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PPG Announces Upcoming Events

The good folks at the Partnership for the Public Good send us the following important community announcements…

PPG News and Events

Important Developments on the Holding Center
The Erie County Legislature is considering a resolution that PPG helped draft to create a Citizens Advisory Board to improve dialogue and problem solving at the Holding Center and the Correctional Facility. Unfortunately, the Legislature is also considering a local law to create a much weaker advisory board. The issue will be discussed at the Public Safety Committee meeting at the County Legislature May 17 at 10:30am and the public hearing at 5:00pm on May 18.

PPG will hold a forum on the issue at 3:30pm on May 18 in the legislative conference room at old County Hall, fourth floor, 92 Franklin St. — immediately prior to the public hearing. For a good summary of the issue, please read Reverend Pierce’s Another Voice column from the Buffalo News.  To reserve a seat at the forum please email megan@ppgbuffalo.org by May 17.

National Economic Development Expert Greg LeRoy to Visit Buffalo and Call for a Canal Side CBA
The Coalition for Economic Justice will be holding its annual banquet Thursday, May 13th. The keynote speaker is Greg LeRoy, founder and director of Good Jobs First in Washington, DC. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

Earlier in the day, at a 2:30pm press conference at the Canal Side site (commercial slip at the base of Pearl Street), LeRoy will call on the Harbor Corporation to end its refusal to meet with community groups to negotiate a community benefit agreement. Please join us.

Join the Canal Side Community Alliance
For the last two years, PPG partners have voted to make a community benefit agreement (CBA) for the $300 million Canal Side development a plank in the PPG Community Agenda. A CBA would include binding guarantees about things like quality jobs, green design, local businesses, local and minority hiring, and mixed income housing. On March 16, the campaign for a CBA, led by the Coalition for Economic Justice, took a giant step forward when the the Buffalo Common Council unanimously passed a resolution stating that the City will not transfer 13 acres of land to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation without a CBA. You can also find more resources about Canal Side and CBAs here. Over forty groups have joined the Canal Side Community Alliance supporting a CBA to be negotiated by CEJ, PUSH Buffalo, and the Buffalo Urban League. But the Development Corporation is refusing to meet with us. Help bring them to the table. Join the Alliance here.

See Belle at Ujima Theatre
PPG is a co-sponsor of Ujima Theatre’s 2009-2010 season, in which each play deals with an issue of social justice. The next show is The Exonerated: The true story of five American men and one American woman who were convicted and sentenced to death for crimes they did not commit. It runs from May 21 to June 3.