CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

CNY Solidarity Newsletter: June 6 – 13

From CNY Solidarity Coalition

Primary Candidate Forum: Our June In-Person Meeting

Sunday, June 11 · 3 – 5pm · Bishop Harrison Center

Hear from candidates from Onondaga County District 15, City Auditor & Councilor-At-Large races and make your plan to vote in the primary on June 27! Early voting June 17 – 25! 

We will be recording and zooming this forum for anyone who would like to watch this forum virtually. The zoom link will be sent Thursday. We will only be able to take questions from attendees in person. So send us questions for the candidates beforehand at We will try to fit in as many questions as we can. 

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Upcoming Micron Discussions: We have been considering how to hold public discussions of issues related to the coming Micron project, with emphasis on environmental and energy concerns. Suggestions for possible speakers or other proposals? Send to:

See the expanded and organized Micron Resources on our website:


Wind now 44% cheaper than gas-fired power in US

Wind energy is now 44% cheaper than gas-fired electricity, while utility-scale solar farms generate power 33% less expensive than gas plants, writes Guggenheim Securities in an analysis. Read it on

$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.

“… about one in 10 children tested for lead in Syracuse in 2022 showed elevated levels of the toxic element in their blood.” Read it on

Two Points of View on the Debt Deal:

Rep. Ro Khanna: Avoiding Default Was Necessary, But Debt Deal Was Passed at Expense of “Most Vulnerable 

Read or watch on

Robert Reich: Five Things The Debt Deal Tells Us About The Future

Read it on Substack


NY Renews just released a jobs report that illustrates the transformative potential of a fully funded Climate and Community Protection Fund (CCPF).

The report reveals that our signature legislation, the Climate and Community Protection Fund, alongside the state’s new Climate Action Fund, would help create over 90,000 new jobs across NYS, from wind and solar installation, to public transit, to project design, and so much more.

With just one week left in the legislative session, we need your help to get the Climate and Community Protection Fund across the finish line. Can you take a few moments to email legislative leaders in Albany, asking them to pass the CCPF and create 90,000 good, green jobs?

Let’s seize this moment and ensure that the Climate and Community Protection Fund becomes a reality. Use our one-click email tool today.

Urge Assembly Speaker & Senate Majority Leader to Schedule a VOTE ASAP

We’ve got an opportunity to reduce single-use plastic packaging by 50% in New York while getting toxic chemicals out of packaging and giving recycling and composting programs a boost and taking the burden for dealing with packaging waste off tax-payers. But time is running out to pass the Packaging Reduction & Recycling Infrastructure Act (A5322-a/S4246-a)! The legislature will adjourn on Thursday, June 8 and we need Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to schedule this critical bill for a floor vote ASAP.


Cancel the Aquarium!

Today, Tuesday, June 6 at 1PM the 100% taxpayer funded Aquarium is back on the Onondaga County legislature agenda! 

Located in: Onondaga Supreme and County Courts House

Address401 Montgomery St #407, Syracuse, NY 13202

The legislators will vote on whether to purchase 4.7 acres of vacant land (most of which is in the 100-year floodplain boundary) for 1.7 million dollars. As all our housing, healthcare, food & additional expenses continue to rise, Ryan McMahon is still pushing forward with his aquarium which taxpayers will be on the hook for maintaining for years to come.

With more information about design and operating coming out this summer. We should have this information before the county legislature decides to purchase any land for its development. 

Send your comments by 12PM to county legislators at and show up to make a public comment.

Read the articles below, send your comments to county legislators at and be ready to show up on June 6th at 1pm

The Clay Town Board and Planning Board will hold a joint public hearing June 7 on the request to change the zoning in White Pine Commerce Park, on Route 31, to allow the Micron fab.

Wednesday, June 7, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Liverpool High School auditorium, 4338 Wetzel Road, Liverpool. 

Public officials have held several informal town halls to answer questions and hear citizen feedback on the Micron plan. This will be the first formal public hearing held by the town where the fab will be built. A public hearing is a required step in the approval process, and all comments become part of the public record.


