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TWISJ VOL. 8: Trump Rollback Of Bathroom Protections For Transgender Students

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 9:46am -- [email protected]

Donald Tump has taken presidential action that allows transgender students to be barred from bathrooms that matched their gender identities, which amounts to discrimination, something the Obama administration cited when the former president declared that not protecting transgender students bathroom rights violates the Title IX federal anti-discrimination law.

Never Retreat From Progress

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 11:15am -- [email protected]

On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order that contradicts everything our nation holds dear. The “Muslim Ban” severely restricts immigration from seven majority Muslim countries, suspends all refugee admission for 120 days, and bars all Syrian refugees from entering the United States indefinitely.

NCCJ Addresses Cultural Appropriation In EdWeek

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 1:20pm -- [email protected]

With a multitude of media influences and unknown personal biases in play, many students and adults are unaware of issues surrounding culturalappropriation—including what it even is—and how their choices can impact social environments and the community around them.

#WomenInTech: Impostor Syndrome

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 12:50pm -- [email protected]

How I Fool My Bosses, and You Too

BY KATE SCHEER - FREELANCE SOFTWARE ENGINEER @ LIFE RELENTLESS
(Republished with full permission from Toptal)

Op-Ed: We Must Speak Up

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 12:23pm -- [email protected]

Passiveness creates an environment that’s perfect for the momentum of hate to build. Silence is our enemy. It’s a history lesson that should be all too clear to us, and yet it here we are: in a world becoming consumed by an increasingly louder message of hate. 

YOUTH HUMAN RELATIONS AWARD NOMINATIONS 2017

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 10:37am -- [email protected]

CELEBRATING THE CHANGE MAKERS OF TODAY!

Dear NCCJ ANYTOWNers,

NCCJ Year-End Season of Giving Facebook Donation Match

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 12:29pm -- [email protected]

Care about your community? Creating a positive impact can be a major undertaking. Show your community that you care when you give to the National Conference for Community and Justice. NCCJ makes positive change throughout New England and the country by celebrating the diversity of races, religions, cultures, genders, abilities & sexual orientations. Today, this work is more important than ever

TWISJ VOL. 7: Standing Rock Photos, Spotting Misinformation, Malta Bans ‘Gay Cure’ And More

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 2:34pm -- [email protected]

Each week, The National Conference for Community and Justice curates the best in social justice news and current events and brings it to you. Some of the articles and videos are heartbreaking, others are infuriating, some are inspiring. Others are simply enriching for the mind. Leave your thoughts and questions on these relevant issues and stories in our comments section below. What do the times we face mean to you? How can you help make a difference?

NCCJ Social Justice Educator: Train-the-Trainer

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 3:17pm -- [email protected]

Are you an educator? Have experience in social justice? You could be a good match for NCCJ! We’re looking for a diverse group of talented educators to help us tackle the tough issues facing our society today. Work with motivated individuals focused on fixing tomorrow’s problems now. Click below to learn more about applying. 

We Will Not Stop Now

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 12:29pm -- [email protected]

“For 90 years NCCJ has fought against hate, bias and bigotry in all its forms…and we will not stop now. The challenges we face now require us to dig deeper and work harder to continue bending the moral arc of the universe toward justice and equality for all. I hope all people of good will, will join NCCJ in this work.”

-NCCJ President & CEO Andrea C. Kandel, Ed.D.

THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL JUSTICE VOL. 6: Those Standing With Standing Rock, Election 2016, Voting Rights, And #BLM’s Founders

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 7:47pm -- [email protected]

Each week, The National Conference for Community and Justice curates the best in social justice news and current events and brings it to you. Some of the articles and videos are heartbreaking, others are infuriating, some are inspiring. Others are simply enriching for the mind. Leave your thoughts and questions on these relevant issues and stories in our comments section below. What do the times we face mean to you? How can you help make a difference?

Unraveling Misconceptions: What is Cultural Appropriation?

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 3:18pm -- [email protected]

What is cultural appropriation, why is it a problem, and how does it affect our students and society? How do we address it in the classroom and what are some resources to help? National Conference for Community and Justice Marketing & E-Communications Specialist Jason Papallo and Youth Programs Director M’Liss DeWald shares the answers to these questions.

Introducing NCCJ’s New Staff

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 11:47am -- [email protected]

The National Conference for Community and Justice is proud to introduce our two new staff members to our social justice education family, Michael Vidal and Orion Howard. Vidal joins us as NCCJ’s new programs educator and Howard has come aboard as our new youth intern. 

Growing up, Vidal believed that we’re all responsible for each other in some capacity. His welcoming smile and warm body language show the earnestness of that concern. 

