CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Community Events & Newsletter – November 29 to December 6, 2022

From CNY Solidarity Coalition:

Help Needed this weekend! CNY Solidarity Coalition will have a table with our literature and contact information at the Plowshares Craftsfair on 12/3 and 4. 

Still a few shifts to fill – Please sign up for a shift here!

Coordinating Committee needs members!  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, 2023! Details TBA


Black Leaders In Syracuse Angered And Mystified By Lawsuit That Halts Years Of Work On I-81 Read it on

“Led by the New York Civil Liberties Union, community activists continue to press the city and state to protect the interests of public housing tenants and others as the I-81 project moves forward.”

Land, life and language: The Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address is a greeting of gratitude to honor all that’s left Read it here on

Syracuse Peace Council’s New Website is Live!

SPC’s freshly designed website is ready for viewing and interaction! Please check it out and get back to us with your comments. Now is the time to tweak it to make it more user friendly, engaging and useful in our organizing. We’d love your input. Please contact Carol at to share your thoughts.

And be sure to check out the Plowshares Craftsfair section, that we’re adding to every day.

Democrats Will Push Electoral College Reform in Final Weeks of House Control

“… an update to the Electoral Count Act, which would modify ambiguities in current election law that Trump attempted to exploit to overturn the 2020 presidential election outcome.” Read it on  

Thanks again to the incomparable Rebecca Solnit at NotTooLate for this:

How the UK transformed its electricity supply in just a decade Read it Here

“… targets to phase out coal by 2025 and largely decarbonise the grid by 2030 could be met years ahead of schedule. The grid in Great Britain recently ran for a record 18 days straight without burning coal – the first time this has happened since 1882 – and coal generates less than 5% of the mix overall.

This is the story of the policy decisions and other developments behind the UK electricity sector’s decade of transformation.”

Syracuse holiday shopping: 7 venues for handmade gifts and local creations

Read it Here on and sign up for their newsletter and Donate


Alliance for a Green EconomyPlease make a call to Governor Hochul today! 518-474-8390

We’re calling to let Gov. Hochul know that it is crucial she supports a strong Scoping Plan from the Climate Action Council that includes all-electric new buildings starting in 2024 and upholds the priorities of Indigenous nations but does NOT include any new fossil-fuel or nuclear powered plants.

We are in the midst of a climate crisis in this country! Right now there are millions of New Yorkers who are depending on these measures for their future. Thank you.

Calling all Town of Manlius constituents! The Town of Manlius is currently drafting a Climate Action Plan and needs your input. A Climate Action Plan is a strategy document that helps set goals and outlines initiatives to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Your input is crucial in creating an inclusive Climate Action Plan that adequately addresses community concerns. We want to hear your ideas, and what you think should be done to address your local environmental concerns. The primary audience for the survey is Town of Manlius residents, but those located in the village of Manlius, Minoa, and Fayetteville and/or those that work or go to school in the town of Manlius are also encouraged to respond. Thanks for your input! Please take our five-minute survey located here:, and encourage other friends and family to also take it!

Donations are still needed to support the Gayogohono in Seneca Falls! 

● Legal Aid to support community development, cultural security, housing, and educational opportunities-donate and learn more at

● HalftownMustGo mutual aid: On Venmo @SolidarityIthaca

Syracuse Cultural Workers Fundraiser

Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping! Order fantastic goods from the Syracuse Cultural Workers and support the Syracuse Community Choir in the process! The choir gets about 40% of the sales. Order online and use our code when you check out [Enter 2223SCC as the SOURCE CODE – not the COUPON CODE. This is entered in the same screen as the credit card info, just below that under Additional Information.]

Tenant Organizer: Syracuse Tenants Union. The Syracuse Tenants Union is looking to hire an experienced tenant organizer to build tenant power in marginalized communities in Syracuse, where predatory landlords predominate.  We have been organizing, educating, and empowering renters in the city of Syracuse for the past three years. Our small and dynamic grassroots organization is supported by dedicated volunteers who field calls for STU.


Lead Poisoning & Prevention – CoVideo Chat –

Tuesday, November 29th @ 5pm  Register Here

Join us as we discuss childhood lead prevention with Southside Branch Leader, Oceana Fair from Families for Lead Freedom Now & Community Organizer, Paul Ciavarri from Legal Services of CNY.

They will present on Syracuse’s lead crisis, followed by a Q&A with the Central New York Community Foundation on ways you can help end childhood lead poisoning by providing your input on how to increase lead testing for children.

75 Years of NYS Jurisdiction over the Haudenosaunee: When Will It End?

This event will address the history and policy of NYS criminal jurisdiction over Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) nations and lands.

Wed, November 30, 2022, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST. Both live and online.

