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Featured Blog Posts – June 2015 Archive (18)

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

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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Money and the Civic Impulse

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 Street Project

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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Local Initiatives Support Corporation

JPMorgan Chase Fuels Economic Development in Philly, Milwaukee

LISC-led coalitions in Milwaukee and Philadelphia are among the four winners of this year’s JPMorgan Chase PRO Neighborhoods competition. In each city, local partners are pooling their expertise and resources to drive major community-focused economic development plans that revitalize commercial corridors, spur small businesses, create jobs and raise standards of living for residents.

Fast Company: ‘26x26’ Will Boost Soccer, Kids, Communities

Soccer fans have been cheering LISC's $30 million collaboration with Lionsraw and American Outlaws to fuel soccer facilities and youth programming in underserved communities. But the effort to invest in 26 fields by the 2026 World Cup is about much more than scoring goals; the program is set to empower 1 million kids and improve the health of their communities as well. Fast Company takes an in-depth look.

Hispanic Heritage Is Integral to the American Experiment—and American Potential

LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones marks the close of Hispanic Heritage Month reflecting on the extraordinary talent and assets Latino Americans inject into our communities, and how our partnerships work to harness those assets for the benefit of all.

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