CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: June 20 – 27, 2023

From CNY Solidarity Coalition

Save the date!

In July, 2017, the CNY Solidarity Coalition held a picnic to celebrate its successful launch in the mission to fight the Trump/Pence/Katko administration and promote social, environmental and economic justice. It’s six years later, we’ve done a lot of great work in our community, and now it’s time to celebrate again with the friends and supporters of the Coalition. The picnic will be held on Sunday, July 9 from 12pm to 4pm. The location is to be determined. Stay tuned for more details. 

Watch the Primary Candidate Forum from our June 11 Meeting

Watch & Share the forum at 

Then make your plan to vote in the primary on June 27! – Early Voting started on June 17. 

Visit for voting time and polling locations. 


‘What We Have Lived Through’: Colombian Asylum-Seeker Tells His Story

Onondaga County last month rejected asylum-seekers like Hugo, who told Central Current about his dangerous journey to Syracuse.

“In May, County Executive Ryan McMahon issued an executive order banning asylum-seekers from the county and sued New York City for trying to send migrants to Onondaga County. A judge issued a temporary stay, allowing the ban to stay in effect until the case is heard.” Read it on  

City Auditor Candidate: No Challenge Is Too Big, Including Climate Crisis (Your Letters)

Alex Marion:  “As a candidate for city auditor, it’s my job to ask tough questions — like how will the climate crisis impact the delivery of city services?” Read it on

Young Kids In Syracuse Already Have Heart Damage From High Levels Of Toxins, Study SaysRead it on

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

In a First, Wind and Solar Generated More Power Than Coal in U.S.

Wind and solar produced more U.S. power than coal during the first five months of this year, as several coal plants closed and gas prices dropped.  Read it on

The U.S. has retired around 14 gigawatts of coal capacity, or roughly 7 percent of the coal fleet, since the start of 2022. While coal was declining, wind and solar have been growing by leaps and bounds. 

Atlanta Is Trying to Crush the Opposition to “Cop City” by Any Means Necessary

Mass arrests. Trumped-up charges. Brutal violence. They’re all part of the city’s effort to destroy the movement against the infamous police facility. Read it in

“As the climate crisis worsens, as resources are further consolidated in halls of power, as authoritarian movements flourish and capitalism continues its brutal regime of extraction, there is an increasing awareness that police will be there to brutalize, cage, or kill us whenever we fight for a better world—or for a livable world at all.”

Trump And The Republican Party Exemplify These Five Elements Of Fascism

Robert Reich Read it in


See our Contact Your Representatives page for contact info. 

Vote Now in the Primary Election

When and where can I vote early? – Click here for Primary dates and times.

See our Primary Election Information Page Here:

County and City primaries: candidates and contact information.

View our June 11 Candidates’ Forum.

Printable Poster encouraging participation.


Armond Magnarelli Community Center At McChesney Park 2300 Grant Boulevard, Syracuse Ny 13208 

Beauchamp Branch Library 2111 South Salina Street, Syracuse, Ny 13205 

Lafayette Fire Station #1 (Rear Entrance) 2444 Route 11 South, Lafayette Ny 13084 

Salina Town Hall 201 School Rd, Liverpool, Ny 13088 

Syracuse Community Connection (Southwest Community Center) 401-425 South Avenue, Syracuse Ny 13204 

Every voter within Onondaga County will be able to vote at any Early Voting Site. 


Tuesday, June 20, 2023: 10:00AM – 6:00PM 

Wednesday, June 21, 2023: 12:00PM – 8:00PM 

Thursday, June 22, 2023: 12:00PM – 8:00PM 

Friday, June 23, 2023: 10:00AM – 6:00 PM 

Saturday, June 24, 2023: 9:00AM – 5:00 PM 

Sunday, June 25, 2023: 9:00AM – 5:00 PM 

PRIMARY ELECTION DAY: June 27, 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Find your polling location for Primary Election Day (6/27) Here

From National Indivisible: Call your rep at 1-855-973-4252 and ask them: Will you support Trump as the nominee while he is under indictment for crimes against our national security? Find out where your representative stands, and share it with the world. It’s important that everyone gets the chance to see whether Republicans will actually stand against Trump’s gross negligence and arrogance or whether they will allow him to do whatever he wants regardless of the safety of our country.”

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. 

Contact Onondaga County Legislators at 


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.

Syracuse Health Justice and Patient Organizing Meeting – Citizen Action of New York

Wednesday, June 21 – 6 – 7:30pm EDT. Sign up for more details.

Join local Citizen Action members, volunteers, and health justice activists to plan for our summer outreach and organizing. We’ll debrief the state legislative session and discuss ways we can build our local movement for health justice and patient power.

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!

New/Returning Member Social – Event by Syracuse DSA

Saturday, June 24th, 11 AM – 1 PM at Salt City Market (484 S Salina St)! FB Event Here

Want to learn more about Syracuse DSA and our efforts to build socialism here in CNY?

This will be a relaxed gathering with light refreshments for those who signed up at CNY Pride and those who are interested in getting involved with our work.

We’ll be outside tabling if the weather’s nice and inside if not, so keep your eyes peeled.

Come by to learn more about us, meet like-minded folks in Syracuse, and plug into the campaigns our chapter is working on to build a better world here in CNY and beyond!

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. 

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

Save the Dates

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!

CNY Solidarity Picnic/Celebration

Sunday, July 9. 12-4 Pm Location TBD

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

Sunday, July 16, 2023, 5 – 9 PM, And Monday, July 17 AM, 9 AM- 12 PM

Brewton Center for the Arts, 9660 Brewerton Road, Brewerton, NY 13029

Find updates at the SPC site Here

Event by Syracuse Peace Council and CNY Solidarity Coalition

On July 16th, please join the Syracuse Peace Council, Veterans for Peace, and numerous allied organizations at the Brewerton Center for the Arts to greet the historic Golden Rule Peace Boat for a welcoming ceremony, music, games for children, food, and speakers. Today, as humanity grapples with the twin existential threats of nuclear destruction and climate crisis, the Golden Rule serves as a powerful reminder of the potential of a small group of concerned citizens to change the course of history by bringing broader public awareness to the devastating costs of our national pursuit of military dominance.

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

Black August: Freedom Fest 2023

Saturday, August 19, 2023 –  5 Pm – 11 PM – Everson Museum of Art Plaza

Black Artist Collective(BAC), in collaboration with Urban Video Project, commemorate Black August at the 3rd Annual Freedom Fest. The Fest will feature a market from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with creatives, small businesses, non-profits and food trucks Elbita’s Cocina, Yum Yum Shack and The Crab Ladies. From 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., the community is invited to a FREE outdoor screening of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” by renowned filmmaker Ryan Coogler. 

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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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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