CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: April 16 – April 23, 2024

Community Newsletter & Events

April 16, 2024 – April 23, 2024

Defeat MAGA. Save Democracy.

From CNY Solidarity Coalition
Upcoming Meetings:

  • Election 2024: Save Democracy. Defeat MAGA

This Sunday, April 21st 3pm On Zoom.
Sarah Reeske of Indivisible NY, Speaker
Please join us on Zoom for a presentation and discussion on how we can work with our local and State Indivisibles to ensure that democracy survives this crucial election.
Watch for Thursday’s email for the agenda and Zoom Link 

  • Sunday, May 5th 3pm 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 22 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 (or 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

URGENT: Act today! Cleaner Heat, Lower Bills: Help Pass the NY HEAT Act!

All New Yorkers deserve safe, healthy, affordable heating and cooling, but the powerful gas utilities like National Grid and National Fuel want cash-strapped New Yorkers to keep paying to expand the dirty fracked gas system that is polluting our air and burning our planet.

The NY HEAT Act is a popular bill in play in this year’s budget that would halt ratepayer subsidies for the expansion of dirty gas allowing us to begin to transition to cleaner forms of heating while limiting utility bills to 6% of household income, saving families and seniors an average of $136/month on their utility bills.
The fossil fuel lobbyists are working overtime to defeat the NY HEAT Act, so your representatives need to hear from you! Tell your reps: “Pass the NY HEAT Act in the budget. New Yorkers deserve cleaner heat and lower bills.”


Go to our email tool, and click the email symbol in the upper right of the teal box. Then follow the quick steps to contact your rep.


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Articles of the Week

Thomas M. Keck, Michael O. Sawyer Chair of Constitutional Law & Politics, wins Guggenheim Fellowship

(New York, NY–April 11, 2024) — The Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced today their appointment of 188 Guggenheim Fellowships to a distinguished and diverse group of culture-creators working across 52 disciplines. Chosen through a rigorous application and peer review process from a pool of almost 3,000 applicants, the Class of 2024 Guggenheim Fellows was tapped on the basis of prior career achievement and exceptional promise. As established in 1925 by founder Senator Simon Guggenheim, each fellow receives a monetary stipend to pursue independent work at the highest level under “the freest possible conditions.”


To see the full list of new Fellows, please visit


NY Budget: Invest in Our New York Campaign’s response to Governor Kathy Hochul’s announced “parameters of a conceptual framework”

“The Governor’s commitment to protecting the pockets of the ultra-rich over those of working-class New Yorkers will further entrench the income inequality gap in our state.  The Governor’s claim that ‘tough decisions must be made’ is cruel political posturing to disguise a budget that is balanced on the backs of working-class people. These claims are especially egregious when we are leaving billions of dollars on the negotiating table. 


There was an opportunity this year to raise taxes on multimillionaires, billionaires, and highly profitable corporations, which would have resulted in billions of new, recurring public dollars. Governor Hochul had an opportunity to demonstrate real leadership but instead governed at the whims of her rich billionaire donors. Again.”


Syracuse Common Council rejects ceasefire resolution; advocates vow action

The resolution failed by a 7-1 vote. Councilor Chol Majok said the resolution at one time had support from five councilors.


Read it on Central Current


The 401(k) Industry Owns Congress’: How Lawmakers Quietly Passed a $300 Billion Windfall to the Wealthy

A long and detailed article about how lobbyists and business organizations have skewed retirement accounts legislation for the benefit of the financial services corporations and the very wealthy. 


Greased by lobbying and campaign cash, tax breaks for retirement savings are one thing Congress agrees on. But they also blow out the deficit and add to income inequality.


Read the article on Portside


For the First Time, EPA Limits 6 Pervasive “Forever Chemicals” in Drinking Water

The agency estimates that its new rules will prevent tens of thousands of serious illnesses, especially cancers. The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday announced the nation’s first drinking water standards for six types of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS. These long-lasting synthetic chemicals don’t break down naturally in the environment and have been linked to cancer, heart and liver problems, developmental damage, and other health issues.




Please Read: This is, astonishingly, the Republicans’ platform:
Project 2025 Threatens Not Only Workers’ Livelihoods, But Also Their Very Lives

The right-wing plan aims to gut everything from anti-discrimination protections to child labor standards.

Read the Article


Violent crime is dropping fast in the U.S. — even if Americans don’t believe it

“The national picture shows that murder is falling. We have data from over 200 cities showing a 12.2% decline … in 2023 relative to 2022,” Asher said, citing his own analysis of public data. He found instances of rape, robbery and aggravated assault were all down too.

Read the article on

Event Calendar

Birdhouses for Fair Housing

Wednesday, April 17th at 5:30pm – 8:00pm 

SKY Armory, 351 S Clinton St, Syracuse

CNY Fair Housing’s Birdhouses for Fair Housing is BACK for its 9th year. Come join us for a silent and live auction of birdhouses and more from vendors and businesses in our local community to aid in our work to promote housing opportunity in our 14 county footprint.

