Now Hiring: Youth Organizer

Published January 6, 2021

An Opportunity to Join Our Team  

POSITION: Youth Organizer 

Date of Posting: January 6, 2020 

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.