CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: July 18 – 25

CNY Solidarity Coalition Picnic


Thornden Park Pavilion – near the playground

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:  


Lawsuit against Onondaga County legislative maps wins first major legal milestone.

The lawsuit argues that the legislative maps drawn by County Executive Ryan McMahon and his staff and passed by the Onondaga County Legislature are illegal. Read it on Dustin Czarny’s Site

The $100 Billion Bet That A Postindustrial US City Can Reinvent Itself As A High-Tech Hub  Read it in MIT Technology Review

Micron says it chose the site in Clay because of its size, access to clean power, and abundance of water (by some estimates, large chip fabs use up to 10 million gallons a day). The transmission lines running through it draw power from a huge hydroelectric plant at Niagara Falls and nuclear plants on Lake Ontario. And the lake, with its nearly endless supply of water, is less than 30 miles away.

Donald Trump And His Allies Are Planning To Create A Dictatorship 

Read it Here. From Heather Cox Richardson

They plan to take control over independent government agencies and get rid of the nonpartisan civil service, purging all but Trump loyalists from the U.S. intelligence agencies, the State Department, and the Defense Department. 

Moms for Liberty Is the Tea Party All Over Again

The growing right-wing movement proved its influence at its recent Philadelphia summit. The political press is playing right into its hands. Read it on  

Explainer: Will Global Warming ‘Stop’ As Soon As Net-Zero Emissions Are Reached?

Read it on CarbonBrief

The best available evidence shows that… warming is likely to more or less stop once carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reach zero, meaning humans have the power to choose their climate future.

…Much of the confusion around committed warming stems from mixing up two different concepts: a world where CO2 levels in the atmosphere remain at current levels; and a world where emissions reach net-zero and concentrations begin to fall.

South Side Case Highlights Clash Between Tenant Protections, Landlord Rights In Syracuse A Single Mother’s Case Is Raising Questions About Judges’ Discretion In Local Eviction Enforcement Cases. Read it on

The Larger Meaning of The Hollywood Strike: The struggle of capital and labor in the 21st century.

…what’s happening now in Hollywood is a microcosm of what’s happening across America in the emerging digital economy — which is rapidly replacing the production of things with the production of digitized ideas. 

The workers in this emerging economy are some of the worst paid and worst treated anywhere, while the top owners and managers are among the fattest cats outside Wall Street. Read it from


See our Contact Your Representatives page for contact info.

Please let Rep. Brandon Williams know that we are glad his mostly taxpayer-funded heart surgery was successful. Tell him all Americans deserve the same.
Syracuse Office: (315) 423-5657 Washington D.C. Office: (202) 225-3701

From NYRenews

New York is developing a new emissions cap system to make corporate polluters pay for their emissions. But if the program isn’t well designed, corporate polluters will be able to continue “business as usual,” poisoning our air and exacerbating pollution hotspots in environmental justice communities. We can’t let this happen! 

NYS’s program must be designed with justice at the forefront. Can you send an email to regulators and Governor Hochul about their proposed “cap-trade-and-invest program” to urge strict regulation on pollution caps and a system that prevents corporations from trading permits for profit?

Under this program, the pollution limits, or “caps,” will regulate pollution in New York state, including in environmental justice communities. It’s high time regulators put New Yorkers first and cut loopholes for corporate polluters. Polluters shouldn’t be able to beat the system and snag extra rights to pollute by trading, selling, or saving their permits for later.

New York’s landmark climate law set ambitious targets for pollution reduction and environmental justice. Now, as New York’s state agencies develop a cap-trade-and-invest system, New Yorkers across our state must speak up to ensure this program lives up to the promise of New York’s landmark climate law.

Burning fossil fuels in buildings is the largest source of climate-warming greenhouse gas pollution in New York State. 
New York’s climate action plan calls for a managed, affordable transition off of fossil fueled heating systems and appliances to efficient, all-electric heating and cooling systems like heat pumps and thermal energy networks, and electric appliances and water heaters. These technologies reduce greenhouse gas pollution while also providing building occupants with immediate benefits in terms of health, safety, and comfort.

Send an email to Governor Hochul asking her to support the NY HEAT Act, which will lower our utility bills, enable a transition from fossil fuels to renewable heat, create good green jobs, and fight climate change!


