50th Annual Dinner with: AMY GOODMAN!, Democracy Now!, Nov 3

Dear Friends,
As you know, the WNY Peace Center is celebrating its 50th year, and our Annual Dinner our keynote speaker is the trail-blazing beacon of Democracy Now!,

************           AMY GOODMAN!!!!            **************

Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 1,400 public television and radio stations worldwide.

Amy has won many awards. The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard honored Goodman with the 2014 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence Lifetime Achievement Award. She has co-authored 6 NYTimes best-sellers. The Independent of London called Amy Goodman and Democracy Now! “an inspiration,” and we do too!!

Friday, Nov. 3, doors will open at 5pm, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Tickets will be available at that time. Come ahead.

Just remember that, as Rev. Dr. King said, “ …. Unarmed Truth and Unconditional Love will have the final word in Reality …. And We Shall Overcome!!  Peace and Love.


Event Listings (see wnypeace.org/calendar for more events and details)


Mayoral Candidate Debate – Burchfield-Penney
Thurs, August 17, 7pm-8:30pm

The candidates for mayor of Buffalo competing in the Sept. 12 Democratic primary will debate the issues in a forum in the Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave.

WNYPC Communications Committee
Thurs, Aug 17, 5:30-6:30pm, WNYPC/NRC, 1272 Delaware Ave, Buffalo (entrance & parking round back of building). Come help with key elements of our media including FB, twitter, and our new Instagram.

WNYPC 50th Annual Dinner Committee Meeting
Thurs, Aug 17, 6:30-7:30pm, WNYPC/NRC, 1272 Delaware Ave, Buffalo (entrance & parking round back of building). Come out to help with this monumental event, to be held Fri, Nov 3, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center; with a superb surprise nationally known keynote speaker AMY GOODMAN, of Democracy Now!

Sierra Writers Group Lecture
Thurs, Aug 17, 6-7:30pm, Ryan McPherson, UB Chief Sustainability Officer, will present his plan for 100 MW solar PV for Buffalo and beyond; at the Crane Library, 633 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo.

Gathering In Support of Charlottesville (FB), Saturday, Aug 19, 6-11pm, Sugar City, 1239 Niagara St. Put on by Steak & Cake Records, with co-sponsors WNYPC and more.

Racial Justice Taskforce
Speak Out for Ethical Peace Officers – District D
Tues, Aug 22, 6:30-8:30pm. Continuing our series of Speak-Out Re Ethical Peace Officers, this time in D District; at the North Buffalo Community Center, 203 Sanders Rd, Buffalo. Police, public officials, and mayoral candidates will be invited, and all are welcome. Recruitment, Training, Personnel and Advancement Policies, Accountability and more will be discussed, in the inform-reform-transform paradigm.

Oscar Lopez Rivera & the anti-colonial struggle of Puerto Rico
Weds, Aug 23, 7-9pm. Join us at Burning Books 420 Connecticut St. with Alberto Cappas, Meg Starr and Matt Meyer. Cosponsored by Burning Books, Books by Alberto Cappas, and the WNY Peace Center.
Elmwood Festival of the Arts
Sat, Aug 26, 10am-6pm; Sun, Aug 27, 10am-5:30pm.
Join us both at our table on Environmental Row, near Lafayette & Elmwood, and also at our main table on Cultural Row, Breckinridge, especially at 2-4pm Saturday when we’ll have a
PARTY FOR PEGGY. Yes, as you may know, Peggy Matteliano, our current office manager, will retire, though she’ll still stay on with the WNYPC as a volunteer. We also welcome Bonnie Golden-Lindsey, who’ll be our office manager now. PLEASE JOIN US AS WE CELEBRATE!! And anytime!!

Sept 16, 4th Annual Peace-Justice-Nonviolence Festival & Walk – more important than ever! We’ll start at 11am with tabling and a Children&Youth (C&Y) story-building workshop to develop a short play based-on peace, justice and nonviolence (lead by SUNY Buffalo State’s Anne Frank Project); continue with an interfaith intercultural program at 1pm; and the C&Y-created play at 1:30pm; with Walk at 1:45pm. All at Canalside!! Music, food, fun and inspiration! All are welcome!!Add your other group(s) to the 150 partners by contacting Tom Casey caseytpc@aol.com; as a sponsor ($), by contacting Paul McQuillen wnycoalition.paul@gmail.com; and/or as a tabler, Sr. Maureen Harris maureenharris14301@yahoo.com.


