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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.

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!

07/29/2020
Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU

Thank you to everyone who showed up this morning! There's been lots of thank you rallies to health workers, social workers and other essential workers, but not one single thank you to the NFTA bus drivers! Without them most essential workers wouldn't have made it to work, and a good chunk of us wouldn't be able to go to the store, Dr, testing, etc. They are by far the most essential of the essential workers! They work directly with the public and risk their lives and the lives of their families every single day. And yet, not one day went by without a bus hitting a bus stop!! Yet, not one thank you, no hazard pay, and yet still rush their lives so we can get where we need to go! The ATU 1342 needs our voices and the drivers need our voices! The next time you get on the bus, or see a bus driver, tell them, Thank You!! It's the least we can do.

No Zeroes for ATU Heroes!!

Thursday, July 30th from 4-5pm at 2101 Elmwood Ave (Tops), stand with Retail Workers who have been serving their communi...
07/28/2020

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!

Transit Workers are Essential Workers! ATU Local 1342 is holding a rally Wednesday (7/29)to demand a fair contract and s...
07/27/2020

Transit Workers are Essential Workers!

ATU Local 1342 is holding a rally Wednesday (7/29)to demand a fair contract and safe working conditions as they work the front lines during the Covid-19 pandemic

Gathering will start at 8:30am at 181 Ellicott St, speakers will begin at approximately 9:30am

Stand with Canisius College staff against major employee cuts!Rally scheduled for Saturday (8/1/20) at 12pm, Science Bui...
07/27/2020

Stand with Canisius College staff against major employee cuts!

Rally scheduled for Saturday (8/1/20) at 12pm, Science Building at Jefferson and Main St

Canisius professors need your support in a fight against recent lay offs. Read more and sign the petition at the link. H...
07/23/2020
Sign the Petition

Canisius professors need your support in a fight against recent lay offs. Read more and sign the petition at the link. Here are the direct asks:

"we demand that the Board of Trustees take immediate action to:
1) halt the unethical dismissal of Canisius professors,
2) remove the current president of the College,
3) initiate a thorough audit of the number, functions, and pay of each of the Canisius leadership roles, and share this audit with the full faculty of Canisius,
4) change the leadership roles within the Board of Trustees, and
5) practice shared governance as defined by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP)."

https://www.change.org/p/canisius-college-stop-canisius-from-firing-professors

Stop Canisius from Firing Professors

🚨🚨RALLY CALL🚨🚨The workers with our local ATU need your support! Come out Wednesday, July 29th at 8:30am to stand in soli...
07/21/2020

🚨🚨RALLY CALL🚨🚨

The workers with our local ATU need your support! Come out Wednesday, July 29th at 8:30am to stand in solidarity with the NFTA essential workers who deserve heroes pay and a fair contract!!

Again that's 8:30 AM, Wednesday, July 29, in front of the MTC at 181 Ellicott Street. Don't forget your masks and to practice social distancing. See you there!

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2699236930353883&id=1850587591885492

Our local bus operator union is calling on NFTA leadership to provide essential workers some form of heroes pay compensation in the ongoing contract negotiations.

Rally is scheduled 8:30 AM, Wednesday, July 29, in front of the MTC at 181 Ellicott Street.

Grand Island Town Council is meeting tonight at 8pm. We ask them to do what's right for the region, vote no on project o...
07/20/2020
Project Olive, widely believed to be Amazon, 'on pause' on Grand Island

Grand Island Town Council is meeting tonight at 8pm. We ask them to do what's right for the region, vote no on project olive! #PeopleOverProfit!

A massive, nearly four million-square-foot warehouse and distribution center on Grand Island for a tenant widely believed to be Amazon is on hold, Town Supervisor John Whitney said Monday.

Proudly picketed with 1199 today in solidarity with #StrikeForBlackLives ✊
07/20/2020

Proudly picketed with 1199 today in solidarity with #StrikeForBlackLives ✊

Strike for Black Lives
07/20/2020
Strike for Black Lives

Strike for Black Lives

On July 20th, workers are going on strike for Black lives. Demand justice with us.

