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The Hartford Guardian Enters its 10th Year


HARTFORD, CT. January 10, 2014 – The Connecticut Alliance for Better Communities, Inc. on Friday, January 10, 2014 entered into its 10th year of building communities through civic journalism with its flagship program: The Hartford Guardian.

Founded by Dr. Ann-Marie Adams and other Hartford residents who participated in the first meeting at the Hartford Public Library on a cold January night 10 years ago, CABC has navigated the last decade, emerged from the Great Recession, and is ready for another milestone.

CABC volunteers and supporters will celebrate the organization’s successes at its anniversary luncheon in October 15, 2014, a decade after it first published The Guardian, a quarterly news magazine that morphed into a daily news site at www.thehartfordguardian.com. The Guardian, which began as a hyper-local news magazine, has become an award-winning regional news publication.

“I’m excited about reaching this milestone,” said Dr. Adams. “This moment is soul-satisfying and the journey was worth the sweat equity our team put into making this publication a reality and a success.”

Dr. Adams said the goal this year is to expand CABC’s operation and staff. She looks forward to new leadership that will take The Guardian further into the 21st century.

Dr. David Williams

Dr. David Williams

Outgoing CABC Board Chairman Dr. David Williams expressed gratitude for having served.

“Anything you do is a major challenge without corporate support,” said Williams who is the former long-term Director of the University of Connecticut’s Greater Hartford campus. “I’m glad I was able to support Dr. Adams and the work she has been doing in the community for the last 10 years. The Board had confidence in the leadership. She’s a true professional. And she worked hard to stay focused.”

To support CABC and the work it does in the community with The Guardian, or to be a sponsor,email us at theguardian@thehartfordguardian.com.

For information on how you can help CABC Inc. stay focused for the next 10 years, email us as cabc@ct-abc.org or call us at 860-993-1094.

About Connecticut Alliance for Better Communities

Founded in 2004, the Connecticut Alliance for Better Communities, d/b/a The Hartford Guardian, is a nonprofit organization that promotes civic engagement through quality journalism. CABC Inc. increases civic engagement by educating youth and families about various social services and how best to access those services, educate residents about how government and media work and how to effect positive change, offer opportunities to explore and engage directly with civic journalism through our three main programs: The Hartford Guardian, Summer Journalism Institute and Community Conversations. For more information, visit www.thehartfordguardian.com.

 

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CABC Board and Staff Wish You Happy New Year


Happy New Year From Us!

Board of Directors

President – Ann-Marie Adams, Ph.D.

Treasurer – Wayne McCook, Comcast

Secretary – Sally Roberts, Esq, Sally Roberts Legal

David Williams, Ph.D., UConn

Andrea White, Trinity College

Errol Mesquita, Comcast

Damico Nicome, QSoft Consulting

Past Board Members

Yvon Alexandre, Vibez Uptown

Thomas Aldridge,  CT Department of Revenue Services

John Biscette, Continental Advisory Service, LLC

Chastity Hamilton, City Scan-Connecticut Policy for Economic Development

Donna Hemans, Dow Jones Newspapers

Kenneth Kennedy, State Attorney General Office

Jerry Long, PCC Technology

Natasha Samuels, Urban Scene Magazine

Past and Present Contributors/Volunteers

Carolyn Austin

Spank Buda

Andrew Campbell

Alex Cleveland

Niecy Coleman

Roger Desmond

Rena Epstein

Radhiya Flanders

Harold Gellis

Ysanne Harper

Keith Henzil

Denis Horgan

Ebony Farmer

Evan Lawrence

Melissa Malone, Esq

Elsie Mata, Esq

Tamika McMayo

Shawn Murray

Pryia Morganstern, Esq

Willie Myette

William Newton

Paula Paige

Sean Parker

Bruce Saxon

John Roderick

Nelly Schwan

Yasmin Shenoy

Paul Siegel

Jonathan Smalls

Doug Stewart

Kara Sundlun

Amy Yarbrough

Lisa Villard

Alana Wenick

Rondale Williams

Fran Wilson

Christopher Wright

 

 

 

 

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Hartford Guardian To Hold Luncheon


HARTFORD — The Connecticut Alliance for Better Communities Inc, doing business as The Hartford Guardian, is proud to celebrate its seven-year anniversary as a civic journalism organization that focuses on hyper–local news in the capital city of Connecticut with a media luncheon on Jan. 6 at the Hartford Club.

The Civic Engagement Media Luncheon from 11: 30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. will feature keynote speaker Anthony Duignan- Cabrera, Editorial Director for AOL Patch East. Duignan will speak to the intersection of online media and the urban landscape—the new frontier in journalism. The Guardian will also recognize other civic journalists in the state.

“I am honored to be a part of this exciting event and to have the opportunity to speak about the changing local and urban media landscape, Duignan-Cabrera said. “The Internet has obviously played a key role in shaping the evolution of the news industry.”

Founding Editor and Publisher of the online magazine, The Hartford Guardian Ann-Marie Adams agreed.

“The Internet has democratize news,” Adams said. “And The Guardian is proud to be among the pioneers in this new media landscape.”

