Partnership for the Public Good

Partnership for the Public Good PPG is a community-based think tank that builds a more just, sustainable, and culturally vibrant Buffalo Niagara, together with our 305 community partners.
Partnership for the Public Good is a community-based think tank that builds a more just, sustainable, and culturally vibrant Buffalo Niagara through action-oriented research, policy development, and citizen engagement.

Our partners at PUSH Buffalo worked with resident members for 6 months to create this comprehensive tenant bill of right...
07/16/2020
Sign the Petition

Our partners at PUSH Buffalo worked with resident members for 6 months to create this comprehensive tenant bill of rights for the City of Buffalo. Sign the petition if you agree that tenants need additional protections! #BuffaloHomesGuarantee

We Demand a Buffalo Tenant Bill of Rights

Applications for the NYS COVID Rent Relief program open TOMORROW 7/16! If this program is anything like the funds we saw...
07/15/2020

Applications for the NYS COVID Rent Relief program open TOMORROW 7/16! If this program is anything like the funds we saw for small businesses, this relief money will be gone quickly and there won't be enough for everyone who needs it. Check this page to see if you're eligible and gather your documents to apply ASAP: https://hcr.ny.gov/RRP

PUSH Buffalo Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Inc. CEJ Buffalo Open Buffalo Catholic Charities of Buffalo, NY HOME, Inc. Belmont Housing Resources for WNY, Inc. The Buffalo Urban League NWCP Buffalo: formerly West Side & Black Rock-Riverside NHS Fruit Belt Community Land Trust Western New York Law Center Neighborhood Legal Services Inc.

07/14/2020
Buffalo Common Council

Happening now: At today's Buffalo Common Council Legislation Committee meeting, the #1 item on our 2020 Community Agenda will be discussed. Led by the Fair Fines + Fees Coalition, PPG and partners call on the Buffalo Common Council to repeal its July 2018 addition of 13 new traffic fees to the City Code. Each year, thousands of Buffalo residents risk losing their driver’s licenses, their jobs, their homes, and even their freedom because they cannot afford to pay traffic fines and associated fees. Data shows that residents of color are disproportionately stopped and ticketed, creating a cycle of debt and punishment in their communities. Add your support for repealing the 13 fees by contacting your Common Council member.

07/14/2020
The Public Good with 2020 High Road Fellows

This week on The Public Good radio show we'll hear from four Cornell undergradute students who are completing projects with a variety of PPG's community partners to progress Buffalo equitably in areas of food, lending, educational opportunities, and community engagement through Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab's High Road Fellowship.

Students Leo Cardoza, Milena Saakyan, Libby Willkomm, and Daniel James II conducted engaged research towards policy advancement and solutions with Massachusetts Avenue Project, Westminster Economic Development Initiative (WEDI), Say Yes Buffalo, and Partnership for the Public Good.

To discover 19 other innovative projects that were pushed forward this summer within our partner network on topics such as housing, arts, mapping, and healthcare, attend the High Road 2020 Showcase Friday, July 24th.

Join us every Tuesday on Facebook and on Power 96.5 WNY.

The East and West sides of Buffalo have been hit by COVID-19 the hardest. These are the same areas that are majority POC...
07/14/2020

The East and West sides of Buffalo have been hit by COVID-19 the hardest. These are the same areas that are majority POC, have the highest poverty rates and have the the most housing cost burdens. This is not a coincidence! As climate change progresses, health threats to frontline communities will only grow unless we do something about it. Don't miss Friday's WNY Town Hall on #BlackLivesMatter, Covid-19, BLM & Climate to discuss the intersections between race, COVID-19, & the climate crisis, and to plan our path forward!

PUSH Buffalo Citizen Action of New York - Western New York Chapter NY Renews WNY Youth Climate Action WNY Youth Climate Council Geovaira Hernández

This summer, a group of our partners are launching Freedom Schools Buffalo, a movement for liberation education that wil...
07/09/2020

This summer, a group of our partners are launching Freedom Schools Buffalo, a movement for liberation education that will provide youth and families with summer opportunities in response to the pandemics of COVID-19 and racism.

