CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: October 17 – 24, 2023

Community Newsletter & Events

October 17, 2023 – October 24, 2023

Our meeting on Sunday, October 15th was packed full of information about the Onondaga County’s 1.5 Billion dollar budget. We learned that the abstract in the county’s budget is 12 million from the City of Syracuse taxpayers, the reserves for the county has tripled in recent years from 80 million in 2015 to an estimated 200 million in 2023, not counting the 85 million set aside for an expensive taxpayer funded aquarium. Questions were asked about where the lead funding is going, aquarium questions, how can the public be more informed and more. 


Answers included that Democrat legislators, who due to Republican gerrymandering are in the minority in the county legislature, have been trying to pass laws and amendments to help make the county more transparent by moving the county legislature’s meetings to the evenings, improving the live streaming quality, creating a lead coordinator to manage the small amount of funding Republicans have set aside for addressing the lead poisoning crisis but have been continuously voted down by the Republican legislators.

Make sure you, your friends & family vote on November 7, 2023!

Early Voting October 28th – November 5th


CNY Solidarity Coalition Meeting Schedule: Dates are subject to change.
November 12 | December 3 | December 17


Action Alerts

From Indivisible Onondaga County:

Letters to the Editors (LTE’s) needed regarding Rep. Williams, the ongoing budget fight (with another potential shutdown mid-November), the GOP leadership chaos, etc.


Let’s also all keep an eye on Williams’s votes this week regarding House leadership. Current plan is for a House floor vote on Tuesday on Rep. Jim Jordan as speaker.


Election 2023 is Nov. 7! A few suggestions:


Articles of the Week


Election 2023 Articles


Onondaga County’s ‘lead van’ isn’t delivering on promise of large-scale testing (Your Letters)

“Why are McMahon, who has ultimate authority over the Onondaga County Health Department, and the department’s own leadership not listening to the community’s voice? For example, for nine months in recent community conversations about lead testing, a fully functioning lead van was a top demand of residents. Shockingly, the lead van is being trotted out like some show piece instead of serving its true purpose.”

Read on


Despite funding boost from county lawmakers, Onondaga County elections officials it’s not enough

“We are still the lowest staffed board of elections in the state and this is empirical numbers,” Czarny said. “We have one full staff person for every 16,000 voters. The state averages one for every 7,000 voters.”


Read & Listen on WRVO


From Rebecca Solnit: Please recognize the difference between people and their governments on both sides 

Then recognize that a lot of Israelis, including the Israeli former foreign minister and historian whose editorial follows, say Netenyahu’s policies shaped the situation in which Saturday’s terrorism happened.


Read on Facebook


Additional Articles:

  • 250 people at Syracuse rally call for ceasefire in Gaza, no more U.S. aid to Israel Read on

  • Israeli Journalist Gideon Levy: Israel Should Lift Siege & Call Off Plans for Ground Invasion of Gaza Watch on Democracy Now!

  • Can Hamas Survive the Stupidity of its ISIL-Style Tactics in its Drive against the Grey Zone? Read on Informed Comment

Event Calendar

Democratizing Knowledge I-81 For Community Power & Campus Engagement: A Dialogue about I-81. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2023 | 9:00am – 1:00pm

Syracuse University Hall of Languages Room 500 

The program is hybrid and accommodations are available. Light food will be served.  

This program will provide information about the dismantling of Interstate-81 and the impact of these transformations on University and surrounding communities. We will discuss concerns about the continuing effects of historical racial disparities, environmental impacts, and other economic and social justice issues.  We will discuss what is the meaning of community engagement between Syracuse University and local communities, what does it mean to be a good neighbor, and how can we support community interests and needs. Panelists include public officials from state and local offices, grassroots organizers, and Syracuse University administrators, faculty, and students. They include:

  • Cydney Johnson, VP of Community Engagement & Government Relations
  • Andrew Croom, Esq., Legal Services of Central New York
  • Deka Dancil, President, Urban Jobs Task Force & Asst. Director of Field Organizing, NYCLU
  • Joe Driscoll, I-81 Project Director for the City of Syracuse
  • Marcelle Haddix, Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives
  • Oceanna Fair, South Side Branch Leader, Families for Lead Freedom Now
  • Elizabeth Parmley, Project Director, I-81 Viaduct Project, NYS Dept. of Transportation
  • Brice Nordquist, Director Engaged Humanities, Dept. of Arts & Sciences
  • Mary Grace Almandrez, SU Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

RSVP on Google Forms         Learn More


Micron CEC Public Meeting and Listening Session

Wednesday, October 18, 2023 | 4:30PM

Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S Franklin St, Syracuse

Join us for our next public meeting and listening session to help us shape the future of Central New York.


ICYMI: Watch GreeningUSA’s Green Bag Lunch: The CNY Micron Project’s Sustainability and Environmental Review: Part 2 on YouTube. 



