One State, One Film: Prison Reform

One State, One Film: Prison Reform Tuesday, April 20, 2021 12:00pm – 2:00pm REGISTER HERE WATCH  Breaking the Cycle JOIN THE VIRTUAL DISCUSSION Join members of the Connecticut Collaborative on Poverty, Criminal Justice & Race, along with leading advocates in the fight for criminal justice reform in our State, to explore ways each one of […]

Crimes Against Children by Sara Harvel

On February 27, the International Military Tribunal heard witnesses share about crimes against humanity; specifically those against children. In a letter to his wife, Thomas Dodd, US prosecutor, shares his heart regarding a town called Lidice and the injustice suffered by children.  A letter from US prosecutor Thomas Dodd to his wife, Grace.  “Grace, it […]

Crimes Against Humanity by Sara Harvel

On February 25, the prosecutors of the International Military Tribunal shared evidence of Crimes against Humanity, hoping that by holding the Nazis accountable for their crimes against humanity, they would set a precedent for postwar justice. The variety and quantity of crimes against humanity were astounding. Concentration camps often had gas chambers and crematoriums to […]

3/8: International Women’s Day: Women in the International Military Tribunal by Sara Harvel

I had to look pretty hard to learn about women’s involvement in the International Military Tribunal. Though all of the judges and the vast majority of the prosecutors were male, in some of the subsequent trials, women were involved.   Dorothea “Dottie” Grater Minskoff (1910-1986) a graduate of University of Pennsylvania was part of the prosecution […]

Reflections on the Erasure of Violence Against Sex Workers Pre- and Post- Atlanta

By Erica MacDonald In the hours following the horrific murders at three Atlanta-area massage parlors on March 16, 2021, journalists and other commentators attempted to make sense of what motivated the killer. Debates and speculation began immediately regarding who these women were and what they had been doing. Were they sex workers? Victims of trafficking? Undocumented? It was assumed by many that answers […]

Cutline: Democracy and Community

  What do we want our democracy to look like? The present historic moment demands robust participation in our political system and commitment to the values on which it was built. How can we support participation by all members of our community? This month, Dodd Impact’s Democracy and Dialogues Initiative partnered with CT Humanities, Connecticut […]

Petrol and Protests: Remembering Human Rights Violations and Taking Action by Sara Harvel

A sticky situation is emerging in Myanmar. Violence and oppression have bubbled over for decades, reminiscent to Nazi crimes against humanity played out in World War Two. Why do these atrocities continue? Why does social action come so slowly? By making observations about a Nazi ravaged village in Czechoslovakia and a Connecticut senator named Thomas […]