Bus (free) to Albany for Bail Reform; Sunday: Benefit Concert by Dooleys & Hearsay

Dear Friends! 716-332-3904; 716-931-3520 3/6/18

We are so excited about the FreeNY campaign, working to right the injustices in the criminal “Just-us” system. Please join us on Weds, March 14 to bus to Albany (no payment needed) to lobby for Bail reform and more! The bus will leave on the morning of March 14, at 4am at PUSH office, 4:30 am at South Campus UB Park & Ride. We expect to have returned by ~4pm from Albany. Please call Heron Simmonds, the WNYPC Racial Justice Taskforce Chair and organizer for Voice Buffalo, for details and to reserve a seat on the bus. See you there!!

– Poor People’s Campaign event planning Thurs, March 8 at 4pm at the WNYPC (1272 Delaware Ave, entrance & pkg round back near bldg.) – plan for Sharing Stories event to build the Beloved Community and prepare for the Poor People’s Campaign national kick-off Mothers’ Day plus 40 days of Action.

– Native American Community Services social at Medaille College, Friday, March 9, 5-9pm.

– Major Progress Program: Benefit for the WNYPC by the Dooleys and Hearsay, at DHU Strand Theatre, 540 Oliver St., North Tonawanda. 5:30 doors open (and best time to come if you didn’t already buy your $10 tickets here). BYOB and potluck!! A real happening – don’t miss it!! More info below.

Again, please go to our website wnypeace.org and facebook page for info on more events and campaigns, including
– MARCH FOR OUR LIVES, WNY Local and bus(es) to DC, March 24 (bus funded by Mayor Brown).
– Women’s Ways ~ Peace Ways
– Resist Militarism
– West Valley Nuclear Waste: Clean-up NOW!
– and more!

#unitethestruggles We shall overcome – Together!/Harambe!!

Peace, Thanks, Solidarity, Justice, and yes Love.



Remember to tune in: DEMOCRACY NOW! IS NOW BEING BROADCAST MONDAY-FRIDAY, 8AM-9AM (LIVE) ON WBNY 91.3FM. Hear it over the radio or streaming live at wbny.buffalostate.edu or http://tunein.com/radio/WBNY-913-s27549/.

Below are
– more event listings (see also calendar & facebook page);
– Taskforce items and campaigns; and
– regularly scheduled events – all in that order.
And be sure to go to wnypeace.org/calendar for more event listings – there’s plenty more and additions are frequent! …..

No hate, no fear as we are #StillResisting.  #UnitetheStruggles !
Peace, Thanks, Solidarity, and yes Love.    #loveisloveBUF   <3




Please also celebrate Women’s Ways ~ Peace Ways with us in so many ways all month long!

D District Community Police Meeting

March 7 @ 12:00 am

This is a chance for community members to meet with the district chief and community police officers with the Buffalo Police Department. “D” District Call for a time (11am or 6 pm: 716- 851-4413) 699 Hertel Avenue Temporary: 205 Esser Avenue

Poor People’s Campaign: Life Stories Event Planning Mtg

March 8 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Please join us (WNYPC/NRC Bldg, 1272 Delaware Ave, entrance & pkg round back by building) to help us put together this exciting event. Life Stories will help us build trust and the Beloved Community while learning from each other and better understanding the way the quadruple evils – Racism, Militarism, Materialism, Environmental Degradation – have

DOOLEYS / HEARsay play! (Benefit for WNYPC)

March 11 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

This year’s DOOLEYS / WNY Peace Center event is not to be missed … Attention peaceniks and hippies-at-heart … MPPers Paul Swisher, Gregory Opalinski, George Puleo and David Kane are teaming up with the Western New York Peace Center for a benefit concert at DHU The STRAND Theater in North Tonawanda. The March 11, 2018 concert will feature two subsets of MPP, the harmoniously uplifting DOOLEYS and the eclectic gypsy-folk ensemble, HEARsay. The DHU The STRAND Theater is a B.Y.O.Refreshments venue. That means you can pack your own cooler and picnic basket. How cool is that?!!! Mark your calendars today and make plans to enjoy an evening of peace and love with an audience of like-minded humans. Doors open at 5:30 pm and the concert starts at 6 pm. On-line tickets are on sale now (see ticket link above). Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

All on Fri, March 16:
-With Kelly Maracle, Mohawk, Nadia Sharam, Esq. and Diana Lynn Patton on March 16, again Noon hour at the Central Public Library, Ring of Knowledge.
-at 4pm on March 16 at Bidwell & Elmwood to vigil for Rachel Corrie, Presente!, and Ahed Tamimi, both fearless young activists for Palestinian rights.
-at 7pm see a film at Burning Books, 420 Connecticut Ave, on Ahed and another even younger Palestinian activists “Radiance of Resistance.”

On Sat, March 17
Come, too, to Lafayette High School’s Community School at 10:30-11:30 am to make kites for our Fly Kites Not Drones event. Materials will be provided.  In Solidarity with Our Journey To Smile and Afghan Peace Volunteers. And after making kites at Lafayette High School, on March 21, the very special Now Ruz holiday (biggest Afghan holiday of the year), come to Niagara Branch Library and we’ll go fly kites at LaSalle Park (4:30-6pm on Weds, March 21).

