CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: August 15 – 22

CNY Solidarity Members and Supporters: 

Please see the notice below about the Aug. 22 rally sponsored by NYCLU demanding both the return of land made available by removing the I-81 viaduct and the building of affordable housing. 

For years the CNY Solidarity Coalition has supported the local New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) in their efforts to reach a just and fair resolution to the Rte. 81 issue. We supported the Community Grid option as the most equitable solution. We backed NYCLU’s successful effort to move the roundabout away from Martin Luther King School. Now we need to support their demands for fair treatment for the community and affordable housing. 

Please come to the rally if you can!

CNY Solidarity Coalition Meeting Schedule: The following dates are subject to change. 

Aug. 27, 3 PM. Welcome Back for updates and current issues. 

Location: Spiritual Renewal Center (Upstairs at Bishop Harrison Ctr., 1342 Lancaster Ave. 13210)

Sept. 10, 3 PM 

Sept. 24, 2 PM

October 15 2 PM

November 12, 2 PM 

December 3, 2 PM

December 17, 2 PM

Note: We have used a winter start time of 2 PM to accommodate requests to get home earlier in darkness. A logical point to switch would be the end of Daylight Savings Time (11/5). We have decided to make the change on Sept. 24 to adjust for Yom Kippur, and then to continue the 2 PM start time through the winter.  

Also stop at our booth at the Westcott Fair on Oct. 1. We will need volunteers to staff the table. 


7 Best Art Galleries in New York!: ArtRage Gallery, Syracuse, NY

This vibrant and welcoming place is dedicated to making art accessible to all. They specialize in breaking down the traditional boundaries of the art world, they are passionate about giving everyone the right to experience the joy of art. With the aspiration of creating an open and just world, this space is one full of creativity and opportunity.

Read it on

Clarence Thomas’ 38 Vacations: The Other Billionaires Who Have Treated the Supreme Court Justice to Luxury Travel

The fullest accounting yet shows how Thomas has secretly reaped the benefits from a network of wealthy and well-connected patrons that is far more extensive than previously understood. Read it on ProPublica and see also the series: Friends of the Court: SCOTUS Justices’ Beneficial Relationships With Billionaire Donors

Are you wondering about all the hype about the “new” nuclear power?

The End Of Oppenheimer’s Nuclear Energy Dream: 

Modular Reactors Supported By Ideology Alone

Read It in RenewEconomy

If SMRs (small modular reactors) are not ready to deploy in the next ten years, what are the implications? There are two significant ones. The first is that, given the development timelines for these new reactor designs, they are not likely to have a significant impact on CO2 emissions reductions for decades, and as a result their relevance to the climate argument shrinks.

More significantly, if, as a recent study showed, that SMRs will be significantly more expensive than solar photovoltaic (PV) and on-shore wind, and even geothermal, what will the marketplace look like in 20 or 30 years, when renewables will presumably be even cheaper?

…The media has become an echo chamber, with each outlet clambering over the next to crow about the great benefits of nuclear power in misleading language that suggests this technology is already entirely proven out.

In the nuclear celebratory mood of the moment, there is little patience or political will for sober voices to discuss the reality that new nuclear power is actually many decades away from having any measurable impact on climate change – if at all.

Political Violence In Polarized U.S. At Its Worst Since 1970s

In contrast to the 1970s, much of today’s political violence is aimed at people instead of property — and most of the recent deadly outbursts tracked by Reuters have come from the right. Case in point: the Trump supporter who shot a neighbor he suspected of being a Democrat. Read it on

What Baby Boomers Can Do About Climate Change, According To Bill McKibben

The famed environmentalist founded an organization called Third Act to empower older adults to protect the planet. Read it on Yale Climate Connections

“One of the few unmixed blessings of growing older is past a certain point, what the hell are they going to do to you?”

Sinead O’Connor Has Left Us 

Here’s a searingly transcendent performance. Take a deep breath, prepare for the sunshine and the shadow.

Watch and Listen on Facebook.


See our Contact Your Representatives page for contact info.

Support Independent Journalism in Central New York!

Local news outlet Central Current announced new leadership this week. Chris Libonati, a former reporter at the Syracuse Post-Standard, where he covered policing, will move from a reporting role to interim managing editor.

