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December 18, 2017

PPG Partners Vote on 2018 Community Agenda

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 …

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 14, 2017

"Racial disparity found in local marijuana arrests, study says" Published by the Buffalo News

"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."

November 12, 2017

Buffalo News: "Disparities in marijuana arrests bring call for legalization"

"Partnership for the Public Good, Open Buffalo and the Drug Policy Alliance are hosting a community conversation on the impacts of unequal marijuana prohibition Monday at 6 p.m. at 2421 Main St."

November 7, 2017

PPG to Offer Climate Justice Workshop

Please join Sam Magavern of the Partnership for the Public Good and a team of seven University at Buffalo Law School students for a workshop on climate justice. This Climate Justice Workshop will be held December 1, 2017 from 10am to Noon at 617 Main St. (Market Arcade) in the First Floor Community …

October 28, 2017

"Letter: Helping homeless youth should be a top priority" Published in the Buffalo News

"A 2017 Partnership for the Public Good and University at Buffalo School of Social Work report highlighted the plight of homeless youth and unique barriers to accessing stable, safe housing, staying healthy, attending school or working. LGBTQ youth are at significantly higher risk of becoming …

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 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 …

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 …

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.

July 10, 2017

Buffalo Police to seek state accreditation after calls for independent scrutiny

Sam Magavern, executive director of the Partnership for the Public Good, applauded the Buffalo Police for beginning the process. "That is great news," he said. "It was an important recommendation from our report. We're glad to see them pursuing it. We hope it will bring some outside eyes and best …