A message from Open Buffalo in the wake of anti-Black mass murder in Jacksonville

Published August 28, 2023

Open Buffalo reaffirms our commitment to teaching anti-racism, love, and justice.

Emerging Leaders Applications are Open!

Published May 4, 2023

The Emerging Leaders Program is changing the face of leadership and decision-making in our communities. It is distinguished by its unique focus on leadership for justice and social change, as well as our community of alumni and mentors.

Request for Proposals: Marketing/Advertising Team Sought For Community Based Green Energy Project

Published February 17, 2023

Heart of The City Neighborhood Inc. (HOCN) and Open Buffalo seek a communications team to shape branding, public relations, and marketing for a community-based 2.5 year campaign focused on green mobility in Buffalo’s East Side.

Job Alert: Open Buffalo Seeks to Hire Credible Community Messengers

Published September 29, 2022

The goal of the Credible Community Mentor position is to provide support and resources for youth returning from the juvenile justice system.

One Month Later: Recovery, Resources, and Resolve

Published June 15, 2022

One month after the May 14 Tops terrorist attack, Open Buffalo provides an update on the ongoing recovery efforts and offers gratitude for widespread support.

Open Buffalo statement on the Buffalo Massacre

Published May 18, 2022

Open Buffalo stands steadfast to our commitment to achieve racial equity in Buffalo.

Youth Action Hosts Successful "Save our Children" Forum

Published November 24, 2021

On November 20, Youth Action held a youth-led Q&A with four panelists from the community and the City of Buffalo.

“Save Our Children” town hall coming Nov. 20

Published November 17, 2021

OB Youth Action teams up with Project Mona’s House to address crisis of missing children in Buffalo.

Color Run Was a Fun First for Open Buffalo Youth Action

Published August 2, 2021

The Color Run, hosted by Open Buffalo’s Youth Action on Saturday, July 31, was an engaging, fun-filled event for the community.

Youth Action Recognizes Pride Month

Published June 21, 2021

June is the month to celebrate all the obstacles that were overcome by the LGBTQ+ community and for allies to show their support and acknowledge that our differences are what bring us closer together as people.

Youth Action Team Commemorates Juneteenth 2021

Published June 17, 2021

Let us teach the ignorant the truth and importance of this day, as we walk, shout and rejoice our Independence Day. Fist up!

Pop Up Cookout/Photo Booth Creates Space for Education and Connection

Published June 4, 2021

Average citizens stopped by Jefferson and Utica to share their experiences and explain how their lives could be changed by the passage of bills like Clean Slate and the For the People Act.

Open Buffalo Seeks "Freedom Summer" Fellow Applicants

Published June 2, 2021

The Open Buffalo Freedom Summer Fellowship is an intensive leadership development program designed to: empower residents in Western New York with knowledge of the history of the original Freedom Summer; register and engage with voters; and work on winning the For the People Act on the national level.

OB Youth Action Speaks Out On Disappearance Of Saniyya Dennis

Published May 6, 2021

Youth leaders call on public officials and community members to do better for missing persons and their families.

"Know Your Rights" Cookout Celebrates Passage of MRTA and Educates Public

Published May 3, 2021

On Saturday, May 1, Open Buffalo hosted a “Know Your Rights” Cookout at Martin Luther King Jr. Park for the community to celebrate the passing of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) and learn what work still needs to be done!

Open Buffalo Proudly Welcomes Passage of MRTA

Published April 1, 2021

Recently Enacted Marijuana Reforms Represent Significant Racial Equity Advancement for the People of New York State.

Open Buffalo Statement on Mass Shootings in Georgia

Published March 19, 2021

In the aftermath of this week's shooting rampage that took eight innocent lives in the Atlanta area -- yet another national tragedy authored by a hate-filled man with a gun -- Open Buffalo mourns and stands in solidarity with all those impacted directly or from afar.

New Community Restoration Project looks to advance justice at state level

Published February 16, 2021

On February 16th, 2021, Open Buffalo along with the Emerging Leaders class of 2020 launched the Community Restoration Project to push for equitable cannabis legalization, "clean slate" criminal justice legislation, and progressive tax reforms.


Published January 6, 2021

Buffalo, NY (January 6, 2021) – With New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo having just announced a proposal that would allow recreational cannabis use throughout the state, Open Buffalo once again demands that legalization of this plant be done with racial justice and community repair in mind.

Open Buffalo Statement: Police Secrecy Puts Public Safety at Risk

Published September 16, 2020

Open Buffalo proudly joins coalition to defend crucial “50-A” public records reform across NY State.

