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.

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How do you think M&T is doing in the Buffalo Region? PPG is a part of the Buffalo Niagara Community Reinvestment Coaliti...
04/16/2021
How has M&T treated YOU and your community?

How do you think M&T is doing in the Buffalo Region? PPG is a part of the Buffalo Niagara Community Reinvestment Coalition which works to hold banks accountable to our community. We need to know what YOU think about M&T. Take our short survey here!

PUSH Buffalo CEJ Buffalo Belmont Housing Resources for WNY, Inc. The Buffalo Urban League HOME, Inc.

M&T is trying to take over 418 bank branches on the East Coast. Regulators are deciding whether or not to let M&T do this. We need to hear from YOU about your experiences with M&T. Is M&T doing its part in our community? Should M&T be doing more for residents in Buffalo-Niagara? Please share your th...

04/14/2021

This week on The Public Good, we visit with Maria Ta, Gabrielle Lewis, and Zanaya Hussain. Maria is Program Director at Ujima Theatre Company, Director of “Water in the Desert”, and a teaching artist with the Dunbar Academy Project. Zanaya is a writer for Just Buffalo, and Gabrielle is a Senior of the Dunbar Academy. They will discuss Ujima's “Water in the Desert,” a collaboration with Just Buffalo Literary Center and Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center, happening this Saturday and Sunday, April 17-18, 2021. We will talk about what Water in the Desert means, how the idea came about, and how you can get tickets (here - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/water-in-the-desert-tickets-149790241645). We’ll also discuss The Dunbar Academy Project and how people can get involved. Zanaya and Gabrielle offer an amazing exclusive preview of the show and the talent you can expect to see there. You won’t want to miss this one!

Over 2.3 million New Yorkers have an old conviction record and face barriers to housing, education, and employment. We m...
04/14/2021

Over 2.3 million New Yorkers have an old conviction record and face barriers to housing, education, and employment. We must put a stop to perpetual punishment. Join #CleanSlateNY on April 29th for a Second Chance Advocacy Day.

RSVP here: bit.ly/clean-slate-day

"For the first time since 1935, Congress is poised to pass meaningful labor law reform. The Protecting the Right to Orga...
04/13/2021
Another Voice: Congress must protect workers’ right to organize

"For the first time since 1935, Congress is poised to pass meaningful labor law reform. The Protecting the Right to Organize Act addresses many of the anti-union shortcomings of our current law." Check out this great op ed from Cathy Creighton at Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab on union organizing.

If you want to learn more, check out our report on unions in WNY and Cornell in Buffalo ILR's report on union members:
https://ppgbuffalo.org/files/documents/labortakesthehighroad_final_hr.pdf

https://ecommons.cornell.edu/bitstream/handle/1813/73609/buffalo_niagaras_union_members_AC.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

"It is beyond refute that union workers make more money than nonunion workers," writes Cathy Creighton.

An invitation from our partners at the League of Women Voters Buffalo Niagara--"We love our Outer Harbor for its natural...
04/13/2021

An invitation from our partners at the League of Women Voters Buffalo Niagara--"We love our Outer Harbor for its natural beauty, ecological importance, and recreational opportunities. Western New Yorkers have spoken loud and clear: we want this fragile Great Lakes gem to be permanently protected, naturally restored, and publicly accessible." Join the LWVBN, PPG, Our Outer Harbor and Citizens for a 21st Century Park on the Outer Harbor on Wednesday, April 21 at 7pm to learn about making this unique resource a state park. Register at bit.ly/outerharbor.

04/12/2021
Lovejoy District Council Member Bryan Bollman

Thank you to Lovejoy District Council Member Bryan Bollman for your leadership on this issue: prioritizing local residents in the City of Buffalo auction. Our partner Buffalo Information Sharing Collective - BISC pitched this very idea on to the #2021CommunityAgenda, and we look forward to continuing to work with you to move this forward!

I'm working to help increase home-ownership by local people in Buffalo. We have to create more opportunities for the people of Buffalo to gain equity in this great city.

04/12/2021
People's Campaign for Parole Justice

Now that NY State lawmakers have passed the state budget, we join the People's Campaign for Parole Justice to say Elder Parole and Fair & Timely Parole are next. We must pass them THIS YEAR to stop the crisis of aging & dying in prison. Visit parolejusticeny.com for more.

Racial justice is key to climate action. Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color have been discriminated ag...
04/08/2021

Racial justice is key to climate action. Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color have been discriminated against by fossil fuel companies that place their dirtiest infrastructure in these communities. It’s time for climate justice: when we #PassTheCCIA, we’ll #MakePollutersPay for the harm they’ve done and build new infrastructure, fund schools, clean the environment, and create good jobs.

