CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – October 4 to October 11, 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. Donate to Indivisible’s Give No Ground – support selected House and Senate candidates:

CNY Solidarity business cards are in! Keep a few in your wallet to share our contact information. You can get some from a Coordinating Committee member or respond to this newsletter and ask. We want to increase our newsletter circulation!


Onondaga County Voter Guide: See Who Will Be On November Ballot

“Republicans have their eye on flipping the U.S. House of Representatives in November. The 22nd Congressional district is a toss-up district with no incumbent and could prove valuable for either party to establish a majority.”

Read it on and follow Central Current, an important new news resource!

Putin Is Limping Toward An Endgame In Ukraine. Should The West Go Along?

Read it in The Washington Post

Clint Halftown, Us-Enabled Tyrant Of The Cayugas

A string of armed raids, seizures of homes, and destruction of ceremonial sites by Clint Halftown are the latest violent episodes in a two-decade struggle for power within Cayuga Nation, and the US government has only made things worse. Read it on The Real News Network

Empirically Grounded Technology Forecasts And The Energy Transition

Comment by Rebecca Solnit in this study on Joule: This scientific paper is making waves. It uses a new but careful method of measuring the costs of new technologies and finds two key things. One is that the price of fossil fuels has remained flat for a very long time. The other that the price of renewables is plummeting so rapidly that the transition will save trillions of dollars. This is in contrast with the long complaint that “we can’t afford” to make the transition. May we now start hearing that we cannot afford not to.

Score It A Win! – Manchin’s Big Oil Gift Basket Scuttled For Now

Read Bill McKibben on how activists and big green groups united to kill Manchin’s disastrous bill. 

Residents Called On To Design Lead Poisoning Prevention Project

The Central New York Community Foundation’s LeadSafeCNY initiative is inviting residents to design projects that address childhood lead poisoning in Syracuse by increasing lead testing of children. The winning project(s) will be funded with a pool of $150,000 in grant dollars.

Participatory budgeting is a type of community engagement in which residents decide how to allocate funding through a process of democratic deliberation and decision-making. All meetings will be held at various locations within Syracuse from 6:30-8:30 pm. Food, translation and childcare will be available.

To view the full meeting schedule and sign up to participate, residents can click here.

Two older but extremely topical and important interviews:

Cornel West and Richard Wolff talk about Capitalism and White Supremacy

A conversation about capitalism with two brilliant minds, Cornel West and Richard D. Wolff, together in a rare joint appearance. Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, and author most recently of Capitalism’s Crisis Deepens: Essays on the Global Economic Meltdown 2010- 2014/ Dr. Cornel West has written or edited dozens of books, including classics like Race Matters, and Democracy Matters. 

Watch on The Laura Flanders Show on YouTube

Richard Wolff: Capitalism is holding “all of us hostage”

 … it’s important to understand how the pandemic accelerated existing trends in the economy that have been remapping the terrain of work and the makeup of the working class over the past half century. … Maximillian Alvarez talks with world-renowned economist Richard D. Wolff about what these trends tell us about the global evolution of capitalism and how we can forge a diverse working-class political coalition in the 21st century that is capable of building a political and economic system that works for all of us. (Wolff’s) latest book is The Sickness is the System: When Capitalism Fails to Save Us from Pandemics or Itself. Watch on The Real News Network


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 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. Read the rest of Dustin’s important message Here

You can help with this effort by donating here:

Pakistan: humanitarian emergency.  Doctors Without BordersLearn more and Donate Here

Oxfam Here

Organizer Position with NYCU: Listen! Ya’ll be all up in the community- talking all kind of ish- advocating for peoples rights, why not get paid for it? Be an organizer for the NYCLU. We are looking for a Junior Organizer (1-2 years experience). It’s a full-time permanent position, good benefits, and decent pay. Info Here

Apply ASAP we are moving fast!

From one of our supporters: I want to urge everyone who also belongs to the Onondaga County Democratic Committeeto try to attend the important meeting this Thursday, October 6, at 6:00.  We are mailing in ballots for the all-important position of Chair of the OCDC, and they will be counted that night and reported.  If there is need for a run-off vote, you have to be physically present to participate in this vote.  As usual, there is a candidate anointed by the establishment and one who wants to make some very much needed changes.

