by Carly Wanna | Jun 8, 2018 12:34 pm | Comments (8)
Feray Gokcek has enough signatures to legally ask the government to name the corner of Scarboro Street and Middletown Avenue “Ataturk Corner” in honor of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the father of modern-day Turkey. But he is missing one key piece — a letter of support from an alder in favor of the change.
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by Paul Bass | Jun 5, 2018 10:56 pm | Comments (23)
Watching Stacy Phillips contemplatively smoke his cigars in baggy pants and a T-shirt outside his Alden Avenue apartment or pass the hat between sets with his “bluegrass characters” at the Outer Space, you might not guess he won a Grammy.
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by Natasha A.H. Ghazali | May 29, 2018 2:01 pm
Three years ago, on Feb. 10, Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha were killed by Craig Stephen Hicks in their North Carolina home. This horrific evening came to be known as the Chapel Hill Shooting, and is one of many hate crimes against Muslims. These acts of prejudicial aggression in our country have spiked following our most recent election year. An online piece called “The Islamic Administration” reports a “67 percent increase in hate crimes against Muslims in 2016” and that “from the end of Jan. 27 through the end of March, there were approximately 32 anti-Muslim and anti-Arab incidents, or an average of one every other day,” (Brennan Center). The phenomenon is nothing new, we’ve seen it in the years following 9/11, but it has been fuelled more recently under the rhetoric of our new Presidential Administration.
Still, we try to understand: Where does this prejudice stem from?
Continue reading ‘The Muslim Women You’ve Never Met’
by David Sepulveda | Apr 2, 2018 12:23 pm
From groundbreaking to the laying of its foundation, to seeing cinderblock walls rise to support a pitched frame and the steel roof that would cover it, Westville and some New Haven supporters have cheered every stage of construction of a new health clinic located more than 5,000 miles away — one which they helped make happen.
Now there’s more work to do.
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by Paul Bass | Mar 30, 2018 8:10 am
When Rabbi Farbman prepares for Passover each year, his mind flashes on the seder he’ll never forget — one that helped set him on the path to join a modern exodus of Soviet Jewry.
Continue reading ‘The Seder When Farbman Tasted Freedom’
by Allan Appel | Mar 28, 2018 1:10 pm | Comments (6)
Dessara Bryant came to a parents meeting at St. Aedan-St. Brendan School to learn how a new STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts & Math) teaching framework will affect her kids’ learning.
She left with a more existential concern: whether the school she loves will survive.
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by Markeshia Ricks | Mar 28, 2018 7:52 am | Comments (5)
During a week when Christians will contemplate the death and resurrection of a savior, the Rev. William J. Barber II, the leader of a revived national Poor People’s Campaign, stopped by Yale University’s Battell Chapel Tuesday night to point the way for how the United States of America might resurrect its moral compass.
Continue reading ‘Poor People’s Quest Eyes “Policy Violence”’
by Thomas Breen | Mar 23, 2018 12:14 pm | Comments (1)
John Santa first went to prison in 1997. He wasn’t there because of any crime he had committed. He went to visit a friend who was serving a four-year sentence for embezzlement, and came away from that brief encounter a passionate advocate for criminal justice reform.
Continue reading ‘Ex-CEO Serves Justice Reform “Life Sentence”’
by Thomas Breen | Mar 19, 2018 7:54 am
In between practicing free throws and lay ups, Ricardo Harris watched his 7-year old son play in a pick-up basketball game on the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater New Haven’s renovated court — a resumption of a tradition that took a year-plus break after a fire wrecked the place.
Continue reading ‘Thousands Celebrate JCC Reopening’
by Thomas Breen | Mar 6, 2018 8:39 am | Comments (2)
Last week a fourth undocumented immigrant facing deportation sought sanctuary at a New Haven church. Monday she regained her freedom.
Continue reading ‘A Victory In 4th City Sanctuary Case’