Weekly Announcements May42011 by YZ6bgS05



                                  WNY Peace Center’s

                                      Weekly News

                                       May 4, 2011


Dear Peacemakers,

President Obama didn’t use the drones to kill Osama Bin Laden, although it was under
serious consideration – a messy problem of finding enough remains for confirmation.
Instead the Senior Lecturer (2), who two days earlier released the long form of his birth
certificate for birther scrutiny and who for 12 years taught the finer points of
Constitutional law to students at the University of Chicago (2) – including those
wonderful – some say, God-given (1) -- first 10 amendments -- ordered 79 commandos
into Bin Laden’s compound to finish the job (3) while everyone else was checking the
long form of his birth certificate.

Obama ordered the soldiers to bring the body back to the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson,
compare its DNA with a sibling, and, as a sign of profound respect, deep sixed it while
reading the appropriate Islamic words. The religious words cleansed the blood from our
foreign policy, our respect for Islamic traditions paramount, our absolution perfect.

So much for God, so much for the sanctity of Constitutional and International law, so
much for the long form of his birth certificate. He’s definitely an American.

Obama began his May 2nd speech: Good evening. Tonight, I can report to the American
people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed
Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the
murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children….And yet we know that the
worst images are those that were unseen to the world. The empty seat at the dinner
table. Children who were forced to grow up without their mother or their father.
Parents who would never know the feeling of their child’s embrace. Nearly 3,000
citizens taken from us, leaving a gaping hole in our hearts.

It’s horrific that 3000 people died on 9/11. But the number of deaths due to Bin Laden’s
activities are tiny when compared to U.S. corporate activity: the number of people age 17
– 64 that die each year due to lack of health insurance is 44,789 (4). That’s 3,700 per
month. We’re not talking about elderly people in this Harvard study.

President Obama, isn’t there an empty seat at the dinner table, aren’t there children
growing up without their mother or father, children that won’t know their mother’s
embrace, isn’t there a gaping hole in the hearts of innocent families without health

Corporate health insurance policies create a 9/11 event among our working population
every 24 days, and it’s not considered terrorism. Why?



   1.    If you Google God-given First Ten Amendments – there are about 130,000 web pages….

   2.    http://www.law.uchicago.edu/media

   3.    NY Times, May 3, 2011. www.nytimes.com

   4.    Wilper, AP, et al. Health Insurance and Mortality in US Adults, American Journal of Public
         Health, 99: 1 (2009).

                  WNY Peace Center’s Taskforce and Other Tidbits

Latin America Solidarity Committee Taskforce

Monday, May 16th , Corn, Culture & Globalization in the Highlands of Chiapas. 7
P.M. – 9 P.M. Network of Religious Communities, 1272 Delaware Ave., Buffalo NY.

Bill Jungels, local documentary filmmaker, will report on his work in Chiapas, the values
we need to learn from traditional and indigenous cultures, the threats to them by
globalization, and the forces that offer hope for their endurance.

WNY Peace Center Membership Committee Meeting

Wednesday, May 4th, 4:30 P.M. at Spot Coffee on Elmwood at Auburn. All are

WNY Peace Center Coordinating Board Meeting

Monday, May 23rd, 6:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. Network of Religious Communities, 1272
Delaware Ave, Buffalo NY. All are welcome.

Happy 92nd Birthday, Pete Seeger.

Riverside-Salem UCC/DC, 4 P.M., Sundays at The Cottage, 3449 West River Road,
Grand Island
May 8th [Mothers’ Day] – Cathy Rieley-Goddard will lead a presentation based on Carl
Safina’s new book, A Sea in Flames: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout.


                     Legislative & Agency Work to Do

HR 780, Responsible End to the War in Afghanistan Act….To provide that funds for
operations of the Armed Forces in Afghanistan shall be obligated and expended only for
purposes of providing for the safe and orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan of all
members of the Armed Forces and Department of Defense contractor personnel who are
in Afghanistan. Sponsored by Barbara Lee, with 59 cosponsors (including Rep. Louise
Slaughter). Thank Rep. Slaughter for her support, and encourage Rep. Brian Higgins to
sign on.

