NO (Today!+) to NAPL, Collins; Yes Huddle, WNYPC, Solidarity!
Dear Friends, 716-332-3904
Here’s another of our “frequent updates!” TODAY (and every day as usual), there are plenty of ways to do our respective parts in solidarity and love for each other, the common good, and the Creation
*Feb 7, 4pm (note time change!), No Ban, No Wall Rally at Chris Collins’ Lancaster Office; 2813 Wherle Drive., Lancaster/Williamsville. Truthful Tuesdays. Signs welcome!
Feb 7, 8, & 9, 6pm No Nothern Access Pipeline! – NAPL public hearings.
*Tues Feb 7, St Bonaventure Doyle Hall, 3261 W State Rd, Bonaventure 14778. Carpool from Burning Books 420 Connecticut St at 3:30pm sharp.
*Wed Feb 8, Iroquois HS, 2111Girdle Rd, Elma 14059. Carpool Burning Books 5pm sharp.
*Thurs Feb 9, Niagara Co Com Col, 3111 Saunders Settlement Rd, Rm E-140, Sanborn 14132. Carpool Burning Books 420 CT St, 4:45pm sharp.
Please come out to help stop this dangerous exploit by National Fuel before its too late! For more info, go to niagarasierraclub.com/issues/northern-access-pipeline/ including to submit written comments. Water is Life!! (Bflo Supports Standing Rock regular meeting changed to this!)
* Huddle: Coalition Building and Action Planning, Sun, Feb 12, 1:30pm at 1272 Delaware Ave (entrance & pkg round back). Both break-out sessions by issue as well as movement-building! Especially good for reps of various local peace & justice groups, and new activists. All are welcome. (Signing up on our FB event page is helpful but not required.)
* WNYPC quarterly membership meeting Sat., Feb 18, at 2pm at 1272 Delaware Ave (entrance & pkg round back): Come review, reassess, and help us plan! Potluck as well.
More than 2,000 came out to the No Ban. No Wall. March for Immigrant Refugee & Muslim Solidarity on Sunday. We are bulding momentum! We’ll see you as works for you (and for us all)! Don’t forget frequent calls to our legislators re #swampcabinet, (See Campaigns below.) We shall overcome!!
Peace/Salam/Shalom/Shanti! Nya weh/Asanti/Gracias/Tashakor/Thanks!!
Wed, Feb 8, Follow the Money, Map the Power. 6-7:30pm. Burning Books, 420 Connecticut St., Buffalo. Now more than ever we need to be building the skills we need to track ties between powerful people and organizations. Everyone can have a hand in holding power accountable! Join the new Buffalo Research Collective and LittleSis for a quick and easy tutorial on how to track down campaign donations on the local and national levels using publicly available databases and create maps using Oligrapher, LittleSis’ data visualization tool.
Thurs, Feb 9, 6pm Network of Religious Communities’ Annual Meeting, Jaffarya Ctr, 10300 Transit Rd, East Amherst, 14051. With panel discussion from Muslim Public Affairs Council, Jewish Family Services, Catholic Charities, Interfaith Climate Justice Community, Concerned Clergy. Dinner. $25 per person for program and dinner. All are welcome!
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE TASKFORCE
Mon, Feb 13, 6-7:30pm. Gas is the Problem. Environmentally sound heating and cooling. Special renown guest Arjun Makhajani, President, Institute for Energy & Environmental Research. Unitarian Universalist Church @ Elmwood and Ferry, Buffalo NY. Sierra Club & PUSH.
* Northern Access Pipeline – Emergency! Public comment may be on Feb 7, 8, & 9. See above, and/or
Join the PeaceAction NYS campaign at No Fear, No Hate, No Nukes.
You can sign on individually or sign up your organization. We’ll be organizing congressional visits during the week of February 20; more info as it becomes available. Meanwhile please sign on!
Join with us to urge Sen. Schumer to do – and laud Sen. Gillibrand for doing – absolutely everything possible to block the #SwampCabinet that Trump is pushing! The epitome of foxes proposed to guard chicken house! His National Security team is already highly inappropriate and aggressive. (See Gen Mattis, Lt. Gen Flynn, Sec. Pompeo, and Rex Tillerson, „Oil-man“ per the Donald.) You can join us – follow link at go.ourrevolution.com (or dial 844-311-2016. Sending snail mail and signing petitions is also good.!
Info re Cabinet and Other Proposed Officials:
*Neil Gorsuch: Supreme Court nominee, is a staunch supporter of the 2nd-amendment, believes th police are virtually immune to prosecution due to their authority, and is likely to assist in overturning Roe v. Wade as he supports allowing „religious freedom“ as an excuse for providing contraception.
*Sen. Jeff Sessions: inappropriate as Atty Gen as he has a history of racism,AND recently would NOT say when asked that irreligious persons may be just as correct as others in assessing law.
*Steve Mnuchin: inappropriate as Treasury Secretary as he has made millions on leaving the bank he directed that undertook rampant foreclosures on homeowners on trivial excuses.
*Scott Pruitt: inappropriate for leading the Environmental Protection Agency as he is (outrageously) a climate change denier (!?!) and has sued the EPA 11 yes eleven times.
*Betsy Devos: inappropriate as Education Secretary as she doesn’t support public education and does support guns in schools! Her main qualification appears to be the literally millions she and her family have donated to the Senators who are voting on her!
