CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: Feb 20 – Feb 27, 2024

Community Newsletter & Events

February 20, 2024 – February 27, 2024

Tax the Rich to fund climate justice, health care for all, housing for all, public broadband, public education, voting rights and more!

Next CNY Solidarity Zoom Meeting
Sunday, February 25, 2024  |  2pm – 4pm

Invest in Our NY campaign will present this year’s IONY campaign priorities. Tax the Rich!

Zoom link will be sent out on Thursday.

If you have a chance, read the IONY campaign proposals before attending the meeting. One page on the revenue proposals, and a two-pager on proposals for investment in housing, climate, health, etc. 

IONY’s 2024 Campaign Program



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

March 10  |  March 24


Action Alerts

The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

Syracuse Peace Council has joined with a number of other organizations to call on the Syracuse Common Council to pass a resolution calling for a ceasefire in Palestine. We encourage anyone who wants to get involved especially in meeting with your local Common council member please contact us. The coalition is comprised of:  Syracuse Collective for Palestinian Liberation, Resilient Indigenous Active Collection, Jewish Voice for Peace Syracuse , Faculty for Justice in Palestine SU , Black Lives Matter Syracuse, Party for Socialism & Liberation Syracuse, 315 Students for Liberation , Syracuse Democratic Socialists of America, Syracuse Peace Council, Black at Cuse, Syracuse Parents for Palestine and more. 

How to get involved: contact or fill out the form Here




Help  Refugees in Palestine

UNRWA USA lifts up the voices, experiences, and humanity of Palestine refugees to secure American support for resources essential to every human being, for the promise of a better life. We carry out our mission in partnership with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA). 


Donate to UNRWA


Tell NY Assembly Members to Add Their Names to The Climate, Jobs & Justice Sign-On Letters!

The NYS budget process is well underway, and we are at a critical moment: budget sign on letter season! 

In the hopes of building a strong legislative coalition for climate justice, our champions in the legislature are circulating three sign-on letters to build support for Climate, Jobs, and Justice amongst their colleagues. Can you help us build support in the legislature by emailing key assembly members today and asking them to add their voices to the sign on letters?


Email Assembly Members 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

Syracuse residents rally for transparency for public housing’s future after optometry school plan

Owens-Chaplin was among a panel that included other residents and state Sen. Rachel May that drew city residents to the Dunbar Center Friday night to spur action to make sure public housing residents are heard as land is freed up when I-81 is torn down.


“I think (I-81) is so connected to the public housing issue that we can’t talk about one without talking about the other,” Owens-Chaplin said. “In the time that we’re talking about redevelopment, if we’re not being intentional about making sure residents aren’t put first and their needs aren’t being put first, then we run the risk of repeating the history of the original build.”


Read on


NY is giving Syracuse millions for good ideas to reduce poverty. Here are 6 suggestions

“The key thing is housing — affordable housing,” said Mary Nelson, community advocate and director of Mary Nelson Center. “They are building all of these houses, but people can’t afford to buy them.


Read on (article by


New Congressional Map Update

Here is the new IRC proposed congressional map. It still needs to go to the state legislature. State lawmakers have the option of approving the map or redrawing it themselves. 


Read more on WAER  |  Read this Statement on Redistricting

Join Common Cause of NY for a People’s Hearing on tonight at 6pm on Zoom


Heather Cox Richardson on the History of Citizenship Rights for People of Color

…But now so-called “internment camps” are back in the news.

Trump has promised his supporters that in a second term he would launch “the largest domestic deportation operation in American history.” To deport as many as ten million of what he called “foreign national invaders,” Trump advisor Stephen Miller explained on a November podcast, the administration would federalize National Guard troops from Republican-dominated states and send them around the country to round people up, moving them to “large-scale staging grounds near the border, most likely in Texas,” that would serve as internment camps.


Read it on HCR’s Substack



More Than 50 Countries Argue Before World Court Against Israeli Occupation of Palestine

Arguments are underway at the International Court of Justice, where more than 50 countries are asking the World Court to issue a nonbinding legal opinion against Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza since 1967. The request is separate from South Africa’s genocide case against Israel at the ICJ.


Read it on Democracy Now


Event Calendar

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.




Inupiat Lifeways: Subsistence Hunting in Alaska

Tuesday February 20th at 5pm. Illick Hall 5, SUNY ESF

Center for Native Peoples & the Environment 

Please join us  for a lecture from Roy Ashenfelter, an Alaska Native Iñupiaq subsistence hunter and fisher with a wealth of traditional knowledge and experience with advocacy on state and federal fish/game management issues.


People’s Hearing on NYS Redistricting

Tuesday, Feb 20 @ 6:00-8:00pm on Zoom

Join us and hear from members of the public and organizations representing diverse stakeholder groups across the state on the current state of redistricting, why redistricting is important to them, and how new Congressional lines will impact their communities over the next decade.


Register on Zoom


2024 Budget Town Halls with NYS Senator Rachel May

Onondaga County 

Wednesday, February 21, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Institute of Human Performance, 505 Irving Avenue  (Ground floor – atrium) Syr., NY 13210

Cayuga County 

Thursday, February 22, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Cayuga Community College, 197 Franklin St. (Room M214) Auburn, NY 13201



The Right to Read Screening & Panel Discussion

Thursday, Feb 22 @ 5:30-7:30pm 

Community Folk Art Center, 805 E Genesee St

Join us for The Right to Read Screening & Panel Discussion presented by Syracuse Onondaga NAACP & Community Folk Art Center.  The Right to Read shares the stories of an NAACP activist, a teacher and two American families who fight to provide our youngest generation with the most foundational indicator of life-long success: the ability to read.


