Board of Alders to Hear Public Testimony on the Police Civilian Review Board This Wednesday Evening

This Wednesday at 6:00 pm, the New Haven Board of Alders will hold a public hearing on an ordinance to revive the police Civilian Review Board, which would review civilian complaints submitted to the police department’s Internal Affairs Division (IA), obtain written IA reports before they go to the police chief for approval, and hear appeals from civilian complainants. Members of the public may testify, so come with any questions you have or stories you have to tell.

For more information about this ordinance, see the recent New Haven Independent article.

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 Here is the Facebook page announcing the event.

#Be the Change: Fourth Annual CT Campus Sustainability Conference on Friday in Middletown

Although the subtitle sounds tame, the theme of this Campus Sustainability Conference is anything but:  Engagement and Empowerment around Climate Change: Fostering Inspiration and Action at the Local Level.

The workshop sessions are:

  • Climate and sustainability action, engagement, and empowerment on CT campuses
  • Engaging in state policy and legislation
  • Engaging in your community and municipal action
  • Engaging at the grassroots level

The nearly daylong program (Registration at 7:30 am, over at 3:00 pm) is free, with breakfast and lunch included. The registration form is here. The location is Beckham Hall at Wesleyan University.

The keynote speaker is former EPA administrator Gina McCarthy. The sponsors include Eastern CT State’s Institute for Sustainable Energy, CT Green Bank, Wesleyan Green Fund, Energize CT, Blue Earth Compost, the CT Alliance for Sustainability, the Allbritton Center, and Bye Bye Mattress (a program of the Mattress Recycling Council).

Fair Housing Act Accessibility Policy Training on Thursday in New Haven

Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST is an initiative designed to promote compliance with the Fair Housing Act design and construction requirements.

The program, being held FREE at The Study at Yale, 1157 Chapel St. in New Haven on Thursday, March 30, 8-4:15, provides the information that disability and housing advocates, as well as those who must comply with the Fair Housing Act’s accessibility requirements, need to do their jobs effectively.

The training is sponsored by the federal Dept. of Housing and Urban Development along with New Haven’s own Neighborhood Housing Services. Registration is necessary.

Who Should Attend?
* Anyone with an interest in the accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act
* Attorneys
* Architects and Designers
* Civil Engineers and Landscape Architects
* Contractors
* Developers and Builders
* Disability and Housing Advocates
* Enforcement Officials
* Housing Consumers
* Property Owners and Managers

Immigrant Accompaniment Training in Hamden This Sunday

An immigrant accompaniment training session will be held in Hamden this Sunday afternoon, from 3 to 5, at the Spring Glen Church, 1825 Whitney Avenue, across the street from Best Video.

Here is a description of the program from the website of the New Sanctuary Coalition, which is holding a train-the-trainer program this evening at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in New Haven. After a lecture, newly trained trainers will lead groups of those attending.

“The Immigration Accompaniment Program helps support families who are going through the immigration process in 3 ways:

  • Provides a support structure to strengthen those caught in immigration proceedings
  • Keeps family members informed at every step of the process as their loved ones move forward
  • Holds legal officials accountable for providing accurate information and serving due process

The program pairs immigrants in final removal proceedings with volunteers who accompany them to their required, periodic check-ins with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Intensive Supervision Appearance Program (ISAP).”

This training should also be helpful if other arrangements are made for volunteers to help immigrants remain and feel safer in our community. I will be attending the Sunday training session. If you would like to attend, please let Pastor Paul Fleck know at



Final New Haven Climate & Sustainability Framework Hearing This Evening

The final hearing on the New Haven Climate & Sustainability Framework draft reports will be held this evening from 6 to 8 at the Hillhouse High School library, 480 Sherman Avenue. This is a huge endeavor, encompassing six areas, for each of which there is a report on goals and recommended actions:  Buildings, Electric Power, Food, Land & Infrastructure, Materials Management, and Transportation. The reports (in PDF format, in English and in Spanish) can be found here. The reports are more interesting than their titles sound; in fact, Materials Management is one of the most interesting reports.

The New Haven Climate and Sustainability Group, consisting of municipal and community stakeholders, wants to hear from citizens about its reports. If you can’t make the meeting, you can fill out a survey (but only if you live in New Haven itself) and send comments electronically at the bottom of this page (where you can also enter your e-mail address for announcements of future meetings and activities). You can see others’ often enlightening comments by clicking the links on this webpage. At the bottom of the same page, you can sign up to receive further announcements.

The Group hopes to have final reports completed this summer. After attending the meeting this evening, I will report back on further things that individuals can do to help turn these exciting recommendations into real programs.

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.