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November 2014 Blog Posts (30)

Coming Out from Under the Stereotype

http://tomficklin.blogspot.com/2014/11/coming-out-from-under-stereotype.html

Was thinking that this free mind meld and sharing opportunity could produce real fruit- all are welcome, Belated Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Added by THOMAS FICKLIN on November 29, 2014 at 10:59am — No Comments

Charter Schools Suspend More than Traditional Schools

The information in the blog below, starting with the topic: Charter Schools Suspend, etc., was taken in its entirety from an article written by James Vaznis in the Boston Globe, dated Nov. 19, 2014.  His email contact information is at the end of the post.  The article raises several salient questions for parents, education administrators and teachers.  Importantly, it requires us…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on November 28, 2014 at 8:22pm — 1 Comment

National Conference Call for White People

http://tomficklin.blogspot.com/2014/11/national-conference-for-white-people-on.html

Please join us for an important call to engage more white people in racial justice work in the aftermath of the Grand Jury in Ferguson. We will be discussing state violence and the impact it has in all of our communities, specifically communities of color. We will share strategies for engaging…

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Added by THOMAS FICKLIN on November 28, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Holidays at Grove Street Cemetery

To All Readers Far and Wide -

The first snowfall at Grove Street Cemetery is a one of a mirific vista - to be enjoyed by all. It is a really nice stroll to view the…

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Added by Patricia B. Illingworth on November 26, 2014 at 3:43pm — No Comments

Serious As a Heart Attack

Former Police Officer Kevin Ewing shares some really sobering comments and reflections replete with insight re the ongoing intersectionality of law versus justice. http://tomficklin.blogspot.com/2014/11/thank-you-kevin-for-this-dead-serious.html

Added by THOMAS FICKLIN on November 25, 2014 at 4:05am — No Comments

Nonprofit Executive Term Limits

Why don't CEO's have term limits like boards? Really, why don't they?

And, why am I asking? Because the Wall Street Journal noted today that the Anti-Defamation League has announced a replacement for its longtime national director who is leaving after almost a half century working for the Jewish nonprofit. The New York-based organization on Thursday said Jonathan Greenblatt will take the helm when 74-year-old Abraham Foxman steps down in July 2015.

If I'm doing my math…

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Added by Mike Burns on November 24, 2014 at 3:42pm — No Comments

APATHY! Indifference? Racism? No One Called 911!

In the Nov. 21, 2014 New Haven Independent we read an article titled: No On Called 911.

“Help! Help!” Bret Bird screamed. A dozen or more bystanders could see him being attacked. They could hear him. The article began.  It is written by Paul Bass; the article is extensive, and as is often the case deals with many more issues than just a…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on November 24, 2014 at 11:38am — No Comments

Mayor Harp Proclaims 11/29 "Small Business Saturday" in New Haven

On Tuesday, November 25 at 10:30 AM in City Hall, Mayor Toni N. Harp and other notable public officials will promote small business in the city by proclaiming Saturday, November 29, 2014 as “Small Business Day” in New Haven.  After the press event, the public will be invited to join her and other public officials on a guided walk across the Green, down Chapel Street, and then up York Street to Broadway to call attention to a number of new retailers that recently have opened their businesses…

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Added by Stephen Fontana on November 24, 2014 at 9:15am — No Comments

Could the Newtown - Sandy Hook School Massacre Been Avoided?

The Office-of-the-Child-Advocate Makes Its Report, Nov. 21, 2014.

Agency Report: Schools Helped Lanza's Mom 'Appease' Him”

"The state Agency Report also provocatively asks whether a family that was not white or as affluent as the Lanzas would have been given the same leeway to manage treatment for their troubled child."  In…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on November 23, 2014 at 10:40pm — No Comments

MEDICARE ENROLLMENT UPDATE FOR 2015

Have you received a “Medicare & You 2015 Handbook?  It is the official US Government Medicare Handbook and provides clear guidelines to all aspects of Medicare health coverage.  If you have not received a copy, visit:

http://www.medicare.gov/medicare-and-you/medicare-and-you.html

It contains…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on November 20, 2014 at 10:56pm — No Comments

Agency Applications Available to Host A Yale University Summer Fellow

Yale University seeks applications from nonprofit and public sector agencies in the City of New Haven for the 2015 President's Public Service Fellowship. Since 1994, more than 700 Yale University undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students have contributed over 200,000 hours of community service to New Haven nonprofit and public sector agencies as President’s Public Service…

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Added by Karen King on November 20, 2014 at 5:01pm — No Comments

Nonprofit Board Policy

Today's Wall Street Journal article on corporate branding as a source of revenue for children's musuems introduces some great nonprofit board policy questions. Making policy to inform day-to-day decisions is part of a nonprofit board's fiduciary duty of care. Policy also reduces the need for a nonprofit's management to need board action on every single decision.

