CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: Oct 24 – 31, 2023

Community Newsletter & Events

October 24, 2023 – October 31, 2023

It is time to level up Syracuse & Onondaga County!

Early Voting starts this Saturday, October 28th from 9:00am – 5:00pm. Incumbents are counting on low turnout to hold on to their positions. Don’t stay home, make sure you vote and bring as many people with you as you can to the polls. 

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

Election 2023 is Nov. 7! A few suggestions:


Please call for peace in Gaza and Israel 

 If you are heartbroken seeing the news of death and destruction in Gaza and feeling powerless and sick to your stomach bc the U.S. government is supporting the collective punishment and genocide of Palestinians in Gaza…


One things we can ALL do is CALL our members of Congress. It’s easier that you think and it takes less than 5 minutes. And it’s so very important. The message is simple: Support a Ceasefire and Stop the Genocide. 

Jewish Voice for Peace has this awesome and easy call tool you can use and share.


Workers’ Center of CNY has a new position open

Conduct outreach and know your rights workshops with immigrant workers. Must speak Spanish.


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, Williams voted for Jim Jordan – an extreme MAGA Republican, conspiracy theorist, subpoena dodger, and a threat to our democracy for speaker of the house, etc.


Articles of the Week


Election 2023 Articles


The school buses run to motels: Syracuse’s homeless family crisis

“Family homelessness has exploded this year in Onondaga County. The numbers are staggering — triple what they were at this time last year and five times what they were before Covid-19, according to the Housing and Homeless Coalition of Central New York.


The county’s one homeless shelter has been full for two years, so dozens of families live in hotels paid for by the county.”


Read on


Israeli Journalist Gideon Levy: Israel Should Lift Siege & Call Off Plans for Ground Invasion of Gaza


“This vicious circle will not be solved by power, not be solved by tanks, and not will be — nor will it be solved by troops, only by political agreement and, above all and first of all, lifting this criminal siege, for God’s sake, after 17 years.”


Read it on Democracy Now 


Maurice Brown, Moise Moodie Share Platforms Ahead Of Onondaga County’s 15th District Race


Candidates Maurice “Mo” Brown and Moise “Mo” Moodie are running for the Onondaga County legislature to represent the newly-redrawn 15th district, which includes Syracuse University’s South Campus, the University Neighborhood and parts of downtown Syracuse, the Southside and Southwest neighborhoods.


Read it in the Daily Orange


Republicans Are Warming Up The Jail Cells They Want To Put American Women Into

 In other words, bring back the power of states to criminalize birth control, gay sex, and to outlaw gay marriage.


Read it on Alternet


The Eight Deadly Sins of Analyzing the Energy Transition

The renewable revolution is plainly gaining speed and impact. So why are so many analysts so wrong about the pace and scale of innovation?

What lies at the heart of the energy transition is a shift from an expensive, inefficient, volatile, scarce, commodity-based fossil system to cheaper, cleaner, leaner technologies that offer continuously falling costs and are available everywhere.


Read on Renewable Revolution


Event Calendar

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


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


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


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


Save the Dates

Lunch & Learn with League of Women Voters: Challenges the Press Faces Covering Politics 

Guest Speaker Robert Harding, Political Reporter 

Wed., Nov. 1, 11:30 AM Lunch (Dutch Treat) 12:oo Speaker

Tully’s – 2943 Erie Blvd E., Syr 13224

Please RSVP:


Narrative Sovereignty & Climate Action

Friday, Nov. 3, 6 – 7:30pm Salt City Market, Dede’s Community Room, 484 South Salina Street Syr. 13202 

Narrative sovereignty is a key component of equitable, ethical, and effective responses to the consequences of a changing climate. In this free and public event, Ahmed Badr and Ruth Łchavaya K’isen Miller (Curyung Tribe of DillinEArly Voting gham) use poetry, music, and visual art to demonstrate and advocate for narrative sovereignty in the pursuit of environmental justice. They explore the ways in which sovereignty takes different forms and expressions across their respective communities.

Storying Climate on Our Own Terms

Saturday, Nov. 4, 10 – 11:30am SUNY ESF, 24 Marshall Hall 

Badr and Miller invite workshop participants to examine their own personal stories and those of their communities and explore the theme of narrative sovereignty through a series of interactive, multimodal exercises. 


Please register by Oct. 31


Witness to Injustice Program

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.


Election Day: Tuesday, November 7, 2023


Imagine Armistice Day

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Onondaga County Public Library, 447 South Salina Street 

This Armistice Day VFP and BWaM call upon all veterans and people who wish to commemorate the true meaning of Armistice Day to gather with us. In our continual effort to reclaim Armistice Day we will “Imagine Armistice Day in Syracuse”. We will gather, not to pay homage to the weapons of destruction, but to renew our commitment to work to end all wars and to foster peace and justice, at home and abroad. We will exercise appropriate social distancing and request all to wear masks.

Veterans for Peace (VFP) and the Beyond War and Militarism Committee (BW&M), a joint committee of the Syracuse Peace Council and the CNY Solidarity Coalition


Merchants of Death People’s Tribunal Launch Event

Saturday, November 12

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.

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


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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