CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: Aug 29 – Sept 5

Report: CNY Solidarity Coalition Meeting: Aug. 27

25 attending. Great discussions:

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

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. Sign-up link coming soon.


Impact Investing Profile: Cooperative Federal Credit Union

A $250,000 secondary capital loan is helping Cooperative Federal expand lending in the Syracuse community.

Since the initial investment, which included Community Foundation dollars and donor-advised fundholder support, Coop Fed has granted a total of $52 million in loans to local residents and businesses. The majority of these loans, approximately 80%, have served low and moderate-income communities, including first-time homebuyers and minority- or women-owned business enterprises (MWBE). Read it on the CNYCF site. 

This is an important step in the process. See GreeningUSA event below, Sept. 8.

Micron Applies For Federal CHIPS Act Aid For $100 Billion Central New York Project

Read it on 

Zoom with Czarny: Corey Williams Syracuse Common Council District 3 Watch Here

This week I sit down with Corey Williams who is running for Syracuse Common Council District 3. He is a new candidate running in a brand new district. (East of 81 from Madison – Salt Springs south). We talk about his vision for Syracuse and what he hopes to do if elected. More about Corey here:

Permanently Housing Rather Than Just Sheltering Asylum Seekers Could Save (New York) City Over $3 Billion Annually 

Allowing new New Yorkers to use vouchers would prevent them from becoming “long stayers” in shelter and getting drawn further into the cycle of homelessness. Full report here

FACT CHECK: Medicare for All Would Save the U.S. Trillions; Public Option Would Leave Millions Uninsured, Not Garner Savings.

Medicare for All Would Cover Everyone, Save Money and End Medical Debt

Medicare for All spending would be approximately $37.8 trillion between 2017 and 2026, according to a study by the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. That amounts to about $5 trillion in savings over that time. Read Article on Public Citizen

Watch a Climate Scientist Fact Check an Alarming PragerU Video

Last month, Florida became the first state in the nation to approve the use of “educational” videos produced by the conservative organization Prager University Foundation, a group co-founded by right-wing radio host Dennis Prager.


See our Contact Your Representatives page for contact info.

From Alliance for a Green Economy and the Renewable Heat Now Campaign: 

Thank you to CNY Solidarity Coalition for being one of 213 organizations that signed onto a letter to Governor Hochul asking that she make the NY HEAT Act her top climate and energy priority. If you are on X/Twitter, please comment, like and share this tweet to help boost the letter and get the Governor’s staff to take notice. Want to do more to help? Individuals are encouraged to sign a postcard to Governor Hochul.

From NYCLU:  Protect Syracuse Communities From Displacement

Syracuse has some of the highest rates of segregation and concentrated poverty in the nation. Yet the city’s zoning plan, known as ReZone, fails to provide any protections against displacement for residents and doubles down on its support for major developers. After three years of failing to engage with the public, and despite the concerns raised  during the one public meeting held by the legislature ReZone was passed and signed into law. If the NYS Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) does not step in, residents living adjacent to the soon to be the newly developed community grid will be at grave risk of being displaced by future development.

TELL THE DOT: Protect Black Syracuse residents against displacement.

Digital Marketing Consultant with Syracuse Cultural Workers
To be filled as soon as possible. Rolling Application process. 5-15 hours/week (flexible) thru mid December 2023 

We prefer someone in Central NY, but are happy to work with the right person remotely

  • Work with our digital marketing team to develop a plan for digital marketing of SCW products
  • Carry out SCW’s digital marketing strategy to reach new people and expand sales
  • Find creative and cost-effective ways to use digital advertising and social media to promote SCW products.
  • Work with potential interns on accompanying social media campaigns

SCW is a social justice publisher selling both retail and wholesale through our website and paper catalog throughout North America. SCW’s 12 person staff is caring, creative, hardworking and committed to making a difference in the world. If you are a person of integrity looking for a challenge, apply now.

Central Current, Inc., Seeks To Hire A Managing Editor.

We are a nonprofit digital news organization serving Syracuse and Central New York.

