Free The People WNY


Enough is enough. The people are mobilizing and need your support. We are in need of materials, bail money and anything else to protect us. To contribute to efforts towards the fight to defund the police please donate through $FreeThePeopleWNY or Venmo: @FreeThePeopleWNY


Coalition members are primarily organizations and some individual organizers who are working on a campaign or providing services for those impacted by any aspect of the criminal justice system, and aligns with the coalition mission and principles. Others who align with our principles but don’t fall into one of these categories are welcome to work with the coalition in various capacities, but can’t be listed as official members.

Join us at one of our monthly meetings, on the first Thursday of every month at 3 pm. Contact us by emailing to receive the meeting info. If you are interested in becoming a coalition member, please fill out a membership form.

Want to dig into the work for justice at the state, county or city level? Join a Working Group!

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Support FTP Roc’s Call for Justice

We stand with Free the People Roc and calls for justice after police apprehended, handcuffed, and pepper-sprayed a 9-year-old girl. Suspension is not enough. We demand full justice and accountability.

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Police Brutality

Jesús Hernandez – Personal Story

Jesús Hernandez was enjoying time with his family, when Buffalo police officers arrived on his property forcing him to come with them for questioning. Hernandez reflects on how this incident impacted himself and his family, what structural changes need to be made, and what healing looks like for himself and his community.

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Community Solutions, Not More Weapons: Toolkit

You may have seen that Mayor Brown and Council President Pridgen are proposing to purchase tasers and bolawraps for the BPD, as well as finance a data center, the details of that center are unclear. According to this article the price tag is $3.9 million which the mayor is hoping will be covered by federal grants that have not been received yet.

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The People’s Contract: Toolkit

So many aspects of policing are influenced by the police contract – yet residents have virtually no input over what is in it! During COVID one of the only ways elected officials hear from their representatives are by phone, email and social media, so this is how city legislatures hear from YOU what matters to YOU.

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