CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: March 26 – April 2, 2024

Community Newsletter & Events

March 26, 2024 – April 2, 2024

We had a great meeting on Sunday! Two high-quality presentations. 

Part One was about Youth Leadership, Workforce & Equity in Urban Forestry with Onondaga Earth Corps 

Part Two was about Micron:  the federal application process of the CHIPS Act and the benefits of a Community Benefit Agreement (CBA) with IUE-CWA & Jobs to Move America. 

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

April 14 | April 28  – 3PM


Action Alerts

Call to Action on the NY HEAT Act!

Hundreds of organizations around the state are fighting to pass the NY HEAT Act. This bill is critical for getting our state started on the transition off fracked gas and for ensuring energy affordability for every New Yorker.

We need 100s of constituents of Assemblymember Pamela Hunter and Assemblymember Bill Magnarelli to call their offices from now through Thursday March 28. 

If you are a constituent of Assemblymember Pamela Hunter:

Call 518-455-5383 (Albany office) or 315-449-9536 (Syracuse office). 

If you are a constituent in Assemblymember William Magnarelli’s district:

Call 518-455-4826 (Albany) or 315-428-9651(Syracuse).

Tell them: “Hello, my name is ______ and I am a constituent in _____. The Governor and the Senate are ready to lead on climate in this year’s budget with the NY HEAT Act, Bill Numbers S2016B and A4592B. However, the Assembly is standing in the way. I’m asking Assemblymember ______ to fight for the inclusion of the full NY HEAT Act in the budget. New Yorkers deserve cleaner heat and lower bills.” 

Let’s keep their phones ringing off the hook! We need our Assemblymembers to act now on the climate emergency and for energy affordability.”


We Need Qualified Library Board Members!

A member of our community, Judy Jerome, has been passed over for a seat on the Onondaga County Library Board of Trustees which she applied for in October of 2023. Judy is a highly-qualified candidate for this board. She is a retired librarian, a Fullbright Scholar, former president of the New York Library Association and more. 


What is very concerning is one of the appointments the County Executive wants to make to the Library Board of Trustees is Esteban Gonzalez. Esteban ran for Sheriff in 2022 and lost, yet Ryan McMahon hired him for a specially created position for $105,000 paid for by federal pandemic funds. 


Why is Onondaga County overlooking someone with extensive experience, an interest in public service and volunteering for their community in this way. Libraries and books are under threat in our community, we need people like Judy Jerome on our Onondaga County Library Board of Trustees! 


Email the Onondaga County Legislature at and show up at the next legislative session on April 2 at 12:30pm to make a public comment supporting Judy and qualified candidates on county boards, not political appointments. 


Micron written comments to Army Corps by April 4 or by mail to:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District

Attn: Ms. Margaret Crawford

7413 County House Road

Auburn, NY 13021



Articles of the Week

Micron’s Clay project gets its first dose of public opposition and tough questions

About two dozen expressed fears about chemicals polluting air and water, cars and trucks overwhelming local roads, taxes rising sharply, and rainwater flooding their backyards. Their comments were met with nods and occasional applause.


The Army of Corps will be taking comments on what to include in the environmental review until April 4th, 2024. Email comments to: 

Read on MSN (article by  |  Watch Public Hearing on YouTube


UN Security Council demands immediate Gaza ceasefire after US abstains

The United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution on Monday demanding an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants Hamas after the United States abstained from the vote, sparking a spat with its ally Israel.


Read it on Reuters


Statement from Syracuse Peace Council: This is a very important step forward. The US has provided diplomatic cover for Israel in the UN for many decades and here our government has abstained rather than vetoing another resolution. It’s a sign that the concerted grassroots organizing across the country is having an important impact. Next step: Stop US Aid to Israel to increase the pressure to end the assault on Gaza, provide massive humanitarian relief and begin moving forward toward Palestinian freedom. 


Project 2025: The Right’s Dystopian Plan to Dismantle Civil Rights and What It Means for Women

With careful planning, conservatives today are working to make their policy priorities permanent—no matter what happens in future elections. 


Read it on Ms. Magazine


Your Guide to the 2024 State Budget Fight

We read the governor’s, Senate’s, and Assembly’s budget proposals — so you don’t have to. The New York Focus team has been analyzing the governor, state Senate, and state Assembly’s spending and policy proposals since they came out, and now we’re presenting our findings to our readers as budget season kicks into high gear. 


Read on NYS Focus


Event Calendar

Presidential Primary Election 

Tuesday, March 26, 2024: 11am – 8pm 

Wednesday, March 27, 2024: 11am – 8pm 

Thursday, March 28, 2024: 9am – 6pm 

Friday, March 29, 2024: 9am – 6pm 

Saturday, March 30, 2024: 9am – 6pm

Election Day: Tuesday, April 2, 2024: 6am – 9pm

Early Voting Locations 


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


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


Friends of Dorothy Dinner

Wednesday, March 27 at 5:00pm – 7:00pm 

Bishop Harrison Center, 1342 Lancaster Ave, Syracuse
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


Thinking Locally About the Racial Wealth Gap

Mar 28, 2024 08:00 AM

This session of Thursday Morning Roundtable will feature panelists from The Lender Center for Social Justice at Syracuse University, including Kirsten Barnes, professor and associate dean for faculty research at the College of Law; Willie Reddic, associate professor at the Joseph L. Lubin School of Accounting and associate dean for business education at the Whitman School of Management; and Kendall Phillips, professor of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at the College of Arts and Sciences and interim director of The Lender Center for Social Justice.

