CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: July 11 – 18, 2023

CNY Solidarity Coalition Picnic


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.)


Zoom With Czarny: Tom Keck On The Recent Supreme Court Turn.
This week I sit down with one of my favorite guests, Tom Keck of Syracuse University and CNY Solidarity Coalition. Professor Keck is one of the foremost area expert on the Supreme Court. We talk about the controversial decisions from the last term as well as some of the ethical scandals surrounding the court. Enjoy.

Watch it on Facebook, Or Here on YouTube. 

In New York State, Socialists Have Won a Landmark Victory for Green Jobs and Clean Public Power

This spring, socialists and allies in New York State passed legislation empowering the state to build renewable energy and create tens of thousands of good jobs. It can serve as a model for starting to build the Green New Deal at the state level across the US. Read it on

Union Wins At New York Farms Raise Hopes For Once-Powerful UFW

Five hundred farmworkers have unionized – the biggest success in years for the union co-founded by Cesar Chavez

It’s the union’s biggest organizing success in years, and the first time the California-based union has organized in the north-east. The New York victories will increase the union’s membership by 8%, with some labor experts saying these successes show new promise and energy in the long-languishing UFW. Read it on

Onondaga Nation General Counsel Joe Heath Debriefs On Latest Decision For Nearly Decade-Long Land Theft Petition

Heath calls human rights commission’s decision a win: ‘This is a significant achievement for the Nation’s 235-year struggle to regain their land.’

“The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an arm of the Organization of American States, responded in May to uphold the Nation’s 40-page petition, which was originally filed almost a decade ago.”

Read it on, and follow their stories. 

Environmental Rulings Reveal Supreme Court’s Dangerous Ambitions

… Americans are now governed by the most conservative Supreme Court of the United States in modern history. Among its distressing actions, the six-justice supermajority is aggressively pursuing an anti-environment agenda driven by, among others, the nation’s biggest polluters. Read it on

Inequality Is Weakening Social Security. Here’s How We Fix That.

When Congress set the cap on Social Security contributions in 1983, they didn’t anticipate forty years of rising inequality. And it’s cost us — a lot.

“Is your salary less than $160,200? If so, you’re among the 94 percent of American workers who pay into Social Security all year long. But there’s a privileged group that’s about to (as of February) stop paying into Social Security for the rest of 2023: People who make $1,000,000 a year. “ Read it Here on

If you missed it last week: 

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.”


See our Contact Your Representatives page for contact info. 

Three calls requested by Indivisible. Use their links or use our Contact Your Representativeslink.

Contact your senator and demand they cosponsor the Judiciary Act of 2023. SCOTUS is stacked with justices handpicked by MAGA Republicans and dark money groups, and it is running out of control. This court has too much power to be ignored, and if we want our government and its policies to reflect the will of our beautifully diverse country, we must restore SCOTUS to a place of legitimacy. Senators Markey and Smith have reintroduced the Judiciary Act of 2023 to add four justices to the bench and undo decades of conservative court-packing. Call your senator and make sure they are signed on today. 

When you’re done calling your senator, call your representative and demand they cosponsor the Judiciary Act of 2023. The MAGA-packed court has already gutted the Voting Rights Act, attacked workers’ rights, chipped away at environmental protections, struck down gun safety laws, and perhaps worst of all, overturned Roe v. Wade. Most recently, we watched them strip away LGBTQ+ protections, reverse student debt relief, and end Affirmative Action while we looked on in horror. We must do everything that we can to unrig the Republican court. Check here to see if your representative has signed on as a cosponsor; if not, call them today!

If you have a Republican representative (or are represented by Henry Cuellar), demand they protect abortion rights. House Democrats have introduced a discharge petition to get around Kevin McCarthy and force a vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act which would restore abortion protections nationwide. The majority of Americans support access to safe abortions and that number continues to rise. Every Democrat except for Cuellar has signed on the discharge petition, we need just seven more signatures to force the vote. Call your Republican representative today.


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)

Beyond Plastics: Plastics and the Future of Our Planet

Wednesday, July 12. GreeningUSA webinar at 7 p.m. 

A conversation with Bill McKibben and Elizabeth Kolbert. Information and registration here.

The Jackie Warren-Moore Festival

Saturday, July 15th, 7pm, Kirkland Hall Stage, Plymouth Church, 232 E. Onondaga St.

Admission by donation 

Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company

We’re doing it again! We’re a few weeks away from PRPAC’s second annual Jackie Warren-Moore Festival! This year, PRPAC is partnering with InterFaith Works and the Center for Dialogue and Action to bring poetry, monologue, performance, and open dialogue to the Syracuse community. A collaborative project, the Festival seeks to preserve the legacy of celebrated community member and Poet Laureate Jackie Warren Moore and inspire both young and old to use their voices and creativity to inspire positive change.  Don’t miss it!

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. 

Syracuse DSA National Convention Discussion

Sunday, July 16 at 4 PM.  Zoom Link In RSVP

Syracuse DSA will hold its convention delegate discussion this Sunday from 4 pm to 5:30 pm.

Come prepared to ask our elected delegates questions about resolutions and their opinions on the future of the DSA and which direction our socialist organization should go in the upcoming few years.

This discussion is crucial and an excellent opportunity for comrades to let our elected delegates know how best they can represent Central New York in the upcoming DSA convention in Chicago.

The working classes of CNY deserve proper representation in the largest socialist organization in this country, and all comrades have a definite role to play in ensuring that happens!

Save the Dates

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

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.

We’re excited to have gotten an article in Ms. Magazine about the March and Rally, and the entire weekend of events. Celebrate the ERA’s 100th Birthday in Seneca Falls, Where It Was Originally Unveiled

Check it out 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: . 

Public Hearing on The Draft Town of Manlius Climate Action Plan 

Wednesday, July 26. 6:30pm at the Town Board meeting 

Calling all Town of Manlius residents! We’d like to encourage you to attend and voice your support of the Plan. The current draft is available online at

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

CCA’s Summer Organizing Institute

Saturday, July 29th, then weekly on Tuesday evenings, August 1st – September 12th. 

All sessions on Zoom. Free of charge. Questions? –  Garrett Smith at

The Summer Organizing Institute is an opportunity for formerly incarcerated people and families with incarcerated loved ones to learn the ins-and-outs of grassroots organizing, legislative advocacy, and campaign strategy as we build a collective movement to end mass incarceration. Here’s the application – due July 19

The Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) is a leader in community-based alternatives to incarceration and policy advocacy to reduce reliance on incarceration. We provide direct services to communities in New York City, Syracuse, and Rochester, engaging approximately 3,500 youth and adults annually who would otherwise be incarcerated.

CNY Solidarity Picnic/Celebration: See above

Saturday July 29, Thornden Park 

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.

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.

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.

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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