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Assemblywoman Peoples Stands Up for Superintendent Williams

Assemblywoman Peoples Stands Up for Superintendent Williams

On May 11th, Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes called a 1:30 press conference in support of Superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools James A. Williams, in front of Johnnie B. Wiley Stadium on Buffalo's East Side.

Joined by present and past Buffalo Board of Education members, parents, community members and a few local polititions, including Councilman Demone Smith, who acts as education chairman for the Buffalo Common Council, Assemblywoman Stokes called up Dr. Williams accomplishments, while questioning those who would detract from them.

"Dr. Williams has been working tirelessly to garner results to improve the system," Peoples-Stokes stated. "[He] is proof that sometimes aggressive plans that are focused on putting children first can thrive under the right administration.  We must support him to ensure that it does happen; putting children first and foremost in the district's agenda."

ART Community Dialog: The Voices of Western New York Artists

ART Community Dialog:  The Voices of Western New York Artists

In keeping with the mission statement of community support, American Repertory Theater of Western New York has created a website and Facebook Page dedicated to opening up online forums to discuss issues facing WNY Artists. This new Website Public Forum page is entitled "The Voices of Western New York Artists."

These public forums are designed for all members of WNY Cultural Groups, media, individual artists and anyone with an opinion that faces Artists in Western New York.

Those visiting The Voices of WNY Artists website and the Facebook page are encouraged to post opinions, offer links to blogs & websites, announce upcoming shows and, most importantly, utilize their voices for the sole purposes of creating dialog and being heard.

Meeting Summary for April 19th, 2011

Meeting Summary for April 19th, 2011

Meeting Video at this link: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/14140052

Build Health Sciences Center at Erie Community College’s City Campus—The Council adopted a resolution sponsored by North District Council Member Joseph Golombek, Jr. and Ellicott District Council Member Darius G. Pridgen supporting the construction of the Erie Community College (“ECC”) Health Sciences Center for Excellence at the ECC City Campus. Erie County Executive Chris Collins has proposed building a $30 million Health Sciences Center for Excellence at ECC’s North Campus in Amherst, New York. This upgrade to ECC’s campus facilities will benefit all Erie County students and can be a vital improvement that helps rebrand the college and attract and retain top-notch talent.

Iara Lee: Cultures of Resistance Film Premiere

Iara Lee: Cultures of Resistance Film Premiere

 Iara Lee: Cultures of Resistance Film Premiere 

Does each gesture really make a difference? Can music and dance be weapons of peace? In 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, director Iara Lee embarked on a journey to better understand a world increasingly embroiled in conflict and, as she saw it, heading for self-destruction. After several years, travelling over five continents, Iara encountered growing numbers of people who committed their lives to promoting change. This is their story. CULTURES OF RESISTANCE explores how art and creativity can be ammunition in the battle for peace and justice.

Iara Lee, a Brazilian of Korean descent, is an activist, filmmaker, and founder of the Caipirinha Foundation, which supports projects to secure peace with justice.

Grisanti Votes to Restore Funding

Grisanti Votes to Restore Funding

Breaking Budget News as of 3/31/11, 10:50pm

According to a Statement from Senator Markl Grisanti, New York State 60th District

"Senator Grisanti has voted to restore education funding to the "4201" schools, Roswell cancer institution and the EPIC program.

Congressman Higgins Meets with U.S. Secretary of Transportation to Discuss Peace Bridge

Congressman Higgins Meets with U.S. Secretary of Transportation to Discuss Peace Bridge

On Wednesday, March 30 Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a member of the House Foreign Affairs and Homeland Security Committees, met with United States Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood to discuss the Peace Bridge project in Western New York. 

Congressman Higgins released the following statement detailing the meeting:

“Yesterday I had the opportunity to sit with Transportation Secretary LaHood and share with him directly how critically important the Peace Bridge is to integrating Western New York’s economy with booming Southern Ontario, relaying the essential link this project provides to jobs and growth at our educational, cultural, sports, airports, medical and retail destinations.   

“There is a new level of commitment from the federal government never before seen on the Peace Bridge project.  Secretary LaHood, his staff and the Administration are informed and engaged with a clear understanding of how important this project is for

Ben Gardane Ras El Jedire: Libya Needs Our Help

Ben Gardane Ras El Jedire: Libya Needs Our Help

 

by Susan Marie and Hind Houas

 

Ben Gardane is a town in southeast Tunisia, close to the Libyan border, Ras El Jedire.  In 2011, during The Libyan Uprising, two entities became government of Libya. Muammar Gaddafi controlling Tripoli and Western Libya and Mustafa Abdul Jalail in Benghazi, controlling Eastern Libya.  Libya is the fourth largest country in Africa and 17th largest in the world.  Libya is one of the world's 10 richest oil-producing countries.