Since its inception in January 2004, The Guardian has been a vanguard. It has broken news about predatory schemes with condo associations and the foreclosure crises in Connecticut In 2010, The Guardian won a national award from the International Center for Journalists, which touted its work as “competent and competitive.” In addition, it has garnered recognition from The Hartford Business Journal and the University of California-Berkeley’s Knight Digital Media Center. The Guardian was the first of the new wave of hyper-local news organizations in Connecticut.

Over the last seven years, The Guardian has partnered with the University of Hartford, the University of Connecticut, Capital Community College, AT & T, McGraw Hill Companies, International Center for Journalists and other local small businesses and residents to present our Summer Journalism Workshop for high school students and our Community Conversations on issues that impact the city of Hartford and its neighboring suburbs.

CABC Inc is a 501 ( c ) 3 Hartford based nonprofit organization that aims to spur civic participation, develop youth and family media literacy skills ad help build cohesive communities. It’s fulfills its three-fold mission by using 1) The Hartford Guardian, our award-winning hyper-local online news magazine that provides cutting edge reporting; 2) the Summer Journalism Institute, a training program that fosters critical thinking skills and media literacy for high school juniors, seniors and city residents. 3) the Community Conversations, periodic forums to foster understanding and build consensus about issues that impact city residents.  Moreover, CABC Inc embodies civic journalism by expanding the discourse in our democracy and by building communities through civic journalism.

For tickets and information, please call 860-515-8821.

For more information please visit www.thehartfordguardian.com. Follow us on Twitter @guardianeditor and ‘Like’ our Facebook page.

 

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Hartford Guardian Celebrates 7 Years


By Shawn Murray, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — The Connecticut Alliance for Better Communities Inc, doing business as The Hartford Guardian, is proud to celebrate its seven-year anniversary as a civic journalism organization that focuses on hyper–local news in the capital city of Connecticut.

CABC Inc. kicked off its seven-month celebration and fundraising campaign on Friday. The celebration will include a private reception with board members, sponsors and volunteers who have helped sustained the nonprofit organization since its inception in January 2004. Other events are slated in the coming months.

Over the last seven years, volunteers from the Greater Hartford area and other cities have been an integral part of CABC Inc’s strategy for building communities through civic journalism. The award-winning hyper-local online news magazine has garnered several national recognitions and awards for its news coverage, which began as a quarterly and went online Oct. 15, 2008 at www.thehartfordguardian.com.

Founding Editor and Publisher of The Hartford Guardian Ann-Marie Adams said she appreciates of continuous support from the community, sponsors and friends. And she is happy to celebrate seven grueling but fulfilling years.

“Most businesses fail before their five-year mark. We are still growing and perfecting our product. And that’s worth celebrating,” Adams said. ”We are aggressive about expanding the discourse of democracy and framing issues that include the voice to the voiceless. I know the new board members and daily volunteers will continue in that vein.”

Since its inception in October 2004, The Guardian has broken news about predatory schemes with condo associations and the foreclosure crises in Connecticut In 2010, The Guardian won a national award from the International Center for Journalists, which touted its work as “competent and competitive.” In addition, it has garnered recognition from The Hartford Business Journal and the University of California-Berkeley’s Knight Digital Media Center. The Guardian was the first of the new wave of hyper-local news organizations in Connecticut.

Over the last seven years, The Guardian has partnered with the University of Hartford, the University of Connecticut, Capital Community College, AT & T, McGraw Hill Companies, International Center for Journalists and other local small businesses and residents to present our Summer Journalism Workshop for high school students and our Community Conversations on issues that impact the city of Hartford and its neighboring suburbs. More than a dozen students have benefited from our journalism program So far, we have impacted an estimated 500 people with our journalism institute and community forums in the Greater Hartford area. And our web site has surpassed 2.6 million hits each quarter.

The Guardian seeks to perfect its mission and its programs in the coming year by expanding its board and recruiting new media journalists committed to social responsibility and civic engagement.

On January 6, 2012, The Guardian will host its Civic Engagement Media Luncheon at the Hartford Club with keynote speaker Anthony Duignan- Cabrera, Editorial Director for AOL Patch East. Duignan will speak to the intersection of online media and the urban landscape—the new frontier in journalism.

“I am honored to be a part of this exciting event and to have the opportunity to speak about the changing local and urban media landscape, Duignan-Cabrera said. “The Internet has obviously played a key role in shaping the evolution of the news industry.”

CABC Inc embodies civic journalism by expanding the discourse in our democracy and building communities through civic journalism. Civic journalism is an all-encompassing effort to reach out the public more aggressively in the reporting process, to listen to how citizens frame their problems and what citizens see as solutions to their problems.

“Civic journalism is an exciting way to serve the communities we cover,” Adams said. “The end result of going that extra mile to reach unfamiliar and varied voices is just better journalism. Our awards and reader responses are strong indications that our model is effective.”

