The New Haven Climate Emergency Call to Action Day Has Been Changed from Today to Thursday

The New Haven Climate Movement‘s “Climate Emergency – A Call to Action” has been delayed due to rain from today to Thursday, August 10.

The New Haven community is invited to mobilize against climate change, joining the events at any point during the day between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm to hear or even give sidewalk speeches on immediate challenges to our environment. People are especially invited to come to City Hall at 5:15. Here are the times and places throughout the day:

The Intersection of Church St & Chapel St: 7 am – 9:30 am
In Front of Wells Fargo Bank on Church St: 9:45 am – 11:30 am
In Front of Yale New Haven Hospital: 12 pm – 2:30 pm
The Intersection of Whalley Ave and Orchard St: 3 pm – 4:45
In Front of City Hall: 5:15 pm – 6 pm
Informal Gathering on the green: 6 pm 7 pm

350 CT General Assembly To Be Held on August 13

350 CT is a project to organize a grassroots coalition of citizens, NGO’s, faith communities, and businesses across the state to envision and build a future beyond fossil fuels, (click here to learn more about the project’s mission). 350 CT is holding a General Assembly on Sunday, August 13, 11 to 6, at the Charter Oak Cultural Center, 21 Charter Oak Ave, Hartford.

The process before, during, and after the Assembly is intended to be as participatorily democratic as possible, to help determine the direction of 350 CT for the next year (at least). Groups and individuals can submit proposals for discussion, debate, and a vote, on policies, for specific campaigns or actions, and with respect to ideals for everyday organizational life in the group (the deadline for proposals is midnight, Aug. 6; click here for proposal guidelines and here for the agenda).

Registration is requested, so that the organization can plan for the number of people attending. To sign up for 350 CT announcements and for its discussion forum, click here.

350 CT is also looking for people to join and participate in its committees. These include an Outreach Committee, to build relationships with other organizations; a Media Team; a Tar Sands Working Group; Bridgeport Coal, to shut down the Bridgeport coal power plant; and the Global Warming Solutions Act Committee, to advocate for CT laws to reduce climate change pollution. Click here for contact information for these committees.

There are other committees that are looking for members, including a Legislative Committee, to keep track of bills and suggest actions; a Program Committee, to organize presenters for monthly meetings; a Digital Committee; and a Fundraising Committee. For these committees, contact organizers@350ct.org.

 

 

What You Can Do to Help Conserve Long Island Sound

The Long Island Sound Study (LISS) website has a great Volunteer Opportunities page. It lists volunteer opportunities relating to the conservation of Long Island Sound with over 30 different nonprofits and government agencies in CT, and even more in NY state.

The biggest annual event, International Coastal Cleanup, is in September. Save Our Sound, a program of the CT Fund for the Environment, organizes the cleanup in CT. Here is a link to the Calendar for the cleanup (but events have not been put up yet). Also check out the Don’t Trash LI Sound’s media center page.

The LISS website also has a What You Can Do page that links to five different sections of the website. The sections are In Your Home, Around Your Backyard, In and Around Your School, In and Around the Sound, and Curbing Polluted Storm Water Runoff.

 

Show Up At Court to Support Two New Haveners Charged with Interfering with Police at a White Supremacy Event on the Green

Show up, as a show of solidarity, for Barbara and DraMese Fair’s court date tomorrow, 10-11 am, New Haven Superior Court, 121 Elm St (at Church St), New Haven, CT.  They were arrested during the July 8 rally against white supremacists on the New Haven Green, for disorderly conduct and for allegedly interfering with police. See the New Haven Register article on what occurred. Also check out the Facebook page for the event, which gives specific instructions for those attending.

Barbara Fair is a prominent community activist and grassroots organizing leader. DraMese is her nephew.

 

Demonstrate Today to Get Rosa DeLauro to Support the Medicare for All Act

Today, in New Haven, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, Medicare for All CT and Colleges Organizing for Medical Access of Connecticut (COMA-CT) are holding a companion event to the national Millions Marching for Medicare for All.  There will be a demonstration outside of Rep. Rosa DeLauro’s office in New Haven (59 Elm St., between Church and Orange) to encourage her and the rest of the CT House Delegation to cosponsor H.R. 676, Rep. John Conyers’ (D-MI) Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act. The majority of House Democrats have signed the bill; DeLauro is one of a few holdouts left in the Progressive Caucus.

The Left is increasingly realizing that the Affordable Care Act is not enough, that a public-private solution means large ongoing increases in health exchange insurance rates and millions without insurance or sufficient access to health care.

You can also sign a petition asking CT’s House Delegation to support the Medicare for All Act.

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.