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

11/24/21 show#1
Kelly Maracle is Mohawk/Seneca, Bear Clan, Water Protector, Land Defender, one of the Shell River 7 where she's a co-defendant with Winona LaDuke, Ojibwe, Executive Director and co-founder of Honor the Earth, leading the movement to #StopLine3. The Shell River 7 is going to court again on Nov. 29. You can help at DropTheCharges-#StopLine3
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11/24/21 show#2
Cynthia Ellis, Garifuna Ambassador. Cynthia is the Ambassador-at-large for (never enslaved) Garifuna people (centered in Belize); and Vicki Ross, WNY Peace Center Human Rights & Peace Education Chair, and Consultant for the Interfaith Peace Network. Values; Spiritual/Faith Journeys; Helps to persevere through adversity, injustice; The Garifuna people's faith tradition; the Unity Church; solidarity with the Garifuna people.
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11/17/21 show#1
"Seneca Traditional Teachings" with Dan Jamieson, Oneida Wolf Clan; Beanie Jamieson and Eva Smith, both Seneca Turtle Clan; Deidra EmEl, Executive Director of the WNY Peace Center; and Vicki Ross, WNYPC Human Rights & Peace Education Chair, and Consultant for the Interfaith Peace Network. Topics Discussed: thanks, land acknowledgement and intros…. One Dish One Spoon Wampum Belt ….ways people can follow and learn more
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11/17/21 show#2
"WNY Peace Center's 54th Annual Dinner Keynote-Mark Colville." With Martin Gugino, longtime WNYPC member; Mark Colville, Amistad Catholic Worker, one of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, accepting the Peace Education Award on behalf of the KBP7; Deidra EmEl, WNYPC Executive Director; and Vicki Ross, WNYPC's Human Rights & Peace Education Chair, and consultant for the Interfaith Peace Network.... - Intro re dinner and awards.... - Deidra introduces Martin Gugino - Marty introduces Mark....- Mark: Ending Nuclear Weapons for People and the Planet; ....- Q&A.
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11/08/21 show#1
WNYPC Awards! With Shero Cariol Horne of #CariolsLaw; Heron Simmonds, WNYPC Racial Justice Co-Chair, creator of Cariol Horne Whistleblower Fund; Chuck Culhane, WNYPC Prisoners' Rights Taskforce Chair; and Vicki Ross, WNYPC Human Rights & Peace Education Chair, and Consultant for the Interfaith Peace Network. Topics Discussed: values we bring to the conversation and issue... ... Cariol's receiving the Alt-imate Award from the WNY Peace Center at WNYPC's 54th Annual Dinner; (11/12)... ... Haudenosaunee Diplomat Oren Lyons accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award - in person at the dinner ... Mark Colville, dinner keynote, accepting the Peace Education Award for the Kings Bay Plowshares ... Ladaisha Williams getting the Emerging Leaders Award... ... what to expect and how to buy tickets for the dinner (link above; if in-person tickets are sold out zoom is always still available)
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11/08/21 show#2
Keynote address for Mother Earth's Pandemic the Doctrine of Discovery by Oren Lyons, Onondaga Nation, Faithkeeper Turtle Clan. The conference was sponsored by Indigenous Values Initiative, American Indian Law Alliance, and Syracuse University ‘CUSE GRANT, and the Syracuse University Department of Religion.
