CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: Mar 19 – Mar 26, 2024

Community Newsletter & Events

March 19, 2024 – March 26, 2024

Learn about the Onondaga Earth Corps This Sunday + Special Guests! 

CNY Solidarity Meeting
March 24 at 3pm – 5pm

Bishop Harrison Center | 1342 Lancaster Ave, Syr. 13210

The mission of the OEC is to empower youth to be active participants in creating positive change for themselves, their communities and the environment. In 2023, OEC hired 43 youths and young adults who planted 3531 trees and shrubs and maintained 26 green infrastructure sites. As we move into spring, this is a great time to check out upcoming events and projects at OEC!


After OEC’s presentation, we will hear from national organizers, Etana Jacobi & Caroline Casteel who are here to help organize around the Micron project.

Organizing for Good Jobs & Healthy Communities! 

Etana Jacobi is the Semiconductors Campaign Director for IUE-CWA. As the Industrial Division of Communications Workers of America, IUE-CWA represents a force of 150,000 active and retired men and women united collectively to seek dignity on the job and a secure future for ourselves, our children and all future generations. Etana is based in Ohio and is focused on megafab projects like Micron.

Caroline Casteel is the National Lead Organizer for Jobs to Move America. JMA seeks an economy where public goods do the most public good, combining strategic research, policy advocacy, and coalition organizing to harness the power of our public dollars to create good jobs and healthy communities across the country. Caroline is based in Colorado and is focused on semiconductor campaigns.

This will be a great meeting to attend! All are welcome.  


Action Alerts

Tell Our Legislators We Need Good Cause Now! 

On Tuesday, March 19, tenants from around New York State are taking over the capitol to tell our elected leaders: The rent is too damn high! We’ll show up in force so they can’t avoid us and demand action to stop rent hikes and arbitrary evictions.

Albany leadership must stand up to the real estate industry that is devastating our communities by passing statewide Good Cause Eviction and the Housing Access Voucher Program and by protecting our 2019 victories, which have kept millions of tenants in their homes safe from harassment.
  Hunter Magnarelli Stirpe Mannion May
Good Cause


CALL GOVERNOR KATHY HOCHUL AT 1-518-474-8390 (Press 2 to speak to a staffer)

Calling after hours and leaving a message is fine. Messages are counted too. 

“Hello, this is {YOUR NAME}. I’m calling to urge (Speaker Heastie/ Governor Hochul) to pass three pieces of Climate, Jobs, and Justice legislation in the 2024 budget: the full NY Heat Act including the 6% cap on utility bills, the Climate Superfund Act to make polluters pay, and the Just Energy Transition Act, to create renewable energy hubs with strong labor standards statewide.

Over 70% of NYers support implementing New York’s landmark climate law; our state budget should reflect that! 


“Hello, this is {YOUR NAME}. I want to thank the Senate for their leadership in the 2024 one-house budget proposal. I’d like Senate Majority-Leader Stewart-Cousins to keep or include the three pieces of Climate, Jobs, and Justice legislation in the 2024 budget: the full NY Heat Act including the 6% cap on utility bills, the Climate Superfund Act to make polluters pay, and the Just Energy Transition Act, to create renewable energy hubs with strong labor standards statewide.


Articles of the Week

The Missing News about Gaza

To understand Palestine and Israel, we need more coverage of the everyday structural violence of occupation. Disinformation involves lying by commission. Decontextualization, on the other hand, is about lying by omission.


Read it on Portside


Climate-Science Deniers, Right-Wing Think Tanks, and Fossil Fuel Shills are Plotting Against the Clean Energy Transition.

Inside the conspiracy to take down wind and solar.Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, part of a sprawling climate-denial machine assembled with funding from fossil fuel interests like ExxonMobil and the Charles Koch Foundation and dark-money groups like DonorsTrust

Read it on Sierra Club


Why a Native American Nation Is Challenging the U.S. Over a 1794 Treaty

The Onondaga have asked an international commission to find that the United States violated a treaty guaranteeing the nation 2.5 million acres of land


Read it in the NYTimes


Maurice Brown addresses community housing concerns in town hall

Onondaga County Legislator Maurice “Mo” Brown answered questions about the cost of renting, affordable housing and how to find housing assistance in the city of Syracuse during his town hall at a packed Westcott Community Center Monday.

