CNY Solidarity Coalition

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Action Newsletter: June 4 – June 11, 2024

Community Newsletter & Events

June 4, 2024 – June 11, 0224

Unrepresentative Williams “Town Hall” 

About fifteen of us showed up at MAGA Republican Brandon Williams’ town hall in Clay on May 29. We held signs, submitted questions, and got some press coverage:

CNY Solidarity Coalition Next Meeting: June 23


Action Alerts

The NYS Legislature is in the final week of their session. Please use either the NYRenews link at the beginning, or the Sierra Club link at the end to call!

Keep calling your Assemblymembers and Governor Hochul; there’s still a chance to pass the NY HEAT Act this session (this is the final week)!

Every step of the way, this bill has been undermined by fossil fuel money and misinformation campaigns that proclaim “they are coming for your gas stoves.” In reality, however, NY HEAT does no such thing, as it only provides New Yorkers with energy options. But lost in the debate is how harmful gas systems and appliances are to indoor air quality. A growing body of medical research has demonstrated that gas stoves can release carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, benzene, and formaldehyde, causing a host of respiratory illnesses in the home, including asthma. The public should know this, but studies show they are largely unaware of these risks.

An additional bill in the end-of-legislative-session mix is ‘The Healthy Homes Right-To-Know Act’ legislation, which would require  signage at point-of-purchase, as well as removable stickers on the appliances to inform consumers of the health risks inherent in using these products, the same way cigarettes come with warning labels.

The clock is ticking on both these bills and the legislature will not take action unless the public makes them. Please ask that the legislature prioritize climate action in these remaining hours of the 2024 session.


Syracuse Common Councilors must uphold Mayor’s veto

Walsh vetoes Common Council’s change to Citizen Review Board

In his veto message, Walsh specifically called for specific approaches to improve the efficiency of the board. They include making CRB board members and the administrator more accountable, as well as creating an advisory group to work with the Council and Board, proposing modifications to ensure the CRB can accomplish its goals. WRVO Article

Syracuse Common Council should fix CRB, not undermine it Read four letters on


Contact the Common Council:
Find yourself on this map to identify your City Councilor – and At-Large councilors at


 Submit Comments to the Army Corps by July 1st!

We have until July 1, 2024 to submit comments about Micron filling in hundreds of acres of wetlands. Comments can be submitted via email at Direct comments to Margaret Crawford and include the application number, LRB-2000-02198.

Review their application at:

No public hearing is required, although anyone can ask for one in writing. If the corps receives a request, the agency would determine whether a hearing would give more information than it would receive through written comments only.

“The decision to approve or deny this permit request will be based on an evaluation of the probable impact, including cumulative impacts of the proposed activity on the public interest,” the Army corps said in a public notice issued this week. “That decision will reflect the national concern for both protection and utilization of important resources.”

Read Article on 


Articles of the Week

Study shows severity of poverty, inequality in Onondaga County

“The numbers alone are staggering. The study notes the city of Syracuse has the second highest rate of child poverty in the nation, with 45.8% of young people under the age of 18 living in poverty. It also shows Onondaga County’s racial income gap is widening, with White Median Household Income 112% greater than Black Median Household Income.


Meanwhile, the study states in the past year, the Syracuse Metropolitan area experienced the greatest one-year average monthly rent increase in the nation at 22%.”


Listen on  | Read PEACE, Inc’s Study 


How a group of doulas based in Syracuse’s South Side help parents navigate a ‘maternal toxic zone’

Every Wednesday, doulas from the Sankofa Reproductive Health and Healing Center hand out items like diapers, bathing soap and clothes to parents and grandparents.

In 2018, three Syracuse-based doula organizations — Doula 4 a Queen, ZenG Yoga, and Village Birth International — opened Sankofa to provide support to parents and pregnant people in Syracuse’s South Side. They made Wellness Wednesdays one of their first initiatives. 

Read it on CentralCurrent


Thanks To Wall Street, There Goes The Neighborhood

Driven by the pandemic-era real estate boom, corporate landlords are ramping up their purchases of assets like apartment buildings and mobile home communities nationwide. …

Critics say that such companies’ encroaching presence in the housing market and their focus on short-term profits are pricing out first-time homebuyers and gentrifying neighborhoods, contributing to an ongoing housing crisis and excluding families from the generational benefits of homeownership.


