Democracy Now!; Net neutrality (2-days); protests 2morrow, Sat!

Dear Friends!                 716-332-3904; 716-931-3520         12/12/17

Even more of a whirlwind than last week – especially as a holiday season is upon us! May that help us remember to keep faith and hope alive as we pursue justice for people and the planet!

Success!: Democracy Now! will be broadcast here at WBNY 91.3FM, Buffalo’s Alternative Radio Station, at its live time 8am-9am. It will start

So, on to a few priorities:
– Net Neutraility!! Please make comments and calls!! Only two days left!!
– Tues, 6:30pm Meeting re Columbus Statue removal, 420 Connecticut;
– Weds, 5-6pm, Justice for Meech Davis, downtown location tbd
– Thurs, 10am-Noon, Cariol Horne Court Support; City Ct, Judge Hannah;
– Thurs, 7pm-8:30pm, Mtg to plan Jan 20, Anniv of Women’s March;
– Sat, #taxscam #collinsdoesntcare Protest (signs provided!), McKinley Blvd & Southwestern Blvd.
– Sun, 4-7:30pm, Music in the Woods, Nan Hoffman & Friends, at Riverside Salem Environmental Cottage, 3449 W River Rd, Grand Island (potluck, good music, good activist company!!)

The Golden Jubilee Fund is up to $3,656 – only $1,344 to go AND THE DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 31!! (Due to a generous anonymous donor, your donations of $100 or more will be matched up to $5,000.) If $100 more than you can manage (true for lots of us!), you can collaborate with others to reach that threshold, or just give what you can and know that we are truly grateful for your support and solidarity!! Please go to the donate button at the right-hand corner (of this website’s home page).

Below is
– the invite (yes, again) to the Golden Jubilee Fund campaign;
– event listings;
– more campaigns; and
– regularly scheduled events – all in that order. And be sure to go to our calendar at for more event listings – there’s plenty more and additions are frequent! …..

Peace, Thanks, Solidarity, and yes Love.    #loveisloveBUF    <3


From our Board: An invitation to contribute to the Golden Jubilee Fund for Western New York Peace Center!

For 50 years the WNY Peace Center has worked for comprehensive justice, respect for all, and an end to war and violence, at home and abroad.

For the Golden Jubilee Anniversary this year, a generous donor has committed to match any donation of $100 or more, made during the months of November and December (up to a total of $5,000).

If you want to contribute to this Peace Center Golden Jubilee Fund,

please make a tax-deductable donation:

-by check, made out to WNY Peace Center, sent to
WNY Peace Center, 1272 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14209

with memo: for Jubilee fund

-by the Donate button on the upper right of this website’s home page

(paypal or debit or credit card)

with note: for Jubilee fund


Rev. John R. Long and Dr. Mary A. Bisson (Peace Center Board Members)

The Western New York Peace Center was founded in 1967 by Buffalonians responding to the call by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr to end the Vietnam War as part of the social justice and racial justice movements.

The Peace Center continues in action: resisting militarism and war around the world, fighting unsustainable environmental policies, promoting economic and racial and prisoner justice, protecting immigrants and refugees, teaching peaceful conflict resolution, and working in solidarity with Latin America.




Weds, Dec 13, 5-6pm Rally in Response to AG’s Investigation, Downtown Buffalo, exact location tbd. (Check

Thurs, December 14, 10am-Noon, Cariol Horne Court Support at Judge Hannah’s City Court (50 Delaware Ave, 6th floor) 10am for– last charge remaining is trespass (when she was required to be there for court!).

Thurs, Dec 14, 7-8:30pm Planning meeting for Jan 20th, anniversary of Women’s March (No Hate No Mandate in Buffalo, with almost 4000 attendees!); WNY Peace Center/NRC Bldg, 1272 Delaware Ave, Buffalo 14209 (entrance & Parking round back).

Thurs, Dec 14, Presentations: Sustainable Investing – Do your Savings reflect your Values? Sponsor Sierra Club Climate & Clean Energy Writers Group. 6:00pm-7:30pm, Crane Branch Library (2nd floor), 633 Elmwood Ave. at Highland, Buffalo. Free & open to the public [LINK]

Sat, Dec 16, 1-2pm Rally and [“Burma Shave”] sign display (signs provided). Main & Transit Road, M&T parking lot. #taxscam, #Collingsdoesntcare.

