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 Seeks to Hire Director of Leadership Development

Published June 11, 2022

The key purpose of this position is to build a movement of empowered civic leaders in Western New York. The ideal candidate has significant experience in community organizing, training and facilitation.

Open Buffalo Seeks to Hire Director of Racial Equity and Justice

Published June 9, 2022

The Director of Racial Equity & Justice is responsible for leading Open Buffalo’s racial equity trainings as well as building community-based power to win legislative victories that advance racial justice.

Open Buffalo Baby Club

Published May 27, 2022

In partnership with Every Bottom Covered and dozens of community leaders from across WNY, Open Buffalo has launched the OB Baby Club, helping parents supply diapers, wipes and other critical care items for our little ones.

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 has declared the Summer of 2022 a Freedom Summer! 

Published April 19, 2022

Freedom Summer pays homage to the ancestors, organizers, freedom fighters and organizations who created the first Freedom Summer  which was organized in part by a fearless voting rights leader named Fannie Lou Hamer. Hamer was a sharecropper from Mississippi who took action so that Black folks might be seen as first-class citizens and be able to vote without restrictions or penance. It is because of their passion, brilliance and resilience that we are able to do the work we are doing today.   

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.

Open Buffalo Seeks to Hire Program Associate

Published April 1, 2022

The Program Associate will enhance the capacity of Open Buffalo’s programs and operations by providing administrative support to the Executive and Deputy Directors of Open Buffalo and by serving as a project manager for a water equity initiative.

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!

Buffalo State CCE Office Looks to Hire Associate Director

Published November 30, 2021

Join the amazing team community engagement team at Buffalo State College, SUNY’s urban-engaged anchor campus!

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!

Join our team as an NYIC VISTA

Published September 22, 2021

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

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.

Special Project Opportunity: Field Data Collection

Published June 8, 2021

Open Buffalo seeks an individual to complete a short-term Field Data Collection Project.

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.

Open Buffalo Seeks Program Associate

Published May 10, 2021

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.

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.

STATEMENT FROM OPEN BUFFALO TO N.Y. GOV. CUOMO AND LEGISLATORS: CANNABIS POLICY MUST REINVEST IN COMMUNITIES HISTORICALLY HARMED BY BIASED AND UNJUST ENFORCEMENT

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.