Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Pray for Peace Day: Dec. 18





 On December 18, wherever you are in the world, take out just thirty seconds to Pray for Peace Between India and Pakistan.



"Peace between India and Pakistan has been stubbornly elusive and yet tantalizingly inevitable. This vast subcontinent senses the bounties a peace dividend can deliver to its people yet it recoils from claiming a share. 

The natural impulse would be to break out of the straitjacket of stated positions and embrace an ideal that promises sustained prosperity to the region, yet there is hesitation. 

There is a collective paralysis of the will, induced by the trauma of birth, amplified by false starts, mistrust, periodic outbreaks of violence, suspicion, misplaced jingoism and diplomatic doublespeak. 

Hypnotized by their own mantra, the two states are reluctant to move towards normalization until certain terms and certain promises are kept."  - Jang Group & Times of India  

Swati Sharan introduced the idea 
"Pray for Peace Day" through Aman ki Asha.

Aman ki Asha is a campaign for peace between India and Pakistan, between the Jang Group of Pakistan and The Times of India. 

'Aman ki Asha" means "hope for peace." Aman is an Urdu word meaning peace, Asha is a Hindi word meaning hope. 

The objective is to create a dialogue between governments and to encourage people to people contact to contribute to bring peace to Pakistan and India.

Five ideas to share and work on:

  • Make and display a sign in different languages saying "Pray for Peace Day!"
  • Tell ten people you know about this initiative, family, friends, neighbors, co-workers.
  • Create ways artistically to show your perception of how and where Indo-Pak relations are and need to be.
  • On Dec 18, or before, as part of awareness raising, include a yoga, pranayam, meditation.  
  • Talk to NGOS, teachers, parents and get children to do arts and crafts to show their support. They might like to do drawings, origami. Any kind of creative expression is welcome.





Those who are not participating through an organized group are encouraged to join. 

Everyone is welcome. 




Some expressions of support for this initiative include:



Send feedback to the Aman ki Asha.


Monday, December 12, 2011

Read to Succeed Buffalo: Free Book Delivery [Birth -5 in 14215 zip]




A love of reading begins at home. Reading aloud to a young child is a critical building block in their development, enhancing their vocabulary and building the skills. Access to books at home can be a luxury to families who strugge during tough economic times. 

Through a donation from The Rotary Club of Buffalo, 501c(3) charitable trust, Read to Succeed Buffalo and the Literacy Coalition launched a new program, "Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library", to provide a new, age appropriate book every month to every child under the age of five in Buffalo’s 14215 zip code, Buffalo's East Side, the RTSB Literacy Zone. 

Any child from birth through age five who resides in the zip code is eligible to register and participate in the program.

In Syracuse, New York, where the program has been in operation for 18 months, nearly 70 percent of families are reporting that they are reading at least three times per week with their child and 21 percent report that they are reading once or twice per week.

Ed Meyer, Buffalo Rotary Foundation President added, “Sometimes the simplest act can have a profound impact, such as igniting the imagination of a child through a brand new book."  

To register a child, 716-843-8895, visit the website http://www.ReadtoSucceedBuffalo.org

To register a child, contact Literacy Coalition Members: 
  • 211 WNY
  • AIDS Family Services
  • American Red Cross
  • Barbara's Babies Day Care
  • Bethel Head Start
  • Boy & Girls Clubs of Buffalo
  • BPS #39-MLK School
  • Budding Roses
  • Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
  • Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network Inc
  • Buffalo Promise Neighborhood
  • Buffalo Public Schools
  • Buffalo Urban League

  • CAO of Erie County Inc
  • Head Start/Early Head Start
  • Cleveland Hill Elementary
  • Colorful World Day Care
  • Community School #53-PTA
  • Cyn's Heavenly Angels Quality Child Care

  • Delavan Grider Community Center
  • Dr. George Blackman School of Excellence #54
  • Early Childhood Direction Center
    Education Opportunity Center
  • EPIC/BVS: Ready, Set, Parent Program
  • Evangelistic Temple Community Church
    F.A.T.H.E.R.S.
  • Families in Transition Parenting (EPIC)
  • Gerard Place Transitional
  • God's Ministry of Deliverance Church
  • Grandma's Child Care #1 and #2
  • Growing in Grace Child Care

  • Home Away from Home Child Care
  • Independent Health
  • Just for Teens (EPIC)
  • Kid's Time GFDC
  • King Urban Life Center
  • Martha Mitchell Community Center
  • Masten District Common Council Member Demone Smith
  • Matt Urban Hope Center
  • Miracles Day Care
  • Mt. Olivie Baptist Church
  • My Precious Angels

