CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: June 13 – 20, 2023

From CNY Solidarity Coalition

Watch the Primary Candidate Forum from our June 11 Meeting

Thank you to everyone (about 50 people!) who attended our forum and to the candidates from Onondaga County District 15, City Auditor & Common Councilor At Large races for participating. 

Watch & Share the forum at 

Then make your plan to vote in the primary on June 27!

Early Voting starts this Saturday, June 17. 

Visit for voting time and polling locations. 


Legislator Kinne: New Information Should Mean New Vote On Aquarium Land Purchase Read iton

Legislators did not know, however, that the DEC was investigating contaminated soil samples found there last Friday. That information was revealed in a story Thursday on

NY Renews in the News:Our coalition and movement work has gathered a lot of press over the past month. Catch up on your reading here!

We Can See Clearly Now – The Smoke Has Come – a few thoughts from Bill McKibben

 this is what a huge percentage of the world’s people breathe every single day of their lives. In fact, we should probably—in our hearts if not our lungs—be grateful for a few days like this. They bring us much much closer to the lived experience of billions of our brothers and sisters. Read it on Substack

Rebecca Solnit on Facebook: Laughing at the ridiculous stuff in the indictment was fun, but fascists get serious when they get cornered, and in this unpacking of Trump’s speech post-indictment, Jeff Scarlett finds attacks on Jews, vaccines, trans kids, and pretty much everything else except Trump’s chosen people and also finds him again granting permission to lash out with violence. 

See more:

The Right Wing’s Latest Target in Its War on Education? Teaching Climate Change.

Climate change education is in the right’s crosshairs just as the movement to teach it is getting off the ground.

Read it on

A National State of Emergency: Human Rights Campaign Sounds the Alarm over Anti-LGBTQ+ Laws in U.S.

There have been more than 70 anti-LGBTQ+ bills signed into law so far in 2023 — more than double last year’s number… Read it on

How Minnesota Democrats Passed A Raft Of Progressive Legislation With A 1-Seat Majority Read it on

Party unity and a political rebound years in the making produced the “Minnesota Miracle 2.0.” 


See our Contact Your Representatives page for contact info. 

Read this letter: Suspend Aquarium Project 

After the Onondaga County Legislators voted 9 – 8 on June 6 to pay 1.7 million to COR Development for 4.7 acres of vacant land, reported on June 8 that County Executive Ryan McMahon did not tell legislators about chemicals found up to 7 feet deep in the soil. Information he had 4 days earlier, yet did not disclose with Onondaga County legislators before the vote to buy this land that was supposedly “cleaned up”. Call & email your county legislators and ask them to meet in an emergency session to reconsider buying land at Inner Harbor for the aquarium and vote to put the aquarium project on hold for 60 days for legislators to learn how contaminated this land is from the DEC. If this land needs to be remediated, how much will this add to the aquarium project?  This question and more need to be answered. 

Contact Onondaga County Legislators at 

One Would Think That a Truffle Farmer Would Know Some Science

From : 

“Rep. Brandon Williams set off his own firestorm after tweeting about smoke from the Quebec wildfires that sent dangerously unhealthy air into Central New York this morning for a second consecutive day.

“Smoke from Canadian wildfires doesn’t stay in Canada,” Williams wrote in a tweet Tuesday. “Air pollution in China doesn’t stay in China. Progressives’ crazy energy policies have driven up costs, hurting American families.”

Please call Rep. Williams (315-423-5657) to protest him using an actual climate change-influenced event to promote his fanatical agenda.  

We have a HISTORIC win to celebrate: the passage of Clean Slate through the Senate and the Assembly!
But before Clean Slate becomes law, Governor Hochul must sign the bill. Will you take a minute and call the Governor and tell her to sign Clean Slate? Here’s the number to call: 518-474-8390. 


