CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

CNY Solidarity Newsletter: May 9 – 16, 2023

From CNY Solidarity Coalition

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

Micron: Environmental Concerns. Presentation and Discussion.

More details next week.

Watch CNY Solidarity’s Speaker Series: What is STAR Voting?

Watch 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. Watch on YouTube.

From our special May 2 presentation. 

June In- Person Meeting: 

June 11. Tentative Agenda: Candidates’ Forum

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.


Your One-Stop Guide to the 2023 New York State Budget

It’s finally here. Late Tuesday night, lawmakers voted on the last of New York’s 10 budget bills. We broke down what’s in them. Read it on   

Jeffrey Sachs on China’s “Historic” Push for Multipolar World to End U.S. Domination

“All of the diplomatic gestures of China — you know, the meeting with Macron in Beijing, with Lula in Beijing, brokering this deal between Iran and Saudi Arabia, now offering not only to negotiate between Ukraine and Russia, but Israel and Palestine — this hardly gets attention in the United States media.” Read it on

Syracuse Community Picks Doula Care Collaboration To Receive $150K To Fight Lead Crisis

Syracuse community members voted to give $150,000 to a collaboration of doula care groups to help fight the city’s lead crisis. The vote came after about eight months of community meetings run by the Central New York Community Foundation as part of a participatory budgeting experiment. Read it on

From BLM Syracuse:

On this day two years ago we lost our dear comrade, Nikeeta A.T. Slade, unexpectedly and our lives were forever changed. We miss her wit, brilliance, humor, and guidance. … Nikeeta was an amazing organizer, mentor, educator, who helped usher in a new generation of organizers to fight for and uplift Black lives. She had an unwavering commitment to the betterment of the Black community and used her skillful abilities to create spaces of joy within the Syracuse organizing community. Our friend invested endless hours, energy, and money to improve the materials conditions of Black and brown folks in Central New York. Read/watch Here.  

Where Will Micron’s Thousands Of Workers Live In Central NY? New Town Centers Could Be Answer

The Syracuse region, already facing a housing shortage, might need 12,000 new homes and apartments to accommodate the growth spurred by Micron Technology’sproposed chip plant in Clay.

Onondaga County’s top official says the way to get there is to build multiple “town centers” in Clay and three other towns in the northern part of the county. Read it on   

Dozens Of Bipartisan Election Officials, Former Members Of Congress, And Government Officials Call On Congress To Fund Our Elections

New poll also finds overwhelming bipartisan agreement that the federal government should do more to fund elections.

Read it on  


For Constituents of Sen. John Mannion, who is on the NYS Senate Environmental Conservation Committee

NY Renews is currently organizing around the Climate, Jobs & Justice Package, a legislative roadmap to rapidly decarbonize New York, make our state healthier and more equitable, ensure a just transition for workers, and help create an accessible green economy for all. Please call Sen. Mannion and ask him to support the Climate and Community Protection Fund and the other bills in the Package:

Help CNY Solidarity Coalition By Amplifying Our On-Line Messaging!

You can help promote the messages from CNY Solidarity Coalition (and other groups you support) by attending this free online seminar. We need a few more volunteers! Sign up for Social Media Training on Zoom below, Thurs., May 11. 

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!


W. E. B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits: 

A Conversation With Whitney Battle-Baptiste And Britt Rusert 

Tue. May 9, 2023. 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Online Free, Registration Required

In W. E. B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America (Princeton Architectural Press, 2018), editors Whitney Battle-Baptiste and Britt Rusert brought together the first complete publication of Du Bois’s groundbreaking charts, graphs, and maps presented at the 1900 Paris Exposition. A selection of Du Bois’ pioneering data visualizations are currently on display at Cooper Hewitt in the exhibition Deconstructing Power: W. E. B. Du Bois at the 1900 World’s Fair. Join us for an evening with the editors as they discuss these data portraits through the lens of Du Bois’s life, work, and scholarship.  An audience Q + A will follow.  

Equity Day For Nonprofits

May 10th 2023  8:00 AM  to  12:00 PM 

Collegian Hotel, 1060 E Genesee St Syracuse, NY 13210 More Info

This targeted half-day training opportunity brings together a cross section of nonprofit leaders to discuss equity and inclusion strategies and how they intersect with the services and resources they provide to the community. A team of national experts will share their expertise to help nonprofit leaders hone their skills, knowledge, and leadership to affect change. The session will focus on equity education and strategies, as well as managing staff and designing effective tactics to drive greater impact within organizations and communities.

Keynote Speaker:  Nkosi Anderson, educator and a social activist.   

Cost: $49.00 per person; Group rate: $230 for a team of 5. Register Contact:

Tree Equity and Climate Change in Syracuse 

Wednesday, May 10, 2023. 7 PM – 8:30 PM at ArtRage Gallery 505 Hawley Avenue Syracuse, NY 13203

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

Social Media Training on Zoom with CNY Solidarity Coalition

Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 1:30 PM

Join us on Zoom to go through some basics of social media. We will cover Facebook but if time allows we may be able to explore Instagram and Twitter. We will have some exercises to do together and Elaine will take your questions, share her screen and show you how to share, post and more.  

Sign up at

A Taste of Cultures: AAPI Heritage Month 

Thursday May 11 At 6 PM – 7 PM

Register Here Event by Salt City Market

Join our incredible guest chefs as they share Asian American 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.

