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Pro-charter school group decry funding blockage, announce rally against state delegation opposition

Thursday, April 21, 2022
Time: 5:35 PM


Earlier today, I attended Latinos for Education Advocacy and Diversity's (LEAD) press conference where the group expressed their frustrations with members of the city's state delegation whom they allege "forced our state leaders to remove funds for the Danbury Charter school from the draft budget."

LEAD recently announced a rally to be held in Danbury on May 1st where the pro-charter school advocacy group plan to demonstrate against members of the city's state delegation who have fought against their cause.

"Our coalition is marching for educational justice and against the actions of Senator Julie Kushner, Keneth Gucker, Bob Godfrey, and Raghib Allie-Brennan, who on Sunday, April 3rd, deliberately and against the will of thousands pressured the house and senate leaders to remove the allocated funding in the draft budget for the Danbury Charter school. Thus perpetuating a five-year blockade of our school and showing a complete disregard for the wishes of an entire community."
Here's video from today's presser...

LEAD PRESS RELEASE


LIVESTREAM EVENT: Sen. Blumenthal and Rep. Hayes announce funding to provide meals for seniors

Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Time: 1:46 PM

UPDATE: Here's highlights from today's event.

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Today, Senator Richard Blumenthal and Representative Jahana Hayes will pay a visit to Danbury to present New American Dream with a 50,000 in funding to provide meals to low income seniors.

I’ll be on-hand to livestream the event at the Glen apartments complex starting at 2:30; press release of the event is below.

TODAY: BLUMENTHAL & HAYES ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING TO EXPAND HOT MEALS PROGRAM FOR LOW INCOME SENIORS IN DANBURY

Danbury’s New American Dream Foundation will receive $50,000 in Congressional funding to provide more seniors with hot meals

(HARTFORD, CT) – On Tuesday, April 19th at 2:30 PM at Glen Apartments in Danbury, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and U.S. Representative Jahana Hayes (D-CT) will announce $50,000 in federal funding for the New American Dream Foundation to provide more low income seniors in Danbury with hot meals. This funding was secured through the 2022 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. Blumenthal, Hayes, and New American Dream Foundation leaders will visit Glen Apartments senior residents who benefit from the meal program.

The federal grant will provide funding for the New American Dream Foundation to expand its hot meal program for seniors. The Foundation currently provides 90 percent of all Danbury seniors living in affordable housing with hot meals, meeting the needs of those who do not qualify for Meals on Wheels. The funding will purchase the meals and help with administrative costs, including managing volunteers and dietary needs, and more.

WHO: U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal
U.S. Representative Jahana Hayes
Danbury Mayor Dean Esposito
Celia Palmares, President and Founder, The New American Dream Foundation
Angela Barbosa, Executive Director, The New American Dream Foundation
Danbury seniors who are recipients of the meal program

WHEN: Tuesday, April 19th at 2:30 PM

WHERE: Glen Apartments
25 Memorial Drive
Danbury, CT

You can watch a replay of the livestream in its entirety below.


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Latino group call on Connecticut lawmakers to open a Danbury charter school

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2022 STATE ELECTIONS
24th STATE SENATE
KUSHNER (D) | COEHLO (R)

JULIE KUSHNER
Video
04.11.22: Town Hall Meeting
09.30.22: Boceto Media interview with Julie Kushner
10.06.22: Somos Latinos VIP interview

MICHELLE COEHLO
Campaign website

Video
Nomination speech
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2nd STATE REP. DISTRICT
ALLIE-BRENNAN (D) | LEWIS (R)

Dem. State Rep. Raghib Allie-Brennan

GOP candidate Jenn Lewis

107th STATE REP. DISTRICT
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PHOBE HOLMES
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MARTIN FONCELLO

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JEFF GINSBURG

PAT CALLAHAN

109th STATE REP. DISTRICT
SANTOS (D) | FERNANDEZ (R)

FARLEY SANTOS
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(VID) Nomination speech

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GODFREY | GLEISSNER

ROBERT GODFREY

(VID) Nomination speech

ERIC GLEISSNER
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138th STATE REP. DISTRICT
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KEN GUCKER
02.21.22 (NEWSTIMES):
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