On this episode of The Public Good, initially aired on February 15, Sarah talks to Teresa Watson, the Housing Justice Coordinator at PUSH Buffalo and Jordan Moore of CEJ Buffalo and PUSH member about the Buffalo Tenants Bill of Rights.
The Tenants Bill of Rights would protect tenants from evictions without good cause, ensure timely repairs, reaffirm the right to language access in housing court proceedings, allow tenants to purchase their home when it goes up for sale, and more. If enacted, these rights would encourage stronger neighborhoods, establish stability for tenants, and prevent displacement.
On today's Public Good radio show, we speak with Simon Husted, long-time member of Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU and Holly Nowak, Executive Director of the CEJ Buffalo about transit equity and sidewalk snow removal in Buffalo.
Together with partners, BTRU and CEJ just completed Transit Equity Week, where they volunteered to clear many bus shelters of snow to help ensure bus riders, pedestrians, school children, and neighbors who use wheelchairs or mobility aids have safe spaces to wait for the bus. They're now highlighting a growing call for a municipal sidewalk snow removal program in Buffalo, which would help make sure our neighbors can access sidewalks and safely wait for buses. Too many now are traveling in the street by foot or wheelchair, and with children and strollers, facing dangerous traffic between crowded snowbanks.
We discuss how residents can get involved and add their support for a sidewalk snow removal program in this year's City budget, including participating in a Common Council special meeting tomorrow (Wednesday, February 9) at 5:30pm. More details in the comments.
As snow mounds still surround bus stops in Buffalo, CEJ Buffalo is hosting Transit Equity Week to raise awareness and make change.
We're LIVE to call for a community benefits agreement for the Buffalo Bills stadium. If we're spending public dollars to benefit private interests, we need to see commitments to long-term specific public benefits!
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Monday, January 31 ~ Today in Local Music and Community:
**Exercise caution, maintain personal space, and wear a mask. It takes all of us to keep us all safe and healthy.**
Transit Equity Week: Shoveling Snow Our City Leaves Behind with Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU and CEJ Buffalo. Shovel snow that typically goes untouched - bus stops, homeless shelters, community organizations, closed businesses, and neighbor's driveways. Participants are asked to shovel snow at-will. To register as a Winter Warrior and participate in Transit Equity Day and the week leading up to it, go to https://forms.gle/RpDeZKLsbja9LpNd8
Singer / Songwriter Maria Sebastian at Nietzsche's. 530 - 730pm
The Marshall Dillon Band at Hofbrauhaus Buffalo. 6 - 8pm
Blue Monday at The Charter Place featuring April Mazzone joining house band Chicago Jack and the Heptones. 6 - 9pm
Pure Ink Poetry Slam 10 Year Anniversary at TheGypsyParlor. Slam at 630pm - $5
Singer-Songwriter Showcase at 8pm, followed by Buffalo's Longest Running Open Mic with Patrick Jackson at 9pm at Nietzsche's
Comedy Open Mic at Tudor Lounge: F#ck, Mary, Kill Edition. Hosted by Sam Minney. Signup at 8, Show at 9pm
**This post was written in advance and scheduled to publish today. Facebook has changed the way scheduled posts are created, making it impossible to add multiple tags. Tags will be added if I have time after work**
It's been a weird, weird January. The city is working toward a pilot for municipal sidewalk snow removal, but that won't occur until next winter.
In the meantime, sidewalks, bus stops and shelters all over the city are buried, and property owners like CSX and hundreds of others are being negligent. Knowing that a solution is on the horizon is a start, but we're inviting you to get up and outside, shovels and salt in hand, and join the individuals proving we still can be the City of Good Neighbors in more ways than one.
Check out more from Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU and CEJ Buffalo this weekend and next week!
Photos from our Nov.17th press conference on the NY Health Act in Buffalo! Thank you to everyone at Buffalo DSA, CEJ Buffalo, NYSNA, and everyone that worked with us to pull the press conference off.
Every balloted and write-in candidate for Buffalo Mayor was asked to complete a survey about Buffalo's infrastructure and public transit future.
The survey was compiled by us at GObike, Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU, Colored Girls Bike Too, Scajaquada Corridor Coalition, Restore Our Community Coalition - Buffalo, NY, and CEJ Buffalo.
India Walton For Buffalo and Ben Carlisle provided responses.
Mayor Byron W. Brown, Taniqua Simmons, Jaz Miles, and William O'Dell did not respond to this questionnaire.
Chorus Foundation is hiring a Network Officer in Buffalo, NY to establish and strengthen connections between funders, philanthropic organizations and the work of Crossroads Coalition. The Network Officer will serve as a primary point of contact and representative of Chorus Foundation and will work directly with members of Crossroads Coalition as they guide funders on a path to support a Just Transition. The Network Officer will serve as a representative of the Foundation in the philanthropic community, develop and establish a funding strategy to support Just Transition work locally, assist in coordinating the work of Chorus Foundation within the local landscape, and develop and steward local grant making efforts.
The right candidate should be familiar with the Foundation’s local grantees, have an understanding of the local and national funding community including Just Transition work in the city and region, be able to work with multiple stakeholders to bridge relationships and language between funders and the field, and be able to travel within and outside of the region as needed.
This is a half-time contract position, paying $50,000 per year, plus a stipend to cover health benefits.
To apply please send a cover letter, resume, and list of references to [email protected]
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PUSH Buffalo, Buffalo Parent-Teacher Organization (BPTO), CEJ Buffalo, Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU, Justice for Migrant Families and others hold a press conference to urge Buffalo Common Council to hold a more rigorous, transparent, accessible participatory process to determine fund allocations of the once-in-a-lifetime American Rescue Plan Act (ARP).
The City of Buffalo is poised to receive over $330 million dollars from the federal government through the ARP. This unprecedented investment is to be spent to address lost state and local government revenue, support for essential workers, aid to impacted industries, infrastructure investments, and financial assistance to households, nonprofits, and small businesses. The federal government has encouraged local governments and elected officials to engage communities in an authentic way around how this money can and should be spent, and not to just create the plans in a vacuum.
There is so much at stake in this historic moment. Our faith and trust in government as an engine for equitable economic recovery and shared prosperity for all hangs in the balance.
Are you behind on your rent or mortgage? The City of Buffalo has announced $$$ funding available for rental and mortgage assistance, housing repairs, business assistance, and fair housing counseling!
Call 2-1-1 for rental and mortgage assistance funds. Call 3-1-1 for housing repair funds, business funds, and fair housing counseling. PUSH Buffalo Open Buffalo HOME, Inc. Neighborhood Legal Services Inc. LISC WNY CEJ Buffalo
Now hiring for AmeriCorps VISTA positions in Buffalo New York and San Joaquin California! Serve with us to give back to your community while gaining professional experience at one of our nonprofit partners.
Apply Now: www.tscwny.org/Experience-Service/Current-Opportunities
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