CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: May 14 – May 21, 2024

Community Newsletter & Events

May 14, 2024 – May 21, 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

Ways to support the SU encampment

  1. Be a presence. Take time to go visit the encampment on the SU Quad.. It is an amazing place and your presence is needed. 

  2. Sign up for a meal using this link Meal sign up 

  3. Write the SU administration asking them to negotiate in good faith and NOW! Write SU Administration



From our friends at Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE)
Three timely issues for the NY Legislative Session!

EnergySmart CNY is a NYSERDA-supported project of the CNY Regional Planning and Development Board, Alliance for a Green Economy, and Greater Syracuse Works working to connect our community with the growing clean energy opportunities, including jobs, funding for energy efficiency improvements to homes or buildings, and solar and heat pumps where appropriate.

Your answers to this survey, open through Friday, May 17, will help the EnergySmart CNY team be more effective.

This survey may be completed anonymously, or you have the option to leave your contact information if you wish to have further assistance from our energy advisors. Your contact information and associated responses will be kept confidential and not shared with anyone outside of the EnergySmart CNY team. Published findings of the survey will be aggregated and anonymous.


Great News! The Packaging Reduction and Recycling Infrastructure Act (S4246-b/A5322-b) has moved through committees in the NYS legislature, and is very close to coming for a vote! Also, the Bigger Better Bottle Bill (A6353-b), which compliments and reinforces the packaging reduction plan, is a hot item right now. But the those who are lobbying to keep making plastic pollution are fighting hard to stop these bills.

Please take 2 quick actions to let your Assemblymember and the Speaker of the Assembly know your support for this legislation!

Use the easy action tool to email them a quick note of support then make a call to their offices.


Alliance for a Green Economy is still working hard to pass the NY HEAT Act this session. Though the bill did not pass in the budget due to stonewalling in the Assembly, NY HEAT continues to dominate in the media, and there is a great deal of support and momentum to pass it this legislative session. We encourage you to add to this momentum by:

1) signing up to join us in Albany on Wednesday, May 22 for a Pass the NY HEAT Act rally and advocacy day with Renewable Heat Now and NY Renews.

2) sending a steady stream of e-mails to key legislators in the next 2 weeks using the Renewable Heat Now e-mail tool (which we keep updated to reflect the most accurate and current message).

3) using the NY HEAT social media toolkit to post on your organization’s social media and/or from personal accounts. You can tag specific legislators that your organization is involved with.


Support The Occupancy Tax

The Syracuse Common Council Finance Committee will be holding a meeting on Thursday, May 16 at 11:00 am in the Van B. Robinson Common Council Chambers in City Hall about a proposed 2% Hotel Room Occupancy Tax. The new tax requires the Common Council to vote on a resolution in support and then the state legislature to act (current bill is S.8950-A/A.9707-A, sponsored by Senator May and Assemblyman Magnarelli). A room occupancy tax, which would impact hotels as well as vacation rentals like AirBNB, could bring in new revenue for the cash-strapped city supporting important functions like code enforcement, clean water infrastructure, and firefighting. The Common Council just raised property taxes on low-income Syracuse homeowners, but has yet to act on a resolution supporting a room occupancy tax – which would be paid by people who don’t live in Syracuse, but tourists who visit, consume free public services, and then leave. Everyone is invited to attend this public meeting and let the Council know you support this important legislation. Or contact your Common Councilor: 



Articles of the Week

“The Plan Is Genocide”: Palestine’s U.K. Ambassador Decries Israel’s Attack on Gaza & U.S. Complicity

Israel is intensifying its war across the Gaza Strip, with the official death toll now over 35,000, including more than 14,500 children. More than 360,000 Palestinians have now been displaced from Rafah as Israeli forces ramp up their attacks there despite warnings from the United States and others against an escalation in the southern city, where more than a million Palestinians had sought shelter. 


Read it on DemocracyNow


Gas stoves increase nitrogen dioxide exposure above WHO standards – study

Indoor gas and propane appliances raise average concentrations of the harmful pollutant, also known as NO2, to 75% of the World Health Organization’s standard for indoor and outdoor exposure.

