Wednesday, March 27, 2013

NYS Senators, NYS Assembly: Restore the Cut to Western New York Disabled Services [OPWDD]

Senator David Carlucci and this petition below are linked HERE, with over 15,000 signatures. Thank you to all supporters, unfortunately this was voted against.

Action Needed Before March 31st !

Please sign, share and hit the "email contacts' link on the petition


52 million dollars is being considered by NYS Senate & Assembly to be spent on Ralph Wilson Stadium [sports] and Television while cutting essential disabled educational services in Western New York like Starlight Studio. The Learning Disabilities Association of Western New York has already taken massive cuts, please share, sign and make a difference in the lives of people that need disabled services.

There is an effort being coordinated by groups representing voluntary agencies serving the developmentally disabled regarding the 4.5% cut. This effort amounts to calling Majority party members in both houses to urge them to vote against the 4.5% OPWDD voluntary cut in the budget proposed by their leaders. To do this, we want them to speak on behalf and vote for a "hostile amendment" which the Minority Parties in both houses will propose.

Again, we need as many Majority Party members as possible to make a big issue of this on the floor of both houses for the leaders, the Governor and the press to see. Minority Party members are expected to vote for the amendment. The aim of this amendment is to generate pressure through the many rank and file members who were genuinely supportive of full restoration.

The issue: Albany, N.Y. (WKBW) - Senators spend most of the night on Tuesday into Wednesday making tough decisions on the state budget. The big issue was the $90 million cuts to the disabled.

Taking away funds would cut services for thousand of people across Western New York. One program that will be affected is at the Starlight Studio. It is an art program for the disabled that allows them to use their talent to communicate. For many people, art is the only way of expressing their feelings. Experts said cutting these programs could lead to major frustration and anxiety for the disabled.

"We all care about the developmentally disabled and we want to improve the quality of life for them and their families. We did our best to minimize their pain. We minimized the cuts from six to four in a half," Senator Kathleen Marchione said.

Another concern for those against the cuts is that there are millions of dollars going toward entertainment, yet taking away from the disabled. In the budget, about $52 million will go toward the renovations of Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park. There will also be about $5 million going to move "The Tonight Show" from its home in Los Angeles to New York City. Many people feel the state is putting entertainment before the disabled and other important programs.

The budget will head to the State Assembly where it will be debated. It is expected to pass before the March 31st deadline.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

Free Event April 6th and 7th 

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013

    Make Yourself Better : A Book Review

    Written by Philip Weeks, published by Singing Dragon, "Make Yourself Better : A Practical Guide to Restoring Your Body's Wellbeing through Ancient Medicine" covers various disorders a human being can experience ranging from spiritual, mental, emotional and physical. Philip manages to cover extensive medical background regarding the human body, how each system operates and how a dysfunction in each system and organ affects our bodies and minds. Philip provides an extensive holistic guide in order to improve each system, if a disorder arises, as well as simply staying healthy. 

    The most important aspect of this reference guide are the chapters on stress, the kidneys and adrenal glands. Stress is, generally, the root of all dysfunction. Philip includes precise, yet simple to purchase and accomplish, holistic ways to cleanse the body of built up toxins for every organ and body system.

    As an expert on natural medicine, nutrition, a Master Herbalist and acupuncturist, Philip does state that if one is to detoxify the body, to make sure it is healthy to do so and observed by a medical doctor first. Such precautions are essential, as all of our bodies function differently.

    Guided by Eastern Medicine and applying Western Medicine, the author provides a full account of how and why the body acts the way it does, as well as realistic solutions to rid the body of already present toxins and to avoid and dispel potential illness.

    This volume is a must read for those who have no understanding of Eastern Medicine, holistic practice and the ways in which our bodies and minds function. Medically, the book is extensive in explaining, yet in simple terms, every single system and organ. 

    A pleasant and shocking surprise, one will enjoy learning how "everyday" things adversely affect us, often without our knowledge. 

    More importantly, after understanding your body, checking with your physician and understanding the content Philip provides, "Make Yourself Better" includes various ways to help yourself

    Visit Philip's Website :  Make Yourself Better

    Saturday, March 9, 2013

    For Lahore, Badami Bagh, and Joseph Colony

    For Lahore, Badami Bagh, and Joseph Colony : 

    "Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace" by All Angels 
    on audio, not video, just click link, no download:  

    God Bless and Peace.

    Friday, March 8, 2013

    I Am Kashmir

    I Am Kashmir 

    Dedicated to Shaheed Tahir from Baramulla


    ya hear that?

    another round
    locked, and loaded

    where boys,
    are forced to be

    and women
    are raped

    and children,

    until a bullet hits the skin
    piercing within
    the gentle flesh that God made

    My skin is worn
    my heart,
    and my mind,
    must constantly evade
    the darkness

    Yet I am light
    and my spirit

    it IS strong

    it flies with the midnight moon
    chasing stars
    faster than the speed of light
    stronger than the wind
    more powerful than the sun herself

    celestial majestic divinity . . .


