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Lee Cruz's Blog – September 2018 Archive (9)

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PRISONERS GO ON STRIKE?

As wildfires raged in California this summer, over 2000 of the firefighters on site were paid just one dollar per hour to battle the blaze. These firefighters were volunteers from inside of California's prison system. They're part of a national workforce of incarcerated people paid pennies per hour and sometimes nothing at all for hourly labor benefiting the U.S. economy. Driven in part by demands for better working conditions and wages, incarcerated workers last month began a…

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Added by Lee Cruz on September 28, 2018 at 9:37am — No Comments

Implicit Bias Isn't Discrimination. But It Leads to It - Citylab

In April, a Starbucks manager in Philadelphia called the police on two black men sitting peacefully inside a coffee shop. The culprit, according to Starbucks’ CEO and the city’s mayor, was implicit bias—subconscious thought that…

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Added by Lee Cruz on September 27, 2018 at 3:59pm — No Comments

FROM SURVIVING TO THRIVING: Navigating Today's Management and Financial Challenges

Download your PDF copy of this flyer here.…

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Added by Lee Cruz on September 26, 2018 at 5:01pm — No Comments

New Grant Opportunity: Communities of Color Nonprofit Stabilization Capacity Building Grants

DEADLINE TO APPLY: October 5, 2018

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Added by Lee Cruz on September 18, 2018 at 10:21am — No Comments

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

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Foreclosure Risk is Growing, With No Relief in Sight

Homeowners and small landlords are under mounting pressure, as lost income related to COVID-19 leaves them with month after month of unpaid debt and limited ability to catch up. The loss of wealth could impact the next generation and beyond, especially in communities of color, warns LISC’s Denise Scott. “Just as COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on the health of Black and Brown families, so too is it exacerbating our racial wealth gap, which already saps so much from our national potential.”

Unlocking Corporate Treasuries for Racial Equity: A Podcast with LISC's George Ashton

George Ashton III, who oversees LISC's Strategic Investments department, joined a recent episode of the podcast Money + Meaning to discuss LISC's Black Economic Development Fund. The conversation delved into the growth of CDFIs and their role in economic development and how more corporations can direct their capital towards systems change that promotes racial equity.

How CDFIs and the UN Can Align the Measure of their Common Goals

By adopting a set of universal benchmarks established by the United Nations—the UN Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs—Community Development Financial Institutions can streamline the way they measure and demonstrate the investments they've been making for decades to help create equity and wellbeing for people and places in the United States. A blog by LISC's Anna Smukowski and the OFN's Andrea Longton explains how and why.

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