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Forum to focus on exploitative ticketing, school suspensions

A forum on the health impacts on African-Americans of exploitive ticketing and avoidable school suspensions will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, 450 Masten Ave.

"Reimagining: Health ∙ Education ∙ Social Justice" will feature Shaun Nelms of the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education and superintendent of Rochester's East High Educational Partnership Organization. He will address avoidable school suspensions.

Joanna Weiss, co-director of the Fines and Fees Justice Center in New York City, will address exploitive ticketing for small infractions such as loitering that serve as a tax on the African-American community while also impacting physical and mental health.

After the plenary session, there will be breakout sessions on each topic. The free forum is sponsored by Buffalo's African American Health Disparities Task Force.  Register at:


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