Economic Justice Taskforce
Please continue to STOP The Attempts to repeal and/or de-fund the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare) by calling our US senators and reps. And call our state senators and ask them to support The New York Health Act, the bill to guarantee health care to all New Yorkers, passed the NY State Assembly for the third consecutive year in 2017. Call now to help #PassNYHealth in the State Senate. Contact info is on our website wnypeace.org/governmental-contact-info/). Learn more nyhcampaign.org

Resist Militarism! Taskforce
Support Roots Action’s call for a ban of weaponized drones. Our government is setting up killer drone bases all over the country and all over the world. The 107th Attack Squadron at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station is slated to begin assassinations from there by the end of the year, possibly the end of the summer. It is past time to grow the opposition to these horrors. Ban Weaponized Drones:
Immigrant & Refugee Justice Taskforce
Please call your NYS Assembly Members and ask them to support NYS ASSEMBLY Bill #4050. The subject Greenlight program restores access to drivers’ licenses to all community members, to avoid abusive immigration enforcement.  For more info, please go to
https://www.facebook.com/GreenLightNY/; Green Light Petition
Vive la Casa, shelter for people awaiting documents and/or sanctuary, desperately needs toiletries, razors, toothbrushes, sanitary napkins/maxipads, storage shelves, baskets for storage and of course, CASH.
(Checks to Jericho Road/VIVE) 50 Wyoming St., Buffalo, NY 14211, 892-4354.
Please support the Sanctuary Church, Pilgrim St. Luke’s UCC, (Utica and Richmond, Buffalo, NY 14222), with CASH to support the construction of showers.
For more info, call Rev. Justo Gonzales, (989-9207 or 885-9443).

Credo Action (associate to wireless telecommunications co) Petitions:

#In order for us to fight back on Trump’s war on immigrants, we must expose the financial institutions that are backing his hate and build a massive public outcry demanding that they cut all ties to Trump’s racist regime and get out of the dirty business of deportations and mass incarceration. As shareholders, account holders and consumers, we have the power to force banks like JPMC to act.

Tell JP Morgan Chase and all major banks: Stop financing private prison and immigrant detention corporations. Click here to sign the petition.

#Donald Trump is making good on his dangerous campaign promise to the fossil fuel industry to open up wide swaths of the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas exploration and drilling.

Trump’s plan to aggressively expand offshore drilling threatens our ocean and coastal regions with oil spills, pipelines and a worsening of the climate crisis.

But we can stop it. The Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is accepting public comments for the next few days regarding these oil and gas leases in the Gulf, so we must speak out now to stop these reckless attacks on our climate and environment.

Tell the BOEM: No more drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Click here to submit your comment.


REGULARLY SCHEDULED EVENTS in the One Movement, One Struggle

Riverside-Salem UCC/DC Progressive program and potluck.
Sundays, 4-7pm. Programs vary, and include a go-round, discussion, sharing, and potluck. Environmental Cottage, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island.

Talking Peace with the WNY Peace Center Radio Show on 91.3FM, WBNY
Mondays, 1-3pm. Jim Anderson hosting. Special Eclipse edition, with remote broadcasting from Weather Medic Jack Kanack; more! Go to wbny.buffalostate.edu or http://tunein.com/radio/WBNY-913-s27549/.

Buffalo Supports Standing Rock Water Protectors/Nekanesakt
Every other Tuesday, 6:30-8pm – next is Tues, August 15. Meeting with discussion, action planning, and striving for the Good Mind. Burning Books, 420 Connecticut St. Sponsors include Indigenous Women’s Initiatives, NACS, Burning Books, Sierra Club, WNYPC.

Environmental Justice Taskforce
Protest the Shipments of VERY Dangerous Radioactive Liquid from Canada.
Fridays 2-3pm, Front Park, Buffalo.

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

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


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Many thanks, peace, solidarity, and yes – Love. We shall overcome!!