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.
Thousands of Young Voters to Join Forces on Get Out The Vote & Civic Engagement
On Monday, October 22nd at 12:15PM a new coalition called “Road to Rights”, fighting to bring civic engagement to young people, will celebrate its inception @ UCONN Hartford Campus, 10 Prospect Street, Hartford, CT (directly across from Hartford City Hall’s back entrance). In front of the Hartford Times Building.
As a statewide partnership, “Road to Rights” created by Eva Bermudez Zimmerman, Hartford Councilwomen Wildaliz Bermudez and Claudine Fox, aims to bring groups together to help students, particularly in communities of color, to access voter engagement trainings and resources to change community policies year-round.
Hartford, for example, will offer a collaboration between the offices of Councilwomen Wildaliz Bermudez and Claudine Fox along with other community partners. There will also be various Connecticut cities/towns simultaneously participating to lead this effort with commitment from New Britain, New Haven, Meriden, New London, Stamford and Windham. With a variety of community leaders signed on to spearhead this effort.
Groups representing thousands of students and young people that have confirmed their participation in “Road to Rights”, include: CT Students for A Dream, Make the Road Connecticut, University of Connecticut Graduate Students Social Workers, The Students for Social Justice, Trinity College’s ConnPIRG, Wesleyan Jewett Center for Community Partnerships, The Hartford Chapter of the NAACP, The Connecticut Puerto Rican Agenda, Danbury Voice to Vote, The San Juan Center, Boricua Vota, Chispa CT, Health Equity Solutions and Latino Community Services. Various elected officials will also take part.
“We want to send a strong message that students, particularly young people of color, must be included in voter outreach efforts,” said Councilwoman Fox. “We all recognize that voter registration efforts targeting students of color is important, but it's not just about voting in November, it's about staying involved in the process all year round.”
This civic engagement effort will continue past the November 6th election.