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Community Health Worker Network to Host Health Policy Summit

Events, Newson October 9th, 2014Comments Off

The Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo has invited the public to attend a free Health Policy Summit on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Canisius College.

The program, “Best Practices for a Healthy Buffalo,” will feature the following presenters and topics:

What is the State of Health in Buffalo and Erie County?

Presented by Gale Burstein, MD, MPH, FAAP, Commissioner of Health, Erie County Dept. of Health

How Does Policy Impact Individuals and Families?

A typical case exploring community, family, and individual aspects of social determinants of health

Facilitated by: Rahwa Ghirmatzion, CHW, Development Director, PUSH-Buffalo; Executive Director, Ujima Theater; Trainer, CHW Network of Buffalo

Local Expert Panel Responses:

  • Takesha Leonard, FNP-BC, Clinical Site Supervisor and Olivia Gerhardt, BA, Clinical Site Supervisor, Jericho Road Commuinity Health Center
  • Joyelle Tedeschi, MSW, Executive Director and Tasha Moore, CHW, Matt Urban Center
  • Assunta R. Ventresca, RN, MSN, Director, Health Related Services, Buffalo Public Schools, and Sherman Webb, CHW, BA, Peer Leader, Leaving our Legacy, Erie 1 BOCES
  • Aaron Bartley, JD, Executive Director and Jennifer Mecozzi, CHW, Director of Organizing PUSH Buffalo


How Do We Build Healthy Communities?

Bill O’Connell, JD, Regional Director, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development

What is the Role of National Policy in Local Systems Change?

Andy Coates, MD, President, Physicians for a National Health Program; Chief, Hospital Medicine Physicians of Samaritan; Medial Director, Albany County Nursing Home; Assistant Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, Albany Medical College

The event is free and open to the public. It will take place in Science Hall, 1901 Main Street. Please RSVP to Jocelyn at

Young Citizens for ECC Petitioning for STEM Facility Downtown

Newson October 9th, 2014Comments Off

Erie Community College is moving forward with plans to build our community’s new Advanced Manufacturing and Health-Science STEM Facility at North Campus and not at City Campus.This is a tragic move for the people in our City. While there are thousands of career opportunities coming to our city at the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus, Solar City, and others, Erie Community College is persisting that we must go to North Campus to educate ourselves for the jobs and opportunities in our community, the City of Buffalo.

We have a once in a lifetime opportunity for this rising tide of investment to truly raise ALL boats, but Erie Community College refuses to adhere to their Mission and Vision of providing accessible affordable education for all students in Erie County…leaving out the many of us that don’t use a car as our mode of transportation.

Please sign the petition to support the building of ECC’s $30 Million STEM Facility at City Campus and NOT North Campus.

If you believe that our future generations deserve the most accessible education to prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow contact your State Representative and tell them: “Build ECC’s New STEM facility at City Campus”

Sean Ryan: 885-9630

Crystal Peoples-Stokes: 897-9714

Tim Kennedy: 826-2683

Michael “Mikey” Kerns: 608-6099

Mark Grisanti: 845-8705

Patrick Galivan: 656-8544

County Executive Mark Poloncarz: 858-8500 Twitter: @markpoloncarz

ECC President Jack Quinn: 851-1200


Write a letter to the editor:

Letters to the Editor: 250 words, must include writer’s name, address, daytime and evening phone numbers. Email

My View: 600 words. Personal narrative, open to all WNY writers.

Another Voice: 475 words. Issue-oriented column, requiring background or expertise on subject. Email


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WNY Sustainable Energy Association To Host Solar Tour of Homes

Eventson October 2nd, 2014Comments Off

The WNY Sustainable Energy Association’s 2014 Solar Tour of Homes and Green Buildings will be held on Saturday, October 4th from 10 am -4 pm
The event is free, self-guided, and open to the public. Don’t miss this free, self-guided tour that includes local homes and businesses that have implemented energy efficient measures and clean renewable energy technology such as Solar, Wind, and Geothermal systems.

Solar Tour Kick Off Press Event – Oct. 4, 2014
Innovation Center
640 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
10 am to 11am
Join us at the Innovation Center for a tour of the fantastic Leed-Certified Research and Development site!
Green Raffles and Giveaways
Sign the Kids up for Junior Solar Sprint! Free and Open to the Public!

Keep checking in at for our list of tour sites

Please attend the Solar Tour Kick Off Launch Event on Saturday, October 4th at 10am at the Innovation Center at 640 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY, 14203.