Read it on TheLeverNews


NOTE: Rep. Brandon Williams,  at his recent “Town Hall” monologue in Clay, blamed high housing costs on government regulations requiring energy efficiency in new construction. VOTE!


The Proud Boys are back: How the far-right group is rebuilding to rally behind Trump

Some historians compare the Proud Boys to fascist European militias of the 1920s and 1930s such as the Brownshirts, a Nazi paramilitary group that helped bring Hitler to power in Germany. Proud Boys say they’re nothing like the Brownshirts and bear no resemblance to fascists. But street violence and extreme nationalism are features of both groups. In the weeks before the Capitol riots, some wore a patch inscribed with “RWDS,” short for “Right Wing Death Squad,” a term used to describe Central and South American paramilitaries who supported right-wing governments and dictatorships.

Read it on Reuters.


Event Calendar

Deeper Dive: Three Fugitives Shipped on Board: Canals and the Underground Railroad in New York State

Wednesday, June 5 | 6PM | Hybrid | Free ($10 Suggested Donation)

Erie Canal Museum | 318 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse

Researcher, writer, and teacher Judith Wellman specializes in social and community history. New York State’s canals transformed America. For people of African descent, they were of special importance. They became both escape routes from slavery and havens of work and settlement. Using a variety of sources, this presentation focuses on amazing stories about canals and the Underground Railroad across New York State.  The 2024 Lecture Series is presented by the Sloan Fund. Attend in person or virtual. 


More Information on Erie Canal Museum’s Website 

On Saturdays at 1pm throughout the summer the Erie Canal Museum is hosting a series of walking tours, including Pathways of Resistance, which examines the Canal and the Abolition movement, as well as their new tour, Women on the Water, which looks at women’s rights and the Canal. Both of these tours attempt to connect historic movements for justice to the present as well. All our walking tours can be found at:



Gaza: Finding The Path To A Just Peace

Monday June 10 – 7-8:30pm 

All Saints Church, 1349 Lancaster Ave. Syracuse 13210

Panel Discussion: Scholars representing historical, Palestinian & Jewish Perspectives in dialogue.

All Are Welcome! Spread The Word!



CNY Carbon Challenge: Concerned about your carbon footprint?

Climate Change Awareness and Action

Tuesday, June 11, 6:00 p.m. Manlius Library, 1 Arkie Albanese Ave., Manlius

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

Or join online.

Yes, you can make a DIFFERENCE!!

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



Seeking Justice for the Land – Robin Wall Kimmerer speaks at ArtRage

Thursday, June 13 at 7:00pm 

ArtRage Gallery | 505 Hawley Ave, Syracuse

In conjunction with our exhibition “Ben Altman: I Own this Stolen Land”, writer and scientist Robin Wall Kimmerer will will speak about land restoration. Her interests in restoration include not only restoration of ecological communities, but restoration of our relationships to land.


Details on Facebook



Candidate-Community Dialogue: Hunger, Housing, & Health

Thursday, June 13th – 5:30-7:30pm

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

Moderated By: Cjala 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



Community Yard Sale for Gaza

Saturday, June 15 from 7am to 2:30pm

All Saints Church at 1340 Lancaster Ave, Syracuse

If you’re doing spring cleaning, don’t throw out your gently used treasures! Let us sell them at our community yard sale to raise funds for Operation Olive Branch (OOB).100% of the proceeds from the Community Yard Sale for Gaza will be donated to OOB. More on Facebook

Donations will be accepted on these days and times at the Syracuse Peace Council at 2013 E. Genesee St. If those times don’t work please send us an email and we will figure out a time that does.

June 3 (Mon.) 5 — 8pm

June 4 (Tues.) 1 — 5pm

June 5 (Wed.) 5 — 8pm

June 6 (Thur.) 1 — 5pm

Or we can pick them up! Submit this form to let us know your preference


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



Center for Community Alternatives

Monday, June 17th from 6pm to 7pm 


Center for Community Alternatives is hosting a free virtual event highlighting our work across New York State through heart moving stories of accomplishment. Our Advocacy and Organizing Team will host this event and give donors and community members a behind the scenes look at some of our most critical statewide work, as well as our recent wins.

Please join us to hear from staff and community members about our successful work in New York. We’ll also be highlighting stories of our organizing to pass The Clean Slate Act and work empowering youth across the state.


