Talking Peace with the WNY Peace Center

A show dedicated to enriching the quality of life of our local and global communities through the prevention of violence to people and the planet

6/9/21 show#1
#PassTheCCIA for #EnvironmentalJustice - with Kelly Camacho, Climate Organizer for PUSH Buffalo; Dr. Charley Bowman, WNYPC's Environmental Justice Taskforce Chair; Lor Seneca, Onondawaga Protector, Seneca. With co-hosts Deidra EmEl, Executive Director at the WNY Peace Center, and Vicki Ross, WNYPC Human Rights & Peace Education Chair, and Consultant for the Interfaith Peace Network. Topics: Discussed: What are the key values you're bringing in with you to help guide and inspire us in this conversation? What's the CCIA (Climate & Community Investment Act) and how's it critical to our community? Have any local legislators besides shero Crystal Peoples-Stokes supported? What how do we counter the extreme lobbying and dark money of corporate interests? What's needed for Environmental Justice - in WNY? - generally?
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6/9/21 show#2
#ParoleJustice #StopTorture - with Jerome Wright, Main Outreach Organizer for #HALTsolitary, vice-chair of VOICE-Buffalo; Tom Casey, Witness Against Torture rep, Chair of Pax Christi WNY. With co-hosts Deidra EmEl, Executive Director at the WNY Peace Center, and Vicki Ross, WNYPC Human Rights & Peace Education Chair, and Consultant for the Interfaith Peace Network. What are the key values you're bringing in with you to help guide and inspire us in this conversation? What are the #ElderParole and #FairAndTimelyParole bills and how are they critical to our community? Any related bills to mention? Have any local legislators besides shero Crystal Peoples-Stokes supported? What how do we counter the extreme lobbying and dark money of special interests? What's needed for Parole Justice - in WNY? - generally?
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6/2/21 show#1
Listening session on Israel & Palestine - with Jenna Ayoub, of UB's Students for Justice in Palestine; Galia Wechsler, of UB's Hillel chapter. With Vicki Ross, WNYPC Human Rights & Peace Education Chair; Consultant for the Interfaith Peace Network. What are the key values you're bringing in with you to help guide and inspire us in this conversation? How have you dealt with this latest wave of violence in Israel/Palestine? What are your personal feelings and experience(s) about the issues involved? Have you been there? What happened while you were there? Do you have family or friends there? What are you hoping will happen? What do you see as possible next steps? How can we help build community around the issue here?
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6/2/21 show#2
In honor of the birthday of Dr. Cornell West, the WNY Peace Center is reposting this video.
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5/26/21 show#1
(Part 1 of 2) The Western NY Peace Center is the co-host with Voice Buffalo for this event: Nonpartisan Primary Candidates Campaign Forum for Erie County Sheriff.
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5/26/21 show#2
(Part 2 of 2) The Western NY Peace Center is the co-host with Voice Buffalo for this event: Nonpartisan Primary Candidates Campaign Forum for Erie County Sheriff.
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5/19/21 show#1
Nonpartisan Forum of Buffalo Mayoral Candidates, Part 1; all ballot-qualified Primary Candidates for Mayor of Buffalo were invited to participate. LeCandice Durham and India Walton attended; Byron Brown's office said he had another engagement.
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5/19/21 show#2
Nonpartisan Forum of Buffalo Mayoral Candidates, Part 2; all ballot-qualified Primary Candidates for Mayor of Buffalo were invited to participate. LeCandice Durham and India Walton attended; Byron Brown's office said he had another engagement.Voters' Rights discussion with Jim Anderson, President of PeaceActionNYS; Deidra EmEl, incoming Executive Director of the WNYPC; and Victoria Ross, outgoing WNYPC (co-)director, Consultant to Interfaith Peace Network. Vote Suppression, Dark Money, Electoral Access, will be discussed.
