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

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?
to listen (58:07)..... click here ...for download right click here
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?
to listen (56:04)..... click here ...for download right click here
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?
to listen (48:36)..... click here ...for download right click here
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?
to listen (59:54)..... click here ...for download right click here
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?
to listen (57:11)..... click here ...for download right click here
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?
to listen (54:05)..... click here ...for download right click here
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
to listen (59:12)..... click here ...for download right click here
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?
to listen (56:59)..... click here ...for download right click here
3/17/21 show#1
On this show Welcome Water Protectors/StopLine3 Part 1 (with Tania Aubid, Anishinaabe; and Joe Hill, Seneca; of Welcome Water Protectors Camp and Lor Seneca of the Onondowaga protectors and Vicki Ross, WNYPC Executive Director, and Interfaith Peace Network Peaceful Conflict Resolution Consultant) Topics discussed: - what is Line 3 and what are recent developments? - what are some of the recent actions Water Protectors have organized? - what banks should divest to stop Enbridge funding? - how do you keep your energy up? - for Tania: especially after 32 days fasting? - what are ways people can help?
to listen (59:26)..... click here ...for download right click here
3/17/21 show#2
On this show Welcome Water Protectors/StopLine3 Part 2 (with Mark John Kruse, handyman at Welcome Water Protectors Camp; ShyAnne John and Vicki Ross, WNYPC Executive Director, and Interfaith Peace Network Consultant) Topics discussed: - what is it like spending time at camp? - what brought you to this work? - what happened with the Wigwam and the latest developments - what would you suggest people do to help?
to listen (59:09)..... click here ...for download right click here
3/10/21 show#1
On this show Transformative Justice in our Communities (with Dr. Anthony Nocella II, intersectional social justice scholar, and Assistant Professor of criminology; Alisha Page (audio only), Food Justice and Finance Director for Save The Kids; Dina Thompson, Executive Director and founding member of Erie County Restorative Justice Coalition, and adjunct professor of Restorative Practice at University at Buffalo Department of Social Work; and Vicki Ross, WNYPC Executive Director, and Interfaith Peace Network Peaceful Conflict Resolution Consultant) what is Restorative Justice? Transformative Justice? Peaceful Conflict Resolution? how do they help deal with conflicts? how can these healthy patterns of communication and cooperation be transmitted and promoted society-wide? how can they tranform society? ways people can support real change
to listen (58:11)..... click here ...for download right click here
3/10/21 show#2
On this show Foreign Policy (with Marie Schuster, WNYPC Bd Co-Chair & Co-Chair WNYPC Resist Militarism! Taskforce; Matt McKenzie, President of PeaceAction Niagara Univ, Open Buffalo Justice Fellow; Emma Claire, Program Associate at Global Zero; and Vicki Ross, WNYPC Executive Director, and Interfaith Peace Network Consultant) what is US Foreign Policy appear to be shaping up under President Biden? what is going on with the military budget? nuclear weapons? how does this affect us nationally? internationally? what should we be advocating for and how can we do that?
to listen (54:08)..... click here ...for download right click here
3/3/21 show#1
On this show (Kareema Morris, Talia Rodriguez, Jill Clause) Women's Ways Peace Ways - Meeting Community Needs (with Kareema Morris, WNYPC Bd Member & Co-Chair WNYPC Racial Justice Taskforce; Talia Rodriguez, WNYPC Gender Justice Taskforce Chair; Jill Clause, Tuscarora, Circle Quilt Project; and Vicki Ross, WNYPC Executive Director, and Interfaith Peace Network Consultant) Topics discussed: - what do communities need - generally? today? - what efforts are going on to meet community needs? - how is it we find women at the helm of, and throughout, many of these efforts? - what does this have to do with Gender Justice? with establishing a safe, just, and healthy community?
to listen (57:03)..... click here ...for download right click here
3/3/21 show#2
On this show (Cheney Brockington and Kareema Morris) De-escalation (with Cheney Brockington, MSW, WNYPC Board Member; Kareema Morris, WNYPC Bd Member & Co-Chair WNYPC Racial Justice Taskforce; Amy Cross-Viola, LCSW and WNY Agents of Change; and Vicki Ross, QCSW, DHL, WNYPC Executive Director, and Interfaith Peace Network Consultant) Topics discussed: - ways to de-escalate people's emotional state, and/or a potentially conflictual situation - what tends to escalate a person's emotional state or a potentially conflictual situation - why should social workers and mental health professional be in charge in a mental health crisis. why shouldn't police - ways people can support real change
to listen (55:43)..... click here ...for download right click here
2/24/21 show#1
PeaceJam Reunion and Preview (with PeaceJam Alumni of previous Sessions: Carlanda Meadors, Advisor; Darlanda Osborne, Participant; and Vicki Ross, PeaceJam Advisor, WNYPC Executive Director, and Interfaith Peace Network Consultant) the Inspiration-Education-Action PeaceJam. Topics discussed: - history of PeaceJam and PeaceJam Buffalo - the exercises/learning opportunities for social justice, nonviolence, identity, advocacy, conflict resolution, and more the Global Call to Action(/Service Learning) Project(s) - ways people can support these efforts
to listen (57:04)..... click here ...for download right click here
2/17/21 show#2
Traditional & Natural Styles (with Kawiye Jumale, Community Health Worker for Jericho Road Health Center; Justin Lee, WNYPC Intern and Daemen SSW Senior; and Vicki Ross, WNYPC Executive Director, and Interfaith Peace Network Consultant) Topics discussed: - what is the C.R.O.W.N. Act? - why was it so desperately needed? - how have people from various races, heritages, and groups been prevented from appearing as they would? - what kind of effects do various styles have on people - the wearers? the viewers? - what was the process like to get the C.R.O.W.N. Act passed? - what else to we need to do to increase respect for different appearances?
