CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: July 4 – 11

CNY Solidarity Coalition Picnic


Revised Location: Thornden Park Pavilion – near the playgound
All members of the Coalition and significant others, families, and friends are welcome. Bring your people to meet the Coalition people! 
Food & Supplies: Please let us know, what you will bring to the picnic! We will need all dishes – main dishes, salads, fruit, snacks, drinks. The Coalition will provide the cutlery, cups, paper products and ice. We will keep the group posted on what is being brought as we get closer. Here’s a link to tell us what you’ll bring:  

(Note No glass containers allowed, and no alcohol in the park.)


Climate Change Is Here In CNY. We Can Do Something About It

Guest Opinion by Katelyn M. Kriesel. Read it Here on  

Congressman Brandon Williams tweeted that “‘Progressives’ crazy energy policies have driven up costs, hurting American families”. That is false. According to the Brookings Institution, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) “has the potential to lower energy costs, contribute to lower inflation, increase productivity, and raise economic output over time.”

“What to the Slave Is the 4th of July?”

James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass’s Historic Speech

Born into slavery around 1818, Douglass became a key leader of the abolitionist movement. On July 5th, 1852, in Rochester, New York, Frederick Douglass gave one of his most famous speeches, “What to the Slave Is Your Fourth of July?” He was addressing the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society. Listen/read on

The Climate Action Now App: Meaningful Climate Action On Your Phone In Seconds

One of our members has recommended this phone App for Apple or Android. or the regular app source for your phone. 

The Climate Action Now app makes it exceptionally easy to take meaningful climate action on your phone in just seconds or minutes. … Simply take the recommended actions for the day or choose a few every day from our library of thousands of actions. Participate in the environmental strategy, communicate transparently to our policymakers or contribute to emission reduction projects. Join an ecosystem of change and take actions for the planet.

Fascists Are Benefiting From World Crisis

…Eley discusses how studies of fascism have changed in recent decades to address the rise of antidemocratic and authoritarian movements across the globe. …He also discusses the future of the Left with the rise of neoliberal globalization and climate degradation in the twenty-first century. Read it in

Pension Funds Pay Huge Price for Fossil Fuel Investments, Study Shows

Public pensions would have 16.6 percent lower emissions and be worth $21 billion more if they had divested a decade ago. Read it on

…a new study found that six major U.S. funds have lost out on tens of billions of dollars by continuing to invest in fossil energy. The global campaign network joined the University of Waterloo in Canada in analyzing the public equity portfolios of the pension funds, including the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), the Alaska Retirement Management Board (ARMB), and the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System (NYSTRS).


See our Contact Your Representatives page for contact info. 

Urgent: On Wednesday morning, Call your County Legislator (contact info Here)

and demand that they support the pause on the aquarium land purchase. 

Here’s Why:

Democrats To Make One Last Attempt To Delay Purchase Of Land For Syracuse Aquarium.Read it Here on

“Legislator Mary Kuhn, D-DeWitt, said she will ask the 17-member legislature at its regular session Wednesday to pause for 60 days before sealing the $1.7 million deal with Cor Development at the Inner Harbor…. As legislators were debating whether to buy the property, they did not know that preliminary soil testing just days before had exposed petroleum vapors strong enough to report to the state DEC.”

And see our Aquarium information Here: 

Onondaga County Republicans Gut Proposed Code Of Ethics

In March 2023, Onondaga County Legislators Bill Kinne & Mary Kuhn proposed a new ethics law they worked on for 15 months. But Republican legislators blocked this proposed law from the agenda and instead passed a resolution to create a committee to draft an ethics law. A watered down version of the Ethics Law that Kuhn & Kinne wrote is back on the agenda for July 5, 2023 now being proposed by Republican Legislators Burtis and Kelly. 

We have compared the Democratic version of the Ethics Law to the Republicans and found some noticeable changes. See the entire comparison HereOne of the biggest changes is that Republicans are proposing that all members of the Board of Ethics be appointed by the County Executive. Where Democrats proposed that the County Executive appoints one member and the Majority and Minority Floor Leaders would appoint two members each, and no more than two members could belong to the same party.  

Review the changes of the ethics law here and contact your legislator to pass the stronger code of ethics written by Legislators Kinne & Kuhn. 


Paired Pieces Exhibition – Black Artist Collective

July 6 – August 30. Community Library of Dewitt & Jamesville 

Exhibiting Artists: Kofi Antwi, Sahara Burgos, Selaci Butoto, Jaleel Campbell, Charles DeShields, Brandan Meyer, Janiah Shadreem, and Martikah Williams

The Paired Pieces group exhibition explores the power of collaboration and mentorship within the artistic community. In this exhibition, four established professional artists have taken on the role of mentors, working closely with four talented student artists. Together, they have embarked on an artistic journey, creating complementary new works that delve into the profound theme of the decimation of the 15th Ward and its lasting impact. Each artist brings their unique vision to the table, inviting viewers to reflect on the past, engage with the present, and envision a future that embodies inclusivity and restoration.

