CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: Sept 12 – 19, 2023

CNY Solidarity Coalition Meeting

Sept. 24, 2023, 2-4 PM

Bishop Harrison Center 

Special Meeting: Hearing from our Allies

If you haven’t been to a meeting in a while, (or ever!) please take this opportunity to come and meet the people in the groups we work so hard to support!

Much of the work of the CNY Solidarity Coalition has been in collaboration with other local progressive groups. Join us on 9/24 to hear from our allies. This will be a great meeting to learn about these groups, what they are working on and how we can support them. 

Current list of groups invited to present:

  • Syracuse Peace Council
  • Workers’ Center of CNY
  • New York Immigration Coalition
  • Syracuse Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network 
  • Urban Jobs Task Force 
  • NYCLU: New York Civil Liberties Union
  • Families for Lead Freedom Now
  • Syracuse DSA; Democratic Socialists of America
  • Syracuse Cultural Workers
  • Greening USA

CNY Solidarity Coalition Meeting Schedule: Dates are subject to change.

October 15 | November 12 | December 3 | December 17

Westcott Fair, Oct. 1. We need volunteers to staff  our table. Sign-up link Here

CNY Solidarity’s current plan for meetings, dependent on health warnings:

·       One in-person meeting per month. Additional Zoom meetings may be scheduled as needed. 

·       Meetings will start at 2PM, followed by in-person Committee Meetings when scheduled. 

·       In case of inclement weather or other issues, notification/Zoom link by 10 AM on the day of the meeting.

·       Please wear a mask, and practice reasonable social distancing.


Onondaga County Executive Race: Kinne Comes Out Swinging As Mcmahon Touts Micron In 1st Forum Read it on

The candidates laid out their platforms two months ahead of Election Day.

Video Series: Uncertainty and Possibility—Meeting the Climate Future

Incredible 10-part series of short videos on Uncertainty and Possibility—Meeting the Climate Future with Christiana Figueres, Rebecca Solnit, and Roshi Joan Halifax. Watch Here

Syracuse’s Children Suffer From Trail Of Lead Paint Ignored By Landlords; ‘It’s Like They Don’t Care’

Here’s what we found: Kids are held back in school. Their speech is delayed. They suffer from anemia. They can’t comprehend what their parents and teachers are saying. Some are anxious and don’t trust new people and situations. Read it on

Half a Century After His Death, Salvador Allende Is Still Present Among Us

“Allende’s government transformed Chile with a massive land reform, the nationalization of key industries and raw materials, and the mass construction of housing. The government expanded education and health care in a way that gave priority to the needs of women and children as the “basic unit” of society.” Read it on   

The New Era of Political Violence Is Here

The danger is not organized civil war but individual Americans with deep resentments and delusions.

“They will tell you that they are for “liberty” and “freedom,” but these are merely code words for personal grudges, racial and class resentments, and a generalized paranoia that dark forces are manipulating their lives.”

Read it in

Welcome to the “You Do You” Pandemic The new Covid policy: Let them eat cake.

This is the exact problem we face now: a favored class that sees its own comfort as a sign that everything’s fine. As a result, the members of the Church of the Contented Establishment—from the White House to Jha and his Brown colleague Emily Oster, to David Leonhardt at The New York Times and Leana Wen at The Washington Post, to even infectious-disease doctors like Monica Gandhi at the University of California San Francisco—are pushing a narrative about Covid and our public health that, thanks to its influence within elite circles, is more subtly corrupting and poisonous than anything that outright Covid denialists like Ron DeSantis have come up with.

Read it on   


See our Contact Your Representatives page for contact info.

The New York Immigration Coalition

We Are Hiring! The NYIC has 19 new positions all over New York for you to start your career in the fight for immigrant justice! nThe positions range in experience—we are encouraging everyone who has an interest in immigrant issues to apply! And share it with anyone you think might be a good fit. 

Click this link to apply and learn more.

Onondaga County Needs Election Inspectors

On Election Day we employ over two thousand people will work at schools, churches, and other facilities processing voters so that we can conduct a fair election, as perfect as possible. It is a long day but it is very rewarding to know you have helped your community choose its leaders. 

Election Inspectors are paid $241 to work in the Primaries and General Elections. The required working hours are from approximately 5:00 AM to 9:30 PM. At this time we are unable to accomodate half days shifts. We do not have any volunteer positions. Information Here


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

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.

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

Wednesday, September 13, 2023,  7 Pm

At 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. 

Our Streets: A Very NLG Know Your Rights Training For Activists & Protestors 

Thursday, September 14th 5 – 7 PM ET on Zoom

Join the National Lawyers Guild for a Know Your Rights training that is designed to teach activists, community members, legal workers and professionals, lawyers and law students how to navigate police interactions during protests. The KYR will cover considerations for supporting marginalized groups and communities in the streets, and includes tips and tools people can utilize as tactics when tensions become heightened. This training is intended for people with all levels of knowledge around first amendment rights and demonstrations.

The presenter for the event will be Ría Thompson-Washington (she/they/elle), who is an anti-racist activist, Afro-Latine, nonbinary Queer feminist living on unceded Nacotchtank land known as Washington, DC. They have spent the last twenty years organizing and training Black and Latine people working on various campaigns in the Labor movement to Occupy Wall Street, and more recently, providing legal support to the Movement for Black Lives. Learn more about Ría and the event and Register Now!

Voices on the Underground Railroad

Thursday, September 14, 6 PM. 