Open Buffalo Statement: BPD Beating Video Inflicts Pain Far and Wide

Published May 13, 2020

Open Buffalo demands transparent investigation and swift police policy reforms in the wake of violent encounter captured on video.

Open Buffalo Statement on Yet Another Religious-based Hate Crime

Published December 30, 2019

In the last days celebrating Hanukkah, we were saddened and heartbroken to learn of yet another hate crime in our country, this time at the New York City area home of a Rabbi while celebrating the seventh night of Hanukkah with dozens of guests. 

Should We Commemorate Thanksgiving?

Published November 28, 2019

There's a duality about Thanksgiving that's deeper than excess vs. hunger or being 'a part of' vs. 'apart from'. Knowing its history, should we celebrate Thanksgiving or should we commemorate it?

Justice Leadership Institute Equips Leaders with Hope and Tools to Become Changemakers

Published September 20, 2019

In early September, 100 individuals came together for Open Buffalo’s Justice Leadership Institute (JLI), the organization’s largest ever training event.

Open Buffalo Trainer Team Ready for Justice Leadership Institute!

Published August 26, 2019

The 2019 Open Buffalo Training Team is ready to facilitate a powerful community workshop for 100 community members at the first Justice Leadership Institute!

Just Released: 420 Community Video!

Published July 9, 2019

Check out the video recap of our 2019 'Restoration & Reclamation' event in April. 

Open Buffalo Celebrates Advancement of Justice, Reconciliation and Community Protection in NYS

Published July 1, 2019

Key elements of Open Buffalo's 2019 state legislative agenda succeed – community power in action

Mentoring Matters: Guide an Emerging Leader

Published May 22, 2019

Mentoring is a special partnership between two people based on commitment to the mentoring process, common goals/expectations of the partnership and mutual trust and respect.

Coming Soon: "Reclamation & Restoration" 420 Community Day

Published March 30, 2019

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

Open Buffalo Embodies Call to be ‘Agents of Change’ at NYSABPRL Caucus Weekend

Published February 18, 2019

Open Buffalo calls on state lawmakers to prioritize vulnerable communities, featured as presenters at the Caucus Weekend of the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators.

Open Buffalo welcomes Mayor Brown's new marijuana stance, continues larger cannabis justice agenda

Published February 18, 2019

Organization continues to push for statewide marijuana policy to repair and invest in communities on the frontline of the war on drugs

Open Buffalo Statement on Proposed "Public Charge" Rule

Published December 10, 2018

Open Buffalo firmly opposes the Trump Administration's latest anti-immigrant policy proposal for "Public Charge" Rule as an explicit attack on low-income immigrant families and communities of color.

Open Buffalo Statement on Changes to Flores Settlement Agreement

Published November 5, 2018

 In solidarity with our partner, the New York Immigration Coalition, Open Buffalo opposes the unraveling of federal protections for the rights of migrant children. 

Raise Your Voice against the Attack on Immigrant Families!

Published October 23, 2018

The federal administration continues its attack on immigrant communities, but you can speak up against its policies! 

Buffalo Police Advisory Board on the Public Good

Published October 2, 2018

Members of the Buffalo Police Advisory Board go on The Public Good to discuss residents’ top concerns about policing collected from community forums and next steps to improve policing in Buffalo. 

OB's India Walton Talks Marijuana Reform on The Public Good

Published May 3, 2018

OB's Lead Organizer India Walton discusses disparities within marijuana enforcement in Buffalo and the fight to make marijuana the lowest level enforcement priority (LLEP) for Buffalo police. 

Open Buffalo's Danielle Johnson Named to New Community Police Advisory Body

Published March 8, 2018

OB Justice & Opportunity partners advocated for creation of new entity, which will make recommendations on how community-police relationships can be improved.  

PPG, Open Buffalo Welcome Disbandment of BPD's "Strike Force"

Published February 9, 2018

Community groups applaud reform, reiterate longstanding call for

full-scale community policing program.

For Immediate Release: Buffalo Advocates Join Assemblymember to Call for an End to Marijuana Prohibition in New York

Published November 14, 2017

New Buffalo Report Shows Stark Marijuana Arrest Disparities.

Media Advisory: National Scholar Dr. Marc Lamont Hill to Engage Hundreds in Buffalo this Thursday

Published October 24, 2017

Hill is a well-respected authority on culture, politics, and education, as well as the author of a New York Times Best Seller.

Hill is a well-respected authority on culture, politics, and education, as well as the author of a New York Times Best Seller.

