Under The Radar - Movement Party 2015


By Francis White

I'm not going to say a whole lot in this post, just make sure you get your tail feather on down to the Movement Party 2015 tonight.

This event is a fundraiser for the Partnership for the Public Good (PPG Buffalo), which is responsible (and maybe from behind the scenes) for some good work going on in Buffalo NY. It is sponsored by some great progressive Buffalo area organizations like PUSH Buffalo, Ujima Theatre Company, the Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo, and The Foundry.

PPG Buffalo has been a great ally with many of Buffalo's community based organizations. Specifically, they have been a major resource on the policy and research side of things. In the battle against social/economic injustice and disorder, the people on the ground are indeed an important element in creating change. But, they'll need the help of people with some big ideas and researchers. These are the think tanks and people in them with the skills to reference law, legalities, policy, and data needed to help win the fight.

The best teams have a good ground game, but they must also be able to put the ball in the air when times during a game require it. When the organizer and the researcher work together, history has shown that big things happen, or big things could've happened. What would've happened if Marcus Garvey (with his great ability to organize people) and W.E.B DuBois (with his great ability to write and research information) in the early 20th century civil/economic rights struggle, could've worked together? Who knows?

Shout to all groups moving in the right direction and doing wonderful work in Buffalo and everywhere else including, but not limited to; Coalition for Economic Justice, the Worker Center, WNYCOSH, VOICE Buffalo, MAP (Massachusetts Avenue Project), Grass Roots Gardens, Open Buffalo, Clean Air Coalition, BUILD of Buffalo, Buffalo Anti-Racism Coalition, Burning Books book store, WNY Peace Center, Buffalo Peace Makers, Stop the Violence Coalition, Teens in Progress, and anyone else I forgot. 

This is a 21 and over event. It costs just $10, but there will be beer, wine, (I heard a food truck or two might be there), and entertainment that includes live music from the Roc Da Mic Collective, and sets from DJ Projex, and Holy Smokes. If you've got moves, I want to see you out there shakin something. Here's a link to advance tix and the Facebook invite. It happens tonight, Friday December 18th, starting at 9pm at The Foundry, 298 Northampton St in Buffalo NY.