22 Days And Counting: Help Get Out The Vote On Primary Day
2. Register unregistered voters
3. Canvas, distribute literature in your neighborhood
Americans With Disabilities Act: Celebration of Access Law Monday, July 23rd, At Walnut Hill Park
July 23rd is New Britain’s Celebration in Walnut Hill Park of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Walk ( or roll ) around the park at 5:30, (meet at the butterfly garden), then follow up with ice cream sundaes, (and get a tee shirt for walking).
“It’s sort of amazing that there’s only been 22 years of protection for people with disabilities,” says Adrienne Benjamin, a former DTC member and Steele Street resident, “but this law has been a huge asset and a living example of how Government can ‘do good’. Let’s not take it for granted!”
The American For Disabilities Act became law on July 26, 1990 and provides rights and protections for individuals with disabilities in employment, public services, public accommodations and telecommunications.
Making Streets Safe: “Festival for Hope and City Unity in Prayer” July 27th Concert; July 29th Unity Vigil
Ecumenical events are being organized on Friday July 27th and Sunday July 29th to unify residents against violence that has claimed the lives of young people in the city this summer.
On Friday, July 27th, a “Concert of Hope” will be held at Walnut Hill Park’s Shell at 7 p.m. On Sunday, July 29th, a 2 p.m. prayer vigil will be held in the vicinity of North and Oak Streets to encourage prayer and a unified community against crime and violence. Prayer vigil participants will honor the memory of Jackson DeJesus, 17, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver on July 2nd prompting calls for new public safety measures in the North-Oak neighborhood.
City Alderman Rhasheen Brown, pastor of Right Now Ministries, and his wife, Pastor Briggitte Brown are organizing the concert and prayer vigil along with representatives of The Calvary Christian Center, the Church of God, Iglesia De Dios Casa Del Alfarero and other churches. The Browns have been counseling youth. doing outreach and seeking neighborhood improvements with residents as part of their ministry. Their efforts included an anti-violence march last summer involving 1,000 individuals. The new interdenominational campaign for public safety is called “Purpose.”
In a related and positive development over the weekend New Britain Police carried out raids and made arrests on Friday night and Saturday morning at various locations, including North and Clark streets. The targeted buildings have histories of alleged drug dealings and shootings.
The prayer vigil and concert and other efforts by ministers and clergy represent timely steps to prevent more violence and death. The engagement of citizens acting together will be a boost to effective community policing and the livability of neighborhoods that are threatened by drugs, blight and the crimes which those conditions spawn.
Chris Donovan Gains Democracy For America (DFA) Endorsement In CT-5
Chris Donovan has gained the endorsement of Democracy for America (DFA) for Congress in the 5th Congressional District. DFA, with chapters in CT and 1,000,000 members nationwide, is a progressive political action group founded by former DNC Chair, Dr. Howard Dean.
“Chris Donovan has been a champion of working families in Connecticut,” said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. “He began advocating for the hard-working people of Connecticut while organizing with SEIU in the 1970s. Since then, Chris has been staunch defender of the middle class by fighting to raise the minimum wage, not once, but three times. Chris Donovan truly represents Connecticut’s best interest in the middle class.”
Donovan has long been responsible for maintaining high economic standards in Connecticut. He helped balance the state budget and eliminated a $10 billion dollar deficit in 2009. Donovan thanked DFA for the endorsement: “It is an honor to earn the support and endorsement of DFA. They share my belief that Congress should be working for middle class families, and not just the 1%. I have spent my career fighting for Connecticut’s working families, and with the help of DFA, I’ll fight for them in Congress as well.”
“As someone who has suffered the lasting impact of gun violence, and President of Brady, I can tell you that we don’t want sympathy. We want action. Just this past April 16, the anniversary of the worst mass shooting in American history, 32 victims of gun violence joined us to demand Congress take action to stop arming dangerous people…..We are insistent that our elected leaders take action to prevent future tragedies. Political cowardice is not an excuse for evasion and inaction on this life-and-death issue.” “
– Dan Gross, President Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence www.bradycampaign.org
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