WNYPC job posting extended to 3/19; Stop Line 3; Minari screening

Thursday, March 11th, 2021

The WNYPC’s Executive Director job is still posted, and we have extended the application deadline by one week: now due Friday, 3/19 by 5 PM. (We understand that the direct link in our last email communication was broken, so we certainly apologize for the inconvenience.) We welcome all interested to apply. For details, please visit bit.ly/wnypeace_ed. If questions, please email WNYPC Board Co-Chair, Marie Schuster, at marieforpeace@gmail.com.

It’s also time for applications to be a Board member. If the WNYPC’s mission (Peace Through Justice at Home and Abroad) speaks to you, see the write-up below to check out applying for Board Membership!

Throughout this week and next, please join our campaign to Stop Line 3 (#DefenseTheSacred). Stay up to date on information and help with taking action to prevent Line 3 by following our Facebook and YouTube accounts! Please also call Chase Bank to defund Line 3 – see details and suggested script here.

Please also join the Immigrant and Refugee Justice (IRJ/”urge”) taskforce on Thursday, 3/18 for a special screening of Golden Globe-awarded film, Minari, written and directed by Lee Isaac Chung. Watch the trailer here and see the Zoom details below.

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

Peace, thanks, solidarity, and yes – love!

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Find more details and additional special events on our Event Calendar at


SUNDAY, 3/14

4 PM – Riverside Salem movie screening/conversation. On Zoom (Meeting ID: 363 944 0486 and Passcode: 756084). Join in for connection, conversation, and inspiration with Riverside Salem – this week screening Judas and the Black Messiah. All are welcome.

5 PM – Feminist Solidarity! Celebrating International Women’s Day and the Advancement of Cuban Women. On Zoom – register here. 25th Anniversary of Beijing Platform for Action on Global Women’s Human Rights, featuring Ambassaroda Lianys Torres Rivera; Kathryn Hall-Trujillo, MPH; and poet Isabella Borgeson.


4pm – PeaceJam Buffalo (Thursdays through 4/29). On Zoom. For youth ages 8+. “Inspiration, Education, and Action” themes and learning goals include: solidarity, social justice, peaceful conflict resolution, integrity, the lives of the Laureates, and more. Activities will include mindfulness, deep slow breathing, movement (dance/yoga), acting/skits, arts and crafts, and a Global Call to Action service-learning project! Various activists, artists, and community leaders may join us, as will the stellar Confident Girl Mentoring Program. More details and registration at bit.ly/wnypeace_peacejam21

7 PM – The Doomsday Machine with Danielle Ellsberg. On Zoom – register here. Join Massachusetts Peace Action and co-sponsors including WNYPC for a conversation with Daniel Ellsberg about his book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. “The father of American whistle-blowing”, as Edward Snowden calls him, Daniel Ellsberg has served as consultant to the White House, and has drafted U.S. plans for nuclear war.

7 PM – IRJ film screening: Minari. On Zoom (Meeting ID: 850 5581 8012 Passcode: 475716). “A Korean American family moves to an Arkansas farm in search of its own American dream. Amidst the challenges of this new life in the strange and rugged Ozarks, they discover the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.” See more above.


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



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


3pm – Weekly Vigil and March Against the Death Penalty. From the Robert L. Jackson Courthouse to the ECHC. Please bring your own signs.

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

~7:15 – Talking Peace with the WNY Peace Center, livestreaming on Facebook (and subsequently broadcast on WBNY 91.3FM on Mondays 1-3pm). Two sessions, each just under an hour.


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


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


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


Find more details and additional campaigns and fundraisers at



Environmental Justice & Indigenous Rights

– Call MN Governor Tim Walz at 651-201-3400 to urge him and other officials (e.g., Congressman Keith Ellison) to stop Line 3. Visit the Water Protectors website for information on needed donations and coming out to put your body on the line to protect Mother Earth, the waters, and the creation. Donations (physical items and/or monetary) also gratefully received at Burning Books (420 Connecticut St, Buffalo, 14213 – open daily, 11am – 7pm) or to Nekanehsakt’s PayPal. #DefendTheSacred #WaterIsLife

– Call on Chase Bank to defund Line 3 – see details and suggested script here.

– Join the West Valley Action Network and support the full cleanup of one of WNY’s most dangerous radioactive pollution problems. Help protect our drinking water, environmental, and community! Join in proactively protecting our region from the long-lasting, deadly nuclear and hazardous waste at the West Valley site. Please also contact all of your legislators – local, state, and federal – to urge full covered cleanup with extensive monitoring!

Policing & Criminal Justice Reform

– Please sign The Police Accountability Ballot Initiative, the people’s way of getting the Buffalo Police Advisory Board’s Model codified into law.

– Please support the Cariol Horne Whistleblower Fund!

– Contact ECDA John Flynn’s office (by phone: 716-858-2424 and by web: https://www2.erie.gov/da/) urging him to:

  1. drop all charges against Willie Henley! If you are able, please also contribute to Willie’s lawyer fee funds at com/f/willie-henley-lawyer-fee
  2. re-visit the Buffalo 5 case (indictment no. 41-413)! Three of the original Buffalo 5 remain living and are seeking a complete exoneration and clearing of their names. Please also see the org petition and com campaign. Call especially if you can’t make it to render Court Support this Tuesday (see above).
  3. give Deyanna Davis more freedom while she’s in house arrest! Visit ee/deyannadavis for a petition, fundraiser, and more information.

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 reallocated 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.


Board Membership Opportunity

Hi, Community Leaders and S/Heros!  How would you like to have a hand in deciding on actions and other aspects of the WNY Peace Center going forward, and share your skills in making it all happen?

You’re invited to submit your application to become a Board Member of the WNY Peace Center. We hope that, with your deep devotion to Justice, to Principles and the Spirit in caring for #PeopleAndThePlanet, you’ll want to help serve our communities and the common good in this way.

Current requirements for a board member are (per bylaws):

  • attendance at monthly Board meetings, 2nd Monday of month, 7pm- (roughly) 8/8:30pm, Sept thru June/July. Due to the COVID, rather than meeting at the Network of Religious Communities building, where the WNYPC has an office (1272 Delaware Ave., Buffalo), we’ve been meeting on Zoom.
  • absences from same not to exceed 3 in a given year
  • attendance at the Annual Meeting (Sunday, April 25 at 2pm on Zoom) and at least one quarterly membership meeting
  • being on (and possibly chairing) at least one committee (Finance; Fund-Raising/Annual Dinner; Personnel; Membership); and/or participation in at least one of the 9 WNYPC taskforce and/or other WNYPC efforts
  • becoming a member (annual membership $50; with $10 and up also acceptable).
  • A term is 3 years.

If you’d like to be on WNY Peace Center board, we need:

  • a resume and/or bio
  • as brief statement of interest and/or vision (why would you like to be on the board? what would you like to do/offer?)

Please let us know by April 1! You can send your info to marieforpeace@gmail.com.

As noted above, our annual meeting will be Sunday, April 25 at 2pm on zoom, when we’ll be presenting board candidates to the membership for approval.

Please check out our website to see the kinds of things we do and are involved in. And please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions! Looking forward!

#UNITEtheStruggles | #OneLove | #WeShallOvercome | #SiSePuede

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