CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: April 30 – May 7, 2024

Community Newsletter & Events

April 30, 2024 – May 7, 2024

From CNY Solidarity Coalition
Sunday’s Meeting: Save Democracy. Defeat MAGA.

Sunday, May 5th at 3pm 
Bishop Harrison Center Community Room, 1342 Lancaster Ave., Syracuse 13210

(In person only)

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. 


The CNY Solidarity Coalition is now in its 8th year of existence. Over the last seven years, we have advocated and worked for policies and candidates at every level of local, state and federal government that promoted the progressive values that the Coalition was built on. We have supported the rights of immigrants, African-Americans, LBGTQIA and other underserved and disadvantaged communities. We have participated in successful campaigns to ban fracking and codify the elimination of green house gas-producing fossil fuels in New York State. We have supported campaigns against war and have supported through active participation and/or financial contributions in organizations such as the Syracuse Peace Council, Urban Jobs Task Force, Greening USA, NYCLU, NAN and others.

The CNY Solidarity Coalition is at the most critical time in our existence since 2017, where the stakes for our community and country could not be higher. We have a Congressperson in the 22nd Congressional District who is, by any measure, worse than John Katko.  A county legislature that is almost totally unresponsive to the needs of a significant sector of our CNY community that is dealing with the horrors of lead poisoning. The immanent construction of a giant manufacturing plant that has the potential to permanently contaminate our environment with toxic chemicals, while creating thousands of jobs that our community sorely needs. We need to hold Micron accountable for its environmental impact and  have a say in how the huge amount of money that is being targeted for community benefits gets allocated. Immigrant rights issues are still on the table. The war in Gaza is killing tens of thousands of innocent people. 


The Coordinating Committee alone cannot make all the critical decisions about the Coalition’s priorities going forward. We need to hear from you, the members of the CNY Solidarity Coalition, about where we should be focusing our energies, how to implement our priorities,  how to increase our effectiveness, how to grow our membership. 


This will be your opportunity to make your voices heard and re-energize this great organization that we created over the last seven years. 


Action Alerts

Tell The Mayor: Strengthen The CRB

The Council’s 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 on WAER  |  More Info on


Encampment for a Free Palestine at Syracuse University

“The encampment for a free Palestine at Syracuse University has begun on the Shaw Quadrangle!

Please join us and help us take space if you can, whenever you can – we could especially use more people willing to sleep overnight with us. 

We could also use more tents, sleeping bags, water, snacks, and flashlights.  

There is a police presence, so please be aware that if you don’t want to risk arrest you may be asked to move from the grass to the sidewalk. There is safety in numbers, so we hope you can join us and help keep us safe.


Syracuse University students raise encampment in solidarity with Palestinians during ongoing war in Gaza

The students have demanded the university call for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and Israel and that it end any relationships with companies like Lockheed Martin and Boeing.

Read the article on Central Current, with the students’ demands


NYHEAT ACT Update: Take Action Now!


Although the legislation passed in the state Senate more than once – including earlier this year – and both the governor and Assembly included part of the bill in their respective budget proposals, the NY HEAT Act was ultimately not part of the final spending plan, much to the chagrin of climate activists. The bill would remove a subsidy for gas companies to install a new hookup within 100 feet of an existing one, which advocates say would save the state $200 million a year. It would also cap utility payments for low-income New Yorkers at 6% of their income. …Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Helene Weinstein said the issue was too complex for the budget. The legislation does have fiscal implications, but it remains possible for lawmakers to address it post-budget, though it has stalled in the Assembly in the past.  – From  “The biggest issues left out of the state budget”  READ HERE on City and State NY

  1. Call your NYS Assemblymember
    Bill Magnarelli: 518-455-4826
    Pam Hunter: 518-455-5383
    Al Stirpe: 518-455-4505

  2. Call Governor Hochul at 518-474-8390

Suggested call script (feel free to personalize it):

“Hi, my name is [NAME], and I’m calling from [LOCATION IN NY] to ask [LEGISLATOR] to prioritize passing the full NY HEAT Act (bill number A4592B) this year. We need the NY HEAT Act to fight climate change, transition us to cleaner, healthier heating systems, and lower our utility bills.

Right now, utilities are raising our bills to build billions of dollars in new fossil fuel infrastructure that we and our planet can’t afford. Please pass the NY HEAT Act this year so we can build renewable heat instead and meet our climate targets in time to save the planet. Thank you.” 


Articles of the Week

Amnesty International: Global Breakdown of Int’l Law Amid Flagrant War Crimes in Gaza & Beyond

The report highlights Israel’s assault on Gaza with evidence of war crimes continuing to mount, as well as U.S. failures to denounce rights violations committed by Israel. It also points to Russia’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine, and the rise of authoritarianism and massive rights violations in Sudan, Ethiopia and Myanmar.


Read it on DemocracyNow!



Sanders Pushes Amendment to ‘Cut Billions in Offensive Military Funding to Israel’

“I am very disappointed, but not surprised, that my amendment to end offensive military aid to Netanyahu’s war machine—which has killed and wounded over 100,000 Palestinians, two-thirds of whom are women and children—will not be considered,” Sanders said in a statement. “Polls show that a majority of Americans, and a very strong majority of Democrats, want to end U.S. taxpayer support for Netanyahu’s war against the Palestinian people. It is a dark day for democracy when the Senate will not even allow a vote on that issue.”

Read it on CommonDreams


Solar Is Now Being Installed Faster Than Any Technology In History

In 2023, solar PV and wind comprised about 80% of global generation capacity additions (and 99% in Australia). This is compelling market-based evidence that solar PV and wind are the best options for new generation capacity. 

