CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

CNY Solidarity Newsletter :: April 25 – May 2

From CNY Solidarity Coalition

CNY Solidarity Coalition Speaker Series: What is STAR Voting?

Tuesday, May 2; 7:00pm-8:00pm online

Join us for an online presentation from Matthew Kouba to learn about STAR Voting, an alternative voting method that fights polarization, combats money in politics, and empowers you to vote your conscience. Visit for more information, resources and examples.

Zoom link will be sent to our newsletter mailing list.


We have some questions…

For Historic Remake Of Public Housing, Syracuse Turns To A Firm With A Track Record And A Heart

What kind of developer could build something that still feels like home to some of the city’s most vulnerable residents and, at the same time, draw professionals to rent new market-rate apartments near downtown?

Read it on 

Rep. Brandon Williams announces three additional town halls in Onondaga County

Read it on CNY Central. 

May 2, May 30, June 1

Peace in Ukraine Is Too Important to Leave in the Hands of Arms Dealers

Arms makers are stoking conflicts and then pitching weapons as a path to peace.

Read it Here on Truthout. 

Gun Capitalism: How Lobbyists & GOP Fight Regulation & Push Gun Ownership Despite Deadly Shootings Read or Watch on

“…historian Andrew McKevitt, who says, “We ought to conceive of our gun problem as a problem of gun capitalism.” He covers the history of the proliferation of individual gun ownership since World War II in his forthcoming book, Gun Country: Gun Capitalism, Culture & Control in Cold War America. McKevitt also discusses how the NRA and pro-gun lobby impedes progress on gun control through the implicit threat of “political violence.”

How Millions Of Electric Vehicles Can Help—Not Hurt—The Grid

Using bidirectional charging, millions of electric cars can be controlled to buffer that intermittency by acting in concert as one massive battery—storing renewable energy when there’s a surplus and injecting some of that energy back into the grid if there’s a shortfall in wind or solar power later.  Read it in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

New Climate Paper Calls For Charging Big US Oil Firms With Homicide

… the new paper argues that oil companies’ climate research and continued fight to delay climate regulations amount to a “culpable mental state” that has inflicted harm on people, including death.

Read it on


Call Rep. Williams Now And Demand He Vote NO On McCarthy’s MAGA Wishlist And Stop Holding The Economy Hostage

As early as tomorrow, Republicans are planning to vote on a list of extreme demands they want met in exchange for not blowing up the global economy. 

This entire default crisis is 100% contrived by the GOP. There’s NOTHING stopping them from lifting the debt ceiling and paying America’s bills without strings attached — just as they several times during Trump’s presidency.  But instead, they want to use the threat of default (which would crash the stock market, double unemployment, force cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid and more) to extract a bunch of extreme concessions that would also hurt a lot of people. 

It’s important that Rep. Williams knows that voters like you are paying attention.

This is a critical moment to make your voice heard. Please, make the call at this link. 

SMTC And Centro Want To Hear From You!

Exploring Tomorrow’s Transit (ETT) is a public outreach initiative by Centro and the SMTC designed to gain an understanding of our community’s public transit needs and expectations.
The ETT survey is still open! If you haven’t responded to the survey yet, you still have time. Go to the ETT website for the survey link. Survey will close on May 16, 2023. 
Visit us at an Open House! Drop in to one of our in-person Open Houses or join us virtually to learn more about ETT and provide your feedback. More details on our website

  • Wednesday, April 26, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. ON ZOOM. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, click here
  • Tuesday, May 2, 5-7 p.m. at Liverpool Public Library

Can’t make it to any of the Open Houses? Go to the ETT website to view a presentation, read answers to Frequently Asked Questions, and take the ETT survey. 

Stay tuned for more information about additional public engagement opportunities by signing up for the SMTC email list and following SMTC and Centro on Facebook. Feedback received through the ETT survey and Open Houses will be used to guide additional community meetings later in the summer/early fall. 

From Onondaga County Elections Commissioner: This year due to redistricting, the change in ownership, and the need to reduce lines we have changed many polling places in Onondaga County for 2023. Your polling place may have changed. Go to to check your voter registration and polling place today!

Syracuse Peace Council needs A Database Expert: or 315.472.5478

Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE) needs four full-time Energy Advisors for our Central New York Regional Clean Energy Hub. Info Here


Palestinian Poetry Night

Tues. April 25th, 7 pm. ArtRage Gallery. 505 Hawley Ave, Syracuse, NY 13203

Join us for a poetry event hosted by the SPC Justice for Palestine Committee! We will have renowned poet, essayist, and short story writer, Mosab Abu Toha, sharing his poetry with us on his experiences as a Palestinian from Gaza. He is the proud author of Things You May Find Hidden in My Ear: Poems from Gaza (2022, City Lights), which earned him the prestigious 2022 Palestine Book Award. Abu Toha is also the founder of the Edward Said Library, the first English-language library in Gaza. His talents were recognized in 2019-2020 where he served as a visiting poet and librarian-in-residence at Harvard University. He is currently a graduate student at Syracuse University studying English.

