<![CDATA[Stonewall Democrats of Western New York - News]]>Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:18:32 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[SDWNY Denounces Democratic Candidate for Erie County Clerk ]]>Thu, 30 Mar 2017 03:02:59 GMThttp://sdwny.org/news/sdwny-denounces-democratic-candidate-for-erie-county-clerkFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

March 29, 2017

STONEWALL DEMOCRATS OF WNY DENOUNCES DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR ERIE COUNTY CLERK 

NYS Assemblymember Michael Kearns' voting record is homophobic, transphobic 


 
This week, the race in the Democratic Primary for Erie County Clerk began to take shape. NYS Assemblymember Michael Kearns, a registered Democrat, announced that he had received the endorsement of the Erie County Conservative Party.

"Mickey Kearns' voting record is well know to LGBTQ people and families," said Bryan Ball, president of SDWNY. "Since his election to the State Assembly in 2012, Mr. Kearns has voted against the GENDA bill every year, most recently this past month, when GENDA again passed the Assembly with historic levels of support. In addition to voting against the civil rights of transgender New Yorkers, Mr. Kearns has since 2014's introduction of the bill to ban conversion therapy voted against protecting our children. What makes his record even more troubling is his documented past pledges to support LGBTQ civil rights, including a pledge to support the GENDA bill Mr. Kearns made when courting the LGBTQ community for votes in a past Buffalo mayoral primary election. In all his time in office, Mr. Kearns has refused, time and again, to support the civil rights of LGBTQ people, and LGBTQ people should refuse to support him." 

 Currently, candidates Janique Curry and Steve Cichon are also running in the primary election for Erie County Clerk. SDWNY will hold candidate endorsement interviews for this office in June 2017. 

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<![CDATA[Take Action: Help Pass the Conversion Therapy Ban in Erie County- now! ]]>Thu, 30 Mar 2017 02:12:01 GMThttp://sdwny.org/news/take-action-help-pass-the-conversion-therapy-ban-in-erie-county-nowPicture

Now that Erie County Legislator Pat Burke has introduced legislation to ban anti-LGBT conversion therapy on minors in Erie County, we have a chance to finally make history and pass the ban locally in Erie County. In order for the legislation to become a reality, we need the rest of the legislature to act, and hold a public hearing on the bill.

Help pass the ban-- contact your legislator today!


What is the best way to contact my County Legislator? 

  You can contact your Legislator by phone, email or regular snail mail. 

 It only takes a moment to call your legislator's office, or write them a letter or email of support. 

 In addition to calling your personal Legislator, contacting the leadership of the Legislature 

How can I write or email my Legislator?  

While personal stories and handwritten notes are preferred, our SDWNY support letter is available here, as well. We also have links to note card templates at the end of this post if you are able to write out a note to your legislator letting them know who supporting the ban is important to you!

​Help make change today by telling your story. Let them know that protecting LGBTQ youth is not a partisan issue, and in this election year, we will be watching on whether and how they take action on banning conversion therapy. 

How can I call my County Legislator? 

 Your County Legislator is available to you at their office, by phone or email. If calling your legislator's office, a staff member will likely answer the phone. You can leave a message with them to pass along to your legislator that you support of the conversion therapy ban. If you are comfortable doing so, be sure to leave your name and any additional contact the legislator's office may ask for.

 If you get an answering machine when you call- don't worry! Leaving a message with your name, contact and support for banning conversion therapy works just as well!
  
How can I find out who my Legislator is? 

 Find your legislator online here. 

 Still unsure who your legislator is? Contact us at info@sdwny.org for help. 


