Greater Hartford Interfaith Action Alliance (GHIAA)

GHIAA Power Summit!
Wednesday, Dec. 7th

Who:  GHIAA leaders, congregational members, elected officials, incoming congregations, denominational heads, and special guests

What:  GHIAA Power Summit 2022

When:  Wednesday, December 7, 7:00-9:00 pm

Where:  Weaver High School, 415 Granby St., Hartford

Why:  To launch new campaigns, obtain commitments from elected officials, and embody the power of our almost 50 interfaith congregations to make change for justice in our communities, region, and state.

Please send a note to [email protected] and let us know you are coming!

This is a large-scale action, and turnout will be critical. UUS:E has committed to bringing 70 people in person to this event, so WE NEED YOU!!

To make this action widely accessible, GHIAA has made the following arrangements:

  • For Covid safety, KN95 masks will be required throughout the event and will be available at the door for those who need them. We ask that all attendees be vaccinated and boosted, and that you test at home before coming.
  • Real-time ASL and Spanish interpretation will be provided.
  • Accessible parking and seating are available.
  • Reimbursement is available for the cost of childcare at your home for the evening.

Please send a note to [email protected] and let us know you are coming!

In order to demonstrate GHIAA’s power to the elected officials who will be present, and in order to energize ourselves for the work ahead, we envision this as a primarily in-person event. However, for those who truly are not safe in large gatherings due to ongoing health concerns or other circumstances, we will provide a livestream option as well.

Please stay tuned for further information in the coming weeks. We can’t wait to see you on Dec. 7!

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GHIAA Offers Anti-Racism Training

The Greater Hartford Interfaith Action Alliance (GHIAA) is offering racial justice trainings for members of all GHIAA institutions. Here’s the formal invitation:
Join Racial Justice Facilitators and GHIAA leaders to explore a framework that will help unmask and dismantle racism wherever it appears. The ‘4 I’s of Oppression & Change’, helps us see that racism–like all the ‘-isms’–is upheld and maintained through our culture (Ideological), our institutions (Institutional), our personal interactions with each other (Interpersonal), and even individually as we internalize the constant conditioning of this system (Internalized).
The training is offered in 3 sessions over 3 weeks. Fall, winter and spring trainings are available. Please click on the link below to register. (Note: the fall session begins on October 27th.)
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Background on GHIAA:

The Greater Hartford Interfaith Action Alliance, GHIAA, is an organization of more than forty congregations in the greater Hartford area who come together across lines of race, class, faith, culture and geography to work on issues of common concern. At our congregational meeting on October 25, 2020, UUS:E voted to become a formal member of GHIAA. GHIAA operates as a program of the Center for Leadership and Justice (CLJ) in Hartford. To learn more about GHIAA and CLJ, visit the CLJ website.

GHIAA offers community organizing training to members of its member congregations on a regular basis. People who complete the training are then eligible and encouraged to join their congregation’s GHIAA core team. Contact Rev. Josh Pawelek for more information.

There is Always an Action You Can Take!

1. ENGAGE: Email an organizer at [email protected] to setup and/or participate in legislative meetings with your
state representative or senator.
2. SPEAK OUT: Let your voice be heard! Share your story with lawmakers and ask them to repeal welfare liens,
support clean slate, and address racism as a public health crisis. Email us for sample text/guidelines.
3. ACT: Work with your UUS:E core team to identify ways to engage your entire congregation in the above process. (Contact Rev. Josh Pawelek for more information.)