Sage Hall 114 East Avenue Ithaca, NY 14853 

Information Here

For 400 years, the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy) have interacted with New York officials over matters of war and peace, trade and commerce, and confiscation of Haudenosaunee lands and wealth. Throughout this long period, New York officials have regularly violated their own laws, Royal proclamations, and American laws including treaties and agreements with the Haudenosaunee nations. …New York criminal jurisdiction is a colonial government intrusion into Haudenosaunee sovereignty that should be remedied, and yet today Haudenosaunee people have a fundamental human right to public safety in their homes that must be respected. This mini-conference is intended to begin the discussion of how best to address public safety challenges within Haudenosaunee nations and whether changes in the law should occur to allow for greater recognition of tribal sovereignty and protection of Haudenosaunee people. 

This event is convened by Robert Odawi Porter, Visiting Professor at Cornell Law School and former President of the Seneca Nation. Speakers will include representatives of Haudenosaunee governments and legal scholars, including the Onondaga Nation Council of Chiefs, Hon. Carrie Garrow (Mohawk), Chief Judge of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, Hon. J.C. Seneca (Seneca), Councillor of the Seneca Nation of Indians, Andrew J. Rozler (Seneca), Sergeant (Ret.), Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department, and Steven P. McSloy, former General Counsel of the Oneida Indian Nation.

The Conference is both live and online. All participants are requested to register.  The Zoom link to the Conference is located here. 

City of Syracuse Local Waterfront Revitalization Program Public Open House

Wednesday, November 30, 2022, 4:00-6:00pm (stop by anytime)

Aloft Hotel Syracuse Inner Harbor; 310 W Kirkpatrick Street, Syracuse, NY 13204

The City of Syracuse, in conjunction with Onondaga County and New York State, is currently developing a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP). The study area for this effort includes the land in proximity to the southern portion of Onondaga Lake and Onondaga Creek. This LWRP will support natural resource protection, enhance waterfront access, improve multi-modal connectivity options, and provide economic revitalization opportunities. Parking is available on-street and in the Aloft Hotel parking lot across the street.

Please join us for an open house to provide your input and share your thoughts on the proposed projects related to waterfront revitalization on Onondaga Lake and Onondaga Creek.

Clean Slate Can’t Wait! Statewide Rallies

December 1st at 12pm

City Hall – 233 E Washington, Syracuse, NY 13202 (City Hall Steps)

The Clean Slate NY campaign will be holding statewide rallies in NYC, Westchester, Rochester, Long Island, Albany, Hudson, and Syracuse.2.3 million New Yorkers have old conviction records and face barriers to jobs, housing,and education. We have a real opportunity to win the passage of the Clean Slate Act this year and bring hope to New Yorkers across the state. We hope you’ll join us. 

Activating Equitable Building Decarbonization in New York: Opportunities for Funding & Advocacy

Thursday, December 1, 2022 At 1 PM

Go To Link

Activating Equitable Building Decarbonization in New York: Opportunities for Funding & Advocacy

Event by Renewable Heat NowAlliance for a Green Economy and New Yorkers for Clean Power

Join us for NYCP’s next Teach-In featuring Dale Bryk, Director of State & Regional Policies at Harvard Environmental & Energy Law Program and Senior Fellow at Regional Plan Association (RPA), Jessica Azulay, Executive Director of Alliance for a Green Economy, and Atalia Howe, VP of Initiatives and Impact Investing at The Community Preservation Corporation. NYCP’s Campaign Director, Betta Broad, will moderate!

Snowmies Holiday Market

Saturday, December 3, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Salt City Market, 484 S. Salina Street, Syracuse, NY 13202

The Black Artist Collective (BAC) is hosting the 2nd Annual Snowmies Holiday Market. The 1-day event features crafters, creatives, and Black-owned businesses with great gifting options for family and friends this holiday season! Keep an eye on the BAC feed for vendor features and pop-up announcements! 

Entry to the market is FREE and open to the community.

Plowshares Crafts Fair

December 3-4, 2022 (Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 10:30-4:30pm)

Nottingham High School (3100 E Genesee St, Syracuse), returning there after having been away two years.

Workers needed. Sign up to volunteer.

Admission: $2-5 sliding scale (more if you can, less if you can’t). Free for under 16 and over 65.

Please share the facebook event and invite your friends, and share your stories on Instagram!

About Plowshares: Plowshares is the Syracuse Peace Council’s major fundraiser of the year, featuring many wonderful local and regional craftspeople and community organizations. But it is more than a craftsfair – it is a beautiful community of conscientious consumers, fair traders, activists, and first-timers to Plowshares who gather for a weekend of commerce and communing. So bring your good spirits and cheer as you meet old friends and make new.

There are a wide array of crafts to fit every budget – including paintings, jewelry, woodwork, ceramics, clothing, photography, stained glass, soaps, and more. There are new-to-Plowshares craftspeople along with old friends – see the complete list of craftspeople and community groups. Enjoy awesome live entertainment all day both days, and bid on the amazing items at SPC’s Silent Auction – gift certificates, a Dean acoustic guitar, a Colleen Kattau house concert, tickets to concerts and more.

