CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: Jan 16 – 23, 2024

Community Newsletter & Events

January 16, 2024 – January 23, 2024

From CNY Solidarity

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

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.

We are back on Instagram! Follow us on our new Instagram and Threads account @cnysolidaritycoalition


ICYMI: Watch GreeningUSA’s Green Bag Lunch: CNY Sustainability Coalition Organizing Meeting

A recording of GreeningUSA’s Green Bag Lunch titled “CNY Sustainability Coalition Organizing Meeting” held on Friday, January 12, is now available on our YouTube Channel! Please share with anyone you believe would be interested.


Action Alerts

It’s Time to Win Back Net Neutrality!

The FCC is moving forward to restore net neutrality. This will prevent companies like Verizon and Comcast from abusing their gatekeeper power, blocking or slowing down websites, or charging unfair fees to use your favorite apps. Simply put, it’ll stop Big Telecom from teaming up with Big Tech to screw us more than they already do. Telecom lobbyists are working overtime to block or water down the FCC’s proposed rule, but we can overcome them. Take action by January 17th.


Send Comment to FCC & Congress


Articles of the Week

Rep. Brandon Williams kicks off reelection campaign with $1.75M haul in 2023

Will Central New York residents let outside money influence their vote for their representative?


Read on Auburn Pub


Most States Have Tax Codes That Are Rigged To Benefit The Wealthy: Report

In many states, the tax code directly widens income inequality — and it’s a deliberate policy choice driven by low or nonexistent income taxes.
Instead of taxing wealthy residents an equal share, the vast majority of states are filling their budget gaps with taxes that disproportionately burden lower-income families, according to a report by the nonpartisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, titled “Who Pays?”


Read it on Huffington Post


The fix to New York’s budget deficit is obvious and popular: Tax the ultra-rich

Read it on WBIt’s rare in politics to find a set of issues that unites such a broad range of people. But New York voters across all parties are demanding public funding for vital programs through tax increases on the ultra-wealthy rather than spending cuts that harm our communities. It is incumbent on Hochul and legislative leadership to answer that call.

Read  it on


Event Calendar

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.


War Industry Resisters Network Webinar 

Thursday, January 18th at 3:00pm

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

Join Beyond War and Militarism and WIRN for the webinar UNDER THE GUN IN PALESTINE: GENOCIDE, ETHNIC CLEANSING, AND RESISTANCE The Israeli genocide in Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem continues. And so does Palestinian resistance, in all its forms. And huge demonstrations around the world that call for Palestinian freedom. Meanwhile, Western corporate media conveys an Israeli narrative that portrays the mass murder and injury of tens of thousands of Palestinians as justified rather than as criminal. It ignores the deliberate targeting of civilians, destruction of homes, hospitals, schools, and infrastructure, and the blocking of food, water, fuel, electricity, and medicine. It erases the 100 year context of ethnic cleansing that has led to this moment.


This webinar will debunk that narrative, place the uprising of October 7 and the subsequent accelerated genocide of Palestinians in their proper context, and speak to the brutal realities on the ground. It will describe the scope of Israeli crimes, the multi-faceted nature of Palestinian resistance, and a view of what may lie ahead. For more information contact or 315-472-5478


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:


 “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



Save the Dates


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


Meeting with SCSD Superintendent

Wednesday, January 27th, 9:30am

Victory Temple Fellowship Church | 817 E. Willow St, Syracuse

National Action Network Syracuse Chapter presents Mr Anthony Q. Davis, Superintendent of the Syracuse City School District.

9:30 am – Breakfast  |  10:00 am – Conversation with Superintendent 

For more information call 315-420-5411


Syracuse DSA Annual Convention

Jan. 28. on Zoom (10am to noon, 2pm to 4pm)

Please join us for our annual Syracuse Democratic Socialists of America convention! We will be electing new leaders, debating priority campaigns, and discussing changes to our bylaws. This event is a great chance to engage with your comrades and re-orient our efforts in the new year. You can visit for more information, or email to 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.



Gathering to Support the Gayogohó:nǫ˺ Legal Defense Fund

February 4th, 2:30-5:30 pm. Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Road, Ithaca NY

Please come out to support racial justice and equity for the original people of this land. 

This event will be a celebration of the cultural beauty, peace and generosity of the traditional Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫɁ (Cayuga) people.

There will be traditional Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫɁ (Cayuga) food, merchandise, vendors, activities for kids, speakers, storytellers, social dancing, and more! 

All proceeds will go support the legal team defending Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫɁ (Cayuga) traditionalists and their ongoing struggle for sovereignty and rematriation. 

Suggested minimum donation at the door $15-25. No one will be turned away for lack of funds


More info/to Donate



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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