L.A.S.C. wny

L.A.S.C. wny Latin America Solidarity Committee of Western New York.
LASC (the Latin American Solidarity Committee) began in Western New York in the 1980s as part of the Pledge of Resistance, with members committed to non-violent civil disobedience if the United States invaded Nicaragua. Members had a shared concern about human rights abuses in Central America and our government's support of repressive regimes. When that conflict cooled down, the organization broadened its scope to include activites in solidarity with peace and social justice movements all over Latin America. It also joined the Western New York Peace Center and became a task group of that organization.

LASC is a Western New York community non-profit group, committed to promoting human rights and social and economic justice in Latin America. We are a taskforce of the WNY Peace Center, and we work closely with their other taskforces, especially IRT, the Immigration and Refugee Taskforce.

Mission: LASC is the Latin American Solidarity Committee, a taskforce of the Western New York Peace Center. We support farmworker issues, dental clinics in Chiapas and Nicaragua, Pastors for Peace aid caravans to Cuba and Latin America, community centers in Chiapas, and many other projects. We link our Latin America issues to globalization, US militarism, cultural tolerance, and the environment.

06/06/2020
WNY Peace Center

We have received many requests to send messages and donations to Martin Gugino. We welcome your sending letters and cards to the WNYPC office at: 1272 Delaware Ave, Buffalo 14209. We will be sure they get to Martin.
If you would like to donate to Martin's medical bills and/or other essential needs, you can do so at wnypeace.org. Please be sure to include "Martin Gugino" in the memo.
We can't thank you all enough for your support.

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Solidarity, an image chosen by Martin Gugino
06/06/2020

Solidarity, an image chosen by Martin Gugino

06/06/2020

Martin Gugino, our friend and colleague in LASC, was injured Thursday June 4, while at a peaceful protest rally downtown. His situation is being discussed in news coverage, at first with factual mis-statements, and without his name being mentioned. Now the videos show that he was shoved down by police. He was taken to ECMC; reports say he is in serious but stable condition. It is hard to get direct info about his status, but we have heard that some have spoken with him, and his conversation is "alert and organized". So we are hoping to hear soon, and will post here.

Here is Martin Gugino, at one of our monthly LASC coffeehouse presentations. But it's more typical to see him standing u...
06/06/2020

Here is Martin Gugino, at one of our monthly LASC coffeehouse presentations. But it's more typical to see him standing up for justice. Drone protests at Hancock Field locally, trial support for arrests for protesting killer drones, vigils in opposition to torture and prisoners held at Guantanamo without judicial proceedings, and the list goes on...

From Wikipedia:  On May 31, 2020 Tropical Storm Amanda made landfall in southeastern Guatemala and began to spread heavy...
06/01/2020

From Wikipedia: On May 31, 2020 Tropical Storm Amanda made landfall in southeastern Guatemala and began to spread heavy rain inland. It rapidly weakened and dissipated over the country later that day, and its remnants continued north. In El Salvador, torrential rainfall caused significant damage along coastal cities in the country as rivers overflowed and swept away buildings. Track map of Tropical Storm Amanda shows the location of the storm at 6-hour intervals.

21-Year-Old Oaxacan Environmental Activist Eugui Roy Assassinated
05/13/2020
21-Year-Old Oaxacan Environmental Activist Eugui Roy Assassinated

21-Year-Old Oaxacan Environmental Activist Eugui Roy Assassinated

In Mexico, a 21-year-old Oaxacan environmental activist, Eugui Roy, was shot dead last week. The young biology student’s friends, family and other activists are calling for justice for Eugui. Local authorities say they are investigating the killing.

Information from Mary Rockwell, director of the New Buffalo Institute at Canisius College, on developments with ICE and ...
05/08/2020
Justice for Migrant Families | The Dome

Information from Mary Rockwell, director of the New Buffalo Institute at Canisius College, on developments with ICE and the Batavia Detention Center, and how to help with JMF projects.
https://blogs.canisius.edu/the-dome/2020/05/08/update-from-justice-for-migrant-families/

Justice for Migrant Families May 8, 2020 The conditions within the Batavia Federal Detention Center (BFDC) are worsening with 49 confirmed cases of Covid 19. An Investigative Post article, dated April 28, reports on the inhumane conditions of release from the BFDF. “Immigrants are freed from the f...

Our friends Howard and Lee Ann do volunteer work at CAME (Centro de Atencion para Migrantes Exodus) in Agua Prieta, SONO...
05/04/2020
Migrant shelters in Mexico clash with National Guard over immigration enforcement

Our friends Howard and Lee Ann do volunteer work at CAME (Centro de Atencion para Migrantes Exodus) in Agua Prieta, SONORA, Mexico. The Center is undertaking a fund raising campaign to expand capacity to house asylum seekers.
The shelter there is not having as much trouble from the authorities now but still has to be careful not to overstep its action, If capacity can be increased there will be less reason for the government to be critical, and the need for shelter has only grown. Currently they have capacity for 44 and hope to double or more. Here is a link to a report from June 2019 mentioning CAME.

