Based on CONECT leaders meeting in small teams and our June 26th Candidate Assembly, CONECT has published a non-partisan Candidate Report to add to the independent, non-partisan information voters have as the August 14th Primary Election approaches. You can find the report here.
On Tuesday, June 26th, 440 CONECT leaders squeezed into St. James School for our first 2018 Candidate Assembly. Governor hopefuls David Stemerman (R), Ned Lamont (D), Tim Herbst (R), and Joe Ganim (D) all attended, responded to leaders’ stories on a mix of issues — gun violence, immigration, mental health, criminal justice reform, and CT’s lagging economy. All four pledged to return on Oct 18th if they win their party’s August primary. CONECT’s members pledged to return with 812 people to the Oct 18th Assembly. Mark your calendars! You can watch CT-N’s full coverage of the June 26th Candidate Assembly at this link.
CONECT Co-Chair, Rev. Anthony L. Bennett of Mount Aery Baptist Church, was featured in the New York Times along with Rabbi Joel Mosbacher of New York for his work in leading CONECT and Metro IAF’s Do Not Stand Idly By campaign on gun violence. Check out the story here.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (lobby group for the gun industry) attacked CONECT and our Do Not Stand Idly By campaign on gun violence with our sister Metro IAF organizations in an op-ed piece in the Feb 20th CT Post — less than one week after the tragic shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. Our rebuttal was published one week later on Feb 27th. Read their attack here and our rebuttal here.
In early 2018, CONECT welcomed three new member congregations:
The Unitarian Society of New Haven (Hamden)
Congregation Beth El (Norwalk)
Greenfield Hill Congregational Church (Fairfield)
We are excited to welcome these institutions to CONECT and look forward to doing good and important work together in the coming year.