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Peace Rally Supports Local Refugee Populations, Agencies, and Efforts

On Thursday, November 19, a peace rally will be held in front of 95 Franklin Street (Old County Hall) – 1pm. According to organizers, the event is being held to recognize the atrocities that have been occurring abroad in war torn countries, and also in Paris, Beirut, etc.

Groups participating in the rally include the Interfaith Peace Network, PUSH Buffalo, National Federation for Just Communities, 21stCentury Park, WEDI (Westminster Economic Development Initiative), WNY Muslims and the WNY Peace Center.

The rally is intended to draw support and awareness for local refugee populations, the resettlement agencies, and ongoing resettlement efforts. The rally is also being held in response to:

  • Erie County Legislature’s expected vote this Thursday on a resolution calling for a public hearing on accepting additional refugees to our city and region
  • The local leaders who have come out to blatantly oppose further resettlement in Buffalo

The rally will also help to demonstrate the successful resettlement efforts that have been made in Buffalo over the years.

  • Our local refugee populations, which have successfully integrated into our communities since before 1980, assisted to stabilize neighborhoods, and provided diversity to a city that is rated as the 3rdmost segregated in the United States.
  • The resettlement agencies that help these families to become acclimated to a better lifestyle with ease and safety.
  • Peace and compassion, not just in the Middle East and throughout the world, but in our own community, the City of Good Neighbors, Buffalo, New York.

Supporters of the peace, locally and abroad, are invited to attend the rally. Supporters of Buffalo’s resettlement efforts are encouraged to attend. See Facebook for details.

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  • Jumpingbuffalo

    Someone should educate these lawmakers who are rushing to prevent any refugees from resettling in their states that they are playing into the hands of the various terrorist groups.  ISIS wants to create division.  They want the Syrians to have nowhere to go because it will not only create disenfrancisment and anger not only within the group of refugees but with Muslims elsewhere who see the West treating them like monsters – even though they’re innocent.
    It’s a dangerous cycle that needs to be stopped.

  • Jumpingbuffalo

    Someone should educate these lawmakers who are rushing to prevent any refugees from resettling in their states that they are playing into the hands of the various terrorist groups.  ISIS wants to create division.  They want the Syrians to have nowhere to go because it will not only create disenfrancisment and anger not only within the group of refugees but with Muslims elsewhere who see the West treating them like monsters – even though they’re innocent.
    It’s a dangerous cycle that needs to be stopped.

  • Cirris

    Jumpingbuffalo Sorry, I’m not buying the whole, “We need to be super nice to Muslim refugees or ISIS will win” routine. It kind of flies in the face of the whole “ISIS/Terrorists aren’t Muslims” social media campaign if the fact that the West doesn’t cater to Muslims means they’ll run off to join in with those same so-called “Non-Muslims” sects.
    As an Atheist who sees Atheists being repressed or worse in almost every Muslim majority country, i have very little tolerance to hold my tongue about such silly dogmatic and barbarically ritualistic religions.

  • Cirris

    Jumpingbuffalo Sorry, I’m not buying the whole, “We need to be super nice to Muslim refugees or ISIS will win” routine. It kind of flies in the face of the whole “ISIS/Terrorists aren’t Muslims” social media campaign if the fact that the West doesn’t cater to Muslims means they’ll run off to join in with those same so-called “Non-Muslims” sects.
    As an Atheist who sees Atheists being repressed or worse in almost every Muslim majority country, i have very little tolerance to hold my tongue about such silly dogmatic and barbarically ritualistic religions.

  • Jumpingbuffalo

    Cirris Jumpingbuffalo
    I’ve nor anyone of sound mind who is against stopping the influx of Syrian refugees said that western countries should cater to Muslims.  That’s usually the counter-argument by the right-wingers who try to reinforce islamophobia to ignorant people.  I’m simply saying that the overreaction and the turning away of refugees isn’t rational because these refugees are fleeing the exact group that they’re accused of being sleeper agents for.
    Let’s not forget that the men who caused 9/11 were foreign nationals who were on expired visas and not home grown or refugees.
    It’s fear mongering at it’s worse.

