By Lonnie Barlow, Organizer, PUSH Buffalo
“Just got paid, it’s Friday night/Party hunting, feeling right/Bodies shaking, all around/bought one drink, now I’m getting down.”
We’ll be singing something like this later tonight at the Movement Party. If you’ve been moving around in Buffalo’s progressive and activist community, then you’ve probably heard about one of the area’s foremost, underground holiday-time traditions. Technically this is a dance party that’s a fundraiser for the Partnership for the Public Good (PPG); but, this dance party is more than just an event, a get together, or a fundraiser – it’s a movement.
The PPG is a part of a movement of organizations and people working on many social justice issues in Buffalo. They’re behind-the-scenes people in this movement, but the work they do is important and has far-reaching results. Their work is focussed on organizing through policy – this means that they’ve helped organizations working on issues to develop ways to present their issues in written form. This may seem boring, but in a game of inches in which every inch and angle counts, you must be able to organize through the air, sea, in the government chamber and in the boardroom, as well as on the ground. The PPG adds another element to this movement that has helped out many of your favorite organizations.
“On the floor, rockin to the beat/All the way on Northampton Street.”
This year, the Movement Party returns tonight – Friday December, 19th – to The Foundry (298 Northampton St, Buffalo, ages 21+, $10), which is itself an amazing story that I don’t have time to write about here. But, I will say this; it’s doing some interesting things on sustainable economic development in Buffalo’s underground, they’re home to Roc Da Mic – an open mic that happens the last Thursday of every month – and they’ve just installed a new heating system which makes the place very comfortable.
Things get moving at 9pm and the party goes until about 1am. The entertainment of course includes some of Buffalo’s best on the wheels of steel. Did you say LoPro, Milk, Project X, and/or other surprise DJs? Did you say live music will be in the house from Ismail & Company featuring yours truly? Maybe. You’ve got to take a chance and come into Buffalo’s underground to find out. See you tonight.