Sun, Dec 17, 4-7:30pm Christmas in the Woods with Nan Hoffman and friends! Riverside Salem, 3449 W River Road. Potluck and progressive party. All are welcome!

Mon, Dec 18, 7-9pm Celebrating Fair Trade, Working for Justice. LASC holiday event at El Buen Amigo, Ideas and reports, solidarity across the hemisphere, resisting hate and injustice… and fostering solidarity!! Everyone welcome!!

Tues, Dec, 19,  6:30-8:30pm Buffalo Supports Standing Rock Water Protectors/Nekanesakt. Indigenous support group/allies. At Burning Books, 420 CT Ave. All are welcome!!

For more events go to the WNYPC evencalendar go to of this website.



Many, many thanks to co-organizers Jonathon, Alex, Zayne, and Chris – and to the 70 who came out to Del Park and/or to Verizon!! Si, se puede!!
Please help us get the FCC to maintain Net Neutrality so the new public square is equally accessible and not sold to the highest bidder. (Net neutrality is the concept that consumers and businesses should be able to reach the online applications and services of their choosing without interference from their broadband provider.) Direct link!!!! to the form. Use proceedings number 17-108. This works well, especially if you can’t get through on the phone, please to this- and you could take a screen shot of your confirmation.

Please contact the following to urge that net Neutrality be kept:

FCC Leadership Contact:
Ajit Pai, Chairman
(202) 418-1000

Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner

Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner

Brendan Carr, Commissioner

Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner

Toll-Free Voice:
1-888-CALL FCC (225-5322)

Representatives Contact:

Rep. Chris Collins
Washington: (202) 225-5265
Williamsville: (716) 634-2324

Rep. Brian Higgins
Washington: (202) 225-3306
Buffalo: (716) 852-3501

Sen. Chuck Schumer
(202) 224-6542

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
(202) 224-4451

Please join us on Saturday, 12/16, 1-2pm at Main & Transit, Williamsville (M&T Parking Lot) for #Taxscam, #Collinsdoesntcare – “Burma shave” signs Protest. And
don’t forget to call your senators and congressperson to urge them to stop the proposed Tax Plan – it takes money from the middle and lower income people and give it to the wealthy and corporations. For more detail, go to Coalition for Human Needs at

Please 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 Learn more


Thurs, Dec 14, Presentations: Sustainable Investing – Do your Savings reflect your Values? Sponsor Sierra Club Climate & Clean Energy Writers Group. 6:00pm-7:30pm, Crane Branch Library (2nd floor), 633 Elmwood Ave. at Highland, Buffalo. Free & open to the public [LINK]

Action Alert re Stone Dam Road Pipeline: go to



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: 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

Update on Holiday Deportation- Keep this family together.

Today is A’s sixth birthday. She, like her mom, is brave and kind. Her family has been through a lot this past year, and despite the separations, uncertainty, and stress, she continues to be a happy kid who shyly asked me yesterday: what are you giving me for my birthday? Well, you know what am going to say. For her birthday, let’s give her the gift of staying with her mom. If they have the plane tickets in hand on Monday, they can have a relatively normal flight together. If they do not have these tickets, a dehumanizing system is going to kick in, and I do not want to share the details here, but it is not going to be good. Especially for a kid.

If you have not already, please donate what you can- click here to donate.

There is a lot wrong in the world, but we can make this one right. Thank you for your help.

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 see Dec 11 online presentation mentioned above or go to; 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.


West Cosgrove (Western New York Coordinator of Rural and Migrant Ministries of New York State) requests concerned WNY citizens attend  “Farmworkers Fair Labor Human Rights” hearing in Albany January 17th 10AM at the Legislative Office Bldg,  Albany State Capital. RMM is planning on renting a bus that day to provide round trip transportation to Albany.  The hearing will emphasize the ethical treatment of NY farmworkers as well as presentations and testimonies from farmworkers and other human rights observers. These observers are S. Waterston (actor, “Law and Order”) and T. Gerety ( former director of Brennan Center for Justice).

If you are unable to attend we urge you to contact your state Senator on January 17.  It is crucial that we contact Senators Ortt and Jacobs as they have both consistently voted against farmworker rights issues.Those interest in attending the rally please contact Wayne Alt. 716-430-9955 or by January 6.

