CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

CNY Solidarity Newsletter – Jan 31 – Jan 24, 2023

From CNY Solidarity Coalition

Mark Your Calendars!

Next CNY Solidarity Coalition Meeting:

Feb. 12, 2 PM – 3:30

Bishop Harrison Center, 1342 Lancaster Ave. Syr. 13210

Agenda: We will engage in conversations about our progress and priorities. This will help us formulate our messaging and future plans.  Guest Facilitator: Andy Mager

These conversations have  always been productive and rewarding for the organization and for the participants. Our last few in-person meetings have been well attended and enjoyable

Please come! We want to hear from everybody!

NOTE: In order to have adequate time for this important agenda, we are not scheduling meetings of our Committees. Committees will schedule their own virtual or in person meetings. 

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 PMfollowed 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. 

CNY Solidarity Coalition Finances and Donations Update 

We maintain a bank balance adequate for our expenses through donations from our supporters. We do not do active fundraising or have membership dues. During Covid, our balance declined because we did not have in person meetings at which to collect cash.  We have several supporters who regularly contribute through PayPal or checks. Our balance has declined slowly, and we can always use more contributions. We have recently updated our mailing address to facilitate this process. 

Our expenses: 

Website and mailing list fees, printing, special events, etc.

Quarterly donations to Syracuse Peace Council, Urban Jobs Task Force, National Action Network.

Occasional donations to others for particular needs or events. 

Mailing Address: 

CNY Solidarity Coalition
P.O. Box 6137
Teall Post Office
226 Teall Ave.
Syracuse NY 13217

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


Memphis BLM Activist: Tyre Nichols’ Killing Is Part of Police Brutality Crisis Facing Black Residents

“I found out about what happened to Tyre from other organizers, because, honestly, violence by police happens so much in Memphis that I feel it doesn’t even reach mainstream media oftentimes. Tyre’s untimely death was the fourth time someone had been murdered by police in the last two months, since December.” Read it on

‘Hot Spot’ Cops Killed Tyre Nichols In Memphis. Hochul Wants More In New York.

The controversial units have been responsible for high-profile killings and civil rights abuses in cities nationwide. Hochul doubled their state grant funding in New York — and wants to double it again.

“It’s not like hotspot policing has actually succeeded in any long term crime turn around,” said Andrew Guthrie Ferguson, professor of law at American University and author of The Rise of Big Data Policing. “The problem is poverty and disinvestment in communities, not coming up with a new theory of policing.”

Read it on

Lift Syracuse Up. Bring I-81 Down: Grassroots Movement Voices Support For Community Grid

Over 150 Syracuse neighbors have voiced their frustration with their wallets, funding a billboard reading “Lift Syracuse Up. Bring I-81 Down.” that now sits over I-690W.

“I wanted to do something to lift the voices of those in support of the grid instead of always hearing the false claims coming from the suburban towns of Tully, Skaneateles, Salina, Dewitt – basically trying to bully and pigeonhole us into accepting a fantasy “skybridge.” I’m tired of it and so are many others,” said David Haas.

Haas is the man behind the “Syracuse History” social media page, primarily used to bring followers inside historical landmarks and share fun facts about the city’s history.  Read it on

The Weekly Wonk: The Towns of Onondaga County – From Dustin Czarny

Welcome back to the #WeeklyWonk. Each weekend I release an article on a subject relating to elections in Onondaga County and New York State. Often these articles will have detailed stats to consume but sometimes they will be a recap of a prominent issue or on relevant election law. I am turning my eye to the 2023 elections. Each week I hat will have races in them this fall. Today I am focusing on the towns of Onondaga County. Read it Here

The Biggest Story You’ve Never Heard About Today’s Federal Debt – Robert Reich

America’s wealthy used to pay taxes to support the nation. Now, they lend it money and collect interest from the rest of us.

