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Hartford Library Receives Grant to Close Digital Divide


HARTFORD — Hartford residents will soon be able to access the internet for more than two hours at the library.

That’s because the Hartford Public Library’s new push to have digital devices available on loan. Thanks to a grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

In an effort to enable residents and businesses’ access to the internet, the Hartford Foundation awarded a three-year, $297,925 Innovation Grant to the library. Officials said that this new project will support two innovative strategies to narrow the digital divide in Hartford, with a focus on Hartford’s North end.

“We are looking forward to helping even more people in our community access and use critical information resources. Ensuring that our community residents and entrepreneurs have access to the internet, and to the digital content resources they need to be successful in their education, career and life is a critical role of Hartford Public Library,” said Bridget Quinn-Carey, Hartford Public Library’s Chief Executive Officer.

The “Crossroads to Connectivity” project will allow low-income adults currently enrolled in a high school diploma or certificate training program to borrow a digital device and Wi-Fi hotspot from the library (along with training on how to use it).

A second strategy coming in 2019 will use TV White Space technology to bring broadband access to Hartford’s North end, where slow and unreliable access stymies the success of small, locally-owned businesses. TV White Space technology, also known as “super Wi-Fi,” performs much like regular Wi-Fi, but uses broadcasting wavelength frequencies to cover greater distances than wireless hot spots or cellular service.

Over three years, the “Crossroads to Connectivity” program will allow 120 individuals to borrow digital devices to further their education and access critical support services. Training provided will increase digital literacy skills among participants in the program. At least ten small businesses in Hartford’s North end will see improvements in service delivery and operational efficiencies through the use of TV White Space broadband access. Hartford Public Library will continue to work with neighborhood associations, leverage existing library infrastructure and adapt its lending and training experience to benefit underserved populations that have largely been left behind by the digital revolution.

“Crossroads to Connectivity is an example of a disruptive innovation that is born from serving a market that is otherwise not served,” said Hartford Foundation senior Community Investments officer Yvette Bello. “What we gain to learn from this project is not just if these strategies will work but also how the Foundation can further support projects in which nonprofits co-create solutions with community stakeholders that address longstanding community needs.”

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An Unofficial Glossary, Concordance and Appendix to the State of the Union


By Michael Harriot

As you watch Donald Trump’s first State of the Union, there will be parts that will likely confuse you. To help you have an optimal SOTU experience, The Root has compiled a list of words and phrases that may give you a better understanding of Tuesday night’s speech. Feel free to use this handy guide as a point of reference when you don’t understand why the hell everyone is standing up and clapping.

Also, you should understand that white people will clap for anything. I once saw a white boy receive a round of applause for wiping his own butt. I know it sounds gross, but it actually happened.

That’s the last time I use the same bathroom as Eric Trump.

American: Any white person who feels a level of patriotism that borders on sexual arousal when he or she sees the flag or hears “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The American dream: The night visions characterized by grandiose thoughts of stepping on the necks of black or brown people to stuff money into Wrangler jeans or Dockers worn by “true Americans.”

Barack Obama: A Muslim from Kenya who fucked up this country by fixing the American health care system, killing the most-notorious terrorist in the world, not colluding with the enemies of America and paying off a grand total of zero porn stars.

“Believe me”:  A preamble to a lie. Whenever Trump begins a sentence with “Believe me,” do not believe him.

Bipartisan: From the Latin meaning “both parties;” indicates legislation agreed upon by both Republicans and asshole conservatives.

Collusion: Something Trump definitely didn’t do. I don’t even know why you’re bringing it up here. There is no collusion! Sure, everyone in the Trump campaign had secret meetings with Russians, and Soviet banks gave him millions, but that doesn’t mean anything. What about Hillary’s emails? And Uranium One? And Barack Obama’s birth certificate?

Democrat: A group of spineless people who cannot even protect their party’s email server or read an electoral map, but somehow hatched a nefarious plan to oust Donald Trump with the FBI, a secret dossier, the “deep state” and the fake news.

Fake News: Everyone but Fox News and Pravda.

Freedoms: A nonspecific thing white people get to enjoy and use as a weapon. It’s what “The Troops” (see below) fight for. It’s why the terrorists hate us. It is always plural.