  • Jumpingbuffalo

    Cirris Jumpingbuffalo
    I’ve nor anyone of sound mind who is against stopping the influx of Syrian refugees said that western countries should cater to Muslims.  That’s usually the counter-argument by the right-wingers who try to reinforce islamophobia to ignorant people.  I’m simply saying that the overreaction and the turning away of refugees isn’t rational because these refugees are fleeing the exact group that they’re accused of being sleeper agents for.
    Let’s not forget that the men who caused 9/11 were foreign nationals who were on expired visas and not home grown or refugees.
    It’s fear mongering at it’s worse.

  • Rand503

    Jumpingbuffalo Cirris Apparently, all the terrorists killed in Paris were french nationals.  At best one may have come from the recent Syria refugee migration.  
    Yes, we should screen all applicants for refugee status for any indication that they are part of a terrorist or criminal network.  Those people should be deported right back home.  But the vast majority are just ordinary people fleeing a bad situation, and I am glad that the US can offer them a home.

  • Dan Dev

    Did we have essentially unrestricted immigration from Germany or Japan during WWII?

  • Buffaloganberry

    I’m glad to see that the comments section here doesn’t have to be turned off because of hate-filled rants, like on the articles at the News.

  • I have yet another new name

    Great, I hope they move in on the very same streets that these pro-refugee people live on.  I’m all for refugees who have turned out far more productive then the local population of 2 certain demographics.  I have respect for those that have to go through a minefield of red tape to getting here.

    HOWEVER, take a look at the pew polls of muslims.  What per cent support sharia law?  What per cent hate the jews and Israel? (You’ll never guess where “Mein Kumpt” is a best seller.  What per cent support prosecution of those that criticize islam?  What per cent are in favour of legal punishment for apostates?  For all you first world Leftist SJW’s, the women,  gays….
    I’ll tell you, the numbers are not that low.  
    And no “NOT ALL MUSLIMS”…
    I condemn ALL for their following a rapist, warlord, and believing in a non-existent, illogical, a-scientific diety.
    But do I at least get regressive brownie points for being an atheist.

  • I don’t see an issue with letting these stressed and war-torn folks come here. Utica is an excellent example of how refugees have helped turned the city around. The xenophobia and terrorism connections needs to come to a halt.

  • I don’t see an issue with letting these stressed and war-torn folks come here. Utica is an excellent example of how refugees have helped turned the city around. The xenophobia and terrorism connections needs to come to a halt.

  • I have yet another new name

    Dan Dev No.  And it’s not as if we are interning the middle easterners here either.

  • I have yet another new name

    Dan Dev No.  And it’s not as if we are interning the middle easterners here either.

  • as almost weekly mass shootings indicate, we have more to fear from young american men than we do from refugees.

  • I have yet another new name
    from one atheist to another, it is kind of weird for me to say ‘have faith,’ but i will.  their kids are americanizing pretty much on schedule: smartphones, western dress, mastery of english.  their grandkids will by & large abandon head scarves & burkas. american muslims will become as ‘disobedient’ as american catholics.

  • neverchange

    I’m sick and tired of people playing off of tragedy solely for political gains. They should be ashamed of themselves.

  • neverchange

    I’m sick and tired of people playing off of tragedy solely for political gains. They should be ashamed of themselves.

  • neverchange

    I have yet another new name It must be very tiring to be a racist.

  • neverchange

    I have yet another new name It must be very tiring to be a racist.

  • neverchange

    Dan Dev American immigrating policy prior to WWII was shameful and one of the great dark spots in American history.

  • neverchange

    Dan Dev American immigrating policy prior to WWII was shameful and one of the great dark spots in American history.

  • neverchange

    Jumpingbuffalo So true, when the west turns refugees away, it becomes an ISIS recruiting tool.

  • neverchange

    Cirris Jumpingbuffalo It’s not a religious thing. These people are not refugees because they are Muslims, They’re refugees because their lives are in danger. Don’t make it anything more than that.