S 186, Safe and Responsible Redeployment of United States Combat Forces from
Afghanistan Act of 2011'. Not later than July 31, 2011, the President shall submit to
Congress a plan for the phased redeployment of United States combat forces from
Afghanistan, to include an end date for the completion of that redeployment.
This bill has 4 co-sponsors, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand being one of them. Send a note to
Senator Gillibrand thanking her, and send another note to Sen. Charles Schumer asking
him to support this bill.

Drone Action Work. The FAA has yet to act on Senator Charles Schumer's demand for
waiver for pilotless drones to fly in the same U.S. airspace as planes carrying breathing
human beings. Our sleeping air traffic controllers and extremely tired pilots don’t need
something else to worry about. Let’s work to prevent this waiver. Please contact FAA
with your concerns. Here's contact info: Snail Mail: FAA, 800 Independence Ave. SW,
Washington, DC 20591

Phone toll free: 1-866-835-5322, or, http://www.faa.gov/contact/, click on the “email”

Ask them for a public hearing on this issue in several upstate NY cities.

Requested by: http://upstatedroneaction.peaceworksrochester.org/
The WNY Peace Center is a member of this network.

            Allies in Peace and Social Justice Announce…

Wednesday, May 4th, 24 Hour Fast for Peace. Since the early 1970's, people in Ohio and
around the US have sponsored events to commemorate the anniversary of the shooting of
students at Kent State University on May 4th 1970 and at Jackson State in Mississippi
on May 14, 1970.

A group of Ohio peace activists are calling on people to fast for 24 hours for peace on
May 4th . They are also asking people to commit to support actions and
Educational events to build awareness for world peace. Hundreds of thousands of people
have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, two of the longest wars in our
history. Now we are bombing Libya. People need to take a stand to end this


Wednesday, May 4th, Community Speak Out Against Injustice, 7 PM
Pratt Willard Community Center, 422 Pratt St (Between Genesee and Sycamore), Buffalo

Injustice by NFTA police, the courts and Holding Center can happen to anybody. Come
hear about recent cases of police brutality.

Speakers Include:

John Walker (wrongly convicted); Cariol "Carol" Horne: Unjustly fired by BPD; Karima
Amin: Erie County Prisoners Rights Coalition; Shelia Hayne wife of Seth Hayes who is
one of the longest held political prisoners of the world; Nate Buckley, Long time
community activist just brutalized by NFTA police at al local anti-war protest.

Discussion to follow.


Wednesday, May 4th , Helping Faith Communities to End Hunger, 5:30 P.M.- 7:30
P.M. Network of Religious Communities, 1272 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209

Bread For the World 2011 Campaign to reform foreign aid with Rev. Derrick Boykin,
New York State Jobs and the State Budget with Mark Dunlea of Hunger Action of NYS

Cost: $15/person (includes dinner)
Please Make checks payable to NRC and return by April 27th to: Food For All,1272
Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209. Conference sponsored by: Food For All, Bread
for the World, and Hunger Action of NYS

For Additional Information call, Kelly Ann Kowalski at 882-7705


Wednesday, May 4th , Poet Michael Boughn, 7 P.M., Hallwalls Contemporary Art
Center, 341 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, NY.

Michael will read from his works. He is a UB graduate and editor of the long awaited
magnum opus of poet Robert Duncan (himself no stranger to Buffalo--he taught here as
a visitor, read from his works many times, and his papers are part of the UB Poetry and
Rare Books Collection) for a reading, discussion and book signing. More info:


Friday, May 6th , Clark Blaise, 7 P.M., Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, 341
Delaware Ave. Buffalo, NY.

Well-known Canadian-American writer Clark Blaise, long-time director of the
International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, will read from his just released
story collection, The Meagre Tarmac; he will be joined by the acclaimed young
Canadian short story writer Alexander MacLeod, reading from his new collection Light
Lifting, one of the finalists for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada's most prestigious
literary award. . More info: tleaves@tleavesbooks.com


Thursday, May 12th . Noam Chomsky. Lecture at Montante Cultural Center at Canisius
College, Main St. Buffalo NY. 7 P.M. Fundraiser for the WNY Peace Center. For tickets,
go to www.wnypeace.org. Limited seating. Member of the WNY Peace Ctr, $15, non-
member: $25; if you are not a member and wish to become a member of the Peace Ctr at
the $50 level, we will give you one free ticket. Or, make a check payable to the WNY
Peace Center, put “Chomsky” in the memo line, and send it to: WNY Peace Center, 1272
Delaware Ave., Buffalo NY 14209.

