WNY Activates to #ClosetheCamps #EndICETerror

716-332-3904  7/13/19       wnypeace.org

Dear Friends,

Many thanks to all who joined together for extreme activism over the past two days to #CLOSETheCAMPS, share #LightsForLiberty, and #EndICEterror!!

Our best estimates put the total for 5 events on July 11-12 at 960 people. And nine yes 9 of them got arrested to make their point even pointier – we can’t have business as usual when children are being abused and neglected by the US Gov’t and its agents (read ICE and more) in our names!

Special thanks to a few individuals – the nine arrested, Jennifer Page and Juweria Dahir organizers and cohosts with us at the Bidwell Lights for Liberty, and the children who read at that vigil. Also of note, Congressman Brian Higgins has supported activism on the issue, and called out the administration on the illegal and immoral policies on immigration.

Sandra Steingraber, sustainability farmer, activist, and shero, came to Buffalo from her farm at the Finger Lakes, and was arrested (picture above – Thanks, Activists of Buffalo!!) at Buffalo protest in front of the DHS office. Sandra, who is a 59-year old biologist and author, stated,

“I’m risking arrest today because I’m a biologist who knows that climate change causes crop failures that turn farmers into refugees. I’m risking arrest today because my father fought Nazis in Europe and taught me not to be a good German. I’m risking arrest today because I’m a mother who knows that children are not criminals.”

-thanks to Whitney Arlene Crispell for the quote.

We encourage all to contact all of our representatives – local, state, and especially Congressional (Reps & Senators) to stress that this maltreatment of refugees, immigrants and asylum-seekers must stop. It is contrary to the Declaration of Human Rights, which is, under Article 6 section 2, the Supreme Law of the Land, equal in force to the Constitution. #ClosetheCamps #Neveragainisnow!! Feel free to call them every day! (Numbers are on our website, wnypeace.org, under Get Involved; Organizing in WNY – Govt’l Contacts.) Top of Form

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Also please come out to the regular weekly vigil Vigil for Victims of ICE Terror – Thursdays, 5-6pm, ICE building on the corner of (@250) Delaware and Chippewa. Bring your signs and spirit of Solidarity. We will not stay silent! #EndICETerror #FamiliesBelongTogether #AbolishICE #CLOSETHECAMPS #NeverAgainIsNow

More events on the calendar and the previous weekly news. (Of note, Camp Peaceprints starts on Monday. Please contact us if you can help bring children swimming on Fridays, 12:30-2:30pm, 7/19 & 26. Call 716-931-3520.)

Many thanks, peace, solidarity, and yes – Love

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. All are welcome. This week, Prof Mike Ziolkowski on US Foreign Policy.

Talking Peace with the WNY Peace Center Radio Show on 91.3FM, WBNY. Mondays, 1-3pm. Call-in show! Go to wbny.buffalostate.edu. Upcoming Jim Anderson hosting, with Jon Rainwater, Peace Action, National Exec Director, on current situation with Iran and victory in Congress, and more!

Buffalo Nekanesakt. Indigenous support group/allies. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm; last Tuesday reading group re Kayanerenko:wa The Great Law of Peace. At Burning Books, 420 Connecticut Ave. All are welcome!!

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

Resist Militarism! Taskforce – regular monthly planning meeting third Weds of the month, at Niagara Porter Library, 5-6:30pm. Will include update re Speaking Verse to Power (Infringement Festival event July 29, 7-9pm at Burning Books), and more.

Interfaith Peace Network, August 8 (ltd summer sched), 9:15am at 1272 Delaware Ave, Buffalo NY 14209 entrance and parking round back.) Breakfast potluck, planning/publicizing, & discussion.

Vigil for Victims of ICE Terror – Thursdays, 5-6pm, ICE building on the corner of (@250) Delaware and Chippewa. Bring your signs and spirit of Solidarity. We will not stay silent! #EndICETerror #FamiliesBelongTogether #AbolishICE #CLOSETHECAMPS #NeverAgainIsNow

Youth Climate Strike – Fridays, 2-3pm in Niagara Square. All are welcome – youth and all ages – to register our concern for People and the (whole) Planet!

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)

Of note: West African Drumming Sundays, 12-2pm, Little Africa Culture Club, 356 S. Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY.

We shall overcome #Unitethestruggles #Loveislove #PowerWITH-NOTPowerOver


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