Moral Monday CT is mobilizing organizations, groups and people of faith and conscience to be in solidarity on October 1, 2017 in Hartford CT. Generations of marches, sit-ins, walk-outs, blocked bridges, protests, and arts activism and prayers have not delivered justice. It is our duty to hold up the #M4BL, the BlackLivesMatter movement as champions for our very humanity.
As long as US and state laws, policies, institutions and practices remain steeped in racism and white supremacy, basic human rights and civil rights for all cannot be guaranteed. In Connecticut, we have witnessed at least eight cases of police brutality, violence and overreach in Connecticut just this year. At least three young people lost their lives as a result of these encounters.
In February, hundreds of printed fliers from a white supremacist group were found on driveways and in mailboxes along the Newtown Turnpike in Weston, Wilton, Westport and Norwalk. The fliers read, “We must secure the existence of our race and a future for white children. Make America White Again.”
In March, police shot eighteen-year-old Ra’Shamel Rogers in Waterbury multiple times. In the spring, police shot and killed fifteen year old Jayson Negron in Bridgeport.
There are several active hate groups in the Connecticut, including the “White Wolves,” the American Congress for Truth in Cheshire, the National Alliance, the Creativity Movement, White Revolution and the Ku Klux Klan.