CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

CNY Solidarity Newsletter: May 16 – 23, 2023

From CNY Solidarity Coalition

New Plan for Upcoming Micron Discussions 

We have been considering how to hold public discussions of a broad range of issues related to the coming Micron project, with emphasis on environmental and energy concerns. More work is needed to prepare for these discussions. We would welcome suggestions for possible speakers or other proposals:

Also, we have begun collecting resources on our website:

CNY Solidarity Meeting: Sunday, May 21, 3-4:30 PM

In person @ Bishop Harrison Center

Revised Agenda Plan:

1.      Announcements; Preview of 6/11 Candidates’ Forum

2.     Micron: General Discussion of approach and options

3.     Discussion of a proposal from our February Meeting. The proposal is to develop an “elevator speech” – a short, spoken statement that communicates something important about a subject (CNY Solidarity Coalition), designed to start a conversation about the subject. A draft will be in the full meeting agenda to be sent on Thursday.

4.     Committee Meetings: in person, starting shortly after 3:30

June In- Person Meeting: 

June 11. Candidates’ Forum. In Person, Bishop Harrison Center. 

To include several City and County candidates. More info Sunday. 

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.


Sen. Rachel May: Micron Can Be A Model For Climate-Friendly Industrial Development Read iton

“The planned 1,400-acre Micron campus is an ideal site for rooftop and parking lot solar arrays that could generate up to 200 megawatts, or about a quarter of the energy the plant is expected to need. It also could be a leader in net-zero construction through its choice of materials and HVAC systems for the building…”

$38M State Plan Aims To Stop Lead Poisoning, But Advocates Aren’t Sure It Will Work

The plan includes cataloging rental properties and fining owners for lead-related violations.

Read it on

This U.S. City Is the Wealthiest in the World, According to a New Study 

There are 340,000 millionaires in this city.

Beyond New York City, Tokyo came in as the second wealthiest city with 290,300 millionaires, followed by California’s Bay Area with 285,000 millionaires, London with 258,000 millionaires, and Singapore with 240,100 millionaires. Los Angeles took the No. 6 spot on the list with 205,400 millionaires, while Chicago took the No. 11 spot with 124,000 millionaires. 

Biden Is Selling Weapons To The Majority Of The World’s Autocracies

Despite the White House’s rhetoric about supporting global democracy, the U.S. sold weapons in 2022 to 57 percent of the world’s authoritarian regimes. Read it on The Intercept

Big Food Raking In Huge Profits From Price Hikes as US Hunger Persists: Analysis

“It’s shameful that Americans are left food insecure and have to skip meals while corporations and their wealthy shareholders enjoy the spoils of supersized profits under unjustified price hikes.” Read it on Portside


Please Read and Take Action!

The first article below came out Monday 5/15. McMahon has reversed his position on a tax break for developers, after public pressure and a newspaper editorial. OCIDA has put its decision off until June 8 after 15 people opposed it at the last meeting. The request immediately below was drafted before this news. 

It is still important for two reasons: First, this case is a critical example of how public pressure can have an impact on this ongoing issue. Second, OCIDA is still going to make a decision. Watch for updates!

Please see the articles below, and the Letter to the Editor. 

Consider writing a Letter to the Editor ( )

Send emails and/or make calls to:

Ryan McMahon Takes A Close Look At Tax Break For Lysander Apartments And Calls For Its Defeat

Read it Here on

“…But McMahon said he took a closer look at the proposal for Drakes Landing Apartments, a 162-unit complex in the Radisson community, following a public hearing last week at which 15 people spoke against granting the project a 10-year payment in lieu of taxes, or PILOT.”

“In response to the number of comments during the public hearing, OCIDA put off considering the Drakes Landing proposal until its June 8 meeting, Hogan said last week.”

Reject no-strings-attached tax breaks for Radisson apartments (Editorial Board Opinion) Read the Editorial

“…it’s unfair to other taxpayers and sets a terrible precedent for future housing development.”

Onondaga County Demands Little In Return For Upscale Apartment Project’s Big Tax Break Read the Article

The developers have not been asked to set aside any of the 162 units for low- or moderate-income tenants.

6 Reasons OCIDA Should Vote ‘No’ On Tax Breaks For Radisson Apartments

Read the Letter on

House MAGA extremists like Rep Brandon Williams are holding our economy hostage to try to enact deep cuts to essential programs & undermine climate action to prevent debt default. Call him: (202)225-3701

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

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, 601 Allen St., Syr. 13210

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. 

