CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – July 26 to August 2, 2022

From CNY Solidarity Coalition: 

Upcoming Meetings: 8/21/22, 9/18,22, 10/2/22, 10/16/22. 

Meetings are currently on Zoom. 

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

Report from 7/24/22 CNY Solidarity Coalition Meeting: NY22 Candidates’ Forum.

Indivisible Onondaga County, a CNY Solidarity Coalition committee, organized a Candidates’ Forum for the Democratic candidates in the 8/23 Primary.

Seventy-five people attended, a record for our Zoom meetings! All four candidates spoke, although Sam Roberts had to leave early for another commitment. The video link is available on request from Tom Keck at  

And here are the website of the four Democratic candidates:

Sarah Klee Hood:   

Chol Majok:

Sam Roberts:   

Francis Conole:


Please Read:New York’s Green Amendment: Curbing Environmental Racism

New York is adding protections against environmental racism, most notably in the form of a recently enacted constitutional amendment. The codification of New York’s “green amendment” creates a safety net for future environmental protections that may be under attack by the majority conservative Supreme Court.

By Lanessa Owens-Chaplin of NYCLU

Read it Here

SCOTUS and the Catholic Authoritarian Vanguard

How A Nativist Interpretation Of The Religion Seized Our Institutions

But the problem isn’t Catholicism itself …it’s a nativist, nationalist, racist, sexist Catholic authoritarianism that now holds sway among the majority of lifetime appointees to the highest appellate authority in the republic.

Read it in The Nation

Ten Ways To Confront The Climate Crisis Without Losing Hope by Rebecca Solnit

The emotional toll of the climate crisis has become an urgent crisis of its own. It’s best met, I believe, by both being well grounded in the facts, and working towards achieving a decent future – and by acknowledging there are grounds for fear, anxiety and depression in both the looming possibilities and in institutional inaction. What follows is a set of tools I’ve found useful both for the inward business of attending to my state of mind, and for the outward work of trying to do something about the climate crisis – which are not necessarily separate jobs.

Read it on

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Zoom with Czarny: Senator Rachel May

This week I sit down with Rachel May for State Senate. We talk about her past two terms as Senator, how her district has changed during redistricting, and her environmental positions. Watch Here

Visit her at

And find all of Dustin Czarny at


Call the president and tell him to declare a climate emergency: 202-456-1111. This could be big. And yeah, it’s an emergency.

Washington Post reportsBiden could declare climate emergency as soon as this week, sources say.

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

See Aug. 2 Event below! 

Urban Delights Fundraiser to Replace Stolen Equipment

Donate Here

Jubilee Homes’ Urban Delights Youth program has for more than 20 years taught eight to 12 youth each summer how to grow and sell crops during the summer break. The goal is to increase food security, healthy eating habits and entrepreneurship skills. 

Our youth has been preparing for months for the grand opening of their farm stand at the Downtown Farmers Market. They packed up the van with our equipment and some supplies including our customized tent, tablecloths, sidewalls. Staff arrived at 8am and noticed that the van had been broken into. “The doors are damaged, the windows had been broken and our equipment was gone. Most of the stuff that we use to market and to sell with was all taken.”

Our Mission At Jubilee Homes Of Syracuse, Inc. Is To Serve As The Catalyst For Achieving The Long-Term Revitalization Of The Southwest Side Of The City Of Syracuse. This Involves A Workforce Development Program That Focuses On Removing Barriers For Individuals That Prevent Them From Finding And Obtaining Employment

The Syracuse Peace Council is HiringGet Paid to Work for Social Justice!  

See the info below under Activist Positions


Syracuse Arts Week 7/26 – 7/31:

(See below, 7/29-31, for the Arts and Crafts Festival.)

Less is More NY Info Session

Tuesday, July 26

Event by Syracuse DSACitizen Action of New York and Unchained

Freedom Commons, 450 Burt St, Syracuse, NY 13202-3913, United States

Are you or someone you know currently on parole? Join Unchained at Freedom Commons for an info session to discuss New York’s new parole reform legislation – the Less is More Act – and its transformative effects.

This is an in person event, so please wear a mask! Snacks will be provided.

Discussion Series: End the War in Ukraine Thursdays.

Thursday, July 28, 12:00 p.m.  

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

Live on Zoom (no passcode or Zoom Account required

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

This week, we will watch part of the video: Global Capitalism: War, Sanctions, Deepening Splits: Economic, Political, and Cultural [July 2022]

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City as Canvas: Delavan Mural Event

Thursday, July 28, 2022 At 4 Pm – 7 Pm

509 W Fayette St, Syracuse, NY 13204-2916, United States

City as Canvas: Delavan Mural Event

Event by TNT Syracuse

Please join the Westside TNT for the City as Canvas Delavan Studio’s mural event! Help us to celebrate local artist Cayetano Valenzuela in the unveiling of his mural ‘ And Still I Rise’! There will also be fun art activities for all ages!

51st Annual Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival

Fri, Jul 29 – Sun. Jul 31 

Columbus Circle (Syracuse, New York)

51st Annual Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival

Designing a Community Grid for All – July FOCUS Forum

Friday, July 29 at 12:05 p.m.

FOCUS Greater Syracuse is excited to host a free, virtual FOCUS Forum on the upcoming “City Urban Design Vision” that will complement the New York State DOT “community grid project” through the City of Syracuse.

The forum will look at the design vision plan, introduce the Dover Kohl & Partners Town Planning team responsible for the redesign, and share the schedule and goals for the Community Charrette scheduled for late August.

