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Now: Iran & HALT; Members Sat 1:30; Action: Women’s March Sun 1/19

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Dear Friends,

The week (and month) is shaping up to be very busy, so you likely have to pick and choose what you can actually manage! Si, Se Puede …. We Shall Overcome! Harambe/Together!

Thanks to the many who came out to join with Women In Black for the special National Day of Action! With he-who-shall-not-be-named/he-who’s-impeached threatening 52 Iranian cultural sites (~=aiming at civilians and civil society), we need a Congressional resolution to stop US aggression towards Iran.

Please call your Congressperson (switchboard is 202-224-3121 – or Reps Higgins or Reed if you don’t have one) to urge a stop through the War Powers Act to any war on Iran, as well as any more troops to the Middle East. They may vote tomorrow!

Tonight we also have the Community Conversation on #HALTSolitary, 6pm at the Crucial Center (230 Moselle, Buffalo). All are welcome to hear first-hand accounts, experience a model solitary cell, hear from officials – including Legislator April Baskin, experts, and convenient info re free Albany lobby trip on January 21. Hope to see you there!

We hope, too, you’ll attend the January 11, 1:30pm membership meeting at the WNYPC, NRC Bldg, 1272 Delaware Ave, Buffalo 14209 (entrance & parking round back). All are welcome, and can bring a snack to share if you like. We’ll cover strategic planning, taskforces and committees. These are critical times for working together.

The buzz is building for the Women’s March Sunday January 19, 1:30pm, part of a Weekend of Action! We’re excited that WNY Resistance Revival Chorus will kick us off, after an Indigenous welcome. We can also confirm that we’ll feature Indigenous Women (as will the National March – many from here will have just been there), have Vonetta Rhodes share spoken word, more music from Phenomenal Ladies of Rhythm and Roc Da Mic, chanting lead by Jennifer Page, and inspiring speakers!

Don’t miss the sign-making and a showing of the Doctrine of Discovery documentary on Saturday (3:30-5:30pm at the WNYPC, see above). Materials will be on hand (and free will offering), as will Women’s March T-shirts! Of course, you’ll want to be at the wonderful Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration later on Sunday (6-8pm at Kleinhans). See more on our website at

If you can free yourself up on a Tuesday for criminal justice reform, there are still the two lobby trips to Albany – all day (~5:30am to late evening), fully funded. Dates, focus, and links for reserving a seat are:
– Tues, Jan 14, to Release our Aging People from Prison (go to to #FreeOurElders);
– Tues, Jan 21, ( to advocate for legislators to pass the #HALTsolitary act.
Of note, there are two advisory committee meetings on January 14, 10am-ish, if you can better do that than a whole-day trip. Please see our website.)

As always, more below, including regularly scheduled events & vigils, and more at, and on our facebook page, twitter (@wnypeace), and Instagram (wnypeace)!

Peace, Thanks, Solidarity, and yes Love.
#Unite! #OneLove
Events this week:

Ending Torture: A Solitary Confinement Community Discussion
January 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
At the Crucial Community Center, 230 Moselle St, Buffalo NY 14211. Join us for a discussion about the pervasive use of solitary confinement across New York, with firsthand accounts from solitary survivors. Learn more about #HALTsolitary ( and ways to get involved to end the use of solitary confinement across the state. Organized by Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals and WNYPC.

Resist Militarism! Taskforce Mtg
January 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
At Isaías González-Soto Branch Library (formerly Niagara Branch), 280 Porter Ave, Buffalo NY. Discuss ideas for what an interactive memorial in Buffalo that acknowledges all victims of war could look like. All are welcome!

End the ICE Terror weekly vigil
January 9 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join the Immigrant & Refugee Taskforce every Thursday from 5:00-6:00 PM for an End the ICE Terror vigil in front of the ICE Field Office at the Delaware North Building (250 Delaware Ave at the corner of Chippewa). Bring your signs and spirit of solidarity. We will not stay silent!

Saturday Academies at Lafayette Community School
January 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Free activities for the whole community! Join the WNY Peace Center at 10:30 in the cafeteria for a PeaceJam activity.

WNYPC Membership Mtg
January 11 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
At WNYPC/NRC Bldg, 1272 Delaware Ave (entrance & parking round back of bldg). Come on out and get connected with the WNYPC’s vital taskforces, submit a membership survey, get info on past and upcoming events and campaigns. And please re-up your membership for the year if you haven’t already! That will enable to have a vote. Focus on Taskforces and Committees.

