CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: Dec 26 – Jan 2, 2024

Community Newsletter & Events

December 26, 2023 – January 2, 2024

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

Support Syracuse’s Jewish Voice For Peace

Thank You for taking action in 2023!


From Syracuse Peace Council:


Articles of the Week

Rep. Brandon Williams highlights first year in office with taxpayer-funded TV ad

Use of the franking privilege is common in Congress…..But none of Williams’ predecessors used public money to pay for TV ads.  
Read it in The Citizen (Auburn)



Israel’s Assault on Gaza Is Unlike Any War in Recent Memory

“I feel like I am running out of ways to describe the horrors hitting children here,” said UNICEF spokesperson James Elder. European Union foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell has similarly called the situation in Gaza “catastrophic, apocalyptic,” with the scale of destruction “even greater than the destruction suffered by the German cities during the Second World War.


Read it on Jacobin


A Republican commitment to inequality underscores Trump’s impunity
by Rebecca Solnit

The mainstream media have too often normalized or downplayed outrageous, alarming and criminal conduct in order to deliver news that sounds objective and calm, apparently because they believe an accurate description of a country in which one party largely remains what it once was while the other has gone berserk and lawless in unprecedented ways would seem partisan. Rightwing media have created a parallel universe in which these crimes didn’t happen or weren’t crimes or both at once.


Read it in The Guardian


The Supreme Court Did This to Itself

For years, some of the most vocal critics of the court’s ethical lapses, its lack of transparency, and its refusals to take seriously its own brokenness and errors, have warned that the day would come when an election would be decided by a body that has refused to clean house and has blamed the press and the academy for the stench of its own illegitimacy. The worry wasn’t that the court would decide the election; that seems almost inevitable. The worry was that the public, grown weary of the stench, would not abide by their decision.


Read it on Slate

Event Calendar

New Year’s Eve Peace Vigil

December 31st at 5:00pm

Clinton Square, Syracuse

Join the Syracuse Peace Council, Jewish Voice for Peace-Syracuse and DSA- Syracuse in bringing in a new year of peace and justice for all. Signs will be available but feel free to bring your own.


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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:


Hodinöhsö:ni Beadwork as a Cultural History

January 10th at 6:00pm

Erie Canal Museum | 318 Erie Blvd  & On Zoom

Join us and the Skä•noñh Great Law of Peace Center for our virtual Deeper Dive lecture: Hodinöhsö:ni Beadwork as a Cultural History” presented by Dr. Jolene Rickard. The role of beadwork in Hodinöhsö:ni life has multiple purposes. It has been argued that the value of beadwork is held in high regard because the parallel expression of wampum beads has key cultural and political significance. Based on a survey of multiple examples of Haudenosaunee thought rooted in quillwork, wampum, and glass beads, a critique of the importance of beadwork will be discussed with a focus on the mid-1800’s up to the present. The attribution of “raised beadwork” will be considered as an important shift in Haudenosaunee cultural perspective with microhistories featuring Tuscarora, Cayuga and Mohawk beadworkers.


Register Here


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



Albany Rally & Lobby Day: Pass the NY HEAT Act

January 23th at 11:00am

198 State St. Albany, NY

Join Renewable Heat Now and multiple allied groups in calling on Governor Hochul and the legislature to put the NY HEAT Act in the budget!


More Details & RSVP



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:


Elaine Denton

Peter McCarthy

Coordinating Committee

CNY Solidarity Coalition

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