CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: May 21 – May 28, 2024

Community Newsletter & Events

May 21, 2024 – May 28, 2024

NY22 Primary Candidate Forum

Over 100 residents attended a rousing debate between the two democratic primary candidates, Sarah Klee Hood and John Mannion. 

SYRACUSE NY – On June 25, a Democratic primary will be held between two contending candidates, Sarah Klee Hood and John Mannion. A forum to assist voters in making that choice saw an overwhelming turnout at the Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central on May 17th. 

Sponsored by the Southside Coalition for Justice and Equality, Indivisible Onondaga County, CNY Indivisible, Indivisible Salt City, CNY Solidarity Coalition and Indivisible Cayuga, the forum attendees welcomed the opportunity to hear, respond and ask questions of both candidates.

Deftly moderated by Professor Thomas Keck of Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, questions ranged from how would you protect and expand democracy, to what are your top priorities for monitoring the roll-out and implementation of the I-81 project and the Micron chip plants. At the close of the forum, candidates fielded questions from the audience.    

Watch the forum on our YouTube channel & make your plan to vote in the Democratic primary on June 25th! 

We encourage you to find the candidate you support and sign up to volunteer with their campaign! The winner of the Democratic primary will face Unrepresentative Williams in November. 

News Coverage

CNY Central: Mannion and Hood discuss key issues, in 22nd district forum

Read Press Release


Additional NY22 Announcements:

Save the date & Show up at Unrepresentative Williams “Town Hall” in Onondaga County

MAGA Republican Brandon Williams is finally planning a town hall in Onondaga County, the first in more than a year.  It will be held on May 29, 6:30pm, at Clay Town Hall, 4401 Route 31.  Let’s turn out and send a message that we don’t agree with his regressive, inhumane politics.

Gather at 5:45 with your signs and your messages.  If you don’t want to make a sign, come anyway and add your presence to the protest line.  For additional information or car pooling information, contact Judy Jerome:, 315.527.1277.


Action Alerts

Join our Summer Tabling Team!

CNY Solidarity is looking for volunteers to help table at events this summer. Let us know if you are interested in volunteering. Fill out this form to send us your contact information and availability. 


Summer Tabling Team Form


Syracuse Peace Council (SPC) seeks interns

The Syracuse Peace Council (SPC) 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 to fill the following positions. 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. To apply, send a resume and cover letter, along with the position you would like to apply for, with the subject line “Summer 2024 Internship” to  More details


World Central Kitchen has resumed operations in Gaza

In response to the recent escalation of violence in the Middle East, World Central Kitchen (WCK) is providing crucial aid to affected communities. Partnering with local organizations in Gaza and working on the ground in Egypt, Cyprus, and Lebanon, WCK is committed to offering support to Palestinians and anyone else in need.

Donate Here


Articles of the Week

School votes 2024: Who is running for school board, what’s in the budget in Onondaga County

Many Onondaga County residents – like people across New York state – will head to the polls Tuesday to vote on school budgets, capital projects and school board members.


If you are unable to vote in person Tuesday, you can get an absentee ballot at the school district office or download one online at the district’s website. You must submit an application to vote absentee no later than Monday if you are picking up your ballot in person.


Find Your School Board Candidates & School Board on



Syracuse officials weigh hotel tax to help close city budget gap

Another supporter of the tax is the CNY Solidarity Coalition, a progressive political advocacy group. The organization is urging its members to attend today’s committee meeting or to write to councilors. They referenced the recently adopted city budget, which includes a 2% property tax rate increase, as a motivator for getting a hotel tax done.

(Note: The Common Council unanimously approved the bill on May 20.)


Read the Syracuse Newspaper article Here


Empire Managers Explain Why This New Protest Movement Scares Them

During a vitriolic rant about university demonstrators at the Ash Carter Exchange on Innovation and National Security on Tuesday, Palantir CEO Alex Karp came right out and said that if those on the side of the protesters win the debate on this issue, the west will lose the ability to wage wars.

For those who don’t know, Palantir is a C.I.A.-backed surveillance and data mining tech company with intimate ties to both the U.S. intelligence cartel and to Israel, playing a crucial role in both the U.S. empire’s sprawling surveillance network and Israeli atrocities against Palestinians. 


Read on


The Weekly Wonk: New York Senate District Fifty 2024

t is time or the #WeeklyWonk!  This week I investigated NY Senate district 50. One of the most competitive and polarized districts in the state. Democrats will have a primary on June 25th between Onondaga County Legislator Christopher Ryan and former Oswego County legislator Tom Drumm. The winner of which will go on to face Salina Town Supervisor Nicholas Paro on the GOP side. Check out the registration and electoral data on at:


Read on


Central Current Radio

Central Current’s nonprofit news source is partnering with WCNY’s Community FM on a regular radio talk show. 

Central Current Radio will host weekly guests, journalists and newsmakers to discuss the most pressing issues, challenges and opportunities facing Central New York. We’ll discuss the news of the day and introduce you to interesting voices and perspectives.

In addition to online, the show is broadcast over HD radio frequently throughout the week: at WCNY 91.3 HD3 Syracuse, WUNY 89.5 HD3 Utica, and WJNY 90.9 HD3 Watertown. 


Central Current Radio


Event Calendar

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.


Majority Over MAGA Action Team Kickoff Call

Tuesday, May 21 • 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Join the Majority Over MAGA Action Team on May 21st 8pm ET/5pm PT as we kick off the fight to restore abortion rights, protect our democracy, and restore the Democratic trifecta in 2024. We’ll hear from special guests, learn about Indivisible tools and resources you’ll have access to in 2024, and build a powerful, action-oriented community. This call is for Indivisible groups and volunteers who live in our 21 target districts — to learn more, visit


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



Syracuse Onondaga County NAACP 44th Annual Freedom Fund Award Dinner

Thursday, May 23 • 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Oncenter Convention Center | 800 S State St, Syracuse

Join us for the Syracuse Onondaga County NAACP’s 44th Annual Freedom Fund Award Dinner, Bridging Generations: Past, Present & Future with featured keynote speaker, Martin Luther King, III! 


Tickets Here


Save the Dates

Green and Healthy Homes Workshop

Sponsored by NYS DEC and NEHDA!

Wednesday, May 29th, 2024 • 4 – 6pm

Syracuse Northeast Community Center 716 Hawley Ave, Syracuse, NY 13203

Come join us to:

  • Learn more about lead safety

  • Receive free cleaning supplies

  • Discuss your housing & neighborhood uhcerns

  • Learn about resources for healthy homes
    No RSVP required! Free pizza will be provided!

(315) 425-1032

A healthy family starts with a healthy home!


Brandon Williams Town Hall

May 29, 6:30 PM

Clay Town Hall, 4401 Route 31.

MAGA Republican Brandon Williams is finally planning a town hall in Onondaga County, the first in more than a year.  It will be held on May 29, 6:30pm, at Clay Town Hall, 4401 Route 31.  Let’s turn out and send a message that we don’t agree with his regressive, inhumane politics.

Gather at 5:45 with your signs and your messages.  If you don’t want to make a sign, come anyway and add your presence to the protest line.  For additional information or car pooling information, contact Judy Jerome:, 315.527.1277.


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

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


Democratic Primary:  NY22 Congressional District and NYS Senate 50th District – June 25


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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