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Featured Blog Posts – June 2015 Archive (19)

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

HEALTH LITERACY: AFFORDABLE CARE STANDS: SWORD OF DAMOCLES GONE - SIGN UP FOR HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. PUT YOUR HEALTH FIRST.

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…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on June 25, 2015 at 4:00pm — 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…

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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…

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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,…

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Added by Mike Burns on June 23, 2015 at 3:17pm — 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…

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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. …

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

Temporary Position at CARE: SURVEY ADMINISTRATORS

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.

Schedule/hours

Training:

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

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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: http://newhavenreads.org/home/get-involved/careers/. Any questions? Email Kirsten at kirsten@newhavenreads.org! 

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…

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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…

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

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

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT- SUBJECT TO INTERPRETATION
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:…
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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,…

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

Information RE Appeals & Exemptions for Access Health CT

DEAR GREATER NEW HAVEN COMMUNITY MEMBERS:

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

OneWorld…

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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…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on June 5, 2015 at 4:20pm — 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…

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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…

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

WOMEN AND HEART HEALTH - Let's Pay Close Attention

Heart Disease Is the #1 Killer of Women

It Is More Deadly than All forms of Cancer

“There’s a lot of talk about inequality between men and women, but one area in particular where women are leading in record numbers: heart disease. It’s the No. 1 killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer. But there’s a leadership role just waiting for women like you to…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on June 1, 2015 at 7:27pm — 1 Comment

CIRCA Awards Nearly $100,000 to Support Climate Resilience Across Connecticut - Second Round of Funding Currently Available!

The Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) is pleased to announce the results of the inaugural round of grants under its…

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Added by Lee Cruz on June 1, 2015 at 4:59pm — No Comments

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Neighborhoods: What is Working

Restorative Practices: A Toolbox for Turbulent Times

Transcription of John and Peter's May 8, 2018 conversation with Thom Allena about his work in getting justice out of courthouses and into neighborhoods. Thom is a community and organizational psychologist who for nearly thirty-five years has worked in the fields of community and restorative justice, applying creative approaches to respond to crime, violence and group conflict. In Thom’s community justice work, citizens are invited to play active rather than passive roles in determining the shape of justice and become more directly involved in redressing the quality of life issues that are breached by crime.

Associating Associations: The Power of Convening

While many institutions are interested in enabling neighborhoods, they tend to focus on interventions and see convening as a means to their ends. An even more productive function could be to act as a neutral convener.

Visionary Leadership in Community Building

How do we create a culture, a way of being together that affirms our relatedness? Peter talks with Nicole Farkouh about visionary leadership, personal versus communal transformation and building community in organizations, neighborhoods and beyond.

Open Street Project

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. 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, and policymaking fields....

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

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Local Initiatives Support Corporation

SSIR: Groundbreaking study looks at how neighborhood networks anchor community gains

In this week’s Stanford Social Innovation Review, LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones takes a close look at the outcomes from one of the largest single-city community development efforts in the country, the decade-long New Communities Program (NCP) in Chicago. Most notable, Jones writes, is data on community networks and how closely they connect to local growth and opportunity. The evidence confirms what community developers have long assumed but previously never proven: a durable local infrastructure of nonprofits, businesses, and other stakeholders is able to both attract and absorb capital in ways that measurably improve residents’ quality of life.

Helping Americans Live Longer

Why is the U.S. falling behind other wealthy nations when it comes to life expectancy? LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones tells the New York Times that underinvestment in core human needs like housing, education and jobs is damaging the health outlook for millions of Americans. He pointed to innovative partnerships, like LISC's collaboration with Toledo-based ProMedica, as a way to raise standards of living and improve longevity. “Let’s make this the new standard of care…,” he urged.

Home-Grown Talent Lifts Communities

LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones takes a hopeful look at the future in an interview with Philanthropy News Digest, pointing to the wealth of untapped talent in American communities as evidence that there are gains yet to come. "The question is, what do we do as a society to ensure that these people are able to fulfill their promise?” For LISC, that includes a range of local investments, from employment skills training to entrepreneurship to affordable housing development, all of which help expand economic opportunity and support a good quality of life.

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