History

The Western New York Peace Center is a champion for peace and justice. We are dedicated to enriching the quality of life of our local community through the prevention of violence to people and the environment. Peaceful conflict resolution among people and within institutions, especially for youth, is central to our mission.

Founded in 1967 by Buffalonians as a chapter of Clergy and Laity Concerned, Peace Center members initially devoted their efforts to ending the Vietnam War. Over the years, our work has expanded to address changing global problems.

We dare to embrace the human dignity of all persons and believe that we are called to be advocates of peace and justice, challenging structures of power that support the rich and powerful at the expense of quality of life for all. We strive for economic and educational justice and respect for people of all cultures.

We live out our work through our task forces and committees and provide many opportunities to learn about, reflect, and act constructively to address issues of concern to our membership. As a force for progressive change, the Peace Center serves as an incubator for new ideas and the promotion of activism.