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Voice Buffalo combating gun violence on Buffalo's East Side with Midnight Basketball League program

Jun 25, 2024

WKBW | Yoselin Person

Voice Buffalo is combating gun violence on Buffalo's East Side by reintroducing the Midnight Basketball League summer program. The program is designed to keep young people safe by giving them something to do. It is for those ages 14 to 25 years old.

Voice Buffalo is combating gun violence on Buffalo's East Side by reintroducing the Midnight Basketball League summer program. The program is designed to keep young people safe by giving them something to do. It is for those ages 14 to 25 years old.

Continuing need for mental health services

May 17, 2024

Investigative Post | I'Jaz Ja'ciel

Members of VOICE Buffalo recently urged the Common Council to allocate funding to provide more Black safe community spaces for city youth. There are a number of youth community centers owned by the city or the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority on the predominantly Black East Side, including the Martha Mitchell and the Delavan-Grider community centers, as well as the Lincoln Memorial Field House.

Members of VOICE Buffalo recently urged the Common Council to allocate funding to provide more Black safe community spaces for city youth.  There are a number of youth community centers owned by the city or the Buffalo Municipal Housing  Authority on the predominantly Black East Side, including the Martha Mitchell and the Delavan-Grider community centers, as well as the Lincoln Memorial Field House.

🎉 Welcome Our New Executive Director! 🎉

Apr 8, 2024

VOICE Buffalo

We are thrilled to share an important update with our cherished community. As we continue to grow and achieve new heights, it's crucial that our leadership team evolves to meet the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. It is with great enthusiasm that we announce the promotion of Tyrell Ford to the role of Executive Director.

We are thrilled to share an important update with our cherished community. As we continue to grow and achieve new heights, it's crucial that our leadership team evolves to meet the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. It is with great enthusiasm that we announce the promotion of Tyrell Ford to the role of Executive Director.

Daniel’s Law supporters celebrate $2 million allocation in 2025 state Senate and Assembly one house bills for pilot program

Mar 21, 2024

NYN Media | Angelique-Mangaroo

The Daniel’s Law Coalition is celebrating a $2 million allocation in the state Senate and Assembly’s one house budget bills for a pilot program that will change the response to people experiencing mental health or substance use crises.

The Daniel’s Law Coalition is celebrating a $2 million allocation in the state Senate and Assembly’s one house budget bills for a pilot program that will change the response to people experiencing mental health or substance use crises.

Broken taillight? A Buffalo community group will fix it for free

Feb 6, 2024

WBFO | Holly Kirkpatrick

It's a taillight party to help the community stop overzealous policing. So we see a lot of this around the country where sometimes traffic stops turn into something more than it should be. And it isn't that just a thing with policing it is a thing around our coalition, which is to end qualified immunity, which is basically to hold folks in elected positions accountable for their actions against just the regular day citizens.

It's a taillight party to help the community stop overzealous policing. So we see a lot of this around the country where sometimes traffic stops turn into something more than it should be. And it isn't that just a thing with policing it is a thing around our coalition, which is to end qualified immunity, which is basically to hold folks in elected positions accountable for their actions against just the regular day citizens.

What's Next? | Ebony Alert System and Reimagining Grant Street

Jan 10, 2024

WBFO | Thomas O'Neil

Thomas O’Neil-White sits down with Dontaya Davis and Alia Williams, community organizers for Voice Buffalo. The two are working locally to boost the Ebony Alert system, a new initiative to prioritize missing and exploited Black youth, who are disproportionately represented in missing children reports.

Thomas O’Neil-White sits down with Dontaya Davis and Alia Williams, community organizers for Voice Buffalo. The two are working locally to boost the Ebony Alert system, a new initiative to prioritize missing and exploited Black youth, who are disproportionately represented in missing children reports.

'Invest that in our communities': Budget proposal for Erie County Sheriff's Office receives backlash

Nov 17, 2023

WKBW | Hannah Ferrera

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is requesting $185.5 million from the legislature with a $31.5 million increase for the Erie County Sheriff's Office budget this upcoming year. "Invest that in our futures. Invest that in our community," Alia Williams, organizer at VOICE Buffalo, said. "It's no secret that investment in youth programming increases the quality of life of our young people, of our families and our community as a whole."

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is requesting $185.5 million from the legislature with a $31.5 million increase for the Erie County Sheriff's Office budget this upcoming year.  "Invest that in our futures. Invest that in our community," Alia Williams, organizer at VOICE Buffalo, said. "It's no secret that investment in youth programming increases the quality of life of our young people, of our families and our community as a whole."

Clean Slate Act Signed by Gov. Hochul

Nov 16, 2023

VOICE Buffalo

After years of organizing by directly-impacted leaders, the Clean Slate Act(S7551A /A1029C) was signed by Governor Kathy Hochul on November 16th, 2023. The act goes into effect on November 16th, 2024 and will affect 2.3 million New Yorkers allowing them to finally have the opportunity to thrive.

After years of organizing by directly-impacted leaders, the Clean Slate Act(S7551A /A1029C) was signed by Governor Kathy Hochul on November 16th, 2023. The act goes into effect on November 16th, 2024 and will affect 2.3 million New Yorkers allowing them to finally have the opportunity to thrive.

Capturing the fun of Trunk or Treat 2023

Oct 31, 2023

VOICE Buffalo

Check out our photo gallery of Trunk or Treat 2023. Thank you to our event sponsors and everyone who made this event a fun time!

Check out our photo gallery of Trunk or Treat 2023. Thank you to our event sponsors and everyone who made this event a fun time!

VOICE Buffalo Gathering Fathers in Buffalo to Raise Awareness of Missing Children

Aug 31, 2023

WKBW | Yoselin Person

Organizers of Voice Buffalo are on a mission to better the relationship between parents and their children so they don’t go missing. Voice Buffalo put together a group session for fathers to bring them together and highlight the awareness of being present in a child's life.

Organizers of Voice Buffalo are on a mission to better the relationship between parents and their children so they don’t go missing. Voice Buffalo put together a group session for fathers to bring them together and highlight the awareness of being present in a child's life.

Gun Violence Awareness Month Closes with a March

Jun 30, 2023

WKBW | Hannah Ferrera

"This is what peace looks like" was just one of the many chants that filled the streets of Buffalo today during the March to End Gun Violence. Community partners and neighbors gathered together to honor the lives lost to gun violence.

"This is what peace looks like" was just one of the many chants that filled the streets of Buffalo today during the March to End Gun Violence. Community partners and neighbors gathered together to honor the lives lost to gun violence.

VOICE Buffalo to hold forum for candidates for East Side districts on Common Council

Jun 9, 2023

Buffalo News | Harold McNeil

VOICE Buffalo will hold a candidates forum for those running for Buffalo Common Council seats in East Side communities. Organizers said the aim of the event was "to foster open dialogue and provide a space to better understand the candidates’ stance on community issues."

VOICE Buffalo will hold a candidates forum for those running for Buffalo Common Council seats in East Side communities. Organizers said the aim of the event was "to foster open dialogue and provide a space to better understand the candidates’ stance on community issues."

Civil Rights Organizations host East Buffalo block party

May 27, 2023

WGRZ Staff

The Campaign to End Qualified Immunity, Edifye, VOICE Buffalo, VOCAL NY, End QI NY, and Americans Against Qualified Immunity are giving back to East Buffalo.The organizations hosted a block party at Bethel AME Church on Michigan Saturday offering free grocery distribution, a visit from University of Buffalo athletes, a community engagement speaker, and brake light check and repair.

The Campaign to End Qualified Immunity, Edifye, VOICE Buffalo, VOCAL NY, End QI NY, and Americans Against Qualified Immunity are giving back to East Buffalo.The organizations hosted a block party at Bethel AME Church on Michigan Saturday offering free grocery distribution, a visit from University of Buffalo athletes, a community engagement speaker, and brake light check and repair.

East Buffalo prepares for one year since mass shooting; it's reflected on Mother's Day

May 12, 2023

WGRZ | Keelin Berrian

For some people, it's hard to believe tragedy struck Buffalo a year ago. Others feel it just happened. As May 14 approaches, emotions are running high. On a day when community members should be celebrating their mothers, they instead are left with the scars of that day and the pain a gunman has caused.