Note: Due to an overwhelming response, ticket sales to people not
associated with Canisius College are temporarily suspended. Check our
web site for further details (www.wnypeace.org). If you are a member of
the Canisius community, you can still purchase tickets.
If you are a member of the Canisius College community, prices are: $5 students; $20
faculty. Purchase tickets by going to: www.wnypeace.org
Sponsored by the WNY Peace Center and Canisius College Peace and Justice Studies
Program, and Canisius College Amnesty International.


Thursday, May 12th, Harvesting Justice Dinner, 5:30 P.M., First Unitarian Church of
Rochester, 220 Winton Rd South, Rochester NY. This is Rural and Migrant Ministry
annual fundraiser. More info: ruralmigrantministry.org

Sunday, May 15th, Genesee Valley Citizens for Peace Meeting, 1 P.M. (Lunch), 1:30
P.M. Meeting. Omega Restaurant, 4182 Lakeville Rd (Route 20A), Geneseo, NY.
More info: www.gvcp.org


Tuesday, May 17, The Strong Justice and Peace Commitment of Churches in Latin
America, Church of the Nativity UCC, 1530 Colvin Blvd., Tonawanda, NY.

Lecture by Rev. William Wipfler. For 25 years, he was Secretary for Human Rights at the
National Council of Churches. And a friend of the Archbishop of San Salvador, Oscar
Romero, and with Archbishop Romero the night before he was assassinated. He was also
on the ground floor of the Liberation Theology movement and the development of base
communities in Latin America.


Thursday, May 19th , Networking and Partnership Opportunity with 2011-12
WNYSLC Faculty Fellows, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Niagara University.

The WNYSLC Faculty Fellowship is a three-day workshop for WNY faculty who are
relatively new to service-learning. Throughout the workshop, faculty will be developing
and revising their syllabi in order to better incorporate service-learning in their classes.
As part of this program, we are inviting community partners to meet with the Faculty

More info: Ellen Oman, Program Assistant, Western New York Service Learning
Coalition, 4380 Main Street, WC 207, Amherst, NY 14226, (716) 839-8375


Saturday, May 21st , Memorial for Photographer Milton Rogovin, 12 P.M. – 6 P.M.,
Upton Hall, Warren Enters Auditorium, Buffalo State College. Mini-retrospective of
Milton’s photography, curated by the Birchfield-Penney Art Center. Memorial for
Milton, 2 P.M. – 3:30 P.M., reception to follow.
Dear Friends,

We hope you will join us at the Memorial for our father, Milton Rogovin, who passed
away peacefully on January 18, surrounded by friends, caregivers, and family. He was
singing until the end! A formal invitation will be sent out in April

Peace NOW,

Mark, Ellen and Paula….


June – for the entire month: Attend the Canadian School of Peacebuilding. Each year
Canadian School of Peacebuilding (CSOP), an institute of Canadian Mennonite
University, invites the peacebuilders of the world to gather in Winnipeg, Canada, for a
selection of 5-day courses in June. Register today for courses on professional & personal
development or for academic credit. We offer courses from local, national and
international peacebuilders, to serve practitioners, professionals, activists, students, non-
governmental organizations and faith-based groups. Consider learning with this
international network in various approaches to peacebuilding, justice, reconciliation,
conflict resolution and development - or join our email network today.

More info: http://www.cmu.ca/csop/index.html


Friday, June 3rd and Saturday, June 4th from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. Annual Garage Sale in
East Aurora for Crossroads Springs Africa. Huge community yard sale to benefit
Crossroads Springs Orphanage and School in Hamisi, Kenya. All proceeds go directly to
340 children orphaned by AIDS.

The East Aurora Presbyterian Church--Main St. across from the Library. If you have
items to donate, please bring them to the church Thursday, June 2 between 4 pm and 6
pm. (No clothing or tvs and please price items.)

For more info: www.crossroadssprings.org.

