Peaceprints of WNY

Peaceprints of WNY Strengthening Communities by Rebuilding Lives
Peaceprints of WNY is a 501c3 non-profit organization offering comprehensive reentry services to men and women involved in the criminal justice system.
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660 Smith Street Bufflalo, NY 14210 716.856.6131

Mission: Strengthening Communities by Rebuilding Lives

Rep. John Lewis was a renowned catalyst in the movement towards equity, inclusion and civil rights. For the last three d...
07/18/2020

Rep. John Lewis was a renowned catalyst in the movement towards equity, inclusion and civil rights. For the last three decades he has served as a beacon for equity in Congress.

“Even though I was under arrest, I smiled because I believed we were on the right side of history. You too must find a way to get in the way.”

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To really change our prison populations, we need to keep our attention on the states. 87% is a LARGE number. #FactFriday...
07/17/2020

To really change our prison populations, we need to keep our attention on the states.

87% is a LARGE number.

#FactFriday #MassIncarceration #StandardStory #PrisonGrowth #StateIncarceration #ILeavePeaceprints

Meet Walter!This weeks featured ‘Client of the Week!’#ileavepeaceprints
07/15/2020

Meet Walter!
This weeks featured ‘Client of the Week!’
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COSTS OF THE STANDARD STORY. Beyond the costs that fall on the prisoner, are those borne by the prisoner's family.#FactF...
07/10/2020

COSTS OF THE STANDARD STORY.

Beyond the costs that fall on the prisoner, are those borne by the prisoner's family.

#FactFriday #MassIncarceration #StandardStory #LockedIn

Meet Joseph!This weeks featured ‘Client of the Week!’#ileavepeaceprints
07/08/2020

Meet Joseph!
This weeks featured ‘Client of the Week!’
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The Erie County Corrections Specialist Advisory Board is holding a COMMUNITY MEETING tomorrow from 6pm-7pm at the Commun...
07/07/2020

The Erie County Corrections Specialist Advisory Board is holding a COMMUNITY MEETING tomorrow from 6pm-7pm at the Community Health Center to hear your questions, comments and concerns about the proposed closure and re-purposing of the Erie County Holding Center.

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If you haven’t already - follow us on Instagram!@peaceprintsWNY#ileavepeaceprints
07/06/2020

If you haven’t already - follow us on Instagram!
@peaceprintsWNY

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"I am not included within the pale of glorious anniversary! ... The sunlight that brought light and healing to you, has ...
07/04/2020
VIDEO: Frederick Douglass' Descendants Deliver His 'Fourth Of July' Speech

"I am not included within the pale of glorious anniversary! ... The sunlight that brought light and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn."

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The U.S. celebrates this Independence Day amid calls for systemic reform. In this film, five descendants of Frederick Douglass read excerpts of his speech, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?"

We have more total prisoners than any other country in the world, and we have the world's  highest incarceration rate. #...
07/03/2020

We have more total prisoners than any other country in the world, and we have the world's highest incarceration rate.

#ileavepeaceprints #massincarceration #factfriday

Meet Corey!This weeks featured ‘Client of the Week!’#ileavepeaceprints
07/01/2020

Meet Corey!
This weeks featured ‘Client of the Week!’
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#FACTFRIDAYNot everyone is treated equally in the criminal justice system. Racial bias keeps more people of color in pri...
06/26/2020

#FACTFRIDAY

Not everyone is treated equally in the criminal justice system. Racial bias keeps more people of color in prisons and on parole or probation than ever before.

According to the ACLU, 1 out of every 3 Black boys born today can expect to go to jail or prison in his lifetime, as can 1 of 6 Latino boys - -compared with 1 in 17 white boys.

#ileavepeaceprints #equity #massincarcerations #masssupervision

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06/25/2020

WE ARE HIRING!

APPLY ONLINE TODAY!

