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Escalate Peace event promotes discussion of Myanmar Crisis and Refugee Populations

It’s easy to see that the cultural face of Buffalo has changed since the arrival of numerous refugee populations. This city has welcomed refugees with open arms, and in exchange, we have more diverse communities. While we can plainly see that the refugees are making their marks on various neighborhoods, how much do we really know about them? We know that many of them come from war torn countries, but do we know who the warring factions are? Do we know what types of conditions these people faced? Do we know exactly how they came to Buffalo, and what it was like transitioning to a new home across the world?

This event will open up an important discussion to the conflict currently happening, a peaceful response, and the struggles facing the Burmese refugee population in Buffalo.

On Wednesday October 2, you are invited to learn about the crisis in Myanmar and and the Rohingya and Burmese refugee populations. First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo will be hosting a panel of experts including Rev. Thang Van Lian, International Peacemaker, who will give us some insights into the conflict that is still underway, which has led to the arrival of the largest population of refugees in Buffalo. The discussion will also open our eyes to how these communities are adjusting, their needs and wants, and how we can come to understand our new neighbors better than we do now. 

The event will be followed by a floating water lantern celebration at Kleinhans Music Hall!

Escalate Peace Event promotes discussion of Myanmar Crisis and  Refugee populations

Hosted by Escalate Peace WNY

Wednesday October 2, 2019

First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo | 1 Symphony Cir, Buffalo, NY 14201

5:00pm-6:00pm: Resource and Cultural Fair
6:00pm-7:00pm: Panel discussion on peace surrounding the crisis in Myanmar
7:00pm: Water Lantern Celebration at Kleinhans Music Hall

Please RSVP at this Link:

Lead image: Photo by Perry Grone 

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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