Read it on The Guardian


Micron is getting billions more in taxpayer money than anyone is talking about

With the amount of subsidies Micron is getting each job it creates here could cost taxpayers more than $2 million per job! 


Read More on MSN (article by 


LETTER: Protecting reproductive freedom should rise above partisan politics

Rep. Williams is wrong. Protecting reproductive freedom should rise above partisan politics. Women must be able to freely choose their own future, and birth control is a crucial resource for us. The right to contraceptives enables moms and women the freedom to decide what is best for themselves. Women are worthy of whatever future they choose, and it’s not up to Brandon Williams to decide for them.


Read on Rome Sentinel


NY bottle recyclers rally for raises in Albany. Why they say they’re in peril

“We’re currently being paid 2009 pay while suffering 2024 expenses,” said Eddy, the owner of MT Returnables in Queensbury, on Monday. “It’s become impossible to operate under those circumstances…It’s causing businesses to close down in droves. It’s put a lot of people out of work unnecessarily.”


Read it on the Utica Observer-Dispatch


Syracuse Tenants Union host rally downtown to call out Common Council on housing issues

The Syracuse Tenants Union held a rally Saturday, demanding action from the city’s common councilors. They want to see local officials hold landlords accountable for unsafe housing conditions.


Read it on the CNY Central


Event Calendar

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



My Name is Rachel Corrie: A One-Woman Play

Saturday, May 18, 7 Pm At ArtRage, 505 Hawley Ave, Syracuse 13203

 More on Facebook  

A one night only staged reading performed by Carmen Viviano-Crafts, of this 2006 play as a fundraiser for the local chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace and Middle East Childrens’ Alliance. Admission at the door is $10-$20 Sliding Scale.

On March 16, 2003, Rachel Corrie, a 23 year old American, was crushed to death by an Israeli Army bulldozer in Gaza as she was trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home. The play is composed from Rachel’s own journals, letters and emails- creating a portrait of a messy, articulate, Salvador Dali loving chain smoker (with a passion for Pat Benatar) who left her home and school in Olympia, WA to work as an activist in the heart of Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 



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!



Save the Dates

Suburban School Districts Budget Vote

Tuesday, May 21  – Hours vary per school district



NY LTE Workshop – Inflation Reduction Act

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

Tuesday, May 21st at 12-1pm.  

Come learn how to write a letter-to-the-editor about the Inflation Reduction Act. Guest speaker is Indivisible’s Policy Manager Trisha Maharaj.

Register here.




NY Assembly: Stop Stalling on Climate: Pass NY HEAT

Wednesday, May 22, 2024•11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

New York State Capitol•198 State Street, Albany, NY 12210 US

The consequences of climate inaction grow more severe with each passing day. We must demonstrate unity and determination in our demand for cleaner, more affordable heating solutions.

Join the Renewable Heat Now Campaign and the NY Renews Campaign for a crucial press conference followed by a targeted lobby action. We urge specific Assemblymembers who have been hindering climate action to join the Senate in passing the NY HEAT Act before the end of this session. 

We will make a powerful case for why specific Assemblymembers can no longer delay their active and vocal support for this vital legislation.

Stay tuned for more information on transportation and the day-of event schedule!


RSVP for May 22nd




Brandon Williams Town Hall

May 29, 6:30 PM

Clay Town Hall, 4401 Route 31.


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! 


  • Maurice Brown, 15th District (D)

  • Palmer Harvey, 9th District (D)

  • Nodesia R. Hernandez, 17th District (D)

  • Kevin J. Meaker, 2nd District (R)

  • Mark A. Olson, 10th District (R)

  • Dan Romeo, 7th District (D)

Register Herefree and open to everyone.



Free paper shredding event: Assemblyman Magnarelli

Saturday, June 1st, 2024. 9am until 12pm. Pink Lot at Destiny USA, enter  off Solar Street (1 Destiny USA Dr, Syracuse, NY 13204). 

Sign up


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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