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

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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8/25/21 show#1
Defend the Sacred with Kelly Maracle, Mohawk-Seneca, Water Protector, Land Defender
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8/25/21 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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8/18/21 show#1
Welcome to Talking Peace: Gather 'Round-stories for Peace and Justice. Host and Reader: Deidra Emel, Executive Director of WNYPC. Producer: Richard Wicka of Think Twice Radio. In honor of the solemn remembrance of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Indigeous Peoples Day and the commeration of the March on Washington- all in the month of August!- Our stories are: Music for Alice by Allen Say(Japanese American couple's life during WW2 , The Invisible Web by Patrice Karst. (We are all apart of the earth and each other). , American Beach by Heidi Tyline King. (About a Black woman environmentalist: MaVynee Betsch). And Thank you to the Animals by Allen Sockabasin (story written by a Passamaquoddy Indigeous storyteller and leader). Peace and love!
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8/18/21 show#2
Cariol Horne, lead organizer and inspiration for Cariol's Law and Kartika Carr, VOICE Buffalo Organizer and De'Jon Hall, Police Advisor Board member/advisor and 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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8/11/21 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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8/11/21 show#2
For a NuclearFree Future: in WNY. With Agnes Williams, Seneca, leader in the Indigenous Women's Initiatives; and Vicki Ross, WNYPC Human Rights & Peace Education Chair, and Consultant for the Interfaith Peace Network. Topics discussed: Gnonyoh - Thanksgiving address….UN-declared Indigenous Peoples Day, August 9; Indigenous recent history, and where do we go from here?
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8/4/21 show#1
Leading Activists Passing On: Remembering Ned Cuddy, Bob Murphy, and Jim Whitlock - Presente!! With Wayne Alt, WNYPC co-founder and longtime volunteer; and Chuck Culhane, WNY Peace Center Prisoners' Rights Taskforce Chair. 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. We've lost three progressive leaders in ~ the past month. What key values, works, stories, and legacies come to mind when you think of Ned Cuddy? Jim Whitlock? Bob Murphy? What are some ways we can honor their memories and/or get more involved in the issues and the Beloved Community they valued?
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8/4/21 show#2
Leadership and Building the Base/Growing the Movement. With Christian Parra, Statewide Organizer for CitizenAction WNY. Founder and CoOrganizer of Free The People - WNY; and Vicki Ross, WNY Peace Center Human Rights & Peace Education Chair, and Consultant for the Interfaith Peace Network. What are key values that come to mind for leaders? activists? Organizers? What is a base in terms of organizing, activism, leading? How does it relate to a movement, or even a movement of movements? What are some of the key characteristics, behaviors, and groups that help in that work? How can people learn more about how to lead and build Beloved Community in WNY?
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7/28/21 show#1
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, 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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7/28/21 show#2
Jim Anderson, President of PeaceActionNYS, and local/national/int'l activist; and Vicki Ross, WNY Peace Center Human Rights & Peace Education Chair, and Consultant for the Interfaith Peace Network. What are the values that you bring into this conversation? What does the Beloved Community need in this time? What does it mean to #DefendTheSacred? What can help us to persevere through so much adversity, injustice, and threat to PeopleAndPlanet? What suggestions do you have for people to help #DefendTheSacred?
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7/21/21 show#1
Tonight, we are introducing our new story telling segment: called"Gather 'Round", where we will tell stories about peace, love, hope, culture and connection! Stories tonight come from the book: The Honey Jar by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Mayan activist, Ringoberta Menchu.
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7/21/21 show#2
My Spiritual Journey - 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. Topics discussed: What are the values that you bring into this conversation? What can you tell us about your Spiritual Journey? What helps you most to persevere through so much adversity and injustice? What would you like us to know about the Garifuna people's faith tradition? the Unity Church? What suggestions do you have for people's faith journeys? solidarity with the Garifuna people?
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7/14/21 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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7/14/21 show#2
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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7/7/21 show#1
Deidra M Emel, Jim Anderson, Vicki Ross, Jack Kanack Topics Discussed: 1. When and how did Talking Peace Radio show, start? 2. What shows were deep/heavy to handle? 3. What shows were uplifting and encouraging? 4. What topics would you like to see Talking Peace tackle?
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7/7/21 show#2
Justice & Peace with a Faith Lens. With Faizan Haq, Communications & Islamic Cultural History Prof at Buffalo State College, Founder WNY Muslims, (CEO of Manage Your Business, LLC); and Solomon Joseph, founder/president of the Manifest Diversity Institute, founder of the Educational Pledge, editor of the Buffalo Latino Village, x Buff State – Grad Ass’t in Equity & Diversity office of President ; and Vicki Ross, WNY Peace Center Human Rights & Peace Education Chair, and Consultant for the Interfaith Peace Network. Topics Discussed: What are the key values that come to mind when you think of the Interfaith Peace Network? What drew you to getting involved with the IPN in the first place? How does it relate to your other (extensive) work(s)? What are you most excited about in our work together in the future? How can people get more involved working for Peace and the Beloved Community in WNY?
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6/30/21 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? (10am-3pm M-F, July 12-23).....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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6/30/21 show#2
Racial and Traffic Justice. With Phylicia Brown, Executive Director of Black Love Resists in the Rust (BLRR); and Jalonda Hill, Executive Director of Colored Girls Bike Too (CGBT), and Chair of the Fair Fines [No] Fees Coalition (FFFC); and Vicki Ross, WNY Peace Center Human Rights & Peace Education Chair, and Consultant for the Interfaith Peace Network. Topics discussed: What are the key values that come to mind when you think of Racial and Traffic Justice?.....What's happening with the lawsuit against the city for having overwhelming majority of traffic checkpoints in neighborhood of color?.....What has been happening with the FFFC and its victories re traffic fees and speed cameras?.....What are you most excited about in your work at your respective organizations?.....How can people help us achieve more Racial and Traffic/Mobility Justice in WNY?
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6/23/21 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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