CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: Jan 30 – Feb 6, 2024

Community Newsletter & Events

January 30, 2024 – February 6, 2024

Next CNY Solidarity Meeting
Sunday, February 11, 2024  |  2pm – 4pm
1342 Lancaster Ave, Syracuse

Join us Sunday, February 11th for an update on New York State’s Climate Law, additional climate bills & more.

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.
Change your party enrollment by February 14 to vote in New York's primary elections.

If you would like to vote in New York’s primary elections, you must be registered in a party. Change your party enrollment here. If you are not registered to vote, you have until June 15 to register and enroll in a party to be eligible to vote in New York’s June primary. 

Action Alerts

Write a Letter to the Editor on Trump’s Dangerous Position on Abortion

Roe would still be law if not for Donald Trump. Instead of celebrating a milestone for reproductive freedom, we’re fighting against countless abortion bans across the country. Make sure your community understands: Trump is no “moderate” on abortion rights.

Write A Letter to the Editor 


Donate to Support World Central Kitchen in Palestine, Ukraine, and World-wide

WCK responds to natural disasters, man-made crises, and humanitarian emergencies around the world. We’re a team of food first responders, mobilizing with the urgency of now to get meals to the people who need them most. Deploying our model of quick action, leveraging local resources, and adapting in real time, we know that a nourishing meal in a time of crisis is so much more than a plate of food—it’s hope, it’s dignity, and it’s a sign that someone cares


Donate Here


Articles of the Week

International Court of Justice Orders Israel to Prevent Genocide in Gaza But Fails to Order Ceasefire

…the International Court of Justice at The Hague has found that there is a “real and imminent risk” that Israel is committing genocide in Gaza, and supported “at least some” of the provisional measures South Africa had requested … We discuss the “unprecedented” decision by the World Court with a panel of experts


Read it on DemocracyNow


A Massive Win, and What It Means

“This is the biggest check any president has ever applied to the fossil fuel industry, and the strongest move against dirty energy in American history.”  Bill McKibben writes.


Read More on Substack


Donors sue No Labels for ‘bait and switch’ 3rd party threat

No Labels (the GOP front group) is being sued by its own donors over plans to cause chaos in swing states and boost Trump’s chances of winning. 


Read on The Hill​​


2023: The Year School Vouchers Became an Entitlement for Wealthy Children

Today’s voucher policies have, by design, created growing financial commitments of taxpayer money to serve a constituency of the relatively advantaged that is redefining their subsidies as rights—often in jurisdictions where neighborhood public schools do not have the resources they need.​​


Read it on National Educational Policy Center


How Obamacare Created Big Medicine

Americans spend more on care, and get less, than any other country. And the reason for the dysfunctional care is that since the passage of Obamacare, the firms who control our health care system have become far bigger, and much more powerful. …While Obamacare did expand access, it didn’t address the key problem in the U.S. health care system: monopoly power. So prices kept rising. And still are.

Read it on The Lever


Yes, Republicans really believe in starving kids

What GOP states’ cruel rejection of lunch for poor kids reveals about the right-wing brain. And how to fight it


Read it on Framelab Sustack


A Strange Plastic Rock Has Ominously Invaded 5 Continents

Plastistones, a new type of sedimentary rock that’s part-plastic and part-rock, has been found on at least five continents and 11 countries. These rocks form when molten plastic cools within a mineral’s matrix, forming the plastic-rock fusion.


Read it in Popular Mechanics


Event Calendar

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. 


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


Renewable Heat Now February Grassroots Meeting

Thursday, February 1st at 7:00pm on Zoom

Join Renewable Heat Now for our monthly virtual power hour! These meetings are a great place to learn, get plugged in, and take quick and easy but impactful actions with us. We’re fighting for policies and funding to phase fossil fuels out of buildings to fight climate change, lower utility bills, create good green jobs, and make New York healthier!

In February we’ll be focused on meeting with our legislators to urge them to include the NY HEAT Act in the “one house” budgets.

RSVP on Action Network



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


Save the Dates

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

Thursday, February 8, 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). Court dates & times sometimes change, please check our Facebook page for updates.


Lead-Free Kids Advocacy Day

February 14, 2024. 11:30AM- 3:30PM. NYS Capitol 

Join Lead-Free Kids NY for an in person advocacy day! Being in person makes a huge impact. Raise your voice for environmental health and justice! Meet with key decision-makers to advocate for key priorities this session in teams led by experienced advocacy pros.

If this is your first advocacy day, don’t worry: we’ll be available to help you before and during the event so you feel comfortable and ready to go!  

This will be an in-person day at the Capitol; so please let me know if you will need us to provide a travel stipend. You need to bring snacks and food for the day. If it is impossible for you to make it to the Capitol but you want to be involved in the day and meetings, please reach out to me. Email: 

Please register here so that we can plan out the day better.



February FOCUS Forum: How Law Enforcement Navigates the Complexities of Mental Health & Substance Abuse

Friday, February 16, 12:05 pm – 1:00 pm on Zoom


Are you interested in learning how to make our community safer and more supportive for those struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues? Join FOCUS Greater Syracuse, Inc. for a free, virtual FOCUS Forum! This unique discussion will feature expert panelists who will share their insights on how law enforcement and community members can navigate the complexities of mental health and substance abuse. You will have the opportunity to learn from their experiences, ask questions, and connect with like-minded individuals passionate about creating positive change. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and make a difference in our community!

Register Here 



Community Forum: Patients’ Rights and Medical Debt

Tuesday, Feb 20 @ 5:30-7pm

Beauchamp Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse

Special Guest Senator Rachel May. Food and refreshments served.

Onondaga County is a medical debt hotspot. 14% of all residents have medical debt and in communities of color, 26% of residents have medical debt. Hospitals are required to provide discounted prices to people who earn up to 300% of the federal poverty level. Unfortunately, many hospitals are not distributing these funds to patients. Upstate Medical University Hospital has sued over 4,000 patients since 2020 and continues to do so. Many of those sued are low-income and should have qualified for financial assistance. 


Join this community forum with community organizations, elected officials, and local patients to learn about our rights as patients when it comes to healthcare bills and how we can work together to hold healthcare corporations – insurance companies and hospitals like SUNY Upstate Medical University – accountable to We the Patients! For more information, contact (315) 414-7720.




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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