On Hiatus

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2016 at 8:40 am

Independent Media CNY is now on indefinite hiatus.  As Founder and Producer of this blog for 30 months starting in November 2013, I have created 120 posts counting this one (plus many additional social media only posts at Facebook) – that’s one every week – including original writing, political cartoon satire, exclusive audio and video documentation of events, and publication of relevant social and environmental justice press releases to inform about local actions and news happening (many of which went unpublished by our current media outlets).

But I have not created the necessary interest nor activity of additional contributors and collaborators in order to form a working and stable collective that can provide an alternative grassroots media source in CNY.  An idea is worth less without the implementation. My implementation has been to the extent I can muster, but it has been part of the spreading thin of my contributions in various media and topics of interest.

I can only hope that my efforts may inspire others in the future to take up a similar mantle and to work on taking the legs out from corporate media locally and regionally while at the same time working on growing a media vision that relies on contributions by everyday people to a limitless publication platform which is not hindered by space restrictions and advertisements.

This hiatus includes “Art Show On A Vine” which recently merged from an independent project to be under the umbrella of Indy Media CNY.  “Art Show On A Vine” was my experiment in using the Vine video app platform for sharing and promoting local art by broadcasting a snippet of all artworks on display at various shows throughout the city, encouraging in-person visits and patrons.  It was fun to produce and is fun to look back upon.

That having been said, I hope you will join me in supporting and developing two local media sources that I find to be extremely valuable to our community.

First, SPARK!, Syracuse’s new independent FM radio station to be broadcast at 93.5 on the dial (103.3 in Liverpool).  In addition to a focus on local music, and original topical programming, there is room for a daily news program reporting the peoples’ news that goes uncovered locally.

Second, The Peace Newsletter, a publication of the Syracuse Peace Council, which doesn’t shy away from taking on the toughest topics to continue to educate and instigate us about the ravages of neo-liberalism, the war economy, and social injustices.

Simplicity, Sharing, and Stability to all ~ Frank Cetera


BLM Upstate NY Meets With Senator Bernie Sanders

In politics, Racial Justice on April 12, 2016 at 10:41 am

April 11, 2016

Today, organizers from the Black Lives Matter chapter of Upstate NY had a private meeting with Presidential hopeful, Bernie Sanders. The meeting occurred shortly before the Senator addressed an over-capacity crowd at The Washington Avenue Armory in Albany. We were joined by family members of Donald “Dontay” Ivy—a Black man who was unconstitutionally stopped and killed by the Albany Police Department last April.

Our decision to meet with Senator Sanders is not in any way an endorsement of his candidacy for President. This was, however, an opportunity to use the Senator’s platform and influence to further our demands for racial justice on a national level. We appreciate that the Senator has continued to fine tune his message regarding existing racial disparities, and we believe that is a direct response to the tactics employed by dedicated activists and communities of color around the country.

Senator Sanders also took the time to speak to the family of Dontay Ivy. The family explained—often through tears—how Dontay was racially profiled and stopped, before being tased to death mere feet from his home. Sanders, like many other Democratic candidates, conveyed his regret that Black Americans are routinely and disproportionately brutalized, harassed, imprisoned, surveilled, and scrutinized by law enforcement. During the exchange Sanders stated, “What we don’t have yet is a culture in this country that says to the police department that lethal force […] is a last resort—not a first resort. Clearly in [Dontay’s] case that could have been dealt with in a hundred different ways.” Although we are disappointed that the Senator did not specifically reference Dontay Ivy in his address today, we intend to hold Senator Sanders and his team to their agreement to look into the Ivy case and be more purposeful and vigilant in amplifying the issues facing Black and Brown citizens. We expect to have further dialogue with the Sanders campaign, and look forward to meeting with the national staff for a follow up conversation.

It’s worth noting that Sanders did address several of our grievances during his speech. However, we also take note of what was not addressed. In addition to excluding Dontay Ivy, Sanders did not mention to our satisfaction a meaningful redistribution of resources—specifically to communities of color. He did not mention that even the most well-intentioned police officers are complicit in causing harm to Black and Brown people, and are rarely (if ever) held accountable when they do. He did not mention the limitations of police reform, and that trainings and “safer” weapons won’t undo the systematic oppression of Black neighborhoods. He did not mention that Albany, like most cities, lack any multi-service community centers or significant resources serving the most marginalized. He did not mention that New York is one of only two states where children over the age of 16 are automatically treated as adults, and how that disproportionately impacts children of color. He did not mention Black Lives Matter.

