CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: July 25 – Aug 1, 2023

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:  

Tell us what you are bringing

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Moms For Liberty And Women On The Extreme Right

Listen Here:  A PUBLIC AFFAIR on

Earlier this year, the Southern Poverty Law Center named Moms for Liberty an extremist hate group. This is after Moms for Liberty endorsed 275 winning school board candidates nationwide in 2022. They continue to targeting thousands of school board seats and are calling for books bans and censorship of history lessons. They also use their platforms to harass teachers and school administrators and advocate for the dismantlement of the Department of Education. Much of their hate is targeted towards the LGTBQ+ community.

On today’s program, we try to understand the seeming swift rise of Moms for Liberty. First we are joined by Syracuse University Professor of History Margaret Susan Thompson. She helps us understand the legacy of far-right women’s groups in the US.

Then, we speak with Mother Jones senior editor Kiera Butler about her extensive reporting on Moms for Liberty, including her recent attendance at their conference in Philadelphia.

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  

NOTE: We normally publicize events of significant public interest, or presented by progressive groups. It is also important that we know of activities of extremist hate groups in our community. (See the first Article above.) 

Summer Social. Onondaga County Moms for Liberty. July 27th 6-9pm @The Rail Line, 530 S. Clinton St.

See below who is “mix, mingle and networking” with this extremist hate group that engages in opposition to public health regulations for COVID-19, opposes LGBTQ+ and racially inclusive school curriculum, and has advocated books bans.

Shawn Hannon Onondaga County Libertarian Party Chair
Benedicte Doran Onondaga County Republican Chair
Kyle Davis & Holly Grant Empire Center for Public Policy
Brandon Williams NY 22 Congressman

Shawn Hannon: Onondaga County Libertarian Party Chair
Benedicte Doran: Onondaga County Republican Chair
Kyle Davis & Holly Grant: Empire Center for Public Policy
Brandon Williams: NY 22 Congressman

Renewable Energy Deployment Surge Puts Global Power System On Track For The IEA’s Ambitious Net-Zero Pathway

New analysis by RMI, in partnership with the Bezos Earth Fund, reveals surging solar, wind and battery capacity out to 2030 is now in line with ambitious net-zero scenarios. The forecasts see solar and wind supplying over a third of all power by 2030 (up from around 12% currently), while the major cost declines over the past 10 years are expected to continue with solar and wind roughly halving in price again by 2030.

Read it at (RMI is the former Rocky Mountain Institute, founded by Amory Lovins et al.)

The Florida Board Of Education Approved New State Social Studies Standards … Critics immediately called out the middle school instruction in African American history that includes “how slaves developed skills which, in some instances, could be applied for their personal benefit.” (p. 6). They noted that describing enslavement as offering personal benefits to enslaved people is outrageous.

But that specific piece of instruction in the 216-page document is only a part of a much larger political project. Read the commentary from Heather Cox Richardson.

Looking Good, Gen Z. Don’t Stop Now!

If you can’t get to the Washington Post editorial. – Read Rebecca Solnit’s comments Here.   

“And unlike previous generations, Gen Z votes. Comparing the four federal elections since 2015 (when the first members of Gen Z turned 18) with the preceding nine (1998 to 2014), average turnout by young voters (defined here as voters under 30) in the Trump and post-Trump years has been 25 percent higher than that of older generations at the same age before Trump — 8 percent higher in presidential years and a whopping 46 percent higher in midterms.”

Can We Power Our Grid With Renewables? The Answer Is Yes! The technology and ability to do so exists, but ambitious changes to our energy system are necessary. This is only possible with the support of policies that aid these changes. To read more about the feasibility of a 100% renewable future and the challenges we face, visit The Green Economy Library linked in our bio. Go to our “Path to a 100% Renewable Energy Future” section at

State AG’s Office Announces Lawsuit Against Syracuse Landlord For Repeated Lead Violations At Multiple Properties

The lawsuit targets Todd Hobbs’ 19 properties and seeks fines, restitution and ongoing inspections to protect tenants. 

The legal filing, announced by New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office Monday afternoon, seeks to hold Hobbs accountable, requesting him to pay thousands in fines and restitution to affected families.  Read it on


See our Contact Your Representatives page for contact info.

Opponents of LGBTQ equality in Congress have been pushing extremely concerning provisions in critical government funding bills over the past few weeks against peoples’ civil liberties – particularly when it comes to the safety and rights of trans people.