The Solar Tour list of participating companies and organizations includes Montante Solar, Solar Liberty, Buffalo Geothermal Heating,the UB Solar Decathlon Team, Natale Builders, Tapestry Charter School, Junior Solar Sprint, Blue Sky Design Supply,The UB Honors College,Tift Nature Preserve,Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, the UB Solar Strand, and Buffalo CarShare!
More information, please visit:


2014 Buffalo Poverty Research Workshop Interview Videos

Newson October 2nd, 2014Comments Off

On March 28, 2014, the Fifth Annual Buffalo Poverty Research Workshop was held at the Downtown Central Library to offer everyone concerned with Buffalo’s crisis of poverty the chance to hear about new and ongoing research, promising strategies, and opportunities for collaboration.

Following the workshop, several of the presenters were interviewed on camera by PPG co-director Sam Magavern. Follow the links below to access their interviews.

Session 1: Worker Equity with Dr. Erin Hatton, UB Sociology. Click here for the Hatton interview

Session 2: Suburbanization of Poverty with Dr. Corrie Stone-Johnson, UB Educational Leadership and Policy. Click here for the Stone-Johnson interview

Session 3: Criminal Justice with Teresa Miller, UB Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion and Professor, SUNY Buffalo Law School. Click here for the Miller interview


Click here to access the home page with more information on the workshop and links to the videos.

Volunteer on Oct. 4 with HECK Project

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Join the effort to help sustain our communities…

Western New York Apollo Alliance announce a Volunteer Service Project for skilled trades, contractors, students, clubs, and organizations

Weatherization HECK Project in Black Rock Riverside and West Side neighborhoods 14207 & 14213.

Work day: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, October 4, 2014

West Side Community Services
161 Vermont Street
Buffalo, NY 14213

Free Breakfast & Lunch

For information or to sign up, contact:

Art Wheaton


National Week Against School Push Out

Events, Newson October 2nd, 2014Comments Off

The week of October 5 has been designated the National Week Against School Push Out. Here are a list of events happening here in Buffalo to support this cause:

Sun Oct 5: Interfaith Prayer Service for all people impacted by the School to Prison Pipeline.
Lincoln Memorial Metropolitan United Methodist Church, 641 Masten Avenue, Buffalo. 2:00 PM

Mon Oct 6: Restorative Justice In-Service Hamlin Park School 74, 4:00-6:00 PM (for Buffalo Public

Mon Oct 6: “School Push Out and Militarism” discussion, Merriweather Library.

Facilitator: WNY Peace Ctr Teens in Progress, Interfaith Peace Network

Tues Oct 7: Introduction to using Circles and Community Conferencing as Restorative Practices.
University at Buffalo (South Campus), Room 684 Baldy Hall, 6:00-8:00 PM, Sponsored by Department of Social Work

Wed Oct 8: Citizen Action Rally at School of Performing Arts, 11:00 AM. Goal: To address Board of Education and ask that they recommit to RJ practices as outlined in Code of Conduct.

Thurs. Oct 9: Restorative Justice Chat and Chew, Peace of the City, 301 14th Street. 1:30PM, Sponsored by Community Health Network.

Thurs. Oct 9: Movie Kids for Cash. Documentary about Pennsylvania Court System that profited from incarcerating youth. Regal 16 Elmwood Avenue. Tickets available at We need to sell 76 tickets in order to bring the movie to Buffalo. People can go to the above website to purchase a ticket for $10.00

Sat Oct 11: Facing the Law Giving Teens Real Advice from Real Professionals sponsored by Teens in Progress. Speakers: BDP Officer Jan Philips, Chief George Cast, Sam Davis ESQ, Min Chambliss, James Tesmond ESQ, Rodger Hicks Litigation Paralegal, Jennifer Stergion ESQ, Phillip Dabney ESQ, Jason parker Diversity Program Coordinator.

10:00 AM-3:00 PM 118 East Utica St. Dorothy Collier Community Center

For More Updates Follow Erie County Restorative Justice on Facebook!

The Public Good with Teens in Progress

Newson October 2nd, 2014Comments Off

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, October 7 at 1pm, join us for the Public Good on WUFO AM 1080 and  We’ll be chatting with Paulette and Corey Chapman, founders of Teens in Progress.

Erie Co. Restorative Justice Coalition Presents: Kids For Cash

Eventson September 16th, 2014Comments Off

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, 2014Comments Off

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, 2014Comments Off

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