According to the article, corporate branding can play a significant role in the sustainability of a nonprofit. Children's…

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Added by Mike Burns on November 17, 2014 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Health Insurance (ACA) Penalty for 2015 is $325 - Sign-UP!

The Sign-Up dates for 2015 ACA coverage are Nov. 15, 2014 through Feb. 15, 2015.

The Penalty for not having health insurance coverage in 2015 will be $325!

The Cost Penalty for not having health insurance coverage in 2014 was $95, or one percent of your taxable household income, whichever is greater.  In 2016 the penalty…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on November 14, 2014 at 11:09am — No Comments

How Are We Raising Children Today? What Are Our Objectives?

Activist, filmmaker and writer, Crystal Emery has written a very insightful and thought-provoking article in the New Haven Independent. It is an article we should all read.

In the NHI Article titled:  “Who Is Raising Our Children” Ms Emery wrote the following:

“Truth be told, if we are not around, there is no way of knowing what kind of unhealthy world view and moral code our kids…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on November 14, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments

Skilled Police Officers & Educators Critical In Communities

“She Hugged Her Son When She Got Home” is the title of a Nov. 7, 2014 article in the New Haven Independent. The article is honoring Sgt. Elisa Tuozzoli as Cop of The Week.  As is so often the case with articles written by Paul Bass-- this article is filled with the type of information that forces readers to think carefully and broadly.

In one story about a…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on November 10, 2014 at 2:45pm — No Comments

Nonprofit Rogue Board

What happens when all the lines of governance and ownership and family and program and action and, well just about everything, get entangled with "issues"? The following story about a Charter School and its "arm".

MARTHA WOODALL, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

When Imhotep Institute Charter High School opened its new building in East Germantown five years ago, officials dubbed the $10 million facility "the Miracle on 21st Street."

Now, as the school with an African-centered…

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Added by Mike Burns on November 10, 2014 at 9:53am — No Comments

It’s Not Too Late to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes – Live Empowered

Nearly 29.1 million Americans have Diabetes; it is a serious and costly disease in which blood glucose (blood sugar) levels are above normal. Most people with diabetes have type 2, which used to be called adult-onset diabetes.   In years past type 2 diabetes was seen mostly in people over age 45.  Now in 2014 more young people, even children, have the disease because many are overweight or obeseMany…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on November 7, 2014 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Kicking Ebola to the Curb

Hi everyone, Just wanted to be sure you had heard about the opportunity to " Drive Out Ebola". Take care as always and thanks in advance for your donations. This city wide effort really does exemplify and illustrate what can happen when we publicly align and support for a cause greater than our individual objectives. http://tomficklin.blogspot.com/2014/11/city-pitches-in-for-sierra-leones-ebola.html

Added by THOMAS FICKLIN on November 7, 2014 at 2:28am — No Comments

Wages for Housework? Four Divergent Perspectives Highlighted in The New York Times

The New York Times recently published a “Room for Debate” column featuring four different perspectives on the topic “Wages for Housework.” The premise of the debate: that housework – including child care – is generally unpaid labor, except when others are hired to perform it. A professional child care provider…

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Added by Jessica Sager on November 6, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Blacks, Latinos Make Up 54% of NHPD New Police Recruits

With Blacks being 33 percent, and Hispanics/Latinos being 27 percent (for a total of 60 percent) of New Haven residents, it is only logical that the NHPD new police officers should look more like the residents.  The class of 37 new police recruits will start their training on Nov. 10, 2014. This is one leg of an extensive hurdle for the NHPD —finding Black and Latino officers. With this…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on November 5, 2014 at 3:01pm — No Comments

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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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