CT Youth Joining Forces on Civic Engagement

On Monday, October 22, 2018 a new coalition called “Road to Rights” was launched as organizations from across the state gathered in front of the Hartford Times Building. Their mission is to bring groups together to provide the youth of Connecticut, particularly from communities of color, with access to voter engagement trainings and resources to change community policies. This initiative, developed by Hartford Councilwoman Wildaliz Bermúdez, Councilwoman Claudine Fox, and Eva Bermudez-Zimmerman, wants to emphasize the importance of not only being civically engaged during the November elections, but also to remain committed to civic engagement all year-round. See below for a press release and a link that details the event.

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“Trigger happy cops” are completely unacceptable! We need transparency and accountability!

Last Thursday, Sgt. Steve Barone from the Hartford Police Department was recorded telling a group of people that he was “a little trigger-happy”. He also, said: “I get paid a ton of money in overtime, if I had to shoot somebody. Don’t do anything stupid”. This kind of behavior is completely unacceptable! We need police officers that are committed to the community, with cultural sensitivity and a strong ethic.

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"Puerto Rico’s problems are rooted in its status as U.S. territory"

"Hurricane Maria exacerbated many of the difficulties that Puerto Rico was already facing, including a long-running debt crisis, unemployment and housing shortage."

Check out this special edition of PBS NewsHour that focus on "the ongoing crisis in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and amid its debt crisis".

You can also watch the segment where Ivette Feliciano explains why many of those issues are rooted in the island’s status as a U.S. territory.

100+ State & Local Elected Leaders Join Call to #AbolishICE

100+ State & Local Elected Leaders Join Call to #AbolishICE

Growing Movement for Scrapping the Rogue Agency Wins Endorsement of Legislators, Mayors, and Council Members from Coast to Coast.

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Our statement on the resignation of WFP Councilor Jennings

My statement on the recent resignation of WFP Councilor Jennings, and the letter from City Clerk Bazzano that clarifies the stance of the City on this matter.

"The news of Cynthia Jennings having changed her voter registration to Democrat and leaving her home in the Working Families Party came as a shock.

After years of enjoying a fruitful, cooperative relationship with her on the Court of Common Council, as WFP council members, we are saddened that our colleague did not inform us of her choice.

According to the City Charter, it appears that Attorney Jennings resigned from Common Council when she changed her political party affiliation. The voters of Hartford chose the Working Families Party to represent them, it is important for the health of our democracy that her successor represent the same party and values.

The WFP will work to find a successor from the registered Working Families Party voter rolls in Hartford. It has been a pleasure to work with Attorney Jennings in the last two years, and we wish her well in her endeavors. We thank her for her service and sacrifice."