Attendees raised concerns regarding the lack of enforcement of lead ordinances and code violations, abuse from landlords and the shortage of new affordable housing projects amid luxury apartment and student housing projects.

Read More on The Daily Orange 


Response is Reward: Why you can’t win debating trolls on Twitter  (or in life)

Here are some basic points to consider when deciding whether to engage someone who wishes to “debate” in bad faith for the sake of generating attention.


Read it on FrameLab


SPC- Justice for Palestine and Beyond War and Militarism held a showing of The Occupation of the American Mind on February 27. The event was well attended and followed with a lively discussion  about the media and their role in reporting on wars/conflicts around the world. As a follow-up on this event Syracuse Peace Council will be holding a series of two workshops: Press Work as a Tool for Liberation April 11 and 17 from 5 to 7 pm, SPC offices so save the dates and keep your eyes open for more information. If you missed the film you can watch it here.   


Event Calendar

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

March 19, 7 PM 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.

Purchase Tickets


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! 


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


The People’s Forum: Demand a Permanent Ceasefire Resolution!

Thursday, March 21,6 – 8 PM

Northside Learning Center, 501 Park St., Syracuse

Iftar/Dinner will be available 


Nineteen local organizations have come together to demand a permanent ceasefire resolution be passed by the Syracuse Common Council. We are calling on Syracuse to come together and help reach a ceasefire in Gaza and Free Palestine!

The People’s Forum will be the first in a series of ‘Cuse Ceasefire Coalition events planned to take place across Syracuse in coming months. The People’s Forum is an educational and interactive community event that will provide education around the current genocide in Palestine, why an immediate and permanent ceasefire is needed in Gaza, and how Syracuse residents and community members can contribute to Ceasefire efforts on a local level.

More Information Here



Community Resource Showcase

Friday, March 22 . 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM 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:


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



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.



Haudenosaunee Women: From SkyWoman to influence on American Suffrage


Saturday, March 23, 2024 – 2:30 PM

Petit Library, 105 Victoria PLace, Syr. 13210

This presentation discusses the role that women play in Haudenosaunee communities throughout history. Starting with the Creation Story and SkyWoman, the talk will highlight the important responsibilities women have with the culture, government, and communities of the Haudenosaunee. Comparisons between these responsibilities and freedoms to those of American women, the role that Haudenosaunee women played in influencing the ideas of early suffragists, connections to modern traditions and issues, such as the MMIW movement, will be discussed as well. Presented by Perry Ground, Onondaga, Turtle Clan


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.


How to Fight the Climate Crisis and Militarism

Tuesday, March 26, noon ET/9 am PT 

Veterans For Peace Climate Crisis and Militarism Project is presenting a webinar, “How to Fight the Climate Crisis and Militarism”, with one of the largest climate organizations, Peace and climate activists can take action together, especially by participating in the No MAS (No Military Air Shows) campaign. Free and open to all. 


Register Here


Save the Dates

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


New York Focus listens to Syracuse

Tuesday, April 2 · 6 – 8pm EDT

Syracuse Northeast Community Center, 716 Hawley Avenue Syracuse, NY 13203


New York Focus, an independent nonprofit newsroom, investigates power in the Empire State. We want to listen — what matters to you?


New York Focus, an independent nonprofit newsroom, investigates power in the Empire State. Founded in 2020, we publish in-depth journalism about climate, housing, criminal justice, immigration and economic development in order to explain how the state really works. This fall, we’re launching a statewide, community listening campaign to understand the information needs of new yorkers, as well as the information needs of different regions and communities within the state. We want to hear from you!

Please come and share your insights, experiences, concerns and ideas for local news coverage.

If you can’t attend but would like to participate, please take our audience survey.


More Info/Register


Small Business Entrepreneurship Workshop

Saturday, April 6th and Saturday, April 13th, from 10AM -2PM.

Syracuse, 4926 Onondaga Rd, Syracuse, NY 13215, USA

Would you like to start or grow your own business?

Jubilee Homes of Syracuse, Inc. and Tap Roots Fields will host a Small Business Entrepreneurship class. If you are a current small business owner or if you want to start a business, this 2-day class is a must!


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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