CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – September 27 to October 4, 2022

From CNY Solidarity Coalition:

It’s Election Season! We have decided to hold off on our regular meetings so we can all do the critical work of door-knocking, phone calling, and other tasks so crucial to getting out the vote!

See this page or the links below for all our weekly articles on how you can help with the November 2022 election. 

CNY Solidarity business cards are in! Please keep a few in your wallet for when you wish you had our contact information for someone who needs it. You can get some from a Coordinating Committee member, or respond to this newsletter and ask. We want to increase our newsletter circulation!


Could Syracuse’s Lead Paint Problem Be Causing More Youth Violence? Researchers Think So

“Syracuse University’s Dr. Rubenstein and Dr. Sandra Lane have …determined that in the past 14 years, Onondaga County has spent at least $7 million addressing the consequences of lead poisoning in elevated Medicaid, teen pregnancy, criminal justice and special education costs.” Read it on     

End The War In Ukraine Discussion Series Summation and Resources

Our discussion series has concluded for now, but you can find several informative videos and peace proposals here: End The War In Ukraine Discussion Materials. Please note that we don’t necessarily endorse all of the content in the materials.  The situation is also moving quickly, so some of the content is outdated.  The materials still provide useful context for understanding the situation. To learn more and or get involved, contact

Alarm As Koch Bankrolls Dozens Of Election Denier Candidates 

Election watchdogs say Koch’s about face after pledging change following January 6 is disturbing given the threats to democracy. Read it in The Guardian

“His choice is not unlike the choices that most German industrialists made in the Weimar Republic.”

Switching To Renewable Energy Could Save Trillions – Study

Switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy could save the world as much as $12tn (£10.2tn) by 2050, an Oxford University study says.

The report said it was wrong and pessimistic to claim that moving quickly towards cleaner energy sources was expensive….”Our central conclusion is that we should go full speed ahead with the green energy transition because it’s going to save us money”

Read it on   

World-Renowned Economists Call for ‘Emergency’ Corporate Profit Taxes to Avert Global Recession

Governments have a choice, argues a new report: Impose austerity programs that harm the poor, or tax “the multinationals and the super-rich, many of whom have also benefited from the crisis.”

Read it on


Support the Lawsuit on Challenging Onondaga County map

From Dustin Czarny, Democratic Elections Commissioner of Onondaga County (yesterday): Today I turn 50 years old. I am sending this email to tell you about a project I have dedicated the last ten years of my life to, stopping Gerrymandering in Onondaga County.  I am asking you consider making a donation to fight gerrymandering in Onondaga County as well as set a precedent to help all communities in new York  You can learn more here.

Read the rest of Dustin’s important message Here

You can help with this effort by donating here:

Governor Hochul, Sign the SIGH Act!

The SIGH Act will empower New York to protect students from air pollution by limiting new construction of schools within 600 feet of major roadways and limiting the construction of roads near schools. Thousands of children attend schools that sit just a few hundred feet from major roadways. …. Every day, these mostly Black and Brown kids breathe in the toxins emitted by cars, SUVs, and diesel trucks, leading to respiratory illness, increased absenteeism, and academic challenges. NYCLU One-Pager, here.  Blog by Lanessa Owens Chaplin, here.

The NYCLU will be hosting a virtual webinar on the SIGH Act. See The SIGH Act Webinar, Oct. 6. Below.  For more information on the webinar or to register please click here

Goverbor Hochul: Phone: 1-518-474-8390

The situation in Pakistan is a humanitarian emergency.

Doctors Without BordersLearn more and Donate Here

Oxfam Here

Election 2022

It is vital that Democrats keep the House and Senate. 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. See this page for all our election articles. 

Easiest way to support change at the national level? Donate to Indivisible’s Give No Ground campaign to support selected House and Senate candidates:

What else 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

Here are links to our previous articles on our website: 

NY 22 Congressional Race Link

National Groups to Support: Donate if you Can! Link

Election 2022: Critical Governors’ Races Link

Indivisible Onondaga County on Election 2022: Secretary of State Races

Last week we started to tell you of consequential state elections that involve governors who protect election results from the machinations of GOP election deniers.

