Testimonial: Holly Near

May 18, 2017

Holly Near knows social justice, and how to motivate change in the face of adversity. Whether as an activist, actor, singer or visionary, Near has helped feminism, peace initiatives, and the LGBTQ community with a fierce resolve, all while exuding warmth and delivering her message of hope with grace. Learn more about her journey with NCCJ. 


NCCJ 90th Anniversary Annual Human Relations Awards Banquet Most Successful Ever

Apr 24, 2017

by Jason Papallo, NCCJ E-Communications and Marketing Specialist

The Marriott Downton Hotel, Hartford, CT was alive with generosity and the spirit of kindness during The National Conference for Community and Justice 90th Anniversary Annual Human Relations Awards Banquet, which brought the non-profit more donations than ever before. NCCJ presented the awards to those distinguished by conducting themselves with open-mindedness and respect, showing leadership by example, and diligence in their fight for human rights and equality. 


Op-Ed: A Whitewashed Garage Door

Apr 11, 2017

By Jason Papallo and Michael Vidal 

In the beginning of 2017, a Stamford couple suffered a public hate crime in the form of racist graffiti, and they took an untypical approach in confronting it. 

The N-word, written on the garage door of Heather Lindsay and Lexene Charles, was a direct jab at Charles, and by extension a belittlement of the interracial couple. They responded by leaving up the racist slur in order to prompt local authorities to catch the perpetrator, as well as to open up a larger dialogue around systematic racism.