On June 4, long-time PUSH Buffalo member Martin Gugino was assaulted by the police while peacefully demonstrating against police brutality and racial injustice in downtown Buffalo. Marty has been a tireless fighter against injustice of all types for many years in our city both with PUSH and other grassroots organizations. He has joined us in the struggle for a just transition from the corporate controlled, undemocratic, and militarized systems of oppression that drive racial and economic injustice in our communities.

We have established the Martin Gugino Fund to help Marty with medical, legal, and other expenses as he recovers from this assault. All of the general donations that we have received in Marty's name have also been allocated to this fund. 100% of donations made to this fund will go to Martin Gugino.

Martin Gugino is an elder, and a member of PUSH Buffalo and the WNY Peace Center. Marty is soft spoken, funny, and gentle. His commitment to justice is unwavering. He has attended countless member meetings, and direct actions in Buffalo and Albany to pass the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act – hailed as the most ambitious and equitable climate legislation in the country. As a member, he attends every PUSH Annual Meeting to vote for the PUSH Board of Directors. He helps to serve food to other community members at those gatherings. He is simply a man that shows up to stand for peace and justice. 

-Rahwa Ghirmatzion, Executive Director

The Collective Struggle for Black Lives 

PUSH continues to support the people’s right to protest against police brutality, against the militarization of our local police departments, and against injustice everywhere. We stand in solidarity with others locally in calling for an immediate de-escalation of police aggression. We also call on elected leadership in Buffalo to defund the police.

As the current situation evolves, we are hoping and praying that Martin undergoes a healthy and speedy recovery. Our thoughts and support are with Martin and his family–and every person impacted by police brutality, who Martin was there for–at this very serious time.


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Martin Gugino Fund

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On June 4, long-time PUSH Buffalo member Martin Gugino was assaulted by the police while peacefully demonstrating against police brutality and racial injustice in downtown Buffalo. Marty has been a tireless fighter against injustice of all types for many years in our city both with PUSH and other grassroots organizations. He has joined us in the struggle for a just transition from the corporate controlled, undemocratic, and militarized systems of oppression that drive racial and economic injustice in our communities.

We have established the Martin Gugino Fund to help Marty with medical, legal, and other expenses as he recovers from this assault. All of the general donations that we have received in Marty's name have also been allocated to this fund. 100% of donations made to this fund will go to Martin Gugino.

Martin Gugino is an elder, and a member of PUSH Buffalo and the WNY Peace Center. Marty is soft spoken, funny, and gentle. His commitment to justice is unwavering. He has attended countless member meetings, and direct actions in Buffalo and Albany to pass the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act – hailed as the most ambitious and equitable climate legislation in the country. As a member, he attends every PUSH Annual Meeting to vote for the PUSH Board of Directors. He helps to serve food to other community members at those gatherings. He is simply a man that shows up to stand for peace and justice. 

-Rahwa Ghirmatzion, Executive Director

The Collective Struggle for Black Lives 

PUSH continues to support the people’s right to protest against police brutality, against the militarization of our local police departments, and against injustice everywhere. We stand in solidarity with others locally in calling for an immediate de-escalation of police aggression. We also call on elected leadership in Buffalo to defund the police.

As the current situation evolves, we are hoping and praying that Martin undergoes a healthy and speedy recovery. Our thoughts and support are with Martin and his family–and every person impacted by police brutality, who Martin was there for–at this very serious time.