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

1/20/21 show#1
Vicki Ross, Mark Colville, Michaela Czerkies and Marie Schuster are discussing the following topics: Enter Into Force (EIF) day for the TPNW (Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons); what that means to the US and other (nuclear-armed) nonratifiers Catholic Workers; KBP7 Nuclear Weapons as a gun to the World's head action steps: Back from the Brink campaign; call Congressional Reps
to listen (58:51)..... click here ...for download right click here
1/20/21 show#2
On this show Aisha Jumaan, President of the Yemen Relief & Reconstruction Foundation; Kawthar Abdullah, Lead Organizer NYC Chapter of Yemeni Alliance Committee and Vicki Ross are discussing the following topics:
current situation in Yemen International Day of Action for Yemen on 1/25 involvement of external actors including especially US current needs [including personal stories]; what people can do to help (including urging Biden to rescind Trump Admin's designation of Houthis as a terrorist group); opportunities on 1/25
to listen (54:49)..... click here ...for download right click here
1/13/21 show#1
On this show Vicki Ross, Rev. Will Mebane and Rolanda Ward discuss the following topics:
- Rev Dr King
- his life, works, and inspiration.
- Principles and the Spirit;
- Unarmed Truth and Unconditional Love
to listen (51:37)..... click here ...for download right click here
1/13/21 show#2
On this show Vicki Ross, Talia Rodriguez. and Kareema Morris discussed the following topics:
- Women's March
- sharing weekend and principles of Dr King
- plan for this year
- action planning for ongoing work.
to listen (54:20)..... click here ...for download right click here
1/6/21 show#1
On this show Vicki Ross talks with Clare Grady one of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, Ithaca Catholic Workers; and Agnes Williams, Seneca, Indigeonous Women’s Initiatives, about the following:
- the armed insurrection in Washington DC and the criminal in the White House
- Centering and Remembering our ancestors
- Catholic Workers/Plowshares
- Witness Against Torture
- Kings Bay Plowshares 7, Nuclear Weapons (incl TPNW
- Treaty for the Prohibition of NucWeapons)
- West Valley Nuclear Waste Cleanup
to listen (58:36)..... click here ...for download right click here
1/6/21 show#2
On this show Vicki Ross talks with Agnes Williams, Seneca, Indigenous Women’s Initiatives, about the following:
- Armed Insurrection and Mayhem in DC
- Nuclear Waste/West Valley clean-up
- UN Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN DRIP)
- Prior Free and Informed Consent (to land use, etc)
- Stop Line 3
- Environmental Justice/Care for Mother Earth - People and the Planet
to listen (54:30)..... click here ...for download right click here
12/30/20 show#1
On this show Vicki Ross talks with Bill Jungels and Talia Rodriguez about Chiapas Mexico and the Zapatistas continuing struggle, indigenous women and women's march.
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12/30/20 show#2
On this show Vicki Ross talks with Heidi Jones, Esq., about the links between anti-maskers movement and white supremacists in Western New York.
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12/23/20 show#1: Rev George Nicholas, Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church; Rev Elena Delgado, Presbyterian Minister (retired); Rev Lee Miller II, HolyTrinity Lutheran Church
The following topics were discussed:
Christmas show about the social justice gospel of Jesus - nonviolence, care for the most vulnerable "the least of these"; suffering and grieving during COVID-19, people not able to be with their dying loved ones; importance of the community as source of strength and joy, discussion of racial and economic health disparities; all equal and welcome; emphasis on the teachings
to listen (57:46)..... click here ...for download right click here
12/23/20 show#2: Tania Aubusson, Water Protector, Minnesota (local Indigenous); Joe Hill, Seneca, Esq, and Nate Buckley, Burning Books - both of Nekanehsakt (WNY), on-site water-protecting in MN; Agnes Williams, Seneca, LCSW, Indigenous Women’s Initiatives.
