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Program on Human Trafficking: Speaker from the International Institute of Buffalo

Program on Human Trafficking: Speaker from the International Institute of Buffalo

Join us in a fascinating program as Elizabeth McIntyre of the International Institute of Buffalo speaks about the practice of human trafficking locally. In addition, Historical Society Director of Collections Walter Mayer will present an artifact and story from the 1870s. The program takes place on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

According to the International Institute of Buffalo, even today, in the twenty-first century, and even here, in Western New York, there are slaves. Every day and everywhere there are people who have been tricked or forced to leave their homes and then find themselves in jobs where they are paid little or nothing, held captive, unable to be self-sufficient, abused and exploited. These people are modern-day slaves. They are victims of human trafficking, the exploitation of people for others’ financial profit. They escape or are rescued often with nothing but the clothes on their back.

Justice for All?

Justice for All?

Earlier this month Jim Norman, a republican senator of Tampa, introduced a bill that would make it a first degree felony to photograph or video record any happenings on a factory farm. Why? Because the public should not know the truth about where what they eat comes from, and photo's and video's are undeniable proof of wrong doing. Where your "food" comes from should never be a secret, yet in Florida, if you seek the truth and snap a picture or video, you could be a criminal. To read more of that story, click here.

Increased Penalty for Cell Phone Use While Driving

Increased Penalty for Cell Phone Use While Driving

AMHERST, N.Y. - Deputy Supervisor Guy Marlette issued a notice today to Amherst residents that beginning February 16, 2011, if you are issued a summons for cell phone use while driving, it is no longer just a fine.  A new law, passed in December 2010, now carries an addition of two points on your New York State license if you are convicted of cell phone use while driving in NYS.  Cell phone violations have serious public safety consequences for all drivers.

“Distracted driving results in thousands of accidents a year, some of them fatal, states Marlette who is the liaison to Amherst Traffic Safety Board.  A hands free device is the only legal way to use your cell phone behind the wheel.  I encourage any Amherst resident to make sure they have the proper equipment if they intend to use their cell phone while driving”, the Deputy Supervisor concluded.

Attempted Purse Snatching on UB North Campus

AMHERST, N.Y. -- UB officials Wednesday night issued an emergency alert about an attempted purse-snatching in Jacobs "A" parking lot on the university's Amherst campus. 

According to the statement, at about 8:30 p.m. a student walking from the Capen Hall library to her car was accosted by two white males in dark clothing wearing dark colored sweatshirts: "They pushed the victim to the ground, striking her and attempted to get her bag. When she resisted they fled northeast."

One sweatshirt was described as a "North Face Fleece Sweater," the statement says. A more thorough description is posted on the UB Police Emergency Alert website.

In a subsequent update, UB Police said they believed that the thieves had fled the campus. They're asking anyone with information that may be helpful to the investigation to call 645-2222.

De-Mobilizing Gang Members

Claude AnShin Thomas will visit the Buffalo area next month. Here's another email from his trip to Columbia where he visited young people trying to get out of the 7,000 member gang named Combus.


Fri, October 1, 2010 11:04:50 PM

(Communa 13)


Drugs, Gangs & Violence

Claude AnShin Thomas practices "engaged" Buddhism. He and his associate, Weibke KenShin Andersen, are invited to visit areas where violence is prevalent so they can offer a peaceful alternative--mindful meditation. Last month he was in Columbia, South America. I asked AnShin if I could share his messages with you and he said OK.

Sun, September 26, 2010 10:33:50 PM

Dear Fred,