    I am


    © Susan Marie 2013

    * CNN yanked this off of my professional media profile today. This young man, Shaheed Tahir died in Indian occupied Kashmir this week.

    Saturday, March 2, 2013

    Quietly, dying

    "The world is a prison for the believer .  .  . " - pbuh

    There are times
    i awake
    and the day
    she greets me

    In all her wondrous glory

    And i am grateful
    for solitary breath
    for limbs
    that work perfectly
    for the sun
    when she shines
    rain as it falls
    and for birds, 

    endlessly trilling
    outside my window

    And there are times
    when i simply wish
    to close my eyes
    to sleep eternal

    A most peaceful rest,
    one of absolute divinity
    where i need not think,
    eat, nor breathe

    An existence
    where i am truly one
    with all of creation

    Where I am more than energy
    more than the speed of light
    stronger than the sun
    and the stars

    as they shine their weary smiles
    upon me now.


    I wish to be the Great Frontier
    its grasslands plenty
    horses, wild, free
    trees, untouched by man

    My spirit,
    the heartbeat
    of wild buffalo

    This place exists
    in my heart
    and I am
    a sentient being




    © Susan Marie 2013 

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

    Meet & Greet Sergio Rodriguez Candidate for Mayor of Buffalo

    Meet & Greet Sergio Rodriguez Candidate for Mayor of Buffalo
    Saturday, February 23, 2013
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    Thursday, February 21, 2013

    Birth of a Poem

    First Published: 

    We Speak News [India] 

    The News Tribe [Pakistan]

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

    1 Billion Rising

    One billion women and those who love them are invited to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to violence. ONE BILLION RISING will move the earth, activating women and men across every country. 

    Show the world our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders.

    What does ONE BILLION look like? 

    On February 14, 2013, it will look like a REVOLUTION.

    • A global strike
    • An invitation to dance
    • A call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture ends
    • An act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers
    • A refusal to accept violence against women and girls as a given
    • A new time and a new way of being
    --> Watch a rising on LiveStream
    --> Check out the Media Toolkit
    --> FAQ's about ONE BILLION RISING
    --> Start/Join/Add event to Global Map


    Buffalo, New York:

    Join this sacred and empowering event on Elmwood with Buffalo's finest in front of Globe Market at 5pm today, February 14, 2013. 


    Document your event by photo, video, social media. 

    Twitter: use hashtag -->  #1BillionRising
    V-Day on Twitter --> HERE

    For more information --> 1 Billion Rising, Buffalo, NY

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    by Lalita Raman

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    How will YOU Rise? 


    © ONE BILLION RISING Information Copyright 1 Billion Rising. All rights reserved. 2013

    Video produced by Eve Ensler and V-Day, directed by Tony Stroebel, written and produced by Tena Clark with music by Tena Clark and Tim Heintz, and featuring dancer and choreographer Debbie Allen.

    Friday, February 1, 2013

    "Missing our American Reality" by MC Vendetta

    "We're trying to live the American Dream, while we are missing our American Reality." 
    - MC Vendetta

    In response to the question, "How did Americans get so stupid?" - MC answered: 

    "Americans became so stupid because we continuously cut funding for public schools and teacher salaries while upping standardized testing which doesn't effectively teach kids ANYTHING, evaluating teachers on their teaching abilities with the scores that absent students, disabled students and students who don't speak the language get on the tests, cut funding for family planning and sexual education so more and more people who are not prepared or educated enough to have and raise children properly are having and raising children improperly, and then simultaneously distancing people from their food supplies so that people have no idea what they are eating or where it comes from.
    When you don't even bother to think about your food it makes it easier to sit on your couch instead of getting out and interacting with society...which is the main reason that it is so easy for "the government" to control us. 
    They have used targeted advertising to convince us that we need to move away from black people and immigrants and "those who aren't real Americans" to a gigantic house in the suburbs with a chemically treated perfect lawn (never mind that those chemicals are leeching into our water supply, poisoning us and giving us, our kids and even our fucking dogs cancer and birth defects), where you have to have a perfect body and an expensive car in order to consider what you're living to be a "successful" life....convincing anyone who can't afford any of those things that they are unworthy, unattractive, unsuccessful and therefore...a loser...
    So people get depressed, they eat shitty food and sit on their couches and dream of things they don't even really need while totally missing the things that they already DO heat and hot water. Ungrateful or even just completely unaware of all the blessings they have of simply being alive on this amazingly beautiful and miraculous planet called Earth. 
    We've simultaneously bred ourselves to become spoiled and ignorant and impatient all at the same time and it's getting more and more evident every single day."
    "We're trying to live the American Dream, while we are missing our American Reality." 
    - MC Vendetta