            This week we move to another state-level position which also protects elections: Secretaries of State/Commonwealth. 47 States have Secretaries, 12 of them are appointed by governors or legislatures and, just as an FYI, in 10 states Secretaries are not chief election officials (incl. New York State). 28 states have elections in 2022. Secretaries of State are important positions to protect, and 2022 is an important election year. This is the last election that will place Secretaries before the beginning of the 2024 presidential election season, important especially in swing state such as Arizona and Michigan. In addition, any state with an election denier as Secretary has the power to continue disruptive and false conversations that prolong doubt in our secure elective process, even in blue states. While the Secretary is a state-wide position that has the power to oversee, administer, defend or certify electors, they also have the power to rein-in local election deniers.

Here we list a number of secretary of state candidates whom we think worthy of support. At this time, we recommend a) financial support; and b) reaching out to friends & family in those states and asking how you can help them get involved. As phone-banking opportunities (or other ways to pitch in from a distance) arise, we’ll share those as well.

In the battle-ground state of Arizona, Adrian Fontes ( Adrian Fontes – Ballotpedia ) is running to replace fellow democrat Katie Hobbs, who is running for governor. Arizona is just slightly Blue: the 2020 presidential election was won by a slim margin. He is running against one of the noisiest of extremist election deniers.

In Michigan, another battle-ground state, we want to support Jocelyn Benson ( Jocelyn Benson – Ballotpedia) in her reelection bid. She has been a defender against many MAGA inspired activities in the Michigan State House and elsewhere. Benson is being challenged by an extremist election denier on the Republican line plus three other candidates in the general election.

Nevada is a toss-up state, and this is the first opportunity since 2015 to elect a Democrat as Secretary of State. Cisco Aguilar ( Cisco Aguilar – Ballotpedia ), the democratic candidate, is competing again one of the highest profile MAGA-verse champions.

In Wisconsin, Doug LaFollette ( Douglas La Follette – Ballotpedia )is running for reelection as Secretary of State against a GOP election denier, plus two other candidates in the general

election. Wisconsin is a battle-ground state where much MAGA election fraud activity has

occurred over the past 2 years.

Interestingly, many of the high-profile Governor races you were directed to last week are in states where the Secretary of State is appointed: Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania.


Finger Lakes Forecast: Land Use and Renewable Energy

Sept. 28, 12 PM Webinar

How much land will we need for solar and wind farms? 

Who should decide where they go? What are our options?

More info and Register Here or  

How the Grid Works: Building Energy Independence and Resilience with Solar”

September 28th, Wednesday, 5:30pm-7:00pmRegister here.

United Solar Energy Supporters invites you to our next webinar, 

Panelists Linden Speranza and Stuart Bailey, of LaBella Associates Engineering, will be providing a very comprehensive presentation covering the grid, energy independence, grid stability, Renewable Energy Credits and much more! USES will provide a certificate of completion for municipal training credit, upon request.

Equity, Access and Opportunity Series: Equity and Opportunity Won’t Happen by Accident

Wednesday, September 28, 5 – 7:30pm ET
Drumlins Country Club -800 Nottingham Rd. Syracuse, NY 13224

Join the School of Education’s Center on Disability and Inclusion for the first of a four-part inclusive education workshop series for PreK-12 educators and families in Central New York.

  • Keynote presentation from George Theoharis, Ph.D., Professor of Educational Leadership and Inclusive Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Syracuse University.
  • Interactive presentation addressing what we mean when we say equity, access and opportunity.
  • Complimentary buffet dinner.

Registration is required as space is limited! Register Here

All in! Preventing Nuclear War Means Defending Democracy

Sep 28, 2022 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada) Register Here

Online Panel of Experts  – Sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility

American democracy is under siege. The 2022 federal elections will be a harbinger of whether American democracy survives and with it the disarmament community’s — and all of civil society’s — ability to function and make meaningful progress. To prevent nuclear war and build the power needed to abolish nuclear weapons we must defend democracy and focus our efforts and those of peace and disarmament advocates to fight back against voter suppression, defend the integrity of elections, empower and register voters, and make common cause with the most marginalized and threatened in our communities.

