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            March 8, 2016

Creating a Strong Neighborhood


Dear PUSH Members & Neighbors,

In downtown new buildings, lofts and apartments are going up left and right. Buffalo is making a comeback, but are you? Millions of dollars in new development and public money is flooding into Buffalo, but much of this money has not connecting to the young women and men living in our neighborhoods who desperately need the economic opportunities that their taxes are providing. There’s also free community Zumba every week, and a FREE legal clinic coming up. Read on for details.   



PUSH Monthly Meeting, March & April 2016  

At our last monthly meeting we talked about community benefits agreements and how agreements like these can help people like us living in the city's neighborhoods be a part of Buffalo’s come back. A big myth is that people living in low-income communities don’t pay any taxes, this is far from actual reality. People in power will often use myths like these to deny economic and housing opportunities to people like us. This month we'll have something else in store but you'll have to be there to find out. Do you want to be a member of PUSH Buffalo? It costs just $5, and you can sign up at this meeting which starts at 3pm and happens Saturday March 19th at The Grant St Neighborhood Center, 271 Grant St. If you can’t make that one the monthly meeting for April happens on Saturday April 16th, 3pm at 271 Grant St. 

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Community Health: FREE Zumba at The Grant St Neighborhood Center 

That's right a FREE community Zumba workout every week. This will usually happen every Thursday from 12-12:30pm at 271 Grant St. The workout will be led by Nicki Rodriguez our social work person interning with us.

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U.S Education Secretary Tom Perez Visits Buffalo for VOICE Buffalo Annual Meeting 


Buffalo NY is making a comeback, but are you? There's new opportunities and jobs being created in the Buffalo/Western New York area and we need to make sure that we're connecting real people to real jobs!!

U.S. Secretary of Labor U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez joins withVOICE-Buffalo and Niagara Organizing Alliance for Hope for a public meeting to discuss and explore solutions to racial and economic disparities across Western New York through innovative workforce training and placement programs that serve African Americans, Hispanics, refugees, women, those in poverty, those with disabilities, and other communities of color.

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Next Green Development Zone Tours

Get an up close and personal look at PUSH Buffalo's community work by joining us on one of our hour long walking tours. Tours are strictly one hour and begin at 460 Massachusetts Avenue (side door) at 8:00AMDress appropriately as this is a walking and/or driving tour. Space is limited! Contact Development Assistant Julia White at or call 716-882-2672 to reserve your spot.

The tours run from 8am-9am, and the next GDZ tour is listed below:

April 7th, 2016


Free Legal Thursdays


The Worker Center, PUSH Buffalo, and volunteer attorneys have teamed up for a monthly legal advice clinic. If you got a problem, we'll help you solve it! 

Next one Thursday March, 10th from 4:30pm-6:30pm at Our Lady of Hope Church located at the corner of Lafayette Avenue and Grant Street in Buffalo.

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Community Building Committee

(Formerly Events)

This is the place where you can help with planning PUSH events and community building activities. Our next meeting is Tuesday April 12th. The meeting is from 5pm-7pm. We'll be meeting at 271 Grant St in Buffalo NY.

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Tenant Help Initiative 

Do you know YOUR rights as a tenant? We have a new initiative to help renters/tenants deal with housing issues. Contact PUSH community outreach coordinator Aminah Johnson at 716-884-0356 for assistance.

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Community Development Committee

This is the place where PUSH ideas and concerns about neighborhood development are born. Please join us on Tuesday March 15th at 6pm. We're meeting at the Grant Street Neighborhood Center, 271 Grant St in Buffalo NY.


Voices From the Dead

We celebrated Black History Month on Monday February 29th at the Grant Street Neighborhood Center, 271 Grant St, Buffalo NY from 4pm-7pm.

This event is the voices of civil rights leaders from the past. The audience heard the voices of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, Malcolm X, and a few others presented by PUSH Buffalo leaders and members.

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Congressman Brian Higgins Tours Old School 77 Building 

This old building is set to see new life as a community asset again. Congressman Brian Higgins tours the old School 77 building on Normal Avenue recently with PUSH Buffalo members, volunteers and staffers. In many places across the country, community spaces are being privatized and taken out of local control. We've been working to make sure that this doesn't happen with this former Buffalo NY public school which happens to be located in our immediate area of the city.

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Climate Can't Wait Event

‪#‎ClimateChange #NYReNews

The Supreme Court of the United States recently made a decision that puts the breaks on any change towards using clean power. This means that the harm being done to our planet will continue for the foreseeable future. This decision will adversely affect communities of color, Latinos, refugees and other groups of people living in Buffalo, and that ain’t right. We joined with groups across the country to bring attention to this issue. In Buffalo NY we gathered outside the federal courthouse in downtown. To get more involved in this campaign please contact John Washington 716-884-0356. 

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PUSH Green featured in the News 


Are you noticing that your utility bills are a little too high now that the weather dropped to what we're used to here in the Buffalo winter months? Give us a call at 716-886-1780 and have a PUSH Green Energy Advocate help you determine what you can do to make your home or business warmer and, ultimately, cost less.


We were so happy to bring PhotoGraphics 2 owner Don Zinteck a check for the work he's had done to his building in the Elmwood Village neighborhood in Buffalo! Don has done his part to save money, help the environment, and bring a little more value to his building. 

Want to learn how to make a similar investment? We can help! Contact Samantha at 716-886-1780 to learn more about this program. 

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For more info about PUSH Green, please visit the website, or follow on Facebook and Twitter

 We'll See You Next Month!!!!

see you next month


1. Community Development Committee Meeting – 6pm    Tuesday, March 15th – Grant St Neighborhood Center, 271  Grant St, Buffalo NY 

2Next Monthly Meetings – 3pm Saturday, March 19th &  3pm Saturday, April 16th – Grant St Neighborhood Center,  271 Grant St, Buffalo NY

3. Green Development Zone Tours – 8am-9am Thursday,  April 7th  – For more info and to RSVP please contact Julia  at or call 716-882-2672    

4FREE Community Zumba – 12pm – 12:30pm, Usually every  Thursday at Grant St Neighborhood Center, 271 Grant St,  Buffalo NY


5. Grant St Neighborhood Center – Fall Open Hours Mon-Fri, 2:30pm-7pm

For more info on events or announcements in this newsletter, please call our main office at 716-884-0356 or email us at

For more info on events or announcements in this newsletter, please call our main office at 716-884-0356 or email us at
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