Greater Hartford Interfaith Action Alliance (GHIAA)

March 16th Online Actions to Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis in Connecticut

Dear GHIAA members and friends:

We continue to call on our local and statewide leaders to Declare Racism as a Public Health Crisis in the State of Connecticut. Racism has been declared a public health crisis in 6 states, 182 municipalities, entities, and organizations, including 20 municipalities in Connecticut. On February 26th Virginia made history as the first Southern state to declare racism as a public health crisis. We have long known that racism is deeply embedded in our systems and institutions and affects Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities at disproportionately higher rates than white communities. These outcomes are beyond debate, and the pandemic has continued to highlight this. Grassroots and grasstops organizations, alongside independent concerned citizens throughout the state are now in the press together through the Connecticut Campaign to Address Racism as a Public Health Crisis. Together we seek the declaration of racism as a public health crisis as well as transformative legislation to address racism as a public health crisis.

Help us amplify this message by participating in two online actions on Tuesday, March 16th 

Tuesday, March 16th at 8:00am email outreach letter.

Tuesday, March 16th at 12:00pm social media post

  • Post a 45 sec – 1 min selfie video about why racism needs to be declared a public health crisis in CT
  • Use the #DeclareRacismCT  #AddressRacismCT in your post, video and captions
  • Tag Gov. Ned Lamont @officeofgovernornedlamont in your social media post (all platforms welcomed)

Together we can make sure that racism is declared a public health crisis as a first step in our State. Future action alerts will be sent on how you can support legislation to address racism as a public health crisis.

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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.)