by Betty Jean Grant
Please join us at the WNY Peace Center’s Annual Dinner on Friday, November 8, 5-9 p.m. at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. It’ll be an evening to remember, and enjoy. It’s also a great way to support the WNY Peace Center and to #unite.
I am a board member for the WNY Peace Center because of the role it has taken on in the larger community. It has been working in peace and justice issues in Buffalo and WNY since its founding as part of Dr. King’s Clergy and Laity Against the War in Vietnam. Since then, the mission has been broadened to “Peace Thru Justice at home and abroad.”
The Peace Center has nine taskforces, including Racial Justice, Economic Justice, and Prisoners’ Rights. It has worked to #UnitetheStruggles through the Poor Peoples Campaign and the Women’s March, organizing the record-breaking marches and rallies of the past few years. It also has a great activist calendar on its website, wnypeace.org., and excellent programs and workshops, including for children.
The keynote speaker, Medea Benjamin, is a real truth-teller, and a creative and dynamic woman. Her talk, “No Green New Deal Without Peace; Growing our Peace-Through-Justice Economy” will be energizing and hard-hitting.
One of the most exciting parts of the evening will be Valentino Dixon getting the Emerging Leader’s Award. After 27 years of unjust incarceration and suffering, Valentino is a real national hero. His optimism and determination to make the world a better place are electric and his vision is beautiful – both for the world we can make, and the world he represents in his moving and transporting art. His art show at the Burchfield Penney will be going on until March 28 – be sure to go see it (free every second Friday of the month).
We hope you can join us at the WNY Peace Center’s 52nd Annual Dinner. You can get your tickets online at wnypeace.org, or you can call the office at 716-332-3904. The evening will be one to remember – don’t miss it We also hope you’ll become a member of the WNY Peace Center.
We’re all in this together, and it’ll take all of us to get where we need to go! Harambe/Together! #Unite! Wnypeace.org