Immigrants: Rapists, murderers and terrorists bent on killing us all because they hate our freedom. Unless they’re from a non-shithole country like Norway or Sweden. Immigrants have superpowers that can only be stopped by a wall.

Justice Department: A division of the government dedicated to protecting the poor, delicate whites by dismantling affirmative action, rebooting the war on drugs and hunting down “Black Identity Extremists.” If you’re wondering, no, they are not concerned with “justice.”

Liberals/Leftists: White people who do not want to throw blacks in jail, deport Mexicans or spy on Muslims. Anyone who has not accepted the white Jesus who does P90X as their lord and savior. People who do not cry upon hearing the national anthem.

“Make America Great Again”: A slogan used by Caucasians like a secret handshake that harkens back to a time when lynching, segregation and slavery were all legal. The stuff of wypipo wet dreams. White girl magic.

Republicans: A political party dedicated to furthering the agenda of the richest 1 percent by bamboozling poor white people into voting against their own self-interests. White people who look like Paul Ryan.

Russia: Our future overlords.

Terrorist: Muslims. Some may expand the definition to “people who commit terrorism,” but it is a known fact that white people do not commit terrorism. They have “mental health issues,” and when they kill people in mass numbers, it is called a “cry for attention.”

“That, I can tell you”: An oft-repeated idiom that indicates when Donald Trump is lying. Example: “I have never colluded with any Russians, that, I can tell you.”

Troops: A group of sacred demigods whose praiseworthiness is somewhere between Jesus and Ronald Reagan’s. They are also the excuse for everything white people disdain. If you kneel during the anthem, you are disrespecting the troops. When the government shuts down, it hurts the troops because they fight for our freedoms.

Wall: Kryptonite for Mexicans. Something Mexico will pay for.

Winning: The thing Trump promised he would give America so much of that we would soon tire of it. Apparently “winning” means a rise in hate crimes; unabashed racism; a president who plays golf every weekend; the vilification of nonwhites; politicians protecting a man who tried to subvert democracy; watching your tax dollars go to major corporations; wondering if the president even pays taxes; impending impeachment; the castigation of the American press; semiauthoritarian regime; being laughed at by the rest of the civilized world because we are led by a commander in chief with the mentality of a feral chihuahua; late-night junior high tweets; lying; collusion; sexual harassment; an “alt-right” Cabinet; the dismantling of the judiciary branch; and a low-IQ, blob-shaped white supremacist who takes every opportunity to fuel the nonsensical notion that he is a direct affront to freedom.

It feels a lot like losing.

Michael Harriot is a staff writer at The Root, host of “The Black One” podcast and editor-in-chief of the digital magazine NegusWhoRead. 

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A Lists of Protests by Congress Members Who Think the State of the Union Is Trash


By Stephen A. Crockett Jr.

It’s that time of year again. What time of year, you ask? The time of year when President Racist von WallBuilder reads his prepared speech from a teleprompter, and a roomful of fat, rich white guys and affluent white women applaud as if the world were crafted from his tiny hands. This is also the time when people of color throw glorious amounts of side eye, teeth-sucking sneers and reluctant golf claps as the president presents his State of the Union—or Uniom, as it were, on some tickets.

But this year, unlike years past, the Democrats are piping mad! Oh, they are super mad, son. In fact, many of them have planned silent protests just to show how mad they are. I mean, it’s the Democrats, so what did you expect? Did you really think someone was planning to show a true level of disgust toward a president so evil and vile that he’s started to make George W. Bush look palatable?

Below is a listing of planned protests that might even be effective if the president actually cared about the rest of the 99 percent.

Off the top, Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.) and Gregory W. Meeks (D-N.Y.) aren’t attending the president’s address. Everyone knows that Auntie Maxine is not here to play nice with this president. Wilson and the president have never been on good terms, but that rift grew wider when the president reportedly told the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson that “he knew what he’d signed up for.” Wilson took offense at the heartless comment, and Trump, as he’s been known to do, began attacking the congresswoman on Twitter. So when it came to this year’s State of the Union, Wilson knew that the president didn’t deserve her presence or her sweet cowboy hat!

“To go would be to honor the president and I don’t think he deserves to be honored at this time, after being so hateful towards black people and then black countries,” she told CNN.

