CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

CNY Solidarity Newsletter :: May 2 – May 9, 2023

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.

Go to the Facebook Event for the Zoom Link. 

CNY Solidarity Meeting: Sunday, May 21, 3-4:30 PM; In person @ Bishop Harrison Center

Micron: Environmental Concerns: Presentation and Discussion.

June In- Person Meeting: Tentative Date: June 11.

CNY Solidarity’s 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 3 PM,followed by in-person Committee Meetings when scheduled. 
  • In case of inclement weather or other issues, notification/Zoom link by 10 AM on the day of the meeting.
  • Please wear a mask, and practice reasonable social distancing.


Williams, GOP Are Using Debt Ceiling As A Blackmail Tool 

(Guest Opinion by David M. Driesen)

If your retirement account plummets or your lose your job in a recession in the coming months, you can blame Rep. Brandon Williams and his fellow Republicans in Congress. Read Here

Families for Lead Freedom on Inspiration for the Nation Watch Here.

George Kilpatrick with Oceanna Fair, South Side Branch Lead of Families for Lead Freedom Now! Inc., and Kiara Van Brackle, Community Health Researcher/Educator, discuss lead poisoning and its impact on our community. 

Private Equity Is Gutting America — And Getting Away with It

It’s an incentive system that encourages risky, even reckless behavior but, insulated from liability, they face little consequence if those plans fail. This explains why private equity firms often have such sorry consequences for everyone except themselves. Read it on

Editorial: A Clean Slate

Sealing some kinds of criminal records would let more people build stable lives after prison — and it would help the economy, too.

Political “Polarization” Isn’t The Real Problem In America: One Pole Is A Lot Worse Than The Other. Read it on  

Political research is all about the dangers of polarization. But what if one pole is cynical and dangerous?

“The concern should not be that certain groups are fighting for equality. The concern should be that we live in a vastly unequal society.

…On the right what you really see is the product of a long campaign to undermine trust in knowledge-producing institutions. It’s been a concerted campaign that stretches back over decades…”

Here are two newsletter recommendations from our members: 

Hopium Chronicles By Simon Rosenberg:

Today’s Edition Newsletter by Robert Hubbell


Call Your House “unrepresentative” Brandon Williams and Admonish him for Supporting McCarthy’s MAGA Wish ListSyracuse office: (315) 233-4333

This would slash funding to the essential programs that support our communities, including:

  • Cause delays and cuts to Social Security and Medicare
  • Deny food assistance to those who need it most
  • Strip millions of Americans of their health care
  • Allow corporations and the wealthy few at the top to cheat on their taxes

Urban Jobs Task Force is hiring its first Executive Director! 

Great salary, benefits and mission to serve! Info Here

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!


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.

We’re inviting all Syracuse residents to take part in a one-day online vote to choose which city-wide project will receive $150,000 in 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 to attend.

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!

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 on a long list of accomplishments and set-backs.  Looking forward we see inevitable change, opportunities and more tests of our advocacy for a sustainable future.  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

Clean Slate Advocacy Days in Albany

Tuesday, May 9, 2023 10:00 AM –  4:00 PM ET

NYS Capitol: Million Dollar Staircase, Albany, NY 12224

We’ll be headed to Albany on May 9 and May 31 (unless we win passage before then) for rallies, press conferences, and meetings with lawmakers to demand passage of Clean Slate. Please sign up here to join us, invite members and partners, and share the attached graphic on social media. We really need a show of force! Please join us if at all possible. Read Editorial Here

Save the Dates

Tree Equity and Climate Change in Syracuse 

Wednesday, May 10, 2023. 7 PM – 8:30 PM at ArtRage Gallery

With Jordan Jessamy, SUNY ESF graduate student. This presentation will discuss how climate change impacts trees, what that means for city residents, and how some residents may face greater risk than others. Info Here

League of Women Voters Annual Legislative Breakfast

Friday, May 12th. 7:45- 9:30 AM(Rescheduled)
Collegian Hotel & Suites, 1060 E. Genesee St., Syr. 

Learn where your State Senators & Assembly representatives stand on the issues important to you. 
The public is invited. Cost of breakfast buffet is $25.00
Reservations must be received by May 6th. Reservation & Payment Options:
Click here to pay online
Make Reservations pay at the door

Rally Outside Rep. Williams Town Hall 

Friday, May 19, 2023. 5:45 PM

Camillus Volunteer Fire Department 5801 Newport Rd, Camillus, NY, United States, New York

Postponed from 5/2 to 5/19 due to a death in Rep. Williams’s family. More details as we have them.

Rep. Williams just voted for a debt ceiling bill that would: 
• Drastically cut funds for education, eliminating preschool for hundreds of thousands of kids, slashing over 100,000 teaching positions, and disrupting school for millions of students 
• Slash already-inadequate healthcare for veterans, resulting in longer wait times for life-saving treatment and 30 million fewer outpatient visits 
• Take Meals on Wheels away from 1 million seniors, and cut nutrition assistance from low-income women, infants and children
• Increase housing costs for low-income seniors and veterans
• And more…
Join us as we rally outside his town hall, then go inside to ask him why. 

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:

Brandon Williams’s Upcoming Town Halls

5/30 in Fayetteville and 6/1 in Clay. 

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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Mail/Donations Address: CNY Solidarity Coalition, P.O. Box 6137, Teall Post Office, 226 Teall Ave., Syracuse NY 13217

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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. 

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

Peter McCarthy
Coordinating Committee
CNY Solidarity Coalition

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