In June, we passed 100 days of COVID-19 in Western New York, and in response to the crisis, local organizers came togeth...
07/20/2020
BMAN Solidarity Fund-Raiser organized by Michael Heubusch

In June, we passed 100 days of COVID-19 in Western New York, and in response to the crisis, local organizers came together in March and formed the Buffalo Mutual Aid Network.

The Buffalo Mutual Aid Network is a social action group for peer-to-peer organizing, humanitarian assistance, and reliable information-sharing developed in response to this global pandemic.

A branch of the Buffalo Mutual Aid Network that focuses on financial solidarity is the BMAN Solidarity Relief Fund. It was created for workers who live in the Greater Buffalo area whose income has been directly affected as a result of COVID-19 to be able to request emergency financial mutual aid.

During the month of July we have launched the BMAN Solidarity Fund-raising Campaign because as we have seen, COVID-19 has highlighted deep structural problems that make our government unwilling to properly handle a public health emergency and unwilling to provide for its people. Our goal is to raise $10,000 by August 1.

The Unemployment Insurance Extension that workers have been receiving which grants an additional $600 of benefits is set to expire on July 31st, and New York State’s Eviction Moratorium will lift on August 20th. The expiration of these two measures will set into motion an economic crisis that we have never before seen.

The Buffalo Mutual Aid Network, like many organizations across the world, has taken on the responsibility of caring for one another, and providing a framework for communities to survive, rather than forcing individuals to fend for themselves. Mutual aid is volunteer-run, transparent, democratic, and driven by the needs of community members as they dictate them.

Since March 2020, we have received over $50,000 in requests and have redistributed almost $10,000. Currently, the need is over $40,000 and we are doing everything that we are able to find funding.

100% of the money is given directly to those who have requested aid. Requestors have had their income affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic and funds are used for a variety of needs including rent, food, childcare supplies, and transportations.

The community members are what make Buffalo the city what is it, and right now our community is suffering. This project is helping the community of Buffalo survive the COVID-19 crisis through solidarity, not charity. In our experience, those who have received assistance want to pay it forward. If we want Buffalo to be able to have a "new normal," we need to come together.

To see the impact we've had so far, or to donate directly to folks who have requested money, click here.

Will you #supportsolidarity?

https://gf.me/u/yfd8j2

In June, we passed 100 days of COVID-19 in Western New York, and in response to the crisi… Michael Heubusch needs your support for BMAN Solidarity Fund-Raiser

Don't forget! Today is a National Day of Action! Join labor in support of #StrikeForBlackLives
07/20/2020

Don't forget! Today is a National Day of Action! Join labor in support of #StrikeForBlackLives

Monday, 7/20, is a National Day of Action in Solidarity with #StrikeForBlackLives

Join workers who will be out showing support in an information picket, from 2 to 4 pm, at
64 Hager st, Buffalo, NY 14208
or 200 Bassett Rd, Williamsville, NY 14221

We Resist
07/19/2020

We Resist

Monday, 7/20, is a National Day of Action in Solidarity with #StrikeForBlackLivesJoin workers who will be out showing su...
07/18/2020

Monday, 7/20, is a National Day of Action in Solidarity with #StrikeForBlackLives

Join workers who will be out showing support in an information picket, from 2 to 4 pm, at
64 Hager st, Buffalo, NY 14208
or 200 Bassett Rd, Williamsville, NY 14221

Grand Island's zoning board voted against Amazon's plan! This is great news for our community. We've seen too many examp...
07/16/2020
Grand Island planning board deals blow to project believed to be Amazon

Grand Island's zoning board voted against Amazon's plan!

This is great news for our community. We've seen too many examples of how harmful Amazon can be and how little they actually deliver on the jobs and taxes promises they love to make. This project isn't inevitable. Amazon can be beat! #PeopleOverProfit

""This vote makes it clear: Amazon’s so-called Project Olive is not a 'done deal,' " Cathy Rayhill, co-founder of a newly formed group of residents who don't want Amazon to build on the island, said in a statement. "Our coalition is confident that citizen awareness and opposition to this proposal will only continue to grow now that the Planning Board has signaled that Amazon may be stopped."

