CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: Oct 31 – Nov 7, 2023

Community Newsletter & Events

October 31, 2023 – November 7, 2023

It is time to level up Syracuse & Onondaga County!

Vote Early Through November 5th! Election Day is one week away! Do you have a plan to vote? Do your friends, family and neighbors? 


In 2021, the City of Syracuse had 70,491 registered voters but only 20,174 people voted! Make sure Onondaga County knows that Syracuse is the heart of Onondaga County. Every vote counts, especially in Local Elections!


Use Your Voice and Vote in Local Elections! 

The Syracuse Onondaga NAACP hosted a Candidates Forum on Thursday, October 26, 2023, at 5:30 pm at Bellegrove Missionary Baptist Church, Syracuse N.Y. The event was  moderated by Bishop Colette Matthews-Carter. Candidates for Onondaga County Executive, Onondaga County Clerk, Onondaga County Comptroller, Onondaga County District Attorney were given the opportunity to speak and answer questions from the audience and members of the Syracuse Onondaga County NAACP.

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

Early Voting through November 5th


CNY Solidarity Coalition Meeting Schedule: Dates and agendas are subject to change.
November 12, 2023 – Tentative Agenda: Presentation on NY Public Campaign Finance
December 10, 2023 – Tentative Agenda: Micron & Sustainability 
January 7, 2024 – Annual Meeting

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

  • Please wear a mask, and practice reasonable social distancing.
  • 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.

Action Alerts

Ceasefire NOW Resolution — Call Congress

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…yeah, me too.


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.


IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:  Because concerned citizens spoke up about the lack of time to comment, the Micron public comment period has been extended to…October 31.  TODAY!

This is your chance to VOICE YOUR CONCERNS! To review the scoping document and to learn when and how to submit comments visit:  


Election 2023 is November 7th!


Articles of the Week

Commissioner: Onondaga County is underfunding our elections (Guest Opinion by Dustin M. Czarny)

The GOP caucus of the Onondaga County Legislature only responded by putting less than half of our shortfall, approximately $475,000, in contingency. They blocked every attempt by the Democratic caucus to address our needs and add staff and funding. This will mean that during one of the busiest election seasons in our generation, we will need to continually go back to the legislature to ask them to release funds while trying to serve the most basic functions of our democracy. 


Read in


Onondaga County Makes Citizens Fish For Information About Aquarium

For the amount of taxpayer money to be spent on the county executive’s vanity aquarium, taxpayers are being kept in the dark on updates. Where are the designs for the aquarium that were to be released this summer? Where are the updated project costs?


It seems the county executive is purposely delaying and denying FOIL requests. Residents have a right to information and it should be given in a timely manner. If the county can’t handle requests, they should hire more people or proactively share information on their website. Changes are desperately needed in Onondaga County. Make sure you vote accordingly on Nov. 7.


Read it on


Elections 2023: Q&A with Syracuse Common Council, Onondaga County Legislature candidates

Central Current interviewed Syracuse Common Council and Onondaga County Legislature candidates.


Read it on Central Current


“Not in Our Name”: 400 Arrested at Jewish-Led Sit-in at NYC’s Grand Central Demanding Gaza Ceasefire

We bring you the voices of Jewish Voice for Peace and their allies who shut down the main terminal of Grand Central Station during rush hour Friday in one of New York’s largest acts of civil disobedience in 20 years to demand a ceasefire in Gaza. The multiracial, intergenerational movement says about 400 people were arrested, including rabbis, famous actors and elected officials from the New York State Assembly and Senate and the City Council.


Read on Democracy Now!


The $100 Billion Bet That A Postindustrial US City Can Reinvent Itself As A High-Tech Hub 

Can a massive infusion of money for making computer chips transform the economy of Syracuse and show us how to rebuild the nation’s industrial base?

Now Syracuse is about to become an economic test of whether, over the next several decades, the aggressive government policies—and the massive corporate investments they spur—can both boost the country’s manufacturing prowess and revitalize regions like upstate New York. It all begins with an astonishingly expensive and complex kind of factory called a chip fab.


Read it in the Techology Review


Event Calendar

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


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

Wednesday, November 1, 2023 | 11:30 am Lunch (Dutch Treat) 12pm Speaker

Tully’s | Erie Blvd East Syracuse

Robert is a political reporter and columnist for The Citizen (Auburn) and He has won numerous awards covering local, state and federal politics. He has a reputation of being a true journalist, gathering facts, digging for the truth, and reporting on what’s important. He will cover his experiences and the challenges you find in exposing facts. 




A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates 

Friday, November 3 | 5 p.m.  in SUNY Oswego’s Waterman Theatre

Coates is the author of the bestselling books “The Beautiful Struggle,” “We Were Eight Years in Power,” “The Water Dancer” and “Between the World and Me,” which won the National Book Award in 2015. He was a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship that same year. 


As a journalist with a career spanning over two decades, he’s written for numerous publications including The New York Times, The Washington City Paper, The Village Voice and The New Yorker. During his time reporting for The Atlantic between 2008-2018, he penned numerous articles and essays, including the National Magazine Award-winning 2012 essay “Fear of a Black President” and the influential June 2014 essay “The Case For Reparations.”


He also enjoyed a successful run writing Marvel’s “Black Panther” (2016-2021) and “Captain America” (2018-2021) comics series. 


Get Tickets


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.


National March on Washington: Free Palestine!

Saturday, November 4 | 7 am

This significant demonstration is being organized by a coalition of dedicated groups, including the Palestinian Youth Movement, the USPCN (US Palestinian Community Network), the Answer Coalition, the People’s Forum, Al-Awda, the American Muslim Alliance, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, the National Students for Justice in Palestine, and the Palestinian Feminist Collective.


We are seeking volunteers to drive vans and/or buses from Syracuse to DC and back- 2 drivers per vehicle. Your support in this capacity would be greatly appreciated. Please feel out the relevant question in the form below. Fill out this Google form to reserve a seat.


COST: Sliding scale from $5 to $50. You will be prompted to pay by credit card or via Paypal after completing the form. Please fill out the form for each person reserving a seat. Pay what is reasonable for you.


We are seeking pledges and donations to help cover the cost of transportation. Your contribution, no matter the size, can make a significant impact. Please send donations via Syracuse Peace Council’s Paypal account here (accepting credit cards) or by check- Include memo- Nov 4th DC demo

Syracuse Peace Council, 2013 E Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13210


Transportation from Syracuse is being organized by members of the Syracuse Peace Council, Syracuse chapter of DSA, and Syracuse chapter of Party for Socialism and Liberation.

Direct logistics questions to Jonathan at


RSVP on Google


Save the Dates

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


Join Striking Starbucks Workers For Red Cup Rebellion

November 16 at these Starbucks Locations:

8:30-10;  3475 Erie Boulevard East

11-12;   Carousel Mall

Red Cup Day is Starbucks biggest sales day of the year. On Thursday, November 16 , the “Red Cup Rebellion”, we will support striking Starbucks workers to protest Starbucks’ s unfair labor practices  at the above non-union locations.


MOST Native Arts and Crafts Show

Saturday, November 18 | 10 am – 5 pm | MOST

Join us for the largest native craft show in the area! Featuring 40 local native artisans and crafters, the MOST Native Arts & Crafts Show, sponsored by Honest Engine Films, has thousands of items for sale from some of our area’s most talented designers. This is a great opportunity to shop local and support local vendors as you get a start to your holiday giving. Admission free with a ticket to the MOST or free to any MOST member.


RSVP & Share on Facebook


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.

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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