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Communities Advancing Racial Equity Series (CARES)

Communities Advancing Racial Equity Series (CARES)

Over the spring and summer, America was confronted once again by the ugly truth that systemic racism persists throughout our society. The effects of systemic racism have consequences in housing, education, health, wealth, and nearly every other part of daily life – in fact, race is still the number one predictor of success and well-being in our country.

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, is hosting a series of online discussions called CCM CARES – Getting Comfortable With The Uncomfortable. The CARES stands for Communities Advancing Racial Equity Series, as we must get comfortable having these uncomfortable discussions if we want our communities to take advantage of this crucial moment. You, the community, are the critical part of this equation, and we want you to be there for one of four 90-minute panel discussion with community and municipal leaders. We will also air each of these events on Facebook Live.

Western Connecticut - Tuesday, October 20 back to top

Western Connecticut - Tuesday, October 20

This session took place on Tuesday, October 20th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Panelists included:

  • Aidee Nieves, Bridgeport City Council President
  • Jim Marpe, First Selectman, Westport 
  • Anthony Bennett, Pastor, MT. Aery Baptist Church, Bridgeport  
  • Elinor Carbone, Mayor, Torrington 
  • Shaun McColgan, Deputy Chief of Police, Danbury
  • Bianca Shinn-Desras, Director, Parent Leadership Programs, Stamford
  • Brenda Penn Williams, President, NAACP, Norwalk

This event was facilitated by Chris Keating, Capitol Bureau Chief, Hartford Courant

You can watch a video of the entire discussion on our Facebook page.

South Central Connecticut - Thursday, October 22 back to top

South Central Connecticut - Thursday, October 22

This session took place on Thursday, October 22nd from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Panelists included:

  • Justin Elicker, Mayor of New Haven
  • Bishop Theodore Brooks, Beulah Heights First Pentecostal Church, New Haven
  • Arturo Perez-Cabello, Chairman, Hamden Board of Education
  • Michael Freda, First Selectman of North Haven and CCM President 
  • Kerry Ellington – Leader, People Against Police Brutality, New Haven 
  • Khalilah Brown-Dean, Associate Professor & Senior Director for Inclusive Excellence, Quinnipiac University
  • Dr. Darnell Young, Elm Family Dental, West Haven
  • Doris Dumas, Leader, NAACP, New Haven

This event was facilitated by Keith Kountz, Anchor, WTNH-TV, Channel 8

You can watch a video of the entire discussion on our Facebook page

North Central Connecticut - Monday, October 26 back to top

North Central Connecticut - Monday, October 26

This session will take place on Monday, October 26th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.             

Panelists include:

  • Luke Bronin, Mayor of Hartford 
  • Michael Oretade, Black Lives Matter 860
  • Shari Cantor, Mayor of West Hartford
  • Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, Superintendent of Schools, Hartford
  • Suzette DeBeatham-Brown, Mayor of Bloomfield
  • Ed Ford, Jr., Middletown City Council
  • Yukiyo Lida, Parent Community Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Group, West Hartford

This event will be Facilitated by Michael Savino, Reporter, WFSB, Channel 3

To register, please click here.  Or you can watch without registering on Facebook Live.

Eastern Connecticut - Wednesday, October 28 back to top

Eastern Connecticut - Wednesday, October 28

This session will take place on Wednesday, October 28th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Panelists include:

  • Michael Passero, Mayor of New London
  • Dwight Bachman, Willimantic NAACP 
  • Patrick Daley, Chief of Police, Norwich   
  • Benjamin Watts, Senior Pastor, Shiloh Baptist Church, New London 
  • Yolanda Negron, Leader, Latina Unidos, New London
  • Jennifer Muggeo, Deputy Dir. of Health, Ledge Light Health District

The event will be facilitated by Christine Stuart, Editor, CT News Junkie; Reporter, NBC 30

To register, please click here.  Or you can watch without registering on Facebook Live.