Sankofa 2022

March 24, 2022 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Open Buffalo as our board of directors, staff and prominent community members celebrate our 3rd Annual Sankofa event! March 24, 2022

 

Virtual Town Hall w/ Majority Leader Chuck Schumer: For the People Act

June 16, 2021 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The For the People Act (HR1/S1) is the most critical voting rights legislation of our lifetime, and its fate will be determined in the next two months.

Sankofa 2021

February 26, 2021 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Open Buffalo's Board of Directors, Deputy Director Max Anderson, staff and members of the community from 6:30-8:00 PM on February 26, 2021 for our second annual Sankofa Celebration. 

Intentionality: Where Social Justice & Self Care Meet

October 22, 2020 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join Karl Shallowhorn, M.S., CASAC for a virtual training on self-care. 

Voter Workshop - Everything you need to know to vote in 2020

September 17, 2020 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join Open Buffalo via Zoom to learn everything you need to know to vote in 2020:

 

Connecting Voices - A Virtual Talent Show

May 16, 2020 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Connecting Voices will be an exciting, virtual youth talent show meant to bring people together!  

First prize:  $500.00

Second Prize:  $250.00

 

 

Emerging Leaders 2020 Virtual Info Session

April 16, 2020 9:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Due to popular demand, we are offering a second Emerging Leaders 2020 Virtual Info Session, register today!

Emerging Leaders 2020 Virtual Info Session

April 2, 2020 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Yes!  There will be an Emerging Leaders 2020 program!  

Strike for a Climate Emergency

March 20, 2020 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join WNY Youth Climate Council at Niagara Square as they push local representatives to declare a climate emergency.  @wnyyouthclimatecouncil on FB for additional information.  

Well Women Health Summit

March 14, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

A FREE event focusing on women's health.  Workshops to include cancer, nutritional and mental health.  Free health screenings will also be available.  

For additional information and to register, visit www.1199seiu.org/upstateny/well-women-health-summit 

Erie County Health Dept. Opioid OD Training February 2020

February 8, 2020 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

If you're interested in learning how to recognize the signs of opioid overdose and reverse its effects, Erie County offers free training for anyone 16 and over.

Say Yes To Education Hosts Anti-Gun Violence Event

January 17, 2020 5:00 pm

Say Yes To Education holds anti-gun violence community meeting on Jan.17, 2020.

BISC Land Investors' Meetup

January 16, 2020 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Buffalo Information Sharing Collective invites the public to learn more about how vital land preservation is to the community.

Open Buffalo Sankofa Celebration

January 9, 2020 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Open Buffalo's Board of Directors, Executive Director Franchelle C.H. Parker, staff and members of the community from 6:00-8:00PM on January 9, 2020 to mark five years of success.

"Girls Who Code" at Squeaky Wheel

December 18, 2019 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Girls Who Code is a national organization with a mission to close the gender gap in computer science.

"Girls Who Code" at Squeaky Wheel

December 11, 2019 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Girls Who Code is a national organization with a mission to close the gender gap in computer science.

"Girls Who Code" at Squeaky Wheel

December 4, 2019 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Girls Who Code is a national organization with a mission to close the gender gap in computer science.

"Girls Who Code" at Squeaky Wheel

November 20, 2019 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Girls Who Code is a national organization with a mission to close the gender gap in computer science.

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program - 6 Week Workshop Series

November 9, 2019 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This program teaches low income families and youth to improve health.

GOTV Election Year Party with a Purpose -- Purge Edition

November 2, 2019 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Prior to Election Day, we will party with a purpose! Come out and have a good time. This is an event organized and led by young people, but all are welcome.

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program - 6 Week Workshop Series

November 2, 2019 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This program teaches low income families and youth to improve health.

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program - 6 Week Workshop Series

October 26, 2019 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This program teaches low income families and youth to improve health.

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program - 6 Week Workshop Series

October 19, 2019 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This program teaches low income families and youth to improve health.

