CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: Nov 21 – Nov 28, 2023

Community Newsletter & Events

November 21, 2023 – November 28, 2023

The CNY Solidarity Coordinating Committee is looking for new members!

The Coordinating Committee plans and organizes the Coalition meetings. Currently we meet on zoom once or twice a month depending on our meeting schedule. Terms are only 1 year. Submit your name or nominate someone by emailing by January 1st, 2024.


Next CNY Solidarity Meeting

December 10, 2023 at 2pm

Agenda: Micron: Promise and Peril?

Hear from our fellow members of the CNY Sustainability Coalition, David Sonnenfeld, a retired professor at SUNY ESF, Don Hughes, Atlantic Chapter of Sierra Club, and Dick Kornbluth, CNY Solidarity Coalition, on environmental concerns related to the Micron project and possible solutions. What are the critical social and environmental issues that need to be addressed with respect to the proposed Micron project? This discussion will focus on Micron’s claim of 100% renewable “energy”, the use of natural gas, the enormous water and electrical requirements, and the prospective problem of the use and generation of the highly toxic “forever chemicals” in the manufacturing process. What are the potential social and community impacts on life in CNY as a consequence of this project?  What is the proposed project’s timeline, including regulatory review and approval? What future opportunities will there be for public input?

CNY Solidarity Coalition Meeting Schedule: Dates and agendas are subject to change.
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

Tell Governor Hochul To Sign Bill (S3505B) Moving Local Elections To Even-Numbered Years.

The New York State Legislature passed a bill to move local elections to even numbered years. Even year elections see over 50% turnout. Odd year elections only see 30% turnout. Moving odd year elections to even years will increase turnout in critical local races. Let’s raise our voices and let the Governor know we want to move local elections to even years to increase turnout. 


Information on local races is hard to find as candidates for state and federal races announce their campaigns earlier every year. Let’s make our Democracy stronger by electing all our representatives in even years!

Sign Bill S3505B today!


Elevated Blood Lead Level Linked to Recalled Cinnamon Applesauce Pouches

Onondaga County Health Department (OCHD) is aware that at least one local child has an elevated blood lead level associated with the consumption of recalled products as announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

  • WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches
  • Schnucks-brand cinnamon-flavored applesauce pouches and variety pack
  • Weis-brand cinnamon applesauce pouches 

The affected pouches were distributed nationwide and sold at various retailers. Information on lot codes and UPCs can be found in the company’s recall announcement. 


The Health Department urges parents and caregivers to check their homes, and if they have any recalled products with the specified batch numbers and expiration dates they should stop using the product immediately and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. 


Children who do not have a usual source of medical care can contact the Onondaga County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at 315.435.3271 or email for information about testing.


Plowshares Craftsfair & Peace Festival – Dec. 2-3

Can you help before or during the Craftsfair? 

Plowshares is not only for the community, but it is created by the community. 

Many ways to help:

Publicity and outreach: lawn signs, flier distribution, make calls, outreach to faith communities, etc.

Silent Auction: Help find Silent Auction items, prepare the display for the items

SPC Marketplace: Create the Peace Calendar and other displays, do inventory

SPC Info Table: Help assemble written materials, put together the SPC Year in Review display

Help with needs as they arise: Run errands, repair things, phone calls, small tasks

Volunteer for a work shift: Join the packing and set-up crew or take a work shift (or more) during the weekend.

Or help out on your own: 

Share the event on social media! 

Download & print the flier and post it around places you know – and/or give us a list of locations to post.

Bring someone who hasn’t been to Plowshares.

Many thanks for all you do! See you at Plowshares!


Unchained’s 6th Annual G.I.F.T. Gang Is Here!

The holidays can be a difficult time for families separated by incarceration. Often, the ones who feel it the most are children with a parent in prison. With your help, we can purchase and deliver a present picked by their incarcerated parent to a child this Christmas.
Your donation will strengthen familial bonds
strained by incarceration and help a child feel their parent’s love despite being separated by prison walls.