The discussion will preview the Lender Center Symposium.





Lender Center Symposium: Interrogating the Racial Wealth Gap

Thursday, March 28, 2024; Noon-6 p.m.
Whitman School of Management, Milton Room

Presentations from Lender Center grant teams about their research into the racial wealth gap and ways to close it.

The event will be held in person and virtually. Zoom link information will be sent to participants upon registration.


Register Now



Haudenosaunee Astronomy

Friday, March 29, 4pm

SUNY ESF, Marshall Hall RM 104

Join us for a Zoom presentation by Samantha Doxtator, Haudenosaunee, Oneida (Wolf Clan), on Indigenous astronomy. Learn Haudenosaunee perspectives on eclipses, and on how the stars and planets connect to creation and life cycles on Earth.

Open to all. Light snacks provided.

Sponsored by:


To attend by Zoom, send an email.



Onondaga County Legislature Session

Tuesday, April 2 at 1pm

401 Montgomery St, Room 407

See action alert above. Arrive before 1pm if you would like to make a public comment. 


Syracuse Citizen Review Board Week April 2024

The Citizen Review Board (CRB) was created to ensure an open citizen-controlled process for reviewing grievances involving members of the Syracuse Police Department (SPD). Join us for CRB Week! We will be celebrating with events from April 2-5, 2024. 


March For Accountability

Tuesday, April 2 at 12pm at From Dunbar Center To City Hall Steps
Join us as we march for legislation change that would provide us with more authority with police oversight. We will march from Dunbar Center to City Hall, beginning at 12:00pm. Shuttle service back to Dunbar Center after the march will be offered based on availability. Let your voice be heard!


Community Open House

Wed April 3 10am – 5pm at 300 State St, Fl5, Syracuse

We invite you to our new space for an information session about the CRB and our mission. Light fare will be served for breakfast & lunch.


Social Media Campaign – Virtual

Thursday, April 04 @Syracusecrb #Crbweek


Community Outreach Day 

Friday, April 5 Three Locations Tbd


Details on Facebook 


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


Save the Dates

Two Environmental Storytelling CNY Events 

United States Poet Laureate Emeritus Juan Felipe Herrera. Learn more about Herrera’s work, Latiné environmentalism, and the Chicano/a Literary Movement in our latest ESS Learning Guide


Wednesday, April 3, 5:30 – 7pm: Crafting Poetic Futures

La Casita Cultural Center, 109 Otisco St., Syracuse, NY.

Herrera leads a creative writing workshop for students of all ages. He will discuss how his own poetic work connects with environmental concerns while pointing us toward methods of communal storytelling and repair. 


Thursday, April 4, 6 – 7:30pm: Cruel April Poetry Reading 

La Casita Cultural Center, 109 Otisco St., Syracuse, NY.

In connection with the annual Point of Contact (POC) Cruel April Reading Series, Juan Felipe Herrera will read newly commissioned work featured in POC’s Corresponding Voices publication. 



Utility Debt Relief Public Open House

Friday, April 5. 12 – 2 PM – 716 Hawley Ave, Syracuse, NY 13224

Event by NYS Senator Rachel May


Tired of high energy costs? We’ve got you covered! Discover various debt relief options and programs designed to slash your energy bills. Hands-on assistance with your applications completely free of charge. Discover potential debt relief options and connect with programs aimed at slashing your energy bills. Don’t forget to bring along:

  • Your recent utility bill

  • A valid form of identification

  • A copy of your benefits award letter from HEAP, SNAP, SSI, or other

  • public assistance programs (if applicable)

  • Proof of income if you haven’t applied for HEAP or SNAP yet


Info Here


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


Homeowner? Renter? You are invited!

Saturday, April 6th – 11 AM – 12:30 PM

FAHNN Indoor Winter Market in the Valley Plaza 

4141 S Salina St, Syracuse NY  (between Dollar General & CitiTrends)

We are discussing available energy assistance and home improvement programs and we want your input!

Enjoy snacks, learn about available programs, and give us insight into what barriers you face in getting your home more energy efficient.


Press Work as a Tool For Liberation

April 11 and 17; 5-7 PM

Syracuse Peace Council | 2013 E Genesee St, Syracuse

Join the Syracuse Peace Council for a two-part workshop- empower yourself and your group to create press campaigns for your issue of interest, engage in ethical and accurate information sourcing, and learn about the news industry and the current state of reporting.


Both sessions will include facilitated exercises, toolkits to bring to your groups, and presentations from guest speakers. This is an opportunity to practice press work with other local movement builders and organizers.


More Details on Syracuse Peace Council


Human Trafficking in CNY: Fostering Awareness & Understanding.

Focus Greater Syracuse – April Focus Forum. Online Zoom

April 19, 2024; 2:05-1:00 PM


 This virtual event brings together two experts who are passionate about increasing awareness, detecting possible victims, and providing services to those in need. A moderated Q&A session will follow the panelist introductions. Register today to join us for this free, virtual FOCUS Forum and to submit your questions for the patients.


Elisa Morales, Executive Director, Spanish Action League of Onondaga County 

Erin Bates, Deputy Director of Operations, McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center



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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