Register Here


Journey Beyond Borders: Screening and Creative Writing Workshop

Thursday, Feb. 22, 7 – 8:30 PM

ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave, Syracuse, 13203

A  young filmmaker, Rayan Mohamed unfolds her compelling narrative through film. Experience her impactful creations, delve into the refugee journey on screen, and participate in an engaging creative writing exercise led by Rayan herself. Connect, learn, and be inspired as stories transcend borders.

All are welcome. You do not need to be a writer to participate. Just come with a curiosity for storytelling.

Rayan Mohamed, is sophomore film major in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. Rayan was born in Somalia and spent several years in an Ethiopian refugee camp before moving to Syracuse as a grade-schooler in 2014. Her portrait is featured in the current exhibition, “Mahtab Hussain – Muslims in America: Syracuse Edition”


A Celebration of Black Icons in Dance

Saturday, Feb. 24, 5:30 PM

Community Folk Art Center, 805 E. Genesee St., Syr 13210

Celebrating all the greats of dance. Join classical dance trailblazer, Charles Haislah, The Creative Arts Academy, and CFAC-DanceLab for an evening of captivating performances and dance history. This event is free and open to the community!


Register Here


A Sea Change: Climate Change Film Series & Discussion

Climate Change Awareness & Action: 

Sunday, Feb. 25: 3:00 – 5:30 pm

A Sea Change ( is the story of retired teacher Sven Huseby, whose love for his five-year-old grandson … compelled Sven, after reading an article in The New Yorker, “The Darkening Sea” to travel thousands of miles interviewing scientists on ocean acidification – the little known flip side of global warming.

The photography is stunning; the interviews with scientists sobering; Sven’s relationship with his grandson Elias is delightful and moving and the ending hopeful – focusing on solutions being implemented today.


Registration required


Save the Dates

“The Occupation of the American Mind” Film Screening

February 27, 2024 – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at ArtRage, 505 Hawley Avenue, 13203

Justice For Palestine, a committee of the Syracuse Peace Council, presents a screening and discussion of this  2016 film. Polling shows strong global opposition to Israel’s illegal 50-year occupation of Palestinian land, and mounting outrage over Israel’s ongoing slaughter of unarmed Palestinian civilians who are fighting for their rights. Nevertheless, public sympathy and support for Israel within the US continues to hold strong. … the film explores how the Israeli government, the US government, and the pro-Israel lobby have joined forces, often with very different motives and interests, to shape American media coverage of the conflict in Israel’s favor. The result is a stunning look at how — and why — American media coverage of the conflict regularly minimizes the occupation, vilifies critics of Israeli policy, and dehumanizes the Palestinian people.



Clean Energy Career Fair

Thursday, February 29th from 5:30pm – 7:00pm.  

Marriott Syracuse Downtown,  100 E Onondaga Street.

Come connect with potential employers and training opportunities. This career fair is in conjunction with the NYS Green Building Conference, but this FREE career fair is not exclusively for conference attendees, it is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.


Register Here



Community Information Nights with Assemblyman Magnarelli

Towns of Geddes and Van Buren: Lakeside Fire District Hall, Thurs., Feb.  29th, 6 to 8pm

City of Syracuse – Lincoln Middle School Cafeteria, Thurs, March 7th from 6 to 8pm

Open to the public for both the City and for the Towns of Geddes and Van Buren. The Assemblyman hopes that you will be able to attend and learn about the 2024 State Budget as well as other issues of importance followed by open Q&A after the formal presentation. See you there!


Campaign 2024: Super Tuesday and Beyond

Friday, March 1,   4:00 – 5:30 PM EDT | VIRTUAL on Zoom 

The State of Democracy Lecture Series will host several Election discussions in 2024. The first, a moderated panel discussion leading up to Super Tuesday, will cover how the results could influence the momentum of the candidates for each party.

John Zogby – Founder and Senior Partner of John Zogby Strategies (public opinion polls, marketing and political consulting firm)

Shana Kushner Gadarian – Associate Dean for Research, Maxwell School and Professor, Political Science Department 

Baobao Zhang – Assistant Professor, Political Science Department

Mark Brockway – Assistant Teaching Professor, Political Science Department

Professor Grant Reeher – Moderator; Director, Campbell Public Affairs Institute and Professor, Political Science Department 


Register Here


Thursday, March 7, 6:00 – 7pm 

Syracuse University Art Museum, Shaffer Hall

Guggenheim Fellows Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris discuss how their artwork and others in SU Art Museum’s current Assembly exhibition forge deeper ecological understandings of the places we share. Following the discussion, attendees will be invited to join an interactive activity, mapping connections between artworks in the exhibit and their own personal senses of place. 

Please register in advance! This event is part of Environmental Storytelling CNY , a collaboration between Syracuse University’s Engaged Humanities Network and SUNY ESF’s Writing, Rhetoric and Communications Program.



2024 SCSD Educational Foundation Annual Recognition Breakfast

Saturday, March 2 · 9 – 11am EST.
Marriott Syracuse Downtown, 100 East Onondaga St. Syracuse, NY 13202

This in-person event is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and honor the achievements of our dedicated educators and outstanding students. Come and enjoy a delicious breakfast while connecting with fellow community members who are passionate about supporting education in our district. Don’t miss out on this  event that highlights the incredible work happening in our schools. We look forward to seeing you there!


Register Here


Manlius Budget Town Hall Hosted by Assemblymember Al Stirpe.

Wednesday, March 6th 6:30pm

Manlius Town Hall – 301 Brooklea Drive, Fayetteville, NY 13066 See less

Presentation of the NYS Executive Budget Proposal for 2024-25 

What would you like to see in this year’s state budget?


Facebook Event


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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