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WFP Endorses Shontá Browdy for Hartford Board of Education

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 11:23

Hartford, CT – Local educator and parent activist Shontá Browdy has received the unanimous endorsement of delegates from the Connecticut Working Families Party for her campaign for Hartford Board of Education. She will run solely on the Working Families Party ballot line for the election taking place on Tuesday, November 7th.

Shontá Browdy: “It is an honor to accept the Working Families Party endorsement. Now more than ever, our families and students need representation that will keep corporate interests out of our schools and give all parents a real seat at the table. Growing up in Hartford, my teachers shaped my life for the better. As a proud parent of two children in Hartford public schools, I want to ensure that today’s kids have the opportunities to reach their potential and contribute to our community.”

Shontá believes in the potential of our city’s schools to better lives and empower our youth. She stands firmly against school closures and school privatization, instead focusing on improving the quality and care of our public school system. To achieve opportunities for our kids, she advocates smart investments in skills training, nutritional education via urban agriculture programs, and greater transparency between parents and the Board of Education. As a parent, she has held the Board of Education accountable for over a decade. Now she is running to maximize that accountability and give parents real representation.

Carlos Moreno, Interim State Director, CT Working Families Party: “Working Families is proud to endorse Shontá Browdy, an educator, parent, and community activist who has truly shown up for our kids. Being a parent of two children in Hartford public schools herself, she knows just how important the stakes are for our children and our economy. Over the past decade, she has rarely missed a chance to fight on behalf of parents and students at Board of Education meetings. Now, Hartford voters have the chance to elect her to a real seat at the table, where she can fully represent the voices of parents like her.”

Robert Cotto, Jr., current Working Families Party elected on the Hartford Board of Education: “In my experience, I know that Shontá Browdy has what it takes to be a great member of the Board of Education. She has a passion for public education and a deep knowledge of our community and schools. I’ve seen her at school board meetings over the years asking the right questions and showing up for kids and families. She won’t stop until all kids have a great public education.”

Shontá Browdy grew up in Hartford, where she says public school teachers made all the difference in her life. When she left the city for college, she swore that she would come back to better her community. She has done just that. An education advocate for over a decade, Shontá has taught our kids as a substitute teacher, served as the Education Committee Chair of the Greater Hartford chapter of the NAACP, worked to remove barriers in the lives of children as the Director of P.U.R.P.O.S.E., and empowered young activists as the Co-Advisor for the Greater Hartford NAACP Youth Council.

A proud mother of two children in the Hartford public school system, Shontá holds an almost perfect record of meeting attendance holding the Hartford Board of Education accountable. Each spring, she leads a community gardening project focused on exposing children to healthy eating and an agricultural curriculum. She has resisted school closures and worked to elevate the role of parents in the education system.

The Working Families Party endorsement comes with strategic campaign support and candidate training. All candidates are carefully vetted to ensure that they reflect the views and goals of Working Families’ members. Recent polling affirmed Working Families’ members vote for candidates who fight for economic justice, tax fairness, living wages, and workers’ rights. They also want affordable healthcare, strong public education, and immigration reform.

In the last election, the Connecticut Working Families Party garnered its strongest showing to date, having received over 5% of the vote on its line for U.S. Senate. Approximately 87,948 votes were cast for Richard Blumenthal on the Working Families Party ballot line.

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Union Workers Stepped Up – Again, Now It’s the 1%’s Turn

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 19:43
It is time for the Connecticut’s wealthiest residents to take some responsibility for the health of our state.

In response to today’s Senate vote to ratify the SEBAC union deal:

Carlos Moreno, Interim State Director of Connecticut Working Families:

“The State Senate did the right thing today in ratifying the SEBAC deal, despite the efforts of a unified Republican opposition that would rather play politics with the lives of thousands of Connecticut workers for presumed political gain in 2018. Today, we heard Republicans pit public and private sector workers against each other. Rather than vilify state workers, who have reached into their pocketbooks for a third time since 2009 in order to help the state. Republicans should be asking why every worker in our state can’t make a living wage, and why every worker in our state can’t retire with a pension. State workers have stepped up – again. With 30% of the budget deficit closed by 2% of Connecticut’s working families, it is time for the wealthiest few to step up and pay their fair share to help close the rest.”

