CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: Nov 28 – Dec 5, 2023

Community Newsletter & Events

November 28, 2023 – December 5, 2023

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.

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.

Action Alerts


The Workers’ Center of Central New York 

We are a grassroots organization focused upon workplace and economic justice. Through community organizing, leadership development, popular education and policy advocacy, the Workers’ Center of Central New York aims to empower marginalized, low-wage workers to combat workplace abuses and improve wages and working conditions throughout the community.

From now until Giving Tuesday on November 28th, we are asking our community to consider becoming sustainers for the Workers’ Center of CNY and donating to our cause. We appreciate our members and allies who continue to support our mission and help the growth of our organization. 


Give to People and Planet with Green America’s Fair Trade Gift Guide

Shop at These Locally-Owned Shops In Syracuse 

Plowshares Craftsfair Dec 2 - Dec 3

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!


Articles of the Week

Dik Cool, Longtime Peace and Social Justice Activist

The Syracuse Peace Council is deeply saddened to say that Dik Cool, life-long peace and social justice organizer, activist, cultural worker and visionary, passed away two weeks ago.

Dik was on SPC’s staff from 1970-1981, and as a Viet Nam war resister (spending two years in prison for that) he helped build SPC into an activist, multi-issue organization, going beyond its more traditional anti-war rootsHe co-founded the Syracuse Cultural Workers (SCW) and ArtRage Gallery, among other things. 

Dik was instrumental in SPC’s re-energizing after 9-11-01, and was very generous in his financial support of SPC through the Cultural Workers – from SCW’s inception through even this season.

The 500th issue of SPC’s Peace Newsletter (Sept. 1983) was an SPC history issue with brief oral histories. Dik was a great story teller – read his piece titled As Long as Governments Can Force People to Fight Wars, There Will Be Wars. They weren’t Going to Force Me” on page 23. Then check out Dik’s article on the next page, “An Affectionate Peace Newsletter History, 1969-1982.”


Read the Post-Standard Obituary

Watch the Memorial Service at University United Methodist Church


Should Onondaga County Spend More On Its Public Library System?

Residents who use libraries say they believe the county’s system could improve, but its budget has stagnated.

The budget’s stagnation isn’t an indication of the budget’s health, said Dawn Marmor, the executive director for the library system. Marmor answered questions for this story through a spokesman for the county executive.


Read it on Central Current


Beyond Trump (Why American Capitalism Is So Rotten, Part 1)

From Robert Reich: First of a 10 Part series.

Don’t assume that we’re locked in a battle between capitalism and socialism. We already have socialism — for the very rich. Most Americans are subject to harsh capitalism.


Read it on Substack


Why Many Scientists Are Now Saying Climate Change Is An All-Out ‘Emergency’

Escalating rhetoric comes as new study shows there are just six years left to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius at current CO2 emissions rate




Rebecca Solnit writes: There is Hope for the Earth

This is the second hopeful response by top climate scientists involved with the U.S. Fifth National Climate Assessment I’ve seen, balancing the (mostly) very bad news about the physical state of the planet with good news about solutions, implementation, and public engagement

From the article:

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions dropped by 17 percent from 2005 to 2021 as the size of the economy doubled. Solar and wind costs have plummeted by 70 percent and 90 percent over the most recent decade and account for 80 percent of new electricity generating capacity this year


Read it on The Hill


Amazon’s Climate Pledge Was a Lie

Jeff Bezos pledged four years ago that Amazon would lead the way on carbon reduction. Since then, the firm’s emissions have risen by 40 percent — and its use of creative accounting suggests that the real figure is far higher


Read it on Jacobin


Event Calendar

LGBTQ Syracuse Peaceful Protest Against Hate Speech

Wednesday, November 29, 2023  – 6:00 pm

Drumlins Country Club | 800 Nottingham Rd, Syracuse 

SU College Republicans are hosting Sara Stockton who speaks out against providing life-saving treatments for transgender and nonbinary people and spreads hate speech. After collecting over 1,500 signatures requesting this event be canceled, SU moved it to Drumlins Country Club, which SU owns. Join LGBTQ Syracuse outside Drumlins for a peaceful protest at 6PM!


More Information & Petition


NAACP Syracuse & Onondaga County Roundtable

Thursday, November 30, 2023  – 5:30 pm

Marriott Syracuse Downtown | 100 E. Onondaga St, Syracuse

Join us to congratulate our City of Syracuse Common Councilors elected in November as they share their plans for 2024. Community & Syracuse NAACP Members are welcome to submit questions in advance. 


