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Poverty and inequality are the worst problems afflicting Buffalo Niagara, and the primary cause of most of the others. While poverty rates in the region as a whole are roughly average, the city of Buffalo consistently ranks as one of the poorest in the nation. Any conversation about revitalization must begin with poverty, and, in particular, with concentrated, racialized poverty. Effective poverty-fighting tools include tax relief for people with low incomes, living wage policies, and protection from predatory lending and other exploitative practices.

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October 15, 2018

New Fact Sheet on Rental Housing Costs in Buffalo

Our new fact sheet summarizes the data currently available on the changing costs of rental housing in Buffalo, NY. It explores six data sources for rent figures and what each one can tell us about Buffalo’s rental market. The sources include U.S. Census data, online rental listing sites, …

April 27, 2018

Advocates call for bail reform after report shows cash bail used in more than half of cases

Published on WIVB.com4 By: Ali Ingersoll Updated: Apr 26, 2018 06:22 PM EDT

April 27, 2018

Group calls for end of cash bail in some cases; DA Flynn is listening

By Maki Becker | Published in The Buffalo News, April 26, 2018 | Updated April 26, 2018 Judges impose money bail too often in Buffalo and the use of cash bail unfairly affects poor defendants who end up spending more time in jail simply they cannot afford to pay up, according to a new study by the …

April 24, 2018

Another Voice: Low-wage workers widely exploited in Buffalo

By Another Voice | Published April 20, 2018 By Nicole Hallett In December 2017, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a “Buffalo Billion II,” which is focused on bringing smaller manufacturers to Western New York. “We’re making strategic investments today to foster … job …

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Coerced Work, Prison Labor, and Workfare: Professor Erin Hatton on the Public GoodDecember 11, 2018, 7-7:30 pm

Sam Magavern

Join us for The Public Good this week! We'll hear from Professor Erin Hatton, Associate Professor at University at Buffalo. Professor Erin Hatton will be discussing different issues centered around the city of Buffalo. Listen in, then learn more about Erin Hatton and her research on coerced work, …

Coerced Work, Prison Labor, and Workfare: Professor Erin Hatton on the Public GoodDecember 11, 2018, 7-7:30 pm

Sam Magavern

Join us for The Public Good this week! We'll hear from Professor Erin Hatton, Associate Professor at University at Buffalo. Professor Erin Hatton will be discussing different issues centered around the city of Buffalo. Listen in, then learn more about Erin Hatton and her research on coerced work, …

Theodore Roosevelt, the Labor Question & 'Malefactors of Great Wealth': Lessons for a New Age of InequalitySeptember 25, 2018, 6-8 pm

Joseph McCartin

The Theodore Roosevelt Site sponsors Speaker Nite series, where experts and practitioners are invited to share their thoughts and examine issues that were important during TR's lifetime and continue to be relevant today.    

Labor Takes the High Road: John Baker and Hannah Lorenc on the Public GoodJuly 3, 2018, 7-7:30 pm

Join us for The Public Good this week! We’ll hear from John Baker and Hannah Lorenc on their work as High Road Fellows exploring the impact of organized labor on Western New York. Listen in, then learn more about the High Road Fellowship here. The show will air live on Power 96.5 WNY at 7 pm, …

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