Democratic Community Action Items

Every Monday, we plan to send you an overview of actions you can take to spread our Democratic message and values and resist the Trump Agenda in Connecticut. Please feel free to reach out with ideas for actions.

If you missed the kick-off event before the inauguration, please join us for a conference call this Thursday, February 2, at 5:30pm to go over leadership opportunities and how to start recruiting volunteers locally. (If you were at the kick-off, this call will be largely redundant for you!)

Action 1: Volunteer for the special elections

On February 28, voters will go to the polls in Connecticut in three special elections: the 115th State Assembly District (West Haven), the 32nd State Senate District (Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Middlebury, Oxford, Roxbury, Southbury, Washington, Watertown, & Woodbury), and the 2nd Senate District (Hartford & Bloomfield).Special elections come down to turnout, so we’ve got to get out the vote and support Democratic candidates.

You can volunteer with the individual campaigns or join our phone banks, as we’ll make calls for the special elections through February. To volunteer for Greg Cava in the 32nd Senate District, please sign up here.

Action 2: Stand up for women’s health

Republicans in the state legislature have followed President Trump’s example and begun work to obstruct women’s reproductive rights and access to health care. They’ve already introduced bills and proposals to require parental consent and even an unnecessary ultrasound for women exercising our right to choose.  It’s time to hit the phones and let them know that Connecticut voters do not support these backwards-looking policies. (You can use the attached talking points for ideas on what to say.) Here’s who to call:

Connecticut House Republicans: (860) 240-8700

Connecticut Senate Republicans: (860) 240-8800

State Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano: (800) 842-1421

House Minority Leader (Republican) Themis Klarides: (800) 842-1423

Action 3: Stand up for immigrants and refugees

We were all appalled by President Trump’s travel ban that has torn families apart, created chaos throughout our country’s airports, given new recruiting material to terrorist organizations, and stolen what little hope remained in war-torn regions. By targeting immigrants and refugees, Trump is targeting our friends, neighbors, and some of the most vulnerable people in the United States and around the world.  Democratic mayors like Luke Bronin of Hartford and Toni Harp of New Haven have stood up to President Trump and vowed to resist efforts to deport their residents.

Republican mayors, like Mark Boughton of Danbury and Tim Herbst of Trumbull, and Republican legislators, like Tony Hwang of Fairfield and Prasad Srinivasan of Glastonbury, have remained silent in the face of this tumult. These are some of the Republican elected officials who are looking ahead to statewide runs for office next year, so let them know where Connecticut stands. (You can use the attached talking points for ideas on what to say.)

Connecticut Republican Party Chairman J.R. Romano: (860) 422-8211

Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst: (203) 452-5005

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton: (203) 797-4511

State Senator Tony Hwang: (860) 240-8800

State Representative Prasad Srinivasan:  (860) 240-8700

If you are interested in joining a demonstration to rally support for immigrants and refugees and show these Republicans that Donald Trump’s playbook won’t win in Connecticut, please fill out this form to let us know where you can attend a rally.

Interesting Read of the Week:

Suggested by Rose Marie:

Washington Post:  In Venezuela, we couldn’t stop Chávez. Don’t make the same mistakes we did.

 

 

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