CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – July 5 to July 12, 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.


$1 Billion Plan For Syracuse Neighborhood Near I-81 Revealed: Housing, High School Stadium, Other Surprises Read it Here

Swimming in $200 million in cash, Onondaga County looks for ways to use it

“Higher-than-expected sales tax revenue combined with Covid-inspired austerity measures and enhanced federal funding for Medicaid have left the county unusually flush with cash…” Read it on

From Rebecca Solnit on Facebook: … in May we launched Not Too Late, a climate project, that has daily climate posts at and I’d love it if you joined us there. If today’s climate news hurts, we are here to keep you going. From the website: 

#NotT00Late is a project to invite newcomers to the climate movement, as well as provide climate facts and encouragement for people who are already engaged but weary. We believe that the truths about the science, the justice-centered solutions, the growing strength of the climate movement and its achievements can help. They can assuage the sorrow and despair, and they can help people see why it’s worth doing the work the climate crisis demands of us.

The Insane Saga of ‘Salt of the Earth,’ the Only Film To Be Blacklisted

Blacklisted Hollywood workers independently produced one of the great labor films. “One of the reasons we made ‘Salt of the Earth’ after we were blacklisted was to commit a crime worthy of the punishment,” Paul Jarrico said.

Read the article and find a link to the film Here on Portside

The Ultimate Guide to Protesting: Find a Protest & Safely Make Your Voice Heard – Protect yourself while protecting your rights. Read it Here on Seventeen

“We asked advocacy group MoveOn’s Executive Director Rahna Epting to give her expertise on how to find a protest, what to bring, and most importantly, how to stay safe during a protest.”


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


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

Discussion Series: End the War In Ukraine Thursdays

Week 4: July 7, 22 at 12:00 p.m. 

Sponsored by the Syracuse Peace Council and 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 uses alternative online video resources featuring experts and peace activists to better understand the conflict, stimulate dialogue, and create action steps for how to respond. We do not necessarily endorse all the opinions presented in the videos. Instead, we will use them as a starting place for discussion. Alternative opinions are welcome.

Discussion will be moderated with each comment limited to 2 minutes. 

This time, we will view a segment from the attached interview on Democracy NOW.  Participants are encouraged to view the interview ahead of time and or read the related article from the Nation.

Democracy Now Interview:

The Nation Article:

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 


Syracuse Community Choir’s Concert in the Park! “The Right to Live in Peace”

WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2022 AT 7:15 PM 7:15pm @ Thornden Park (near Pool) Rain date 7/20

Facebook Event

Event by Syracuse Community Choir and Nina Pelligra

Tickets Here

This will be our first in-person concert since the pandemic began. We’re so excited to be with you!

This concert will feature a collaboration with our long-time friends at The Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company, with poetry from youth “word warriors” in honor of the late Jackie Warren-Moore. 

We will also be combining powers with a new local chapter of Rock Voices. Rock Voices is a non-auditioned, adult choir that sings only rock music from the 60s through present day. This season, they are singing songs by The Beatles, so they will join us for our shared rendition of Imagine. 

Sliding Scale Tickets: $0-$25 (No one turned away)
7:15pm @ Thornden Park (near Pool)

5:00 on: BYO chair & picnic, sign-making, enjoy the park
6:30: Learn songs to sing during the concert & at future rallies
After the concert: Dancing Under the Stars with Mark Hoffman’s “Swing This”

For info: 315.428.8151

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

Check out our Website and our Instagram.

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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