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What Happened to Serena Williams at the U.S. Open Happens to Black Girls in School Every Day

Serena Williams, decidedly the greatest athlete of our generation, is no stranger to the obstacles of being a strong, Black woman. This past weekend at the U.S. Open in the final match between her and Naomi Osaka, Williams—who was competing for her 24th Grand Slam tournament win—was charged with three penalty code violations, contributing to her ultimate defeat and a victory…

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Added by Lee Cruz on September 14, 2018 at 6:44pm — No Comments

Congrats to Westville and all of New Haven's skating and biking community...

on the opening of our New Haven Skate Park at Edgewood Park. See the pictures made by two great New Haven photographers:

On the I Love New Haven blog by Leigh Busby: Edgewood Skatepark Grand Opening

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On Facebook by Misty from Lotta Studios:…

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Added by Lee Cruz on September 10, 2018 at 4:30pm — No Comments

How Well-Intentioned White Families Can Perpetuate Racism - The Atlantic Magazine

When Margaret Hagerman was trying to recruit white affluent families as subjects for the research she was doing on race, one prospective interviewee told her, “I can try to connect you with my colleague at work who is black. She might be more helpful.”... https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/09/white-kids-race/569185/

Added by Lee Cruz on September 5, 2018 at 1:58pm — No Comments

CRIMINALIZING SCHOOLKIDS

Synopsis: Many of the children who are presently gearing up for a new school year are also preparing to face police on a daily basis. The numbers of cops in schools is growing, which often means that instead of a detention or a timeout, routine misbehavior can result in arrest and criminal charges — with children of color disproportionately impacted. The U.S. Department of Education recently released data collected from America’s 96,000 public schools. That data shows that students of color…

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Added by Lee Cruz on September 5, 2018 at 10:02am — No Comments

The Mind Is a Difference-Seeking Machine: the Study of Implicit Bias

Synopsis: The emerging science of implicit bias is one of the most promising fields for animating the human change that makes social change possible. The social psychologist Mahzarin Banaji is one of its primary architects. She understands the mind as a “difference-seeking machine” that helps us order and navigate the overwhelming complexity of reality. But this gift also creates blind spots and biases, as we fill in what we don’t know with the limits of what we do know. This is science that…

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Added by Lee Cruz on September 5, 2018 at 9:56am — No Comments

Living in a poor neighborhood changes everything about your life

In 1940, a white developer wanted to build a neighborhood in Detroit. So he asked the US Federal Housing Administration to back a loan. The FHA, which was created just six years earlier to help middle-class families buy homes, said no because the development was too close to an "inharmonious" racial group. Meaning black people.

It wasn't surprising. The housing administration …

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Added by Lee Cruz on August 13, 2018 at 3:33pm — No Comments

DISABILITY RIGHTS STORYTELLERS FELLOWSHIP

The Disability Rights Storytellers Fellowship managed by Rooted in Rights and AAPD provides the opportunity for individuals with disabilities to learn and apply skills in digital media storytelling, and to connect with media professionals to prepare participants for advanced careers in media production, journalism, online advocacy, or digital design. The project combines hands-on…

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Added by Lee Cruz on August 8, 2018 at 12:26pm — No Comments

7 Ways We Know Systemic Racism Is Real

It wasn’t too long ago that a lot of people were talking about a post-racial America. We had elected a Black president for the first time, and then went ahead and re-elected him four years later, and the country was feeling pretty good about itself.

While Barack Obama’s presidency was indeed a profound and…

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Added by Lee Cruz on August 3, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

DIVERSE: Issues in Higher Education - The Opposite of Progress

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June 28, 2018

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This week marks the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision that gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965. An act that single handedly transformed American politics by ushering in more American Indians,…

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Added by Lee Cruz on August 1, 2018 at 10:47am — No Comments

From The Y Blog- SUMMER SCREEN TIME: HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?

Summertime means more free time for youth. Without the school day to occupy them, many children and teens find themselves entertained by TV, video games, websites and digital devices.  While these devices can be comforting on a rainy day or a means of decompressing, many parents, caregivers and camp staff may wonder: How is screen time affecting the health and development of…
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Added by Lee Cruz on July 30, 2018 at 2:57pm — No Comments

NEW FREEDOM FUND TAXI VOUCHER PROGRAM

It's about inclusion. You can't be included unless you're present and you can't be present unless you're able to get there. Inclusion happens when you start breaking down barriers.©

Metro Taxi is driving efforts to give people with disabilities more freedom.…

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Added by Lee Cruz on July 24, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

SSIR: On Shared Vision and a New Social Compact

By Robert K. Ross Jul. 17, 2018

Civic engagement and community voice make up the secret sauce of US democracy. We need a new, community-generated social compact to assert the vision and policy framework for an inclusive 21st-century America.…

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Added by Lee Cruz on July 17, 2018 at 5:36pm — No Comments

THE SHARED PROSPERITY PARTNERSHIP Report on Building Shared Prosperity in America’s Cities

The strength of American cities – and the nation as a whole – depends on generating inclusive growth for people of all races, ethnicities, and incomes...

Continued: http://www.sharedprosperitypartnership.org/

REPORT on: Building Shared Prosperity in America’s Cities…

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Added by Lee Cruz on July 16, 2018 at 6:00pm — No Comments

NPQ: Black Lives Matter at Five: Activists Take Stock

Black Lives Matter at Five: Activists Take Stock

The acquittal of George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting…

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Added by Lee Cruz on July 16, 2018 at 5:59pm — No Comments

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

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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

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.

Maurice A. Jones On... (Episode #12)

We’re back! Tune in to this month’s podcast to hear a reflection on how we can best pursue inclusive economic growth by leveraging the assets of communities of color and low-income communities across the country. Special guest Andre Perry from the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program joins Maurice and Morgan to share his perspective on a strategy for highlighting these strengths drawing on his research and work in majority-Black cities. Look out for future special guests in the coming months, as we reflect back and forge ahead as LISC turns 40.

Top Reads, Week of 9/10/2018

Check out our top three reads of the week connected to community development work. This week, we're reading all about unemployment versus underemployment and how those issues impact housing and homelessness, financial stability and policy.

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