TOMORROW 7pm: The UNAFRAID @BurchfieldPenney, re DACA, w/stellar panel

716-332-3904      11/14/18

Dear Friends,

Thank you to all who attended WNY PEACE CENTER’S 51st ANNUAL DINNER!! We so appreciate your continued involvement for peace and Justice, and your earnest support of the WNY Peace Center. For those who missed it, there’s always next year! In the meantime,
-individual membership,
-institutional/organizational membership,
-getting involved with the WNY Peace Center through our task forces and committees, and
-volunteering with the office
are all part of the continuing work we’re doing! Please consider getting involved or expanding your involvement with us. We’re all in this together!

Also, thank you to the many who came out for the #RuleofLaw march where approximately 1000 showed up on less than 24 hours’ notice.

Tomorrow at 7pm, we will be cosponsoring – along with Buff State and the Burchfield Penney Art Center, where the event will take place – a screening and discussion of the Award-winning Film: The Unafraid. THE UNAFRAID shows us what it means to grow up both American and undocumented in the United States. Winner of the Full Frame Film Festival 2018 Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights, THE UNAFRAID is a feature length documentary that follows the personal lives of three DACA students in their quest for education.Please join us for this poignant movie and great panel: Gabriela Quintanilla, Associated Western NY Coordinator for Rural & Migrant Ministry & Founder and Director of Adelante Student Voices; and Luis Jimenez & Servando Jiminez – both affiliated with Allianza Agrícola, the Worker Justice Center of New York. Our own insightful, informative, and engaging Prof. Mike Niman, syndicated columnist and Buff State Communications Professor, will facilitate.

On Friday, Winona LaDuke, Ojibwe, rural developmental economist, author,water protector, and former national VP candidate, will be on campus togive a lecture “The Need for Water Protectors,“ sponsored by UB’s Researchand Education in Energy, Environment, and Water initiative. **REGISTRATIONIS REQUIRED, and seating is limited.** FMI:

See more at – either ON our calendar for more details andevents, or the rest of the weekly update post! See you soon!

Regular Vigils:
Prisoners’ Rights protest/vigils at the Wednesdays 4-5:30pm, Erie County Holding Center (Delaware & Church).
Vigil for Victims of ICE Terror – Thursdays, 5-6pm, ICE building on thecorner of Delaware and Chippewa.
No Nuclear Waste over the Peace Bridge Vigil – Every Friday from 2 PM to 3PM at the corner of Busti Ave and Vermont St.

We shall overcome #Unitethestruggles #Loveislove #PowerWITH-NOTPowerOver

The time is now, and we are the people we’ve been waiting for.

And remember to tune in: DEMOCRACY NOW! IS NOW BEING BROADCASTMONDAY-FRIDAY, 8AM-9AM (LIVE) ON WBNY 91.3FM. Hear it over the radio orstreaming live at or

Below are

– more event listings (see also calendar & facebook page);

– Taskforce items and campaigns; and

– regularly scheduled events – all in that order.

No hate, no fear as we are #StillResisting.  Peace, Thanks, Solidarity, and yes Love.




Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

November 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The 36th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service of the Network of Religious Communities will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 145 Godell Street (Corner Michigan Ave, Buffalo, NY 14203.


Anti-Gentrification Summit

November 17 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

At East High School, 820 Northampton St, Buffalo. Join us for conversations and workshops on: affordable housing; community policing; immigration; public education; transportation; frontline arts; food and health equity; energy democracly; cooperative ownership and community control of resources. Keynote Speakers: Jacqueline Patterson, Director NAACP Environmental & Climate Justice Program; Jumaane Williams, NYC Councilmember, 45th District. For reservations and more info:

Please continue to support the Poor People’s Campaign. Current focus: Voter Registration and empowerment. Stay tuned for information on future events and ways to get involved. Also, visit and join the Poor People’s Campaign online: and on facebook (locally, statewide and nationally): Poor People’s Campaign WNY, NYS Poor People’s Campaign, Poor People’s Campaign.


Mark your calendars: **Human Rights Day, UN-declared: December 10.**


Two big victories!!: Judge’s put a halt to two terrible proposed pipelines:
– Keystone Pipeline (proposed for entire North-South in Central US); and
– NAPL/Northern Access Pipeline (proposed to take fracked gas from PA through WNY).
We are overjoyed, yet ever-vigilant. Join us for:

The Need for Water Protectors,’ Winona LaDuke @ UB

November 16 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Winona LaDuke, Ojibwe, rural developmental economist, author, water protector, and former national VP candidate, will be on campus to give a lecture “The Need for Water Protectors,“ sponsored by UB’s Research and Education in Energy, Environment, and Water initiative. **REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, and seating is limited.** FMI:

Sierra Writers’ Group Meeting/Discussion

November 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Climate and America’s Migration Issues. Sponsored by 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. Including Heidi Nowak of Jericho Road and Rubens Mukunzi of Karibu News


No Nuclear Waste over the Peace Bridge

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


Save the Date: January 20, 2019 WOMEN’S MARCH – BUFFALO/WNY. Niagara Square. Details tbd.

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



Award-winning Film: The Unafraid; (w/expert panel discussion)

November 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Beyond Boundaries: Dare to be Diverse will screen new film “The Unafraid” highlighting the lived experiences of three DACA students. At – and cosponsored by Burchfield-Penney Art Gallery, as well as Buffalo State College, and the WNY Peace Center. Panelists include Gabriela Quintanilla, Associated Western NY Coordinator for Rural & Migrant Ministry. Facilitated by Prof. Mike Niman, columnist and activist extraordinaire. See above and/or event listing from calendar for more info.


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

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; 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.



Coffeehouse: 7pm Monday, November 26 , 2018
A Sandanista Point of View on the Crisis in Nicaragua
Canisius College Science Hall

Dr. Matlin will have recently returned from a trip to Nicaragua where  he will be conferring with citizens and Sandanista leadership. Dr. Matlin, a pediatrician, was declared a “Hero of the Revolution” by the Sandanista for his service to that country and the revolution. To learn more check out his debate about the causes of the current crisis with fellow progressive Michael  Argaman on YouTube at

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: 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. Many thanks to Shontae Cannon-Buckley for her work on this issue!

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 for a full report on ways to help.

We also recommend:

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

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                 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



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:

– Encourage your organization to endorse the HALT Solitary Confinement Act:



RACIAL JUSTICE TASKFORCE MEETING: Sunday, December 16, 1pm at Little Africa, 352 South Elmwood (btwn Trinity and Tupper), Buffalo, NY. Parking also round back (off Tupper).


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 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 calendar for listings, and/or call your District and ask when & where the next Chief and Community Police Meeting will be held.



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  .


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, please do so.

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 and Congresspeople 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 – Progressive program followed by potluck. (Usually Sundays, 4-7pm. Environmental Cottage, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island.) This Sunday pre-empted by Grand Island gathering at St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church, 7pm, 1453 Staley Rd, Grand Island; Thanksgiving Service with Grand Island Community Chorus. All are welcome.

Talking Peace with the WNY Peace Center Radio Show on 91.3FM, WBNY. Mondays, 1-4pm. Call-in show! 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!!

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 9:15am at 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. Signs welcome and also usually available.

Stop The Violence Coalition – 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month; 6pm, United Way Building, Delaware and Summer Sts.

Women In Black – Nonviolence vigil, Bidwell and Elmwood. Saturdays, Noon-1pm. Signs also available. (and you don’t need to be a woman or dress in black)



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Many thanks, peace, solidarity, and yes – Love