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            February 9, 2016

Creating a Strong Neighborhood


Dear PUSH Members & Neighbors,

The power of people power is one of the most underrated powers in the world. We are happy to have spent the last 10 years working on making Buffalo NY sustainable, just, and equitable. And, being able to lend our voices and talents to similar movements in not only this country but in other places around the world. We've got responsible banking efforts, High Road Development, Zumba, and more to talk about. Read on for details.



PUSH Monthly Meeting, February 2016  

At our last monthly meeting we talked about the Key Bank and First Niagara bank merger. This merger has huge implications for Buffalo NY area residents like job loss and loss of banking services in poorer neighborhoods. 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 February 20th at The Grant St Neighborhood Center, 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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Development By The People: Community Discussion on CBA's 


Buffalo NY is making a comeback, but are you?

There's a lot of money being thrown around in Buffalo NY these days. New development is happening in Buffalo NY. Everywhere you look in downtown and in some areas of the city's old industrial core, shovels are in the ground, cranes are in the air, and new buildings are going up. State and local governments are making it rain million$$ of dollars on developers like it's nobody's business, but has this created opportunities like living wage work for the vast majority of us, or just a limited cash out for a privileged few? 

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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 set of GDZ tours are listed below:

February 17th, 2016

March 8th, 2016


Press Conference on Key Bank/First Niagara Merger

"We want banks to be allies in our communities, allies to help rebuild Buffalo, along with our communities,” said Bob Cook of PUSH Buffalo according to WIVB News Channel 4, Buffalo. Key Bank bought First Niagara Bank recently for the price of $4.1 billion dollars. This will have major implications in the city of Buffalo, especially in poorer neighborhoods. We are concerned that this will lead to, but not be limited to; job loss, closing of neighborhood branches leading to inadequate financial services, and limited banking access for refugees.

Big banking institutions with the power to create and lend money have achieved an almost monopolistic position in an important and often overlooked integral part of our lives - our money making, saving, and buying matters. We have been working to make banking institutions better community citizens by being 

more accountable to the communities they serve. If you'd like to get involved in this campaign please call John at 716-884-0356 or email

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Free Legal Thursdays


The Worker Center, PUSH Buffalo, and volunteer attorneys will be at Our Lady of Hope next Thursday for our monthly legal advice clinic. If you got a problem, we'll help you solve it! 

Next one Thursday February 11th, 2016 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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Niagara Street Community Workshops 

Here's a link to register


Workshops are scheduled for:

February 16th, 6pm – 8pm, Room 111 at D’Youville College’s College Center (329 Porter Ave.)

February 17th, 6pm – 8pm, Riverside Institute of Technology (51 Ontario St.)

February 18th, 6pm – 8pm, The Atrium @ Rich’s (1 Robert Rich Way – at W. Ferry and Niagara St.)

Runaway Inequality Training

Join the New York Civic Engagement Table on February 17th for this event and training in the "Runaway Inequality Training Series"

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PUSH Executive Director to be on Environmental Justice Webinar 


Tuesday February 9th at 12pm our executive director will be part of a‪ #‎EnvironmentalJustice‬ webinar organized by the Canadian CED Network/  click the link for more information.


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 February 16th at 6pm. We're meeting at the Grant Street Neighborhood Center, 271 Grant St in Buffalo NY.


Voices From the Dead

Celebrate Black History Month with us 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 1960's. You will hear the voices of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, Malcolm X, and a few others presented by PUSH Buffalo leaders and members. After the event there will be a soul food meal.

This event is free and open to all.




Energy Democracy Committee Meeting 

If you’d like to get involved with our Energy Democracy campaign like the work going into bringing cheap power, and lower utility bills to our local neighborhoods, work around climate change, solar panels and more - join us at our next Energy Democracy Committee meeting on Tuesday February 23rd, 6pm at the Grant Street Neighborhood Center, 271 Grant St in Buffalo NY. For any other questions, please contact John at or call 716-884-0356


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.


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 Building Meeting (formerly events) - 5pm Tuesday, February 9th - Grant St Neighborhood Center, 271 Grant St, Buffalo NY 

2Free Legal Thursdays – 4:30pm-6:30pm, Thursday, February 11th – Our lady of Hope Church, Lafayette Ave and Grant St, Buffalo NY

3. Community Development Committee Meeting – 6PM Tuesday, February 16th – Grant St Neighborhood Center, 271 Grant St, Buffalo NY 

4Green Development Zone Tours – 8am-9am Wednesday, February 17th  & Tuesday March 8th – For more info and to RSVP please contact Julia at or call 716-882-2672 

5. Runaway Inequality Training 5:15pm – 9pm Wednesday, February 17th – Grant St Neighborhood Center, 271 Grant St, Buffalo NY 

6Monthly Meeting – 3PM Saturday, February 20th – Grant St Neighborhood Center, 271 Grant St, Buffalo NY

7. Energy Democracy Committee Meeting – 6pm Tuesday, February 23rd – Grant St Neighborhood Center, 271 Grant St, Buffalo NY

8. Development By The People: Community Discussion on CBA's – 6:30pm - 8pm Thursday, February 25th – Frank Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Avenue, Buffalo NY

9. Voices from the Dead Black History Month Celebration - 4pm-7pm Monday, February 29th - Grant St Neighborhood Center, 271 Grant St, Buffalo NY 

10. 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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