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program - 6 Week Workshop Series

October 12, 2019 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This program teaches low income families and youth to improve health.

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program - 6 Week Workshop Series

October 5, 2019 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This program teaches low income families and youth to improve health.

WNY Climate Strike

September 20, 2019 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join the WNY Youth Climate Council to demand that our elected officials declare a climate emergency!

KaBoom! Playground Build Day for MLK Park!

September 20, 2019 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Want to help build a playground at MLK Park! Sign up to volunteer for a Community Build Day with KaBoom! 

2019 Jefferson Avenue Arts Festival

September 7, 2019 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Save the Date - the 23rd annual Jefferson Ave. Arts Festival will be an occasion for all with visual arts, crafts, live music, & youth activities, from E. Utica to E. Ferry! 

Police Advisory Board: West Forum

August 27, 2019 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Police Advisory Board wants to hear your thoughts and concerns about policing in Buffalo.

Police Advisory Board: North Forum

August 13, 2019 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

The Police Advisory Board of the City of Buffalo's Common Council wants to hear your thoughts and concerns about policing in Buffalo.

Justice for Sister Jeanneie: Community Support Meeting

August 13, 2019 6:00 pm

Please attend the upcoming community gathering to show solidarity and support for Sister Jeanneie Muhammad, and stand against harmful racial disparities in policing. 

Colored Girls Bike Too: The Sisterhood Bike Ride

August 11, 2019 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Colored Girls Bike Too will be holding a bike ride to Unity Island to foster unity/sisterhood with Black/WOC who bike/bike commute in Buffalo. 

Police Advisory Board East Side Forum

July 30, 2019 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Police Advisory Board of the City of Buffalo's Common Council wants to hear your thoughts and concerns about policing in Buffalo.

Stacy Robinson's 'Black Imaginings'

July 26, 2019 6:00 pm - September 7, 2019

Come out to Buffalo Arts Studio for Stacey Robinson's solo exhibition "Black Imaginings," an exploration of representational justice informed by the work of W.E.D. Du Bois. Free & open to the public! 

Shakespeare Comes to (716) Peace of the City Youth

July 25, 2019 7:00 pm - July 26, 2019

Enjoy Shakespeare as interpreted by Buffalo Public School high school students! This year, see A Midsummer Night's Dream#StayAwake

Census 2020 Workshops: Achieving a Complete Count

July 17, 2019 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

This summer, Partnership for the Public Good will offer 3 workshops on Census 2020. Join us to learn what's new in Census 2020 and how to overcome concerns and barriers to reach a complete count. 

Seeds of Change: Land, trust, and community

June 28, 2019 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Come out to Buffalo Arts Studio's community forum, featuring a variety of grassroots community activists whose work intersects within economic and ecological justice efforts. 

Remember to Vote: Primary Elections for City of Buffalo and Erie County!

June 25, 2019 6:00 am - 9:00 pm

Hey, Buffalo - it's time to exercise our right to vote! If you are currently registered to a political party, make sure your voice is heard in our 2019 city and municipal primary elections. 

Anti-Racism in Buffalo Workshop

June 22, 2019 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hispanic Heritage Community Breakfast

June 22, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Support the Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY, Inc. and their work in the Buffalo region at their 7th Annual Community Breakfast! 

Traffic Enforcement, Fines and Fees: A Community Conversation

June 19, 2019 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

City residents will share personal experiences of spiraling traffic debt with a new coalition of grassroots organizations who will provide data-driven context on BPD's aggressive ticketing practices. 

Eat the World: International Institute of Buffalo

June 19, 2019 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Food truck event of global proportions in the backyard of International Institute of Buffalo. Celebrate World Refugee Day and Buffalo's diversity while enjoying Buffalo's best ethnic food trucks!

Feed Buffalo Benefit Concert

June 13, 2019 7:00 pm

Feed Buffalo-WNY’s First Organic, Safe and Halal Food Pantry-opens its doors this summer! Support its 1st year by attending the Benefit Concert, featuring International Recording Artist, Drea Dn'ur. 

