CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: June 18 – June 25, 2024

Community Newsletter & Events

June 18, 2024 – June 25, 2024

CNY Solidarity Next Meeting

Sunday, June 23 at 3:00pm

Bishop Harrison Center Community Room

We will be focusing on actions we can take leading up to the November elections.  Tell us what actions you are interested in? Take this short survey.



  • Welcome & Announcements 

  • Have you been knocking on doors? Tell us what you are hearing at the doors.

  • Climate Justice Team – Micron

  • Indivisible Onondaga County

    • Unity Event: July 9th in Syracuse 

    • November Election

  • State & Local Action Team: 

    • I81 / Community Grid Updates

    • NYS Legislature Session Review

    • Local Government


Early Voting for the Primary Elections Now Open Through June 23!


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.


Action Alerts

 An Appeal for Support from Syracuse Cultural Workers Founders

We know there is a market and great appreciation for our calendars, posters, T-shirts and other products which inspire the people and social movements of today. Our vision is a common one – a world where people can thrive without violence, persecution or oppression, where we collaborate to nourish and sustain all life on this planet Earth.


There are folks everywhere who would resonate with our products, but aren’t yet aware of them. And that’s where you come in. With your donations, we can expand our campaign to reach more people, sell more products and raise the cultural consciousness of the country. You can also share information about our work by sharing our emails, social media posts and paper catalogs.


Please make a donation here. Know that you are contributing to a safer, more peaceful world. Thanks so much for your ongoing support!





 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. The agency would then determine whether to hold a hearing.

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 FOCUS Greater Syracuse Citizens Academy Fall 2024

September 4 – November 13, 2024

Citizens Academy Is Searching For Its Next Exceptional Cohort!

Citizens Academy is an 11-week educational program that informs community members how local governments are organized, and how services are funded and delivered. The program is a place to learn about community involvement through an integrated approach to economic vitality, social equity, and a healthy environment.

Apply Here by Aug. 1



Articles of the Week

Critics, Supporters of Rep. Brandon Williams Attend Town Hall in Clay

Members of the CNY Solidarity Coalition demonstrated before Rep. Brandon Williams’ (R-Syracuse) town hall meeting in Clay Wednesday evening.(6/29/24)

Judy Jerome took part and said the demonstration was an exercise of her First Amendment rights.

…She said her experience at a previous town hall in Verona sums up the situation.

“You are not allowed to raise your hand and question from the audience. You are not allowed to follow up with a question if you have a question to his answer. It’s a monologue,” she said

Read it on Newhouse



From Gaza to Sudan, Number of Global Armed Conflicts Reach New Post-WWII High

The world saw the highest number of state-based conflicts last year since the end of World War II, as fighting raged in Gaza, Ukraine, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and other areas. That’s the finding of a new report from the Peace Research Institute Oslo. Siri Rustad, research director at the Norwegian think tank, tells Democracy Now! that it’s a worrying trend. “The three past years are the three most violent years since the Cold War,” she says.

Read it on Democracy Now



Zoom with Czarny: Stacy Finney Mayor of Liverpool

On this week’s episode Dustin Czarny speaks with Mayor Stacy Finney of Liverpool. She was part of the Liverpool Together wave that swept the village last year. One of their promises was to give the village voters a choice to move elections to November, which they will put on the village election ballot June 18th. We talked about that and one year as village mayor.


If you live in the Village of Liverpool, Vote Today to move elections to November! Polls are open from 12:00pm to 9:00 p.m. at the Village hall, 310 Sycamore Street, Liverpool.


Watch on


Onondaga County, Syracuse should demand more in exchange for housing tax breaks

The Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) takes this a step further. Under its Workforce Housing Policy, to receive tax breaks, projects with 20 units or more must choose one of the following:

  • Offer at least 20% of all units with affordable rent (defined as 80% or less of the area’s median income).

  • Pay $5,500 (increased last year from $5,000) for each non-affordable unit they construct. This money then goes to the Community Housing Development Fund which is used to underwrite affordable housing.

This policy was adopted in 2019. As of 2023, eight projects had been approved creating 1,133 housing units, of which 243 were affordable. Payments into the Community Housing Development Fund totaled $3.4 million.

