CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: Aug 1 – 8, 2023

From CNY Solidarity:

Next tentative scheduled in person meeting August 27 at 3PM – 5PM.


Real Grassroots Parents Groups Can Fight Extremist Takeovers of Schools

Here’s how to fight back against the dark money groups attacking schools and working to influence the 2024 election. Read the article on

In 2021, groups explicitly targeting public schools popped up from seemingly nowhere with names as misleading as their claims, such as “Parents Defending Education,” “Moms for Liberty” and “Citizens Defending Freedom.” They joined with older dark money entities, jumping at the opportunity presented by the COVID-19 pandemic — and the virtual learning and public health challenges that came with it — to demonize our schools. These groups then leapt to attacking the truthful telling of history in schools, banning books, and taking over state and local school boards.

We Can’t Afford To Be Climate Doomers. – Rebecca Solnit

It often seems that people are searching harder for evidence we’re defeated than that we can win

“In times when everything is fine hope is unnecessary. Hope is not happiness or confidence or inner peace; it’s a commitment to search for possibilities.” Read it in

As the U.N. Warns “The Era of Global Boiling Has Arrived,” Biden Resists Declaring a Climate Emergency Read or Listen at

On Thursday, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said the world has entered the “era of global boiling,” and President Joe Biden gave a major speech to unveil new measures to combat the crisis but resisted calls to declare a climate emergency. David Wallace-Wells, an opinion writer for The New York Times and a columnist for The New York Times Magazine, says the world is not moving quickly enough to phase out fossil fuels, and even some of the progress that has been made is easily erased by massive wildfires like those burning in Canada right now. We also speak with Dharna Noor, fossil fuels and climate reporter at The Guardian US, who wrote an exposé on “Project 2025,” a right-wing plan to dismantle environmental policies and many regulatory protections if a Republican takes the White House in the next election. She calls the document’s drafters “a who’s who of the far right.”

Why Can’t Canada Just Put The Fires Out? Here Are 5 Answers To Key Questions

“Increasing heat and declining moisture from human-caused climate change are the mechanisms that people should be thinking about,” Fischer said. Those conditions set the stage for explosive wildfires in areas where trees, shrubs, debris and grasses become fuel for blazes that can quickly blossom from an initial spark into a large wildfire.

Read it on

Was Gen. Mark Milley Right Last Year About The War In Ukraine? 

Milley spoke at the Economic Club of New York in November 2022 just as Ukrainian troops were completing the expulsion of Russian forces from the southern city of Kherson. Kyiv had stunned the world by repelling Moscow’s initial invasion — forcing Russia back to roughly the lines of control in place today — and the top U.S. general made news by floating a negotiated settlement to the war.

He compared the situation in Ukraine to World War I. Around Christmas of 1914, Milley said, “you’ve got a war that is not winnable anymore, militarily.” Yet European leaders decided they had no choice but to push for total victory. One million deaths became 20 million by the war’s end. Read it on


See our Contact Your Representatives page for contact info.

Ms. Darlene Medley has been a longtime advocate for Families affected by LEAD! Now Darlene needs help, in affording to move from her home on the North Side that has been condemned and tested for high levels of lead, now most of her children are poisoned by the lead in the house! But instead of finding Darlene somewhere to live since she did not destroy the house, the city has responded by suing the landlord, condemning the property and FAILING to find affordable housing for Darlene and all her children who have been affected! The Child Protective Agency is now involved and continues to threaten taking the Lead poisoned children even though there is still no affordable place to relocate this family! DEADLINE IS August 5th.

PLEASE HELP!!! Darlene will continue to work tirelessly for other families Who must FIRST REMOVE her family from the condemned and LEAD Poisoned structure without assistance from the involved City & County Agencies.

On May 11, 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a plan to cut climate pollution from existing coal, existing gas, and new gas power plants. Fossil fuel power plants are a top source of carbon pollution driving climate change. From 2028 to 2042, the EPA’s proposal would slash carbon pollution by 617 million metric tons–equivalent to reducing the annual pollution of 137 million passenger vehicles, roughly half the cars in the United States.

The Greenhouse Gas Standards and Guidelines for Fossil Fuel-Fired Power Plants is open for public comment until August 8, 2023.  Submit a comment to urge the Biden Administration and the EPA to finalize the strong protections to protect our health and environment.

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. New video below. 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. 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.

NEW: And here is a link to a 2-minute overview video explaining the app. 

From the Sierra Club

Urge Governor Hochul To Sign The Birds And Bees Protection Act Into Law Today!
We won a huge victory last month when the New York State Senate and Assembly passed S.1856-A/A.7640, the Birds and Bees Protection Act, an historic, nation-leading bill that will end the unnecessary use of a class of toxic pesticides known as neonicotinoids (neonics). Neonics have caused an alarming crash in pollinator populations nationwide and the EPA has recently reported that the continued use of these toxic pesticides will likely drive hundreds of endangered species toward extinction.
But our fight isn’t over yet. Governor Hochul needs to sign the law and the chemical companies that produce these pesticides are now spending millions in a misinformation campaign urging her to veto this groundbreaking legislation. Send your message to Governor Hochul today!

Job Opening: Community Organizer 

 Unchained ( is a Syracuse-based non-profit that organizes and advocates to dismantle the carceral state and guarantee access to dynamic and culturally relevant education. We invest in people locked up by police and locked out of schools to build power and chart a path toward liberation by making racial and economic justice a reality. Unchained leads local and statewide campaigns to decarcerate jails and prisons and improve conditions for people left behind in them.  Apply by August 15, 2023 


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

See our Micron information page Here for more Micron information.

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.

Save the Dates

Nagasaki Day Procession

Wednesday, August 9, 4:30 PM. Syracuse Center for Peace and Justice (SCPJ) (2013 East Genesee Street).

Join the Syracuse Peace Council and Veterans for Peace- Syracuse Chapter to remember, reflect, and create hope for peace on the 78th Anniversary of the nuclear attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki Japan. 

    4:30 P.M.  Meet at the Syracuse Center for Peace and Justice (SCPJ) (2013 East Genesee Street).

    5:00:  Procession Begins at the Erie Blvd Pedestrian Bike Path 

    6:00:  Meet back at SCPJ for Conversation and Refreshments   

Contact Syracuse Peace Council 472-5478 or visit SPC’s Facebook Page for details. 

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, August 10th @ Westmoreland Park (Community Center)

August 17th @ Wilson Park

NYS Department of Transportation Open House 

Aug. 10 6 to 8 p.m. – North Syracuse Junior High School, 5353 W. Taft Road, North Syracuse.

Topic: Construction starting at the northern interchange of Interstates 81 and 481.

Community Day/ Jobs Fair by Turning Point Transitions Inc.

Saturday, August 12,2023 2:00 PM -6:00 PM. 3100 E. Genesee St Syracuse Ny, 13210(Nottingham High School)

Contact us at (315)378-8932 or Web:

We will bring together employers, service providers, and community members for a day filled with opportunities, excitement, and meaningful connections. By joining our job fair and sharing information about your business or services, you’ll have the chance to make a direct impact on the lives of those in our community who need it most.

We will provide a dedicated space for you to showcase your company, promote job openings, and engage with potential candidates. This is an exceptional opportunity to connect with motivated individuals actively seeking employment or seeking support services/educational opportunities.

To learn more about this event and reserve your spot at this event, please click this link 

Together, let’s make a difference in the lives of our community members and create a stronger, more inclusive Onondaga County.

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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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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