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Lee Cruz's Blog – January 2020 Archive (8)

New Zealand’s Wellbeing Budget Accounts for Success Based on More Than Money

Across many measures, New Zealand appears to be doing well: Its people are relatively healthy, well educated, and socially connected; material standards of living are high; and the unemployment rate is trending downward and is just below 4 percent.

But the country still faces significant challenges: Tens of thousands of children are living in poverty; young people in particular are struggling with their mental health; the rates of family violence are among the worst of Organisation…

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Added by Lee Cruz on January 30, 2020 at 3:35pm — No Comments

Is 110 hours of mandated testing demoralizing students? How could it not?

In August, the nightmares start.

Every teacher experiences the excitement, worry and sometimes dread as the first day of school approaches. It’s a combination of Christmas Eve and April 14.

Like most teachers, I spent my summer carefully crafting lesson plans. I spent weeks reading YA books and worked diligently on creating a week’s worth of team building activities to start the year with a positive classroom environment.

Then, …

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Added by Lee Cruz on January 28, 2020 at 8:58am — No Comments

Greta Thunberg isn't alone. Meet some other young activists who are leading the environmentalist fight

(CNN)Greta Thunberg has become a household name since she began her climate strikes in 2018, inspiring thousands of students to walk out of class and demand action on the climate crisis.…

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Added by Lee Cruz on January 28, 2020 at 8:52am — No Comments

ADA TITLE III Litigation: A 2019 Review And Hot Trends For 2020

Seyfarth synopsis:  ADA Title III lawsuits flooded federal courts in 2019 and will likely continue to do so in 2020 with new theories for the courts to consider. 

We are still tallying up the end-of-year numbers, but the number of ADA Title III lawsuits filed in federal courts by the end of November 2019 (10,206) exceeded the number of such lawsuits filed in all of 2018 (10,163).  California courts continue to be the busiest with roughly 43% of the lawsuits,…

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Added by Lee Cruz on January 21, 2020 at 4:35pm — No Comments

NYT Opinion: The Injustice of This Moment Is Not an ‘Aberration’

Ten years have passed since my book, “The New Jim Crow,” was published. I wrote it to challenge our nation to reckon with the recurring cycles of racial reform, retrenchment and rebirth of caste-like systems that have defined our racial history since slavery. It has been an astonishing decade. Everything and nothing has changed...…

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Added by Lee Cruz on January 21, 2020 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Can Applesauce Help Close The Racial Health Gap? No, Wait, Hear This Chef Out

For many people, a package of applesauce is simply a convenient lunchbox staple or a snack you turn to when you're feeling sick or can't keep much else down. But when Tunde Wey looks at applesauce, he sees a tool for social justice...…

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Added by Lee Cruz on January 15, 2020 at 11:11am — No Comments

Time Magazine: Donald Trump Is the Result of White Rage, Not Economic Anxiety

While the economic anxiety of Trump supporters is often touted as the driving force behind the mogul’s electoral college victory, that rationale is just a ruse, a clever red herring. The…

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Added by Lee Cruz on January 14, 2020 at 10:06pm — 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

There’s No Time to Wait to End the Legacy of Redlining

In a powerful, truth-telling op-ed, LISC San Diego executive director Ricardo Flores shows how his city must take intentional action to throw off the Jim Crow-era legacy of redlining that still prevents economic mobility for many San Diegans. That local example, and Flores’ arguments, are applicable to cities and towns all across the country. It’s imperative and high time that all municipalities heed the message.

“Black Money Matters, Black Lives Matter, We Matter.”

Fortune magazine takes a close look at how Black-owned financial institutions are helping raise the volume on the call for racial equity and attracting more private money to their communities. LISC's Black Economic Development Fund is featured in this must-read article as a prime example of how corporate capital can start to flow to Black banks, CDFIs and other businesses in ways that truly benefit people of color.

“Part of the Fabric of the City”: A Small Business Stays the Course in Detroit

Lowe’s $55 million commitment to LISC’s small business relief and recovery efforts is funding grants that will touch the lives of some 2,750 entrepreneurs. Rodney Haynes, a Detroit native who has dedicated his working life to being part of the city’s revival, is one of them.

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