Canvassing with Compassion
Jun
16
1:00 PM13:00

Canvassing with Compassion

  • 5 West Northrup Place Buffalo, NY, 14214 United States (map)
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The Canvassing with Compassion workshop is designed to equip people with a toolbox of skills to effectively communicate evidence based messages with empathy in conversation and outreach efforts.

As scientists and activists we want to spread the word about new research, engage with friends and neighbors, and be a force for positive change in our communities.  

Miscommunication can be a barrier to that change when confronted with people who don’t agree with us or are afraid of the consequences of our message.

Katie Little, the Community Organizer for the Tonawanda Coke Soil Study had a scientific message to tell communities about an upcoming soil study. She quickly learned it was critical, to listen and respond to the stories residents wanted to tell. Tonawanda, Grand Island, and North Buffalo may have been exposed to environmental pollution as a result of industrial negligence with presently unknown consequences. Canvassing, or going door-to-door, and other forms of outreach can be difficult in situations where people may have experienced harm.

The first Canvassing with Compassion training was held in June 2017 for the TCC Soil Study Research Team. Those who attended the workshop felt the training made them more prepared for community outreach and able to respond thoughtfully to unexpected or emotionally intense scenarios. 

Join us for a workshop at the University Heights Tool Library where we discuss and put into practice skills to facilitate hard conversations effectively with Katie and Social Worker Jennifer Carlson, Director of Clinical Operations at Sheridan Medical Group.

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The Science Of Change: Planning Effective Activism Campaigns
May
12
1:00 PM13:00

The Science Of Change: Planning Effective Activism Campaigns

The goal of activism is to change things, but how do we know what works? In a challenging political climate ripe for protests and petitions, it’s important to consider the effectiveness of our actions. Drawing from the experience of seasoned activists and organizers, Center for Inquiry outreach director Debbie Goddard will outline evidence-based methods for building campaigns and developing functional goals, objectives, strategies, tactics, and messaging so that our activism actually works. Attendees will develop campaign ideas in a workshop setting and be provided with relevant handouts.

Debbie Goddard is the director of campus and community programs and the director of African Americans for Humanism at the Center for Inquiry (CFI), where she has worked for 12 years. She facilitates workshops and gives presentations on group organizing, campaign-building and activism, diversity and outreach, student activism, the secular movement, and other topics for local groups and national conferences across North America.

Additionally, she has been the lead organizer for several conferences including Women in Secularism 4 and the annual CFI Leadership Conference. In 2012, she led a notable billboard campaign featuring black atheists, and in 2009, she helped coordinate an international campaign highlighting blasphemy laws and free expression.

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Buffalo March for Science 2018
Apr
14
12:30 PM12:30

Buffalo March for Science 2018

The Second Annual Buffalo March for Science, hosted by Science Demands Action, will be on April 14th. The march will start downtown at Niagara Square and end at Canalside with a rally and Science Education Fair for all ages. Here is the schedule of events.

  • Gather at Niagara Square at 12:30 pm
  • Begin March to Canalside via Court and Main St. around 1 pm
  • Rally and speakers at Canalside around 1:30 pm
  • Science Fair and Poster Session until 4 pm

This is an all volunteer run event to advocate for a world where communities use science for social good. Join us to tell the world what science can do for you, your communities, and Buffalo.

Click here for more information about the March, including a picture of the route we'll be taking.

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Apr
7
3:00 PM15:00

Buffalo March for Science Sign Making and Volunteer Sign Up 2

Come join us for a sign making session for the March! Socialize with your favorite politically active scientists and science enthusiasts. Sign making material provided.

If you're interested in volunteering for the day of the Buffalo March for Science, please attend as well. We're looking for volunteers to help direct traffic, provide general guidance, help set up/take down, and facilitate the Buffalo March for Science on April 14th.

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Apr
6
5:00 PM17:00

Buffalo March for Science Sign Making and Volunteer Sign Up 1

Come join us for a sign making session for the March! Socialize with your favorite politically active scientists and science enthusiasts. Sign making material provided.

If you're interested in volunteering for the day of the Buffalo March for Science, please attend as well. We're looking for volunteers to help direct traffic, provide general guidance, help set up/take down, and facilitate the Buffalo March for Science on April 14th.

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Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

Buffalo March for Science Volunteer Training 2

If you are interested in volunteering for the day of the Buffalo March for Science, please attend either of our volunteer training sessions. We are looking for volunteers to help direct traffic, provide general guidance, help set up/take down, and facilitate the Buffalo March for Science on April 14th. Learn more at Spot Coffee at 765 Elmwood Avenue on March 14th at 7pm or email dan@sciencedemandsaction.org

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Mar
13
5:00 PM17:00

Buffalo March for Science Volunteer Training 1

If you are interested in volunteering for the day of the Buffalo March for Science, please attend either of our volunteer training sessions. We are looking for volunteers to help direct traffic, provide general guidance, help set up/take down, and facilitate the Buffalo March for Science on April 14th. Learn more at 206 Furnas Hall on UB’s North Campus on March 13th at 5pm or email dan@sciencedemandsaction.org

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Feb
8
6:00 PM18:00

The Opioid Crisis in WNY Part 2: The Science of Addiction

  • UB South Campus - 144 Farber Hall (map)
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Join us Thursday, February 8 in Farber Hall 144 on UB's South Campus at 6 pm to continue the conversation about the opioid crisis in WNY. In December we focused on community interventions. Join us in February for a discussion on the science behind why people experience addiction and how they and their families can find help. 

Panelists Include: Dr. Gale Burstein - Erie County Department of Health, Rachel Hoopsick - Community Health and Health Behavior; Lakeisha Lewter - Dept of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Food provided!

RSVP here!

 

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Jan
21
4:00 PM16:00

First Annual Retreat and Holiday Party

  • 200 Delaware Avenue Buffalo, NY, 14202 United States (map)
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After the Women's Solidarity March, walk two blocks over for our first annual Winter Retreat and Holiday Party at 4pm near 200 Delaware Avenue. Join the board for a session aimed at formulating 2018 strategic goals and key messaging for the 2018 March for Science followed by a potluck holiday party. Please RSVP for location details if you are not on slack as a volunteer has generously opened their home for the event.

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Nov
27
9:00 AM09:00

The Opioid Crisis in WNY: Part 1 Community Intervention and Narcan Training

Between 2014 and 2015 the number of opioid attributed deaths doubled in Erie County. This trend is continuing in all corners of Erie County and thousands are at risk. 

Join Science Demands Action, The Buffalo March for Science, and the Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center on December 4th at 6pm to learn more about what everyone can do to end the opioid epidemic in Western New York. 

The Erie County Department of Health's Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein will discuss the scope of the threat in Erie County and what measures we can support. Debra Smith of the Opioid Epidemic Task Force will share the impact of the crisis on families. Cheryll Moore of the Erie County Department of Health will lead the group in a narcan training session with free kits for you to take home. 

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