Housing Justice Community Forum & Discussion

June 6, 2019 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for a converation hosted by 1199SEIU on how we can take action to expand protections for tenants! 

Best Practices for Working with an Interpreter Buffalo Commons Workshop

June 4, 2019 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Does your organization, business, school, or other institution work & support individuals with limited English proficiency? Learn best practices for effectively working with an in-person interpreter. 

6th Annual Bury the Violence Memorial Walk

June 2, 2019 8:00 am

Bury The Violence will host its 6th Annual Walk Sunday, June 2nd, to help Buffalo families to memorialize their loved ones who have lost their lives due to violence. 

Grass Is Greener: Movie Screening & Panel Discussion

June 1, 2019 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Come out for the documentary movie screening & community discussion on 'Grass is Greener' at the Downtown Central Library. Free & open to the public - Snacks provided! 

Community & Police Speak Out!

May 29, 2019 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join 4-H Youth C.A.N. and be the change you want to see. Including performances, interactive activities and Q&A with community police officers.

Movement Morning 2019

May 23, 2019 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Support Open Buffalo Emerging Leaders, Community Empowerment, and a better Buffalo! Enjoy a hot breakfast, an inspiring update on Open Buffalo's community impact -all this in an hour's time! 

Moving Beyond "White Fragility:" Honest and Effective Conversations About Race

May 18, 2019 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

African American writer Nanette D. Massey presents her take on the book, White Fragility. The session will equip people, black & white, to participate in conversations on race with humor & humility. 

Buffalo Commons: Disability and Difference Workshop

May 13, 2019 12:30 am - 2:30 pm

Learn about how to build a support a more equal, affirming, and productive community and work environment. 

Champions for Change 5th Annual Idea Summit Support 2018 Emerging Leader, Baris Vahapoglu!

May 11, 2019 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Champions for Change program will host their culminating event, the Idea Summit, to celebrate the bright ideas and inspired leadership of 8 citizen champions across the Buffalo-Niagara region. 

Asking for a Friend: A Community Conversation on Cannabis

May 10, 2019 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us in a safe space with thought leaders and experts in the cannabis movement to answer all the questions you haven't felt comfortable asking.

Soup for Social Justice Series

May 5, 2019 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join the first in the Soup for Social Justice series with a discussion on major issues surrounding our food systems and borders, and information on how YOU can act & get involved locally.

Bowling Fundraiser for Greater Eastside Fields of Dreams Block Club

May 4, 2019 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Come out to bowl to support your favorite block club, Greater Eastside Fields of Dreams! $10 gets you 3 games, shoes, and a slice of pizza - enjoy yourselves with the whole family! 

Changing Criminal Injustice Conference

May 3, 2019 5:30 pm - May 4, 2019

Join Prisoners are People, Too & the Alliance of Families for Justice at their regional conference, “Changing Criminal Injustice." Free and open to the public!

VOICE Buffalo's Truth Commission

May 2, 2019 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

VOICE Buffalo Criminal Justice Task Force is hosting a Truth Commission to discuss restorative justice, including data, trends, best practices & stories of those directly impacted from the community.

For Every Little Handprint Community Information Session

April 30, 2019 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Meet the new non-profit in Buffalo working to support children in poverty at their upcoming information session; offer feedback and learn how you can help! 

BLRR is 2!

April 27, 2019 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Black Love Resists in the Rust to celebrate their second year doing transformative justice work in the city of Buffalo!

Artist Reception: Obsidian Bellis 'Apothecary for Sis'

April 26, 2019 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Visit local artist Obsidian Bellis' new exhibition, "Apothecary for Sis," which presents the nostalgic energy of objects that formed Bellis & explores underpinnings of racism, colonialism, & gender.  

Fines, Fees, & Bail: How Criminal Justice Debt Hurts The Poor

April 25, 2019 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join WNY Law Center to discuss the issue of criminal justice debt and its effects on poor communities & communities of color. We will explore solutions to combat and eliminate criminal justice debt.

