We invite Madison Democrats to join the Town Committee at the local March for our Lives event in Guilford, CT being held this Saturday, March 24th from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at the Guilford Green. Join with us as part of a national movement to demand an end to gun violence by speaking out in favor of stronger and more sensible gun legislation. The event will feature a one-mile walk and a host of speakers including local students, advocacy groups, State Representatives Sean Scanlon and Lonnie Reed, and Senator Richard Blumenthal. So get out your comfortable shoes, dress for the weather, and make a sign to carry as we stand in solidarity against gun violence in our country.
If you would like to march with the Madison Democrats, please contact Pam Greene for instructions about where to meet. (We will also post this information here on our website if you want to check back in later this week.)
The Shoreline League of Democratic Women (SLDW) is pleased to announce our special guest speaker Jen Siskind who will educate us on the issue of fracking waste and how to support the passage of town ordinances to effectively ban fracking waste in all of its forms. Over 35 municipalities in the state are now protected, and many more waste bans are on the way! Read more here about Food and Water efforts in CT.
Each year, billions of gallons of liquid wastes and hundreds of thousands of tons of solid wastes are generated from extraction procedures in New York and Pennsylvania. These wastes are then processed and shipped to other states without proper labeling and distributed for a variety of uses including de-icing of roads and in construction fill products. The composition of these chemical mixtures are often withheld as trade secrets making it difficult to know what dangers they might pose to the environment and to public health.
Bring a friend! The Westbrook Library is located at 61 Goodspeed Drive on the left, before you reach the Daisy Ingraham Elementary School. You can park in the back of the library, and enter directly into the Community Room.
Connecticut Shoreline Indivisible (CTSI) will hold its monthly meeting on Saturday, April 28 at 10:00 am. Special guest speakers will be State Attorney General George Jepsen who will not be running for re-election this year, and two candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to run for that office in November: State Representative William Tong and Assistant Attorney General Clare Kindall.
Please note that the venue this month will be the First Congregational Church in Madison (not Guilford).
“Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.”
Join us at Café Allegre on Thursday, June 7th for an evening with Amy Siskind speaking about her new book, The List: A Week-by-Week Reckoning of Trump’s First Year. Amy Siskind is President and Co-founder of The New Agenda, a national organization working on issues including economic independence and advancement, gender representation and bias, sexual assault, and campus assault. A former Wall Street executive, she is a national spokesperson, writer, and expert on helping women and girls advance and succeed. Her writing has been featured in The Huffington Post and Medium and she is a frequent source for the national press, including in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.
This event is being sponsored by the Madison and Guilford Democratic Town Committees. All proceeds will help fund local campaign activities to elect Democratic candidates in the 2018 elections. Tickets are $60 which includes appetizers and desserts with a cash bar. Books will be available for purchase and signing through Breakwater Books of Guilford. Please note that only books purchased on site will be signed.
Description of The List by Publisher, Bloomsbury New York:
In the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump’s election as president, Amy Siskind, a former Wall Street executive and the founder of The New Agenda, began compiling a list of actions taken by the Trump regime that pose a threat to our democratic norms. Under the headline: “Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember”, Siskind’s “Weekly List” began as a project she shared with friends, but it soon went viral and now has more than half a million viewers every week.
Compiled in one volume for the first time, The List is a first draft history and a comprehensive accounting of Donald Trump’s first year. Beginning with Trump’s acceptance of white supremacists the week after the election and concluding a year to the day later, we watch as Trump and his regime chips away at the rights and protections of marginalized communities, of women, of us all, via Twitter storms, unchecked executive action, and shifting rules and standards. The List chronicles not only the scandals that made headlines but just as important, the myriad smaller but still consequential unprecedented acts that otherwise fall through cracks. It is this granular detail that makes The List such a powerful and important book.
For everyone hoping to #resistTrump, The List is a must-have guide to what we as a country have lost in the wake of Trump’s election. #Thisisnotnormal.
Read more at The Weekly List: This is How Democracy Ends.
This is your opportunity to get to know your candidates for state and national office! The Connecticut Shoreline Indivisible (CTSI) group will be hosting a Meet & Greet for candidates in the 2018 midterm elections. Candidates include Joe Courtney and Rosa DeLauro from Connecticut’s 2nd and 3rd Congressional Districts, as well as local State Senate and State Representative candidates running in the CTSI towns of Killingworth, Madison, Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Old Saybrook, Durham, East Haven, North Haven, Wallingford, Branford, North Branford, Guilford, and North Guilford.
The Chester Democratic Town Committee (DTC) in cooperation with 14 Connecticut River Valley and Shoreline DTCs will host a Blue Wave Festival on Sunday, June 24, 2018, from 3:00-6:00 pm at the Chester Fairgrounds, Rt 154 and Kirtland Terrace, in Chester, CT. The family-friendly Blue Wave Fest will feature local musicians, 20+ guest speakers, legislators, office-seekers and 35+ information tables offering valuable insight into how citizens, communities and organizations are taking action to face the most pressing challenges affecting our democracy today. This one-of-a-kind event will also celebrate the power of the individual vote. The Blue Wave Fest coalition of DTCs in the lower Connecticut River Valley includes Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Killingworth, Haddam, Lyme, Madison, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook. There is no admission fee. For the very latest updates to the event program, visit the Blue Wave Fest website at www.BlueWaveFest.com, Facebook: Blue Wave Fest, and Twitter:@BlueWaveFest or Instagram.
Why the Blue Wave Fest? We live in an unprecedented moment when civil discourse, freedom of the press, constitutional norms, elemental electoral protections, and even widely-shared facts about science are under daily attack. The traditional institutional brakes from government are absent. Our first opportunity to remedy this challenge to our democracy is coming in the November mid-terms when citizens can go to the polls and vote. The Blue Wave Fest had its origins in this idea.
For more information about the Blue Wave Fest, please call 860-343-3191 or visit the website at www.BlueWaveFest.com.
FREE ADMISSION | ON-SITE PARKING | RAIN OR SHINE!
Shoreline League of Democratic Women
“Politics on the Rocks” Night
Don’t miss our Politics On the Rocks Night on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Rocky’s Aqua, 34 Riverside Drive, Clinton, CT, from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. This summer networking event is a pre-tuner for a busy Fall Campaign season. Join us for lively conversations about the latest in political news, what is happening in local campaigns, and how you can volunteer from now through Election Day. #RESISTERHOOD
Hors d’oeuvres on us! Cash bar. Bring a friend and introduce them to our great organization. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 17. See you there!
The Shoreline League of Democratic Women will be hosting its Annual Campaign Season Kick-off Event on Friday, September 21 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Pavilion at Saybrook Point. Come mingle with state and local Democratic politicians and candidates. All Valley-Shoreline Democratic women and guests are welcome to attend this free networking event. Bring a friend! Refreshments are served.
• Meet our hardworking Connecticut Democratic Candidates
• Learn how to play a major role in upcoming elections
• Network with like-minded Democratic Women
• Learn about the SLDW and our grassroots community work!
The SLDW draws membership from the towns of Branford, Centerbrook, Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Guilford, Ivoryton, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Westbrook
Connecticut Shoreline Indivisible (CTSI) will be holding its fall kickoff meeting on Saturday, September 29 featuring Senator Chris Murphy and candidate for Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz. The meeting is scheduled for 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the First Congregational Church on the Green, 122 Broad Street in Guilford. Please join CTSI for this exciting event as we move into the thick of election season!