Democracy Now! Anchor Keynotes Peace Center’s Banquet
By: Victoria Ross
WNY Peace Center
The Western New York Peace Center is celebrating its 50th anniversary with Amy Goodman, author, investigative journalist, and executive producer of Democracy Now! as keynote speaker at their annual fundraising dinner November 3. It starts at 5 PM and goes till 9:30 PM at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.
Amy Goodman is a prominent and respected American Broadcast journalist, a syndicated columnist, investigative reporter and an author of six books including the New York Times bestseller, “Standing up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times.” In addition to co-authoring six New York Times best-sellers. Amy is the executive producer and host of the popular, daily, independent radio, internet and television news program, Democracy Now! Their slogan reads, “Covering the Movements Changing America.” It is broadcasted on 1,438 stations around the world.
Ms. Goodman’s investigative career includes coverage of Standing Rock/DAPL, the East Timor independence movement, and Chevron’s Corporation role in Nigeria. Amy has received many awards for her hard work in her journalism career and for promoting peace around the globe; some of her awards are the Right Livelihood Award Izzy Award, Gandhi Peace Award, and The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University honored Goodman with the 2014 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence Lifetime Achievement.
After many were deeply moved by Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech in April, 1967 on Beyond Vietnam at New York’s Riverside Church, the WNY Peace Center was founded shortly after by local activists as a chapter of Clergy and Laity Concerned.
WNY Peace Center members initially devoted their efforts to ending the Vietnam War. Over the past 50 years, their work has expanded to address a range of problems and concerns, both locally and globally. After the Syracuse Peace Council, WNY Peace Center is the second oldest local, autonomous, grassroots peace and social justice organization in the United States. In working for peace through justice at home and abroad, they have been deeply engaged with nonviolent direct action, including civil resistance; especially at Hancock Air Base with UpstateDroneAction.org.
As a force for progressive change challenging the power structure, the Peace Center serves as an incubator for new ideas, promotes activism, and collaborates. They frequently illuminate how issues are interrelated and interconnected, especially on their weekly two-hour radio show, “Talking Peace w/the WNYPC” on WBNY 91.3FM.
Tickets and more information are available at wnypeace.org only a limited number of tickets are still available.