CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – October 18 to October 25, 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:


Dr. Robin Kimmerer Named 2022 MacArthur Fellow

ESF Distinguished Teaching Professor receives “genius grant”

Kimmerer is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology and is the Founder and Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment at ESF. Read it at

Judge Orders Eviction Of Tenant Whose Ceiling Collapsed At South Side Apartments

Read it on

7 Big Signals That Prove The End Of Fossil Fuels Is On The Horizon

Read it on  

How Hitler’s Enablers Undid Democracy In Germany

We should rightly be suspicious of facile comparisons, especially the casual useof fascism as an imprecise epithet, yet Weimar’s fate provides us with some instructive parallels and important warning signals.

Read it in    


November 8 Election

·       Voting Info:

·       Absentee Ballots: Info Here and link to apply on-line until 15 days before election. 

·       Early Voting: Oct. 29 – Nov. 6 Info Here

·       Find your Sample Ballot Here

·       Onondaga County Voter Guide: Read it on

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 (9/6/22)  Link

National Groups to Support: Donate if you Can! (9/13/22)  Link

Election 2022: Critical Governors’ Races (9/20/22) Link

Secretary of State Candidates to Support (9/27/22) Link

NY Congressional Races Part II (10/4/22)  Link

Crush the Coup! (10/11/22) Link

Indivisible Onondaga County on 2022 Elections: Just 3 weeks until Election Day!!

Three weeks — not too long for us to remain powerfully focused on our election goals:  to elect candidates that promote our democracy, defend reproductive freedom and all our rights and freedoms, which are under attack by Extremists everywhere!   

In recent months, when Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court, we were faced with what can happen in all our states regarding reproductive rights (even in progressive states such as New York) especially if extremists are elected to majorities in state legislatures and to key state-wide leadership positions. 

What happens if extremists take over the U.S. House and Senate?  Will a nation-wide ban on abortion rights be promoted and put into law, changing reproductive rights throughout the country?  There are other rights that are online to be taken away by an activist Supreme Court.  Extremists in Congress also will continue to block legislation that will have positive economic impacts for our nation; they are more interested in obstruction than in getting things done for the people.

MAGA Republicans are spreading disinformation and outright lies about non-MAGA candidates and positions in support of democracy.  Here are some ways to show support for our candidates, defend our democratic norms and principles in the next 3 weeks, and to learn a thing or two:

Learn about Bail Reform NY Rural Indivisible

Tuesday, October 18th at 7-8pm on Zoom; 
Dana Balter, Citizen Action, will teach us more about bail reform, which has been manipulated by MAGA Republicans to stoke fear and spread misinformation.  A relevant topic for those of us who want to defend the truth! Register here.

Indivisible’s Give No Ground: Defending the Democratic Majority is Up to Us.

Indivisible states:  Our battle in 2022 and 2024 is to ensure that the frightening and unpopular extremism of MAGA Republicans is front and center in the minds of voters.  

Give No Ground is targeting 19 critical Senate and Congressional races throughout the U.S., and Josh Riley, NY19, is a new addition to this campaign.

Indivisibles are ready to go on the offensive!  Help to Give No Ground 

January 6 Justice:  Our Freedom, Our Vote!

Friday, October 21 11:00 am, Federal Building

See Oct. 21 below and information at (20+) Jan 6 Justice: Our Freedom, Our Vote! | Facebook

Francis Conole for Congress upcoming events:

  • Saturday and Sunday: Phone banking at various times and locations
  • Canvassing/door knocking this weekend in Town of Onondaga, Manlius and Baldwinsville

Volunteer Opportunities, Events, and Petitions Near Me · Francis Conole for Congress on Mobilize

To find more ways to get involved through Indivisible, go to:


Virtual Lunch And Learn Presentation, Prop 1: The Clean Water, Clean Air, And Green Jobs Bond Act

Tuesday, October 18, 12:00pm – 1:00pm Register Today

Join CCE, The Nature Conservancy, and the New York League of Conservation Voters for an informative presentation on the Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Bond Act. If approved, this funding will allow our state to undertake urgently needed environmental improvement projects that are vital to New York’s future. This Bond Act, which is Prop 1 on the ballot this November, would provide necessary and overdue investments to solve pressing public health and environmental challenges.

