Take Back Connecticut!
Thursday, September 8
Central CT State University
New Britain, CT
“We must never adjust ourselves to
economic conditions that take necessities from
the many to give luxuries to the few.”
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
On Martin Luther King birthday weekend, a coalition of labor, civil rights, community and faith organizations came together to Celebrate Unity, Equality, and Democracy, and to pledge to work together inspired by Dr. King’s legacy and leadership. This diverse coalition is committed to working together during a time of increasing income inequality, spikes in racial, ethnic, and gender based injustice and attacks, and threats to democracy in elections and in the workplace from “dark money” interests, and the billionaire super-elite.
The DUE Justice Coalition rejects calls that ignore Dr. King’s words, saying that we must “adjust ourselves” to the “new economic reality”, a reality where virtually all economic growth goes into the pockets of the 1 % and the middle class slowly fades away. What could be a clearer example of an economy that “takes necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few?” We will not “adjust ourselves.” Instead we pledge to work together both in the short term and in the long term on 5 key issue areas needed to turn our state around, and to hold our political leaders accountable for their efforts and commitments in those areas. Those 5 issue areas are:
- Good Jobs and Fair Wages
- Universal Access to Quality Public Education, Preschool to Grad School,
- A Vibrant and Fairly Funded Public Sector,
- Racial, Gender, and Ethnic Justice,
- Democracy in our State and in Our Work Places.
At the center of the DUE Justice Coalition vision is the creation of a unified, shared collective movement dedicated to Democracy, Unity & Equality. It is our belief that the way forward to achieve this goal is through building relationships and creating a common strategy and campaign to effectively advance our shared goals.