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5/12/21 show#1
Immigrant & Refugee Justice (and Taskforce); with Dr. Anna Ireland Mongo, Director of Programs @Jericho Road Community Health Center; Deidra EmEl, currently Office Mgr/Coordinator of WNYPC and incoming WNYPC Executive Director; and Vicki Ross, current WNYPC Executive Director {til June 1}, and Interfaith Peace Network Peaceful Conflict Resolution Consultant) Topics discussed: - what is the status of Immigrant & Refugee Justice in Buffalo at the moment? - how can the Immigrant & Refugee Justice Taskforce help? - what about ICE activities and WNYPC's IRJ Taskforces Stop Ice Terror vigil Thursdays 5-6pm at Delaware & Chippewa? - what are the prospects for the future for immigrants and refugees in Buffalo? in the US? - what are the biggest current challenges for Jericho Road? - what are ways that people can help the situations of I?
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5/12/21 show#2
#EnvironmentalJustice - #DefendTheSacred; with Lor Seneca & ShyAnne John; Darelyn Spruce, Seneca; Kelly Maracle, Mohawk (joining midway); and Vicki Ross, current WNYPC Executive Director {til June 1}, and Interfaith Peace Network Peaceful Conflict Resolution Consultant) Topics Discussed: - Gnonyoh: ShyAnne John, Seneca & Oneida - Song: Darelyn Spruce, Seneca - #NoPipelines!. #StopLine3, MayDay for Mother Earth; Onondawaga Protectors Environmental Justice Trip - #NoNAPL, proposed fracked gas pipeline cash grab from National Fuel - #OilAddiction, #DivestFromFossilFuels. West Valley Nuclear Waste clean-up. lobby legislators for covered cleanup, extensive monitoring - Seat at the table - #JustTransition. STAMP project, hydrogen production takes water - Canawaugus solar project threat #PassCCIA - lobby NYS Assemblyleader Crystal People-Stokes - what are ways that people can help?
to listen (54:21)..... click here ...for download right click here
5/5/21 show#1
GAIL WALKER, Executive Director of IFCO/Pastors for Peace Gail will provide an update, including using video material direct from Cuba, on Cuba’s successes in fighting COVID at home and abroad. Cuba’s progress in producing its own vaccines against the virus. The brutal strengthening of the US economic blockade under Trump. What Biden should do to change Cuba policy, but so far hasn’t. Learn about plans for IFCO’s 31st Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba this coming fall, taking people and COVID related medical aid to the island, Be informed about other campaigns to end this 60 year old economic war against the Cuban people. DR SAMIRA ADDREY Graduate of ELAM, the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba and Coordinator of IFCO’s Medical School Project talks about Cuban Government scholarships that have trained almost 200 young people from humble backgrounds in the US to become doctors, and return home to serve medically under-served communities.
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5/5/21 show#2
Racial Justice (with Cheney Brockington, MSW, WNYPC Board Member; Kareema Morris, Bury the Violence, and WNYPC Board Member and Racial Justice Taskforce Co-Chair; and Vicki Ross, WNYPC Executive Director, and Interfaith Peace Network Consultant) talked about the following topics: - the many ways Racial Injustice is widespread in our community - how to be a real ally as a white person - how to be a real change agent as a person of color - ways people can support these efforts
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4/28/21 show#1
The WNY Peace Center - Through the Years; with Wayne Alt, a initial/founding member of WNYPC, and longstanding volunteer; Maxine Insera, WNYPC and Latin American Solidarity Committee volunteer; Deidra EmEl, currently Office Mgr/Coordinator of WNYPC and incoming WNYPC Executive Director; and Vicki Ross, current WNYPC Executive Director {til June 1}, and Interfaith Peace Network Peaceful Conflict Resolution Consultant) Topics discussed: - how did the WNY Peace Center's founding as part of MLK's Clergy & Laity Concerned come about? - what have been major efforts and successes of the WNYPC over the years? - what have some of the particular challenges and obtacles in the past? today? - what does the WNYPC work on today? plan for in the future? - how can people get more involved?