Community Listening Sessions by Syracuse Citizen Review Board

Have your interactions with the Syracuse Police Department been positive or negative? Come to one of our community listening sessions to share your experiences with the Citizen Review Board. The sessions will operate as follows: 

  • Three (3) minutes to share testimonials 
  • Moderated by community leaders 
  • Youths are encouraged to participate 
  • Syracuse Police not present 

We are seeking open, honest commentary from the community to ensure the Citizen Review Board is effective in its service to the public and responsive to changing concerns. Your statements will help guide future recommendations regarding specific policies and procedures including but not limited to for Officer conduct, community policing strategies, department culture shifting initiatives, technology utilization, and other areas of concern from these sessions. 

What changes would you like to see in police conduct and transparency?
How can/will the Citizen Review Board assist with improving your relationship?
Please join the Board to share your opinions and learn about your rights when interacting with the police. 

October 18, 2022, 5:00pm to 7:30pm – Tucker Missionary Baptist Church, 515 Oakwood Ave.

October 25, 2022, 3:00pm to 6:30pm -PEACE Inc. Eastside Family Resource Center, 202 South Beech St.

October 26, 2022, 3:30pm to 5:30pm OneGroup, 706 North Clinton St.

November 3, 2022, 6:30p.m. Public Comment Session at CRB Monthly Meeting; City of Syracuse, Common Council Chambers City Hall 

November 10, 2022, 5:30pm to 7:30pm Fellowship Hall, Victory Temple Fellowship Church, 817 E. Willow St.

Town Hall: Housing Justice And Freedom

October 20 at 6:30pm; Syracuse Latin School, 345 Jamesville Avenue, Syracuse NY 

Featuring leaders and organizers from Communities Not Cages, Clean Slate, Parole Justice & Housing Justice for All. Food will be provided by Winnie’s Soul Food. RSVP here

The crisis of mass incarceration and housing access are interconnected. Our neighborhoods have seen systemic disinvestment, soaring costs, and unaffordable housing. Instead of the resources we need, our communities have been criminalized with far too many of our loved ones sent to jails and prisons. When they come home, they struggle to find housing, trapping our families in cycles of instability. It’s time for change. 

Learn more and take action as we fight for housing justice and the end of mass incarceration.

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:


Jan 6 Justice: Our Freedom, Our Vote!

Friday, October 21, 2022 At 11 Am

Senator John H. Hughes State Office Building.  Event by CNY Solidarity Coalition

Trump and MAGA Republicans engaged in a violent criminal conspiracy to overturn an election they lost. They knew their actions were illegal. They have shown they will break the law and engage in violence in order to gain and stay in power. They must be held accountable.

Those who continue to support Trump’s behavior are using their power to take away our freedoms and fundamental rights including reproductive rights, marriage equality, separation of church and state, gun safety, and more. This is wrong. In America, voters decide elections.

We want accountability for Jan 6 and the ongoing attacks on our freedoms. We must protect our elections – the voters, the election officials and a free and fair process.

That is why the day after the January 6 interim report is released thousands of people across the country will attend a Our Freedom, Our Vote rally in their community to make it clear to our elected officials and fellow Americans that attacks on our Democracy and our freedoms are unacceptable. Those responsible must be stopped and held accountable. Join us for our Syracuse rally!

We’ll be joined by special guests State Senator Rachel May, Onondaga Board of Elections Commissioner Dustin Czarny, and community leader Dana Balter. 

Housing Needs in CNY – What’s Going On?

Friday, Oct. 21 at 12:05 p.m.

FOCUS Greater Syracuse is excited to host a free, virtual FOCUS Forum on the current efforts underway by the County and City in assessing the current status of housing in CNY. Both the city and county planning offices are advancing major studies into they’re housing  needs. The presenters will share their views on the status of these studies and how this analysis will inform planning policies to meet the differing and possibly demanding housing needs ahead.

Panelists: Michelle Sczpanski, Deputy Commissioner, Syracuse Neighborhood and Business Development; Dan Kwasnowski, AICP Director, Syracuse and Onondaga County Planning Agency; & Sam Gordon, Planning Practice Leader, EDR


MODERATOR: Lanessa Owens-Chaplin, Esq., Director of Environmental Justice Project, NYCLU

Truths from the Field: Baldemar Velasquez speaks at ArtRage

Friday, October 21, 2022 from 7-9pm, ArtRage Gallery505 Hawley Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13203

(Hybrid/Híbrido) Register for zoom here:

Masks required in person / mascarillas requeridas en persona, Interpretation available in-person and on Zoom

In partnership with the Workers Center of CNY and in honor of his portrait currently on exhibition we welcome Baldemar Velasquez to ArtRage Gallery. Baldemar Velasquez is an internationally recognized leader in the farmworker and immigrants rights movements. Baldemar founded the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) in 1967. Under his leadership FLOC has set international precedents in labor history, including being the first union to negotiate multi-party collective bargaining agreements, and the first to represent H2A international guestworkers under a labor agreement. 

