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The U.B. Center for Urban Studies is releasing its study, The Harder We Run: The State of Black Buffalo in 1990 and the ...
10/15/2021
The Harder We Run

The U.B. Center for Urban Studies is releasing its study, The Harder We Run: The State of Black Buffalo in 1990 and the Present, by Henry-Louis Taylor, Jr., Jin-Kyu Jung, and Evan Dash.

Thirty-one years ago, in 1990, the U.B. Center released its study, African Americans and the Rise of Buffalo’s Post-Industrial City, 1940 to Present. This investigation was the most comprehensive study ever conducted on Black Buffalo. This past summer, the Buffalo Health Equity Center asked the U.B. Center to use the 1990 Black Buffalo Study and answer the question, “Has Black Buffalo progressed since 1990?” The U.B. Center took on the project but did not request any funding. The report, The Harder We Run, answers the question, “Has Black Buffalo progressed since 1990?” The report tells us what happened to Black Buffalo over the past thirty-one years, why it happened, and what we can do about it.

Download the pdf of the report from our blog, right2thecity.
https://right2thecity.com/the-harder-we-run/

The State of Black Buffalo in 1990 and the Present By Henry-Louis Taylor, Jr., Jin-Kyu Jung, and Evan Dash The U.B. Center for Urban Studies is releasing its study, The Harder We Run: The State of …

"[T]he nature of low-paid retail work is just…not that appealing for people, and the coronavirus pandemic has been the s...
05/14/2021
Economics In Brief: It’s Not That People Don’t Want to Work, It’s That Work Is Broken

"[T]he nature of low-paid retail work is just…not that appealing for people, and the coronavirus pandemic has been the straw that finally triggers that realization. 'The problem is we are not making enough money to make it worth it to go back to these jobs that are difficult and dirty and usually thankless. You’re getting yelled at and disrespected all day. It’s hell,' one former retail worker told the Post."
https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/its-not-that-people-dont-want-to-work-its-that-work-is-broken

Also: Tighter payday lending rules are likely to pass Congress, a stimulus fund for undocumented New Jerseyans, and more.

"Our current criminal-justice system is rooted in the assumption that millions of people require policing, surveillance,...
05/10/2021
The Emerging Movement for Police and Prison Abolition

"Our current criminal-justice system is rooted in the assumption that millions of people require policing, surveillance, containment, prison. It is a dark view of humanity. By contrast, Kaba and others in this emergent movement fervently believe in the capacity of people to change in changed conditions."

Mariame Kaba, a New York City-based activist and organizer, is at the center of an effort to “build up another world.”

This week we’re highlighting one of our staff members, Petreen Thomas. She’s been working at the center for almost a yea...
05/06/2021

This week we’re highlighting one of our staff members, Petreen Thomas. She’s been working at the center for almost a year as our Layout Design Specialist.

Thank you, Petreen, for all the hard work that you do for the Center!

"I know what Cinco de Mayo is to me. It was one of the first holidays enacted by people who didn't divide loyalties base...
05/05/2021
Please Don't Wear A Sombrero: What Cinco De Mayo Really Means, From A Mexican

"I know what Cinco de Mayo is to me. It was one of the first holidays enacted by people who didn't divide loyalties based on borders. Instead, they stood in solidarity with people different from them. They understood that none of us are free until we are all free."
https://www.wbur.org/artery/2019/05/02/cinco-de-mayo-from-a-mexican

The real tragedy for me is that a day that once represented Black and brown solidarity -- and resistance against colonialism -- has been mired by a commercial whitewashing, writes Maria Garcia.

Watch our founding director, Henry-Louis Taylor, Jr. and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor discussing Keeanga's book "Race for Pro...
05/04/2021
Race for Profit

Watch our founding director, Henry-Louis Taylor, Jr. and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor discussing Keeanga's book "Race for Profit," hosted by Haymarket Books. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODeYA640htg

Join Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Henry-Louis Taylor Jr. for a discussion of Keeanga’s Pulitzer prize nominated book, Race for Profit.------------------------...

Spring is here and we're prepping the Future's Community Garden. The beds have gotten their compost and seedlings will b...
05/03/2021

Spring is here and we're prepping the Future's Community Garden. The beds have gotten their compost and seedlings will be transplanted soon! Photos from Ausra Mussett

"In the past three and a half decades, the tribal land base has grown twentyfold, to a total of 100,000 acres, funded in...
04/30/2021
The Yurok Tribe Is Using California’s Carbon Offset Program to Buy Back Its Land

"In the past three and a half decades, the tribal land base has grown twentyfold, to a total of 100,000 acres, funded in large part by sequestering carbon. For this work, the United Nations Development Programme awarded the Yurok Tribe its Equator Prize, which recognizes efforts that reduce poverty through environmental justice work."

With income from sequestering carbon in its forests, the tribe has supported youth programming, housing, road improvement, and businesses development.

