Greater Hartford Interfaith Action Alliance (GHIAA)

GHIAA Announces New Round of Community Organizer Training

Would you like to be more involved in UUS:E’s work with the Greater Hartford Interfaith Action Alliance (GHIAA)? GHIAA is about to launch the next round of its (virtual) Leadership Institute for Community Organizing. Anyone who completes this 6-session course becomes eligible to join UUS:E’s GHIAA Core Team. 

Leadership Institute Training Dates/Times: Six Tuesday Evenings from 7:00pm – 9:00pm:

  1. April 27, 2021
  2. May 4, 2021
  3. May 11, 2021
  4. May 18, 2021
  5. May 25, 2021
  6. June 1, 2021

A brief orientation is necessary before taking the course. If you are interested, contact Rev. Josh Pawelek at [email protected] or (860) 652-8961. 

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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.)