Carriage House Theater, Cayuga Museum of Art, 203 Genesee Street, Auburn, NY 13021 

[Corner of Genesee and Washington Streets] Info/Registration

Recently retired Cornell University Professor Gerard Aching will present on … the Underground Railroad Research Project, which highlights the extensive roots of the network in Central New York, Western New York, and the Finger Lakes Region. The presentation will feature a discussion on the newly launched Underground Railroad Hub and Voices on the Underground Railroad websites. 

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.

Don’t 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

Join Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation, the Syracuse Peace Council, AGREE, People vs. Fossil Fuels and many others in NYC for the March to End Fossil Fuels on September 17th! This 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. Tens of thousands of us will take to the streets on September 17 to call on President Biden and other world leaders to take bold action to end fossil fuels.

Syracuse BusThere is now a bus to accommodate 55 people going from Syracuse-Cortland to NYC. 

The bus organizers are SPC/NOON, AGREE, and the ESF/SU NYPIRG chapter. Climate justice art posters will be available for participants. Unfortunately, this bus is not ADA accessible due to fleet limitations. We will make a pick-up stop in Cortland, and if we get enough people, we can most likely book a 2nd bus. Exact pick-up locations TBA. 

          Syracuse: gather at 7:15am, bus leaves at 7:30am 

          Cortland: gather at 7:50am, bus leaves at 8:05am

Registration link for SYR bus

–Full confirmed bus list and public travel options:

–Carpool organizer:

March organizers encourage participants to join a hub when they arrive in NYC. SPC recommends Nuclear Free-Carbon Free, organized by the Nuclear Information and Resource Service. To join them during the march, contact Tim Judson:

Nonviolent Direct Action – Monday, September 18: A nonviolent direct action is planned for Monday as a followup to the mass march on Sunday.  You can sign up to receive more information here.  If you’re interested in participating and coming from Central New York, please reach out to Andy Mager.

Please spread the word about the CNY bus if applicable to your circles:

SPC webpage announcement

Facebook event

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.

Save the Dates

Youth Violence: A Crisis that Impacts Everyone

Friday, September 22, 12-1:30 PM. SALTspace Theater | 103 Wyoming St, Syracuse, NY 13204 OR Zoom

FOCUS Greater Syracuse, Inc., in partnership with The Gifford Foundation, is hostingt a free, HYBRID forum on Youth Violence in the City of Syracuse and the impact it has on everyone. It will focus on solutions, what is currently being done, and what needs to be done. Panelists will challenge participants on what more we can do as a community to help address violence among our youth and young adults.

IN-PERSON OPTION: Join us for lunch. The Gifford Foundation is generously providing box lunches for those who attend in-person and who register in advance. We ask that those attending in-person arrive at 11:30 AM.

Free parking in Performance Park Lot (Marcellus Street).

VIRTUAL OPTION: Can’t join us for lunch? No worries! We’ll be hosting a Zoom link so everyone can join.

Use this link below to register for In-Person & Lunch or Zoom attendance. 

Special Election for ALL Town of Manlius Residents

Sept. 23, 2023. 9AM – 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

Witness to Injustice

Saturday, September 23, 2023  10:30 AM – 2:00 PM. Fayetteville Free Library Community Room AB

Witness to Injustice is a unique three-hour interactive group educational experience.

It uses an experiential, participatory model to share the disturbing history of what Indigenous Peoples have experienced through colonization with a focus on the experience of the Onondaga Nation and other Haudenosaunee Peoples. Witness to Injustice is a project of Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation / Syracuse Peace Council.

Details/Registration Here

Ten Year Celebration – Workers’ Center Central New York

Saturday, Sept. 23, 6-10 PM The Rail Line, 530 S. Clinton St., Syr,  13202

Celebrate 10 years of worker justice, victories, and more to come with the Workers’ Center on September 23rd! 

Doors open at 6PM. Food (tacos with meat and vegan options) served at 6:30 followed by our first band. Our program starts at 7:30, followed by cake and more music and dancing. There will be a cash bar. In addition to the inside space, there is a beautiful view of the city from the rooftop seating area. The site has a private parking lot. It will be a night to have fun and reminisce on the work that has been done with the help of the community. In order to get a headcount and assure there is enough food for everyone, we ask that you confirm your attendance here. Thank you and see you there!

Syracuse DSA September General Meeting

Sunday, Sept. 24. 4- 5:30 PM at Syracuse Peace Council

Syracuse DSA

RSVP HERE:…/syracuse-dsa-september…

Join Syracuse DSA for our September chapter meeting! We’ll hear from UPS Teamsters about their newly ratified contract and discuss outcomes from the 2023 DSA National Convention.

Hybrid option is available, masks required for anyone joining in-person.

For more information contact:

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, Doors open at 10:00 am. Programming begins at 11:00 am. 

Everson Museum 701 S State St, Syracuse.

Mingle with Onondaga vendors, learn from Haudenosaunee artists and local community groups, listen to speakers and Haudenosaunee singers, and join in social dancing. There will be activities for the whole family to enjoy!

The Everson Museum has open and free entry for their monthly community day! 

Our third annual Refocus feature of short films begins around 7:00 PM. The day will close by 8:00 pm.

Join organizers from Women of Italian and Syracuse Heritage in Central New York (WISH CNY), Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON)- which is a project of the Syracuse Peace Council;  to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Onondaga Nation Land.

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

Full list of positions and candidates:

Plowshares and Peace FestivalNottingham HS. December 2 and 3. 

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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