“We Resist Being Squeezed” Thurs 11-1; Resistance Wkend; more

Wnypeace.org          716-332-3904          Tues, Jan 3, 2017

Dear Friends,

Please join us in justice and solidarity by coming out to two Thursday events:

Thurs, Jan 5, 11am-1pm “We Resist Being Squeezed” – stand in silent vigil lining the street with signs (bring your own statement!) to shame those spending $5,000 for lunch with Kelly Ann Conway, Trump advisor. Tentatively set for Westin Hotel/Delaware North Bldg, 250 Delaware (cnr w Chippewa), Buffalo NY 14202 (check wnypeace.org to see if fundraiser location was changed, which would move our vigil). We, the 3rd poorest city in the country, need the resources being diverted. Come for as short or long as you can! Sponsored include Stronger Together, Interfaith Peace Network, Sierra Club, Working Families Party, the WNY Peace Center, and more.

Thurs, Jan 5, 6-9pm, “Methane: NY’s Dirty Addiction to Shale Gas” viewing, discussion, and action planning. Crane Library, 633 Elmwood Ave (cnr w Highland), Buffalo. Sierra Club, WNY Drillling Defense and WNY Peace Center’s Environmental Justice Taskforce collaborating.

Also please join us for Buffalo Resistance Weekend – see below. Remember, democracy is not a spectator sport. Now’s the time! We Shall Overcome!/Si, se puede!

Happy New Year: our upcoming Best Year Yet (crises=opportunity)!

Solidarity, Justice, Thanks, and – yes, Love.               Victory!

Resistance Weekend (see Nonviolent Direct Action workshops below trips and events listings).

*Trips to DC:
For Fri and Sat events (see CodePink for DC details):
5 seats left, Gathering 10pm Thurs Jan 19 at 1272 Delaware Ave (WNYPC/NRC Bldg, Pkg round back), connecting to bus in Syracuse. Overnight accommodations will be arranged (likely church sanctuary). Return after Friday Inaugural and Saturday Women’s March. $100; sliding scale also available. Call 716-332-3904, or Russell at 716-570-5200.

For Saturday’s Women’s March and Rally:
To book a seat, it is Rallybus.net.  Put in the state and city. It will tell you cost and number of seats left.

Or call the Unitarian Universalist of Buffalo (on Elmwood) for infor on their bus leaving late late Friday for the Women’s March in DC; or the Internat’l Action Ctr for another 2-day trip option.

*Buffalo & WNY Resists during: RESISTANCE WEEKEND

Thursday, Jan 19: Sendoff for two-day DC trip, 10pm, 1272 Delaware (round back). See above.

Friday, Jan 20: “No Trump, No KKK, No Racist USA” March, Niagara Square. (see Facebook). Coordinated by BARC (Buffalo Anti-Racism Coalition).

Saturday, Jan 21:
11am-3pm, Solidarity Hub, coordinated by Stronger Together WNY at The 9th Ward, in Babeville  . Groups are welcome to table and network at this event to connect with potential volunteers; recruit, network, publicize, etc.
12:30, No Hate, No Mandate March and Rally, from the 9th Ward, Delaware & Tupper, marching to Niagara Square for Rally, all in solidarity with the Women’s March in DC. WNY Peace Center coordinating.

All events are cosponsored by BARC, Interfaith Peace Network, Lawyers of the Left – Buffalo Edition, Stronger Together, WNY Peace Center, and more. Planning details still in process and new cosponsorships continue. The Nonviolent Direct Action training below is offered in conjunction with/preparation for the above events.


*TRAINING: Nonviolent Direct Action/De-escalation/Know Your Rights

Come get geared up for purposeful effective nonviolent direct action at rallies, marches, protests, etc; including de-escalation (of oneself and others, knowing your legal rights regarding protests, etc. The 3-hour training will include Gandhian/King’s principles, social work best practices, criminal law, civil rights. Collaboration between Lawyers of the Left – Buffalo Edition, Interfaith Peace Network, NYCLU, the WNY Peace Center, and more.

