Archives for January 2012

Sunday, 29Jan12 – going deeper with U.N. Rights Declaration

miki sos smallAgnes Williams from Indigenous Women’s Initiatives has talked to us about the history of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN DRIP), and we know that we understand only a bit of it so far.  We have agreed to read sections of the UN Declaration aloud to each other this Sunday so that we might have a greater awareness of it.

As we work to encourage the U.S. finally to sign the Declaration (of the 4 countries which originally refused to sign, the US remains the only non-signatory), as well as to encourage others to become aware of the existence, importance, history and processes of the Declaration.

Please join us this Sunday, January 29th, for the UN DRIP discussion and, perhaps, some songs.  And, of course, potluck.  4-6 p.m., at the RS Environmental Chapel/Cottage, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island.

All welcome.

Cut, Poison, Burn

mlk poster

miki sos smallRoger Cook works on a poster for Martin Luter King festivities the next day at Occupy Buffalo. Read the full quotation here.

Cut, Poison, Burn is a controversial, eye opening, and sometimes heartbreaking documentary that puts the business of cancer treatment under the microscope.

Follow the frustrating journeys of critically ill cancer patients as they try to navigate the confusing and dangerous maze of treatment and encounter formidable obstacles in the “cancer industrial complex.” A compelling critique of the influence of medical monopolies, the power of pharmaceutical companies and government agencies, Cut, Poison, Burn is essential viewing for anyone and everyone touched by cancer.

“The Navarros’ story is a heartbreaking but important one, so I hope you will take the time to watch the film in its entirety, to understand what could happen to you, should you ever be placed in a similar circumstance.” -Dr. Joseph Mercola

Please join us this Sunday, January 22nd, from 4-6 p.m. at the RS Cottage/Environmental Chapel, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island for the film & discussion & potluck.

samar speaks

Last Sunday we enjoyed a presentation and DVD concerning Christian Zionism — With God on Our Side — from Samar Al-Alam. Samar is a Palestinian Christian from Bethlehem who is living in Buffalo.








Photos by Jon Rieley-Goddard, Co-Pastor

Support the Clean Air Coalition

erin heaneymiki sos smallErin Heaney, Clean Air Coalition director, spoke this past Sunday at the Cottage. The Coalition’s story is inspiring. They deserve your support.

Clean Air Coalition director will speak on Sunday

miki sos smallSunday, Jan. 8 –  Erin Heaney, Clean Air Coalition: Erin, director of CAC since 2009, has brokered good neighbor agreements between residents and industry and has worked closely with the town of Tonawanda, USEPA and NYSDEC to develop the E3 Tonawanda program. Erin serves on the Steering Committee ofthe Western New York Environmental Alliance and is the founding co-chair of the organization’s Environmental Justice Working Group. Erin has a BA degree inPolitical Science and Sociology with a concentration in democratic participation and public policy from Swarthmore College.

During July and August, we meet at 6 p.m. at the Cottage for a program and a potluck.

Directions from Buffalo:  I-190 N over S Grand Island bridge to Exit 19, Whitehaven Road.  Left/west on Whitehaven about 2.2 miles to West River Road. Right/north about 9/10 mile to 3449 West River Road, cabin in wooded area. Parking along road.

During snow season, please park only on the side nearer to the river.

Occupy Buffalo housing


tipi at occupy buffalo

miki sos smallMember Roger Cook’s tipi is resting quietly at the Occupy Buffalo site in downtown Buffalo.

Tipi on Occupy Buffalo site, Lafayette Square, downtown Buffalo, 07January12. (Photo by Jon Rieley-Goddard.)

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