Perspectives in Righting

Better Manchester is pleased to introduce Perspectives in Righting, a space dedicated to exploring and delving into topics such as diversity, equity and inclusion.

In creating this space, our goal is to welcome our loyal readership and contributing writers, along with embracing and making space for new readers and writers with fresh ideas and unique perspectives from right within our Manchester community. We look to center on the voices of those whose perspectives are often overlooked or undervalued, such as Black/African Americans, Latinx/Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, the LGBTQIA community and all other disenfranchised or underrepresented communities.

As a community, we took the long overdue step last summer to declare that racism is a public health crisis and that racism and prejudice have no home here in Manchester. While our oral and written words are powerful, it is our actions that will create lasting impact within our town and, ultimately, within our world. This is a safe space for all – no matter what your color, creed, religion or sexual orientation. We acknowledge that our differences are not meant to be used for hatred and division, but they are to be celebrated, revered, honored, cherished, and most importantly, loved. We hope that you will join us on this amazing journey, and we thank you in advance for your support.

Perspectives in Righting

Slowed But Not Stalled

As a Recreation Supervisor within the Department of Leisure, Family, and Recreation, I have been fortunate enough to be a contributor to a program and service line that makes an honest effort at serving families and members within the community.

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Thanksgiving: Beyond the Plate

As the fall rolls on & we approach the holiday season, so does our mindset shift, focusing on the family, friends and other loved ones who have helped us to get through the year. It’s a time of reflection, a hopeful escape from the stresses of one’s career or schooling, a reminder of what truly matters in each of our lives.

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Remembering Our Black Veterans

As Veterans Day approaches, the collective American zeitgeist shifts its focus to honor its fallen soldiers, commemorate their sacrifices and look to the future improvements of the lives and conditions for veterans, active service members and their families.

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World Central Kitchen Is Filling More Than Empty Stomachs

Cataclysmic events the world over seem to happen with far more regularity than they did when I was younger. Knowing much of this is the result of a 24 hour news cycle, increased access to information and the advent of technologies that force the would be eyewitness to assume the role of journalist, or even the reluctant wartime correspondent.

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Title IX: Reflecting on 50 Years

As we near an end to 2022, those across the nation have banded together to commemorate one of the most significant pieces of federal civil rights legislation: Title IX, now celebrating its 50th anniversary.

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Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Each September, the global community joins together to commemorate Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a movement that aims to raise awareness of suicide prevention, combat misinformation on the topic and spread a message of hope.

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Community Voices

Sustainable CT: Sustainability Camp

In a time when our climate is changing, there are things we need to do to keep our town clean from pollution and help curve climate change. Sustainable CT is all about getting people of all ages involved to become climate leaders.

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How The Creation and Appreciation of Art and Music in Classrooms and Our Daily Lives can Improve Mentality

With all the chaos going on in our daily lives we need activities to relax and express ourselves. A lot of people during isolation were able to find other ways to occupy their time by getting creative. Now that we have a little more freedom to be creative with other people, we are able to build social connections through creative programs in schools, and their communities. In town, we have many opportunities to be creative and rebuild your social connections.

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Women’s History Month Resources

In order to commemorate Women’s History Month, Better Manchester Magazine has compiled a variety of digital resources and guides pertaining to scholarships, organizations and programs for women and girls.

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Manchester’s Boundary-Breaking Women

As March comes to sweep us off our feet with the up-and-coming spring weather, so does Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate the journeys & tribulations that countless women have persevered.

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Black Joy Poetry Contest

After reviewing over two dozen submissions from Manchester students, we are honored to announce the winners of the inaugural Black Joy Poetry Contest.

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What Does Black History Mean To You?

What does Black History mean to you?

These two words, while seemingly simple when written, carry centuries of traditions, remembrances and memories, each unique from one individual to another. How can one person attempt to answer such a frankly loaded question?

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Lunar New Year

To many, the start of February symbolizes the start of month-long Valentine’s celebrations or the inching towards yet another Super Bowl. But to others, this February 1st carries a whole other cultural significance: Lunar New Year.

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Are We Neglecting The Needs of Our Black and Brown Girls: Part III

On a national level, the suicide rates are increasing among Black girls, according to The New York Times. In the latest study from the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, it reported that “that just over 1,800 Black children died by suicide between 2003 and 2017, and while most of the deaths were among boys, especially those ages 15 to 17, the gender gap is narrowing.”

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Indigenous Made Media Finally Takes the Spotlight

In case you haven’t heard, the world of Indigenous-made media continues to expand in all the best ways. Native films, filmmakers and other creatives have all steadily increased in quantity and cultural awareness over the past couple decades, particularly in the past ten years.

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I Wish You Knew

I Wish You Knew: The LatinX/Hispanic Experience is a never-before-seen look into the lives of the historically-silenced LatinX population of Manchester, Connecticut.

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Are We Neglecting Our Black & Brown Girls: Part II

Today’s Black and Brown girls are facing incredibly turbulent times. From navigating a pandemic, working to continue their education, mental health struggles, bullying and systemic racism and sexism, it is more important than ever before for them to have safe spaces to express their full selves.

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Being an Ally and a Parent

As LGBTQ+ History Month draws to a close, it is important to know how you can be an ally to the community in the future, especially as a parent.

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LGBT+ History Month

Founded in 1994, LGBT+ History Month is celebrated each October, which commemorates the strength, bravery and perseverance of America’s LGBT+ community and their fight for a more inclusive world for all.

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Immigrant Resource Guide

Manchester has been a popular place for immigrant and nonimmigrant LatinX families to settle down for decades. Read More!

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Community Voices

The Right to Protest: A Powerful Signal

John Lewis, the famous civil rights leader and U.S. representative, was recently featured in the latest mural installation on the exterior of Mahoney Center and Leisure Labs. The larger-than-life portrait of Lewis displays his strength and the power of his determination to make change.

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A Global Perspective on Vaccine Equity

Despite the Biden administration’s inability to reach its goal of having 70 percent of Americans vaccinated by July 4th, the widespread roll out of vaccines has allowed people in Manchester and around the country to begin the journey back to a pre-pandemic sense of normalcy.

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