Panelists: Victor Dover, Founding Principal, Dover, Kohl & Partners Town Planning; Josh Frank, Project Director / Urban Designer & Town Planner, Dover, Kohl & Partners Town Planning; & Joe Driscoll, Interstate 81 City Project Director & Syracuse Common Councilor, City of Syracuse MODERATOR: Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens, City of Syracuse REGISTER HERE

For more about the Forums and FOCUS go to

2022 Citizens Academy from FOCUS Greater Syracuse and Syracuse University

Now in its 18th year with more than 500 graduates, FOCUS Greater Syracuse and Syracuse University

will accept applications for the 2022 Citizens Academy Class through July 31.

Topics that will be covered include:

Community Vitality; Economic Vitality;

Environmental Stewardship; Schools, Scholars and Resources;

Public Safety; Planning, Land Use and Transportation;

Local Government Budget and Finance; and the

Organization of Local Government.

The 2022 session will run for nine weeks on Wednesday evenings from Sept. 14 to Nov. 16, 2022. The class is held from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. with a boxed meal provided at sites throughout the community.

Each night, government officials and representatives convene to discuss challenges and opportunities their departments face and to answer participants’ questions.

Invest in Our Community Rally

TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2022 AT 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM

401 Montgomery St, Syracuse, NY 13202-2103, United States

Invest in Our Community Rally

Event by CNY Solidarity Coalition and Syracuse Peace Council

Instead of equitable funding, the county executive continues to push for a costly $85,000,000 aquarium that will continue to need millions of dollars of funds from the county in the years to come. 

We think the funds are better spent addressing housing, mental and physical health, childcare and social services, and fully addressing the lead crisis affecting families and young children.

Join us to demand equitable funding for housing, and a commitment to funding the solutions to solve the lead crisis. Over 600 young children in Onondaga County continue to be poisoned by lead in the home annually (our best estimate, prior to the end of testing at WIC appointments). The large majority of these children are those living in segregated poverty in the city of Syracuse, and yet we have been made to believe there is not enough funding to address the problem.

At 1:00 PM on August 2nd the county legislature will hold its general monthly meeting. We expect that the aquarium will be on the agenda for a vote – we plan to be there, speaking – and showing our collective presence at this meeting. Speakers concerned about the use of funds may speak for 3-5 minutes during the public comment period, and will need to sign up to speak by 12:45 PM on the fourth floor outside the county legislative chambers. 

Find more information about how this project is expected to deplete resources, without improving the economy, nor the lives of the residents that live at


Is the Aquarium Project a Sustainable Strategy for CNY?
Friday, August 12, 12:00pm – 1:30pm, EST
Panelist:  Mary Kuhn, Onondaga County Legislator, District 7

GreeningUSA’s Green Bag Lunch discussion series was launched to further explore the concepts within the framework of our “12 Traits of Sustainable Communities”. As we refresh our memory of the 12 Traits, we find that this project impacts all 12, reminding us just how complicated this is. We hope to start a conversation that will lead to a good decision about the Aquarium Project.
#1 Government Leadership in Sustainability – Should local government prioritize the use of taxpayer dollars for this project?
#2 Local Economic Resilience – Is this a sustainable economic development choice for CNY? 
#3 Sustainable Land Use Planning – Is there a sustainable development plan for this area?
#4 Transportation & Mobility – How do we get people to the aquarium?
#5 Water Related Infrastructure – Impacts for supply and waste water for a water-intensive operation?
#6 Green Building – Will the building receive a green building certification?
#7 Energy from Non-Fossil Fuels – Where will the energy needs come from for an energy intensive operation?
#8 Waste Material Management – How will construction and operational waste be handled?
#9 Culture, Arts & Entertainment – Does this project build on the history of CNY and reflect its culture?
#10 Quality Public Education – Will there be programs to enrich local public education goals?
#11 Public Health & Safety – How will you insure this inside and outside the building?
#12 Community Engagement – Will the CNY community be able to actively participate in the planning process?

 FREE! But you must be registered to attend. A link to the GoToMeeting platform will be sent to those registered after registration closes at 5pm on August 11.
Registration Link:

102 Years of Women’s Suffrage Celebration Concert

Saturday, August 20, 2022 At 4 Pm – 7 Pm at Breitbeck Park, Oswego

Event by Democratic Action Women’s Network

Come and celebrate 102 years of women voting! Bring a lawn chair, a blanket, a picnic basket!

Tickets available at 

New York State’s second primary election!

August 23rd

New Yorkers will vote for their party’s candidate for their district’s representative in Congress and the New York State Senate. More info at League of Women Voters’ post Here

Get your Sample Ballot Here

Socialism 2022:

Join us in Chicago September 2-5, 2022!

a four-day conference bringing together hundreds of socialists and radical activists from around the country to take part in discussions about social movements, Marxism, abolition, working-class history, and the debates and strategies for organizing today. So 

Register before July 22 for the discounted rate.

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  Activist Positions

Get Paid to Work for Social Justice!  The Syracuse Peace Council is Hiring  The Syracuse Peace Council, the longest running, independent peace and social justice organization in the country, is hiring TWO Staff Organizers! SPC is a Syracuse-based grassroots group that has been educating, agitating and organizing since 1936 for a world where war, violence, and exploitation in any form will no longer exist. SPC Staff Organizers provide both support and leadership to our program and administrative committees, and facilitate communication with members, supporters, and the general public. Information at or find out more about the Peace Council at  

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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