May 14, 2019
Discussing: Kathy, Ellen, Jane, Rhonda, Michelle, Marcia
Here are notes from our conversation. Please comment with your own notes! (Feel free to correct or enhance).
Pia Guerra - check out her book, Me the People https://thegww.com/me-the-people-the-editorial-cartoons-of-pia-guerra/
Action is an antidote for despair
Books we discussed:
Deborah Lipstadt, AntiSemitism Here and Now
Michelle Obama, Becoming
Melinda Gates, The Moment of Lift
Jodi Picoult: Spark of Light
Take the Indivisible Pledge: https://pledge.indivisible.org/
Make sure Presidential candidates take it as well
Suggest that Dems unify around 5 candidates
June 26 & 27 in Miami — first set of debates
We are impressed with: Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Seth Moulton
We should have a summit to discuss a framework of issues and try to come to a consensus
We should ask the question: can the candidate clean up the mess?
A good scenario with this many candidates would be to have a brokered convention. Delegates go to convention and pledge. If no agreement after first round of voting, go to next round, negotiating until reach a compromise for a candidate.
We asked: how are delegates selected in Connecticut?
Progressive women should be delegates
Vaccinations and religious freedom
There are many Connecticut residents who are anti-vaxxers
This is because they are not keeping up with information
And also “Religious freedom” (Grrr)
It’s true: Russians spread anti-vax info
A perspective from Rep. Jillian Gilchrest: We have a lot of personal freedoms but policies in place address safety issues that limit personal issues. Speed limit, seat belts, etc. We have to set policy around greater good. Thinking, caring citizens have to draw the lines.
Vaccinations are public health issues
Gun violence is also a public health issue
Did you know: AR-15s are made in New Britain
Update on gun bills:
Good news! The CT House of Representatives passed Ethans Law, HB 7218; Storage of a gun in a motor vehicle, HB 07223; Ghost Guns, HB 07219
Now bills go to State Senate
Contact your Senator! Especially Sen. Witkos (Republican) representing Avon and Simsbury
Connect with CT Against Gun Violence. They are excellent; very well coordinated, great communicators.
Stay informed: https://cagv.org/join-us
We are ANTI being anti
Everything now is anti-something or other. Don’t go down that trap. We need to respect one another. Don’t infringe on each other’s rights
What does it mean to be inclusive?
We are tribal. We constantly define boundaries. Do some self-reflection: What are your boundaries and why are they there?
War against women
Attacks are partly a consequence of women not being informed. Stay informed and vote!