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.

Mission: 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. We see a revitalized Buffalo in which the non-profit community and citizens have a stronger voice in public policy and are better able to promote the public good. We see a community building on assets such as diversity, historic neighborhoods, and natural resources, making progress on problems such as poverty, inequality, and environmental justice, and finding solutions that bring greater accountability and democracy to local government.

Check out the brilliant work our partner PUSH Buffalo has been doing on the West Side to register voters! Widespread vot...
11/12/2020
Rod Watson: Voting doesn’t matter? Street Team’s young adults know better

Check out the brilliant work our partner PUSH Buffalo has been doing on the West Side to register voters! Widespread voter participation is integral for a functional democracy, and we can't wait to see how the Street Team continues to engage residents!

For more on PUSH's unique organizing and development model, check out our report:https://ppgbuffalo.org/files/documents/push_buffalo_27s_green_development_zone.pdf

“When you make it personal, they start to think about it differently,” a 23-year-old member of PUSH Buffalo’s Street Team said of potential voters.

Residents of Buffalo and Erie County voted in record numbers in yesterday's election, showing a higher level of civic en...
11/04/2020

Residents of Buffalo and Erie County voted in record numbers in yesterday's election, showing a higher level of civic engagement than in the last five presidential elections! The story was the same nationally; despite deliberate barriers to voting—from day-long lines to attempts to eliminate drop-off locations—voters have done their job and turned out in record numbers. But for democracy to work for all of us, every voter must have our voice heard and our vote counted. Now local election officials across the country are doing their jobs, as they have in every previous election. From NY state races to the presidency, there are still votes to count before a winner is declared. Across our differences, we can unite to uphold democracy by ensuring that every vote is counted. #everyvotecounts

11/03/2020
Concerns on Proposed Police Data System: Stephen Hart and Andrea Ó Súilleabháin on The Public Good

The City of Buffalo announced a proposed 3-year contract with SAS Institute to create a data analytics center and “use predictive modeling to determine best practices,” with “police training and practices” as the first use of the technology.

On this week's show we express concerns with the contract and technology due to lack of data transparency, lack of public access, and increased chance of racial bias. Our guests are Stephen Hart, Research Associate, Frontier Science and Technology Research Foundation and Andrea Ó Súilleabháin, Executive Director, Partnership for the Public Good.

We urge Common Council to obtain far more detailed information about the proposed SAS contract and data system, including precisely what “predictive policing” approaches will be brought to Buffalo.

Read PPG's full letter to the Common Council here: https://ppgbuffalo.org/news-and-events/news/article:11-03-2020-12-00am-proposed-contract-with-sas-for-police-data-analytics-system/

Read our new weekly Common Council Summary from PPG Civic Educator Orlando Dickson. Each week, we'll share important tak...
11/03/2020

Read our new weekly Common Council Summary from PPG Civic Educator Orlando Dickson. Each week, we'll share important takeaways from Buffalo Common Council meetings--especially updates that relate to our Community Agenda policy advocacy priorities. Last week, the Council took steps to bring tasers and BolaWrap to Buffalo Police; they approved the Climate Emergency Declaration, an initiative of our partners at the WNY Youth Climate Council; and they renamed Columbus Park. Read more:
https://ppgbuffalo.org/news-and-events/news/article:common-council-summary-week-10-24-2020/

As our friends at Open Buffalo keep reminding us, you have FOUR MORE DAYS to take advantage of Early Voting in Buffalo a...
10/29/2020

As our friends at Open Buffalo keep reminding us, you have FOUR MORE DAYS to take advantage of Early Voting in Buffalo and Erie County!

You can vote today or tomorrow from 12pm-9pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-6pm, at ANY early voting location--no matter where your regular polling place is.

More details here: https://elections.erie.gov/Early-Voting

Early voting begins this Saturday, October 24th, and lasts until Sunday, November 1st! Check out your closest polling to vote Monday - Friday from noon-9pm, or Saturday - Sunday from noon-6pm! Skip the lines, ease your schedule, shape our communities' futures! #716votes

Are you behind on paying your rent or mortgage due to COVID-19? Apply for grant assistance through this program! The Cou...
10/28/2020

Are you behind on paying your rent or mortgage due to COVID-19? Apply for grant assistance through this program! The County and City together have $10 million available in assistance, and there's still plenty to go around. The deadline for application is November 15th, so don't wait!

10/27/2020
Police Reform: Tanvier Peart, Colleen Kristich, and Orlando Dickson on The Public Good

Join us on The Public Good! This week's show continues our series on police reform.

