#waterislife; >daily events; note community plan 2/12; Wnypc 2/18. ?

Dear Friends,               716-332-3904

We are grateful for and proud of the vibrant courage, commitment and
compassion coming from the WNY community. You’ll find many was to help
with that below.

First a few brief key announcements for WNY Peace Center members and our

* Kay Arsem, faithful WNY Peace Center volunteer, just passed away
recently at 93. Kay, who’d been living in Ithaca near family, was a
well-read, articulate AVP facilitator, always supporting the right causes.
Her devoted service to the WNYPC and the community will be gratefully
remembered always.

* Community Movement Planning session, Sun, Feb 12, 1:30pm at 1272
Delaware Ave (entrance & pkg round back). Both break-out session by issue
as well as movement-building!

* The WNYPC’s quarterly membership meeting will be Sat., Feb 18, at 2pm at
1272 Delaware Ave (entrance & pkg round back). Come review, reassess, and
help us plan! Potluck as well.

* Lastly, please join us TODAY, Sunday, 1/29, 1pm in Niagara Square for
“Water is Life Walk on Buffalo.” We’ll walk Lower Terrace thru the Naval &
Military Park to Canalside.

And there are so many events following – plenty, daily! – Please pace
yourself tho. Self-care is important too. We are in it for the long haul
and, yes, We shall overcome!!

Peace/Salam/Shalom/Shanti! Nya weh/Asanti/Gracias/Tashakor/Thanks!!

SUNDAY, Jan 29, WATER IS LIFE WALK on Buffalo; 1pm start in Niagara Square

WATER IS LIFE WALK calls on all water protectors to publicize the recent
terrible threats posed by Trump’s recent Executive Orders. We will protect
our water, environment, indigenous peoples and lands, and above all our
children to the 7th Generation. We walk to protect our lakes and
watersheds against Big Oil and Big Gas; to call for clean water,
countering threats such as lead poisoning in Flint MI and elsewhere.

We stand for renewable energy and against fossil fuels. Donald Trump and
his administration are enabling cronies to squeeze the last of the quick
big money out of the fossil fuels, but the people and the planet pay the

Cohosts include Buffalo Supports Standing Rock Water Protectors; Buffalo
Solidarity with Standing Rock; Indigenous Women’s Initiatives; Burning
Books; Sierra Club, WNYPC, more!!

Monday, Jan 30, 1-3pm, Talking Peace with the WNY Peace Center radio show
on 91.3FM, WBNY; with Avery Edwards, Vicki Ross. Special Women’s show,
with guests Leela Shigone and Jennifer Marmion. Go to
wnby.buffalostate.edu or http://tunein.com/radio/WBNY-913-s27549/.

Mon, Jan 30, 7-9pm, Letter-Writing Night. 3 Locations: Classics V, 2425
Niagara Falls Blvd, Amherst, NY 14228; Erie Co Democratic Com Hdqurters,
671 Seneca St, Buffalo, NY 14210;
Whimsy by Kelly, 3495 Delaware Ave, Kenmore, NY 14223. Stronger Together WNY.

Tues, Jan 31, 5-7pm, Dr. Bernice King, Niagara University Castellani Art
Museum, 5795 Lewiston Rd., Niagara University NY 14109. Chief Executive
Officer of the King Center and youngest daughter of beloved Rev. Dr.
Martin Luther King, will speak. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity:
spirituality cannot be taught, it must be caught. Free and open to the

Truthful Tuesdays, Jan 31, 3pm, Rally at Schumer’s Office: Oppose Trump’s
Swamp Cabinet; 130 South Elmwood Ave., Buffalo. Signs welcome! More info
re #SwampCabinet below under campaigns

**And/or, similarly two days after.

Thurs, Feb 2, 12-1pm, Rally for Sen Schumer to Resist Trump!; 130 South
Elmwood Ave., Buffalo. Signs welcome!

