CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: April 23 – April 30, 2024

Community Newsletter & Events

April 23, 2024 – April 30, 2024

From CNY Solidarity Coalition
Upcoming Meetings: Save Democracy. Defeat MAGA.

Sunday, May 5th at 3pm 
Bishop Harrison Center Community Room

Join us for a conversation about our priorities! This is a call for the CNY Solidarity Coalition to re-mobilize and refocus our actions on the grave threats that confront our country and community today. 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.


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

We had a great meeting on Sunday. We learned about changes the Syracuse Common Council wants make to the Citizen Review Board. See Articles of the Week for more info and actions to take.


We heard from Sarah Reeske from Indivisible NY about how we can make political activism bite sized, local and fun! We learn about Indivisible’s Neighbor2Neighbor campaign where you can help by talking to just 10 neighbors about voting this year, how to plan Power Together events and use resources Indivisible provides local groups to organize for change. Sign up for Neighbor2Neighbor at

Action Alerts

Remember to regularly use our Contact Your Representatives page to find and reach out to your legislators: federal, state, and local!


The NY Community Engagement Committee


When Micron applied for and received funding under the NY Green Chips Act, one of its provisions was that Micron committed $500 million dollars for a Community Investment Fund. A Community Engagement Committee (CEC) was formed by Governor Hochul to identify community priorities and create a framework for directing community investments in areas such as:

·       K-12 Education

·       Workforce development

·       Job placement

·       Minority, Women, Veteran owned business owned enterprise (MWBVE), other priority small businesses

·       Community assets (community centers, after school centers, recreation, etc)

·       Housing

·       Healthcare

·       Childcare

·       Transportation and infrastructure


The Committee is made up of local stakeholders to ensure meaningful, ground-up participation and discussion of Micron’s implementation and investments in the region and also includes five ex-officio members. The formation of this group is a critical component of the Community Investment Framework agreement made between New York State and Micron in October 2022. The website for the Community Engagement Committee is In addition to a list of committee members, the website includes a link to sign up for updates, a link for events (none yet), and a link to an extensive survey covering the list of priorities above. This survey is designed to elicit feedback from the community on priorities. It is comprehensive and highly detailed, which says that the Committee is taking the survey seriously. This is an opportunity for the progressive Central New York community to make its voice heard. Go to the website, check out the Community Engagement Committee and TAKE THE SURVEY!



Central Current is hiring! 

We are looking for a motivated and curious journalist with a passion for digging into systems and reporting on tough issues. Central Current is Central New York’s nonprofit, independent news source. We provide a diverse selection of coverage spanning politics, criminal justice, arts, and culture reporting at no cost to our readers.


More Info Here


Open Call for Public Candidates to Serve on the International Joint Commission’s Expert Advisory Boards Working on Great Lakes Water Quality

The International Joint Commission (IJC), an independent international organization, seeks talented and dedicated individuals to help it develop advice to the governments of Canada and the United States regarding implementation of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement of 1978, as amended. The IJC is accepting self-nominations to fill public positions for three boards: the Great Lakes Water Quality Board, the Great Lakes Science Advisory Board, and the Health Professionals Advisory Board. Through this open call for nominations, the IJC seeks to establish a pool of potential candidates to serve as members of the boards. 


More Info Here


Articles of the Week

Syracuse Common Council votes to take greater control of police watchdog

The Syracuse Common Council voted 5 to 4 Monday to take significant control of the city board that is charged with investigating complaints against the city’s police department. 


The proposed changes do NOT address the issues with the CRB. See More Info, below.


ACTION ALERT: The mayor is reviewing the legislation and will make a determination following a required public hearing to be held May 1. Email the Mayor your comments at


Also – the Council may try to override if the Mayor vetoes it.  Email the Councilors to encourage them not to override. See the article for their votes, and see the link to our website for  in-depth questions about the real issues with the CRB. 


