Poor People’s Cmpn NDA Training Sat; Racial Justice Tf Sun, both 1pm

Dear Friends!            716-332-3904; 716-931-3520         4/27/18

Every day the whirlwind! Please pace yourself – lots going on, and much more to come!

First, news:
– 55 arrested Monday in the Cuomo: Walk the Talk Climate rally with 1500 attendees (all released without bail, arraignments yet to come);
– Kings’ Bay Plowshares action: 7 Catholic Workers held on felony charges from the symbolic actions highlighting the madness of nuclear weapons. More info at wnypeace.org/resist-militarism!;
– The West Valley Nuclear Site’s comment period was extended to May 25. Please request full clean-up (and repeat as necessary/feasible)! Go to wnypeace.org/environmental-justice/
– Triple Divide saved – for now! JKLM has decided to stop pursuing building a fracking wastewater treatment plant that would’ve placed radioactive waste at the headwaters of 3 major rivers. Nya weh to Water Protectors!

And for the week ahead:
– Poor People’s Campaign WNY: Intro and Nonviolent Direct Action Training, Sat, April 28, 1-4pm; @Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St, Buffalo. Register at 716-332-3904; office@wnypeace.org; or on the facebook event page; (if you can’t make it, there’s another Weds May 9, 5:30-8:30 at Rafi Green Ctr, 1423 Fillmore). Also helpful for all, not just if risking arrest! No worries pot luck as well. Hope to see you there!
– Racial Justice Taskforce meeting Sun, Apr 29, 1-2:30pm, WNYPC/NRC, 1272 Delaware Ave (entrance & pkg round back of building);

Significant other developments: The Poor People’s Campaign WNY will have free buses to Albany for May 14 (first Moral Fusion Direction Action), To be part of it, register here: RSVP Today to take part in the May 14th action in Albany

We’ll also have an overnight trip for Mon June 4-5, focusing on the Environment and Health Care including an Annual Lobby Day the next day. We are also taking donations to help fund the buses.

Anytime now, #45 may fire Mueller or Rob Rosenstein. If it happens, we’ll gather and the Marcy Casino for a march down and up Elmwood. Stay tuned, and/or text Text “ALERT” to 668-366 to get rapid response updates.

#unitethestruggles and #stoptheviolence – Real change is possible! We Shall Overcome!

Again, please go to our website wnypeace.org and facebook page for more events and campaigns, with new ones cropping up all the time! (Keep checking  😉    We’re all in this 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




Nonviolent Direct Action Training – Poor People’s Campaign

April 28 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come on out for shared learning of the principles, spirit, and practices for Nonviolent Direct Action training, especially for the Poor People’s Campaign and it’s 40 days of action to run starting Mothers’ Day. At Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St, Buffalo. Please join us for Rev Dr King’s principles of nonviolence, Rev Dr Barber’s moral fusion, and more. No worries potluck and community building. More above.

Racial Justice Taskforce Mtg

April 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Please join us at the WNY Peace Center (NRC Bldg, 1272 Delaware Ave; entrance & pkg round back of bldg) to work on: our Better Policing Campaign, including more Community Policing, De-escalation and Diversity Training, LEAD Program, LLEP , and ___ your suggestion here ____.




Join the Poor People’s Campaign – WNY. More info coming, and see more on NYS at NYS Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

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



PEACEJAM is at Lafayette HS Community School Saturdays 10:30-11:30am, April 28, May 12, and May 19. Come for Inspiration, Education, and Action. Buff State Kinesthetic Learning students doing a special exercises with the teens and community. All are welcome.



The West Valley Nuclear Site’s comment period was extended to May 25. Please request full clean-up (and repeat as necessary/feasible)! Go to wnypeace.org/environmental-justice/  or



For more info, you can contact Lia Oprea, WECAP, Cell: 310-770-3288

No Nuclear Waste over the Peace Bridge

April 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us every Friday from 2 PM to 3 PM at the corner of Busti Ave and Vermont St. in Buffalo NY. Vigil against the shipment of high level LIQUID radioactive spent fuel from Chalk River Ontario to Aiken South Carolina. If any of it spills out, it will be next to impossible to clean.

