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Refugees Win Language Access with Buffalo Police, City of Buffalo

Events, Newson May 26th, 2015No Comments
Steven Sanyu (Burmese Community Services) and Lisa Strand (Legal Aid Bureau) describe how a series of break-ins victimizing refugees led to community organizing and important progress: improved language access and community policing from the Buffalo Police, and a Buffalo Common Council resolution for the City to make a language access plan.


Big Victory on School Wellness

Events, Newson May 22nd, 2015No Comments

Big Victory on School Wellness 

PPG is excited to report major progress on a plank from our 2014 Community Agenda: getting Buffalo Public Schools up to the state requirements on physical education.  Our partners at Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo have taken the lead on this issue, and PPG has supported them with research, media, and strategy assistance.  CHWNB reports the following.

Buffalo parents, students, and public health advocates have been pushing the Buffalo Public Schools to come into compliance with state standards on physical education (PE) for several years.   At a recent Board of Education meeting, their calls to action yielded a significant result- the addition of 48 new PE teachers in the budget for the 2015-2016 school year.

NYSED Commissioner’s Regulations 135.4 specifies that all pupils in grades K-6 get at least 120 minutes of physical eduction each calendar week.  Currently, many K-3 students only getting one 30 minute period of PE per 6 day cycle. 

 Ample research in education, healthcare, and public health all support the assertion that children who are afforded opportunities for daily physical activity, as well as physical education and health education, have markedly better academic outcomes, as well as higher rates of attendance, lower rates of disciplinary issues, and better health and social outcomes.

A diverse coalition of various interests and groups have rallied for physical education this year.  The District Parent Coordinating Council, Buffalo Parent Teacher Organization, Buffalo Teachers Federation, and Interhigh Council have all expressed support of increased physical education in the District.  Health and public interest groups, such as the Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo and Partnership for the Public Good, have been advocating on this issue for years.


Private Equity at Work: When Wall Street Manages Main Street, June 4

Events, Newson May 21st, 2015No Comments

A book talk and panel discussion

Featuring Rosemary Batt, Professor, Cornell University ILR School

With panelists Sam Capitano (Laborers Local 210), Kevin Connor (Public Accountability Initiative), and (invited) Jennifer Parker (Black Capital Network)

June 4, 2015

7:00 PM

Theodore Roosevelt Historical Site

641 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo NY


Since 2000, nearly 11,500 companies—representing almost 8 million employees—have been purchased by private equity firms. As their role in the economy has increased, they have come under fire from labor unions and community advocates who argue that the proliferation of leveraged buyouts destroys jobs, causes wages to stagnate, saddles otherwise healthy companies with debt, and leads to subsidies from taxpayers. Economist Eileen Appelbaum and Professor Rosemary Batt carefully evaluate the evidence—including original case studies and interviews, legal documents, bankruptcy proceedings, media coverage, and existing academic scholarship—to demonstrate the effects of private equity on American businesses and workers.

“In this brilliant new book, Eileen Appelbaum and Rosemary Batt pull back the curtain on the shadowy world of private equity and its role in the management and mismanagement of our economy.” Gerald Epstein, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts

Sponsored by Cornell University ILR School, Partnership for the Public Good, Theodore Roosevelt Historical Site, Open Buffalo, and Western New York Area Labor Federation

Nicole Lee, inspires, educates and informs Buffalo

Events, Newson May 15th, 2015No Comments

Ferguson, Baltimore, Buffalo and Beyond: Internationally Renowned Human Rights Lawyer Nicole Lee to Speak on May 14

Events, Newson May 9th, 2015Comments Off

After growing up in Buffalo, Nicole Lee rose to become a renowned human rights lawyer and the first female President of TransAfrica, the nation’s premier African American foreign affairs organization. With her signature seriousness and compassion, she has led investigations and missions documenting violations of human rights and dignity of the world’s vulnerable populations. Recently, Ms. Lee has turned her attention to human rights issues here in the United States, working in Ferguson, Baltimore, and other troubled locations on behalf of justice for all.  On Thursday, May 14, at 6pm, Ms. Lee will speak on “Human Rights and Policing: Ferguson, Baltimore, Buffalo and Beyond” at Greater Works Christian Fellowship, 210 Southampton Street, Buffalo (between Masten and Jefferson).  Ms. Lee has been on Ebony magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential African Americans and has appeared on ABC, NBC, and hundreds of TV and radio stations around the globe.  Her appearance is co-sponsored by Open Buffalo, the Concerned Clergy Coalition, Partnership for the Public Good, and Greater Works Christian Fellowship.  Free and open to the public.