Advance Tickets are $30 | Tickets at the door are $40


More Information at


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

Register Here


An Evening with John Dear

Thursday, April 18th at 7PM at St. Lucy’s Church, 432 Gifford St. in Syracuse.  

He will be discussing his new book “The Gospel of Peace.”  John Dear is a peace activist who’s been arrested more than 75 times for non-violent civil disobedience.  He has been nominated several times for the Nobel Peace Prize including by Bishop Desmond Tutu in 2008.  This event is free

Sponsored by St. Lucy’s Church, All Saints Church, and the Nuclear Free World Committee of the Syracuse Peace Council.


Taking Stock of the Movement: How & Why We Support Palestinian Liberation

Thursday, April 18th at 7PM.

ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave Syracuse, NY 13203

Whether you’ve joined every demonstration for Palestinian liberation or been to one, you’ve been part of Syracuse’s movement to Free Palestine and the larger anti-imperialist movement in the heart of the U.S. Empire. Let’s come together to take stock of and celebrate the work of organizations and individuals leading the charge since October 2023 and discuss strategy for the future. Author Richard Becker will discuss the new edition of Palestine, Israel, and the U.S. Empire to provide global political analysis, and activists Dana Olwan and Karan Buntval will lead us in thinking about the conditions of the movement in Syracuse.

Here is a link to the event on Facebook!


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



Syracuse Grows – Community Volunteer Day

Saturday, April 20th 

Multiple Times & Locations

Please join Onondaga Earth Corps, Urban Delights Community Learning Farm, Jubilee Homes, and Syracuse Grows for a community volunteer day! Community gardens and urban farms throughout Syracuse will be hosting work days and are in need of volunteer help to ready gardens for the upcoming growing season. Please be sure to dress for the weather as this event is rain, snow or shine! 


More Information & Sign Up Here


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


Save the Dates

Press Work as a Tool For Liberation: Part 2 of a 2 Part Series

April 24, 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.

Still a few seats open for Session 2 – Register Here


Passover Shabbat for Justice in Palestine

Friday, April 26, 6-7:30 pm

Jamesville Beach Pavilion (near the beach)

Join members of Jewish Voice for Peace Syracuse to share in our Passover Celebration of Liberation. Passover celebrates the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt and offers an opportunity to emphasize that as civil rights organizer Fannie Lou Hamer taught “None of us are free until all of us are free.”

As the US government continues to fund and arm the ongoing Israeli genocide against the people of Gaza we cannot celebrate freedom for Jewish people alone. We will share some of the key rituals and foods of Passover, including songs and prayers, to express our commitment to justice for Palestine and all people denied their freedom.


A light dinner will be included. Please RSVP to by April 23

The event is organized by JVP Syracuse.


James Baldwin in “I Heard it Through the Grapevine”: 
A Centennial Celebration

Saturday, April 27, 2024, 5:00 PM Manlius Cinema

Sunday, April 28, 2024, 5:00 PM Manlius Cinema

Special $10 Event Price 4/27 & 4/28

James Baldwin retraces his time in the South during the Civil Rights Movement, reflecting with his trademark brilliance and insight on the passage of more than two decades. From Selma and Birmingham, and Atlanta, to the battleground beaches of St. Augustine, Florida, with Chinua Achebe, and back north for a visit to Newark with Amiri Baraka, Baldwin lays bare the fiction of progress in post-Civil Rights America-wondering “what happened to the children” and those “who did not die, but whose lives were smashed on Freedom Road.”—Ulf Kjell Gür


Info Here


Kiss the Ground: Environmental Movie Night & Discussion

Saturday, April 27th at 7:00pm – 8:30 pm

Syracuse Center for Peace and Social Justice, 2013 E Genesee St, Syracuse

This Earth Week, the Syracuse Center for Peace and Social Justice and friends will be screening an environmental themed movie called Kiss the Ground, and selling merchandise from the Syracuse Cultural Workers as a fundraiser for the Center.

After the movie, we’ll have a panel discussion on how you can help fight for climate action and go green in your own home!

Sponsored by The Center, AGREE, Workers’ Center, CNY Solidarity Coalition.

FB event page:

Doors open at 6:45 with refreshments and snacks.$10 donation suggested.

Masking optional. Accessible building.

RSVP required RSVP on Action Network



Holly Near in Concert

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

Legendary folk singer Holly Near performs uplifting songs for justice and peace. . Tickets (suggested $25 in-person, $15 livestream) available at Questions: / 315.428.8151


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. 



Earth Fest 2024

Sat. May 4, 2024 – 10 AM  – 3 PM – Canal Landing Park in Fayetteville

Join us for a day of green fun. featuring an EV car show, live music, food trucks, activities for children, and more! Registration now open for EV owners, sponsors, nonprofits, businesses, and volunteers. Let’s celebrate our planet and drive change together! Secure your spot today


Event Info 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 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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