Lots of Actions – Some Right Now!

Dear Friends,  50th year         716-332-3904; 716-931-3520         9/20/17

Another busy week! It includes the #loveisloveBUF campaign kickoff, where someone’s mean-spirited and dangerous sign-burning will help ignite our movement. Activists of Buffalo, Stronger Together WNY, and the WNYPC invite others to share in this campaign – see below.

Below are event listings; campaigns; regularly scheduled events – all in that order. Please note a few new campaigns.

Don’t forget to follow us on twitter at @wnypeace; like and review us on facebook; and follow WNY Peace Center on Instagram!

Just remember, we’re all together in the ONE STRUGGLE! And Si, Se Puede!!

Lastly, please buy your tickets, send in an ad and/or donations for the silent auction etc, for our 50th Annual Dinner with the trail-blazing star and executive producer of Democracy Now!,

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

on Friday, Nov. 3. Doors will open at 5pm, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. On our website wnypeace.org, you can
– buy a ticket, or a table;
– renew your membership to get a discount on your ticket;
– contribute toward the student/ltd income tickets; and/or
– book a vendor table.
Please also email wnypcvolunteers@wnypeace.org for questions about putting ads, messages, and mementos in the program book.

Mon, Sept 25:
LASC Peace Coffeehouse: Belize & Guatemala
7-9pm, Canisius College Science Hall (2001 Main St)
Laura McClusky and Michael Niman: Struggles of Southern Belize; A Three-Part Discussion
Southern Belize is majority indigenous Maya. Mostly rural farmers, Maya have been engaged in a decades long struggle for self-governance and for land. In recent years, International courts have judged in favor of the Maya and against the Government of Belize. Yet, Maya demands are still not being met.
Meanwhile, the new President of Guatemala has been pushing on the century old controversy of Belizean sovereignty. Military skirmishes have been taking place in the south as Guatemalans and Belizeans fight for border maintenance along the Sarstoon River.
Lastly, educated Maya running short-staffed thinly resourced organizations have been at the forefront of these struggles.  Education is one of the ways Maya can help themselves and protect their heritage and the nation of Belize. The Maya Educational Foundation has limited resources to help. The talk will cover the basics of all three of these topics.

*Mon, Sept 25
National Day for Remembrance for Murder Victims Service
6-8pm, MLK Park, near Martin Luther King Jr Statue. Bring picture of loved one, pair of shoes, candle to light.

*Mon, Sept 25
Also phone-bank for health care, CWA organized 4:30-7:30pm, 3775 Genesee St, Buffalo, 14225 (CWA Local 1122).

Tues, Sept 26, Hold Police Accountable.
11am-1pm Common Council Chambers, 13th floor, City Hall. Protest police skipping one of two annual oversight committee meetings, and more.

*Tues, Sept 26, WNYPC Dinner Committee Meeting –
6pm: gearing up to welcome Amy Goodman!! WNYPC/NRC Bldg, 1272 Delaware Ave, Buffalo (entrance & parking round back).

*Wed, Sept 27, 6pm: Can Carl! Event
Celebrate the progress made to remove Carl Paladino from the Buffalo School Board.
Pilgrim St. Luke’s Church (Richmond & Utica Sts.) With the Buffalo Parent Teacher Association.

*Thurs, Sept 28, 5:30pm: WNYPC Communication Committee Meeting – moving and shaking to get the word out and build a movement!!

*Thur, Sept 28 – Sat, Sept 30 – Buffalo Humanities Festival, Buff State Col.
Superb festival, with talks, music, performances, community debates, and other activities on the theme of “Environments,” focusing on issues of environmental justice and economic sustainability, local and regional activism and planning, and the global climate change crisis. Will include Climate Change Leader Bill McKibbon on Saturday!! For more info, and tickets go to buffalohumanities.org

*Weather Medic Jack Kanack on climate and environmental challenges, 12:15pm at Buff State College. (full info to be found shortly at wnypeace.org/eventscalendar).

* Wed, Oct 4 -Thurs Oct 5
Anne Frank Project, Buff State: Sharing Stories, Connecting Communities Social Justice Festival – Free and open to public. For more info:
Thurs, Oct 5, 11am-1pm: From Trauma to Healing
Turning the Cycle of Violence into a Spiral of Healing. Come for an interactive WNYPC workshop that will build a safe space, share very different stories of Trauma to Healing, including that of Franz Ross, German Jew and facilitator’s father, who was such a radical in Nazi Germany that as a 15-year-old in 1933 Munich, he was told he must leave or he would be “taken care of.” We’re sure to be inspired by the stories, each other, and the strength of the Spirit as we explore routes to healing and forgiveness.

*Weds, Oct 4: St. Joseph SJC Gun Violence Panel Discussion
7-9pm. St. Joseph University SJC Gun Violence Awareness Subcommittee panel discussion (in the Community Room): Our guest panelists will be Tiffany Lankes and Lou Michel, Buffalo News reporters who wrote of the lingering effects of gun violence on Buffalo’s children. Tiffany is the Education reporter and Lou is the Crime reporter.