  • OldFirstWard

    neverchange
    “I’m sick and tired of people playing off of tragedy solely for political gains. They should be ashamed of themselves.”
    Yeah, I agree.  The black lives matter, and the recent protests at US colleges including the recent one at Niagara University is right to your point.

  • OldFirstWard

    grad94
    Let’s see, your’e anti God, anti religion, anti Catholic, anti men, anti American men, but you fully support muslim refugees and foreigners more than the people of your own country.  But then again maybe you are really anti America.

  • OldFirstWard

    grad94
    Let’s see, your’e anti God, anti religion, anti Catholic, anti men, anti American men, but you fully support muslim refugees and foreigners more than the people of your own country.  But then again maybe you are really anti America.

  • OldFirstWard grad94
    aw, shucks, i was hoping you’d call me a yuppie communist gentrifier, too.

  • OldFirstWard grad94
    aw, shucks, i was hoping you’d call me a yuppie communist gentrifier, too.

  • I have yet another new name

    neverchange I have yet another new name Muslims are not a race, but a religion.  If you think they are a race, then you are racist for finding them SO different that they are another distinction of humanity.
    Also, not an argument…

  • neverchange

    I have yet another new name neverchange Your comment speaks for itself. Again, I wonder as to how tiring this must be for you.

  • neverchange

    OldFirstWard neverchange Of course I said “political gains”.

  • neverchange

    OldFirstWard grad94 Wow! Does it ever snow in this fantasy world you live in?

  • neverchange

    Cirris Jumpingbuffalo So what if some of the Syrian refugees are atheists?

  • LC1

    I have yet another new name
    “I’m all for refugees who have turned out far more productive then the local population of 2 certain demographics.”
    Which 2 demographic groups in our local population are not productive? I’m surprised that the leftist PC police let you slip by with that sentence? Is it the African Americans who think learning about dead white men and getting good grades in school and behaving properly is betraying black culture. Is it Hispanics? Southeast Asians?
    Its no secret that companies accept nearly everyone rather than hire African American because they don’t want to deal with an accusation of racism or prejudice or just attitude or hire the product of failed leftist public schools producing illiterate, lazy, disrespectful adults who have no problem falling back onto the govt.

  • LC1

    grad94
    You really are a leftist ideologue idiot. Arent you? The Swedes thought muslims would assimilate into Swedish culture and now Sweden is the rape capital of the world. Denmark refuses to admit more muslims because they are bankrupting the country…they are all on welfare.
    And its very interesting how you leftists refuse the persecuted Christians in the middle east where whole families, towns and cities have been murdered, raped, beheaded, gased, sold into slavery, forced to convert and yes killed. Yet you leftists wont let the Christians from the middle east into the US, Canada or Europe but you will let uneducated unassimilable muslims into our country because our Kenyan born Shiite muslim president wants it.
    I wonder if jews were as persecuted, if you leftists would be equally as dismissive? Just a thought.
    Guess I don’t have to say more than that. Knowing how many people have posted comments despising you warms my heart and saves me from the effort. I can just add myself to the list.

  • LC1
    hugs back at ya, christy/lou/paulsobo.

  • neverchange

    LC1 grad94 Must be very tiring.

  • OldFirstWard

    Rand503
    “Apparently, all the terrorists killed in Paris were french nationals.  At best one may have come from the recent Syria refugee migration.”
    Are we now rationalizing the statistics? Or are we more comfortable calling it justifiable homicide.

  • OldFirstWard

    grad94
    There is hope for you. 
    God loves preservation and preservationists.

  • OldFirstWard @LC1

  • Matt Marcinkiewicz

    Dan Dev Poor comparison.

  • OldFirstWard

    Here is a PEW research survey from 2014.  Notice our beloved Italy:

  • Cirris

    neverchange Cirris Jumpingbuffalo naive wishful thinking. I’d love for most of the refugees to be a healthy mix of various groups, at least diversify the influx of new permanent residents. But we all know it’s mostly Sunni, and they’re majority Muslim, While most of them may not be Wahhabi sects like ISIS, only a few liberal sects are compatible with western laws. it’s still will become a nightmare down the road.