Christian Nationalism: Why It’s Dangerous for Democracy and the Gospel

Wednesday, June 7, 6 Pm-8 Pm. Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church, 5299 Jamesville Rd., Dewitt

Questions To: Jcooneyl@Gmail.Com

Christian nationalism has been all over the news lately, but many people don’t know what it means or why it matters. This presentation will introduce what Christian nationalism is, how it works and why it poses a danger to

democracy and to Christianity itself. Sponsored by the Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse.

Please join us and invite others.

Presenter: Dr. Greg Carey, Professor of New Testament at Lancaster Theological Seminary, since 1999, Recent books: “Death, the End of History, and Beyond: Eschatology in the Bible” and “Using Our Outside Voice: Public Biblical Interpretation.” Greg has published in venues like the Christian Century, Religion Dispatches and The Huffington Post. He has appeared in documentaries with the BBC, PBS and the Discovery Channel.

Volunteer Orientation – Workers’ Center of CNY

June 8th, 6:00-7:00pm

WCCNY Office: 2013 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13210

We are calling all new and old volunteers to join us for an orientation to the work we do and how you can better assist us as an ally. For those of which cannot attend on this date, feel free to reach out to plan a one-on-one with a member of our staff. A Zoom link will be made available for those interested in attending virtually, but we strongly encourage attendance in person.
If you are able to assist us in any way or would be open to supporting on a date other than mentioned above, please contact:

Climate Receiver Places GreeningUSA’s Next Green Bag Lunch!
Friday, June 9, 12:00pm – 1:30pm, EST In-Person & Virtual

OneGroup Education Center, 706 North Clinton Street, Syracuse, NY 13204
Speaker:  Baxter Hankin, Aspiring Architect, Climate Change Policy Advocate, PLACE Initiative
Learn more about communities with lower climate-related risk that are well-situated to receive climate migrants.
As the world changes & becomes less hospitable, where will people go?
How will receiving places manage the growth? How will places provide the necessary jobs and services?
How will well-situated places remain viable & resilient?”
Time for questions and an open discussion with attendees.
FREE and Open to All! But you must be registered to attend. 
To Attend In Person – Register Here:
Limited parking available in the OneGroup parking lot, with additional on street parking.  Enter at the Education Center entrance.
To Attend Virtually – Register Here:
A Zoom link will be sent to those registered after registration closes at 11am on June 9. 

CNY Pride Day: June 10, Inner Harbor 

 Witness to Injustice Program
Saturday, June 10, 1-4 pm. Soule Branch Library, 101 Springfield Road, Syracuse, NYA project of the Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation / Syracuse Peace Council.Free and Open to the Public, Registration Required  Witness to Injustice is a unique three-hour interactive group educational experience. It uses an experiential, participatory model to share the disturbing history of what Indigenous Peoples have experienced through colonization with a focus on the experience of the Onondaga Nation and other Haudenosaunee Peoples. The program seeks to foster truth, understanding, and respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the part of the world now known as the United States; especially in the territory stewarded by people of the Onondaga Nation and other Haudenosaunee peoples. It was created in collaboration with Kairos Canada and involves facilitation by Onondaga Nation citizens and non-Indigenous allies.   

CNY Solidarity June In- Person Meeting: Primary Candidate Forum
Sunday, June 11 · 3 – 5pm · Bishop Harrison Center. See Above for details.  

Reimagining School Safety: A Community Conversation
Sun., June 11, 1:00 – 3:00PM, Syracuse Peace and Justice Center, 213 E. Genesee Street 13210REGISTER HERE — ($25 gift card to first 25 people to register)Join the conversation. This community-wide dialogue hosted by SPAARC, is an opportunity to continue the conversation started in 2020 about the impact of School Resource Officers on our youths’ academic and socio-emotional development. This participatory dialogue also aims to identify alternative classroom management and student-centered support strategies. Lunch provided for conversation attendees. FREE + OPEN to the public. 

