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Since 2007, our work has been dedicated to effecting lasting, positive change in our community. Created with the help of educators, students, volunteers, interns, and independent researchers, our rich body of reports, policy briefs, and fact sheets can now be found in the Buffalo Commons.

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November 5, 2018

Buffalo Law Journal News: "Report prompts Erie County attorneys to push for bail reform"

"Backed by the findings of a report on how judges in Erie County issue bail, attorneys and a local legislator are pushing for change. “It’s in everybody’s best interest to reduce the incarcerated population as much as we can,” said Kevin Stadelmaier, chief attorney at …

November 3, 2018

Help Crown Buffalo's Next Shakespearean Idol

Have you ever yearned to see Buffalo’s civic leaders compete with each other by performing great speeches and poems by William Shakespeare? Of course you have! On Monday, December 3, Buffalo will crown its next Shakespearean Idol at the Buffalo History Museum. Esteemed civic leaders …

October 29, 2018

WBFO News: "New report highlights 'cultural significance' of Buffalo's Outer Harbor"

"A coalition formed to resist a proposal to privatize and redevelop public lands along Buffalo's Outer Harbor released a report Monday which, according to those who commissioned it, highlights the cultural significance of that part of the city's waterfront. It's part of an effort to preserve green …

October 26, 2018

Intersection of Human Rights and the Environment

Please join the environmental law and human rights committee of the Erie County Bar Association to discuss climate issues and human rights. Speakers include Sam Magavern of PPG and Arthur Wheaton of the WNY labor and environmental programs of Cornell University. Topics range from state and local …

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Working With the MediaNovember 19, 2018, 12-1:30 pm

Marsha McLeod, Aaron Lowinger, Mark Sommer

Learn to effectively engage the media by building relationships and crafting your message. If you want to get media coverage for your organization or campaign, it’s essential you’re seen and heard in the media on a regular basis. Journalists are constantly looking for interesting …

Community Controlled Economy: FB Community Land Trust on The Public GoodNovember 20, 2018, 7-7:30 pm

Sam Magavern

Join us on The Public Good this week! We'll hear from the FB Community Land Trust. Residents of the Fruit Belt community will discuss how the collaboration between community-based organizations and resident leaders have produced innovative policy solutions like the moratorium on the sale of …

Emerging Leaders and 81Eighteen: Kenyana David on The Public GoodNovember 27, 2018, 7-7:30 pm

Sam Magavern

Join us on The Public Good this week! We'll hear from Open Buffalo's Emerging Leader and entrepreneur  Kenyana David. She will be discussing her business 81eighteen, Buffalo Emerging Leaders, and much more! Listen in, then learn more about Buffalo Emerging Leaders here.  The show will air …

Voting Rights: Reforming Voting Laws in NYSNovember 28, 2018, 7-7:30 pm

New Yorkers want free, fair and secure voting. But, unlike many other states, New York has antiquated laws that discourage voting and deny many citizens the freedom to vote. Together, we can change that. Western New York voters and speakers from the Let NY Vote Coalition, including Susan Lerner, …

From the Buffalo Commons View All

Improving Teen Engagement in Buffalo and Erie County
The Buffalo, New York Outer Harbor as a Cultural Landscape
Just Transitions in School Food
Rental Housing Costs in Buffalo
Racial Disparities and Homelessness in Western New York