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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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July 11, 2019

Hundreds of Workers Will Benefit from New Living Wage Rate: 2020 Increase will Help Workers at City of Buffalo and at Employers that Contract with the City

On July 9, 2019, the City of Buffalo Common Council voted unanimously to amend the City’s Living Wage Ordinance, as recommended by the City’s Living Wage Commission. The new law was sponsored by Councilmembers David Rivera and Joel Feroleto. Starting on July 1, 2020, the living wage …

June 27, 2019

WBFO News: "Partnership for Public Good hails agenda accomplishments, urges more progress"

"The Partnership for the Public Good in Buffalo is hailing accomplishments in the recently-ended State Legislature session. But as it updates its Community Agenda, Partnership leaders say they'll continue pushing for more progress on the ten items which make up that agenda. At the top of its …

June 25, 2019

Media Advisory: Press Conference - 2019 Community Agenda Update

The Partnership for the Public Good (PPG) unites 295 community groups working for a better Buffalo Niagara. Each year, PPG leads a democratic process among its partners to determine the Community Agenda for the coming year—their top ten priorities for policy change in our …

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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Your Voice, Your VoteSeptember 4, 2019, 5:30-7:30 pm

RJ Haq, Mel LeMay, and Geoffrey Mercene

Learn about the newest reforms that make will make it easier to vote. 

Open Buffalo and the Justice Leadership Institute: Leah Daniel and Max Anderson on The Public GoodAugust 20, 2019, 10-10:30 pm

Join us on The Public Good this week! We'll hear from Leah Daniel, Leadership Development Director, and Max Anderson, Deputy Director, at Open Buffalo. They'll be discussing the first annual Justice Leadership Institute and other projects Open Buffalo is working on. 

Open Buffalo and the Justice Leadership Institute: Leah Daniel and Max Anderson on The Public GoodAugust 20, 2019, 10-10:30 pm

Join us on The Public Good this week! We'll hear from Leah Daniel, Leadership Development Director, and Max Anderson, Deputy Director, at Open Buffalo. They'll be discussing the first annual Justice Leadership Institute and other projects Open Buffalo is working on. 

The Battle for Land and the Future of the Postindustrial CityJuly 10, 2019, 12:30-2:30 pm

Aaron Bartley

For the past 14 years, Aaron Bartley, as one of PUSH Buffalo’s cofounders, worked alongside colleagues to build a model of community-controlled development WNY. The organizers rooted their organization in the values and analysis of the Just Transition and Development Without Displacement …

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