CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: Sept 26 – Oct 3, 2023

Community Newsletter & Events

September 26, 2023 – October 3, 2023

Our meeting on Sunday, 9/24 was attended by 20 people in-person and another 18 online! It was great to hear from local progressive groups whose efforts we have worked to support. 

Organizations,  Presenters and contact info: 


Organization (Click links to see their sites) Speaker
Syracuse DSA: Democratic Socialists of America Tammy Honeywell
Syracuse Peace Council Ayeh Hajjari
Workers’ Center of CNY Jess Maxwell
New York Immigration Coalition Kayla Kelechian
Syracuse Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network Annegret Shubert
Urban Jobs Task Force Tylah Worrell
NYCLU: New York Civil Liberties Union Victoria Coit
Families for Lead Freedom Now Oceanna Fair
Greening USA John Przepiora
AGREE Andra Lemanis
Syracuse Cultural Workers Andy Mager



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

  • Please wear a mask, and practice reasonable social distancing.
  • One in-person meeting per month. Additional Zoom meetings may be scheduled, depending on issues.
  • Meetings will start at 2 PM, 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.

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 at the CNY Solidarity Coalition table. 


Articles of the Week


From AGREE (Alliance for a Green Economy)

EnergySmart CNY is a one-stop location with opportunities to be part of the clean energy economy, including jobs, energy efficiency improvements to their homes or buildings, and considering solar and heat pumps where appropriate. The EnergySmart CNY website has links for all of these options. 
The program is funded by NYSERDA to help New Yorkers (including individuals, small businesses, and affordable housing owners) access and navigate the numerous clean energy opportunities available. Sign up to find out more!


Clarence Thomas Secretly Participated in Koch Network Donor Events

Thomas has attended at least two Koch donor summits, putting him in the extraordinary position of having helped a political network that has brought multiple cases before the Supreme Court.
…Thomas never reported the 2018 flight to Palm Springs on his annual financial disclosure form, an apparent violation of federal law requiring justices to report most gifts. 


Mouths Full of Blood: Trump and His Backers Spread Lies, Violence and Fascism

The United States has long supported the repression of Latin American land defenders. The tactics it exported are coming to the Atlanta forest. On January 18, the Atlanta police, DeKalb County police, Georgia state troopers, and a SWAT team… shot and killed twenty-six-year-old Manuel Paez Terán (also known as Tortuguita), a young Indigenous Venezuelan who had been protesting the clearing of the forest to build the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center, known to those who have spent the past two years opposing it as Cop City.
…Tortuguita was shot over fifty times. Researchers and journalists have called the shooting “unprecedented”; according to The Guardian, it is the first known instance of state forces in the United States killing an environmental protester.
…So while the Georgia State Patrol’s murder of Tortuguita marks a grave first in the United States, the killing of land defenders is heartbreakingly common in South and Central America. 


Cop Cities in a Militarized World

Death threats have become rampant as MAGA culture twists norms and makes once-marginal forms of violence mainstream.
Trump and the modern Republican Party couple their belief in absolute truth and the primacy of violence as crucial to their claim on power. At work is a radical renewal of the legacy of fascism and racial purity with its destruction of human values, critical education, and a collective collapse into the death-driven belief that equality and democracy are synonymous with decadence and must be eliminated.


Action Alerts

Visit our Contact Your Representatives page for contact info. 

Tell Governor Hochul to sign bill moving local elections to even-numbered years


The Public Service Commission Must Deny National Fuel Gas’s Inadequate and Harmful Long-Term Plan

  • In 2022, the Public Service Commission issued a Gas Planning Order requiring each gas utility to come up with a long-term gas system plan that must be consistent with the 2019 Climate Law. National Fuel Gas (NFG) is the first NY gas utility to submit its plan to the Public Service Commission (PSC). NFG’s plan does not even come close to complying with our Climate Law on greenhouse gas reductions or benefits to disadvantaged communities. NFG’s plan, if the PSC allows it to go through, will not only harm the residents of Western New York but will also set a terrible precedent for gas utilities across the state who will soon follow with their own long-term plans. Please send an online comment urging the PSC to reject NFG’s inadequate and harmful long-term plan. (You do NOT have to be a customer of NFG to comment.)