Book Launch: Socialist Reconstruction 

Saturday, October 22, 2022 At 6 PM at ArtRage Gallery

BOOK LAUNCH: Socialist Reconstruction

Event by Syracuse PSL (Party for Socialism and Liberation)

The Party for Socialism and Liberation announces its newest book Socialist Reconstruction: A Better Future for the United States. A groundbreaking and visionary new title, Socialist Reconstruction provides a vision for the first decade of socialism in the United States. Copies of the book will be available for purchase for $18.95!

Jubilee Homes Community Job Fair

Mon, October 24, 2022, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM 

St. Lucy’s Church 432 Gifford St. Syracuse, NY 13204

Jubilee Homes of Syracuse’ Build to Work Program invites all County Residents to attend our upcoming Job Fair 

Link to Event

Labor’s Revival: Unions and the Struggle for Racial and Economic Justice. 

The 2022 Lender Center Conversation

Monday, October 24th from 4-8PM Zoom or in-person (see link below for details)

After decades of decline, the U.S. labor movement is once again on the rise, as workers turn to collective action to push back against stagnant wages and unsafe working conditions. What will this 21st century labor movement look like? How are workers challenging corporate greed and racist divide-and-conquer tactics? Hear from prominent labor leaders about the ongoing struggle for dignity and democracy at work.

The Lender Center Conversation will be held in person at the College of Law (Room 020 in Dineen Hall) and virtually via Zoom on. Check out our website to learn more. While the event is free and open to the public, please register:

4-6 p.m.  Moderated panel with Chris Smalls, Jaz Brisack and Johnnie Kallas

6-6:45 p.m.  Reception with food, drink and tabling by local organizations

6:45-8 p.m.  Erica Smiley, Keynote Speaker


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

Free Electronics Recycling Event

10•29•22, 8:30am – 12:00pm

NYS Fairgrounds 581 State Fair Blvd Syracuse, NY 13209


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. Purchase through cash app $syracusenan or call 315 420 5411. Facebook Event

Boycott – film screening

October 30, 2022 – 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, ArtRage Gallery 

The Justice for Palestine Committee of Syracuse Peace Council would invites you to view the film Boycott with a Q&A to follow. Link to Event

Boycotts are a well-tested tool for citizens to band together, make their voices heard and apply pressure on those in power. An attack on the right to boycott is an attack on our right to collective political action. In Boycott, award-winning filmmaker Julia Bacha pulls back the curtain on a movement of conservative legislators and lobbyists in the United States who are succeeding in curtailing free speech.  Since 2015, 34 states have passed laws intending to silence boycotts of Israel.

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

Monthly CCAA Member Meeting

Monthly CCAA Member Meeting


Event by Climate Change Awareness & Action

Restricted Audience  · This event is only available in certain locations.


If you would like to join us in-person, please contact us at for details. Online

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

Community Folk Art Center’s 50th Anniversary Presents Ailey II

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 At 7 Pm Landmark Theatre

Event by Landmark Theatre and Ailey II

Tickets · $30 – $75

Community Folk Art Center’s 50th Anniversary Presents Ailey II

In celebration of the Community Folk Art Center’s 50th anniversary, the historic Landmark Theater opens its stage to the renowned Ailey II-Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m.  

The milestone event will present the work of Ailey II’s newly appointed Artistic Director Francesca Harper. 

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic and the forthcoming 50th anniversary, CFAC had intentions of welcoming the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to Syracuse to celebrate a professional dancer affiliated with the company and a Syracuse native. 

Dr. Tanisha Jackson, Syracuse University Assistant Professor of African American studies and CFAC Executive Director, admits Central New York seldom receives the opportunity to see the prestigious dance company. CFAC sought to carry out their pre-pandemic celebratory goals by presenting the dance theater’s work this year.

“I feel like dance has the power to transcend a lot of those identity markers and demographics in ways that capture a wider net of people who would appreciate participating in our celebratory program,” Jackson said. 


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

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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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