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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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April 6, 2019

Buffalo News Viewpoints: "Advisory board is needed to oversee Erie County jails"

"Last year was a deeply troubling one for Erie County’s jail system. Thirty-three-year-old Michael Girard died after hanging himself from his cell’s bars. The 2016 death of 27-year-old India Cummings was ruled a homicide due to medical neglect by the New York State Commission of …

March 12, 2019

Buffalo News: "Study finds unions boost area workers' wages"

"A new labor-backed study says unions are effective at boosting wages for all workers in the region, but cautions that a changing economy is altering the outlook for the region's jobs and what they pay. The Partnership for the Public Good's study notes a shift from traditionally unionized …

March 2, 2019

Buffalo News: "Coalition wants to soften tax hikes so residents can 'stay in their homes'"

"Buffalo’s booming real estate market has been more than generous to many city-dwellers selling their homes over the past few years, with some receiving more than twice the amount of money they paid just a few years ago. Their good fortune is likely to translate into a cost to longtime …

February 19, 2019

Buffalo Law Journal: "Partnership for the Public Good outlines top issues for 2019"

Partnership for the Public Good recently released its annual agenda of issues it will advocate for reform this year, with expansion of voting rights and alternatives to arrest leading the way.  

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Fines, Fees, & Bail: How Criminal Justice Debt Hurts the PoorApril 25, 2019, 5:30-7:30 pm

Western New York Law Center

Do you receive excessive traffic tickets?Have you ever had your driver's license suspended? Have you ever had to post bail that you could not afford to pay? Too often, cities like Buffalo look to fund government functions by relying on revenue generated from criminal justice debt, a burden that …

Working with Census DataMay 2, 2019, 12:30-2:30 pm

Sarah Wooton, PPG

Learn how to find the information you need.  Let us show you how to find and use Census data to inform your business planning, to support grant proposals and research projects, to plan local projects, and much more! Whether you're looking for economic or demographic data, we can teach you how …

FAB Forum IIIMay 5, 2019, 1-3 pm

Frontline Arts Buffalo

FAB Forums is a series of community conversations examining the past, present, and future of frontline arts institutions in our city.  At FAB Forums, you are invited to join Frontline Arts Buffalo in conversation on the following questions: What is the role and purpose of frontline arts …

Tomorrow's Leaders ConferenceMay 10, 1 pm-May 11, 2019 4 pm

Cornell Cooperative Extension and Massachusetts Avenue Project

Over the course of two days, you will participate in youth-led community interactions and workshops that will help teens and adults increase their impact in their communities. To learn more about what we’re looking for in workshops, please follow this link: …

From the Buffalo Commons View All

Labor Takes the High Road: How Unions Make Western New York More Prosperous and Equitable
Labor Takes the High Road: How Unions Make Western New York More Prosperous and Equitable Executive Summary
Buffalo Common Council
Land Use and Zoning Law: A Citizen's Guide
Low-Wage Work in Buffalo-Niagara