…At current growth rates (20% per annum), solar will pass fossil gas in 2024 and coal in 2025. Current growth rates also suggest that solar will approach 9 TW in 2031, when there will be more solar generation capacity than everything else combined. 

Global nuclear capacity and annual nuclear generation have been static for the past dozen years. Nuclear failed in the global energy marketplace.

Read it on RenewEconomy (Australia)


The Modern American University Is A Right-Wing Institution

The right’s dominance of academia and its reign over universities is destroying higher education, and the only way to save the American university is for students and professors to take back control of campuses.

Read it on TeenVogue


Amnesty International: Global Breakdown of Int’l Law Amid Flagrant War Crimes in Gaza & Beyond

The report highlights Israel’s assault on Gaza with evidence of war crimes continuing to mount, as well as U.S. failures to denounce rights violations committed by Israel. It also points to Russia’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine, and the rise of authoritarianism and massive rights violations in Sudan, Ethiopia and Myanmar.


Read it on DemocracyNow!



Event Calendar

 Open House to Collect Public Feedback

Tuesday, April 30 5:30 to 7 p.m. Syracuse Northeast Community Center, 716 Hawley Ave

See the article: “Syracuse mayor makes ‘difficult and disruptive’ choice to bolster housing in 2 neighborhoods”

Read it Here


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.


Tell The Mayor: Strengthen The CRB

Wednesday, May 1 @ 10:30 A.M.

City Hall, Mayor’s Conference Room

233 East Washington St., Syracuse, Ny 13203

The Syracuse Common Council recently voted to undermine the independence of the Citizen Review Board (CRB), without community input. Join us on May 1 at the public hearing to urge the Mayor to veto this harmful bill and to demand that the City work with the CRB and community members on identifying solutions that will support the success of the CRB.



Micron Development: Problems And Solutions

Community Meeting

Wednesday May 1st 6-8pm

IUE-CWA Local 320 Union Hall, 602 Old Liverpool Road

Dinner Will Be Provided.

Micron is coming to CNY and will be getting billions of federal, state, and county tax dollars.

What will the community get?

Join us for a community conversation to discuss Micron’s planned development in Clay and ways we can ensure that this historic investment benefits workers and the community.


Please RSVP By 4/30:


Osamah F. Khalil, Book Launch – A World of Enemies: America’s Wars at Home and Abroad from Kennedy to Biden

May 1, 2024 – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

ArtRage Gallery, 505 Burnet Ave.


Hosted by the Beyond War and Militarism Committee of the Syracuse Peace Council and the CNY Solidarity Coalition.

Osamah F. Khalil is Associate Professor of History at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. His new book, A World of Enemies: America’s Wars at Home and Abroad from Kennedy to Biden is a sobering account of how the United States trapped itself in endless wars—abroad and at home—and what it might do to break free.


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


Save the Dates

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:


Stop the Slumlords: Safe Housing for All

Saturday, May 11th, 1:00pm, starting and ending in Clinton Square

We the people of Syracuse have had ENOUGH of the horrific housing conditions plaguing our city and surrounding areas. Between persistent lead poisoning of our children, dangerous living conditions, a broken code enforcement department, and representatives who fail to implement a tenant-informed solution to the housing crisis, there are a lot of issues we are mobilizing to change. We need everyone — all ally organizations and concerned community members — to join us at this rally for safe housing! Let’s show our representatives that we have the numbers and we demand action. Reach out to Syracuse Tenants Union with any questions or requests at

Register here:


Christian Nationalism – Why It’s Dangerous for Democracy and the Gospel

Wednesday May 15, 2024, from 6-8 PM

Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church. 5299 Jamesville Rd., Dewitt NY 13214

Christian Nationalism has been all over the news lately, but many people don’t know what it means or why it matters.  This presentation will introduce what Christian Nationalism is, how it works and why it poses a danger to democracy and to Christianity itself. 

Dr. Greg Carey, Professor of New Testament at Lancaster Theological Seminary since 1999.  His most recent books are “Death, the End of History and Beyond:  Eschatology in the Bible” and “Using Our Outside Voice: Public Biblical Interpretation.”

Presented by the Interfaith Racial Equity Network in CNY, open to the public at no cost



Greening USA’s 2oth Annual Meeting: Coalition Building for Sustainable Communities

Friday, May 17, 9-11 AM. Continental Breakfast  8:30 AM

CNY Community Foundation – Central NY Philanthropy Center Ballroom
431 East Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 Or on Zoom. FREE and open to the public!

A highlight of our work has been to foster communication and coalition building amongst like-minded organizations in CNY in order to rise to the sustainability challenges that the Micron  project presents. 

The meeting will also include presentation of our “Sustaining Our Community” 2023 awards to those demonstrating leadership and commitment to sustainability embodied in GreeningUSA’s 12 Traits of Sustainable Communities.
Please consider a Donation to cover our costs. Visit, or mail a check to GreeningUSA, P.O. Box 463, Syracuse, NY 13201, or drop-off your donation at the event.
Contact us at for more information.

To Attend In Person:  Register Here  

To Attend on Zoom: Register by May 16 Here

Facebook Event



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 – Assemblyman Magnarelli

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

Click the link to sign up



May FOCUS Forum: Onondaga County Legislators

Friday, May 31, 12:05 pm to 1:00 pm. On Zoom. 


We have invited the six newly elected members of the Onondaga County Legislature to join us. Panelists will introduce themselves and explain why they chose to run for office and what their top priorities are. A moderated Q&A session will follow the panelist introductions. This is your chance to engage with these distinguished public servants and ask all the burning questions you may have. We will also be taking questions submitted during registration. We can’t wait to hear from you! 


Register Herefree and open to everyone.



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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