Decolonizing and Indigenizing Environmental Justice

Wednesday, April 26, 2023; 5-6:30pm @ Gateway Center, SUNY ESF. Open to All

Public lecture by: Dina Gilio-Whitaker

Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes) is an award-winning journalist and columnist. She is a lecturer of American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos, and independent consultant and educator on environmental justice and other Indigenous policy-related issues. 

Hosted by the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, in partnership with Adaptive Peaks Seminar Series (sponsored by the Department of Environmental Biology) and the Women in Scientific and Environmental Professions Speaker Series (sponsored by SUNY ESF and the ESF Women’s Caucus) for more information Questions? Please email:

For a campus parking passplease fill out this form for a printable pass via email a few days before the event. 

“Braiding the Sacred” Indigenous Land Stewardship Talk w/ Angela Ferguson

Wednesday, April 26, 2023 At 7 Pm – 9 PM @ Grace Episcopal Church of Syracuse

“Braiding the Sacred” Indigenous Land Stewardship Talk w/ Angela Ferguson

Event by Syracuse Community Choir COVID-19 health and safety requirements:Masks

Angela Ferguson, Eel Clan, from Onondaga Nation Farm, will discuss the relationship between seeds and people from a Haudenosaunee perspective and the “Braiding the Sacred” Seed Saving Project.

Angela Ferguson is a member of the Onondaga Nation Eel Clan, Supervisor of the Onondaga Nation Community Garden, and Founding Member of “Braiding The Sacred” Movement, a Corn Seed Collection Project across Turtle Island—

Open to the Public. Pay what you can @ the door or online:…

In-person (masks required) and on Zoom:…

The public talk will end around 8PM, at which point we will take a short break and then transition to choir rehearsal. Feel free to stay for the duration if you’d like to sing with us! 

An Evening Read! NYIC’s Second Annual Authors’ Event

The New York Immigration Coalition

Thursday, April 27, 6 PM Free virtual event

We will welcome award-winning authors Zaina Arafat, Patricia Engel, Porochista Khakpour and Jaime Manrique to a moderated panel discussion where they will provide exclusive commentary on their literary works and discuss how immigration intersects with their art. For more information or to secure your tickets:  

Central Current Virtual Town Hall: Commentary & Perspectives Edition 

Thursday, April 27, at 6 p.m. -Central Current has heard a lot of interest from our readers in submitting letters, opinion, creative writing and commentary. Our staff will lead a roundtable discussion about opinion and readers’ submissions. We’ll discuss Central Current’s vision and what it would take to execute this addition to our website in the future. To attend: sign up for newsletter, membership, or donation:

Workers Memorial Day 2023

Friday, April 28 8:00 – 9:30 AM NYSUT Office – 4983 Brittonfield Parkway, East Syracuse, NY 13057

 We observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew our commitment to workers’ health and safety. “Mourn for the dead. Fight like hell for the living!”

Please register for in-person OR online using this form:

No charge for attendance, but seating is limited. Virtual attendance will be available.

Speakers: David J. Philippone, Esq.; LaToya Jones, RN; Jessica Maxwell of the WCCNY

Questions? email or call Ana Manning at 315-432-8899

Blood Gun Money: How America Arms Gangs and Cartels

Friday, April 28 | 4 PM EDT @ Maxwell Auditorium, SU Campus

Ioan Grillo is a journalist based in Mexico City specializing on crime and drugs and working for media outlets…. He is the author of the Narco trilogy of books, of which the latest is, “Blood Gun Money: How America Arms Gangs and Cartels,” and was a 2022 gold medalist for Columbia University’s Maria Moors Cabot Prize. 

Reception and Book Signing following the lecture. Register Here

EarthFest 2023 

Sat., April 29, 10 AM – 3 PM. Canal Landing Park in Fayetteville 

Sustainable Manlius and Renewable Fayetteville will host a large, outdoor environmental and sustainability  event. 

A Love Supreme Tour + Zine Workshop 

Saturday, April 29, 2023 At 1 Pm – 3:30 Pm. Syracuse University Bird Library, 6th Floor

A Love Supreme Tour + Zine Workshop 

Event by Black Artist Collective and Cjala Surratt

Black Artist Collective A LOVE SUPREME TOUR + ZINE WORKSHOP celebrates the Black Arts Movement. The tour will be led by exhibition co-curators Jessica Elliot and Caroline Charles. Zine Workshop led by Black Artist Collective member Evan Starling Davis. 

REGISTER HERE (spaces are limited):
BAC Members: $5 Non-Members : $10  *3 hr. instruction/ covers all materials 

Vincent Intondi: Saving The World From Nuclear War

Sat. April 29 1-2:30 pm Barnes and Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd East. Dewitt, NY More Info

Vincent Intondi is a Professor of History and Director of the Institute for Race, Justice, and Civic Engagement at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, Maryland. He regularly works with organizations exploring ways to include more diverse voices in the nuclear disarmament movement. His research focuses on the intersection of race and nuclear weapons. He is the author of the books: African Americans Against the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism, and the Black Freedom Movement and Saving the World from Nuclear War: The June 12, 1982, Disarmament Rally and Beyond.  Event by Syracuse Peace Council

DSA Movie Night: Farha.

