Bishop Richard J. Malone (center) speaks about economic justice during Wednesday's press conference, which included Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown (far left) and Episcopal Bishop R. William Franklin (far right). (Patrick J. Buechi)
Over the past few years, there’s been a lot of excitement over the new economic developments and community revivals in Buffalo. Canalside, the nearby HarborCenter, Larkinville and the Buffalo medical corridor have seen lots of new construction, businesses and people come to the city.
But there is also growing criticism that Buffalo’s revival has, thus far, been limited to those areas and hasn’t helped the city’s poorest neighborhoods. Bishop Richard J. Malone of the Catholic diocese and Bishop R. William Franklin of the Episcopal diocese have been working together for the past year to advocate opening up these economic opportunities to the entire city and its residents.
“One day (Bishop Franklin and I) were having a casual conversation, celebrating the good things that are happening now that we see,” Bishop Malone said. “But then, we immediately turned to the fact that we have to remember that not everybody who lives in this community feels caught up in this hope. We have to make sure that everybody, people of color and other ethnic backgrounds in particular, are able to be involved. That doesn’t mean just offering jobs, but also finding ways to help these folks become capable of applying for these jobs, maybe with some training. We need to work together to make sure Buffalo is truly the inclusive community it ought to be, and I think it’s happening.”
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and many other religious leaders joined the cause, as Brown announced the Buffalo Opportunity Pledge in a press conference outside City Hall Wednesday morning. read more...