  • Scott's Garden Child Care
  • Something Special
  • St. John Christian Academy
    The Adult Education
  • The New Testament Revival Cathedral
  • True Bethel Baptist Church
  • United Way of Buffalo & Erie County
  • WNED



Deborah Porter
Community Outreach
Read to Succeed Buffalo, Inc.
392 Pearl St.
Buffalo, New York 14202
(716) 843-8895 (OF)
(716) 843-8899 (F)
(716) 308-2582 (C)
PorterD@rtsb.org
www.readtosucceedbuffalo.org

Press Contact:

Anne Ryan
716-777-2083
ryana@rtsb.org


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

FoodBank WNY: Rock in the Holidays: Babeville: Dec 14


"Rock in the Holidays" with tunes4food on Wed, Dec. 14, 7pm, featuring Grace Stumberg, Pete Mroz and Free Henry, at the Ninth Ward in Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave, to benefit the Food Bank of Western New York.

 
In collaboration with Music is Art, WAM Buffalo, and The Good Neighborhood, tunes4food will provide 10 meals to families with the purchase of every $8 ticket to the show.

Grace states: “I believe in using music in a bigger way then just getting up there performing and getting off the stage. 

I feel music should be used for social causes, to bring people together and provide all an opportunity to give back to the community." 




Friday, November 18, 2011

Free Henry! Set to Release "Ethereal Gust" Nov. 25







Ethereal Gust, the highly anticipated follow-up album to Free Henry!’s Summers On Neptune, brings the band back to their roots, performing their CD Release Show at Mr. Goodbar, 1110 Elmwood Ave. on Friday, November 25, 2011 at 10:30PM.


“We are very excited to stamp Mister Goodbar as our CD release venue. It has clearly been the hub of our success in Buffalo! The release of our best work ever, the dominating 2 year studio project that is…Ethereal Gust” said front man Bob Buckley.


The album title, Ethereal Gust, describes the poetic imagination that went into creating this 10 track collection that developed over the past few years. “Ethereal Gust, is unlike our first studio album.


“We’re always trying to go in new directions”, explained bass guitarist Derek Presti. “We said going into this project that our focus would be to create a piece that showcases each band member’s depth and uniqueness.”


The band shifted gears challenging themselves to reach for new heights as writers, musicians and performers. The album was recorded at GCR Audio, collaborating with audio engineer Jay Zubricky. The featured single, ‘Ocean Growth’, opens with a riveting and mesmerizing rhythmic pulsation and takes the listener into a hypnotic flow capturing the bands vibrant spirit which is signature to this distinctive quartet’s sound.


The albums funk song, ‘Layin' It Down’ features one of Buffalo’s finest and most sought after musicians, DJ Cutler. Cutler provides a foundation of percussive elements that fit hand in glove with Free Henry!'s live funk flavor. His unique sampling brings magic to the entire track, while hinting to the political and social issues that afflict our day-to-day present lives.


“This was a first-ever collaboration for us. Cutler's depth paired with Free Henry!'s crafty songwriting makes for a powerful track", said guitarist Alex Foote.


Free Henry! is Bob Buckley (vocals/guitar), Alex Foote (vocals/guitar), Derek Presti (bass guitar) and Pat Mannella (drums). Gigging regularly on the Buffalo circuit, the band has shared the stage with Soulive, Rusted Root, Foreigner, Barenaked Ladies, 54-40, Blues Traveler and The Guess Who at various music festivals and venues throughout the Northeast.

This year they won Niagara Falls USA Hard Rock CafĂ©’s Battle of the Bands and headlined Artpark’s stage kicking off the 2011 summer concert series.


Visit the WEBSITE and YOU TUBE for a complete viewing of Promotion relating to the album.




Additional information, interviews, contact:







Monday, October 31, 2011

MIC 2011: Two Day Music Conference Nov 11-12




GREAT THINGS ON TAP FOR MIC 2011
MIC is an annual, two-day networking event bringing together cutting-edge artists, groundbreaking bands, professional musicians and original music of all genres alongside today’s leading music industry leaders.  

Speakers:

Matt Ramone: Son of famed music producer Phil Ramone, Matt is heading up the newly formed Phil Ramone Music Management company. 