The wealthy used to pay higher taxes to the government. Now the government pays the wealthy interest on their loans to finance a swelling debt that’s been caused largely by lower taxes on the wealthy. Read it Here

We Are ‘Greening’ Ourselves To Extinction

Apocalypse investors are pushing fake climate solutions on us that are making climate change worse.

“What would make a difference is developing mass transport and substantially reducing car ownership; closing coal mines and ending oil and gas exploration; promoting decentralised and community-managed renewable energy systems; doing away with industrial-scale monoculture farming; and supporting smallholder and Indigenous-led agroecological systems that have been shown to enhance nutrition, biodiversity and quality of life.” Read it on  


Deadline TODAY!

From Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation:

Tell Syracuse/Onondaga County:

Center the Onondaga Nation in plans for Lakefront Revitalization!

Syracuse-Onondaga are in the midst of planning for a major revitalization of the Waterfront on the northside of Syracuse – including Onondaga Lake, Onondaga Creek and the Inner Harbor area.  They are seeking citizen input as part of the process.  Please take some time to offer your input.  It’s a lengthy survey, and if you have time and interest, it would be great to complete the whole thing.  But you don’t need to do that to offer input on some key points. Here’s what we suggest:

-Actively consult with the Onondaga Nation leadership for all plans

-Reverse the decision to build the Aquarium

-Return land to the Onondaga Nation on the Lakeshore as Onondaga County committed to do over 11 years ago.

-Use signage to highlight Onondaga Lake and Creek as sacred sites for the Onondaga Nation and Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and clarify that while significant cleanup has occurred, that more needs to be done.

Syracuse-Onondaga Lakefront Area Local Waterfront Revitalization Project: Survey #2

The survey will be open through January 31, 2023:

NYS Legislature is in Session. Tell Your Representatives What You Need!

Assembly Members Hunter and Magnarelli have posted constituent surveys:

Find your Assembly Member Here:

Find your Senator Here:

The Syracuse Peace Council (SPC) is looking for a part-time bookkeeper! We seek a responsible, organized, detail-oriented person who can work independently to get the monthly and quarterly tasks done in a timely fashion. Previous bookkeeping experience with QuickBooks is preferred.We are an organization that does important work but has limited means  For an experienced bookkeeper, please send your compensation requirements.  For candidates who have limited experience, our hourly range is $16.50 – $20.00/hour.  Time commitment is approximately  3-5 hours a week. Beginning date is flexible with rolling applications

Send your cover letter and resume to

For more information and questions contact or 315-472-5478.

Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE), is looking for new team members. AGREE, headquartered in Syracuse, NY within the unceded territory of the Onondaga Nation and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, works to bring about a just transition to 100% renewable electricity, heating, and transportation.

We are excited to announce that our organization is growing. Please review the job descriptions below.  

Please Sign The Petition. Tell Congress To Stop the War in Ukraine; Prevent Nuclear Catastrophe

We call on the U.S. government to use diplomacy at all levels to end the war in Ukraine, call for an immediate cease fire, and implement the policy proposals of the Back from the Brink Campaign to Prevent Nuclear War.

 See more and sign the petition Here

The Post-Standard Wants Suggestions On Improving News Coverage. 

Please send suggestions to Trish LaMontne and John Lammers,at their emails below. 

Trish Lamonte or Senior Director of Content John Lammers,


Citizen Action CNY Patient Power Committee – Kickoff Meeting

Wednesday, February 1st, 6-7:30PM

Salt City Market Community Room – 484 S Salina St – Syracuse, NY 13202

Questions? Please contact Ursula, (315) 414-7720

Snacks and refreshments served. Please RSVP:

Have you ever worried about the cost of health care or received a medical bill you cannot afford? Do you agree all New Yorkers deserve the freedom to access medical care without worrying about the cost?

At this meeting, you’ll meet other community members who care about health justice and learn how to get involved with Citizen Action and the #EndMedicalDebt campaign.

Syracuse is a hot spot for medical debt and our local hospitals, Upstate and Crouse, are suing patients at higher numbers than other hospitals in the state. It’s time to get organized and demand that our hospitals and our lawmakers prioritize patients over profits.

