CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – September 6 to September 13, 2022

From CNY Solidarity Coalition: 

Upcoming Meetings on Zoom: 9/18,22, 10/2/22, 10/16/22. 

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

Next Meeting: Sept. 18, 2022.3-4:30 on Zoom

Agenda (tentative)

            Onondaga County Gerrymandering Lawsuit: Dustin Czarny

            Excluded No More Campaign: Jessica Maxwell of CNY Workers’ Center

            Westcott Fair: Plans for CNY Solidarity Coalition tabling

Current News: The Coordinating Committee has added CNY Solidarity Coalition as a signatory to a letter urging the Biden administration to issue a contractor disclosure executive order to help rein in the influence of big & secret money in politics. The contractor disclosure executive order would shine a light on secret money spending in politics by requiring contractors that receive over $1 million dollars from the federal government to disclose their political spending. 

Website News

CNY Solidarity Coalition’s website has been greatly improved over the last few months. More to come!

See this page which now includes phone and email contact information for Federal, State, and Local government representatives. Contact them regularly and tell them how you feel about the issues. They work for us! Use the link above or use the top menu: Resources/Contact Your Representatives

And see this page for all our weekly articles on how you can help with the November 2022 election. Indivisible Onondaga County is contributing an article each week (started9/30/22) and they will all be on posted. 


Chomsky: Maintaining Class Inequality at Any Cost Is GOP’s Guiding Mission

… a tour-de-force analysis of the evolution of the U.S. political setting and the vital role that class warfare and repression have played in making corporate culture the dominant force, turning American society into a neoliberal dystopia. Read it on

In case you wonder what the really really really wealthy are worried about… 

The super-rich ‘preppers’ planning to save themselves from the apocalypse

“Finally, the CEO of a brokerage house explained that he had nearly completed building his own underground bunker system, and asked: “How do I maintain authority over my security force after the event?” The event. That was their euphemism for the environmental collapse, social unrest, nuclear explosion, solar storm, unstoppable virus, or malicious computer hack that takes everything down.” Read it in The Guardian.

Younger workers are boldly leading labor’s resurgence (Guest Opinion by Mark Spadafore)

“… we are in the midst of a historic upswing of labor organizing. Working people are coming together to fight for better wages, safer workspaces, and dignity and respect on the job.” Read it on

Authors from left and right sound an alarm. 

Pay Attention: Democracy Is on the Ballot

Read it on 

Jeffrey C. Isaac is James H. Rudy Professor of Political Science at Indiana University Bloomington and a co-convenor of the Democracy Seminar. William Kristol is the editor-at-large of The Bulwark and a co-director of Defending Democracy Together. 


Election 2022

The upcoming election, here and nationwide, is critical for the survival of our (flawed) democracy. While the Democrats do not always live up to our hopes, it is vital that Democrats keep the House and Senate. In this space, over the next few months, Indivisible Onondaga County will highlight ways you can contribute to this effort, as well as to critical NYS races. 

CNY Solidarity Coalition does not endorse specific candidates. 

What can you do?   

  • Donate or volunteer in the races we will be highlighting. 
  • Forward this newsletter to friends who might be interested. Suggest they visit our website Here and sign up for this newsletter Here

NY 22 Congressional Race

Although John Katko will no longer be representing us when the 118th Congress convenes in January 2023, it could be worse. Brandon Williams, the big upset winner in the Republican congressional primary and also the Conservative party candidate, is a MAGA-supporting conservative who holds extreme views on abortion rights, gun ownership, voter ID laws, building the wall and ending “the woke culture permeating the public education system.” We need to make sure he’s not the one sitting in the NY 22 seat come January.

The newly-drawn NY 22 congressional district includes Onondaga, Madison and Oneida counties and a portion of Oswego Co. Democrats have a voter-enrollment advantage in the new district, but Republicans want to hold the seat. This will be a hard-fought and well-funded contest (with lots of annoying television ads). We can flip the district to blue and help ensure that MAGA Republicans do not gain control of the House, which would be disastrous, by getting out the vote for Francis Conole. 

Conole, the Democratic primary winner, supports climate justice, womens’ right to choose, voter protections, campaign finance reform, gun violence protections and protecting Medicare and Social Security.  He carried Onondaga Co, but he didn’t win in the Madison and Oneida Co primaries. It appears that one of Brandon Williams’ paths to primary victory was his direct voter reach-out effort; he and his volunteers knocked on lots and lots of doors and spoke with lots and lots of voters. Conole didn’t do a great job with this, which contributed to him not winning Madison and Oneida counties. His campaign can’t let Williams take this same advantage leading up to the November election. Conole’s campaign has hired a grassroots director, Jon Lipe, to oversee field operations. He’ll be on board later this week, so we should see canvassing efforts ramp up. Contact Jon at to learn more about how to get started at canvassing. Election Day is only nine weeks away!