Harvey Leeds:  After a long career with Epic Records, Sony Music and Live Nation, Harvey an Syracuse University Alum is still active in the Music Industry signing new talent.    
Moses Avalon:  Author, one of the top music business experts in the country.

Avalon’s top selling music industry references, "Million Dollar Mistakes" and "Confessions of a Record Producer" continue to be required reading in over 50 music business courses around the world including the music business programs at UCLA, Loyola, and NYU. 

Martin Atkins:  the definition of entrepreneurial activity in cultural arts. Three decades in the music business spans across genres, borders and industries.  

Experience in nearly every aspect of record production and promotion has given Martin a unique perspective not only on where the music industry is currently, but where it is going in the future. 

Peter Spellman:   author of "The Musician's Internet: Online Strategies for Success in the Music Industry" and "The Self-Promoting Musician: Strategies for Independent Music Success" are used by music entrepreneurs in over twenty countries. Peter is Director of Career Development at Berklee College of Music, Boston.

In addition to these career changing speakers, panels will be offered with entertainment attorneys, producers, venue managers, club owners and media.  

MIC is a launching ground for intellectual and creative networking to nurture career growth and contribute to building professional relationships.  

By day, fuse with managers, labels, promoters, press, internet media outlets, fellow artists and other top music industry professionals. Build business interest and relationships at the MIC Trade Show.

Educate and explore at MIC panel discussions, presenting a forum for topics that will assist you in learning about aspects of the music industry including: publishing, record deals, booking, licensing your music for TV and film, new technologies, social networking, radio airplay, marketing and promotion.

Who:  Anyone interested in learning more about the music industry.   

Area High School students interested in a career in the Music Industry are invited to attend for free. Have your High School contact Debbie Foley 315-247-1718.

WhenOnCenter Convention Center (800 S. State Street), November 11 and 12.  Live performances scheduled throughout downtown Syracuse all weekend. Final band schedule TBA.    

 
Selected artists will receive badges/wristbands to attend MIC on sale now at MIC Website



More info: 
Liz Nowak
lnowak@micnys.com 
Ph: 315-727-5693



Conveniently located in the heart of New York state, Syracuse is the region's major metropolitan center at the crossroads of Interstate 81 and the New York State Thruway. 

The Convention Center in the Oncenter Complex will play host to scores of MIC attendees, as well as multiple stages where you may catch the excitement of the best live music from artists around the United States and Canada.




Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Invitation to Dhurna for Missing Persons: Nov. 1, 2011



Dear Sir / Madam:

You are cordially invited to a sit-in protest [Dhurna] for the release of Missing Persons of Pakistan, people and families who exist in devastation and torture. Kindly play your role to restore Justice and Rule of Law and to stop illegal abductions still going on in the name of the "War on Terror."





Stand for justice!

Venue: D "Chowk" Parade Ground, Islamabad
Date: 1st of November 2011, Tuesday
Time: 11.00 am


For Details:

K.Asif: Media Coordinator DHRPK: 0331-5135242
Almas Raja: SMS coordinator DHRPK: 0344-5523414
Ijaz Qureshi: Office DHRPK: 051-55116834

    Amina Masood Janjua
    Chairperson, Defence of Human Rights
    Office:  +92-515112093      
    DHR :40-C/1 Nagi Road Westridge-1
    Rawalpindi, Pakistan

    WEBSITE

    Press: 


    "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" 
    - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr 
    in a letter from Birmingham Jail, 1963. 



    Sincerely,

    Amina Masood Janjua, [DHRPK]
    Members of DHRPK
    Families of Missing Persons





    Monday, October 24, 2011

    On this day, Oct 24, 1929: Black Thursday








    On this day in 1929, the U.S. Stock Market crashed. The day became known as "Black Thursday." Around 13 million stocks were sold off in one day. By the next Tuesday, the market had lost almost 26 billion dollars of value. Banks failed, individual investors lost their savings, and the Great Depression began in America.
     

    Thursday, October 13, 2011

    Support The Breast Cancer Network of WNY: Oct 16



    Support The Breast Cancer Network of WNY: Oct 16
    Lifetime Memories Photography and Serenity Salon, Spa 'n more present: PINCS [Proponents In Networking for Cancer Survivors] a network of local business women that assist breast cancer survivors and families in finding various avenues of help and support in Western New York.

    Founded by Christine Wallace [Lifetime Memories Photography] and Jennifer Mutton [Serenity Salon, Spa 'n more], PINCS is holding this event at Monsignor Nash Knights of Columbus [261 South Legion Drive, South Buffalo]  October 16, 2011 at 1pm.

