Current Campaigns

Witness Against Torture

The US detention center at Guantánamo Bay has been open for over 17 years. 40 men remain imprisoned, 5 of whom are cleared for release. Witness Against Torture is working to raise awareness about their torture and indefinite detention, and to combat Islamophobia across the US.

Click here to donate; please include “Witness Against Torture” in the memo line.

Click here to learn more about Witness Against Torture.

OPEN Buffalo survey: Building Youth Political Power

Are you between the ages of 18-25? Do you have a story to share about your experience voting? Do you have a story about why you don’t want to vote? Then please take a few minutes to fill out the Youth Action Voting Survey! We want to push for changes to make it easier for all young people to vote and to make sure they have all the information to make empowered and informed decisions. Follow the link or use the QR code to fill out the survey!

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Fair Fines + Fees Coalition

City of Buffalo residents can now share their traffic stop experiences with Buffalo police officers, by using the FFFC Traffic Stop Tool. The tool is easy to use and will collect racial and location data, to increase transparency at traffic stops in Buffalo.

Tips on using the tool:

1. For your safety, please use the tool after your interaction with the police at a traffic stop. Always follow the guidelines below at a traffic stop:…/What-to-Do-When-Stopped-by-the-Poli…

2. Once you access the link, please download the page on your phone. This way, you have convenient access to the tool, after your interaction with the police.

3. Remember that you have the option to remain anonymous!

Please find the link to the Traffic Stop Tool below:

  • Tired of paying excessive fees in addition to your traffic fine?
  • Do you think racial and location data should be collected at traffic stops in Buffalo?
  • Do you think people should be given 14 days to fix correctable violations on their car, instead of 24 hours?

We want to hear from you! Your council members want to hear from you! Sign on to our petition here:

Please join us in the Poor People’s Campaign.

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival completed a 40 Days of Action kickoff which launched a massive movement to address the evils of poverty, racism, militarism, and ecological devastation, and to change the distorted moral narrative plaguing this nation and the world. Every week for six weeks all kinds of people across the country congregated at their state capitals to raise awareness about the unique and common ways they are affected by the evils. Well over 100 participated in civil disobedience in NYS, with many more nationally, to withdraw their consent from a status quo that doesn’t prioritize the basic rights and needs of humans. We had trips from Buffalo every week since the beginning of the Revival.

We enjoyed a great Celebration for Change!: a Poor People’s Campaign Event on Thurs, July 12, at MLK Park. About 150 people turned out for music, food, and #UnitetheStruggles. We were grateful to the many  cosponsors and tablers, as well as Ismail & Co. and WNY Resistance Revival Chorus who led  Community Jams. Likewise Food For All who fed us and NAACP who celebrated their President Rev. Blue’s birthday with us. #UnitetheStruggles

Also, if you haven’t already, please register to be part of Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival by visiting their webpage at, and by joining them on facebook: Poor People’s Campaign, NYS Poor People’s Campaign, and Poor People’s Campaign – WNY. You can also message them on fb to join, and text MORAL to 90975.

The Poor People’s Campaign was originally organized by Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1967. Now revived by Rev. Dr. William Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis in 2018, and also known as A National Call for Moral Revival, it is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism (and bigotry of all kinds), poverty/materialism, militarism/violence, and ecological devastation. PLEASE SEE MORE ON THESE FOUR EVILS below.

We’re all in this together, and We Shall Overcome!

On the national level The Poor People’s Campaign is being led by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis. Rev. Dr. William Barber II is a Protestant Minster (Disciples of Christ) in North Carolina He is also a member of the National Board of NAACP. Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis is a Presbyterian pastor and is the Co-Director of the Kairos Center and a Founder and the Coordinator of the Poverty Initiative. New York States Poor People’s Campaign: A Nation Call for Moral Revival is being organized by Rev. Emily McNeill, Labor-Religion Coalition of NYS.

Our Poor People’s Campaign locally – in Buffalo/WNY – includes @Back to Basics, Buffalo Afl-Cio Central Labor Council, Campaign for New York Health, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Coalition for Economic Justice, Community Action Organization of Erie County Inc, Cao Alphonso ‘rafi’ Greene, Jr. Masten Reaource Center, Cuba Cultural Center, Inc, Food For All, Indigenous Women’s Initiatives, Interfaith Peace Network of WNY, @Ismail & Company, @Jes Breathe Block Club, Labor Religion Coalition of New York State, NAACP Buffalo Branch, Open Buffalo, Partnership for the Public Good, Pax Christi WNY, Peacejam Buffalo, @Second Baptist Church, Sister District for Western New York, a NYPAN Chapter, @SSJ Sr. Karen Klimczak Center for Nonviolence, VFP 128, VOICE-Buffalo, Unity Fellowship of Christ Church, Buffalo, NY, We Are Women Warriors, @Women’s Resistance Revival Chorus, WNYCOSH, and of course the WNY Peace Center.

