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November 14, 2017

PPG, Open Buffalo, and Drug Policy Alliance Publish New Policy Brief, "Advancing Racial Equity and Public Health: Smarter Marijuana Laws in Western New York"

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 …

November 1, 2017

Partnership for the Public Good Publishes a New Policy Brief, "Taking the High Road to Canalside: How Community Activism Has Shaped Buffalo’s Waterfront"

"Taking the High Road to Canalside: How Community Activism Has Shaped Buffalo's Waterfront" documents the efforts of local advocates to bring “High Road” economic development to Canalside, to advance community benefits over corporate control. It was drafted by Michelle Zhao, the 2017 …

October 18, 2017

People Power: Joining Forces to Address Gentrification in Buffalo

“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 …

October 11, 2017

PPG Featured on "Keeping Things Alive" Podcast

Keep your eyes peeled for Sam Magavern's appearance on Keeping Things Alive, a podcast by Buffalo-based natural resources policy advocate Laura Evans. Sam will discuss Partnership for the Public Good's history, principles, and current agenda - focusing on climate justice and "keeping things …

October 9, 2017

One Nation Under a Groove: Beauty and Democracy Reconsidered

Thank you to everyone who came out to help celebrate PPG's 10th Anniversary! We are excited to play a role in what the next 10 years of research, advocacy, support and change-making will look like in Buffalo.     Here is a link to Sam's remarks for the evening:  One Nation Under …

October 1, 2017

New census figures offer hope in Buffalo's fight against child poverty

“It’s great to see child poverty numbers go down instead of going up,” said Sam Magavern, executive director of the Partnership for the Public Good.

September 27, 2017

Police release some data in response to complaints about checkpoints

For Pridgen, the problem is when checkpoints are used unfairly. He said he would like to see the city adopt an idea submitted by the Partnership for the Public Good to use "fix-it tickets" that don't impose a penalty if the problem is rectified, instead of tickets that come with automatic fines.

September 26, 2017

Police Oversight Committee hears calls for officer arrests, end of Strike Force and more

During the meeting, the group Partnership for the Public Good briefly presented its proposal for police reforms. They include regular performance reviews, required hours participating in community policing, more recruitment from diverse communities and additional de-escalation training.

September 22, 2017

Reclaiming Our Ancestors II: UB conference to focus on racial justice and public history

Winter says Buffalo is already a point of national interest with grassroots efforts and coalition-building symbolized by organizations like PUSH Buffalo and its work to create sustainable and affordable housing, and the city’s Partnership for the Public Good, which is building relationships …

August 18, 2017

David Robinson: To grow jobs, Buffalo needs to be cool

“You have the nationwide phenomenon of people starting to like cities again,” said Sam Magavern, the executive director of the Partnership for the Public Good. For the Buffalo Niagara region to grow faster, it will have to get people in other parts of the country to start liking it, too.

July 23, 2017

Buffalo teacher travels to Nepali refugee camp to connect with her students

New York State has more than 5,700 resettled refugees from Bhutan like Prakriti, according to the Partnership for the Public Good report. Nepali is the seventh most common language spoken among English Language Learner students in Buffalo's public schools, according to the district.