Authentic Fundraising Workshop: Making the Ask & Funding Our Movement

April 24, 2019 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

You're not alone if you think fundraising is a necessary evil for community orgs to exist. Clean Air Coalition wants to change that perception!  Learn to make an effective & authentic donation ask.

National Action Network: From Homicide to Healing

April 20, 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

National Action Network is putting out a special call to action for the community to recognize and support the family members of homicide victims at this Healing & Prayer Service.

"Reclamation & Restoration" 420 Community Day

April 20, 2019 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Spread economic opportunity & justice in Buffalo! Build community power & resilience! Help end cannabis prohibition!

Community Conversation on Immigration

April 17, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Justice for Migrant Families in an open dialogue about immigration in our community to build understanding and action. Event is free; Pre-registration is encouraged! 

FOIL Fiesta: Freedom of Information Law & Getting the Info You Need

April 17, 2019 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Attend this training to understand what the Freedom of Information Law is and how researchers and community organizers can use it to deepen their analysis and strengthen their project or campaign!

She Safe, We Safe: a Webinar on State & Gender Violence

April 11, 2019 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join BYP100 for this virtual political education session on state and gender violence impacting Black communities as a part of the launch of the She Safe, We Safe campaign.

Borders & Migrations Week at Canisius College

April 2, 2019 - April 6, 2019

A week full of learning about borders and migrations in the context of our Western New York communities. Come out for the film screenings, field trips, panels, award-winning speakers, and more! 

Great Decisions: U.S. Immigration Policy & College Enrollment

April 1, 2019 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

International Institute of Buffalo presents on how recent changes in U.S. immigration policy have impacted international students' enrollment and experience in U.S. college institutions. 

Buffalo Infringement Festival: Call for Submissions!

April 1, 2019 - April 15, 2019

Call for work (April 1-15) for Buffalo Infringement Festival, an interdisciplinary art & music festival in its 15th year. ​All levels & types of art encouraged. Free to participate!  

 

Gimme a Brake - Free Brake Light Clinic

March 30, 2019 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Come on out and have volunteers from Buffalo DSA change your brake light for FREE!


VIBE's Community Kickbacks

March 28, 2019 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join VOICE-Buffalo and the BILT for voter registration and an opportunity to get to know folks within your community. 

Albany Day of Action: Marijuana Justice & Equity for NY!

March 27, 2019

Marijuana legalization in NY State is imminent, so we must demand that its impact on our communities is equitable.Join us March 27th for a day of action in Albany to advocate for marijuana justice!

Discrimination in Elite Public Schools: Investigating Buffalo

March 26, 2019 5:00 pm

The Center for Urban Education will host a forum on the book,  “Discrimination in Elite Public Schools: Investigating Buffalo"by Gary Orfield & Jennifer B. Ayscue, Eds. Free event w/ refreshments! 

Labor Solidarity - Latin American Solidarity Committee

March 25, 2019 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Labor Solidarity - Latin America: Speaker James Jordan (Alliance for Global Justice) speaks on his work for economic labor justice in Colombia and throughout Latin America. Free event w/ refreshments!

FAB Forum I: A Community Conversation around Frontline Arts

March 21, 2019 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Participate in this community conversation around the legacy, history, value, and precarity of Frontline Arts institutions - all are welcome! 

Fair Elections Community Forum

March 16, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

It's time that Albany works for all New Yorkers, not just big donors! Join us for a community forum on how we empower communities in the political process to address issues facing our neighborhoods. 

Tenants' Rights Training

March 13, 2019 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Come to HOME Inc.'s FREE training to learn about your rights as a tenant, including how to recognize discrimination, keep your security deposit, and protect yourself from being evicted.

Writing for the Media: Letters to the Editor, Op-Eds, and More

March 13, 2019 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Learn how to effectively write and use print media to get your message heard. You will have the opportunity to get feedback on your own writing sample. Lunch provided! 

HEAP Outreach Day w/ Leg. April Baskins!