“Our Republican legislators in particular have failed to demonstrate the courage and honesty needed to step away from the race-to-the-bottom politics of harmful cuts, regressive taxes, and unjust corporate subsidies. At a time when working families are taking all of the hit, their only suggestion is to hit them harder.”

“We need a real vision for the future centered on investment in urban spaces, maintaining and growing Connecticut’s high quality of life, and developing the kind of modern workforce that today’s employers require. Though we are proud of public sector union workers’ continued willingness to sacrifice for the sake of us all, we also recognize that continuing this cycle of cuts is disastrous to the future of our state. We need revenue and meaningful investment, not cuts. It is time for the 1% to step up and pay their fair share.”

“There are common-sense ways that Connecticut can fix its fiscal crisis and truly invest in a brighter future. The Carried Interest Loophole costs our state $520 million per year, letting hedge fund managers pay a 19.6% lower tax rate than ordinary taxpayers. Massachusetts has created positive growth by partially closing that gap with a 12% capital gains tax. In New York, a higher marginal tax rate of 8.82% on millionaires helps to ensure the health of the state. Here in Connecticut, our legislature fails to invest in infrastructure and growth, while passing the burden of budget cuts onto our workers and towns. This is despite the fact that much of the fiscal burden has been caused by a decline in corporate tax collection caused by massive business tax credits and sophisticated corporate tax avoidance, dropping corporate tax collection from 13.2% of the budget in 1991 to less than 4% of the budget in 2015.1”

Source: 1 http://www.ctvoices.org/sites/default/files/Revenue%20Options%202017%20FINAL%20updated.pdf

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Alisha Blake Running on WFP Ballot Line for New London BOE

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 06:50
Alisha Blake to Run for New London Board of Education Seat on Working Families Party Ticket for 2017 Municipal Election Campaign kickoff set for Sunday, July 23rd, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at the Washington Street Coffee House in New London

New London, CT – Local hospital worker and small business owner Alisha Blake has received the unanimous endorsement of delegates from the Connecticut Working Families Party for her campaign for New London Board of Education. She will run solely on the Working Families Party ballot line for the election taking place on Tuesday, November 7th.

Alisha Blake: “It is an honor to accept the endorsement of the Working Families Party. I proudly send my children to New London public schools, and I believe in the potential that our school system has to set the foundation that our students need to lead productive and successful lives.”

Alisha believes New London can do better for its children. As such, she has actively shown her support for an improved education budget. Outspoken on behalf of New London’s children, she is advocating for greater access to nutrition through the federal Universal Free Breakfast and Lunch Program, preservation of funding for public schools, better budgeting for better schools with more teachers, and staff more representative of the students they serve. She strongly opposes the privatization of schools, instead fighting to improve standards and access in our public schools.

Alisha Blake: “There are common sense measures we can take to better invest in and take care of our children, and I intend to put my full support behind such proposals. If our children matter to us, then we need to show it to them by truly giving them the nutrition, attention, and educational opportunities they need. I believe in a real path forward for New London based on public investment in our own people, and that’s exactly why I accepted the Working Families Party endorsement for my campaign.”

Carlos Moreno, Interim State Director, CT Working Families Party: “Working Families is proud to endorse a candidate as deeply reflective of her community as Alisha Blake. Alisha carries the spirit of New London with her in all that she does, whether it’s fighting for common sense food programs for students or volunteering to help incarcerated women facing motherhood. She is a tireless worker with a great passion for families and her community – exactly the kind of representative that the Board of Education needs.”

Alisha Blake laid her roots in New London 14 years ago. Today, she is a mother to three children, the two oldest of which attend C.B. Jennings Elementary school. She has served at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital for over a decade, and in 2015, she founded New London Birth Services which provides pre- and postnatal services to clients all around New London and neighboring regions.

