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Hot Topics on the Public Good: Carl Paladino and Community Policing    

Events, Newson June 29th, 2015No Comments

Don’t miss the next two editions of the Public Good, which airs each Tuesday at 1pm on WUFO AM 1080 and livestreams on  On Tuesday, June 30, Kevin Connor of the Public Accountability Initiative discusses their three part report on Carl Paladino: his bigoted statements, his campaign donations, and his receipt of tax incentives from state and local governments.  On July 7, Pastor James Giles of Buffalo Peacemakers and Back to Basics Ministries reflects on what it will take to bring true community policing to Buffalo.  Video highlights of many Public Good interviews are available on our YouTube channel, as well.

“Getting Over the Language Barrier” – Free Training July 16

Events, Newson June 26th, 2015No Comments

Getting Over the Language Barrier:

Working Successfully with Immigrants and Refugees


July 16, 2015, 8:30am to 11:30am

Jewish Family Services, Downstairs Auditorium

70 Barker St., Buffalo 14209



 A free training for medical providers, government staff, non-profits, schools, and anyone interested in a better understanding of language access and cultural competence.

  • Improve your understanding of legal duties and best practices in serving people with limited English proficiency
  • Gain better awareness and understanding of issues facing immigrants and refugees in the Buffalo area
  • Learn about local and national resources to make your job easier

Free and open to the public, but space is limited.  To reserve a seat, please e-mail or call Deandra FIke of PPG at 852-4191, ext. 115.


Presented by

 Catholic Charities

International Institute of Buffalo

Jericho Road Hope Drop-In Center

Jewish Family Services

Journey’s End Refugee Services

Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo

Neighborhood Legal Services

Partnership for the Public Good


Supported by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Public Accountability Initiative Releases Report on Paladino

Events, Newson June 18th, 2015No Comments

At a June 2015 political rally, Buffalo developer and school board member Carl Paladino made a series of racist and xenophobic remarks. Paladino complained about “non-Americans” at the University at Buffalo campus and the “huge population of foreigners.” In comments to a group of reporters, Paladino blamed “those damn Asians coming here to go to school” for keeping local students from educational opportunities. Since then, the University at Buffalo and local media outlets have debunked his assertions, in addition to highlighting the racist nature of his remarks. Click here to read more

The Public Good, Tuesday 6/16

Events, Newson June 15th, 2015Comments Off

Please join Howard Patton on the Public Good as he chats with Pettis Mitchell, owner of Imani S&L Virtual Services LLC, and Sandra Talley, owner of Talley Virtual Works on Tuesday June 16, 2015 at 1pm on WUFO 1080am, or stream live at


Fight Against Blight, June 17

Events, Newson June 10th, 2015Comments Off

Join the Buffalo Community Reinvestment Coalition for a forum titled “Fight Against Blight: Banking for a Better Buffalo.”  The forum will be Wednesday, June 17, from 6pm to 7:30pm, at True Bethel Baptist Church Social Hall, 907 E. Ferry St.  Learn how a Responsible Banking Ordinance can help address lending disparities and ensure that the City of Buffalo deposits its funds with banks that help, rather than hurt, the community.  Free and open to the public.  For more information, contact PUSH Buffalo at 884-0356 or WNY Law Center at 855-0203.  Also sponsored by Community Action Organization of Erie County and Partnership for the Public Good.


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Picnic for the Public Good, June 28

Events, Newson June 3rd, 2015Comments Off

There’s nothing like a summer picnic in the park, especially when it benefits Partnership for the Public Good, the unprecedented collaboration of 187 community groups working to build a better Buffalo.  Join us at 1:00 pm on Sunday, June 28 for a picnic at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.  We’ll have:

  • Delicious food and refreshing beverages
  • Fine music and poetry
  • The finals of the first-ever “Tennis for the Public Good” tournament
  • Free “lightning lessons” with tennis champion Ken White, currently ranked #1 in the nation in men’s over 50 singles and doubles
  • Special tennis equipment and instruction for young beginners
  • Chess lessons/demonstration with PPG chess coach Howard Patton.

People of all ages are welcome!   Minimum donation is $25 per person.  To buy a ticket, click here.

Sam Magavern, PPG Co-Director speaks at press conference

Events, Newson May 28th, 2015Comments Off

PPG Co-Director Sam Magavern spoke today at a press conference celebrating the passage of a single payer health insurance bill by the New York State Assembly.  Magavern emphasized the beneficial effects the bill would have on middle class workers and small businesses.  You can find the PPG policy brief, “Why New York Still Needs Single Payer Health Care” here.  The press conference was organized by PPG partner organization, Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo; speakers urged the New York Senate and Governor Cuomo to follow the Assembly’s lead and pass this legislation.

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Refugees Win Language Access with Buffalo Police, City of Buffalo

Events, Newson May 26th, 2015Comments Off
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, 2015Comments Off

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, 2015Comments Off

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