Trip to Albany to lobby to #FreeOurElders
January 14 @ 5:30 am – 9:30 pm
Bring them home!! End Death-by-incarceration sentences to promote parole justice. Free transportation and food is provided. To rsvp, please go to: Questions? Contact Rosie Rios, Parole Preparation Project; RAPP (Release Aging People in Prison).

Corrections Advisory Board – Initial Mtg
January 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
At Old County Hall, 92 Franklin, 4th floor conference room. Initial meeting of the Corrections Advisory Board overseeing Sheriff Howard’s administration of the Erie Co Holding Center, Alden, etc. Public meeting.

Women’s March – DC
January 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
On January 18, 2020, the Women’s March on Washington will take the power back and so will you. In 2020, we have a chance to finish what we started three years ago and remove Trump from office. We can’t do it without you. Come to DC for the national march and/or go to our local the following day!

Women’s March – Buffalo/WNY
January 19 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
At Niagara Square, Buffalo, NY. #UNITE – as part of the Weekend of Action! A rally and march with speakers, music, and the Spirit, to celebrate Truth and Love. We will stand together for Women, Solidarity with and Justice for People and the Planet, and #womenswave, #powertothepolls. See our ~70 great cosponsors list on our website or the facebook event page.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Celebration
January 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
At Kleinhans Music Hall, One Symphony Circle, Buffalo NY. Come join this beautiful community celebration of our beloved Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This African-American community celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. King includes exciting music and dance performances from throughout Western New York. Free and open to the public. All are welcome.

Trip to Albany to Pass #HALTsolitary Act
January 21 @ 5:30 am – 9:30 pm
WNY chapter of the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC) is going to be joining various chapters across the state in Albany on Tuesday, January 21 ( to advocate for legislators to pass the #HALTsolitary act. It is so important to passing the act. More than 2 weeks in solitary is torture per international standards, and tremendously harmful and traumatic to people. We need more voices coming to Albany with us to make sure this time it gets passed! Please join us!
Sanctuary for Refugees (LASC Coffeehouse)

January 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
At Canisius College (Main & Jefferson), Science Building Lounge. Speaker Rev. Nancy Rosas is the pastor at Pilgrim St Luke’s UCC, the only active sanctuary church in Buffalo. The church has hosted numerous families who are threatened with deportation. The families are afforded a comfortable and safe place to stay while they need one. Come find out more. All are welcome. Light refreshments.


REGULARLY SCHEDULED EVENTS in the One Struggle, One Vision, One Love:

Talking Peace with the WNY Peace Center Radio Show on 91.3FM, WBNY. Mondays, 1-3pm. Call-in show with Jim Anderson and Vicki Ross co-hosting. Also streaming on-line at Topic: Criminal Justice and the need for transformation.

Buffalo Nekanesakt. Indigenous support group/allies. 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm. At Burning Books, 420 Connecticut Ave. All are welcome!! Reading group for the Great Law of Peace will meet on the last Tuesday of January for its final session on the Kayanerenko:wa as put forth by Kayanesenh Paul Williams.

Prisoners’ Rights Taskforce – NO MORE Deaths! Vigil/protest Wednesdays 4-5:30pm at the Erie County Holding Center (Delaware & Church). The Sheriff’s Administration is a Public Health Emergency!! All are welcome. Please bring signs.

Resist Militarism! Taskforce – Regular monthly planning meeting third Weds of the month, Jan 15; 5-6:30pm. at Isaías González-Soto Branch (formerly Niagara Branch) Library, 280 Porter Ave, Buffalo 14201.
Interfaith Peace Network – in January only, 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month, ie, January 9 and January 23, with special presentations on Congregation of Israel and Sufism respectively; 9:15am at 1272 Delaware Ave, Buffalo NY 14209 entrance and parking round back.) Breakfast potluck, and discussion.

End ICE Terror – Thursdays, 5-6pm, vigil in front of the 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

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) Special gathering on Jan 4 for National Day of Action: US out of Iraq!!!

Riverside Salem Environmental Cottage & UCC/DC – Various progressive spiritual activist and naturalist programs, Sundays, 4-6pm followed by a pot-luck. 3449 West River Road, Grand Island, NY 14072. Celebrate Epiphany on Sunday, 1/5.

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

We shall overcome #Unitethestruggles #Loveislove #PowerWITH-NOTPowerOver


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