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United for New Haven Mosque

A mosque in New Haven was intentionally set on fire on 12th May 2019, the 7th day of Ramadan. "The fire that scarred the Diyanet Mosque of New Haven Sunday was intentionally set" said New Haven, Fire Chief John Alston. See also,…

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Added by Lee Cruz on May 15, 2019 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Huge Racial Disparities Found in Deaths Linked to Pregnancy

African-American, Native American and Alaska Native women are about three times more likely to die from causes related to pregnancy, compared to white women in the United States.

A pregnant woman at a medical appointment at a clinic in…
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Added by Lee Cruz on May 8, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

More millennials moving to Connecticut

The New Haven-Milford area has emerged as one of the the nation’s top spots for millennials on the move.

That’s according to a new study by the National Association of Realtors....

Source: CT Post…

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Added by Lee Cruz on April 26, 2019 at 5:30pm — No Comments

A Community Foundation in Indiana Adopts Comprehensive Equity Approach

April 11, 2019; Indianapolis Business Journal

“The Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) has a new five-year plan to make Indianapolis a more inclusive city—and it involves tackling criminal justice reform,…

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Added by Lee Cruz on April 17, 2019 at 2:32pm — No Comments

The Dalios’ $100 million gift has strings attached

Last week, Ray and Barbara Dalio announced their $100 million donation to support education and economic development in Connecticut. It’s an impressive amount, almost impossible for our struggling state to reject.

But it comes with strings attached...…

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Added by Lee Cruz on April 17, 2019 at 10:09am — No Comments

Public Cost of Low-Wage Work in New England

By Ian Eve Perry and Ken Jacobs…
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Added by Lee Cruz on April 15, 2019 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Against metrics: how measuring performance by numbers backfires

Jerry Z Muller is professor of history at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D C. His most recent book is …

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Added by Lee Cruz on April 7, 2019 at 11:30am — No Comments

A Yale Student’s Letter to Julia Keleher and the Yale Education Leadership Conference

APR 5, 2019   5:05 PM

Original letter published …

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Added by Lee Cruz on April 7, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments

Teaching Students How to Deal With Stress

Strategies to help upper elementary and middle school kids who have experienced trauma understand and control their emotions.

Source - Edutopia: https://www.edutopia.org/article/teaching-students-how-deal-stress

Added by Lee Cruz on March 25, 2019 at 10:47am — No Comments

Why “Defy”? Why “The Lie”?

Some people ask me why CHN keeps insisting that in order to heal, we, as people of African ancestry, must Defy the Lie of Black Inferiority and Embrace the Truth of Black Humanity.  

“Can’t you find some softer language?” they ask.

Sure, we could. But...

Source -  Community healing Network Blog:…

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Added by Lee Cruz on March 25, 2019 at 10:22am — No Comments

HOW DOES MUSIC AFFECT YOUR BRAIN? EVERY IMAGINABLE WAY

WAKING UP. WORKING out. Riding the bus. Music is an ever-present companion for many of us, and its impact is undeniable. You know music makes you move and triggers emotional responses, but how and why? What changes when you play music, rather than simply listen? In the latest episode of Tech Effects, we tried to find out. Our first stop was USC's Brain & Creativity Institute, where I headed into the…

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Added by Lee Cruz on March 25, 2019 at 10:03am — No Comments

Housing Crisis Support Still Available for Those Evacuated from Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria

Funding is still available from the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) to help people who have been evacuated from Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria who are continuing to experience a housing crisis.

This funding can be used to help stabilize housing through support such as rental assistance, security deposits, moving costs, utility assistance, credit repair, bus passes to employment, and more.

If you were evacuated from Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria and are…

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Added by Lee Cruz on March 21, 2019 at 11:39am — No Comments

Unpacking the Power of Privileged Neighborhoods

A new study shows that growing up in an affluent community brings “compounding privileges” and higher educational attainment—especially for white residents.,,

City Lab: …

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Added by Lee Cruz on March 19, 2019 at 2:14pm — No Comments

Dear White Teachers: You Can't Love Your Black Students If You Don't Know Them

OPINION
Dear White Teachers: You Can't Love Your Black Students If You Don't Know Them
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Added by Lee Cruz on March 19, 2019 at 11:07am — No Comments

Making Connections: 53 Teenagers Suggest Creative Ways to Link School Curriculum to the World of 2019

By Katherine Schulten

Over 2,000 students took…

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Added by Lee Cruz on March 16, 2019 at 6:22pm — No Comments

Using Arts Education to Help Other Lessons Stick

The arts can be a source of joy in a child’s day, and also come in handy for memorizing times tables.…

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Added by Lee Cruz on March 16, 2019 at 6:00pm — No Comments

How to prepare yourself for a good end of life

My parents lived good lives and expected to die good deaths. They exercised daily, ate plenty of fruits and vegetables, and kept, in their well-organized files, boilerplate advance health directives. But when he was 79, my beloved and seemingly vigorous father came up from his basement study, put on the kettle for tea, and had a devastating stroke. For the next 6½ years, my mother and I watched, heartbroken and largely helpless, as he descended into dementia, near-blindness and misery.…

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Added by Lee Cruz on March 16, 2019 at 5:52pm — No Comments

Dalai Lama: We need an education of the heart

When the president of the United States says “America first,” he is making his voters happy. I can understand that. But from a global perspective, this statement isn’t relevant. Everything is interconnected today...

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Added by Lee Cruz on March 16, 2019 at 4:54pm — No Comments

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An Open Streets Family Reunion: Reflections from the 2018 Open Streets Summit

By Ryan O’Connor, Director of Programs, 8 80 Cities Recently 8 80 Cities wrote a blog post about open streets being a labour of love. That being the case, the 2018 Open Streets Summit in New Orleans felt like a family reunion of sorts. It was rejuvenating to see old and new friends who share our passion for open streets and are working tirelessly to create healthier, happier, and more connected communities across the world. The event, which took place on September 15-16, brought together more than 50 leaders who currently organize open streets programs or are interested in bringing the...

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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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Local Initiatives Support Corporation

“Four Years, $13 Million and Dozens of Hands”: MarketWatch Dives Deep Into LISC’s Work in D.C.

A deeply-reported MarketWatch article unpacks the incredibly complex process of creating affordable housing by profiling an apartment complex in Washington D.C. that LISC has helped preserve. Extensive interviews with our CEO, LISC D.C. executive director Ramon Jacobson and senior program officer Adam Kent are at the heart of this emblematic story of how we bring together private and public capital partners with developers and residents, and work to empower people to stay in the places they call home. A must read.

U.S. Treasury Awards $60 Million in New Market Tax Credits to LISC

The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, part of the U.S. Treasury department, announced the recipients of $3.5 billion in New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocations for 2019. $60 million was allocated to LISC’s subsidiary, the New Markets Support Company. Since its inception, NMSC has harnessed $1 billion in tax credits to offer flexible capital for projects that benefit low-income communities across the count--projects ranging from Cincinatti’s CityLink Center, home to 15 social service agencies, to a health clinic-plus-grocery store in Brockton, MA to the public library in Petersburg, VA.

We’re Not Spending Nearly Enough to Reduce Homelessness

Ricardo Flores, ED of LISC San Diego, published an emphatic op-ed in the Voice of San Diego about the desperate need for more local and state spending to alleviate homelessness. As in nearly every part of the country, San Diego’s homeless population is growing, and last year suffered a Hepatitis A outbreak. “Today’s homelessness crisis has the potential to worsen into a catastrophic public health disaster,” warned Flores, explaining that preventive strategies, housing and support services demand much greater investment to head off a larger crisis.

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