Wed, Jan 11, 6-9pm; WNY Peace Center, 1272 Delaware Ave, Entrance & Pkg round back.
Sat, Jan 14, 2-5pm; WNY Peace Center, 1272 Delaware Ave, Entrance & Pkg round back.

To register
Call 716-332-3904, or email victoryross9@gmail.com.


*Cariol Horne Whistleblowers’ Fund

The WNY Peace Center has created a fund to support police officers who face reprisals from their department from choosing to strictly uphold their oath to protect and serve the community.  The Peace Center has named this fund after Cariol Horne who saved the life of a citizen, but was fired just prior to earning her 20-year pension.  Our goal is to encourage good police officers in following their moral conscience if and when it conflicts with the infamous blue wall of silence ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_wall_of_silence). So far $565 has been raised in one day.  Please go to https://www.gofundme.com/cariol-horne-whistleblower-fund to contribute. Many Thanks!!

*Buffalo 25

Please contact the U.S. Attorney before Dec. 30 and ask him to drop charges against the Buffalo 25 Mexican restaurant workers who have charges pending.  Five are incarcerated in local jails in outlying counties and three have ankle bracelets. Their only alleged crime is re-entry. The U.S. Attorney is James P. Kennedy, Jr.  His address is: United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York, 138 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202; Telephone 843-5700.

Please send contributions for the Buffalo 25 and their families to: Trinity Episcopal Church (with #Buffalo25 in the memo line of your check), 371 Delaware Ave., Buffalo NY 14202. ¡Muchas Gracias! ¡Si, se puede!


*Standing Rock Water Protection

Tuesdays, 6:30pm Buffalo Supports Standing Rock Water Protectors! Part of Nekanesakt; Friends of the Indigenous People, a coalition. At Burning Books, 420 Connecticut St., Buffalo.

People are still at the camp, as it’s not over ‘til it’s over. From “Honor The Earth”:

“The resistance camps at Standing Rock are more than just opposition to a pipeline – they are the embodiment of a historic resurgence of Indigenous Nations, and a blossoming, multi-racial, grassroots movement to protect our Mother Earth.   It is essential that we carry the energy from this fight forward, to the many other places where fossil fuel infrastructure projects threaten our lands and water.”

You can donate through the Buffalo Supports Standing Rock Water Protectors Group. Warm winter clothes especially outer garments can be brought to Burning Books, 420 Connecticut Ave. Or money can be donated through Riverside-Salem UCC/DC (on line at http://riversidesalem.org/ or via check payable to Riverside-Salem UCC/DC; sent to 3449 West River Road, Grand Island, NY 14072; in either case, be sure to specify “Standing Rock” on memo line of the check.)

Other regularly scheduled efforts in the One Struggle, One Movement:

Fridays 6pm: Stop The Violence Coalition, United Way Bldg, Delaware and Summer Sts.

Saturdays, Noon-1pm: Women In Black. Nonviolence vigil, Bidwell and Elmwood.

Sundays, 4pm Riverside-Salem UCC/DC progressive program and potluck. 3449 West River Road, Grand Island.

Mondays, 1-3pm, Talking Peace with the WNY Peace Center radio show on 91.3FM, WBNY; with Avery Edwards, Vicki Ross, and special guests. Go to wnby.buffalostate.edu or http://tunein.com/radio/WBNY-913-s27549/.

Tuesdays, 6:30pm Buffalo Supports Standing Rock Water Protectors! Part of Nekanesakt; Friends of the Indigenous People, a coalition. At Burning Books, 420 Connecticut St., Buffalo.

2nd and 4th Thurs of month: Resist Militarism! Anti-Weaponized-Drone Vigil at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, 3:30-4:30pm. Call Russell, 570-5200 for carpooling.

1st and 3rd Thurs of month: Interfaith Peace Network meeting and breakfast-luck, 8am-9:30am; NRC 1272 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.


Hope to see you soon!

In Justice, Peace, Truth, and – Why Not Love?           Avery, Peggy, Vicki, and All!