CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

CNY Solidarity Newsletter – Feb 7 – Feb 14

From CNY Solidarity Coalition

We are trying to increase our outreach. Please forward this to friends who might want to sign up for our weekly newsletter!

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. 

NY22 Summit: On Saturday, Feb. 4, over 130 activists from Indivisibles and other grassroots groups in Oneida, Madison, Oswego and Onondaga Counties gathered in Cazenovia to build relationships with others across the district and work collaboratively together on goals, strategies, and tactics to flip NY22 blue together. It was flawlessly organized and presented by a group led by NYS Indivisible organizer Sarah Reeske, including our own Chris Flynn. A sizable number of CNY Solidarity Coalition members, including most of our Coordinating Committee, attended. Watch for much more from this project. 


 “Governor Hochul Fails To Meet The Moment:” Invest In Our New York Responds To Governor’s Executive Budget Presentation 

Invest in Our NY Campaign’s official response to the Governor’s budget proposal here.

To no one’s surprise, Governor Hochul’s budget proposal presentation continues to prioritize corporate giveaways while failing to sufficiently invest in the services and programs that keep all New Yorkers safe and thriving. 

Groups Urge Gov. Kathy Hochul And Legislature To Tax The Rich

Erica Vladimer with the Invest in Our New York campaign said former Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2021 initially opposed the tax surcharge on the wealthy, but the Senate and Assembly included it in the final spending plan under pressure from left-leaning lawmakers. Read it Here at WXXI news

10 Reasons you Shouldn’t Believe Kevin McCarthy When He Promises Republicans Won’t Seek Cuts In Social Security And Medicare

Several Republicans who will serve on the House Budget Committee have explicitly said they plan to take aim at Social Security and Medicare. Read it Here on Robert Reich’s Substack

Clean Energy Is Taking Over The Texas Grid. State Officials Are Trying To Stop It. 

Wind and solar are rapidly growing, but Texas Republicans want to throw a lifeline to natural gas.

Read it on   


NEW Upstate Progressive PAC 

Central New York and the Mohawk Valley are benefiting from State Senator Rachel May’s leadership. She’s expanding her vision for positive change by electing more progressive candidates at the local government level by starting a political action committee (PAC) to raise money to help them reach more voters with their messages to bring their community together. More info and Donate Here:

Workers’ Center of CNY – Donations Needed

On Saturday, 1/28, there was a terrible accident in northern NY, a bus carrying 15 migrant workers crashed with a large truck. 6 of the workers lost their lives, including one of our members Jonathan Hernandez. We met Jonathan last October while doing outreach to visit workers north of Syracuse. …He motivated his co-workers to participate and talk with us. Thanks to Jonathan bringing everyone together, we helped several workers recover wages from a previous employer and connected others with needed resources.  

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! Responsible, organized, detail-oriented person who can work independently. QuickBooks experience preferred.  3-5 hours a week. Cover letter and resume to Info: or 315-472-5478.

Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE), is looking for new team members. AGREE works for  a just transition to 100% renewable electricity, heating, and transportation. Job descriptions below.  


Micron Execs To Host Town Hall Next Week With Syracuse And Onondaga County Officials

Tuesday, Feb. 7 5:30 p.m. at Henninger High School, 600 Robinson St. (Rear parking lot/entrance)

Presentation and questions with Micron executives and Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh, Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon, and Syracuse schools Superintendent Anthony Davis.  Read it here

NYS for Abortion and Queer Liberation Mass Meeting #2

2/8/23 –  5:30 p.m. Harvey’s Garden (Upstairs) 1200 E. Water St.,  Syr 13210

We’re gathering people of all gender identities in CNY to organize for abortion rights and queer liberation!

What is a mass meeting? It’s a democratic way to organize people who want to become activists. PSL organizers will kick things off, and then we’ll break into small groups to discuss the state of reproductive justice and make dignified health care a reality for people of all genders in NYS and beyond. We need you to join us! If you haven’t made it to our rallies and tabling events, we need to know you’re with us and ready to get moving! Get in touch!

Food and drink are available for purchase at Harvey’s Garden. Please wear a mask and social distance.

Micron: Let’s Talk

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

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?

Invest in Our NY Day of Action in AlbanyThurs, 2/9 RSVP here!