Critics say the five-story, 3.8 million-square-foot facility proposed for 2780 Long Road is too large for the island, would bring too much additional traffic and congestion at the Grand Island bridges and would pave over too much green space."

https://buffalonews.com/news/local/grand-island-planning-board-deals-blow-to-project-believed-to-be-amazon/article_f63f76d4-c766-11ea-8aa8-9f30644de483.html

The proposal to construct a massive warehouse and distribution center on Grand Island for a tenant widely believed to be Amazon has run into a major snag.

1199 SEIU Upstate NY
07/10/2020

1199 SEIU Upstate NY

Today, 62 professional community outreach workers at Health Home in Niagara Falls became the newest members of 1199SEIU. The group includes social workers and support staff who provide critical community based health services to the Niagara Falls area. Join us in welcoming them to the 1199SEIU family! #UnionStrong

This. Right here. And if you can read the comments below (we know it's a bit blurry, sorry) they lay out a great example...
07/08/2020

This. Right here. And if you can read the comments below (we know it's a bit blurry, sorry) they lay out a great example of how solidarity among unions means the people win ✊ #PeopleOverProfit

Make sense

“The workers at Perks Cafe won the right to organize a union and when they had an up-or-down vote back in March, they ap...
07/02/2020
Perks Cafe workers say owner refuses to bargain with union

“The workers at Perks Cafe won the right to organize a union and when they had an up-or-down vote back in March, they approved the measure by 90-percent.

Despite that win, the workers say Perks’ owner is hostile and refuses to bargain in good faith. Many of Western New York’s more active unions joined the former workers at Perks Cafe, calling on the owner Bob Newman to do the right thing and treat them with respect and at least discuss working conditions.“

Good time to remind everyone to support unionized cafe workers at Spot Coffee!

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)–The workers at Perks Cafe won the right to organize a union and when they had an up-or-down vote back in March, they approved the measure by 90-percent. Despite that win,…

"The working class did not create the economic crisis, and for decades we have seen wealth disparity grow. Now is the ti...
06/29/2020

"The working class did not create the economic crisis, and for decades we have seen wealth disparity grow. Now is the time to make the very rich pay their fair share and in so doing provide real relief to the overwhelming majority of the American people."

North Carolina police chief takes a stand on 'Water cooler talk' caught on tape. https://www.npr.org/sections/live-updat...
06/26/2020
North Carolina Police Chief Fires Three Officers Over Racist Comments Caught On Tape

North Carolina police chief takes a stand on 'Water cooler talk' caught on tape.

https://www.npr.org/sections/live-updates-protests-for-racial-justice/2020/06/25/883358818/wilmington-n-c-police-fires-three-officers-over-racist-comments-caught-on-tape

Video is said to show the Wilmington officers exchanging racist and sometimes threatening remarks. The county's district attorney has thrown out cases involving the former officers amid a bias review.

Clean Air Coalition wants our voices to be heard and at the decision making table. They needs your signature to help. Me...
06/24/2020

Clean Air Coalition wants our voices to be heard and at the decision making table. They needs your signature to help. Message from Clean Air:
The COVID-19 pandemic and the global uprising for Black lives have proven how necessary it is for our public servants to serve the public in the ways that we really need. Clean Air is committed to ensuring that all people have their voices heard and dignity centered as we build the world that we all deserve. Our call for a Community Advisory Group at Tonawanda Coke is one step towards a world where our environment promotes health and equity and where systems place communities at the forefront of decision making. Please follow link to sign, thank you for your support. https://bit.ly/TCC_CAG

Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
06/19/2020

Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

06/19/2020
What is Juneteenth? Watch a Juneteenth Cartoon (Fun Facts about Juneteenth)

Happy Juneteenth! Unsure what it is, here is a video to get you started. If you have any other resources that would be helpful for folks, please drop them in the comments

Many people ask, "What is Juneteenth?" Well learn about an African American celebration with this cartoon. Here we have fun facts about Juneteenth and why it...