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11/03/21 show#1
Talking Peace, “African Americans Against the Bomb” with Vince Intondi, author and scholar, professor at Mongomery College; Jim Anderson, President of PeaceActionNYS; Deidra EmEl, Executive Director WNYPC; Vicki Ross, Human Rights & Peace Education WNYPC, consultant Interfaith Peace Center. Topics Discussed: values we bring to the conversation and issue…. Intro. Book and why it’s important for today…. Questions from book and/or from others present ways to support and get involved
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11/03/21 show#2
Emerging Leaders All 'Round! With Franchelle Parker, Executive Director of Open Buffalo; Ladaisha Williams, about to be both Emerging Leader Awardee and Graduate!; Jim Anderson, PeaceAction National Board, PANYS President; Deidra EmEl, Executive Director of the WNYPC; and Vicki Ross, WNYPC Human Rights & Peace Education Chair, and Consultant for the Interfaith Peace Network. Topics Discussed: values we bring to the conversation and issue…. Ladaisha's receiving the Emerging Leaders Award from the WNY Peace Center at WNYPC's 54th Annual Dinner; (11/12).... her start in activism, social justice, and leadership at PeaceJam Buffalo;.... Open Buffalo's Emerging Leaders program (from which Ladaisha is also graduating the same weekend).... Director of Leadership Development Jillian Hanesworth (also Buffalo's Poet Laureate) …. previous program graduates, their awesome community works and spirit…. ways to support and get involved
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10/27/21 show#1
A Festival of Hope for Plowshares Activist Clare Grady before she reports to Alderson Federal Prison in W. Virginia. Clare is the sixth of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 to begin her sentence for her part in the nonviolent, symbolic disarming of Georgia’s Trident nuclear weapons.Clare has invited speakers who challenge different aspects of Rev. Dr. King's triplets, racism (white supremacy), materialism (global capitalism), and militarism (global military dominance).Speakers include a Seneca leader working in western New York, Agnes Williams, and a Diné leader, Leona Morgan, from the Navajo Nation, working in New Mexico and Arizona to stop uranium production and dumping on their lands; Irish Parliamentarian, Clare Daly, a co-defendant in an Irish trial of civil resistance to US warplanes refueling at Shannon Airport; a taped greeting from Setsuko Thurlow, a Hiroshima survivor who has worked tirelessly to end nuclear weapons and been instrumental in the enactment of the Treaty on Prohibition to Nuclear Weapons that went into force last week; Professor Russell Rickford, Cornell University historian of the Black Freedom Struggle and the Black Radical Tradition and an organizer with the Democratic Socialists of America; Emma O'Grady, writer, and actor from Co. Galway; Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellermann, Detroit theologian, author, nonviolent community activist and civil resister to water shut-offs, will give a closing prayer.
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10/27/21 show#2
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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10/20/21 show#1
Ahmadi Condolences & BanKillerDrones! With Ann Tiffany and Ed Kinane, of Upstate Drone Action; Deidra EmEl, Executive Director of the WNYPC; and Vicki Ross, WNYPC Human Rights & Peace Education Chair, and Consultant for the Interfaith Peace Network. Topics Discussed: values we bring to the conversation and issue …. the assassination of the Ahmadi family, and the "Over The Horizon killer drone program …. historic and current efforts to Ban Killer Drones (incl at Hancock, Syracuse and Niagara Falls Air Bases) …. demands being presented to Sen Schumer (Fri 10/22, Noon, 130 So Elmwood, Buffalo) …. "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world... [our] own gov't" …. ways to get involved
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10/20/21 show#2
Intro: Peace and Love, This is Talking Peace! I am your host, Deidra EmEl, Executive Director of the WNY Peace Center. We would like to thank Richard Wicka of Thinktwice Radio for producing our show. Today, I've invited Dr. Terry Bisson, Co-chair of the Latin American Solidarity Committee, (a task force of the Peace center) to discuss his research on the history of the Peace signs: 1. sign with circle and 3 "arms" and the origami crane.
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10/13/21 show#1
Afghanistan! With Dr. Zaher Wahab, Afghan, Educator and Analyst of International Development Education, former Senior Advisor (to Afghan Minister of Education), and Professor Emeritus of Lewis & Clark U; Marie Schuster, Co-Chair of WNY Peace Center's Resist Militarism! Taskforce; and Vicki Ross, WNYPC Human Rights & Peace Education Chair, and Consultant for the Interfaith Peace Network. Topics discussed: values we bring to the conversation and issue ….the current situation in Afghanistan ….how we got to this point ….Resist Militarism! Taskforce concerns …."Over the Horizon" - US killer drone program, and Ahmadi Family Victims ….ways to get involved
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10/13/21 show#2
An Evening with Pete Seeger who appeared at the WNY Peace Center Annual Dinner at the Buffalo Convention Center on 11/9/13
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10/6/21 show#1
Journeys to Justice - the Buffalo Five; and Cariol Horne. With John Walker, Jr, and Darryl Boyd, members of the Buffalo Five - exonerated of a murder they were wrongly convicted of and incarcerated for (over 80 years between 3 of them); John Walker 3rd, son of John Walker Jr. ; Cariol Horne, former Buffalo Police Officer who was fired after stopping an Eric Garner-type situation, champion of Cariol's Law; and Vicki Ross, WNYPC Human Rights & Peace Education Chair, and Consultant for the Interfaith Peace Network. Topics Discussed: values we bring ….the long hard Journeys to Justice: of the Buffalo 5; of Cariol Horne …..sources of faith and victory ….Justice vs. the Criminal Justice System …..ways to heal from injustice and build the Beloved Community
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10/6/21 show#2
Mark Colville, Amistad Catholic Worker, one of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 [KBP7]; Martin Gugino, WNY Peace Center LASC Treasurer [of the viral video of Buffalo Police pushing him]; Vicki Ross, WNYPC Executive Director, and Interfaith Peace Network Peaceful Conflict Resolution Consultant/ Topics discussed: what did happen 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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9/29/21 show#1
Camp Peaceprints Explores the World. With Vivian Waltz, Executive Director of the SSJ Sr Karen Klimczak Ctr for Nonviolence, and CoDirector of Camp Peaceprints; co-hosts Deidra EmEl, Executive Director at the WNY Peace Center and CoDirector of Camp Peaceprints; and Vicki Ross, WNYPC Human Rights & Peace Education Chair, and Consultant for the Interfaith Peace Network (another Camp Partner). Topics discussed: What are the key values that come to mind when you think of Camp Peaceprints?.....What are some plans for this year's Camp? Field trips? Swimming? .....Any special stories or memories of previous camps you'd like to share?.....How do you keep Camp so affordable? (basically pay what you can).....How can people register besides going to wnypeace.org or sisterkarencenter.org?
