There is plenty going on Tuesday, Jan. 30. At 8 a.m. Ken Krayeske will hold a rally for civil rights on the steps of the Supreme Court in Hartford. The rally is one hour before his court appearance for breach of peace and interfering with an officer. The hearing will be held at 101 Lafayette Street, where he was jailed on Jan. 3 for taking pictures of Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s inaugural parade. Click here to read the latest on his web site. From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. the Citizens Network of the Capitol Region will hold a statewide summit on school funding reform at Central Connecticut State University.
“This summit will bring government leaders and other innovative thinkers together for a nonpartisan discussion about what we have to do to end our over-reliance on the property tax for school funding,” Courtney Bourns, President of the Citizens Network of the Capital Region, said in a press release. Click here for more details on that event. At 11 a.m. Senator Jonathan Harris, D-West Hartford, will hold a press conference on homelessness with National Homelessness expert Dennis Culhane, professor of social welfare policy at the University of Pennsylvania, and Rev. Richard Schuster, executive director of St. Luke’s Lifeworks and chair of the Reaching Home Campaign. After the press conference hundreds of volunteers and outreach workers will count the number of people who are homeless throughout the state —by surveying emergency shelters, emergency hospital rooms, the streets, abandoned buildings and the woods. Analyzed data from the Point-in-Time count will be available to state agencies and the public in mid-March.In the past New Haven and Hartford ranked first and second in the state in number of homeless. Click here to read the New Haven Independent’s story on the issue. Also the legislature’s Select Committee on Children will hold a public hearing starting at 12 p.m. on several bills to increase summer youth employment funds and funding for after school programs. The Public Safety and Security Committee will hold a public hearing on a bill to increase funding for programs to enhance community policing programs and their youth mentoring programs.