Register to join the CCIA Town Hall with Senator Schumer on Friday 4/9 at 6:30pm: bit.ly/Action-Week-Town-Hall

Our Town Hall call with @senschumer is tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.! Help us #PUSHforCCIA to rebuild and repair our local economy after the pandemic. Investments in our communities that are most at risk of environmental disasters will be key to bringing jobs, community programs, green schools, and more. The THRIVE Agenda and CCIA are that recovery. See you tomorrow! #PassTheCCIA #THRIVEAgenda

04/06/2021

Join us on The Public Good! Our guests this week are Zaki Smith, Policy Entrepreneur for the Next 100 and Katie Schaffer, Director of Advocacy and Organizing at Center for Community Alternatives. They talk to us about the Clean Slate Law (Senate Bill S1553A - Assembly Bill A6399) which seeks to end the perpetual punishment of 2.3 million New Yorkers with a conviction record. The Clean Slate Law establishes a two-step process of automatically sealing and later automatically expunging conviction records once a person has served their sentence with a few exceptions, such as people who have committed sex-based crimes. Join us as we talk about why this bill is important, a bit about redemption, share some facts, and how you can get involved with the Clean Slate by visiting Cleanslateny.org.

03/30/2021

Our guests this week on The Public Good are PUSH Buffalo's Clarke Gocker, Kelly Camacho and Luz Velez! They talk about the Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA) and the work being done state-wide for this bill to pass. The CCIA would help fund ​a just transition to a renewable energy economy by making ​corporate polluters pay for the damage they’re doing to our climate and our communities. Passing the CCIA is one of PPG's 2021 Community Agenda planks, and our guests share ways we can get involved in this historic campaign.

Join us for a lunchtime discussion on the ​recently introduced Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA) (Senate Bill ...
03/29/2021

Join us for a lunchtime discussion on the ​recently introduced Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA) (Senate Bill S4264A) with NY Renews and PUSH Buffalo.

The CCIA builds on the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act passed in 2019, which sets legally binding emission reduction standards to transition New York off of fossil fuels by 2050 and mandates that 40% of state climate and energy funding be invested in environmental justice communities.

The CCIA would help fund ​a just transition to a renewable energy economy by making ​corporate polluters pay for the damage they’re doing to our climate and our communities. ​NY Renews is planning a powerful statewide week of action April 5th - April 9th to urge elected leaders to pass the CCIA in 2021. PUSH will share ways we can all get involved in this historic campaign.

To attend, register here: http://bit.ly/CCIAteachin

This week, Mayor Brown’s Commission on Police Reform and Social Reconstruction released its policing recommendations for...
03/25/2021

This week, Mayor Brown’s Commission on Police Reform and Social Reconstruction released its policing recommendations for public comment (https://www.buffalony.gov/DocumentCenter/View/8616/BuffaloReformAgenda-PoliceCommission).

It is exciting to see the inclusion of LEAD, a pre-arrest diversion program that residents and health agencies have worked for years to bring to Buffalo. Other badly needed reforms in the resolution include performance reviews for police officers and increased public input in Buffalo police union negotiations. At the same time, many of these recommendations do not go far enough to protect communities most harmed by the systems in place.

We amplify calls to reimagine policing across Buffalo. Four of this year’s Community Agenda planks (https://ppgbuffalo.org/community-agenda/) from our partners highlight ways to transition punitive policing from being the first response to the last resort:

In Plank 1 - Remove Police From Frontline Response to Mental Health Crises - our partners affirm that mental health emergencies should be handled by trained mental health professionals, not insufficiently trained police. A shift in the manner of response will reduce the risk of harm to residents with mental health challenges.

In Plank 5 - Implement a New Police Oversight Model - our partners call on Buffalo Common Council to overhaul police oversight following the proposal made by the Buffalo Police Advisory Board in their Spring 2020 report. This proposal would create two oversight bodies with stronger powers to hold hearings on police misconduct and police budgets, receive and review complaints, investigate complaints with subpoena power, and require annual reports from the Police Commissioner.

In Plank 9 - Stop the Practice of Stationing Off-Duty Police Officers in Buffalo Public Schools - our partners call to remove off-duty police from public schools, to reduce the criminalization of Black children and advance racial justice. Just last month, BPS Superintendent Cash announced this change (https://ppgbuffalo.org/news-and-events/news/article:03-16-2021-12-00am-community-agenda-win-off-duty-police-officers-removed-from-buffalo-public-schools/). Our partners wish to extend the removal of police from our schools, replacing them with counselors and restorative approaches, rather than continue the police presence - as the reform resolution includes.

In Plank 10 - Invest in Just Streets, Not Enforcement - our partners advocate for using design and traffic calming infrastructure (instead of surveillance and police) to keep streets safe. Invest in unarmed, non-police traffic safety jobs for Buffalo residents in under-served communities.

At a time when many are looking for transformational change, reforms that keep police in schools and take incremental steps to create law enforcement accountability barely move the needle. The City of Buffalo has the opportunity to be a leader in addressing police violence and justice system disparities if it dares to do so. We call on the City to continue the change process in the months ahead, despite New York State’s April 1 deadline to adopt police reforms and to advance the systemic reforms proposed by our community-based partners.

Please take a moment to submit a comment by email or voicemail to:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 716-851-5348

The deadline to submit a comment is tomorrow, March 26 at 11 a.m.!

