CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: April 9 – April 16, 2024

Community Newsletter & Events

April 9, 2024 – April 16, 2024

From CNY Solidarity Coalition

Upcoming Meetings: 

  • Sunday, April 21. (Tentative) 3 Pm On Zoom. Topic TBA


  • Sunday, May 5, 3 PM In Person

Bishop Harrison Center Community Room

Mark your Calendars for this special meeting!

Join us for a conversation about our priorities for the coming year! 

We will discuss how we can be effective on issues like:

  •  NY 24 Congressional race

  • Israel’s war on Gaza

  • The Climate crisis

  • Local issues: Micron, 81, Lead, Housing, …

  • Collaboration with allies

All are welcome! If you haven’t come in a while (0r ever), please show up and join this conversation to refocus our work on the topics of most urgent importance to all of us. 


Action Alerts

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

Dozens shout in anger at Syracuse lawmakers after vote against Gaza ceasefire resolution

The effort to bring a resolution to the council was spearheaded by the Cuse Ceasefire Coalition, which secured more than 1,100 signatures on an online petition. The lone councilor who supported the resolution, Chol Majok, was the person who introduced and crafted it.


Read it on MSN


ESG Funds Under Attack: Why Republicans Are Targeting Socially Responsible Investing

Republicans are on a “crusade” against responsible investing, says Andrew Behar, CEO of the nonprofit group As You Sow that promotes corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy. His group was subpoenaed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee…

Read it on DemocracyNow


Voices: “Why I Voted That Way at Session” by Onondaga County Legislator, Maurice Brown

Before the session, during public comment, it was brought to our attention that we had passed over Judy Jerome, a career Librarian, for an appointment to the County Library’s Board of Trustees. Ms. Jerome and her supporters spoke about how she had a Fulbright fellowship and was president of the New York Library Association. I thank them for coming out and giving testimony because, as the legislature, we only see the candidates whom the executive chooses. Instead of appointing Ms. Jerome, during the session, we were asked to confirm the appointments of Sam Edelstein, Mary Bilbo Coughlin, Esteban M. Gonzalez, Svetlana Dyer, and Desaree Dixie.


Read on



Why Is Hope So Powerful?

US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy interviews one of our best thinkers, Rebecca Solnit

 …she has authored more than 20 books on a wide range of topics: feminism, Western and urban history, social change, hope and catastrophe. Her books include Hope in the Dark and A Paradise Built in Hell. She writes regularly for The Guardian. Serves on the board of the climate group Oil Change International and recently launched the climate project Not Too Late. Here’s one thing I’m taking away from this conversation: If you’re uncertain about the future rather than despair through a sense of powerlessness, our discussion is a reminder that there’s room to act. 


Read or Listen on HHS


ICYMI: Syracuse police watchdog seeks more authority, including easier body camera video access

The board, which has 11 seats filled by city residents, is urging the Syracuse Common Council and Mayor Ben Walsh’s administration to update the local law that governs what the watchdog agency does.


That law has not been revised since 2011, a time when police body cameras were not on anyone’s radar. The CRB currently receives body camera footage from the police department for the cases it reviews, but the process to get it can take extra time and relies on the department to determine what’s relevant.


Another issue that a revision to the law could address is how much information the police chief provides the CRB about how their recommendations were handled.


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Event Calendar

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.


  • 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


How the Weaving of Knowledges Can Result in Revitalization and Healing

Thursday, April 11, 3;45 – 4:45 at  SUNY ESF, Illick 5. on 

How can connecting knowledges, cultures, climate change, and fire result in revitalization and healing?

Nisogaabokie Melonee Montano will present a brief overview of the importance of and approach taken to weaving together Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Western Science for Climate Change focused work at Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC). Melonee will also share how this work was used to guide a similar approach with fire research on cultural lands of the Ojibwe people, and the unexpected outcomes.

Spnsored by the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment in partnership with WiSE 

Questions? Write to



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


Eyewitness Gaza: A Surgeon’s Perspective on the Medical and Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

April 11th at 7pm

ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13203

Light refreshments will be served


Dr. Mohamed Elfar will share personal images and the story of his time treating wounded Palestinians in Gaza. Dr. Elfar is a fellowship-trained and board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He completed his surgical residency and became a general surgeon in Egypt prior to relocating to the US.