Learn About Your Right to Fair Housing – May FOCUS Forum

Friday, May 19 at 12:05 p.m.

FOCUS Greater Syracuse, Inc. offers a free, virtual forum to educate the community about their housing rights.

Join FOCUS Greater Syracuse, the NYS Division of Human Rights, Onondaga County/Syracuse Human Rights Commission, CNY Fair Housing, and Legal Services of Central New York for a conversation about fair housing protections under state law.

Panelists: Caroline Downey, General Council, NYS Division of Human Rights; Sally Santangelo, Executive Director, CNY Fair Housing; Susan Griffith, Managing Attorney, Legal Services of Central New York

Moderator: Bishop Dr. H. Bernard Alex, Victory Temple Fellowship Church

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

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. 

Town Hall starts at 6:30; we’ll be rallying outside from 5:45.

Friday Flix – Before the Flood
Friday May 19, 2023 -7pm  @ ArtRage, 505 Hawley Avenue, Syracuse, New York

A National Geographic Film with Leonardo DiCaprio. 
Academy-Award winning filmmaker Fletcher Stevens follows actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio  on a three years-long journey … exploring global warming. As a UN Messenger of Peace,  diCaprio  accompanies scientists on expeditions.  He takes a candid look at climate change denial, especially among corporations and politicians in the United States. He meets with experts, activists and world leaders to discuss dangers and potential solutions.

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. 

Crowded: A Divergence of Birds – A Performance Art Event. Special guest Colleen Kattau

Saturday, May 20, 2023 -8pm @ ArtRage, 505 Hawley Avenue, Syracuse, New York
As a closing event for “CLIMATE CONNECTIONS: Our Shared Future”, ArtRage welcomes Brooklyn based artists Betsy Andrews, Asa Marder and Carolyn Monastra for a performance of their new work: Crowded: A Divergence of Birds. We will kick off the evening with a musical performance by local singer/songwriter Colleen Kattau. Entailing live performance, soundscape, video, and still projections, “Crowded: A Divergence of Birds” leads the audience through anthropogenic loss, transitional rage, and finally, the mourning necessary to heal ourselves and the planet.

Save the Dates

NY RenewsOnce again, it’s time to Rally for Climate, Jobs, and Justice

Join us on May 25th at one of seven mobilizations taking place across NYS! We’ll be mobilizing in Albany, Ithaca, Rochester, Long Island, New York City, Westchester, and the Hudson Valley.

Our movement secured historic wins in the budget, but there’s still work to do. We need the full Climate, Jobs, and Justice Package to ensure that communities are at the center of our just transition, NY’s 2019 Climate Law is fully implemented, and NYers are relieved of utility debt. 

Can you come to one of our seven rallies across the state on Thursday, May 25th, to bring additional climate justice legislation across the finish line? Find a rally near you on our interactive map. 

Let’s show New York’s legislators the strength of the climate justice movement! 

George Floyd Memorial March: A Call to Action

May 25. 4:30 Gather in Church parking lot. March promptly at 5. 

417 E. Willow St., Syracuse NY 13203

Join Bishop H. Bernard Alex and Syracuse National Action Network

More info: 315-474-4213

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:

Poster Party to prepare for the June 1 B. Williams Town Hall in Clay 

May 25 at 6:00 PM. NSEA office, Main St in North Syracuse

Watch here for more info next week. 

CNY Pride Day: June 10, Inner Harbor 

An Evening with Angela Davis

Thursday, June 15 · 7 – 8pm EDT

Auburn Junior High School, 191 Franklin Street Auburn, NY 13021

By Seward House Museum Reserve Mobile eTicket

The Seward House Museum is pleased to announce that iconic activist, feminist, and acclaimed author Angela Davis will keynote a community-wide commemoration of Juneteenth on June 15th. 

Davis is Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz; she is also a living witness to the historical struggles of our contemporary era. 

Moderated Q&A hosted by award-winning civil rights journalist, legal analyst, and author Jami Floyd.

Following the event will be a VIP reception, meet and greet, and book signing at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Funded, in part, by the NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center and the City of Auburn’s Historic and Cultural Sites Commission.


  • Event Ticket: $35
  • VIP Ticket (includes event and VIP reception): $100
  • VIP Plus Ticket (includes event, VIP reception, and SHM membership): $125

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. 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.


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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