This week we’d like to highlight one of our staff members that has been with us for a long time, Jeffrey Kujawa. Jeff ha...
04/29/2021

This week we’d like to highlight one of our staff members that has been with us for a long time, Jeffrey Kujawa. Jeff has been working at the center since January 2000 as the Assistant Director.

Thank you, Jeff, for all the hard work that you’ve done at the center for all these years!

ICYMI: University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning hosted two great guests in consecutive weeks: Jason Hac...
04/27/2021
Events

ICYMI: University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning hosted two great guests in consecutive weeks: Jason Hackworth (from UofT Department of Geography & Planning) and India Walton. Jason Hackworth gave a talk titled "Manufacturing Decline: How Racism and the Conservative Movement Crush the American Rust Belt" and India Walton's is titled "Running for Our Lives: Creating Equity through Policy and Politics." Their recorded talks are available on the S/A+P website at http://ap.buffalo.edu/news-events/events.html .

Every semester the School of Architecture and Planning invites distinguished architects and planners to campus for a series of public symposia, seminars and exhibitions. Convening practitioners, scholars, students and members of the community around the top issues facing our profession today, the pr...

Interested in learning more about what the Center for Urban Studies does and how we engage with the community? Take a lo...
04/26/2021
Center for Urban Studies

Interested in learning more about what the Center for Urban Studies does and how we engage with the community? Take a look at our website and learn about our projects, research, and even internship opportunities at the Center! http://centerforurbanstudies.ap.buffalo.edu/

Home Our Community-As-Classroom Team The Buffalo East Side History Project Center for Urban Studies director awarded Excellence in University-Community Engagement Award

Decolonization or Extinction: Indigenous Red Deal Lays Out Plan to Save the Earth
04/22/2021
Decolonization or Extinction: Indigenous Red Deal Lays Out Plan to Save the Earth

Decolonization or Extinction: Indigenous Red Deal Lays Out Plan to Save the Earth

On Earth Day, we speak with two of the more than two dozen Indigenous authors of a new book that looks at the history of resistance against colonialism and capitalism and lays out a vision for the future to address the climate crisis. “The Red Deal: Indigenous Action to Save Our Earth” details t...

This week we’re highlighting one of our staff members, Ian Stern. He’s been working at the center for a little over a ye...
04/21/2021

This week we’re highlighting one of our staff members, Ian Stern. He’s been working at the center for a little over a year as our Project Assistant.

Thank you, Ian, for all the hard work that you do for the Center!

Check out our Blog! Updated regularly, it includes relevant news about social movements, COVID-19, the Biden presidency,...
04/15/2021
Right 2 The City

Check out our Blog! Updated regularly, it includes relevant news about social movements, COVID-19, the Biden presidency, and more!
https://right2thecity.com/

A battle cry to remake the city in our own image

This week we’re highlighting our newest staff member, Tyler Scriven. He’s been working at the center for about 3 months ...
04/14/2021

This week we’re highlighting our newest staff member, Tyler Scriven. He’s been working at the center for about 3 months as our Project Assistant.

Thank you, Tyler, for all the hard work that you do for the Center!

"Unfortunately, there has not been a serious attempt to change the phenomenon of driving while Black, which is something...
04/13/2021
Killed over a Car Air Freshener: Outrage Grows over Police Shooting of Daunte Wright in Minnesota

"Unfortunately, there has not been a serious attempt to change the phenomenon of driving while Black, which is something that happens to Black people on a routine basis in the Twin Cities and across the state of Minnesota…And so Black people in the Twin Cities and across the state of Minnesota are pulled over significantly — at significantly greater rates than our white counterparts. And it has sometimes led to the kinds of fatality that we saw with Daunte Wright, Philando Castile and many others."

Protests continue in the Minneapolis area after a white police officer shot and killed a 20-year-old Black man, Daunte Wright, during a traffic stop Sunday in the suburb of Brooklyn Center. The deadly shooting took place about 10 miles from where former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is on...

This week, as part of the Toward Racial Justice series, India Walton will give a talk titled "Running for Our Lives: Cre...
04/12/2021
India Walton

This week, as part of the Toward Racial Justice series, India Walton will give a talk titled "Running for Our Lives: Creating Equity through Policy and Politics." Wednesday evening at 6:00PM! (Registration and link to the presentation below)

http://ap.buffalo.edu/events/2021/indiawalton.html

April 14, 2021 Join us for a talk with India Walton entitled "Running for Our Lives: Creating Equity through Policy and Politics." Having lived through and organized around the inequities faced by Black communities, Black women are taking their seat at the table to guide policy decisions and lead po...

This week, we’d like to dedicate the first staff highlight of the month to Kristian Douglas. He’s  been working at cente...
04/08/2021

This week, we’d like to dedicate the first staff highlight of the month to Kristian Douglas. He’s been working at center for almost a year now as our Coordinator.

Thank you, Kristian, for all the hard work that you do for the Center!