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4/28/21 show#2
Honor Mother Earth/#StopLine3 with Lor Seneca of and with Onondawa'ka Water Protectors; Nate Buckley, of Nekanehsakt; and Vicki Ross, WNYPC Executive Director, and Interfaith Peace Network Consultant) Topics discussed: - what is Honor the Earth and what is their Mother's Day event? - why do we need to Stop Line 3? - what are the problems with pipelines (including NAPL in WNY)? - what is the WNYPC Environmental Justice Expedition coming up? - how can people support these initiatives?
to listen (57:39)..... click here ...for download right click here
4/21/21 show#1
Just Transition Challenges - an Earth Day Special. Paul Winnie, Seneca (Tonawanda); Keilka Salabury, Community Activist; Ellen Banks, Niagara Sierra Club Executive Committee Member and Atlantic Chapter Delegate; Agnes Williams, Seneca (Cattaraugus), Indigenous Women's Initiatives Vicki Ross, WNYPC Executive Director, and Interfaith Peace Network Peaceful Conflict Resolution Consultant. Topics discussed: - what are the goals and difficulties in a Just Transition to mitigate brewing climate catastrophe? - what are the justice issues involved - in the STAMP hydrogen project in Alabama NY? - what are the justice issues involved - in the Horseshoe solar project prposed for Avon/historically Canawaugus? - how might they affect #PeopleAndThePlanet - and water in particular? - what are some strategies to facilitate increased environmental justice?
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4/21/21 show#2
Just Policing. Cariol Horne, lead organizer and inspiration for Cariol's Law; Kartika Carr, VOICE Buffalo Organizer; De'Jon Hall, Police Advisor Board member/advisor Vicki Ross, WNYPC Executive Director, and Interfaith Peace Network Consultant) Topics discussed: - The Derek Chauvin verdict - what is the state of policing: generally? locally? - what is Cariol's Law and how did it come above thru #herstory? - what is the Police Accountability Ballot Initiative? - what are some goals, issues, victories? - how can people get involved to increase Just Policing? community safety?
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4/14/21 show#1
Mark Colville, Amistad Catholic Worker, one of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 [KBP7]; - Martin Gugino, WNY Peace Center LASC Treasurer [of viral video of Buffalo Police pushing him] - Vicki Ross, WNYPC Executive Director, and Interfaith Peace Network Peaceful Conflict Resolution Consultant) Topics discussed: - what did happened at the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 [KBP7] trial? sentencing? - what are the justice issues involved - what makes it a political trial? - how deeply do these issues affect the US Criminal Justice system? - how is militarism affecting #PeopleAndThePlanet? - what can people do to facilitate progress re militarism? re criminal justice?
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4/14/21 show#2
Speed Camera and Just Streets - Jalonda Hill, leading both the Fair Fines [No] Fees Coalition, and Colored Girls Bike Too; - Colleen Kristich, Partnership for the Public Good and Co-Chair of Free The People WNY; - Capucine L. Philson - Vicki Ross, WNYPC Executive Director, and Interfaith Peace Network Consultant) Topics discussed: - how has the Fair Fines No Fees Coalition been working on these issues? - what are some victories the coalition has achieved? - what is Mobility Justice? - what is the Just Streets initiative? - what can people do to continue increasing Mobility Justice here in Buffalo/WNY?
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4/8/21 show#1
Food Justice & Intersectionality; (with Kelly Ann Kowalski, Food For All Director; Deidra EmEl, Economic Justice Taskforce; with Talia Rodriguez, West Side Promise Neighborhood Summer Lunch Series coordinator, co-hosting; and Vicki Ross, WNYPC Executive Director, and Interfaith Peace Network Peaceful Conflict Resolution Consultant)
Topics discussed
- what is going on with people'ls food needs in Buffalo/WNY?