Made possible through the generous support of the Central New York Community Foundation. A special note of appreciation to venue hosts the Community Library of Dewitt & Jamesville. (@cldandj)

CNY Solidarity Picnic: Note the date has changed fromSunday, July 9 to Saturday July 29

The Conversation Continues: It Takes A Village w/ Supt. Davis

BBQ Begins @ 11:00am & Community Conversation @ 12pm

Join us for a BBQ & Community Conversation with Syracuse City Schools Superintendent Davis at one of our city parks this summer! Community Agencies in attendance, activities for families and fresh fruit and veggies!

Monday, July 10th @ Kirk Park

Thursday, July 20th @ Thornden Park

Thursday, July 27th @ Schiller Park

Tuesday, August 1st @ Burnet Park

Thursday, August 10th @ Westmoreland Park (Community Center)

August 17th @ Wilson Park

Foundational Training Series

Event by Emergency Workplace Organizing Committee.  Online

Mondays: July 10, 17, 24, 31; 9-10:30 PM ET

Want to organize your workplace but don’t know where to start? How to talk to your coworkers? How to build a team of organizers out of your coworkers? How to build your campaign? What to do when the boss responds badly to your organizing? Join us for the next Emergency Workplace Organizing Committee’s Foundational Training Series, starting on Monday, July 10. RSVP:  

Save the Dates

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

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

Check for updates; Times/events may changeFind updates at the SPC site Here

Event by Veterans for Peace Chapter 51,  Syracuse Peace Council,  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. 

ERA Centennial Convention

Friday, July 21- Saturday July 22

The First Presbyterian Church of Seneca Falls, 23 Cayuga Street Seneca Falls, Ny 13148

The ERA Centennial Convention is an intergenerational convening in Seneca Falls on its exact 100-year anniversary.

Join us to commemorate the 100-year long struggle to ratify the equal rights amendment!

The ERA Centennial Convention seeks to mark the important historic milestone of the ERA Centennial, celebrate the women and queer people who have fought for the ERA for 100 years, push for finalizing the federal ERA, and launch the grassroots fight for a New York state-level ERA ballot initiative. The goal is to mark the century-long fight to get the ERA into the Constitution by ending it. More information and registration Here.

Indigenous Music & Arts Festival

July 22 & 23, 2022: 10 am – 5 pm

Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan State Historic Site

7000 County Road 41 (Boughton Hill Road) Victor, NY 14564

For more, including important parking and shuttle information see Here

Ganondagan’s Indigenous Music & Arts Festival showcases Haudenosaunee and Indigenous cultures through dance, music, storytelling, traditional craft demonstrations, a Native American Arts Market, children’s activities, raffles, guided trail walks, gallery tours, Indigenous food, and more. 

This year’s festival features Native folk-rock band, December Wind (Mohawk), hoop dance champions and performers, the Sinquah Family Dance Troupe(Hopi/Tewa/Choctaw), storytellers Ronnie Reitter (Seneca) & Tonia Galban (Mohawk), and Haudenosaunee social dancers, Indigenous Spirit Dancers. 

Free,  but if you are able, please consider donating $5/ person, $10/family to help support the festival.

Nya:wëh (Thank you)!

Central New York Roundtable – New York Immigrant Coalition

7/25/2023 – 12 pm to 2pm, Syracuse Rail Line Syracuse  530 S Clinton St, Syracuse, NY 13202

It’s that time of year when NYIC kicks off our priority setting process by hosting roundtables across the state.  This is a space where we want to hear from YOU on what are the issues that are facing immigrants in your community and what state level solutions we should prioritize.  Last session we saw historic victories in increase in legal service funding thanks to your hard work and ensuring that was NYICs number one budget priority.  Want to ensure your voice is heard in what will be next year’s priority? Join us for a robust discussion on the local priorities and a networking lunch to build community.  Sign up here

CNY Community Housing Fair

Wednesday, July 26, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dr. Weeks Elementary School 710 Hawley Ave, Syracuse, NY 13203

Bring your family out for FREE food and outdoor activities. Free Housing Training & Informational Sessions

Visit the resource tables, meet with service agencies, pick up free goodies, and learn about various programs!

Featured Workshops: Finding Affordable Housing, Green & Healthy Homes, Fair Housing 101, Intro to Financial Empowerment, Navigating City Services: Codes & Lead, 1st Time Homeownership Class, Eviction Prevention

Interested in tabling or volunteering at our event?
Tabling form:
Volunteer form:
Register for workshops:
Registration is not required to attend this event.

More information: . 

Downtown Arts and Crafts Festival: July 28, 29 and 30th

Syracuse Peace Council needs help staffing their booth in 2-hour shifts!  Sign up Here.

CNY Solidarity Picnic/Celebration: See above

Saturday July 29: Note the date has changed fromSunday, July 9 to Saturday July 29

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.

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.

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 81N.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

CNY Solidarity Coalition

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Twitter: @CNYSolidarity and @IndivisibleNY24

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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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