CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: October 10 – 17, 2023

Community Newsletter & Events

October 10, 2023 – October 17, 2023

Where are your county tax dollars going?

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?

2pm – 3pm: Panel Discussion: Where are your county taxes going? 
  – Bill Kinne, County Legislator District 15th and Candidate for Onondaga County Executive
  – Marty Masterpole, Onondaga County Comptroller 
  – Mary Kuhn, County Legislator District 7th
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


Action Alerts


Election 2023 is Nov. 7! A few suggestions:


Micron Community Engagement Committee & Investment in CNY Survey

In order to receive billions in incentives, Micron has committed to 20 years’ worth of community investments. These investments will be supported by a $500 million Green Chips Community Investment Fund, seeded with contributions of $100 million by Empire State Development, at least $250 million by Micron, and the remainder by local, statewide, and national partners. The Micron Community Engagement Committee (CEC) are working to develop a Community Priorities Document to guide these investments. Our feedback is essential in shaping where these investments go. 

Articles of the Week


How Not To Close A Jail

A surprise plan to shutter Jamesville Correctional Facility spurred a chaotic political skirmish — and left incarcerated people in the lurch. “Shelley didn’t know it yet, but the oversight agency had found that the sheriff’s office repeatedly failed to fix the jail’s problems. Jamesville was a relief valve, and closing it would strip the sheriff’s office of a mechanism to reduce population pressures at the notorious main jail.”

Read on Central Current


Pity the Landlord

Is the “mom-and-pop” landlord a myth?
Perhaps most significant in the backlash to 2019’s pro-tenant legislation are five active lawsuits—backed by major real estate industry groups but with “small” landlords as plaintiffs—that seek to overturn rent control entirely. This month the Supreme Court will decide whether or not to hear these cases, threatening to stamp out rent control for good. 

Read on The Baffler


Carbon Offsets Don’t Work, And That’s Not News

It’s been clear from the beginning that the market for ’emissions offsets’ is based on lies.

Read on Climate and Capitalsim


The Father of Environmental Justice Exposes the Geography of Inequity

Robert D. Bullard reflects on the movement he helped to create. “Black people made up only 25 percent of Houston’s population at the time, yet 82 percent of the garbage in the city was dumped on them. We lost in court because we couldn’t prove it was intentional discrimination.”

Read Scientific American


Dispatch From The Climate Crisis Front Lines: Join The Fight

(Guest Opinion by Andy Mager)

There should be little doubt that we are in the early stages of a climate emergency. The smoke-filled days we experienced this summer in Central New York brought the crisis home to us, while people in the Southwest experienced deadly heat, Maui and many parts of Canada have been devastated by deadly wildfires, droughts parch many communities, and over 11,000 people died recently in Derna, Libya, after torrential rains (fueled by climate change) overwhelmed dams. 

Read on


Medicare Advantage Is A $140 Billion Scam.

The federal government is losing as much as $140 billion per year by subsidizing private Medicare Advantage plans, according to a bombshell new report. In the groundbreaking investigation, health care researchers identified the four major ways that private insurers systematically exploit the publicly funded national health insurance program while denying care to the nation’s most vulnerable patients.

Read on Jacobin


Event Calendar

Unemployment Bridge Program: Ending Unjust Gaps in Our Safety Net That Leave Workers Behind

Tuesday, October 10, 2023 | 5:00PM – 6:30PM

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

The fight for the Excluded Workers Fund showed us that our safety net system is filled with gaps that unjustly shut out many of New York’s most vulnerable workers, especially Black, brown, and immigrant workers in precarious low-wage industries. The goal of the Unemployment Bridge Program is to provide unemployment compensation to workers who are excluded from regular unemployment insurance because of their immigration status or because of the kind of work they do.


Register on Zoom


SIRDN Orientation Meeting

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

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

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 & 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)


CNY Micron Project’s Sustainability and Environmental Review (Part 2)

Friday, October 13, 12:00-1:30pm

GreeningUSA’s Next Virtual Green Bag Lunch

The Draft Scoping Document (DSD) for the Micron project’s SEQRA and NEPA reviews has been issued and a public comment period is officially open. The next Green Bag Lunch: we will share observations from the public comment meeting that will have taken place on October 11, and we will offer suggestions for topics to comment on in written statements due by October 20.  To review the scoping document and to learn when and how to submit comments visit: 

Draft-Scope-updated-9-20-24.pdf ( and Microsoft Word – Final Public Notice of Pos Dec-Scoping.docx (


If you missed Part 1, you may watch the presentation from September’s GBL on GreeningUSA’s YouTube Channel at: 


Register on EventBrite 


Save the Dates

Joy As Resistance : Syracuse Community Choir Season Kick-Off

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7-9 PM

Grace Episcopal Church | 819 Madison St. Syracuse 13210 and on Zoom

Intro to the Syracuse Community Choir Fall Season, with singing, community-building, and new member orientation. For new & existing members of the choir, Come join the Syracuse Community Choir to learn about our Fall Season! Plus anyone who’s curious and wants to check it out for the night!

We’ll rehearse every Wednesday night in preparation for a concert on Saturday, December 16th.


Share & RSVP on Facebook


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)


Abolitionist Freedom Walk ’23

Saturday, October 21 | 8AM

Canastota Canal Museum

Register on EventBrite 


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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