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12 Proposals for a More Equitable Buffalo NiagaraDecember 3, 2021, 10:30 am-12 pm

Sam Magavern, Senior Policy Fellow, Partnership for the Public Good, and a Team of 12 University at Buffalo Law Students

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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 …

Clean Slate/Syringe Decrim Town HallMay 10, 2021, 6-7:30 pm

Clean Slate Campaign, Evergreen Health, Partnership for the Public Good, Center for Community Alternatives, Free the People WNY, Students for a Sensible Drug Policy

Learn more about the fight for automatic expungement through the Clean Slate Act (S1553A/A6399), and decriminalizing syringes (S2523/A868) and buprenorphine (S2524/A612) during the statewide (virtual) town hall.

Policing, Race, and Equity in BuffaloMay 5, 2021, 12-1:30 pm

Miles Gresham, Tavier Peart, and Sam Magavern

The Buffalo region is the site of alarming racial disparities in criminal justice. In this workshop we will examine how systemic racism causes those disparities and learn about advocacy efforts to eliminate them, with special emphasis on issues of police oversight, law enforcement assisted …

Wage Theft is an Epidemic: Ian Hayes, Gabriel Burgos-Nieves, and Michael Dolce on The Public GoodJanuary 26, 2021, 10-10:30 pm

Orlando Dickson

Join us on The Public Good! We speak with workers who are suing Hotel Henry and Tempo Restaurant for wage theft. At least five employees from each establishment report not receiving wages, tips, and commissions, reporting lost wages over $1 million in total. Ian Hayes, Partner at the law firm of …

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' …

Language Access in Erie County Coalition CallSeptember 24, 2020, 5:30-7 pm

Language Access Working Group members

This year, the Language Access Working Group is advocating for a county-wide law to expand language access in Erie County. This will ensure that all residents of Erie County have equal access to medical care, government services, civic participation, education and training, jobs, and public safety …

Education Priorities for COVID-19 Recovery: Centering Equity and Supporting Students, Families, and CommunitiesAugust 13, 2020, 4-5:30 pm

Samuel Radford III, Dia Bryant, Jessica Bauer Walker

As municipalities and decision makers create policies and plans for COVID-19 recovery, they are making choices that will shape the future of our communities.

A-Z Action Through Language Reclamation: John Freeman on The Public GoodFebruary 4, 2020, 10-10:30 pm

Andrea Ó Súilleabháin

Join us on The Public Good! We'll be speaking with author, John Freeman, whose recent book, Dictionary of the Undoing, which emphasizes not to retreat behind books, but to emphatically engage in the public sphere, to redefine what it means to be a literary citizen.  

Fighting Inequality in Buffalo-NiagaraNovember 22, 2019, 10 am-12 pm

Sam Magavern & Team of 5 University at Buffalo Law Students

Please join Sam Magavern, senior policy fellow at the Partnership for the Public Good, and a team of five University at Buffalo law students, as they present a workshop on fighting inequality in Buffalo-Niagara. In addition to data and analysis about important inequities challenging the region, the …