Read on (article by   |  More Info on


Your One-Stop Guide to the 2024 New York State Budget

A version of good cause eviction and new hate crimes are in; wealth tax and education cuts are out. Here’s where things landed in this year’s budget.


Read on New York Focus


Report By Cities 2 Chair Senator Rachel May Sheds Light On Poverty In New York’s Upstate Cities

As the chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Cities 2, Senator May conducted a hearing in early December 2023, during which several stakeholders, whose insights formed the basis of this report, shared their views on poverty and ways to tackle it. The report summarizes the findings of the hearing and proposes policy recommendations to improve the situation.


Article and Report


Micron would bring a new era of manufacturing to Central NY – and fears of new pollution

 As Micron promises to build a semiconductor manufacturing complex in Clay and revive the region’s role as a manufacturing center, activists say they’re worried most about the semiconductor industry’s widespread use of what are known as “forever chemicals,” so named because they don’t break down in the environment or the human body.

Read on (article by



Zoom With Czarny: Syracuse City Auditor Alexander Marion

This week’s Zoom with Czarny I interview Syracuse City Auditor Alexander Marion about his first 100 days in office. We talk about his vision to use his position to better the City of Syracuse and change how people think of the City Auditor. It is a day late so we could get some NYS budget news for elections as well. Enjoy.


Listen Here


Biden to close ‘gun-show loophole’ and expand background checks for firearms

The so-called gun show loophole has for years allowed unlicensed gun dealers to sell firearms without background checks at gun shows, on the internet and out of their homes. The new rule, the most sweeping expansion of firearms background checks in decades, will apply to more than 20,000 individuals engaged in unlicensed gun dealing and affect “tens and tens of thousands of gun sales” each year, an administration official told reporters during a call previewing the announcement.




Event Calendar

Walk to End Racism

Tuesday, April 23rd at 12:25pm

YWCA Main Office Building, 401 Douglas St, Syracuse

Join YWCA of Syracuse & Onondaga County on our Walk to End Racism next Tuesday, April 23rd at 12:25 p.m. Check-in at the YWCA Main Office Building (401 Douglas Street) before we make our way to City Hall (233 E. Washington Street). By coming together to address, understand, and implement solutions, we can create positive change in Central New York.


For more information, visit


What The World’s Silence Says: A Reading with Gazan poet Yahya Ashour

Tuesday, April 23th at 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Bird Library SU Campus

Women’s Gender Studies Dept. presents:  Poetry reading followed by conversation with Palestinian poet Yahya Ashour. Teacher, writer and poet born in Gaza, Ashour’s poems and award-winning stories have been anthologized and appeared in newspapers and magazines internationally.


Learn more


Breaking Free from the Ecocidal War Machine

Wednesday, April 24th at 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Marshal Auditorum, SUNY ESF, 1 Forestry Dr, Syracuse, NY 13210

meital is a former Israeli soldier and former Zionist. Sarah is a PhD Candidate at ESF and SU who formerly lived in Palestine. They will converse about the connections between earth justice and the liberation of those lands, waters, and peoples. In their book bloodlines meital writes “the war planes broke me to pieces and the desert plants stitched me back together. Sarah will recall some of her dramatic experiences navigating the divided city of Jerusalem, usually on bicycle.” Sponsored by 315 Studennts for Liberation at ESF RSVP here.


Earth Week at SUNY ESF 


Micron and the Shape of Growth: Housing, Water, Jobs

Wednesday, April 24th at 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Cicero Fire House | 8377 Brewerton Road Cicero, NY

State and local governments welcome large companies and compete for investment and promised jobs, economic windfall, and population growth they bring. Municipalities offer tax forgiveness, zoning exemption, property, additional infrastructure, and cultural amenities in hope of long-term benefit. Yet to reap those gains requires comprehensive long-term planning that is difficult for governments to frame and implement in the context of free-market capitalism. We trust that the private sector will meet housing demand without due consideration of potential unintended consequences, but unregulated development, unsustainable sprawl, environmental impact, stress on existing physical and social infrastructures, and the consequent demise of regional character are at stake.

