Citizen Contributions

The Muslim Women You’ve Never Met

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?

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Creed Walks Out

by Aurea Bianca Orencia | May 18, 2018 12:08 pm | Comments (9)

Contributed PhotosStudents at Cortlandt V.R. Creed Thursday got an early start on leaving their school. They attended a session about the Board of Education’s plans to close the inter district magnet high school this coming academic year to save money. (Read about that here.) Then the students staged a walkout for 26 minutes. Creed junior Aurea Bianca Orencia sent in the following write-up about why the students walked out:

Despite some hesitations of getting wet in the rain, a majority of the students at Creed walked out to say a statement to the board: education should see no color.

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Female Leaders Meet

by Staff | Apr 13, 2018 12:06 pm

Yale-China Association, which is part of the official New Haven delegation visiting China to cement a new sister-city relationship with Changsha and try to attract new investment in New Haven, sent the following photos and write-ups from the trip.

Contributed photosMayor Toni Harp, the first woman mayor of New Haven, was welcomed to Hong Kong today by Ms. Carrie Lam, chief executive of the Hong Kong S.A.R. Also in the meeting were (left to right) Marc Camille, president of Albertus Magnus College, David Youtz, president of Yale-China Association, Althea Norcott, representing New-Haven Sister Cities, and Andrew Wolf, New Haven director of arts, tourism and culture.

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Equity and Digital Literacies

by Josiah Brown | Apr 13, 2018 10:21 am

Josiah Brown, a volunteer member of the board of the Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven, sent this account of an event in which the Coalition was involved.

On Saturday, April 7, Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) hosted a forum on “Equity and Digital Literacies.”  Organized by SCSU Associate Professor of Education J. Greg McVerry – who is also a member of the board of the Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven – the event reflected the collaboration of co-sponsors the Mozilla Foundation, SCSU’s School of Education and Computer Science Department, the Connecticut Education Network, and the Literacy Coalition.  The Saturday morning audience included educators from the New Haven Public Schools, public librarians (from New Haven’s Stetson branch), technology aficionados, parents, civic activists, and a peer mentor/academic coach (and aspiring early childhood educator) from SCSU’s Multicultural Center.

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