Save the Dates The Power of Public Financing in New York
Tues, June 13, 2023, 7:00 p.m.Dewitt Community Library 5110 Jamesville Rd, Jamesville, NYWith Karen Wharton, Democracy Coalition Coordinator, Citizen Action of New YorkSponsored by Indivisible Salt CityThe New York State public campaign financing law will shake up our elections. The impact of small-dollar donations will be multiplied when candidates opt into the system. For example:  your $5.00 donation for Governor would be increased by the state to total $35.00. This means individual citizens will have enormous power to choose candidates that best represent our interests.  

Disability Town Hall: What’s Really Happening In Our Schools?
Wednesday, June 14, 4 – 5:30 p.m.National Veterans Resource Center, K.G. Tan Auditorium, 101 Waverly Ave. Syracuse, 13244Join the Center on Disability and Inclusion for a Town Hall on the realities, challenges and priorities for students with disabilities in PreK through college.Central New York legislators and area educational leadership will hear stakeholder testimonials and discuss ways to support students with disabilities across the education system. Reception to Follow. Free and open to the public.  RSVP Required. RSVP Today!

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: 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

Jubilee Homes Job Fair and Construction Expo

Friday, June 16 · 10am – 2pm EDT 

Marriott Syracuse Downtown 100 East Onondaga Street Syracuse, NY 13202

The Jubilee Homes Build to Work Program invites all County Residents to attend our upcoming Job Fair.

Jubilee Homes Syracuse Inc. Build 2 Work Program 

Register Here

June Focus Forum: Exploring Tomorrow’s Transit

Friday, June 16 at 12:05 p.m.

FOCUS Greater Syracuse, Inc. is excited to host Centro and the SMTC (Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council) for a free, virtual Forum on the future of Syracuse’s public transportation.

Centro and the SMTC kicked-off the Exploring Tomorrow’s Transit public engagement effort with a survey in January 2023. The survey remained open through May 19, 2023, while the SMTC and Centro also conducted three public “open houses” and numerous community tabling events. This FOCUS forum will report the early findings of the survey and provide information about the on-going Exploring Tomorrow’s Transit initiative.

Panelists: Bren Daiss, Director of Special Transportation Projects & Planning, Centro; Meghan Vitale, Principal Transportation Planner, Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council

Moderator: Helen Hudson, President of Common Council, City of Syracuse

REGISTER HERE.  For more about the Forums and FOCUS go to

Sanctuaries –  Book Reading and Signing with Author Vince Sgambati

Friday, June 16 at 6 PM

Parthenon Books, xxx S. Salina St.

A new novel from award-winning local author Vince Sgambati about the challenges of growing up gay and adopted in an Italian family in a time of  great social upheaval. 

Early Voting Begins in Primary Election

Saturday, June 17

When can I vote early?

Click here for Primary dates and times.

Click here for General dates and times.

Where can I vote early?

Click here for Primary locations.

Click here for General locations.

Westcott Art Trail: Sat., June 17.

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  

Strawberry Festival – Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community

Saturday, June 24, 2023 At 10 Am – 6 Pm

Event by Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community

All are welcome to join us for a day filled with family, friends, fun, food, and entertainment featuring traditional and contemporary Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy) culture! 

The strawberry is a symbol of rebirth and renewal. 

Help us reopen our community to public events after 3 long years!

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. 

Golden Rule Peace Boat, A Veterans for Peace Project

July 16, 17 & 18. (Tentative Dates)

The historic anti-nuclear sailboat will be sailing to the Syracuse area this summer.

See the VFP Golden Rule Web Site and to watch a short video about this amazing initiative for peace. 

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

Early Voting: 6/17-6/25

Czarny Seminar: How to Vote by Absentee June Primary 2023:

Westcott St. Cultural Fair. Sun., Oct 1

Abolitionist Freedom Walk ’23 Sat., Oct. 21. Canastota Canal Museum. Information/Registration.

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

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

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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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