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Meet Bob!This weeks featured ‘Client of the Week!’#ileavepeaceprints
06/24/2020

Meet Bob!
This weeks featured ‘Client of the Week!’
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If you haven’t already - follow us on Instagram!@peaceprintsWNY#ileavepeaceprints
06/22/2020

If you haven’t already - follow us on Instagram!
@peaceprintsWNY

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WE ARE HIRING!APPLY ONLINE TODAY!#ileavepeaceprints #jobs
06/20/2020

WE ARE HIRING!

APPLY ONLINE TODAY!

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Compared to the national average of 45% ...#factfriday #ileavepeaceprints #racialjustice #massincarceration #inequity
06/19/2020

Compared to the national average of 45% ...

#factfriday #ileavepeaceprints #racialjustice #massincarceration #inequity

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.  It marks th...
06/19/2020

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It marks the day (June 19, 1865) when news of emancipation reached people in the deepest parts of the former Confederacy in Texas.

Juneteenth today, celebrates African American freedom and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures. As it takes on a more national, symbolic and even global perspective, the events of 1865 in Texas are not forgotten, for all of the roots tie back to this fertile soil from which a national day of pride is growing.

For More information:

https://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm

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Meet Nick! This weeks featured ‘Client of the Week!’#ileavepeaceprints
06/17/2020

Meet Nick!
This weeks featured ‘Client of the Week!’
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Shout out to our INCREDIBLE staff team at the Bissonette House! Their passion and dedication to our mission and vision i...
06/15/2020

Shout out to our INCREDIBLE staff team at the Bissonette House!
Their passion and dedication to our mission and vision is unwavering...even down to their cooking!

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Peaceprtintsof WNY was proud to join the Blackfarmersmarket, Mandella Market, GObike Buffalo and Feed Buffalo this Junet...
06/14/2020

Peaceprtintsof WNY was proud to join the Blackfarmersmarket, Mandella Market, GObike Buffalo and Feed Buffalo this Juneteenth weekend for the inaugural ‘Freedom Riders’ bike parade.

#ileavepeaceprints #nonviolencebeginswithme #juneteenth #freedomriders

Did you know?#ileavepeaceprints
06/12/2020

Did you know?

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Meet Andre! This weeks featured ‘Client of the Week!’#ileavepeaceprints
06/10/2020

Meet Andre!
This weeks featured ‘Client of the Week!’
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Transparency: n. The condition of being transparent. Accountability: n. The fact or condition of being accountable; resp...
06/10/2020
In a Historic Victory, NY Legislature Repeals 50-A

Transparency: n. The condition of being transparent.

Accountability: n. The fact or condition of being accountable; responsibility.

This is a huge stride forward in our movement towards a more equitable future.

#ileavepeaceprints #nonviolencebeginswithme

Upon the Governor's signature, police misconduct in New York will no longer be hidden from the public.

HAPPENING IN ONE HOUR! Join us for this FREE virtual event!'How You Can Help When You Don't Understand'There are several...
06/09/2020

HAPPENING IN ONE HOUR!

Join us for this FREE virtual event!

'How You Can Help When You Don't Understand'

There are several ways to join:

1. Via Facebook Live at:
https://www.facebook.com/MercedesEWilson/ or
https://www.facebook.com/KITVNetwork/

2. If you live in WNY - - Tune into local station LCTV-
Channel 1301 Spectrum

3. Via Zoom - - This option is FULL - - this will only work if you preregistered

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TODAY - - 6:00pm  - - Join us for this FREE virtual event!'How You Can Help When You Don't Understand'There are several ...
06/09/2020

TODAY - - 6:00pm - - Join us for this FREE virtual event!

'How You Can Help When You Don't Understand'

There are several ways to join:

1. Via Facebook Live at:
https://www.facebook.com/MercedesEWilson/ or
https://www.facebook.com/KITVNetwork/

2. If you live in WNY - - Tune into local station LCTV-
Channel 1301 Spectrum

3. Via Zoom - - This option is FULL - - this will only work if you preregistered

#ileavepeaceprints #nonviolencebeginswithme

A Message from our Executive Director.#nonviolencebeginswithme #ileavepeaceprints
06/09/2020
We Leave Peaceprints

A Message from our Executive Director.

