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The Black Women's Club Movement: Crash Course Black American History #23

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Black American Women were struggling with both racism and misogyny as they fought for their rights. Black Women fo...
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Can We Make Electricity Without Fossil Fuels?: Crash Course Climate & Energy #3

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Booker T. Washington and W.E.B DuBois: Crash Course Black American History #22

As the 19th century gave way to the 20th, Black Americans were searching for ways to think about how and where they would fit into a post-slavery society. Th...
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Why Do We Release So Much Gas?: Crash Course Climate & Energy #2

The carbon dioxide we’re pumping into the air every day is causing unprecedented global warming and climate change. In this episode of Crash Course Climate a...
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Kwanzaa Documentary (1990)

Kwanzaa: A Cultural Celebration (1990)Kwanzaa, originally created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karengna as a black nationalist alternative to Christmas, has become...
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What "Tree Equity" Has To Do With Our Climate Crisis | The Recount

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Plessy v Ferguson and Segregation: Crash Course Black American History #21

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Ida B. Wells: Crash Course Black American History #20

In this video, we'll learn about the life story of journalist, orator, teacher, suffragette, and anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Ida B. Wells ma...
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Reconstruction: Crash Course Black American History #19

At the end of the Civil War, the United States was still a very divided place. 700,000 people had died in a bitter fight over slavery. Reconstruction was the...
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Black Americans in the Civil War: Crash Course Black American History #18

The American Civil War is one of the deadliest in US History, and let's just get this out of the way: it was about slavery. In the more than 150 years since ...
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Visit the Legacy Museum

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Clint Smith teaches you about one of the most famous writers, orators, and advocates of the 19th century, Frederick Douglass. Douglass was born in slavery, e...
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The Dred Scott Decision: Crash Course Black American History #16

In this video, we'll learn about the US Supreme Court decision in Scott vs Sanford, handed down in 1857. The case ultimately rejected the idea that Black peo...
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Swords into Plowshares

Swords into Plowshares Northeast turns guns into gardening tools to be used by community gardens.
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Philanthropy & the City: Moments of Collective Gain

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Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
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Documentary shot in New Haven makes Oscars shortlist

Posted on January 10, 2023 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

With awards season just around the corner, one New Haven-shot documentary is looking to take home the Oscar for "Best Documentary Short Film." 

"Shut Up And Paint" has made the shortlist for the award category with 14 other short documentaries. The 21-minute documentary follows artist and Yale graduate Titus Kaphar, whose newfound fame divides him as his buyers and galleries choose to overlook the outspoken messages of Black experiences that are prevalent in his artwork. As the art…


Childhood’s Greatest Danger: The Data on Kids and Gun Violence

Posted on December 21, 2022 at 10:51am 0 Comments

Gun violence recently surpassed car accidents as the leading cause of death for American children.

By Robert Gebeloff, Danielle Ivory, Bill Marsh, Allison McCann and Albert Sun

For much of the nation’s history, disease was the No. 1 killer of children. Then America became the land of the automobile, and by the 1960s, motor-vehicle crashes were the most common way for children to die. Twenty years…


William J. Barber II to direct new center at Yale Divinity School

Posted on December 21, 2022 at 10:42am 1 Comment

Yale Divinity School today announced the establishment of the Center for Public Theology and Public Policy, which will pursue teaching, practice, research, and collaboration at the intersection of theology and advocacy. Bishop William J. Barber II, a moral movement leader who comes to Yale after 30 years of pastoral ministry and has served in numerous public leadership roles,…


Opportunity for Women of Color interested in Community Development

Posted on November 30, 2022 at 12:43pm 0 Comments

This is a new program funded by the CT Department of Housing and Connecticut Housing Finance Authority and administered by LISC Connecticut, designed to introduce women of color to the community development sector. Recruitment is still underway for a new cohort of participants for 2023. The deadline to apply has been extended to Friday, December 16th.


Elements of the HCDLI include:

  • Monthly workshops with industry…

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At 10:18am on November 7, 2022, Mary Buchanan said…

Thank you, Lee!

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At 10:25pm on August 19, 2021, Fay Williams said…

Thank you Sir, for such quick turnaround. Fay

At 11:04am on August 13, 2020, Sarah Lockery said…

Hi Lee,

Thanks for your welcome.  Rather than join the community as an individual, can The Children's Center of Hamden join?


At 4:53pm on April 1, 2020, Ray Andrewsen said…

Hi there Lee. Glad to join with everyone in my new role as Director of Membership Services with the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce.

At 12:25pm on February 4, 2019, Gina Bingham said…

Thanks Lee!  Happy to join this wonderful community!

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At 2:57pm on February 16, 2018, Naomi Shiloh said…

Hi Lee,

Thank you very much for the warm welcome and all the information! I am excited to be joining the GNC community. I'll be sure to let you know if I have any questions.



At 2:35pm on October 25, 2017, Sara Hashmi said…

Thank you Lee!

At 5:54pm on October 24, 2016, Hilary Opperman said…

Thank you for the helpful comments, Lee.




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An Open Streets Family Reunion: Reflections from the 2018 Open Streets Summit

By Ryan O’Connor, Director of Programs, 8 80 Cities Recently 8 80 Cities wrote a blog post about open streets being a labour of love. That being the case, the 2018 Open Streets Summit in New Orleans felt like a family reunion of sorts. It was rejuvenating to see old and new friends who share our passion for open streets and are working tirelessly to create healthier, happier, and more connected communities across the world. The event, which took place on September 15-16, brought together more than 50 leaders who currently organize open streets programs or are interested in bringing the...

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Open Streets Summit Draft Agenda

We hope you are getting ready and feel excited about the Open Streets Summit in Gretna/New Orleans! Taking place from September 15-16, 2018, the Summit will feature tours, presentations and networking opportunities with open streets champions and organizers from across the continent. Attendees will learn about the nuts and bolts of starting or scaling up open streets programs, including: Route design and planning Partnerships with business and officials Social inclusion Safety and logistics Marketing and promotion Program evaluation through measurable goals and metrics If you haven’t done it yet, click here to register for the Open Streets Summit only or...

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Open Streets Summit Speakers Announced!

The Open Streets Project is proud to announce that Ed Solis from Viva Calle (San Jose, CA), Romel Pascual from CicLAvia (Los Angeles, CA), Jaymie Santiago and Charles Brown from New Brunswick Ciclovia will join us as speakers for the 2018 Open Streets Summit in New Orleans and Gretna! Taking place from September 15-16 2018, the Summit will feature: Behind the scenes tour of the City of Gretna’s inaugural open streets program. Workshops, presentations, and networking opportunities with open streets champions and organizers from across the continent. Training and inspiration for both -novice and experienced- open streets organizers and supporters...

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Affordable Housing Loss Grows as ‘Qualified Contracts’ Sap Thousands of Housing Credit Units

LISC is pressing Congress and state housing officials to address the troubling effects of QCs, which reduce the amount of rental housing that is available to families with low incomes. " As a country, we can’t afford to let that continue,” write LISC’s Matt Josephs and Michael Skrebutenas, in a new commentary on the issue. "We can’t afford to subsidize affordable housing development for public good only to watch it slip away for private windfall."

LISC in 2023: CEO Lisa Glover on the Year’s Challenges and Priorities

LISC CEO Lisa Glover takes stock of the state of the organization, its priorities for the year, and how to balance knowns and unknowns as we work to maximize our impact in communities in 2023.

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