Central Current launched last year and is a nonprofit news outlet that is covering gaps in local news coverage. It hopes to bring a fresh perspective in a city that has seen the number of news reporters slashed by corporate ownership. If you’d like to donate, you can do that here. Central Current has committed to being a free resource for the community.

In the last year, Central Current contributed critical coverage of the death of an infant at the county jail and stories about Charles Garland’s decision to vote for the aquariumthe aquarium and the Interstate 81 lawsuit.

You can email Chris at

Donate to World Central Kitchen – Help us provide fresh meals to communities in need.

On February 24, 2022, Russia launched a large-scale attack on neighboring Ukraine, invading the country on several fronts. As a result, millions of families have fled their homes in search of safety. WCK initially set up meal distribution sites at border crossings for people fleeing. We then quickly expanded to serve fresh meals prepared by local restaurants across Ukraine.
Now, WCK teams are focused on getting both fresh meals and food kits that can sustain families for several days to the most vulnerable residents in the eastern part of the country. We are reaching recently liberated cities as well as getting meals to people displaced by the attacks.  
Since our founding, WCK has provided hundreds of millions of fresh, nourishing meals for communities in need around the world. Your donation today will be used to support our emergency food relief efforts.


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!

Final Session:  August 17th @ Wilson Park

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. 

Save the Dates

I-81 Rally

August 22, 2023. 12:00 PM

 State Office Bldg. 333 East Washington St. Syr, NY 13202

Join the NYCLU and community partners as we fight for an affordable 15th Ward. By passing ReZone, Syracuse City officials have shown that they prioritize developers over Black Syracuse residents. We won’t stand for that. Rally with us to demand that the New York State DOT steps in so history doesn’t repeat itself. The state must return the land around the viaduct to the 15th Ward community to establish a Community Land Trust and build affordable housing and help Black Syracuse residents stay in their community.

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:

Summer 2023 Workshops at the Marcellus St. Bike Depot, 713 Marcellus St.
Saturday 8/26 3-5PM – Bicycle Riding Safety 
Saturday 9/30 3-5PM – How to Fix a Flat
The Marcellus St. Bike Depot, a member and volunteer-run community bicycle shop founded in 2022 to provide bicycle riders in Syracuse a place to share and learn bicycle repair skills, share tools, and connect with other bike riders. Workshops are open to the public and free (donations welcome!) Cyclists and bicycle riders of all skill levels are welcome to attend, especially women, trans, and non-binary cyclists. Workshops will be capped at 12 participants. Light refreshments served. Please RSVPto secure your spot and please and spread the word. 
Open Shop at the BikeDepot is most Tuesday evenings from 4/5-7 and Saturday afternoons from 2-5. Find up to date info about Open Shop and workshops on our Facebook page

“To End All War: Oppenheimer & The Atomic Bomb” Documentary Screening

Wednesday, September 13, 2023 At 7 Pm

ArtRage Gallery, Event by Syracuse Peace Council

Hosted by the Syracuse Peace Council’s Nuclear Free World Committee, an exclusive screening! Delve into the life and legacy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, a brilliant scientist whose pivotal role in the development of the atomic bomb raised profound ethical questions and ignited a global conversation on the pursuit of peace.

In light of the recent popularity of the Oppenheimer movie, this event provides an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the complexities surrounding the atomic bomb’s creation. The documentary offers a comprehensive view of Oppenheimer’s journey – from his groundbreaking scientific contributions to his moral introspections about the weapon’s devastating potential.

Following the screening, engage in a thought-provoking discussion with fellow attendees about the film’s themes, Oppenheimer’s ethical dilemmas, and the ongoing relevance of nuclear disarmament in today’s world. This event seeks to foster a space for meaningful dialogue and contemplation, encouraging us all to consider the implications of our scientific advancements on global peace. More information:  or call (315) 472-5478. 

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.

Register Today! For the 6th annual ArtRageous Bike Ride!

Sunday, October 1, 2023

Choose either the 20 or 40 mile ride and enjoy a homemade lunch back at ArtRage after the ride. 

Lunch will include gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.

Early registration is $45 ($55 after September 26th).

Youth under 18 years of age, accompanied by an adult -$10

The 40 mile ride leaves ArtRage at 9:30am. The 20 mile ride leaves ArtRage at 10:30am.

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

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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