CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: June 11 – June 18, 2024

Community Newsletter & Events

June 11, 2024 – June 18, 2024

CNY Solidarity Next Meeting

Sunday, June 23 at 3:00pm

Bishop Harrison Center Community Room

Early Voting for the Primary Elections Start Saturday, June 15 – 23!

It is time to vote for who will be on the ballot in November for NY22 & NY Senate 50! Here is some information to help you make your decision. 

What separates Sarah Klee Hood and John Mannion on the issues

John Mannion and Sarah Klee Hood generally agree on most issues important to Democratic voters ahead of the June 25 primary election in the 22nd Congressional District.


But Mannion and Klee Hood have some differences – particularly over term limits, how far they would go to expand access to health care and whether they would support legislation to make community college free to all Americans.


Read on (article by

Watch the NY22 Primary Candidate Forum on YouTube

Upcoming Debates:

  • Tonight at 7 pm watch a debate by
  • Thursday, June 13th at 5:30 – 7:30 pm Candidate-Community Dialogue: Hunger, Housing & Health
  • Thursday, June 13th at 7 pm on WSYR-TV (Channel 9) will air a taped debate
  • Tuesday, June 18th at 7 pm on Spectrum News 1

For NY Senate 50 Seat visit the candidates websites:


Have you seen our directory of local organization? We are working on updating this community resource. If you know of any organizations that would like to be included or if their listing needs updating let us know.


A Thank You from our friend Lanessa Chaplin at NYCLU:

The Schools Impacted by Gross Highways (SIGH Act) passed both houses of the legislature! A piece of legislation that all started at one community meeting by one parent saying in regard to the I-81 project “It shouldn’t be this hard to stop a state agency from placing a major on/off ramp 100 feet away from an elementary school.”  We did our research and realized, not only was she correct, it shouldn’t be this hard, but 23 other states had already, in many cases for over a decade- already regulated that action. And so, in 2020 the fight began!

We are more than halfway there! We have been here before! The SIGH Act was vetoed by the Governor at the request of our favorite NYC Mayor Adams. But this year will be different! We are going to continue to put pressure on the Governor and NYC Mayor Adams to sign this bill into law!

Special thank you to all of our coalition partners, especially our environmental justice coalition, who meet every week to push this bill, our CNY local coalitions who sent letters, shared in their newsletter and/or shared our e-action.

See full press release here


Action Alerts

Seeking Peoples’ History Listings for 2025 Peace Calendar

The Peace Calendar always includes several hundred Peoples’ History annotations to share important historical events that are often overlooked. We welcome your suggestions for events to remember/celebrate! We particularly want:
New history – important events that happened after June 2023, and
Dates particularly relevant to the issues addressed in the 2025 Peace Calendar (click the link to take a look at the artwork for 2025 (some images will be tweaked slightly from what you see here). Here’s a list of the topics addressed in the calendar:

Native/Indigenous issues, Microscopic/biodiversity/science, Black History Profile – Pauli Murray, Feminism/Women’s Solidarity, Unions/labor, Pride/LGBTQIA+, Global and US Refugees/Immigrants, Mother Earth, soil health and environment, Investing in our children’s whole future, The Right to Live/Palestine, Art/Nature
Here’s the list of current entries There are several thousand of them. Please take a look to be sure your item isn’t already included.

Submission Form Here



 Submit Micron 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.

Read Article on 


Articles of the Week

From NYCLU: Key Findings from Validation Surveys in NY Battleground Districts

With both parties stoking fears about crime and immigration, the political narrative has become that tough-on-crime and tough-on-immigration campaigning is the way to win in purple districts in New York.

Our new polling data shows the opposite.

Voters in New York swing districts want candidates who will champion real supports and solutions, not run the tired-old political playbook of fearmongering, more police and jails, and turning away newcomers.


Read Findings on


U.S. Jewish Army Intel Officer Quits over Gaza, Says “Impossible” Not to See Echoes of Holocaust

Mann left his role at the Defense Intelligence Agency after a 13-year career, saying in a public letter explaining his resignation that “nearly unqualified support for the government of Israel … has enabled and empowered the killing and starvation of tens of thousands of innocent Palestinians.” 


View it on DemocracyNow!



In NY Attorney General probes of fatal police car crashes, officers almost never face blame

We looked into the Attorney General’s investigation process and found that, while giving the public an inside look at how officers are investigated after a civilian death, it is constrained by state law that often allows officers to avoid severe consequences for actions that killed civilians or contributed to their death.   


Read on the Central Current


Amazon workers struggle with injuries and low pay despite company’s profits

“Many Amazon associates cannot pay their bills, they can’t afford proper housing—some of my coworkers have been forced out of their homes,” Howard said. “We are stuck in a nightmare: living in an economy that puts no cap on worker exploitation while our wages can’t keep up with the increase in our cost of living. This cycle has to stop.”