Webinar: Rising Generation

The Ukraine War. Climate Chaos. Building Democracy. International Solidarity

Sep 29, 2022 02:00 PM Eastern Time Register Here

From: The Campaign for Peace, Disarmament & Common Security

Asya Marukel is a psychologist and social projects’ manager from Russia. She believes in the power of non-violent communication and as an activist, implements her beliefs projects.

Giselle Herzfeld works as Nuclear Guardianship Campaign Coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center and a Defunding Climate Disaster Campaign Coordinator for 350 Colorado.

Nick Rabb has organized political education and direct action around the climate crisis, militarism, and how they fundamentally connected.

Sean Conner is the Deputy Executive Director of the International Peace Bureau at its headquarters in Berlin. He worked for the Centre for Cross-Cultural Study in the USA and with the Enlace Project in Nicaragua.

Board Development Training Series

Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 27 from 4:30 – 7 pm 

From the Gifford Foundation and Central New York Community Foundation Info and Registration Here

Gifford Foundation: “In our role as a funder, we have heard from many organizations that they face roadblocks when it comes to creating more inclusive and engaged boards.” In response, the organization is launching a free workshop series in collaboration with The Central New York Community Foundation which will tackle these questions and many more over the course of three sessions.

Rally To Stop McMahon And Fund Human Needs Now

October 1st at 5PM 

Corner of Bear St W & Solar St, site of the Syracuse Inner Harbor Aquarium, 

Syracuse Democratic Socialists of America ( ) will be leading a demonstration to stop County mismanagement and prioritize the needs of the people. Join us as we send our message to McMahon that the voices of the working class are not to be ignored.

The Demands:

– Build affordable housing!

– Stop funding slumlords!

– End the lead poisoning crisis!

– Provide resources for the formerly incarcerated!

– End County union-busting!

– Make the legislative process transparent!

RSVP here so we know you’re coming!

Want to support the action but not able to attend? Donate here! All contributions fund DSA organizing.

5th Annual ArtRageous Bike Ride Fundraiser

October 2, 2022

Info/register Here

Choose either the 20 or 40 mile ride and enjoy a homemade lunch and a local brew back at ArtRage after the ride. Lunch will include gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.


  • Two people to staff the rider registration table in the gallery at the start of the event.
  • One person to watch the bikes left in the parking lot before and after the ride.
  • Two people who can be on call to pick up and/or assist any riders who need help on their ride. (Car with attached bike rack or truck/van that can hold a bike will be required.)
  • One rider to serve as the lead biker for the short ride.
  • Anyone who might want to help with publicity; leaving posters/handouts in places near you.
  • Help getting a few raffle items donated to ArtRage. (Donations do NOT have to be bike related).

If you can volunteer, please reply to

MORE INFO on the ride

Teaching News Literacy in the Era of Hyperpolarized Media 

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 At 2 Pm

Presented by Vanessa Otero, Founder and CEO, Ad Fontes Media

Sponsored by Ad Fontes Media
Hosted by EdCuration

Learn more about viewing the live presentation and the recording, earning your CE certificate, and using our new accessibility features.

In this edWebinar, educators will learn how to use news literacy methodology to recognize and rate bias and reliability in the news and “news-like” content. During this hands-on session, attendees will practice diplomatically dealing with sensitive political topics while maintaining objectivity. Educators will leave the session ready to implement a news literacy curriculum in their classrooms.

This edWebinar will be of interest to teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, and education technology leaders of the middle school, high school, and adult education levels. 


The SIGH Act Webinar

OCTOBER 6, 2022 @ 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM Register

The environmental and racial justice issue of placing schools near major roadways must end. This webinar discusses the SIGH Act, the first step in New York toward ending the practice of placing schools near sources of highway air pollution by prohibiting the new construction of schools within 500 feet of a major roadway. The webinar will consist of a panel discussion featuring the legislative authors of the bill, impacted community members, and NYCLU’s Director of Environmental Justice Project Lanessa Chaplin, and will be moderated by NYCLU’s Education Strategist Kymesha Edwards.

