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Coalition for Economic Justice to honor five at banquet

The Coalition for Economic Justice will honor five people for their advocacy for workers and poor people at its annual awards banquet at 6 p.m. May 3 in Ironworkers Hall, 196 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca.

Awards will be presented to Dennice Barr, John Mudie, Jeff Richardson, Jo’net Rodolph and Alexander Wright.

The Coalition also will celebrate its accomplishments during the past year, which include creation of the first community-controlled land trust in Buffalo’s Fruit Belt, extension of bus service to Lackawanna on evenings and weekends, and the establishment of the Western New York chapter of the Poor People’s Campaign.

Tickets are $50, $90 per couple and $350 for a table of eight. For information, call the Rev. Kirk Laubenstein at 892-5877 or email

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