Nicole Lee

Arts, Justice, and Innovation, May 8

Events, Newson May 5th, 2015Comments Off

Join us for a wonderful event this Friday, May 8, at 7pm, at the Albright Knox Art Gallery. Multi-faceted genius Leon Botstein, the president of Bard College, will be speaking on “Arts, Justice, and Innovation.”  On Saturday and Sunday, President Botstein will be conducting the Buffalo Philharmonic.  But on Friday, he’ll be sharing some of his electrifying ideas in a free talk, open to the public.


At the age of 23, Botstein became the nation’s youngest college president.  Since 1975, he has served as president of Bard, developing many innovative programs, such as the Bard Prison Initiative.  He has written a book on public education, Jefferson’s Children, in which he calls for abolishing the final two years of high school.  He has written scathing criticisms of standardized tests, calling the SAT “part fraud, part hoax.”


Dr. Janne Siren, director of the Albright Knox, will introduce President Botstein, and following the talk there will be a panel discussion with Dr. Siren, President Botstein, Teresa Miller (University at Buffalo Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion), Franchelle Hart (executive director, Open Buffalo), and Sam Magavern (co-director, PPG).

Poverty, Education, and Work, May 8

Events, Newson May 5th, 2015Comments Off

Please join PPG Co-Director Sam Magavern and a team of UB Law Students for a presentation on poverty, education, and work.  This free event, open to the public, will be Friday, May 8, from 10am to noon, at 237 Main St., Suite 1200, in downtown Buffalo.  To reserve a seat, please email

Topics include:

  • Poverty’s impact on educational outcomes in local public schools
  • Testing, choice, and accountability policies
  • The embattled teacher
  • English language learners and students with special needs
  • Buffalo’s out-of-time schools
  • Charter schools
  • Say Yes and Buffalo Promise Neighborhood
  • Education’s impact on poverty
  • Fast food workers
  • Minimum wage policies and the Fight for Fifteen
  • Temp work
  • Paid sick leave and paid family leave

Lou Jean Fleron – NYS Senate’s Woman of Distinction

Events, Newson May 5th, 2015Comments Off

Congratulations to PPG co-director Lou Jean Fleron for being honored through the NYS Senate’s “Women of Distinction” program.

“A tireless advocate for worker’s rights, Lou Jean’s dedication to serving others has had a profound impact on shaping Western New York for more than 35 years,” said Senator Marc Panepinto, 60th District, who announced her honor. Read the full article here.

Dr. Leon Botstein on the Public Good, Tuesday, May 5, 1pm

Uncategorizedon May 4th, 2015Comments Off

Tune into WUFO-AM 1080 Tuesday at 1pm for a discussion with multi-faceted genius Leon Botstein, the president of Bard College. President Botstein will be speaking on “Arts, Justice, and Innovation” this Friday, May 8, at 7pm, at the Albright Knox Art Gallery. On Saturday and Sunday, President Botstein will be conducting the Buffalo Philharmonic.

On the Public Good show tomorrow, host Sam Magavern will be asking Botstein about his innovative and controversial views on topics such as reducing standardized testing, doing away with the final two years of high school, and providing a liberal arts education for prison inmates.

At the age of 23, Botstein became the nation’s youngest college president.  Since 1975, he has served as president of Bard, developing many innovative programs, such as the Bard Prison Initiative.

Film and Discussion of Temp Labor, May 6

Events, Newson April 22nd, 2015Comments Off

WNYCOSH, a PPG partner, will be hosting a film screening and panel discussion on temporary labor on Wednesday May 6th from 6-8pm at the Niagara Branch Library on Porter Ave. The event will focus on the exploding temp economy and the dangers and predatory practices that are inherent in an intentionally obscure employment relationship.  PPG issued a detail report on Temp Work and Poverty in Buffalo in January, which you can find here.

WNYCOSH will be showing Permanently Temporary: The Truth About Temp Labor, a film by ProPublica and Vice and having a panel discussion with Erin Hatton, Assistant Professor of Sociology at SUNY Buffalo and author of The Temp Economy, Jeff Conrad, Executive Director of Center for Employment Opportunities, and temp workers sharing their experiences in the temp industry.

Snacks and light refreshments will be served.