This Wednesday at 6:00PM, University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning is hosting Jason Hackworth in the To...
04/05/2021
Jason Hackworth

This Wednesday at 6:00PM, University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning is hosting Jason Hackworth in the Toward Racial Justice lecture series. The title of his lecture is "Manufacturing Decline: How Racism and the Conservative Movement Crush the American Rust Belt." Get more information, including the Zoom registration link, here: http://ap.buffalo.edu/events/2021/jasonhackworth.html

Apr. 7, 2021 Join Jason Hackworth, University of Toronto professor of geography and planning, for a discussion of race and racism as active causes of urban decline in America. 

Throwback Thursday! Here's a transcription of Dr. Taylor's reflections on being an activist-scholar: https://www.planner...
04/01/2021
Reflections of an Activist Scholar: Henry Louis Taylor, Jr. – Planners Network

Throwback Thursday! Here's a transcription of Dr. Taylor's reflections on being an activist-scholar: https://www.plannersnetwork.org/2018/06/reflections-of-an-activist-scholar-henry-louis-taylor-jr/ #tbt

Progressive City Introductory remarks by contributing editorial board member Jeffrey Lowe: On Friday, April 6th, Henry Louis Taylor, Jr., received the Urban Affairs Association’s (UAA’s) 2018 Marilyn J. Gittell Activist Scholar Award. Gittell spent her entire 50-year career with the City Univers...

This week we’d like to highlight our staff member, Ausra Mussett. She’s currently the Lead Teacher of the Community as C...
03/31/2021

This week we’d like to highlight our staff member, Ausra Mussett. She’s currently the Lead Teacher of the Community as Classroom and has been working here at the center for about a year and a half now.

Thank you, Ausra, for all the hard work that you do for the Center!

"By what means and on whose terms might genuine health equity and racial justice be pursued? What are the ethical-politi...
03/30/2021
Medicine for the People

"By what means and on whose terms might genuine health equity and racial justice be pursued? What are the ethical-political paradigms that can take us beyond righteous rhetoric to changes in material conditions for the most marginalized?" https://bostonreview.net/science-nature/eric-reinhart-medicine-people

As more and more doctors awaken to the political determinants of health, the U.S. medical profession needs a deeper vision for the ethical meanings of care.

This week is the start of a weekly series dedicated to highlighting one of our staff members and their hard work. Starti...
03/24/2021

This week is the start of a weekly series dedicated to highlighting one of our staff members and their hard work. Starting off this series, we’d like to take the time to highlight one of our staff members, Evan Dash.

He is our Project Assistant (GIS). Thank you, Evan, for all the hard work that you do at the Center!

Wednesday night, at 6:00PM!
03/22/2021

Wednesday night, at 6:00PM!

Mark your calendars! Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a Community Dialogue with the UB President's Advi...
03/18/2021
Stories

Mark your calendars! Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a Community Dialogue with the UB President's Advisory Council on Race on March 22 at 10:30AM. For more information, including Zoom registration, follow the link! http://www.buffalo.edu/ubnow/stories/2021/03/community-dialogue.html

The President’s Advisory Council on Race will hold a Community Dialogue with UB faculty, staff and students on March 22 to discuss its recommendations to strengthen a culture at UB that thrives on the ideals of equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice.

"In Louisville, Black women stepped up to lead the fight, organizing rallies, applying pressure to officials and draftin...
03/17/2021
‘Couldn’t possibly be silent’: These women are carrying the torch for Breonna Taylor

"In Louisville, Black women stepped up to lead the fight, organizing rallies, applying pressure to officials and drafting legislation. But above all, they emphasized the message that Black women are not an afterthought."

In Kentucky, Black women stepped up to organize rallies, press officials and draft policy. But above all, they emphasized the message that Black women are not an afterthought

Tomorrow evening University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning will be hosting "Engendering Equity in Archit...
03/16/2021
Engendering Equity in Architecture and Planning

Tomorrow evening University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning will be hosting "Engendering Equity in Architecture and Planning: A panel conversation with School of Architecture and Planning womxn faculty." Get information and register for the event by following the link below! http://ap.buffalo.edu/events/2021/engenderingequity.html

March 17, 2021 Join us for a panel conversation with women faculty of the School of Architecture and Planning on opportunities for advancing gender equity and future feminist directions for the planning and design disciplines.  

A big congratulations to Petreen Thomas, the layout design specialist here at the Center, on this outstanding achievemen...
03/11/2021
2021 Watts Scholar Petreen Thomas activates design for social and racial justice

A big congratulations to Petreen Thomas, the layout design specialist here at the Center, on this outstanding achievement!

"Racial injustice is one of the issues Thomas hopes she can address as a practitioner in the future by asserting 'input on the designs in our environment by being able to tackle issues, such as race, from multiple perspectives.' Her deep conviction and thoughtful aspirations earned her selection as the 2021 recipient of the Watts Scholarship."
http://ap.buffalo.edu/news/2021/taylor-racialjustice1.html

For Petreen Thomas, a great deal of power exists in design – a concept that is shaping her future aspirations as an architect and urban designer, with an eye toward public interest design.

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