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June 2015 Blog Posts (23)

Voter News: First-Ever Election For Board of Education Seats in New Haven

by Rachel Heerema, NH Votes Coalition

For the first time in New Haven, an election will be held for seats on the New Haven Board of Education, which over-sees the public school system. The Board of Alders created two voting districts, each comprising exactly half the city’s wards. One Board of Ed member will be elected from each district. Because of the staggering of board member terms, in this year’s election one member will be elected for a two-year term and the other for a… Continue

Added by Aaron Goode on June 26, 2015 at 5:52pm — No Comments

Supreme Court Allows Nationwide Health Care Subsidies


If you have had a life-changing event since the close of the sign-up period in Feb. 2015, you can today sign up for a plan.

In CT contact AccessHealthCT.  Get health coverage.  Barack Obama has succeeded in doing something America had not been able to do…


Added by N'Zinga Shani on June 25, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments


What Do You Lose When You Lose Your Home?: 

A Showing and Panel…


Added by N'Zinga Shani on June 25, 2015 at 2:59pm — No Comments

City Atlas: New Haven | Content Submission!

About City Atlas: New Haven

City Atlas is a new project about the future of New Haven. We feature and promote the

sustainability goals of New Haven and Yale, and help connect…


Added by Liana Epstein on June 23, 2015 at 10:19pm — No Comments

IN CT: Important Jurisdiction Bill Re Police Signed Into Law

Jurisdiction Bill Signed Into Law! Police Can No Longer Cross Town Lines To Enforce Their Own Local Ordinances…


Added by N'Zinga Shani on June 23, 2015 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Nonprofit Board Efficiency and Effectiveness

The following Comstock Magazine article offers prescriptive (not necessarily research based) advice to nonprofit boards on how to be functional. Again with this presumption that nonprofit boards are predominantly dysfunctional! Now I'm not denying that there are indeed dysfunctional nonprofit boards (this is pretty much my stock and trade as a governance consultant) but nonprofit boards by-and-large function, they just do not always function efficiently and effectively.

My first wish,…


Added by Mike Burns on June 23, 2015 at 3:17pm — No Comments

4th July Celebration at Grove Street Cemetery

           Greetings To All!!!

\Grove Street Cemetery will again be celebrating the July 4th holiday with the Governor's Foot Guard and paying honor to David Humphreys as…


Added by Patricia B. Illingworth on June 23, 2015 at 10:38am — No Comments

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT - The Benefits & Power of Words

LA Police Inflicted Death Blows on Rodney King In 1991

King’s Physical Death Was Finalized in 2012

Roger Smith, actor, brought the story to a New Haven stage in 2015. Only by reading the well-written NHI article can you decide: What’s the purpose? How is language appropriated? Are there benefits and costs of using certain words, and to whom do these benefits and costs accrue?

How do we, the readers, appropriate our time?  What’s important to us and why? It often takes…


Added by N'Zinga Shani on June 21, 2015 at 1:36pm — No Comments

Does the Confederate Flag Breed Racism? Room for Debate

This is an opportunity for Civic and Community Engagement - The Issue of the Confederate Flag, still being flown in some American cities, has been a source of great angst for many Americans, and in particularly for African Americans.  OneWorld Progressive Institute, Inc invites a community discussion / forum on this issue. Please feel free to post your perspective in the form of a comment in the section provided below. …


Added by N'Zinga Shani on June 20, 2015 at 12:00am — No Comments


General Description

As part of a large community based research project, CARE will be collecting health surveys from 1200-1400 New Haven residents in six neighborhoods: Dixwell, Fair Haven, Hill North, Newhallville, West River/Dwight and West Rock. CARE is recruiting 20 people to assist with survey administration for approximately eight weeks from the end of August through October.



A three-day training session will be held from Tuesday,…


Added by Alycia Santilli on June 19, 2015 at 12:14pm — No Comments

New Haven Reads is Now Hiring!

Part-time Positions Available at New Haven Reads. We have two part-time positions now available at New Haven Reads: an Assistant Site Director at our Dixwell Site and a Book Bank Assistant. To learn more about these positions, please check our our website: Any questions? Email Kirsten at! 

Added by Aidan Wildes on June 19, 2015 at 12:05pm — No Comments

New Haven Bike Month: Debrief and Survey!

New Haven Bike Month was a celebration of biking culture this past May 2015 in collaboration with Elm City Cycling, the New Haven Department of Transportation, the New Haven Parks Department, and many other community members. It included over 160+ events, including over 50 large group rides, 30…


Added by New Haven Bike Month on June 16, 2015 at 10:26pm — No Comments

Being Poor In USA Is A Crime Particularly For Black People

A Poor Black Man, 22-Y-O Kalief Browder, Died June 6, 2015

 Young, Black, Poor, Mentally Ill, Exploited, Wrongfully Accused and Preyed Upon at Rikers…


Added by N'Zinga Shani on June 13, 2015 at 11:10am — 1 Comment

Black, Educated and Imprisoned in America, Or Dress-to-Live

The Video linked below is from an ABC interview done with Lawrence Otis Graham

Some people are judging Mr. Graham harshly. Try walking a mile in his shoe. This video could be titled:…

Added by N'Zinga Shani on June 12, 2015 at 2:45pm — 1 Comment

[Summer Internship Opportunity] City Atlas: New Haven

Intern with City Atlas: New Haven!

