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Erie Co. Restorative Justice Coalition Presents: Kids For Cash

Eventson September 16th, 2014No Comments

As part of National Week Against School Push Out October 4-11. Erie County Restorative Justice Coalition is showing the film Kids for Cash on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at Elmwood Center 16.

The “kids for cash” scandal unfolded in 2008 over judicial kickbacks at the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Two judges, President Judge Mark Ciavarella and Senior Judge Michael Conahan, were accused of accepting money from Robert Mericle, builder of two private, for-profit juvenile facilities, in return for contracting with the facilities and imposing harsh sentences on juveniles brought before their courts to increase the number of inmates in the detention centers.

In order to bring the film to Buffalo, we need to reserve 76 tickets. Please go to the GATHR website to reserve your tickets.

Investigative Post Presents: All the President’s Men

Eventson September 15th, 2014No Comments

How has investigative reporting changed since Watergate?

Join Investigative Post editor and executive director Jim Heaney for All the President’s Men, Wednesday, September 24 at 7 p.m. at the Burchfield Penney Art
Center on Elmwood Avenue.

After the film, Heaney and Morgan Pehme, editor-in-chief of Investigative Post partner City & State, will discuss how investigative reporting has changed since the Watergate era.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at this link.

The film series is being staged in partnership with the Buffalo State College Department of Communication. Sponsorship is provided by the M&T Charitable Foundation, Schroeder, Braxton & Vogt, Inc, WGRZ TV and Artvoice.

All the President’s Men
Wednesday, September 24 @ 7 p.m.
Burchfield Penney Art Center – 1300 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo
Tickets – $10
Questions? Contact Kate Heidinger at 716-831-2626 ext. 2 or

Join the Sierra Club at The People’s Climate March in NYC

Eventson September 8th, 2014No Comments

World leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. The UN Secretary­ General is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.

On Sunday, September 21, over 300 groups representing youth, parents, faith communities, labor unions and more will march in The People’s Climate March to demand a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.

Sierra Club Niagara Group and local allied groups are organizing buses to NYC and offering Scholarship Tickets to students and qualified participants.

To show your support and get in line for the Buffalo Bus to NYC,

If you have questions, email
For more information visit


Sam Magavern to Present at 2014 Anne Frank Project Conference

Eventson September 8th, 2014No Comments

On Wednesday, Sept.10 at 1 pm, PPG co-director Sam Magavern will be hosting a discussion on telling Buffalo’s story as part of the Anne Frank Project’s 2014 Conference, “Change Through Stories.”

His presentation, “Talking Proud” will take place in Room 210 of the Butler Library at Buffalo State College. It will be an interactive talk about the way that Buffalonians talk about Buffalo and the impacts that these narratives have on civic morale, public policy and efforts to improve the region. 

The Anne Frank Project seeks to explore the impact of Anne Frank’s ideals throughout history. The mission is to encourage communities to utilize the words and wisdom of Anne Frank as a starting point for the intense examination of genocide, intolerance, bigotry and racism as a means towards finding solutions towards an elevated and shared human condition.

This year’s conference will run September 8-10 and will include performances, art exhibits and speakers from all walks of life. AFP 2014: Change Through Stories is a laboratory and a meeting place for all disciplines to tell stories that inspire change, engage people in the lessons of those stories, and provide tools and vocabulary that encourage people to change their world.


Click here to download the AFP 2014 program. Click here to access the event website.


Save the Date: Peace and Non-violence Festival

Eventson September 8th, 2014No Comments

On Saturday, September 21, 2014, several nonviolence groups and community members will gather at Delaware Park’s Rose Garden to raise awareness to reduce violence in our communities and our world. The International Day of Peace “Peace & Nonviolence Festival” will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. and is free to attend. There will be an all ages walk, children’s activities and crafts, cooperative games and food vendors.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • Peace education in our K-12 schools and communities
  • Ending the military drone program
  • Establishing a $15 minimum wage for all
  • An international treaty for action to reverse climate change
  • Practicing nonviolence toward ourselves, toward all others, and toward the planet

 For more information, have a table or help plan, call (716)-491-9172 or 884-0582. To learn more about the nonviolence campaign, visit


The Public Good with Susan Attridge

Newson September 8th, 2014No Comments

The Partnership for the Public Good has a weekly radio show, The Public Good, which airs on WUFO 1080AM every Tuesday at 1 p.m. Our co-director, Sam Magavern, talks with representatives from local non-profits and grassroots organizations who are contributing to the public good in their community and discusses some of the hottest issues.