#nonviolencebeginswithme
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Dear Friends and Supporters, This has been a tragic month. We watched in horror with the rest of the nation as another unarmed Black man was murdered at the hands of the very people charged with serving and protecting.  We as members of the WNY community cannot sit on the sidelines and watch the hu...

Our founder, Sister Karen Klimczak, SSJ fought for a more equitable, nonviolent world. Today our mission remains the sam...
06/08/2020

Our founder, Sister Karen Klimczak, SSJ fought for a more equitable, nonviolent world. Today our mission remains the same.
Peace doves are on order and are FREE to members of our community.
If you want a dove or need your dove replaced reach out to us. Send us a DM or call our offices at 716.856.6131.
#ileavepeaceprints #nonviolencebeginswithme

Meet Mariah! This weeks featured ‘Client of the Week!’#ileavepeaceprints
06/03/2020

Meet Mariah!
This weeks featured ‘Client of the Week!’
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Next Tuesday, The Mercedes Wilson Show will host a live Q&A on the Black experience in America and provide insight and w...
06/03/2020

Next Tuesday, The Mercedes Wilson Show will host a live Q&A on the Black experience in America and provide insight and ways you can answer the question “how you can help when you don’t understand.”

Join us!

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YS6a2SVoSralzvNM9ffu8w

"You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has freedom." ~Malcolm X#blacklivesmatte...
06/01/2020

"You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has freedom." ~Malcolm X

#blacklivesmatter #ileavepeaceprints #nonviolencebeginswithme

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” -Martin Luther King Jr. It’s not enough to “not be racist,” we h...
05/31/2020

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

It’s not enough to “not be racist,” we have to be actively anti racist. It is our responsibility to listen, learn, take action, fall forward, and repeat.

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Meet Brandon! This weeks featured ‘Client of the Week!’#ileavepeaceprints
05/27/2020

Meet Brandon!
This weeks featured ‘Client of the Week!’
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05/25/2020
Our Project Blue team is busily putting the final preparations on the ‘COVID Emergency Kits’ set to be distributed to al...
05/21/2020

Our Project Blue team is busily putting the final preparations on the ‘COVID Emergency Kits’ set to be distributed to all of our community clients next week!

#ileavepeaceprints #projectblue #missiondriven #buffalo

Meet Rich! This weeks featured ‘Client of the Week!’#ileavepeaceprints
05/20/2020

Meet Rich!
This weeks featured ‘Client of the Week!’
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#LessIsMoreNY Campaign

Did you know that our nation currently holds over 4.5 million men, women and young people under some form of community supervision?

Peaceprints of WNY proudly supports the proposed New York State, Less Is More: Community Supervision Revocation Reform Act. This comprehensive new legislation addresses the current problems of how technical violations in the parole system lead to re-incarceration.

New York re-incarcerates more people on parole for technical violations - - missed appointments, broken curfew, or positive test for alcohol - - then any other state in the country except Illinois. In 2016, over 65% of those on parole sent back to prison - went back for technical violations.

The new legislation adopts the following recommendations to reform New York’s antiquated parole system:


  • Shorten parole terms and incentivize good behavior by allowing people to earn accelerated discharge.

  • Require a hearing before a judicial officer before jailing someone accused of technical violation.

  • Create a high legal threshold for jailing people on parole for less serious offenses and expedite their hearings.

  • Cap the amount of time people can serve in jail for violations and eliminate incarceration as a sanction for certain technical violations.

  • Require the use of graduated sanctions and rewards prior to revoking people under supervision to incarceration.

  • Reallocate savings to community programs.
  • States including: Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Utah have successfully implemented reforms similar to those proposed in the Less is More Act.

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