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Our 2022 Annual Appeal

Dear Friends,

"Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced." 

- James Baldwin, 1962.

As PPG marks its 15th anniversary, we’re celebrating recent policy wins and launching new policy change campaigns. This year, our advocacy led to the adoption of a resolution in support of Good Cause Eviction in New York by the Buffalo Common Council, the introduction of a County-Wide Language Access Act in the Erie County Legislature, a new language access policy for Buffalo Common Council proceedings, the continued call for community reinvestment in the Buffalo Bills stadium deal, and more.

Our regional research and advocacy reached well beyond Buffalo Niagara in 2022. PPG was featured in Time magazine, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, CNN, NPR, and across local media outlets.

Alongside this progress, our partnership continues to grow. In 2022, PPG reached 370 signed community partners, adding 100 partner organizations over the last five years.

We will continue to support our partners – community organizations and groups on the frontline of Buffalo Niagara’s most pressing challenges – in these ways:

  • Feature their work and calls to action on our weekly WUFO radio show, The Public Good, on Power 96.5 and Mix 1080 AM (airing Tuesdays at 10:30 am, with live video available on our Facebook page).
  • Continue to offer capacity-building workshops on key advocacy skills and issues, such as our recent three-part series on working with the media, writing op-eds, and giving broadcast interviews. This series brought local journalists to our classroom to offer advice and insights to our partners.
  • Bring more Cornell University High Road Fellows to spend their summers in Buffalo doing community development work with our partners.
  • Publish reports and briefs documenting pressing issues in our community, capturing residents’ insights through collaborative research, and recommending policy changes.
  • Advocate together with our partners through visits to elected officials, testimonies at public hearings, community town halls, and more.
  • Achieve more policy wins, including the policy solutions chosen by vibrant, grassroots coalitions that we co-convene on public land use, public safety reform and mental health response, and more.

As we prepare to celebrate our 15th anniversary, we’re sending you the very first issue of The Public Good, a biannual paper of progress. You can read more about our recent wins and ongoing policy change campaigns in the paper, and you can always get much more information on our website, – including our weekly Buffalo Common Council summaries, video of our weekly radio shows, upcoming community events, and PPG workshops, and new publications.

At PPG, our work drives an ever-growing movement for a more just, sustainable, and culturally vibrant community made up of everyday people advancing the public good.
We hope that you’ll consider a donation to help us continue this work and join us in building a better Buffalo Niagara.

Check out "The Public Good: A Biannual Paper of Progress."