March For Our Lives – WNY

March 24 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm   Solidarity Rally here

Join us in taking a stand against gun violence in our schools and communities. #NeverAgain should our children have to be afraid to go to school because our politicians are too busy filling their pockets with NRA contributions to do the right thing to keep people safe. Rally and circular March (est > 1mile). Organized by New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, and the WNY Peace Center, with stellar co-sponsors (22 and counting)! See calendar and Facebook event page
March 23/4 trip to DC:
We are so grateful to Mayor Brown for sponsoring this bus, organized by New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, Stop the Violence Coalition, Western New York Peace Center and WRITE TO RESIST. To register and for further details, go to http://rallybus.net/mfol-buffalo



Poor People’s Campaign, Life Stories event planning, March 8, 4pm at 1272 Delaware Ave, entrance and parking round back of building.

Please call our state senators to 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


EDUCATION & HUMAN RIGHTS TASKFORCE PEACEJAM has started at Lafayette HS Community School Saturdays 10:30-11:30am. Come for Inspiration, Education, and Action. Come on Sat, March 17 for Kite-Making workshop (materials provided), with the Fly Kites Not Drones celebration to be on Now Ruz, Persian New Year, March 21, 4:30-6pm starting at Niagara Porter Library and flying kites in La Salle Park.



West Valley Nuclear Waste Cleanup opportunities to testify, March 19, 20, and 21. West Valley Scoping Meeting March 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm West Valley Scoping meetings for the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement SEIS Final Decisions on Disposition of Nuclear Waste at West Valley Nuclear Waste Site   “Scoping” is done to get public input on what the whole Environmental Impact Statement should cover and include. Scoping determines the outline for what will be covered See more on calendar.

Action Alert re Stone Dam Road Pipeline: go to wnypeace.org/environmental-justice/



Happy Women’s Month – March!! See our Women’s Ways ~  Peace Ways events Noon on March 16 and 23, Buffalo & Erie Co Central Public Library.

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


Call our senators and us reps to support the Dreamers. DACA may be eliminated if we do not succeed in getting Congress to act. Please call 202-224-3121.

Calls are still needed to your NYS Assembly Members to 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
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.



March LASC coffeehouse: Protecting Immigrants!

March 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Reports from several local activist groups, including St. Joe’s University Immigration Committee, and Justice for Migrant Families, on their efforts to protect immigrants and refugees in a time of changing and unstable policy.  Free and open to the public.

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).

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 hispanicheritagewny.org for a full report on ways to help.
We also recommend:

Mutual Aid Community Soup Kitchens Paypal address:  cdpecpr@gmail.com run by Giovanni Roberto, friend of MaryAnne Grady Flores (UpstateDroneAction.org and Puerto Rico activist].

The Mariafund.org 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                   Please give generously – the situations continue to be terrible for many!!

Chenalhó, Chiapas—Humanitarian crisis
This article in the National Catholic reporter gives a brief overview of the situation.

If you would like to help, go to weaving-for-justice.org


Join us in promoting the H.A.L.T. Solitary Confinement campaign. Please call your State Senators and Congresspersons and ask them to cosponsor and vote for the bills A. 3080 / S. 4784.
Ways you can help:
RSVP for the upcoming Advocacy Day, March 13, to demand passage of the HALT Solitary Confinement Act: https://goo.gl/z22oVf

Sign the petition to support the HALT Solitary Confinement Act: https://goo.gl/HLwqbK

Encourage your organization to endorse the HALT Solitary Confinement Act: https://goo.gl/forms/FM2F6DZAcPZp1co32



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.  gofundme.com/cariol-horne-whistleblower-fund. 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

Join the #BuffaloLLEP movement. It’s easy.

Join the hundreds of Buffalonians who make up the #BuffaloLLEP movement, asking Mayor Byron Brown to make low-level marijuana arrests Buffalo’s lowest level enforcement priority (LLEP).
People across the U.S. recognize what a destructive failure the 40-year “war on drugs” has been. In Buffalo, the news hasn’t sunken in yet, though, as those living in communities of color & low-income areas are still disproportionately targeted by law enforcement for marijuana arrests. Join the #BuffaloLLEP movement to stop these unfair & harmful enforcement tactics!
Learn more.

Each Police District has a Chief and Community Police Meeting. We encourage people to go to them and communicate freely on issues of concern. D District is scheduled for Feb 7, 11am-Noon. 699 Hertel Avenue. Temporary: 205 Esser Avenue. (To check on meeting because of weather 716- 851-4413)



All on Fri, March 16:
-at 4pm on March 16 at Bidwell & Elmwood to vigil for Rachel Corrie, Presente!, and Ahed Tamimi, both fearless young activists for Palestinian rights.
-at 7pm see a film at Burning Books, 420 Connecticut Ave, on Ahed and another even younger Palestinian activists “Radiance of Resistance.”

On Sat, March 17
Come 10:30-11:30am to Lafayette High School’s Parent Room, to make kites for our Fly Kites Not Drones event – in Solidarity with Our Journey To Smile and Afghan Peace Volunteers.
After making kites at Lafayette High School, come on March 21, the very special Now Ruz holiday (biggest Afghan holiday of the year), to Niagara Branch Library and we’ll go fly kites at LaSalle Park (4:30-6pm on Weds, March 21).

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.

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. Followed by potluck. Sundays, 4-7pm. How to be a Sous Chef. March 11. 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. Call-in show! Go to wbny.buffalostate.edu or http://tunein.com/radio/WBNY-913-s27549/.

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!! THIS WEEK ON MARCH 13 AS WELL TO ACTION-PLAN TO STOP PROPOSED COLDSPORT FRACKING PIPELINE!

Interfaith Peace Network
1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month, breakfast pot-luck **9:30-11am**, 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 renewableenergy@wnypeace.org 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. Signs also available. (and you don’t need to be a woman or dress in black 😉

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!!