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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.

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.

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03/09/2022
!!Call to Action: Walk The Picket Line!!Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 9th, 1199 SEIU workers at Ascension Living at OLP Our...
03/08/2022

!!Call to Action: Walk The Picket Line!!

Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 9th, 1199 SEIU workers at Ascension Living at OLP Our Lady of Peace in Lewiston need your support walking the picket line with them from 7am - 7pm!! Join when you can during this one day strike tomorrow to help them fight for for fair wages and better staffing

Photos from WNY Area Labor Federation,AFL-CIO's post
02/28/2022

Photos from WNY Area Labor Federation,AFL-CIO's post

The Caregiver workers at Our Lady of Peace need your help in their fight for a fair contract!The 150 Caregivers Workers,...
02/24/2022
Sign The Petition To Support Lewiston Caregivers!

The Caregiver workers at Our Lady of Peace need your help in their fight for a fair contract!

The 150 Caregivers Workers, who are represented by 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, have been working without a union contract since December 31, 2021.

On Feb. 10, we unanimously voted to hold a one-day STRIKE and now Ascension Living's management team has threatened us with a 5-day lockout.

Please sign and share the petition link below in support of a fair contract now!

https://www.1199seiu.org/SupportOLP?fbclid=IwAR0EFCTRUY8yEwvrOzTlHHECu1x2FZLQzrOzM5g32Xql-bnqAy1NvTHx39s

Our Lady of Peace Workers Fight For Fair Contract!

Two weeks ago Starbucks fired 7 employees involved in the union fight in Memphis. Now they are starting to fire Buffalo ...
02/21/2022

Two weeks ago Starbucks fired 7 employees involved in the union fight in Memphis. Now they are starting to fire Buffalo staff! This is blatant union busting!!

This Wednesday, at 1pm, the Sheridan and Bailey, Walden and Anderson, and Depew location are supposed to have a vote count but are waiting on the NLRB to finish approval procedures to let the vote happen

If you buy from Starbucks, make sure to give your name as Union Yes or Union Now! If you're able, leave a tip. Make sure the workers know the community is on thier side

#ShameOnStarbucks #PeopleOverProfits

BREAKING: Starbucks has fired one of the leading
SBWorkersUnited union organizers in Buffalo.

Cassie Fleischer worked at Starbucks for five years. She helped Elmwood become the first unionized store in company history and is on the union's bargaining committee.

More Perfect Union reported on Friday that Starbucks was attempting to use scheduling policy changes to force union leaders in Buffalo out of their jobs.

At the time, a Starbucks rep denied that any workers would be fired over the changes.

More here: https://perfectunion.us/starbucks-attempting-to-force-out-union-leaders-at-buffalo-stores/

Cassie was the first person recruited for the union this summer.

Her hours were cut after Starbucks flooded the store with new hires, so she had to get a second job to survive.

Then her manager demanded an impossible schedule and fired her.

Be sure to stop at the Starbucks on Delaware and Chippewa to support their unionization! You can order a simple coffee u...
02/20/2022

Be sure to stop at the Starbucks on Delaware and Chippewa to support their unionization! You can order a simple coffee under the name "Union Strong, Union Yes" to demonstrate your support!

Solidarity to bus operators who are working extra hours to make sure riders have a safe ride home, work or anywhere the ...
02/16/2022

Solidarity to bus operators who are working extra hours to make sure riders have a safe ride home, work or anywhere the need to get to.

Buffalonians deserve bus and train routes that run AT LEAST 2 times every hour in the evening and weekend. Not just for quality of life, but for public safety--especially in the winter. All people need an affordable, safe ride home or to work.

To get that, we need more bus operators. Please consider a job in the field as we fight like hell to make sure all people who operate and fix our buses are paid a deserving wage well above $17 per hour!!!

Today at 11AM Metro Bus & Rail kicks off another open house!

02/15/2022

Hear, here

Just need to give a quick shout out and praise to CEJ's MSW interns/student organizers this year! So proud of all the wo...
02/09/2022

Just need to give a quick shout out and praise to CEJ's MSW interns/student organizers this year! So proud of all the work you each do, testing the boundaries of your comfort zones, and speaking from your truth and your power. So proud to have each of you on our team, Quasie Clarke, Gloria James, and Tyler Puchlerz!!
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#MSWStudentsInTheMovement

Today, on Transit Equity Day, members of Buffalo Transit Riders United, Buffalo Mutual Aid Network, Center for Self-Advo...
02/04/2022

Today, on Transit Equity Day, members of Buffalo Transit Riders United, Buffalo Mutual Aid Network, Center for Self-Advocacy and Fair Fines and Fees Coalition met outside City Hall to call on City council to pass binding legislation for contracting out sidewalk snow removal. Currently, the city of Buffalo merely enforces a policy that the adjacent property owner must clear ice and snow on the sidewalk. That position has proven to put bus riders, pedestrians and school children at greater risk of danger.