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9/29/21 show#2
Focusing On Families, w/Sandra Bland's Mom. With special guests Geneva Reed Veal (Mother of Sandra Bland; Mother to the Movement; Sandra Bland Center for Racial Justice); Cariol Horne, shero and initiator of Cariol's Law; and Rev. Denise Walden, Lead Live Free Organizer for VOICE-Buffalo. 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 values we want to raise up in and thru this conversation and this work? What has been going on in the Erie County Holding Center and Alden facilities? What are the inmates and families going thru as a result? What are your hopes for the Focus on Families Rally on Friday, 6/25, at 11:45am at ECHC? What are some other ways that people can help change the Criminal Injustice System?
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9/22/21 show#1
The topic tonight for Talking Peace with the WNYPC is the significance of the arts in social justice activism and our free Poets 4 Peace-Jam event, Friday, July 30th from 6-8pm, register at wnypeace.org. My guests are : Genesis Laboy, WNYPC new Admin. Assistant and poet and Solomon Joesph, artist and educator, contact for manifestdiversity.org.
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9/22/21 show#2
Attica Now! With Chuck Culhane, Chair of the WNY Peace Center's Prisoners' Rights Taskforce; Dani Johnson, Criminal Justice Activist, UB Advisor and Professor, AFJ-Western Region; Gabriel Cordoba Vivas and Unai Reglero, facilitators of the Caldo de Cultivo; and Vicki Ross, WNYPC Human Rights & Peace Education Chair, and Consultant for the Interfaith Peace Network. Topics discussed: values we bring …..Attica then - overview ….Prisoners' Rights - Attica and the Criminal INJustice system now! ….Caldo de Cultivo - goals and plans in this research project ….ways for the community to get involved
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9/15/21 show#1
Rising Together! w/SB Workers United & Resist Militarism! With zool Zulkowitz, Main Organizer of Rising Together!, and Veteran For Peace; James Skretta, Organizer with SB Workers United; Russell Brown, Co-Chair of WNY Peace Center's Resist Militarism! Taskforce; and Vicki Ross, WNYPC Human Rights & Peace Education Chair, and Consultant for the Interfaith Peace Network. Topics discussed: values we bring ….Rising Together! overview (incl NYC 9/19 event) …. Starbucks workers' campaign ….Resist Militarism! overview and Memorial to Family - Victims of US Drone (9/16 @NiagFalls Air base, 10405 Lockport Rd) ….how our issues and solutions are connected ….ways to get involved
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9/15/21 show#2
Mayoral debate held on 9-9-21
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9/7/21 show#1
PeaceAction NYS on the Move! With Emily Rubino, Executive Director of PeaceAction NYS (PANYS) and Vicki Ross, WNYPC Human Rights & Peace Education Chair, and Consultant for the Interfaith Peace Network. Topics Discussed: values we bring…..PANYS overview…..current campaigns…..student chapters…..ways to get involved
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9/7/21 show#2
Nonpartisan Forum of Buffalo Mayoral Candidates, 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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9/1/21 show#1
Celebrating Labor in WNY. With Denise Abbott, Buffalo AFL-CIO Central Labor Council President, Buffalo Labor Day Parade organizer (and w/CWA#1168); and Vicki Ross, WNYPC Human Rights & Peace Education Chair, and Consultant for the Interfaith Peace Network. Topics discussed: Values celebration and thanks….Buffalo Labor Day Parade and party, Monday 9/6 mid-day….Importance of labor movement for Economic Justice….Life's journey to get to this point….How can people help ensure labor is treated fairly?
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9/1/21 show#2
Vonetta Rhodes, poetess, 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 transform the Women's movement? society?....ways people can support real change….Values celebration and thanks….Importance of labor movement for Economic Justice….Life's journey to get to this point….How can people help ensure labor is treated fairly?
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