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PPG Presents 2014 Community Agenda at Roll Out Event

This Friday, the Partnership for the Public Good and representatives from its 155 partner organizations will gather at the Frank E. Merriweather Library to unveil the 2014 Community Agenda – the annual blueprint for policy development and advocacy efforts by grassroots organizations, community activists, and citizens working to build a better Buffalo.

In December, representatives from PPG’s partner organizations brought some of the most critical local policy issues to the table for discussion and voted on the top 10 policy changes that they will advocate for in the coming year. Last year’s Community Agenda process led to progress in winning high road economic development on the waterfront and reinstating recess in the Buffalo Public Schools. This year’s agenda includes a diverse array of initiatives that could lead to even greater change.

Rollout BR

Listed below are the planks being announced at the roll out event, with the leaders who will be presenting them:

  1. Community Benefits from the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus – presented by Duanne Diggs of VOICE-Buffalo/Open Buffalo
  2. Restorative Justice in Schools, Courts and Holding Center – presented by Beverly Newkirk of Citizen Action/Open Buffalo
  3. Improve Conditions at the Erie County Holding Center and Correctional Facility – presented by Karima Amin of Prisoners Are People Too
  4. Language Access in Buffalo and Erie County – presented by Ali Khadum of Buffalo Immigrant and Refugee Empowerment Coalition (BIREC)
  5. Ensure the Health and Safety of Students in Buffalo Public Schools – presented by Jessica Bauer Walker of Community Health Worker Network
  6. Put Erie Community College’s proposed STEM building on its accessible, transit-rich City Campus – presented by Jason Kulaszewski of Young Citizens for ECC
  7. Raise the Age – presented by Jeff Conrad of the Center for Employment Opportunities
  8. Pass and Implement Foreclosure Bond Legislation – presented by members of PUSH Buffalo
  9. Give Parents and Students a Voice in Buffalo Schools – presented by Sam Radford of the District Parent Coordinating Council
  10. Pass the Just and Open Business Subsidies (JOBS) Act to get our money’s worth from public investment – presented by Jenn Diagostino of the Coalition for Economic Justice

This week’s episode of the Public Good, PPG’s weekly radio show on WUFO 1080AM, featured Joy McDuffie of the Western New York Law Center and Jennifer Mecozzi Rivera of PUSH Buffalo discussing issues related to the eighth agenda plank – passing and implementing foreclosure bond legislation. Learn more about their organizations’ efforts in the following video:

The Public Good Radio Show with PUSH Buffalo & WNY Law Center

The Community Agenda Roll Out will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, January 31 at the Frank E. Merriweather Library, located at 1324 Jefferson Avenue. Press, elected officials, and members of the general public are invited to attend this free event. To RSVP, visit the Facebook event page or contact Sarah Maurer at or (716) 852-4191 ext. 115.

To learn more about the Community Agenda, visit

Written by Sarah Maurer

Sarah Maurer

I moved to Buffalo to attend Canisius College in 2007 and began writing for Buffalo Rising as a journalism intern in 2010. Working with Newell and meeting numerous entrepreneurs, activists and everyday folks who were working to make their city better made a huge impact on my decision to stay here. After witnessing all the positive development and grassroots initiatives happening in neighborhoods throughout the city, I was inspired to pursue a term of service in AmeriCorps and a career in Buffalo's non-profit sector. I currently work in the housing department at the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY and am excited to be a part of their ongoing efforts to revitalize the Broadway Fillmore neighborhood. I also volunteer as the project coordinator for Artfarms Buffalo. I continue to write for Buffalo Rising because I love having the opportunity to stay connected to those working toward positive changes for the Queen City.

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