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[[Category:States]]
 
[[Category:States]]
== [[File:speaker.png | left | 50px | Elected Officials | link= ]] Ways to Resist ==
 
*Contact your elected officials:
 
**Governor, Dan Malloy[https://ballotpedia.org/Connecticut]
 
**Secretary of State, Denise Merrill[https://ballotpedia.org/Connecticut]
 
**Speaker of the House, Joe Areimowicz[https://ballotpedia.org/Connecticut]
 
*Get involved with [[#Organizations|local organizations]].
 
*Find [[People_and_Organizations#Organizations_with_State.2FLocal_Presences|organizations with state and local presences]] working in your area.
 
*Check out our [[Tools of Resistance]].
 
*Look for upcoming [[Upcoming Events/Opportunities|events and opportunities]] and [[#Event Calendars|state and local events]].
 
 
 
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== [[File:notification.png | left | 50px | Updates | link= ]] Updates ==
 
== [[File:notification.png | left | 50px | Updates | link= ]] Updates ==
There are no recent updates.
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*2/24/2017: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed an executive order protecting the right of transgender students to use the bathroom or locker room corresponding to their gender identity, after the Trump Administration revoked the federal guidance on the issue.[http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2017/02/connecticut-governor-orders-protections-transgender-students/]
 
 
To see past updates for Connecticut, [[Past Updates for Connecticut|click here]].
 
  
 
== [[File:activelegislation.png | left | 50px | Actions Taken by the State Government | link= ]] Actions Taken by the State Government ==
 
== [[File:activelegislation.png | left | 50px | Actions Taken by the State Government | link= ]] Actions Taken by the State Government ==
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See also the '''[[Resistance_Manual_Home|main policy pages]]''' for federal legislative tracking.
 
See also the '''[[Resistance_Manual_Home|main policy pages]]''' for federal legislative tracking.
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== [[File:speaker.png | left | 50px | Elected Officials | link= ]] Ways to Resist ==
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Contact your elected officials:
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*Governor, Dan Malloy[https://ballotpedia.org/Connecticut]
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*Secretary of State, Denise Merrill[https://ballotpedia.org/Connecticut]
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*Speaker of the House, Joe Areimowicz[https://ballotpedia.org/Connecticut]
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*Get involved with [[#Organizations|local organizations]].
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*Find [[People_and_Organizations#Organizations_with_State.2FLocal_Presences|organizations with state and local presences]] working in your area.
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*Check out our [[Tools of Resistance]].
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*Look for upcoming [[Upcoming_Events/Opportunities#State.2FLocal_Events|state and local events]].
  
 
== [[File:checkbox.png | left | 50px | Key Upcoming Elections | link= ]] Key Upcoming Elections ==
 
== [[File:checkbox.png | left | 50px | Key Upcoming Elections | link= ]] Key Upcoming Elections ==
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====[[Elections#City Council Members|City Council Elections]]====
 
====[[Elections#City Council Members|City Council Elections]]====
  
== [[File:Obamacare.png | left | 50px | Obamacare / link= ]] Healthcare ==
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== [[File:Obamacare.png | left | 50px | Obamacare / link= ]] Obamacare / ACA ==
In Connecticut, 6% of the population remains uninsured compared to a national average of 9%.[http://kff.org/other/state-indicator/total-population/?dataView=0&currentTimeframe=0&selectedDistributions=uninsured&sortModel=%7B%22colId%22:%22Location%22,%22sort%22:%22asc%22%7D] Connecticut is a state that has expanded Medicaid coverage to more people as allowed under the ACA.[http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/state-activity-around-expanding-medicaid-under-the-affordable-care-act/?currentTimeframe=0&sortModel=%7B%22colId%22:%22Location%22,%22sort%22:%22asc%22%7D]
 
 
 
===ACA Repeal===
 
 
*If there is a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, 260,000 people in Connecticut (or 7.2% of the population) are estimated to lose coverage, whereas 248,000 people (or 6.9% of the population) will lose coverage with a partial repeal. (Retrieved 1/25/2017 from [http://acasignups.net/tags/aca-repeal-impact ACA Repeal Impact, state-by-state].) Not covering preexisting conditions will disproportionately affect people with [[Disability Rights|disabilities]].  
 
