CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

CNY Solidarity Newsletter – Feb 14 – Feb 21, 2023

From CNY Solidarity Coalition

CNY Solidarity Zoom Meeting, 2/26/23, 2-3:30 PM

Invest in Our New York 2023: with Becky Saletan of the NYS IONY Coalition

  • New Yorkers are being crushed by rising costs and an uneven COVID-19 recovery. 
  • Corporate landlords have driven up the cost of housing (40% in the last two years), essentials like food & energy are more expensive than ever, and employers continue to deny workers fair wages despite historic profits. 
  • We must fund programs that will put money back in people’s pockets in the short term and ensure that the state invests long-term in our communities. 

Demand that Governor Hochul pass a budget that funds $40 billion in new investments, and makes the wealthiest people and corporations pay New York what they owe. 

Read more Here and see the proposed tax reforms Here

3/12/23 CNY Solidarity Coalition In-Person Meeting, Bishop Harrison Center
3 PM- 5 PM. Note the return to our 3 PM start during Daylight Savings Time

Please come, attend a session with one of our committees, then hear updates from all the committees!
Agenda (Draft): 
3:00 Opening, Announcements
3:15: Committee Breakout Meetings
4:15: Full group session: Committee Reports. 
5:00 Closing

3/26/23: (Tentative) Zoom meeting 3 PM

Current plan for meetings, dependent on health warnings:

  • 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 until the time change on 3/12followed 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. 


Micron’s Potential Impacts for Central New York

A GreeningUSA Green Bag Lunch was held last Friday, February 10.  A recording of that event is now available on GreeningUSA’s YouTube Channel:  Rob Simpson made his email address available if you would like to contact him with your questions and concerns:

Onondaga County Legislature Votes To Close Jamesville Correctional Facility

The vote means the Legislature has approved an April 1 closure date for the correctional facility.

Read it on

The Snitch in the Silver Hearse

The FBI Paid A Violent Felon To Infiltrate Denver’s Racial Justice Movement

The Justice Department charged hundreds of people for their roles in First Amendment-protected demonstrations; the Department of Homeland Security deployed more than 750 agents, dressed in military-style uniforms, to Portland and abducted demonstrators in unmarked vans; and the Drug Enforcement Administration, using surveillance powers intended to stop drug runners, spied on more than 50 racial justice groups nationwide, among them a peaceful group that held a vigil on a public university campus in Florida. Read iton  

This week on CounterSpinPowerless in the United States: How Utilities Drive Shutoffs and Energy Injustice

Electric utilities have disconnected US households more than 4 million times since the beginning of Covid, preceding the Russian war on Ukraine. At the same time, shareholder payouts went up by $1.9 billion…”

Read/Listen on


CNY Solidarity Coalition needs a volunteer to help with our Facebook postings!

Training provided. Respond to this newsletter or to

Help for earthquake victims in Syria and Turkey

Two of the most reputable organizations doing this work:

Upstate Progressive PAC: Check it out and Donate:

Workers’ Center of CNY – Donations Needed

On Saturday, 1/28, 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. Thanks to Jonathan bringing everyone together, we helped several workers recover wages from a previous employer and connected others with needed resources.  

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.  


Citizen Action Legislative Teach-Ins

February 15-16

Register Here

In preparation for the Our Justice Agenda Regional Lobby Day in February, we will hold Legislative Teach-Ins on our priority issues: Housing Justice, Possibility Not Punishment, Climate Justice, Education and Child Care, and Health Care.

  1. (Possibility Not Punishment – Mon. Feb 13th 6-7pm)
  2. (Housing Justice – Mon. Feb 13th @ 7-8pm)
  3. Health Care and Climate – Wed. Feb 15th @ 6:30-7:30pm
  4. Education and Child Care (With Alliance for Quality Education) – Thurs. Feb 16th @ 6:30-7:30pm

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

Aunt Harriet: Reflections on the Life and Legacy of Harriet Tubman
Friday, February 17, 2023 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

February’s FOCUS forum honors Black History Month by featuring the personal and historic accounts of Harriet Tubman’s life as a famed abolitionist and political activist by two of ‘Aunt Harriet’s’ relatives, great-great-great grandniece Michele Jones Galvin and great-great-great grandnephew Marc JonesRegister Here

For more about the Forums and FOCUS go to

How To Write A Campaign Plan: Upstate Progressive PAC  
February 18th, 2-3:30 PM

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

Save the Dates

Rob Boston on the Separation of Church and State in American Life 

Strathmore Speakers Series & Onondaga Free Library present 

February 22nd at 7 pm on Zoom

An important discussion of the role the separation of church and state continues to play in American life. 
Rob Boston, Senior Adviser at Americans United for Separation of Church and State will provide a historical overview and highlight the ways in which Americans have sought to defend or compromise this uniquely American ideal. A brief Q&A will follow. 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 , and 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. 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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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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