WBFO Racial Equity Project

The Racial Equity Project is funded by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.

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When did immigration to the United States become illegal? That is the question many people may wonder, as the Trump Administration toughens restrictions on undocumented Americans. As Latin American scholar and author Aviva Chomsky told an audience Thursday evening at Trinity Church of Buffalo, excluding non-white immigrants is a long tradition.

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It’s a Saturday morning and the University at Buffalo's North Campus is mostly empty.

But inside one of the classrooms, more than a dozen sleepy-eyed students, some armed with coffee, others with snacks, chattered as they waited for a training session to begin.


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As calling hours take place before Thursday morning's funeral for Rafael "Pito" Rivera, PUSH Buffalo has set up a GoFundMe webpage to gather donations for the grieving family.

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The lawyer for Buffalo Police officer Elnur Karadzhaev says the evidence will show the officer defended himself and shot 32-year-old Rafael "Pito" Rivera within the law.

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Public golf in the City of Buffalo could see a significant redesign in the coming years with help from one of the sport’s best-known players.


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The attorney for the family of Rafael "Pito" Rivera says a high-definition surveillance video clearly shows Rivera running away from Buffalo Police when he was fatally shot early Wednesday morning.

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Many of Buffalo’s East Side neighborhoods have long been considered food deserts, with little or no access to fresh fruits and vegetables. But an ongoing community initiative is working to change the corner store into an oasis of healthy options.


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A 32-year-old Buffalo man was shot dead early Wednesday in an encounter with a two-year veteran of the Buffalo Police Department in the heart of the city's West Side. Friends and relatives later turned out for a vigil.

Buffalo police officers shot and killed an armed man during a confrontation early Wednesday morning on the city's West Side.

A Rochester startup is looking to solve a medical problem with a global scope. VisualDx is building a database of what diseases look like on all skin colors, in an effort to correct persistent racial inequalities in diagnosis.

Scientists have known for decades about racial inequalities in access to medical care. A landmark 1985 report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, for example, found that minority Americans lived further from doctors and had less ability to pay for medical care compared to white people.

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The University at Buffalo says many minorities have trouble establishing trust with their doctors. In an attempt to better understand why, UB medical students and faculty talked health care over dinner with some East Side residents.

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Fundraising for the nation’s first monument to honor African American veterans across all U.S. conflicts is getting a boost from Catholic Health, and the company’s employees are being recognized the process.


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As the Buffalo Common Council reconvened after summer break Tuesday, a coalition of community activists, organized labor and city residents took to the steps of City Hall to unveil their vision for a more equitable and inclusive Queen City.

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Tawana Wyatt remembers her daughter India Cummings

Meet Antwan Green. He’s 36 and he says he was denied medical treatment at the Erie County Holding Center and the Erie County Correctional Facility because he’s black and gay.

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Buffalo Public school parents and community stakeholders are demanding all students have access to advanced placement courses. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the city school district has new plans for allowing students to remote into some AP courses this fall. 


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The NAACP collegiate chapter at SUNY Buffalo State has issued nine demands to improve the treatment of students, faculty and staff of color on campus.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the college leader is working to address concerns.

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Officials continue to examine the death of 27-year-old India Cummings, who had been in the Erie County Holding Center. A state medical review board says her death should be ruled a homicide, because of neglect, and the New York Attorney General has been asked to take the case, and says they will have an answer in a few weeks.  Meanwhile, Cummings' mother says she is waiting for justice.


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Philip Smith is a physical education teacher in the Buffalo school system  -- and a longtime renter.

But he wanted to build some capital, so he started looking to buy a house. “I was a renter for six or seven years, so I was sick and tired of not gaining any equity in my money and just paying my landlord.”


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On the first anniversary of white nationalist rally that turned into an anti-police protest in Charlottesville, VA, around two dozen protestors turned out in Niagara Falls, marching to a now-closed white supremacist bar.

Pay gap for women even wider when race factored in

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Equal Pay for All

Each year, Aug. 7 is observed as Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. It is the date in 2018 when a black woman catches up to what the average white, non-Hispanic man already earned by the end of 2017. In general, women make $0.80 to every $1 a man makes, but when analyzing race as well as gender, the gaps widen.

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The video on social media of a black man being arrested in a Buffalo coffee shop - while the white man he was fighting with remained free - may not be the end of the story.

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The New York State Health Department took its cancer study into the field Tuesday night, to the Delavan-Grider Community Center - in the middle of Western New York's cancer hot zone.

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The Buffalo Common Council will be investigating the arrest of a black man seen in a video scuffling with a white security guard.

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After years of fighting over more affordable housing, one local developer has voluntarily set aside 15 percent of his new project for below-market-rate apartments - but are they really?

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What happens to people after they are released from prison? That is the challenge featured in a photo essay at Buffalo's CEPA Gallery called, "Coming Home: Reentry After Incarceration."

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The public fight over the 2016 death of India Cummings moved to the steps of City Hall Thursday, as activists increase their calls for criminal prosecutions.

In courtrooms across New York, the bail system helps guarantee defendants show up for their cases. But critics say the system hurts low-income families; if they can’t put up thousands of dollars, they have to sit in jail.

States like New Jersey, California and New Mexico have already reformed their bail structure. Now, reform in New York State is being looked at as well.


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For two-and-a-half years, the death of India Cummings has  raised questions. Cummings died after spending 17 days at the Erie County Holding Center. Thursday brought another protest outside the Holding Center, in the wake of a state report that said homicide should be listed as the woman's cause of death.

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