Update on Action Together CT Meeting This Thursday

An update on Action Together CT’s July meeting, Thursday, July 20 at 7:00 pm at Mactivity, 285 Nicoll Street, New Haven. Its theme is Volunteers Make Communities Better.

This meeting will feature Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman and Rep. Robyn Porter discussing what you role can play, the importance of local races, and the importance of connecting with voters. Nick Maroletti from Fight Back CT and Sarah Ganong from Working Families will also be on hand to provide hands-on volunteer training.

Food Summit in Hartford on July 22

The Connecticut Food System Alliance (CFSA) is holding a Food Summit and Network Launch at 224 EcoSpace, 224 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (registration begins at 9:30). This free event features speakers on a variety of food-related topics, including food access, farm viability, school curriculums, and food-related community organizing. The CFSA calls itself “a network of individuals, organizations, and institutions working towards a more just and equitable food system.”

Space is limited, so if you’re interested, register here. Questions may be directed to Meg at 860-296-9325 or CFSACoordinator@HartfordFood.org.

Hamden Progressive Action Network Launch Event on Monday, July 10

The Hamden Progressive Action Network, an expanded version of the Spring Glen PAN, will be holding a launch event at 7:00 pm on Monday, July 10 at the Hamden Middle School Auditorium, 2623 Dixwell Avenue. Three state reps will talk about the legislative session and discuss how residents can help. Here’s a link to the Facebook page, where you can say you’re going. See the announcement below:

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CT League of Conservation Voters Has Different Sorts of Volunteer Needs

The CT League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) is the sole environmental organization in CT that has a state PAC, endorses candidates, and gets involved in state elections, as well as lobbying at the state and local levels. It has three entities:  a 501(c)(3) environmental education fund, a 501(c)(4) political organization, and a PAC.

One of its political roles is to send Action Alerts to those who sign up. These alerts ask state citizens to contact their state reps and senators about legislative issues such as the one that was sent out yesterday to save the Council on Environmental Quality and the Community Investment Act from being eliminated in the state budget. Those who know little or nothing about this council and this act can read the LCV’s briefing papers about them (don’t worry; they’re brief). There are also alerts about protests and other events, about submitting testimony (you can read CTLCV’s testimony, and write your own; any state citizen can do this via e-mail). Both calls and e-mails, and testimony, mean a lot to our reps, who will see that their constituents care and are knowledgeable about environmental issues, even those that don’t receive much media exposure.

CTLCV also holds Citizen Lobby days in Hartford, a great learning experience for how the state legislature works and how environmental issues fare at the state level.

Another way people can help is with the Education Fund’s programs. The most exciting one is called CHISPA (“spark” in Spanish). It involves educating young people of color about environmental issues. Volunteers are needed to help with CHISPA field trips, to give talks and line up speakers, to help the students survey people, etc.

The Fund also has a new program to get clean buses in our cities. Volunteers are needed to educate and build up demand for clean buses in city neighborhoods, and to make calls to school board members to see who might be receptive to requiring clean buses the next time school bus contracts are bid out.

If you are interested in volunteering in either of these programs, contact Abi Rodriguez at abirod.ctlcv@gmail.com.

Resisting Inequality Teach-in/Vigil in Hartford Next Tuesday

On the anniversary of his assassination, the Fight for $15 movement and the CT Working Families Party are holding a teach-in, vigil, and march to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who risked his life to resist oppression and inequality.

At 6:00 pm, at the Shiloh Baptist Church Hartford, 350 Albany Ave, Hartford, hear from community speakers and participate in breakout sessions to discuss:

>Economic justice
>The right to healthcare
>Racial justice
>Immigrant rights

Food and child care will be provided.

Candlelight Vigil and March at 8:00 pm., calling for a living wage and job protections for healthcare workers, who are struggling to get a fair contract and being threatened with losing their jobs for not rushing through patient visits. The march will culminate in a rally outside Community Health Services (two blocks away) to support our brothers and sisters in the healthcare worker community.

For more information, contact bridget.daley1@gmail.com. Here is the Facebook page announcing the event.

Campaign School in New Haven

For those interested in getting involved in Connecticut political campaigns and activism, there is an all-day program Saturday, March 25, in New Haven, called Campaign School. It has three tracks:  for activists, for those who want to run for office, and for those who want to work in municipal or state political campaigns. I’ll be attending, on the activist track. Hurry, because it’s nearly sold out (28 tickets left as of going to blog).

After Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman’s keynote address, there are four concurrent 80-minute sections throughout the day, covering such practical topics as Field Operations, Social Media, Recruiting and Managing Volunteers, Ballot Access & SEEC Compliance, and Effective Strategies for Peaceful Crowds and Civil Rights Protections. Section leaders include alders, state senators and representatives, a state elections staff member, Democratic party operatives, a civil rights advocate, environmentalists, and the program organizer, Alyson Heimer, who lists herself as a member of Hamden’s Democratic Town Committee, but also holds a position I once held: Administrator of the New Haven Democracy Fund, the city’s public campaign financing program. The schedule can be found here.

The program costs only $50 (and I believe there are scholarships). It will be held [new location!] at Wilbur Cross High School, 181 Mitchell Drive, from 8:30 to 6:00, followed by a reception at Anna Liffey’s Irish Pub at 17 Whitney Ave.