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             December 16, 2015

Creating a Strong Neighborhood


Dear PUSH Members & Neighbors,

Time flies when you’re advocating for social justice. Not only are we entering another month, but we’re nearing the end of another year. We’re knocking on 2016’s front door and we’re hoping to carry some of the momentum from the previous year into the new one. 

Read on to see what happened last month and what’s coming up.



PUSH Holiday Party 2015  

Our Taste of PUSH free community dinner held at Pilgrim St. Luke's Church located at 335 Richmond Avenue (near W. Utica St.) in Buffalo NY was a smash hit. Join us for our holiday party which starts at 3pm, on December 19th and is again being held at Pilgrim St Luke’s Church. Do you want to be a member of PUSH Buffalo? It costs just $5, and you can sign up at this meeting.

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HEAP 2015 Opening Day Cupid Shuffle Flash Mob 

Every year in Buffalo when HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) opens, the line stretches outside, down the street, and around the corner. HEAP is a good program, but as we have seen for years it's not enough. Energy is life, and in America the energy crisis is a crisis of affordability, a crisis of environmental implications, and a crisis of life and death. The HEAP line is a cold and stark reminder of why we've taken on this energy fight. We gathered outside the HEAP office located at 478 Main Street (near Mohawk St) in Buffalo, NY on the opening day of the 2015 heating/electrical season which was Monday November 16th. We did a Cupid Shuffle flash mob, gave out hot cocoa and more. If you’re fed up like we are and you want to get involved, contact John Washington at 716-884-0356 or to join the fight. 

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Welcome Nicki Rodriguez to PUSH Buffalo

Hi everyone! My name is Nicolalita (Niki) Rodriguez. I am new to PUSH this year as a social work intern through the University of Buffalo. I have worked as a social worker over the last few years working with low-income families, troubled youth, as well as those with developmental disabilities. I am very excited to be working with PUSH this year and assisting community members with housing issues, social service applications, and helping to link members to appropriate resources. My hours at PUSH will typically be Thursdays and Fridays and I can be reached via email at, I am looking forward to meeting everyone! Please feel free to stop in and say hi!!

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PUSH & YouthBuild USA Recruiting for paid youth worker training

PUSH is currently working with YouthBuild USA to recruit young men and women from our communities that are interested in building trades. is an excellent opportunity for youth to learn skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. In addition they will receive help obtaining their HSE Diploma, certifications in different building trades and earn money while doing it. This is a program that PUSH has used in the past to create opportunities for several workers who are now employed through our hiring hall. For more information call Robin Barker at 716-418-8500 ext 114, or email

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PUSH Buffalo 2015 Board Candidates 

To take part in the PUSH Buffalo 2015 Board of Directors elections, you must be a member of PUSH Buffalo. The election for this year takes place at our Holiday Party/December Monthly Meeting which is Saturday December 19th, 2015. See upcoming events below for more details. 

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Party for the Climate: NY Renews Campaign Launch

This is an exciting launch event of a new statewide renewable, energy democracy coalition with a party at the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St) in Buffalo NY. This happens on Wednesday December 16th, 2015 from 6pm-9pm and features music by DJ Milk, the Buffalo Afro-Beat Orchestra and more. Admission is FREE but those under the age of 21 must be accompanied by an adult. 

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 We'll See You Next Month!!!!

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1. Party for the Climate/ NY Renews Campaign Launch – 6pm-9pm, Wednesday December 16th – Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St, Buffalo NY 

2.  Movement Dance Party/Partnership for the Public Good Fundraiser – 9pm, Friday, December 18th – The Foundry, 298 Northampton St, Buffalo NY

3. PUSH Free Holiday Party – 3PM Saturday, December 19th – Pilgrim St Luke Church, 335 Richmond Avenue

4. 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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