to listen (54:39)..... click here ...for download right click here
2/17/21 show#1
On today's show: 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
to listen (58:16)..... click here ...for download right click here
2/17/21 show#2
On today's show: Criminal Justice (with Martin Gugino, WNYPC member and [WNYPC'] LASC treasurer - who was pushed by Bflo Police in the 7/5/20 viral video; Shaimaa Aakil, Community Activist; and Vicki Ross, WNYPC Executive Director, and Interfaith Peace Network Consultant) talked about the following topics:
- what does the Grand Jury's dismissing charges against the police who pushed/didn't help Martin tell us?
- are people held accountable for their actions in the criminal justice system? and which people?
- how does the criminal justice system's focus on the individual help or hurt Justice being served?
- what are overriding characteristics of the system and the results thereof
- ways to improve the system
to listen (51:38)..... click here ...for download right click here
2/10/21 show#1
On today's show: Talking Peace with the WNY Peace Center On this show: Arts and Black Lives Matter (with Poet Jillian Hanesworth; Chad Williams, proprietor of "Due Process" designs; and me)
how the arts are used to fortify and motivate the Black Lives Matter movement; how and when poetry has been used by Jillian and others to support the movement; how Chad is using "Due Process" to support the movement; ways people can support these efforts
to listen (55:38)..... click here ...for download right click here
2/10/21 show#2
On today's show: Music and Black Lives Matter (Lonnie Barlow, Roc Da Mic; Heron Simmonds, Little Africa Culture Club; and me)
how is music used to fortify and motivate in the movement; what is the Little Africa Culture Club?, the history and the upcoming plans; how it inspires and educates, acts to increase trust and collaboration what is Roc Da Mic; ways to help and get involved
to listen (55:05)..... click here ...for download right click here
2/3/21 show#1
On today's show: Schools and COVID (with Dr. Wendy Mistretta, parent and President of District Parent Coordinating Council; Eve Shippens, Buffalo Teacher; and me) needs of students generally and during this time, etc. the obstacles to getting those needs met, ways to solve those issues, efforts already undertaken for improvement - by the community, by the administration
to listen (57:44)..... click here ...for download right click here
2/3/21 show#2
PeaceJam Buffalo (Jan Burns, PeaceJam Advisor, Focus on Consequences Director at the Prevention Council of Erie County; Tiffany Lewis, Confident Girls Mentoring Program Director; Deidra EmEl, WNYPC Office Mgr/Coordinator and PeaceJam Facilitator; and me) what is PeaceJam? what is PeaceJam Buffalo - the history and the upcoming zoom sessions, for 11 yr olds & up, starting Feb 25; the sources of inspiration, education, and action in the program; how it relates to Confident Girl Mentoring Program ways to help and get involved
to listen (54:59)..... click here ...for download right click here
1/27/21 show#1
Vicki Ross, Dominique Calhoun; Cortez Foster; Myles Carter [also Chaplain at Alden] discuss the following topics: - Direct experience in the Erie County Holding Center and Alden facilities - Unhealthy conditions in the two facilities - physically, mentally/emotionally (including COVID) - efforts undertaken for improvement by the community, by the administration - what changes are needed now (including alleged probation violations) - action steps to accomplish
to listen (56:46)..... click here ...for download right click here
1/27/21 show#2
Vicki Ross, Martin Gugino, WNYPC, Witness Against Torture - activist pushed over by BPD in video seen >84MM times; Donna Robinson, regional organizer for RAPP - Release Aging People from Prison; Myles Carter, Chaplain at Alden Topics discussed: - Jail/Prison on the national scale - US prison system of mass incarceration including racism, disparate treatment - history and current status, - inhumane treatment; - RAPP - elderly languishing & endangered, etc. - history and current status of Guantanamo, Witness Against Torture - what changes are needed now, action steps to accomplish
to listen (56:21)..... click here ...for download right click here