The Freedom Schools of the 1960s were developed by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) during the 1964 Freedom Summer in Mississippi. The progressive curriculum was intended to prepare disenfranchised Black people to become active politically (as voters, elected officials, organizers, etc.). The Freedom Schools built upon a history of popular education--from indigenous practices to secret schools for enslaved people to politically-engaged labor schools for workers.

Join TODAY or next TUESDAY to share what you'd like to see and what you need from Freedom Schools Buffalo. Share with young people, parents and caregivers, and other community members.

Thursday July 9th at 12:30-2pm. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pdeqvqzotG9R4MP_CyRt2N9ombnmQxEUQ

OR Tuesday July 14th from 5-6:30pm. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUufuypqT0oEtAReDqYi8qA8wg1EI_eqWXE

06/30/2020
Buffalo Police Advisory Board on the Public Good

Today's Public Good radio show continues our series on police reform.

On today's show, we talk with Danielle Johnson, Erin Carman, De'Jon Hall, and Mike Powell, members of the Buffalo Police Advisory Board. We discuss the Advisory Board's work since it was created in 2018 and especially its recent recommendations for independent civilian police oversight in Buffalo. Board members also share their recommendations for changes to the Buffalo Police Department's Use of Force policy. Visit the Board's page to read their full recommendations and policy briefs.

Join us every Tuesday on Facebook and on Power 96.5 WNY.

06/24/2020

The #BuffaloNiagaraCommunityReinvestmentCoalition is holding a press conference to request that the City’s $8 million in COVID-19 response CDBG funds be spent on direct services for Buffalo residents.

On June 22, 2020, Mayor Byron Brown announced Phase 1 of the Buffalo Reform Agenda, which aims to improve transparency a...
06/23/2020

On June 22, 2020, Mayor Byron Brown announced Phase 1 of the Buffalo Reform Agenda, which aims to improve transparency and equity in police-community interactions, and begin to address pervasive systemic racism in Buffalo. The Buffalo Police Department's use of body cameras could be improved to ensure better transparency and accountability. We've highlighted some recommendations here, based on a PPG policy brief, "Body Cameras for the Buffalo Police: Best Practices for Policy Creation" (December 2017). Access the full brief here:https://ppgbuffalo.org/files/documents/criminal-justice/policing/criminaljustice-_body_cameras_for_buffalo_police.pdf

On June 22, 2020, Mayor Byron Brown announced Phase 1 of the Buffalo Reform Agenda, which aims to improve transparency and equity in police-community interactions, and begin to address pervasive systemic racism in Buffalo. The Buffalo Police Department's use of body cameras could be improved to ensure better transparency and accountability. We've highlighted some recommendations here, based on a PPG policy brief, "Body Cameras for the Buffalo Police: Best Practices for Policy Creation" (December 2017). Access the full brief here:https://ppgbuffalo.org/files/documents/criminal-justice/policing/criminaljustice-_body_cameras_for_buffalo_police.pdf

On June 22, 2020, Mayor Byron Brown announced Phase 1 of the Buffalo Reform Agenda, which aims to improve transparency a...
06/23/2020

On June 22, 2020, Mayor Byron Brown announced Phase 1 of the Buffalo Reform Agenda, which aims to improve transparency and equity in police-community interactions, and begin to address pervasive systemic racism in Buffalo. The Buffalo Police Department's use of body cameras could be improved to ensure better transparency and accountability. We've highlighted some recommendations here, based on a PPG policy brief, "Body Cameras for the Buffalo Police: Best Practices for Policy Creation" (December 2017). Access the full brief here:https://ppgbuffalo.org/files/documents/criminal-justice/policing/criminaljustice-_body_cameras_for_buffalo_police.pdf