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 election articles on our website: 

NY 22 Congressional Race Link

National Groups to Support: Donate if you Can! Link

Election 2022: Critical Governors’ Races Link

Secretary of State Candidates to Support Link

Indivisible Onondaga County on 2022 Elections: NY Congressional Races

This week marks 5 weeks before the Midterm Elections. The recent testimony of the wife of a supreme court justice before the January 6 committee that the 2020 election was “stolen from Donald Trump” emphasizes the importance of this election to the future of Democracy in our country.  In recent weeks we have looked at elections at the state-wide level for governors and secretaries of state. It is the congressional elections, however, that will determine whether Biden can continue to work on his agenda that includes, for example, climate change initiatives to mitigate the effects of storms like Hurricane Ian. This Sunday’s Post Standard reported that Republicans are eager to get control of the house to be “actively antagonistic to Biden’s agenda”, and to retaliate against Democrats for investigating the Jan 6 attack, or censuring controversial  GOP members, actions  antithetical to the kind of congressional  problem solving we need on climate issues, for example, to reduce the impact of our increasingly destructive storms. 

Social Media has made it possible for us to choose to work on any national, state or local campaigns but here in Central New York are three congressional campaigns that could use our support to deliver congressmen to the house to continue the work of the Biden agenda:

1)     NY22 Francis Conole Versus Brendan Williams (for John Katko’s seat)

2)    NY19 Josh Riley Versus Marc Molinaro

3)    NY21 Matt Castelli Versus Elise Stefanic

Francis, Josh and Matt all have roots in Central New York and have backgrounds including public service that has motivated them to run for office and provides them with relevant experience that will make them assets in congress, in different ways. They are first time office seekers who   aspire to work on issues that will improve the lives of their constituents and basically have  “middle of the road” Democratic Party values.   Their opponents  have various extremist views.

In the NY22 Republican primary, Brendan Williams defeated Steve Wells, the candidate supported by John Katko and other national Republicans. John Katko is not endorsing anyone in that race. Francis is endorsed by the DCCC and part of their “Red to Blue” campaign.

In the NY19, Marc Molinaro was a county executive, previously.  Josh is also endorsed by the DCCC and part of their “Red to Blue” campaign. 

In the  NY21, Elise Stefanic is a formidable, well funded candidate (3rd highest ranking Republican), who does her homework and  is in her 5th campaign. She has run unopposed at least once. After his primary win, Matt was impressive on MSNBC’s “Reidout” (interview with Joy Reid) and is working hard on his “ground” game. His stance is less “middle of the road” and more “anti-extremes”. He supports abortion rights for all and gun rights with no bans on semi-automatics, for instance.  


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.

Clifford Ryan speaks at ArtRage

Friday, October 7, 2022 At 7 Pm 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.

Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Museum Grand Re-Opening Celebration

Sunday, Oct. 9 at 1 PM

Event by Safe Haven Museum and Education Center

Join us for a ribbon cutting and guided tour of the museum and Fort Ontario Emergency Shelter Grounds.

The Museum is dedicated to keeping alive the stories of the 982 refugees from World War II who were allowed into the United States as “guests” of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. These refugees were housed at Fort Ontario in Oswego, New York, from August 1944 until February 1946 and were the only Holocaust Refugees accepting into the United States.

The Life Behind The Portrait: Paul Robeson 

Sunday, Oct. 9, 3 PM – 4:30 PM

The Life Behind The Portrait: Paul Robeson 

Event by Syracuse Community ChoirThe Paul Robeson Performing Arts CompanyArtRage Gallery

Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company (PRPAC) and Syracuse Community Choir ensemble (SCC) combine talents to bring the portrait of Paul Robeson’s artistry and activism to life, featuring young “Word Warriors” from the Jackie Warren Moore Festival.

Sliding Scale Admission: $5 or $10 donation at the door (no one will be turned away)

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.

Exonerated 5: Yusuf Salaam

Tuesday, October 11, 7:30 PMThe Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater, 411 Montgomery St, Syracuse, NY 13202

Presented by the Friends of the Central Library    Buy Tickets

In 1989, at just fifteen years of age, Yusef Salaam was tried and convicted in the “Central Park Jogger” case along with four other Black and Latinx young men. The Exonerated Five spent seven to 13 years behind bars for crimes they did not commit, until their sentences were overturned in 2002. Since then, they have received a multi-million-dollar settlement from the city of New York for its injustice and have been profiled in award-winning films, including The Central Park Five documentary from Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon, and the Emmy award-winning Netflix limited series When They See Us by Ava DuVernay.


