Now Hiring: Youth Organizer

Published January 6, 2021

An Opportunity to Join Our Team  

POSITION: Youth Organizer 

Date of Posting: January 6, 2020 


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.

Now HIring: Program Associate

Published August 28, 2020

An Opportunity to Join Our Team

POSITION: Program Associate (Temporary position)

Date of Posting: August 28, 2020

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.

Job Alert: Open Buffalo To Hire Training and Movement Building Coordinator

Published December 3, 2019

Open Buffalo is hiring a Training and Movement Building Coordinator. The ideal candidate has significant experience in community organizing, training and facilitation.

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.

Job Alert: Open Buffalo to Hire Development Communications Manager

Published September 11, 2019

Be the creative engineer of resonant language that makes people want to be connected to Open Buffalo. This position guides communication for fundraising, program participation, and volunteerism.

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

Job Alert: LISC Buffalo Seeks Assistant Program Officer

Published June 19, 2019

Become part of Buffalo's office of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is currently working with partners & community members on a strategic plan to guide community & economic development. 

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! 

Apply Today: Join Team OB as an NYIC VISTA!

Published June 5, 2019

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 2019-20 NYIC VISTA position today!

Open Buffalo Seeks Summer Interns

Published June 5, 2019

Open Buffalo (OB) is seeking Intern candidates with deep commitment to social change and that share our vision of an “Open” Buffalo.

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.

Open Buffalo Seeks Director of Equitable Development

Published December 19, 2018

Open Buffalo’s Director of Equitable Development will have a passion for building knowledge and power within frontline communities while advancing the strategies towards creating a Just Transition.

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!

Job Alert: F.B. Community Land Trust Seeks Interim Executive Director

Published August 23, 2018

The F.B. Community Land Trust (FBCLT) seeks an interim executive director to oversee the day-to-day operations of the first-ever community land trust in the historic Fruit Belt neighborhood.

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.

Squeaky Wheel Seeks Teaching Artist for Buffalo Youth Media Institute

Published July 5, 2018

Candidates should have professional media arts experience in camera operations and audio recording; video editing and audio mixing; graphic design and animation; as well as teaching experience. 

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.

Apply to Serve as a NYIC Vista with Open Buffalo!

Published June 26, 2018

Do you want to help end immigrant poverty? Develop valuable nonprofit skills and experiences? Give back to the community?

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.

Open Buffalo Seeks Director of Administration & Finance

Published May 24, 2018

The primary responsibilities of the Open Buffalo Director of Administration & Finance relate to the smooth flow of operations as well as day-to-day financial management. 

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.