Concerned citizens will gather Wednesday to create The People’s Platform based on testimony given at the State of OUR CITY


After hundreds of Buffalonians attended Buffalo’s first-ever State of OUR CITY address earlier this spring, those who participated in the event will reconvene this week to establish The People’s Platform, which will publicly codify the community’s priorities and challenge those in power to meet them.

The People’s Platform event will take place on Wednesday, May 2, at 5:30 p.m. at the office of 1199SEIU (2421 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214).

The main themes explored at the State of OUR CITY (held on March 29) were policing, immigration, housing, transit, and education. Everyday Buffalonians talked about their experiences being marginalized by institutions and systems that are intended to support them. They also made it clear that they have real solutions to offer to many of the challenges that they continue to face as a result of systemic racial and economic inequality. The People’s Platform is the next step, using feedback from the State of OUR CITY to establish priorities to hold local elected officials and power brokers accountable moving forward.

OUR CITY Coalition members and other concerned Buffalo residents will discuss the need to fully support:

• Accessible and safe public transit

• Safe and supportive public education

• Safety for undocumented immigrants and other vulnerable populations

• Affordable housing, as well as community control of land

• Preservation of arts and cultural institutions led by people of color and LGBTQ individuals

• Investment in worker cooperatives and other people-centered economic development strategies

Members of the news media are invited to attend this event, which will also feature a screening premiere of the “State of OUR CITY” short film as well as grassroots leaders talking about why they’re eager to participate in the OUR CITY coalition. There will also be a voter registration drive.

This event is free and open to the public.

What: The People’s Platform

When: Wednesday, May 2, 5:30 p.m.

Where: 1199SEIU Offices, 2421 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214

Who: OUR CITY Coalition members include Open Buffalo, PUSH Buffalo, CEJ Buffalo, Partnership for the Public Good, Citizen Action, VOICE-Buffalo, Queers for Racial Justice, Buffalo Parent-Teacher Organization, Justice for Migrant Families, New York Immigration Coalition, Justice & Opportunity Coalition, F.B. Community Land Trust, Cooperation Buffalo, Massachusetts Avenue Project, African Heritage Food Co-op, The WASH Project, and Community First Alliance.