The following topics were discussed:
Water protectors [including Winona LaDuke] have fought Enbridge and Pipeline 3 for 7 years; line to replace another that has already done extreme damage to environment, killing wildlife, more; Line 3 threatens Mississippi River, drinking water for 68 million people downstream; call Gov Tim Walz at 651-201-3400 and urge him - and other officials e.g. Cong. Ellison - to stop Line 3; go to https://welcomewaterprotectors.com for info on needed donations and coming out to put your body on the line to protect Mother Earth , the waters, and the creation. Also in WNY Nekanehsakt. Nekanehsakt PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=7LAFUCHQ4EFPW
to listen (52:56)..... click here ...for download right click here
12/16/20 Show #1: Juweria Dahir, External Affairs Mgr, City of Buffalo (originally from East Africa); Andrea Kuettel, Stitch Buffalo Board Member; Nicole Perrone, Assistant at WNYPC and Chair of WNYPC Immigrant and Refugee Justice Taskforce
The following topics were discussed:
Immigrant & Refugee Justice; Stitch Buffalo's employment opportunities for Immigrants and Refugees, beautiful wares for sale (embroidered masks, clothes, accessories, etc); differences & similarities between Immigrants & Refugees; racism in immigration policies; strengths of immigrants/refugees (work ethics, determination, cultural enrichment of larger community); Immigrant & Refugee Justice Taskforce of WNYPC prospective campaigns, community service.
to listen (54:04)..... click here ...for download right click here
12/16/20 Show #2: Monica Lynch, sister of Connell Burrell who died in Erie Co Holding Center; Jerome Wright, State Organizer for HALTsolitary - CAIC, and vice chair of Voice Buffalo.
The following topics were discussed:
Criminal Justice; Racism - structural and institutional - in Criminal Justice system, and society-wide; HALTsolitary - Get It Done in 2021 (Abolished in NYS); Speak-Out re Erie Co Holding Center (ECHC); Connell Burrell's death due to Medical Maltreatment after 15 hours in ECHC; inadequate and unhealthy conditions in and upon leaving ECHC; mental health issues of inmates, corrections officers; prevention and preventing recidivism; Racial Justice and Prisoners' Rights Taskforces of WNYPC working on these issues.
to listen (56:22)..... click here ...for download right click here
12/9/20 Show #1: 12/9/20 Rolanda Ward, Director, Rose Bente Lee Ostapenko Center for Race, Equity, and Mission; Social Work Prof @ Niagara Univ.; Melissa M. Costa, LICSW, Children, Youth & Families Case Manager Supervisor, Department of Mental Health, New Bedford, MA
The following topics were discussed:
COVID from a Social Work Perspective: Dangers to health; risk and result disparities, reflecting those commonly already in place - racial, economic, marginalized communities; disparities now exacerbated by the COVID, including foregoing as well as essential workers; increased protection also consistently going to those already privileged; special stress on children and families in formative times; difficulty in accessing services (along same disparity lines). Economic catastrophes for those already financially strapped; resources available for children and families; need for determined social justice advocacy and solidarity.
to listen (59:53)..... click here ...for download right click here
12/9/20 Show #2: 12/9/20 Dr. Mike Niman, Media Studies Prof, SUNY Buffalo State; author; syndicated columnist..
The following topics were discussed:
COVID vaccines distribution impeded by intellectual property issues, as for-profit corporations take the final steps on top of the bulk of the research already done and publicly funded; misinformation and COVID exhaustion has fed the current spiral, which needs serious public discipline to mitigate current large increase in infections; overwhelming of lean medical/hospital systems, downsized for profitability (thus not available when suddenly needed); huge increases in rural areas/middle of country not previously affected; civil disobedience of Trump-ite electeds/govt officials, against the law, but also immoral and unethical (where we are used to civil disobedience in pursuit of moral and ethical high road); applicability of RICO statutes to the conspiracy and illegality of the efforts: they are both organized and criminal (election interference)
to listen (56:41)..... click here ...for download right click here
12/2/20 Show #1: Medea Benjamin, CodePink
The following topics were discussed:
- US endless "war on terror";
- Biden cabinet includes war hawks- activists working to stop WarProfiteer Michelle Flourney;
- USViolence and war crimes including economic sanctions and drones, interventions;
- foreign policy dangers in remainder of Trump's time in office;
- Campaign for Cuban Doctors to get Nobel Peace Prize for International Service during pandemic.
