Annual Fundraiser; ‘Protect the Results’ rally

Friday, November 6, 2020

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Of course we’ll start by mentioning the election; while results are not yet finalized, we are glad to see the count continues moving along and that things are generally calm and peaceful. Please join us tomorrow for the Protect the Results Rally, 12-1:30pm at Niagara Square with masks and physical distancing. We have seen historic voter turnout, with millions of people voting by mail due to the pandemic. Every eligible vote counts!

The WNY Peace Center’s 53rd Annual Fundraiser: An Evening with Dr. Cornel West is now just three days away! If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, there is still time – visit for all of the details! If you are unable to attend, please spread the word, share this email, and/or sponsor a ticket for someone! Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this exciting post-election event will be held entirely on Zoom along with a week-long online auction to benefit the WNYPC. Please see our program below:

  • Gnonyoh by Jill Clause, Tuscarora
  • Introduction to student groups
  • Awards, including Alt-imate Activist to Jillian Hanesworth; Emerging Leaders Award to Jalonda Hill; Lifetime Achievement Awards to Roger Cook and June Licence; and two surprise awards!
  • Jillian’s performance of her poem, ‘The Revolution Will Rhyme’
  • Keynote by Dr. Cornel West
  • Q&A
  • Gnonyoh by Jill Clause, Tuscarora

We are so excited for the guidance and wisdom Dr. West will surely bring to us at this critical time. We are ready for whatever comes next and know that we have plenty of work ahead of us!

Please see details and much more below, including special and regularly scheduled events this week, plus campaigns, fundraisers, and more at, on our Facebook page, Twitter (@wnypeace), and Instagram (@wnypeace)!

Peace, thanks, solidarity, and yes – love!

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12-1:30 PM – Protect the Results Rally. At Niagara Square, Buffalo with masks and physical distancing. Say with one voice “Count Every Vote! Protect the Results!” WNY Peace Center is cosponsoring along with Citizen Action, CWA, SURJ, CEJ, PUSH, 1199, VOICE, Open Buffalo, Buffalo Urban League and NYIC. Speakers will include County Legislature Chair April Baskin and Mayor Brown.

SUNDAY, 11/8

4-6 PM – Festival of Hope. On Zoom (Webinar ID: 863 2644 0605). Join the Kings Bay Plowshares members, Mark Colville, Clare Grady, Martha Hennessy, and Carmen Trotta, as they prepare to be sentenced. The festival will feature: Diné/Navajo activist against nuclear colonialism Leona Morgan; recently acquitted Resister to US warplanes at Shannon, Irish activist, Edward Horgan; Poor People’s Campaign co-chair, Rev. Liz Theoharis; German activist Marion Kuepker, from Nonviolent Action Group for the Withdrawal of US    Nuclear Weapons from Buchel AFB; Fordham University theology Prof. Jeannine Hill-Fletcher; Martha Hennessy doing a reading from her grandmother, Dorothy Day, on her 123rd birthday; International peace activist Kathy Kelly; OREPA activist Ralph Hutchison working on Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons; Detroit activist Lydia Wylie-Kellerman; Buddhist nun, Indigenous People’s ally & anti-nuclear activist Jun-san Yasuda; Musicians: Tom Chapin and the Chapin Sisters; Rosie Newton

MONDAY, 11/9

1-3 PM – Talking Peace with the WNY Peace Center. On WBNY 91.3 FM or streaming on At the moment, the show is being pre-recorded (so graciously by #ThinkTwice Radio!). Hosted by Vicki Ross, WNYPC Executive Director. This week’s episode features local activists (and WNYPC awardees!) in the first hour: Jillian Hanesworth and Jalonda Hill. Second hour: Buddy Bell, longtime national and international activist with Voices for Creative Nonviolence, News and Letters Newspaper, and Global Days of Listening.