We talk with PPG staff members Tanvier Peart, Colleen Kristich, and Orlando Dickson all of whom work on issues of police reform for PPG and individually participate in the work of Buffalo Police Advisory Board, Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD), and Free The People WNY.

They reflect on the latest announcements pertaining to the Buffalo police reform agenda of Mayor Byron W. Brown and the Buffalo Common Council. Access PPG's full statement here accompanied by quotes from partners calling for an investment in safety and health: https://ppgbuffalo.org/news-and-events/news/article:10-26-2020-12-00am-invest-in-community-safety-and-health-not-more-weapons-say-buffalo-residents-and-community-groups/

On Friday, October 23, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, together with Common Council President Darius Pridgen, announced three...
10/26/2020
Invest In Community Safety And Health, Not More Weapons, Say Buffalo Residents And Community Groups > News > News > Partnership for the Public Good (PPG) - Buffalo, NY

On Friday, October 23, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, together with Common Council President Darius Pridgen, announced three new initiatives under their Buffalo police reform agenda—tasers, a lasso-type restraining device called BolaWrap, and a data analytics center. This announcement continues the worrying trend of reforms that are at odds with residents’ priorities.

Less lethal approaches to public safety are a welcome attempt; however, we believe time and money are best spent on proven policy solutions, such as diversion programs, civilian oversight, and community-based health programs.

The package announced on Friday will instead invest $3.9 million in unproven technological solutions, adding new weapons to officers’ belts, rather than adding services to build safer, healthier communities.

Read our full statement, and quotes from our partners and local justice advocates, at the link below. Black Love Resists In the Rust, Showing Up for Racial Justice - SURJ Buffalo, VOICE-Buffalo, PUSH Buffalo, Citizen Action of New York, Free The People WNY

Less lethal approaches to public safety are a welcome attempt; however, we believe time and money are best spent on proven policy solutions, such as diversion programs, civilian oversight, and community-based health programs.  The package announced on Friday will instead invest $3.9 million in

Partners, apply now to work with a High Road Fellow for Summer 2021! A great asset to have in progressing your mission.I...
10/22/2020

Partners, apply now to work with a High Road Fellow for Summer 2021! A great asset to have in progressing your mission.

If you are a partner who did not receive the application please contact Nicole at [email protected].

Partnership for the Public Good partners, time is nearly up to submit your application to host a High Road Fellow for summer 2021!

Our students can assist with a variety of different projects from executing workshops to managing coalition interest meeting to conducting best practice analysis to developing participant resource manuals.

We look forward to hearing your bold ideas and initiatives! More info on the program at ilr.cornell.edu/highroad

10/20/2020
Stitchin' Success: Dawne Hoeg on The Public Good!

For today's The Public Good show, we are joined by one of our partner organizations, Stitch Buffalo, an inclusive space for Refugee and Immigrant women to create handcrafted goods and find economic empowerment; a textile art center for community members to gain and share skills in the textile arts; and an organization committed to stewarding the environment through the re-use of textile supplies.

Stitch Buffalo proves to be a positive force on the West Side along a variety of intersected avenues. Founder and Executive Director, Dawne Hoeg, will educate us about what the organization does and how you can engage including stopping by to purchase a quality array of goods and gifts.

Have you heard about the Erie County Sheriff's proposal to move most inmates to the Correctional Facility in Alden and r...
10/19/2020

Have you heard about the Erie County Sheriff's proposal to move most inmates to the Correctional Facility in Alden and repurpose the Holding Center? Read more about the proposal here: https://news.wbfo.org/post/poloncarz-budget-proposal-includes-closing-erie-county-holding-center

So far, there has been no opportunity for the community to weigh in on this plan, so we want to know:

What do you think? Should the jail population be moved to Alden, or to the Holding Center? Should either jail be closed? What should county leaders consider as they make this decision? Take our community survey at tinyurl.com/ECHolding and share your thoughts. Then please share this survey with others!

Do you think the City of Buffalo should be addressing our global climate emergency? If so, you can make a difference tod...
10/16/2020
Contact Council member to support Climate Emergency Resolution

Do you think the City of Buffalo should be addressing our global climate emergency? If so, you can make a difference today!!
The WNY Youth Climate Council has proposed a resolution to declare a climate emergency, urging council members to take action on climate change. The Buffalo Common Council members are discussing whether they'll pass the resolution now. But they need to hear public support in order to pass it! Use this template to let your council member know: https://bit.ly/2HfE4A4

Don't know who your council member is? That's OK! Go to the link and check out the second page of the doc. It links to a map of the city's council districts and includes contact info for all of the council members. Don't wait!!