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2019/08/30/migrant-shelters-mexico-clash-national-guard-came-agua-prieta-sonora/2136229001/

Mexico deployed its newly created National Guard to its borders in the summer. But the troops' presence has produced friction with migrant shelters.

teleSUR English
05/01/2020
teleSUR English

teleSUR English

"The U.S. blockade against Cuba ignores all moral limits. At this point, nothing Washington does to attack the Island should surprise us. However, the crime of Swiss respirators opens a chapter of unprecedented cruelty."

The Peace Center is taking part in a COVID  GoFundMe challenge:  if the Peace Center accumulates donations totalling $1,...
05/01/2020
WNY Peace Center COVID-19 Fundraiser

The Peace Center is taking part in a COVID GoFundMe challenge: if the Peace Center accumulates donations totalling $1,000 by next Tuesday May 5, then GoFundMe kicks in $1,000 also (at least this is how I understand it). Donations are by credit card at the link below.

Also, donation counts toward updating Peace Center membership.

Help us support our employees during this time of need. Every day, our committed staff works to support the community we serve. Now, they need our help. Our organization is committed to ensuring that our employees are able to maintain financial stability and provide day-to-day ...

"This dove has made its nest in the border wall between Douglas, Arizona and Agua Prieta, Sonora Mexico.   She is caring...
04/16/2020

"This dove has made its nest in the border wall between Douglas, Arizona and Agua Prieta, Sonora Mexico. She is caring for her eggs. The nest is located immediately above the makeshift migrant shelter on the Mexico side of the wall and each morning greets the couple staying there with her song. Although the border is closed for the time being, I imagine the Border Patrol still staffs the port of entry in some fashion, and so the dove sings to those folks, too. Let us learn from nature." Howard Henry, from Buffalo, volunteers with "Just Coffee", roasted and ground and shipped from the border.

This spring, the Supreme Court will announce its ruling on the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DAC...
04/03/2020
Faces of DACA | Ignatian Solidarity Network

This spring, the Supreme Court will announce its ruling on the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Thousands of DACA recipients will learn if they will continue to be protected from deportation and be able to work in the U.S.
The Ignatian Solidarity Network is helping the Jesuit and broader Catholic network to better understand the gravity of what is at stake in this moment for DACA recipients and for our country.
Thanks to Fr. Lynch at Canisius College for the link.

https://ignatiansolidarity.net/faces-of-daca/

Through the stories of DACA recipients, Faces of DACA urges the Jesuit and broader Catholic network to better understand the gravity of what is at stake in this moment for DACA recipients and for our country.

Briefing on U.S. Immigration & Asylum Policies:Wed., April 15, 8 pm ETTo join this live digital event that evening, dial...
03/30/2020
Amnesty International -

Briefing on U.S. Immigration & Asylum Policies:
Wed., April 15, 8 pm ET

To join this live digital event that evening, dial 855-274-1452 or register in advance at access.live/amnesty and they will call you when the event begins.

"Amnesty researchers Denise Bell and Justin Mazzola and Amnesty's Americans Advocacy Director, Charanya Krishnawwami, will be reporting on the dire humanitarian crisis created by President Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' policy and the alarming expansion of his Muslim ban."

Amnesty International is a global movement of ordinary people committed to an extraordinary mission: to build a world in which every person – regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity – enjoys all of the human rights … Continued

“Humanitarian Solidarity”: Even Under U.S. Sanctions, Cuba Sends Doctor Brigade to Italy and More
03/26/2020
“Humanitarian Solidarity”: Even Under U.S. Sanctions, Cuba Sends Doctor Brigade to Italy and More

“Humanitarian Solidarity”: Even Under U.S. Sanctions, Cuba Sends Doctor Brigade to Italy and More

As Italy’s death toll soars past 6,000, Cuba has sent medical brigades to combat COVID-19. Cuba has also deployed doctors to Venezuela, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Suriname and Grenada. “The arrival of a medical brigade from Cuba to Italy is pretty historic. You have a leading European nation accepting ...

03/26/2020

on NOVA “Cuba’s Cancer Hope”- Innovative Cancer Vaccine Offers New Hope for Patients – But an International Embargo Stands in the Way Wednesday, April 1, 9 pm on WNED PBS.