Never again another Acteal!
Over 6,000 indigenous people in highland Chiapas, Mexico have been driven from their homes by paramilitaries. Many are living without shelter on the mountainsides. The displacement is the result of a-45 year old territorial dispute generated by government land reapportioning that has boiled over into a major conflict, with paramiltaries driving people from their homes.  Some of these paramilitaries are the same ones who committed the massacre in Acteal, Chenalhó in 1997.
Padre Marcelo, an indigenous priest, who has been to visit the displaced people is quoted in the attached article from La Jornada:
When I saw the children sleeping under the trees, with nothing to eat, sick many of them, I did not believe it. I never thought I was going to see so much suffering again, so much illness.
Urgent Need for Food, Medicine
Cáritas, a charity in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas is accepting donations for food, medicine. Donations can be made through through paypal on the Weaving For Justice website:  Weaving for Justice will accept donations through the end of the year after which the money will be transferred to Cáritas.  You may also donate by check made out to“Sophia’s Circle” (a 501c3 organization, of which Weaving for Justice is the main project) and mailed to arrive before December 31st to:
– Sophia’s Circle
– 1825 Myrtle Ave.
– Las Cruces, NM  88001
Call for a Lasting Resolution to the Issue
Please write to Mexican federal and Chiapas state authorities demanding that they take immediate action to resolve the crisis. Demands should include: 1) urgent action to ensure the lives and safety of persons in Chalchihuitán and Chenalhó; 2) apply United Nations’ guidelines regarding protection of internally displaced persons: 3) investigate the murder which set off the violence and bring those responsible to justice; and 4) guarantee free passage and social peace in the two communities.
Address your letters to:
– Lic. Miguel Ángel Osori Chong
Secretario de Gobernación
– Manuel Velasco Coello
Gobernador Constitucional del Estado de Chiapas

Stand with Sen. Sanders: Rebuild Puerto Rico
The situation is still dire in Puerto Rico. Please go to the link below to see what you can do to Stand with Puerto Rico (and Sen Sanders).

Info on other drives re Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico:
As you know, people desperately need our help because of the devastation caused by “natural” disasters (read fossil-fuel-burning-generated Climate Catastrophe). You can contribute as follows:
Puerto Rico—Go to for a full report on ways to help.
We also recommend: Paypal address:

The address above is for the Mutual Aid Community Soup Kitchens run by

Giovanni Roberto, friend of MaryAnne Grady Flores ( and Puerto Rico activist), feeding up to 1,000 meals a day in Cayay.

They have other community sites in other towns like Guaynabo and Caguas.

The is another fund governed by many grassroots community groups.
Cuba———Alliance for Global Justice/Irma Relief, 418 W. 145th St.. New York, NY 10031(for tax deductible)
(Not tax deductible, IFCO/Irma Relief (same address) Phone: 212-926-5757

And Chiapas is in danger of more quakes.  You can donate, via Paypal, a Los Topos:

Please give generously – the situations continue to be terrible for many!!



Our Shero Cariol just got another award: The Eye on History Award – much deserved!! The Western New York Peace Center has created a fund for the purpose of supporting 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 (

Join us on December 14, at Judge Hannah’s City Court (50 Delaware Ave, 6th floor) 10am for Cariol’s Court Support – last charge remaining is trespass (when she was required to be there for court!).



Nuclear annihilation ‘one tantrum away’, Nobel peace prize winner warns Australian-founded International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons urges support for UN treaty banning them

Conference on U.S. Foreign Military Bases, Jan 12 – 14, University of Baltimore
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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 Restrict First Strike with Nuclear Weapons.

And lastly, please sign on to Credo Action’s Stop Police Militarization petition here.


REGULARLY SCHEDULED EVENTS in the One Movement, One Struggle

Riverside-Salem UCC/DC Sunday. Christmas in the Woods – Sing-a-long with Nan Hoffman and friends!. Followed by potluck. Sundays, 4-7pm. 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 & Vicki Ross co-hosting. Go to or

Buffalo Supports Standing Rock Water Protectors/Nekanesakt. Indigenous support group/allies. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 6:30-8pm. At Burning Books, 420 CT Ave. All are welcome!!

Interfaith Peace Network
1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month, breakfast pot-luck 8-9:30am, NRC, 1272 Delaware Ave, Buffalo NY 14209 (entrance and parking round back).

Environmental Justice Taskforce
Protest the Shipments of VERY Dangerous Radioactive Liquid from Canada.
Fridays 2-3pm, Front Park, Buffalo. Email Charley Bowman with your phone number for him to call and let you know whether (weather 😉 the vigil will take place that particular Friday. Or just show up and bring your own sign if you’re not sure others will be there!!

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.

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