Push Buffalo Clean Air Coalition of WNY Sierra Club Niagara Group Crossroads Collective Ujima Massachusetts Avenue Project

Directions: The Buffalo Common Council needs to hear our support for the resolution to declare a climate emergency! Use the template below to call, email or write a letter to your councilmember. If you’re not sure who your council member is or how to contact them, see the next page for a map and ....

In NY, Drivers License suspensions for non-payment of traffic fines and non-appearance at traffic hearings are issued at...
10/14/2020

In NY, Drivers License suspensions for non-payment of traffic fines and non-appearance at traffic hearings are issued at 4 times the rate in over-policed communities of color than in NY’s whitest communities. Driving on a suspended license is the most common charge in Buffalo & the 4th most common in NYC.

New York's Senate and Assembly have now both passed legislation to end driver’s license suspensions for unpaid tickets — which help fuel mass criminalization, economic inequality, and racial injustice.

We’re calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign the Driver’s License Suspension Reform Act immediately.

www.DrivenByJustice.org

10/08/2020
Senate Hearing on COVID behind bars

Last week, NY State Senators asked Governor Andrew Cuomo's prison commissioner Anthony Annucci for basic information on the impact of COVID-19 in the 52 prisons he oversees. He had no answers, including to urgent questions like how many people have died during the pandemic. #FreeThemAll

Yesterday marked a major win for the Buffalo public! Judge Sedita dismissed the BPD union's attempt to keep officers' di...
10/07/2020
Judge rejects Buffalo unions' bid to keep some police disciplinary records secret

Yesterday marked a major win for the Buffalo public! Judge Sedita dismissed the BPD union's attempt to keep officers' disciplinary files a secret. As residents, we need to know if our public servants are doing their jobs. How can we do that unless their records are subject to the same disclosure laws as any other public documents? Thank you, Judge Sedita for siding with the public. Let's celebrate this win!

State Supreme Court Justice Frank A. Sedita III ruled Tuesday that the Buffalo Police Department could release records of unsubstantiated and pending allegations against police officers.

10/06/2020
Language Access is Essential: Steven Sanyu, Meghan Maloney de Zaldivar, and Colleen Kristich on the Public Good

On this week's Public Good radio show, we discuss advocacy to pass a county-wide language access law in Erie County. Listen in to learn what language access is and how we can ensure that language is not a barrier to residents' receiving public servies or participating fully in civic life. Hear from Steven Sanyu of Burmese Community Services, Meghan Maloney de Zaldivar of The New York Immigration Coalition, and Colleen Kristich of PPG on how you can support our collective effort toward a language access law. Learn more here: https://ppgbuffalo.org/files/documents/equality_civil_rights/national_origin/language_access_for_erie_county_is_essential_and_overdue.pdf.

Big news!! Erie County and the City of Buffalo are providing millions of $$ in rental relief and mortgage relief to elig...
10/01/2020

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

This dataset offers some of the demographics and disparities of arrests in the City of Buffalo, based on arrest data rep...
09/24/2020

This dataset offers some of the demographics and disparities of arrests in the City of Buffalo, based on arrest data reported by the Buffalo Police Department to New York State.

In 2019, the Buffalo Police Department made 8,424 arrests. 57% (4,837 arrests) were for misdemeanor or low-level charges. Low-level drug arrests were by far the most common, making up 29% of all misdemeanor arrests in Buffalo. One charge alone—the lowest-level drug charge in NYS ("criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree—made up 15% of all arrests and 27% of misdemeanor arrests. This demonstrates the urgent need for alternatives to arrest when police interact with people who use drugs--and for greater harm reduction and community-based approaches as our first priority.

The data also shows that racial disparities continued in arrests in Buffalo in 2019. Black people face higher rates of arrest than White people, noticeably on charges that are subjective and depend upon the perspective and response of police officers. For example, 71% of people arrested for "obstructing government administration" were Black; so were 62% of people arrested for "resisting arrest." Overall, Black people made up 52% of misdemeanor arrests, though they are only 37% of Buffalo's population.

We stand with our partners in calling for dramatic reduction in arrests and police-based interventions. We can implement proven policy solutions such as pre-arrest diversion and civilian oversight to reduce these disparities, and we can invest in community-led safety and health initiatives to truly build thriving safe neighborhoods.

We invite you to explore this data and post your questions and comments below.

