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CEJ Buffalo The Coalition for Economic Justice (CEJ) wins dynamic campaigns by uniting labor, faith, and community organizations and activists that promote strong, sustainable communities and economic justice for all.
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The Coalition for Economic Justice (CEJ) is an ongoing coalition of labor, faith, community, academic and student activists and organizations. We engage in collective action to promote strong, sustainable communities and economic justice for all. Together, we build and win dynamic campaigns for living wages, rights at work, accountable economic development and health care for all, through education, public advocacy and mobilization of our members, communities, and allies.

The Coalition for Economic Justice (CEJ) is an ongoing coalition of labor, faith, community, academic and student activists and organizations. We engage in collective action to promote strong, sustainable communities and economic justice for all. Together, we build and win dynamic campaigns for living wages, rights at work, accountable economic development and health care for all, through education, public advocacy and mobilization of our members, communities, and allies.

Mission: The Coalition for Economic Justice (CEJ) wins dynamic campaigns by uniting labor, faith, and community organizations and activists that promote strong, sustainable communities and economic justice for all. CEJ imagines a Buffalo and Western New York region where good jobs, healthy communities, and engaged residents are the norm.

Operating as usual

We know, the election isn't looming anymore and its a big sigh of relief. Make sure to save some of that celebratory ene...
11/09/2020

We know, the election isn't looming anymore and its a big sigh of relief. Make sure to save some of that celebratory energy for CEJ's Virtual Award Celebration November 19th! We not only have some amazing awardees we will be honoring, and transportation advocate Steven Higashide as our keynote speaker, but we will also have local musicians Kerry Fey and Tyler Wescott performing, an opportunity to bid on art that will be created by Vanessa Lesniak (founder and creator of The Sprout Creative) during the event, and a virtual raffle. You won't want to miss it!

Tickets can be purchased here: https://rb.gy/mjwxnv
Can't join but want to support, please consider purchasing a solidarity ticket.
Can't afford a ticket at this time? No problem, reach out to Holly at [email protected] and ask about a solidarity ticket.

Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/1GRIlCwNa

11/04/2020

Count. Every. Vote.

CEJ is proud to announce that we will have a guest speaker at our Annual Award Celebration this year, Steven Higashide! ...
10/31/2020

CEJ is proud to announce that we will have a guest speaker at our Annual Award Celebration this year, Steven Higashide!

We invited Steven, Director of Research for TransitCenter, as we see his work greatly intersecting with that of our campaign, Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU. As most of you know, BTRU started in 2016 as a campaign made up of public transit riders, driven by what they need in a transit system in WNY. As a writer, researcher, and expert in all things sustainable transportation and urban planning, we can't wait to hear more about Steven's insights into the pivotal issue of mobility justice.

To read some of Steven's writing and watch a few videos of previous speaking events, please visit his site here: www.stevenhigashide.com

You can also learn more about his book, Better Buses, Better Cities (2019) here: https://www.stevenhigashide.com/better-buses-better-cities

Tickets for the Celebration can be purchased here: https://rb.gy/mjwxnv
More information on the event can be found here: https://fb.me/e/4QTTyTIrt

10/30/2020
Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU

Proud of Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU and other members of Transit Riders of the United States Together on making noise to our lawmakers.

If you haven't voted yet, please make a plan to do so.Early voting scheduled through this Sunday, Nov 1stMonday-Friday N...
10/30/2020
Woman in labor stops to vote on her way to the hospital

If you haven't voted yet, please make a plan to do so.

Early voting scheduled through this Sunday, Nov 1st
Monday-Friday Noon-9pm
Saturday-Sunday Noon-6pm

There are 37 early voting sites around the county, you can go to any of them on the list here:
https://elections.erie.gov/Early-Voting

Or go to your usual polling place on Tuesday, Nov 3rd

A Florida woman in labor made a detour to vote early on the way to the hospital Tuesday before delivering her baby.

10/28/2020
#CariolsLaw #RiseandSign

Like! Share! Make and post your own video!
Tag Mayor Byron W. Brown. Use the hashtags #riseandsign and #CariolsLaw.
The Mayor has until 5 pm tomorrow (10/29) to save lives and protect good cops!
We need your participation.

Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU
10/28/2020

Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU

The Delavan-Canisus Metro Station has turnstyles sitting on display, reminding riders that NFTA is moving forward on spending millions of dollars to prevent fare evasion on the train while talking about cutting more bus service to save money. This project was started way before the pandemic but the irony hurts hard.

