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Ida B. Wells: Crash Course Black American History #20

In this video, we'll learn about the life story of journalist, orator, teacher, suffragette, and anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Ida B. Wells ma...
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Reconstruction: Crash Course Black American History #19

At the end of the Civil War, the United States was still a very divided place. 700,000 people had died in a bitter fight over slavery. Reconstruction was the...
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Black Americans in the Civil War: Crash Course Black American History #18

The American Civil War is one of the deadliest in US History, and let's just get this out of the way: it was about slavery. In the more than 150 years since ...
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Visit the Legacy Museum

Plan your visit to the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration at works to end mass incarceration, excess...
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Frederick Douglass slavery Black American History

Clint Smith teaches you about one of the most famous writers, orators, and advocates of the 19th century, Frederick Douglass. Douglass was born in slavery, e...
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The Dred Scott Decision: Crash Course Black American History #16

In this video, we'll learn about the US Supreme Court decision in Scott vs Sanford, handed down in 1857. The case ultimately rejected the idea that Black peo...
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Swords into Plowshares

Swords into Plowshares Northeast turns guns into gardening tools to be used by community gardens.
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Philanthropy & the City: Moments of Collective Gain

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Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: 74th Emmy Awards

Sheryl Lee Ralph accepts the Emmy for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Abbott Elementary at the 74th Emmy Awards.
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What Will Earth Look Like When These 6 Tipping Points Hit?

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Junta for Progressive ActionJunta’s 2nd Annual End of Summer Celebration event was a success!! We had a 700+ people turnout and gave out backpacks and school...
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Katrina Babies | Official Trailer | HBO

Katrina Babies details the close-knit families and vibrant communities of New Orleans whose lives were uprooted by the 2005 disaster. These American children...
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The Louisiana Rebellion of 1811: Crash Course Black American History #12

Uprisings of enslaved people in the United States were not uncommon, and they had a big influence on how the institution of slavery evolved. One uprising tha...
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What Could Have Been

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Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
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Lee Cruz
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Community Outreach Director
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Early Childhood, Aging\Elderly Services, Youth, Food Assistance, Energy Assistance, Career Assistance, Housing Assistance, Shelter, Health, Education, Adult Education, Financial Literacy, Advocacy, Arts, Economic Development
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Administrator, program director, project manager and educator with interest in urban
neighborhoods, community organizing and storytelling.

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Opportunity for Women of Color interested in Community Development

Posted on November 30, 2022 at 12:43pm 0 Comments

This is a new program funded by the CT Department of Housing and Connecticut Housing Finance Authority and administered by LISC Connecticut, designed to introduce women of color to the community development sector. Recruitment is still underway for a new cohort of participants for 2023. The deadline to apply has been extended to Friday, December 16th.


Elements of the HCDLI include:

  • Monthly workshops with industry…

Protecting Nonprofits That Protect Us During Crises—and Beyond

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November 21, 2022

It wasn’t for-profit companies. The nonprofit sector, along with community-based …


The Vital Connection: BIPOC-Led Narrative Change and Pluralist Democracy

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November 21, 2022

Who will tell the stories that shape our future? These days, in the…


Should We Cancel Capacity Building?

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September 13, 2022

In the social change field, some phrases are repeated so often that we no longer ask what they require of us. But words matter. I have pages and pages of notes with…


Is America Ready for Truth and Reconciliation?

Posted on November 18, 2022 at 5:05pm 0 Comments

Published on LinkedIn November 17, 2022…


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At 10:18am on November 7, 2022, Mary Buchanan said…

Thank you, Lee!

At 11:23am on August 25, 2022, Kendall Barbery said…
At 10:25pm on August 19, 2021, Fay Williams said…

Thank you Sir, for such quick turnaround. Fay

At 11:04am on August 13, 2020, Sarah Lockery said…

Hi Lee,

Thanks for your welcome.  Rather than join the community as an individual, can The Children's Center of Hamden join?


At 4:53pm on April 1, 2020, Ray Andrewsen said…

Hi there Lee. Glad to join with everyone in my new role as Director of Membership Services with the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce.

At 12:25pm on February 4, 2019, Gina Bingham said…

Thanks Lee!  Happy to join this wonderful community!

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At 2:57pm on February 16, 2018, Naomi Shiloh said…

Hi Lee,

Thank you very much for the warm welcome and all the information! I am excited to be joining the GNC community. I'll be sure to let you know if I have any questions.



At 2:35pm on October 25, 2017, Sara Hashmi said…

Thank you Lee!

At 5:54pm on October 24, 2016, Hilary Opperman said…

Thank you for the helpful comments, Lee.




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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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Rebalancing Community Power for More Effective Neighborhood Investment

Even when economic development programs succeed in boosting livelihoods and community investments, they too often fail to benefit the very people and places experiencing the harmful impacts of long-term, systemic economic deprivation. That’s a failure of commitment. Here, LISC program officer Teresa Garcia makes the case for a new approach to economic development that centers the communities most in need—and makes equity its guiding aim.

LISC Teams Up With Colorado Health Foundation to Launch BIPOC Small Business Growth Fund, Makes First Two Investments in Denver

LISC launches a new BIPOC small business growth fund with support from The Colorado Health Foundation. Designed to assist entrepreneurs not well-served by traditional financing programs, the fund made its first investments in two Denver businesses that will use the patient, flexible capital for business improvement and growth.

Truist Makes $10M Impact Investment in Dallas Housing Opportunity Fund

LISC announced today a $10 million investment from Truist in the Dallas Housing Opportunity Fund LLC (DHOF), an impact investment vehicle that is financing much-needed affordable housing in high-opportunity Dallas communities.

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