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Organizing for Equity for North Shore Staten Island Families and Children
(based on research about the North Shore*)
Peace Action Staten Island invites you to
Join our Zoom Discussion on
Saturday, May 8, 2-4pm

What specific demands should we make to ensure that every child on Staten Island is healthy, housed, educated and safe?
We read a lot of campaign literature, but what specifically should politicians be enacting into legislation?
What demands should community organizations be organizing around?
Peace Action Staten Island invites you to
Join our Zoom Discussion on Saturday, May 8, 2-4pm

Featured Speaker: Bijan Kimiagar, Ph.D.
Associate Executive Director for Research of the Citizen’s Committee for Children of New York. He and his colleagues at the CCC.NY did in-depth research and wrote a detailed report titled “The North Shore of Staten Island: Community Driven Solutions to Improve Child and Family Well-Being.” Data drive research was used to forumlate specific suggested changes for the welfare of North Shore Families.
Other speakers on the panel:
Adrienne Abatte, Executive Director of the Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness. Her organization advocates for public health and social justice issues.
Kelly Vilar, Founder and CEO of The Staten Island Urban Center, a community organization concerned with equity and self-determination. She also founded the Let’s Rebuild Cromwell Community Coalition.
Sarah Blas, Equity and Community Impact Lead of the Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness. She is also the founder of the Staten Island Therapeutic Gardens.
Sarah Blas is presently running to become an elected member of the Community Education Council.
*For the report from the Citizen’s Committee for Children of New York, you can go to : There’s a link there where you can download the full report.
COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Contact to co-sponsor this event.

Saturday, April 10, 2021 from 1pm–3pm

Peace Action of Staten Island cordially invites you to learn about the Graniteville and other endangered Staten Island wetlands and their importance to the ecology of the island. Our guest speaker is Gabriella Velardi Ward of The Coalition for Wetlands and Forests who will share her extensive knowledge of the Graniteville wetlands and the community’s fight for environmental justice.

Also come to learn more about the Saturday, April 24, Earth Day March in support of the Graniteville Wetlands.

Click HERE to register in advance for this meeting

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Peace Action of Staten Island and Staten Island Women Who March invite you to learn about the Invest in Our New York Campaign. This meeting will be held virtually on Saturday, March 13, from 2pm to 3:30pm.

The Invest in Our New York Campaign (IONY) is a package of 6 bills that end tax breaks for the wealthiest New Yorkers and raise $50 billion to invest in our housing and healthcare, our schools and teachers, our towns and our cities, our workers and our youth.

Our speaker will be Stephanie Ward of Staten Island Women Who March and a representative from the IONY campaign who will tell us more about the campaign and how we can get involved.

Register in advance for this meeting.

Click HERE to register.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Asian American Labor and Community Organization, New York State Public Employees Federation, Sustainable Staten Island, Communication Workers of America, Local 1102 (list in formation)

Visit to sign a petition in support of the campaign.

At the March 13th meeting, the Nominating Committee of Peace Action of Staten Island will present the nominations for Board elections. For more information, please contact

 We are excited to invite you to the Young Leaders of Staten Island's Black History Month VIRTUAL program on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 2 pm. You must register to receive the link to the event. Click HERE to register for the event.

Young Leaders of Staten Island (YLSI) will be presenting “Rising from the Sandy Ground!” and Peace Action of Staten Island is proud to be a co-sponsor.

This event is meant to shine light on Sandy Ground’s lesser known history as well as begin a fundraiser to support the Sandy Ground Historical Society.

The program will highlight black culture by portraying artwork from members of the community, a presentation on Sandy Ground presented by our featured guest Ms. Julie Moody-Lewis, and a panel to expound upon the history of their organizations and their own contributions to black history. 

The YLSI will propose their ideas on how to raise money for Sandy Ground as well as create further urgency to add the influential history of Sandy Ground to the New York State curriculum. 