On June 22, 2020, Mayor Byron Brown announced Phase 1 of the Buffalo Reform Agenda, which aims to improve transparency and equity in police-community interactions, and begin to address pervasive systemic racism in Buffalo. The Buffalo Police Department's use of body cameras could be improved to ensure better transparency and accountability. We've highlighted some recommendations here, based on a PPG policy brief, "Body Cameras for the Buffalo Police: Best Practices for Policy Creation" (December 2017). Access the full brief here:https://ppgbuffalo.org/files/documents/criminal-justice/policing/criminaljustice-_body_cameras_for_buffalo_police.pdf

JOIN US TOMORROW, Wednesday (6/24) 12-1:30pm for Buffalo's City Budget 101 Workshop. Learning city budgets allows reside...
06/23/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Buffalo's City Budget 101. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

JOIN US TOMORROW, Wednesday (6/24) 12-1:30pm for Buffalo's City Budget 101 Workshop. Learning city budgets allows residents to understand challenges facing their local government, what it is doing to manage them, & what it is doing with tax $. Be sure to register:
https://bit.ly/309uFS8

Learn the process and timeline of who makes what decisions for Buffalo's budget. Learning city budgets allows citizens to understand the challenges facing their local government, what it is doing to manage them, and what it is doing with tax dollars. Brian Borncamp will share the city's funding and....

06/16/2020
Taking Stock of Police Reform: Miles Gresham on the Public Good

Today's Public Good radio show begins our series focused on police reform. For the next few weeks, we'll take stock of changes being made by Buffalo and New York State and we'll discuss what's still needed to transform safety and justice in our communities.

On today's show, we talk with Miles Gresham, a public defender with the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo and a member of the Free the People WNY Coalition. We focus on understanding three commitments from Mayor Brown's executive order last week (changing arrest procedures, ending stops and searches based on the "smell of marijuana", and issuing stop receipts) and how these can be fully implemented. We also reflect on how to achieve bigger, lasting change during this time.

Over the next few weeks, we'll dig in to topics like police oversight, alternatives to arrests that better respond to public health issues (mental health and drug use), fines and fees justice and biased traffic enforcement, and more. Join us every Tuesday on Facebook and on Power 96.5 WNY.

We’re at Mayor Brown’s press conference, where the first policy reforms in response to mass demonstrations calling for r...
06/10/2020

We’re at Mayor Brown’s press conference, where the first policy reforms in response to mass demonstrations calling for racial justice will be announced.

As mass demonstrations calling for racial justice continue in Buffalo and cities across the country, many are looking at...
06/08/2020

As mass demonstrations calling for racial justice continue in Buffalo and cities across the country, many are looking at the history of inequality and discrimination that got us here today.

In Buffalo, New York, residential segregation has meant that residents of color have faced health, income, housing, and justice disparities for decades. These images offer just a few examples of Buffalo’s history of segregationist policies and their modern implications. They explain how and why Buffalo is the way it is today, and why the collective call for racial justice is louder than ever.

If you’re interested in learning more, read our history of segregation on Partnership for the Public Good’s website (ppgbuffalo.org) -- linked below. And, check out PPG's 300+ partner organizations working on important justice and equity issues on the front lines in Buffalo each and every day.

https://ppgbuffalo.org/files/documents/data-demographics-history/a_city_divided__a_brief_history_of_segregation_in_the_city_of_buffalo.pdf

As mass demonstrations calling for racial justice continue in Buffalo and cities across the country, many are looking at the history of inequality and discrimination that got us here today.


In Buffalo, New York, residential segregation has meant that residents of color have faced health, income, housing, and justice disparities for decades. These images offer just a few examples of Buffalo’s history of segregationist policies and their modern implications. They explain how and why Buffalo is the way it is today, and why the collective call for racial justice is louder than ever.