06/11/2020
Activists of Buffalo

Activists of Buffalo is, "... a space to highlight media and initiatives of local activists - a place to document, celebrate, and tell the truth about activist events throughout Western New York."
They are consistently updating the page as events are happening. There are pictures and videos from rallies, marches, protests, sit-ins, etc. They are on the front lines with the activists and take some of the best pictures and they are free for you to download. Their only ask is that if you repost a picture or video that you tag them in it. (Media please contact before using).
So, if you have missed anything or want to gain knowledge behind some action that occurred, they are a great point of reference. (Remember to like their page).

A page to highlight the inspiring efforts of activists in the Queen City. Pictures are FREE for people to share and use on social media but PLEASE CREDIT and tag Activists of Buffalo. If used for press or publications PLEASE CONTACT me.

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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
solidarity with the strikers in Erie PA!
Erie PA - 4 hrs · 1700 members of UE Locals 506 and 618 went on strike today to preserve decent wages and working conditions at the GE Transportation locomotive plant in Erie, PA. Their new employer, Wabtec, took over the business on Monday and imposed "terms and conditions" that include mandatory overtime and arbitrary schedules, wage reductions of up to 38 percent for recalled and newly-hired workers, and the right to use temporary workers for up to 20 percent of the work in the plant. The UE negotiating committee worked long into Tuesday morning and were not able to convince the company to negotiate an acceptable short-term agreement that preserves the wages, benefits, and working conditions negotiated with GE over the past eight decades. “We are extremely disappointed that the company could not see its way to agree to continue the terms and conditions that we have worked under for decades. Their refusal leaves us with no choice but to go out on strike to protect our members' and our children’s future,” said Scott Slawson, President of UE Local 506. Karlene Torrance of UE Local 618 said, “We are gratified by the outpouring of support we have received from our friends, neighbors, and community in Erie. We will need their support now more than ever.”
Public Transit and Macro Social Work: A Case Study with Buffalo Transit Riders United, Holly Nowak from CEJ Buffalo and MSW intern Kendall Tubb. #MAcroSW Chat Thu. Feb. 21 at 9 PM EST! https://macrosw.com/2019/02/18/public-transit-and-macro-social-work-a-case-study-macrosw-chat-feb-21-2019/
NEW ON WNYLABORTODAY.COM: CWA Negotiates Final Severance Package For Soon-To-Be Gone New Era Cap Employees As Activists Call On Major League Baseball To Help Save The Buffalo Area Plant From Being Closed & Moved To A Non-Union Facility In Miami... Read More On 'Your' On-Line Labor Newspaper...
NEW ON WNYLABORTODAY.COM: Unionists Rally Outside New Era Field To Protest The Closure Of The Pro Sports Cap Maker’s Local Production Facility, ‘Lament How Far’ Owner Christopher Koch ‘Has Fallen’ - ‘Both In Their Eyes & The Eyes Of The Community’... Read More On 'Your' On-Line Labor Newspaper...
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
NEW ON WNYLABORTODAY.COM: On An Annual Day Set Aside To Celebrate The Gains Made By Working People, Labor’s Focus At The 2018 Buffalo AFL-CIO Labor Day Parade Zeros In On The Workers’ Struggle At The Wendt Corporation... New Study Authored By The Western New York Workers’ Rights Board Exposes Multitude Of Labor, Health & Safety Violations At The Suburban Buffalo Plant, Where Newly-Unionized Workers Have Been Fighting For A First Contract For 17 Months Now... Read More On 'Your' On-Line Labor Newspaper...
Miss Dennice Barr is a true warrior and she needs our help TODAY! Please give as you are able!
Unions are the last line of defense for working people. Earlier today, the Supreme Court sided with greedy corporations trying to take away workers' rights. This case was nothing more than a blatant political attack to further rig our economy and democracy against everyday Americans in favor of the wealthy and powerful. We need our progressive allies now more than ever to express your solidarity with labor! Please post your support for unions on social media with the hashtag #Union.