Register Here


Save the Date

Community Choir – Rise Up: Summer Solstice Concert

Wednesday, June 19 @ 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syr. 13210

$5 – $30 Purchase Tickets Online

Tickets will be available at the door or you can call 315-428-8151

This summer solstice concert marks the next chapter in the Syracuse Community Choir’s journey. Building upon themes of resilience, transformation, and joy explored in recent years, Rise Up is a powerful call to action.

Celebrating Our Shared Humanity: From the opening chant that unites our voices to the closing notes of friendship, each piece serves as a powerful reminder of our interconnectedness – a responsibility we hold towards each other and the planet.

As we celebrate the importance of collaboration and inclusivity, Rise Up will inspire us to rise above, to truly hear each other, and to create a better future together.



Lunchtime Lecture Series: Allison Hinman- Susan B. Anthony: A Progressive New York

Thursday, June 20 at 12:00pm

Erie Canal Museum | 318 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse

Central and Western New York are often thought of as progressive regions in the 19th century. This presentation will explore Susan B. Anthony’s experiences in New York State as she and other reformers advocated for abolition and women’s rights. Attend in person or virtual. 

More Information Here


Citizen Preparedness Training Program

Thursday, June 20 at 6:00pm

SUNY ESF Gateway Center 1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse

Brought to you by the Governor in conjunction with SUNY ESF & Syracuse and Onondaga County NAACP. With severe weather events becoming more frequent and more extreme, it is more important than ever that New Yorkers are prepared for disasters. The NY Citizen Preparedness Training Program teaches residents to have the tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster, respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. This training course will provide an introduction to responding to a natural or man-made disaster. Participants will be advised on how to properly prepare for any disaster, including developing a family emergency plan and stocking up on emergency supplies. Each family that attends will receive one Preparedness kit. 


Register Here



“Jöhehgöh” They Sustain Us – Indigenous Food Event

Saturday | June 22, 2024,  9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Ganondagan State Historic Site, 7000 County Road 41 (Boughton Hill Road) Victor, NY 14564

Join us at Ganondagan for “Jöhehgöh” They Sustain Us – Indigenous Food Event with Braiding Sweetgrass author, Robin Kimmerer (Potawatomi), chef Loretta Barrett Oden (Potawatomi), and Haudenosaunee culture bearers for demonstrations, hands-on activities, speaking, and a delicious, Indigenous lunch prepared by Chef Loretta.

Books will be available for purchase at the Ganondagan Gift Shop and Robin Kimmerer and Loretta Barret Oden will be available for book signings that day.

Registration now available on event page. Pre-registration is required. Registration fee is $100 for current members, $125 for public.


CNY Pride Festival & Parade

June 22, 2024

Progress Park – Inner Harbor – Syracuse, NY

11am Parade

12-5pm Festival


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

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


What Happened? Climate Action in 2024 CNY Debrief

June 26, 2024 – 6 p.m.


Join Citizen Action and other New York Renews partners and allies to review what happened to climate policy during the 2024 NYS legislative session–and, importantly, how we can take action! Hear from policy experts and advocates about what was included and excluded when it comes to crucial climate efforts in New York State. After, join a discussion with other Central New York climate groups, activists, and concerned individuals about how we can plan to take action ahead of the next legislative session. We know the consequences of climate inaction, so please join us as we strategize future efforts and activities that we can do as Central New Yorkers to combat the climate crisis.

RSVP for Zoom link


Embracing the Indian, Centering Indigenous Voices

Thursday & Friday | June 27-28, 2024

Geva Theatre, in association with Friends of Ganondagan and NTID and in affiliation with Native Voices presents Embracing the Indian, Centering Indigenous Voices, a free two-day event. 

June 27 – The Mush Hole, a dance theatre performance about truths of Canada’s first Indian Residential School, with free performances at 2pm and 7pm, Robert F. Panara Theatre,, 52 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623
June 28 – Indigenous Theatre Symposium, featuring keynote remarks from artistic director Santee Smith of the Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, a film screening of UNSEEN TEARS, and more! 8:30am-4pm at Geva Theatre, Fielding Stage/Lobby/Café, 75 Woodbury Boulevard, Rochester, NY. Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Events are free to the public, Registration is required.


ArtRage’s Annual ArtRageous Extravaganza.

June 29, 2024 – 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society at 3800 E Genesee Street in Syracuse The 2024 ArtRageous Extravaganza. Live music, local brews, great food, good friends and a silent auction.

Karin Franklin King as our AMAZING Master of Ceremonies!

The Kambuyu Marimba Ensemble of Syracuse

The Cadleys


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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