CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: October 3 – 10, 2023

Community Newsletter & Events

October 3, 2023 – October 10, 2023

Next CNY Solidarity Meeting
Where are your county tax dollars going?
October 15, 2023 | 2pm – 4pm
 All Saints Church, 1342 Lancaster Ave, Syracuse
Budgets are moral documents. They reveal priorities and values. Let’s take a closer look at Onondaga County’s 1.5 Billion Dollar Budget to find out if what our current representatives say matches what they are funding. Join us for a conversation with County Legislators and Candidates about Onondaga County’s Billion Dollar Budget. Where are your tax dollars going? What would they do differently? How can we pass a better budget?

3pm – 4pm Committee Meetings

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

  • Wear a mask in person 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.

 November 12 | December 3 | December 17

Indigenous Peoples' Day Community Festival

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Festival 2023, Oct. 8. We need volunteers at the CNY Solidarity Coalition table. Sign up to table with the CNY Solidarity!


Action Alerts


Speak at the County Legislature public hearing:
“Make the 2024 budget reflect our needed priorities!”

Thursday, October 5 | 4PM General Session | 5:30 Budget Public Hearing


Back from the Brink: It’s time for Congressional Action on Nuclear Weapons


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

The more people who participate in our Democracy, the healthier and more representative our Democracy will be. We need to increase voter turnout in all elections. Even year elections see over 50% turnout while odd year elections see only 30%. Bill S3505B which moves odd numbered elections to even years will increase turnout for every level of our government.


Our county executive, Ryan McMahon, and other representatives are fighting against this change because they do not want more people participating in local elections. We need to be louder. Make some calls and send emails to our Governor and let her know we want to make our Democracy stronger by electing all our representatives in even years! 

Articles of the Week


Rep. Brandon Williams Moves Toward Far Right With New Staff Rooted In Trump’s MAGA Campaign

…Williams has shifted some of his legislative priorities and rhetoric to align with positions pushed by the far-right House Freedom Caucus.


Rejected By US Courts, Onondaga Nation Takes Centuries-Old Land Rights Case To International Panel

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights recently allowed the Onondagas to pursue claims their land was taken unjustly by New York state, providing a unique venue for a land rights case against the United States by a Native American nation.


Private Catholic Schools Want Their Own SROs.

Two towns in Onondaga County (Dewitt & Manlius) are getting requests from private Catholic schools to have armed school resource officers in their schools. Nothing has been decided on by either town due to many complex issues with the request. Should public resources be used for private institutes? Separation of church and state? Why aren’t these private institutions hiring private security? We are watching closely to share updates and future meetings as we learn more.


Guest Post: How Heat Pumps Became A Nordic Success Story

A common criticism of heat pumps is that they do not work in cold weather. However, the Nordic region – particularly Sweden, Finland and Norway – offers a rebuttal to this assessment, as our research at the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) shows. These three European countries have the highest heat pump sales per 1,000 households in the continent.


RICO and Domestic Terrorism Charges Against Cop City Activists Send a Chilling Message

The excessively punitive, overreaching charges should be dropped and must not set a precedent.

Georgia’s legislature intended RICO to combat organized crime, not to punish protest, civil disobedience, or isolated crimes. Yet according to Carr, opposing construction of Cop City amounts to a criminal conspiracy under the state RICO statute. To make its case, the indictment relies on people’s beliefs and community organizing as the connective tissue for sweeping criminal liability. 


Event Calendar

Strengthening Police Accountability in Syracuse: A Panel Discussion by NY Civil Liberties Union

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. 

Learn More


Continuing our Momentum: The Climate, Jobs, and Justice Package

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 | 6:00 pm

Last year, we won big with the creation of a dedicated climate and EJ fund and the Build Public Renewables Act. On the other hand, this summer has shown how dire the climate crisis is and thus just how important our work is. So for 2024, we’re going big again with a revamped Climate, Jobs, and Justice Package and we want to share the details of this exciting news with you! NY Renews strives to make our events as inclusive as possible for folks with a range of accessibility needs. Please contact Aurora, the accessibility coordinator for this event, at with any needs or questions you might have!

Register on Zoom


Onondaga County Budget Public Hearing

Thursday, October 5, 2023 | 5:30 pm

The Onondaga County BOE for many years has been one of the shortest staffed and underfunded BOEs in the state. In 2022, they operated on $10.34 per active registered voter, the second-lowest of any county in New York state. At the same time, they served 304,486 active voters, the sixth-highest number of all New York state counties. Tell Ryan McMahon & County Legislators to fully fund our Board of Elections!

Email the County Legislature  |  Email Ryan McMahon


Gathering Power: Syracuse Tenants Union General Meeting!

Saturday, October 7, 2023 | 2:00 pm

North Side Learning Center | 501 Park St, Syracuse

Calling all tenants in Syracuse: you’re invited to our “Gathering Power” October 7th general meeting! Over the past few months, we’ve met dozens of tenants who are fed up with their living conditions in Syracuse. Many of you expressed interest in taking action to make change — here is your chance! Let’s come together as tenants to tap into our POWER, build connections with each other, and create a community that we can draw on for support in these difficult times. Please RSVP on Action Network or contact us at (315) 308-0130, and let us know you’re coming.

RSVP on Action Network


Indigenous Peoples’ Day Festival 2023

Sunday, October 8, 2023 | 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

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.

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Save the Dates

SIRDN Orientation Meeting

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 | 6:00PM – 6:45PM

Workers Center CNY | 2013 E. Genesee St, Ground Level Meeting Space

or Thursday, October 12, 2023 | 11:15AM – 12:00PM

On Zoom

The Syracuse Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network (SIRDN) needs more volunteers for advocacy and direct support work.  We can do it best when we have a large group of volunteers we can reach out to for any given task. We don’t believe in anyone doing more than can fit on their plate!  So…. the more the merrier!

If you would like to learn more about us before you decide you want to volunteer with us or come to our meetings, please review our attached orientation documents and join us!

Please rsvp to by October 8th & tell us which session you plan to attend!


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!
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.

Register on Action Network



Debate Forum: County Executive

Thursday, October 12, 2023 | 5:30PM – 7:30PM

Corcoran High School | 919 Glenwood Ave

The Southside Coalition Citizens for Justice and Equality along with Greater Syracuse Southside Neighborhood Association is hosting a series of political forums / debates. If you want to ask questions to the candidates running for County Executive, make sure to attend this debate.  

Bill Kinne (D) vs Ryan McMahon (R)


Debate Forum: District Attorney

Thursday, October 19, 2023 | 5:30PM – 7:30PM

Henninger High School | 600 Robinson St.

The Southside Coalition Citizens for Justice and Equality along with Greater Syracuse Southside Neighborhood Association is hosting a series of political forums / debates. If you want to ask questions to the candidates running for District Attorney, make sure to attend this debate.  

Chuck Keller (D) vs William Fitzpatrick (R) vs Christine Varga (CON)


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.

Register Here


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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