CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: Dec 5 – Dec 12, 2023

Community Newsletter & Events

December 5, 2023 – December 12, 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?


This meeting will be recorded and live-streamed to our Facebook page

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:

  • 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

Central Current is looking to expand. It needs your help.

We’ve launched our yearly NewsMatch campaign and need your help to become a sustainable source of local news.

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OXFAM: Act Now! As we speak, thousands of people in Gaza are struggling to survive without access to shelter, clean water, food, and other critical resources due to the conflict that has separated families and destroyed critical infrastructure. Oxfam teams and our local partners are delivering critical assistance to families in Gaza and have done so for decades. 


Pass Ounce of Prevention (Hospital Financial Assistance Reform)

Did you know…. New York hospitals are nonprofits and are REQUIRED to offer financial assistance to patients but very often, they don’t and instead hospitals like SUNY Upstate are suing thousands of low-income patients every year. TAKE ACTION – tell legislators to protect patients by making it easier to get hospital financial assistance:


Articles of the Week

Opinion: A Trump Dictatorship Is Increasingly Inevitable. We Should Stop Pretending

Barring some miracle, Trump will soon be the presumptive Republican nominee for president. When that happens, there will be a swift and dramatic shift in the political power dynamic, in his favor.


Read it on The Washington Post 


Don’t mess with Subby McSubFace:

Rep. Brandon Williams Threatens Ex-Staffer In Holiday Party Confrontation  (See Video)

Rep. Brandon Williams unleashed a profanity-laced tirade Thursday night while threatening his former top staffer at a holiday party in Washington’s International Spy Museum.


Read and see video on 


Faculty leader, students call out Syracuse University at forum for trampling academic freedom

“When the administration sends emails that call into question peaceful protesters’ ability to make controversial statements and call them reprehensible and mention the FBI is involved, that is a real, chilling, very scary threat,” said Matthew Huber, professor of geography and the environment.


Read it on 


How JMA Wireless’ founder squelched a unionization effort at Manlius Pebble Hill School

A story about money, power and Syracuse’s elite: JMA Wireless founder John Mezzalingua has put his company’s name on the Carrier Dome, received millions in tax breaks and become a darling of CNY’s tech scene. John Mezzalingua, formerly the board president of the Manlius Pebble Hill School, threatened to pull his donation to the school if its teachers unionized.


Read it on Central Current


Protestors respond to College Republicans Sara Stockton event

In response to the event, over 60 protestors gathered in the parking lot outside of Drumlins an hour before the event. Holding signs and sporting lights and colorful clothing, the protestors chanted, disagreeing with the event and Stockton’s beliefs.


Read it on The Daily Orange  |  Watch on CitrusTV News


TCGPlayer workers picket for contract

It has been 9 months since TCGPlayer workers voted to form a union. But they still do not have a contract and have been met with stalling tactics and bad-faith bargaining.


Watch on Local SYR  |  Follow TCGUnion-CWA on Facebook


“Horror Show”: Doctors Without Borders Demands Permanent Ceasefire in Gaza, Medical Aid for Wounde

Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinian children Wednesday during a raid on the Jenin refugee camp, and medical workers say they were blocked from reaching the camp to treat the wounded


Read it on Democracy Now

Donate to Doctors Without Borders


COP28 Must Address the US Military as World’s Largest Institutional Emitter

The U.S. military is the largest institutional emitter of fossil fuels in the world, at about 1.2 billion metric tons from 2001 through 2018.


Read it on Truthout


Event Calendar

Learn About NYCLU’s CNY Regional Office

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, 5:30pm To 7:30pm
One Group, 706 North Clinton Street, Syracuse, New York 13204
Victoria C0it, Senior Organizer for the CNY NYCLU Office will introduce herself and discuss specific issues that greatly impact residents who live and work in CNY, and the important work that we have accomplished in 2023 along with our priorities for 2024! This will be a great opportunity to network, gain clarity of the who, what, where and why of social justice issues/campaigns that impact the quality of life of us all.
This meeting is open to the public, so grab a friend or a neighbor to come out break bread and LEARN!
Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP by email: , or call or text:315-391-7449



Lunch & Learn 

Wednesday, Dec 6 at 11:30am

Tully’s Good Times Erie Blvd.

Common Cause is dedicated to empowering & protecting the voice of the people in our political process by promoting equal rights, opportunity and representation for all. There are chapters in 35 states. 
Speaker:  Susan Lerner – Executive Director of Common Cause in New York State. Ms. Lerner has been instrumental in fighting for fair redistricting. 




Community Grid Without Displacement

Thursday, Dec. 7 , 3:00 PM
I-81 Outreach Center located inside of Tucker Missionary Baptist Church.
Join the NYCLU, community members, and advocates for a call to action  to share our collective demands with the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT).
We must fight for affordable housing for residents and ensure that the Community Grid does not repeat history and displace residents through there development of I-81.

As many of you know, the NYCLU has worked alongside community residents and coalition partners to ensure the residents most directly impacted by the redevelopment of I-81 have their voices heard by the NYSDOT.  We must ensure residents are not kicked out of their neighborhood by the potential new development of the Community Grid.  The Community Grid is the best option to replace the viaduct but must also come with built in protections to ensure residents reap the benefits of the new neighborhood.
We are asking you to help elevate the residents’ demand for affordable housing on the surplus land that will be made available as a result of the Community Grid. 


Facebook Event


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.




3rd Annual Snowmies Holiday Market

December 8th  |  11:00am – 6:00pm

Salt City Market

The Black Artist Collective (BAC) announces its 3rd Annual Snowmies Holiday Market on Saturday, December 9, 2023, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bring your nice (and naughty)  list to this one-day event showcasing Black and Brown-owned artists, crafters, creatives, and businesses. With a wide range of options, the market provides a unique opportunity to find the perfect presents for family and friends this holiday season. 


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

Through Dec. 15 at Community Folk Art Center, 805 E. Genesee St. CFAC is open  10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 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.  For more information, call 315-442-2230 or access  CFAC@Syr.Edu


Read Carl Mellor’s review on Central Current



Save the Date

Uplift Syracuse General Meeting

Thursday, December 14, 5:30pm

Petit Branch Library

Come to our November meeting! We will be talking about our work from our last meetings to update our platforms and talk about what attendees want to do for the next year. We will also be looking for people interested in joining the Executive Board! If you are interested please email


RSVP & Share on Faceboook


From the Earth Arts & Craft Show

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

Rte 11A, Onondaga Nation, Via Nedrow, NY 13120 Exit 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


Interested in Running for Office in 2024?

Tuesday, January 2, 2024 by 5:00pm

Anyone wishing to be considered as a Democrat candidate in 2024 for any state or local elected office in the County of Onondaga, and who seeks the OCDC designation, must submit a letter of intent to run and a current resume by Tuesday, January 2, 2024 to participate in the process. To learn more about the process visit:


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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