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Maternal Deaths Rising At Alarming Rate, But Who’s Counting?

Why do so many pregnant women and young mothers die?

Your guess is as good as our government’s. We simply don’t know. Even the statistics we have aren’t current, though from all indications the U.S.’s mortality rate is rising, as it is in Afghanistan and Sudan.

But in the U.S., the rate has risen by 136 percent between 1990 and 2013...…

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Added by Lee Cruz on July 13, 2018 at 4:08pm — No Comments

NPQ: Children of Color Need Long-Term Allies

Nonprofit Quarterly: By Ruth McCambridge   | July 9, 2018

Superficially, it seems that the current US presidential administration has it in for babies. Even as it…

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Added by Lee Cruz on July 10, 2018 at 11:38am — No Comments

World Record Attempt in New Haven...

Thats right folks! We are attempting a Guinness Book World Record for Most Vocal Solos in a Song on June 21, 2018.  



Musical Intervention, in partnership with Make Music New Haven, Arts Council of…

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Added by Lee Cruz on June 13, 2018 at 10:11am — No Comments

From the NYT: A Life-or-Death Crisis for Black Mothers

Black mothers and infants in the United States are far more likely to die than their white counterparts. The disparity has everything to do with the lived experience of race.

Listen here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/11/podcasts/the-daily/mortality-black-mothers-babies.html

Added by Lee Cruz on May 11, 2018 at 11:50am — No Comments

Next City: Why I Want Community Organizers to Tell Me Where to Invest

Seven years ago, I decided I wanted to become an impact investor. Before then, no one ever told me it was possible to make investment decisions based on my values rather than just financial returns. Once I learned there was this rising tide of “impact investing,” I was all in.

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Added by Lee Cruz on May 4, 2018 at 2:31pm — No Comments

Two Thought Provoking Opinion Pieces: #MeToo Movement NYT

What Do We Do With These Men?

By Katie J. M. Baker

Ms. Baker is an investigative reporter for BuzzFeed News who has covered institutional responses to sexual violence and…

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Added by Lee Cruz on May 4, 2018 at 2:27pm — No Comments

What Story will your Community Tell?

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Added by Lee Cruz on April 27, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Black Mothers Share the Devastating Impact of Racism in Maternal Health Care

Kimberly Lawson - VICE

In honor of Black Maternal Health Week, four Black women share their pregnancy and childbirth…

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Added by Lee Cruz on April 18, 2018 at 11:35am — No Comments

NYT- Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys

Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys

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Added by Lee Cruz on April 12, 2018 at 4:53pm — No Comments

How to Think about "Implicit Bias"

How to Think about "Implicit Bias"

Amidst a controversy, it’s important to remember that implicit bias is real—and it matters

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Added by Lee Cruz on April 2, 2018 at 11:45am — No Comments

From NPQ: The Newman’s Own Philanthropic Exception Is Now Law—What Will the Consequences Be?

The Newman’s Own Philanthropic Exception Is Now Law—What Will the Consequences Be?

March 27,…

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Added by Lee Cruz on April 2, 2018 at 11:38am — No Comments

NYT: Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys

Black boys raised in America, even in the wealthiest families and living in some of the most well-to-do neighborhoods, still earn less in adulthood than white boys with similar backgrounds, according to a sweeping new study that traced the lives of millions of children...…

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Added by Lee Cruz on March 19, 2018 at 10:11pm — No Comments

Do Nonprofits Need a “Truth in Advocacy” Policy?

Source: NPQ Wed. Feb.14 2018

When nonprofit and charitable organizations advocate, for whom are they actually speaking? When organizations claim to represent a specific constituency, must there be a process that includes that group in setting their advocacy agenda? When a group styles itself as a grassroots organization, must there actually be a grassroots structure? The evolution of the century-old American Jewish Congress illustrates why these questions are of…

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Added by Lee Cruz on February 15, 2018 at 9:41am — No Comments

It’s All About the Relationship: How Nonprofits Can Better Engage Next Gen Donors

Michael Moody - NonProfit Quarterly - Friday Jan 26.

Having survived yet another frenzied December giving season, we usually find ourselves in the new year reflecting on that end-of-year charitable scramble and what it means for the bigger picture. Unfortunately, these reflections can slide toward the negative. Both our holiday gift exchanges and our year-end giving can feel very transactional. And while these gifts are vital for…

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Added by Lee Cruz on January 26, 2018 at 9:26am — No Comments

Don't Miss Out on the Opportunity to get Your Message Out

When you join GNH Community you automatically have a blog page on the site. You can use this blog to post job openings, share information about something you need or let the community know about something you have to offer. You may also use the blog to share your thoughts and opinions, perhaps even something you wrote for another occasion that you would like to share with a broader…

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Added by Lee Cruz on January 10, 2018 at 1:12pm — 1 Comment

NYT- Racism’s Psychological Toll

Our screens and feeds are filled with news and images of black Americans dying or being brutalized. A brief and yet still-too-long list: Trayvon MartinTamir Rice, …

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Added by Lee Cruz on November 22, 2017 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Why Unconscious Bias Training Doesn't Close the Gender Gap: The Case for Gender Dynamics

Generic unconscious bias training and its umbrella intervention, diversity training, have been around for decades, but they have still failed to close the leadership gender gap. In their article Why Diversity Programs Fail, Frank Dobbin and Alexandra Kalev argue that this is because too much diversity training is mandatory, prompting resentment and defensiveness from managers. “Trainers tell us…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 30, 2017 at 1:21pm — No Comments

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Neighborhoods: What is Working

The Church and Proximity

How St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Westerville, Ohio created a new narrative for itself and been radically shaped by the community in which it lives and serves.

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.

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

The Real Stories Behind the Unemployment Story

An article in The Guardian examines the full and complex story behind the nation’s jobless numbers as it plays out in Kansas City. LISC’s Financial Opportunity Centers are highlighted as a partial solution to egregious rates of unemployment among African Americans, helping people to become “net cash positive” and to build plans that are “inspiring to them,” says LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones.

Zombie Homes, Revived, Bring New Life to Chicago Neighborhoods

Zombie homes—caught in foreclosure limbo and abandoned—have pocked thousands of American neighborhoods since the Great Recession. An article in U.S. News takes a close look at how zombie remediation strategies, like those that LISC supports, connect families with homes in need of care, and energize communities in the bargain. LISC's CEO Maurice A. Jones and Chicago staff describe the intensive, cross-sector work that makes it all happen

LISC Institute Retools for the Future

Nearly a decade ago, LISC created the Institute for Comprehensive Community Development as a platform for the dynamic exchange of knowledge and ideas about our shared work, and as a clearing house for best practices. Since then, it has trained thousands of people in the field and shared hundred of articles, opinions and research reports. Now, with renewed energy and leadership, we are delighted to be relaunching the Institute, equipped with an interactive website and a trove of fresh tools, views and data that will help propel our work into the future. Read all about it in a message from the Institute's founders.

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