Remember the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency voted in 2020 to approve $70.8 million in tax breaks for the project over 15 years.


Read on Prism Reports



Shifting focus from Western science to Indigenous knowledge

We are not managers of natural resources, nor are we stewards of natural resources. Turtle Island is a steward of us. She takes care of us. It’s a very different way of thinking


Read it on Adirondack Explorer


Event Calendar

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



NY HEAT Act: What Happened??? Renewable Heat Now June Power Hour!

Thursday, Jun 13, 2024 07:00 PM 

NY HEAT Act: What Happened??? Up until the final day of the session, negotiations on NY HEAT continued among the Assembly, Senate, and the Governor to try and broker a deal. But the brawl over the Governor’s last minute rollback of congestion pricing threw a monkey wrench into everything and time ran out without a deal on NY HEAT.

The Renewable Heat Now campaign extends our heartfelt gratitude and encouragement to the advocates and allies who championed NY HEAT and worked tirelessly to pass this legislation. Your commitment is what brought NY HEAT so close to passage this year. We are not done. We are emboldened by how far we have come together, and we will not let this temporary setback deter us in our fight for the cleaner heat and lower bills we need.

What’s next for Renewable Heat Now? Register to join us on Thursday, June 13 at 7PM for our virtual Power Hour. We’ll celebrate the tremendous campaign we’ve waged together, debrief the last days of the session, share some exciting updates and other legislative and regulatory work we’re engaged in. 

Register Here


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

Town of DeWitt will be hosting Juneteenth 2024!!

12:00 Noon, Wednesday June 19, 2024 at DeWitt Town Hall/Ryder Park

For the FIRST TIME since Juneteenth has been celebrated in Central New York and being a National Holiday, the Town of DeWitt will be hosting Juneteenth 2024!!! Come out and enjoy!!!

Starting at noon  there will be a Flag Raising and a Proclamation in honor of Juneteenth 2024 and then the FUN BEGINS!!


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



Ben Altman Artist Talk

June 20, 2024 – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave. Syr. 13203

I Own This Stolen Land is a multidisciplinary project that seeks to acknowledge and take responsibility for the theft of the land; understand the natural systems, economic pressures, ecological stresses, and options for stewardship of the site; invite Gayogohó:nǫˀ people to visit and to undertake traditional and arts activities, building trust between them and communities in Tompkins County, NY; and develop scalable models for cooperative access to ancestral land.




“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


Witness to Injustice: An Interactive Workshop Unraveling US and Indigenous HIstory


Sunday, June 23, 1PM – 4 PM

ArtRage Gallery 505 Hawley Ave, Syracuse, NY, United States, New York 13203


Presented in conjunction with our current exhibition “Ben Altman: I Own this Stolen Land,” The Witness to Injustice Exercise is a unique three-hour interactive group teaching tool. It uses participatory education to share the disturbing history of what Indigenous Peoples have experienced through colonization. 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. Join Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON) and Haudenosaunee facilitators as we participate in learning and dialogue through this exercise. 

Registration Required: email: and $10 donation to benefit NOON

This project/program is made possible with a Tier Three Project Support grant from the County of Onondaga, with the support of County Executive Ryan McMahon and the Onondaga County Legislature, administered by CNY Arts.


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


Kanatsiohareke Strawberry Festival

Saturday & Sunday, June 29-30 @ 10 AM – 6 PM. Onsite camping available.
Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community, 4934 State Highway 5, Fonda, NY 12068

The Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community opens its doors to the public with their annual Strawberry Festival celebration. A day to enjoy traditional & modern music, dance, storytelling, silent auction, craft fair, good food. See old friends and make new ones while supporting the Kanatsiohareke Community!

Health Safety Warning: Covid is still a threat to many, and we appreciate public support in keeping the community safe. Please stay home if you have a fever, are feeling sick, or if you have been recently exposed to the COVID virus. Masks are encouraged, but optional.

Volunteers needed. To volunteer, contact the Community at

(Exits 28 & 29 off I-90).Adults: $10 • Seniors & Children under 12: $8 • Children under 5: Free!



Citizen Review Board Block Party

June 29th  11am to 4pm. Meachem Field

Join us for a chance to win bug! We’re raffling off four $100 Wegmans gift cards, an Onondaga County Family Fun pass valued at $92, four Syracuse Mets Family 4 Pack with dugout box tickets, an NBT Stadium parking pass & food vouchers ($100 value), and more. There will be a DJ, inflatable games, concession stands and activities for the whole family. Plus, enjoy delicious catering by Who Want Smoke BBQ & Catering! A huge shoutout to our sponsors, at YSAP for their support. Don’t miss out on the fun – see you there! 

Facebook Event


ArtRage’s Annual ArtRageous Extravaganza.

ArtRage’s Annual ArtRageous Extravaganza.



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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