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National Archives Whitewash the Historical Record—Again

It is hard to make good decisions without good data. From the scale of nationwide efforts to improve education and healthcare to the day-to-day decisions faced by boards and staff of the smallest…

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Added by Lee Cruz on February 10, 2020 at 10:04am — No Comments

Can Wood Construction Transform Cities From Carbon Source to Carbon Vault?

A new Yale study predicts that a transition to timber-based wood products in the construction of new housing, buildings, and infrastructure would not only offset enormous amounts of carbon emissions related to concrete and steel production — it could turn the world's cities into a vast carbon sink...…

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Added by Lee Cruz on February 3, 2020 at 2:24pm — No Comments

Voices from the Field: 6 Leadership Imperatives for Philanthropy, Centered on Racial Equity

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January 30, 2020

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Added by Lee Cruz on February 3, 2020 at 11:36am — No Comments

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

The Tragedy of the Yale Commons

When 18-year-old Stephen A. Schwarzman, the son of a Philadelphia dry-goods store owner, entered Yale in 1965, he took his meals, like all freshmen, in the Commons, a vast, baronial dining hall in a cluster of beaux-arts colossi that the university had constructed for its bicentennial in 1901. The Commons seemed to him like “a train station full of hundreds of people eating,” he recalls in his recently published business memoir, …

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Added by Lee Cruz on December 13, 2019 at 4:02pm — No Comments

CFGNH 2020 Neighborhood Leadership Program - Apply Now!

Get the 2020 Neighborhood Leadership Application here

Gathering of New Haven, East…

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Added by Lee Cruz on December 12, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Why affordable housing is built in areas with high crime, few jobs and struggling schools

This article was produced through a partnership between ProPublica and the Connecticut Mirror, which is a member of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network.

The moon pulls 6-year-old Romeo Lugo to the window at night. 

The autistic child loves to gaze up at it, howling like a werewolf as it rises like a luminous pearl over the horizon of city buildings and trees he sees from…

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Added by Lee Cruz on December 4, 2019 at 12:23pm — No Comments

HIGH NET WORTH GIVING, INDIVIDUAL GIVING, RESEARCH ON WHY DONORS GIVE Where Have All the Donors Gone? The Continued Decline of the Small Donor and the Growth of Megadonors

In 2016, 53.9 percent of American households donated something to a legally recognized charity. This is down 1.5 percentage points from the prior wave of data in 2014, 11.5 percentage points since the Great Recession, and almost 14 percentage points from the peak level, in 2002. In other words, one in five former donors in the early waves of the study are now not giving anything to legal charities in any given year...…

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Added by Lee Cruz on December 4, 2019 at 12:19pm — No Comments

Nonprofits say philanthropy alone can’t save services

To paraphrase Connecticut’s private, nonprofit social service agencies: Gov. Ned Lamont just doesn’t get it.

Frustration with Lamont, who rebuffed a request from nonprofits for $100 million of the state’s $2.5 billion reserve, recently surged after the governor urged the agencies to ask more from wealthy donors.

Leaders of nonprofits, who provide the bulk of social services in…

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Added by Lee Cruz on November 19, 2019 at 3:54pm — No Comments

NJ Pays Hospitals to Build Affordable Housing

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Added by Lee Cruz on November 19, 2019 at 3:49pm — No Comments

Philanthropists Bench Women of Color, the M.V.P.s of Social Change

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Ms. Daniel is the executive director of Groundswell, a foundation that supports grass-roots organizing by women of color and transgender people of color.

Nov. 19, 2019…

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Added by Lee Cruz on November 19, 2019 at 3:46pm — No Comments

Bill Gates, I Implore You to Connect Some Dots

By  contributing opinion writer for The New York Times.

The…

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Added by Lee Cruz on November 13, 2019 at 5:38pm — No Comments

How Foundations Can Grapple With the Reality That Their Wealth Was Accumulated Unjustly



Recent critiques of philanthropy strike at a fundamental question: How can an institution built on the unjust accumulation of wealth serve as a vehicle for justice?  

We believe that the first step is recognizing that philanthropy has a problem, and we commend those demanding that we confront this challenge.…

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Added by Lee Cruz on November 11, 2019 at 5:12pm — 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

When “Hoops in the Hood” Became “Hoops in the House”

When Covid-19 came to Chicago, Hoops in the Hood, LISC's long-running basketball-community-building-and-safety program, morphed into the perfect antidote for quarantine stress and boredom. Now, hundreds of kids and their parents across the city are staying active, and logging their exercise minutes, in a true Chicago-style competition between neighborhoods.

Our Communities Need a Marshall Plan

In his latest video message, LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones reflects on the disproportionate health and economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on underinvested communities and communities of color, and calls for a 21st-century Marshall Plan—intensive and broad investment that will both help people and enterprises recover, and redress the inequities that set the stage for the fallout of the current crisis.

We Have Reached the Housing Cliff

As we look back on Affordable Housing Month, marked every year in May, it's clear that the need for safe, affordable housing—as well as the threats to providing it—have never been more acute. Denise Scott, LISC's EVP for Programs, makes a compelling case for why, during the Covid era and beyond, we need a robust national plan to safeguard homes for all of our country's vulnerable residents, as well as for the organizations that make those homes possible.

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