Meeks had this to say about this year’s State of the Union address, the New York Post reports: “I cannot give this man, who does not respect me, the respect to be in that audience. I will not be there.”

Other Democrats who have noted that they won’t be attending include Reps. Barbara Lee (Calif.) and John Lewis (Ga.); Illinois Reps. Danny Davis, Jan Schakowsky and Bobby Rush; and Reps. Albio Sires (N.J.), Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) and Pramila Jayapal (Wash.), who had this to say earlier this month on why she wouldn’t be attending:

 Rep. Maxine Waters (Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)

Expect this list of nonattendees to grow before the president hits the podium and spits out his first lie.

Because the president is a sexual predator who was captured on audio boasting that his financial success allows him to kiss and grab women he doesn’t know by their “pussy,” some members of the Congressional Black Caucus plan to wear all black to the event in support of the #MeToo movement and will wear pins that honor the memory and legacy of Recy Taylor, a black woman who, in 1944, was kidnapped and sexually assaulted by a group of white men.

According to CNN, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.), a co-chairwoman of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women & Girls, plans to bring Taylor’s niece as her guest to Tuesday night’s remarks. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) will be bringing Erin Walton, the executive director of Rape Victim Advocates, as his plus one; Fatima Goss Graves, the president of the National Women’s Law Center, will be a guest of Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.); and Danielle McGuire, an author and historian who has researched and written about Taylor, will be a guest of Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.).

San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who went toe-to-toe with the president for his lack of concern after Hurricane Maria ravaged parts of Puerto Rico, will accompany Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

Several Congress members are using their invitations to bring faces of the immigration debate, specially those affected by the current stalemate over DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, affecting young people brought illegally to the U.S. as children.

Some of the more prominent faces of the debate who will be in attendance: Cindy Garcia, the wife of Jorge Garcia, who was deported to Mexico earlier this month after living in the U.S. for 30 years. The Garcia family’s emotional goodbye inside the airport was captured on video and went viral. Cindy will be the guest of Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.).

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) has invited Viviana Andazola Marquez, whose father, Melecio Andazola Morales, was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement after going in for a scheduled appointment to get his green card,Roll Call reports.

Last but not least, Melania Trump is expected to make an appearance. I know that, on the surface, her presence wouldn’t be seen as a protest, and truthfully, it isn’t, but ever since reports surfaced that the president paid off porn actress Stormy Daniels, the first lady has been noticeably absent.

According to the New York Times: “Melania Trump, a notoriously private first lady, made three very public decisions: She canceled a trip abroad with the president, made an impromptu visit to the Holocaust Memorial Museum and flew to Mar-a-Lago, where she spent part of her short trip relaxing at the spa.”

Her presence is a reminder that she’s willing to save her marriage, and my hope is that the camera continues to pan across her face to show how truly dead she is inside. I hope that these two continue to stay together for as long as they both shall live and she continues to haunt his waking life. Not divorcing him feels like a protest against his happiness, and I think this could be the best silent protest of them all.

Stephen A. Crockett Jr. is a senior editor @ The Root.

 

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Hartford Police Seek Stabbing Suspect


HARTFORD —  Hartford Police are still investigating the death of a Hartford man who was stabbed before his car crashed on Main Street.

The man, Kemar Bennet, 29, of 950 Asylum Ave., Apt 10, died from injuries sustained after a fight on Tuesday, police said.

According to police, officers responded to car accident at about 2:a.m. on  Saturday at the Sunset Café at 3229 Main St. After the fight by an unknown man in the parking lot at Sunset Café., Bennet got in his car and began driving.

He lost consciousness behind the wheel before it crashed into a light pole at 2995 Main St.

Police are working to identify the suspect who fled after stabbing Bennet.

Three other victims of the crash suffered injuries and were taken to Hartford Hospital and St. Francis.

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Quinnipiac Announces New President


HAMDEN — Quinnipiac University on Monday announced its new president: Judy D. Olian.

Olian is currently dean and John E. Anderson Chair of Management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and will bring “a rich combination of academic and intellectual expertise” to Quinnipiac, school officials said at a press conference on Monday.

Olian will succeed Quinnipiac President John L. Lahey on July 1, 2018, Lahey, who has been president of Quinnipiac since 1987, announced his plans to retire last April, and the board of trustees conducted a national search for his replacement.

