CNY Solidarity Coalition

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Action Newsletter: Jan 9 – Jan 16, 2024

Community Newsletter & Events

January 9, 2024 – January 16, 2024


​​CNY Solidarity Coalition Annual Meeting

Sunday, January 14, 2 PM on Zoom 

Zoom Link/Agenda to come  Thursday

 This will be our Annual Business Meeting. Please sign in to hear our report on 2023’s activities  and reports from each of our action committees.

All are welcome to attend any of the Committee meetings. 


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

February 11  |  February 25 (Zoom Meeting: Agenda: Invest in Our NY. A representative of the statewide IONY campaign will present this year’s IONY campaign priorities. Tax the Rich!  March 10  |  March 24

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Jan 6 Justice Rally to Defend Democracy

Over 70 People Turned Out For A Rally To Defend Democracy

Our President said, in his recent speech at Valley Forge, “History is the good, the bad and the truth.”


On Saturday, January 6, 2024, over 70 people turned out to loudly affirm that the attack on our Capitol was indeed the worst insurrection since the Civil War. And even further that this must never happen again.  That is the Truth.


Judy Jerome, moderator of the event, noted several facts:

  • Within 36 hours of the event, 5 people had died;
  • More than 2,000 rioters entered the building, many of whom vandalized and looted parts of the building;
  • $2.7 million in damages caused by the attackers;
  • Pipe bombs were found at both the Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee headquarters, and Molotov cocktails were discovered in a vehicle near the Capitol;
  • More than 1,200 persons so far have been charged with federal crimes arising from the attack.

Participants in the event agreed that our democracy is under threat and that voting is absolutely necessary to thwart those who would threaten our democracy. 


This event was coordinated by Indivisible Onondaga County which is part of the CNY Solidarity Coalition. Partners included Indivisible Salt City and Public Citizen.  We encourage everyone to become involved in the movement to save and maintain our democracy.


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Demand President Biden, Majority Leader Schumer, and Sen. Gillibrand Stand Against MAGA Republicans’ Anti-Immigrant Agenda

The Biden Administration must reject Trump-era policies that will result in untold suffering, the loss of human life and even more confusion and disorder at the border. 

Tell President Biden and your Senators the importance of maintaining a fair asylum system that protects vulnerable populations. Urge them not to yield to the pressure from MAGA extremist legislators.


Email President Biden & Senators!


From the CNY Workers’ Center:  We won a 40 hour OT threshold for farmworkers-donate to help us enforce the phase in starting Jan 1

Jan 1, 2024 marks an historic moment for farmworker rights in NYS as the phase to a 40 hour work week for farmworkers officially begins! Donate today to help us gear up to spread the word to farmworkers and monitor implementation to make sure workers benefit from this hard won victory that has been years in the making.


Donate Here


Articles of the Week

NEW POLL: A Staggering Majority of New Yorkers Support Raising Taxes on Ultra-Rich to Fund Public Services and Programs 

The results of this commissioned poll are clear: New Yorkers are more likely to support  candidates who  support  raising taxes over those who would  advance  more austerity. Elected officials running for reelection would do well to heed the call from their constituents.


See Results of Poll on


Dying in the Fields as Temperatures Soar

Scores of California farmworkers are dying in the heat in regions with chronically bad air, even in a state with one of the toughest heat standards in the nation.


Read it on


Three Years After Jan. 6, Trump Is Even More Dangerous

It’s been 3 years since the Jan. 6 insurrection and threats against democracy have only grown. Voter suppression and election vigilantism continue while Donald Trump incites lies and conspiracy theories, Marc Elias writes.


Worst of all, voters are becoming tired and cynical. Tired of the constant political warfare that dominates our culture and cynical that any of it will ever change. Those who favor democracy thrive on the promise of hope and change. Cynicism and despair are the weapons of tyrants and despots.


If this makes you worried, it should. Our democracy will face challenges in the months ahead that we cannot even imagine. Those who care about democracy must be prepared to fight with the same single-minded tenacity as those plotting to undermine it.


Read More on Democracy Docket


Low Voter Turnout in ‘Off Years’ is Bad for Democracy

Justin Polly writes: “When 70% of voters don’t turn out in local elections, is democracy functioning properly?

Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a law to try to fix this problem by pushing many local offices to higher turnout, even-year elections. Who benefits from this politically? Republicans and Democrats and Independents.