Refreshments and light dinner served. Masks will be required when not eating. Please RSVP!

A Taste of Cultures – Black History Month Event

Thu, Feb 2 6 PM – 7 PM Salt City Market

A Taste of Cultures – Black History Month Event

Join our incredible guest chefs as they share Black culture & history, one bite at a time.
Culture, Cuisine, Conversation: Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine during your cooking demonstration, followed by a tasting of the featured menu item and discussion. 
2/2 = Tamica Barnett with Who Want Smoke’s Homestyle Cornbread
2/9 = Venus Likulumbi with Gullah Island Rattlesnake Stew 
2/16 = Kuukua Yomekpe with Ghanaian Koose (spicy bean cakes) and Hausa Koko (spiced porridge)
2/23 = Steve Ali with Nigerian Peanut Soup and Puff Puff from Nigeria 

Abundant Housing for a Stronger Syracuse

Thursday, February 2, 2023 At 7 Pm – 8:15 Pm on Zoom

Uplift Syracuse invites you to join us for a webinar to learn more about an abundant vision for housing. Housing abundance is the simple vision of a community where everyone can find a home they can afford, that meets their needs, in their neighborhood of choice, and where they can live in sustainable and diverse communities. Register here!

Blueprint 15 Public Engagement Session as We Create the New Children Rising Center

Friday Feb. 3, 5-7 PM

Dr. King School Cafeteria

The new center, to be located at the corner of South State T. and East Taylor St. will have:

  • High Quality Daycare
  • Parenting And Child Play Space
  • YMCA Health And Wellness

Come to learn more about the Blueprint 15 plans. Fun activities for kids, engaging conversations 

Folkus Project Concert: Featuring Crys Matthews, A Social-Justice Songwriter

Fri. Feb. 3, 8:00 pm at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 E. Genesee Street 

Folkus website – Info & Advance Tickets 

NY22 Summit

Organized By Grassroots Groups In Oneida, Madison, Oswego And Onondaga Counties

Saturday, February 4th; 10am to 4pm in Cazenovia. Hampton Inn, 25 Lakers Lane

This will be an exciting opportunity to build relationships with others across the district and work collaboratively together on goals, strategies, and tactics to flip NY22 blue together, something we’re all committed to. 

The agenda outline includes: 

  • Relationship building
  • Brainstorming ideas about local elections, a unified approach to our new member of Congress, and how we will win in 2024
  • UP PAC (Upstate Progressive PAC) presentation
  • Fair Elections campaign matching program presentation
  • Laying the groundwork to build a 10-year vision for the district
  • Creating working teams to flush out goals, strategies, and tactics

The expectation for attendance is that people will commit to working collaboratively on the ideas and next steps that come from the brainstorming sessions at the Summit. Your voice, talents, and perspective will be valuable at this event and for moving forward. Please save the date: Feb. 4th, and register here

CNY Solidarity is considering organizing some carpooling. If you have registered and need a ride or can drive, please respond to this newsletter and use the subject line: Ny22 Summit.

Syracuse DSA’s Annual Convention 

Sunday, February 5th starting at 2pm 

ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave, Syracuse, in-person and virtually on Zoom. 

Please RSVP here, and the Zoom link will be emailed to you.

See agenda on the DSA Calendar Here

Anyone may attend convention, but in order to vote, you must be a dues-paying member of DSA in good standing. Confirm your DSA membership status here, and please pay or renew your membership dues if needed.
Masks required for those attending convention in person. Please email Keller at if you have any questions, concerns, or childcare or other accommodation requests.


Micron: Let’s Talk

Wed., Feb. 8th at 6:30PM – Wellwood Middle School Auditorium (700 S. Manlius St, Fayetteville NY 13066)

Join Ryan McMahon, Village Mayors & School Superintendents for a conversation about the investment by Micron and what it means for our community.      