As dean and John E. Anderson Chair in Management at UCLA since 2006, Olian directs a graduate business school that is universally regarded as a leader and innovator in higher education, annually providing management education across master’s and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 working professionals through executive education programs.

At UCLA, Olian was known for her commitment to academic and teaching excellence as well as her work as a consensus-building leader and a strong advocate for gender equity.

Olian earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and her master’s degree and PhD in industrial relations at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Over the course of her academic career, she has been widely published in journals on human resource management, top management team composition and the business alignment of management systems.

“I like being in touch regularly with the community, whether it is students, alumni, board members, faculty or administrators. I benefit from their ideas and seek different ways to connect with each,” said Olian, who has spent significant parts of her life in Australia, Israel and the U.S. “I grew up in communities around the world. I’m attracted to the purpose and mission of Quinnipiac, and its comfort in leading change. I’ve seen a remarkable trajectory of growth in this university. I am eager to partner across the community in building on that.”

Olian was recommended to the Quinnipiac’s board of trustees by a search committee.
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Hartford Police Arrest Vine Street Hit-and-Run Suspect


HARTFORD — Hartford Police have arrested a Hartford man who allegedly struck two women that later died from severe injuries.

Police arrested Lorenzo Ivery, 25, of 135 Dart St., Hartford for making a false statement, hindering prosecution and owner liability.

Ivery was in the car when it struck the two women who were exiting a taxi.

The victims, Tina Fontanez, 25, of 23 Williams St., Hartford and Catlina Melendez, 24, of 95 Vine St., Hartford were exiting a taxi at the intersection of Bethel St. and Guilford St, when they were hit by Ivery’s car traveling north on Vine St.
A short time later, Ivery reported the vehicle stolen. Based on physical evidence and video surveillance, detectives were able to determine that Ivery was an occupant, but not the driver of the evading vehicle

According to police, officers were dispatched to 95 Vine St. on Jan. 16 at 9:36 p.m. There, they found Fontanez and Melendez  suffering from severe wounds. Both were transported to St. Francis Hospital, where Fontanez was pronounced dead. And Melendez was in critical condition. On Jan. 23, Melendez died.

Responding officers located an unoccupied 2006 silver Acura near the crash scene at Bethel and Guilford.

Ivery’s car was traveling north on Vine Street. The two pedestrians, who had just exited a cab, were in the travel lanes of Vine St when they were struck, police said. The driver fled the scene and left the car atthe intersection of Bethel St. and Guilford St.

Ivery is currently held on $150,000 bond.

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State Officials Urge Free Flu Shot for Residents


HARTFORD —  In effort to protect the public’s health and reduce the spread of the flu virus, the Connecticut Department of Public Health is teaming up with local health departments to provide free or low cost flu vaccine.

The department is strongly encouraging all Connecticut residents over the age of 6 months to get a flu shot. Free flu vaccine will be available at several locations across the state on Jan. 27.

It is not too late to get protection from the flu this season, state officials said.

The schedule and locations of Flu Clinics on Jan. 27 can be found on the DPH website:

Vaccine administered to children 18 years of age and younger will be made available free of charge. Vaccine for children comes from the Connecticut Vaccine Program. Managed by DPH, this program provides influenza vaccine free of charge for all children 6 months through 18 years of age. Adult vaccine will be provided at no cost to those without insurance.

Residents with insurance should bring their card and will be charged a small administrative fee, but will not be charged out of pocket for the vaccine. State health officials say flu activity in Connecticut continues to increase. As of Jan. 13, more 1,342 people have tested positive for the flu so far this season, and 615 have been hospitalized with the illness. There have also been 21 flu-related deaths so far this season.

Typical symptoms of the flu include sudden fever, aching muscles, sore throat, coughing, runny nose, headache, and eye pain.

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Hartford City Council Approves Next Police Chief


HARTFORD — The Hartford City Council on Monday confirmed the next top cop for the city.

In a unanimous vote, council approved David Rosado to be the City of Hartford’s next police chief. Rosado, a lieutenant colonel with the state  troopers, will replace Police Chief James Rovella. Rovella is expected to retire in February.

