CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – August 16 to August 23, 2022

From CNY Solidarity Coalition: 

Upcoming Meetings: 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.


A Blueprint For Re-Renewal: A documentary about Pioneer Homes and its planned demolition

By City Scripts at Syracuse University – first shown at The Dunbar Center last winter.

A Blueprint for Renewal raises questions about the Blueprint 15 project which have not been raised publicly by others, including elected officials

Blueprint 15 is the $1 billion plan to tear down existing public housing – home to more than 4,000 people – and replacing it with mixed-income housing as well as other amenities for the residents.

Among other things, the video questions whether the Blueprint 15 project repeats the errors of the original I-81 construction project: that is, breaking up a community, forcing public housing residents from their homes and ignoring the concerns of current public housing residents. 

Why Climate Activists Need To Celebrate — Even If We’re Not Feeling Like It

The Inflation Reduction Act is not the best we can do for the climate, but claiming its success builds a more powerful movement for future wins.

“There are many roles that got us the pieces of the wins that matter to us. Claim them. Nobody else is likely to do it for you.

When you do, that makes more space for future activists to believe that bigger changes can also happen. Show the movement stream that leads to the $37.5 million to reduce air pollution in schools located in low-income and disadvantaged communities and $400 million to upgrade school buses in overburdened communities. Let people see how protests in the streets, organizing in communities and turnout at the polls adds up.

If you’re not excited about it for you, then do it for the next generation. They’ll need it. 

Do it because naming and reviewing the movement’s progress helps build momentum for the next win and the win after that.”

Read it on Thanks to  Rebecca Solnit for posting it. 

The Worst Memo in American History

Read Robert Reich’s take on it here. And if you’ve never seen the actual Powell Memorandum, Reich includes it in its entirety. 

“Powell’s memo … argued that the American economic system was “under broad attack” from consumer, labor, and environmental groups. In reality, these groups were doing nothing more than enforcing the implicit social contract that had emerged at the end of World War II — ensuring that corporations were responsive to all their stakeholders, not just their shareholders but also their workers, their consumers, and the environment on which everyone depends. 

But Powell and the Chamber saw it differently. Powell urged businesses to mobilize for political combat.

… An entire corporate-political industry was born — including tens of thousands of corporate lobbyists, lawyers, political operatives, and public relations flaks. Within a few decades, big corporations would become the largest political force in Washington and most state capitals.”


Syracuse National Action Network School Supply Drive

To CNY Solidarity Supporters: Syracuse NAN is a member organization of the CNY Solidarity Coalition. We support their work in the community. Please Donate!

The Summer is nearing its end and we are gearing up for our annual #Syracusenan School Supply Drive! Help us fill backpacks by donating K-12 school supplies. We are collecting now til Aug 31st. 

We will hold our giveaway Saturday September 3, 2022 from 10 am – 12 noon at Well of hope church.  
We’ll give these backpacks to students including students experiencing food insecurity and homelessness.

Drop off your school supply donations to 159 South Avenue, 235 Rockland Avenue or via our in person weekly Saturday meetings at Well 1642 South Avenue Syracuse NY 

Donate to Syracuse  Chapter of the National Action Network

Make a monetary donation and let us do the shopping for you! Cashapp $syracusenan 

For more information contact Patricia Allen at 315.426.1927. 

We also need  a sponsor for food….A Grill, 4 Canopies for the distribution and at least 100 Hamburgers and 100 hotsdogs and buns, mustard and ketchup packs and 100 waters 

The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ traditional community in Seneca County has been struggling since their store, gas station, ice cream shop, school house, daycare, and garden were destroyed in 2020. Fourteen families continue to be terrorized and threatened by Clint Halftown and his illegitimate government- the most recent attack being on August 3, 2022, when Halftown’s “Cayuga Nation Police” demolished an occupied house (after dragging out and injuring an elder), as well as the barn where the traditional community were holding ceremony.

Your continuing support of the traditional community helps in their fight to gain recognition of their treaty rights and sovereignty as a Native Nation. To donate towards their ongoing need for legal aid and access to housing:

Call Senator Schumer and thank him for getting the Inflation Reduction Act passed. We have often criticized Schumer for not pushing hard enough. He needs to hear from his progressive supporters when he gets it right. It is certainly true that the bill has significant flaws and gaps, but it is a hugely important step. 

Schumer:  Syracuse Phone: (315) 423-5471. D.C. Phone: (202) 224-6542


Early Voting for the 8/23 primary:

8/13-21/22 For Hours and locations:

TODAY: NYCLU  Virtual Town Hall on “Impacts of ReZone to communities closest to the I-81 Viaduct.”