7 PM (DOORS AT 6) – WNYPC presents An Evening with Dr. Cornel WestOn Zoom – purchase tickets at Come for guidance and inspiration from one of the beacons of enlightened and inspiring peace and justice work, an American philosopher, political activist, social critic, author, and public intellectual. Brother Cornel is a beacon of Truth and Love, steeped in civil discourse and civil resistance, always speaking truth to power, and animated by an extreme love of humanity and creation. As keynote (and our hero) for the WNY Peace Center’s 53rd Annual Dinner, Brother Cornel will prepare us for the next steps after the election.


10:30 AM – 12 PM – Reclaim Armistice Day! At Buffalo & Erie Co Naval & Military Park (by anchor), just north of Canalside. Join WNYPC’s Resist Militarism! Taskforce & Veterans for Peace Chapter 128 in recalling the original spirit of the November 11th holiday: to acknowledge the horrors of war and commit to peace. We will gather, with masks and socially distanced, or you can also join us for a livestreaming of the event. Speakers will share the mission of Reclaiming Armistice Day, the theft of human services by the bloated pentagon budget, and how the bi-Partisan War Machine makes victims not only of veterans/combatants, but all of us.

7PM – ROCLA and LASC present: Organizing in Solidarity with Honduras after the US ElectionsOn Zoom (Meeting ID: 837 9043 3352 and Passcode: 136201). Karen Spring is a human rights activist and researcher and currently the Honduras-based Coordinator for the Honduras Solidarity Network (HSN). HSN focuses on the role of US and Canadian foreign policy in Honduras. Since the 2009 US-backed military coup, Honduras has become one of the most dangerous countries for lawyers, land defenders, journalists, and human rights defenders. Spring will address whether the outcome of the US elections will change the situation in Honduras. What do we need to know about taking action and being in solidarity with Honduras moving into 2021? Join us for some important responses.


Find more details and additional weekly/monthly events on our website at


1pm – Talking Peace (WNYPC radio show). On WBNY 91.3 FM or streaming online at Insights on peace and justice with the WNYPC. At the moment, the show is being pre-recorded by Think Twice Radio: The Home of the Future!


3pm – Weekly Vigil and March Against the Death Penalty. From the Robert L. Jackson Courthouse to the ECHC.

4pm – Prisoners’ Rights weekly vigil: No More ECHC Deaths! at the Erie County Holding Center.


5pm – Immigrant & Refugee Justice (IRJ) weekly vigil: End Ice Terror! Outside the Delaware North Building.


2pm – Environmental Justice weekly vigil: No Nuclear Waste over the Peace Bridge! At Front Park.


12 pm – Women in Black weekly vigil. At Elmwood & Bidwell. 


Find more details and additional campaigns and fundraisers at

Criminal Justice and Policing

– Please support the Cariol Horne Whistleblower Fund!

– Contact ECDA John Flynn’s office urging him to drop all charges against Willie Henley!

By phone: 716-858-2424 and by web: If you are able, please also contribute to Willie’s lawyer fee funds at

– Complete Partnership for the Public Good (PPG)’s Community Opinion Survey on what you think Erie County should do with its two mostly empty jails, the Correctional Facility in Alden and the Holding Center in downtown Buffalo. County officials have discussed closing or repurposing one of the jails and moving most detainees to the other jail.

– Buffalo needs LEAD now! We recently saw a clear example of how the current way police respond to community members with mental health issues fails our community. This entire situation could have been avoided with Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD), a program that offers an alternative to arrest or hospitalization: diverting individuals into intensive management so their underlying needs are addressed. Learn more about LEAD here and SHARE WIDELY!

– Support the demand that the police budget is defunded to invest in traffic calming infrastructure and take BPD out of traffic enforcement all together. Please fill out the questionnaire shared by Fair Fines + Fees to participate in a budgetary process that aims to make positive changes to the City’s budget. NEW! You can also share your ideas and priorities for changing the Buffalo Police Department through this survey by Free the People WNY.

– If you are a social worker or mental health professional, please sign the WNY Agents of Change open letter to Mayor Brown re: working with the BPD

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