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Lee Cruz's Blog – November 2018 Archive (8)

Standoff at the Museum: Director Fired Days Before Exhibit on Police Violence Launches

Artist lauren…

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Added by Lee Cruz on November 26, 2018 at 10:47am — No Comments

The Future of Listening: How AI Can Help Us Connect to Human Need

How can you help someone in crisis feel better? It requires deeply human intelligence and…

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Added by Lee Cruz on November 26, 2018 at 10:42am — No Comments

The Future Of Connecticut's Changing Climate

A special program brought you by NEXT. John Dankosky hosts a conversation on climate change, clean energy, and how communities are coping. The show was recorded live at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, with climate game changers, including author and activist Bill McKibben...…

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Added by Lee Cruz on November 26, 2018 at 10:35am — No Comments

Fair and Just Prosecution - An Organization More People Should Know About...

Fair and Just Prosecution (FJP) brings together newly elected local prosecutors as part of a network of leaders committed to promoting a justice system grounded in fairness, equity, compassion, and fiscal responsibility. These recently elected leaders – and the vision they share for safer and healthier communities – are supported by FJP’s network through ongoing information sharing, research and resource materials, opportunities for on the ground learning, in-person convenings,…

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Added by Lee Cruz on November 21, 2018 at 11:44am — No Comments

Top-down, Meet Bottom-up (Elite Power, New Power, and Sharing Power)

by Paul Schmitz, CEO of Leading Inside Out and Senior Advisor to The Collective Impact Forum

Does change come from the bottom up or top down?

The simple answer is both — it often happens when there is collective leadership creating…

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Added by Lee Cruz on November 20, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

Why Do White Women Keep Voting for the GOP and Against Their Own Interests?

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Added by Lee Cruz on November 9, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act

Achieving A Better Life Experience for Connecticut Residents

BACKGROUND

 The federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act became law in 2014.  It gives individuals with disabilities the opportunity to establish tax-deferred savings accounts to maintain their independence.

Connecticut Public Act 15-80 was…

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Added by Lee Cruz on November 8, 2018 at 11:44am — No Comments

Racial discrimination linked to higher risk of chronic illness in African American women

Less-educated African American women who report experiencing high levels of racial discrimination may face greater risk of developing chronic diseases, says a new study by UC Berkeley researchers.…

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Added by Lee Cruz on November 7, 2018 at 11:49am — 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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Facebook Pledges $150 Million to Bay’s Future Fund and Affordable Housing

In just one year, thanks to a generous—and momentous—commitment of $150 million from Facebook, the innovative Bay’s Future Fund has nearly reached its $500 million goal. Now, LISC will help put these dollars to work promoting affordable housing development and helping shrink the wealth gap in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

The “Ripple Effect” of Investing in Rural America

We need to look at the impact of investing in rural community development on its own terms, argues Suzanne Anarde, outgoing vice president and director of Rural LISC in an essay for Shelterforce. Projects may not touch the numbers of people or generate the returns of urban investments, but their effects are every bit as important, and ripple far and wide through the small, intricately connected networks of rural life.

“Café, Cultura, Vida”

As Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close, we checked in with Sandra Flores, owner of Azukar Coffee, a small business percolating on the South Side of Phoenix that shows just how important a local gathering place can be to a neighborhood.

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