Tuesday, August 16, at 2:00-3:30pm on the 

Here are the Zoom link and call-in information.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 851 2685 7925

Passcode: 344894

One tap mobile

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Press Conference: Lawsuit Filed Against Racially & Politically Gerrymandered District Maps in Onondaga County 

Thursday, Aug. 18 at 10 AM

Onondaga County Courthouse Steps

401 Montgomery St., Syracuse 

Leader Chris Ryan, Legislators Ervin, Chase, Kinne, Kuhn, Garland, Common Council President Helen Hudson, Elections Commissioner Dustin Czarny.

Announcements, Question and Answer Session, and Filing of Lawsuit.

Why? Illegal Partisan and Racial Gerrymandering Harms our Community and our Democracy

End the War in Ukraine Thursdays

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

Noon to 1:30pm, Thursday, 8/18

Join Zoom Meeting:

We continue our weekly discussion by reviewing and amending a proposed position on the to take, which we will seek support for of participating groups and then use as a basis for advocacy to legislators and others.

We’ll also discuss the demands other allied groups are making.

Upstate Medical University and Crouse Health will hold two public community discussions on Upstate’s proposed acquisition of Crouse.

Monday, Aug. 15 at the North Syracuse Junior High School, 5353 Taft Road, North Syracuse, 

and Thursday, Aug. 18 at the Southwest Community Center, 401 South Ave., Syracuse. 

Both sessions will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.

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

Public Hearing On The Rezone Syracuse DGEIS Document

Monday, August 22, 2022 at 1pm in Common Council Chambers, City Hall

233 East Washington Street

Syracuse, NY 13202

New York State’s second primary election!

Tuesday, 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

Websites of the four Democratic candidates for NY22:

Sarah Klee Hood:   

Chol Majok:

Sam Roberts:   

Francis Conole:

AND: A 2nd round of informational mailing cards is hitting your mailboxes right now. This one has all the correct information about political subdivisions for redistricting. #keepthecard for fast check in for the August 23rd primary as well as the November 8 General Election. Click the link below for more information:


City of Syracuse Invites Residents to Participate in Community Grid “Neighborhood Design Studio” to Envision Future of I-81 Neighborhoods

“The City of Syracuse and its urban planning and design consultant, Dover, Kohl & Partners (DKP), will hold a six-day Community Grid “Neighborhood Design Studio” to envision the future of Interstate 81 neighborhoods during the week of August 21 at STEM at Dr. King Elementary School, 416 E. Raynor Avenue.”

See the article above at   

  • Tuesday 8/23: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday 8/24: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday 8/25: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday 8/26: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday 8/27: Open house from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

CNY Pride at the NYS Fair

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2022 AT 5:30 PM

CNY Pride at the NYS Fair Event by CNY Pride

CNY Pride was asked to lead the parade at Pride Day at the Fair this year, and we want you to march with us!

We had 50 free tickets available for folks that would like to volunteer to march in the parade with us, and WOW did they go FAST! If we’re able to secure more free tix, we’ll let you know! You can still join the fun by registering to march at Register for details and updates from CNY pride. 

Fair Tickets ($3) and Parking Passes ($5) are available for purchase at

Parade begins at 6pm (with a slightly earlier line up for folks participating).  
TLC will be performing at Chevy Park at 8pm. 

Free Recycling Event: Electronics and Paints

8/27/2022 –  8:30 a.m – 12:00 East Syracuse Minoa Central High School | 

Sponsor: Assembly Member Al Stirpe

Info Here and Register Here

SPAARC Community-Wide Invite: Open House

Sunday, August 28, 2022 At 3 Pm – 5 Pm

Salt City Market Community Room | 484 S. Salina St.


Event by Rebirth SYRBLM Syracuse and Syracuse Police Abolition and Radical Revisioning Coalition

Syracuse Police Abolition and Radical Revisioning Coalition (SPAARC) invite organizers, social justice activists, and abolitionist change-makers to an open house. This is an opportunity to learn about SPAARC’s mission, history, governance structure and discuss the multiple pathways to activism within the group. 


We strongly encourage former organizing partners whose engagement with SPAARC has lapsed to reconnect. This event is FREE and open to the public; light refreshments will be made available to attendees. The Salt City Market building is ADA-compliant, and the community room is wheelchair accessible. 

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


 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.

Peter McCarthy

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