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Funding Opportunity for Emerging and Diverse Content Creators

August 20, 2018

Black Public Media Announces Call for Applications for the Jacquie Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund

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Voices of Equity: Richard Cummings

August 31, 2017

Richard Cummings represents the Black Chamber of Commerce of Western New York and is a founding member of the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable. Mr. Cummings passionately shares his experience with the Roundtable's work to date and how the comradery of the leaders across sectors which have historically been siloed from one another in this work has made him believe that the hope for change in our community can be realized.

To learn more about the benefits of closing the racial equity gaps, download "The Racial Equity Dividend: Buffalo's Great Opportunity"

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Voices of Equity: Marsha Joy Sullivan

August 22, 2017

Marsha Joy Sullivan, President of Nardin Academy, shares how the Roundtable has come together through an awareness and appreciation of the lived experiences everyone brings to the table.

This is a "roll up your sleeves" kind of work and the Roundtable's willingness to walk in another's shoes has united them in their shared passion and commitment for achieving racial equity.

To learn more about the benefits of closing the racial equity gaps, download "The Racial Equity Dividend: Buffalo's Great Opportunity"

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Voices of Equity: Danis Gehl

August 9, 2017

Dr. Danis Gehl, retired Associate Executive Director of the University at Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center, shares why racial equity is good for ALL of our communities across Buffalo and beyond.

She speaks to the importance and commitment of the Roundtable and all community leaders alike to take action to address the issues facing the next generation of our city's leaders of color. When we maintain that commitment to action, we will see a region that provides more opportunity for young professionals of color to fulfill their potential and build roots in a prosperous region to live and raise a family in.

 

To learn more about the benefits of closing the racial equity gaps, download "The Racial Equity Dividend: Buffalo's Great Opportunity"  

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Voices of Equity: Willow Brost

July 18, 2017

Willow Brost, Buffalo Prep Board of Directors, Emeritus, shares how achieving racial equity provides access to opportunities, helps our economy, and brings a strength and hope for truly unifying our community. 

To learn more about the benefits of closing the racial equity gaps, download "The Racial Equity Dividend: Buffalo's Great Opportunity

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Voices of Equity: Alphonso O'Neil-White

July 10, 2017

Alphonso O’Neil-White, now retired from BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, serves as the chair for the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable. Here, he shares the undeniable opportunity for criminal justice reform and the readiness to provide bipartisan support to address this. The Roundtable is committed to improving juvenile justice practices and improving the reentry system through several initiatives with national partners.

To learn more about the benefits of closing the racial equity gaps, download "The Racial Equity Dividend: Buffalo's Great Opportunity

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Voices of Equity: Paul Vukelic

July 5, 2017

Why is it important to have people from the private sector at the table talking about racial equity? Paul Vukelic, CEO of Try-It Distributing, believes this is the first step to harnessing the potential of our local talent to meet the needs of businesses. By improving workforce development, we can prepare local talent to fill the growing number of job openings in our region.

When employers and a new group of job seekers connect, businesses will thrive and our region will thrive. 

To learn more about the benefits of closing the racial equity gaps, download "The Racial Equity Dividend: Buffalo's Great Opportunity 

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Voices of Equity: Jerry Mazurkiewicz

June 27, 2017

Jerry Mazurkiewicz, a partner at Dopkins & Company and a trustee for the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation,  shares what makes the Roundtable unique and talks about how connecting leaders across our community brings hope to achieving racial equity.

To learn more about the benefits of closing the racial equity gaps, download "The Racial Equity Dividend: Buffalo's Great Opportunity"

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Voices of Equity: LaVonne Ansari

June 20, 2017

Dr. LaVonne Ansari, CEO of the Community Health Center of Buffalo, shares how she talks to her staff about working with people from different backgrounds.

To learn more about the benefits of closing the racial equity gaps in education and workforce, download "The Racial Equity Dividend: Buffalo's Great Opportunity" 

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Voices of Equity: Lana Benatovich

June 14, 2017

Lana Benatovich, President of the National Federation for Just Communities, shares her experience as a member of the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable. Ms. Benatovich has found the conversations honest and supported by active listening to fellow members as they share their unique visions and express a belief and support for our common goal to achieve racial equity in our community so we ALL benefit.

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Voices of Equity: Nicholas Irion

June 6, 2017

Nicholas Irion is a Say Yes Buffalo scholar and current student at Buffalo State College. Here, Nicholas shares his commitment to staying in Buffalo after earning his undergraduate degree and speaks to the opportunities our young residents have to give back to our community and play a role in making this renaissance inclusive for all.

 

To learn more about the benefits of closing the racial equity gaps in education and workforce, download "The Racial Equity Dividend: Buffalo's Great Opportunity"

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Voices of Equity: Brenda McDuffie

May 30, 2017

Brenda McDuffie, President/CEO of the Buffalo Urban League, shares an inspiring story of a young man who came to the Urban League for the various services they provide. Ms. McDuffie's tells of the successes this man achieved when afforded the opportunity to reach his full potential. We all benefit when we grow and succeed in our careers.

To learn more about the benefits of closing the racial equity gaps in education and workforce, download "The Racial Equity Dividend: Buffalo's Great Opportunity"  

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Voices of Equity: Reverend Darius Pridgen

May 23, 2017

Reverend Darius Pridgen, President of the Buffalo Common Council, speaks to bringing EVERYONE in to Buffalo's revival. When those who have historically felt left out of the growing opportunity around them are brought in to this revival, we will all succeed.

As a political leader, the Council President realizes his and other leaders' role to affect change through policy.

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Voices of Equity: Hon. Jack Quinn

May 17, 2017

Hon. Jack Quinn, President of Erie Community College, shares the story of his father's emigration from Ireland and the values he instilled in President Quinn and his siblings. Education in particular has had a life-long influence on President Quinn.

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Changes in juvenile justice policies acknowledge undisputed facts

May 9, 2017

For too long, New York State and North Carolina were the only states that enforced a controversial and regressive policy of incarcerating juveniles with adults. This is criminal irresponsibility that blurs the line between youths and adults in the criminal justice system.

This policy simply ignored the scientific fact that the human brain is not fully developed until the age of 25. Juveniles convicted of nonviolent crimes and incarcerated with adults face challenges becoming a contributor to society upon release.

We have a school-to-prison pipeline and to reverse this, schools have adopted restorative justice policies. To fix the regressive and destructive policy of juvenile incarceration with adults, New York State successfully adopted raising the age for adult criminal responsibility.

This policy represents a small part of larger necessary reforms and will result in a culture change in our criminal justice system. All misdemeanor charges under the Penal Law would be handled in Family Court, and all felony charges would begin in a newly established Youth Part of the criminal court.

Nonviolent felony charges would be transferred to Family Court unless the district attorney makes a motion demonstrating extraordinary circumstances that justify retaining the case in the Youth Part of the criminal court.

Juveniles will be removed from county jails starting on Oct. 1, 2018, for offenders under the age of 17 and Oct. 1, 2019, for offenders under the age of 18. When detention is necessary, they will be held in local youth detention facilities certified and regulated by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS).

Juveniles convicted in the Youth Part of criminal court and sentenced to state prison will be incarcerated in an adolescent offender facility operated by the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision with programs provided by the OCFS.

Additionally, to aid formerly incarcerated individuals in re-entering our society, defendants of any age who are convicted of certain nonviolent offenses could apply to the court for a sealing of their record after a 10-year waiting period following the completion of their sentence.

The change in treatment of juveniles is important because it will strengthen families in our communities across the state. Under the new law, cases involving 16- and 17 year-old defendants will be eligible for new pathways in our justice system.

These pathways focus on intervention services and supportive programming as opposed to sentencing with limited restorative goals.

Raising the age of adult criminal responsibility will increase the number of taxpayers and contributors to our society. These new reforms will have a “curb-effect” and positively impact all New Yorkers in all communities.

By: Crystal People-Stokes, D-Buffalo, 141st District of the New York State Assembly

 

Originally posted as an "Another Voice" on Friday, April 28,2017.

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Voices of Equity: Reverend Jonathan Staples

May 7, 2017

Reverend Jonathan Staples, pastor at First Shiloh Baptist Church, shares with us the importance of establishing relationships before starting a conversation around racial equity. Having an open conversation with those you love and those who trust you is a great place to begin!

