CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: Jan 23 – Jan 30, 2024

Community Newsletter & Events

January 23, 2024 – January 30, 2024

Seven years ago (January 21, 2017): Millions of us joined the Women’s March the day after Trump’s inauguration. And we are still here defending Democracy in 2024. Photo by Mark Rupert from the Women’s March in Syracuse, NY.

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 Interested in helping with social media? Reply to this message or email us at


Action Alerts

Tell the Senate: Hold Israel Accountable!

Senator Bernie Sanders just introduced a resolution in the Senate that will be brought to a vote in the coming weeks to demand a report on Israel’s human rights abuses and US aid to Israel. Tell your senators to vote YES on holding Israel accountable! 


Send a Message


Half of all Palestinians in Gaza are at risk of starving

ACT NOW: As we speak, half of all Palestinians in Gaza are at risk of starving. Families are struggling to survive without access to food, clean water, shelter, 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. And we’re continuing our work in more than 80 countries around the world to save lives during crises and provide families with lifesaving essentials such as cash for food and clean water. Please make an urgent donation today to support our work.


Donate to Oxfam Here


It’s an Election Year! Want to help with voter registration events?

For information about voter registration events, email Margrit Diehl:


Articles of the Week

“Deeply out-of-touch”: IONY Responds to the Governor’s Executive Budget Presentation

The Invest in Our NY Campaign (IONY) responded to Governor Hochul’s lip service to addressing the affordability crisis. Governor Hochul’s proposals did not touch on the need for meaningful investments, and her opposition to ensuring the ultra-wealthy pay what they owe in taxes is deeply out-of-touch with what 74% of New Yorkers want from our lawmakers.


You can read IONY’s full statement here  |  And read IONY’s 2024 Campaign here


How the Governor Upends Bills Before Signing Them

With chapter amendments, governors can make major changes to pending laws. Kathy Hochul uses them more than any executive before her.


Read on New York Focus


“They Don’t Show Gaza”: Gideon Levy on How Israel’s Press Is Failing to Cover the War’s True Toll

Levy says the domestic Israeli media all but ignores the Palestinians being killed, focusing mostly on its own soldiers and the families of hostages. “The Israeli average viewer doesn’t see Gaza at all,” he says. “They are betraying our first mission: to tell the full story.”


Read it on DemocracyNow!


The Long, Disastrous Career of Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley’s political career has been great for corporate executives and campaign donors. For everyone else, particularly workers and the poor, it’s been terrible.


Read on Jacobin


Black Artist Collective helps showcase the intersections between activism and the arts

Syracuse has seen a growth in the arts since 2018, including the formation of new organizations such as the Black Artist Collective. Organizations like BAC emerged to create space for BIPOC artists and prioritize the arts in the local policy sector.


Read it in The Daily Orange


Event Calendar

The Great Displacement: Climate Change and the Next American Migration

Tuesday, January 23, 7 – 8pm EST

We often think of climate migration as something that’s happening elsewhere — a small island nation grappling with rising sea levels, for example. But it’s happening here in the United States, too. Families, and entire communities, are being forced from their homes due to climate-related disasters, right now.

Jake Bittle, a journalist who covers climate change, energy, and housing, brings this to light in his book The Great Displacement: Climate Change and the Next American Migration. Through their personal stories, his book gives a lens into the lives of people experiencing climate displacement.

It’s clear that climate change is already reshaping the geography of the U.S., and we must act now to protect our communities and our future.


Register Here 


Syracuse Lead Poisoning: NYS Attorney General vs. D’Angelo (landlord)

Thursday, January 25th, 10am – Courtroom of Justice Joseph E. Lamendola

Onondaga County Courthouse, 401 Montgomery Street

Join community members bearing witness to this ground-breaking case. Public access in the courtroom of Onondaga County Supreme Court Justice Joseph E. Lamendola. New York State Assistant Attorneys General will argue this historic case on behalf of AG Letitia James to hold Syracuse landlord William D’Angelo accountable for deteriorating conditions in his rental properties resulting in lead poisoning of 16 Syracuse children. Courtroom assigned day of; request directions to Judge Lamendola’s courtroom upon entering (should be a courtroom on the third floor).


