716-332-3904       716-931-3520               8/5/18

Dear Friends,

May today be a day of justice and peace, courage, joy, and blessings. That will give us strength as we #UnitetheStruggles.

Today you can life up your spirits by going to Riverside Salem for a Jam Session, (4-6 pm, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island; followed by a no worries potluck).

Tomorrow there’s a 10-1pm gathering at Campbell Student Union, Buffalo State College, for the National Stop The Violence Alliance. All are welcome. Followed directly by our radio show at Buff State’s wbny.com, where Jim Anderson has assembled a host of national and international experts on Japan and Nuclear Issues. Come find out more about National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug 7.

Then tomorrow (yes still Monday 8/6) there’s a Poor People’s Campaign Voter Registration Training at Planned Parenthood (Main & Amherst) at 6pm (over by 7pm). #PowertothePolls. This’ll help us with this critically important task! Again as usual, all are welcome!

Last but not least, come celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day on Thursday, August 9, from 2-8:30pm, and help us focus on a NuclearFree Future! We are always grateful to collaborate with the Indigenous Women’s Initiatives, who lead organize this fantastic event every year.
Come celebrate 11 years of the UN Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples, with native/indigenous exhibits, films with audience discussions, foods (including no worries potluck!), singing, dancing, craft vendors, interfaith prayer service and a Japanese Lantern Ceremony at dusk.

Go to wnypeace.org to see our calendar for more details and events! as

well as the rest of this post on the home page.

 

And 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

 

#UniteTheStruggles  #PowerWITH-NOTPowerOver #LoveisLoveBUF

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

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EVENT LISTINGS

National Stop the Violence Alliance Gathering

August 6 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Come out to the Campbell Student Union at Buff State to affirm the National Stop the Violence Alliance Gathering with Cong. Brian Higgins, Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, and more.

Talking Peace with the WNY Peace Center Radio Show

August 6 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

On 91.3FM, WBNY. Mondays, 1-4pm. Call-in show! Go to wbny.buffalostate.edu or http://tunein.com/radio/WBNY-913-s27549/. Hosts Jim Anderson and Vicki Ross with guest Joseph Essertier, Japan expert and associate prof, Nagoya Institute of Technology and more. Also call-ins including ____ your name here____.

Voter Registration Training (Poor People’s Campaign)

August 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

At Planned Parenthood (Main & Amherst) at 6pm (over by 7pm). #PowertothePolls. This’ll help us with this critically important task! Learn about the deadlines, most effective approaches, etc. Again as usual, all are welcome!

The Radical King Book Club Meeting

August 8 @ 12:00 am

Place: Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst, 6320 Main St. Williamsville, NY 14221 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) “The radical King was a democratic socialist who sided with poor and working people in the class struggle taking place […]

Indigenous Peoples Day

August 9 @ 2:00 pm – 8:30 pm

At Buffalo History Museum. With special speakers, music, interfaith lantern ceremony and more, all working for a nuclear-free future.

Vigil for Victims of ICE Terror

August 9 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join the WNY Peace Center in a vigil outside the ICE building on the corner of Delaware and Chippewa. Bring your signs and spirit of Solidarity. We will not stay silent! #EndICETerror #FamiliesBelongTogether #AbolishICE

WNYPC Annual Dinner Committee Mtg

August 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Planning meeting for the Nov 9, 51st Annual Dinner. Come get in on the ground floor to plan a community strengthening event that is also our biggest fundraiser. At WNYPC/NRC bldg, 1272 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, entrance & pkg round back of building.

 

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TASKFORCES

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Economic Justice Taskforce

Voter Registration Training (Poor People’s Campaign)

August 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

At Planned Parenthood (Main & Amherst) at 6pm (over by 7pm). #PowertothePolls. This’ll help us with this critically important task! Learn about the deadlines, most effective approaches, etc. Again as usual, all are welcome!

 

EDUCATION & HUMAN RIGHTS TASKFORCE

PeaceJam at Elmwood Festival

Sat, August 25, 3pm. Come on out with children and youth for a special PeaceJam session at the Elmwood Festival For the Arts. The session, held at the Kids’ Tent, will include a drum circle, as well as inspiration, education and action.

Indigenous Peoples Day

August 9 @ 2:00 pm – 8:30 pm

At Buffalo History Museum. With special speakers, music, interfaith lantern ceremony and more, all working for a nuclear-free future. Children especially welcome to decorate bags for the Japanese lantern ceremony at dusk.

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE TASKFORCE

No Nuclear Waste over the Peace Bridge

Aug 10 and every Friday @ 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.
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Note: Save the Date – Sept 8 for a big Climate Justice Event!!