The Truth Commission on Poverty held in February in Buffalo led to an insightful report by Partnership for the Public Good. See the report Here.

And again, please join us – all are welcome! For more info, call 716-332-3904; or 716-931-3520.



The Triple Evils of POVERTY, RACISM and MILITARISM are forms of violence that exist in a vicious cycle. They are interrelated, all-inclusive, and stand as barriers to our living in the Beloved Community. When we work to remedy one evil, we affect all evils. To work against the Triple Evils, you must develop a nonviolent frame of mind as described in the “Six Principles of Nonviolence” and use the Kingian model for social action outlined in the “Six Steps for Nonviolent Social Change.”

Some contemporary examples of the Triple Evils are listed next to each item:

Poverty – unemployment, homelessness, hunger, malnutrition, illiteracy, infant mortality, slums…

“There is nothing new about poverty. What is new, however, is that we now have the resources to get rid of it. The time has come for an all-out world war against poverty … The well off and the secure have too often become indifferent and oblivious to the poverty and deprivation in their midst. Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation. No individual or nation can be great if it does not have a concern for ‘the least of these.”

Racism – prejudice, apartheid, ethnic conflict, anti-Semitism, sexism, colonialism, homophobia, ageism, discrimination against disabled groups, stereotypes…

“Racism is a philosophy based on a contempt for life. It is the arrogant assertion that one race is the center of value and object of devotion, before which other races must kneel in submission. It is the absurd dogma that one race is responsible for all the progress of history and alone can assure the progress of the future. Racism is total estrangement. It separates not only bodies, but minds and spirits. Inevitably it descends to inflicting spiritual and physical homicide upon the out-group.”

Militarism – war, imperialism, domestic violence, rape, terrorism, human trafficking, media violence, drugs, child abuse, violent crime…

“A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war- ‘This way of settling differences is not just.’ This way of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice and love. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

Source: “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Boston: Beacon Press, 1967. 


To the Above is added Environmental Degradation. Global warming and climate catastrophe threaten our existence – currently through extreme and rapid changes, storms, etc., as well as over the long haul. Great and increasing pollution of many kinds – nuclear waste, fracking fluids including especially methane, plastics, lead, toxics of many stripes sicken people and the planet.


Poverty in Buffalo: Causes, Impacts, Solutions
A Report for the Truth Commission on
Poverty in Western New York

Report Presented By:

