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PPG’s New Policy Brief on Community Policing

Events, Newson March 27th, 2015No Comments

PPG has released a new brief, “Poverty, Race, and Community Policing in Buffalo.”  PPG Co-Director Sam Magavern and Open Buffalo Executive Director Franchelle Hart are speaking on the topic at the Buffalo Poverty Research Workshop, March 27.  You can also view a short video of the PPG interview with resident leader Sam Smith discussing the policing of Buffalo’s public housing.


NFTA Reform on the Next Public Good, March 31

Events, Newson March 24th, 2015No Comments
Join host Howard Patton as he talks about better transit with Doug Funke and Lynn Magdol from Citizens Regional Transit Corporation.  This plank from PPG’s 2015 Community Agenda include four ways that state and local government can supply fairer and more adequate funding for public transit in western New York.  The Public Good airs Tuesday at 1pm on WUFO AM 1080 and streams on

The Public Good, March 24, 2015

Events, Newson March 23rd, 2015No Comments

Please join Sam Magavern, Tuesday March 24, 2015 at 1:00pm on WUFO 1080am as he speaks with Curtis Alford, Program Director of Teenage Achievers Program at Urban Christian Ministries

PPG Releases Report and Directory on the Arts and Social Justice

Events, Newson March 12th, 2015Comments Off

Art, music, theater, and other cultural activities have always played an important role in movements for social justice.  In our latest report for the Open Buffalo Innovation Lab, Social Justice and the Arts, PPG consultant J.A. DeWald highlights best practices from around the nation and world in integrating the arts with social justice, paying particular attention to restorative justice, worker equity, and high road economic development.  We are also pleased to share a new directory of Buffalo Arts and Culture Organizations Promoting Social Justice, which, while certainly not exhaustive, offers an impressive sampling of the work being done in Buffalo.

Buffalo Poverty Research Workshop, March 27

Events, Newson March 12th, 2015Comments Off

The sixth Buffalo Poverty Research Workshop, to be held Friday, March 27, offers everyone concerned with Buffalo’s poverty the chance to hear about new research, promising strategies, and opportunities for collaboration.  The workshop is designed for local scholars, social service agencies, advocates, and government leaders and staff, and the general public.   Topics include “Poverty, Race and Community Policing;” “Understanding the Experiences of New Americans in Buffalo;” and “An Exploration into the Lives of Chronically Homeless Women.”

The presenters include:

  • Franchelle Hart, executive director, Open Buffalo
  • Sam Magavern, co-director, Partnership for the Public Good
  • Diane Bessel, assistant professor, Daemen College
  • Kim Griswold, associate professor, University at Buffalo
  • Ba Zan Lin, program coordinator, Burmese Community Support Center
  • Karen Carman, supportive housing director, Matt Urban Human Services Center
  • Thomas Nochajski, professor, University at Buffalo


The Workshop takes place on Friday, March 27 from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon (registration from 8:30 am) in the auditorium of Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo.  The Workshop is free and open to the public.  There are also optional lunch discussions at Sweet & Savory, which require a fee and pre-reservation. Register for the workshop and the lunch discussions at  For questions, contact Laura Mangan,, 645-5376.

The Poverty Research Workshop is sponsored by the Homeless Alliance of Western New York, the Partnership for the Public Good, and the University at Buffalo Civic Engagement and Public Policy Research Initiative, and it is co-sponsored by the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.

Confluences and Conversations: a Unique Night with PPG at Indigo Art, March 21

Events, Newson March 12th, 2015Comments Off

Indigo Art is hosting a gathering of friends on March 21, from 6 to 8pm at its gallery at 47 Allen Street in Buffalo.  Enjoy an art exhibit by Monica Angle and music by Middlemen while sampling specialty cocktails, hors d’oeurves, wine, and beer.  There will be a brief artist talk, and brief remarks from PPG as well.  A portion of each ticket will be donated to PPG.  Tickets are $47 and available here.

PPG/Open Buffalo at Ujima Theater’s Topdog/Underdog, March 12

Events, Newson March 10th, 2015Comments Off

Please join PPG and Open Buffalo for a night of great theater, this Thursday, March 12, 8pm, as we enjoy Ujima Theater’s production of Topdog/Underdog, a Pulitzer-prize winning play by Suzan Lori-Parks.  Directed by Roosevelt Tidwell and starring Preach Freedom and Amilcar Hill, this is a “hard-hitting hip-hop-journey of dizzying verbal virtuosity,” in a production praised for its “brilliance” by Buffalo News critic Colin Dabkowski.  Please note that the production is being staged at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, 341 Delaware (Babeville).  For tickets, call 883-4232.  All of PPG and Open Buffalo staff will be attending, and we will be releasing a new report on the integration of arts and social justice work, so please join us!

Sam Magavern speaks with L. Nathan Ware on the Public Good!!

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Tune into the Public Good with Sam Magavern today at 1:00pm. Sam will be speaking with L. Nathan Ware of the Community Action Organization

PPG Releases New Policy Briefs for Open Buffalo Innovation Lab: High Road Economic Development: Best Practices and The High Road Economy: Principles & Practices

Events, Newson March 4th, 2015Comments Off

There is lots of talk about the need for High Road Economic Development in Buffalo and elsewhere, but what exactly does it mean to develop on the High Road?  The High Road Economy is not just about ensuring community benefits in any particular project, but is a comprehensive economic strategy that focuses on reducing waste, adding value, and equitably capturing and sharing the benefits of doing so.  Learn about the major components of a high functioning economy and community and specific ways this can be employed in Buffalo in PPG’s latest policy briefs for the Open Buffalo Innovation Lab.

Tune in to the Public Good!!

Events, Newson March 3rd, 2015Comments Off

Please tune in to The Public Good with Sam Magavern today March 3, 2015 at 1pm on (WUFO AM 1080, Sam will be speaking with Kimera Lattimore founder of Alpha & Omega Christian Fraternity.