People Power: Joining Forces to Address Gentrification in Buffalo

Published October 18, 2017

The summit stressed the interconnectedness of several problems in Buffalo, including police violence, the school to prison pipeline, lack of community control over resources, and racism.

"Youth Community Builder" Essay Contest!

Published September 11, 2017

As part of Open Buffalo’s annual Justice & Opportunity Series, we are hosting a competition for Buffalo high school students who want to make a difference in their community!

"Poetic Justice: Creative Space" Kicks off Justice & Opportunity Series

Published July 22, 2017

We welcomed a warm and engaged crowd of poets, musicians, spoken word artists, and community-minded souls for an evening of expression, healing, celebration, and movement-building.

On the Scene at Juneteenth 2017

Published June 18, 2017

Throughout the two-day festival, we talked to community members about tangible paths to systemic reforms.

“Life Stories: Restoring Justice” A Success!

Published May 27, 2017

From the day that Prisoners Are People Too, Inc. was launched, it has provided a platform for formerly incarcerated people and their loved ones to tell their stories.

After Policing Death, Community Demands Information, Transparent Investigation, and Policy Reform

Published February 8, 2017

Concerned people of Buffalo demand and deserve a swift and painstakingly transparent inquiry into the death of a civilian after an encounter with the Buffalo Police Department.

Allies Host "No Ban. No Wall. Rally for Immigrant, Refugee & Muslim Solidarity"

Published February 1, 2017

Open Buffalo joins a host of community allies in rallying in support of our immigrant, Muslim, and refugee neighbors and loved ones.

New Report Urges Buffalo Policing Reforms

Published November 18, 2016

Calls for Collaboration, Communication, and Community-Building

OB Staff and Partners Talk "No Boundaries"

Published October 14, 2016

Franchelle Hart (Open Buffalo) and Steve Peraza (Partnership for the Public Good) discuss the content of the special-edition "No Boundaries" newspaper.

Free Special Edition Newspaper Advocates for a Renaissance in All Buffalo Neighborhoods

Published October 11, 2016

In collaboration with Open Buffalo, Rise Collaborative debuts the first issue of "No Boundaries" - a special-edition, free newspaper carrying stories from typically underreported areas of Buffalo.

“Can You Hear Me Now 716?” Held at Burgard

Published August 16, 2016

Town Hall Meeting in Buffalo’s Masten District Served as an Open Forum for Local Residents and Law Enforcement

First Justice & Opportunity Week Wraps up

Published July 25, 2016

Between July 18 and 22, Open Buffalo held its first “Justice and Opportunity Week” — five days of free community discussions, performances, and workshops throughout the city of Buffalo.

“Justice & Opportunity Week” Kicks off

Published July 18, 2016

Open Buffalo Partners Outline the Agenda for Week of Citizen Empowerment, Report on Results of Groundbreaking Community Policing Survey.

OB Partners Unveil Preliminary Data from Community Policing Survey

Published July 18, 2016

Conducting brief, in-person interviews, surveyors engaged a truly diverse cross-section of the city population – men and women of different races, ages, genders, and class statuses, who reside in neighborhoods that span over thirty zip codes.

Justice & Opportunity Week -- Come out, Get Involved

Published July 12, 2016

Five days of community education and empowerment brought to you by the Open Buffalo movement. With featured guest D’Artagnan Scorza, Ph.D., the nationally renowned Founder and Executive Director of the Social Justice Learning Institute (Inglewood, CA).

Campaign Corner: 2,000 Surveys in the Books, J&O Week Coming

Published July 5, 2016

During the week of July 18, we will be kicking off our first-ever “Justice & Opportunity Week” to educate, inspire, and mobilize Buffalo.

Partner Spotlight: Paul Perez

Published June 27, 2016

A longtime supporter and ally, Perez recently sat down with Open Buffalo to share a picture of the city, through his eyes.

Juneteenth 2016: Sun, Solidarity, and Surveying

Published June 19, 2016

On two hot and sunny June days, Open Buffalo staff and volunteers joined hundreds of others at Buffalo’s Juneteenth Festival in MLK Park on June 18 and 19.

Hart and Ali Featured on The Public Good Radio Show

Published April 21, 2016

Open Buffalo's Franchelle Hart and Shareef Ali II were recently interviewed on The Public Good Radio Show.

Community Policing Survey Hits the Streets of Buffalo

Published February 25, 2016

Survey kickoff gathering was packed with energized residents, ready to make changes in our city. 

Campaign Corner: J&O House Parties, Survey, Training on Tap

Published February 17, 2016

The Justice and Opportunity (J&O) table's Community Oriented Policing campaign continues to gain momentum in the new year.

PPG Releases 2016 Community Agenda at Merriweather Library

Published January 15, 2016

PPG's "Community-Oriented Policing" focus area correlates with Open Buffalo's Community-Oriented Policing campaign.

First-Ever Open Buffalo Emerging Leaders Honored Saturday

Published December 12, 2015

Community-builders from all sides of Buffalo made up leadership development program’s inaugural class.

Campaign Corner: Organizing, Outreach on Community Policing

Published December 1, 2015

Community Talks will be a means of hearing about individuals’ experiences and interactions with police. 

BaBa Eng of PRP2 Featured in "The Very Same House"

Published November 19, 2015

Canisius College student David Goodwin recently produced a short (12 minute) documentary film about recidivism, entitled "The Very Same House: Recidivism in Buffalo."

Help to Shape PPG's 2016 Community Agenda

Published November 16, 2015

PPG Community Agenda is a blueprint to help realize their shared vision of a just, sustainable, and culturally vibrant Buffalo.

Back to Basics' Re-Entry Expertise Tapped in Recent Story

Published November 13, 2015

Recent news story titled "Advocates: Immediate Support Crucial For People Let Out of Federal Prison Early" featured Pastor James Giles and George BaBa Eng of Back to Basics Outreach Ministries

Coming Together to Promote Peace

Published October 26, 2015

"Now we can gather at the Ray of Light Mural site and in the spaces of the Buffalo Arts Studio to provide Peace and Healing Circles to the community."

Campaign Corner: Community and Police -- Building Bridges

Published October 13, 2015

Our recently formed Justice & Opportunity Table has been convening since August.

Partner Spotlight: Stacey Robinson

Published October 8, 2015

Stacey Robinson is a Buffalo transplant, a powerful visual artist, and an Open Buffalo partner. In this interview, he discusses his journey, his work, and his vision for the Queen City.

"Ray of Light" in the News

Published September 18, 2015

Inspired by the memory of Ms. Jerald "Dee Dee" Goldsmith, the Ray of Light will serve as an artistic beacon of peace in the community surrounding Masten Park.

OB Emerging Leaders off and Running!

Published September 14, 2015

Participants learned how to build campaigns for positive social change from the ground up, using their heads, hearts, and hands.

VOICE-Buffalo Settles into New Home

Published August 20, 2015

We are pleased to spread the news that our partners at VOICE-Buffalo recently started a new chapter at a new office space in the Tri-Main Center.

Only 2 Weeks Left to Apply for Emerging Leaders

Published August 10, 2015

Open Buffalo’s Emerging Leaders Program is a brand new leadership development training school which aims to build a stronger Buffalo by preparing new leaders in our city.

Open Buffalo Reports Successes and Priorities

Published July 28, 2015

Allied grassroots activists converged on Massachusetts Avenue Park Tuesday morning for a press conference and community cookout.

Open Buffalo Adds Its Voice to the #CanCarl Campaign

Published July 14, 2015

Many in Buffalo are fed up with school board member Carl Paladino, and rallied to fight the systemic racism permeating our city and schools. 

Peace Circles Underway in the Erie County Correctional Facility

Published July 14, 2015

Karima Amin, Founder/Director of Prisoners Are People Too, Inc., reports Restorative Justice progress in  the Alden correctional facility.

A 'High Road' Infusion for Open Buffalo

Published July 9, 2015

High Road Fellows Caro Achar and Lauren Lang speak about their backgrounds, their interests, and what drew them to spend a summer embedded in Buffalo's social justice movement.

Pastor Giles featured on "The Public Good"

Published July 8, 2015

Pastor James Giles of Back to Basics, Buffalo Peace Makers and Voice Buffalo discusses community policing in Buffalo with Sam Magavern on the Public Good.

Open Buffalo Celebrates Juneteenth

Published June 16, 2015

Beautiful weather and jubilant crowds lining Genesee Street made for a memorable Juneteenth of Buffalo 2015 Parade last Saturday.

Brutal Truth from Nicole Lee

Published May 18, 2015

On May 14, Nicole Lee, world-renowned human rights lawyer, returned to her hometown to give a talk at Greater Works Christian Fellowship.

Botstein Challenged and Inspired in Buffalo

Published May 11, 2015

Dr. Leon Botstein, thinker, conductor, and Bard College president, didn't disappoint in Buffalo. 

"Organizing for Change" with Citizen Planners

Published May 1, 2015

On Saturday, April 18, Open Buffalo presented an “Organizing for Change” workshop at One Region Forward’s Citizen Planning School. 

Innovation Lab Releases “Getting There” Report on Improving Buffalo School Attendance

Published April 14, 2015

New “Getting There" report gives up-to-date context to Buffalo’s attendance discussion and offers evidence-based proposals to turn this negative trend around.

Buffalo Dreamers at BAS Opening Night

Published March 30, 2015

Thanks to the folks who took a few moments to reflect with us at our Buffalo Dream Wall!

Buffalo Poverty Research Workshop Returns Friday

Published March 21, 2015

Topics will include “Poverty, Race and Community Policing;” “Understanding the Experiences of New Americans in Buffalo;” and “An Exploration into the Lives of Chronically Homeless Women.”

Jump into "Assemblage," "Binary ConScience" and Jump Start

Published March 19, 2015

"Assemblage" and "Binary ConScience" kick off March 27 at Buffalo Arts Studio

Strategy, Inspiration, and Solidarity at Open Places Convening

Published March 17, 2015

The Open Places All-Site Convening met from February 18 through 20 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Where the Arts and Social Justice Intersect

Published March 12, 2015

New Innovation Lab reports and examine socially conscious arts groups in Erie County and look at best practices in marrying the arts and community justice work.

Re-framing Race with dRworks

Published February 11, 2015

Trainers from Dismantling Racism Works empower Open Buffalo recruits with new tools of race analysis.

PPG 2015 Agenda Boosts Open Buffalo Campaigns

Published January 16, 2015

Partnership for the Public Good's 2015 community agenda includes research support for Open Buffalo campaigns.

Organizing Powers Unleashed

Published December 5, 2014

Open Buffalo's rigorous Leading Change workshop weekend led social justice-minded crowd to breakthroughs and connections.

Innovation Lab Releases "Talking Proud" Report

Published November 11, 2014

How does Buffalo talk about Buffalo, and what impact do our stories have on public policy?  

Open Buffalo a Winner

Published January 16, 2014

Open Society Foundations announces Buffalo is one of three sites selected for funding in the Open Places Initiative. 

Open Buffalo Proposal

Published January 15, 2014

Read the submitted Open Buffalo proposal.

Open Buffalo Releases Report on Disparate Number of Minorities in the Criminal Justice System

Published November 12, 2013

Open Buffalo releases a new report, Alarming Disparities: The Disproportionate Number of African American and Hispanic People in Erie County Criminal Justice System

The Public Good Radio Shows - Summer 2013

Published August 19, 2013

Open Buffalo has taken over the airwaves this summer on the Partnership for the Public Good’s weekly radio show, The Public Good, to talk about some of the most pressing issues facing our community.

Young Invincibles, local performers bring the tools for change

Published August 8, 2013

At Asbury Hall Wednesday night, members of Young Invnicibles shared a bill with local performers to bring civic engagement tools to Buffalo.

Involved, Informed, Invincible!

Published July 25, 2013

Open Buffalo presents “Involved, Informed, Invincible!” an evening of music, dance, and activism, featuring leaders from the Young Invincibles and local performers.

Heather McGhee, Local Performers Inspire at Asbury Hall

Published July 24, 2013

Heather McGhee of Demos spoke to Buffalo residents in Asbury Hall on Tuesday, July 23rd. Daughters of Creative Sound, Dr. Anthony Neal, and Randle and the Late Night Scandals rounded out the evening.

Ras Jomo talks about Open Buffalo

Published July 17, 2013

Ras Jomo speaks about Open Buffalo on the Public Good. A half-hour talk radio show on WUFO AM 1080 the Public Good airs at 1pm on Tuesday afternoons.

Sam Radford of the DPCC talks Open Buffalo

Published July 10, 2013

Sam Radford of the District Parent Coordinating Council (DPCC) speaks about Open Buffalo on the Public Good. A half-hour talk radio show on WUFO AM 1080 the Public Good airs at 1pm on Tuesday afternoons.

Pastor James Giles talks Open Buffalo

Published May 1, 2013

Reverend James Giles of Back to Basics Ministries speaks about about Open Buffalo on the Public Good. A half-hour talk radio show on WUFO AM 1080 the Public Good airs at 1pm on Tuesday afternoons.

Buffalo Collaboration Wins National Grant

Published April 8, 2013

Four Buffalo nonprofits were awarded $100,000 from the Open Society Foundations to design a plan to increase low-income and minority communities’ influence and access to economic, civic, and political opportunities in the area.