*If there is a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, 260,000 people in Connecticut (or 7.2% of the population) are estimated to lose coverage, whereas 248,000 people (or 6.9% of the population) will lose coverage with a partial repeal. (Retrieved 1/25/2017 from [http://acasignups.net/tags/aca-repeal-impact ACA Repeal Impact, state-by-state].) Not covering preexisting conditions will disproportionately affect people with [[Disability Rights|disabilities]].  
 
*The number of uninsured people in Connecticut is predicted to be 203,000 by 2021 under the ACA. Without the ACA, that number is expected to rise to 390,000, a 92.3% increase.[http://www.urban.org/sites/default/files/alfresco/publication-pdfs/2000806-The-Cost-of-the-ACA-Repeal.pdf]
 
*The number of uninsured people in Connecticut is predicted to be 203,000 by 2021 under the ACA. Without the ACA, that number is expected to rise to 390,000, a 92.3% increase.[http://www.urban.org/sites/default/files/alfresco/publication-pdfs/2000806-The-Cost-of-the-ACA-Repeal.pdf]
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*CT has 143 law enforcement agencies in total, including state, city and town, college and university, security, and tribal agencies.
 
*CT has 143 law enforcement agencies in total, including state, city and town, college and university, security, and tribal agencies.
 
*The ACLU conducted a [http://www.acluct.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Earning-Trust_Addressing-Police-Misconduct-Complaints-in-Connecticut.pdf report] on police transparency and accountability in the state of Connecticut. This study focused on complaint policies—whether agencies were abiding by the law to post forms online and accept anonymous complaints. The ACLU’s findings recommended an immediate need for legislative action. Without accepting anonymous complaints, issues such as police harassment can easily go unrecognized, contributing to the lack of trust in community and in police accountability.
 
*The ACLU conducted a [http://www.acluct.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Earning-Trust_Addressing-Police-Misconduct-Complaints-in-Connecticut.pdf report] on police transparency and accountability in the state of Connecticut. This study focused on complaint policies—whether agencies were abiding by the law to post forms online and accept anonymous complaints. The ACLU’s findings recommended an immediate need for legislative action. Without accepting anonymous complaints, issues such as police harassment can easily go unrecognized, contributing to the lack of trust in community and in police accountability.
 
==='''Consent Decrees'''===
 
Department of Justice Consent Decree 2012 - '''East Haven'''
 
 
*'''Incidents:''' Unconstitutional detention of Latino drivers and passengers in order determine immigration status. FBI arrests of four white police officers, including the local police union on charges of assault; false reports were created to cover up abuses.
 
 
*'''Findings:''' Pattern or practice of unlawful discrimination against Latinos with traffic enforcement, use of excessive force, and unconstitutional searches and seizures.
 
 
[https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-reaches-proposed-agreement-town-east-haven-connecticut-resolve-allegations Consent Decree 2012]: Community engagement and oversight; Training in bias-free policing and use of force; Compliance with constitutional searches and seizures; Reporting of felony arrests, investigation and correction of police misconduct; Evaluate for injuries of detainees; Protection of 1st Amendment rights to observe and record police activity.
 
  
 
'''Important links for education and action''':
 
'''Important links for education and action''':
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*The [[Institutional Racism|black imprisonment rate]] per 100,000 individuals was 1,392; the white rate was 148 and the Hispanic rate was 583.
 
*The [[Institutional Racism|black imprisonment rate]] per 100,000 individuals was 1,392; the white rate was 148 and the Hispanic rate was 583.
 
*0.61% of the Connecticut population is disenfranchised due to felony convictions, compared to 2.66% of the [[Institutional Racism|black Connecticut population]].
 
