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Interrupting Violence In Brooklyn And In New Haven

Gun Violence Is A Public Health Issue – Let’s Treat It That Way  

Interrupting Violence In Brooklyn And In New Haven, Elissa Curtis and Trymaine Lee, 04/08/201

During the bad old days of the 1980s and early 1990s, when New York City was seething in racial tension, crime and gun violence, few neighborhoods captured the ethos of the era more than Crown Heights, Brooklyn. One group in particular has made interrupting the patterns of violence in the neighborhood its mission, using an innovative approach that treats gun violence as a public health issue and aims to target those most likely to suffer from it. S.O.S Crown Heights (Save Our Streets) employs the Cure Violence method developed in Chicago during the 90s, in which so-called violence interrupters are used to build relationships with a neighborhoods most at-risk young people, keep tabs on simmering beefs and de-escalate conflicts in real time.

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6 (New Haven Public) Schools To Stay Open During April Break

Students will have a safe place during next week’s school vacation to eat a hot dinner, learn hip-hop dance moves, and practice public speaking, according to a plan announced Thursday in the wake of back-to-back teen homicides that have shaken the city.

The following schools will be open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Thursday 4/14-17/14:

Clemente Leadership Academy, 360 Columbus Ave.
• John Martinez School, 100 James St.
• Troup School, 259 Edgewood Ave.
• Ross-Woodward School, 185 Barnes Ave.
• Wexler-Grant School, 55 Foote St.
• Hillhouse High School, 480 Sherman Parkway.


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Open Street Project

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

LISC Names Cindy Wu as Bay Area Office Executive Director

LISC has named the highly regarded San Francisco community leader, Cindy Wu, as the new executive director of LISC Bay Area. Wu most recently served as deputy director of the Chinatown Community Development Center (Chinatown CDC) and in 2018 she won a LISC Michael Rubinger Community Fellowship to study neighborhood-based approaches that mitigate displacement amid gentrification. Wu will bring her expertise to LISC to oversee local programs and investments related to affordable housing, economic development, health, community safety and jobs. 

Shop Small (and Online & In-Person) with LISC’s Borrowers

Did you know that while you’re practicing social distancing, many LISC borrowers are still open for business – through pick-up, delivery or online services? Check out the companies in our portfolio offering a broad range of products and services that you can support right now!

“I’m still serving”: LISC AmeriCorps Pivots to Take on a Crisis

The fundamental role of LISC AmeriCorps members is to serve essential community needs. With the onslaught of the coronavirus epidemic, our members are adapting and devising creative new ways to help the rural and urban residents they work with handle the seismic social, economic and public health shocks of the crisis. (Photo: Americorps members in Jackson, MS in 2019; Member Cynthia Renteria is third from left.)

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