Any legislation that seeks to improve engagement and turnout in local elections is good policy.”




“Free the Truth”: The Belmarsh Tribunal on Julian Assange & Defending Press Freedom

President Biden is facing continuing pressure to drop charges against Julian Assange. The WikiLeaks founder has been languishing for nearly five years in the maximum-security Belmarsh prison outside London, while appealing extradition to the United States. If he is extradited, tried and convicted, Julian Assange faces up to 175 years in prison for violating the U.S. Espionage Act for publishing documents that expose U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan and beyond.


Read or Listen on Democracy Now!


Event Calendar

Governor Hochul’s State of the State Address

Tuesday, January 9th at 1pm.

Watch on Facebook


Hodinöhsö:ni Beadwork as a Cultural History

Wednesday, January 10th at 6:00pm

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  |  Details on Facebook


The Gaza War, Short & Long Term Diplomatic Imperatives, Implications for the Middle East and Geopolitics

Wedesday, Jan 10th at 7:00pm

On Zoom

While the massacres of October 7 must be absolutely condemned, in no way do they justify the Israeli devastation of Gaza. What must be done to end the war? To prevent escalation to a still more catastrophic regional war? To … ensure that the rights, dignity and security of both the Palestinian and Israeli peoples? To create U.S. policies that defuse rather than exacerbate militarism, divisions and tensions across the Middle East? To restore essential services and begin reconstruction for more than two million people? Join our panel discussion with three extraordinarily experienced and well informed Middle East scholars who have long been devoted to creating a just Israeli-Palestinian and Middle East peace. Sponsors: Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security; Massachusetts Peace Action; Brooklyn For Peace


Register Here


Strengthening Upstate Economies; Why We Need the Unemployment Bridge Program

Thursday, January 11 at 12:00pm; Virtual Event

Worker Justice Center of New York and Workers’ Center of CNY

Join the Fund Excluded Workers Coalition, Workers’ Center of CNY, Worker Justice Center of NY, and Justice For Migrant Families for a virtual re-launch of the Unemployment Bridge Program campaign to create a permanent unemployment program for excluded workers.

Learn how this legislation will benefit excluded workers in upstate NY and strengthen economies across the CNY, FLX, and WNY regions. To ensure that the NYS Legislature does not continue to leave out these vulnerable workers from an essential social safety net during times of crisis and job loss, we must pass UBP in 2024! Join us in the fight to be #ExcludedNoMore! 

Register on Zoom  |  Share on Facebook


GreeningUSA’s Virtual Green Bag Lunch:

CNY Sustainability Coalition Organizing Meeting

Friday, January 12 at Noon

January’s Green Bag Lunch will be devoted to organizing a proposed CNY Sustainability Coalition, composed of organizations interested in advocating for social, environmental and economic justice surrounding the Micron project.


In July 2023, several CNY organizations began working together in order to interact with the Micron project from a position of greater strength than each of us alone might have. We collaborated to comment on the draft scope for the DEIS. 


Since working together on critical environmental, economic and social justice issues is necessary for success, it is the intention of the participating organizations to create a framework for continuing the collaboration. But what should that framework look like? 


We will hold a facilitated discussion to determine how best to organize the coalition for future action.  We will share our ideas as well as solicit input from audience members on such topics as:  organizational structure, principles, goals, strategies, and topics requiring joint action. 


Register Here



Save the Dates

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



Defend our Democracy

Tuesday, January 16th at 7:00pm

Syracuse Peace Council, 2013 E. Genesee St., Syracuse 13210

Join us to continue work to defend democracy. Meet members of local organizations and campaigns to consider next steps for 1. non-partisan voter registration; and 2. electing a congressperson who represents our values. We hope to bring people together, hear and discuss strategies and plan next steps.  For more information call SPC at 315-472-5478.  

Participating groups include SPC, Indivisible, CNY Solidarity, NAACP, League of Women Voters and congressional campaign representatives.



Albany Rally & Lobby Day: Pass the NY HEAT Act

Tues., 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


Friends of Dorothy Dinners

Wed. Jan. 31st, 5 to 7 PM -Bishop Harrison Center at All Saints Church.

Great news! The Friends of Dorothy Dinners will begin again January 31st!

Friends of Dorothy is our initiative to be supportive of people with AIDS. Since October of 1992 we have offered home-based care to people with AIDS in a variety of ways, including recuperative or hospice care, supportive housing and emergency assistance.



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


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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