On Tuesday, September 16 at 1pm, join us for the Public Good on WUFO AM 1080 and  Our guest will be Susan Attridge, City of Buffalo Recycling Coordinator, who will discuss recycling in Buffalo.

Recycling Alliance Seeks Volunteers for Music is Art Festival

Eventson September 8th, 2014No Comments
The Buffalo Recycling Alliance will have “recycling rangers” in attendance at the 12th Annual Music is Art Festival to help promote recycling. The festival will take place on Saturday, September 13 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Time slots for volunteering are set up in two-hour shifts.

Each volunteer will receive a Recycling Ranger t-shirt. If interested in volunteering, please complete the following doodle poll and someone will contact you directly:

Recycling Rangers Music Is Art Sign Up Sheet

Should Buffalo Return to Neighborhood Schools?

Newson August 27th, 2014Comments Off

On August 26, The Buffalo News published an article on the revival of the debate over whether Buffalo should return to a neighborhood schools model.

Members of the board majority listed neighborhood schools as one of nine structural reforms they want the district to undertake, hoping “to see the majority of struggling, general education elementary schools revert to a neighborhood or community model that can keep parents and children connected to where they live.”

Concerns were voiced on both sides of the debate by local leaders and community members:

Council Majority Leader Demone A. Smith, chairman of the Education Committee, said he wants to see more resources devoted to neighborhood schools, particularly in prekindergarten through third grade, when parents tend to be most hands-on in their children’s academic lives and when children need the most academic support.

Ideally, he said, 60 percent of all school seats would be reserved for nearby families, he said. “They would have the first rights to a seat at a neighborhood school,” he said.

Meanwhile, board member Carl P. Paladino, known for his promotion of school vouchers and charter schools, said he’s also committed to the elementary neighborhood school concept.

“This is one of the smartest decisions we can make,” he said. “We need to sit and come up with a plan that’s reasonable.”

Some were more strongly opposed to the idea, citing issues with racial segregation and unequal access to resources:

“If you’re talking about going back to neighborhood schools, you’re talking about black students and schools within the inner city being the last on the list in terms of services, teachers and everything else,” said former Council President George K. Arthur.

Frank B. Mesiah, president of the Buffalo branch of the NAACP, said good education is the result of good teaching and a good curriculum, not location. “There’s no assurance that parents would have any more control over the resources or the curriculum that they’re going to be taught, just by making it a neighborhood school,” he said. “It’s a good emotional argument for people who have an agenda.”

PPG published a report on this topic, explaining what a neighborhood school is, reviewing Buffalo’s history of departing from the neighborhood model, and how re-instating neighborhood schools would benefit students, parents and teachers. It also makes note of the issues with returning to more racially and economically segregated classrooms with this model.

Click here to read the report in full.

Recycling Alliance Seeking Volunteers for Elmwood Art Fest

Newson August 11th, 2014Comments Off
The Buffalo Recycling Alliance will have “recycling rangers” in attendance at this years Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts to help promote recycling. The festival will take place on August 23 and 24. It will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Each volunteer will receive a Recycling Ranger t-shirt. If interested in volunteering, please complete the following doodle poll and someone will contact you directly:

Open Buffalo Seeking Interns

Newson August 6th, 2014Comments Off

Open Buffalo is currently accepting applications for September. The job responsibilities and qualifications are as follows:


Open Buffalo interns will be assisting a dedicated team on a variety of tasks. Interns will learn how to work in a professional environment and have ample opportunity to network with Open Buffalo staff and other professionals in the local non-profit community. Open Buffalo values its interns and will go the extra mile to make sure interns receive a learning experience that fits your career goals. Interns will be expected to commit to 10-20 hours a week. The program will run from September to December 2014.


  • Enrollment in a local high school or university

  • Demonstrated commitment, through work or volunteer experience, to social justice

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Self-motivated, resourceful, and creative

  • Strong interest in collaboration and building community

  • Cultural competency and proven ability to work in a culturally diverse environment

  • Strong follow-through and attention to detail


Open Buffalo values diversity and inclusion throughout our city and within our organization. People of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities and formerly incarcerated people are encouraged to apply. 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. College credit is available. Please submit a cover letter and resume to: 

Open Buffalo Search Committee

c/o Partnership for the Public Good

237 Main Street, 12th Floor

Buffalo, NY 14203

Or via e-mail to


Visit to learn more about the Open Buffalo initiative.

Click here for more information on how to apply.