On Tuesday, the city of Buffalo's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board unanimously approved a resolution urging the city to follow Syracuse's example. Councilman Golombek attended the meeting and promised the board to introduce legislation with the aim of appropriating funds so sidewalk snow removal can be contracted out along city bus route corridors. So far, a slight majority of council is said to be fully on board with Golembek's push.

Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU

#shoveling4transitequity #transitequityday @scanloncp @mayorbyronbrown716 @gobikebuffalo @gobuffaloniagara @nftametro @this_simonsays @buffalomutualaidnetwork @cejbuffalo @coloredgirlsbiketoo @labor4sustainability @slowrollbuffalo

02/04/2022
From GObike Buffalo: Bollman, Pridgen, Rivera, and Scanlon have not yet supported the resolution. Call and/email them to...
02/03/2022
Municipal Sidewalk Snow Removal!? Unanimous Bike/Pedestrian Board joins Golombek, Nowakowski, Wingo, Wyatt pushing Common Council, Mayor

From GObike Buffalo: Bollman, Pridgen, Rivera, and Scanlon have not yet supported the resolution. Call and/email them to let them know we need municipal sidewalk snow removal!

"UPDATE: Now 5-4
Showing support:
Feroleto (Delaware)
Golombek (North)
Nowakowski (Fillmore)
Wingo (Masten)
Wyatt (University)
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Not yet showing support and in need of calls, letters from you:
Bollman (Lovejoy - where the title photo was taken)
Pridgen (Ellicott)
Rivera (Niagara)
Scanlon (South)"

Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU Transit Equity Week: Shoveling Snow Our City Leaves Behind

GObike promotes active mobility options, trails and greenways, and complete streets throughout Western New York.

Thank you to everyone who already signed up and helped their neighbors! However, we still need more volunteers because t...
01/21/2022

Thank you to everyone who already signed up and helped their neighbors! However, we still need more volunteers because there are so many people who cannot leave their homes because of the sheer amount of snow and ice or cannot shovel by themselves. Please follow this link to sign up! https://forms.gle/MhvwRjpyxvN3tdbi7
We currently do not need dispatchers, but please indicate whether this is something you would be willing to do in the future.

Access to child care is an economic issue, an education issue and an issue that affects every community throughout New Y...
01/21/2022
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: ESCCC Statewide Advocacy Day. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Access to child care is an economic issue, an education issue and an issue that affects every community throughout New York State. Gov Kathy Hochul & state legislators have a choice to make. Join us 2/9 at Childcare Advocacy Day to demand they prioritize childcare in the 2022 budget! https://bit.ly/escccfebruary

We must guarantee every family has affordable or free, accessible child care and early education options that are developmentally, educationally, and culturally appropriate. We need to respect those who provide early childhood care and education for their skill, education and responsibilities, and e...

In light of the recent snow storm, we have decided to launch a rapid emergency response. If you need help shoveling or w...
01/19/2022
Buffalo Snow Brigade

In light of the recent snow storm, we have decided to launch a rapid emergency response. If you need help shoveling or want to help shoveling, please follow this google form.
https://forms.gle/MhvwRjpyxvN3tdbi7

Note: this is not the official sign up for Transit Equity Week. Within this form is the link to sign up as a team or individual for the start of Transit Equity Week, which officially starts on February 29th and goes till February 4th, Transit Equity day!
#Shoveling4TransitEquity

When the city isn't getting it done, we do it ourselves! Sign up below to let us know you need help shoveling out or to let us know you are ready to help your neighbors right now! This form is for an emergency response right now to respond to the recent snow storm. If you sign up to help shovel, som...

In light of the recent snow storm, we have decided to launch a rapid emergency response. If you need help shoveling or w...
01/19/2022
Buffalo Snow Brigade

In light of the recent snow storm, we have decided to launch a rapid emergency response. If you need help shoveling or want to help shoveling, please follow this google form.

https://forms.gle/MhvwRjpyxvN3tdbi7

Note: this is not the official sign up for the Transit Equity Week event. Within this form is the link to sign up as a team or individual for the start of Transit Equity Week, which officially starts on February 29th and goes till February 4th, Transit Equity day!