City Atlas: New Haven (modeled on an existing project in NYC), will be a hub for sustainable initiatives in New Haven,…


Added by Liana Epstein on June 9, 2015 at 12:38pm — No Comments

Information RE Appeals & Exemptions for Access Health CT


ACCESS HEALTH CT HAS A NEWLY REDESIGNED WEB SITE with Enhanced information pages. 



Added by N'Zinga Shani on June 6, 2015 at 2:16pm — 1 Comment

Relieving Students of Unnecessary Testing Burden: Helpful?

What are the factual short-term and long-term benefits of various academic tests? Do these tests accurately measure student knowledge, competence, potential, future success? What exactly do the results of these test tell us?  Why are some parents and teachers so opposed to various forms of testing?  It seems that two of the main problems with these tests are: 1) the manner in which many teachers oppose them, and convey their opposition to parents and…


Added by N'Zinga Shani on June 5, 2015 at 4:20pm — No Comments

VISION DAY: New Haven Teen Takeover!

Dear Community:


It is with great pleasure that we invite you to The Future Project’s, VISION DAY: A New Haven Teen Takeover on Saturday, June 6, 12-4PM at Wexler-Grant School, where 150+ high school students across New Haven will lead 50+ inspiring projects for all ages to envision and create…


Added by Sarah Tankoos on June 4, 2015 at 11:54am — No Comments

Nonprofit Board Values

Ok. The folks who have modified but effectively stood-by their anti-gay position that gay scouts cannot join the ranks of scout leaders have made another value statement: The Boy Scouts of America has banned water-gun fights saying that it's not kind" for scouts to shoot each other with "simulated firearms." The organization's new National Shooting Manual also forbids the use of potato guns and marshmallow shooters.

I'm not quite clear what impact this edict will have on the Scout's…


Added by Mike Burns on June 4, 2015 at 11:06am — No Comments

Common Ground Logo Common Ground Seeks Half-Time Curriculum Developer & Environmental Resource Teacher

Common Ground is seeking a new, half-time staff member who can work with teachers to strengthen our curriculum and classroom teaching — ensuring it is driven by standards, rooted in our local community and unique site, culturally relevant and inclusive, and pushing students towards both environmental leadership and college success.

Our ideal candidate has classroom teaching experience, deep roots in New Haven, and a commitment to sustainability and social…


Added by Joel Tolman on June 4, 2015 at 8:43am — No Comments

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Neighborhoods: What is Working

How to Connect Neighborhood Churches to Your Local Community

Transcription of John and Peter's February 20, 2018 conversation with Paul Sparks, a leading voice in the growing Parish Movement. Paul has worked in more than 1,000 neighborhoods around the world to identify, connect, and support groups that want to have their neighborhoods flourish. In their conversation Paul talked about his own and his colleagues' work with local churches, academic institutions, and community organizations in the United States and abroad and offered ideas on how to translate their experiences into their listeners' own community-building work.

Parish Portrait: Mt Scott-Arleta, Portland, OR with B.D. Dormaier

How a few plants, a mural, and less pavement could bring more to a neighborhood than one big ministry.

Government Innovation Isn’t Your Main Problem

An undue focus on making government more innovative might inhibit you from working with the innovation that is going on and the innovators who are doing it.

Open Street Project

Join us for an Open Streets Study Tour October 6th-8th!

The Open Streets Project is partnering with the non-profit organization New Brunswick Tomorrow to deliver an educational Open Streets Study Tour in New Brunswick, NJ from October 6th - October 8th. The Study Tour will feature classroom sessions, networking opportunities, a behind the scenes tour of New Brunswick’s industry leading Ciclovia.

The post Join us for an Open Streets Study Tour October 6th-8th! appeared first on Open Streets Project.

Open Streets Project Revamped

The Open Streets Project has undergone some changes over the last year. We bid a sad farewell to project co-founder, the Alliance for Biking & Walking, who are moving on to other things, and we happily welcomed a new partner, international Open Streets leader 8 80 Cities. We are excited for all the possibilities and energy this partnership will bring.

The post Open Streets Project Revamped appeared first on Open Streets Project.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

State Farm Announces $4 Million Grant to LISC

LISC and State Farm expanded their long-time partnership this week with new funding to boost economic opportunities in 11 cities. "Millions of people are looking for opportunities to earn higher wages and build stronger futures for their families,” said Maurice Jones, LISC president and CEO. "Our partnership with State Farm is vital to advancing this important work.”

The Promise of Opportunity Zones

Opportunity Zones are poised to attract significant capital for new housing, businesses and jobs in under-resourced communities. At, LISC’s Maurice Jones and The Kresge Foundation’s Rip Rapson take a closer look at what investors should consider when evaluating high-impact projects, drawing on decades of community investing experience to identify what works to raise standards of living and drive economic growth.

LISC Awarded CDFI Fund’s Largest Capital Magnet Fund Grant

The Treasury Department’s CDFI Fund announced a new round of Capital Magnet Fund grants to spur an expected $3.2 billion in affordable housing and economic development. LISC will use its $7.5 million award—the largest in this round of funding—to seed $150 million in development activity in urban and rural communities.

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