CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: May 7 – May 14, 2023

Community Newsletter & Events

May 7, 2024 – May 14, 2024

NY22 Primary Candidate Forum

Join us on Friday, May 17th 6PM at ITC in Syracuse to ask your questions & hear from the candidates running in the Congressional NY22 primary election.


There are 3 ways to vote in the June primary election.
• Vote by Mail: Request your ballot at
• Early Voting: June 15 – June 23 visit for polling locations
Vote on June 25 Polls Open 6AM – 9PM Find your polling place at

Action Alerts

Micron: 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!



Support  the student  encampment at SU!


The students at the SU Encampment continue to request support from caring adults in the community to come and spend time with them.  On Sunday afternoon, a parent was arrested for verbally harassing them, knocking lots of food in their food tent onto the ground and then acting in a very intimidating manner. 

Another adult woman came and screamed and demeaned the group for over a half hour.  Some other students walked among the tents in a somewhat threatening way.  There have also been verbal threats of sexual assault.  And there’s a general air of uncertainty, knowing that many administrations across the country have called in the police to assault and arrest folks.

If you have some time in the next few days, please consider joining them – on the Quad in the SU campus.  If you go, check in at their Check in tent on the north end of the encampment (closer to the Sacco and Vanzetti mural).  Accompaniment is welcomed any time, but particularly at night.


Tell The Mayor and the Council: Strengthen The CRB


The Council’s proposed changes do NOT address the issues with the CRB. See More Info in the articles below and in the Articles of the Week section.

ACTION ALERT: The mayor is reviewing the legislation and will make a determination following a required public hearing that was 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. 

Common Council:
Find yourself on this map to identify your City Councilor –  

and At-Large councilors at



Read on Article on WAER  |  More Info on CNYSolidarity.or


Summer Internships at SPC

The Syracuse Peace Council is seeking interns who are enthusiastic and passionate about working to create a world of peace, freedom, equality, and social justice and who are motivated to take action to end military aggression, imperialism, and all forms of oppression. By interning at our office, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about important issues of the day as well as the basics of grassroots organizing from outreach to publicity to fundraising. 


Info Here


Articles of the Week

Statement from Syracuse chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace

As the Syracuse chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace, we actively work to identify and dismantle antisemitism, along with racism, white supremacy, Islamophobia, and other forms of oppression, whenever they appear.


Read it on Facebook Here



315 Students 4 Liberation Celebrates Review of College Investments

Student Calls Lead to Positive Response from ESF Administration

The SUNY ESF College Foundation has completed a review of its investment holdings and disclosed that it holds no direct investments in weapons manufacturers. The College Foundation Board of Trustees is also in the process of reviewing the College’s investment policy with the goal of creating guidelines for evaluating divestment requests. 

The College Foundation’s actions came in response to a request from students standing in solidarity with Palestine and take place in the midst of a nationwide student-led divestment movement.

SUNY ESF‘s positive response to calls for divestment comes in contrast to the repression and violence that universities are perpetrating against their students across the country. 

315students4liberation on Instagram




Syracuse Common Council should fix CRB, not undermine it

As one of the original drafters of the Citizen Review Board legislation and having been involved in the drafting of subsequent revisions, I am concerned that the action of the Syracuse Common Council is precipitous, ill-conceived, and is simply a knee-jerk reaction to the shortcomings of the CRB rather than a carefully studied and considered corrective action. 


Read 4 Letters on Syracuse .com


 Mayor should veto changes to Citizen Review Board

In reality, there are multiple causes, and the responsibility for them does not rest only on the CRB administrator or CRB board chair.Some occurred because of action or inaction by city officials, including the council.

Read it on Syracuse Newspapers




Read Dustin Czarny’s Analysis of the New 24th District:

The Weekly Wonk: NY’s 22nd Congressional District 2024


Immigrants Raise Wages And Boost Employment Of U.S.-Born Workers

“Immigration, thanks to native-immigrant complementarity and college skill content of immigrants, had a positive and significant effect between +1.7% to +2.6% on wages of less educated native workers, over the period 2000-2019 and no significant wage effect on college educated natives,” according to research by Giovanni Peri and Alessandro Caiumi, economists at the University of California, Davis.

Read it on Forbes



Event Calendar

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:


Thursday, May 9, 2024; 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Beauchamp Branch Library; 2111 S Salina St, Syracuse, NY

The Syracuse Housing Strategy is a multi-year framework for improving housing conditions in the City of Syracuse. The open house is an opportunity to learn about the analysis and strategy work of the project. Attendees can get updates on existing housing conditions and market challenges and provide feedback on the strategy.

Email if you have questions, suggestions or perspectives you would like to share.  

No presentations; Arrive and depart at your convenience.



Book Release Party: A People’s Guide to Abolition and Disability Justice!

Thursday, May 9, 2024; 7:00-8:30 PM

ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave., Syracuse

Come celebrate the release of Katie Tastrom’s new book! This groundbreaking work is likely to become a staple of disability justice and abolition praxis. We’re excited to see you there!

 There will be a brief discussion and light refreshments.

Books will be available for purchase.



Housing Committee Meeting: Uplift Syracuse

Thursday, May 9 at 6pm

White Branch Library

Join Uplift Syracuse’s Housing committee meeting to work on finalizing our housing platform! 


Details on Facebook


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:



Save the Dates

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



Brandon Williams Town Hall

May 20, 6:30 PM

Morrisville-Eaton Middle-High School, 5061 Fearon Road in Morrisville

The announcement from his office says that he “will answer questions”. If true, that is an unprecedented step for Unrepresentative Williams!



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.



Witness to Injustice Experiential Workshop

Saturday, June 1, 1:30 to 4:30 pm
Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, NY 13202

Witness to Injustice is a unique three-hour interactive group educational experience. It uses an experiential, participatory model to share the disturbing history of what Indigenous Peoples have experienced through colonization with a focus on the experience of the Onondaga Nation and other Haudenosaunee Peoples. The program seeks to foster truth, understanding and respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the part of the world now known as the United States; especially in the territory stewarded by people of the Onondaga Nation and other Haudenosaunee peoples. The program is facilitated by Onondaga Nation citizens and non-Indigenous allies.  Witness to Injustice is a project of Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation / Syracuse Peace Council.  The program is free and open to the public.  


Register 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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