Sat. 4/29, 5PM – 8PM; Syracuse Peace and Justice Center

Watch the Trailer: FARHA

Please join us for a night of fun, conversation, and reflection as we study the film based on the true story of a Palestinian girl who survived the Nakba of 1948, where hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were expelled from their homeland by Zionist militias.  RSVP HERE!

Syracuse DSA (Democratic Socialists of America):

Participatory Budgeting Project for Lead Testing and Awareness 

CNY Community Foundation 

Tuesday, May 2, 2023 –  Salt City Market Community Room, 484 S Salina St, Syracuse, NY 13202

In-Person & Online Voting: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM.  Results Party: 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Registration is not required to attend.

All Syracuse residents can vote to choose which city-wide project will receive grant dollars to help increase childhood lead testing and awareness. The winning project will be announced live at a results party in the Salt City Market’s community room. All participants, voters and Syracuse city residents are welcome.

HOW TO VOTE: Public voting will take place Tuesday, May 2, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. A link ballot will be emailed the morning of May 2nd for those who wish to vote online. Participants must be a Syracuse City resident, and over the age of 16 to vote!

Save the Dates

GreeningUSA’s 19th Annual Meeting! 

Celebrating The Last 20 Years and Looking Forward to the Next 20 Years
Friday, May 5, 2023, 9-11AM. OneGroup Education Center, 706 North Clinton Street, Syracuse, NY 13204
Opening Remarks by Al Stirpe, Member NYS Assembly

20 years in, we can look back with pride on a long list of accomplishments, and with grit and determination at the set-backs.  Looking forward toward the next 20 years, we see inevitable change, opportunities and more tests of our advocacy for a sustainable future.  
Undoubtedly, the Micron project represents tremendous opportunity as well as sustainability challenges.  Join us in discussing those challenges and opportunities for the next 20 years.

FREE and Open to All! A continental breakfast will be available starting at 8:30 am.
To Attend In Person – Register Here:
To Attend Virtually – Register Here:
Parking: Limited parking available in the OneGroup parking lot, with additional on street parking.  Enter at the Education Center entrance.

Open Arms, Closed Borders, And the Future Of America’s Immigration Myth

Monday, May 8 at 6:30pm –  a virtual conversation. Register Here

With climate change, the global rise in xenophobia and nationalism, increasing economic disenfranchisement, and rampant disinformation that amplifies othering, America’s immigration system is crashing towards catastrophe. Moderated by WNYC’s Arun Venugopal, you will hear from panelists including Paola Mendoza, Dr. Tom Wong, and our own Executive Director Murad Awawdeh!  New York Immigration Coalition

Central Current Spring Fundraiser Kick-off at Harvey’s Garden. 

Thursday, May 25, 6 pm at Harvey’s Garden

Join Central Current in-person for local food, drink and music. Hear about what we’ve accomplished since our launch in June 2022, see what’s in store for 2023, and mingle with the community and our staff. There may just be a surprise or two in store! To attend: sign up for newsletter, membership, or donation:

CNY Pride Day: June 10, Inner Harbor 

Central Current In-Person Focus Group: Commentary & Perspectives: Thursday, June 22, 6 Pm

There was a real interest in this topic. We hear you – and that’s why we’ll have a virtual AND in-person discussion around this. If you’d like to participate, email  

Primary Election: Tuesday, June 27, 2023. Polls Are Open 6:00 Am-9:00 Pm. 

Early Voting: 6/17-6/25

Election Day: Tues. November 7, 2023 County, town, and village elections. More info: NY State Board of Elections page and at the Onondaga County Board of Elections Primaries will be in June.


SYRACUSE  STREET HEAT is just one, very unencumbered way to work for peace and social justice. We’re part of a decades-long grassroots tradition here, in Ithaca and elsewhere. We stand out and stand up for what we stand for. 

A handful of us stand at busy intersections, for 45 minutes at rush hour, pivoting to the traffic with hand-held signs. We want to get the public thinking about issues often underrepresented in the media. We’re there weekly in almost all of Syracuse’s weather (we seldom cancel). Bring your own sign – or use one of ours. No meetings or committees, so participation time is minimal (yay!) Our Team:  Ann, Dick, Ed, Geoff, Jim, Julienne, Les, Leslie, Peter…. 

To learn more, call Ann: (315) 478 4571.                   



West sidewalk of the broad intersection of Erie Blvd East & East Genesee St., DeWitt (across from the Fire Dept.) For years our focus has been on solidarity with the people of Palestine.

EVERY SATURDAY: 9 to 9:45 a.m.   RACISM, ANTI-WAR, ANTI-NUKE, etc.)                                                                                                           

Across from Regional Market, 2100 Park offramp from Liverpool/Park St exit of 81 N.          

NOTE: after over a decade of our regular demos at Hancock’s main gate, that gate has been demolished. We are assessing how best to keep up the pressure.   

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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. 

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