A Brief history of voice-buffalo
In 1996, a diverse group of faith, labor, business and community leaders saw injustices happening in their community. Public officials and unofficial power brokers who make the key decisions weren’t prioritizing regular folks. Our founders asked, “Who stands up for the common citizen? When government and private sector decisions ignore the needs of the people, who will speak up for them?” The answer? Regular folks, acting collectively and using our VOICE. So, they organized, and VOICE-Buffalo was born. Read more…
We believe in the Power of Faith to unite rather than divide us; our diverse faith traditions call us to act together to improve our communities.
We believe in Justice. We work to eliminate bias in ourselves and in the systems that structure our way of life.
We believe in Equity. If we are to overcome systemic oppression, we must address individual needs.
We believe in Democracy. People should have a say in the decisions that affect them.
We believe in Inclusion. True democracy means that no one is left out.
We believe that Positive Change is Achievable.
Relationship Building – we develop strong ties between individuals and within communities through common interests.
Collective Action – we work together to build grassroots local, regional, state-wide, and national mass movements.
Leadership Development – we challenge and empower ordinary people to take on leadership roles in the struggle.
Pastor James Giles, President
Michael Tritto Jr., First Vice President
Marianne Rathman, Second Vice President
Dennis Walczyk, Treasurer
Sarah Smith, Secretary
Fr. Harry Grace, Fund Development Chair
Shanise Anderson, Board Member
Jimmy Darby, Board Member
Chrissy Erbacher, Board Member
Our Organizing Team
Whitney Walker, Executive Director
Brian Zralek, Lead Organizer
Heron Simmonds, Organizer
Leslie Nickerson, Office and Membership Coordinator
Marie Malinowski, SARTAC Fellow