       Hydrofracking and Other Foolish Fracking Nonsense

The fracking fickle finger of fate is about to finagle one of our finest Finger Lakes. An
energy company wants to build an underground liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage
facility on the shores of beautiful Seneca Lake, and immensely increase the truck and rail
traffic in this idyllic area. Please sign the petition to stop this nonsense. More info:

Thanks to WNY Peace Ctr member Frank Gage for the heads-up.
Also, please sign the online petition telling Gov. Cuomo to extend the horizontal
hydrofracking ban: http://www.environmentnewyork.org/
                                 Hydrofracking Resources
Sustainable Binghamton Gas
the best objective, summary I have seenThe Unfractured
an inspirational video Fracking Hell<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEB_Wwe-
uBM&feature=player_embedded> short and effective video about what a small town
looks like when it gets fracked.
Bill Belitskus on Allegheny National
Forest<http://www.blip.tv/file/4362350>talks about Allegheny National
Forest. NYS forest lands are also currently under gas leases, which are in danger of
becoming fracked as gas companies go "unconventional". 60 Minutes on
Censored, but effective. PBS on Fracking
Also censored, uses the same interviewees as Gasland, but effective.
Professor Anthony Ingraffea <http://www.nyrad.org/videos.html>
One of the developers of hydrofracking, opposed to it's implementation.
Collection of videos by New York Residents Against Drilling.

                                   Travel to Cuba!

*Research Delegation for Health Care Professionals: June 5 - June 15, 2011

The Cuban health care system is often used as a model for poor nations. Witness for
Peace delegates have a unique opportunity to meet with health care professionals,
government officials and people at the grassroots level to learn how public health,
medical care, and universal access are actualized in Cuba. The delegation will focus on
how the U.S. embargo affects the health of the Cuban population and the relevance of the
Cuban model of care to the health system of the United States.

*Research Delegation for Professional Educators:** June 16-26**,

This delegation is perfect for educators who want to research Cuba's urban and rural
educational programs from primary to university levels – including the famous Latin
American School of Medicine and the National School of Music. Delegates will meet
with their professionals peers, families, elected officials, neighborhood organizing
committees, and more.

 Research Delegation for Lawyers and other Legal Professionals:


This month major reforms will be adopted at the Congress of the the Cuban Communist
Party. This research program will provide an overview of Cuban law and judicial system
and will explore the impact the of April reforms on environmental law, gender and
diversity rights in Cuba. Delegates will meet with lawyers, environmental groups,
women's associations, and more.

May 28, June 4 and June 18

The Latin American Cultural Association and El Buen Amigo would like
you to be aware of the Total Immersion in Spanish program for Spanish teachers.

more info

Cultural Exchange / Community Awareness Program:


                               RECURRING EVENTS


Visit EL BUEN AMIGO, 114 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo NY 14201. Fair trade products
from Central and South America. Learn Spanish, too. Space available for events. Tel:
716-885-6343; http://elbuenamigo.org

6 P.M. Corner of Church St and Delaware Ave. Erie County Prisoner Rights Coalition
continues its weekly protests against prisoner abuse at the Holding Center. Signs are
available at the vigil. If the vigil ends early due to inclement weather, you will find the
coalition at 14 Allen St. (near Main St.) until 7:00pm.


Every Saturday Afternoon, 12-1 P.M. regardless of weather. Corner of Elmwood &
Bidwell Parkway, Buffalo NY. Witnessing weekly since October 2001….


2nd Thursday of each month, 12-3 P.M. IWI Office @ Network of Religious
Communities, 1272 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo. More Information Contact Agnes
Williams, Seneca 716-332-6988. Please bring Organic Snacks to share


FRACK ACTION BUFFALO, 12 P.M. meeting at Lafayette Presbyterian, 875
Elmwood Ave Buffalo. Every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Meetings open to all.
Use door off of parking lot on Lafayette Ave.

More info: http://groups.google.com/group/frackactionbuffalo/web/events.


Anti-Wars/Stop the Drones Outreach. First and Third Tuesdays of the month, 4:15-
5:00 P.M. at Hancock Air National Guard Base, East Malloy Rd, Mattydale NY
(Syracuse NY).

Sponsored by the Syracuse Peace Council. More info: http://www.peacecouncil.net/


Sunday, Vigil for Peace. 12 Noon – 1 P.M. Corner of East Avenue and Goodman St.
Rochester NY. Sponsor: Peace Action and Education, Genesee Valley Citizens for Peace
(www.gvcp.org). Every Sunday. Sponsor: Genesee Valley Citizens for Peace.


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