*and more …..
* Buffalo 25 IMPORTANT UPDATE!
No more calls to the U.S. Attorney’s office are wanted at this time. Thank you
Situation worse: 6 have been convicted and 3 are facing possible imprisonment, up to 10 years of incarceration (followed by deportation). Families cannot work for livelihood. Please send contributions for the Buffalo 25 and their families Payable to
Trinity Episcopal Church (with #Buffalo25 on the memo line of your check)
Trinity Episcopal Church 371 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, NY 14202.
Buffalo Supports Standing Rock Water Protectors! URGENT
Trump’s executive order approving the Dakota Access Pipeline and Keystone pipelines have created an emergency situation!!
Weekly meeting THIS WEEK PREEMPTED BY NAPL TESTIMONY – SEE FIRST PAGE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. Tuesdays, 6:30pm. Burning Books, 420 Connecticut St., Buffalo. Alternate weeks (i.e., January 24) the group focuses on No Pipelines (re NAPL, Enbridge). Part of Nekanesakt; Friends of the Indigenous People, a coalition.
You can donate through the Buffalo Supports Standing Rock Water Protectors Group. Warm winter clothes especially outer garments can be brought to Burning Books, 420 Connecticut St., Buffalo. Money can be donated on-line through Riverside-Salem UCC/DC (http://riversidesalem.org/ . (Specify “Standing Rock.”) and/or make check contributions for Standing Rock Water Protectors (with “Standing Rock” on the memo line of your check) Payable to: Riverside-Salem UCC/DC (write “Standing Rock” on the memo line of your check) PO Box 207, Grand Island, NY 14072
RESIST MILITARISM! TASKFORCE
2nd and 4th Thurs of month, next one February 9: Resist Militarism! Anti-Weaponized-Drone Vigil at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, 3:30-4:30pm. Call Russell, 570-5200 for carpooling.
RACIAL JUSTICE TASKFORCE
Cariol Horne Whistleblowers’ Fund This fund, created by the WNYPC, was created a to support police officers who face reprisals from their department for choosing to strictly uphold their oath to protect and serve the community. The fund is named for Cariol Horne, former police officer, who faced reprisals when she saved the life of a citizen who was being subjected to excessive force on her duty. She was fired just prior to earning her 20-year pension. The goal of the fund is to encourage good police officers to follow their moral conscience if and when it conflicts with the infamous blue wall of silence. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_wall_of_silence). The firs day $565 was raised. Please go to
https://www.gofundme.com/cariol-horne-whistleblower-fund to contribute.
Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties (NACS) All Our Relations Project (AOR) The “All Our Relations” project is aimed at increasing the mutual respect, understanding, and collaborations between Native and Non-Native groups, organizations, persons, and others, as well as contributing to the health and wellbeing of the Native American community & friends. Free Cultural competency training in a wide variety of areas, voluntary case management, and many Native cultural programs. To register, call Pete Hill, 716 874-2797, ext 348, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Save the Dates:
*Tuesday February 14, 1-4:30pm: “Addressing Unresolved Historical Trauma – A Native American Path towards Healing for All Our Relations” in honor of Black History Month. Pete Hill (Cayuga, Heron Clan) Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Branch Library, 1324 Jefferson Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14208 *Friday, February 17, 1-4:30pm: “Traditional Teachings of the Good Mind”, Michael Martin (Onondaga, Beaver Clan). NACS office, 1005 Grant Street. *Friday, February 24, 1-3:30pm: “Traditional Teachings of the Good Mind”, Michael Martin (Onondaga, Beaver Clan). John Duke Senior Center, 1201 Hyde Park Blvd., Niagara Falls, NY 14305.
Other regularly scheduled efforts in the One Struggle, One Movement:
Fridays 6pm: Stop The Violence Coalition, United Way Bldg, Delaware and Summer Sts.
Saturdays, Noon-1pm: Women In Black. Nonviolence vigil, Bidwell and Elmwood.
Sundays, 4pm Riverside-Salem UCC/DC progressive program and potluck. 3449 West River Road, Grand Island. THIS WEEK ON WHITE PRIVILEGE (3RD IN SERIES).
Mondays, 1-3pm, Talking Peace with the WNY Peace Center radio show on 91.3FM, WBNY; with Avery Edwards, Vicki Ross, and special guests. Go to wnby.buffalostate.edu or http://tunein.com/radio/WBNY-913-s27549/.
Tuesdays, 6:30pm Buffalo Supports Standing Rock Water Protectors! Part of Nekanesakt; THIS WEEK CHANGED TO CARPOOLING TO TESTIFY “NO NAPL” AT PUBLIC HEARING AT ST. BONAVENTURE, MEET AT 3:30 SHARP AT. Burning Books, 420 Connecticut St., Buffalo. Alternate weeks the group focuses on No Pipelines (re NAPL, Enbridge).
2nd and 4th Thurs of month: Resist Militarism! Anti-Weaponized-Drone Vigil at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, 3:30-4:30pm. Call Russell, 570-5200 for carpooling.
1st and 3rd Thurs of month: Interfaith Peace Network meeting and breakfast- luck, 8am-9:30am; NRC Bldg, 1272 Delaware Ave. Parking round back.