Onondaga County Needs Election Inspectors

  • 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.

Event Calendar

Educator Workshop: 
Learning Social Justice Through Art

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm

ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave, Syracuse

Educators of all kinds – Especially teachers of English, Social Studies, or Art — can join us to explore our current exhibition, Helen Zughaib’s  Stories My Father Told Me. 
Participants will examine artwork in the gallery through thinking routines, consider how the artist has explored issues of migrationand explore what we might do as educators to address migration in our own curriculum. Leading the workshop will be Jessica Fundalinski, Doctoral Student at the Syracuse University School of Education.
Register for this free workshop on Eventbrite


Debate Forum: County Clerk & Comptroller

Thursday, September 28, 2023 | 5PM – 8PM

Fowler High School, 227 Magnolia St, Syracuse 

The Southside Coalition Citizens for Justice and Equality along with Greater Syracuse Southside Neighborhood Association is hosting a series of political forums / debates. 

Onondaga County Clerk: 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM: Emily Essi (D) vs Lisa Dell (R)

Onondaga County Comptroller: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM: Marty Masterpole (D) vs Casey Jordan (R)



The Dollar & Cents: An Impending GOP Shutdown

Thursday, September 28, 2023 | 7PM – 8PM

NY-22 Digital Town Hall (on Zoom)

Join Empire State Voices for a digital town hall where we discuss the economy, the upcoming GOP shutdown, and the impacts on the residents of NY-22.

Zoom link sent upon Mobilize RSVP.



The Border is a Weapon – Artist Talk & Reception

Friday, September 29, 2023 | 6PM – 8PM

Nancy Cantor Warehouse, 350 W. Fayette St, Syracuse

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

Saturday 9/30, 3-5PM – How to Fix a Flat

713 Marcellus St, Syracuse

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 RSVP to 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!

Sunday, October 1, 2023

ArtRage | 505 Hawley Avenue, Syracuse

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.



Sunday, October 1, 2023 | 12PM – 6:30PM

Westcott Street, Syracuse

The CNY Solidarity Coalition will tabling with Greening USA. 


Tuesday, October 3, from 5pm to 7pm

Community Folk Art Center 805 East Genesee Street, Syracuse. NY 13210

Join this panel discussion to explore the challenges and opportunities surrounding police accountability in our  communities. We will bring together experts, community leaders and activists to engage in a constructive dialogue on strategies to enhance transparency, address misconduct, and promote effective oversight mechanisms. 


Save the Dates

Sunday, October 8, 2023, 10AM – 8PM

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.


NY HEAT Hot Chili Fall Tour: Syracuse

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 | 6:00PM

Syracuse Center for Peace and Social Justice | 2013 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, NY 13210 

Alliance for a Green Economy and the Renewable Heat Now Campaign invite you to an empowering, family-friendly event that combines education, advocacy, and delicious food. Join us for an evening filled with knowledge sharing, community building, and impactful action!Oct11
NY HEAT Act Teach-In: Making Change through Policy: Our “Cantastoria” teach-in is a participatory way to learn about the groundbreaking New York Home Energy Affordable Transition (HEAT) Act, a crucial piece of legislation aimed at reforming New York’s public service law so we are no longer compelled to invest in the continued expansion of the fracked gas system. The bill also contains an energy affordability guarantee for low and moderate income households.



Saturday, October 21 | 8AM

Canastota Canal Museum 


FOCUS Greater Syracuse 2023 Wisdom Keeper

Tuesday, October 24, 2023, 5:30-7:30 PM

Daniella’s Fresh Seafood & Pasta House
The Board of Directors of FOCUS Greater Syracuse, Inc. proudly announces the 2023 honorees:
Mary Nelson, President & CEO, Mary Nelson Youth Center
Stan Linhorst, Former Editor, & The Post-Standard
We recognize the outstanding contributions of remarkable individuals who have positively impacted our community.



Election Day: Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Armistice Day Action

Saturday, Nov. 11

Watch for details. 


Plowshares and Peace Festival

December 2 & 3, 2023

Nottingham High School


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.        



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. 


Donate Online through PayPal


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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