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Sakura Walk for Japan Relief

Sakura Walk for Japan Relief

The Buffalo State College Japan Relief group, along the Japanese Group of Buffalo and the Japanese Student Association at SUNY Buffalo, are hosting Sakura Walk, Sunday, May 1, at 2 p.m., in Delaware Park, with all proceeds to benefit the American Red Cross. Registration is $10.

The walk, which has purposes of raising money for the Japanese tsunami victims, increasing awareness of the disaster and promoting the health of the community, will start at the Japanese Garden along the ring road of Delaware Park, near Colvin Avenue and Amherst Street.  The short walk consists of one round and the long walk is two times around the ring.

The walk is named “sakura,” meaning cherry blossom in Japanese, which is the national flower of Japan.

Iara Lee: Cultures of Resistance Film Premiere

Iara Lee: Cultures of Resistance Film Premiere

 Iara Lee: Cultures of Resistance Film Premiere 

Does each gesture really make a difference? Can music and dance be weapons of peace? In 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, director Iara Lee embarked on a journey to better understand a world increasingly embroiled in conflict and, as she saw it, heading for self-destruction. After several years, travelling over five continents, Iara encountered growing numbers of people who committed their lives to promoting change. This is their story. CULTURES OF RESISTANCE explores how art and creativity can be ammunition in the battle for peace and justice.

Iara Lee, a Brazilian of Korean descent, is an activist, filmmaker, and founder of the Caipirinha Foundation, which supports projects to secure peace with justice.

Returning to Neighborhood Schools

Returning to Neighborhood Schools

Common Council of the City of Buffalo

Returning to Neighborhood Schools

By: James N. Jackson

Despite some of the highest spending per pupil in the region, the City of Buffalo’s schools suffer from low achievement and are consistently among the lowest producing schools in New York State. The overall graduation rate in the City is around 60 percent, and amongst boys, only 25-33 percent of black males and only 55 percent of white males finish school.  Students who drop out of school are more likely than their peers who graduate to be unemployed, live in poverty, receive public assistance, be incarcerated in prison, have health problems, divorce, and be single parents with children who drop out of high school themselves.

Just Buffalo's Babel Series Concludes with Nigerian Author Chris Abani

Just Buffalo's Babel Series Concludes with Nigerian Author Chris Abani

Buffalo, NY—Just Buffalo Literary Center is pleased to announce several BABEL events in the month of April, including the lecture which concludes the 2010-2011 season, international award-winning author Chris Abani (Nigeria) on Friday, April 15th at 8:00 p.m. at Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo. The 2011-2012 Babel line-up will be announced at this event. Subscriptions will go on sale after the lecture and Just Buffalo will be offering a substantial discount on all subscription levels to those who purchase 2011-2012 subscriptions that night.

Tickets are still available:  $35 general admission, $100 VIP (includes pre-event reception with the author and preferred seating), and only $10 for students. Discounts are available for those using HSBC and/or Buffalo & Erie County Library cards—please visit www.justbuffalo.org to place your order, or call (716) 832-5400 to make your purchase.

The Center For Inquiry: Literary Cafe Apr 6th

The Center For Inquiry: Literary Cafe Apr 6th


National Poetry Month is a month-long, celebration of poetry to widen the attention of individuals and the media to the art of poetry, to living poets, to poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range. Since 1999, National Poetry Month has been celebrated internationally but in different months. In America and Canada, it is celebrated every April.

Seven Years on Mars: A Talk by a Member of Mars Rover Imaging Team

Seven Years on Mars: A Talk by a Member of Mars Rover Imaging Team

The Spirit and Opportunity rovers have reshaped our vision of Mars with their stunning images and fascinating discoveries. Amazingly, the rovers, which were designed to operate for three months, have now been exploring the surface of the Red Planet for over seven years.

Join NASA Mars Exploration Rover team member Melissa Rice for a behind-the-scenes look at the images, science and human creativity that have made the mission such a success. Using remarkable photos taken by the "Pancam" instrument, she'll share the inside story of the mission - from the launches right up to the latest pictures returned from the Martian surface.

Ben Gardane Ras El Jedire: Libya Needs Our Help

Ben Gardane Ras El Jedire: Libya Needs Our Help

 

by Susan Marie and Hind Houas

 

Ben Gardane is a town in southeast Tunisia, close to the Libyan border, Ras El Jedire.  In 2011, during The Libyan Uprising, two entities became government of Libya. Muammar Gaddafi controlling Tripoli and Western Libya and Mustafa Abdul Jalail in Benghazi, controlling Eastern Libya.  Libya is the fourth largest country in Africa and 17th largest in the world.  Libya is one of the world's 10 richest oil-producing countries.