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Reforming Education

Local Activists refuse the status quo. Group is fighting for the future of our schools.

By Katie Campos

Editor’s Note:At time of print Buffalo ReformED founder Katie Campos announced she accepted a position on Governor Andrew Cuomo's staff as  Assistant Secretary of Education. Buffalo ReformED is now being run by former Assistant Director Hannya Boulos

Buffalo ReformED is an education reform advocacy organization that brings together parents, teachers, business leaders, and community stakeholders in an effort to revitalize Buffalo through an improved education system. Our mission as an organization is clear: we believe that we can make fundamental changes in education if we put the focus firmly back on the students. We believe that if we base every decision we make on how it will affect students, we can succeed in turning around this entire district, and creating a fundamental change in the way we address reform. To this end, we support and promote an education reform agenda that is parent-driven, as parents are the only stakeholders who put the needs of children first, without conflict of interest. READ MORE...

Picture Page: Hearts for the Homeless

Hearts for the Homeless celebrated its 20th year of outreach to the poor and homeless in Buffalo on December 24, 2010.  My wife Peg and I have been with Hearts since its inception. Annually, Hearts for the Homeless continues to reach thousands of homeless and poor people through its Mobile Soup Kitchen and also helping to meet the needs of its immediate community through Hearts Thrift Shop. In 2010 more than 12,472 poor and homeless people were served. READ MORE...

 

Buffalo REformed

In the past few months, the subject of Buffalo's education crisis has dominated the news.  The District Parent Coordinating Council has been working with the School Board and the City Council to identify the most pressing issues in our public educations system. The primary purpose of the District Parent Coordinating Council to ensure that a partnership is created with the district and to monitor the implementation of the Board of Education's Parent Involvement Policy.  The goal of the DPCC is to have 100% parent involvement and at least an 80% graduation rate at all Buffalo Public High Schools. READ MORE...

 

Tackling Thanksgiving Hunger

Thanksgiving Community MealThe Buffalo City Mission tackled its annual Thanksgiving “Community Meal” with support from former Buffalo Bills stars, including Cornerback Booker Edgerson (62’-69’), Quarterback/Wide Receiver Ed Rutkowski (63’-68’), Wide Receiver Lou Piccone (77’-82’), and Defensive Back, Jeffrey Nixon (‘79-‘82). The players teamed up to serve more than 250 people a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings. The Bills alums also greeted guests, washed dishes, and of course, signed autographs. READ MORE...

Coalition to Fight Sex Trade

Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church this week announced the formation of WNY PATH Coalition to foster communication between all individuals and groups that are interested in preventing human trafficking in Western New York. For your convenience we have three divisions that address slavery which are: prevention, intervention and aftercare of victims. We value your expertise and input in this fight against slavery. READ MORE...



 

Grace House Expands

Grace House Ministries, founded by Rev. Terry King today unveiled and dedicated its new corporate offices in the former City of Buffalo fire hall at 2025 Bailey Avenue. The 11:30am dedication of its new offices will serve as headquarters to the growing ministry serving over 500 men in transition out of prison into society again. King, a former inmate himself, experienced a radical change of heart during his time in prison and founded SGM, Inc. in 1999 after he became painfully aware of the lack of coordinated services available for men who are released from prison. READ MORE...



Racism

By Dan Trippie

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

In reading these words it seems the imagination of our founding fathers had in view a society devoid of bigotry and injustice. Can there be a more lofty ambition than to create a place where racism and intolerance seize to exist? READ MORE...



Success//Addiction//Redemption

 

By Stuart Harper

My story starts with success. I had a beautiful family (wife of 10+ years and three beautiful healthy children), newly built custom home on 5 acres of wooded land, new cars in the driveway and owned my own specialty sporting goods store. I lived a very lavish lifestyle. My life was perfect in the eyes of society, however inside I knew something was wrong. I was never satisfied, I always wanted more. I didn’t know what I wanted more of; I just knew I wanted more. READ MORE...

 

Students Get a Glimpse of Poverty

This year's incoming University at Buffalo Master's of Social Work class had a unique chance to imagine what it is like to live one month of poverty during the school's first-ever "poverty simulation" incorporated in the school's student orientation that took place today, Friday August 27.

About 75 master's students entering UB's School of Social Work curriculum will be part of the role-playing exercise simulating the plight of 26 different families facing poverty. READ MORE...

The Need for Speedy Justice

With the funerals now complete for the four innocent victims of last week's massacre, what Buffalo needs more than anything is speedy justice in this still looming case of four reckless murders that taunted city streets last weekend. The city and its residents are now hanging in the balance as police and detectives continue looking at large for the person responsible for this senseless act of violence is still loose.

The reward has been uped to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest of the individual responsible, READ MORE...

Pridgen Issues 10 Commandments to Stop Violence

Pastor Darius Pridgen of True Bethel Baptist Church located on E. Ferry St. and with a satellite campus on Swan St. in Buffalo responded to the recent shootings that took place outside of City Grill this past weekend. Responding with the 10 Commandments to Stop Violence, Pridgen acknowledged on Sunday morning that his congregation was directly connected with at least one of the victims and will be holding two of the funerals for the victims this week, READ MORE...

Single and Loving It?

Many people wonder what goes on behind the closed doors of single women because people believe that single women are lonely, troubled, suffer from sleeplessness, and afraid of dying alone. Although this scenario may be true for some women, a large number of single women are happy, READ MORE...

Poverty and Addictions

By Stuart Harper

Drug abuse is happening right now. From the inner city to the suburbs and out to the rural community, drug abuse is happening as you read this. The drug abuse we are confronted with at the Buffalo City Mission often comes from an attempt by our clients to cover up pain from their past that many times is driving their present behavior. READ MORE...

Eliminating Illiteracy

By Christine A. Setlock

A faith-based initiative to increase volunteers and summer workshops for kids are some of the new programs at Read to Succeed Buffalo, a non-profit organization aimed at battling illiteracy in the inner city. READ MORE…



Human Trafficking Exposed

By Nancy Carmichael

She was extremely thin with long,  dark hair and a vacant expression in her large, deep set eyes.   When she arrived at World Hope International’s Cambodian assessment center,  she was understandably aloof, not fully understanding what was going on…   after all, despite the smiling, kind faces and the friendly atmosphere, READ MORE...

Eliminating Illiteracy

By Christine A. Setlock

A faith-based initiative to increase volunteers and summer workshops for kids are some of the new programs at Read to Succeed Buffalo, a non-profit organization aimed at battling illiteracy in the inner city. READ MORE…



Poverty and Addictions

By Stuart Harper

Drug abuse is happening right now. From the inner city to the suburbs and out to the rural community, drug abuse is happening as you read this. The drug abuse we are confronted with at the Buffalo City Mission often comes from an attempt by our clients to cover up pain from their past that many times is driving their present behavior. READ MORE...

Change

18th Century statesman and philosopher Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing.” Found within this quote is the theme of this issue. Change begins with you and I. Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” There is a tendency within each of us to talk and dream of the change and impact we desire to have on the world - rather than being the answer to the problems confronting us. With change in mind, we present this issue in hopes of inspiring you to move from apathy to action. READ MORE...

Live Life Loved

A few local organizations are merging art, community, and good will to raise money for a worthy cause. On May 15th, Live Life Loved Event will be hosted at the Park School on Harlem Road in Snyder, NY. READ MORE...