CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: May 28 – June 4, 2024

Community Newsletter & Events

May 28, 2024 – June 4, 2024

Show up at Unrepresentative Williams “Town Hall” 

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.

CNY Solidarity Coalition Next Meeting: June 23


Watch Connect NY on WCNY

On the May edition of Connect NY, they discuss economic development in NYS. The panel will consider the benefits of government subsidies and tax breaks; examine local economic development agencies; and consider job creation opportunities. 


Watch Dick Kornbluth share our concerns about jobs, workforce development, housing and unionization. 


Action Alerts

From our Allies at NYCLU


Thank you for your continued support on the SIGH Act.  The bill  prevents the construction of new schools within 500 feet of a major highway- with the necessary exemptions to continue to meet students’ needs.  Many of you recall the SIGH Act passed both houses and was unfortunately vetoed by the governor. Over the summer months we regrouped, worked hard to garner more support and will be pushing this bill to pass again.  Please confirm via email you still support the SIGH Act by the use of this sign on letter. The e-action sends the message directly to your legislators to pass the SIGH Act.  

Click here:
Clean Air Can’t Wait


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


It’s an Election Year! Want to help with voter registration events?

For information about voter registration events, email Margrit Diehl:



Articles of the Week

Pulitzer Winner Nathan Thrall on Gaza, Israel’s “System of Domination” and U.S. Complicity

(Thrall)  just won the Pulitzer Prize for his most recent book, A Day in the Life of Abed Salama: Anatomy of a Jerusalem Tragedy, which tells the story of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank through one family’s tragedy. 


Read/Listen on DemocracyNow!


New Bipartisan Bill Allows Military Contractors To Fleece Taxpayers

After donating millions to key lawmakers, military contractors scored two provisions in an upcoming Pentagon funding bill allowing them to continue overcharging the government.


Read on Lever News


Syracuse march honors George Floyd’s legacy, four years after his death

Saturday, May 25, marks four years since the death of George Floyd. Neighbors in Syracuse held a ‘We March because We Care,’ and walked down the streets of Syracuse in memory of George Floyd. 

Read on  |  Watch Olayemi Olurin on InstagramCentral Current Radio


Vote for my candidate: Klee Hood, Mannion in NY-22 Democratic primary

Check out these LTEs, make your plan to vote in the Democratic Primary on June 25th and volunteer for the candidate you support! 


Read on


Salt City Coffee becomes the 1st locally owned coffee shop to have organized labor

For the last month, workers at Salt City have been fighting for voluntary recognition from the company’s ownership.

Read it on CentralCurrent


The dangerous anti-democracy coalition

Musk, Thiel, Murdoch, and their cronies are backing a movement against democracy. 

Peter Thiel, the billionaire tech financier, has written, “I no longer believe that freedom and democracy are compatible.”


Read Robert Reich on Substack


Event Calendar

What Happened? Climate Action in 2024 CNY Debrief

May 28, 2024 –  5 p.m.

Please join Citizen Action for a planning session 


We will discuss roles that each organization can take and how we can prepare for an impactful and educational June gathering of different climate groups and activists. All are welcome to attend both the planning session and the June event. 


Zoom Link Here 



Syracuse Urbanism Club Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, May 28, 6:00pm

McCarthy Mercantile  217 S. Salina St. Syracuse

Join us at the McCarthy Mercantile at 6pm on Tuesday May 28 for our monthly meeting. All are welcome. Bring your friends! Let’s make positive change in our city together. 


Join at


Blue NY22 LTE Writing Power Hour

Wednesday, May 29 at 10:30am or 6:30pm on Zoom

Our friends across NY22 are welcome to attend our Morning LTE Writing Power Hour on Zoom. Come get support in crafting your next LTE to your local newspaper so your voice and perspective on topics important you are shared!

Register for 10:30am  |  Register for 6:30pm



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

Wednesday, 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.


Uplift Syracuse: Lead Committee Meeting

Thursday, May 30, 6:00pm

Cake Bar 252 W Genesee St, Syracuse

Join us for our lead committee meeting as we write our platform to fight lead poisoning in Onondaga County!


Details on Facebook 


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


Save the Date

Concerned about your carbon footprint?

June 11 at 6:00 p.m.

Manlius Library, 1 Arkie Albanese Ave., Manlius

Sponsored by Climate Change Awareness and Action.

Yvonne Chu, CCAA member, climate advocate and Onondaga Earth Corps Manager, speaks about the Carbon Challenge!

You can also join online.

Join others around CNY as we challenge ourselves to reduce our carbon emissions and make a dent in Climate Change in our part of the world. Every single ton helps! Let’s see what we can do together! For more details, visit


Registration Link


Candidate-Community Dialogue: Hunger, Housing, & Health

June 13th – 5:30-7:30pm

Living Waters Church – 121 Huron St, Syracuse, Ny 13207

Moderated By: Cala Surratt & Victoria Coit

Livestreamed On Facebook

Light grab n’ go meal, child care, interpretation and transportation offered. 


Join us to hear directly from elected officials and candidates for Congress, Senate and the NYS Assembly discussing key issues that matter to YOU! Engage directly with candidates in a dynamic dialogue about key issues that matter to you. Shape the conversation that shapes our community! 

Hosted by: Syracuse-Onondaga Food Systems Alliance; Lead Safe CNY; Food Bank of CNY; Housing and Homeless Coalition of CNY; Central New York Community Foundation; CNY Fair Housing, Inc.; Jubilee Homes; Food Access Healthy Neighborhoods Now


2024 Black & African Diaspora Learning Series

Saturday, June 15, 2024 1:00 PM – Saturday, September 21, 2024 4:00 PM ET

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

Join us for our first African & Black Diaspora learning series! This 8-session workshop series is designed to build community amongst Black and African community members locally and across the country, sharing our backgrounds, cultures and experiences in an open, inclusive and welcoming environment. Workshops will focus on key topics in diasporic history, systems of oppression, and movements for justice, incorporating cultural and trauma-informed wellness practices to develop participants’ capacity for leadership in local and national work for immigrant and economic justice.

Workshops will begin in June 2024 and will be held twice a month through September 2024. Each workshop is 2 hours long and will be held on zoom and in person at local AFSC offices in New Hampshire, North Carolina and New Jersey. 


Register Here


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

There are 3 ways to vote in the June primary election.


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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