Articles of the Week

Capitol Police Violently Break Up Jewish-Organized DNC Protest Calling for Gaza Ceasefire

Many of the protests calling for a ceasefire have been organized in part by two Jewish organizations: IfNotNow and Jewish Voice for Peace. On Wednesday, the groups helped organize a protest at the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., where House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries and other lawmakers were gathered. U.S. Capitol police violently moved in on the protesters as they held hands to block the entrance to the DNC. Police described the protest as, quote, “not peaceful” and claimed that protesters pepper-sprayed officers. But images from the protest shows it was officers who deployed pepper spray and that officers used force to remove the demonstrators


Read it on Democracy Now 


Elections 2023: How Onondaga County Democratic Party Politics Hurt Competitiveness And Why That Might Change

Democrats offered a backup county executive candidate and a shrunken legislature slate. But ‘fresh faces’ believe they found some down-ballot hope.


Read it on Central Current


Tackling Housings Is Good, But Ryan McMahon Should Add More To His To-Do List.

Between a surplus this year and a bulging reserve fund, it’s not unreasonable to ask if too much is being collected from we taxpayers. If such a large surplus is anticipated, this might also be a good time to address our unmet public transportation needs.”


Read it on


Ask a Scientist: How To Avoid Climate Disaster

The Inflation Reduction Act’s $400B investment in clean energy will make a significant dent in emissions, but not enough to meet US carbon reduction goals. A Union of Concerned Scientists team showed how to lower emission by 50 percent by 2030.


Read it on Portside


The U.S. Touts Itself as a Global Leader in Human Rights. A New U.N. Report Says Otherwise.

The report illustrates the immense gap between U.S. laws and policies and international human rights norms.

Earlier this month, the United Nations Human Rights Committee delivered a searing report highlighting the U.S. government’s failure to meet its human rights obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). This international treaty, ratified by the U.S. in 1992, is one of only three key human rights treaties that the U.S. has ratified.


Read it on


Event Calendar

Thanksgiving Circle of Peace and Hope 

Thanksgiving Circle of Peace and Hope 

Thursday, Nov. 23, 10 AM – 11AM

Willow Bay @ Onondaga Lake Park

7189 Onondaga Lake Trl, Liverpool, NY 13088, United States

On Thanksgiving morning, Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation gather each year with Onondaga people on the shores of Onondaga Lake to express thanks for the goodness of the Earth and to each other for our ongoing friendship, working side-by-side in peace and hope for healing, justice, and environmental restoration. You are invited to join us.

Some years it’s relatively warm, other years snowy and frigid. Please dress for the weather.

Questions, contact Andy Mager


Details on Facebook


Save the Date

Holiday Open Studios at the Delavan

Sat. Dec. 2, 10 AM – 5 PM. 501 W Fayette St, Syr

Shop for original art for the holidays + see artist spaces as Delavan Studios opens for its annual event. 

Tickets $4 in advance – at Delavan office – or $5 at the door.


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Plowshares and Peace Festival

December 2 & 3, 2023

Nottingham High School

Join us at the 53rd annual Plowshares Crafts Fair! With over 120 local artisans and community organizations selling handmade crafts, Plowshares is the perfect place to get all your holiday shopping done at once.


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Fair Trade Holiday Sale at ArtRage Gallery

Dec. 8 & 9: Friday 2-6pm Saturday 11am-4pm. 

Free admission.

Come to ArtRage Gallery for your Holiday Shopping and support craftspeople from around the world. Guatemalan goods from Mayan Hands, holiday gifts from India, Palestine, Bangladesh, Nepal and more from SERRV International, handmade sandals and embroidered shoes from Mexico.

Fair Trade Cocoa and cookies for our guests. It’s a fun and warm holiday tradition and we hope to see you there.

We are looking for a few more vendors! Please get in touch with any suggestions of local fair trade businesses.


ArtRage Events


Community Choir Winter Solstice Concert

Saturday, December 16, 7-9:30 PM at University United Methodist Church (1085 E Genesee St, Syracuse)


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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