We’ll also have yummy vegan and vegetarian food available from food trucks. Drinks will be available from the food trucks and The Workers’ Center of CNY, which is selling coffee, tea, horchata and atole.

It takes a community to put on a community craftsfair and festival! It’s not too late to sign up for a 1-2 hour volunteer shift. Click here or contact Glenda at

We so look forward to seeing you soon! If you have any questions, please contact

Charlie King and Rick Burkhardt in Concert in Concert w/s/g Colleen Kattau

Unitarian Universalist Church of Cortland, NY

Sun., Dec. 4 AT 4 PM

Charlie King and Rick Burkhardt in Concert in Concert w/s/g Colleen Kattau

Obie award-winning virtuoso musician, playwright, composer and lyricist Rick Burkhardt and musical storyteller and political satirist extraordinaire, Charlie King team up for this concert at the historic Cobblestone UU Church. Colleen Kattau and brilliant guitarist & bassist Rich DePaolo will open. The event is both in-person and virtual. Ticket links below, and all are welcome at door day of show!

For in-person tickets use this link:…/Charlie-King–Rick…

For livestream tickets use this link:…/Livestream-Charlie-King…

Syracuse DSA (Democratic Socialists of America) General Meeting

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 At 6 PM

ArtRage Gallery

We’ll look back at recent campaigns, projects, and coalitions, discuss their pros and cons, and discuss what directions to pursue moving forward in 2023.

Main agenda items:

·       Lessons from workplace organizing

·       Discussing our 2023 direction

·       Guests: Workers’ Center of CNY on expanding unemployment insurance

·       Guests: Syracuse Community Choir members

This meeting is fully hybrid (in person and online). Register here to get the Zoom info: 

Please wear a mask. Food available. Email if you have any accessibility concerns.


End Medical Debt – Syracuse Community Forum 

Thursday, December 8, 5-7PM;  Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse

RSVP here:

Facebook Event Here

New York’s non-profit hospitals sued over 53,000 patients between 2015 and 2020. Hospitals are required to offer financial assistance but instead, they take patients to court even though these non-profit hospitals get over $1 billion in tax support each year.

There is a growing campaign in New York to #EndMedicalDebt by growing the power of patients and passing laws to protect us from predatory hospital billing.

Join this community forum to learn more about the crisis of medical debt and how we can win changes that protect patients and improve health care access for all New Yorkers.

This is an indoor event. Masks will be required for attendees with exceptions for eating and drinking

Have you been impacted by aggressive medical billing? Contact Ursula (315) 414-7720 or share your story here: story:  

ReLeaf Syracuse & the Urban Forest Master Plan

GreeningUSA’s Virtual Green Bag Lunch
Friday, December 9, 12:00-1:30pm 

Speaker: Steve Harris, City of Syracuse Arborist
FREE! But you must register: by 5pm on Thursday, Dec. 8.

Fair Trade Holiday Sale at ArtRage

December 9, 2022 to December 10, 2022

Our Fair Trade Sale is back! Friday 2-6pm Saturday 11am-4pm. Free admission. Come to ArtRage Gallery for your Holiday Shopping and support craftspeople from around the world. Guatemalan goods from Mayan Hands, holiday gifts from India, Palestine, Bangladesh, Nepal and more from SERRV International, handmade…

2022 Citizens Academy

December 11, 2022 – Deadline To Apply 

FOCUS Greater Syracuse is proud to announce a second Citizens Academy session; winter/spring of 2023!

Find out how your local government works and engage with those who work in and for your community.

Learn more and apply online at:

Topics that will be covered include:

Community Vitality; Economic Vitality;

Environmental Stewardship; Schools, Scholars and Resources;

Public Safety; Planning, Land Use and Transportation;

Local Government Budget and Finance; and the

Organization of Local Government.

Nine weeks on Wednesday evenings: Feb. 1 to April. 4, 2023. 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Boxed meal provided at sites throughout the community.

Syracuse Community Choir Winter Solstice Concert: Resilience

Saturday, December 17, 2022 At 7 PM

St. Paul’s Syracuse, The Downtown Episcopal Church, 220 E. Fayette 13202

Syracuse Community Choir Winter Solstice Concert: Resilience

Event by Syracuse Community Choir

Masks and rapid-testing are encouragedLearn more about COVID-19 guidelines

Sliding Scale Tickets: $0-$25 (No one turned away), children free

This concert will honor ACTS (Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse) by giving them the People’s Peace Prize, which we award each year to a person or organization working for peace in Syracuse. ACTS is a “local grassroots interfaith network that seeks to address systems of oppression and exclusion and make real local change”. They have worked to end solitary confinement for youth, eliminate food deserts, interrupt community violence and more.

Interpreted for the Deaf. Live-streamed to Facebook and recorded, for those who can’t attend.

Info: 315.428.8151 |


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 Tuesday 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.

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.

Peter McCarthy

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