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Common Ground Health launches vaccine speakers bureau (access required)


In an effort to ensure the public receives accurate, vetted information regarding the coronavirus vaccinations, Common Ground Health has launched the COVID-19 Vaccine Speakers Bureau. “There’s a tremendous amount of misinformation and myths being spread about both COVID-19 and the ...

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KeyBank boosts Community Benefits commitment to $40B (access required)


KeyBank said Friday that it would increase its commitment to its Community Benefits Plan to $40 billion. The investments will focus on economic access and equity for underserved communities and populations. Launched in 2017, the National Community Benefits Plan exceeded ...

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Center for Youth’s new safe space for kids to open this month (access required)

YMCA gifted the Center for Youth the Monroe Avenue location for $1. Now dubbed Bridge to Peace, the building serves as a safe, problem-free zone for Rochester youth. (Photo provided)

A year ago, Elaine Spaull would never have guessed that she would have crews renovating a building to be used as a safe space for kids just a couple of hundred yards from Center for Youth’s Monroe Avenue administrative site. ...

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Rochester native’s Tocsin Magazine gives voice to social justice issues (access required)

Shanique Byrd founded Tocsin Magazine in 2010, and she was inspired to pivot the publication’s focus to social justice issues after featuring a column titled “A Mile in My Shoes.” The column allowed inmates to write in about how they ended up in prison and what life is like for those incarcerated. (Photo provided)

Shanique Byrd learned long ago that the rich and famous — and infamous — prefer talking to fans over talking to media. Especially when it comes to dispelling rumors. “I learned that celebrities, especially urban entertainers, a lot of them ...

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Racial and gender equity will help shape city of Rochester budget (access required)

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren (photo courtesy of the city of Rochester).

The implications of racial and gender equity will need to be considered in all departmental budgeting if Rochester City Council approves an amendment to the city charter. Mayor Lovely Warren and council vice president Willie Lightfoot believe the city is ...

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Kimbrel named county’s first chief diversity officer (access required)

Deanna Kimbrel has been named Monroe County's first chief diversity officer (provided photo).

Deanna Kimbrel has been appointed the first chief diversity officer for Monroe County. Filling a position created by County Executive Adam Bello and recommended in the county’s 2020 transition report, Kimbrel will oversee the new Department of Diversity, Equity and ...

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Hiring and firing, crisis management part of RPD reform proposal (access required)


Mayor Lovely Warren wants the city of Rochester to have the power to fire police officers for cause, believes the police hiring process must be overhauled and seeks to redirect funding from law enforcement staffing to other community engagement programs ...

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Collaboration a byword of nonprofits during pandemic (access required)

Karen Zandi

Every business and nonprofit organization has been affected by the pandemic that took the world by storm nearly a year ago, and each of them has had to make sacrifices or change the way they do business and interact with ...

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New GRAWA committee helps women navigate the shoals of leadership (access required)


When Rebecca Indralingam was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2017, she went directly into practicing solo. It was admittedly a little traumatic for her. “I went into criminal defense and family law,” Indralingam said. “I know how ...

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A new opportunity for Rochester’s students (access required)

Jerome Underwood

In spring 2020, Rochester, like the rest of our nation, was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nine months later, the impact of COVID-19 on our city’s most vulnerable families, students and schools has presented us with extraordinary challenges and ...

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City’s new ‘ERA’ confronts historic racism, plots path to betterment (access required)

Lovely Warren

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren says she intends to not just confront, but also reverse, the effects historic racism and institutional inequality have had on the city as she plots a course for post-pandemic economic recovery. Her Equity & Recovery Agenda ...

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Virtual conference to focus on racism and COVID-19 (access required)


Action for a Better Community will partner with a number of local organizations next week on the first day of a series that will address Rochester’s two pandemics: COVID-19 and racism. “Racism is a Public Health Crisis — Attacking the ...

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