CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: Feb 27 – Mar 5, 2024

Community Newsletter & Events

February 27, 2024 – March 5, 2024

From CNY Solidarity

Watch last meeting where Erica Vladimer, Communication Director of the Invest in Our New York campaign, presented an overview of this year’s IONY proposals, followed by a discussion of specific steps we can take to promote a fair tax system. During the budget process over the next several weeks, we can all contact legislators, send emails, write letters to the editor, and spread the word. Learn more at


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

March 10  |  March 24

Action Alerts

Please Thank Sen. Rachel May for supporting the IONY Bills

Our friends at the Invest in Our NY campaign report that Senator May is co-sponsoring four of the five bills in the IONY platform this year! Please let Senator May know how important this is to us! Billionaires need to pay their share! 


Support the NY Home Energy Affordable Transition (HEAT) Act

The NY Home Energy Affordable Transition (HEAT) Act is a bill that fights climate change, slashes pollution, and lowers utility bills for energy-burdened households

Every gas utility in the state is raising our rates to build new gas infrastructure, and ratepayers (that’s all of us) are paying the price. The NY HEAT Act will put a stop to gas utilities forcing us to subsidize expensive and dangerous infrastructure that threatens our health, wallets, and future, and will usher in an era of cutting-edge thermal energy networks that keep whole neighborhoods cozy in winter and summer – without heating up the planet. The NY HEAT Act also caps energy bills at 6% of household income, so no one is paying exorbitant amounts for a basic human right.

The fossil fuel industry is throwing a lot of money at robo-calling to legislators to oppose the NY HEAT Act, so we want to put our people power toward calling our legislators to let them know we support the NY HEAT Act and want them to make sure it passes in the budget this year. 

We also hope you will join AGREE and the Renewable Heat Now campaign in Albany for the March 13 Pass NY HEAT in the Budget Rally and Lobby Day! 


Articles of the Week

In new plan, City Hall imagines new Syracuse streets, neighborhoods after I-81 comes down

The city plans to host two open houses to talk about the community grid vision.

5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27 in the cafeteria at Dr. King Elementary, 416 E. Raynor Ave.

5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28 in the cafeteria at Lincoln Middle School, 1613 James St.

Read on MSN (article by  |  Community Grid Vision Plan Website


From Indivisible, A Racial Justice Reading List  

In July 2023, on the second anniversary of John Lewis’ passing, Indivisible sent out a survey asking our network how they were continuing their education about racial justice. Over 500 Indivisibles responded with clarity, passion, and beautifully diverse recommendations. 

This resource was cultivated from those survey responses to create  

#1 – Caste: The Origins of our Discontents 

Purchase Caste: The Origins of our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson at

#2 – The 1619 Project 

Purchase The 1619 Project created by Nikole Hannah Jones (et. al) at

#3 – How to be Antiracist

Purchase How to be Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi at

#4 – White Fragility

Purchase White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo at

#5 – The New Jim Crow

Purchase The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander at


See HERE for the rest of the extensive list


Speaker of the House Mike Johnson supports Brandon Williams’ campaign at exclusive fundraiser

“Brandon Williams’s MAGA message doesn’t represent the people of CNY, and neither do $13,000 photo ops with an election-denying abortion extremist, who supports raising the age on Social Security,” said Senya Bekui, lead organizer of the Central New York Chapter of Citizen Action of New York. “Rep. Williams appearing with Speaker Johnson in such a time of economic uncertainty for the people of this region sends a strong message against the working families he is supposed to represent.”


Read on Rome Sentinel


No Victories In Low Election Turnouts

Isn’t a greater number of voters what’s best for a democracy? Wouldn’t a strong turnout of 75% like four years ago be better than the bleak showing of 28% in 2023?


Those squawking about the change apparently think there is something to lose when more people are participating at the polls. That should not be seen as a problem. Instead, it would be better viewed as increased community involvement.


Read on The Post-Journal 


With Ryan McMahon and Onondaga County Republicans spending $100,000 of taxpayer money as a down payment on a lawsuit to stop local elections from moving to even years. We looked into the data since local elections sometimes occur in even years due to resignations, appointments, etc. Voter turnout was 1.5x – 2.6x higher in 2022 than in 2023 for these local races! 




Gov. Hochul is fighting a shoplifting hoax (Guest Opinion by Eleni Manis & Albert Fox Cahn)

You shouldn’t let the facts stand in the way of a good story — at least, that’s the case in Albany this budget season. As the state struggles to fund schools, libraries and other basic services, one hoax has managed to secure a $45 million funding commitment from the governor. That’s millions spent to solve a problem that doesn’t exist.


Read on


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


Why State Land Use Reform Should Be a Priority Climate Lever for America

New analysis from RMI (Rocky Mountain Institute) finds that by encouraging better-located, less car-dependent communities, we can solve the nationwide housing shortage while dramatically cutting pollution.


Read it Here


Event Calendar

“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.