Social Media Activism: How a Hashtag Launched a Movement

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 2:23pm -- [email protected]

THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL JUSTICE VOL. 5: Harry Belafonte’s Police Brutality PSA, 21 Typical Racial Microaggressions, Feminist Halloween Costumes

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 2:20pm -- [email protected]

Each week, The National Conference for Community and Justice curates the best in social justice news and current events and brings it to you. Some of the articles and videos are heartbreaking, others are infuriating, some are inspiring. Others are simply enriching for the mind. Leave your thoughts and questions on these relevant issues and stories in our comments section below. What do the times we face mean to you? How can you help make a difference?

U.S. Election 2016: Speaking Up Against Hate Rhetoric

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 9:16am -- [email protected]

At an event in Iowa Wednesday night, Donald Trump asked his Christian supporters to raise their hands. He followed up by asking audience members that didn’t identify as Christian to raise their hands. 

THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL JUSTICE VOL. 4: #BLM Reactions at University, Big Bank Corruption, and Ways White Teachers Can Create Anti-Racist Classrooms

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 1:04pm -- [email protected]

Each week, The National Conference for Community and Justice curates the best in social justice news and current events and brings it to you. Some of the articles and videos are heartbreaking, others are infuriating, some are inspiring. Others are simply enriching for the mind. Leave your thoughts and questions on these relevant issues and stories in our comments section below. What do the times we face mean to you? How can you help make a difference?

NCCJ’s GLSEN WMA Fall Conf. Bus Schedule

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 9:26am -- [email protected]

This year’s GLSEN WMA Conference is quickly approaching! NCCJ gets excited for this FREE event every year, and are busing the queer and straight youth we work with to this safe and educational space.
 

THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL JUSTICE VOL. 3: NCCA Events Moved from NC, Equity in Entertainment, Teen Hunger, and More

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 12:18pm -- [email protected]

Each week, The National Conference for Community and Justice curates the best in social justice news and current events and brings it to you. Some of the articles and videos are heartbreaking, others are infuriating, some are inspiring. Others are simply enriching for the mind. Leave your thoughts and questions on these relevant issues and stories in our comments section below. What do the times we face mean to you? How can you help make a difference?

Racial Wealth Divide: The Dollar Cost of White Privilege

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 11:42am -- [email protected]

Wealth Inequality: An uneven distribution of assets within a working society.  

Fact: The United States has the largest disparities of wealth between high and low earners and/or assets holders of any major developed nation.

What does wealth include?

This Week in Social Justice Vol. 2

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 9:39am -- [email protected]

Each week, The National Conference for Community and Justice curates the best in social justice news and current events and brings it to you. Some of the articles and videos are heartbreaking, others are infuriating, some are inspiring. Others are simply enriching for the mind. Leave your thoughts and questions on these relevant issues and stories in our comments section below. What do the times we face mean to you?

NCCJ ANYTOWN: Enlightening a Generation in Equity and Justice

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 9:04am -- [email protected]

Individuality is important, and a strong sense of empathy is paramount in discovering what is special about others, in addition to oneself. A person’s individuality and potential can’t be detected when biases are in play, and even harder to find when you find yourself casting judgments based on preconceived notions.

This Week in Social Justice Vol. 1

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 3:50pm -- [email protected]

Each week, The National Conference for Community and Justice curates the best in social justice news and current events and brings it to you. Some of the articles and videos are heartbreaking, others are infuriating, some are inspiring. Others are simply enriching for the mind. Leave your thoughts and questions on these relevant issues and stories in our comments section below. What do the times we face mean to you?

WE NEED YOUR HELP BEFORE AUGUST’S NCCJ ANYTOWN!

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 12:53pm -- [email protected]

This August, for the first time ever, NCCJ is having a Gender Expansive cabin for students who identify as: Gender Non-Conforming, Genderflux, Agender, Bigender, Genderfluid, Genderqueer, Gender Neutral, Two-Spirited, Transgender and/or anything outside of the binary.

NCCJ is really excited to offer this cabin, as we know it makes our program more inclusive for all genders.

Social Justice News (7/8-7/14)

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 1:11pm -- [email protected]

NBA Stars Stand Up Against Violence  

“The system is broken,” said NBA star Carmelo Anthony during the 2016 ESPY Awards. “The problems are not new. The violence is not new. And the racial divide definitely is not new. But the urgency to create change is at an all-time high.”

Read more here via ESPN

We Cannot Give Up

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 8:27am -- [email protected]

Dear NCCJ Community,

Events of the last month from Orlando to Baton Rouge to Minneapolis to Dallas…the litany continues…and I wonder if any of you, like me, were fighting a sense of despair for the soul of our country. At times like these, it can be easy to give into despair, but what I know is true, is that we cannot give up nor give into the forces that keep dividing and destroying us. 