Contact Information for the Erie County Legislature 

Legislature Leadership 


EC Legislature Chair- John Mills
District Office: 92 Franklin St / Fourth Floor / Buffalo, NY 14202 
Phone: 716-858-8850
john.mills@erie.gov

EC Legislature Majority Leader- Joseph Lorgio
District Office: 92 Franklin St / Fourth Floor / Buffalo, NY 14202 
Phone: 716-858-8922
joseph.lorigo@erie.gov 

EC Legislature Minority Leader - Tom Loughran 
4549 Main Street, Suite 203
Amherst, NY 14226
Telephone: 836-0198
Fax: 836-0199
Email:Thomas.Loughran@erie.gov



Legislator Contact Information: 
District No. 1: Hon. Barbara Miller-Williams District Office: 427 William St., Buffalo 14204 - Phone: 842-0490; Fax: 854-5722; E-Mail:Barbara.Miller-Williams@erie.gov

District No. 2: Hon. Betty Jean Grant District Office: 790 East Delavan Ave., Buffalo 14215 - Phone: 894-0914;Fax: 896-1463; E-Mail: Betty.Grant@erie.gov

District No. 3: Hon. Peter J. Savage, III District Office: 1701 Hertel Ave., Buffalo 14216 - Phone:  832-0493; Fax: 832-0494; E-Mail:Peter.Savage@erie.gov

​District No. 4: Hon. Kevin R. Hardwick Legislative Office: 92 Franklin St., 4th Floor, Buffalo 14202 - Phone: 858-8672; Fax: 858-8895; E-Mail: Kevin.Hardwick@erie.gov

District No. 5: Hon. Thomas A. Loughran District Office: 4549 Main St., Ste. 203, Amherst 14226 - Phone: 836-0198; Fax: 836-0199; E-Mail: Thomas.Loughran@erie.gov

District No. 6: Hon. Edward A. Rath, III Legislative Office: 92 Franklin St., 4th Floor, Buffalo 14202 - Phone: 858-8676; Fax: 858-8895; E-Mail: Edward.Rath@erie.gov

District No. 7: Hon. Patrick B. Burke District Office: 469 Abbott Rd., Buffalo 14220 - Phone: 823-0752; Fax: 826-2870; E-Mail:Patrick.Burke@erie.gov

District No. 8: Hon. Ted B. Morton Legislative Office: 92 Franklin St., 4th Floor, Buffalo 14202 - Phone: 858-8856; Fax: 858-8895; E-Mail: Ted.Morton@erie.gov

District No. 9: Hon. Lynne M. Dixon Legislative Office: 92 Franklin St.,4th Floor, Buffalo 14202 - Phone: 858-8671; Fax: 858-8895; E-Mail: Lynne.Dixon@erie.gov

District No. 10: Hon. Joseph C. Lorigo Legislative Office: 92 Franklin St.,4th Floor, Buffalo 14202 - Phone: 858-8922; Fax: 858-8895; E-Mail: Joseph.Lorigo@erie.gov

​District No. 11: Hon. John J. Mills Legislative Office: 92 Franklin St., 4th Floor, Buffalo 14202 - Phone: 858-8850; Fax: 858-8895; E-Mail: John.Mills@erie.gov




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<![CDATA[SDWNY 1st Annual Winter Cocktail Fundraiser]]>Thu, 12 Jan 2017 03:01:32 GMThttp://sdwny.org/news/sdwny-1st-annual-winter-cocktail-fundraiser

SDWNY has begun our 2017 membership drive, and will be holding our 1st Annual Winter Cocktail Fundraiser. All funds raised will go toward helping our legislative efforts in 2017. 

SDWNY Winter Cocktail Fundraiser 
January 21, 2017
Encore Restaurant 
492 Pearl St
Buffalo, NY 14202

$45/Person - $80/Couple 

Sponsorships Available: 
$100- Ally / $200- Advocate / $250-Champion / $300- Gold Champion 


For those of us not participating in the Women's March in Washington-- come, have fun and raise awareness for the work of SDWNY. This event is the perfect opportunity to come and see exactly what Stonewall Democrats is about-- and how you can help us make and keep progress in our society in government. Discounted memberships to SDWNY will also be available. SDWNY will also be participating in local events around the inaugural and Women's March, and more details will be made available soon.