One in three Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. It kills an estimated 600,000 people a year in the U.S. and is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. New lifesaving immunotherapy drugs can be very effective, but also very costly, and FDA approval can take years. Some Americans are taking matters into their own hands — defying the U.S. embargo to seek treatment in Cuba, where doctors have developed promising cancer vaccines. Watch to learn how their journey led to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center right here in Buffalo launching a historic, rst-time collaboration between Cuban and American scientists. How did Cuba, a small nation cut off from modern medical technology, become a world player in cancer science? NOVA traces the success of Cuba’s immunotherapy back 60 years to the time of the Cuban Revolution. When Fidel Castro installed himself as authoritarian leader in 1959, medical science was at the heart of his vision. He promised free health care, and immediately invested in creating a modern medical infrastructure for his people. When the U.S. trade embargo left Cuba isolated from medical resources in the early 1960s, Castro was forced to get creative, developing a self-sustaining medical sector to manufacture its own medicine for Cuba’s public health service.

Today, Cuba’s Center for Molecular Immunology (CIM) in Havana is one of 30-plus high-tech biopharma research centers on the island, holding over 2,000 patents for drugs and processes in use around the world. However, the U.S. trade embargo makes these treatments unavailable in the U.S. But now, American patients could be on their way to gaining access to Cuban cancer treatments legally. In 2016, Roswell became the rst American research center to sponsor a clinical trial with a Cuban-made drug. CIMAvax-EGF — a potential breakthrough lung cancer vaccine developed at Cuba’s CIM — is already being used to treat thousands of patients in Cuba and other countries. Dr. Augustin Lage, founding director of CIM, is very aware of the importance of such collaborations. “In science, cooperation is everything,” said Lage. “So if you are isolated, you are dead in science.” NOVA not only examines how Cuba overcame enormous obstacles to develop such advances in immunotherapy treatments, but also explores the fascinating rise of immunotherapy science — from a practice some medical textbooks once labeled akin to “witchcraft,” to an approach that is rapidly becoming the standard care for cancer treatment.
Text from the WNED PBS April guide COVER STORY.

WNED-TV for western New York is showing this NOVA program on work between CUBA and Roswell-Park.
03/26/2020

WNED-TV for western New York is showing this NOVA program on work between CUBA and Roswell-Park.

Report: At least 138 sent from US to El Salvador were killed
03/03/2020
Report: At least 138 sent from US to El Salvador were killed

Report: At least 138 sent from US to El Salvador were killed

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least 138 people deported to El Salvador from the United States in recent years were subsequently killed, Human Rights Watch says in a report that comes as the Trump...

02/21/2020

Roswell Park & Cuba – the Buffalo Connection
April 5 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
The doctors at Rozwell Park and Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina (ELAM), (the Latin American School of Medicine in Cuba), have had a long and fruitful history of collaboration and mutual appreciation. A documentary about this relationship is to be shared very soon on Nova. Come out and hear from Cuba—IFCO/Pastors for Peace representative Lisa Valanti (bio below), about the partnership, ELAM, scholarships for US citizens who’ll serve their underserved communities (full ride), the Pastors for Peace Friendshipment Caravan, and more! All are welcome.

Speaker Lisa Valanti first went to Cuba in 1971 because she believes that freedom to travel is a fundamental human right, especially in a country that projects itself as the showcase of democratic freedom and ‘Land of the Free.” “As citizens we have an incredible opportunity if not an obligation to help our country embrace the stated collective ideals that make us a nation.

She knew nothing about Cuba, but as a result of that trip, she became listed as an ‘international subversive’ and was threatened by the House of Un-American activities (HUAC) That radicalized her and introduced her to the profound complexities of international relations, and she witnessed firsthand the self-determination of the Cuban people to build a sovereign nation with healthcare and education for all.

For over 26 years she participated in all the U.S.-Cuba Friendshipment Caravans, and directly in both the Little Yellow School Bus and the Fast for Life and was a P4P speaker every year until her father became ill. She is excited to be able to be meeting people who care about Cuba.

She has served as the President of the U.S.-Cuba Sister Cities Association, and is the co-founder and currently the Vice President of the Pittsburgh-Matanzas Sister Cities Partnership.

Report: At least 138 sent from US to El Salvador were killed
02/07/2020
Report: At least 138 sent from US to El Salvador were killed

Report: At least 138 sent from US to El Salvador were killed

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least 138 people deported to El Salvador from the U.S. in recent years were subsequently killed, Human Rights Watch says in a new report that comes as the Trump administration...

Colombia is systematically killing off its black citizens | Opinion
02/03/2020
Colombia is systematically killing off its black citizens | Opinion

Colombia is systematically killing off its black citizens | Opinion

“This is where the bodies lay,” the Afro Colombian activists casually pointed to a spot outside the window as the tiny car that we were crammed in darted expertly in and out of 11 p.m. traffic in Cali, Colombia.

North Jersey Socialists
01/15/2020

North Jersey Socialists

Pilgrim-St. Luke's UCC: Buffalo's sanctuary church.  Rev. Nancy Rosas will speak at the January LASC coffeehouse. See ev...
01/10/2020

Pilgrim-St. Luke's UCC: Buffalo's sanctuary church. Rev. Nancy Rosas will speak at the January LASC coffeehouse. See events at https://www.facebook.com/LASCwny/

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