A Sad Summer of Catcalls

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 10:07am -- [email protected]


Sick of catcalling? Share a time when you’ve been harassed by unwanted body attention using #CatcalledStories on Twitter or by commenting on our Facebook post. We’ll be sharing your stories throughout the week.


Catcall Definition (Oxford English Dictionary

Woman Live-Streams Boyfriend’s Tragic Gunshot Injury After Police Shooting

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 11:21am -- [email protected]


Philando Castile, the victim of Wednesday evening’s shooting. 

Supreme Court Rules Against Regressive Texas Abortion Law

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 10:07am -- [email protected]

The U.S. Supreme Court voted in a 5-3 decision against the nation's toughest abortion restrictions, a Texas law that would have closed over 75 percent of the state's abortion clinics. 

Annual NCCJ Western Massachusetts Human Relations Award Banquet Approaches

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 1:31pm -- [email protected]

(Springfield, MA) – NCCJ (The National Conference for Community and Justice), a nonprofit working to promote inclusion and acceptance as it advances social justice efforts to build communities that are respectful and just for all, will present its 2016 Annual Human Relations Awards on Thursday, June 9, 2016.

Gender-Neutral Bathrooms: Some Ways to Meet Everyone's Needs

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 11:10am -- [email protected]
By Amanda Siskind - NCCJ Contributor

 

On October 24th, 2013, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed into law legislation that requires all new or renovated city-owned buildings to have gender neutral bathrooms. The number and location of these bathrooms is dependent on how the building is used. The new law does not mandate any change in the current bathrooms of any buildings unless they are legislated.

The law has not passed without controversy. The most common concerns are comfort and safety. Having gender neutral bathrooms, it is said, will make many people who are now forced to use the bathroom with people of other genders uncomfortable, and will increase verbal harassment or even physical assault (these hypothetical scenarios often place women as the victims) in these bathrooms.

Valley Gives 2016: Together We Are Stronger

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 10:39am -- [email protected]

 Spread the Word for NCCJ!

Friends,

Women in Tech: What’s the Real Story? (Infographic)

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 12:25pm -- [email protected]

Infographic by: Toptal

*This guest post comes to us courtesy of the Toptal Engineering blog.

NCCJ Celebrates Most Successful Human Relations Awards Banquet Ever

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 12:55pm -- [email protected]

(From left to right: Director of Programs Cynthia Martin, youth honorees Nathan Nugent and Shalaine McCall, President & CEO Andrea C. Kandel, Ed.D., youth honorees Matthew Wilson, Lydia Henning and Syeda Naqvi, and Director of Youth Programs M'Liss Dewald)

NCCJ and YWCA Partner to Battle Racism

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 2:24pm -- [email protected]

The National Conference for Community and Justice anti-racism workshop for adults is approaching.

Participants can join NCCJ and partner YWCA in strategizing on ways to end racism while becoming active racial justice advocates. The two-day event will take place at NCCJ headquarters, reflecting a Mar. 22 event open to residents of Greenwich and greater Fairfield County. 

Feeling adventurous? Get amped for August’s NCCJ ANYTOWN!

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 2:18am -- [email protected]

NCCJ ANYTOWN: Through interactive games, workshops and discussions, teen delegates explore topics like prejudice, discrimination and bias during a weeklong residential experience. 

Social Justice: Final Day in March Brings NCCJ 2016 Annual Human Relations Awards

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 10:50am -- [email protected]

(HARTFORD, CT) – NCCJ (The National Conference for Community and Justice), a non-profit working to promote inclusion and acceptance as it advances social justice efforts to build communities that are respectful and just for all, will present its 2016 Annual Human Relations Awards on Thursday, March 31.

Common Core and Learning Ability

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:24am -- [email protected]

            I will assume many people reading this are familiar with the Common Core Initiative. It is set of rigorous learning standards given to students in over 45 states, including Connecticut. I, an 11th grader in West Hartford, obviously have a personal connection to the subject. It just so happens that I am on the autism spectrum, which makes learning and school work more complicated for me.

Response to Ferguson

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 1:18pm -- [email protected]

I sit here trying to figure out how to respond to the recent incidents of police violence against black boys and men and I’m finding it challenging.  I find it challenging because of my feelings of anger, as well as feelings of hopelessness for change.  However, I have been doing social justice work all my adult life and I have seen change and I need to believe, that we, as a people, can do better if we understand how we got here.  So this is my attempt as well as my pledge to do my part to make a difference. 