For some people, it's hard to believe tragedy struck Buffalo a year ago. Others feel it just happened. As May 14 approaches, emotions are running high. On a day when community members should be celebrating their mothers, they instead are left with the scars of that day and the pain a gunman has caused.

A Year After Tragedy Gripped Buffalo, Its Black Community Waits For Promises to be Kept

May 11, 2023

Capital B | Christina Carrega

In the year since the racist massacre, residents tell Capital B that as long as there’s only one supermarket in Cold Springs, that location will always be a target for another white supremacist to attack. Residents had also hoped that once their food insecurities made national and international headlines, more would have been done to revamp, revive, and rehabilitate the community. They are still waiting.

In the year since the racist massacre, residents tell Capital B that as long as there’s only one supermarket in Cold Springs, that location will always be a target for another white supremacist to attack. Residents had also hoped that once their food insecurities made national and international headlines, more would have been done to revamp, revive, and rehabilitate the community. They are still waiting.

A year after Tops massacre spotlighted Buffalo's food gap: Where do we stand?

May 11, 2023

Buffalo News | Janet Gramza

The mass shooting at the East Side Tops Markets last May immediately spotlighted the scarcity of fresh grocery options for residents in predominantly Black communities in Buffalo. Decades of disinvestment meant the Jefferson Avenue neighborhood had only one major supermarket – and the massacre closed it for months.

The mass shooting at the East Side Tops Markets last May immediately spotlighted the scarcity of fresh grocery options for residents in predominantly Black communities in Buffalo. Decades of disinvestment meant the Jefferson Avenue neighborhood had only one major supermarket – and the massacre closed it for months.

Buffalo, What's Next? | Producers’ Picks

Jan 13, 2023

WBFO

In our weekly “Producers’ Picks” episode we bring you highlights of recent important interviews with: Jerome Wright, NYS HALT Solitary campaign on a NYS study that shows disproportionately harsh discipline of people of color in prisons, Rev. Denise Walden Glenn and Tyrell Ford from VOICE Buffalo on criminal justice and re-entry issues

In our weekly “Producers’ Picks” episode we bring you highlights of recent important interviews with: Jerome Wright, NYS HALT Solitary campaign on a NYS study that shows disproportionately harsh discipline of people of color in prisons, Rev. Denise Walden Glenn and Tyrell Ford from VOICE Buffalo on criminal justice and re-entry issues

Effort to get souls to the polls as early voting nears its end

Nov 6, 2022

WGRZ | Rob Hackford

It was a party other than Republican and Democrat and one you won't see on your ballot this election season, but rather a political party held to try and raise election awareness at the Delavan Grider Community Center. The goal of Saturday's 'Souls to the Polls' event was to engage voters in East Buffalo to try and get higher voter turnout than a typical midterm election.

It was a party other than Republican and Democrat and one you won't see on your ballot this election season, but rather a political party held to try and raise election awareness at the Delavan Grider Community Center. The goal of Saturday's 'Souls to the Polls' event was to engage voters in East Buffalo to try and get higher voter turnout than a typical midterm election.

Daniel's Law is reimagining the response to mental health crises

Sep 20, 2022

WKBW | Sydni Eure

There is a push to change how police around the state are responding to mental health crises. Advocates for this change held a town hall at the Johnnie B. Willey Pavilion to honor the life of Daniel Prude, who died at the hands of police when they violently arrested him in March 2020.

There is a push to change how police around the state are responding to mental health crises. Advocates for this change held a town hall at the Johnnie B. Willey Pavilion to honor the life of Daniel Prude, who died at the hands of police when they violently arrested him in March 2020.

We are not broken; we are bruised': How communities move forward after mass shootings

Jul 19, 2022

KGUN | Matt Pearl

On the east side of Buffalo, N.Y., to live means to clean, work, and wait for the bus amidst reminders of horrific violence. “Every day, you see people out here crying and stuff," said Benjamin Foster as he dropped his stepson at the school bus.

On the east side of Buffalo, N.Y., to live means to clean, work, and wait for the bus amidst reminders of horrific violence. “Every day, you see people out here crying and stuff," said Benjamin Foster as he dropped his stepson at the school bus.
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