If you’re interested in learning more, read our history of segregation on Partnership for the Public Good’s website (ppgbuffalo.org) -- linked below. And, check out PPG's 300+ partner organizations working on important justice and equity issues on the front lines in Buffalo each and every day.

https://ppgbuffalo.org/files/documents/data-demographics-history/a_city_divided__a_brief_history_of_segregation_in_the_city_of_buffalo.pdf

As mass demonstrations calling for racial justice continue in Buffalo and cities across the country, many are looking at...
06/08/2020

As mass demonstrations calling for racial justice continue in Buffalo and cities across the country, many are looking at the history of inequality and discrimination that got us here today.


In Buffalo, New York, residential segregation has meant that residents of color have faced health, income, housing, and justice disparities for decades. These images offer just a few examples of Buffalo’s history of segregationist policies and their modern implications. They explain how and why Buffalo is the way it is today, and why the collective call for racial justice is louder than ever.


If you’re interested in learning more, read our history of segregation on Partnership for the Public Good’s website (ppgbuffalo.org) -- linked below. And, check out PPG's 300+ partner organizations working on important justice and equity issues on the front lines in Buffalo each and every day.

https://ppgbuffalo.org/files/documents/data-demographics-history/a_city_divided__a_brief_history_of_segregation_in_the_city_of_buffalo.pdf

As mass demonstrations calling for racial justice continue in Buffalo and cities across the country, many are looking at the history of inequality and discrimination that got us here today.


In Buffalo, New York, residential segregation has meant that residents of color have faced health, income, housing, and justice disparities for decades. These images offer just a few examples of Buffalo’s history of segregationist policies and their modern implications. They explain how and why Buffalo is the way it is today, and why the collective call for racial justice is louder than ever.


If you’re interested in learning more, read our history of segregation on Partnership for the Public Good’s website (ppgbuffalo.org) -- linked below. And, check out PPG's 300+ partner organizations working on important justice and equity issues on the front lines in Buffalo each and every day.

https://ppgbuffalo.org/files/documents/data-demographics-history/a_city_divided__a_brief_history_of_segregation_in_the_city_of_buffalo.pdf

Join our partner Open Buffalo for Intro 2 Organizing this Tuesday, June 9. After the protests, after immediate reforms, ...
06/07/2020

Join our partner Open Buffalo for Intro 2 Organizing this Tuesday, June 9. After the protests, after immediate reforms, there will be a long road ahead in our collective work for justice and equity. Join this Intro 2 Organizing seminar to get started!

SECOND SESSION COMING!
Did you miss out on our "Intro 2 Organizing" virtual workshop last week? Due to high demand, we will be hosting it again this Tuesday 6/9 (4pm-7pm)!
Contact us at [email protected] to RSVP. (Space is limited.) ✌🏿✌🏾✌🏽✌🏼

Update: Free the People Coalition appreciates Mayor Byron W. Brown lifting the curfew effective immediately, so that pea...
06/07/2020
Brown promises 'new policies' after 4-hour meeting on police reform

Update: Free the People Coalition appreciates Mayor Byron W. Brown lifting the curfew effective immediately, so that peaceful demonstrators can exercise their constitutional rights at any time. The group looks forward to continuing discussion with the mayor on concrete policy reforms to bring an end to policy brutality and abuse of police power in Buffalo.

Read more about the coalition's recommendations below.
More coverage here: https://www.wivb.com/news/local-news/local-advocates-meet-with-mayor-brown-to-discuss-police-reform/

Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown met with a coalition of police-reform advocates for more than four hours Saturday afternoon, in the aftermat...

Partnership for the Public Good joins the Buffalo Police Advisory Board in expressing outrage at the treatment of an eld...
06/05/2020

Partnership for the Public Good joins the Buffalo Police Advisory Board in expressing outrage at the treatment of an elderly man pushed to the ground by members of the Buffalo Police Department yesterday in Niagara Square.

Every day, the need to shift away from militarized policing is increasingly clear. The Police Advisory Board provides concrete steps that the Mayor, Common Council, and Buffalo Police Department can take to demonstrate that they are not only "listening" to the concerns of residents, but truly ready to act.

The Advisory Board calls for:

- An independent civilian oversight body to investigate police misconduct.