Please join YLSI to embark upon the journey of learning the rich African American history of the past and present times as well as help us create lasting history for the future generations to come.

Saturday, February 13, 2021, 2-4:30pm, ZOOM online event.
Julie Moody-Lewis, Board President, Sandy Ground Historical Society
Yolanda R. Scott, President, Staten Island Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Soroity, Inc.
Dominque Sharpton, National Director of Membership, National Action Network
YLSI: Young Leaders of Staten Island
Sandy Ground Historical Society
Peace Action of Staten Island
NAN: National Action Network
For more information, call Kevin Walton, 917-940-6432

Human Rights in the Time of COVID A Zoom Forum Hosted by Peace Action of Staten Island 

Saturday, January 23, 2021, from 2 PM to 4 PM

Free and open to the public. 
Register for Zoom link here.

Peace Action of Staten Island's January meeting is a virtual program on "Human Rights in the time of COVID". A panel will address a range of human rights issues that are exacerbated as a result of the pandemic, including the right to housing, food, safety, education and health. The program will include Q & A participating with the audience.

Rev. Karen Jackson of Project Hospitality;
Yesenia Mata of La Colmena 
Juan Fernandez of the Staten Island office of the NYC Commission of Human Rights
Peter Kempner, Legal Director at Volunteers of Legal Service and Adjunct Professor at New York Law School
Nancy Haggins, New York State Nurses Association Treasurer and nurse at Maimonides Hospital
Tanuja Mohapatra, Director of Legislative Affairs at the Department of Financial Services

Yasmine C., Teens Take Charge NYC

Coalition of Wetlands and Forests
First Central Baptist Church
La Colmena
Friends of Mount Manresa
Move Forward Staten Island
Peace Action New York State
Staten Island Women Who March (SIWWM)
Teens Take Charge NYC
United Activities Unlimited (UAU)
(list in formation)

Register for Zoom link here.

See Facebook Event.


Join us for a VIRTUAL discussion on What’s Next for Peace Action's Core Issues (war, nuclear weapons, military spending, sanctions) as we head into the new year, with a new Biden Administration.

Jon Rainwater is Executive Director of Peace Action and the Peace Action Education Fund. For over 30 years, Jon has been active in campaigns on issues of peace, nuclear disarmament, social justice and environmental sustainability.

Co-sponsors: Brooklyn For Peace, Peace Action of Bay Ridge, Peace Action New York State, Communities United for Respect and Trust, Staten Island Immigration Council, Save Mount Manresa. Staten Island Democratic Association, New York State Public Employees Federation, Asian American Labor and Community Organization (AALCO), The New York Health Campaign, Shut Down Indian Point Now, Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives, Purple Hat Society of Staten Island, Young Leaders of Staten Island (list in formation) 


Peace Action of Staten Island wishes to thank all of its, members, supporters and allies for their support. This afternoon's Make Food Not War Celebration of Staten Island's Peacemakers and of India's Children's Day was wonderful because of you. 

Click here to to view the recording. 

Congratulations to our honorees, Rebecca Del Vecchio, Iman Tahir Kukiqi, Rev. Terry Troia, Council Member Debi Rose, and Sylvia Zaage. We are grateful to Omnia and Leila Hegazy for making beautiful music and to Teri Calieri for being the event's emcee. Thank you to Kamala Anantharam and Vanita Yogeshwar and the children of Puma Vidya for showing the cooking demonstrations. Finally, we are inspired by Young Leaders of Staten Island and their organizing work preparing the way for a new Staten Island!

If you were not able to attend but wish to get involved with Peace Action of Staten Island, please email

Thank you to all our new and renewed members! 

Click here to Join or Renew


Education In the Time of Crisis

A Zoom Forum Hosted by Peace Action of Staten Island 

Saturday, September 12, 2020, from 2 PM to 4 PM

Free and open to the public. 
Peace Action of Staten Island invites parents, grandparents, teachers, students, and everyone who cares about the education of Staten Island’s students to attend a forum “Education In the Time of Crisis” that brings together activists who are committed to an equitable and safe school environment.  