    This fundraiser includes a fashion show, "En Vogue for the V", as well as a wellness expo.

    Local designers DMattliano, Hamburg Boutique and Monroe's Place
    , a Hamburg-based Boutique, will be present along with breast cancer survivors educating the public on their experience. 
     
    Tickets are $20, include light refreshments, door prizes, and entertainment, There will be basket raffles, 50/50 and a chance to win a queen size mattress and box spring donated by City Mattress. 
    All proceeds benefit The Breast Cancer Network of Western New York



    Tickets are available at Serenity Salon, Spa 'n more [1100 Southwestern Blvd, West Seneca], Monroe's Place [182 Lake St, Hamburg] and online: www.pincs.org.  



    Info regarding support, vendor, endorsement, or joining PINCS can be found by contacting: 

    Christine Wallace: 716-848-9328 
    Jennifer Mutton: 716- 863-7450 
    WEBSITE.  


    To donate to breast cancer wellness through PayPal:



    Support the circle of life. Help create a lifetime of memories.




    # # #


    716-848-9328

    PINCS.ORG
    [Proponents in Networking For Cancer Survivors]






    Saturday, October 8, 2011

    Occupy Buffalo [Oct 1 - Oct 8]



    "We hold these truths to be self-evident,
    that all men are created equal." 
    • On September 17th, men and women of all races, backgrounds, political and religious beliefs, began to organize in nonviolent protest. These men and women represent the 99% with the goal of ending the greed and corruption of the wealthiest 1% of America.  


    Occupy Buffalo



    IRC SERVER: irc.indymedia.org  
    channels: #occupybuffalo  #occupywallstreet
    [download MIRC: http://www.mirc.com]



    TOGETHER is a hub for all of the events springing up across the country in solidarity with Occupy Wall St  




    • Occupy Wall Street is a leaderless resistance movement which began as a call to action from Adbusters, a Canadian-based anti-consumerist organization.


    • The original projections for the protest were to be between 20,000–90,000 participants. However, when only a little over a thousand protestors showed up the first day, it was labeled a bust. 




    • In the days to follow, more and more people have joined the protestors as they spend day and night in Liberty Square. 


    “The beauty of this new formula, and what makes this novel tactic exciting, is its pragmatic simplicity: we talk to each other in various physical gatherings and virtual people’s assemblies, we zero in on what our one demand will be, a demand that awakens the imagination and, if achieved, would propel us toward the radical democracy of the future, and then we go out and seize a square of singular symbolic significance and put our asses on the line to make it happen.” - as stated by Occupy Wall Street


    "We will only grow stronger in our solidarity
    and we will be heard, not just in New York, 

    but in echoes across this nation." 


    - OccupyTogether.Org







    "In every facet of this movement, we are only beginning."

    -OccupyTogether.Org 

    Friday, September 30, 2011

    Occupy Buffalo




    "We hold these truths to be self-evident,
    that all men are created equal." 
    • On September 17th, men and women of all races, backgrounds, political and religious beliefs, began to organize in nonviolent protest. These men and women represent the 99% with the goal of ending the greed and corruption of the wealthiest 1% of America.  


    Occupy Buffalo


    IRC SERVER: irc.indymedia.org  
    channels: #occupybuffalo  #occupywallstreet
    [download MIRC: http://www.mirc.com]



    TOGETHER is a hub for all of the events springing up across the country in solidarity with Occupy Wall St  




    • Occupy Wall Street is a leaderless resistance movement which began as a call to action from Adbusters, a Canadian-based anti-consumerist organization.


    • The original projections for the protest were to be between 20,000–90,000 participants. However, when only a little over a thousand protestors showed up the first day, it was labeled a bust. 




    • In the days to follow, more and more people have joined the protestors as they spend day and night in Liberty Square. 


    “The beauty of this new formula, and what makes this novel tactic exciting, is its pragmatic simplicity: we talk to each other in various physical gatherings and virtual people’s assemblies, we zero in on what our one demand will be, a demand that awakens the imagination and, if achieved, would propel us toward the radical democracy of the future, and then we go out and seize a square of singular symbolic significance and put our asses on the line to make it happen.” - as stated by Occupy Wall Street


    "We will only grow stronger in our solidarity
    and we will be heard, not just in New York, 

    but in echoes across this nation." 


    - OccupyTogether.Org







    "In every facet of this movement, we are only beginning."

    -OccupyTogether.Org