WNY Peace Center Weekly Update – June 13, 2016

WNY Peace Center Weekly Update – June 13, 2016                   Contact: 716-332-3904

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Emergency Trip To Albany to Stand for Our Right to Boycott, Divest & Sanctioning; and Against Governor Cuomo’s illegal Anti-BDS Executive Order.
This Wednesday June 15, 6am departure. Carpooling at UB South Campus Park and Ride Lot on Main St. (across from Tim Horton’s). Call 716 931-3520 if coming.

Latin America Solidarity Committee

27th US-Cuba Friendship Caravan – Monday June 20, 5pm
Celebrate with a backyard BBQ! Food, live music, dancing, and camaraderie!
With Bill Nowak and musicians from 5 to 1 Band
Discussion with Manolo representing Pastors for Peace (P4P)
74 Wellington Rd near Hertel. For more info call:  835-4705.

Travel opportunities:
Witness For Peace is offering travel opportunities to the following places. The Latin American Solidarity Committee is offering financial assistance for those interested.
1. Cuba:
Economy & People. July 10-20, 2016
Faith, Politics, Economic & Changing US-Cuban Relations. September 20-29, 2016
Art Culture and Cuban Revolution. November 20-30, 2016
2. Honduras:
Learn from Indigenous and Afro-indigenous Leaders in the face of Economic, Ecological and State Violence. July 16-25, 2016
3. Mexico:
Drug War and Social Control, Militarism and Immigration. January 13-22, 2017
4. Nicaragua
Fair Trade Teen Delegation. June 17-30, 2016
For more information: www.witnessforpeace.org  or 202-547-6112; and/or 716 332-3904

School of the Americas Watch Event: Convergence on the U.S./Mexico Border.
Protest the US and Canadian governments of manipulation and intimidation of Latin American countries. October 7-10, 2016. For more information: SOAW.org/border   202-234-3440; and/or 716 332-3904

Thank you again to the over ten organizations from WNY that assisted in getting people to send encouragement post cards to Gov. Cuomo and Sen. Flanagan regarding the Migrant Workers Fair Practices Act!

Prisoners Rights Taskforce
Continuing Vigil at the holding center including #JusticeForIndia
Every Wednesday 4-5 pm. Erie County Holding Center, 40 Delaware Ave, Buffalo. Town Hall Meeting About the Erie County Holding Center (ECHC)

Camp Peaceprints for Youth 8 to 13
Camp Peaceprints – Pathways to Peace: Monday to Friday July 18-29, 10am-3pm. St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, 2253 Main St, Buffalo.
Alternative summer camp focusing on multifaith and other compassionate views. Skill building includes peaceful conflict resolution, leadership skills, arts, etc. – and swimming! In partnership with SSJ Sr. Karen Klimczak Center for Nonviolence and others. Volunteers and youth assistants welcome.

Resist Militarism! Taskforce
Vigil: Disrupt the death squadron operating at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS):
Join us at the main gate to the NFARS on the 2nd & 4th Thursday each month (June 22) at 3:30-4:30pm (or pick another day of the week and bring a group with signs).
For more information, contact Russell Brown, at 716-570-5200; hobadoxa@me.com.
Meeting: Thursday June 16, 1pm. Five Points Bakery, 44 Brayton (off Rhode Island).

Tent of Abraham Walk and Dinner
Peacewalk of Muslims, Christians and Jews. Dinner to follow at Heim Road Mosque,
Thursday July 16, 5:30pm at North Presbyterian Church Williamsville

REVIVAL RALLY – Help fix our broken prison system
Take Action to reduce the prison population by 50%!!!
Prison is not a Mental Health Institution!
VOICE Buffalo’s Criminal Justice Taskforce, Tuesday June 14, 5:30-6pm
Outside the Old Erie County Courthouse, 92 Franklin St.

Gun Violence and Mental Health Panel
With Michael Ranney, Erie County Commissioner of Mental Health and Dr. Jeffery Grace, psychiatrist.
Wednesday June 15, 7pm. St. Joseph University Parish, Community Center, 3269 Main Street, Buffalo NY 14214. 716.833.0298. Free and open to the public.

Art exhibit: Cassandra, New York City artist, shows her first Buffalo exhibit, “SOULJA – Peace and Love Warriors.” Featuring large prints, bronze sculptures and murals with themes exploring feminism, homosexuality, Latin culture and more. Through Friday July 29.
¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art, 148 Elmwood Avenue in Allentown
Contact for gallery hours: email: Gallery@BuenVivirGallery.org or phone: 716 931-5833.

World Refugee Day 2016
Monday June 20

Come celebrate as the WNY Peace Center joins in the festivities of the 3rd largest Juneteenth Celebration in the World! Tabling, parading, jamming, and contributing to Beloved Community are all parts of it. Participate as you can and will. Call WNYPC at 332-3904 or 931-3520 for more info and/or to commit to part of the schedule. Saturday and Sunday June 18-19, 10am-6pm.
Martin Luther King Park, Buffalo.

Follow up on proposed legislation for Trapping Ban on Grand Island:
On Monday June 6, Grand Island Government Town Workshop changed the proposed legislation [Banning Lethal Sport, For-profit Trapping On All Town Owned Lands] as presented at the April 4, 2016 Public Hearing. Keyword “nuisance” has been omitted.
Without the inclusion of the term “nuisance,” the decision to accept or reject a trapping permit request would be an arbitrary process, one that could ultimately allow sport/recreational/for-profit trapping on public land.
A Public Hearing will be held on Monday, June 20 to receive public input on the new proposed legislation. Supervisor McMurray is working to get a second law presented at that same Public Hearing for the trapping law and it will reportedly include the word “nuisance.”
Given these developments, we would like to please ask that you do two things:
(1) Write to McMurray, Billica, Kinney, and Aronica (and Madigan if you are inclined) to let them know that you would only support Town of Grand Island Code 239-6 with the inclusion of the word nuisance, as was read at the April 4, 2016 Public Hearing; and
(2) Attend the public hearing on Monday, June 20 at 8pm at the G.I. Town Hall and bring supporters.
Request that the Town Clerk enter your communication into the public record regarding Town of Grand Island Code 239-6.

Liberating the Green Hill Beagles
Thursday June 23, 7pm. Burning Books, 420 Connecticut Street, Buffalo.

Prisoners’ Rights Coalition: BARC Freedom School
Thursday June 16, 5pm. Frank E. Merriweather Library Auditorium, 1324 Jefferson Ave, Buffalo. (Town Hall postponed.)

Elmwood Festival of the Arts
Saturday and Sunday Aug 27-28, 10am-5pm.
Come to the WNY Peace Center table on the Cultural Row!

Women In Black – weekly vigil for nonviolence. Every Saturday noon to 1pm. Bidwell and Elmwood. Signs provided. (You don’t need to be a woman or wear black.)

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Victoria (Vicki) Ross
Phone: (716) 931-3520
Email: victoryross9@gmail.com

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Phone: (716) 332-3904


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Victoria Ross
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Chuck Culhane
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Heron Simmonds-Price
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Phone: (716) 768-2986

Russell Brown
Phone: (716) 570-5200
Email: hobadoxa@me.com
Website: http://wnypeace.org/program/ResistMilitarism.php/

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