A Taste of Cultures – Black History Month Event

Thu, Feb 9 6 PM – 7 PMSalt 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. 
2/9 = 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 

Renewable Heat Now February Power Hour!

Feb 9, 2023 07:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada) Register

Join for our next monthly virtual power hour! We’ll strategize about how to get the entire Renewable Heat Now legislative package passed this session, go over how to respond to the fossil fuel industry’s misinformation, do a social media action, and more! We’ll also have breakouts for our regional lobbying teams to plan the next steps to win more support from legislators in your area. All are welcome to attend! Even if you’re new to the movement for renewable heat, we’ll get you plugged in! If you haven’t joined a regional lobby team yet, you can sign up to join one at  We urge you to invite 3 friends who are concerned about climate change to join you. We learn together, celebrate successes together, and take action together, and folks leave feeling empowered!

Community Information Night: Assembly Member Magnarelli

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

Budget Town Hall Meeting With Assembly Member Al Stirpe

Th., Feb. 9, 6;30-8 pm – NOPL Cicero Library Branch, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero NY

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

Exclusionary Zoning in Onondaga County

Friday, February 10, 2023; Noon – 1:00PM

Next week, CNY Fair Housing will publish Exclusionary Zoning in Onondaga County–an analysis of the municipal zoning laws that regulate the type, size, and mix of housing that can be built in neighborhoods across the County. We will present our findings in a webinar on 2/10. Register to learn how zoning laws shape housing opportunity in our community  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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.

NYC-DSA Tax the Rich Albany Lobby Day Mon, 2/13. RSVP here! 


Environmental Justice is Racial Justice is Reproductive Justice 

SUNY ESF’s 2023 lineup of Environmental Storytelling CNY 

Feb 16th from 6:00 – 7:30pm.Nancy Cantor Warehouse Community Room 350 West Fayette Street Syr. 13202 A collaborative storytelling event facilitated by community educator, health activist, and poet SeQuoia Kemp. 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.

Budget Town Hall Meeting With Assembly Member Al Stirpe

Th., Feb. 16, 6;30-8 pm – Fayetteville Village Hall, 425 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville, NY

UP PAC: “How to write a campaign plan”
February 18th, 2-3:30 PM

Online workshop from the new Upstate Progressive PAC  facilitated by Ian Phillips & Zac Zeliff Register here

Utility Debt Relief & Energy Affordability Program Enrollment Workshop

Thursday, February 23, 2023 At 5 Pm – 7 Pm, Beauchamp Branch Library

Alliance for a Green Economy

RSVP here , with more info

Struggling to afford utility and winter heating bills? You’re not alone. Millions of New Yorkers cannot afford their energy bills due to inflation, financial impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, inefficient homes and volatile fossil fuel prices. We will help you determine eligibility for debt relief and connect you with other programs that can help reduce energy bills this winter. There will be free application assistance and Spanish translation services available.

2/28 – Save the Date: Invest in Our NY Albany Day of Action (more info soon!)

Budget Town Hall Meeting With Assembly Member Al Stirpe

Wed., Mar. 1, 6;30-8 pm – Clay Town Hall, 4401 Rt. 31, Clay, NY

Budget Town Hall Meeting With Assembly Member Al Stirpe

Thurs., Mar. 2, 6;30-8 pm – Cazenovia Free Library, 100 Albany St., Cazenovia, NY

Community Information Night: Assembly Member Magnarelli

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

Housing Justice for All #OurHomesOurPower Albany Day of Action, 3/14 -. RSVP here!

Save the Date: Invest in Our NY Albany Day of Action, 3/21 – (more info soon!)

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

Listen to the Elders” Speaker Series

April 13, 6-7:30pm Nonviolent Action from Civil Rights to Climate Justice, Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Bird Library Room 114. Activist and author George Lakey discusses his work with the Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT), a mostly youth-led coalition, which he co-founded to pursue ecojustice at the intersections of race, class, queerness, and the climate crisis. See below to register. 

Listen to the Elders” Speaker Series

April 14, 9am-12pm Climate Justice Nonviolent Direct Action Training

Community Folk Art Center (CFAC), Civil rights leader and author George Lakey works with community leaders and university students, faculty, and staff to think carefully about how they can craft nonviolent social change campaigns to be inclusive, powerful, and successful. See below to register. 

Election Day: November 7, 2023 County, town, and village elections. 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.


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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