How will municipalities plan for growth and shape their goals?  How should local and state governments support and coordinate their visions?  

 Audience questions will follow a panel discussion 


Learn More at


NYCLU Volunteer Convening Dinner

Wednesday, April 24th at 5:30pm

One Group 706 North Clinton St Syracuse

CNY NYCLU will be hosting a volunteer convening dinner on Wednesday April 24th. This dinner is free and open to the public. The volunteer convening is an opportunity to learn about the work we are doing in CNY such as the I-81 project, 50A, and the Equal Rights Amendment. The NYCLU is a non-profit organization that protects civil liberties and civil rights. The NYCLU advocates for all New Yorkers to have equal access to opportunities and the equal ability to participate in government decisions that affect them.


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

Wednesday, April 24th at 5:00pm to 7:00pm

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.

Register Here  for Part 2


Attend Unrepresentative Williams’ Town Hall

Thursday, April 25th, 6:30 pm 

VVS High School ( 5275 State Route 31, Verona)

Note from Indivisible Mohawk Valley: We’ve been to this rodeo. He screens the questions, doesn’t ever listen to the voice of a single one of his constituents, leaves without shaking a single hand. We have “won” the media at his previous town halls by showing up in good numbers with our red cards. We have to keep this pressure on.

To share rides, contact Judy Jerome:



Artist Talk with Sofia Luz Perez

Thursday, April 25th at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

ArtRage Gallery. 505 Hawley Avenue Syracuse

Sofía Luz Pérez is a Mexican American artist born in Austin, Texas in 1989, and raised in central New York.  Her exhibition, “My Shadow is My Teacher” is at ArtRage until May 18, 2024. 

More Info Here


Renewable Heat Now Power Hour

Thursday, April 25th at 7:00pm on Zoom

We came so close to winning the NY HEAT Act in this year’s budget, but Assembly leadership chose the fossil fuel industry over the people and the planet. We’re not giving up! Join us on Thursday, April 25th as we regroup and figure out what’s next for Renewable Heat Now.


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


Portrait Workshop with Sofía Luz Pérez and Cayetano Valenzuela

Sunday, April 28th AND Sunday May 5th  from 2-4pm

ArtRage Gallery. 505 Hawley Avenue Syracuse, NY 13203

In this workshop, Cayetano Valenzuela and Sofía Luz Pérez will share their own practices and processes in making a portrait/self-portrait and ask participants to create a portrait or self-portrait. The emphasis of the portrait should be on identity and cultural background/ancestry, but they encourage everyone to delve into any part of themselves or the person they are drawn to portraying.

This is a free workshop. We ask that you attend both sessions. Art supplies will be provided or bring your own.

Workshop #1
Week one will begin by detailing their approach to creating a portrait, which can include any research that needs to be done, any preliminary sketches and references, and then materials to be used. They will present their art to demonstrate their processes.

Workshop #2
In the second workshop (Sunday May 5th) , they will help guide everyone to use their materials and research to create their own portraits/self-portraits. Everyone is encouraged and welcomed to bring in materials to draw and/or collage. Materials can include colored pencil, pen, oil pastels, magazine cut-outs, any kind of paper/collage material that can be adhered to paper or canvas.


Please register 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



Save the Dates

 Study Break and Lunch with Mx. Yaffa

Tuesday April 30, 2024 12:00pm – 2:00pm  

315Students4Liberation invites you to Study Break and Lunch w/ Mx. Yaffa,  Mx. Yaffa is a queer, trans, displaced Palestinian writer and executive director of the Muslim Alliance for Sexuality and Gender Diversity (MASGD). Please RSVP here for food, accommodations, and more information about the event with Yaffa.


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


NY LTE Workshop – Immigration

Indivisible OneNYS – Letters to the Editor (LTE) Series

Tuesday, April 30th at 7-8pm.  

Come learn how to write a letter-to-the-editor about immigration. Guest speaker is Asher Ross from the New York Immigration Coalition.


