CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: August 22 – 29, 2023

CNY Solidarity Coalition Meeting: Aug. 27, 3 PM

Spiritual Renewal Center, Upstairs at Bishop Harrison Ctr., 1342 Lancaster Ave. 13210

Updates and Current Issues: CNY Solidarity News; Micron; NYCLU/81; Upcoming Elections

Committees may meet 4 PM

Watch Thursday’s email for Agenda

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


A Brewing Debate: Who’s Going To Control Land Freed Up After I-81 Comes Down In Syracuse?

When New York tears down the 1.4-mile elevated Interstate 81 in Syracuse, it will leave behind at least 10 acres of vacant land that could become anything – housing, storefronts, parks or a grand welcome-to-Syracuse entrance.

Read it on 

Click here to tell the DOT: Protect Black Syracuse residents against displacement.

The Constitution Prohibits Trump From Ever Being President Again

The only question is whether American citizens today can uphold that commitment.

“The disqualification clause operates independently of any such criminal proceedings and, indeed, also independently of impeachment proceedings and of congressional legislation. The clause was designed to operate directly and immediately upon those who betray their oaths to the Constitution, whether by taking up arms to overturn our government or by waging war on our government by attempting to overturn a presidential election through a bloodless coup.” Read it in

The Clean Energy Future is Arriving Faster Than You Think 

NY Times article HereOR: See Rebecca Solnit’s Comments on Facebook:

(The NYT article is a …) Strong piece that doesn’t deny the negatives–that too many institutional powers are pushing ahead with fossil fuel–but describes the positives in detail. It’s illustrated with the two graphs we see over and over: the plummet in prices and rise in implementation of solar and wind power.  … including a chunk about the impact of Biden administration bills and how that’s spurring investment here–and abroad. 

Why I Decided to Rate the News

Some reflections on where it started, and how it’s going. – from Vanessa Otero of Ad Fontes Media

We’ve come a long way since 2016, when I created the first  Media Bias Chart® on my own to help family and friends make sense of what had become a hyper-polarized media landscape. Today, Ad Fontes Media has more than 60 highly trained analysts rating news articles, videos, TV programs and podcasts from 3,000 different sources for reliability and bias. Our dataset now includes 56,328 multi-analyst ratings of articles and episodes, 646 completed podcasts, and 377 TV shows, and growing every day. Each day our analysts rate hundreds of new pieces of content, assuring that our overall source rankings are accurate, relevant, and up-to-date. 

Our Media Bias Chart® is the world’s most comprehensive map of the world’s news content, and a vital tool for news consumers, educators, and advertisers. … more about how we rank the news on our methodology page.


See our Contact Your Representatives page for contact info.

NY Renews Asks:

As New York’s regulators develop the state’s emissions cap-trade-and-invest program, we have an opportunity to help steer it in a more just and equitable direction. NY’s program could help hold corporate polluters accountable, generate funds for climate crisis solutions, create union jobs, and support frontline communities while reducing energy costs for all. However, it could also repeat the mistakes of cap-and-trade programs that led to concentrated pollution in disadvantaged communities.

Your voice matters in shaping the final regulations. We urge you to join us in submitting a public comment to NY regulators, advocating for a well-designed and inclusive cap-and-invest program. Our toolkit provides all the information you need to craft a concise and impactful statement.

Please take a few moments and submit a few sentences demanding NY regulators draft an emissions cap that centers environmental justice.

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

After an unusually dry year in Hawaiʻi, two bushfires, heavily fanned by Category 4 Hurricane Dora in the Pacific, grew rapidly overnight. On Maui, the fire devastated communities—tragically it has become the deadliest blaze in the United States in more than a century. WCK’s Emergency Response Team is on the ground working with local partners Chef Hui and Common Ground Collective to support with food and water needs for first responders and impacted residents. 

WCK is first to the frontlines, providing meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises. When disaster strikes, WCK’s Relief Team mobilizes to the frontlines with the urgency of now to start cooking and provide meals to people in need. By partnering with organizations on the ground and activating a network of local restaurants, food trucks, or emergency kitchens, WCK serves comforting meals to survivors of disasters quickly and effectively. We know that good food provides not only nourishment, but also comfort and hope, especially in times of crisis. WCK has provided more than 300 million fresh, nourishing meals for communities around the world. Your donation today will be used to support our emergency food relief efforts. 

World Central Kitchen does not rent, share, or sell any donor contact information (address, phone, email) with third-party organizations. 


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.

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. 

TELL THE DOT: Protect Black Syracuse residents against displacement.

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:

Urban Garden Tour by Syracuse-Onondaga Food Systems Alliance

Saturday, August 26; 10am – 1pm EDT

Join SOFSA for a tour of home and community gardens producing food around Syracuse. 

Join us for a fun-filled garden tour adventure around Syracuse, where you will have the chance to talk to urban gardeners who are coming up with all sorts of different ideas in their home gardens. This tour will be a self-guided adventure, with different locations to check out all over Syracuse. RSVP Here to make sure that you get that list!

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

Save the Dates

NYS Senator Rachel May’s Mobile Office Hours: Have a Question? Need Help? 

Tues., Sept. 5th, 5-7 PM

Wed., Sept. 13, 12-2 PM

Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse

We can help with state agency issues and questions, including homeowners assistance programs, property taxes, unemployment insurance, DMV, consumer complaints, and more.

The CNY Micron Project’s Sustainability and Environmental Review

GreeningUSA’s Next Virtual Green Bag Lunch

Friday, September 8, 12:00-1:30pm


The environmental review process for the Micron project is expected to formally begin soon. The impacts of the chip fab development, the manufacturing process and the attendant community growth will have significant implications for our community. At this GBL we will hear about the NEPA and NYSEQR process and timeline, hear about Micron’s sustainability goals, and share concerns about the sustainability challenges and opportunities this mega project will present. FREE! But you must be registered to attend.

Merchants of Death Campaign  – Syracuse Peace Council

Monday, September 11, at 7 pmat Art Rage, 505 Hawley Ave 

Kathy Kelly speaking. Watch for more info. 

“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 

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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