March 12, 2019 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

HEAP season is coming to an end and PUSH wants to make sure all of our neighbors get a chance to get help! 

Women's March - Buffalo/WNY

March 10, 2019 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Come join in solidarity as we revel in the #WomensWave and we #UnitetheStruggles.

HELLO Orientation

March 9, 2019 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Do you want to make a personal impact in the life of a newly arrived refugee? Come to HELLO orientation training to learn how you can volunteer to teach homebound refugees basic English.

Squeaky Wheel Presents: Girls Who Code

March 6, 2019 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Squeaky Wheel will now offer the nationally recognized Girls Who Code (GWC)! This free after-school workshop series for 6th-12th graders will enable girls to improve coding skills with creativity. 

Protecting Homeowners from Steep Tax Increases: in 2020 & Beyond

March 2, 2019 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

With the rise in home prices, how can we make sure that homeowners are not displaced due to unaffordable tax increases? Join us at this town hall to voice concerns and learn about solutions!  

Court Watch Buffalo Training Sessions: February 2019

February 28, 2019 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Court Watch Buffalo seeks to raise awareness of arbitrary and racist practices of bail setting in Erie County. Train to be a court observer to collect stories and data that hold courts accountable! 

Women's March Forum and Discussion

February 28, 2019 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

WNY Peace Center invites community members to come out to discuss how we can create solidarity within the Women’s March and the women’s movement

African Heritage Food Co-Op: Grand Opening

February 23, 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

It's finally here: fresh produce and grocery items in North Niagara Falls! Celebrate the grand opening of the African Heritage Food Co-op with us.   

Rap The Vote: Final Fridays at Raq's

February 22, 2019 9:00 pm - February 23, 2019 1:00 am

Power up Black History Month withh live performances by Buffalo's best local artists and the opportunity to register to vote!

Free Movie Screening of Black Panther for Black History Month

February 22, 2019 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Come together for Black History Month with a FREE screening of Black Panther and a post-screening conversation with local activists and organizers! 

How to Run for Common Council in Buffalo: Let’s Do This!

February 20, 2019 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

What does it take to run for Common Council and why is it important? Join Our City Buffalo to understand the process and how-to’s of running for elected office. Free and open to the public!

Remembrance Rally: Justice for Tonya Kita Harvey!

February 18, 2019 12:00 pm

Rally in loving memory of Tonya "Kita" Harvey, in solidarity with her family & LGBTQ-plus communities. A time of remembrance for her life and call to accountability for violence against trans people. 

The Unsung Heroes Show

February 16, 2019 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Celebrate the unsung heroes of Black History and present day with a youth fashion show, hosted by Revolutionary Strokes! Let's make history by learning our own. Free to the public and lunch provided!

Informational Picket at New Era HQ

February 15, 2019 4:00 pm

Tell New Era HQ to put people over profits and keep necessary jobs in our community!

Ujima Community Yoga Class

February 14, 2019 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Join Ujima for the first in a series of community yoga classes. Come as you are, and pay what you can! 

WNY Climate Conversations

February 9, 2019 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Discourse on creating a sustainable future in WNY with distinguished speakers, youth activists & climate justice fellows. Free & open to the public!

Great Decisions: Refugees and Global Migration

February 4, 2019 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Partake in a community discussion series on the most pressing reasons causing the refugee crisis, and the growing impact of climate change on forced migration.  

Immigration Solidarity: The U.S. border & Batavia Federal Detention Facility

January 28, 2019 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

January Peace Coffeehouse hosts a dialogue on immigrant solidarity. Hear from Canisius students about experiences on the U.S./Mexico border and local aid work with Justice for Migrant Families. 

Extinction Rebellion Buffalo: Declare Climate Truth!

January 26, 2019 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Extinction Rebellion Buffalo leads an interactive demonstration and march to declare the truth of climate emergency and build momentum for change. 

Raising Black Boys

January 26, 2019 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

A community forum and roundtable discussion for open and honest dialogue on the opportunities and challenges of raising a Black boy in America.