*0.61% of the Connecticut population is disenfranchised due to felony convictions, compared to 2.66% of the [[Institutional Racism|black Connecticut population]].
*Connecticut spent $764 million on corrections expenditures in 2014.
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*Connecticut spent $764 million on corrections expenditures in 2014.[http://www.sentencingproject.org/the-facts/#detail?state1Option=Connecticut&state2Option=0]
[http://www.sentencingproject.org/the-facts/#detail?state1Option=Connecticut&state2Option=0]
 
*Connecticut recently introduced a program called T.R.U.E. that pairs young inmates with older mentors to reduce recidivism. [http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-corrections-young-adult-unit-program-gov-tour-0314-20170313-story.html]
 
  
 
'''Current Bills'''
 
'''Current Bills'''
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'''Policy'''
 
'''Policy'''
  
=== Public Benefits===
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=== Public Entitlements===
 
'''The Facts'''
 
'''The Facts'''
 
*In 2015, an average of 248,204 households and 442,161 individuals received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP, formerly called Food Stamps) in any given month in Connecticut.[https://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/snap/2015-State-Activity-Report.pdf] In 2011, approximately 11% of the population of Connecticut was receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP, formerly called Food Stamps).[https://www.statista.com/statistics/223066/percentage-of-us-state-population-receiving-snap-benefits/] The average monthly benefit per Connecticut household was $239 per household and $132 per person in 2016.[http://snap.insidegov.com/]
 
*In 2015, an average of 248,204 households and 442,161 individuals received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP, formerly called Food Stamps) in any given month in Connecticut.[https://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/snap/2015-State-Activity-Report.pdf] In 2011, approximately 11% of the population of Connecticut was receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP, formerly called Food Stamps).[https://www.statista.com/statistics/223066/percentage-of-us-state-population-receiving-snap-benefits/] The average monthly benefit per Connecticut household was $239 per household and $132 per person in 2016.[http://snap.insidegov.com/]
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===Youth Laws===
 
===Youth Laws===
Connecticut has passed anti-bullying laws covering cyberbullying that directly mention LGBTQ+ youth and enumerate model policy as well as alternative discipline. It has also passed laws requiring school suicide prevention policies and transgender inclusion in sports and collects data on LGBTQ+ health. In May 2017 the State passed a law protecting minors from conversion therapy[https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/political-minds/201705/connecticut-bans-conversion-therapy-lgbt-youth]. However, Connecticut does not have laws addressing LGBTQ+ youth homelessness, and lacks inclusive sex education and juvenile justice laws.[http://hrc-assets.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com//files/assets/resources/SEI-2016-Connecticut.pdf]
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Connecticut has passed anti-bullying laws covering cyberbullying that directly mention LGBTQ+ youth and enumerate model policy as well as alternative discipline. It has also passed laws requiring school suicide prevention policies and transgender inclusion in sports, and collects data on LGBTQ+ health. It does not have laws protecting LGBTQ+ youth from conversion therapy, nor laws addressing LGBTQ+ youth homelessness, and lacks inclusive sex education and juvenile justice policies laws.[http://hrc-assets.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com//files/assets/resources/SEI-2016-Connecticut.pdf]
  
 
===Health and Safety===
 
===Health and Safety===
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*In 2014, the Black and Latino adult populations had the highest air pollution exposure indices—of 55 and 54 respectively—compared to an overall index of 41 and a White index of 36.[http://nationalequityatlas.org/indicators/Air_pollution:_Exposure_index/By_race~ethnicity:35886/Connecticut/false/Risk_type:Cancer_and_non-cancer/]
 
*In 2014, the Black and Latino adult populations had the highest air pollution exposure indices—of 55 and 54 respectively—compared to an overall index of 41 and a White index of 36.[http://nationalequityatlas.org/indicators/Air_pollution:_Exposure_index/By_race~ethnicity:35886/Connecticut/false/Risk_type:Cancer_and_non-cancer/]
 
*In 2012, Native American adults in Connecticut were most likely to have asthma (13.3 percent) with Black and Latino adults as the second most likely (12.3 percent), compared to an overall average of 9.5 percent and a 8.9 percent of the White population.[http://nationalequityatlas.org/indicators/Asthma/By_race~ethnicity:27246/Connecticut/false/]
 
*In 2012, Native American adults in Connecticut were most likely to have asthma (13.3 percent) with Black and Latino adults as the second most likely (12.3 percent), compared to an overall average of 9.5 percent and a 8.9 percent of the White population.[http://nationalequityatlas.org/indicators/Asthma/By_race~ethnicity:27246/Connecticut/false/]
*[https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/epa-region-1-new-england/ EPA Region 1 (New England)] serves Connecticut.
 