- Amending use of force policy to require de-escalation, require a warning before shooting, require the "duty to intervene" when an officer witnesses use of excessive force, comprehensive reporting of officers' actions or arrest that include use of force, and banning chokeholds (a step the Mayor ordered the BPD to take yesterday).

- Adopting the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program to reduce arrests of people impacted by mental health, drug use, and poverty--and to connect them to services.

- Using "stop tickets" to increase accountability and transparency by giving residents information receipts when they are stopped by police, including the reason for the stop and the identity of the officer. PPG has previously recommended creating a public database of stop information to monitor biased enforcement and overpolicing.

The Buffalo Police Advisory Board condemns ongoing police violence in the CIty of Buffalo and calls for urgent system-wide policing reforms. FULL STATEMENT BELOW

If you're having trouble viewing the image below, the full statement can be viewed here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1l4VkbpPgMsv8nOd5euDs8CRatvFHjC_e9MfyDg-ZvbQ/edit?usp=sharing

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It will be interesting to see how staff prosecutors handle marijuana cases that are currently pending in Buffalo City Court. #courtwatch
CLARO will be held Friday 12/14/2018 at Buffalo City Court 50 Delaware Avenue from 10 AM till 12 Noon. Please bring any documentation that pertains to your case
Good afternoon, fellow community members! I am a board member for RAHAMA, a local grassroots organization. RAHAMA is a not-for-profit organization founded on Islamic principles dedicated to supporting women and children who are victims of domestic violence. We would like to invite the community to attend our upcoming fundraiser as a contributors or simply as representations of community support. We are hoping to establish a transitional housing shelter for 6 to 8 women and their children. The shelter will be located near a bus line so that women will have easy access to transportation. This transitional housing will be a safe place where women are provided safety planning, counseling, education and referrals to the local resources that are necessary in their journey to healing. While no woman will be turned away we will cater to the unique needs of Muslim women which differentiates us from the other area shelters in Buffalo. We will be the only faith based shelter that offers support for domestic violence within an Islamic environment. We will provide halal meals, a place to pray, and access to local imams. We currently offer culturally competent counseling for women and spiritual support by a group of dedicated social workers and volunteers. We also seek to dispel the myths about domestic violence in Islam with the women we serve and in the larger community. In addition, we hope to offer a women’s support group in order to help in the process of dealing with abuse.
Please share with anyone who might be interested in participating! https://www.facebook.com/events/729288794128525/
Two weeks until the Walk/Roll for Access! We've got everything covered, we just need you there!! Here is a flyer with all the details. Assemblyman Erik T. Bohen is donating water for us all, and we will have pizza and drinks on sale after the walk for $5. It's a good idea to bring sunscreen and water, and maybe a little snack for along the way. We have a wheelchair accessible van from Fenton Mobility for anyone who can't finish the walk, and an accessible shuttle from Aspire for getting back and forth from Southgate Plaza. For those of you who can't make the walk, come to the press conference and show your support there! Thank you for joining your voices together to make sure that the Office FOR People with Developmental Disabilities is accessible TO People with Developmental Disabilities! Move the DDSO!
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Check out Fair Share Housing Development in Camden New Jersey. Mount Laurel Litigation made this possible. This group has built 656 units using the law it fought for. Each municipality in new jersey must plan, zone, and take measures to provide its fair share of the regions affordable housing. Just listened to the pod cast on face book. Hope you do it again.
Hi! I was last in Buffalo with #RenewableHeatNow in November and before that at the Governor's 2017 State of the State at UB in January. I am asking for your help getting postcard signatures (voices) to bring to the PSC on Jan 18: Utility rate cases are currently underway in National Grid and Central Hudson territories. Help Alliance for a Green Economy and Citizens for Local Power keep your rates from rising, bring your fixed charges down to a level more in line with neighboring states, and prevent gas infrastructure expansion! We're heading to Albany Thursday, Jan 18 to make the ask, and I ask you to please sign a card online today! Make your voice count!"
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