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Buffalo Juneteenth 2022

Join the WNYPC at the Buffalo Juneteenth Festival!
Buffalo’s Juneteenth Festival is back in the park! After 2 years online, we are coming together under the summer sun to enjoy each other’s love, strength, and solidarity. Enjoy the parade, music, dancing, food, and more at MLK Park Saturday and Sunday, June 18th – 19th. Be sure to stop by the WNY Peace Center’s table to say hi!

Camp Peaceprints 2022-Registration Now Closed!

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JULY 18-29, M-F 10 AM – 3 PM


Our 2022 theme will be “Justice for All.” We will explore such questions as: What is Justice? What makes a person a citizen? What are our rights and responsibilities as citizens?  How do we change laws that are unjust and oppressive? We will discuss different types of government that exist around the world and how different countries handle infractions to their laws. Concepts such as laws and law enforcement, civic duty, civil disobedience, the court system, culture and customs will be explored. How do we use the existing justice system productively for all people or change it if it no longer works for society?

CAMP PEACEPRINTS is a summer camp designed to introduce youth to social justice, while providing them with peaceful conflict resolution skills and exposure to a broader community. It is a two-week long alternative education program for participants ages 8 – 13, with older youth serving as Youth Assistants. Participants take weekly field trips and hear from local organizers daily. The lesson plans expose them to alternatives to violence exercises, historical movements to end oppression and modern day efforts in community organizing. Music, art, theater, dance, and recreation are significant facets of the program.

March for Our Lives – WNY

WhatA March for Peace, a Cry for Our Lives – a local March For Our Lives in solidarity with DC & marches nationwide.

When & Where: Saturday, June 11th 2022, 10:30am-12pm. The community will meet on Jefferson at Glenwood, and proceed with solemn recognition down Jefferson Ave. toward the site of the Buffalo Massacre; then on to Jefferson at Riley for a celebration of life.

  • (a sign language interpreter will interpret all speeches)
  • 10:30 – Welcome – Ekaete Bailey
  • 10:32 – Land Acknowledgment – Victoria Ross
  • 10:35 – Agenda, mission and QR code mention: Cat Moores & Ekaete Bailey
  • 10:38 – Deidra EmEl – 4 Goals of the March (highlights)
  • Please note: Time frames below are approximate and may vary by 10-15 mins (sooner or later than planned)
  • 10:55 – Solemn recognition of the 10 victims (and more) at the memorial site
  • 11:10 – Program at Riley & Jefferson
  • 11:15 – Jillian Hanesworth, Buffalo Poet Laureate
  • 11:20 – Mission for MFOL (repeat) – Cat Moores & Ekaete Bailey
  • 11:25 – Mark Tally – son of Geraldine Tally
  • 11:30 – Lifesavers (Stop The Violence Coalition youth group)
  • 11:35 – Fragrance “of Yah” Harris Stanfield
  • 11:40 – 4 goals for the march (details) and the celebration of life – Deidra EmEl
  • 11:45 – Music from Ros Jomo/Friends
  • March ends at approximately 12 noon

Who: All are welcome. Organized by Ekaete Bailey, Eastside resident and Diversity (DEI) professional; Cat Moores, a freshman at Nazareth College; and WNY Peace Center, with volunteers and the co-sponsors listed below.

Why: Buffalo knows all too well the costs of gun violence. Given the horrific murders that have occurred in our community, and our nation, it’s past time for dramatic changes!! Our goals:

  • honor the victims of, and people most impacted by, the Buffalo Massacre and other gun violence
  • push all our elected representatives for:
    • Universal Background Checks
    • Assault Weapons Ban
    • Repeal of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA)

Current Organizers and Co-sponsors: Ekaete Bailey & Cat Moores, Bury The Violence, Back to Basics Ministry, Coalition for Economic Justice (CEJ Buffalo), Erie County Restorative Justice Coalition, Free The People – WNY, Fruit Belt Advisory Council, Lifesavers (STVC youth group), Paul McQuillen at, March For Our Lives – National, Muslim Public Affairs Council – WNY, NAACP – WNY, Open Buffalo, PeaceJam Buffalo, RAWtools Buffalo, Rev. William H Henderson Foundation, Riverside Salem UCC/DC, Sisters of St. Francis (Stella Niagara), Stop The Violence Coalition, Ss. Columba-Brigid Church, SSJ Sr Karen Klimczak Center for Nonviolence, Vocal-NY, Voice Buffalo, We Are Women Warriors, We Exist Coalition, Women Against Violence Everywhere (WAVE),  WNY Peacemakers, WNY Peace Center.

Friends of Buffalo-Niagara MFOL: Big Ditch Brewery

Interested in co-sponsoring? Complete the MFOL-WNY Co-sponsor Interest Form here:


  • Email
  • Text WNYPC Google Voice 716-253-1486
  • Call Deidra EmEl 716-603-0015 or Victoria Ross 716-931-3520


TAKE ACTION AFTER THE MARCH! Check out our MFOL Resources Page for information on gun violence and action steps to take!