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.


For Info re Local Electoral Campaigns’ Volunteer Needs, Get the Action Together New Haven E-Newsletter

A good way to find out the latest in volunteer needs in New Haven-area electoral campaigning is through the Action Together New Haven County e-newsletter. You can get the e-newsletter by signing up at the organization’s Facebook page.

Yesterday’s e-newsletter had information about the needs of progressive candidates in Guilford, Hamden, and Orange, with additional information about AT members running for office in North Haven.

Send info about candidate volunteer opportunities to action2getherctnhcounty@gmail.com.

Community Wealth Building Efforts in New Haven

Although New Haven is not as rich in alternative institutions as one would expect, considering the presence of so many universities, it does have more community wealth building efforts than most people realize. This can be seen by checking out community-wealth.org’s New Haven page.

New Haven is strongest in Local Food Systems (City Seed, Common Ground, and New Haven Farms), Community Development Financial Institutions (Capital for Change (formerly Greater New Haven Community Loan Fund), Neighborhood Housing Services, and Start Community Bank) and, of course, University-Community Partnerships (only two are listed: Urban Resources Initiatives and Yale Urban Design Workshop).

It’s worth a look at this page to see what these valuable organizations do and visit links to their websites.

Unfortunately, New Haven is the only CT city with a community-wealth.org page, so it’s hard to compare it to the other cities in the state.

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.