  
 
'''Policies'''
 
'''Policies'''
*The relevant environmental agency in Connecticut is the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP), which is federally granted its authority by the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Pollution Prevention Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, the Coastal Zone Management Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.[http://www.ct.gov/deep/site/default.asp]
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*The relevant environmental agency in Connecticut is the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, which is federally granted its authority by the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Pollution Prevention Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, the Coastal Zone Management Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.[http://www.ct.gov/deep/site/default.asp]
 
*The Connecticut Environmental Policy Act (CEPA) established policy for the state of Connecticut to require Environmental Impact Evaluations for any state action that could potentially impact the natural environment.[http://www.ct.gov/ceq/cwp/view.asp?a=987&q=249022&ceqNav=]
 
*The Connecticut Environmental Policy Act (CEPA) established policy for the state of Connecticut to require Environmental Impact Evaluations for any state action that could potentially impact the natural environment.[http://www.ct.gov/ceq/cwp/view.asp?a=987&q=249022&ceqNav=]
 
*Connecticut's Department of Energy & Environmental Protection had a planned operating budget of $178,000,000 in 2016[http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/agencyinformation/2016JulyBudgetPresentation.pdf].
 
*Connecticut's Department of Energy & Environmental Protection had a planned operating budget of $178,000,000 in 2016[http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/agencyinformation/2016JulyBudgetPresentation.pdf].
 
===EPA Grants===
 
In March 2017, the EPA awarded the DEEP a $289,000 [https://www.epa.gov/wetlands/wetland-program-development-grants/ Wetland Program Development Grant] for training and education to support wetland protection.[https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-awards-33-million-wetlands-grants-help-state-and-tribal-wetland-programs-new]
 
 
In January 2017, the EPA announced that the town of Ashford would receive $20,000 to help replace a school bus with one that emits less pollution.[https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/ashford-conn-gets-funds-new-cleaner-school-bus] The funds would come through EPA's [https://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-rebates/ 2016 Clean School Bus Rebate Program].
 
 
In January 2017, the EPA awarded $800,000 to the Connecticut Maritime Foundation, in partnership with Cross Sound Ferry Services, Inc., to repair engines on two marine ferries.[https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-awards-nearly-2-million-fund-clean-diesel-projects-connecticut-and-massachusetts] The funds were awarded under the [https://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/ Diesel Emissions Reduction Act] (DERA).
 
 
In December 2016, Hartford was one of four New England cities selected to receive technical assistance from the EPA to support clean air, clean water, economic development, and other local goals as part of the EPA’s [https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/building-blocks-sustainable-communities/ Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program]. Hartford will benefit from “Green and Complete Streets” workshops, which help communities develop strategies for greening and beautifying their streets.[https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/four-new-england-communities-get-epa-assistance-meet-environmental-goals-and-foster]
 
 
In November 2016, DEEP was selected to receive a [https://www.epa.gov/p2/grant-programs-pollution-prevention#p2grant/ Pollution Protection Grant] worth approximately $160,000 over two years.[https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/connecticut-deep-receive-160000-epa-pollution-prevention-grant]
 
 
In November 2016, the EPA announced 25 grants worth a total of $1.3 million to improve the health and ecosystem of the Long Island Sound. A total of $520,000 was assigned to 11 projects in Connecticut, with the remainder going to [[New York]] State).[https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/13-million-awarded-community-based-projects-improve-health-and-ecosystem-long-island-1]
 
