Conscientious people in Connecticut and elsewhere– from the Ahmadiyya to the Anti-Defamation League, from the Latino-Jewish Dialogue to the Jewish-Muslim Community Dialogue and the Interfaith Youth Core — are working to advance understanding and peace. Let’s join them, or launch our own such endeavors – individually and institutionally.
When the next news story you read is that Connecticut is trying to abolish the remaining state Indian reservations so that it can evade the impact of potential changes to the federal tribal acknowledgment regulations, would you kindly think of these six things?
Pediatric mental health services are about to undergo a much needed transformation in Connecticut. Because of a recent bill, PA 13-178, the delivery of mental health services for children in Connecticut are being reviewed and redesigned.
Many Connecticut residents, particularly those who identify as racial or ethnic minorities or who live in historically-disadvantaged neighborhoods, face astonishingly high unemployment rates. In New Haven, unemployment ranges from 3 percent in high-income neighborhoods such as Westville and East Rock, to 20 percent in low- income neighborhoods such as Dixwell, Newhallville, and the Hill — and “underemployment” rates are often twice these figures.
With CTFastrak, Connecticut’s dedicated busway between Hartford and New Britain, the state has a chance to re-invent itself and its future by building communities that support, encourage and use non-auto methods of transport.
A recent set of studies from the University of Connecticut aptly describes the ills of urban parking and how it affects the landscape of downtown Hartford. Surface parking now covers 22 percent of the land in downtown Hartford, and “entire blocks have been turned from human-scale building fronts to expansive surface lots.”