For Immediate Release
May 8, 2017
THE CONNECTICUT CHAPTER OF WOMEN’S MARCH ON WASHINGTON JOIN STATEWIDE ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS AND GRASSROOTS MOVEMENTS FROM ACROSS CONNECTICUT TO DEMONSTRATE IN SUPPORT OF PROGRESSIVE STATE LEGISLATION AND PLEDGE OF LIBERATION.
HARTFORD, CT-The Connecticut Chapter of the Women’s March on Washington released the following statement this morning.
The Connecticut Chapter of the Women’s March on Washington is coordinating the delivery of letters to state legislators about proposed bills before the Connecticut General Assembly, to be followed by a large scale demonstration at the Connecticut State Capitol. In doing so, we join a call from the Women’s March and the American Civil Liberties Union’s People Power to reaffirm our commitment to each other and our shared liberation through action, six months after Election Day.
Monday May 8, 2017
Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT, 4:30 p.m.
Connecticut State Capitol, 210 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT, 5:30 p.m.
In Connecticut, we offer our gratitude to our federal delegation for their firm commitment to fight for dignity, justice, and freedom for their constituents. Yet, at the state level, the work continues. In this Pledge of Liberation demonstration, we recognize the hard work and support of our partner signatories, who have worked tirelessly to advocate for positive change at the local and state level in Connecticut.
Action Together Connecticut
Campaign for Paid Family Leave
Connecticut Students for a Dream
Connecticut Women’s Education & Legal Fund
Greater Bridgeport Young Democrats
Moral Monday Connecticut
NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut
Planned Parenthood Votes Connecticut
On January 21, 2017, five million people came together to raise our voices in unity at Women’s Marches around the globe. That was just the beginning. As we pledge our allegiance to each other on May 8, we will remind our state legislators of their allegiance to us—the voters. In so doing, we urge our representatives and senators in Hartford to pass the following bills during this legislative session:
Senate Bill 1
Senate Bill 17
Senate Bill 126
Senate Bill 586
Senate Bill 795
House Bill 5434
House Bill 5591
House Bill 6668
House Bill 6695
House Bill 7285
House Bill 7302
House Bill 7308
House Bill 7309
House Bill 7000
In solidarity with our partner signatories and our families, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and communities, we collectively stand for dignity, justice, and freedom in the face of attacks on our health care, our access to education, our identities, and our lives. We recognize that when one community is harmed, all of our communities are harmed. We commit ourselves to the liberation of all people from indignity and injustice.
We will hold this demonstration in solidarity with communities around the country as part of the Pledge of Liberation, and collectively fight for dignity, justice and freedom. We are all part of one movement, and we are not only stronger and more powerful together—our unity is how we survive as people, organizations, and movements.
Women’s March on Washington Connecticut Chapter Organizers
Andrea H. Berman, Milford
Beth Kerrigan West Hartford
Cass Martineau , Willimantic
Evelyn Mantilla, West Hartford
Jacqueline Kozin, New Haven
Jillian Gilchrest, West Hartford
Maria Khan, Bloomfield
Melissa Kane, Westport
Melody Oliphant, New Haven
Nancy Butterfield Dornenburg, Simsbury
Pam Elkow, Redding
Po Murray, Sandy Hook
Polly Moran, Hartford
Samantha Parsons, Guilford
Sarah Raskin, West Hartford
Samia Hussein, Windsor Locks
Sharlene Kerelejza, Meriden
About the Women’s March on Washington-Connecticut Chapter: Women’s March on Washington-Connecticut Chapter is organized by a group of 25 diverse Connecticut women. We invite like-minded Connecticut residents to join our efforts via our Facebook site: Women’s March CT, We March On. Follow us on Twitter: @WomensMarchCT.
About the Women’s March on Washington: The Women’s March on Washington, held on January 21st in Washington, D.C., sent a bold message to the Presidential administration on their first day in office, to leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, Governors and state Congresses, and to the world, that we stand together in solidarity and expect elected leaders to act to protect the rights of women, their families, and their communities.