PLACE CHANGE: Health Care Die-In tomorrow @Walden Pond Park
Dear Friends 50th Year 716-332-3904 716-931-3520
Thanks for the great turnout and spirit at the Immigrants Solidarity March/Rally last Saturday! While we’ll finally have a breather on National Days of Action, there’s still plenty to do every day. See events and campaigns below, and on our website (wnypeace.org) and Facebook page.
This Thursday’s die-in HAS BEEN MOVED TO WALDEN POND PARK (WALDEN AVE & RANSON RD, LANCASTER, NY 14086) rather than Congressman Chris Collins’ office. It’s still at 4:30-5:30pm tomorrow/Thurs, 5/11. Chris Collins and others who voted for the AHCA took coverage away from the most vulnerable to pay for tax breaks for the rich.
We’re hoping too that you’ve put our 50th Annual Membership Meeting and Pot/Snack-Luck, 2pm on Saturday, May 20, at the WNYPC/NRC, 1272 Delaware (entrance & pkg round back), on your calendar. Assessing, planning, and connecting is vital to our struggle and progress. And let’s pace ourselves!
Many Thanks, Peace, Solidarity, and yes Love. Cresley, Kate, Peggy, Vicki, and All
Vigil, Today May 10, 4-5pm, in front of Erie County Holding Center, 2 Delaware Ave (@Church). Brings signs re Criminal Justice System (pun intended), and dress warmly!
Forum: Erie Co Sheriff Candidates re Criminal Justice Issues
Wed, May 10, 6- 8pm. Come hear candidates running for Erie County Sheriff, Bernie Tolbert and incumbent Sheriff Tim Howard, talk about the criminal justice issues facing our communities. At SEIU #1199, 2421 Main St, Buffalo. All are welcome.
Resist Militarism! Taskforce
Thurs, May 11, 1-2:30pm, WNYPC, 1272 Delaware Ave (entrance & pkg round back), regular taskforce planning meeting re vigils, National Bird showing(s), Infringement events, etc.
Followed by ride up to NFARS for 3:30-4:30pm. Vigil at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, Lockport Road Entrance. Call Russell 716-570-5200 for carpooling, or just come to the meeting.
Economic Justice Taskforce
Health Care Die-In at Chris Collins’ Office
Thurs, May 11, 4:30-5:30pm at his 2813 Werhle Dr #13, Williamsville, will remind him and others of the very real and ultimately tragic consequences of his yes vote on AHCA.
UN Forum on Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples – Indigenous Womens’ Initiative
Thurs, May 11, 5-9pm, NRC, 1272 Delaware Ave (entrance & parking round back). Gathering to review, analyze, and summarize the UN proceedings going on during the conference.
Robyn Spencer on Gender & the Black Panther Party
Thurs, May 11, 7-9pm, at Burning Books, 420 CT Ave. Author Robyn Spencer on her new book Black Power, Gender, and the Black Panther Party in Oakland.
Talking Peace w the WNY Peace Center on 91.3FM, WBNY.
Mon, May 15, 1-3pm, Avery Edwards, Vicki Ross, w special guest Heron Simmonds, Board Members and Chair of WNYPC’s Racial Justice taskforce, on policing, Speak-outs re Ethical Peace Officers, and more! Go to wbny.buffalostate.edu or http://tunein.com/radio/WBNY-913-s27549/.
Ethics in Government: A Lost Cause?
Weds, May 17, 5:30-7pm. Conflicts of interest vs. the Public Good. Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site (641 Delaware Ave). includes speakers the Hon. Penny Wolfgang and Kevin Connor, Director of Public Accountability Initiative. RSVP: Make reservations online at lwvbn.org, or call the League office at 716-986-4898. Organized by the League of Women Voters and cosponsored by WNYPC.
WNYPC ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Sat, May 20, 2-4:30pm. Meeting and potluck at WNYPC/NRC (1272 Delaware Ave, entrance & pkg round back). While we meet quarterly, the Annual Meeting is particularly significant, especially now in view of current events. Remember though, Crisis = Opportunity. Topics include taskforces, events, campaigns, finances, personnel (board, staff, interns), fundraising, membership, priorities, and more! All are welcome, though only members can vote. Come out for an update and planning for our organization and activism. Community-building, movement-building, and diversity are also on the agenda, as is inspiration! See you there.