New York Health Act Virtual Town Hall

Thursday, January 25th at 5:30pm

Join us for a virtual town hall on the New York Health Act this co-hosted and organized by the Movement of Rank and File Educators caucus of the United Federation of Teachers (MORE-UFT), Physicians for a National Health Program – New York Metro Chapter (PNHP NY Metro), and Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP).


Dr. Betty Kolod, Board Chair of PNHP NY Metro, will lead us in a New York Health Act 101, focusing on this proposed, transformational legislation which would create a universal, single-payer healthcare system in New York state. Opportunity for questions and discussion. 


Register Here


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:


 “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



Meeting with SCSD Superintendent

Saturday, 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


Swearing-in ceremony for  Syracuse’s new City Auditor Alexander Marion

Saturday, January 27, 1:00 pm. Southwest Community Center

Information Here


Syracuse DSA Annual Convention

Sunday, 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.


Habitat Gardening in CNY: Native Plant Species and Natural Plant Communities for Difficult Sites

Sunday, January 28, 1:30pm ET.  

Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip Street
Speaker:  Don Leopold, Distinguished Teaching Professor, SUNY ESF


More Info & Registration


Communities Not Cages Advocacy Day

Tues., Jan. 30. 10 AM – 4 PM, NYS Capital, Albany

Please join #CommunitiesNotCages’ first advocacy day of 2024 on Jan. 30!  On January 30th, we’ll be pushing for three bills: The Second Look Act would allow judges to review and reconsider excessive sentences. The Eliminate Mandatory Minimums Act would eliminate mandatory minimum sentences. The Earned Time Act would strengthen and expand “good time” and “merit time” laws to support rehabilitative efforts in state prisons. Food and transportation provided.  Questions? Email Garret at




Daniel Berrigan’s Spirituality of Resistance

Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 5:30 p.m. 

Le Moyne College, Grewen Auditorium,  1419 Salt Springs Rd, Syracuse, NY 13214

Presented by Peter R. Gathje, Ph.D., a professor of religion at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tenn. Co-founder of Manna House, a place of hospitality in the Catholic worker tradition for people on the streets, he has written for a variety of publications on hospitality, peacemaking and people of faith engaged in social transformation. The talk is entitled “Daniel Berrigan’s Spirituality of Resistance”. In this world constantly at war, how may we be sustained in the work of peacemaking? Daniel Berrigan’s witness and writings provide a powerful resource for a spirituality that grounds us in ongoing resistance to war, in our hearts and in the world. Through Berrigan’s spirituality we can grow in a peace that centers us and inspires us for the long-haul work of peacemaking.Free and open to the public. 



Save the Dates

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.


Details on Facebook


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


Artist Talk with Mahtab Hussain

Wednesday, February. 7th, 7:00pm-9:00pm at ArtRage

Mahtab Hussain is the artist of our current exhibition, “Muslims in America: Syracuse Edition”. 

He is an artist, photographer and storyteller from Birmingham UK, who has explored Muslim presence and experience in his work over fifteen years. Gathering pictures and stories in Muslim communities, he has made iconic experiences for viewers in public exhibitions and installations, and several books. His contemporary portraits of “beautiful, brown Muslims” have been shown and collected by museums in the UK and around the world. 


Over the past few years, Mahtab Hussain has been creating work for his new series of work, “Muslims in America.” ArtRage Gallery funded his recent visit to Syracuse, NY and we are proud to see Syracuse included in this ongoing project.


Mahtab Hussain is represented by East Wing Gallery, Doha, who are supporting the Muslims in America work and Chris Boot is Producer and Editor of the series.


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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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