Economic Justice

Black History Month

National Black History Month is a time to recognize the impact that Black Americans and their history have had on America. In alignment with our Pillars of Justice, we encourage you to research and learn more about these (and more!) prominent Black social justice activists:

  • Economic Justice: Sadie T. M. Alexander – Sadie was the first African-American in 1921 to receive a Ph.D. in economics in the United States. Her focus was frequently on racial and economic justice for the working class, especially for working men and women. 
  • Environmental Justice: George Washington Carver – Although best known for his numerous uses for peanuts, Mr. Carver was a leader in educating farmers about crop rotation, encouraging alternatives to cotton to help reverse soil depletion. He supported concepts of modern environmentalism, including the basic interconnection between the health of the land and the people. 
  • Human & Civil Rights: Roy Wilkins – As the Executive Director of the National Association for the Advancment of Colored People (NAACP), Mr. Wilkins aimed for equal rights for all Americans through peaceful and lawful means. Notably, the NAAACP focused its resources on challenging “Jim Crow” statutes in the courts.
  • Resist Militarism: Martin Luther King, Jr. – The WNY Peace Center itself was founded in 1967 as a chapter of Rev. Dr. King’s Clergy and Laity Concerned, inspired by him to strive toward ending the Vietnam war. “As a minister of the gospel,” he said during his Opposes Vietnam War speech, “I consider war an evil. I must cry out when I see war escalated at any point.”

1/22: Anniversary of the TPNW

Along with today being our 2023 Annual Meeting, did you know that 1/22 is the anniversary of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW)?

The TPNW, or the Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty, is the first legally binding international agreement to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons with the ultimate goal being their total elimination. It was adopted on July 7th, 2017; opened for signature on September 20th, 2017; and entered into force on January 22nd, 2021.

You can learn more about the TPNW at

Dr. King & Uniting The Struggles

Did you know that the WNY Peace Center was founded in 1967 by Buffalonians as a chapter of Rev. Dr. King’s Clergy and Laity Concerned? While WNYPC members initially devoted their efforts to ending the Vietnam War, over the years our work has expanded to address changing global, regional, and local problems.

Dr. King delivered his Three Evils of Society address at the National Conference on New Politics in 1967 in which he linked racism, materialism, and war as challenges that Americans endure to this day. Our Pillars of Justice – Resist Militarism, Racial Justice, Economic Justice, and also Human & Civil Rights – were created to advocate for human rights and fight oppression every day.

You can read and/or listen to the speech in full here.