CABC Inc is a 501 ( c ) 3 Hartford based nonprofit organization that aims to spur civic participation, develop youth and family media literacy skills ad help build cohesive communities. It’s fulfills its three-fold mission by using 1) The Hartford Guardian, our award-winning hyper-local online news magazine that provides cutting edge reporting; 2) the Summer Journalism Institute, a training program that fosters critical thinking skills and media literacy for high school juniors, seniors and city residents. 3) the Community Conversations, periodic forums to foster understanding and build consensus about issues that impact city residents.  For more information please visit www.thehartfordguardian.com. Follow us on Twitter @guardianeditor and ‘Like’ our Facebook page.

 

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Hillary Clinton Launches Global Diaspora Initiative


By Anthony Advincula NAM Contributor

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton last week announced that the state department was adding a fourth “D” to its toolbox of Diplomacy, Development and Defense: Diaspora.

Marking a historic shift in the agency’s view of global migrants, Clinton spoke at the opening of a three-day “Global Diaspora Forum” that drew over 300 invitees including The Hartford Guardian‘s own Ann-Marie Adams, a star-studded cast of international development experts, diplomats and representatives of different diaspora groups.

“You have the potential to be the most powerful people-to-people asset we can bring to the world’s table,” Clinton told a standing room only crowd at the State Department’s Loy Henderson Auditorium. “Because of your familiarity with cultural norms, your own motivations, your own special skills and leadership, you are, frankly, our Peace Corps, our USAID, our OPIC, our State Department rolled into one.”

Clinton highlighted the contributions of some 60 million Americans who last year sent over $48 billion in remittances to countries around the world. “It dwarfs any foreign aid that our government can give,” she noted.

Clinton also acknowledged that diaspora groups and individuals are the first to respond to natural disasters, economic stagnation, poverty or civil unrest overseas. “When an earthquake happens in Haiti or civil unrest begins in Tripoli or a multitude of disasters hit Japan, we hear from Americans who have roots, who have business connections, who want to know what they can do.”

Clinton was most passionate when it came to the intersection of diaspora communities and diplomacy. She pointed to the role of Irish Americans in bringing peace, at long last, to Northern Ireland. She recounted the first time she and her husband, Bill Clinton, went to Belfast, where the hotel they stayed in “had been recently bombed and windows were still boarded up.”  Because of the help of Irish Americans, the next time she went back after the Good Friday Accords, “there was 98 percent occupancy.” She noted how conflicts de-escalate when women become engaged and find common ground as wives and mothers.

The state secretary also emphasized the leadership of American diaspora communities in helping home countries in their transition to democracy.

“Many don’t know the first thing about politics…and this is where many of you can come in. We need to just get into the basics of what it means to participate in the hard and sometimes frustrating work of politics. That’s the way you get to govern in a democracy.”

As the United States grapples with difficult global challenges – whether natural disaster, war, economic recession, or terrorism – it would be impossible for it to work alone, she concluded. These challenges will only be solved by partnership with the private sector, civil society, public institutions and diaspora communities.

To that end, Clinton announced the launching of the International Diaspora Engagement Alliance (IDEA). “We spend a lot of time in the State Department trying to think of how we can put words together so the first letter spells something,” she joked, but she added that IDEA would engage “the whole of government.”

She ended with a call to action: “I hope you will look back on this day and really see that we started something that has just spread across the world, improving the lives of so many people, giving them the same chance that all of us have had because of this country that we love and we call home,” Clinton said.

The conference — cosponsored by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) — featured the heads of the Export-Import Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the US Trade and Development Agency, the Millenium Challenge Corporation and the International Fund for Global Development, as well as dozens of Non-Governmental Organizations and grassroots organizations. New America Media ran a special workshop on diaspora communications which featured a panel of ethnic media leaders and reporters from the Haitian Times, Al Jazeera English, Sing Tao Daily, Indian Express and ImpreMedia.

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Hartford Guardian News Magazine Wins National Award


WASHINGTON, D.C.  — Connecticut’s capital city online newsmagazine The Hartford Guardian is one of three winners of the 2010 McGraw-Hill Companies Personal Finance Awards national competition.

The Guardian’s founding editor Ann-Marie Adams won third place for stories that tackle economic issues facing minority communities. Adams’s story,  “Losing Ground: Foreclosure Rate Higher Among Minority Homeowners”, details the particular hardships faced by minority homeowners in Connecticut facing foreclosure.

The Guardian covers Hartford and its surrounding areas and focuses on untold stories about the city’s diverse residents.

First place went to Elizabeth Ostos of a monthly newspaper Mercado de Dinero for her article “Credit consolidation in a country in debt”. Second place went to Carlos Rajo of Telemundo, Los Angeles for his article “A House of Their Own: Is the American Dream too Expensive?” Rajo explains how the mortgage crisis has changed the perception of home ownership among the Hispanic community.

The journalists were among 30 reporters who participated in The International Center for Journalists online program in English and Spanish. The program sought to provide in-depth knowledge of consumer finance issues of particular importance to minority communities.

The winners will be honored in September at The McGraw-Hill Companies’ headquarters in New York. The New York Times Columnist Ron Lieber will give the keynote address.

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