Onondaga County Budget Public Hearing

Thursday, October 6, 2022 At 6 Pm at Onondaga County Legislature

Clifford Ryan speaks at ArtRage 

Clifford Ryan Speaks At Artrage 


Event by ArtRage Gallery

Join us to welcome Cliff to ArtRage, see his new portrait painted by Robert Shetterly, and hear more about his important work advocating for his community and being a model of courageous citizenship. 

Clifford Ryan is on a crusade — one man, on a street corner, holding a sign that says “OG’s Against Violence”. His movement was established to interrupt a cycle of violence, the same force that killed his son Duriel Lamar Ryan in 1999. Ryan was born and raised in Syracuse, a city where the rate for teens charged with homicide is 13 times that of the nation’s. It’s more than double the rate of New York City, Detroit, Los Angeles and any of the 10 biggest American cities that reported to the FBI. In 2015, he established OG’s Against Violence.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Celebrate and Refocus 

Monday, October 10, 2022 At 6 Pm – 8:30 Pm

Everson Museum of Art Plaza, 701 S State St, Syracuse

Event by Women of Italian and Syracuse Heritage CNY, Resilient Indigenous Action Collective and 2 others

Rain location, Plymouth Congregational Church, 232 E Onondaga St, Syracuse, NY 13202

Join Women of Italian and Syracuse Heritage in Central New York (WISH CNY), Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON)- a committee of the Syracuse Peace Council, Resilient Indigenous Action Collective (RIAC), Black Artist Collective (BAC), and others to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Onondaga Land in celebration of our natural world, culture, film and community.

Bring your blanket, chair, warm drink, and snack as we view artistic films in celebration of Haudenosaunee culture and values. These films will be projected on the exterior wall of the building, followed by a second loop.. This year, films will center Haudenosaunee relationships with land, with subject matter including the “Doctrine of Discovery” and the legal land rights returning to the Onondaga Nation.

Grasping at the Roots of Ecofascism: A Conversation on Climate Change, White Supremacy, and the Need for Radical Educational Projects

October 13, 2022 at 5:00pm – 6:30pm EDT

Bird Library, Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Room 114 and Virtual (See event details)

With Professor Joseph Henderson and Stephanie Morningstar.

As the world grapples with climate breakdown and democratic backsliding, we are again witnessing a rise in far-right political violence in the name of environmental sustainability and white supremacy.

This event features two scholars in conversation on the settler colonial and capitalist roots of the crisis, how they root themselves in place to understand the long histories and structures that allow ecofascism to flourish, and how to create radical, solidaristic educational projects that produce more joy and less suffering in the world.

Register for virtual attendance

Hybrid Event: registration is not required for in-person attendance. Free and open to the public. CART open captioning/Zoom captions will be provided.

Music as Medicine Salon 

Thursday, October 13, 2022 At 6 Pm – 9 Pm Edt

Music As Medicine Salon Syracuse, Ny

Event by Syracuse Community ChoirSchool for The Great Turning and Emily Coralyne

*No one turned away for lack of funds! Register via Donation*

Through an evening that is a part musical performance, part sing-a-long, part-storytelling, artist-activist Lydia Violet (Bay Area) will fiddle and sing an evening to shore up our spirits in these wild times. Come lay your troubles down in the arms of Lydia Violet’s gospel-folk tunes, weaving a soulful thread through that which feels tattered and longs for peace. Lydia will also teach some short-form sing-a-longs, for anyone who misses the art of singing together, especially drawing from traditions that have uplifted protest and healing for many years. Lydia will also share from the beloved teachings of Joanna Macy, who Lydia has been dedicatedly apprenticing with for the past 14 years. Supported by Syracuse Community Choir, with contributions from local artists. 

Syracuse NAN Annual Dinner/Fundraiser

Saturday Oct. 29,2022 6 PM – 9 PM

Bellevue Country Club, 1901 Glenwood Ave., Syracuse, NY 13207

Please join our National Action Network Annual Dinner/Fundraiser. All tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. You can purchase through cash app $syracusenan or call 315 420 5411. Facebook Event


Looking For Flexible  — No Meeting,  No Committee —  Opportunity To Oppose War 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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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. 

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