Greater Hartford Interfaith Action Alliance (GHIAA)

Join GHIAA’s Annual Assembly, October 24th at 2:00 PM

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We’re excited to invite you to the 2nd Anniversary assembly of the Greater Hartford Interfaith Action Alliance on Sunday, October 24 from 2-4pm on Zoom. Come and celebrate GHIAA’s remarkable successes and help to launch the next round of Social Justice actions.

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You’ll recall that UUS:E was a founding member of this coalition of congregations from around the region. The kick-off assembly saw more than 100 of us joining several thousand others at Central CT State University. This time we’d like to see an equal number on Zoom, as we continue growing our support for this critical organization. Your attendance will help show UUS:E’s commitment.

Date/Time: Sunday, October 24 from 2-4pm on Zoom

Attendees:  UUS:E Members and Friends, and UUS:E GHIAA Core Team members.

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For the first part of the Assembly, we will welcome members, share in prayer and celebrate the successes from 2021.  The second part of the assembly will be breakout sessions. You can choose a GHIAA orientation, an anti-racism training, or a workshop on how GHIAA won three legislative campaigns. Meanwhile, the members of the congregational core teams will be discussing how we will choose the next set of issues to address. All of these workshops will be recorded if you are interested in viewing them later.

If you have any questions, contact Josh Pawelek or Jim Adams. Hope to “see” you there!!

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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.

ISSUE UPDATES!

To learn more about GHIAA’s campaign to abolish welfare liens, read our welfare lien fact sheet and/or watch this explanatory video.

To learn more about GHIAA’s Clean Slate campaign, read our Clean Slate fact sheet (scroll down) and/or watch this explanatory video.

to learn more about GHIAA’s campaign to have Governor Lamont declare racism as a public health crisis, read our Racism as PH Crisis Fact Sheet and/or watch this explanatory video from our November 2020 press conference.  For a deeper dive, read the full proposal from Rev. AJ and Melinda Johnson of Urban Hope Refuge in Hartford: ACTION REQUIRED – Urge legislators to address racism as a public health crisis for Black Americans.

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.)