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



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


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 come out to above mentioned event, 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.



Honduran Musicians/Activists Karla Lara & Jose Antonio

May 15 @ 7:00 pm

A group of Honduran Musicians will be bringing joyful music to people of Western New York. The event will be at Pilgrim-St. Lukes UCC, at 335 Richmond Ave, corner of West Utica.  The musicians are part of a country wide tour sponsored by Witness For Peace, an organization that supported a peaceful resolution to the many civil wars in Central America. The event will honor Berta Caceres, human rights advocate who recently in 2016, was assassinated.


The Las Cruces International Film Festival bestowed its “Best Feature

Documentary” award on Maya Faces in a Smoking Mirror, a feature length documentary directed by Bill Jungels, Co-Produced by Bill Jungels and Christine Eber and shot in Chiapas, Mexico. The documentary looks at how young Mayas are preserving or recovering their Maya identity and resisting the global forces that threaten this identity. Just as preserving native seed stocks helps us all survive in a world of vulnerable monocultures, the preservation and adaptation of traditional human cultures offers us all models that may help us survive as a species. The documentarypremiered in September of 2017 at Hallwalls.


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 continuing devastation caused by “natural” disasters (read fossil-fuel-burning-generated Climate Catastrophe) as well as other factors. 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


Did you know…


That you can help stop police fraternities from denying Herman Bell’s parole?

Here are 3 things you can do RIGHT NOW:


CALL New York State Governor Cuomo’s Office NOW


EMAIL New York State Governor Cuomo’s Office


TWEET at Governor Cuomo: use the following sample tweet:
“@NYGovCuomo: stand by the Parole Board’s lawful & just decision to release Herman Bell. At 70 years old and after more than 40 years of incarceration, his release is overdue. #BringHermanHome.”
Script for phone calls and emails:
“Governor Cuomo, my name is __________and I am a resident of [New York State/other state/other country]. I support the Parole Board’s decision to release Herman Bell and urge you and the Board to stand by the decision. I also support the recent appointment of new Parole Board Commissioners, and the direction of the new parole regulations, which base release decisions more on who a person is today than on the nature of their crime committed years ago. Returning Herman to his friends and family will help the heal the many harms caused by crime and decades of incarceration. The Board’s decision was just, merciful and lawful, and it will benefit our communities and New York State as a whole.”

And be sure to check out this Intercept article:

Why the Backlash to Former Black Panther Herman Bell’s Parole Risks Setting a Dangerous Precedent


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 Radical King Book Club Meeting

May 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join The Radical King Book Club Meeting for the first event of discussing the book The Radical King by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Author), Cornel West (Editor), at the Foundry, 298 Northampton St, Buffalo 14208.  “The radical King was a democratic socialist who sided with poor and working people in the class struggle taking place in capitalist societies.”

All are welcome.


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. See wnypeace.org calendar for listings.



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.

If you’d prefer to send an email to your senators, you can do so here.

Our tax dollars are funding massive civilian casualties and the world’s largest humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The U.S. military is providing midair refueling to warplanes, sharing intelligence for targeting assistance, and selling U.S. bombs to the aggressors. U.S.-supported airstrikes target schools, hospitals, and water and sanitation infrastructure. As a result, millions of Yemeni people are on the brink of starvation and are facing the fastest-growing cholera crisis ever documented.

Every day that the war on Yemen continues, America is complicit in aiding war crimes. Call your U.S. Senators today at 1-833-786-7927 and urge them to stop fueling war on Yemen!


REGULARLY SCHEDULED EVENTS in the One Movement, One Struggle

Riverside-Salem UCC/DC Sunday. Progressive program followed by potluck. Sundays, 4-7pm. Environmental Cottage, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island. This Sunday Disaster Preparedness, with Rev. Amos Acree, RN.

Talking Peace with the WNY Peace Center Radio Show on 91.3FM, WBNY. Mondays, 1-3pm. Jim Anderson & Vicki Ross co-hosting, with Jessica Lee, Int Exec Dir, Council of Korean Americans (Washington, DC). 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!!

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!!