Several government funding bills are moving in the House that come after federal funding for gender-affirming health care for trans people, Pride Flags, marriage equality, and more. BUT members of the House of Representatives are also expected to vote on amendments that would remove these damaging and discriminatory provisions from these bills.

Defunding transgender people’s health care especially will pose an immediate risk to their lives and well-being.

We can and must let our leaders in Congress know that we, the people, do NOT support these hateful efforts: Send a message to your representative today.

From Parents for Public Schools: The proposed House Appropriations Committee budget (Republicans now control the majority) makes draconian cuts to 2024 funding for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, which will result in teacher layoffs and fewer services for children. 

Title I, ELL services, community schools, and magnet schools are all on the chopping block.

The only K12 increase is an increase in funding to start new charter schools via the Charter School Programs. 

Send your letter telling your representative to stand up for more than 49 million children and fight these cuts.

Use this link,,  from our friends at the Network for Public Education Action to act quickly and safely – now!  


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

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 27th @ Schiller Park

Tuesday, August 1st @ Burnet Park

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

August 17th @ Wilson Park

Emily’s Trivia Night!

July 27th at 7PM come join us at Harvey’s Garden

Emily Essi is running for County Clerk! Come to a trivia night! A fun night testing your knowledge and getting to know Emily’s platform to improve Onondaga County! Teams will consist of up to five members, and light fare will be provided.

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

Citizens Academy Fall 2023 by FOCUS Greater Syracuse

Application Deadline: July 30

Citizens Academy facilitates a dialogue between government leaders and the community.

Imagine having the opportunity to meet government officials and engage in a dialogue with them. You can ask questions about your community and learn from the experts. You can also meet fellow engaged citizens who share your vision for a better community. Join us and be a part of the solution today!

Fall 2023 sessions will take place on Wednesday evenings for ten weeks, from September 13 – November 15, 2023. Classes will be held 5:30 – 8:00 PM. A light, boxed meal will be provided.

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.

Volunteers Needed: WCCNY Soccer Torneo 2023

Fri Jul 28, 2023  AND Sun Jul 30, 2023

Our annual soccer tournament is our biggest fundraiser of the year, when we bring together urban and farmworker members along with allies and partners for a day of food, soccer and celebration. Help us make it a success! There are many different roles and tasks both big and small. We will provide details, support and signage in English and Spanish, you do not need to be bilingual for any of these roles. Gracias!

Micron Technology Inc.  Open House 

Tuesday, Aug. 1, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  

North Syracuse Junior High School, 5353 W. Taft Road, North Syracuse. auditorium and exhibit foyer

Save the Dates

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.

NY22 Congressional Forum

Thursday, August 17th, 6-8pm. Doors open at 5:30 pm for socializing. 

Mohawk Valley Community College, 1101 Sherman Ave, Utica. 

This event is for registered Democrats and WFP members only. Co-sponsored by Indivisible Mohawk Valley, Citizen Action CNY, NAACP Utica & Oneida County, Oneida County Democratic Committee, Working Families Party, and Oneida County Democratic Women’s Club. 

All three Democratic candidates for NY22 have confirmed they will participate. Come hear all of them together on why we need to beat Brandon Williams at the ballot box in 2024 and how they plan to be the candidate to help us flip NY22 and take back the House. 

Our goal is to have at least 200 people in the audience, so please register to join us for this event that is going to channel energy from the NY22 Summit forward.

Please email with any questions. We look forward to seeing you and your registered Dem/WFP friends¡Register for the NY22 Congressional Forum

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. 

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

August 23, 6-8pm ET

EPA and its partners are seeking public input on the plan.  EPA will provide a quick overview of the GLRI and the purpose of the Action Plan, and then give public participants an opportunity to directly interact with EPA staff and ask questions and provide comments. Info & Registration:

CNY Fair Housing Presents: Run The Redline

Sunday, September 17, 2023 Everson Plaza, 401 Harrison Street, Syracuse

$30/participant. Information/Registration:

Run the Redline is a 5k Run and 3k Roll/Stroll educational event that traces a portion of the infamous ‘redline’ that helped segregate Syracuse. Run the Redline to experience the physical spaces shaped by these federal policies.

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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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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CNY Solidarity Coalition
P.O. Box 6137, Teall Post Office, 226 Teall Ave., Syracuse NY 13217
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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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