Power Of Public Financing In New York

Tuesday, June 13, 7-8 PM – Community Library of Dewitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road

Event by Terry Bradner and Indivisible Salt City

Karen Wharton from Citizen Action of NY will explain how the new campaign finance law will shake up our elections. Individual citizens will have enormous power to choose candidates that best represent our district. Open to all. 

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, 13244

Join 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, 333 S. Salina St., Syracuse

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 and where can I vote early?

Click here for Primary dates and times.

Click here for General dates and times.

Westcott Art Trail: Sat., June 17.

Syracuse DSA (Democratic Socialists of America) June General Meeting

June 18th — 4:00 pm-5:30 pm for the agenda portion; 5:30-6:00 pm for the social

ArtRage Gallery Info/RSVP

We look forward to continuing and celebrating the great progress we’ve made this year, while also taking a step back to evaluate how we can galvanize more members & working class folks to action!

Town Hall on Gun Violence

Tuesday, June 20, 2023, 5:30-7:30 PM, Southwest Community Center, 401 South Ave

100 Black Men of Syracuse 

While the federally funded Safer Streets Program calls for a focus on mental health, education and career placement, its most controversial element includes paying known gang members a weekly stipend not to break the law and work toward turning around their lives. The town hall on gun violence will give attendees an opportunity to give their views on the program and other efforts to reduce gun violence with city officials present. More Information

Offering their perspectives and answering questions during the two-hour moderated discussion will be:

  • Timothy Jennings Bey, CEO of Street Addiction Institute Inc.
  • Lateef Johnson-Kinsey, director of the Syracuse Mayor’s office to reduce gun violence
  • Bennie McDonald, owner, BMD Armed Security, Inc.
  • Jawwaad Rasheed, Chief Accountability Officer for the Syracuse Police Department

Other expert witnesses will also be available to answer questions during the Q&A portion of the program.

Pre-register for this event.

Save the Dates

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  

Free Paint Recycling Drop Off Event In Partnership With Assemblyman Stirpe!

Saturday, June 24 · 8am – 12pm EDT East Syracuse Minoa Central High School Info/Tickets

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 and then continue our celebrations that night and the following day at a campground about 20 minutes drive north of there. 

Seeds of Transformation: Syracuse Community Choir Summer Solstice Concert

Wed, June 28 – 7 PM – University United Methodist Church – 1085 E Genesee St, Syracuse]

Please share the Facebook event far & wide!

Join us for Syracuse Community Choir’s Summer Solstice concert! In-person at University United Methodist Church on E. Genesee St. & live-streamed on SCC Facebook and YouTube. Sliding scale tickets ($5- $30; no one turned away), children free. Wheelchair accessible, interpreted for the Deaf by Maggie Russell, braille programs available. Masks encouraged for audience, singers rapid-test on performance day. Don’t miss this transformative event!

Workers’ Center of CNY Eighth Annual Soccer Tournament!

Sunday, July 30 – 6245 Randall Rd. Syracuse 13214

Our biggest event of the year with members and allies coming together for an all day soccer tournament along with food, fundraising, and more! Please let us know (315-218-5708) if you would like to register a team, volunteer, or provide support in any way.

Summer Leadership Institute For Social Change

July 11 – Aug. 10, Tues., Wed., Thurs. – Interfaith Works, 1010 James St. Syr.

The Institute offers a series of workshops, dialogues, leadership activities and action-taking opportunities, all while being part of a tight-knit cohort of diverse youth leaders. Youth leaders who participate will receive a $599 stipend. 

Contact Maggie Sardino at

Golden Rule Peace Boat, A Veterans for Peace Project

Sun. July 16 – Mon. July 17  

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. 

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

Westcott St. Cultural Fair. Sun., Oct 1

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Festival 2023 – Sunday, October 8, 2023, 3 Pm – 8 Pm. Everson Museum

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: June 27


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.    

1ST AND 3RD TUESDAYS: 4 PM to 4:45 PM at Hancock’s main gate.


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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

CNY Solidarity Coalition

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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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