Lt. Colonel Rosado grew up in Charter Oak Terrace, attended Bulkeley High School and UConn’s School of Law, and currently oversees field operations for approximately seven hundred State Troopers as the Commanding Officer of the Office of Field Operations, an arm of the State Police in the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.

Last year, Rosado spent several weeks meeting with the city council and city residents before his appointment. He will be paid $156,800 annually.

“We’re not going to make unilateral decisions,” Rosado said of his impending tenure with the Hartford police. “We’re going to incorporate community leaders. We’re going to incorporate educational leaders. We’re going to incorporate parents, youth and keep them in mind in everything we do.”

Rosado was one of two main picks by Mayor Luke Bronin.

“I’m pleased that the City Council unanimously confirmed Lt. Colonel David Rosado to be our next Police Chief,” said Mayor Luke Bronin.  “Lt. Colonel Rosado has had a distinguished career in law enforcement and he has deep roots in the City of Hartford.”

Rosado will be the first Hispanic police chief for the city.

“I’m excited about the appointment of Lt. Colonel David Rosado as the next Chief of the Hartford Police Department,” said City Councilman James Sanchez, Co-Chair of the Council’s Quality of Life and Public Safety Committee.  “Lt. Colonel Rosado brings a wealth of knowledge as an administrator of the CT State Police, as well as know-how in implementing Community Policing objectives department wide, and improving community-police relations.”

 

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Roe v. Wade 45: My Mother and My Abortion


By Kristine A. Kippins

My mother and I were never close. It’s probably because we’re so alike—stubborn, unyielding and always right. It’s hard to have a healthy relationship with someone with whom you spend most of your time butting heads. There were times in my life when my mother and I went months without speaking, only coming together again at my father’s insistence or, at times, his tears.

I always figured that once my elderly father passed on, the two of us would simply drift apart, with her two children from a previous marriage standing in to care for her as she aged. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that my decision to have an abortion would lead to a strong, supportive relationship with my mother.

It wasn’t shame or guilt that compelled me to keep my abortion a secret; it was fear that I would disappoint my parents. Abortion was never taboo in my family. We’re a weekly-church-going Episcopalian and feminist family. My mother was so happy when I took a job with a reproductive-rights organization, and proud that I was defending the right to abortion. But still, I couldn’t tell her that I had one because that meant admitting to premarital sex, and it meant admitting I did something that was not in her life plan for me.

My parents came to this country from Guyana in the 1970s, laden with expectations of a new future in a new country, dreams they placed squarely upon the shoulders of their children, as most immigrants do.

When I was born, the three of us, along with my Guyanese-born brother and my sister, all lived together in a one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn, N.Y. Every penny they earned went to my future.

It went to private school education, the infinite number of books I wanted to read, international trips to make me well-rounded, piano lessons, ballet lessons, weekend finishing school lessons, and a house in the suburbs with a yard to play in.

Having a child at 19 would have been the equivalent of returning all these precious gifts and sacrifices to them. I couldn’t bear the thought. They could never know.

I got the first hint that maybe I should tell my mother when we watched a recording of the Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt rally together. People who had had abortions told their stories in front of the Supreme Court, including Amanda Williams, executive director of the Lilith Fund, a Texas-based abortion fund.

She talked about how difficult it was to obtain the funds necessary for her abortion in Texas. Williams didn’t tell her parents about her abortion for a long time, but when she eventually shared her story, her mother said, “M’ija,why didn’t you tell me? I would have gone with you.”

When we listened to Williams tell that part of her story, my mother did something I only ever saw her do when someone had died: She began to cry.

We don’t cry, my mother and I. For us, crying was always a sign of weakness. For her to cry in front of me, Williams’ words must have touched her deeply. I opened my mouth and started to tell her that I, too, had had an abortion, but the words wouldn’t come out. I just wasn’t ready.

I was ready to tell everyone else, though. I started by co-writing a letter on behalf of people of color who’d had abortions, rebutting the insulting, racist, misogynistic testimony I heard during deliberations on a federal abortion bill.

Witnesses characterized abortion in the black community as something thrust upon us, instead of something we chose with our own agency. I wanted to stand up and shout, “I am black, and I chose to have an abortion.” But I didn’t. I co-wrote the letter to rebut the insulting testimony and the bill itself. Signing my name to that letter liberated me.

Sharing my story felt amazing, so I kept telling it.