While we understand that words are a far cry from action, we agree with Angela Davis’ recent sentiment acknowledging the merits of Black activists “participating in this electoral period” and “forcing candidates to speak on issues which they might not speak.” Only a massive shift in our national consciousness will create a climate where ANY candidate or elected official will be have no choice but to unapologetically defend and uplift Black lives.

In solidarity,
Black Lives Matter, Upstate NY

A Crude Reality: Oil Fueling Renewables for Capitalist System

In Capitalism, Energy, Interpretive Editorial, Uncategorized on March 6, 2016 at 10:37 am

The new year of 2016 has proven quickly that recession is continuing to prevent us from a working, efficient world economy.  Closely linked to this phenomenon is a rugged, dirty economy that has made its way across the globe through groups of various competitive business owners and oil sucking hopefuls.  While many countries, like India and China; are working their way into an industrialized world economy as working class nation-states within a world economy, the oil industry is still a key resource and non-renewable dependency that globalization is contingent on.  Despite changing thoughts of ethics and morals when it comes to energy, the price of a barrel of oil reached a twelve-year low in the beginning of 2016 and now proves to be the answer to the United States avoiding another recession.  

This January in 2016, at a new ten-year low of $26.55, the price of oil per barrel has now ensured investors security, a basis to a process of expected cleansing and renewal within the dirtiest economy on the face of the planet. The new year seems to be the most volatile market yet as smaller and less efficient oil companies and producers are expected to run out of business.  Capitalism is a key component to this crumbling business economy as the largest corporations will be fit for the long hull with investments secured in studies of gas, bio-fuel and other environmentally sustainable solutions backed by credible research.   Have you made an investment in your own future this year?

Removing the dependency of oil and other non-renewable resources is now a goal of many but also an issue related closely to political chaos and scientific suicide.  Political organizations and candidates alike have been campaigning upon promises and ideas of renewable energy throughout the past decade.  Others have taken the chance to make political gains with hopes that their partisan organization has something in store for them personally because they can deny the effects of global warming and climate change on the television.  Marco Rubio, a Senator from Florida and presidential hopeful has been on Face the Nation twice now, repealing his first denial of scientific climate change by saying, “I do not believe in climate change in the same way some of these people out there are trying to make us believe” (, 0:13).  The Rubio campaign is still a possibility in 2016 as the last major botch from the candidate was when he broke a molar on a frozen Twix bar last week, however; with any more denials of climate change and global warming you can count on the towel from the Rubio campaign in 2016.  

Times are changing, so are candidates; will political organization be next?  Tragedy within the British Petroleum corporation during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill couldn’t stop money from still flowing into Europe’s back pocket, emergency funds from other competitive corporations like British Gas would ensure the production of oils and gases for consumption would be a reality in Europe to support the working world economy.  Importantly; on a serious note, the year 2030 has now become a campaign of itself; demanding alternative energy sources as a point of business that Green Party members throughout the United States hold dear to themselves, as talks in the past between the major political organizations had been marked as a goal for the year 2050!  The reality of the situation is crude larger oil production companies are able to stay in business because of the investments they have in renewable energy sources and research they have done within those fields within the same company.  

It is no secret in today’s world that a good investment into the future can be the saving grace later in life and during retirement.  Prices on the New York Stock Exchange throughout the month of February have also affirmed that the recent prices of a barrel of oil have proven to be a solid investment and answer to the ailing thoughts of another recession. A larger surprise; a record twelve-year low was recorded by Bloomberg Business at $26.14 a barrel this month (   An article from CNBC explains the situation upon market close, as of four o’clock in the afternoon on February 17th; EST, “US oil closes 1.36% lower, or 40 cents, at $29.04 a barrel” (  The oil industry is staying active and the continual dependency upon non-renewables like petroleum and liquid natural gas as resources within the process of globalization and industrial globalization is a back bone to the future.  Corporations in the oil industry providing oil services throughout the world are and have been the reason for many things happening around the world; terrorism, just and unjust war but also daily transportation, public transportation and shipping are dependent of oil.     

Right now I would like to invite you all to the battle royal of the lasting oil production and oil service companies in the United States, pay attention in 2016.  As for now we will be watching the most fit oil corporations flex, show their muscles as they endure the competitive nature of the alternative energy age in which all larger oil productions companies, ironically, have investments in new renewable energy concepts and plans for business in the future.  Even though you can think oil is out of the question today as an investment with all the new renewable energy sources, oil sinks to all times lows; many countries are ready to trade and for those who are, it means business as barrels of oil reach highs of $35.00 daily during market hours ( Good luck, dive head first when diving!

Weston Hoy, Syracuse, NY.

Wes holds a degree in Political Science from Syracuse University and is a local peace, justice, race, and economics activist.