CNY Solidarity Coalition

United in defense of our community and our neighbors

Action Newsletter: July 2 – July 9, 2024

Community Newsletter & Events

July 2, 2024 – July 9, 2024

From CNY Solidarity

We have candidates! Congratulations to John Mannion who will be on our ballots to represent NY22 in Congress and to Chris Ryan for 50th Senate District


Unfortunately the NY-22 Rally planned for July 9 in Syracuse has been canceled due to an unresolvable conflict with the event. Although we are not gathering together next week we are still united in our cause of defeating MAGA extremism.  


This is a monumentally important election. And while New York has a limited impact on the Presidential race, we have the loudest voice in the congressional election. We can provide the 218th vote — the majority — for a Democratic House of Representatives. 


We have worked to do. Join NY Dems next week for a Canvass Training Session 5:30pm – 7:00pm. Details here. 


CNY Solidarity Coalition Upcoming Meeting Schedule: 


July 21  |  August 11


Action Alerts

July 9 Rally Canceled. Sign up for campaign training and door-knocking

From the NYS Dems: The NY-22 Rally planned for July 9 in Syracuse has been canceled due to an unresolvable conflict with the event as planned. Please join us on July 9 at 5:30pm for campaign training sessions in our Syracuse, Utica, and Auburn offices. We will discuss the details of how we will be talking with voters from now until November, and how real conversations between neighbors will make the difference in electing John Mannion and other good Democrats to office this year.

See the complete announcement on Facebook here

You can RSVP for the training sessions here:




If you would like to commit to knocking on doors, you can sign up to join fellow volunteers at our offices here:






Save the NY HEAT Act!

The NY HEAT Act is important climate and affordability legislation that unfortunately did not pass in the legislative session that ended last month. But we’re not giving up! Instead, we are building grassroots power for next session! During the summer we will have petitions to be signed, but first we are asking folks to sign up here to schedule a in-district constituent meetings with your Assemblymembers for the upcoming months. When you sign up, Lisa Marshall of Renewable Heat Now will connect with you to provide background, sample letters, guidance, and materials. We will build a team, so please sign up today. The support of Central New York Assemblymembers is key in the effort to pass NY HEAT! 



Syracuse Cultural Workers is committed to defeating Trump

We want to create new tools which can make a difference. Please take a few minutes to share your impressions of these two potential yard signs, and to let us know if you have other ideas for slogans, images or products which you think would be useful. 

Respond Here


 Submit Micron Comments to the Army Corps by July 31st!

DEADLINE EXTENDED! We now have until July 31, 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.

Request that the Army Corps hold a public hearing. For resources to help you write your comments visit:   

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.

Read Article on


Donate to World Central Kitchen for Gaza

Our teams in Gaza continue to scale efforts, serving thousands of meals every day to Palestinian families.

We’re building a new high-capacity Field Kitchen in Khan Younis which will be capable of cooking tens of thousands of meals a day.

The kitchen will be named after Zomi, a WCK team member killed in an IDF attack.

Donate now to help us keep cooking.





Articles of the Week

US supreme court rules Trump has ‘absolute immunity’ for official acts

Trump is accused of overseeing a sprawling effort to subvert the 2020 election, including two counts of conspiring to obstruct the certification of the election results, conspiring to defraud the government, and conspiring to disenfranchise voters

…In waiting until the end, the conservative majority played into Trump’s benefit and legal strategy of trying to delay any trial as much as possible.

Read it in The Guardian



“Power Grab”: SCOTUS Overturns 4 Decades of Federal Regulatory Control, Hands Power to Courts

In the 6-3 ruling, the court’s conservative majority overturned a precedent known as the Chevron doctrine that stems from a Reagan-era ruling called Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council, which established that judges should defer to federal agencies on interpreting a law if Congress did not specifically address the issue. We speak with Mustafa Ali, former head of the environmental justice program at the Environmental Protection Agency, who describes it as “a very devastating decision,” and to The Nation‘s justice correspondent, Elie Mystal.


Read or Listen on DemocracyNow




If you haven’t heard about Project 2025, here’s an excellent intro:

The Right Has A Terrifying Second Trump Term Plan Called Project 2025

“Project 2025” is a plan to execute what amounts to a comprehensive authoritarian takeover of American government. Broadly speaking, it envisions a vast expansion of presidential power over the executive branch. Moreover, “Project 2025” seeks to dismantle certain parts of government, the administrative state, and federal agencies – while simultaneously mobilizing and weaponizing others. And finally, “Project 2025” is a promise to purge from government anyone who is not all in on the Trumpist project and replace them with loyalists and ideological conformists.


Read it on Substack


Family, friends, strangers gather to mourn 13-year-old Nyah Mway, who was fatally shot by Utica officer

Speakers at the vigil said Nyah and his family immigrated to the United States nine years ago from Burma to seek safety from wars and military and police violence.

