Fighting for the Policies of Change

June 5, 2020

George Floyd's killing in Minneapolis has shaken the country to its core.  Cities across our state have been holding protests and rallies to express outrage over his death and the injustices against African American citizens. 

And locally, several peaceful rallies and protests are planned along the shoreline to help bring awareness to this important issue. I commend our local police department for their professional work in handling the public events that have happened, and for serving our community with dignity and respect.

We in Connecticut are not immune to prejudice.  And while there have been steps taken over recent years through legislation to eradicate social inequities, make no mistake that it is not enough and there is an enormous amount of work left to be done.  Work on more legislation began immediately following this horrific incident and it is my hope we will be able to share that information with you as soon as it is completed.   

I also want to acknowledge the work of the legislative Black and Puerto Rican Caucus, who have worked incredibly hard with us not just in recent weeks, but continually through the years to advance important policies addressing many of these concerns.

As an elected official representing a diverse community here at home and in our state, I am committed to listening more and working with my colleagues in the legislature, in order to implement necessary changes and help avoid another tragic death like Mr. Floyd's and the many before him. We must do better for our children of color who deserve to grow up in communities of compassion and understanding and most importantly free of racism.

And lastly, if you noticed people around you wearing orange today, it's because June 5 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day. For more information or to find a virtual event in our area, visit wear orange.

Please reach out to me with your thoughts, ideas and concerns. We will continue to move forward in Connecticut, but we must all work together, listen, learn and be open to all ideas and perspectives.