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Lee Cruz's Blog – October 2019 Archive (18)

A Comprehensive Map of American Lynchings

Lynchings formed the bloody backdrop of Southern life for a century after the Civil War. Between the 1860s and 1960s, thousands of black Americans were killed in public acts of racial terror. Millions more fled to cities in the North and West in an effort to escape this environment. Many soon discovered that, in many ways, …

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 23, 2019 at 9:38am — No Comments

How 'Maintainers,' Not 'Innovators,' Make the World Turn

We need more stories about the labor that sustains society, a group of scholars say.

New technologies and their inventors are often celebrated as society’s heroes. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Larry Page: These are all contemporary “innovators” whose “…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 23, 2019 at 9:35am — No Comments

Why We Need to Dream Bigger Than Bike Lanes

There’s a quote that’s stuck with me for some time from Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom: "You know why people don't like liberals? Because they lose. If liberals are so f***ing smart, how come they lose so goddamn always?"

American urbanists and bike advocates are smart, or at least well informed. We know how important cycling is. We are educated about cycling cities in other parts of the world and how they are so much better for health, well-being, economics,…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 23, 2019 at 9:28am — No Comments

Yale study shows class bias creeps into the hiring process in just a matter of seconds

It’s well known that biases often creep into the hiring process, from preferring a candidate who went to a certain university to guessing someone’s interest in a role based solely on their…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 23, 2019 at 9:22am — No Comments

I’m black. My siblings aren’t. What people need to know about Latinos and diversity.

Boston Globe PERSPECTIVE | MAGAZINE

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 22, 2019 at 11:50am — No Comments

Navigating Main Streets as Places: A People-First Transportation Toolkit

Navigating Main Streets as Places: A People-First Transportation Toolkit provides guid­ance to Main Street leaders, community advocates, local officials, transportation professionals, and everyone else in between on how to: 1) Evaluate streets and transportation through the lens of placemaking, 2) Balance the needs of mobility and other street activities, and 3) Build stronger relationships with other decision-makers and the…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 21, 2019 at 3:27pm — No Comments

Don't Move People Out of Distressed Places. Instead, Revitalize Them

America’s growing geographic divide is causing experts and policy-makers to revisit one of the most fundamental policy questions:  When it comes to healing distressed places, should we favor people-based policies that essentially help residents relocate to more vibrant areas, or should we favor place-based policies that focus on rebuilding the economies of distressed places and creating new and better jobs for people where…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 21, 2019 at 3:19pm — No Comments

Take Your Nonprofit Blog From Good To Great With These 11 Elements

As a nonprofit, it’s important to spread your message with as many people as possible to encourage awareness, support and donations. Among the many platforms you can use to reach your desired audience, a blog is one of the most effective...…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 15, 2019 at 9:03am — No Comments

California's first surgeon general: Screen every student for childhood trauma

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris has an ambitious dream: screen every student for childhood trauma before entering school.

"A school nurse would also get a note from a physician that says: 'Here is the care plan for this child's toxic stress. And this is how it shows up,'" said Burke Harris, who was appointed…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 14, 2019 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Can You Have Revitalization Without Displacement?

Derek Avery owns COIR Holdings with his wife Bianca. At a glance, the company might look like any other developer, but it is committed to providing middle- and low-income housing in struggling neighborhoods. And not only that: when building in a neighborhood, the company doesn’t stop at housing. It takes a holistic approach by building education resources and investing in…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 14, 2019 at 11:02am — No Comments

Can New Haven neighborhoods share in downtown’s prosperity?

New Haven  Acuity Brands, with its wraparound view of the city from its 15th-floor home at the Century Tower Building, an engineering staff that is pulling in local talent, and its workers’ appreciation of the lifestyle amenities downtown, is a…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 9, 2019 at 12:20pm — No Comments

Adopt a Tree - Water a Treee

If you live in New Haven and want to adopt a free tree, URI's GreenSkills team is happy to come plant one in your front curbstrip, thanks to a partnership with the City of New Haven's Department of Parks, Recreation, and Trees!

https://uri.yale.edu/get-involved/request-free-tree

Even with these small rain showers, it is historically dry out there and extremely important that you give your tree(s) extra…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 8, 2019 at 10:51am — No Comments

Inside the Supreme Court Discrimination Cases That Could Change LGBTQ Rights

Until 2012, Aimee Stephens was, in her own words, “basically leading two different lives, one for work and one for home.” At work she dressed and presented as a cisgender man. Outside of work she dressed as, and could simply be, who she was: a woman...…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 7, 2019 at 11:34am — No Comments

How Being a 13-Year-Old Busboy Prepared Darren Walker to Lead the Ford Foundation

Mr. Walker rode the United States’ “mobility escalator” from rural Texas to Wall Street. Now he feels “both gratitude and rage” for a country that he says has reached an inflection point...

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/26/business/darren-walker-ford-foundation-corner-office.html

Added by Lee Cruz on October 3, 2019 at 12:22pm — No Comments

Get Food in New Haven

Get Connected New Haven, a one-stop connection to resources for all of the residents in New Haven, Connecticut!

Get Connected New Haven is a continually updated, comprehensive database of services provided by the City, non-profit and community organizations for New Haven residents. It is available in multiple languages. 

If you need food or if you know of someone in need of food in New…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 3, 2019 at 9:18am — 1 Comment

From @Sustain_Urban on Twitter: 10 characteristics of good urban/human design

10 characteristics of good urban/human design:

1 human scale

2 local identity

3 spatial/ historic context

4 options for/ease of mobility

5 embedded nature/ biodiversity

6 network of useable public spaces

7 mixed use

8 ability to personalise

9 resilience

10…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 2, 2019 at 4:04pm — No Comments

CT nonprofits developing for-profit arms as charitable giving stalls

Hartford nonprofit Harc Inc. is looking for an economic lifeline amid turbulent times for charitable giving.

After all, the Asylum Avenue-based nonprofit, which supports more than 400 people with intellectual disabilities, and other Connecticut charities understand that philanthropic giving in the state, and elsewhere, has declined or been flat in recent years...…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 2, 2019 at 3:59pm — 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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“It Has To Start With the Children”: Q&A With Juanita Woods

Rubinger Fellow Juanita Woods is a community development practitioner and city council member in Monroe, LA who specializes in helping people skill up to take on living-wage jobs with local employers. She spoke with LISC about her fellowship project to provide apprenticeships for young people, the challenges of wealth-building in historically underserved communities, and the inspiration she gets from empowering youth on their life journeys.

The Long Journey to a Healing Home

In honor of Veterans Day this year, we are highlighting Perry Point Veterans Village, an extraordinary supportive housing community for homeless vets created by HELP USA in tandem with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, NEF and many other dedicated partners. The development was 10 years in the making and involved a veritable high-wire act of aligning bureaucracies and funding sources and overcoming political opposition. The result is worth the struggle: 75 safe, affordable homes for veterans who'd been surviving on the streets and now have a bona fide new lease on life.

From Recidivism to Rebuilding Lives: Q&A With Kelly Orians

Kelly Orians is an attorney, a 2019 Rubinger Fellow and the co-director of the First 72+, a ground-breaking New Orleans re-entry program for people returning from incarceration. Orians spoke with LISC about the state of criminal justice in Louisiana, the challenges and successes her clients experience, and how her organization is helping lift the burden of entrenched bureaucracy and predatory debt that keeps so many people from gaining real freedom after release.

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