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.

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Erie County Police Reform Task Force : Public Comment Session

October 27, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm UTC+0

The Erie County Police Reform Task Force which was appointed by Mark Poloncarz is having their two public hearings required by Governor Cuomo back-to-back next week. Please submit your comments on how Erie County can do better regarding policing! And please share this widely since the hearings are only a few days away! Watch and comment live at
Here are some ideas to get you started:
  • Streamline 911 services to have non-police first responders for all behavioral health calls (that’s mental health and substance use). This would be for crisis and non-crisis 911 calls that involve behavioral health.
  • Take county funding from the Sheriff’s Office and re-direct it into the Mental Health and Public Health departments to meet behavioral health needs in the community, using the health system, not the legal system
  • Ensure the Sheriff’s Office is not collaborating with ICE or other federal immigration enforcement


October 27, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm UTC+0
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