The managing editor will be responsible for the overall execution of the journalistic objectives of the publication in furtherance of the purposes and mission of Central Current. They will work collaboratively with a small but superb staff which will include an executive director, a chief of staff, an experienced full-time reporter who covers government, accountability, and equity issues, and a full-time reporter who principally covers arts and culture.

Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) is hiring two Community Organizers to help support and build power with people and families who have been impacted by mass incarceration and mass criminalization. Job posting here. Candidates can be located anywhere in New York State.

Current campaigns include Communities Not Cages, Clean SlateThe Court NY Deserves, No Price on JusticeJustice Roadmap, and the People’s Campaign for Parole Justice, all with the goal of decarcerating jails and prisons, ending perpetual punishment, and winning real investments in community-based resources.  

NY Renews is still open for applications for three part-time fellowship positions!

NY Renews’ fellows make a significant difference in our organizing power both online and IRL. Learn more about and apply to our fellowship opportunities here:

Applications are due Friday, Sept 8th by 5 pm. Contact me at with any questions!


Empire State Voices NY-22 Launch

Thursday, August 31st 6-8pm, Meier’s Creek Brewing Company, 33 Rippleton Rd, Cazenovia, NY 13035

Join Empire State Voices as we officially launch our NY-22 accountability campaign to elevate the voices of New Yorkers and call out Representative Brandon Williams’ misalignment with the people who live in this district.

See you there for this lively night of networking, hearing from local voices, and learning more about what Empire State Voices will be doing in New York’s 22nd Congressional District! Facebook event Here

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.

Save the Dates

General Election Campaign Kickoff! – Mo Brown and Emily Essi

Wednesday, September 6th, 2023, 6 PM. 515 Westcott St. 

Come help us get across the finish line! November 7th is right around the corner and we have to keep the intensity we during the primary all the way until election day!

We will be joined by special guest, Emily Essi, who’s going to be our next county clerk!

The CNY Micron Project’s Sustainability and Environmental Review

GreeningUSA’s Next Virtual Green Bag Lunch

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

Registration:  Registration closes at 5pm on Thursday, Sept. 7.

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.

Fundraiser for the Syracuse Center for Peace and Social Justice (SCPSJ)

Sunday, September 10 from 12:00 3 :00 pm at SCPSJ, 2013 E. Genesee St.

Join the Center board and all resident groups at a fundraiser for the Syracuse Center for Peace and Social Justice (SCPSJ, aka “our offices”)

An afternoon of fun and fundraising: 

  • open house w music by Colleen Kattau
  • silent auction (wine, meals, books, and more)           
  • building tours 

SCPSJ, “The Center” is a community space, offering below-market rents to these groups: Syracuse Peace Council, The Workers’ Center of CNY, Alliance for a Green Economy, Black Lives Matter, Unchained, Public Citizen, and Afghan Community of Onondaga. Please help The Center continue as a building supporting movement groups.

For more information, call 315-701-1580 or

CNY Solidarity Coalition Meeting

Sunday, Sept 10, 3 PM

A Better World Is Possible: A Conversation With Kathy Kelly

Mon. September 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, ArtRage Gallery 505 Hawley Ave

Kathy Kelly has been an educator for most of her life, but she finds children of war and those who are victims of violence have been her most important teachers.

From 2010 to 2019 Kathy made over two dozen trips to Afghanistan, living with young Afghan Peace Volunteers in a working-class neighborhood in Kabul. With Voices in the Wilderness companions, from 1996 – 2003, she traveled 27 times to Iraq, defying the economic sanctions and remaining in Iraq throughout the Shock and Awe bombing and the initial weeks of the U.S. invasion and occupation. Kathy is helping prepare evidence for the Merchants of Death War Crimes Tribunal which begins November 12, 2023, and she is board president of World BEYOND War.

Drawing from what she has learned while living alongside people in various war zones, (Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza), Kathy will explore the possibility of abolishing all wars. She will describe the forthcoming Merchants of Death Tribunal, and the call for military contractors to transform to manufacturing objects of peace.