Charlie King, Annie Patterson, and Colleen Kattau 

Wednesday, October 12th, 7:00 PM

ArtRage Gallery 505 Hawley Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13203. Info/Tickets Here

Join us for an evening of powerful singing with three of North America’s finest activist folk singers: Charlie KingAnnie Patterson, and Colleen Kattau on. This is the first stop on a 9 city tour Annie & Charlie are doing of the Midwest in October 2022. Annie and Charlie are excited to have the chance to perform in person again! COVID precautions will be in effect guided by local and venue guidelines for safety.

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 

Unity of Syracuse, 300 W. Seneca Turnpike

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*

…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

Filling the Gaps in Local News Coverage: GreeningUSA’s Next Virtual Green Bag Lunch!
Friday, October 14, 12:00pm – 1:30pm, EST
Speakers: Julie McMahon, Editor-in-chief, Central Current; Chris Libonati, Reporter

Central Current ( is a new online journalism outlet for Syracuse and Central New York, with a mission to fill in the gaps in local news coverage. Editor-in-chief Julie McMahon and reporter Chris Libonati will share their stories about leaving a legacy media organization to launch a startup, nonprofit news website. They will discuss what gaps, including environmental reporting, they perceive as needing coverage in Central New York, and how they plan to build a sustainable business that can support better coverage for this community long-term.

As usual, there will be a generous amount of time for questions, comments and interaction with participants.
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 October 13. 
Registration Link: 

Understanding Oppression, Privilege and Working as an Ally/Co-conspirator

Thurs., Oct. 20. 7-8:30 PM. Syracuse Center for Peace and Social Justice, 2013 E. Genesee St.

Presenters: Aly Wane and Andy Mager
Oppression and Privilege affect every aspect of our lives, our society and our work for social justice. Understanding these issues and learning how to work with them enables us to work more effectively. Aly is a undocumented organizer, born in Senegal, who works with the Syracuse Peace Council, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, the Undocumented and Black Network and part of the RiseUp Core Team. Andy is longtime community organizer, Coordinator and Social Movements Liaison at Syracuse Cultural Workers and part of the RiseUp Core Team. Register online.

Workshop One of the Activist Skillbuilding for Justice Series by Riseup For Social Action

October 2022 – March, 2023; All workshops 7-8:30 pm

Syracuse Center for Peace and Social Justice, 2013 E. Genesee St.

$5-$20 sliding scale fee (no one turned away for lack of funds) Maximum 20 participants per session

Organized by RiseUp for Social Action in collaboration with the Syracuse Peace Council and the Syracuse Center for Peace and Social Justice

For info on the full series: On Facebook:


Consensus Decision-Making and Participatory Group Process

Thurs., Oct. 27. 7-8:30 PM. Syracuse Center for Peace and Social Justice, 2013 E. Genesee St.

Presenter: Jessica Maxwell

Consensus decision-making seeks to maximize full group participation and creative thinking. Jessica, Executive Director of the Workers Center of CNY, has over 20 years of experience working in movements for social justice and has facilitated scores of meetings large and small. She is part of the RiseUp Core Team. Register online.

Workshop Two of the Activist Skillbuilding for Justice Series by Riseup For Social Action

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

Facilitating Effective Meetings

Thurs., Nov. 3, 7-8:30 PM Syracuse Center for Peace and Social Justice, 2013 E. Genesee St.

Presenter: Andy Mager
Meetings play a critical role in most social movements – helping organizations make decisions, share responsibilities and plan for their work. Unfortunately, many meetings are frustrating and discouraging. Learn how to prepare for and facilitate meetings that build community and accomplish your goals.  Andy is longtime community organizer, Coordinator and Social Movements Liaison at Syracuse Cultural Workers and part of the RiseUp Core Team. Register online.

Workshop Three of the Activist Skillbuilding for Justice Series by Riseup For Social Action

Using Power Analysis for Issue Campaigns

Thursday, Nov. 10; 7-8:30 PM Syracuse Center for Peace and Social Justice, 2013 E. Genesee St.

Presenter:  Phil Prehn
Power Analysis is an important tool to help organizers identify strategic targets, as well as allies, opponents and other critical players to develop a winning campaign. The campaign to prevent Onondaga County from spending $85+ million public dollars to build an Aquarium will be used as a case study for the workshop. Phil Prehn has been a professional organizer for 25+ years, working with the incarcerated, low income families and people with disabilities. Register online.

Workshop Four of the Activist Skillbuilding for Justice Series by Riseup For Social Action


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. 

To contribute: Donate Here through PayPalOr send checks to the mailing address above.

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