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Connecticut’s Philanthropic Organizations Aid In Educating Immigrants


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The federal government may be growing less charitable toward undocumented immigrants, but this has not deterred philanthropic organizations from committing resources to support families and individuals whose status in this country has become increasingly precarious.

In Connecticut, well-established grant-providing institutions such as the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven are helping fund organizations that educate immigrants about their rights, support stronger protections from detention, deportation, abuse and even exploitation by notary publics and others who cannot legally address their needs.

The topic of undocumented immigration has become a hot button issue since the last presidential campaign, with Hispanic arrivals especially targeted. ...

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Redefining What It Means To Be ‘American’ Through Art


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Painting by Alessandro Ciccarelli on display at the New Britain Museum of American Art’s  ‘Vistas del Sur’ exhibit.


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Today, more than ever, people are asking what it means to be American. Demographics are ever changing and cultures are contiguous and commingling. In response, the art world has begun exploring this cultural shift.

With her newest exhibit: “Vistas del Sur,” the director at the New Britain Museum of American Art, Min Jung Kim, is exploring what it means to be “American” by examining and broadening the definition of “American art.”

“We will look back historically and bring more contemporary American art in exhibitions touching on the notion ...

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Spanish Lifeguard Is Founder Of A Group That Saves Thousands Of Refugees


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When Spanish lifeguard Oscar Camps traveled to the Greek Island of Lesbos to help rescue migrants from drowning in September 2015, he was overwhelmed by the magnitude of the crisis—hundreds of men, women and children desperately throwing themselves onto barely seaworthy boats to escape from Turkey to Greece.

“When we got to Lesbos we realized that no one was there,” Camps told NBC Latino, “there were no volunteer organizations or governmental institutions, and people were drowning. So we had to start working fast. And on our first day, we rescued people with almost no gear—swim fins and a neoprene wetsuit.”

Since then, two islands in the ...

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