- what are the justice issues involved - quantity? quality? accessibility? ability? production? distribution?
- how has the history developed the situation we are in currently?
- what about sustainability in the current programs re #PeopleAndThePlanet
- what can people do to improve Food Equity and Sustainability in the Intersection?
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4/8/21 show#2
On this show Latinx Justice, Community Organizing & Intersectionality (with Peter DeJesus, 1199 SEIU, WNY Area Labor Federation President; Dr. Terrence Bisson, Latin American Solidarity Committee Coordinator (LASC/WNYPC), Canisius Col Prof; with Talia Rodriguez, WNYPC Gender Justice chair, PuertoRiquena, co-hosting; aand Vicki Ross, WNYPC Executive Director, and Interfaith Peace Network Consultant) Topics discussed: - what is the Latinx community in WNY? - what are some needs and goals? - how does intersectionality relate to challenges to various Latinx groups? - what is the LASC? ROCLA? what issues and campaigns do they help illuminate - what can people do to improve Latinx justice issues?
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3/31/21 show#1
On this show Mother Earth - Justice; #NoFossilFuelPipelines (with Lor Seneca, Water Protector; ShyAnne John, Water Protector; Diana Strablow, Niagara Sierra Club #NoNAPL coordinator; and Vicki Ross, WNYPC Executive Director, and Interfaith Peace Network Peaceful Conflict Resolution Consultant) topics discussed: - what's the purpose of tomorrow's/April 1's 4:30pm NoPipelines Solidarity Rally in Niagara Sq, Buffalo? - how have Indigenous rights been trampled over our history and currently? - why do fossil fuel pipelines need to be stopped immediately? DAPL? Line3? NAPL? - what special problems come with the tar sands? fracked natural gas? - what is the status of the resistance to each of the pipelines mentioned? - how can people help so that life will continue in this creation?
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3/31/21 show#2
On this show Mother Earth - Justice; Just Transitions plus (with Kelly Camacho, Climate Justice Organizer at PUSH Buffalo; Kathy McGoldrick, West Valley Coalition (and special WNYPC rep in the Southern Tier); and Vicki Ross, WNYPC Executive Director, and Interfaith Peace Network Consultant)
topics discussed:
- what is the Climate & Community Investment Act and what are its goals?
- what is the THRIVE Act and what are its goals?
- what is happening at the West Valley nuclear waste site and how is our water and health endangered?
- how are environmental, racial, and economic justice related?
- what can we do to help?
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3/24/21 show#1
On this show Women's Herstory and the Intersection (with Vonetta Rhodes, poetess and ; Nadia Sharam, Esq, Matrimonial Mediation Services; Dr Karen King, Executive Director, Erie County Commission on the Status of Women at Erie County; and Vicki Ross, WNYPC Executive Director, and Interfaith Peace Network Peaceful Conflict Resolution Consultant) Topics Discussed: - what are the things we should be most focusing on during Women's History Month? - what are the main issues for Women's Rights and Gender Justice? Including Women's Equal Pay Day today? - how does it affect women to be "in the intersection" - marginalized in more than one way? - how do we need to tranform the Women's movement? society? - ways people can support real change
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3/24/21 show#2
On this show HALTsolitary and Criminal Injustice in Buffalo/WNY (with Samantha White, Esq, Minority Bar Association; Jerome Wright, Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement, and VOICE; and Vicki Ross, WNYPC Executive Director, and Interfaith Peace Network Peaceful Conflict Resolution Consultant) Topics Discussed: - what is the status of the HALTsolitary bill? Why is it so important? - what are some of the main issues in the Criminal (In)justice system in Buffalo/WNY? - what are some of the reforms and/or transformations being worked on? e.g., Referendum to give Police Advisory Bd teeth; Right to Know Act; - what do people think of Mayor Brown's policing reform report/plan Free The People is discussing tonight? - what are some ultimate goals with respect to justice? - what are some ways people can support real change?
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