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ZOOM: WNYPC Annual Membership Meeting

May 2, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

We invite you all to gather virtually to review the past year, look forward to this upcoming critically important year, elect new board members, and more!

All are welcome, though only members can vote. If you’re unsure whether your membership is current, call 716-332-3904 or email [email protected].  You can re-up your membership on AND have the funds matched by donating to our GoFundMe Charity Match campaign.

To join us on Zoom, use Meeting ID 921 863 476 with password 077319. If you’re calling in, first dial 1-646-558-8656. (See additional details below.)


Review the WNYPC 2020 Annual Report!


Meet our amazing selection of 2020 WNYPC Board Candidates!

Oladipupo Daniel AJIROBA, Action Corps/Network rep, community worker. Originally from Nigeria. He has expertise in data entry and database management, community engagement and resource development, facilitation and public speaking, and program development and management. As a program coordinator his major responsibilities are to assist clients in identifying personal goals, developing leadership skills and planning career moves. His other experience as a Student Engagement Assistant and Community Resource Associate gave him major responsibilities of supporting various programs targeted at improving the impact of Student Engagement Department, providing information referrals to clients on various social and community services available in the region, and assisting clients with low income to apply for Ontario Electric Support Program. The experiences he has gone through have helped to shape the person he is today in well-rounded involvement.

Vision Statement: “Affect positive change in the lives of others and the community at large, and to utilize my knowledge of best practices in resource development and community engagement to support organizations to meet set goals and targets.”


Valentino Dixon, Artist and Activist: Valentino Dixon is the recipient of the Emerging Leaders’ Award from the WNY Peace Center. He is an artist, a community activist, a philosopher, and a person of tremendous kindness, integrity, hope, and love. He has a good mind, kind heart, great skills, and loving spirit. In 1990, Valentino was arrested for a fatal shooting based on an anonymous tip. Although someone else confessed to the news two days after Valentino’s arrest, the police did not pursue this confession and presented a case based on eyewitnesses anyway. Valentino received national attention from publications and adocumentary by Georgetown University undergraduates that clearly showed Valentino’s innocence. In 2018, Valentino was released after 27 years of wrongful incarceration. Valentino is working nationally and locally to change the criminal justice system through telling his own story, inspiring people, sharing his analyses, and bringing people and groups together.

Vision Statement: “To help expand membership, think outside the box with creative ways to reach people, raise funds for causes that will make the world a better place, and impact lives. Mobilize, unify, and educate the masses on these issues they are unaware of, and instruct them on how they can help.


Rosanna Granata, Chemical Engineer, researcher, activist, and artist.

Vision Statement: “I would like to express my continued interest in having the privilege of serving on the WNY Peace Center board. I am deeply impressed by the mission and efforts of the WNY Peace Center and would be excited to be an active part of bringing forth positive change in the Western New York area. The Peace Center seems to uphold a spirit of collaborative organization within the community that I very much admire. No man is an island. Collaboration and inclusivity is not only a pragmatic necessity but also an ethos that allows for new perspectives, paradigm challenges, and continual improvement and growth. Too often in the activist and non-profit world do groups or individuals seek to go forth alone. Rarely is this effective or sustainable. Of asset to the board will be my energy and strong organization and problem skills. My background is that of a Chemical Engineer, researcher, activist and artist. I am a gender-queer first-generation third-culture-kid born to illiterate (and socialist) farmers which made me acutely perceptive to social injustice, bias, and equity at an early age. I have continued my interest in immigration rights, education and literacy, urban planning, water/energy access, and the environment through advocacy, education and volunteer work. I look forward to the ability to focus my efforts within the good work done through the Peace Center.”


Cariol Horne, Former Police Officer, and Peace Activist: Cariol is a Buffalonian, a mother, a former police officer, and a community activist. After serving almost 20 years on the Buffalo Police Force, she was fired in 2008 after intervening when a fellow officer was choking a suspect, and refused to stop. She continues to serve the public now as a peace and justice activist. The pushback from the powers that be for Cariol’s activism has only made her even more determined to struggle for justice and accountability from our government and criminal justice system. Cariol has been active in the past with the Racial Justice Taskforce; the Cariol Horne Whistleblower Fund was created in response to her suggestion when asked what the group could do to help her. She is more worried about helping the community.  She goes to lots of rallies, protests, and gatherings of all kinds, working for accountability and justice for the community from the government and its systems. Speaking truth to power is what Cariol is all about.

Vision Statement: “I want to help to develop more justice between the community and the Police Department, as well as with the Criminal Justice System as a whole. The Police and the Criminal Justice System need to operate very differently if we’re going to have real peace in our community. I have a good grasp of the issues from different sides, and am happy to have a way to help make real progress on these issues.”


Kelly Ann Kowalski, NRC Food for All Director and Food Activist: I am an anti-hunger advocate and believe that food is a human right. I have been working at the Network of Religious Communities for 19 years. I wear several hats at NRC which include Food For All Director and NRC Food Pantry Coordinator. Before coming to NRC, I worked at Holy Cross Head Start for seven years and Baker Victory Services for three years. I am also gardener, Master Preserver and Reiki Master.

Vision Statement: “I would like to join the WNY Peace Center board because I believe in the power of peace and I believe that everyone should have a place at the table I believe we should all be heard and its ok , if everyone doesn’t agree with each other – what is important is that we listen and respect and we can agree to disagree.  Peace to me is finding common ground and respecting each other. I also believe that we have lot of work to do in the area of economic justice – believe we can work on this together to help make this world a more just and peaceful place.”


Franchelle Parker, Executive Director, Open Buffalo: Currently, Parker leads Open Buffalo, a community collaborative for racial, economic and ecological justice. Parker is a local and national trainer on community organizing and racial equality and serves as lead trainer for the organization’s leadership development program. Parker managed the union’s communication, political and community outreach efforts for over 10,000 union members in the WNY region. Locally, she has served as a board member for the WNY Area Labor Federation, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement and served as President for the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Buffalo Chapter. In 2011 she was awarded the NYS Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators Labor Award.

Vision  Statement: “I would be honored to serve the people of WNY as a board member of the WNY PEACE CENTER. I have also dedicated my entire professional life to fighting for peace, equity and justice for all. I would work in various positions but all the positions would align with my passion and vision of peace, love and joy for all mankind. Since beginning at Open Buffalo, I have greatly enjoyed and learned from Vicki Ross and hope that this opportunity would bring our organizations in even closer alignment. Whatever services I can offer to help create real and lasting peace in Buffalo, and aboard, I will be a humble servant.”



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Topic: Annual Membership Meeting
Time: May 2, 2020 01:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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May 2, 2020
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm