COVID-19 – Buffalo


Protests could reshape post-coronavirus campus environments

By Paul Lane
Reposted from Buffalo Business First
June 9, 2020

“The American people are not interested in going back to that old world. That old world is gone, and nothing that we can say or do can bring us back to the pre-COVID-19 world, so we’re caught in this kind of purgatory, this kind of transitional moment. What you’re seeing on the streets is people articulating a vision of the type of society that they want to see afterward,” [Taylor] said.

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Outside agitators? Where’s the proof?

Reposted from WBEN Newsroom
June 9, 2020

“…And so the phrase — freighted with bigotry, according to UB professor Henry Louis Taylor Jr. — has been repeated again and again, here and in other cities. Prior to the May 30 demonstration against police brutality, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown warned that “outside agitators” would use peaceful protests as cover to incite violence and destruction.”

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Jacobs School responds to Floyd killing

By Ellen Goldbaum
Reposted from UB Now
June 8, 2020

“Last week, students, medical residents, faculty and administrators of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB and the units in UB’s academic health center took action to respond to the killing of George Floyd at the hands of police and the international protests it has engendered against the backdrop of the global COVID-19 pandemic.”

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Scant proof of “outside agitators”

By Geoff Kelly
Reposted from Investigative Post
June 5, 2020

“Politicians and police have little solid evidence to back up their claims that outside forces are behind protest disturbances here. Politicians and police have been raising the spectre of “outside agitators” since the day protests began in Buffalo. For the most part, local media has amplified the message: Outsiders are slipping into town to incite violence and destruction. But arrest records suggest that narrative is not true.”

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Covid-19 lays bare health disparities in black community

By Caitlin Dewey
Reposted from Buffalo News
May 5, 2020

“In Erie County, preliminary testing data show that cases have clustered in black neighborhoods and that black patients represent a disproportionate share of Covid-19 deaths. As of May 7, per capita case counts were 88% higher in the county’s five majority black ZIP codes than they were in the rest of the county, according to a Buffalo News analysis of county Health Department data.”

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$8M will fund fight against Covid-19 in Buffalo’s most ‘vulnerable communities’

By Caitlin Dewey
Reposted from Buffalo News
April 22, 2020

“Among other measures, the plan will funnel more than $1 million to the African American Health Equity Task Force, a joint project of East Side faith leaders, University at Buffalo academics and community health organizations, to conduct Covid-19 education and outreach efforts in Buffalo’s black communities. It will also provide grants to health care providers on the East and Lower West Sides to establish more sites for testing.”

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Yes, this virus discriminates, because we still do

By Rod Watson
Reposted from Buffalo News
April 1, 2020

“In fact, many of the same health disparities that disproportionately affect African Americans are the very same health conditions that make a person more susceptible to severe illness from Covid-19.”

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