- December 2008
programs are from 4-6 p.m. on Sundays at The Cottage, 3449 West
River Road, Grand Island, unless otherwise indicated. Other items
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Meeting, so BUSINESS MEETING is moved to 5:00 p.m.
Whitlock, “Encounter Point” (85 min dvd). Jim describes
this as “an extraordinary . . . documentary about the violent
Israeli-Palestinian conflict and about the personal transformations
that have affected some of those who have lost the most and brought
them to deep and enduring commitments to non-violence.” Discussion/brainstorming
Squash Sunday: Bring poems, photos, paeans, pies, soups, soufflés,
stews. We’ll be sharing!
Jim Hartz, “Reports from/Reflections on Iraq and South Dakota.”
Eric Walker and Aaron Bentley, “Stop the Demolitions: Preserve
Buffalo's Housing!” PUSH is a Buffalo-based grassroots organization
dedicated to working on anti-poverty housing projects. Their main
goal is to assist poorer Buffalo residents in gaining access to
affordable houses that are in disrepair and will be demolished unless
purchased and rehabilitated. The organization is dedicated both
to advocating for stopping the City's policy of demolishing basically
good housing stock and for assisting poorer residents in purchasing
and rehabilitating those houses. Eric Walker was raised in the Mid-Hudson
valley, is a SUNY@B graduate, active in the "green jobs"
initiative, and is the head organizer for PUSH. Aaron Bartley is
a Buffalo native, a Harvard Law graduate who worked on Harvard's
living-wage campaign, and is the executive director of PUSH.
Peter St. Jean, “Lessons from Homicides: The Buffalo Story.”
We will offer a Violence Prevention and Conflict Resolution Workshop
with the film. We will introduce our project and then ask members
to complete a short pretest of ideas about violence (before watching
the film). After the film, we will ask them to complete the post-test
and enter discussion. At the end, Dr. St. Jean will outline the
Quality of Life Approach to Violence Prevention and Conflict Resolution
and provide participants with a certificate of completion. Dr. St.
Jean, from Dominica, is a criminologist and sociologist and currently
an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at UB. He
has authored two books and is working on a second documentary (of
which we might be a part!).
IWI – UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Info:
IWI at 332-6988.)
BUSINESS MEETING [Note change from first to second Sunday!]
“Christmas in the Woods,” a Carol Sing and Potluck with
No Church on Sunday: New Year’s Eve Celebration instead on
New Year’s Eve: at Ken & Marge Neal’s, 184 Lehn
Springs Drive, Williamsville, 8 p.m.+ Bring something to share!
Here are some old calendar entries, to give
a sense of what we do: