FREE Residential Soil Sampling

Published May 12, 2023

Open Buffalo is collaborating with a professor and Environmental Science Ph.D. to test the soil of homes within a half-mile radius of the previous General Motors and American Axel Site; in labs at Buffalo State University.

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.

WKBW Visits Open Buffalo

Published April 21, 2023

Open Buffalo makes the News!

Job Alert: Open Buffalo Seeks Administrative Director

Published March 15, 2023

The primary responsibilities of the Open Buffalo Administrative Director relate to the smooth flow of operations as well as the day-to day management of the office, finances, human resources, and personnel policy.

Open Buffalo’s Youth Action Leaders Take Civic Engagement Training On the Road

Published March 15, 2023

On February 28, Open Buffalo’s Youth Action team led a civic engagement training, “Train for a Change,” for the Erie-Niagara AHEC PATCH Teen Educators.

Open Buffalo Releases 2022 Annual Report!

Published March 13, 2023

Reflecting on the past 12 months, 2022 hardened Open Buffalo's resolve to build community resilience, increased our capacity to love, and inspired us to double down on strengthening and uplifting the individuals who suffer racial, economic, and ecological injustices everyday. Our team invites you to explore what that looked like in action last year.

Request for Proposals: Community Partner Sought For Community Based Green Energy Project Focused On East Side

Published February 27, 2023

Heart of The City Neighborhood Inc. (HOCN) and Open Buffalo seek a Stakeholder Liaison to assure project connection with and representation of communities of people living in Buffalo’s East Side for a green mobility initiative.  Responses to this RFP must be received by 12pm, March 23, 2023.

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.

Sign up today: Power Up Summer Boot Camp for WNY Youth

Published February 16, 2023

Join Open Buffalo this June for a weeklong Community Organizing Boot Camp, in which we will train young leaders between the ages of 14-24 in a variety of Organizing skills and tactics.

When is Enough, Enough?

Published November 23, 2022

Open Buffalo statement on the Colorado Springs, CO shootings

Open Buffalo Podcast Relaunch

Published October 26, 2022

We're back and better! Premiering TONIGHT at 5pm is the re-launch of our podcast! 



Ecological Justice Training Coming 12/3. Register Today!

Published October 20, 2022

Learn about the history of environmental contamination in WNY, causes of climate change, and Just Transition solutions to help save the planet.

Parker Delivers Keynote Address at Hilbert College

Published October 7, 2022

On October 4, 2022, Hilbert College, as part of St. Francis week had Open Buffalo Executive Director Franchelle Parker as their keynote speaker. 

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.

National Voter Registration Day 2022

Published September 22, 2022

Open Buffalo hosts an event for National Voter Registration Day

Funding Opportunity for Jefferson Avenue Tops Employees

Published August 9, 2022

In collaboration with Social Change, Open Buffalo will offer hardship awards to current and former Tops Supermarket employees.


Open Buffalo's 2nd Annual Color Run A Success

Published August 2, 2022

Fun was had by all at the annual event.

Open Buffalo is Honored to Be Selected for the 2022 Justice40 Accelerator Cohort

Published June 29, 2022

Anchored in love and service, the Justice40 Accelerator is a 12-month program that will provide Open Buffalo seed funding, technical assistance, training, connections, and peer support as we seek federal funding flowing from the Biden Administration’s Justice40 Initiative. 

Open Buffalo Celebrates Juneteenth 2022

Published June 18, 2022

Open Buffalo was in person at Juneteenth 2022!

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 Baby Club

Published May 27, 2022

This program aims to build relationships with local families and give away baby supplies.

Open Buffalo statement on the Buffalo Massacre

Published May 18, 2022

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

Freedom Summer/716 Votes! Paid Phone & Text Banking Opportunity

Published May 5, 2022

Open Buffalo is looking for young adults to phone and text bank. Get paid $20 an hour!

Open Buffalo celebrates Sankofa 2022

Published April 5, 2022

At Open Buffalo's third annual Sankofa celebration, we took time to revisit our recent accomplishments and reconnect with our friends, partners, and allies.

Franchelle Parker honored by Buffalo Urban League

Published March 26, 2022

Franchelle Parker receives the Community Service Award at Buffalo Urban League's Annual Gala

The War Over Ukraine

Published March 11, 2022

Open Buffalo discusses the events of Ukraine with filmmaker Lukia Costello

Join Open Buffalo in celebrating Sankofa 2022

Published February 18, 2022

Open Buffalo celebrates our 3rd Annual Sankofa Event!

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.

Coming Oct. 2: "Freedom Summer" Leadership & Civic Engagement Symposium!

Published September 24, 2021

Join us on Saturday, October 2 for our first annual "Freedom Summer" Leadership & Civic Engagement Symposium!

Request for Proposals: Racial Equity Training Video Production

Published August 31, 2021

Open Buffalo seeks videography/video editing services for the creation of a short series of racial equity training videos.

My Buffalo Human Rights Law Experience with Open Buffalo: Building the Foundation for Change in Our Community

Published August 20, 2021

Heather Kuhn, a student at UB School of Law, reflects on her recent human rights internship with Open Buffalo.

Want a Freedom Summer Sticker?

Published August 19, 2021

Open Buffalo has declared the Summer of 2021 a Freedom Summer! This Freedom Summer pays homage to the ancestors, organizers, freedom fighters and organizations who created the first Freedom Summer in 1964.

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!

Press Conference Thursday Will Unveil Buffalo Common Council Resolution in Support of the For the People Act

Published June 9, 2021

Sponsoring Councilmember Ulysees O. Wingo Sr. joins Open Buffalo and other concerned community stakeholders in calling on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to bring critical voting rights legislation for a vote in the U.S. Senate.

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.

Youth Action Leaders Aim to “Save Our Children”

Published May 10, 2021

On Saturday, May 8, Open Buffalo’s Youth Action (YA) hosted a “Save our Children” Community Town Hall. The YA leaders wanted to raise awareness around the narrative that labels missing children of color as “runaways” and how amber alerts are racialized.

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!

Apply For the 2021 Emerging Leaders Program!

Published April 5, 2021

We are now accepting applications for the 2021 cohort of Open Buffalo Emerging Leaders.

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.

Justice Fellows Application Now Available

Published January 29, 2021

DEADLINE: Friday, February 5, 2021

Welcome to the application for the Open Buffalo Justice Fellowship Program.

We are delighted that you are interested in being a part of our change-maker family! The Justice Fellowship Program is an intensive leadership development program designed to empower residents in Western New York with the skills and resources required to drive organizations and institutions toward equity, inclusion, and long-term systems change.


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, Inc. Statement on use of name/phrase 'Open Buffalo'

Published December 12, 2020

Buffalo, NY (December 12, 2020) - Open Buffalo has learned that a group of individuals is planning anti-mask and anti-closure rallies using as an event name and/or slogan the phrase “open buffalo.” The rallies are to protest New York State and Erie County’s COVID-19 guidelines and rules pertaining to citizen protections against the debilitating and deadly disease. 

A Summer Youth Journey into the World of Civics

Published October 5, 2020

Though training, diligence, and teamwork, Open Buffalo youth workers engaged and empowered thousands of people this summer.

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 Awarded $10,000 by New York Immigration Coalition to Support REMAP NYS 2020

Published July 15, 2020

Buffalo, N.Y. (July 15, 2020) – In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and calls for racial justice throughout the country, Open Buffalo stays on course with its 2020 civic initiatives to increase voter rolls and census participation, particularly for youth and underrepresented populations. 

A Black Woman Defied the Odds

Published June 19, 2020

Juneteenth 2020 - A message from E.D. Franchelle Parker


With 10,000-Plus Masks, OB Offers Support And Solidarity

Published May 30, 2020

Open Buffalo Exceeds 10,000 Reusable Masks Distributed with MLK Park Pop-Up Today.

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 & Fruit Belt Community Land Trust to Distribute Masks, Food, and Disinfectants to Fruit Belt Community

Published April 30, 2020

Buffalo, N.Y. (April 30, 2020) – Open Buffalo and FB Community Land Trust have teamed up to help already struggling city neighborhoods being further impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis. Protective masks, nutritious food, and home disinfectants are among the products residents will receive.

A Message of Inspiration from Franchelle

Published March 26, 2020

I recently stumbled across a clip online of doctors from Cuba arriving in Italy, ground zero of the global pandemic right now, to help. I breathed a sigh of relief that help was on the way for the people of Italy and it gave me a sense of hope during these very challenging times. Humanity is stepping up in magnificent ways. Healthcare workers are teaching us all what it means to be brave — from the receptionist, to maintenance to administration.

Census 2020: Stand Up And Be Counted

Published March 10, 2020

Full participation in this year’s Census will support vital quality-of-life services for you and your neighbors.

Emerging Leaders 2020, Unlock Your Change-Making Potential

Published March 10, 2020

Open Buffalo cultivates leaders to create an equitable and sustainable society where justice triumphs over exploitation.

In a Word, Life Changing

Published March 10, 2020

An Emerging Leaders Alumni Spotlight with Tanvier Peart, Class of 2017

What is YOUR work rooted In?

Published March 10, 2020

In her March 2019 message to the community, Open Buffalo Executive Director Franchelle Parker challenges readers to evaluate what principles drive them to be resilient change-makers.

Emerging Leaders 2020 - Application now available

Published February 4, 2020

Have you been waiting for Open Buffalo's next Emerging Leaders program?  Now is your chance.  

A Relaunch Success - Sankofa Celebration 2020

Published January 19, 2020

On Thursday, January 9, members of the community joined Open Buffalo staff and board members for a Sankofa Celebration. Sankofa is a word from the Akan tribe in Ghana that refers to reflecting on the past period in order to look ahead and advance to the future. 


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. 

Massachusetts Avenue Project Seeks Youth Education Director

Published December 9, 2019

The Massachusetts Avenue Project is hiring a full-time Youth Education Director. The Director will work with a diverse population  in sustainable food production and marketing. Apply by Jan.1, 2020.

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?

Fight Poverty, Build Leadership Skills as a VISTA at OB

Published November 4, 2019

Do you want to help end poverty in Buffalo? Develop valuable nonprofit skills and experiences? Give back to the community? If so, consider applying for Open Buffalo's NYIC VISTA position today!

It All Starts with You -- Join Youth Action!

Published November 1, 2019

Join this expansive movement to build opportunities, break down obstacles, and create a better you!

MSAAHC Seeks Executive Director

Published November 1, 2019

As part of Buffalo’s renaissance the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor features a host of landmarks in local and national black history.

FB Community Land Trust Awarded $800K Grant; Will Allocate Five Homes

Published October 31, 2019

The FB Community Land Trust will buy five properties to transition low- and middle-income families into first-time homeowners.

Coming Nov. 2: GOTV Party with a Purpose - PURGE edition

Published October 30, 2019

We are building a movement of young people ready to lead our region in a direction that creates social, economic and ecological equity for all.

Open Buffalo Sees Progress Toward NYS Clean Energy Goals

Published October 25, 2019

Open Buffalo's Eric Walker returns from the ACENY conference to report  progress toward realizing New York's clean, sustainable energy future.

OB Advancing Voter Education and Access with New Initiative

Published October 8, 2019

This year marks the beginning of early voting for New Yorkers. OB staff and volunteers have launched an initiative to educate voters about important changes to voting rights and access to the polls.

Open Buffalo Represents At Alliance for Clean Energy New York's Conference

Published September 30, 2019

Eric Walker, OB Climate Strategist, shared his perspective on New York's energy future at the ACENY fall conference.

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!

Call for Teaching Artists: Young Audiences WNY

Published August 8, 2019

Young Audiences of WNY seeks applicants for Master Teaching Artisits in their Fall and Spring ArtWorks program.

Apply Today: Open Buffalo's First Justice Leadership Institute!

Published July 10, 2019

Open Buffalo's Justice Leadership Institute launches the first weekend of September! Join us and you can find power in your personal story, make change in your community, and gain organizing skills. 

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

Democracy Fellow Michelle Jones Honored at ‘Voices Ending Violence’ Breakfast

Published June 7, 2019

2018 Democracy Fellow Michelle Jones continues to share her fellowship multimedia project on domestic violence with the Buffalo community, spreading a message of hope through Public Art! 

Movement Morning 2019: Where We've Been, What Comes Next

Published May 23, 2019

Open Buffalo's second annual Movement Morning was an occasion to celebrate the transformative impact of the organization’s last five years, and to look with anticipation to our course forward. 

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.

420 Community Day, Reimagined: Towards Reclamation & Restoration

Published May 3, 2019

On April 20, 2019, Buffalo residents came together in MLK Park to commemorate 420 Community Day in a new tradition of service and celebration. 

Save the Date: 2019 Movement Morning Breakfast!

Published May 2, 2019

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! 

Emerging Leaders 'Spring Forward' with First Alumni Gathering!

Published April 5, 2019

For the first time, alums from all Emerging Leaders' classes (2015 - 2018) gathered to connect with new folks and celebrate how the program continues to transform Buffalo's leadership. 

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 Speaks out as Member of Fair Elections for New York Coalition

Published January 7, 2019

On Monday, January 7, Open Buffalo stood on the steps of Buffalo City Hall with local allies speaking in support of the Fair Elections for New York campaign.

A Moment to Celebrate: 2018 Emerging Leaders and Democracy Fellows Graduate

Published December 18, 2018

Open Buffalo honored 35 outstanding individuals and marked two milestones for the Leadership Development division as a whole: graduating our 100th Emerging Leader and 1st class of Democracy Fellows.

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.

Emerging Leader Kenyana David on The Public Good!

Published November 27, 2018

Emerging Leader Kenyana David on The Public Good to discuss entrepreneurship and her consultancy for women-owned firms, 81 Eighteen. 

Strong Community Turnout for Anti-Gentrification Summit

Published November 21, 2018

Over 100 residents from the city of Buffalo attended the Second Annual Anti-Gentrification Summit to begin conversations on creative resistance, community-driven development, & solutions-based policy.

F.B. Community Land Trust on The Public Good

Published November 20, 2018

 F.B. Community Land Trust talks on The Public Good about the growth of community-controlled economy and innovative policy solutions for affordable housing in the Fruit Belt neighborhood.  

Tomorrow- Open Buffalo Participates in Giving Tuesday!

Published November 20, 2018

What if we all gave on one day? We can! On November 27, 2018, our community will come together for #GivingTuesday to sustain Open Buffalo's work of education and empowerment. 

OUR CITY Coalition featured on The Public Good!

Published November 13, 2018

Meghan Maloney de Zaldivar of the OUR CITY Coalition is invited on The Public Good to discuss the coalition's mission, policy platform, and the upcoming Anti-Gentrification Summit. 

OUR CITY's Anti-Displacement Month Kicks Off!

Published November 7, 2018

The Our CITY Coalition held a press conference to kick off November as Anti-Displacement Month, with upcoming events dedicated to inspire the Buffalo community to build a prosperous city for all.

Democracy Fellow Bernadette Giles on the Public Good!

Published November 6, 2018

Democracy Fellow Bernadette Giles shares her community project on women's professional development with The Public Good. 

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! 

Climbing PoeTree: Live in Buffalo Invokes the Power of Art for Activism

Published October 11, 2018

Open Buffalo welcomed the return of Climbing PoeTree for a free community performance that inspired and energized all in attendance.   

Victory for the Fruit Belt Community Land Trust!

Published October 4, 2018

F.B. Community Land Trust receives the coveted “Voters Choice” award at IGNITE! Community Pitch Fest for their innovative work against displacement and towards neighborhood solutions.  

Open Buffalo's Franchelle Parker Featured on Black Women's Pay Equity Panel

Published October 2, 2018

OB Executive Director Franchelle Parker spoke up for policy solutions to the gender pay gap that disproportionately afflicts Black women.  

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. 

Learning on the Move: Emerging Leaders’ Buffalo Bus Tour

Published October 1, 2018

On the Buffalo Bus Tour, Open Buffalo's Emerging Leaders traded the classroom for an opportunity to learn about the city on the road and on foot.   

Democracy Fellow Michelle Jones on The Public Good!

Published September 24, 2018

Democracy Fellow Michelle Jones discusses her project, From the Inside Out, on The Public Good

2018 Emerging Leaders Class Kicks off with Intensive Retreat

Published August 28, 2018

Thirty leaders hail from a number of neighborhoods in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, and each one is committed to bringing about real change in our communities and breaking the cycles of oppression.

Beyond Language; Using the Arts to Bridge Cultural Differences

Published August 25, 2018

Open Buffalo was proud to participate as a partner with BAS, and in support of incredible visual artist Muhammad Z. Zaman (2018 Open Buffalo Emerging Artist).

New Beginnings on Jefferson

Published August 25, 2018

Have you heard? Open Buffalo has officially moved into the historic Jefferson Avenue corridor!

Democracy Fellow Michael Zak on the Public Good!

Published August 21, 2018

Democracy Fellow Mike Zak talks with the Public Good about his fellowship project, curriculum development for a youth training program with Gro-operative on Buffalo's East Side. 

OB Shares Anti-Displacement Strategies at "Fearless Cities"

Published August 6, 2018

During  Fearless Cities summit, Community Organizer India Walton led an engaging and informative workshop titled “Strategies for Reclaiming Land for Communities.”

Buffalo Arts Studio to present special summer 2018 project: "Connections"

Published July 11, 2018

Buffalo Arts Studio is proud to present a special Summer 2018 project titled "Connections," providing an opportunity to meaningfully link artists with communities.

El Museo Seeks Artists for "Your Utica Station" Project

Published July 5, 2018

Calling Buffalo-based visual artists, illustrators, and designers! El Museo is looking for you to be a part of our new project Your Utica Station. Deadline to apply is July 31.

Want to Pitch at Pitch 10? Submit your application today.

Published July 5, 2018

Next Generation United is looking for 10 orgranizations to compete for funding for community impact projects and programs.

Make a Difference through Mentorship

Published June 6, 2018

Find out how mentoring an Open Buffalo Emerging Leader makes a meaningful contribution toward a stronger and more resilient community.

OB Public Research Fellow Nicole Hallett on the Public Good

Published June 5, 2018

Nicole Hallett is featured on The Public Good to discuss her research on widespread violations of wage and safety laws in Buffalo.

Emerging Leader Spotlight: Andrea Gonzalez

Published June 4, 2018

Open Buffalo Emerging Leaders are dynamic community leaders, representing a diverse range of identities and from every corner of Buffalo. This installment features Andrea Gonzalez, a 2017 graduate.

Democracy Fellow Andrew Marcum on The Public Good!

Published May 23, 2018

Democracy Fellow Andrew Marcum talks with the Public Good about his project to increase civic and community engagement among folks with disabilities in Buffalo & Erie County.

“Movement Morning” a Landmark Occasion for OB

Published May 16, 2018

May 15 fundraiser was a time to take stock of progress and lay groundwork for an even brighter future.

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. 

Report Finds Widespread Violations of Workers’ Rights in Buffalo

Published April 11, 2018

The Partnership for the Public Good and Open Buffalo release report revealing widespread violations of wage and safety laws in Buffalo.

Buffalo Selected for New Anti-Displacement Policy Network!

Published March 27, 2018

Ten cities will work together on strategies to fight displacement and build inclusive, prosperous cities.

Emerging Leader Spotlight: Jillian Hanesworth

Published March 16, 2018

Open Buffalo Emerging Leaders are dynamic community leaders, representing a diverse range of identities and from every corner of Buffalo. This installment features Jillian Hanesworth, a 2017 graduate.

Get Ready to Spring It On with OB March 20-21!

Published March 16, 2018

Be a part of Western New York's day of giving - an opportunity to unite our community around causes in which we truly believe and help nonprofit organizations connect to the larger community.

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.

Open Buffalo Applauds City of Buffalo’s Commitment of Properties to the F.B. Community Land Trust

Published January 28, 2018

Land trust will empower Fruit Belt residents to determine and design the future of their neighborhood.

Apply today to become a Champion for Change with One Region Forward!

Published January 4, 2018

Are you resolved to make a difference in 2018? Apply today to become a Champion for Change with One Region Forward!

Pitch Your Project in Next Generation United Competition

Published January 4, 2018

Next Generation United seeks interest from nonprofits that could use a grant of up to $4,000 to advance their work in the Buffalo and Erie County community.

VISIONS Photography Reception & Silent Auction Returns Feb. 2

Published January 4, 2018

Reception & silent auction will feature photos taken by members of Buffalo's social justice community.

2017 Emerging Leaders Honored Before Family & Friends

Published December 16, 2017

Two dozen individuals graduate, empowered and inspired to improve Buffalo.

New Innovation Lab Report by PPG Lifts up Affordable Housing Strategies for Buffalo

Published December 4, 2017

PPG has written a new report for the Open Buffalo Innovation Lab titled “Affordable Housing Strategies for the City of Buffalo.”

For Immediate Release: Local Advocates Welcome City’s Housing Opportunity Strategy and Offer Additional Data and Recommendations

Published December 3, 2017

Local housing advocates and experts have responded to presentations of the City of Buffalo’s draft Housing Opportunity Strategy that were made to various groups this week.

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!

The 2017 Emerging Leaders Reflect on Opening Weekend

Published September 1, 2017

Weekend was not only a time to bond with fellow participants, but also an opportunity to reflect and meditate on the reasons why we feel called to fight for the betterment of Buffalo.

Take a Stand for Gender Equality in Buffalo

Published August 31, 2017

Tell your elected officials: We want gender equality in our city. We need the Buffalo CEDAW ordinance to secure the rights of all people of all genders in this great city.

NY Renews Coalition Makes Statement on Hurricane Harvey

Published August 28, 2017

Statewide NY Renews coalition pushes for legislative reforms to advance climate and community justice.

"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.

Become a 2017 Democracy Fellow

Published June 13, 2017

Democracy Fellows will receive instruction in community-based skills, work directly in the community, and develop a community project that will be presented at the end of the fellowship.

Plenty of Inspiration at “Art & Activism”

Published June 5, 2017

Buffalo Arts Studio and Open Buffalo moderated a panel discussion between painter Julia Douglas, Professor Henry Louis Taylor, author Gary Earl Ross, poet Bianca McGraw, and filmmaker Korey Green. 

Emerging Artist Series Kicks Off with Julia Douglas' "Tinted"

Published June 2, 2017

On April 28, 2017, we were proud to help Buffalo-based visual artist Julia Douglas celebrate the opening of her first solo exhibition, titled “Tinted.” 

“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.

West Side Promise Neighborhood Leadership Program Launches June!

Published May 24, 2017

The program aims to raise up new leaders on Buffalo's West Side and empower residents on the West Side to have a voice in the West Side Promise Neighborhood coalition.

Mentor an Emerging Leader this Fall

Published May 23, 2017

Mentors play an important role in supporting the new leaders of Buffalo!

Released Today: Health Equity and the Path to Inclusive Prosperity in Buffalo

Published May 8, 2017

New Profile of Buffalo Highlights Dramatic Inequities and Opportunities to Reverse Them

PUSH Buffalo Seeks Community Energy Specialist

Published March 30, 2017

Position will lead community education, research, and planning efforts with the goal of developing a replicable participatory planning process and producing a comprehensive community energy plan.

Tell Cuomo: NY Needs to Lead on Climate

Published March 17, 2017

It is unacceptable for New York to forgo aggressive climate action as President Trump works to dismantle vital climate and environmental protections. Support the Climate & Community Protection Act.

Help Launch Buffalo's First Community Land Trust!

Published March 3, 2017

A fund has been established to assist the residents of the Fruit Belt community so that they will have a say in the building and revitalization of their community.

Apply Today to Become a Buffalo Community Youth Fellow!

Published March 1, 2017

The Community Youth Fellowships will support dynamic activists aged 18-25 who want to implement a project of their own design that advances human rights.

African Heritage Food Co-Op Joins Open Buffalo Network

Published February 23, 2017

This co-op is an answer to the lack of black food store ownership in the black community. It is an attempt at giving ownership and control to those that live in the community. It is an effort to allow the dollar to circulate in the community.

Become a 2017 Emerging Leader!

Published February 21, 2017

The Emerging Leaders program is a distinctive social justice curriculum aimed at building a stronger Buffalo.

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.

Building a Beloved Community

Published January 31, 2017

Fruit Belt Community Land Trust Fundraiser Coming Friday, Feb. 3.

Open Buffalo (Once Again) Calls for Carl Paladino's Resignation or Dismissal

Published December 27, 2016

Buffalo needs leadership that understands and fights for the needs of all — regardless of race, class, or gender.

Buffalonians Rally to Demand Inclusionary Zoning in City Green Code

Published December 20, 2016

By linking the production of affordable housing to the production of market-rate housing, Inclusionary Zoning is a powerful tool to combat Buffalo's affordable housing crisis.

The 2016 Emerging Leaders Class Graduates

Published December 17, 2016

The 2016 Emerging Leaders are 24 dynamic community leaders, representing a diverse range of identities and from every corner of Buffalo.

Inspiration & Enlightenment with Climbing PoeTree

Published December 5, 2016

Climbing PoeTree is a duo of longtime “soul sisters” whose voices and rhythmic creations have touched justice movements around the globe.

OSF Seeks Applicants for Community Youth Fellowship in Buffalo!

Published December 2, 2016

The Community Youth Fellowships will support dynamic activists aged 18–25 who want to implement a project of their own design that advances human rights in underserved communities.

New Report Urges Buffalo Policing Reforms

Published November 18, 2016

Calls for Collaboration, Communication, and Community-Building

VISIONS Showcases Community Work, Supports Emerging Leaders

Published November 12, 2016

This week, we were proud to recognize the work of our first social justice-themed photography class, “VISIONS: A Photographic Journey in Social Justice.”

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.

Pitch Your Social Innovation Project to NGU

Published October 12, 2016

NGU seeks interest from local nonprofits that could use a grant of up to $5,000 to advance their work in the areas of education, financial stability, and/or health & wellness.

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.

"VISIONS" to Culminate in Exhibition & Auction

Published October 5, 2016

Social-justice themed photography class will culminate in Nov. 11 exhibition and silent auction, hosted by CEPA Gallery and Open Buffalo.

Emerging Leaders 2016 Kicks Off!

Published October 4, 2016

Open Buffalo kicked off the 2016 session of Emerging Leaders on Friday, Sept. 9, officially marking the 2nd year of the program. 

CEJ to Hire a Transit Riders Union Organizer

Published September 15, 2016

If you are an organizer, and want to change the way we get around WNY then you should apply!

Hart Receives Women in Leadership Recognition

Published August 30, 2016

The Women in Leadership recognition is given out every month thanks to a partnership between the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of New State Women, Inc. and Channel 7 WKBW-TV.

“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

Mentor an Emerging Leader this Fall!

Published August 8, 2016

Looking to help change your community? Do you have a few extra hours a week? How about serving as a mentor for the Open Buffalo emerging leaders program?

Peacemakers Strengthen Bonds with Restorative Justice Peace Circle

Published August 8, 2016

On August 3, Buffalo Peacemakers gathered in a Peace Circle that invited honest self-revelation and healing.

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.

Apply to be a 2016 Emerging Leader!

Published June 27, 2016

The Emerging Leaders program is a distinctive social justice curriculum aimed at building a stronger Buffalo by preparing new leaders in our city.

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.

"Hidden Histories" Presented by NYCLU Teen Activist Project

Published June 23, 2016

For "Hidden Histories," TAP participants researched culturally significant sites in Buffalo and created the historic markers that they deserve.

“Land Trust, Not Land Rush” Puts Spotlight on 200-Plus Vacant Lots in Fruit Belt

Published June 22, 2016

At Press Event/Community Cookout, Allied Groups Outline Proposal for Community Control and Revitalization of Hundreds of Vacant Lots in the Historic Fruit Belt Neighborhood.

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.

Friends, Allies Convene for OB Open House

Published June 10, 2016

The open house marked the opening of our new space and was an opportunity to welcome the new additions to our staff.

First-Ever "West Side Emerging Leaders" Kicks Off

Published June 9, 2016

The program, modeled after Open Buffalo’s Emerging Leaders program, will include 15 dynamic, passionate leaders from Buffalo’s West Side.

Justice Works 2016 Coming in July -- Sign up Today!

Published June 9, 2016

Citizen Action of New York would like to invite members of the public with a love of social justice to consider attending this year's Justice Works.

Op-Ed: "Low-income New Yorkers take brunt of climate change"

Published June 7, 2016

None of us has the luxury of thinking climate change is someone else's problem, not even Albany.

Open Buffalo Welcomes Angie Estevez Prada for Summer

Published June 6, 2016

Estevez Prada will work with Open Buffalo through June and July through a Cornell University High Road Fellowship.

Partner Spotlight: Venezia Appleby

Published May 18, 2016

Lifelong Buffalonian Venezia Appleby is an Assistant Director of Respite Quality for People Inc., a board member of Just Buffalo Literary Center, and an Open Buffalo Emerging Leader.

PSC Taking Public Comments on Clean Energy Standard Plan

Published May 17, 2016

We are asking organizations that care about the transition to a renewable energy future to spread the word about these hearings and the public comment period.

Starting a Business? Apply for a Spot at the Foundry

Published May 17, 2016

The Foundry is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that supports small business growth and hands-on education.

Reserve Your Place at CommonBound 2016!

Published May 13, 2016

Hundreds will converge on Buffalo this July for national conference about visionary solutions and strategies that put people and planet first.

Harper Bishop Joins the Open Buffalo Team

Published May 4, 2016

Bishop brings wealth of experience to new role as Economic and Climate Justice Coordinator.

WNYCOSH Hires Program Director

Published May 4, 2016

Brian Brown-Cashdollar is coming back to WNYCOSH.

After 10 years of working with the refugee community in Buffalo, Brian is coming back to 

AG Schneiderman Joins Local Allies to Talk Climate Justice

Published April 21, 2016

On the Eve of Earth Day, Local Grassroots Organizations Host New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for a Community Conversation on Climate Justice.

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.

Youth Forum on Climate Justice Elevates Young Voices

Published April 12, 2016

An incredibly diverse group of 75 children and teens in a series of workshops, activities, and theater games connected to climate change and climate justice.

MAP is hiring for many positions this summer

Published April 6, 2016

MAP is THE place to get involved in addressing food insecurity issues in Buffalo!  And NOW is the time to get involved!

“Crossroads Collective” Set to Create a New Economy on Frontlines of Climate Change

Published March 17, 2016

Collective's kickoff effort is a campaign to pass NY Renews climate justice reforms in Albany.

PUSH Buffalo Elevates Rahwa Ghirmatzion to Deputy Director

Published March 15, 2016

In her new role, Ghirmatzion will oversee the organization’s programs and day-to-day operations.

Partner Spotlight: Karima Amin

Published March 1, 2016

Karima Amin, Founder/Director of Prisoners Are People Too, discusses her life's many phases and her mission to empower some of Buffalo's most vulnerable souls.

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: Economic Justice Allies Under a New Name

Published February 23, 2016

Resident groups within the Fruit Belt, along with HRED Table allies from across Buffalo, have adopted the name "Community First Alliance."

Yemerz Hatosh: Resurrection of the Goddess “YEHO”

Published February 20, 2016

An original short story by Queen Akilah YOHE-RA.

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.

Free Clinics Here to Help This Tax Season

Published February 14, 2016

The Low Income Taxpayer Clinic provides representation, advice, and referral services to low-income taxpayers who have disputes with the IRS or cannot afford to pay federal income taxes that are owed.

Buffalo-Niagara: How are We Really Doing?

Published February 12, 2016

PPG is delighted to release a policy brief by Lawrence Brooks outlining some of the key points from his book Buffalo Niagara; Diagnosis and Prescription for Change.

PPG Releases New Report on Employment and Race in Buffalo

Published January 19, 2016

Coalition of labor, community, and religious organizations commissioned the PPG to produce a comprehensive study on racial employment inequality in the Buffalo-Niagara region. 

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.

“Mind the Gap” Press Conference Highlights Need to Battle Pay Discrimination

Published December 16, 2015

Taxpayers, advocates declare support for enforcement of new Pay Equity Policy before ECIDA Board meeting.

Powerful & Diverse New Campaign Launches to Push New York State to Lead on Climate

Published December 16, 2015

“NY Renews” campaign for good jobs, healthy communities, and 100% clean energy launches with support from over 40 community, labor, and environmental groups.

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: High Road Table Moves Forward

Published December 1, 2015

In addition to our expanding table, we have empowered various subcommittees to move research and strategic planning along.

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. 

Julie Algubani, Emerging Leader

Published November 24, 2015

Julie Algubani, a local parent, activist, and Emerging Leaders participant, sits down for a Q&A with Open Buffalo.

Make N.Y. Minimum Wage a Living Wage

Published November 22, 2015

In a well-stated Nov. 22 opinion piece, essayists Fred Floss and Sam Magavern explained the wisdom of gradually increasing New York state's minimum wage to $15. 

Patricia Elliott, Emerging Leader

Published November 22, 2015

Profiling Patricia Elliott, a local change-maker who has enrolled in Open Buffalo's social justice school -- Emerging Leaders.

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."

Buffalo Youth Shine Through Video Art

Published November 18, 2015

Two vibrant new pieces of Buffalo youth artwork demand your attention.

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.

OB High Road Partners Take on Gentrification, Speculation in Fruit Belt.

Published November 16, 2015

Today, a group of 19 High Road Economic Development Table partner organizations spoke with one voice.

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

CEJ Brings National Day of Action to Buffalo

Published November 10, 2015

"This week was yet another exciting week for the movement to raise wages and expand workers' rights across the country."

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.

Campaign Corner: Putting Buffalo on the High Road

Published October 13, 2015

Open Buffalo’s High Road Economic Development table continues to develop strategies to ensure that local development takes into consideration the needs of all.

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.

Open Buffalo supports City of Buffalo Opportunity Pledge

Published October 5, 2015

Mayor Brown thanks the leadership and staff of Open Buffalo for joining individuals and organizations across Buffalo in signing the pledge.

"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.

Partygoers Bring Skateland Mural Closer to Completion

Published September 18, 2015

The Skateland Mural Raising Party was an open, inclusive, outdoor/indoor, family-friendly, community-wide celebration of diversity.

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.

Partner Spotlight: Rev. Kirk Laubenstein

Published August 18, 2015

Amid the ongoing fight for economic justice, Rev. Kirk Laubenstein recently sat down with Open Buffalo to discuss his path to activism, the Fight for $15, and more.

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.

Elisabeth Preisinger Joins Open Buffalo Staff as Program Associate

Published July 1, 2015

The Open Buffalo Program Associate is part office manager, part events coordinator, part executive assistant, part community liaison, part social networker and full-time agent for change.

Open Buffalo Coalition Calls for Immediate Passage of Fruit Belt Parking Legislation

Published June 18, 2015

Coalition of residents, community groups, and labor allies calls for immediate passage of Fruit Belt parking legislation (A.7574-A / S.5306-A)

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.

How a Raise for Fast Food Workers Will Help WNY

Published June 4, 2015

New Innovation Lab Brief Explains How a Raise for Fast Food Workers Will Help Western New York.

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. 

A Monumental Presentation in the Fruit Belt

Published May 5, 2015

Fruit Belt residents have drafted elements of a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) that would enable long-term neighborhood residents to benefit from economic development, and prevent displacement.

"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!

The #FightFor15 Occupies the Capitol

Published March 24, 2015

"Fight for 15" proponents from across New York State took to the state Capitol Building in Albany yesterday

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.

Join Open Buffalo & PPG for "Topdog/Underdog"

Published March 11, 2015

Join Open Buffalo and Partnership for the Public Good for a night of great theater, March 12.

Anchor Institutions and the New Economy in Buffalo

Published March 4, 2015

It is more vital than ever to have community and business aligned so that we might begin to erase the social and economic divides that have defined our city for far too long.

What it Means to "Take the High Road"

Published February 23, 2015

Open Buffalo Innovation Lab Releases Policy Briefs: "High Road Economic Development: Best Practices" and "The High Road Economy: Principles & Practices."

