CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – November 1 to November 8, 2022

From CNY Solidarity Coalition:

CNY Solidarity Coalition Meeting Nov. 13: After the Election; What Now?

November 13, 3 PM at Bishop Harrison Center, In Person. No Zoom.

Kids back to school. Workers back to the office. Time for us to get back to in-person meetings. What could be a better way to start than by gathering together on Nov 13 to acknowledge everyone’s hard work leading up to the election, celebrate our wins and grieve our losses? Please join us for a post-election review and a look at the new political landscape. It won’t be too early to start talking about the work ahead in light of our newly elected representatives and officials. It will be great to see everyone in person again!

Safety practices: Masks recommended; distancing encouraged. Watch for updates. 

Agenda for Nov. 13:

General Meeting, 3 PM: We will be discussing priorities in the post-election political landscape. Our speakers: 

Thomas M. KeckMichael O. Sawyer Chair of Constitutional Law and Politics at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University

Dustin Czarny, Democratic Elections Commissioner in Onondaga County and the Democratic Caucus Chair of the New York State Elections Commissioner Association

Followed by an open discussion.

Committee Meetings, approx. 4 PM. Anyone interested is welcome to attend committee meetings. 

Committee info Here:

Indivisible Onondaga County (IOC) 

Climate Justice

State/Local Action Team

Beyond War and Militarism (BWAM) has several events and meetings around that time and may not meet 11/13. 

Coordinating Committee needs members! We could really use some help! Normally 2 phone meetings per month,with a few tasks in between. If you’ve been wanting to get more involved, here’s your chance! Respond to this newsletter email with your interest. 

Annual Membership Meeting: Jan.8. Details TBA


Teacher Exodus Proves We Are Willfully Destroying US Public Education

Republicans are literally running a political platform on weakening teachers, schools and education because they need the poorly educated to make up their voting base.

Read it on Common Dreams

Recycling Is Beyond Fixing, So Let’s Get Over It

It has all been a lie and a fantasy. It’s time to change the culture, not the cup.

“The plastics industry must stop lying to the public about plastics recycling. It does not work, it never will work, and no amount of false advertising will change that.”

Read it on Treehugger

Labor organizers gather for event in Syracuse as union petitions surge across U.S.

Read it on and sign up for the Central Current weekly newsletter. 


Clifford Ryan could use your help.

A personal note from the newsletter editor: I spent several years working with Cliff on the Citizen Review Board. I learned a lot from him, and I have great admiration for him and his critically important work. I hope we can support him.

 As of Tuesday morning, there is news that Cliff has lost everything in a fire in his home. 

        From a recent Syracuse Newspapers article: “Ryan is the O.G., an old-school gentleman on a mission to reduce violence. He walks with signs so everyone knows him and knows when he’s around. He steps between armed antagonists. He uses reason, calm diplomacy and his own wellspring of love to lower tension and prevent the use of fists or guns. He meets with politicians, business leaders, gang members, cops, clergy, and grieving parents. 

Ryan walks alone, through every season, in any kind of weather. He’s a 58-year-old Army veteran, and he knows that someday as a senior citizen himself he might be unable to patrol the streets. In 2015, he started OG’s Against Violence to enlist and train others in his mission of conflict resolution and alternatives to violence.”

Donate to OG’s Against Violence on their website Here

Watch for further news on how to help.

Please help Janet Flores, a local activist for immigrant rights: 10/19/2022: Please visit our new GoFundMe Juan has been ordered deported if he does not appeal before 11/17/22. You can take action today! Read Juan’s UPDATED story and make a donation on our NEW GoFundMe by clicking this link

November 8 Election Info:

·       Voting Info:

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

·       Find your Sample Ballot Here

·       Onondaga County Voter Guide: Read it on

Can you drive voters to the polls on Election Day?  Joel Rinne at Onondaga County Democratic Headquarters is organizing drivers. You can reach him at 315-422-0345. He will put you on the list for your area and assign you to pick up voters.

Note: He also needs drivers who are available to take voters to Early Voting sites (now in progress.)

Election 2022

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:

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: ONE week until Election Day!!

Get out the Vote

Thanks again to Jonah for co-hosting Saturday’s canvass launch with Indivisible Onondaga County. Rachel May and Fran Conole joined us for the kickoff, we had a great turnout, and those of us using the Minivan canvassing app hit 900+ doors that day. (Some of us were using paper turfs instead, but those haven’t been tallied yet.) The election is just one week away, so we’re reprising the event this Saturday (Nov. 5) at 1:30 pm:

If that day/time doesn’t work for you, you can find other canvassing shifts for this weekend here:

For those who are able, in-person door-to-door canvassing is the single most effective voter outreach technique. It’s also, in our experience, the most fun—you get to be outside, you get some exercise, you can do it with a friend, and folks on the doors are generally friendlier than folks on the phone. So for the next week, ignore the polls, spend less time on social media, and knock some doors. If you can’t knock doors, phone-banking and text-banking are good second options. As you’re canvassing, remember to remind folks to flip the ballot over and vote YES on Prop. 1 (which appears on the back).

            Regarding the polls, we’ve been hearing from some folks who are discouraged by the media narrative suggesting inevitable Republican victories. Our main advice is to ignore the polls and knock some doors (or make some calls). But if you (like some of us!) find it hard to ignore them, then consider this. Accurate polling in an age of polarized voters who mostly don’t answer calls from unknown numbers is very challenging, even when done by reputable non-partisan pollsters. And lots of the polls being reported in the press are not conducted by reputable non-partisan pollsters. Indeed, this cycle has seen a particularly sharp uptick in GOP-leaning polls conducted frequently to try to game the polling averages.