Onondaga County’s IDA has set a much lower standard. All housing projects will be eligible for some subsidy while those with at least 10% affordable units could receive higher subsidies.

Read on



Micron’s concrete dilemma: Building the vast complex in Clay conflicts with green promises

To build its massive chipmaking complex in Central New York, Micron Technology would have to pour six times more concrete than it took to build the Pentagon.


Micron would also use four times more steel than is in the Golden Gate Bridge.


Each Micron’s four fabs would cover about 27 acres of land, and the entire fab complex would be about a mile long and a half mile wide. The buildings would stand 165 feet high – higher than the JMA Wireless Dome. Some concrete floors in the three-story fabs would be up to 4 feet thick, Crovella said.


Read on (article by



Taxpayers will subsidize 40% of Micron’s first phase in Central New York

Total tax subsidies from federal, state and local taxpayers for the development in the town of Clay will be $19.9 billion, Micron said in new documents released by the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency. Micron says it will spend $48 billion to build the two fabrication plants, or fabs.


Read on (article by


Event Calendar

Volunteer Orientation: Volunteer with the Workers Center of CNY

Tuesday June 18th – 6:00-7:00 pm

Workers Center in the Center for Peace and Social Justice, 2013 E. Genesee St. Syr or Online

·      Help organize events

·      Website updates

·      Office tasks

·      Sign making

·      Transportation support

If you’re interested in volunteering, please RSVP! Call/text: 215-215-5708



Town of DeWitt will be hosting Juneteenth 2024!!

Wednesday June 19, 2024 12:00 Noon 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

Thursday, 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.


Street Heat: 100 in the Streets for Gaza

Friday, June 21 at 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Corner of Erie Blvd & E. Genesee Street, Dewitt

Since 2008 Street Heat has dedicated Fridays to Gaza! 🇵🇸

📣 We need your help!

💯 Our goal is 100 people at the corner of E. Genesee Street and Erie Blvd in Dewitt, NY. June 21, July 19 and August 15.

☮️ Come join us. Bring your own sign or use‼️ one of ours.


Share & Invite on Facebook




“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

Saturday, 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,


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.


Save the Date

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


Town of Manlius Residents: Public Hearing on purchasing land for $2.8 million

Wednesday, June 26 at 6:30pm

Town of Manlius Town Hall | 301 Brooklea Dr, Fayetteville or on Zoom

The Town of Manlius is considering buying 7.78 acres, currently assessed for $337,800, for $2.8 million dollars as a site for a new town hall and police station. This land will need to be graded and stabilized as it borders an old quarry, costing millions of dollars before any development could occur. The estimate of a new building in 2018 was over $17 million dollars. That would be $20-25 million today not including a $2.8 million dollar land purchase or millions more for making that land buildable. 

If you live in the Town of Manlius, residents have created a website at to learn about concerns. For more information about the public hearing visit the Town of Manlius website.



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.


NYSDOT I-81 Viaduct Project:
Northside/Inner Harbor Open House

Thursday, June 27 at 6:00pm – 8:00pm

One Group Center | 706 North Clinton St, Syracuse

NYSDOT is hosting an open house focused on construction on Syracuse’s Northside and in the Inner Harbor area of Syracuse as part of Contract 3 of the I-81 Viaduct Project. 


Join us at the OneGroup Center on 706 N. Clinton Street in Syracuse anytime between 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to see project renderings, speak to the prime contractor, and ask questions about the construction or schedule.


This open house is part of NYSDOT’s ongoing commitment to public engagement and communication in the construction of transportation projects.


Learn More Here


June FOCUS Forum: Outdoor Experiences in Onondaga County

Friday, June 28, 12:05 pm to 1:00 pm

Registration is free and open to everyone.

Join us for an exciting FOCUS Forum on Onondaga County’s outdoor recreation opportunities! This event is all about organized outdoor experiences for all ages. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a leisurely stroll in nature or seeking an adrenaline-pumping adventure, this FOCUS Forum has something for everyone. 


Conducted via Zoom. Register Here



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.

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: Tom Keck

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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