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<![CDATA[January Monthly Meeting]]>Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMThttp://sdwny.org/news/january-monthly-meeting​   SDWNY meets this month on Tuesday, January 24th. We will again meet at the Brent House, 3105 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214 (parking is available in the rear lot, off of Lisbon Avenue.) We will start at  7PM and our agenda will include officer elections and discussion of the year ahead, politically and legislatively. 

 SDWNY January Membership Meeting
Brent House 
3105 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214

7pm 

We hope to see you there! 

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<![CDATA[SDWNY STATEMENT]]>Fri, 23 Dec 2016 15:19:40 GMThttp://sdwny.org/news/sdwny-statementSTONEWALL DEMOCRATS OF WNY STATEMENT ON BUFFALO SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER PALADINO'S HATE SPEECH 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Contact: Bryan Ball, SDWNY
716-541-5557 
bryan_ball@sdwny.org

"Stonewall Democrats of Western New York vehemently condemns Buffalo School Board Member Carl Paladino's recent hate speech in the publication "Artvoice." Once again, Mr. Paladino has gone on public record with vile, racist, misogynistic and transphobic comments-- and SDWNY is again calling on his resignation from the Buffalo School Board. No person who holds such hate should ever be in a position to affect our children's schools and futures. As Stonewall Democrats, we have always stood against hate in whatever form it takes, and we stand united against Mr. Paladino."

Bryan Ball
President, Stonewall Democrats of WNY 
Bryan_ball@sdwny.org 
716-541-5557

Source of hate speech:
http://www.dailypublic.com/articles/12222016/paladinos-racist-hateful-totally-unfunny-2017-wish-list#
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<![CDATA[Take Action: Support the Conversion Therapy Ban in Erie County ]]>Tue, 13 Dec 2016 03:05:21 GMThttp://sdwny.org/news/take-action-support-the-conversion-therapy-ban-in-erie-county



December 12, 2016


Now that Erie County Legislator Pat Burke has introduced legislation to ban anti-LGBT conversion therapy on minors in Erie County, we have a chance to finally make history and pass the ban locally in Erie County. In order for the legislation to become a reality, we need the rest of the legislature to act, and hold a public hearing on the bill. Help pass the ban-- contact your legislator today! Take a moment to call your legislator's office, and/or write them a letter of support. While personal stories and handwritten notes are preferred, our SDWNY support letter is avaialble here, as well. We also have links to notecard templates at the end of this post if you are able to write out a note to your legislator letting them know who supporting the ban is important to you!

​Tell them our story by telling your story. Let them know that protecting LGBTQ youth is not a partisan issue, and in this election year, we will be watching on whether and how they take action on banning conversion therapy. Find your legislator here. Unsure who your legistor is? Contact us at info@sdwny.org for help. 


Take action-- contact the Erie County Legislature's leadership today. Let our legislators know that you support protecting LGBTQ youth by passing the ban. 

EC Legislature Chair- John Mills
District Office: 92 Franklin St / Fourth Floor / Buffalo, NY 14202 
Phone: 716-858-8850
john.mills@erie.gov

EC Legislature Majority Leader- Joseph Lorgio
District Office: 92 Franklin St / Fourth Floor / Buffalo, NY 14202 
Phone: 716-858-8922
joseph.lorigo@erie.gov 

EC Legislature Minority Leader - Tom Loughran 
4549 Main Street, Suite 203
Amherst, NY 14226
Telephone: 836-0198
Fax: 836-0199
Email:Thomas.Loughran@erie.gov


Full Contact for the EC Legislature 
(Unsure who your Legislator is? Email us at info@sdwny.org for help!)mailto:info@sdwny.org

Legislator Contact Information: 
District No. 1: Hon. Barbara Miller-Williams District Office: 427 William St., Buffalo 14204 - Phone: 842-0490; Fax: 854-5722; E-Mail:Barbara.Miller-Williams@erie.gov

District No. 2: Hon. Betty Jean Grant District Office: 790 East Delavan Ave., Buffalo 14215 - Phone: 894-0914;Fax: 896-1463; E-Mail: Betty.Grant@erie.gov

