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I am not OK a perspective from U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes

I am not OK



I am tired, completely and utterly tired. No, actually I’m exhausted. This is something that a leader is not supposed to say; but it’s whatever. Let me explain. I am hosting a series of zoom meetings as part of my campaign for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives. My district is a beautiful place with amazing people in northwestern Connecticut and includes large urban cities, affluent suburbs and small rural and farming communities. There are 41…
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Added by Lee Cruz on October 14, 2020 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Overview of the National Eviction Moratorium

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) took has unprecedented action on September 1 by issuing a temporary national moratorium on most evictions for nonpayment of rent to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Citing the historic threat to public health posed by coronavirus, the CDC declared that an eviction moratorium would help ensure people are able to practice social distancing and comply with stay at home orders.  The moratorium took effect September 4 and last until…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 9, 2020 at 5:20pm — No Comments

People First Language: Who are People with Disabilities?

People with disabilities are — first and foremost — people. People with disabilities are people who have individual abilities, interests and needs. For the most part, they are ordinary individuals seeking to live ordinary lives. People with disabilities are moms, dads, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, friends, neighbors, coworkers, students and teachers.  About 54 million Americans — one out of every five individuals — have a disability. Their contributions enrich our communities…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 8, 2020 at 11:36am — No Comments

FREE COVID testing in New Haven

Below are dates, times and locations for FREE COVID testing in New Haven.

 

  • Whalley Commons, 1471 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, October 5, 7 & 12, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • New Haven Green, Northwest Corner @ Temple & Elm Streets October 6, 13 & 17, 8:30 am - 4:00…
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Added by Lee Cruz on October 7, 2020 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Reimagining Philanthropy: Towards Relationships, Trust, Abundance, and Radical Love

By Galina Angarova



Sain Bainaa, Hundete Nuheduut/ Greetings dear friends. My name is Galina Angarova and I come from the Ekhirit Nation of the Buryat Peoples in Siberia. I was born and raised in a traditional community where storytelling, ceremonies, communicating with the land and our ancestors was part of our daily lives. Before my work in philanthropy and fundraising, I was an on-the-ground organizer who relied on philanthropy to resource…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 7, 2020 at 4:45pm — No Comments

MiFi hotspots Available at the New Haven Free Public Library

Do you know a family with school-age children and no Internet access? Please let them know! MiFi hotspots are available at the New Haven Free Public Library for New Haven residents to borrow. These hot spots provide free internet access for 3-5 devices at a time. Call the Library at 203-946-8130 x 101 for more information and to reserve one today.  No one should be denied an education for lack of Internet access.

Added by Lee Cruz on September 29, 2020 at 4:19pm — No Comments

Do you have an idea that can help to improve the lives of children in your community?

THE RENSSELAERVILLE INSTITUTE would like to hear from you!  Come to the IGNITE Information Session to learn about "Community Sparkplugs" and how your idea may be eligible to receive a grant up to $3,000.  

 

Easy application Process

 Training and support provided…

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Added by Lee Cruz on September 23, 2020 at 9:32am — No Comments

Narrative Project Tells “These Truths”

here is a “gravitational pull” dragging down Black men in America. “There’s no respect in our community for each other as brothers.” “There are not enough men who are positive role models.” “What can we do as a society to lift Black men up, because y’all did a hell of a job tearing them down?”

These and many other hard truths came to light Wednesday night in the screening of and panel discussion about the short film These Truths: A Documentary on the State of the…

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Added by Lee Cruz on August 20, 2020 at 10:17am — No Comments

Pollution Is Killing Black Americans. This Community Fought Back.

When Kilynn Johnson walks out the door of the house her parents bought in 1972, where she grew up and lives to this day, she steps into the warm embrace of a community where neighbors feel more like kin. Her home sits across the street from Stinger Square Park, where Johnson passed long days of her childhood playing alongside her siblings and cousins and…

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Added by Lee Cruz on August 3, 2020 at 1:40pm — No Comments

How You Can Invest in Racial Justice

TERESA CHAHINE 

JULY 01, 2020

A history of discrimination and inequality has led to dramatic gaps in wealth, investment, and income between white communities and minority communities. Yale SOM’s Teresa Chahine and a panel of experts discussed how businesses, financial firms, and regular investors can make choices that empower local businesses and increase opportunity...…