As the 2020 election approaches, our partner Open Buffalo is asking some critical questions about youth voting. Please s...
09/23/2020
Youth Voting Survey

As the 2020 election approaches, our partner Open Buffalo is asking some critical questions about youth voting. Please share this survey so we can hear the voices of our young people!

Are you between the ages of 18-25? Do you have a story to share about your experience voting? Do you have a story about why you don’t want to vote? Then please take a few minutes to fill out the Youth Action Voting Survey! We want to push for changes to make it easier for all young people to vote and to make sure they have all the information to make empowered and informed decisions. Take the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/716votes

Our goal is to understand the barriers young people experience when casting their vote and what organizations, public agencies can do to fix the problem!

09/22/2020
Addressing Health and Climate through Housing: PUSH Green on The Public Good

Today on The Public Good radio show, we're speaking about an ongoing research project evaluating the health and climate impacts of PUSH Green, a community-based energy efficiency/home weatherization program of PUSH Buffalo. To date, the team has interviewed over 40 PUSH Green participants to assess how the program--which makes homes more efficient and safe with free energy assessments, installation and heating equipment repair, insulation, and air sealing--has impacted participants' health, especially throughout the COVID-19 pandemic stay-at-home period. We're joined by Lou DeJesus and Jason Posner of PUSH Green, Luz Velez of PUSH Silver (and a former PUSH Green participant), and Colleen Kristich of PPG. Listen in to hear more about the intersections of health, climate, and housing.

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This is #NateBoyd, new candidate running for Masten District Buffalo Common Council. When this video was brought to my attention, I notified Nate I had evidence and proof that negates everything in this video and was willing to send it to him. He never responded. I then shared the video to my wall as people have been threatening to burn my house down and protest at my address due to the lies in the video. Apparently, not ALL BLACK LIVES matter as the 2 who live in my home are receiving threats because of this misinformation given by Carolette and shared by Mr. Boyd. It wasn't until I shared the video that Mr. Boyd THEN came on my post asking to message him the proof that disproves what this woman is claiming in the video. I sent Mr. Boyd all the proof that this video is being shared around with entirely false information. Mr. Boyd NEVER bothered to look at any of the proof, then just argued with me on another post, and then commented to the interviewee that he knew I did it. How do you know I did it if you didn’t even bother to look at the evidence? I believe Mr. Boyd’s decision to just assume I did this is completely discriminatory and as he refuses to even look at the evidence. Is this the type of Councilman we really want in the City of Buffalo? Someone trying to incite a race war on a victim? What good Councilman would just automatically assume someone did something without getting all the facts and reviewing the evidence? Is an individual not innocent until proven guilty? Why have you already made the decision in your head to disregard the evidence proving tis video is a lie? It’s completely abhorrent what Nate Boyd is doing. This is NOT how a candidate should conduct themselves to the public. He is now KNOWINGLY sharing around false information. Should anything happen to my children or my home due to the fake video being shared by Mr. Boyd, I will hold him personally liable in a Court of Law.
Join us next Wednesday (5/27), 12-1:30pm for a workshop on Connecting Cultural Competency and Trauma-Informed Approaches. The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified disparities in health, education, housing and more; and created individual, family and community trauma. This workshop will tackle our current reality, share best practices, and allow for interactive learning to help participants understand and support healing from trauma and promoting resiliency in a community and culturally responsive way. Conect, Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab, Peace, Love and Power Collective, Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo
My Grandfather Dominick DeAngelis and my Grandmother Antonette owen and operated the Houghs Neck Carousel! The Carousel was up in running in Houghs Neck section of Quincy MA , My grandfather and grandmother had a Penny Arced, Shooting Gallery a long with out door movies, and at Christmas time would have the carousel all lit up for Christmas and would sell Christmas trees and wreaths! The city built a new elementary school 1953-54 so they made him take the carousel down, it was first put away underneath the DiMarzio's Roller skating for several years and as luck with have it they made them move it because they rented out the space to a moving company, so the carousel was move and put underneath my grandparents house with about a dozen pieces put in our basement ( my brothers and our friends with play on them as kids) Then in 1985 it was taken out and movedl to a company by the name of Carousel Works owned by Art Richie in Mansfield Ohio. My family (The Brill Family) lived on the 2nd and third floors as my grandmother lived on the first floor! Please let me know ASAP just when, what date it will be up and running! Thanks Joe Brill!
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!
#VDER is stifling #CommunitySolar in #NYS, but #A10474 can fix that! NY must expand #solar to meet #CleanEnergy mandates & save #jobs. https://twitter.com/NYenergydem/status/1005113430720827393/video/1