Save the date — Sunday afternoon, Jan 29th at 3pm, CONECT leaders will gather for a Kick Off Assembly at the Bridgeport Islamic Community Center (703 State St., Bridgeport). We will continue our work on Clean Slate, Mental Health Crisis Response, and Fair Education Funding with key legislative and community allies! Flyer HERE. Register HERE.
Hundreds of CONECT leaders filled Congregation B’nai Israel to engage Gov. Ned Lamont, Bob Stefanowksi, Dominic Rapini, Rep. Stephanie Thomas, & Erick Russell on criminal justice, mental health, and education issues on Sunday, Oct 23. Hundreds also joined on zoom. See these press accounts:
• WSHU Radio News
• CT Examiner
• CT News Junkie
Join hundreds of CONECT leaders on Sunday, Oct 23rd at 3:00pm for our 2022 Candidate Assembly at Congregation B’nai Israel (2710 Park Ave, Bridgeport) or on zoom. Candidates for Governor (Lamont & Stefanowski), Secretary of State (Rapini & Thomas) and Treasurer (Arora) are CONFIRMED to attend. Masks required & in-person attendance encouraged! Register at: bit.ly/Oct23Assembly
Anticipating our 10th Anniversary Assembly on November 30th, CONECT today released Its Celebrating 10 Years of Impact report. Printed copies will be available at the Assembly and afterwards, but you can find the electronic version here now.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all. We thank the hundreds of leaders and dozens of congregations and institutions that have made the past 10 years of organizing and impact possible!
Please check out two press accounts on CONECT’s first-ever hybrid Candidate Assembly with the Mayoral candidates in New Haven and Hamden on Weds, Sept 1st:
The full recording of the Assembly is also available on CONECT’s youtube channel here.
Join hundreds of CONECT leaders in New Haven and Hamden to seek commitments from mayoral primary candidates about taking action on public health and public safety.
Hear from mayoral primary candidates:
- Mayor Justin Elicker (New Haven)
- Mayor Curt Leng (Hamden)
- Peter Cyr (Hamden)
- Lauren Garrett (Hamden)
Wednesday, September 1st | 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Attendees will have the option to attend in-person or virtually via zoom.
- In-person: Congregation Mishkan Israel (785 Ridge Rd, Hamden, CT). Proof of vaccination and masks will be required and social distancing will be enforced.
- Virtual: Via zoom. Links will be shared with attendees after registration.
Proof of Vaccination: In order to ensure the health and safety of all attendees, Congregation Mishkan Israel is requiring proof of vaccination for all in-person attendees. Please have your vaccination card or photo of your vaccination card ready to show upon entering.
For the purposes of planning, attendees are encouraged to select either in-person or virtual for their ticket choice.
Register at: https://tinyurl.com/CONECTcandidateassembly
Únase a cientos de líderes de CONECT que buscan compromisos de los candidatos de la alcaldía primaria sobre la adopción de medidas de salud pública y seguridad pública.
Candidatos primarios alcaldes
- Alcade Justin Elicker (New Haven)
- Alcade Curt Leng (Hamden)
- Peter Cyr (Hamden)
- Lauren Garrett (Hamden)
Miércoles, Septiembre 01 | 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Los asistentes tendrán la opción de asistir en persona o virtualmente a través del zoom.
- En persona: Congregación Mishkan Israel (785 Ridge Rd, Hamden, CT). Se requerirá prueba de vacunación y mascarillas y se hará cumplir el distanciamiento social.
- Virtual: a través del zoom. Los enlaces se compartirán con los asistentes después de la inscripción.
Prueba de vacunación: para garantizar la salud y la seguridad de todos los asistentes, la Congregación Mishkan Israel exige una prueba de vacunación para todos los asistentes en persona. Tenga su tarjeta de vacunación o la foto de su tarjeta de vacunación lista para mostrar al ingresar.
A los efectos de la planificación, se anima a los asistentes a seleccionar en persona o virtual para su elección de entrada.
SB 1, including REaL (Race, Ethnicity, and Language) data, was signed into law by Governor Lamont today! This wide-ranging piece of legislation seeks to equalize comprehensive access to mental, behavioral and physical health care in response to the pandemic.
More commonly referred to as a bill declaring racism a public health crisis, S.B. 1, through the inclusion of REaL data legislation, will aim to identify and address the racial inequities across healthcare in Connecticut through the standardization of data collection by race, ethnicity, and language. REaL data legislation has the potential to improve the quality of healthcare provided to all CT residents, and especially residents of color, by illuminating demographic healthcare trends across our state.
“REaL data is so important because what gets measured gets done. Data shapes the planning, the implementation, and the delivery of services and all grant proposals start with a needs assessment.
With REaL data reporting, organizations will have an opportunity to present data demonstrating health inequities and seek the funding they need to provide real solutions. In this way, REaL data is pivotal to discerning REAL solutions.” – Therese LeFevre, Co-Chair of CONECT
Today CONECT, alongside our allies at the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut and the Greater Hartford Interfaith Action Alliance, sent a letter to the entire Connecticut legislature urging their continued support of Clean Slate.
Read the letter here.
Clean Slate (SB 1019) was signed into law yesterday by the Office of Governor Ned Lamont – a huge victory after three years of sustained organizing work!
“Let this hard-fought win be a model for how states across the country can begin to end the continuing harm of mass incarceration, particularly in its targeting of Black and brown individuals, and build safer, more prosperous communities.” – Rev. Anthony L. Bennett, pastor of Mt. Aery Baptist Church in Bridgeport and co-chair of CONECT
How this will impact and improve the lives of an estimated 2-300,000 in CT is the real victory. Thanks and congrats to the leaders of this campaign who had the courage and strength to share their own stories to help make this happen — hear their voices in this video.
On Dec 2nd, at a zoom Delegates Assembly with 204 leaders present, CONECT welcomed 8 new member congregations and institutions, broadening even further our membership base and building our organized people and organized money power. The new members include:
• First Baptist Church, Milford
• First Church Congregational, Fairfield
• St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Fairfield
• New Haven Friends Meeting, New Haven
• Alliance for Community Empowerment, Bridgeport
• A New Beginning Recovery Homes, New Haven
• Christ Chapel New Testament Church, New Haven
• Cornerstone Community Church, Norwalk
We welcome these new members with excitement and enthusiasm. In addition to bringing great spirit, values, and talents to the mix in CONECT, they collectively represent over 5000 people and have committed over $27,000 in dues to CONECT for 2021!