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February 2015 Blog Posts (18)

Esserman Moves To Fire Rookie Cop For Rules Violation

A rookie New Haven cop not only allowed her ex-boyfriend to use her car to deal drugs after she was warned against it—she also maintained a relationship with a convicted murderer, according to an internal investigation that has led the police chief to seek her dismissal.

The officer, Najae Poindexter, is…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on February 27, 2015 at 9:57pm — No Comments

Measure Your Child’s School On More Than Just Test Scores

An integral part of a school's success in parental involvement and the home environment from which students come.  Even in the worst performing schools there are students (regardless of how few) who are doing well academically.  This is because in those schools there are students whose parents provide a supportive environment and a stable structure that enable their…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on February 27, 2015 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Should Individual Gun Rights Supersede National Safety?

At what point will the NRA and its adherents concede that the safety of America and Americans supersedes the rights of individuals, including terrorists, to own guns and massive amounts of ammunition?  The information provided in the NY Times Op-Ed by Ms. Grower deserves serious consideration.  All of us as citizens need to call our Congressional Representatives to demand action.  They respond favorably to the NRA Gun Lobby and other groups; they should be held…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on February 26, 2015 at 11:36pm — No Comments

America’s Tech-Savvy President Understands Internet Issue

It certainly pays to have a tech-savvy president who understands this Internet issue.  Here is what is puzzling: why would anyone objects to someone else, and in particular to the President of the United States being technically savvy!?

This is about civic engagement, public good and equity for average Americans.

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on February 25, 2015 at 3:03am — No Comments

Who Loves America? By Charles Blow

 Charles M. Blow is a New York Times columnist

He writes on: Politics, Public Opinion and Social Justice.  In this piece he is addressing the comments made recently by Ruddy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York.  Those comments have generated a significant amount of responses from various people.…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on February 23, 2015 at 3:42pm — No Comments

Nonprofit Advocacy Matters

There are times when it can really matter that a nonprofit's board and staff step-out to support legislation that supports its mission. When nonprofits sit on the side-lines of political discussion, unlike the AARP or similar member organizations, bad things can result for nonprofits.

Take for example the bins that are used by Salvation Army and Goodwill. These recycling collectors have pretty much defined the industry where folks can donate their goods for cause. Well, the for-profit…

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Added by Mike Burns on February 23, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Where CAN ANYONE Find Justice When the Judges Are Partisan?

This potent Op-Ed article -- by the New York Times Editorial Board-- is extremely valuable in helping the average citizen (who is not involved in this important immigration issue) to get a more clear understanding of what is involved, and why it is important to all of us as citizens.

A Judge’s Assault on Immigration…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on February 19, 2015 at 7:05pm — No Comments

CT Mental Health Commissioner’s Resignation - A GREAT LOSS

Unfortunately for the Mental Health Community, Connecticut's Commissionioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Patricia Rehmer, Is Stepping Down.  Of course, we cannot speak for the commissioner, but she must be simply exhausted.

She is leaving state service for the private sector.  This is a great loss for the state mental health community.  Understandably, Ms.…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on February 16, 2015 at 1:59pm — No Comments

A Black Mississippi Judge's Breathtaking Speech To 3 White Murderers

February 13, 2015, 12:54 PM ET (This too is a part of 21st Century American History)

As you read this, OneWorld, Inc  reminds you that…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on February 16, 2015 at 1:57am — No Comments

We ARE Black History - Meet Trailblazing Black Women

Today is one day in this Black History Month.  We at OneWorld Progressive Institute, Inc.,

join many others in inviting you to meet a few Trailblazing Black Women.  Half this story has yet to be told.  Share the information linked below with your children, grandchildren, students, neighbors,…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on February 12, 2015 at 9:32pm — No Comments

BHM - The Case for Reparations: An Intellectual Autopsy

This is Black History Month  (BHM).  Ta-Nehisi Coates is an award-winning journalist, political commentator and prolific blogger; he writes in ways that challenge how we think, perceive and respond to matters pertaining to race and related societal issues. The article below is far more extensive than is shown here.…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on February 12, 2015 at 3:18pm — No Comments

Tyrell Trimble Was Murdered - Branden Harper Is Sentenced

Tyrell Trimble Was Killed in 2012. Branden Harper Is Sentenced In 2015. Young Black Lives Lost. Harper has been sentenced to 12 - 15 years.

Tyrell was black, and Harper is black. Those in the NH Court House for this sentencing were all black people.  Tyrell Trimble no longer walks the earth. Many lives have been damaged, and if this NHI article is evidence of the future, more lives will be lost and…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on February 11, 2015 at 4:17am — No Comments

2015 Resident Leadership Program @ NHS of New Haven - now accepting applications!

In March 2010, Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven (NHS) launched its first annual Resident Leadership Program.