Partnership for the Public Good


New York State is facing a $ 14 billion budget crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the conflict within congress over whether states should be reimbursed for costs related to Covid-19.
In response to the deficit Governor Cuomo is withholding authorization of state contracts beginning July 1, 2020.  This effects all state operations and in particular the funding of social programs, like support for Food Banks and  SNAP (Food Stamp) programs.  The Network of Religious Communities Nutrition Outreach program is one of the programs dramatically impacted. 
The Network of Religious Communities Nutrition Outreach is one of 45 agencies receiving funding to provide SNAP (Food Stamp) education and assistance in 56 New York State Counties.  The Network of Religious Communities Nutrition Outreach Program receives $175,000.00 per year to provide SNAP assistance and education in Erie, Genesee and Wyoming Counties.  Our current contract extends through June 30, 2022, however, unless NOEP contract is reauthorized  funding for all the Nutrition Outreach Programs in  56 New York State Counties will cease as of June 30, 2020.
We are asking that all friends of the Network of Religious Communities and those who recognize the importance of the SNAP (Food Stamp) program, especially, during the Covid-19 Pandemic, contact their NY State Representatives and Senators urging them to have the Governor authorize vital state contracts for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020.  Specifically, ask the governor to issue a contract award letter to NOEP. (Nutrition Outreach Education Program, also known as Hunger Solutions) .
It would also be beneficial to contact the following staff persons:
Rebecca Mudie assistant Secretary to the Governor for Human Services:  518-402-4852
Fran Barrett, Governor Cuomo’s Interagency Coordinator for Non Profit Organizations
Paul Francis, Secretary to the Governor for Health and Human Services
Let me be clear, we also support the funding of Food Banks to providing emergency food during the Covid-19 Pandemic.  Food Bank grants also assist the NRC Food Pantry and many other food pantries in providing emergency food..
It would also help for you to contact your US Congress person and Senator asking them to support reimbursing states for Covid-19 related expenses.
Stan Bratton
Dr. G. Stanford Bratton, Executive Director/CEO
Please read below the description of the the Network of Religious Communities Nutrition Outreach Program below.
Food For All, a program of the Network of Religious Communities, has received  Nutrition Outreach and Education ( NOEP) grants for thirty four (34) years. The NOEP grant allows Food For All of the Network of Religious Communities to help households apply for SNAP ( Food Stamps). 
SNAP is our countries number one defense  against hunger . While  food pantries are very important , SNAP allows  a household to have dignity to buy their own food and make their own food choices.  SNAP is a federal program that has many confusing regulations that often make it very complicated for households to apply. Though the NOEP grant, we  are able to pre-screen households to see if they may be eligible for SNAP. We help them apply on line or with paper applications as well as gather documents  needed to apply. During non Covid times we also provide home-visits to help the households apply for SNAP in person. This year, Food For All has assisted 4,188 Households with the SNAP program and helped them receive SNAP in Erie , Genesee,  Wyoming County. This grant also provides employment for 3 and half people at NRC.
Crossroads is a program of the Network of Religious Communities broadcast over 4 Townquare Media Stations each Sunday morning;
May 24th PROGRAM:  Bruce Strassburg, of the Buffalo Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints talks with Bishop Dan Desrosiers of the Buffalo Ward, 145 Goodell Street, Buffalo.  They talk about the life and calling of Bishop Desrosiers and what is happening at the Buffalo Ward particularly during Covid-19.
Crossroads Broadcast times
6:00 AM Sundays WBUF 92.9 FM AND WBLK 93.7
6:30 AM Sunday WJYE 96.1 FM
7:00 AM Sundays WYRK 106.5 FM
You can also access WJYE over the web to hear the program.
NRC on YouTube
Watch segments of the Network of Religious Communities TV program on the NRC youtube channel  
The Network of Religious Communities work continues during COVID-19 Crisis.
Contribute on line:
Mail contributions to Network of Religious Communities, 1272 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209

Support Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! is an independent news show hosted by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. Amy Goodman was the speaker at our 50th annual dinner and we are actively working to support independent news stations like Democracy Now! who focus on news stories that do not get air time in popular media. We value this type of journalism and and are thrilled that Democracy Now! is being broadcast in Buffalo! M-F, 8-9am on WBNY 91.3FM. You can catch it streaming on line at or Below is a link to more information on Democracy Now!

Please go to their website and donate, subscribe to their daily digest, and call local stations to encourage them to pick up Democracy Now!:

Cariol Horne Whistleblower Fund

This fund was created by the Racial Justice Taskforce and is designated for police officers who meet the following requirements: 1) The officer must have acted for the public good (to uphold the human rights or civil rights of citizens) and 2) The officer must be able to show that they have faced reprisals that have caused financial harm.

It was named after an officer in Buffalo, Cariol Horne, who stopped an incident of police brutality and was fired after this incident. Please donate to support officers who are upholding the human and civil rights of citizens! Follow this link to find out more information about Cariol Horne and donate:

Love is Love

#loveisloveBUF is an ongoing campaign that started Sept 23 with a sign-burning that is igniting a movement! The ashes from the burning of the progressive, truth-and-love-oriented sign formed a heart, and we are supplying the sign at all WNY Peace Center -sponsored events, while supplies last. More background at The campaign has had two very successful stages wherein about 5000 signs were distributed – both times in a matter of ~2 weeks! We’ll have the victory lap of the campaign soon, with another tranche of signs to distribute. Keep posted!

CEDAW Ordinance:

CEDAW or the Convention for the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women is an ordinance that creates processes to ensure that policies and their implementation are beneficial to people of all genders. This would include data collection and reporting which would inform about inequities within various systems such as employment and education.  There has been hearings in city hall where numerous people advocated for women’s rights and urged Buffalo Common Council people to consider passing this ordinance. This ordinance has not currently been passed.

Follow this link for the numbers for common council representatives to call and share your support of this ordinance. 

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