“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! 

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. 

Renewable Heat Now 2024 Campaign Kickoff

Thursday, Sep 14, 2023 07:00 PM on ZOOM

Join Renewable Heat Now for our 2024 campaign kickoff! These meetings are a great place to learn, get plugged in, and take quick and easy but impactful actions with us. We’re fighting for policies and funding to phase fossil fuels out of buildings to fight climate change, lower utility bills, create good green jobs, and make New York healthier! 

Futurismo Latino, Exhibit Opening Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Friday, September 15, 2023, 6 PM – 8 PM

La Casita Cultural Center, 109 Otisco St, Syracuse, NY, United States, New York

The exhibit, Futurismo Latino: Cultural Memory and Imagined Worlds, will highlight the works of Chicano artists Cayetano Valenzuela, Zeke Peña, and the La Casita’s youth community. The opening event is free and open to the public and will include lively Latin music and authentic Mexican food.
The exhibition seeks to reconfigure a vision of the future where Latino/Chicano culture is in flux and centered in the story of the far future. The installation of original paintings, drawings, prints and three-dimensional pieces will remain on view throughout the 2023-24 academic year. More information

Haudenosaunee Wooden Stick Lacrosse Festival – Come Play where Lacrosse Originated

Deyhontsigwa’ehs: The Creator’s Game, Lacrosse Weekend 2023

Saturday September 16-Sunday September 17, 2023

Onondaga Lake Park, 106 Lake Dr, Liverpool, NY 13088 in the heart of Onondaga Nation Territory

The Annual Haudenosaunee Wooden Stick Festival (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM). 

This event will be free, educational, and entertaining for the whole family.

Dont forget to also take part in the Restore our Sacred Lake 5K Run/Walk Saturday AM Sept. 16.

Learn more at:

March To End Fossil Fuels

Sunday, Sept. 17TH – 1PM – NYC – 56th & Broadway

A number of Syracuse and CNY groups are organizing a bus for the September 17 Climate March in NYC! The March to End Fossil Fuels is the kickoff event to Climate Week and takes place 3 days before the UN Climate Ambition Summit when world leaders will gather to commit to phasing out fossil fuels. If you would like to get on the bus, please sign up Report:on this formDeparture times are not quite finalized, but we expect to leave between 6am and 7am and return between 9pm and 10pm on the 17th. Share with your friends and help us fill the bus!

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.

Special Election for ALL Town of Manlius Residents

Sept. 23, 2023. (AM – 5 Pm at the Town. Hall , 301 Brooklea Dr., Fayetteville

residents, including those in the Villages of Fayetteville, Manlius, and Minoa, on whether the ward system should be established. 

Visit and look at the 8/23/2023 Town Board meeting agenda for more information! Ask questions.  #yourvoicematters #SpecialElection

The Border is a Weapon – Artist Talk & Reception

Friday, September 29, 2023 At 6 Pm – 8 Pm Nancy Cantor Warehouse, 350 W. Fayette St., 13202  More Info

Event by Point of Contact – Punto de Contacto, Office of Cultural Engagement for the Hispanic Community and CMAC – Coalition of Museum and Art Centers at Syracuse University

Punto de Contacto-Point of Contact (POC) commemorates National Hispanic Heritage Month 2023 with a new exhibit “The Border is a Weapon”, featuring work by Mexican and Chicano artists from the border towns of South Texas. This multimedia art collective reflects on life in a region that is united by culture, history, its people, and divided by the Río Grande. Featured artists include Angel Cabrales, Cande Aguilar, Daniela Cavazos, José Villalobos, Juan de Dios Mora, Maritza Bautista, and Ruben Luna. The show will open to the public September 22 through November 12, 2023. Admission is free and open to the public.

Summer 2023 Workshops at the Marcellus St. Bike Depot, 713 Marcellus St.
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

6th annual ArtRageous Bike Ride! Register Today!

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, City, town, and village elections. More info: NY State Board of Elections page . Also Onondaga County Board of Elections and

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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