Alisha also provides her professional childbirth services pro bono to women in need throughout New London. She volunteers and helps incarcerated women in childbirth, assists a childbirth education group based in Niantic, and facilitates a Baby Cafe program for breastfeeding mothers in Norwich. A nationally certified birth and postpartum doula and lactation counselor, she helps businesses to comply with breastfeeding standards and state regulations. In addition, she volunteers her time serving breakfast for the Boys and Girls Club’s summer program.

The Working Families Party endorsement comes with strategic campaign support and candidate training. All candidates are carefully vetted to ensure that they reflect the views and goals of Working Families’ members. Recent polling affirmed Working Families’ members vote for candidates who fight for economic justice, tax fairness, living wages, and workers’ rights. They also want affordable healthcare, strong public education, and immigration reform.

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WFP Endorses Rose Reyes for Windham Town Council Seat, Running on WFP Ballot Line

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:03
Rose Reyes to Run for Windham Town Council Seat on Working Families Party Ticket for 2017 Municipal Election

First WFP Candidate for Willimantic District Seat on Windham Town Council

Willimantic, CT – Rose Reyes, a lifelong educator and teacher at the Windham Center School, has received the unanimous endorsement of delegates from the Connecticut Working Families Party for her campaign for Windham Town Council. She will run solely on the Working Families Party ballot line for the election taking place on Tuesday, November 7th.

Rose Reyes: “I am honored today to accept the endorsement of the Working Families Party. As a bilingual educator who has worked in the Windham district for over 20 years, I have seen firsthand the need for progressive change and different perspectives in our local government. We need new leadership that actively encourages advocacy, transparency, and inclusivity. Our community has the potential to be one of the most forward-thinking cities in Connecticut, especially on issues such as education, immigrant rights, and economic growth that affords every resident of Windham a chance to succeed. To achieve that goal, we need competent leadership and bold action. Although I have been a lifelong registered Democrat, I believe that the Working Families Party perfectly embodies the working-class values for which I am fighting.”

After a year of working with the Windham Town Council, Reyes helped build public support for the passage of a “sanctuary city” resolution. Her activism helped attract hundreds of supportive local activists to Town Hall, signalling the community’s appetite for strong progressive leadership.

Carlos Moreno, Interim State Director, CT Working Families Party: “Working Families is proud to endorse a candidate as committed to community-based leadership as Rose Reyes. Rose has been an advocate for as long as she has been an educator, and her passion for issues of social and economic justice make her an ideal candidate to fight for working people. At a time when the national government is in turmoil and the state government is in fiscal crisis, Windham more than ever needs Council representation with a real vision for the future and the courage to get it done.”

Rose Reyes’ commitment to Willimantic spans more than twenty years. Currently, she is a bilingual educator at Windham Center School and an active member of the Willimantic NAACP.  Previously, Reyes served as a commissioner for the Willimantic Housing Authority and on the Windham 2000 Commission, a committee charged with making recommendations to improve economic development and quality of life investments.  In 2000, she helped found the Windham Parent Network, an educational advocacy organization that mobilized activism among parents. Reyes has lived in Willimantic with her daughter Ava for 20 years. She currently serves as a member of the Willimantic Food Co-Op.

Recently, Reyes helped lead local advocacy efforts to pass the Windham education budget in a public referendum this year. Strong turnout for the budget referendum showed just how much the Windham community values having a well-funded, well-resourced school system for children.

Reyes serves as vice president of the Windham Federation of Teachers Local 01577 chapter of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). She has also served as an AFT state legislative advocate. Reyes is an active member of the CT Puerto Rican Agenda, a statewide effort to unite, educate, and advance progress for Puerto Rican people in the United States and Puerto Rico.

The Working Families Party endorsement comes with strong grassroots field support, candidate training, and strategic campaign support. All candidates are carefully vetted to ensure that they reflect the views and goals of Working Families’ members. Recent polling affirmed Working Families’ members vote for candidates who fight for economic justice, tax fairness, living wages, and workers’ rights. They also want affordable healthcare, strong public education, and immigration reform.

In the last election, the Connecticut Working Families Party garnered its strongest showing to date, having received over 5% of the vote on its line for U.S. Senate. Approximately 87,948 votes were cast for Richard Blumenthal on the Working Families Party ballot line.

 

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