Latin American Solidarity Committee May Peace Coffeehouse
Understanding ICE and Border Patrol in WNY
Mon, May 22, 7-9pm, WNYPC/NRC, 1272 Delaware Ave (entrance & pkg round back).
We need to hold Customs and Border Protection practices accountable, and to control any harmful and aggressive operations in our border-zone communities. Learn how.
John Lory Ghertner, MD: Migrant Support Services Wayne County; Gtr Roch Coalition for Immigrant Justice. And Peter Mares: Rural and Migrant Ministry.
Immigrant & Refugee Justice Taskforce
Please call your NYS Assembly Members and ask them to support NYS ASSEMBLY Bill #4050. The subject Greenlight program restores access to drivers’ licenses to all community members, to avoid abusive immigration enforcement. For more info, please go to https://www.facebook.com/GreenLightNY/
Vive la Casa, shelter for people awaiting documents and/or sanctuary, desperately needs TOILETRIES, RAZORS,TOOTHBRUSHES, SANITARY NAPKINS/MAXI PADS,STORAGE SHELVES, BASKETS FOR STORAGE AND OF COURSE CASH (checks to Jericho Road/VIVE) 50 Wyoming St., Buffalo, NY 14211, 892-4354.
Also please support SANCTUARY CHURCH, PILGRIM/ST.LUKES UCC, (Utica and Richmond, Buffalo, NY 14222), with CASH TO SUPPORT THE CONSTRUCTION OF SHOWERS, MORE INFO CALL REV. JUSTO GONZALES, (989-9207 OR 885-9443).
For more info, please go to laskwny.org/immigration.
Latin American Solidarity Committee
On Tues, May 23, advocates, farmworkers, faith-based members and unions will travel to Albany to urge legislators to support a Fair Labor Bill, protecting farmworkers from abusive labor practices. WNYers can travel in a 7-passenger van from Brockport, leaving at 6am. For more info, please call 315-871-4031. If you cannot go, please call your NYS assemblyperson and senator to urge them to support the Farmworkers Bill.
REGULARLY SCHEDULED EVENTS in the One Movement, One Struggle
Riverside-Salem UCC/DC Progressive program and potluck.
Sundays, 4-7pm. Programs vary, and include a go-round, discussion, sharing, and potluck. Environmental Cottage, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island.
Talking Peace with the WNY Peace Center radio show on 91.3FM, WBNY
Mondays, 1-3pm, with Avery Edwards, Vicki Ross, and special guests. Go to wbny.buffalostate.edu or http://tunein.com/radio/WBNY-913-s27549/.
Buffalo Supports Standing Rock Water Protectors/Nekanesakt
Tuesdays, 6-8pm. Meeting with discussion, action planning, and striving for the Good Mind, at 420 Connecticut St, Burning Books. Also supported by Indigenous Women’s Initiatives, NACS, Sierra Club, WNYPC.
Prison Taskforce Vigil
Wednesdays, 4-5pm. Vigil at Erie County Holding Center (Delaware & Church).. Prisoners’ Rights are Human Rights! The issues at the Holding Center and in our very Criminal “Justice” system need to be addressed. Bring signs and your determined spirit.
Interfaith Peace Network
1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month, 8-9:30am, Network of Religious Communities Bldg, 1272 Delaware Ave. Discussion, sharing, and planning. Breakfast-luck.
Resist Militarism! Taskforce
2nd Thursday of month, 1-2:30pm, WNYPC, 1272 Delaware Ave (entrance & pkg round back), regular taskforce planning meeting re vigils, National Bird showing(s), Infringement events, etc.
2nd and 4th Thursdays of month, 3:30-4:30pm. Vigil at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, Lockport Road Entrance. Call Russell 716-570-5200 for carpooling.
Fridays 6pm: Stop The Violence Coalition, United Way Bldg, Delaware and Summer Sts.
Saturdays, Noon-1pm: Women In Black. Nonviolence vigil, Bidwell and Elmwood.
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Many thanks, peace, solidarity, and yes – Love. We shall overcome!!