Download "The Racial Equity Dividend: Buffalo's Great Opportunity" as a way to start the conversation with the people in your life!

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Voices of Equity: Dottie Gallagher-Cohen

May 2, 2017

Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, President & CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, talks about the collective understanding recognized across the region's business community that achieving racial equity will lead to closing the workforce skills gap.

Learn more about the data that backs up Ms. Gallagher-Cohen's assertions by downloading "The Racial Equity Dividend: Buffalo's Great Opportunity" 

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Voices of Equity: Reverend George F. Nicholas

April 26, 2017

Reverend George F. Nicholas, member of the Concerned Clergy Coalition of WNY and pastor at Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church, shares his perspective on why racial equity is so important to him as a Christian pastor and as an American. Simply put, he believes achieving racial equity is essential because it is morally right.

Click here to read the Racial Equity Roundtable's report entitled "The RacialE Equity Dividend: Buffalo's Great Opportunity"

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Voices of Equity: Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker

April 17, 2017

In this week's Voices of Equity, Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, President/CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, speaks to the importance of education  to ensure we have enough qualified workers to fill more than 150,000 jobs that are projected to be open over the next 10 years. We need to develop the talent we have here at home to help our region continue to prosper and grow. 

Click here to read the Racial Equity Roundtable's report entitled "The Racial Equity Dividend: Buffalo's Great Opportunity"

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Voices of Equity: Derrick Parson

March 31, 2017

Derrick Parson is a young technology and social entrepreneur. He is the CEO and Founder of The AppleTree Agency and is a member of the Emerging Philanthropists of Color.

Listen to Derrick share his story about being a new business owner and the positive changes he is seeing in Buffalo for entrepreneurs of color.

 

 

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Voices of Equity: Maria Whyte

March 31, 2017

Did you know that Erie County leadership were among the first organizations in our community to participate in the Racial Equity & Impact Analysis training? Deputy County Executive Maria Whyte shares why the County believes in the importance of incorporating this training in decision making throughout county government.

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Voices of Equity: Francisco Vasquez

March 27, 2017

Dr. Francisco Vasquez, President/CEO of Child & Family Services, speaks to how contributing to a community will help all of us reach our full potential. Hear why he believes it is important to engage with our neighbors to resolve the issue of equity.

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Voices of Equity: The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone

March 19, 2017

This week's Voices of Equity features The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. Bishop Malone shares a prayer for our citizens and community and encourages everyone to do what is right and move forward providing opportunity for all.

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Voices of Equity: Blythe Merrill

March 14, 2017

This week's Voices of Equity features Blythe Merrill, Senior Vice President for the John R. Oishei Foundation. Ms. Merrill speaks to the power that every person in our community has to inspire change and how, together, we can become a model in this equity work for communities across the country.

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Voices of Equity: The Honorable Rose Sconiers

March 7, 2017

Hear from The Honorable Rose Sconiers about the value of perseverance and how it contributed to her success as an Associate Justice of the New York State Supreme Court.

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Voices of Equity: The Right Reverend R. William Franklin

March 3, 2017

Hear from The Right Reverend R. William Franklin, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York, about why racial equity is important to him, his faith, and our region.

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Voices of Equity: Justin Lewis

February 24, 2017

Watch local emerging leader, Justin Lewis, speak about his drive to succeed for himself and his family.  

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Watch: Beyond a People-of-Color Majority- U.S. Demographic Projections to 2050

February 23, 2017

A fascinating look at the changing demographics of the United States over the next few decades from our colleagues at PolicyLink.

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Voices of Equity: Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes

February 15, 2017

Hear why Racial Equity Roundtable member Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes is so passionate about standing up for racial equity in Buffalo in her role as an elected official. 

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Recommended Read: The Curb-Cut Effect by Angela Glover Blackwell

January 20, 2017

Laws and programs designed to benefit vulnerable groups, such as the disabled or people of color, often end up benefiting all of society.

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Buffalo's Great Opportunity

November 15, 2016

Community Leaders Unveil New Report Showing How Achieving Racial Equity Will Benefit Entire Region

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The Data Explained

November 15, 2016

When the Roundtable began meeting, it became clear that the group needed to ground its work in data that would guide efforts and could be measured over time.

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