Based on a curriculum developed in conjunction with our national partner, NeighborWorks® America, the program consists of five units. The primary goals of this program are to transfer concrete leadership skills to residents, create a space for participants to share their experiences with one another, and increase residents’ sense of being agents of…

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Added by NHS of New Haven on February 10, 2015 at 5:34pm — No Comments

REMEMBERING CAMILLA WILLIAMS (LYRIC SOPRANO) & Many Others

America has been enriched by the indomitable spirit, resilience and hard work of so many of its black citizens.  Yes, we are aware that America has been enriched by all of its citizens; however, not all of America's citizens lived - no, existed under the same circumstances. During the month of February-- and throughout the year—OneWorld Progressive Institute strives to hold up for special…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on February 10, 2015 at 3:31pm — No Comments

Nonprofit Money Moves Mission

I think it can be safely said that nonprofits that have revenues and equally important, savings, have an enhanced ability to pursue mission. It of course is worth saying that volunteers and donated goods and services matter and matter a lot, but unrestricted assets and income equally matters and often are a game changer for a nonprofit's pursuit of ission.

So what happens if, in a moment, assets dissapear? Impossible you say? Not really as I reagularly feature events when internal…

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Added by Mike Burns on February 5, 2015 at 4:06pm — No Comments

Nadia Lopez, Principal, Mott Hall Bridges Academy, Makes A Difference For Her Students Daily

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I encountered this story today, Feb. 3, while watching television.  Please read what this 13 year-old student, Vidal Chastanet had to say about his principal, Mrs. Nadia Lopez. Read what she does when they misbehave.  She does not suspend or expel them.  The beauty is-- Ms. Lopez was recently telling her mother that she was feeling worn out; she needed to move to another school; she doubted she was having an impact.  Her mother wisely told her that she is where she needs to…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on February 4, 2015 at 12:49am — No Comments

Collaborating to End Homelessness

Until recently, the system for dealing with homelessness had been a patchwork of shelters and service agencies working independently to help people get back on their feet. Every agency had a different screening and application process that frequently required difficult to obtain documentation and confusing forms. That approach is changing. 

Continue reading: http://bit.ly/1HULXEj

Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on February 3, 2015 at 2:51pm — No Comments

Racial & Socioeconomic Isolation Have Impact On Education

In its article titled "Fighting Racial Isolation in Hartford" the New York Times Editorial Board has weighed in on the issue of racial isolation and education reform.  It is an important topic and we are pleased to see the Times Board add its powerful voice to the issue.

What is the real impact of racial isolation in education? Who is affected and how? The Times Board is holding…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on February 2, 2015 at 1:31am — No Comments

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One of the most powerful ways to immobilize citizen engagement can be outside money, even when purported to be available for citizen engagement.

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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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REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR the Open Streets Summit 2018 in New Orleans!

The Open Streets Project is partnering with Walk Bike Places and the City of Gretna to deliver an educational Open Streets Summit in Gretna and New Orleans, from September 15-16 2018. Download the Agenda Summit Description The Summit will feature a behind the scenes tour of the City of Gretna’s inaugural open streets program, as well as breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and a World Café with open streets champions and organizers from across the continent. The Summit will provide inspiration and practical tips for both -novice and experienced- open streets organizers and supporters from public health, transportation, planning, public space,...

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Top Reads, Week of 9/17/18

Check out our top three reads of the week covering the challenges and opportunities of American communities. This week, we're reading about the life-expectancy gap, worker cooperatives, and the link between housing and family stability.

What’s immito? LISC’s Powerful New Catalyst for Small Businesses

LISC is ramping up its national economic development work with the launch of a new small business lender called immito. “Nothing catalyzes opportunity in a community like new businesses launching and expanding,” said Maurice A. Jones, LISC president and CEO. immito is expected to do $100 million in annual lending and will spark entrpreneurship and growth in communities across the country, especially those where demand for capital access is high.

Latin American Youth Center: A Safe Path to Success

September 15 marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. To celebrate, we’re spotlighting the extraordinary staff and clients of the Latin American Youth Center, a longtime LISC partner in Washington, D.C. In its 50 years, LAYC has welcomed and served 27,000 youth, many of them recent immigrants, helping connect them to education, mentors, housing, work, mental health services and each other. This kind of work makes an enormous difference in young lives and in our communities, and we’re honored to be part of it: we’ve invested nearly $2 million in LAYC’s people and programs, including financing the purchase of the group’s home base in the Columbia Heights neighborhood.

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