District No. 3: Hon. Peter J. Savage, III District Office: 1701 Hertel Ave., Buffalo 14216 - Phone:  832-0493; Fax: 832-0494; E-Mail:Peter.Savage@erie.gov

​District No. 4: Hon. Kevin R. Hardwick Legislative Office: 92 Franklin St., 4th Floor, Buffalo 14202 - Phone: 858-8672; Fax: 858-8895; E-Mail: Kevin.Hardwick@erie.gov

District No. 5: Hon. Thomas A. Loughran District Office: 4549 Main St., Ste. 203, Amherst 14226 - Phone: 836-0198; Fax: 836-0199; E-Mail: Thomas.Loughran@erie.gov

District No. 6: Hon. Edward A. Rath, III Legislative Office: 92 Franklin St., 4th Floor, Buffalo 14202 - Phone: 858-8676; Fax: 858-8895; E-Mail: Edward.Rath@erie.gov

District No. 7: Hon. Patrick B. Burke District Office: 469 Abbott Rd., Buffalo 14220 - Phone: 823-0752; Fax: 826-2870; E-Mail:Patrick.Burke@erie.gov

District No. 8: Hon. Ted B. Morton Legislative Office: 92 Franklin St., 4th Floor, Buffalo 14202 - Phone: 858-8856; Fax: 858-8895; E-Mail: Ted.Morton@erie.gov

District No. 9: Hon. Lynne M. Dixon Legislative Office: 92 Franklin St.,4th Floor, Buffalo 14202 - Phone: 858-8671; Fax: 858-8895; E-Mail: Lynne.Dixon@erie.gov

District No. 10: Hon. Joseph C. Lorigo Legislative Office: 92 Franklin St.,4th Floor, Buffalo 14202 - Phone: 858-8922; Fax: 858-8895; E-Mail: Joseph.Lorigo@erie.gov

​District No. 11: Hon. John J. Mills Legislative Office: 92 Franklin St., 4th Floor, Buffalo 14202 - Phone: 858-8850; Fax: 858-8895; E-Mail: John.Mills@erie.gov
 




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<![CDATA[SDWNY November Meeting- LOCATION CHANGED]]>Fri, 18 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMThttp://sdwny.org/news/sdwny-november-meeting-location-changedPicture
Dear Stonewall Democrats and Allies,

 We will hold our November Monthly meeting, the first since the past election, on Tuesday, November 22. Please note the change of venue, as we anticipate a higher turnout following the election results. 


SDWNY November Membership Meeting
Tuesday, November 22 
at the Brent House
3105 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214
(Parking available in the rear lot, off of Lisbon Avenue.) 


 This meeting is your chance to come join us, talk through the election and the way forward. While we may not know the path ahead, we will make it through, together. 

 We hope to see you there!

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<![CDATA[SDWNY Statement on Transgender Awareness Week]]>Mon, 14 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMThttp://sdwny.org/news/sdwny-statement-on-transgender-awareness-weekPicture
​SDWNY Statement on Transgender Awareness Week
November 15, 2016

On this Transgender Awareness Week, SDWNY stands, as always, with our transgender community members. In a time of great bigotry and uncertainty, we pledge to continue to fight for every American-- transgender and gender non-conforming people, especially-- to be openly embraced, and treated equally under the law.

Together, we will continue to fight against hate, and for legislation, policy and elected officials who will further transgender civil rights. Here in New York State, we stand thankful our Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an executive order establishing transgender rights, and we stand proud with our pro-equality WNY delegation to the state legislature-- including Sen.Timothy Kennedy, Assemblymember Sean M. Ryan and Assemblywoman Crystal People's-Stokes, to continue to push for the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) so that trans rights may officially become the law of our land.

We also pledge to continue to stand with our federal representatives-- Sen.Chuck Schumer D-NYKirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Brian Higgins to support transgender rights in the United States Congress.
In every aspect of life, we pledge to continue to stand with and support civil rights and dignity for our transgender community. We will never give up the fight for transgender rights, and we will contribute to fight against bigotry, ignorance and intolerance wherever it is found.

