New Haven

Henry Lowendorf, 2014


Al Marder of New Haven Connecticut has been a community activist, advocating for justice, equality, and world peace for six decades.  At age 93, he’s still active.  He’s president of the Amistad Committee, Chairman of the Connecticut Freedom Trail, and President of the Peace Council.  He’s a World War II veteran and a graduate of the University of Connecticut.  Al Marder is also the last survivor of a group of Connecticut Communist Party leaders prosecuted in New Haven in 1954. He spoke with WSHU's Tom Kuser about his life and work.  

Ted Salmon

An atheist backed by secular group the Freedom From Religion Foundation is suing the town of Shelton, Conn., for refusing to post his anti-religion banner in a public park during the Christmas season -- only months after another secular group announced plans to display a non-religious art piece in the city of New Haven this December. 

The United States is often portrayed as a very religious nation, and perhaps with good reason: two-thirds of Americans say they believe in God. But an increasing number of Americans say they’re atheists.

According to the Pew Research Center, 3.1 percent of American adults say they are atheists when asked about their religious identity, up from 1.6 percent in a similarly large survey in 2007. The movement is bouyed by high-profile figures like Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens — people who have described religion not merely as wrong, but as a force for evil.

David Ritter / Albatross Productions

It’s been five years since Chef Mazzin left his restaurant, his home, and many of his loved ones in the city of Homs, Syria. Mazzin and his family spent most of those years in a refugee camp in Jordan waiting for the U.S. to grant them asylum. At an art opening this month at Yale University called “Refugees: Stories of Lives, Dreams and Scars”, Mazzin saw drone video footage of his hometown reduced to rubble.

The University of Connecticut announced that it will be giving at least $5,000 a year in scholarships to each qualifying high school student in New Haven who chooses to attend UConn.

To qualify, public and charter school students in New Haven must have at least a 3.0 grade-point average. They also have to have good records in attendance and public service.

UConn President Susan Herbst announced the new funding during a press conference at a local high school on Tuesday.