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Added by Lee Cruz on July 29, 2020 at 9:12am — No Comments

New Small Business Loan Program

The Community Foundation is pleased to announce an innovative new loan program that provides relief and recovery resources to small businesses that have suffered disproportionate economic injury…
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Added by Lee Cruz on July 14, 2020 at 1:35pm — No Comments

COVID-19 in Connecticut: Data Analysis

In response to requests from local partners, DataHaven developed a report (see below) with our original analyses and visualizations of public data related to the coronavirus pandemic. These are updated as new data are posted. We have also created many other charts and datasets available on request...

https://www.ctdatahaven.org/reports/covid-19-connecticut-data-analysis

Added by Lee Cruz on July 14, 2020 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Opinion: REACH Coalition Steering Committee - Structural racism in New Haven illuminated by COVID-19

Opinion: New Haven Register

Opinion: Structural racism in New Haven illuminated by COVID-19

Published 12:00 am EDT, Thursday, July 9, 2020

Data from New Haven suggests that communities of color are disproportionately affected by…

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Added by Lee Cruz on July 9, 2020 at 12:00pm — No Comments

NYT: You Want a Confederate Monument? My Body Is a Confederate Monument

June 26, 2020 - NYT

The black people I come from were owned and raped by the white people I come from. Who dares to tell me to celebrate them?…

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Added by Lee Cruz on July 1, 2020 at 11:37am — No Comments

Connecticut Humanities will be re-granting a total of $470,000 in CARES Act funding.

Connecticut Humanities will be re-granting a total of $470,000 in CARES Act funding. Grant awards will range from $2,500 to $15,000 and no match is required (maximum amount of funding that can be requested is based upon an organization’s budget size). Grants may be used for general operating expenses only (such as salaries, rent,…

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Added by Lee Cruz on June 24, 2020 at 1:40pm — No Comments

Summer Meals for Children

Summer Meals Public School Sites in New Haven. If anyone is aware of a similar list for other towns please post so we can circulate it. No children need be going hungry.



These sites are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.



Barnard School - 170 Derby Avenue

Beecher School - 100 Jewell Street

Benjamin Jepson - 15 Lexington Avenue

Betsy Ross - 150 Kimberly…

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Added by Lee Cruz on June 24, 2020 at 12:50pm — No Comments

Dear Philanthropy: These Are the Fires of Anti-Black Racism

The country is on fire—right now—yet again. It is on fire with a righteous rage that has come from living under the constant threat of Black death, under the constant fear of state-sanctioned racial violence at the hands of law enforcement and vigilantes. But we as a country have been here before many times. About five years ago, social justice foundations and progressive donors proudly proclaimed that Black lives mattered and that they would put significant resources behind building…

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Added by Lee Cruz on June 3, 2020 at 10:37am — No Comments

Teachers’ wisdom on how to stay sane dealing with your kids’ crazy behavior

Thursday afternoon found me kneeling in front of my 2-year-old’s bedroom door, crying. She was on the other side, also crying. Nap was not happening…again.

And not only was I failing abysmally to convince an eminently unreasonable child to nap, I was missing a work call (actually for this article)...…

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Added by Lee Cruz on May 27, 2020 at 10:38am — No Comments

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Foreclosure Risk is Growing, With No Relief in Sight

Homeowners and small landlords are under mounting pressure, as lost income related to COVID-19 leaves them with month after month of unpaid debt and limited ability to catch up. The loss of wealth could impact the next generation and beyond, especially in communities of color, warns LISC’s Denise Scott. “Just as COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on the health of Black and Brown families, so too is it exacerbating our racial wealth gap, which already saps so much from our national potential.”

Unlocking Corporate Treasuries for Racial Equity: A Podcast with LISC's George Ashton

George Ashton III, who oversees LISC's Strategic Investments department, joined a recent episode of the podcast Money + Meaning to discuss LISC's Black Economic Development Fund. The conversation delved into the growth of CDFIs and their role in economic development and how more corporations can direct their capital towards systems change that promotes racial equity.

How CDFIs and the UN Can Align the Measure of their Common Goals

By adopting a set of universal benchmarks established by the United Nations—the UN Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs—Community Development Financial Institutions can streamline the way they measure and demonstrate the investments they've been making for decades to help create equity and wellbeing for people and places in the United States. A blog by LISC's Anna Smukowski and the OFN's Andrea Longton explains how and why.

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