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Urban League takes REJI under its wing (access required)

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The Urban League of Rochester has been named the new steward and agency administrator for the Racial Equity and Justice Initiative (REJI). The program will be combined with the Urban League’s antiracist educational initiatives under the Interrupt Racism name as ...

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Golisano funding bolsters Rochester Accessible Adventures’ mission (access required)

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Rochester Accessible Adventures will use $51,000 in supportive funding from the Golisano Foundation to continue its mission of providing inclusive recreational opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Finger Lakes region. Rochester Accessible Adventures (RAA) helps create ...

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Local entrepreneur’s business rescued by VJF loan (access required)

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Rosa Marie Curtis spent two years looking for a location to open her after-hours childcare. In January, she signed a lease for the perfect spot at Village Gate. “We were getting ready for a grand opening. We thought, let’s take ...

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Local companies create virtual Chill with Santa (access required)

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Santa Claus isn’t just coming to town, he’s coming to your living room, family room, kitchen or wherever your Zoom-enabled computer, smartphone or tablet is connected. Chill with Santa creates a safe way for kids to interact during the holiday ...

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470 organizations, 110,000 people signed up for Racial Equity Challenge (access required)

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In 1963, the average wealth of white families was $121,000 higher than the average wealth of nonwhite families. By 2016, the average wealth of white families was more than $700,000 higher than that of Black families, whose average wealth was ...

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Rochester women featured in new RMSC exhibition (access required)

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Rochester Museum & Science Center will feature more than 200 diverse Rochester and Haudenosaunee women in a new exhibition set to open on Nov. 20. “The Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World” is a community-curated exhibition that aims to ...

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Women’s Hall of Fame to induct six women posthumously (access required)

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The National Women’s Hall of Fame in December will host a new program to showcase new inductees virtually. Beginning Dec. 10, NWHF will present the “Virtual Induction Series,” honoring women posthumously who were deceased prior to the establishment of the Hall ...

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Anti-racism coalition to host theater-based virtual allyship workshop (access required)

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Rochester Anti-Racism Action Coalition will team with Impact Interactive LLC to host a theater-based virtual workshop on allyship next month. “Uncomfortable Conversations: Confronting Privilege, Bias & Racism” is designed to help white people become better allies and accomplices, and develop ...

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RASE seeks community input on mental health, substance abuse issues (access required)

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A Zoom Community Voices Session hosted by the Commission on Racial and Structural Equality will help its Mental Health and Addiction Workgroup better understand how structural racism and inequities have prevented individuals and families from receiving the best available care ...

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Upstate Interiors included in Citizens Bank grant initiative (access required)

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Upstate Interiors, LLC, has received a $15,000 grant from Citizens Bank, part of a $1.5 million initiative by the financial institution to provide support to minority owned small businesses in areas it serves. Citizens Bank is awarding the $15,000 grants ...

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Panelists see opportunity, need for change following Daniel Prude’s death

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The death of Daniel Prude in late March after he was restrained by officers from the Rochester Police Department may provide what panelists on a Young Black Leaders webinar say is a path to overdue fundamental transformation in the community. ...

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Four local high schools earn Special Olympics honor (access required)

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Nine New York high schools have been named as National Banner Unified Champion Schools by Special Olympics New York, including four in the Greater Rochester region. Churchville-Chili, Irondequoit, Newark and Victor central school districts received the recognition for their leadership ...

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