Register here.


Educator Workshop: Exploring the art of Sofía Luz Pérez

Thursday, May 2nd at 4:30-6:30pm.

Join us to explore Sofía Luz Pérez’s: ‘My Shadow is my Teacher’. Leading the workshop will be Jessica Fundalinski, Doctoral Student at the Syracuse University School of Education. Participants will examine artwork in the gallery through thinking routines, consider how the artist has explored issues of identity and explore what we might do as educators to address such topics in our own curriculum.


Register HERE. Your $10 fee includes dinner from Thanos Import Market with your choice of sandwich.


League of Women Voters Annual Breakfast

Friday, May 3rd at 7:30am – 9:30am 

Collegian Hotel & Suites, 1060 E Genesee St, Syracuse

This is your opportunity to learn where your State Senators & Assembly representatives stand on the issues important to you.  Panelists include:

Senators:  Rachel May & John Mannion

Assembly Members: Pamela Hunter, John Lemondes, Will Barclay,

Bill Magnarelli & Al Stirpe

Moderator: Andrew Donovan of NewsChannel 9

Cost of the breakfast buffet is $30.00.


More Information on Facebook


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


Free Smoke Detectors Installation

Saturday, May 4th 9:00am – 3:00pm 

John Dunn Ice Rink, 121 W Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse

Smoke Alarms Save Lives! American Red Cross volunteers and partners will be installing FREE smoke alarms in Syracuse homes during a Sound the Alarm home fire safety event on Saturday, May 4. Volunteers will also share fire safety information. Request a FREE smoke alarm installation: 

While volunteers will focus on the Syracuse area on May 4, home visits in other local communities may be accommodated that day or will be scheduled for another date.


Learn More on


Craftivism to Pass the NY Equal Rights Amendment

Indivisible OneNYS – Letters to the Editor (LTE) Series – Virtual

Monday, May 6th at 12-pm

Ever thought about merging crafting with activism to make reaching your organizing goals more fun?  Kate Fairweather (Cayuga County) has a list of exciting craft projects that can be organized by Indivisible groups to educate people in the community about the NY Equal Rights ballot measure. Come learn about craftivism and why your Indivisible group should weave it into your organizing plans this year! 

Everyone attending will get guides on multiple craftivism projects to try out with their groups.

Register Here



NY LTE Workshop – NY Equal Rights Amendment

Indivisible OneNYS – Letters to the Editor (LTE) Series – Virtual

Wednesday, May 8th at 12-pm.  Come learn how to write a letter-to-the-editor about the NY Equal Rights ballot measure. Guest speaker is Nia Alvarez-Mapp, Organizing Director from the NYers for Equal Rights coalition.

Register here.



“Deciding Vote”: A Documentary Film

Wednesday May 8 – 5:30 Pm

First Unitarian Universalist Society Church – 109 Waring Road, Syracuse

The public is welcome. 20 Min film, Followed By Discussion & Light Refreshments

League Of Women Voters of Syracuse 

This film is about the one deciding vote in 1970 by Assemblyman George Michaels of Auburn that gave women the right to an abortion in New York State. “Deciding Vote” is a history of a woman’s rights over her reproductive health as well as a profile in political courage, since Assemblyman Michaels knew his vote would end his political career. Following the showing of the film, we will have a discussion with Sarah Michaels of Syracuse, the daughter-in-law of the late George Michaels, and the film producer, Rob Lyons, of Wheelhouse Creative.

Reserve your seat by May 2:


NY22 Primary Candidate Forum

Friday, May 17th at 6:00pm – 8:00pm 

Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central, 258 E Adams St, Syracuse

Come ask your questions & hear from the candidates running in the Congressional NY22 primary election on June 25, 2024. 


More Details on Facebook


Electronics Recycling Event

Sat., May 18th, 8:30am to 12pm at the Pink Lot at Destiny USA, enter from  Solar Street.  

Click the link to sign up



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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