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Newly formed Crossroads Collective seeks green economy for Buffalo

Eight local agencies who advocate for community causes are launching a new partnership that will push for economic, social and racial equality through the development of a green economy in Buffalo. What is known as the Crossroads Collective was introduced …

$4 Million Grant to Help Coalition Push Green Energy Initiatives

A coalition of eight local groups announced Thursday an effort to bring renewable energy and good-paying energy jobs to the Buffalo Niagara region. Crossroads Collective will pursue its goals with $500,000 a year over the next eight years, thanks to …

Need for racial, economic equality cited at MLK service

Release Date: January 19, 2016 OLEAN — Speakers honored the memory of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday in a ceremony at the Lincoln Park gazebo. Guest speaker, the Rev. Kim Rossi of St. Stephen’s Church, said, “In …

Breaking Faith: An Appeal for Justice

As community leaders in the Greater Buffalo area served by Catholic Health, we wish to bring to your attention the recent report by the Workers’ Rights Board of Buffalo’s Coalition for Economic Justice. The report highlights multiple areas where Catholic …

Overdue wage equality ripples are spreading

What she knows, what matters most, is what it means to her family. It means she can stop getting food stamps. It means they can ditch their clunker for a real car. It means she’ll make enough to cover more …

Lexington Co-op increases starting wages for employees

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Lexington Co-op announced a wage hike in advance of the opening of its second store. The starting hourly wage for staff at the Co-op has been raised to $11.24 per hour as of November 15, 2015. …

Fight for $15 – April 14th Strike

We’re winning because we organize, because we protest, and because we STRIKE. On April 14, let’s get even louder. Join me and the rest of the #FightFor15 in Buffalo:10AM: McDonald’s, 2156 Niagara Street3PM: March from the NetZero House, 10 Winter Street, to …

Low-wage workers rally for $15 minimum wage

At a rally outside a McDonalds restaurant at 453 William St. in Buffalo Tuesday morning, Coalition for Economic Justice Executive Director Kirk Laubenstein said full-time workers can’t afford to pay their rent making the minimum wage. Kurt Schneiderman, an adjunct …

Fast-food workers in Buffalo protest low pay

Alicia Zielinski sometimes works 50 hours a week at her fast-food job, she still struggles making ends meet. On Tuesday, the 21-year-old West Seneca resident joined others at a City Hall rally pressing for better pay and working conditions in …

Reducing Poverty in Erie County is focus of new community advisory panel

One is a University at Buffalo professor with expertise on distressed urban neighborhoods and the redevelopment of shrinking cities. Another runs a West Side health center whose main clients are refugees and others of low income. A third is chairman …