CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: Mar 12 – 19, 2024

Community Newsletter & Events

March 12, 2024 – March 19, 2024

Learn about the Onondaga Earth Corps at our next meeting! 

Next CNY Solidarity Meeting
March 24 at 3pm – 5pm

Bishop Harrison Center | 1342 Lancaster Ave, Syr. 13210

Action Alerts

Tell Our Legislators We Need A Capital Gains Tax

Many ultra-wealthy New Yorkers make income by selling stocks and other investments. While hourly wages and salaries are taxed a certain amount in federal taxes, the federal government takes far less taxes out of investment income–known as capital gains. The capital gains tax would make up the difference by adding a surcharge on income over$500,000a year earned through capital gains. This way, the ultra-wealthy pay their fair share in taxes on income, no matter how they make it. This proposal would raise $12 billion annually.


Contact Your NY Senator & Assemblymember

  Hunter Magnarelli Stirpe Mannion May
Capital Gains Tax

Share this statement from the Fund Excluded Workers Coalition

Leaving excluded workers out of the budget is a huge missed opportunity. The Unemployment Bridge Program would give 750k+ New Yorkers a lifeline when they lose work. It’s good for New Yorkers and our state as a whole. Our safety net is outdated, and states like Colorado are racing to update their own, with unemployment programs to cover new sets of workers and meet the demands of this century.


New York must lead, not follow. #ExcludedNoMore


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Syracuse Cultural Workers: Call for Art! 

As we begin to work on our 2025 Peace Calendar (the 54th edition), we ask that YOU consider submitting your own art. Deadline: 3/21/2024. Click for full details.

We’re also delighted to receive submissions of art for posters, cards, T-shirts, etc.


Articles of the Week

NY Budget: It’s time to put working-class families’ needs first

Invest in Our New York ‘s response to the one-house budget resolutions announced from the Assembly and Senate.

“We applaud the New York State Senate and Assembly for heeding the call of a majority of New Yorkers by including one-house budget proposals to raise taxes on millionaire earners and the most profitable corporations doing business in our state.”

Read the full IONY Statement 


How the New York State Budget Is Made

We answer your questions on the state’s notoriously opaque budget process. IN THE COMING WEEKS, New York’s lawmakers will pass a budget that determines how the state will spend over $230 billion in public money. It’s a massive sum, bigger than most countries’ budgets, and outpacing every other state except California.


Read more on NYS Focus


Labor leaders: Demand a better Micron deal (Guest Opinion by Ann Marie Taliercio & Mark Spadafore)

Experience shows that when the community is organized and puts forward collective demands, we are able to both prevent exploitative practices and win valuable enforceable commitments that ensure new developments truly improve the quality of life for residents. One powerful tool for accomplishing this is a community benefits agreement, or CBA. A CBA is an agreement between a company and a community coalition that enshrines legally enforceable provisions that protect the community, its workers, and the environment. What’s great about a CBA is that if a company tries to wiggle out of its promises, workers and neighbors can themselves force the company to comply.


Read on


Micron will Bring Big Changes – Can We Make Things Better for Wildlife?

(Page 4) – The need for mitigation is clear. However, one does not mitigate the loss of nature by trading it for economic benefits, jobs, housing, infrastructure, or community services. That’s like cutting down an apple tree and handing out grapes to make up for the loss of the apples. Micron needs to take positive steps to make up for the environmental losses it is creating. See Public Hearing below on March 19th.


Read more on Onondaga Audubon


New Congressional District Maps for New York State

Here’s a link to a Facebook post from our friends at Indivisible Mohawk Valley,  showing the new maps for Congressional Districts 19,21, and our District 22.


Event Calendar

March FOCUS Forum: Meet the Newest Members of the Syracuse City Common Council

Friday, March 15, 12:05 pm – 1:00 pm On Zoom

Join FOCUS Greater Syracuse, Inc. for a free, virtual FOCUS Forum. The three newest Councilors will explain why they chose to run for office and their top priorities.

An exciting, moderated Q&A session will follow the introductions. This is your chance to engage with these distinguished public servants and ask all the burning questions you may have. Don’t forget we will also be taking questions submitted during registration. 


Patrona Jones-Rowser, Common Councilor, District 4 

Marty Nave, Common Councilor, District 1

Corey J. Williams, Common Councilor, District 3 

Register Here


I-81: Now What? Let’s Talk About It!


Friday March 15, 5 PM to 7PM

Dr. King Elementary School, 416 East Raynor Ave, Syracuse NY

Please join with the Southside Coalition Citizens for Justice and Equality

As we discuss and plan What’s Next for the residents of Pioneer Homes and Housing.

Listen and ask questions of a panel of local, elected officials, and Community Advocates

Refreshments served.

Please direct all questions and requests for Transportation to Jackie 315-991-4203



American Negra: Book Event

Friday, March 15, 2024. 6:00pm 

Parthenon Books, 333 S. Salina St., Syr 13202

Natasha S. Alford in conversation with Iris St. Meran. Alford will be here to discuss her debut memoir “American Negra.” A narrative that is part memoir, part cultural analysis, Alford’s memoir reflects upon growing up in a working-class family in Syracuse.


“American Negra” is a coming-of-age story about what it’s like to live at the intersections of race, culture, gender, and class, all while staying true to yourself. “American Negra” is a captivating look at one woman’s experience being Negra in the United States. As the movement to highlight Afro-Latin identity and overlooked histories of the African diaspora grows, “American Negra” illustrates the diversity of the Black experience in the larger fabric of American society.


Free Tickets Here


Tenants’ Training: Know Your Rights!

