Following advocacy by the Open Buffalo Justice and Opportunity Coalition and Partnership for the Public Good, the Buffalo Common Council has created a Community Advisory Body on Police Oversight, as reported in the Buffalo News this week.
We recognize the disbanding of the Strike Force as a major reform. We renew our call for three additional reforms critical to better policing in the City of Buffalo: expanded and mandatory community policing, disbanding of the housing unit, and an end to arrests for marijuana possession.
“They were started to be tough on crime and we know that’s coded language for policing black and brown neighborhoods,” said Natasha Soto, a co-founder of Just Resisting, a racial and criminal justice group that promotes the empowerment of people of color.
Recent events have underscored the importance of making changes to
the laws, policies, and practices that govern policing in Buffalo.
In recent years, PPG has published extensive research on policing
and made numerous recommendations for reforms based on best
practices from other cities. This week, …
Partnership for the Public Good welcomed 52 partners and 62 total
community members to the first floor community room of the Market
Arcade on December 15th, 2017. Their task? Vote on 21 different
pitches to settle 2018’s “Community Agenda,” an amalgamation of
policy planks that …
The brief analyzes the last five years of data on arrests for
low-level marijuana possession within the City of Buffalo and
across Erie County, obtained from the New York State Division of
Criminal Justice Services. It explores the consistent racial
disparities in arrests from 2012-2016, the …
"Authored by the Partnership for the Public Good, a local think tank, the study is intended to boost efforts at reforming New York's marijuana laws. Reform advocates say the costs of marijuana prohibition far outweigh the benefits, especially given the national movement toward legalization."
“Gentrification is a profit-driven race and class remake of urban,
working class communities of color that have suffered from a
history of disinvestment and abandonment,” said Dawn Philips,
Executive Director of Right to the City Alliance at the
Anti-Gentrification Summit convened in …