A coalition of religious leaders will engage Governor Dan Malloy, Mayor Joe Ganim and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal to “seek action on gun violence, police reforms and school funding” at a forum tonight (Thursday) at 7 at Congregation B’nai Israel, 2710 Park Avenue.
More than 500 community leaders from CONECT (Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut) will gather for the community organization’s Winter Action Assembly, according to a media alert issued by the organization. Leaders “will engage publicly with Gov. Malloy and Sen. Blumenthal on its Do Not Stand Idly By strategy on gun violence and follow-up publicly with Mayor Ganim regarding commitments he made to CONECT in September as a candidate. These commitments centered on police training, hiring, and deployment as well as school funding.”
Rev. Bernadette Hickman-Maynard, Co-pastor of Bethel AME Church, and Rev. Timothy Jones, pastor of Community Baptist Church in New Haven, will co-chair the Assembly. CONECT is made up of 25 churches, synagogues, and mosques from New Haven and Fairfield county representing more than 15,000 people from different races, ethnic groups, faith backgrounds, and both cities and suburbs who have joined together to take action on issues of mutual concern.
“CONECT believes in the power of ordinary people working together to change their communities for the better. We challenge ourselves to imagine the change we want to see, to connect individuals and institutions to multiply our power, and to mobilize our members by the hundreds to make our voices heard. Issues of police reform, gun violence, and education are critical issues today in Bridgeport, but also across Connecticut and the US.”