Witness to Injustice Program

Wednesday, October 18, 2023 | 5:30PM – 8:30PM

Onondaga Free Library | 4840 W Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse

Free and Open to the Public, Registration Required

Saturday, November 4, 2023 | 10:30AM – 1:30PM

Marcellus Free Library | 32 Maple St, Marcellus

Free and Open to the Public, Registration Required

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. The program seeks to foster truth, understanding and respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the part of the world now known as the United States; especially in the territory stewarded by people of the Onondaga Nation and other Haudenosaunee peoples. It was created in collaboration with Kairos Canada and involves facilitation by Onondaga Nation citizens and non-Indigenous allies. Witness to Injustice is a project of Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation / Syracuse Peace Council.

This project was made possible with the funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor’s Office and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.


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.


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Webinar Watch Party: U.S. Forever Wars; Shining a Light on the War Profiteers. The Merchants of Death War Crimes Tribunal Will Take Them to Task

Wednesday, October 18, 8:00PM – 9:00PM

Syracuse Peace Council, Top floor | 2013 E Genesee St, Syracuse and on Zoom

US weapons manufacturers play a pivotal role in Forever Wars causing immense suffering and destruction across the globe. Using their enormous resources, they propel U.S. foreign and military policy to enrich themselves. This webinar will discuss the causes and consequences of these war profiteers and how a People’s Tribunal is holding them accountable.


Register for Webinar


Immigrant Tea Time

Thursday, October 19, 2023 | 5:00PM – 6:00PM

Occurs Every Third Thursday of Every Month

Immigrant Tea Time is an online community discussion group hosted by the New York Immigration Coalition. Participation is free and open to everyone, whether you are an immigrant, refugee, family, friend, or ally. If you are interested in learning about social issues, community organizing, current events, and more, please join us! Questions? Please contact Bryan Lee (


The New York Immigration Coalition, a state-wide, member-led coalition of immigrant and refugee organizations, works to transform the lives of all New Yorkers by strengthening and building our members’ power, organizing and educating our communities and the public, and using our collective voice to advocate for opportunity and justice.


Sign up for Zoom Link


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)


State Lege Panel

Thursday, October 19, 2023 | 6:30PM

Join Indivisibles and activists from across NYS for our State Lege Panel! We’ll get to know coalitions and organizations that advocate for policies that reflect our shared values. This is a great opportunity to learn about the fun and bite size ways you can make a difference for 2024 no matter where you in the state.

Participating coalitions: NY Renews, Campaign for NY Health, Let NY Vote, Invest in Our New York, Caring Majority, Fair Elections, Fair Housing Coalition, Beyond Plastics


Register on Zoom


Save the Dates

NAACP Candidates’ Forum

Thursday, October 26, 2023, 5:30 PM

Bellegrove Missionary Baptist Church | 21o Matin Luther King W, Syracuse

Moderated By Bishop Colette Matthews-Carter with candidates participation for the following elected offices in November:

Onondaga County Executive: Bill Kinne – Ryan McMahon

Onondaga County Clerk: Lisa Dell – Emily Essi

Onondaga County Comptroller: Casey Jordan – Marty Masterpole

Onondaga County District Attorney: Chuck Keller – Bill Fitzpatrick – Christine Varga


Abolitionist Freedom Walk ’23

Saturday, October 21 | 8AM

Canastota Canal Museum

Register on EventBrite 


Halloween Eve Unrepresentative Text Party to hold Brandon Williams accountable!

Monday, October 30, 2023, 6:00-8:00 PM

This year, Indivisible launched the Unrepresentatives program, which targets vulnerable Republicans in Biden-won districts. Halloween isn’t the only spooky event taking place right now. Brandon Williams has quite a scary record and we plan to inform as many people as we can so that we can hold him accountable. Take action with Indivisible’s text team and the Unrepresentatives program by texting voters in Brandon Williams’ district on 10/30/2023. It’s time to organize against these Unrepresentatives and build a strong team of Indivisibles for 2024 and beyond. This event is presented by Indivisible Action.


Register on Zoom


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


Early Voting Starts Saturday, October 28 – Sunday, November 5


Election Day: Tuesday, November 7, 2023


Armistice Day Action

Saturday, Nov. 11

Watch for details. 


Merchants of Death People’s Tribunal Launch Event

Saturday, November 12

For more information on the Merchants of Death War Crimes Tribunal and to register for the Opening Session, visit

The Merchants of Death War Crimes Tribunal will hold accountable U.S. weapons manufacturers who may knowingly be committing Crimes Against Humanity as well as violating U.S.Federal criminal laws by manufacturing and profiting from products which attack and kill not only combatants but noncombatants also.


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 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 (Until Oct 28): 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.

If temperature is below 20 degrees, we will cancel.




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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