03/25/2021

Join us on The Public Good! Our guests this week are Jawanza Williams from Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders (VOCAL-NY) and Melissa Moore from Drug Policy Alliance. We talk about the Ma*****na Regulation and Taxation Act, what it means for legalization, and dispel some myths and assumptions about societal impacts. For more information, see http://smart-ny.com/.

Black Love Resists In the Rust
03/25/2021

Black Love Resists In the Rust

Let's light the socials up in honor of our continued fight for Justice and Freedom from policing, surveillance, and the carceral state.

1) Submit your comments via email/voicemail BY 11AM TOMORROW (Friday) https://tinyurl.com/BuffaloPoliceReformAgenda
2) Download/Screenshot and post this picture to your socials. Copy and paste the message below as the caption on your picture.
3) Tag 5 friends in your post and tell them to do the same!

Mayor Byron Brown released his police reform agenda. While some of the items in the agenda are reforms community members and advocates have demanded and waited on for years, other agenda items completely miss the mark.

COMMENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY FRIDAY, MARCH 26 AT 11AM
Submit comments by voice message or email
Phone: 716-851-5348
Email: [email protected]
Byron Brown's Police Reform Agenda can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/BuffaloPoliceReformAgenda

#DefundThePolice
#buffalohasapolicingproblem

This victory is a result of solitary survivors, the formerly incarcerated, the directly impacted, organizers, advocates,...
03/18/2021

This victory is a result of solitary survivors, the formerly incarcerated, the directly impacted, organizers, advocates, coalitions, and organizations coming together across the state to say enough is enough. We think of those lost because of solitary confinement and those who've endured its torture.

We celebrate with all who've fought and continue to fight tirelessly for a world free of harmful systems and practices. Our thoughts are with Jerome Wright, solitary survivor and WNY organizer who has been a guiding light, Steve Hart, and the amazing people at WNY Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC) who pushed to end this form of torture and save lives.

While there is still much work to do, #HALTsolitary is a critical step and an achievement many have spent years fighting to see pass.

And that day has finally come.

BREAKING: The NY Senate just passed the #HALTsolitary Confinement Act by a vote of 42 to 21! The bill already passed in the Assembly. It now goes to the Governor and we call on him to sign it immediately.

03/16/2021

Join us on The Public Good! Our guests this week are Frontline Arts Buffalo Members Heather Gring (Locust Street Art Board Member and Archivist at the Burchfield Penney Art Center) and Bryan Lee (Curator, El Museo - Buffalo, NY). Frontline Arts Buffalo advocates for artists and arts organization to ensure environmental, economic and social justice for underrepresented community members in the area. We talk through some of the group’s current activities, and discuss some similarities and differences between the arts landscape in Buffalo and other major cities. “Equitable and Sustained Funding of Frontline Arts Communities” is one of PPG’s Community Agenda priorities for the year. We discuss how Frontline Arts Buffalo hopes to ensure that artists impacted most by climate, economic and racial injustice have adequate and consistent access to funding.

Join us next week at Conect's "Chew and Chat" - HEALTH HAPPENS WHERE YOU LIVE! Community Health Worker Network of Buffal...
03/11/2021

Join us next week at Conect's "Chew and Chat" - HEALTH HAPPENS WHERE YOU LIVE! Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo, PUSH Buffalo / PUSH Green, frontline workers and City staff will come together to discuss healthy, affordable, sustainable housing. Come take your lunch break with us and learn about new housing policies and resources available, network with others in the field, and help identify community needs and assets so that we can make collaborative progress on housing and health equity! REGISTER at bit.ly/healthyhomes_chewchat

Sign this petition by our partner Open Buffalo: The Community Restoration Project focuses on the passage of three bills ...
03/10/2021

Sign this petition by our partner Open Buffalo: The Community Restoration Project focuses on the passage of three bills in the New York State Legislature:

(1) legalizing ma*****na and funding communities affected by the war on drugs;
(2) “Clean Slate,” which would allow for automatic expungement of many criminal records; and
(3) equitable taxation by increasing state taxes for the top 1% income earners in New York.

We were so fortunate to have BaBa Eng of Prisoners Are People Too, Inc. speak at our launch last week! Here are two ways you can help "rescue, reclaim, and restore our people" with the #CommunityRestorationProject:

1. Sign the petition with our legislative demands for 'Clean Slate' expungments, #TaxtheRich progressive tax policy, and racially just ma*****na legalization https://bit.ly/3slyChH
2. Join us on Tuesdays from 12:00 - 12:30 pm for our "Small Bites" series to break down the legislation for all to understand! Tomorrow, 2.23, we will tackle what Clean Slate legislation will do - Zoom info below!

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COVID-19 has affected us all in different ways. University of Washington and University of Texas at Austin are conducting a survey to examine information access disparities and preventive health behaviors in the pandemic. Study findings will inform public health practice. Please make your voice heard! Access the survey here: https://utexas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bIroBmbjsZ7LGmx. The questionnaire will take about 20 minutes, and you can also enter a lottery draw for a $30 Amazon gift card. This study has been approved by the university Institutional Review Boards. Photo by Nelly Antoniadou on Unsplash
Talking Peace with the Western New York Peace Center Your comments and questions are appreciated https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2743759329200520
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 ma*****na 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!