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The Public Good with Ba Zan Lin

Events, Newson July 16th, 2015Comments Off

The Public Good with Ba Zan Lin discusses the rapidly growing Burmese population in Buffalo.

New Resources on Buffalo’s Refugees and Immigrants 

Events, Newson July 15th, 2015Comments Off

PPG has completed 10 fact sheets on Buffalo’s foreign language communities, including sheets on Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, Central Africa, Eritrea, Iraq, Puerto Rico, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.  We’ve also updated our Buffalo Brief on Immigrants, Refugees, and Languages Spoken in WNY and filmed four short video conversations with local community leaders you can find them, along with many other resources on immigrants, refugees, and language access, here.

New Report on Traffic Equity

Events, Newson July 15th, 2015Comments Off

PPG has released a new report, Traffic Equity in Buffalo, NY by Daniel Cadzow and Sam Magavern.  The report includes some of the latest scientific research on traffic pollution and its many negative health effects, and calls for better local policies regarding public transit, smart growth, complete streets, car sharing, and the Peace Bridge to help improve traffic equity in western New York.

The Public Good with Pastor James Giles

Events, Newson July 8th, 2015Comments Off

Pastor James Giles of Back to Basics, Buffalo Peace Makers and Voice Buffalo discusses community policing in Buffalo with Sam Magavern on the Public Good.

The Public Good with Kevin Connor

Events, Newson July 2nd, 2015Comments Off

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.


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

Events, Newson June 29th, 2015Comments Off

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, 2015Comments Off

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, 2015Comments Off

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.


BCRC Fight Against Blight Flyer