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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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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 …

April 22, 2020

Recommendations for Erie County Jails to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19

Infectious disease can spread rapidly in jail settings. Because of the daily turnover in staff and inmates, outbreaks are not contained within the walls of the jail but can quickly affect the health of the whole community. The speed at which an outbreak can spread within jail settings is worse than …

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Removing Police from Mental Health Responses: Whitney Walker and Kartika Carr of VOICE Buffalo on The Public GoodFebruary 23, 2021, 10:30-11 am

Orlando Dickson

Our guests this week are both from our partner organization VOICE Buffalo. Kartika Carr, Integrated Voter Engagement Lead Organizer, and Whitney Walker, MSW, Executive Director will talk with us about removing police from frontline response to mental health crises. The first of our 2021 Community …

Farmers & Legislators ForumJanuary 29, 2021, 12-2 pm

Good Food Buffalo Coalition

On January 29, the Good Food Buffalo Coalition will host a Farmers & Legislators Forum for farmers to learn about opportunities to connect with institutional markets, including community support, grants, and training opportunities to support their farm businesses. New York State legislators and …

2021 Community Agenda Run-Down: Andrea Ó Súilleabháin and Miles Gresham on The Public GoodJanuary 19, 2021, 10-10:30 pm

Orlando Dickson

Join us on The Public Good! We'll discuss the 2021 Community Agenda - the top ten policy change priorities pitched and voted on by our partners. Orlando Dickson speaks with PPG Policy Fellow Miles Gresham and PPG Executive Director Andrea Ó Súilleabhain about each of our partners' …

COVID-19, Jail Releases, and Public Health: Steve Hart on The Public GoodJanuary 12, 2021, 10-10:30 pm

Orlando Dickson

On this week's Public Good radio show, we're speaking with researcher Steve Hart about his PPG policy brief on the NY Release Program for People Incarcerated on Charges of Technical Parole Violations during the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2020, Governor Cuomo ordered the release of people accused …