From the steps of the Supreme Court, I told the crowd at the rally for theWhole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt decision in 2016 that I was a black woman who had had an abortion. I joined We Testify, a leadership program of the National Network of Abortion Funds dedicated to increasing the spectrum of abortion storytellers in the public sphere and shifting the way the media understands the context and complexity of accessing abortion care. And on last year’s anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I shared my story in a national magazine.

Yet, I still hadn’t told my mother.

Out of the blue one evening, she called me. My sister had recently taught her how to use Google, so she did a search of my name and found my We Testify profile. She asked me if I had had an abortion, and I said yes. After a brief pause, her response was, “OK.”

I know there were a million words behind that short response. I waited for her to say something more, and when she didn’t, I asked her how that made her feel. She broke my heart when she said, full of uncharacteristic emotion and sentimentality, “Well, I’m just wondering if I’m the worst mother in the world that you felt like you couldn’t tell me.”

There were days growing up when I thought she was the worst mother in the world. She was an incredible provider, but her methods of motivating me or supporting me through tough times were never helpful. It often seemed as though only my father understood and loved me for who I was instead of who I had the potential to be.

In an instant, I finally understood that my mother’s love for me was deeper than I had perceived it to be. The grave disappointment I expected was nowhere to be found.

Kristine Kippins and her mom on Shell Beach in Guyana, 2017 (courtesy of Kristine A. Kippins)

And then I told her everything. I told her how complete my silence had been—that it wasn’t just about her. For years, the only people who knew were my boyfriend and, later, two close friends.

I told her about my medical abortion, what the experience was like and the relief I felt afterward. For the first time, I felt like she truly listened. I think she realized that she may have missed out on a lot in my life because of our dysfunctional relationship. And I realized that my mother has been on my side, whether I knew it or not, all along.

The way we express our love for each other might not be how the other understands love to be, but we can both say without a doubt that our phone conversation was nothing but mutual love and support.

Discussing my abortion with my mother was a positive turning point in our relationship. I sometimes wonder what our relationship would have been like had I told her sooner. But when I do, I try to refocus on the fact that we now have a bond that I always craved. And for that, because of my abortion, I will always be grateful.


Kristine A. Kippins is a constitutional lawyer and an abortion storyteller with We Testify, a leadership program of the National Network of Abortion Funds. She wrote this essay for The Root for the 45th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, which legalized abortion in the United States.

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Hartford Receives Grant for Reentry Program


HARTFORD — Hartford will soon have a welcome center for people released from prison.

Thanks to a grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, which  announced a three-year, $450,000 grant to Community Partners in Action.  Community Partners is an agency that will work with the city and other partners to establish a one-stop Reentry Welcome Center for returning residents in Hartford, officials said.

According to reports, the majority of people released from prison or jail in Connecticut return to the state’s five urban areas, including Hartford.  In 2016, more than 2,000 individuals were released from a correctional facility, halfway house or parole supervision, with over half returning to Hartford, according to State Department of Correction data.  The absence of adequate stabilizing resources in Hartford for these returning citizens immediately upon release jeopardizes their successful reintegration, officials said.

“We’ve been working in close partnership with Community Partners in Action, and establishing a one-stop Reentry Welcome Center has been our goal from day one,” said Mayor Bronin.  “The Reentry Welcome Center will facilitate access to basic necessities like clothing and housing, as well as substance abuse treatment, educational programming, and job training.  That’s not just about offering individuals a second chance – it’s about making our community safer and stronger.”

Before his election, Bronin formed a reentry working group with faith, community, and non-profit leaders, academics, and corrections professionals.  They came up with a set of recommendations to integrate returning citizens into their neighborhoods related to data collection, resource identification, job training and other support, as well as partnership opportunities.  The Reentry Welcome Center will be able to carry out many of those recommendations, officials said.

The Reentry Welcome Center will serve approximately 150 returning citizens each year for three years.  Returning citizens will be able to access support and services offered by a variety of community organizations from basic needs like food and clothing to services like substance abuse treatment and job training as well as educational opportunities

“CPA’s Board of Directors and staff are pleased that our agency was able to play such an important role in having the Hartford Reentry Welcome Center realized,” said Maureen Price-Boreland, Executive Director of Community Partners in Action.

 

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