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Buffalo Niagara suffers from serious health problems closely linked to poverty, environmental problems, and systemic inequality. Problems like lead poisoning and asthma, for example, disproportionately affect people of color and people with low incomes. Like other regions, Buffalo Niagara also suffers from our broken health insurance system, which excludes many working people from coverage and imposes unnecessary costs on employers.

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June 24, 2021

Planning for Personal Electric Vehicles - Public Comment on the Redesign of Route 198

The Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council is leading the Region Central process to reimagine the Scajaquada Corridor and redesign Route 198 (the Scajaquada Expressway). PPG Policy Fellow Dan Cadzow submitted the following public comment, highlighting the need to plan for …

March 24, 2021

Buffalo Organizations Join Statewide Call to Strengthen Water and Utilities Shutoff Moratorium

Together with a statewide coalition, local organizations PPG, WNY Law Center, Center for Elder Law and Justice, PUSH Buffalo, and Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper call on the state legislature to strengthen the existing water and essential utilities shutoff moratorium. The letter below outlines nine …

January 27, 2021

Good Food Buffalo Coalition Hosts Farmers & Legislators Forum

The Good Food Buffalo Coalition is working to bring institutional market opportunities to small farmers in New York State. 

May 7, 2020

All Workers are Essential: Celebrating May Day in the Midst of a Pandemic

For many around the globe, May 1st, or May Day, is known as International Workers' Day or Labor Day. Historically, May Day was central to the movement that ultimately won the eight-hour work day. This year, perhaps more now than in recent decades, there is greater awareness across the U.S. of the …

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Climate, Clean-up and Accountability at the West Valley Nuclear Waste Site in 2021October 26, 2021, 6-7:30 pm

Barbara Warren, RN, MS, Executive Director, Citizens’ Environmental Coalition

The workshop, the sixth and final one in the series, Climate, Clean-up and Accountability at the West Valley Nuclear Waste Site in 2021 will be held virtually, is free and is open to the public.  Federal and NYS major environmental laws were passed years after the West Valley Nuclear site was …

How Activism Made Us Safer and Why We Need More at the West Valley Nuclear SiteSeptember 28, 2021, 6-7:30 pm

Patricia K. Townsend, Ph. D.

This is the sixth workshop in a series hosted by the The West Valley Action Network.  Register for the 9/28  session here: https://bit.ly/3khZ7C7 This workshop features Patricia K. Townsend, Ph. D. From her perspective as a social scientist, Dr. Townsend will review highlights …

Climate CarnivalAugust 14, 2021, 11 am-3 pm

PPG, PUSH Green and Ujima Theater Company

This Saturday, August 14th, join PPG, PUSH Green and Ujima Theater Company at the first ever Climate Carnival!

Alternatives to Police for Mental Health ResponseAugust 18, 12:30 pm-August 11, 2021 2 pm

Amy Cross-Viola, LCSW-R, of WNY Agents of Change, Nicolalita Rodriguez, LMSW, CHW, of Little People's Victory, Andrew Thompkins of Recovery Options Made Easy, Brooks Denton-Zimmerman, MSW, of PPG, Whitney Walker, MSW, ED of VOICE

Punitive approaches to mental health crises - like policing and jails - can have significant negative impacts on individuals and communities. Explore what opportunities, resources, and programming can be used in Erie County to shift the community response to mental health needs away from the legal …