Twentieth Annual Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century

April 12, 2024 – 8am – 2pm

Gateway Building, Suny ESF Syracuse


Bringing Together Corporate, Labor, Environmentalists & Government 

Working Together Toward A Renewable Energy Future 

More Information & Registration:



Islamophobia, the War on Terror, and the Rhetoric of State Violence

Friday, April 12, 3:30 – 6 PM

Syracuse University campus, in the I-3 Center in Newhouse 3

Come participate in a lecture and conversation with scholar and activist Maha Hilal, who will be leading us in discussion on “Islamophobia, the War on Terror, and the Rhetoric of State Violence.” 

 There will be plenty of time to mingle, connect with community, and stay fueled!

Hosted by the South Asian Critical Feminists Working Group, funded by the CNY Humanities Corridor.

Register Here


Earth Emergency! Climate Change Film Series & Discussion

Sunday, April 14: 3:00 – 5:30 pm –  304 E. Genesee St. Fayetteville

This revealing film examines how human activity is setting off dangerous warming loops that are pushing the climate to a point of no return – and what we need to do to stop them. With captivating illustrations, stunning footage and interviews with leading climate scientists as well as support from Greta Thunberg, “Earth Emergency” adds the missing piece of the climate puzzle. If you care about the next generation you want to see these films! Refreshments provided. Max.  audience 30 people. Pre Registration is required.  Any questions contact: or call 315–476-3396.




SPC’s Annual WAR TAX Resistance Day Event

Monday, April 15, 4 PM

Syracuse Peace Council, 2013 E. Genesee St., 2nd Floor, Syracuse, NY 13210

 We pay for death and destruction around the world with our taxes. April 15 is an opportunity to get together and let our opinion about taxes be known in Syracuse. The plan is to meet at the SPC office at 4 pm and then depending on numbers of people either stand on East Genesee in front of the office or head to a busier intersection. 


See the New War Tax Resistance page Here




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



Financial Literacy: Scams and Fraud

Monday, April 22, 11 AM – 12 PM

Soule Branch Library – Onondaga County Public Libraries 101 Springfield Rd, Syr., NY, 13214


Join us for an educational presentation by Kenda Carfagno, Financial Wellness Officer at Visions Federal Credit Union, about how to identify common scams and fraud and what you can do to avoid becoming a victim. Particularly useful for senior citizens and other populations vulnerable to scams, the presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. Registration is encouraged; see the link below or see a staff member for assistance.

Register here



Holly Near in Concert

Tuesday, April 30 @ 7pm, Plymouth Church, 232 E. Onondaga St., Syracuse 123202

Part of the proceeds benefits the Syracuse Community Choir.

Tickets online 

More info: Community Choir website


2024 New York Cooperative Summit

Sat. May 4, 2024 – 8 AM  – 6 PM – South Side Innovation Center – Syracuse, NY


In a world where the gig economy, automation, and shifting workforce dynamics are reshaping the landscape of employment, the quest for stable, empowering, and fulfilling work is more pronounced than ever. Amidst these changes, cooperatives emerge not just as an alternative but as a visionary path forward, redefining what work can and should look like. 




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 or Ed: (315) 478 4571.      


Across from the main gate of Hancock AFB, home of the 174th Attack Wing of the NYS National Guard  training Reaper drone operators. 6000 East Molloy Road.


EVERY FRIDAY…4 to 4:45 p.m. (“CEASE FIRE NOW”, etc./ Palestine solidarity)

A handful of us disperse along the sidewalk with our signs at the very busy intersection of Erie Blvd East and East Genesee St. (across from the DeWitt fire station; park in the nearby mini mall lot.)


EVERY  SATURDAY…9 to 9:45 a.m. 

(range of issues: racism, Palestine solidarity  anti-war, anti-war, etc.)

Across from the Syracuse Regional Market, 2100 Park  St. at the 81N Liverpool/Park St. exit. Park in the Market lot on the north side of Park. You can use one of our signs or bring your own.




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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