In advance of the upcoming session of the Connecticut General Assembly, Governor Ned Lamont and Attorney General William Tong are scheduled to meet with leaders from area congregations on Thursday, 7:30 p.m. at Mount Aery Baptist Church, 73 Frank Street.
News release from Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut:
Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut (CONECT) and hundreds of leaders from local congregations & communities throughout Connecticut will host Gov. Ned Lamont along with Attorney General William Tong and numerous state legislators as a kick-off to the important issues the organization will focus on this year.
During the meeting, Gov. Lamont will discuss Clean Slate criminal justice reform–a concept recently endorsed by his administration and will be front and center during the coming legislative session–as well as gun violence and immigration issues.
Attorney General Tong will discuss steps Connecticut has taken to protect immigrants.
Last year’s Clean Slate Bill, Senate Bill 691, passed the Judiciary Committee but didn’t make it to the Governor’s desk. For this legislative session, the bill will once again be designed to help more citizens re-enter our communities and our economy by creating a system of automatic expungements of criminal records for individuals that have completed their sentence and remained crime-free for three years after a misdemeanor and five years after a non-violent felony. One recent study estimated that $87 billion in economic activity is lost each year in the United States due to obstacles associated with criminal records, with Connecticut’s portion of that lost economic activity roughly $1 to $1.2 billion.
Governor Ned Lamont
Attorney General William Tong
CONECT Leadership, including Co-Chair Rev. Anthony Bennett (Pastor of Mt. Aery) and Lonnie Spaulding (leader of the Men’s Ministry at Mt. Aery)
400+ CONECT leaders, members & allies
Other State and Local Officials
Thursday, January 30, 2020
7:30 PM Assembly Start (Doors open at 7 PM)
Mount Aery Baptist Church
73 Frank Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604
CONECT is a collective of churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, and civic organizations from New Haven and Fairfield Counties–representing more than 25,000 people from different races, faith backgrounds, and living in both cities and suburbs–that have joined together to take action on social and economic justice issues of common concern. CONECT has made an impact on issues as varied as gun violence, health insurance rates, police reform, immigrant rights, and more.