to listen (56:45)..... click here ...for download right click here
12/2/20 Show #2: Myles Carter, community activist
The following topics were discussed:
- County Budget, legislature votes Dec 8;
- Co lock-ups (Erie Co Holding Center [ECHC] and Alden) together at 1/3 capacity, taking up about 10% of funds during economic crisis;
- huge toll on POC in Buffalo;
- vicious circle of violence visited on Black, Brown and Indigenous communities;
- Speak-Out on ECHC plus on Dec 10, International Human Rights Day, 6:30 on zoom https://wnypeace.org/wp/event/speak-out-on-erie-co-holding-center-2/
to listen (55:23)..... click here ...for download right click here
11/24/20 Show #2: Vicki Ross, Jill Yagwaneest Clause, Tuscarora; and Diane D’Arrigo, Nuclear Information and Research Service. West Valley
The following topics were discussed:
- Thankful for those protecting people and environment from the nuclear waste, and full clean up scheduled
- massive danger to community and environment (including 20% of world’s freshwater supply)
- mitigate by covered/contained complete cleanup with extensive air and water monitoring
- lobby all elected government officials to demand and fund same.
to listen (55:11)..... click here ...for download right click here
11/24/20 Show #1: Vicki Ross, Jill Yagwaneest Clause, Tosh Hamby and Robert John Knapp
The following topics were discussed:
- Gnonoyoh by Tosh in Tuscaroran
- Joined by Robert John
- Thankfulness; every morning; what we’re thankful for
- Indigenous wisdom
- care for Creation, for the 7th Generation.
to listen (58:39)..... click here ...for download right click here
11/18/20 Show #1: Vicki Ross and Judy Einach, Community Activist, Chautauqua County
The following topics were discussed:
- What is Peace? Internal and External Balance;
- West Valley nuclear waste: history; current plan; issues and needs
- Lobbying elected officials for containment/enclosed cleanup
to listen (57:53)..... click here ...for download right click here
11/18/20 Show #2: Vicki Ross, Judy Einach, Laura Evans, Esq, Keeping Things Alive podcast and website; Geovaira Hernández, NY Renews
The following topics were discussed:
- Justice issues: Environmental, Economic, Racial included in the CCLPA , a NYS bill passed last year
- the upcoming community climate investment act;
- ancient Indigenous wisdom;
- need to see ourselves as part of nature;
- Defend the Sacred;
- keep things alive;
- care for each other, people and the planet.
to listen (55:52)..... click here ...for download right click here
11/12/20 Show #1: Christian Parra, Citizen Action; India Walton, of the People (former Fruit Belt Land Trust Director)
The following topics were discussed:
- 2020 Elections
- support for racist, criminal behaviors
- predatory capitalism
- sources and development of political power
- healing
to listen (59:59)..... click here for download right click here
11/12/20 Show #2: Christian Parra, Citizen Action; India Walton, of the People (former Fruit Belt Land Trust Director)
The following topics were discussed:
- caring for the community
- people's needs esp in COVID
- emergency financial relief for housing
- youth, education needs
- local political power
- a change is gonna come.
to listen (59:04)..... click here for download right click here
11/4/20 Show #2: Buddy Bell: Longtime national and international activist; working with Voices For Creative Nonviolence and frequent facilitator for Global Days of Listening.
The following topics were discussed:
the 2020 election and what it tells us so far; where we might go from "here;" other developments re criminal justice, economic justice, workers' rights, antiwar (#UnitetheStruggles) etc.
to listen (58:25)..... click here for download right click here
11/4/20 Show #1: Jillian Hanesworth: Poet and Activist; Director of Leadership Development at Open Buffalo. Jalonda Hill: Paralegal for WNY Law Center; principal organizer the Fair Fines [No] Fees Coalition.
The following topics were discussed:
WNYPC Evening with Cornel West on Nov 9, 7pm; the awards the two are receiving and work they're doing; Recent Developments and Activism in Buffalo; #RacialJustice; #allyship
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