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Buffalo, NY Connects the Dots

Posted by Erin Bechtol

by Tom Casey  // Part of the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions 

In Buffalo we assembled in the city center, Niagara Square, before Buffalo City Hall where we began with the Indigenous Prayer of Thanks and songs by the Woman Resistance Singers. This was followed by numerous speakers beginning with Heron Simmons-Peace speaking on Martin Luther King Jr’s connecting of the dots in his speech, Beyond Vietnam, Breaking the Silence and the evils of racism, extreme materialism, militarism and poverty.  Our last speaker was Sister Jean Klimczak, the sister of Sister Karen Klimczak, Buffalo’s Apostle  of Nonviolence, who was killed at the half-way house she ran for men getting out of prison.  Her talk focused on nonviolence, joy and resilience. In cleaning out Sister Karen’s room a letter was found addressed to her killer speaking of life’s joy’s and struggles and her love for her “guys” at Hope House where she  forgave him and prayed for his positive future. The Nonviolence Begins with Me and I leave PeacePrints signs around Buffalo originated with Sister Karen and her many helpers one of whom is in the photo next to Sister Jean speaking.

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