From CNY Solidarity Coalition
Annual Membership Meeting
Jan. 8, 2023, In Person
2 PM at Bishop Harrison Center: NOTE NEW TIME FOR WINTER MEETINGS
- Annual Report on our activities
- Financial Report
- Coordinating Committee elections
- Updates from Committees and collaborating organizations
- Committee Meetings starting around 3:30 PM
- Beyond War and Militarism (BWAM)
- Climate Justice
- Indivisible Onondaga County
- State/Local Action Team (SLAT)
Our plan for the winter months, dependent on health warnings:
· We will schedule one in-person meeting per month.
· An additional Zoom meeting each month will likely be scheduled, depending on issues.
· Meetings will start at 2 PM, followed by in-person Committee Meetings
· In case of inclement weather or other issues, a notification and a Zoom link will be sent no later than 10 AM on the day of the meeting.
· Please wear a mask, and practice reasonable social distancing.
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.
ARTICLES OF THE WEEK:
Time Magazine: The Top 1% of Americans Have Taken $50 Trillion From the Bottom 90% — And That’s Made the U.S. Less Secure
“…According to a groundbreaking new working paper by Carter C. Price and Kathryn Edwards of the RAND Corporation, had the more equitable income distributions of the three decades following World War II (1945 through 1974) merely held steady, the aggregate annual income of Americans earning below the 90th percentile would have been $2.5 trillion higher in the year 2018 alone… At a recent pace of about $2.5 trillion a year, that number we estimate crossed the $50 trillion mark by early 2020.” Read it on www.Time.com
The Weekly Wonk: 2022, The Year That Would Not End.
Onondaga County Elections Commissioner Dustin Czarny’s Reflections
2022 was easily the hardest year that I have experienced as an Election Commissioner….Redistricting and the legal challenges that were brought in New York State dominated our electoral landscape. It changed districts, added elections, and generally sowed chaos into our electoral landscape. In addition, local Syracuse and Onondaga County redistricting added new wrinkles to a challenging mid term cycle. Read it Here
Greta Thunberg Ends Year With One Of The Greatest Tweets In History
(another great article fromRebecca Solnit)
“There’s a direct association between machismo and the refusal to recognize and respond appropriately to the climate catastrophe. It’s a result of versions of masculinity in which selfishness and indifference – individualism taken to its extremes – are defining characteristics, and therefore caring and acting for the collective good is their antithesis.” Read it in The Guardian
Syracuse Tenants Enter Familiar Terrain As Pandemic Protections Lift: ‘Not Able To Imagine Where You See Yourself The Next Few Weeks’
Hochul Gambles On Lasalle, But The Odds Are Stacked Against Her
The governor faces growing opposition over her controversial pick to be the next Court of Appeals chief judge.
Oil & Water: House GOP Moves To Undermine Ethics Office
Instead of tackling inflation and corporate price gouging of the American people, Republicans instead want to expend their energy doing away with the Office of Congressional Ethics. Read it at https://washingtonpress.com
Join the Fight for The Court NY Deserves.
Important Update: Sen. Rachel May and several other Dem Senators have pledged to vote NO! (Read it here)
If you are a constituent of John Mannion, please ask him to vote NO!
New York is about to get a new Chief Judge. For the next 14 years, this judge will lead the Court of Appeals—New York’s highest court—and the entire state court system.
Gov. Hochul nominated Justice Hector LaSalle despite significant alarm raised by unions, reproductive rights organizations, Senators, and other New Yorkers concerned about Justice LaSalle’s record. Justice LaSalle’s deeply conservative judicial record includes decisions that are anti-abortion, anti-union, and anti-due process. His decisions make clear that his judicial philosophy is wrong for New York, and that, if confirmed as Chief Judge, he would be a continuation of former Chief Judge DiFiore’s right-wing Court of Appeals.
Use this tool to call on your senator and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to reject Justice LaSalle’s nomination and demand a Chief Judge nominee who will protect the rights of workers, tenants, women, incarcerated people, and all New Yorkers.
We Need To Hold The Supreme Court Accountable
The Supreme Court is the highest court in the land. They hand down decisions that affect the entire country for generations. They should be held to the highest level of ethical conduct. Except there’s no established code of conduct that these lifetime appointed justices can be held to. Right now, the nine members of the Supreme Court are the only federal judges in the United States that don’t have a code of ethics they’re meant to follow.
No one is above the law—even the Supreme Court. It’s up to us to demand accountability.
In one click, send a pre-written email to your legislators demanding they pass a long overdue code of ethics for the Supreme Court.
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Central New York NOW Annual Meeting
Dr. Chloe Schwenke on Transgender and LGBTQI+
Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at 6:00 pm – Email email@example.com for a link
Our upcoming Annual Membership meeting (all are welcome) will feature Dr. Chole Schwenke, LGBTQIA+ Diversity and Inclusion Expert. Dr. Schwenke is the author of “Selfish: A Transgender Awaking”
Our Freedoms, Our Vote January 6 Rally
Friday, January 6, 12 – 1pm EST; James M. Hanley Federal Building, 100 S Clinton St, Syracuse, NY 13261
Weeks after voters widely repudiated the most prominent election deniers at the polls driven by deep concern over the state of democracy, people across the U.S. will rally in observance of the two-year mark since the attack on the U.S. Capitol to prevent a peaceful transfer of power.
Events will take place at the Capitol and nationwide to push for accountability to prevent future power grabs by former U.S. President Donald Trump and his allies, and to tell elected leaders to act on a mandate for democracy reforms to protect our freedom to vote, including those mentioned in the new report from the January 6th Select Committee, as well as D.C. Statehood, which would secure representation for D.C. residents, who were most directly affected by the Capitol attack.to protect our freedom to vote.
The event comes as Trump and extreme Republican politicians continue to spread false claims about the 2020 election results and undermine our Constitution, and prepare to launch a sham investigation into the January 6 committee so that they can stay in power to push their unpopular agenda: to destroy reproductive rights, steal our social security and our Medicare, and stop our ability to access affordable higher education, address the climate crisis, or prevent gun violence, among others.
CNY Solidarity Meeting: Annual Membership Meeting
Sunday, January 8, 2023 2 PM – 4:30 PM
Bishop Harrison Diocesan Center
See above for details.
SAVE THE DATES
THE SUM OF US: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
Heather McGhee Virtual Speaking Event
Tuesday, January 17, 2023 7:00pm – 8:00pm EST
CNY Community Foundation
You’ll hear from Heather McGhee, New York Times best-selling author and one of today’s most insightful and influential thinkers. McGhee reveals the devastating true cost of racism — not just for people of color, but for everyone. Join folks from across the state to hear what McGhee learned from interviewing Americans of all races during her journey across the country. This virtual event is free. Registration is required.
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
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