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.
Here is the first in a series of four online discussions called CCM CARES – Getting Comfortable With The Uncomfortable, organized by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.
CARES stands for “Communities Advancing Racial Equity Series.” According to CCM, “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. CCM wants you to be there for one of four 90-minute panel discussions with community and municipal leaders.
This talk includes panelists from western Connecticut.
• 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.