WNY Peace Center Weekly Update – June 22, 2016

Hi, Friends and Members!
Welcome to all, especially those who signed up over Juneteenth!
Besides our usual list of events, we wanted to offer these volunteer opportunities that should be fun, rewarding, and helpful to our community and organization:

2016 Buffalo Infringement Festival
The Peace Center will be participating in the Infringement Festival, doing street theater about the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Contact Russell Brown, at 716-570-5200; hobadoxa@me.com if you would like to participate.

Camp Peaceprints – July 18-29
Drivers needed:
* for transport to swimming sessions, Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30-2:30pm. You can swim too! (Will cover all expenses.)
* Van driver for afternoons: 2:45- 4pm, Monday through Friday. (Small stipend.)
Please call: 716-332-3904, or 716 931-3520.

WNY Peace Center Office
Looking for volunteers in the office, everything from handwriting thank-you notes to helping with web communications. Please call if interested: 716 332-3904.

Thank you to those who have recently renewed your membership and of course, many thanks for your own good work!

Camp Peaceprints for Youth 8 to 13
Camp Peaceprints – Pathways to Peace: Monday to Friday July 18-29, 10am-3pm. St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, 2253 Main St, Buffalo.
Alternative summer camp focusing on multifaith and other compassionate views. Skill building includes peaceful conflict resolution, leadership skills, arts, etc. – and swimming, 4 times! In partnership with SSJ Sr. Karen Klimczak Center for Nonviolence, WAVE and others. Volunteers and youth assistants welcome.

Environmental Justice Taskforce
Meeting: Friday, June 25, 4:30pm. Crane Library, 633 Elmwood Avenue.
No meeting on Thursday, July 7.

Talking Peace with the WNY Peace Center.
Radio show: 91.3 FM. Produced by Jack Kanack. Monday, June 26, 1-3pm.

For Much-Needed Gun Control: Email or Call Your Senators!

For Much-Needed Gun Control: Please Email this Weekend or Call Monday Morning
Your action needed!

Email and/or call your senators!

Senator Schumer: email Jordan Nicholson <Jordan_Nicholson@schumer.senate.gov> OR call 202-224-6542; or 716-846-4111;
Senator Gillibrand: email Jim Kennedy <James_kennedy@gillibrand.senate.gov> OR call 202-224-4451; or 716-854-9725;

* thank them for their work on gun control,
* ask them to continue supporting the Universal Background Check Amendment to the Appropriations Bill
* ask them to do everything they can to Ban Assault Weapons

For more info, please see below or go to http://nyagv.org

Early this morning — after nearly 15 hours, holding one of the longest filibusters in U.S history — a bipartisan coalition of senators led by Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy forced leaders in the Senate to allow a vote on key gun violence prevention legislation!  This vote is scheduled to be held late Monday afternoon.

This legislation is in the form of two amendments to a 2017 CJS Appropriations Bill.  The first amendment proposed by Senator Feinstein would close the Terror Gap to keep individuals on the terrorist watch list from purchasing guns.  The second amendment proposed by groups of Senators would call for Universal Background Checks so that every private gun sale involves a NICS Background Check.  Now almost 40% of guns sales at gun shows, on the internet or between individuals do not include background checks.

Both Senators Schumer and Gillibrand have been terrific on the gun safety issue. Please take a moment to call them to tell them you appreciate their support for federal laws that match New York’s.

Thank them for their support for strong and effective Terror Gap and Background Check bills to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them.

Tell the staffer that answers –
Hi, my name is ______ and I’m calling to let Senator _____ know that I appreciate his/her support for strong and effective background check and terror gap amendments to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them.

 I hope you will vote YES on the Feinstein amendment and YES on the Universal Background Checks amendment. Thank you!

A lot of phone calls are being made, so you may get the office voicemail when you call. Please leave a message for the Senator if you can’t reach a staffer.

Together we can make a difference!

Joined Together in Grief

The Vigil for Orlando yesterday was a beautiful expression of solidarity and love in the midst of overwhelming grief. Pride of WNY was joined by about one thousand people, with many more from all the community joining in heartfelt condolences and unity of spirit. (The WYNPC board meeting was postponed to allow us all to attend.)  The wonderful and the terrible are once again present in the same moment. And, as we sang, “we shall overcome.”

We will continue to work for a culture of peace and true nonviolence. Let’s stop the proliferation of guns and automatic weapons and the proliferation of hate and fear. We are all in this together.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King