“This country is supposed to be a country of freedom, a country of peace,” Yadana Oo said to the group of supporters. “What’s going on? Did we run from one persecutor to another?”

Read on  |  PSL Syracuse Demands Justice




Should solar and wind farms be fully taxable? Onondaga County lawmakers to decide

County officials say they now want to opt out of the exemption and make renewable energy systems fully taxable.


“I don’t know anything about the politics in Onondaga County on this one. But I’ve certainly seen it done in other counties. That flat-out refusal to negotiate a PILOT at all has been a tactic of people opposing projects,” said Wells, executive director of Alliance for Clean Energy New York.


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Event Calendar

Haudenosaunee Social Dancers –

Saturday, July 6, approximately: 11 am and 2 pm
Iroquois Museum, 324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave, NY 12092

ONOTA’A:KA, from the Haudenosaunee community of Oneida in central New York is led by Wes Halsey. Onota’a:ka uses dance as a way to raise awareness of the diversity and uniqueness of Native traditions. Performances include a repertoire that encourages participation. By offering the audience an opportunity to take part Onota’a:ka seeks to create a foundation for understanding that endures beyond the afternoon’s presentation.



NY Dems: Central NY Canvass Training Session

Tuesday, July 9, 5:30 – 7:30pm EDT

132 E Genesee St, Syracuse NY 13202.

Join us to learn how you can help elect Democrats up and down the ballot at this Canvass Training Session in Syracuse! With the General Election fast approaching, we need ALL HANDS ON DECK to turn out voters this year!

Have questions? Email Jenna Azeez, at

Details here.



Save the Date

Immigrant Tea Time

Thu, July 18, 5pm – 6pm

Immigrant Tea Time is an online community discussion group hosted by the New York Immigration Coalition. Participation is free and open to everyone, whether you are an immigrant, refugee, family, friend, or ally. If you are interested in learning about social issues, community organizing, current events, and more, please join us! Questions? Please contact Bryan Lee (

The New York Immigration Coalition, a state-wide, member-led coalition of immigrant and refugee organizations, works to transform the lives of all New Yorkers by strengthening and building our members’ power, organizing and educating our communities and the public, and using our collective voice to advocate for opportunity and justice.

Sign up


Haudenosaunee Poets Kahsenniyo Kick and Kenzie Allen at ArtRage

July 18, 2024 – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13203

As a closing event for our current exhibition, “Ben Altman: I Own This Stolen Land” we welcome poets Kahsenniyo Kick and Kenzie Allen to perform at ArtRage. Footage from their 2023 performance in Danby, NY (on the site of the “Stolen Land” project) has been on view as part of this exhibition.  Sarah Buffet, Project Manager of the Gayogohó:nǫˀ Learning Project will lead a discussion after the poetry reading. 


More Info Here




July FOCUS Forum: Community Need and Community Action in Onondaga County

Friday, July 19, 12:05 pm to 1:00 pm


Join us for a FOCUS Forum on People’s Equal Action and Community Effort, Inc. (PEACE, Inc.), its pursuit of Community Action in Onondaga County, and its recently released Community Needs Assessment

The forum will discuss community action, share findings from PEACE, Inc.’s report, and spur discussion about the necessary steps to ensure everyone within our community can benefit from the potential socioeconomic renewal offered through Micron, the I-81 project, and more.

During this free, virtual FOCUS Forum, a moderated Q&A session will follow the presentation. This will provide you with a chance to ask your questions. Don’t forget we will be taking questions submitted during registration. 

You can access the PEACE, Inc.’s Community Needs Assessment here. It is free and all are encouraged to read/use it.

Panelists from PEACE, Inc.

 This online forum will be conducted via Zoom. Registration is free and open to everyone.

Register Here 


Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival

Stop at the Syracuse Peace Council Booth and visit CNY Solidarity Coalition

Help CNY Solidarity at the table: Fill out Google Form to Volunteer 


Friday, July 26: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, July 27: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, July 28: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Arts & Crafts – The 2024 Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival will feature around 150 artists and crafters representing 19 U.S. States and Canada. Visitors can shop and browse among the art and craft exhibits showcasing an exceptionally wide selection of contemporary arts and crafts, from functional to decorative.

Performing Arts – The festival also features the performing arts. A full schedule of free continuous entertainment will include street performances by musicians, costumed ethnic dance groups, and local singers/songwriters.


Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival


Syracuse Peace Council at the Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival 


Join us and table at the Festival! We will be part of the Montgomery Street Arts Collective. Founded by Alberta Pepin and Walt Shepperd, the collective provides grants to organizations whose youth art programs support underserved communities. 

Each vendor makes a donation of their profits which are then donated to youth programs like the YMCA’s Creative Writing Programs, the Onondaga Nation School Art Dept., La Casita Cultural Center, The Community Folk Art Gallery and the Westcott Community Center afterschool art program on the Eastside. 

We need you to come and help us out over the 3 days. Please click the link here to find a volunteer form. 



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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