Gender Series - Women and Beauty

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 12:12pm -- Caitlin Thayer

Most females have struggled with body image at one point in their lives or another. Body image is an ongoing battle that begins as early as elementary school and continues, for many, to be a life long struggle. In fact, CNN shows that 42% of 1st through 3rd grade girls want to be thinner, in this graph that has other alarming statistics.

Gender Series - Men and Sports

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 5:18pm -- Caitlin Thayer

Sports are a rite of passage for boys, the very nature of competitiveness laid out in sports lends well to the teaching of masculinity and what a “real man” is. It also distinguishes from a young age ones level of “manliness” - how ‘tough’ a boy is, if he cries when he’s hurt, how he handles pain, how psychically strong he is, how many women he’s been with, etc. These socializations happen from a young age and continue to influence how men embody gender in their everyday lives. The result is “masculinity” having a specific association with violence and aggression.

Gender Series - Women and Education

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 9:41am -- Caitlin Thayer

M·R·S de·gree emäˈres dəˌgrē/ (Noun)

1. A marriage as a result of attending a 4-year university with the soul purpose of getting married and consequently not completing college.
2. The attending of college, usually a 4-year university of moderate to high prestige, to get married to avoid independence or responsibility.

It doesn’t matter if you pass your finals, as long as your future husband is acing his.

Gender Series - Boys and Their Toys

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 1:35pm -- Caitlin Thayer

Today I was woken up to the half-chore, half-delight, of having to watch my 5-year-old cousin Jacob and his infant sister Giana. It was a beautiful day outside so I decided to spend the morning in the backyard with them. Around noon I took them in for lunch, and after Giana was set for a nap, Jacob and I looked for some toys to play with. Reaching into a bag filled with both of their toys, I pulled out a baby doll wearing a pink dress and handed it to him. He shook his head in refusal of the doll and said, “That’s not my toy, it’s Giana’s”.

Gender Roles Affect Everyone - New Blog Series

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 10:08am -- Caitlin Thayer

Gender is a complicated word that has very real impacts in our society. Due to its complexities, we here at the NCCJ will break it down little by little, first focusing on gender roles and the affect they have on everyone. This is not to say that by understanding gender roles you understand all the intricacies of gender and its societal impacts – however it is a launching point.

A Night at the Oscars: Systems of Representation, and Their Failure for the Rest of Us

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 11:02am -- [email protected]

By Justin Kilian - NCCJ Intern

 

The Oscars – A pinnacle in America’s Hollywood culture. It’s a fine night! The best of the best, our living definitions of success and beauty are sculpted perfectly for the evening, hair just right, swathed in coveted designer couture, socially and cosmetically putting their best face forward. We love it. More than half the country tunes in for the Oscars every year in hopes of their favorite actor going home with the gold, usually over hors d’oeuvres and cocktail parties.

Why 12 Years a Slave was Oscar-nominated and Fruitvale Station was Not — White Guilt

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 9:36am -- [email protected]
By Christopher Peck - NCCJ Contributor

 

As you may have noticed due to all the self-congratulatory speeches and smugness in the air, it is awards season! The Academy Award nominations were announced on January 16 by Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and there weren’t many surprises, except for a few regretful snubs. One film that confronted racism in an unflinching and emotionally resonant way, 12 Years a Slave, earned nine Academy Award nominations, including Best Motion Picture. Another such film, Fruitvale Station, despite memorable performances by Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer and the amazing directorial/screenwriting debut by Ryan Coogler, was shut out completely.

The Victimization of Richard Sherman – Let’s talk about Masculinity and Race in Football

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 1:39pm -- Anonymous (not verified)
By M’Liss DeWald - NCCJ, Youth Program Specialist

Minutes after Richard Sherman made the amazing final play during the 2014 NFL’s NFC Championship game, he was immediately questioned about it. Though his response—as everyone now has heard over and over—was less than “professional,” the response from the public and the zeal with which the media has gone after Sherman is appalling. One could hear the excitement, pride and adrenaline in Sherman’s response. And for the public to respond with mostly race and class stereotypes directed at him is disturbing and dehumanizing.

A White House Task Force and its Rape Culture enemy

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 5:16pm -- Anonymous (not verified)

By Christopher Peck - NCCJ Contributor

 

President Obama addressed the nation in his weekly video on Saturday to talk about his new initiative—The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. His initiative started over a year ago when he gave the Pentagon a mandate to reduce the astronomical number of rapes occurring in the military. After he wasn’t satisfied with their progress (16,500 rapes were reported last year), he gathered his cabinet members and senior advisers to discuss what measures had been already taken and should be undertaken to address sexual assaults in society at-large, with a renewed focus on another vulnerable community: women attending college.