            Midterm elections are always challenging for the incumbent party, but there are lots of positive signs for Dems if you look for them, including the special election results last summer, strong early voting numbers in NYS and elsewhere so far, some good recent poll results in key districts/states (including several from NYT/Siena over the past week), and some GOP held seats that are surprisingly in play (e.g., the OH Senate race).

            In our own NY-22, there’s been limited public polling, but one leading statistical forecasting model ( gives Brandon Williams a 75% chance of winning. That seems very wrong to us, and if the forecasters are wrong here, they may be wrong elsewhere as well. So again, ignore the polls, stay positive, and fight for every vote. Our Saturday canvass launch with Jonah is here, and other canvassing opportunities for this weekend are here

Early Voting Open Now! Info Here for Onondaga County   See this for other surrounding counties.  

Tuesday, November 1, 2022:  12:00PM – 8:00PM

Wednesday, November 2, 2022:  12:00PM – 8:00PM

Thursday, November 3, 2022:  10:00AM – 6:00 PM

Friday, November 4, 2022:  10:00AM – 6:00 PM

Saturday, November 5, 2022:  9:00AM – 5:00 PM

Sunday, November 6, 2022:  9:00AM – 5:00 PM

Armond Magnarelli Community Center, McChesney Park. 2300 Grant Boulevard, Syr., NY 13208

Beauchamp Branch Library. 2111 South Salina Street, Syracuse, NY 13205

Camillus Municipal Building (Gym), 4600 West Genesee Street, Syracuse NY 13219

Clay Town Hall Courtroom (Rear Entrance), 4401 Route 31, Clay NY 13041

Dewitt Town Hall Courtroom, 5400 Butternut Drive, East Syracuse NY 13057

Lafayette Fire Station #1 (Rear Entrance), 2444 Route 11 South, Lafayette NY 13084

Lysander Municipal Building, 8220 Loop Road, Baldwinsville, NY 13027 

Onondaga Community College – Mulroy Hall, 4926 Onondaga Road, Syracuse, NY 13215

North Syracuse Community Center, 700 South Bay Road, Syracuse, NY 13212

Syracuse Community Connection (Southwest Community Center), 401-425 South Ave, Syr., NY 13204

VOTE YES on Proposition 1, The Environmental Bond Act! Info Here


Early Voting Is Now! See above andInfo Here

Daily Canvass for Syracuse Democrats! Nov. 1- 7, 3-5 PM or 5-7 PM

Sen. Rachel May, 224 Harrison St, Suite 208, Syr 13202 Register Here

Phonebank for Democrats in CNY!

Tuesday, November 1 – Tuesday, November 8, 3-5 Pm or 5-7 PM Register Here

No Justice No Peace: How We Respond to Seismic Shifts on the Supreme Court

Nov 2, 2022 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada) Register Here

This year has seen significant highs and lows. We have witnessed the first Black woman sworn in to the Supreme Court as well as the overturn of Roe v. Wade. Seismic shifts are happening across the country that have major implications on how, where, and with whom we build power. The Movement for Black Lives is hosting a webinar to talk through the challenges and strategies related to the law and the Supreme Court on topics like voting rights, affirmative action, reproductive justice, immigration, and LGBTQ rights.

Community Listening Sessions by Syracuse Citizen Review Board

Have your interactions with the Syracuse Police Department been positive or negative? 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. 

Two sessions left:

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.

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

GOTV Canvass With Rachel May and Francis Conole

Saturday, November 5, 2022 at 1:30 PM

Circle Road, Syracuse, NY 13210

Rachel May and Francis Conole are leading a GOTV rally and canvass to encourage people to vote early this year! Bring water, a smartphone, and walking shoes! RSVP at this link:

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. 


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

Reclaim Armistice Day

Life-Affirming Alternative To War And Militarism

Friday, November 11, 2022  10:30 am at Billings Park (S Salina & E Adams St, Syracuse, NY 13202)

The 11th day of the 11th month was originally designated by Congress as “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated.” Join veterans and the community at Billings Park for a short program commemorating the true intent of this day and offering life-affirming alternatives to war and militarism

We will ring bells, followed by a traditional moment of silence at 11:00 am on the 11th day of the 11th month, to honor the true purpose of Armistice Day renewing our commitment to work to end all wars and to foster justice and peace, at home and abroad.

Please bring handbells if you have them! More information, contact: at (315) 247-7040

Organized by Veterans For Peace and Beyond War and Militarism (a committee of the Syracuse Peace Council and CNY Solidarity Coalition.)

Sustainability in CNY Workshop

November 12, 2022; 1PM -3PM. Liverpool Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool

Climate Change Awareness & Action, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, and GreeningUSA

This in-person interactive event aims to engage people in finding climate solutions for their community. Discuss with others about how climate solutions related to energy, sustainable economics, transportation, public engagement, and natural solutions can work for us here in Central New York. REGISTER NOW

CNY Solidarity Coalition Meeting Nov. 13: After the Election; What Now?

November 13, 3 PM at Bishop Harrison Center, In Person. No Zoom. See Agenda above.

Plowshares Crafts Fair Dec.3-4, Nottingham HS.

Workers needed. Sign up to volunteer.


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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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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