New York City schools have always been underfunded and segregated racially.  On average, NYC schools classes are 15-30% larger than the rest of the state. Most schools in NYC presently have inadequate ventilation and lack air conditioning. There are no working sinks in many rooms (if they even have sinks).

The DOE Chancellor opened a recent meeting with school employees stating that due to cutbacks in state and federal funds layoffs are a probability. If the Chancellor is saying that the schools are underfunded how are they going to pay for working or new sinks, nurses in every school and adequate ventilation? How will this happen in time for the scheduled opening? Without funding for contact tracing, will returning to schools put Black and Latinx at more risk again for Covid?

A solution must take into account that working parents need child care and remote learning doesn’t replace in person learning and socialization. In addition, we need a racially equitable education for all students including a way to deliver therapeutic services.

We hope you will join us on the 12th to hear the voices of our panelist and to speak about your concerns. We need to organize to ensure that we have a safe and equitable school system.

Our Activist Panel:

Guillermo Grau, United Activites Unlimited

Nailah Bourne, NYCDOE Elementary School Speech Teacher

Yasmine Chokrane, Student Leader at Teens Take Charge

Tammy Greer BrownNAACP Youth Council, Advisor

Leonie Haimson, founder of  Class Size Matters

Tal Jasmin, Parent and K Woods Foundation

John Lawrence, Professor at the College of Staten Island

Margarita Sanchez, Professor  at Wagner College, La Colmena

Rahsan Williams , NYCDOE High School teacher and parent

Above Ground Railroad
First Central Baptist Church
La Colmena
Move Forward Staten Island
New York Center for Interpersonal Development 
Staten Island Political Action Club
Staten Island Urban Center
Staten Island Women Who March (SIWWM)
Teens Take Charge NYC
United Activities Unlimited (UAU)
Young Democrats of Richmond County


For more information please visit:

Peace Action of Staten Island webiste

facebook page,

or email 

Outdoor Hiroshima Nagasaki 75th Anniversary Photo Exhibit
Fence of the Unitarian Church of Staten Island
312 Fillmore Street, Staten Island, NY
Saturday, August 8, 2020, 4-7pm
(Raindate: Sunday, August 9th, 4-7pm)

Musicians performing outdoors:
Carolyn Clark, keyboard, Carole Abend, flute, Edwin "Pupa" Santiag, guitar
Masks and hand sanitizer will be available. Social distancing will be required.
As part of a global peace wave of events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima/Nagasaki, Peace Action of Staten Island and the Unitarian Church of Staten Island are sponsoring a display of photos that depict the devastation by the A-bombing as well as nuclear tests. A timeline of seven and a half decades of nuclear weapons history will also be displayed. Seventy-five years have passed since the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It is estimated that the bombs killed 210,000 citizens by the end of 1945 and, over the years, have ruined the health of many of the survivors. The average age of the Hibakusha (the atom bomb survivors) is now over 82 years old, and many of them are still suffering from terrible health issues. This exhibit honors the memory of those who were killed or harmed by the atomic bombings. The photos are a gift from local groups of Gensuikyo, the Japanese Council Against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs. The hope of local Japanese activists is that the photos will help sensitize people to the humanitarian consequences of the use of nuclear weapons and mobilize world public opinion in favor of creating a nuclear weapon-free world. It is the conviction of Peace Action and the Unitarian Universalists that nuclear weapons must never be used again against any nation under any circumstances. The message of peace from the survivors to the people of the world is an appeal for all to realize a world free of nuclear weapons. The United Nations adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on July 7, 2017 and the Hibakusha call on all State Governments to join the Treaty and achieve the total elimination of nuclear weapons. To sign their appeal, go to

Peace Action of Staten Island P.O. Box 201 St. George Station

Staten Island, NY 10301




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