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.