including those in key battleground states, overwhelmingly want the Biden administration to challenge corporate power and support a windfall profits tax to counter soaring prices at grocery stores, gas stations, and elsewhere across the economy.” Read it on


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

Write a letter to the editor:  Go to our website aquarium page Here and scroll down to see many previous letters. Find a list of media outlets in our Guide to LTEs Here

NYS Climate LawComment Period Extended until July 1! Send another comment!

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.



Primary Election Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2022; 6:00am- 9:00pm

Today is the June primary election for Governor, Lt. Gov, Assembly, Judges, & party positions. 

Only voters enrolled in a political party holding a primary are eligible to vote. 

Polls are open from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm. 

Find your primary poll site at

Election 2022: Who is on the ballot in Tuesday’s primary in Central NY?

Read it on

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

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

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

June 30, 6:00 p.m.; July 7, 12 Noon; July 14, 6 PM

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

Register and receive the event link: 

Artist Talk: Gabriel Garcia Roman

June 30, 2022 – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Event at ArtRage Gallery

Gabriel Garcia Roman is a multi-disciplinary artist and craftsman who examines and decodes the politics of identity through intricate and process-based work. 


Currently on exhibit at ArtRage is work from his Queer Icons series. Included in the exhibit are ten new works featuring Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) from Central New York. The subjects in the series are drawn from many facets of the gender and queer spectrum, and these images give visibility to a population that’s generally under-represented in the art world. Finding inspiration in portraiture styles of Renaissance, Flemish and Christian Orthodox paintings, the series aims to elevate these multi-dimensional, powerful and proud contemporary figures. From the queer Latina fighting for immigration rights to the non-binary disabled Trans Filipino, the artist perceived these figures as heroes in their own right. 

Invest in Our Communities Rally: No to Aquarium

Tuesday July 5th 12pm – 12:30 pm press event and rally (Gather at 11:45)

Outside in front of the County Courthouse 401 Montgomery St Syracuse 

Facebook: Invest in Our Communities Rally: No to Aquarium

Event by CNY Solidarity Coalition

Speak in front of the legislature: 1:00 PM public comment (sign up by 12:45 to speak)

The role of the County Government is to care for the health and well being of its residents, and yet the county executive wants to use taxpayer money to fund a risky vanity project, while leaving its residents behind.

Syracuse and Onondaga county residents are literally sick and tired of austerity cuts and inadequate resources. In areas of Syracuse, a black child has a one in four chance of being poisoned by lead in the home and yet the county cut testing services instead of improving them, and the city wide ordinance is yet to be properly enforced. Home health services are inadequate to address the needs of the community, and mental health resources need expanding. Our housing is deteriorating and our schools need more resources to give every child a fair start. 

Join us on July 5th – and at every upcoming monthly county legislature meeting to tell our county legislature – Invest in Us and Invest in Our Children, NO to vanity projects that will further drain our economy.

Following our press conference, we urge concerned residents to use the opportunity to voice their opposition to the aquarium during the public hearing portion of the county legislature meeting. Those who wish to speak should sign up inside at suite 407 by 12:45PM. 

Contact Your Representatives: County Executive Ryan McMahon (315) 435-3516 | Onondaga County Legislators Emails & Phone Numbers can be found at or email all legislators at

The Syracuse mayor also needs to hear from us! at (315) 448-8005. Email: 

Help stop an expensive aquarium from being built with taxpayer money! Click here to sign the petition online…/oppose-the-onondaga-county…

Learn more! At


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 Treehuggers: Chip 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

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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