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We Have Ruined Childhood

According to the psychologist Peter Gray, children today are more depressed than they were during the Great Depression and more anxious than they were at the height of the Cold War. A 2019 study published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology found that between 2009 and 2017, rates of depression rose by more than 60 percent among those ages 14 to…

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Added by Lee Cruz on September 4, 2019 at 1:01pm — No Comments

How Life Became an Endless, Terrible Competition

In the summer of 1987, I graduated from a public high school in Austin, Texas, and headed northeast to attend Yale. I then spent nearly 15 years studying at various universities—the London School of Economics, the University of Oxford, Harvard, and finally Yale Law School—picking up a string of degrees along the way. Today, I teach at Yale Law, where my students unnervingly resemble my younger self: They are, overwhelmingly, products of professional…

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Added by Lee Cruz on August 22, 2019 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The 1619 Project - The New York Times

Our democracy’s founding ideals were false when they were written. Black Americans have fought to make them true.
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Added by Lee Cruz on August 14, 2019 at 11:27am — No Comments

The Struggle Continues: Bryan Stevenson Speaks On True Justice And Tradition

When one mentions the name Bryan Stevenson in social and criminal justice spaces, it is met with reverence and respect.

Stevenson, 59, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative based in Montgomery, Alabama, has been in the trenches and at the front lines in the fight against the death penalty. He has argued five cases before the United States Supreme Court and, through EJI, has won reversals, relief or release from…

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Added by Lee Cruz on August 13, 2019 at 2:07pm — No Comments

Their Family Bought Land One Generation After Slavery...

The Reels Brothers Spent Eight Years in Jail for Refusing to Leave It.





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Added by Lee Cruz on August 2, 2019 at 12:50pm — No Comments

Openings for Students in the PreKindergarten: New Haven Early Childhood Department

The New Haven Early Childhood Department still has openings for students in the PreKindergarten.

Requirements: 

  • MUST be a New Haven resident.
  • MUST be 3 or 4 years old and
  • Must NOT already enrolled in a PreK program OR be on the NHPS Magnet Pre-K waitlist

If you meet these criteria call 475-220-1463 for information about available free and low cost Pre-K programs.

Added by Lee Cruz on August 1, 2019 at 4:15pm — No Comments

How Geographic Data Can Help Address Social Determinants of Health

An individual’s zip code is more predictive of her health than her genetic code, but it’s not just zip code data that can help tackle social determinants of health...…

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Added by Lee Cruz on July 29, 2019 at 1:18pm — No Comments

LOL Something Matters

We’ve been told that facts have lost their power, that debunking lies only makes them stronger, and that the internet divides us. Don’t believe any of it...

https://slate.com/health-and-science/2018/01/weve-been-told-were-living-in-a-post-truth-age-dont-believe-it.html

Added by Lee Cruz on July 23, 2019 at 4:13pm — No Comments

Elementary Education Has Gone Terribly Wrong

In the early grades, U.S. schools value reading-comprehension skills over knowledge. The results are devastating, especially for poor kids.

At first glance, the…

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Added by Lee Cruz on July 18, 2019 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Tito’s Vodka Gives Its Employees the Power to Choose Charities

The company gives each worker a budget to support nonprofits. It has limited its marketing budget in favor of giving more away to good causes...

https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Tito-s-Vodka-Gives-Its/246541

Added by Lee Cruz on July 17, 2019 at 1:45pm — No Comments

The state might not provide a grant to community nonprofits this year. The effects would be painful.

For the…

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Added by Lee Cruz on July 16, 2019 at 2:58pm — No Comments

The Man With the $13 Billion Checkbook

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Added by Lee Cruz on July 16, 2019 at 2:53pm — No Comments

Change Agents: Kaywin Feldman and Bryan Stevenson on Embracing Empathy and Confronting American Racism in Museums -ARTnews

KATHERINE MCMAHON/ARTNEWS

Kaywin Feldman is director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. When she assumed her post this spring, as the first woman to lead the institution, she followed a nearly three-decade stint by Earl “Rusty” Powell III as the leader of a museum established in 1937 with a donation by financier and art collector Andrew W. Mellon and…

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Added by Lee Cruz on July 4, 2019 at 9:47am — No Comments

10 Important Black Women in U.S. History

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Why Is Preschool Important? Debunking the Myths

Now that we’re parents ourselves, the tables have turned. We’re faced with myriad of decisions about where to send our kids to school, which play dates to organize, where we should spend extra money in the store’s organic section or what to do when our little one is bullied. Why do our childhoods seem like the ancient past, and how did our parents survive this constant decision-making process without completely sabotaging our development?

Parents have important choices to make…

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Added by Lee Cruz on June 27, 2019 at 4:23pm — No Comments

A History of the American Public Library

A visual exploration of how a critical piece of social infrastructure came to be.

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Added by Lee Cruz on June 24, 2019 at 2:11pm — No Comments

When will a white man say what Ta-Nehisi Coates said?

How can it be that, in 2019, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates was forced to give testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee that sounded like it could have been given in front of the Joint Committee on Reconstruction in 1866? How is it that, more than a century and a half after the end of the Civil War, a black man…

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Added by Lee Cruz on June 24, 2019 at 2:04pm — No Comments

Mindfulness Can Literally Change Your Brain

The business world is abuzz with mindfulness. But perhaps you haven’t heard that the hype is backed by hard science. Recent research provides strong evidence that practicing non-judgmental, present-moment awareness (a.k.a. mindfulness) changes the brain, and it does so in…

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Added by Lee Cruz on June 14, 2019 at 11:06am — No Comments

Volunteering Is the Best Kept Secret for Mental Health

There are horse barns in New York City. A lot of people don't realize this, but I'm lucky enough to have uncovered this secret through volunteering at a therapeutic riding program for children with disabilities. A couple of Sundays a month, I get up early, drink my coffee on the train to Forest Hills, and spend a few hours helping kids with their riding lessons...…

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Added by Lee Cruz on June 7, 2019 at 2:34pm — No Comments

The Racial Reckoning Comes

Trump has changed our national narrative.

David Brooks

By David Brooks

Opinion…

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Added by Lee Cruz on June 7, 2019 at 2:30pm — 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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The Warmth of Family, the Taste of Mexico

We launch our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month this year with the story of the Villegas family, owners of Los Originales Tacos Árabes de Puebla in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. Natives of Puebla, Mexico, Merced and Alfredo Villegas run one of the city’s most beloved food trucks, and are emblematic of Hispanic immigrants to the U.S. who have not only enriched the cultural, social—and culinary—terrain of this country, but stoke the economy through their energetic entrepreneurship, creativity and resilience. (All photos courtesy of Inclusive Action for the City.)

Geoff Jolley is the New Executive Director of LISC Kansas City

LISC has named Geoff Jolley to lead its ambitious community investment plans in Kansas City. Jolley, who has spent decades working on the interests of local residents as both a policy expert and community leader, takes the helm of LISC Kansas City this month to oversee work on affordable housing, economic development, health, community safety and jobs.

New “SchoolPrint” Program Funds Expert Advice to Develop Charter Schools Facilities

LISC has launched a new program to help connect charter school operators to experts in facilities development. Called SchoolPrint: Charter School Project Management, the program will advance development plans that deliver top-notch school facilities while also keeping dollars in the classroom. “Our goal is to protect the interests of students and teachers, and to fuel the development of schools that are assets to their communities,” noted LISC's Eva Schweitzer.

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