613 Pack Mt. Aery for Winter Assembly w Gov. Lamont, AG Tong, Legislators & Others

More than 600 CONECT leaders & allies packed into the Bass Hall of Mt. Aery Baptist Church on January 30th for CONECT’s Winter Assembly. The centerpiece issue of the Assembly was Clean Slate, an effort to create a system for automatic criminal record expungement. Gov. Lamont attended the Assembly and pledged support for Clean Slate, to introduce his own bill on the topic, and to press to get Clean Slate passed this year. Attorney General William Tong was asked about preventing ICE immigration enforcement activities in Connecticut courthouses and pledged to fight to stop the potentially dangerous practice. Leaders also presented on CONECT’s leading work on gun violence through the Do Not Stand Idly By campaign and the emerging Gun Safety Consortium. CONECT also welcomed Spring Glen Church of Hamden as a new member!

Clean Slate Campaign Picking Up Steam

CONECT’s Criminal Justice Reform Team is busy this winter / spring leading a legislative campaign to create a new system of automatic expungement of criminal records in Connecticut. Recently Hugh Bailey wrote a column in the CT Post & New Haven Register about the campaign and the New York Times ran an Opinion piece on Clean Slate nationally.

CONECT Leaders Asti Jackson & Lonnie Spaulding questioning Gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont about the Clean Slate proposal at CONECT’s Candidate Assembly on Oct 22, 2018

The Connecticut “Clean Slate” plan would build off of Connecticut’s existing Board of Pardons and Paroles system, making expungements of criminal records 3 years after a misdemeanor and 5 years after a non-violent felony automatic.

See CONECT’s Fact Sheet and FAQ for more background information.

Clean Slate Kick-Off

Come out on Sunday, Jan 6th at 3:00pm to Mt. Aery Baptist Church to join CONECT clergy, lay leaders, allies, and key legislators as we kick-off our Clean Slate Legislative Campaign.  Clean Slate would create a system for automatic expungement of criminal records for those that remain crime free after serving their sentence — 3 years after a misdemeanor and 5-years after a non-violent felony.  To learn more, see our 1-page Fact Sheet or FAQ sheet.  

750+ Pack CONECT Candidate Assembly

On Monday, Oct 22nd, more than 750 CONECT members turned out for our 2018 General Election Candidate Assembly at Congregation B’nai Israel in Bridgeport.  Candidates for Governor, Attorney General, and Treasurer attended and answered questions concerning gun violence, immigration, healthcare / mental health, and criminal justice reform issues.  News 12 CT and WSHU Radio covered the Assembly.  CONECT also published a brief Report on the Assembly as well.


CONECT Fall Candidate Assembly set for Oct 22nd, four candidates now confirmed

CONECT’s Fall Candidate Assembly has now been set for Monday evening, October 22nd at 7:00pm at Congregation B’nai Israel (2710 Park Ave., Bridgeport, CT).  Candidates for Governor, Attorney General, and Treasurer have all been invited.  Ned Lamont (D for Gov), Sue Hatfield (R for AG), William Tong (D for AG) and Shawn Wooden (D for Treasurer) are all confirmed to attend.  An updated flyer in English & Spanish is available here.

CONECT Leaders Gather, Celebrate AOBC Resolution Passing

CONECT leaders and shareholders gathered in Bridgeport and Hamden at midday Tuesday to log-on and listen in to the American Outdoor Brands Corp (AOBC or Smith & Wesson) annual shareholder meeting.  Pending on the agenda of the meeting was a shareholder resolution requiring the company to report to its shareholders in 2019 on the repetitional and liability risks to the company due to its products being used in gun violence and on its efforts to develop safer products.  Similar gatherings took place in greater Chicago and in Cleveland.  The resolution, developed by our allies at the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, passed despite the vehement opposition of the company’s management and board.  CONECT, Metro IAF, and the Do Not Stand Idly Bycampaign had supported an identical shareholder resolution for Sturm Ruger, Inc. which passed at its shareholder meeting in May.  See press coverage below:

CONECT packs St. James school with 440 leaders for Candidate Assembly

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.

NSSF Attacks CONECT & Do Not Stand Idly By — We Respond!

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.