5/11 = Ngoc Huynh with Vietnamese Pig Ear & Lime Leaf Salad

5/18 = Sara Tong-Ngork with Thai Summer Rolls

5/25 = Anirban Acharya & Salt City Bar with Spices & Cocktails 

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

Beyond Earth Day 

May 13, 2023 04:00 PM  in  

Veterans for Peace, The Climate Crisis and Militarism Project is hosting a free webinar. MC: VFP Membership Coordinator Jules Vaquera, who will sing and also feature a music video! Speakers and topics: Gary Butterfield, No MAS (Military Air Shows) project; Ian Mooney, outreach to youth climate activists; Steve Morse, Just Transition project; Cindy Piester, overview of COP27; Jim Rine, Stop War/Save Climate project. Register Here.

Queen is an activist with Syracuse BLM and a multi-talented performer. 


Saturday, May 13, 2023, 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM

CFAC-Community Folk Art Center (map) 805 East Genesee Street Syracuse, NY

Big-city, bright lights, and Broadway dreams — As a first-generation Ghanaian, Queen’s love affair with music and aspirations to perform are complicated. — Redd Opera Co. is proud to present A. QUEEN Cabaret, featuring Alice Queen. This solo performance, directed by Sonita Surratt, will showcase Queen’s talents as a singer, songwriter, actress, and advocate. The night will celebrate story-telling and songs featuring the Shawn Seals SMX Band!


Beyond The Glass: Making A Center For Ecology Out Of Syracuse’s Aquarium

May 15, 2023 – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. ArtRage Gallery

More Info Here

Join The Canary Lab for an invigorating discussion about the proposed aquarium in Syracuse. The discussion will be moderated by artist, Syracuse University Professor and current Guggenheim Fellow, Edward Morris. 

The focus of the discussion will be how to ensure that all or a significant portion of the aquarium will be devoted to local ecology and sustainability and also to ensure that the voices, history and current perspectives of the Onondaga Nation will be given the appropriate respect and space. 

FREE to the public. Refreshments will be served.

May 16th: Vote in your local school board races across NY!

Save the Dates

Town of Manlius Climate Action Plan Open House

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 At 5 Pm – 6:30 Pm

The Town of Manlius is currently working to create a Climate Action Plan (CAP). The goal of the CAP is to set targets and act as a plan for reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in the Town of Manlius, both from municipal operations and the community-at-large. 

Visit Sustainable Manlius to view the CAP at

You can provide feedback in person at the Open House or at Sustainable Manlius

Questions? Amanda Mazzoni at or Katelyn Kriesel at

Teen/Young Adult Community Choir New Member Welcome (with Pizza!)

Thursday, May 18, 2023 At 6 Pm – 7:30 Pm

Syracuse Community Choir

At Women’s Information Center

Learn more about COVID-19 guidelines

Come kick off the spring season with us at our new member meeting! Open to teens and young adults of all genders, ages 16-35, looking for a place to share their voice and be themselves with a community of singers. 

No try-outs! Masks required. Transportation provided if you need it. Call/text 307-689-6947 or 970-234-2743. 

Rally Outside Rep. Williams Town Hall

Friday, May 19, 2023. 5:45 PM

Indivisible Onondaga County

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. 

Brandon Williams’s Upcoming Town Halls

Below you will find dates and times for upcoming town halls. RSVP by clicking here.

Camillus Town Hall May 19, 2023, 6:30 PM , 5801 Newport Rd, Camillus, NY 13031

Fayetteville Town Hall May 30, 2023, 6:30 PM.: Wellwood Middle School Auditorium, 700 S. Manlius Street, Fayetteville, NY 13066

Clay Town Hall June 1, 2023, 6:30 PM.: Town of Clay Town Hall 401 State Route 31, Clay, NY 13041

Small Business Entrepreneurship Class 

Jubilee Homes of Syracuse, Inc. and Tap Roots Fields 

Saturday, May 20th and Saturday, May 27th, 2023, from 10AM -2PM. 

Onondaga Community College (Mulroy Hall, Rm 410) 4941 Onondaga Road Syracuse, NY 13215

If you are a current small business owner or if you want to start a business, this 2-day class is a must! 

You will:

Learn about the components of a business plan

Determine the right business structure for your plan

Develop a marketing strategy

Connect with local banks/credit unions to learn about how to apply for microloans 

Connect with a business consultant to ask specific questions

The class will provide the information and direction that you need to make your business a success. RSVP today, as seating is limited. 

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  

Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign 10 Year Celebration

June 24-25 (11 am Saturday to early afternoon Sunday)

Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community (near Fonda, NY) and Caroga Lake Campground

Info/Registration. Also see the NOON page Here

This summer is the 10th anniversary of the historic Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign. Hundreds of people came together with a spiritual commitment to renew the Covenant Chain of Friendship and educated many thousands of people about this foundational treaty and the desperate need to learn from its powerful vision and work together for a just and sustainable future for everyone.

To mark this anniversary we will gather at the annual Strawberry Festival at Kanatsiohareke on Saturday, June 24 and then continue our celebrations that night and the following day at a campground about 20 minutes drive north of there. 

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.   

CNY Solidarity Coalition

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Mail/Donations 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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