 
In October 2016, two Connecticut organizations received awards from the EPA’s [https://www.epa.gov/region1/eco/uep/hcgp.html/ Healthy Communities Grant Program] to fund community projects addressing environmental and public health issues. [https://www.charteroakcommunities.org/ Charter Oak Communities] in Stamford was awarded $25,000 for its [http://vitastamford.com/fairgate-farm/ Fairgate Farm] community farming and composting initiative. The Center for Ecological Technology in Bridgeport was awarded $20,000 for a project to reduce food waste.[https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-awards-270k-environmental-and-health-projects-new-england-communities]
 
 
In May 2016, the EPA awarded a $400,000 [https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/types-brownfields-grant-funding#tab-1 Brownfields Assessment Grant] to Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments; a $200,000 [https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/types-brownfields-grant-funding#tab-3 Brownfields Cleanup Grant] to the City of Shelton; and a $384,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant to the City of Norwich.[https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/connecticut-receives-nearly-12-million-epa-announces-brownfields-funding] In July 2016, the EPA awarded additional funding to for cleanup and redevelopment at contaminated brownfields properties. DEEP received $205,000, and the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments received $427,000.
 
[https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-will-award-nearly-26-million-supplemental-funds-clean-contaminated-brownfields ]
 
 
In May 2016, the EPA awarded a $200,000 Job Training Grant to the [http://www.nrwib.org/ Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board] in Waterbury, to support training students and placing graduates in environmental jobs.[https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/connecticut-receives-nearly-12-million-epa-announces-brownfields-funding]
 
  
 
== [[File:Peoplewithdisabilities.png | left | 50px |Disability Rights | link= ]] Disability Rights ==
 
== [[File:Peoplewithdisabilities.png | left | 50px |Disability Rights | link= ]] Disability Rights ==
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*The Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership (CTBHP) is a working collaborative between the [http://www.ct.gov/dmhas/cwp/view.asp?a=2900&q=334750 Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services] (DMHAS), the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Department of Social Services (DSS). The CTBHP ensures timely access to an integrated, high quality behavioral health service system for Connecticut’s Medicaid populations, including low-income adults and adults with disabilities.
 
*The Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership (CTBHP) is a working collaborative between the [http://www.ct.gov/dmhas/cwp/view.asp?a=2900&q=334750 Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services] (DMHAS), the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Department of Social Services (DSS). The CTBHP ensures timely access to an integrated, high quality behavioral health service system for Connecticut’s Medicaid populations, including low-income adults and adults with disabilities.
  
== [[File:megaphone.png | left | 50px | Organizations | link= ]] Organizations and Events ==
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== [[File:megaphone.png | left | 50px | Organizations | link= ]] Organizations ==
  
 
'''Find state/local chapters of national organizations [[People_and_Organizations#Organizations_with_State.2FLocal_Presences|here]].'''
 
'''Find state/local chapters of national organizations [[People_and_Organizations#Organizations_with_State.2FLocal_Presences|here]].'''
  
===Resistance/General===
 
 
*[http://www.clrp.org/ Connecticut Legal Rights Project]
 
*[http://www.clrp.org/ Connecticut Legal Rights Project]
 
*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/740344566127807/?ref=br_rs Connecticut Progressives]
 
*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/740344566127807/?ref=br_rs Connecticut Progressives]
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*[https://www.olmsteadrights.org/self-helptools/advocacy-resources/item.6990-Connecticut_Disability_Resources_and_Advocacy_Organizations OlmsteadRights list of Connecticut disability resources]
 
*[https://www.olmsteadrights.org/self-helptools/advocacy-resources/item.6990-Connecticut_Disability_Resources_and_Advocacy_Organizations OlmsteadRights list of Connecticut disability resources]
 
===Events===
 
*[http://www.trueislam.com/events/ Coffee, Cake and True Islam]
 
  
 
== [[File:newspaper.png | left | 50px | Local News Sources | link= ]] Local News Sources ==
 
== [[File:newspaper.png | left | 50px | Local News Sources | link= ]] Local News Sources ==

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