Tonawanda News

August 17, 2013

Leaders to attend social justice workshop

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — More than 150 religious and community leaders will meet today at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church for a social justice training workshop, organizers said. 

VOICE-Buffalo and Niagara Organizing for Hope will be training attendees at the event, which will run from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. 

Rev. John Welsh, the chair of the Gamaliel Foundation’s African American Leadership Commission and the former President of the Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network, will headline the event.

Dr. David Taylor, of Niagara University, will moderate the workshop, which will train attendees on the skills and tools to use for social justice movements and the improvement of local communities. 

Gamaliel released a statement Friday and pointed out the community work that still needs to be accomplished. 

“Locally, public schools are struggling and families are economically repressed while major corporations paying low-wages report record earnings,” the statement reads. 

Clergy and lay leaders from Lockport, Niagara Falls, Tonawanda and Buffalo will attend the workshop. Those interested in attending can register at the door. The cost is $10 per session, or $20 for both of the sessions. One session begins at 8:30 a.m. and the other at 10:30 a.m.