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The Connecticut Mirror’s multi-part series on how the state’s reduction of financial support has affected nonprofit organizations providing human services to Connecticut residents.
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When we talk about racial injustice, we must put environmental injustice near the top of the list of concerns. Connecticut’s urban communities of color are burdened with pollution from traffic congestion, aging housing, toxics from manufacturing, and the dumping of the state’s trash to be incinerated in their neighborhoods. Eighty percent of U.S. waste incinerators are located in environmental justice communities. The aging MIRA waste incinerator in Hartford is a prime example.
Allowing an employer to refuse birth control coverage for their employees if they themselves are morally or religiously opposed to birth control is sexist — plain and simple.
Is it three months of social distance, the horrible job market, a half century of #BlameAmericaFirst in college humanities departments, or the lingering effects of racial prejudice and hardship? No doubt a combination, but at this point anyone not seething with bitterness has to be saying, “enough is enough” to this crazy #monumentremovalmovement, which started - with justification - back in Charlottesville and is now a double-barrel assault on monuments to confederate generals, especially in the public sphere where, most seem to agree, they do not belong.
The legislation constraining the behavior of Connecticut police should include psychological training, assessment and reassessment of officers to give them the skills and composure they need to de-escalate potentially violent encounters and to enable them to treat everyone with equal respect.
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