Door-knocking seems to be the best way to reach voters. But if you would prefer to phonebank or text, the Conole campaign is also planning those activities for later in the campaign. And you can always reach out to friends and family about the importance of voting on November 8.  

And you can read Elections Commissioner Dustin Czarny’s post on how the new NY22 came to be, and it’s political composition Here.

Sign the Global Appeal for More Nations to Support a Way Out of War in Ukraine

from World Beyond War Here


A Study In The Principles Of Kingian Non-Violence

Wednesdays Sept 7th.- Oct 5th, 4:00-5:00 Pm

Join Us On Zoom Or Facebook Live Register Here

The Eastern Southern Tier region of the New York State Poor People’s Campaign is starting an in-depth study of the principles of Kingian Non-Violence. During this heated political season, the rhetoric is burning up the airwaves and temperatures are boiling within households. The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival holds fast to the principles of non-violence as set forth by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr with the understanding that we don’t have the choice between violence and non-violence but rather non-violence or annihilation. We understand that nonviolence means more than just agreeing not to punch our opponent but rather a roadmap to building the beloved community. Join us as we study together and work #FORWARDTOGETHER!

CNY Animal Welfare Organizations Press Conference 

Thursday, Sept. 8 at 9:15am 

Second Chance Canine Adoption Shelter (6660 East Seneca Turnpike Jamesville NY 13078). 

Elected Officials and animal welfare advocates are calling on Gov Hochul to sign NY’s puppy mill pipeline legislation (S.1130/A.4283) that would ban the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores. The legislation, which passed by a wide bipartisan margin, is now on Governor Hochul’s desk for signature. 

Town Hall Discussions On The Negative Effects Of Lead In Syracuse

Aug.25, Sept.1 Sept.8 At 5:30-7pm

Rally, Sept. 17, 1:30 PM Details TBA

Dunbar Center: 1453 S. State Street Syracuse, Ny 13205

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) invites you to a series of town hall discussions on the negative effects of lead in Syracuse, particularly its impact on people living in the footprint and the shadows of the I-81 viaduct.

Discussion leaders: Lanessa Owens Chaplin and David Rufus, NYCLU

Oceanna Fair, Families for Lead Freedom Now!

Community resource: Qiana Williams, Central New York Community Foundation

Light refreshments will be served.

Sustainable Manlius Open House


301 Brooklea Drive, Fayetteville, NY

Town of Manlius Residents

Sustainable Manlius Open House

Event by Sustainable Manlius. Come and join us for a special Open House event with Sustainable Manlius! 

If you are interested in learning more about this vibrant and passionate Committee of our town, this is your chance to come and learn about how we are making a difference, how you can help us, and you can even stay to see what our meetings are like!  Snacks provided, of course! 

Next Big Steps for Syracuse DSA: Onondaga County Priorities

Syracuse Democratic Socialists of America; Social Hour and General Meeting. Open to All!

Thursday, September 8, 7:30 PM at ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave., Syr., NY, 13203

Register Here

GreeningUSA’s Next Virtual Green Bag Lunch!
Friday, September 9, noon to 1:30pm
An Update from the CNY Clean Cities Coalition
Speaker:  Barry Carr, Coalition Director
Clean Communities of CNY 

Barry will be discussing New York State’s NEVI Plan (National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure).  The Coalition was a part of formulating the plan to determine where publicly accessible charging should be located.

Must register to attend. A link to the GoToMeeting platform will be sent to those registered after
registration closes at 5pm on September 8.
Registration Link:

Confidential Document Shredding Event

Saturday, September 10, 9 AM – Noon

NYS Fairgrounds Orange Lot. Hosted by Assemblyman Magnarelli. Register and find details here: Registration Required 

Can’t make the event? Check out OCRRA’s year-round confidential document shredding options.

Opening Artist’s Reception for Without Courage There Are No Other Virtues 

Saturday, September 10th from 6-8pm

ArtRage is Back! After a summer break, check the upcoming Events Calendar Here


Rally for a Lead-Free Syracuse

Sept. 17, 1:30 

Details TBA

NYCLU and Families for Lead Freedom Now

Returning the Gift: The role of a nature writer on the edge of climate catastrophe.

2022 Dale L. Travis Lecture Series Featuring Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer ’75

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 7:30 p.m. at the Gateway Center, ESF

Tickets for this event are sold out. However, a livestream of the event will be available. See below for details.

SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor
Founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment
Author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

From the perspective of an Indigenous scientist and writer, Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer will share reflections on the work of a nature writer in a time of climate crisis and the journey of her book “Braiding Sweetgrass” into environmental literature.

Registration to attend person has closed. This event will be livestreamed on

Westcott Street Cultural Fair: Sunday September 25, 2022  Link to Facebook Event

Petit Library needs volunteers for Petit’s Annual Book Sale! Sun., Sept. 25th. Stop by or call 315-435-3636

Onondaga County Budget Public Hearing

Thursday, October 6, 2022 At 6 Pm

Onondaga County Legislature


 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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