**back to Weds, Feb 1, Red Warrior and MAMAS, Buffalo State Col, 6:30 PM –
9:00 PM at Social Hall at the student union, buffalo state college, 1600
elmwood buffalo, ny

Environmental Justice Taskforce Meeting Thursday, Feb 2 (Ground Hog Day),
6pm, Crane Library, 633 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo NY 14222

* Northern Access Pipeline – Emergency! We hear public comment may be on
Feb 13-15, which seems to say they’re closing in on it!!

Click here to see what you can do:



Monday Feb 6, March on Dept.of Labor, Noon at Niagara Square, Buffalo.
Rally and March to oppose Trump’s pick to head the Dept. of Labor, Andrew
Pudzer, who openly supports management and NOT LABOR. See you there!!!
Join the PeaceAction NYS campaign at No Fear, No Hate, No Nukes.

You can sign on individually or sign up your organization. We’ll be
organizing congressional visits during the week of February 20; more info
as it becomes available. Meanwhile please sign on!


Join with us to urge Sen. Schumer to do – and laud Sen. Gillibrand for
doing – absolutely everything possible to block the #SwampCabinet that
Trump is pushing! The epitome of foxes proposed to guard chicken house!
You can join us on Tues 1/31 at 3pm or Thurs 2/2 at Noon in front of his
office, 130 South Elmwood. Sending snail mail and signing petitions is
also good if calls (202-224-3121) aren’t going through!

Info re Cabinet and Other Proposed Officials:

*Rex Tillerson: APPROVED by committee!! inappropriate as Secretary of
State as he, as former Chair & CEO of Exxon-Mobile, has had substantial
business dealings with Russia
and lobbied for ending sanctions to enable a proposed contract between
Exxon-Mobile and Russia – egregious conflicts of interest.

*Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn: outrageous as National Security Advisor as his
Islamophobic remarks include claiming sharia law is spreading in this
country (when it isn’t) and his having been a paid lobbyist for the
Turkish Government shows his mercenary attitude toward national security.

*Mike Pompeo: JUST APPROVED!!! One of the most partisan to ever head the
CIA, Mike Pompeo has denounced President Obama’s closing of black-site
prisons, advocated for bulk retention of calling records (ie spying on
entire populace without probable cause), and denounced adherence to the
rules of the Army Field Manual in interrogations.

*Sen. Jeff Sessions: inappropriate as Atty Gen as he has a history of racism,
AND recently couldn’t affirm that irreligious persons may be just as correct
as others in assessing law.

*Steve Mnuchin: inappropriate as Treasury Secretary
as he has made millions on leaving the bank he directed that undertook
foreclosures on homeowners on trivial excuses.

*Scott Pruitt: inappropriate for leading the Environmental Protection Agency
as he is (outrageously) a climate change denier (!!) and has sued the
EPA 11 yes eleven times.

*Betsy Devos: inappropriate as Education Secretary as she doesn’t support
public education and does support guns in schools!!

*Ben Carson: inappropriate to lead Housing and Urban Development as his only
experience in this area is having grown up in public housing.

*and more …..


Buffalo Supports Standing Rock Water Protectors! URGENT

Trump just approved the Dakota Access Pipeline and Keystone pipelines!!
See Water is Life Walk on Buffalo, first event listed above, 1/29, 1pm
start Niagara Square.

Weekly meeting Tuesdays, 6:30pm. Burning Books, 420 Connecticut St.,
Buffalo. Alternate
weeks (i.e., January 24) the group focuses on No Pipelines (re NAPL,
Enbridge). Part of Nekanesakt; Friends of the Indigenous People, a

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 St., Buffalo. Money can be donated on-line
through Riverside-Salem UCC/DC (http://riversidesalem.org/ . (Specify
Rock.”) and/or make check contributions for Standing Rock Water Protectors
(with “Standing Rock” on the memo line of your check) Payable to: Riverside-
Salem UCC/DC (write “Standing Rock” on the memo line of your check)
3449 West River Road Grand Island, NY 14072



2nd and 4th Thurs of month, next one February 9: Resist
Militarism! Anti-Weaponized-Drone Vigil at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station,
3:30-4:30pm. Call Russell, 570-5200 for carpooling.


