HIRING: Executive Director
Jan 18, 2024
The Executive Director serves as the top executive leader of the organization and is responsible for providing strategic vision, leadership, and overall management. They work closely with the Board of Directors to set and achieve organizational goals, ensure financial sustainability, and promote the mission and values of the organization. This chosen person will be expected to lead a staff of about 7-10 people.
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.
'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."
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.
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.
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."
Civil Rights Organizations host East Buffalo block party
May 27, 2023
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.
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.
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.
Buffalo, What's Next? | Producers’ Picks
Jan 13, 2023
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.
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.
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.
ONE MONTH LATER: Standing strong amid grief, family of Jefferson 10 victim wants conversations about race to continue
Jun 14, 2022
WKBW | Pheben Kassahun
It was one month ago, 52-year-old Margus Morrison's family spoke with 7 News, just two days after he was tragically killed, along with 9 others, at Tops on May 14. Morrison was known for having a contagious laugh and energy that could be felt a mile away. His brother, Frederick, and their pastor shared what it has been like moving forward and the change they hope to see.
March For Our Lives: The Blackest Moments From America Rallying Against Gun Violence
Jun 12, 2022
Still unnerved by the deadly mass shootings in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and at a school in Uvalde, Texas, in particular, what seemed like millions of people this weekend took to America’s streets as part of the March For Our Lives protests that sprinkled the country in an effort to compel Congress to finally take decisive steps toward real gun control.
Another Voice: Bail reform rollbacks are an attack on communities of color
Jun 9, 2022
Buffalo News | Tyrell Ford
Three years ago, advocates fought to reform the racist and two-tiered cash bail system in New York. At the time, the unfair bail laws were wreaking havoc, particularly on communities of color, allowing a system where those accused of crimes who had money could return home with family to await their day in court, while those who could not afford bail languished behind bars, sometimes for years.
America, blood is on your hands
May 27, 2022
Baptist News | Jamar A. Boyd II
While in Buffalo, N.Y., observing, engaging and conversing with residents, organizers and pastors, the evidence was undeniable. The Main Street divide, disparaging poverty, ravaging despair, food desert all on the East Side and Black folks left to grapple with an act of domestic terrorism and compacted communal trauma.
After the shock fades, fear rises in the aftermath of Buffalo shooting
May 20, 2022
The Washington Post | Clyde McGrady
Those targeted by a gunman’s bullets aren’t the only victims of terror. It psychologically maims the people who can most easily envision themselves among the slain. After the bodies are carried away and interred, fear is what remains. It replaces trust with suspicion, patience with testiness. Things that were once routine require arduous effort to accomplish.
Calls for change after peaceful arrest of Buffalo mass shooting suspect
May 20, 2022
Spectrum News | Viktoria Hallikaar
Police say when they got on scene, he put a gun to his own head, but they talked him down and took him into custody. “They see a Black man and they're fearful for their life. They see a white man with an automatic weapon who just killed people and there’s no fear whatsoever," said Deacon Jerome Wright, the vice chair for VOICE Buffalo. "What is that? Racism, my sister. That is racism.”