When the city isn't getting it done, we do it ourselves! Sign up below to let us know you need help shoveling out or to let us know you are ready to help your neighbors right now! This form is for an emergency response right now to respond to the recent snow storm. If you sign up to help shovel, som...

SBWorkersUnited merch alert!!"You asked and we delivered… launching the official SBWorkersUnited merch shop! All proceed...
01/18/2022

SBWorkersUnited merch alert!!

"You asked and we delivered… launching the official SBWorkersUnited merch shop! All proceeds directly support SBWorkersUnited partners. Merch is proudly 100% made in the USA and decorated by union workers! Link in bio. https://store.sbworkersunited.org "

You asked and we delivered… launching the official SBWorkersUnited merch shop! All proceeds directly support SBWorkersUnited partners. Merch is proudly 100% made in the USA and decorated by union workers! Link in bio. https://store.sbworkersunited.org

Do you want to learn how to influence your representatives to be champions for health justice? Please join Campaign for ...
01/14/2022
Registration: Healthcare for ALL Action Trainings

Do you want to learn how to influence your representatives to be champions for health justice? Please join Campaign for NY Health and partners for the next Healthcare Action Training: Meeting With Our Representatives. Follow this link to register! https://bit.ly/3GuFKzu
2022 is going to be critical in the fight for universal healthcare. A majority of legislators are cosponsoring the New York Health Act and Governor Hochul has publicly committed to expanding health equity and access. It's up to us to show lawmakers that their constituents want them to prioritize passing universal healthcare.#PassNYHealth #EndMedicalDebt #Coverage4All

According to an August 2021 poll from Data for Progress, a growing majority of New Yorkers support universal single-payer healthcare. A majority of legislators are cosponsoring the New York Health Act and Governor Hochul has committed to expanding health equity and access. Meanwhile, our opposition....

New York cannot afford to continue to ignore the crisis in child care, or to meet it with a  band-aid solution. When @Go...
01/13/2022

New York cannot afford to continue to ignore the crisis in child care, or to meet it with a band-aid solution. When @Governor Kathy Hochul releases her executive budget, bold proposals and big investments for #NYSUniversalChildCare must be included.

Dear Governor Kathy Hochul, Carl E. Heastie, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, New York State Senate, New York State Assembly Majo...
01/12/2022

Dear Governor Kathy Hochul, Carl E. Heastie, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, New York State Senate, New York State Assembly Majority,
NYers are counting on your leadership to fund a public health system that puts people over profits in 2022:
#ScrapTheCap
#Coverage4All
#EndMedicalDebt
#FairPay4HomeCare
#PassNYHealth
See the Campaign for New York Health statement in response to Gov. Hochul's State of the State here: www.nyhcampaign.org/sos2022

Congratulations, SBWorkersUnited!! Second unionized Starbucks in the country out here on Genesee St 🎉🎉🎉
01/10/2022

Congratulations, SBWorkersUnited!! Second unionized Starbucks in the country out here on Genesee St 🎉🎉🎉

01/08/2022
01/07/2022

Letter from Elmwood Partners:

We, the undersigned partners at the Elmwood Starbucks, are on strike due to concerns over
Covid safety protocols. We believe that Starbucks should close our store and pay our partners until we can re-open safely and fully staffed, with those who have been exposed having the opportunity to isolate and stop the spread. We believe that Starbucks should close bathrooms to the public, remove lobby furniture, and allow us to comply with the local mask mandate by refusing service to customers who refuse to wear masks. We believe that Starbucks should reimburse partners for out-of-pocket Covid testing costs, support those who are working through these conditions by reintroducing hazard pay, and provide us with N95s or KN95s, recommended by medical professionals to protect against the Omicron variant. Starbucks has so far refused our requests and told us that their safety measures are adequate. We do not feel that this is the case.

Photos from SBWorkersUnited's post
01/05/2022

Photos from SBWorkersUnited's post

📣📣📣ACTION ALERT📣📣📣SBWorkersUnited workers on Elmwood have walked out! It takes so much courage to continuously stand up ...
01/05/2022

📣📣📣ACTION ALERT📣📣📣

SBWorkersUnited workers on Elmwood have walked out! It takes so much courage to continuously stand up for what's right, for one's self, coworkers, and community. Let's show them we're right here with them!