Cariol Horne Whistleblowers’ Fund This fund, created by the WNYPC, was
a to support police officers who face reprisals from their department for
choosing to strictly uphold their oath to protect and serve the community.
The fund is named for Cariol Horne, former police officer, who faced
when she saved the life of a citizen who was being subjected to excessive
force on her duty. She was fired just prior to earning her 20-year pension.
The goal of the fund is to encourage good police officers to follow their
conscience if and when it conflicts with the infamous blue wall of silence.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_wall_of_silence). The firs day $565 was
raised. Please go to
https://www.gofundme.com/cariol-horne-whistleblower-fund to contribute.
Many Thanks!!


No more calls to the U.S. Attorney’s office are wanted at this time. Thank

Please send contributions for the Buffalo 25 and their families Payable to
Trinity Episcopal Church (with #Buffalo25 on the memo line of your check)

Trinity Episcopal Church 371 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, NY 14202.


Upcoming Allies’ Events

(To submit items for consideration, please email to
weeklynews@wnypeace.org. )


We Are Women Warriors, Community Conversation to Develop a Plan for the
Next Mayor of Buffalo, Weds, Feb 1, 5:30-7:45pm, Merriweather Library,
1324 Jefferson Ave. Sponsored by Betty Jean Grant.

Prisoners Are People Too, Monthly meeting Monday Jan 30, Pratt Willert
Community Center, 422 Pratt St, 7-9pm, with Hip-Hop artist “Fonz” Carter.
Karima amin 716-491-5319.


Immigrants and Refugees: Know Your Rights Session

Saturday, Feb 4, Noon to 4pm, Jericho Road, 184 Barton St (Side parking
lot entrance). Come listen and speak to community groups and area lawyers
about issues that might affect you. You can get your questions answered by
attorneys and experts in the area.


Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties (NACS)
All Our Relations Project (AOR) The “All Our Relations” project is aimed
at increasing the mutual respect, understanding, and collaborations between
Native and Non-Native groups, organizations, persons, and others, as well
as contributing to the health and wellbeing of the Native American community
& friends. Free Cultural competency training in a wide variety of areas,
voluntary case management, and many Native cultural programs. To register,
call Pete Hill, 716 874-2797, ext 348, or phill@nacswny.org
Save the Dates:
*Friday February 3, 1-4:30pm. “Expanding Trauma-Informed Care from
to Communities – A Native American Perspective.” Pete Hill (Cayuga, Heron
NACS’ Niagara Falls office, 1522 Main St. (Inside Family and Children’s
Services, Niagara Falls, NY 14305 *Tuesday February 14, 1-4:30pm:
“Addressing Unresolved Historical Trauma – A Native American Path towards
Healing for All Our Relations” in honor of Black History Month. Pete Hill
(Cayuga, Heron Clan) Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Branch Library, 1324 Jefferson
Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14208 *Friday, February 17, 1-4:30pm: “Traditional
Teachings of the Good Mind”, Michael Martin (Onondaga, Beaver Clan).
NACS office, 1005 Grant Street. *Friday, February 24, 1-3:30pm:
“Traditional Teachings of the Good Mind”, Michael Martin (Onondaga, Beaver
Clan). John Duke Senior Center, 1201 Hyde Park Blvd., Niagara Falls, NY


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

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

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

Sundays, 4pm Riverside-Salem UCC/DC progressive program and potluck. 3449
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. Burning Books,
420 Connecticut St., Buffalo. Alternate weeks (ie, Jan 10) the group focuses
on No Pipelines (re NAPL, Enbridge).

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 Bldg, 1272 Delaware Ave. Parking round back.


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