Golden Rule Peace Boat at Oswego Marina

July 18 and 19, 4 E. First St., Oswego NY 13126

Golden Rule Presentation by Captain Kiko

July 19.5:30 – 6:45 Oswego Library, 120 E 2nd St, Oswego, NY 13126

On July 16th the Syracuse Peace Council and Chapter 51 of Veterans for Peace (VFP) celebrated the arrival of the VFP Golden Rule Peace Boat to Brewerton. The welcoming by Tadodaho Sid Hill of the Onondaga Nation and the acknowledgement, in song and message, by the captain of the Golden Rule, Kiko Johnston-Kitazawa, were inspiring examples of authentic international relations and diplomacy. The crew joined 100 people at the Brewerton Center for the Arts (BCA) for dinner and a reading of Jane Slabowski’s “Golden Rule” short story, by Anika Kaufman. Music was provided by Colleen Kattau and members of the Syracuse Community Choir. We watched the documentary, “Making Waves: The Rebirth of the Golden Rule,” and heard about the urgent need to endorse the Back from the Brink Campaign, and to push the U.S. to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. On Monday the Social Justice Committee of the First Universalist Church of Central Square hosted breakfast with the crew at the BCA.

On July 18 and 19 at the Oswego Marina, the masts will be reset as the boat prepares to sail onto Lake Ontario. Captain Kiko will speak at the Oswego Library July 19 about his many trips on the Golden Rule.  

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. 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

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!

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

MEND Journal – Launch Party

Thursday, July 2o, 12PM – 1:30 PM

Syracuse Central Library Community Room,  447  S. Salina St., Syr, 13202

Community…Creativity…And Food  Link to FB

Join us for a celebration of MEND, a new journal that celebrates the lives and creative work of justice-impacted people. The event will feature reading and recognitions of this year’s cohort.

Project Mend is made possible through collaboration with the Center for Community Alternatives and funding from an HNY Post-incarceration Humanities Partnership, which is generously supported by the Mellon Foundation. Also, the project has been supported at Syracuse University by the Engaged Huma Network, the Humanities Center, the SOURCE, the Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition and a CUSE Research Grant. 

Seneca Falls Convention Anniversary Weekend

Friday, July 21 – Sunday, July 23.

Each year, the Town of Seneca Falls comes alive in celebration of the anniversary of the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention. This year is a special one as our nation commemorates both the 175th anniversary of the convention as well as the 100th anniversary of the introduction of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). To commemorate these historic anniversaries, multiple organizations are coming together to host 3 days of events. Many groups including the National Women’s Rights National Historic Park, have free events. Some groups have events for which there is a fee. There are multiple sites to check. 

ERA Centennial March & Rally in Seneca Falls Info Here

Women’s Hall of Fame: Take Part in Convention Days Weekend Here

ERA Centennial Convention  July 21- Saturday July 22,  More information and registration Here.

Celebrate the ERA’s 100th Birthday in Seneca Falls, Where It Was Originally Unveiled

Ms. Magazine article  about the March and Rally, and the entire weekend of events.  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

Tues., 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

Save the Dates

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

FY24 Budget Takes Syracuse to the Next Level; A Conversation with Mayor Walsh

Friday, July 28 at 12:05 PM

FOCUS Greater Syracuse, Inc. is excited to host Mayor Ben Walsh for a free, virtual forum. Mayor Walsh will cover the city budget, which went into effect with the new fiscal year on July 1, 2023.

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.

Electronics Recycling Event

August 5, 2023, 8:30 – 2:00 PM – ESM High School, 6400 Fremont Rd., 13057 Whether you’ve got a basement full of old TVs or a handful of unused charging cables… e-Recycling Events are the best FREE way to recycle them responsibly!

Register. Drive through. Drive off. It’s that simple.

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 

Ongoing Events


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.

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Donate to the CNY Solidarity Coalition

CNY Solidarity Coalition contributes regularly to local progressive organizations: Syracuse Peace Council, National Action Network, & Urban Jobs Coalition. We also make occasional donations as needed to other local groups. We depend on your donations for this.  

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Mail donations to: 
CNY Solidarity Coalition
P.O. Box 6137, Teall Post Office, 226 Teall Ave., Syracuse NY 13217
 Our Committees
To sign up for each of the committee mailing lists, contact the person listed. 
Indivisible Onondaga County: 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: 

Peter McCarthy
Coordinating Committee
CNY Solidarity Coalition

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