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July 23, 2018

Press Statement: Directly impacted communities, grassroots organizations & the #FREEnewyork campaign call on the Erie County Legislature and New York State to end the jail crisis

On July 19, 2018 the New York State Commission of Correction’s Medical Review Board found that India Cumming’s death in the Erie County Holding Center “should be ruled as a homicide due to medical neglect” in a report issued on June 26 and made public by the Buffalo News on …

July 23, 2018

WBFO News: “Bail taking a toll on low-income families”

In New York State there’s a daily average of 25,000 people in jails. In Erie County there’s about 1,200 and about two-thirds are being detained pretrial because they can’t post bail. The Partnership for the Public good examined the issue. They recently sat in on more than 200 City …

July 11, 2018

New Venue Directory for Community Events

Community groups often need accessible, affordable spaces for events and meetings. Our new directory offers a list of event and meeting spaces sorted by size. Entries include the contact information and street address for each venue, as well as details on cost, catering, capacity, and parking.

July 11, 2018

Homeless Alliance of WNY releases 2017 Annual Reports

The Homeless Alliance of WNY publishes reports of homelessness in the five-county region that they serve.   

July 2, 2018

Cornell High Road Fellowships Ignite Civic Careers in Buffalo

Cornell University students and area civic leaders came together for a panel on public service on Saturday, June 23, at WBFO studios. The undergraduates are in Buffalo for the High Road Fellowship, a Cornell in Buffalo program that brings Cornellians to the City of Good Neighbors for summer …

June 27, 2018

Sponsor a Player in Tennis for the Public Good

This Sunday, July 1 marks the fourth annual Tennis for the Public Good tournament, a benefit for PPG. Please take a moment to make a donation in honor of one of the players or for the whole great team. 

June 27, 2018

Lead exposure in Buffalo still "highly disturbing"

PPG's Executive Director, Sam Magavern, was featured in WBFO's news article discussing the disturbing levels of lead in the city of Buffalo. The article reveals that there are three zip codes in the city of Buffalo that have children testing positive for lead in their bloodstream at high rates. The …

June 26, 2018

New Policy Brief on Good Food Purchasing for the Buffalo Public Schools

This new policy brief provides a snapshot of the current status of school food at Buffalo Public Schools and several ongoing school food improvement initiatives.

May 24, 2018

New Buffalo Brief on Public Education in Buffalo and the Region

PPG just released a Buffalo Brief on Public Education in Buffalo and the Region which is just one in a series of quick snapshots of Western New York.

May 7, 2018

New PPG Report on A Brief History of Segregation in Buffalo for the Open Buffalo Innovation Lab

On May 7, 2018, PPG released a report on A Brief History of Segregation in Buffalo for the Open Buffalo Innovation Lab.  This policy report was drafted by Anna Blatto, a senior at the University at Buffalo. It explores the history of segregation in Buffalo and offers policy suggestions …

May 7, 2018

Advocates call for Buffalo police to tighten body-worn camera policy

By Aaron Besecker | Published Sun, May 6, 2018 As the Buffalo Police Department gets closer to equipping officers with body-worn cameras, a local advocacy group and think tank has urged the department to engage the community before finalizing its internal policy surrounding body-camera use.

May 1, 2018

WBFO Hosts Facebook Live Event on Housing and Racial Equity

WBFO will host a Facebook Live event at 7 pm Wednesday, May 9, on housing and the legacy of discriminatory policies in Buffalo and cities across the United States. “Housing in Black and White” is part of the station’s “Community Conversations on Racial Equity” project. …