More Info  |  Register Here


Why Wind Works for New York

Thursday, November 30, 2023  – 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Online

There has been a lot going on with offshore wind over the past year and we understand it may be hard to keep current! If you want important news and facts, then please join us for the upcoming Lunch and Learn entitled Why Wind Works, hosted by Citizens Campaign for the Environment and New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund.

 Join us and a panel of experts to provide facts on why offshore wind works, why it is needed in our state, and what benefits it brings to several regions throughout New York. 

Our expert panel will include speakers from:

U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)

NY State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

NY State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

 Q & A with our expert panelists after the presentation.




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

Sat., Dec.2 10:00AM – 5:00PM

Sun., Dec. 3 10:30AM – 4:30PM

Admission is $2-5 sliding scale (more if you can, less if you can’t) Under 16 or Over 65 free

Masks are preferred and encouraged for everyone’s safety – and will be available.

Plowshares is Central New York’s premiere multicultural craftsfair, featuring over 120 local craftspeople and community organizations.

A beautiful community of activists, conscientious consumers and fair traders gather for a weekend of commerce and communing at the Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival. Plowshares is an opportunity to step into the kind of world we’re working so hard to create: a place of justice, of peace, of compassion, of environmental sustainability. Plowshares is a labor of love that comes together thanks to the help of many volunteers.


Plowshares Info 


“A Love Supreme: Black Cultural Expression and Political Activism of the 60s and 70s”

Now through Dec. 15 at Community Folk Art Center, 805 E. Genesee St. CFAC is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and on Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free.

“A Love Supreme: Black Cultural Expression and Political Activism of the 1960s and 1970s,” at the Community Folk Art Center, celebrates cultural and political movements during a turbulent time, roughly from 1964 to 1975. 


Assembled and curated from the Special Collections Research Center at the Syracuse University Libraries, the exhibition focuses on artifacts documenting a range of political and cultural groups.

CFAC is closed on holidays such as Thanksgiving. For more information, call 315-442-2230 or access 



Read Carl Mellor’s review on Central Current



Save the Date


CHIPS Communities United: Giving a Voice to US Chip Fab Communities

Friday, December 8, 12-1:30 PM online

Our panelists will talk about the challenges facing US chip fab communities and the CHIPS Communities United organization.

The US CHIPS (Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors) and Science Act (aka, CHIPS), authorizes nearly $53 billion investment in U.S. semiconductor manufacturing, research and development, and workforce to induce capital investments in semiconductor manufacturing, and help to keep America at the forefront of innovation and technological development. The CNY Micron memory chip fab project is just one US development that expects to benefit from the funding and tax incentives that CHIPS offers. While excitement surrounds the notion of a resurgence of manufacturing in many communities across the country, the manufacture of semi-conductors presents considerable challenges. Our panelists on December 8 will talk about these challenges and the organization—CHIPS Communities United—they have created to give a voice to communities across the country where fabs are being considered.




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


The Religious Origins of White Supremacy:

Johnson v. M’Intosh and the Doctrine of Christian Discovery

8-10 December 2023.

Syracuse University

In essence, Johnson codifies into US law the principle of Euro-Christian domination over Indigenous Peoples. In the most devastating sense, the Doctrine of Christian Discovery (DoCD) legitimized exploitation, extraction, and enslavement globally.




From the Earth Arts & Craft Show

Saturday December 16, 2023, 10 am – 5 pm, Onondaga Nation School

Rte 11A, Onondaga Nation, Via Nedrow, NY 13120Exit 16, Interstate 81 5 & N

Over 30 vendors, food vendors, live music and more! 

  • 11 am Haudenosaunee Singers & Dancers
  • 12 pm Dan Hill, Wooden Flute & Storyteller
  • 1 pm Onondaga Women’s Singing Society
  • 2 pm Dan Hill, Wooden Flute & Storyteller
  • 3 pm Onondaga Men’s Singing Society
  • 4 pm Haudenosaunee Singers & Dancers

Community Choir Winter Solstice Concert

Saturday, December 16, 7-9:30 PM

University United Methodist Church (1085 E Genesee St, Syracuse)

The concert will also be live-streamed to SCC Facebook and YouTube and recorded.

Sliding Scale Tickets: $5-$30 (More if you can, less if you need to; no one turned away), children free. 

Tickets at the door or online Here

More Information Here


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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