Some questions/concerns that have come up in the CNY Solidarity State & Local Action Committee are:

  • Micron should build their own wastewater facility. This infrastructure cost should not be put on taxpayers. 
  • Concerns about thermal issues with water usage. How will Micron cool the water they use? 
  • This factory should run on 100% renewable energy. Will Micron commit to this?
  • We need a better bus system to get residents to these jobs. Where is the transportation plan for the county?
  • Affordable Housing. We need more now, where is the plan? Why is the county building housing for fish but not people?

Assembly Member Magnarelli’s Community Information Night

Thursday, February 9 • 6 p.m. Lincoln Middle School, 1613 James Street and 

Thursday, March 2 • 6 p.m. Lakeside Fire Department, 1002 State Fair Boulevard 

Artist Talk with Lida Suchy

February 9, 2023 – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at ArtRage

Join us for an evening with artist Lida Suchy. Her photography exhibition Portrait of A Village, Ukraine is on exhibition at ArtRage January 28 through March 11, 2023. Lida Suchy is a first-generation American born into a refugee family. She often draws on this background as inspiration creative work. For nearly 30 years she has been photographing in the Ukrainian village, Kryvorivnya, creating a composite portrait of this rural community.

In this exhibition, Lida presents us with images that can help viewers to connect with Ukraine beyond the news headlines.

Micron’s Potential Impacts for Central New York: Greening USA Green Bag Lunch

Fri, February 10, 2023, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST Online


Speaker: Robert M. Simpson; President, CenterState CEO

An inside look at what attracted Micron to Central New York and how the community is preparing to maximize the impacts of this historic investment – environmental and social impacts in addition to economic impacts. He will highlight how the project is expected to transform the local economy and what efforts are being made to address environmental and social equity issues to provide opportunities for the region’s current and future generations. 

FREE! Must register. Registration:

A link to the GoToMeeting platform will be sent after registration closes at 5pm on Thursday, February 9.

SUNY ESF’s 2023 lineup of Environmental Storytelling CNY activities kicks off in less than a month on Feb 16th from 6:00 – 7:30pm with a collaborative storytelling event facilitated by community educator, health activist, and poet SeQuoia Kemp. For Environmental Justice is Racial Justice is Reproductive Justice, Kemp will orchestrate a community dialogue around relationships between environmental racism, reproductive justice, and the production of maternal toxic zones in Syracuse.

In a follow-up Reproductive Justice Healing Circle on Feb. 18th from 1 – 3pm, Kemp will facilitate a unique opportunity for members of the Syracuse community to address intergenerational trauma in service of gaining greater reproductive justice for all.” This event is part of the Syracuse University Humanities Center’s 2022-23 Syracuse Symposium on Repair.

Assembly Member Magnarelli’s Community Information Night

Thursday, March 2 • 6 p.m. Lakeside Fire Department, 1002 State Fair Boulevard 

Syracuse Citizen Review Board (CRB): Acknowledging 30 Years!

April 5, 2023

10:30 AM Assembly @ Dunbar Center and Hopps Memorial Church

11:oo AM March to City Hall

12:00 PM Speakers: City Hall Steps

5:30 PM @ Nancy Cantor Warehouse: Reception; Discussion of the CRB’s past, Present, and Future

Election Day: November 7, 2023 Onondaga County Executive, District Attorney, County Comptroller, County Clerk, 17 County Legislators in new districts, City Court Judge, City Auditor, two Syracuse Councilors-at-Large, four Syracuse School District Commissioners of Education, five District Councilors in new districts, at least one Supreme Court Judge, and dozens of Town and Village officials. More information can be found on the NY State Board of Elections page and at the Onondaga County Board of Elections Primaries will be in June.

To find your NYS Senator: · To find your NYS Assembly


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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Mailing Address: 

CNY Solidarity Coalition
P.O. Box 6137
Teall Post Office
226 Teall Ave.
Syracuse NY 13217

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
Coordinating Committee
CNY Solidarity Coalition

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