#NFTA #NoCuts #BTRUlyHeard #TrustRidersFundTransit

An important update from the BMAN leadership team - we need to temporarily suspend new requests for peer-to-peer grocery...
10/21/2020
Buffalo Mutual Aid Network, organized by Holly Nowak

An important update from the BMAN leadership team - we need to temporarily suspend new requests for peer-to-peer grocery deliveries.

Six months into all this, donations have dropped off (example - in the past month, less than $100 has come into the GoFundMe) and as folks have gone back to work or school, volunteer capacity has also diminished. The Peer-to-Peer team has expressed that they worry that after they catch up on the existing orders, they may not have funds to keep going. As such, we will be temporarily closing the request form tonight- all current requests will be met within the next two-three weeks.

To be clear, this isn't an end to this work, just a pause for the team to catch their breath and fundraise! Once we raise another $2000 through the GoFundMe so we can ensure that we have the needed funds, we will reopen the request form. If you can donate, please do. You can also help by sharing the link or by sharing your stories in the thread below. If you also have any other ideas/capacity for fundraising, we'd love to connect. :)

Thanks, and solidarity!
https://www.gofundme.com/f/x9vue7-buffalo-mutual-aid-network/

Buffalo Mutual Aid Network (BMAN) is a group for peer-to-peer organizing, humanitarian assistan… Holly Nowak needs your support for Buffalo Mutual Aid Network

10/15/2020
Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU

Simon Husted and Dianne Britain from Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU have posted another video informing us of what is happening with the NFTA and the bus routes that have been removed/canceled.

Simon and Dianne are back this week with more bus cut information.
Today they walked what was once route 29, to put up our own signs showing the route had been cut. The NFTA keeps cutting routes, and not telling the public about them. Well, we're here to do the things...
1) Informing the public of these cuts (there's more cuts on the way)
2) To let transit riders know their voice matters to us, so come join us and fight for our rights. #btrulyheard
3) To call the NFTA out on their bad decision makingand hold them accountable to the public in which they serve! To tell them, #nocuts
CEJ Buffalo, Poor People's Campaign- WNY

Here's a picture of our intern Carrie taking part in Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU and Transit Riders of the Unit...
10/06/2020

Here's a picture of our intern Carrie taking part in Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU and Transit Riders of the United States Together National Day of Action, Trust Riders, Fund Transit!
You can do the same by simply taking a picture of these hashtags:
#trustridersfundtransit #btrulyheard #nocuts

10/06/2020
National Day of Action

Today is a National Day of Action Trust Riders, Fund Transit! for Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU and Transit Riders of the United States Together. Join us in the fight against the NFTA to say no more cut routes and to bring the busroutes back, by posting a picture of these hashtags: #transitridersfundtransit #btrulyheard #nocuts

10/06/2020
TrustRidersFundTransit- TransitIsEssential

Join Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU and Transit Riders of the United States Together today in our National Day of Action Trust Riders, Fund Transit!Nationally we're sending a message to law makers to stop balancing their budgets off the backs of bus riders. All you have to do is take a picture of yourself on the bus, at a bus stop, or at home with the hashtag, #transitridersfundtransit
Locally, we're telling the NFTA ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, stop cutting our routes! You can take part in that the same way as above with, #nocuts #btrulyheard
Thank you LION Entertainment for this video ❤️

"Amazon released data Thursday showing that 19,816 employees have tested positive or been presumed positive for COVID-19...
10/02/2020
Amazon reveals over 19,000 workers got COVID-19

"Amazon released data Thursday showing that 19,816 employees have tested positive or been presumed positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began."

Amazon released data showing that 19,816 employees have tested positive or been presumed positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. The online retail behemoth said in the statement that it cho…

10/01/2020
10/01/2020

PUSH - Tenant Housing

This is tomorrow!!You have to RSVP, NOW!!IT'S FREE!!SEE YOU THERE!!
09/29/2020
Student Forum: Racist, Anti-Health Policing/Prisons

This is tomorrow!!
You have to RSVP, NOW!!
IT'S FREE!!
SEE YOU THERE!!

Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) believes that access to high-quality health care is a right of all people and should be provided equitably as a public service rather than bought and sold as a commodity.

Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU
09/11/2020
Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU

Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU

Thank you 7 Eyewitness News WKBW for shedding light on the culture at NFTA Transit Authority Police Department. BTRU stands with its allies in denouncing a culture of excessive force, like the incidents observed in Rochester. The circumstances and facts remain nuanced around these two taped incidents, but one thing is clear: any chief of police needs to set an important example for the rest of the department's officers to follow. That includes appropriate use of force. We've heard from multiple riders concerning use of force by NFTA Police over the year. In this time of racial and social justice reckoning, we ask to hear from more riders about the culture at NFTA police. (Welcome to direct message us if you're not comfortable commenting to this post.) #BTRUlyHeard #EnoughIsEnough #BTRUlySatisfied

https://www.wkbw.com/news/i-team/nfta-police-chief-stands-by-conduct-in-on-camera-incidents-and-decision-to-fire-an-alleged-whistleblower?fbclid=IwAR3I8YQZLtJI1M6-rnTc89HnTrPzdM9t6MLKs84lBhH6EwD8MWeNbKtC3Ow

On this Labor Day, we are thinking about all of the front-line workers keeping our hospitals, public transit systems, sc...
09/07/2020

On this Labor Day, we are thinking about all of the front-line workers keeping our hospitals, public transit systems, schools, grocery stores, day cares, and so much more running while risking their own health and well being. We are thinking of all the working class folks struggling to balance family life, home schooling kids, and working from home. Thinking of everyone who lost your job and are doing all you can just to make ends meet. Thinking of all the local business owners and workers doing your best to adjust and keep your doors open.
We see you. We stand with you.

#BTRU #BTRUlySatisfiedhttps://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2742284522715790&id=1850587591885492
09/06/2020

#BTRU #BTRUlySatisfied

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2742284522715790&id=1850587591885492

A sad reminder that this Labor Day weekend marks another round of bus service cuts at NFTA since the COVID 19 pandemic started this March. Unlike the prior ones, this round of cuts is relatively modest.

- The #55-Pine in Niagara Falls is no longer serving the Summit Business Park in any of its variants.
- The #69A-Alden is getting cut 10 miles in length, ending at Broadway and Central--assimilating to the alignment of #69B. Despite the namesake, this route is no longer serving the town of Alden.
- The #75 - West Seneca is being cut entirely. Although it was a commuter express route, it was appreciated by users in South Buffalo as a source of supplemental bus service with the #15 Seneca. (Should be noted that the #75 sometimes would roll into South Buffalo right in front or right behind a #15 bus. Those were tragic coincidences)

We know it's almost old news at this point, but we would like to extend a big congratulations to the group of concerned ...
08/18/2020
Town Supervisor: Amazon Project Not Coming to Grand Island

We know it's almost old news at this point, but we would like to extend a big congratulations to the group of concerned citizens at CRED4GI COALITION FOR RESPONSIBLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR GRAND ISLAND who worked tirelessly for what they knew was best for Grand Island, and the region at large!!!

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/buffalo/news/2020/08/12/grand-island-withdraws-application-for-project-olive

Amazon will not be coming to Grand Island after all.

IBEW 2213
08/18/2020

IBEW 2213

📸Patriotic Millionaires

Help Grand Island say NO to tax cuts for one of the largest companies in the world!NO to empty promises of jobs slated t...
08/08/2020

Help Grand Island say NO to tax cuts for one of the largest companies in the world!
NO to empty promises of jobs slated to be automated!
NO to more pollution in our air and water!
NO to unsafe work for too little pay!

NO to the Amazon Warehouse!!

Sign and share our petition now! And let the Grand Island town board know this decision effects all of WNY!

https://forms.gle/iGWbYGs5eCAXCFDp6

CRED4GI COALITION FOR RESPONSIBLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR GRAND ISLAND #NoAmazonWarehouse #PeopleOverProfits

The proposed Amazon Warehouse will not only impact Grand Island but the region as a whole! Workers will be commuting in ...
08/07/2020
Stop the Amazon Warehouse on Grand Island!

The proposed Amazon Warehouse will not only impact Grand Island but the region as a whole!

Workers will be commuting in from all over the region, public transit users will again not have access to potential employment, we all will be be impacted by the environmental consequences. We must all stand with the concerned citizens of Grand Island to say NO to Amazon on Grand Island! Sign and share the petition to show your support!

https://forms.gle/iGWbYGs5eCAXCFDp6

CRED4GI COALITION FOR RESPONSIBLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR GRAND ISLAND #NoAmazonWarehouse #PeopleOverProfits

Stop the Amazon Warehouse on Grand Island! We stand with the Coalition for Responsible Economic Development for Grand Island (CRED4GI) and all concerned Grand Island residents against the proposed Amazon Warehouse (under the name “Project Olive”). This project would negatively impact Grand Islan...

Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU
08/06/2020

Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU

If you're angry about the neglect of maintenance along Bailey Avenue, please consider joining today's foot march or cycle march to the VA hospital. In 2019 alone, Bailey Ave was home to two collisions involving an NFTA bus, resulting in sending people to the hospital. Painting the lanes will not solve all of Bailey Avenue's ills, (an ongoing capital project in planning is trying to do that) but would significantly calm traffic and prevent unnecessary loss of life.

The "Heels N Wheels On Bailey" March starts 4 PM today. Foot march begins at E-District Police Headquarters and cyclists start at 1700 Bailey, the scene where a bicyclist died in June from a collision with a car.

We get it. Ordering online is convenient, especially now. But maybe you could find what you need without continuing to b...
08/05/2020

We get it. Ordering online is convenient, especially now. But maybe you could find what you need without continuing to build up Bezo's millions. Just a thought

#NoAmazonWarehouse #CommunityFirst #PeopleOverProfit

CRED4GI COALITION FOR RESPONSIBLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR GRAND ISLAND

08/03/2020

NO AMAZON WAREHOUSE!
#CRED4GI
#PeopleOverProfit

08/03/2020
WNYCOSH

$600 = rent
$600 = food on our tables
$600 = medicine
$600 = dignity
Extend enhanced pandemic unemployment! Reinstate the rent moratorium!

#ChrisBetterHaveMyCash

CRED4GI COALITION FOR RESPONSIBLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR GRAND ISLAND

Rally today!!! Stand with Essential Retail Workers today 4-5pm at the Elmwood Tops (2101 Elmwood Ave) in their fight for...
07/30/2020

Rally today!!! Stand with Essential Retail Workers today 4-5pm at the Elmwood Tops (2101 Elmwood Ave) in their fight for the Hero Pay and safe working conditions they deserve!

Thursday, July 30th from 4-5pm at 2101 Elmwood Ave (Tops), stand with Retail Workers who have been serving their community ensure food and vital household goods are available in their fight for the Hero Pay they deserve!

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TOLA Standards : Tenant, Owner, Landlord, Alliance posted these scripts for any landlords/tenants struggling with starting a needed #conversation about rent and repairs! TOLA recommends to use text or email to have your agreement in writing.
The Poor People's Campaign is anchoring this event in El Paso along with Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR), Refugee And Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance (RITA), Repairers of the Breach and others. BE THERE THIS EVENING TO RESPOND TO THE CALL FOR SOLIDARITY https://www.facebook.com/events/469528420296780/ ElPasoFirme - Join us for a Solidarity Rally in Buffalo
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Buffalo Friends-- Interested in learning how to continue to make our community a more just, equitable, and prosperous place? Come see activist Chuck Collins, author of the best-selling book "Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good." Sponsored by the Summer Institute for Human Rights and Genocide Studies of Buffalo, the event will be held on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Arthur O. Eve U.B. Educational Opportunity Center, located at 555 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY. Once an heir to the Oscar Mayer fortune, Chuck Collins gave away his inheritance at age 26 and spent the next three decades mobilizing against inequality. Born into the one percent, he uses his perspective to deliver a new narrative, inviting the wealthy to come back home and to invest their wealth in struggling areas. He also will discuss how communities like ours can make a healthy transition to a sustainable new economy. With the heart of an agitator and the soul of a storyteller, you won’t want to miss his case for tackling inequality, bringing wealth home, and committing to the common good. Perfect for those interested in community organizing and social justice, this event is free and open to the public. It would also be ideal for student groups, book clubs, financial advisers, and religious leaders. Participants are asked to register beforehand at www.summerinstituteofbuffalo.org Light refreshments will be served. Parking is conveniently located at 555 Ellicott. For more information, contact event coordinator Jean Gunner at [email protected] Thank you for your support and will look forward to seeing you then! Drew Beiter Executive Director The Summer Institute for Human Rights and Genocide Studies of Buffalo Training the Next Generation of Concerned Citizens, Activists, and Educators www.summerinstituteofbuffalo.org
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