We are an organization of 15,000 people from 27 religious institutions: urban and suburban, multi-faith, and racially and ethnically diverse, living in communities in New Haven and Fairfield Counties.
We discover, research, analyze, and articulate a powerful moral voice for public education campaigns for our membership that lead to negotiations with business and government leaders regarding social, economic, and political issues that affect our member congregations.
We are strictly non-partisan. We work on a variety of public issues of concern to our congregants and their communities. We are focused on systemic change, social justice, and the common good. We are affiliated with a larger network of similar groups called Metro Industrial Areas Foundation (Metro IAF).
· D Driver’s Licenses – successfully pressed for state legislation in 2013 allowing all CT residents, regardless of immigration status, to get a driver’s license, allowing at least 50,000 new drivers to get trained, tested, register their cars, and insure their cars. Already, more than 38,000 people scheduled appointments with the DMV during December and January.
CONECT’s 2015 Highlights:
CONECT Helps Pass Law Limiting Restraint & Seclusion in CT Schools!
Alarmed by studies documenting the use of restraint and seclusion more than 30,000 times in CT schools, disproportionately with autistic and minority children, CONECT's Education Team began investigating and taking action on this issue. Working with the state's Child Advocate, CONECT leaders lobbied for Senate Bill 927, which limits the use of these tactics, requires training of teachers and administrators, and mandates parental notification within 24 hours. The bill passed in late May and was signed into law by Gov. Malloy on June 23rd!
CONECT Helps Win New Deal on Health Insurance Rate Review Hearings,
First Hearing Helps Produce Reductions in Approved Rates!
After winning a $66 million savings for Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield customers due to a public rate hearing last year, CONECT's Healthcare Team pushed for legislation this spring making public rate review hearings a permanent part of the process. After the bill passed out of the Insurance Committee with strong bipartisan support, the new Insurance Commissioner agreed to an updated agreement with the state's Healthcare Advocate, allowing public hearings on rate increase requests of 10% or greater -- an improvement over the previous agreement CONECT helped forge which had a threshold of 15%. Now, a late July hearing, that CONECT leaders testified at, has led to a ruling from the Insurance Department reducing rates for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Golden Rule customers in 2016.
300-Person Assemblies in June and September Press for Police Department Reforms in Bridgeport ahead of Mayor’s Race
CONECT packed Bethel AME Church in Bridgeport with 300 leaders to engage Mayor Finch and Police Chief Gaudett in a public dialogue about the state of the Police Department and police-community relations in Bridgeport, in mid June. Leaders organized over the summer, and on Sept 10th, gathered 300 again to press the four top contenders in the Mayors race to make public commitments to CONECT to hire, train, and deploy 100 new officers, to create new de-escalation training, to add ethnic and racial sensitivity training, and to implement true community policing measures.
CONECT Continues to Build Support for Do Not Stand Idly By Campaign
CONECT leaders continue to build support for the Do Not Stand Idly By campaign, which is working to use public sector buying power to pressure gun manufacturers to tighten their distribution systems and invest in new gun technology to make safer, smarter guns. Most recently, CONECT produced both the Bridgeport and Newtown police chiefs to a first-of-its-kind Gun Technology Fair we organized this May in New Rochelle with our Metro-IAF sister organizations.
Funding for additional full-time professional organizers to allow CONECT greater capacity to take on local and regional issues, to deepen our work with more member congregations, and to train and develop additional leaders. CONECT has accomplished a great deal in just 3 1/2 years since its founding on a shoestring budget and with a staff of one. To continue to grow and build on our initial success, we need additional staff organizing capacity.
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