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<![CDATA[SDWNY President's Statement on Election ]]>Wed, 09 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMThttp://sdwny.org/news/sdwny-presidents-statement-on-electionNovember 9, 2016

"No, it is not okay, and it- at best- is not going to be okay for many marginalized peoples like those he built and spent his campaign on further attacking and marginalizing- women, LGBTQ people, people of color, not the least of which Hispanics, the disabled, immigrants- the list goes on. We cannot and should not condone the hatred and bigotry that has been exposed over this campaign cycle, and we should not normalize it. This is not normal, this is not what America is. It is ok to be scared and saddened by what has happened, but we should never let that fear define us. Let us mourn what we have lost, but waste no time in getting back up-- to organize more, to organize stronger and never let this do all we can to stand against hate, and prove that love truly will end the end trump hate. I am not going anywhere, and hope you won't, either."

​- Bryan Ball
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<![CDATA[SDWNY- Get Out the Vote! ]]>Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:10:47 GMThttp://sdwny.org/news/sdwny-get-out-the-votePicture
​ Dear Stonewall Democrats and Allies, 

 This Tuesday, November 8 is the General Election! A great thank you to all of our SDWNY who have been working to create our Voter's Guide and in getting out the vote for all our pro-equality candidates up and down the ballot. 

 Please continue to share our 2016 SDWNY General Election Voter's Guide, to spread the word on our endorsed candidates. Our guide is available on our website here. 

 There could not be more on the ballot this Tuesday-- for President, we have the chance to elect Hillary Clinton to continue the progress of President Obama, and offer a rebuke to the Republican candidate, who will go down in history as being one of the most hate-filled, anti-equality candidates in history. And here in WNY, we have the opportunities to elect Amber Small to the NYS Senate and break through the gridlock of the GOP's refusal to vote on LGBTQ bills in the Senate with a fierce advocate of equality. And when we elect Grace Hanlon to the NYS Supreme Court, we will have gained not only an experly qualified judge, but the first judge in the 8th Judicial  District who is openly LGBTQ. 
 
  We will be helping get out the vote for our candidates until the polls close on Tuesday. 

Hillary Clinton for President GOTV

Erie, Pa. Trips: NOVEMBER 5, 6, 8
These are volunteer driving/carpooling trips to Erie, PA. We meet at 8AM at 671 Seneca Street for a morning briefing and depart at 9AM for Erie, Pa. Volunteers will leave Erie to come back to Buffalo at 6PM. (Please confirm your attendance with Naeem Jenkins-Nixon, 716-348-9674) We are doing GOTV phone banking every day through the election from 9AM-9PM. Four shifts: 9AM-12PM, 12PM-3PM, 3PM-6PM and 6PM-9PM

Amber Small for State Senate GOTV 

Volunteer opportunities to help elect Amber Small on Election Day include covering polling places starting at 6am throughout the day. Lit drops start at 9am, phone calls and canvass starting at 10am. We'll be working out of our Buffalo HQ at 464 Amherst St and our Hamburg HQ at 6000 South Park Ave (in the Town Hall Plaza next to Supercuts)

Anyone interested may contact volunteer coordinator Sarah at 716-335-3466.


Grace Hanlon for NYS Supreme Court GOTV

On Monday 11/7 and Election Day, we will be phone banking for Grace Hanlon. Contact Jake Wagner (jake@ecdems.com / 716-536-8190) for more information. 

John Flynn for Erie County District Attorney GOTV

On Monday 11/7 and on Election Day, there will be multiple phone banking and canvassing opportunities available. You may call 716-835-5353 or show up at the HQ at 3364 Sheridan Drive, at the corner of Sweet Home, next to Crunch Fitness. 

Erie County Democratic Committee Victory Party 

Join Chairman Jeremy Zellner, the Erie County Democratic Committee, and democratic canidates for the 2016 Victory Party. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
9:00 PM - 11:30 PM
701 Seneca Street, 6th Floor
Buffalo, NY


Pizza, soda and beer will be provided. Free parking is available in the lot across the street. 

This event is free.

 We hope to see you there! 

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