Ways to support the Starbucks Workers who walked out today at the Elmwood location:
*Donate to their gofundme (linked below)
*Walk the picket line until 3pm today (Wednesday, January 5th)
*Walk the picket line anytime between 7am and 3pm tomorrow (Thursday, January 6th)

Once we know what else is needed we will let you all know

#PeopleOverProfits #DownWithCorporateGreed

https://www.gofundme.com/f/starbucks-partners-strike-support-fund?utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer

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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. #PassNYHealth
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.
**JOB OPPORTUNITY** 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] PUSH Buffalo Open Buffalo Ujima Partnership for the Public Good Public Accountability Initiative The WASH Project Cooperation Buffalo CEJ Buffalo African Heritage Food Co-op Massachusetts Avenue Project
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. #AmericanRescuePlanAct
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 Massachusetts Avenue Project Community Action Organization of Western New York Western New York Law Center CEJ Buffalo Say Yes Buffalo BRRAlliance - Black Rock Riverside Alliance The Tool Library Arts Council for Wyoming County SJCHousingAuthority MENTOR New York Western New York Land Conservancy Hearts and Hands Envision Wellness WNY Behavioral Health
I want to say a TREMENDOUS thank you to all of our Making Buffalo: “Our City” guests who joined us on The Laura Flanders Show this morning! As urban development swells, the racial wealth gap rises and displacement becomes a part of everyday life, Buffalo, NY residents, activists and local government leaders look for solutions. The guests featured in today’s episode are all part of a larger movement, one built around shared values of community land trust, equity, inclusion and sustainability. If you’re curious to learn more about our guests, I encourage you to explore the links below. All of our guests this week bring their own unique perspective to the table and enrich our understanding of cooperation, organization, and adaptation during trying times. Continue our Sunday discussion with family, friends and neighbors! Rahwa Ghirmatizion, Executive Director, PUSH Buffalo John Washington, Co-director of Organizing, PUSH Buffalo Asim Johnson, Organizer, CEJ Buffalo Harper Bishop, Deputy Director, PUSH Buffalo Luz Velez, Housing and Environmental Justice Activist Geovaira Hernandez, Climate Justice Organizer India Walton: Executive Director, Fruit Belt Community Land Trust Vanessa Glushevski: Former Acting Comptroller, City of Buffalo Kathryn Franco: Non-profit Activist, 2019 candidate for Buffalo Common Council Larry Scott: Member, Buffalo Board of Education Rachel Dominguez: Executive Committee Member, Buffalo Parent Teacher Organization Whitney Crispell: Community Activist & Larry Scott’s Campaign Manager.
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Big news!! Erie County and the City of Buffalo are providing millions of $$ in rental relief and mortgage relief to eligible residents who've had trouble paying due to COVID. Apply starting TODAY at the site below, or call 2-1-1 and they'll help you apply. http://www.211wny.org/resources/erie-county-covid-19-rent-relief/ Please share widely! PUSH Buffalo Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Inc. Fruit Belt Community Land Trust The Buffalo Urban League WNY Peace Center West Side Community Services Open Buffalo Ujima Say Yes Buffalo NWCP Buffalo: formerly West Side & Black Rock-Riverside NHS Belmont Housing Resources for WNY, Inc. Restore Our Community Coalition - Buffalo, NY Hamlin Park Historic District University District Community Development Association, Inc. Buffalo Niagara Community Reinvestment Coalition Western New York Law Center The Belle Center The FoundryAfrican Heritage Food Co-op African American Cultural Center Canopy of Neighbors Citizen Action of New York Cooperation Buffalo FRUIT BELT United INC, Journey's End Massachusetts Avenue Project Parent Network of WNY Buffalo Public School's Office of Parent and Family Engagement CEJ Buffalo Buffalo Transit Riders United - BTRU
Don't forget to fill out the Buffalo Common Council's survey on defunding the BPD if you haven't already! For ideas on where those taxpayer dollars might be redirected, check out Free The People WNY's graphic: https://www.facebook.com/FreeThePeopleWNY/photos/a.106427241113866/140574521032471/?type=3&theater PUSH Buffalo VOICE-Buffalo Open Buffalo Erie County Restorative Justice Coalition Buffalo Parent-Teacher Organization (BPTO) CEJ Buffalo