Adrienne Hill Joins Open Buffalo Team as Scribe

Published February 17, 2015

As Scribe, Hill aims to similarly magnify and empower the voices of those with whom Open Buffalo works.

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.

Innovation Lab Releases New Report: Temp Work and Poverty in Buffalo

Published January 13, 2015

The shift from permanent to temporary jobs has been dramatic in recent years, and it is an important reason for the growth in economic inequality and poverty. 

Buffalo Fast-Food Workers Go on Strike, Join National "Fight for $15" Movement

Published December 12, 2014

Buffalo fast-food workers went on strike for the first time, joining the "Fight for $15" movement.

Organizing Powers Unleashed

Published December 5, 2014

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

CEJ' Bus Tour brings subsidy waste to life

Published November 17, 2014

Magic School Bus Tour looks at the “good, bad, and ugly” of Western New York industrial development agencies.

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?  

A Serving of "Bourbon" and Inspiration

Published October 16, 2014

Ujima recently welcomed Open Buffalo for a night of challenging and inspiring theater.

Training Session: Bring the Fight for $15 to Buffalo

Published October 6, 2014

Our partners at Coalition for Economic Justice had a successful worker mobilization training session last weekend.

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

New Report on a High Road Strategy to Maximize the Community’s Benefit at the Buffalo Niagara Medical campus

Published October 16, 2013

Open Buffalo releases a new report, The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus: A High Road Strategy to Maximize the Community’s Benefit.

Agreement on high road economic development principles reached with ECHDC

Published September 9, 2013

The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation Board of Directors adopted a set of high road economic development principles to guide economic development initiatives for the Buffalo Waterfront.

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.

Open Places Initiative Convenes in Denver, CO

Published August 16, 2013

Planning Council members and Open Buffalo staffers are headed to Denver, CO where they will receive objective input and feedback on the draft proposal submitted in early August.

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.

Franchelle Hart talks Open Buffalo

Published August 7, 2013

Franchelle Hart of 1199 SEIU 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.

Turning Things Around

Published August 6, 2013

In today's Buffalo News, one resident talks about the need for community development and revitalization alongside economic development, to truly turn Buffalo around.

Young Invincibles in the News

Published August 5, 2013

The Young Invincibles, a national organization committed to mobilizing and expanding opportunities for young American, will be in Buffalo this week, and they've been in the news.

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.

Emily Oaks and Kathleen Heim talk Open Buffalo

Published July 24, 2013

Emily Oaks & Kathleen Heim of the Service Collaborative of WNY speak 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.

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.

Heather McGhee to speak at Asbury Hall

Published July 11, 2013

Heather C. McGhee is the Vice President of Policy and Outreach at Demos, a public policy organization. She will be speaking to Buffalo residents about upward mobility, inequality and the American Dream.

City housing auctions tied to unpaid garbage fees

Published July 10, 2013

Two calls were sounded earlier this month in The Buffalo News to end the practice of foreclosing and then auctioning off city houses for unpaid garbage fees.

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.

Shane Depree-Fry and Heather Rusell of Verve Dance Studio talk Open Buffalo

Published July 3, 2013

Shane Depree-Fry and Heather Rusell of Verve Dance Studio speak 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 kids living in poverty

Published July 1, 2013

In a report issued in June by the National Center for Children Living in Poverty, Buffalo has the third highest percentage in the nation of children living in poverty.

Taste of Diversity/Myanmar New Year Water Festival

Published June 29, 2013

The West Side of Buffalo was buzzing with activity Saturday, with two festivals running on Grant Street between Lafayette Avenue and Hampshire Street. On one end was the Myanmar New Year Water Festival, and the Lafayette end saw the Taste of Diversity festival at a new location in its 11th year.

Michael Hill of the Langston Hughes Institution talks Open Buffalo

Published June 19, 2013

Michael Hill of the Langston Hughes Institute 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.

Juneteenth 2013

Published June 17, 2013

Buffalo’s 36th consecutive Juneteenth Festival could not have asked for better parade weather on Saturday at Martin Luther King Jr. Park at the intersection of Best Street and Fillmore Avenue. With some light winds and slightly cloudy skies residents came out in full force to celebrate the city’s African American culture and heritage. Sunday residents continued to flock to the park, despite the slightly dodgier forecast.

PUSH Buffalo Night at West Side Bazaar

Published June 14, 2013

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown was on hand Thursday night to celebrate the West Side Bazaar’s grand opening of their international kitchens, and to discuss the work People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo) have done with the community.

Sara Jablonski of Food for All talks Open Buffalo

Published June 5, 2013

Sara Jablonski of Food for All 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.

Advisory Board Meeting

Published May 30, 2013

Last night was the first Advisory Board meeting for Open Buffalo. The members of the Advisory Board discussed the development of the proposal and shared insights with the Open Buffalo staff.

Sustainable Earth Solutions' Dave Bauer talks Open Buffalo

Published May 21, 2013

Dave Bauer of Sustainable Earth Solutions 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.

ArtFarms David Lage and Sarah Maurer talk Open Buffalo

Published May 14, 2013

ArtFarms' David Lage and Sarah Maurer speak 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.

Leaving Our Legacy talks Open Buffalo

Published May 8, 2013

Members of Leaving Our Legacy speak 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.