Tag: 2021

Rod Watson: How a new study on Buffalo’s old racial disparities gives community ideas to build on

By Rod Watson

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

When the annual State of the City speech is given next year, presumptive five-term Mayor Byron Brown will no doubt laud what his administration has done for Buffalo in explaining how his write-in campaign vanquished “radical socialist” India Walton, the Democratic primary victor.

But assuming Brown receives every single write-in vote once they are counted, it means that a first-time candidate with a trunk full of baggage still got at least 41% – and won three of nine city districts – against a former Common Council member, state senator and four-term incumbent.

The Architecture of Prisons Is Everywhere We Look

By Marianela D’aprile

Read the full article from Jacobin, here.

Public buildings — all buildings — perform social functions; they organize people and their activities. Prisons remove people from their environment and therefore their humanity; they discipline and isolate. In a capitalist state, where schools are charged largely with creating orderly and disciplined future workers, it follows that they would share their form with prisons.

Architecture serves as a billboard for the priorities of its commissioners — and generous, welcoming public buildings are low on their list. That’s how we end up with schools and libraries that look like prisons — and prisons that don’t.

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Garcia appears likely winner in Erie County sheriff race

By Matthew Spina & Mike McAndrew

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

Republican John Garcia appears to be the likely winner of the Erie County sheriff race over Democrat Kimberly Beaty after elections workers counted mail-in ballots and posted new results late Tuesday.

Garcia had a 3,078-vote lead over Beaty after 11,848 absentee ballots were counted Tuesday. Beaty grabbed more than half of the absentee ballot votes, but was unable to catch Garcia.

The Erie County Republican Committee posted congratulations to Garcia on Facebook at about 10 p.m.

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