Saturday, March 16th at 2pm

North Side Learning Center, 501 Park St., Syracuse

Syracuse Tenants’ Union

 Are you renting in Syracuse? Come learn what rights you have to push for repairs and to protect yourself from eviction! We’ll cover all the things you should know when renting in Syracuse and leave time for specific questions. All are welcome! Light snacks and drinks will be provided. See you there!



Onondaga County Town Hall on Housing

Monday, March 18 at 6:00pm

Westcott Community Center, 326 Euclid Ave, Syracuse 

Join Onondaga County Legislator Maurice Brown for a community conversation about housing in Syracuse and Onondaga County. To submit questions or comments, email with the subject line “Town Hall.” This event will be available to watch on Zoom / Facebook but to participate please attend in person. 


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Village Elections on Tuesday, March 19th!

If you live in the villages of Baldwinsville, Fabius, Fayetteville, Marcellus, & Minoa make sure you have a plan to vote as village elections are known for low turnout. Polls are only open from 12pm – 9pm except in Fayetteville where polls are open 6am – 9pm. 


Village residents in Baldwinsville (Proposition Two) & Fayetteville (Proposition One) have passed petitions to add a proposition to their ballot to move their future elections to November to increase voter turnout, give residents more time to vote and save taxpayers money. 


Who is running in Village Elections 2024?


Public Hearing: Micron Scoping Session by Army Corps of Engineers

7 p.m. March 19 at the Clay town offices, 4401 Route 31

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will conduct a study, which will run concurrently with a state-required environmental study already underway. The corps said it “has determined the proposed project may significantly affect the quality of the human environment.” The Army corps can grant or deny the permit Micron would need to build.

A scoping session gives the public a chance to say what environmental impacts should be included in the scope of the study. Article Here


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.

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Save the Dates

March 20th Mobilization for Climate, Jobs, and Justice

Wednesday, March 20, 2024•10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Conference Room 2, Underground Concourse at New York State Capitol

263 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12210 US

Host Contact Info:,

We’re holding a mass mobilization this March to push for the Climate, Jobs & Justice Package in New York State’s 2024 budget! It’s high time we demonstrate our collective power for a clean energy future where all New Yorkers have access to a secure and healthy environment.

Join us and as we call on Governor Hochul and state legislators to prioritize climate justice in this year’s budget! More information regarding location and day of logistics will be released closer to the mobilization.


Register Here


What I Want You to Know: Veterans Address their Experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Aftermath.

Wednesday, March 20 from 7-9 p.m. 

Noble Room of Hendricks Chapel, Syracuse University (basement level by People’s Place coffee shop)

This film addresses questions veterans are asking: What was it all for? What’s to stop it from happening again?  What do civilians need to know about the long-term effects of these wars?   What I Want You To Know is a courageous and unblinking look at the costs and consequences of war.

Q & A following, hosted by Garett Reppenhagen.  Garett served as a US Army Cavalry/Scout and completed a nine-month peacekeeping mission in Kosovo and then served as a Sniper in Baquaba Iraq. He is an advocate for veterans’ rights and benefits and served on the Board of Directors for the Iraq Veterans Against the War and was the Executive Director of Veterans for Peace.


Sponsored by The Moral Injury Project 

Open to the public as well as students, staff, and faculty. More Information


Community Resource Showcase

Friday, March 22 at Marriott Syracuse Downtown 


Join us for a Community Resource Showcase Sponsored by  Jubilee Homes and Community Bank! Come learn about the many local partners and opportunities available in CNY.

Register here:


Tenants Workshop on Energy Efficiency and Savings

Event by EnergySmart CNY

Saturday, March 23, 2 PM

501 Park St, Syracuse, NY


Do you want to learn more about reducing your energy costs, how to talk with your landlord about these concerns? Or, do you want to learn about NY state programs like EmPower+ that may help?

This program is free and open to the public. It is organized by the Syracuse Tenants Union and EnergySmart CNY – a NY State-funded program. We will help you enroll in free state programs like EmPower.

We’ll help each other by sharing our concerns and priorities. EnergySmart CNY will take notes and help with applications.



Centering Residents’ Voices

A Conversation on the Future of Our South Side Community

Saturday, March 23, 10 AM

Dr. Martin  Luther King Elementary School, 416 E. Raynor Ave., Syracuse 13202

Please join us for a conversation about the future of our Southside community.

Co-moderated by:

Assemblymember Pam Hunter

Lanessa Chaplin, NYCLU


Information/registration Here


Chasing Ice: Climate Change Film Series & Discussion

Climate Change Awareness & Action:   

Sunday, March 24:  3:00 – 5:30 pm 

Historic Home of Holly Greenberg – Former Methodist Church

304 E. Genesee, Fayetteville, NY 13066

Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. The film ( follows nature photographer James Balog, National Geographic photographer as he documents melting glaciers in Alaska, Iceland, Greenland and Montana. Using time-lapse cameras, his videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Help build a local movement of people who are committed to taking action on climate change. Refreshments provided. Max. audience 35 people. 


RSVP required HERE

Any questions contact: or call 315-476-3396.


Community Foundation Listening & Networking Events

The Central New York Community Foundation’s new President & CEO, Melanie Littlejohn, wants to hear from you! Join us in the conversation surrounding Central New York’s shared future.

Enjoy some light fare and networking with Melanie and fellow community members. Participants may share their insights on the region’s biggest strengths, opportunities and needs, as well as ask pertinent questions.

FREE to attend, but space is limited. Please register for only one of the four event sessions. Two tickets available per registration.


  • March 26, 2024 – Salt City Market | 3:00-5:00 PM (near capacity)

  • April 3, 2024 – Community Folk Art Center | 5:30-7:30 PM

  • April 10, 2024 – South Side Innovation Center | 5:00-7:00 PM

  • April 18, 2024 – Arts at the Palace (Madison County) | 4:30-6:30 P

Register 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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