CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: Dec 19 – Dec 26, 2023

Community Newsletter & Events

December 19, 2023 – December 26, 2023

Next CNY Solidarity Meeting


CNY Solidarity Coalition Annual Meeting

January 14, 2 PM – Note Date Change!

Scheduled to be a Zoom meeting. 

Watch for updates. 

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

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

Keep calling the Governor to ask her to sign the following bills into law!


We Have Two Job Openings @ Syracuse Cultural Workers 


Articles of the Week

Syracuse ranks No. 2 among big US cities for worst child poverty even as rate falls

Syracuse has one of the highest child poverty rates in the U.S. among larger cities, according to new census estimates released Thursday.


It is not too late to tell Onondaga County legislators to cancel the aquarium! We should be spending over 85 million dollars on addressing poverty, not housing fish!! Syracuse is the heart of Onondaga County and Onondaga County needs to fully fund services!


Read it on MSN (


Crime in the United States has declined significantly over the last year, according to new FBI data.

A Gallup poll released this month found that 77% of Americans believe crime rates are worsening, but they are mistaken, the new FBI data and other statistics show.


Read on


Nine Climate Book Stocking Stuffers


These affordable paperbacks can inspire everyone on your gift list.

Read the Article in Yale Climate Connections


See the new Invest in Our New York Website

Read about this year’s campaign to make our tax system fair for all New Yorkers!


Check out the IONY site!


Those 50,000 jobs Micron could create in New York? We dug into what that really means

A careful reading of the report reveals that it doesn’t say all of those 40,000 spinoff jobs created across the state are in the supply chain, or that they’re all high-paying. In fact, the biggest share of those spinoff jobs — just over 6,000 — would be state and local government employees, the report says. 


Micron receives billions from the government and doesn’t have to pay it’s fair share of property taxes for 49 years, yet it will increase the need for more municipal employees. Taxpayers in Onondaga County will be responsible for paying for the expansion of government that Micron needs?


Read it on

Event Calendar

Wellness Wednesday at Sankofa Healing Arts

December 20th between 10am and 2pm

We have partnered with the Onondaga Health Department Lead Poisoning Prevention Program to bring lead education and testing awareness to our community during Wellness Wednesdays. Lead poisoning is a public health crisis and environmental justice issue in Syracuse disproportionately impacting Black families. It affects all aspects of our health and is especially dangerous for children, but we can do so much to prevent and protect ourselves and our children from lead.

Get resources on next steps after finding out if your little one has elevated blood lead levels, and info on lead safety for your home.

Talk with Rachael Russell, Lead Health Educator, and make an appointment to have any child under 6 years old tested too!


More Information Here


Beyond War & Militarism Invites You to A Merchants of Death Watch Party

December 20th at 6:00pm

Syracuse Peace Council | 2013 E. Genesee St

The Merchants of Death People’s Tribunal will hold accountable – through testimony of witnesses and documentary evidence – four U.S. weapons manufacturers (Raytheon, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and General Atomics). The Tribunal alleges these weapons manufacturers have committed War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity. The Judges of the Tribunal will hear the evidence, render a verdict, and issue an extensive report.


More Information on Facebook  Here


Save the Date

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:


Governor Hochul’s State of the State Address

Tuesday, January 9th at 1pm.


Third Act: NonViolent Direct Action Series

Third Act hosts big community calls, workshops and facilitated conversations each month that build skills, deepen interest, and get everyone working together on the big problems of our time. Check out the events calendar to see what’s coming up.


Register to attend these upcoming zoom events:

“Putting Nonviolence Into Action Today”

January 11, 7:00–9:00 pm Eastern

Hosted by: Cathy Hoffman and Marla Marcum (Climate Disobedience Center)


 “The Attitude of Nonviolent Action” 

January 18, 6:00–8:30 pm Eastern

Hosted by: Bill McKibben, Cathy Hoffman, and Marla Marcum


 “Building Your Skills for Taking Action: #StopLNG Nonviolent Action in DC”

January 25th, 6:00–8:30 pm Eastern   Hosted by: Bill McKibben, Cathy Hoffman, and Marla Marcum


“Practical Preparation for D.C. Action”

February 1st, 6:00-8:00 pm Eastern 

Hosted by: Bill McKibben, Cathy Hoffman, and Marla Marcum



Citizens Academy – FOCUS Greater Syracuse

Application Deadline: Monday, January 15, 2024 (Midnight)
Academy Dates: February 7 – April 10, 2024
Citizens Academy Is Searching For Its Next Exceptional Class!
Citizens Academy is an educational program that informs citizens how local governments are organized, and how services are funded and delivered. Learn about citizen involvement through an integrated approach to economic vitality, social equity, and a healthy environment.
Take the first steps to be informed about your community. 


Information/Registration Here


2024 State of the City Address by Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024. 5:30 p.m. City Center (Sibley’s Bldg.)



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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