Muhammad Ali

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Muhammad Ali (1942-2016) was an American former heavyweight champion boxer and one of the greatest sporting figures of the 20th century. An Olympic gold medalist and the first fighter to capture the heavyweight title three times, Ali won 56 times in his 21-year professional career. Ali’s outspokenness on issues of race, religion and politics made him a controversial figure during his career, and the heavyweight’s quips and taunts were as quick as his fists. Born Cassius Clay Jr., Ali changed his name in 1964 after joining the Nation of Islam. Citing his religious beliefs, he refused military induction and was stripped of his heavyweight championship and banned from boxing for three years during the prime of his career. Parkinson’s syndrome severely impaired Ali’s motor skills and speech, but he remained active as a humanitarian and goodwill ambassador. Read more.

Environmental Racism is in CT Too!

Environmental Racism

Humankind has so much become one family that we cannot ensure our own security unless we ensure the security of all others.” - Bertrand Russell, from Simple Prosperity

Why Is Environmental Racism an Issue of Faith?

People of faith are called to care for all of our neighbors, regardless of their race, their income level, or their life circumstances. Jesus taught us this behavior in the parable of the Good Samaritan. He was also a student of the Hebrew Scriptures where he learned to “let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream.” Jesus did not discriminate or separate people into artificial groups, but rather declared that the Kingdom of God is available to all of God’s children.

Read more HERE.

Lead Exposure Exposes Environmental Racism

by Alli Van Leer

Environmental Justice affirms the need for urban and rural ecological policies to clean up and rebuild our cities and rural areas in balance with nature, honoring the cultural integrity of all our communities, and provided fair access for all to the full range of resources. – 12thPrinciple of Environmental Justice, 1991

For over sixty years scientists, business leaders and government officials have been aware of the detrimental impact of childhood exposure to lead. In the 1970’s research by Herbert Needleman, MD and his team in exposed the effect of even a low dose of lead exposure during childhood. Needleman et al.’s paper, “Deficits in psychologic and classroom performance of children with elevated dentine lead levels” also shifted the focus from the somatic based health effects of lead to the physiological and cognitive effects.

Lead has historically been used in a wide array of industrial products, most importantly gasoline, paint and water piping. The process of removing lead from gasoline began in 1965 and was officially banned from on road vehicles in 1996. Lead was banned from the use of paint in 1978, though remains on the wall of buildings and houses painted prior to 1978. While lead is rarely used today in water piping it remains in many homes and city water lines (Gilbert, 2006).

Read more here.

“Toxic Communities” and the Fight for Environmental Justice

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Dorceta Taylor.
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN SCHOOL OF NATURAL RESOURCES & ENVIRONMENT / CREATIVE COMMONS
Dorceta Taylor’s most recent book, Toxic Communities, takes a magnifying glass to the modern environmental justice movement. In it, she provides an in-depth analysis of some of the biggest environmental issues facing low-income and minority communities across the U.S.  Listen to the interview here.

What Religions Are The 2016 Presidential Candidates?

What Religions Are The 2016 Presidential Candidates? Republican And Democratic Faiths Explained

Tune in to a 2016 presidential-campaign rally, and it’s likely the  candidate will be weaving religious beliefs into his or her speech. Among some of the candidates, faith appears to be a fundamental element not only of their lives but also of their campaigns.

Some of the candidates’ paths to faith are more complicated than others, as they either deepened or found their faith at different points in their lives. Here we take a look at how each candidate identifies religiously, as well as at the religions of their children, spouses and parents.  Read here.

Our Girl Scouts Rock!

 

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🌟Mother’s Day Community Service Project🌟

Hartford Girl Scout Troop 10003 has partnered with My Sister’s Place in Hartford to recognize the 26 women in the program on Mother’s Day. This was a very worthwhile and humbling project, where we  continued to teach our Girl Scouts about the importance of community involvement, giving back, practicing selfless acts of kindness, gratitude and helping those in need.

We wanted the mothers at My Sister’s Place to know that they matter and they are appreciated on this special day (Mother’s Day).

Thanks for your support!

Lisa Butler, Troop Leader

Hartford’s Paul Brown, Jazz Legend, Dies

Hartford’s Paul Brown, Jazz Legend, Dies

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HARTFORD — Jazz bassist Paul Brown, founder of Hartford’s Monday Night Jazz series recognized by the Library of Congress as the oldest continuously run jazz festival in the country, and a member of Faith Congregational Church, died. Brown’s death was confirmed by the Hartford Jazz Society, which took over production of the jazz series after Brown ran it for 40 years. Read more from The Courant here. Read what the Hartford Jazz Society has to say here.

Another Member Success

Chief Diversity Officer Named

Joelle A. Murchison has been named associate vice president and chief diversity officer at the University of Connecticut. Murchison, currently vice president of enterprise diversity and inclusion for The Travelers Companies, Inc., will serve as the University’s main strategist responsible for guiding efforts to define, assess, and promote diversity, inclusion, and educational and employment opportunity. She will develop programs and coordinate activities to recruit and retain faculty, students, and staff from diverse backgrounds. She will begin her new role on July 5.

Weight loss strategies

Losing weight isn’t easy—and doing it in a healthy, sustainable way can make the task feel even harder.

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Fast Facts

Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2009–2010

  • More than 2 in 3 adults are considered to be overweight or obese.
  • More than 1 in 3 adults are considered to be obese.
  • More than 1 in 20 adults are considered to have extreme obesity.
  • About one-third of children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are considered to be overweight or obese.
  • More than 1 in 6 children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are considered to be obese.

 

Using Body Mass Index (BMI) to Estimate Overweight and Obesity

The BMI is the tool most commonly used to estimate overweight and obesity in children and adults.

BMI of Adults Age 20 and Older
BMI Classifcation
18.5 to 24.9 Normal weight
25 to 29.9 Overweight
30 + Obesity
40 + Extreme obesity

For adults, overweight and obesity ranges are measured by using weight and height to compute the person’s BMI. The BMI is used because, for most people, it correlates with the amount of fat in their bodies. An online tool for gauging the BMIs of adults can be found at:http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/adult_BMI/english_bmi_calculator/bmi_calculator.htmlExternal Link Disclaimer

 

 

My Fitness Pal offers 67 weight loss strategies. For strategies to help manage those extra pounds, click here.   After losing weight, people from The Biggest Loser have difficulty keeping the weight off. Read more here.

We Are Not Cured’: Obama Discusses Racism In America With Marc Maron

We Are Not Cured’: Obama Discusses Racism In America With Marc Maron

EPISODE 613   

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

Marc welcomes the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, to the garage for conversation about college, fitting in, race relations, gun violence, changing the status quo, disappointing your fans, comedians, fatherhood and overcoming fear. And yes, this really happened. This episode is presented without commercial interruption courtesy of Squarespace. Go to  MarcMeetsObama.com to see behind-the-scenes photos and captions.