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On making power uncomfortable in Greenwich– and not

Real protest cannot leave those in power comfortable, and no matter how you think about yourself Greenwich citizens, the majority of you are power. Greenwich is the wealthiest town in Connecticut, and one of the whitest. Most of you have never had a negative experience with police. I haven’t, and I know it’s because my skin is white. This past Saturday Indivisible Greenwich led a protest in front of Town Hall. Attendees were encouraged to make themselves comfortable on blankets on the green. We were told not to chant, not to march, not to block the street. Instead, we were told to sit and listen to white voices of power, and one black man who was a law enforcement officer.

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Don’t let coronavirus steal the college dream from nearly 3 million Americans

Are you a graduating senior who planned to enroll in college this fall, but COVID-19 is giving you second thoughts? Or maybe you have been out of school for a while and planned on returning or starting college – then COVID 19 hit? While the Coronavirus has changed the world we live in, it should not change your plans to pursue higher education. This is an ideal time to move forward with your educational goals.

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Reclaiming a teachable moment in an historic time

We need to reclaim a teachable moment and help our students process the historic protests sweeping Connecticut and the country. I teach an eighth grade American history class in Connecticut. At their best, social studies classrooms are vehicles for dignified, challenging discussions about American society, and their physical absence across Connecticut is a loss for all its students right now. According to the National Council for the Social Studies, the primary purpose of a social studies class is “to help young people make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society.” Even amidst pandemic and economic suffering, the mission to transform young people into just such citizens is still important.

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A response to ‘I can’t breathe’ must become ‘I can achieve’

In a Viewpoints piece on June 2, Susan Harris wrote, “Our shared humanity – found in our nation’s history – unites us no matter which ship brought our ancestors to these shores. Civilization and our republic depend on it. Justice requires it!” When I initially read this piece, I shook my head, ashamed that a fellow educator had the audacity to equate the forced pillage and enslavement of Africans in this country to European immigrants’ arrivals.