Friends of Dorothy Benefit Dinner

Wednesday, Feb. 28,5 Pm – 7 PM

Harrison Center, 1242 Lancaster Ave. 

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.


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.

Participation is free and you can contact with any questions.


Community Information Nights with Assemblyman Magnarelli

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

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

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!


Cicero: Assemblymember Al Stirpe 2024 Budget Town Hall

Thursday, Feb 29th 6:30pm

Northern Onondaga Public Library

Presentation of the NYS Executive Budget Proposal for 2024-25 

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


Facebook Event


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


Co-sponsored by Syracuse PSL (Party for Socialism and Liberation), Syracuse DSA, Jewish Voice for Peace Syracuse, Syracuse Collective for Palestinian Liberation, and more!


Details on Facebook

Hands off Rafah! Cease Fire Now! Stop the genocide!

Saturday, March 2 at 1pm at Clinton Square

Syracuse will join the wave of cities across the country in a nationwide day of action calling for a lasting ceasefire and an end to Israel’s U.S.-funded genocide of Palestinians. We hope this will be the largest rally and march for Palestine in Syracuse yet!


Over 1.4 million people have been forcibly displaced into Rafah, the southernmost part of the Gaza strip. Rafah is a city smaller than Syracuse but with more than ten times its population density, and Israel is bombing it intensely and ensuring that hunger and disease run rampant. The Israeli occupation is now also threatening a ground invasion of Rafah. As the Israeli-US genocide enters this disturbing new stage, the time for us to push even harder is now.


Our local leaders are silent, and imperialist-in-chief Joe Biden claims to be urging restraint, but the people aren’t fooled. We see the US veto at the UN Security Council, we see the attempts to end U.S. funding for humanitarian aid through UNRWA, and we see the billions that our elected officials have voted to send to Israel to allow them to continue genocide.


Time and time again, the people have shown that we will not back down, and we will not stop showing up for Palestine. This Saturday, we march to say: hands off Rafah, permanent ceasefire now, end the siege on Gaza, free all Palestinian political prisoners, end all U.S. aid to Israel, and free Palestine. Please join us, and watch for more local actions to be announced soon.


2024 Mass Poor People’s State of the State Assembly

Saturday, March 2nd, Meet at 10am for March, Rally at 11am

10am: First Presbyterian Church: 362 State St., Albany

11am: West Capitol Park, State St and Washington Ave

On March 2, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will march and rally in state capitals across the country, bringing the demands of poor and low-wealth people for living wages, healthcare, housing, education, environmental justice, and voting rights directly to our lawmakers. From Texas to Maine and California to the Carolinas, thousands of poor and impacted people, clergy and advocates will call for an end to poverty in the richest nation on earth.


In Albany, the Poor People’s Campaign and our partners will rally  in the midst of a critical New York State budget fight. Gov. Hochul has proposed an austerity budget that would mean cuts to public services and missed opportunities to address crises in healthcare, housing, education, and the climate. Join us in Albany to say, Stop The Cuts To Life-Saving Services! Fully Invest in Our Communities! Make The Rich Pay Their Fair Share!

Join us, and help spread the word! Resources can be found


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


Dan Egan: Phosphorus and the Heath 0f our Lakes

Tuesday, March 5, 7:30 PM Free Virtual Event

Join Dan Egan, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of The Devil’s Element: Phosphorus and a World Out of Balance and The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, for a conversation about the role of phosphorus in our daily lives, how it impacts our environment, and its role in shaping agriculture.

Dan Egan … is a senior water policy fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences.  This event is sponsored by the Finger Lakes Land Trust and the Finger Lakes Institute.

Register Here



Save the Dates

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


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.



Ceili Rain Trio in Concert

Saturday, March 9th 7:00pm

All Saints Church, 1340 Lancaster Ave, Syracuse

Come celebrate an evening of Irish music featuring Bob Halligan Jr and Irish dancing from Francis Academy of Irish Dance to support the Spiritual Renewal Center! Tickets $25 per person $50 per family 




American Negra: Book Event

March 15, 2024. 6 PM. Parthenon Books, 333 S. Salina St., Syr 13202

Natasha S. Alford in conversation with Iris St. Meran



Maria Hinojosa, Friends of the Central Library Author Series Lecture

Tuesday, March 19, 7:30 pm EST 

The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater, 411 Montgomery St, Syracuse, NY 13202

Hinojosa is simply put… a trailblazer. Her nearly 30-year career as an award-winning journalist includes reporting for PBS, CBS, WNBC, CNN and NPR and anchoring the Emmy Award winning talk show from WGBH Maria Hinojosa: One on One. She is the author of two books and has won dozens of awards including four Emmys. Her new book, Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America, Hinojosa tells the story of immigration in America through her family’s experiences and decades of reporting, painting an unflinching portrait of a country in crisis. She is also a contributor to award-winning news program CBS Sunday Morning and MSNBC.

Purchase Tickets


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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