Communities connected to Protect (LASC Coffeehouse 5/22/17)

Photo: J Dominguez
Immigrants, refugees, people without papers – when they are other-than-caucasian, that’s when there’s an issue, to paraphrase our of our wonderful speakers, Leila Cassandra Bocanegra. Black and brown families especially, Asian and Muslim families – families suffer, as her family has, when ICE and Border Patrol agents are stopping and harassing based on racial profiling. The suffering can be even worse with incarceration and/or deportation, tearing families apart and terrorizing whole communities

We had an intense evening of inspiration and shared grief, information and action planning, as our panel shared their knowledge and experience of all kinds re “Understanding ICE and Border Patrol – Protecting Immigrants.”

John Llory Ghertner MD (Migrant Support Services Wayne County, and Greater Rochester Coalition for Immigration Justice), recognized specialist and devoted activist.
Leila Cassandra Bocanegra, Bachelors from SUNY-Geneseo, winner of numerous awards and recognition of her stellar community service and activism in Rochester, NY
Peter Mares (Rural and Migrant Ministry), advocate, immigrant, community outreach worker and US citizen.
John Curr III (New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) Western Regional Office Chapter Director), expert on civil rights and accountability, and dedicated to justice.

Besides videotaping harassment and standing up for human rights – both at gathering re same and even more importantly when someone’s rights are being violated – people are urged to

Call your NY State Legislators! Numbers are at the bottom of this post (also under Governmental Contact Info under the Issues/Taskforces tab of this website). Ask them to support immigrants, refugees, people without papers, and migrant farmworkers by voting for
the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act – Senate Bill 2721/Assembly Bill 4189. It gives

Movement-Building, Strategic Planning; and more

Dear Friends 50th Year 716-332-3904; 716-931-3520

The national scene is incredible – hard to believe, and yet it was predictable. We resist the attack on the common good and the planet: all together now! Here we go! You can always check our website ( – better by computer than by phone! – and our Facebook page.

Our 50th Annual Membership Meeting and Potluck/Snack-Luck, 2pm on this Saturday, May 20, will be an opportunity to put our heads together for strategizing and planning. We’ll also enjoy the great spirit and yes love that we all share or we would be doing this work together!! Join us at the WNYPC/NRC, 1272 Delaware Ave (entrance & pkg round back). See you there! Aloha! Si, se puede!!

Many Thanks, Peace, Solidarity, and yes Love.



Protest (Highly-Radioactive) Nuclear Waste Shipments!
May 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
About 6M Gallons of HIGHLY Radioactive liquid Nuclear Waste are going over the Peace Bridge approx every 2 weeks for the next 4 years! The environmental risks are huge!! One quart of this highly radioactive liquid is enough to destroy the water supply of any North American city. Join us at Front Park (by the tennis courts), Buffalo NY to protest. (Enter Front Park from Porter Ave; Front Park entrance is just before traffic circle.)

There’s no need to transport these materials through hundreds of communities, over public roads

Hear our Interview with Dr. Michael Mann

Here’s your opportunity to hear – for the first time or again – our interview with Dr. Michael E. Mann!

Dr. Mann is was a key researcher in putting for the “hockey stick” graph that first clarified that global warming was happening. He and his group shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore, and he was named one of Bloomberg’s 50 most Influential People in the World in 2013. He spoke in DC in last week’s March for Science, and is one of the most important voices in working to counter climate catastrophe.

Dr. Mann was kind enough to join us on our radio show, Talking Peace with the WNY Peace Center, on 91.3FM, WBNY, on Monday April 24. To listen, click

Hosts Avery Edwards and Vicki Ross; Weather Medic Jack Kanack, and Environmental Justice Taskforce Chair Charley Bowman were also on the show. We discussed the National Days of Action, Climate Change/Climate Catastrophe, Non-violent direct action, and the way our many issues are interconnected.

The show is Mondays, 1-3pm – please join us any week. To hear it, go to or

Dr. Mann also spoke at our 4/29  People’s  Climate March, in solidarity with the climate marches taking place in DC and all over the country. Local leaders and youth also spoke. The more-than-500 who came out were energized by Dr. Mann’s words, as well as by the Indigenous traditions and statements shared by Maria Maybee and Agnes Williams, Seneca. Congressman Brian Higgins and other local activists also spoke. (See posting archived on this website.)