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

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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
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IMMIGRANT & REFUGEE JUSTICE TASKFORCE

Vigil for Victims of ICE Terror
Thursdays, 5-6pm, ICE building on the corner of Delaware and Chippewa. Bring your signs and spirit of Solidarity. We will not stay silent! #EndICETerror #FamiliesBelongTogether #AbolishICE

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Calls are still needed to your NYS Assembly Members to ask them to support NYS ASSEMBLY Bill #4050. IF SEAN RYAN IS YOUR ASSEMBLYPERSON, PLEASE CALL HIM! 716-885-9630! ALSO CO CLERK MICKEY KEARNS (716) 858-8785.

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.
jrchc.org/vive
(Checks to Jericho Road/VIVE) 50 Wyoming St., Buffalo, NY 14211, 892-4354.

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LATIN AMERICAN SOLIDARITY COMMITTEE (LASC)

Vigil for Victims of ICE Terror
Thursdays, 5-6pm, ICE building on the corner of Delaware and Chippewa. Bring your signs and spirit of Solidarity. We will not stay silent! #EndICETerror #FamiliesBelongTogether #AbolishICE

Venezuela Sanctions Petition

After the attempted assassination of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, your help is requested. Please sign the petition to end US and Canadian sanctions: https://afgj.salsalabs.org/campaigntoendusandcanadasanctionsagainstvenezuela/index.html. The civilians and general populations are the ones to pay for this kind of foreign policy. The US government needs to stop penalizing the common people and destabilizing other countries. Please sign and share.

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).
https://act.credoaction.com/sign/sanders_puerto_rico?t=8&akid=26241%2E8770573%2Evra5l7

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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.
https://www.ncronline.org/news/world/enough-deaths-mexican-clergy-reiterate-chiapas-crisis

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

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PRISONER’S RIGHTS TASKFORCE

Wednesdays 4-5:30pm protest/vigils at the Erie County Holding Center (Delaware & Church). All are welcome. Please bring signs.

Please join us in promoting the H.A.L.T. Solitary Confinement campaign. Please call your State Senators and ask them to cosponsor and vote for the bills S. 4784. (You can also thank the representatives who passed it in the Assembly!)
Other Ways you can help:

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

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RACIAL JUSTICE TASKFORCE

Racial Justice Taskforce Meeting

August 19 @ 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: racism and harassment in Kenmore Public Schools; attending Community Police District meetings (5 districts, monthly); petition to name new police headquarters for Officer Edward Obertean (killed working to stop the KKK almost 100 years ago!); our Better Policing Campaign; and ___ your suggestion here ____.

THE CARIOL HORNE WHISTLEBLOWER FUND
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
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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.
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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, and/or call your District and ask when & where the next Chief and Community Police Meeting will be held.

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RESIST MILITARISM! TASKFORCE


Know about the King’s Bay Plowshares? 7 courageous and compassionate Catholic Workers who went to largest submarine base in the world Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in St. Mary’s, Georgia on April 4th, 2018.  They went to make real the prophet Isaiah’s command to “beat swords into plowshares”. Read their story at https://www.kingsbayplowshares7.org/  . Donate, help us organize on their behalf, and agitate and pray for their acquittal. They face very serious charges of up to a decade of prison time, just for reminding our government of the illegal and foolhardy nature of our nuclear weaponry.

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.
–support House Resolution 922 to define presidential wars not declared by Congress as impeachable offenses. These wars include wars of co-belligerency such as the US role in the atrocities in Yemen.

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

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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!

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REGULARLY SCHEDULED EVENTS in the One Movement, One Struggle

Riverside-Salem UCC/DC – Progressive program followed by potluck. Sundays, 4-7pm. Environmental Cottage, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island. Jam Session – bring instruments, your voice and/or your presence!

Talking Peace with the WNY Peace Center Radio Show on 91.3FM, WBNY. Mondays, 1-4pm. Call-in show! Go to wbny.buffalostate.edu or http://tunein.com/radio/WBNY-913-s27549/. Hosts Jim Anderson and Vicki Ross with guest Joseph Essertier, Japan expert and associate prof, Nagoya Institute of Technology and more. Also call-ins including ____ your name here____.

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!!

Prisoners’ Rights Taskforce. Wednesdays 4-5pm protest/vigils at the Erie County Holding Center (Delaware & Church). All are welcome. Please bring signs.

Interfaith Peace Network
Next meeting 9:15am, Thurs, Sept 6, at NRC, 1272 Delaware Ave, Buffalo NY 14209 (entrance and parking round back).

Vigil for Victims of ICE Terror
Thursdays, 5-6pm, ICE building on the corner of Delaware and Chippewa. Bring your signs and spirit of Solidarity. We will not stay silent! #EndICETerror #FamiliesBelongTogether #AbolishICE

Environmental Justice Taskforce
Vigil to Protest the Shipments of VERY Dangerous Radioactive Liquid from Canada coming over the Peace Bridge. Fridays 2-3pm, Front Park at Vermont & Busti, Buffalo. Sign welcome and also usually available.

Stop The Violence Coalition: Fridays – 1st and 3rd of the month; 6pm. Responding to the needs of the people. Help us stop violence in and on our community. 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 😉 Special gathering starting at 11am to honor and celebrate Iris Alexander.

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