*Thurs, Oct 5, Environmental Justice Taskforce meeting
6-7:30pm, Crane Library. Bomb trains, nuclear shipments to stop; renewables to support. Incl. Sierra Club, Food & Water Watch.

* “It Can’t Happen Here” – Subversive Theatre Collective, Buffalo NY.
Sep 14 – Oct 7 (Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays)
Written in 1935, Sinclair Lewis’ tale tells of a huckster politician who buys the presidential election and proceeds to turn the U.S. into a fascist dictatorship… see any modern parallels? All shows are in our home venue The Manny Fried Playhouse at 255 Great Arrow Avenue on the third floor of North Buffalo’s historic Great Arrow Building. WNYPC sponsors this timely production! Every Thursday (pay as you can); Fri, Sat., $20.

Fri, Oct 6 (5-9pm); and Sat, Oct 7 (8:30am-5pm)
Don’t miss this stellar conference on Food and Sustainable Living, with Arturo Rodriguez, grandson of Cesar Chavez and president of Farm Workers Union; and Linda Black Elk, ethnobotanist and restoration ecologist (was at Standing Rock). Student free with ID; Scholarships available. All about food – from recipes and health; to farmworkers and justice; seeds, climate change, more!! For info or to register: worldonyourplate.org/


#loveisloveBUF – NEW campaign of sign distribution ignited by someone setting fire to this sign in the yard of activist and friend Johanna Dominguez:
“IN OUR AMERICA – No human is illegal – Women are in charge of their own bodies – Science is REAL – Diversity is celebrated – Black Lives Matter – Disabilities are respected – Kindness is everything – Hate has no home – LOVE IS LOVE.”
A similar sign has been produced and will be available at WNYPC events. First batch at Can Carl, September 27, 6pm, at Pilgrim St Luke’s.; Subversive Theatre; more … They will be available for free at WNYPC-sponsored events until supplies run out. You can also donate to keep the campaign going – and we hope you will!! Love is Love. And is a force more powerful. We shall overcome.


Gender Justice Taskforce
If you believe that discrimination against all women should be eliminated please support enacting the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in the city of Buffalo. Follow this link for more information: https://cities4cedaw-buffalo.org/ and contact your district’s councilperson to urge them to support this ordinance too.
Darius G. Pridgen- Ellicott District- 716-851-4980
Christopher P. Scanlon- South District- 716-851-5169
David A. Rivera- Niagara District- 716-851-5125
Joel P. Feroleto- Delaware District- 716-851-5155
Richard A. Fontana- Lovejoy District- 716-851- 5151
David A. Franczyk- Fillmore District- 716-851-4138
Joseph Golombek, Jr.- North District- 716-851-5116
Ulysees O. Wingo, Sr.- Masten District- 716-851-5145
Rasheed Wyatt- University District- 716-851-5165


Prisoners’ Rights Taskforce
Black Panther Party Political Prisoner Herman Bell was recently attacked by prison guards, after 20 years of incarceration with no disciplinary issues. For detail,  click here. At this time, we are encouraging everyone to take the time to write to Herman or send him a get-well card, so that the authorities know we are paying attention and are concerned for Herman. For more info on this campaign, please go to: wnypeace.org/prisoners-rights

Herman Bell’s new address is:

Herman Bell 79 C 0262
Five Points Cor. Fac.
P.O. Box 119
Romulus, N.Y. 14541


Economic Justice Taskforce
Please continue to STOP The Attempts to repeal and/or de-fund the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare); and the newest iteration the Graham-Grassley Bill. Please go to:
wnypeace.org for more info.

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
Please call your Senators and Congresspersons to urge them to:
– vote in favor and cosponsor if possible Senator Markey’s Bill # 200 and House Bill, Rep Lieu # 669, to affirm US will not be guilty of First Strike with Nuclear Weapons; and
– support signing on the Ban the Bomb Treaty being discussed now at the UN.

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 GreenLight NY 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, still desperately needs personal hygiene products 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 the Church at 716-885-9443, or go to http://pslucc.org/


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. This week Jessica Castner “ Just Breathe” with
strategies for structuring heathy environments. 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 and Vicki Ross co-hosting. Special guest
Eveline Hartz re the World On Your Plate conference (see above Oct 6-7).
Go to wbny.buffalostate.edu or http://tunein.com/radio/WBNY-913-s27549/.

Buffalo Supports Standing Rock Water Protectors/Nekanesakt
1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 6:30-8pm. 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 – 1st and 3rd of the month; 6pm: Stop The Violence Coalition,
United Way Building, Delaware and Summer Sts.
Saturdays, Noon-1pm: Women In Black. Nonviolence vigil, Bidwell and Elmwood.

More listings on website (wnypeace.org) and in previous email posts.
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Many thanks, peace, solidarity, and yes – Love. We shall overcome!!