‘I Heart New Haven Day’ June 1

by Jane Hendrickson, Executive Director, Bridges of Hope I Heart New Haven Day, Committee Chair

Bridges of Hope is a group of diverse New Haven area churches from across denominational, social, and cultural lines that have agreed to come together as one to serve the New Haven community as members of the community.

This year we are organizing our ninth annual “I Heart New Haven Day,” which will take place on June 1. The goal is to serve the city through over 25 different projects with 450 volunteers participating from Christian Tabernacle Baptist Church, Church on the Rock, Vox Church, Vertical Church, Trinity Baptist Church, Christ Presbyterian Church, All Nations Church, Shoreline Community Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church, CT Korean Presbyterian Church, and several other churches.
Year after year, our church members, as residents and community members in New Haven, come together to build partnerships, serve immediate needs and give back to the city they know and love. People know these volunteers as the “blue shirts,” but they are also residents, public servants and leaders in the city. The day will begin at 9 a.m. on the New Haven Green with words of encouragement from the pastors and then the volunteers will be sent off to their projects to serve from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Here is a glimpse of sites we will be serving across the city. A full and comprehensive list can be supplied upon request:

● Organizing clothes and goods at Loaves and Fishes,
● Landscaping, painting for elderly community members.
● Cleanup at local public schools,
● Expanding a deck for a non-profit organization.

Please email Bru Hickey with any questions at [email protected] or phone her at 475-271-7978.

Workshop on Climate Change May 9

Join Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut, Access to Resources for Climate Change (ARCC), and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, 6-7 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at the Q House, 197 Dixwell Ave. in New Haven, for a workshop on climate change, with speaker Vanessa Brown, Education Outreach Coordinator, Statewide Legal Outreach Services of Connecticut, and after the workshop, a Climate Justice Poetry Showcase.

Climate change will cause more heat waves, hurricanes, and floods across Connecticut. Due to systemic discrimination, low-income communities are disproportionately impacted by climate change. Unfortunately, the most vulnerable communities also have the least access to disaster assistance resources.

The workshop is available to the public and service providers who work with low-income communities in New Haven, West Haven, East Haven, and across Connecticut.

This workshop will cover:

  • The basics of climate change
  • How climate change will affect New Haven
  • The link between systemic discrimination and climate change vulnerability
  • What you can do to prepare for climate change

    Food will be available for purchase. Want to join virtually? Email [email protected] to receive the Zoom link.

24th SCSU Women’s & Gender Studies Conference April 19

On April 19th and 20th the Dept. of Women’s & Gender Studies (WGS) at Southern CT State University (SCSU) is holding its signature conference on campus. The theme is “Continuities, Ruptures, Resurgences: Still in Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens,” inspired by Alice Walker’s womanist essays, which continue to be a vision for those of us engaged in the feminist and social justice struggles. The 2024 WGS Conference at Southern offers a critical space and place for a two-day inquiry across differences and communities into the intersections of gender, race, communities, and institutions. Since 1991, the feminist collective at SCSU has been hosting conferences that reach across communities and bring together activists, academics, artists, and feminist practitioners from diverse backgrounds for a two-day conference at SCSU, 501 Crescent St., New Haven.

Please visit the WGS website for more information and contact info: https://www.southernct.edu/academics/womens-gender-studies; 203-392-6133; [email protected].

African American Women’s Summit: A Sister’s Collaborative March 30

The African American Women’s Summit brings together African American women’s organizations in the New Haven area. It focuses on the issues and concerns that affect the lives of African American families and communities.

The Annual African American Women’s Summit will be held on Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dixwell Community Center (Dixwell Q House), 197 Dixwell Avenue, New Haven. The event is free to the public. This year’s theme is “AAWS Rocks the Vote 2024: Let’s Get Out the Vote!” A free continental breakfast and hot lunch will be served.

In addition to adult workshops, we will also have several youth workshops for ages 10 and up.  Please contact Dr. Cynthia McCraven [email protected], Linda Jackson [email protected], or Robin Wilson [email protected] if you have questions.

Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride Supports Twenty Local Environmental Projects April 27

by Chris Schweitzer, New Haven Climate Movement

Rock to Rock is moving ahead for this spring, working with over 20 partner organizations to take real action in response to the climate emergency, and raise critical support for local environmental organizations.

2024 bicycle rides include 5, 12, 20, 40, 60-mile, and two Family Rides in East Rock Park, plus hikes in East Rock Park and West Rock Park.

Join the fun Saturday, April 27. All rides start and end at East Rock Park, with a Green Fair, live music and food trucks.

Register at rocktorock.org.

CT NOFA Winter Conference on Gardening, Farming, Land Care, and Advocacy

by Kimberly Stoner, Director of Advocacy, CT NOFA

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut (CT NOFA) is proud to present our 42nd Winter Conference, featuring a series of virtual workshops on March 20–21 in the lead-up to our full day, in-person gathering and celebration on March 23, 2024, at Eastern Connecticut State University, in partnership with their Institute of Sustainability.

Among the workshops in the virtual schedule on March 20:

  • New Haven’s own Lori Martin of Haven’s Harvest will present a workshop on a “new model for food systems” to get food to the people and not into the waste stream,
  • Ana Legrand on “Insect Pest Management When Transitioning to Organic Production,”
  • Anne Hulick of Clean Water Action on “PFAS Contamination in CT and What Can Be Done.”
    And among the workshops virtually on March 21:
  • “A Beginner’s Guide to Funding Opportunities with the CT Dept. of Agriculture, UConn Extension, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Farm Services Agency,”
  • Yonghao Li of the CT Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven will present “Biological and Organic Control of Plant Diseases,”
  • Kip Kolesinskas on “Creating a Climate Adaptation Plan for Your Farm or Garden.”

On the big day, in person on March 23, the keynote speaker will be Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeeper and national leader of the movement to get Green Amendments into the constitution of every state and eventually into the US Constitution. And there will be an abundance of workshops all day, including starting a community farm, sustainable cannabis and hemp production, making quality compost with New Haven’s Domingo Medina, and bridging community and diversity with experiential farming programs with New Haven’s Nadine Nelson.

One ticket will get you into all three days of workshops, plus lunch on Saturday, and a great opportunity to gather with people from across the state who love the Earth.

Registration is open! Get your tickets at this website: https://ctnofa.org/winter-conference/2024-winter-conference.

50th Annual People’s World Black History Month Event Feb. 25, 2024


You are invited to a special celebration on Sunday, Feb 25 at 4 pm (doors open 3:30) at the Peoples Center 37 Howe St. New Haven and live streamed: “Black Voices for Peace – Gaza to Connecticut” marking the 50th annual People’s World Black History Month event.

The occasion will include prizes for the Arts and Writing Competition Grades 8-12, a workers’ rights panel with 1199 and 4 C’s union members, and guest speaker JOE SIMS co-chair CPUSA and lifelong civil rights and peace activist.

Drumming by Brian Jarawa Gray and friends will also highlight the program.

The event is hosted by the CT People’s World. Donations will be accepted for the 100th Anniversary Fund Drive.

Please circulate this invitation widely. Attached are the event flier and the arts and writing competition announcement. For more information leave a message at 203 624 8664 or reply to this email at ct-[email protected].








2024 Organic Vegetable Gardening Series

Advanced Certified Master Gardener Rachel Ziesk will return to Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven as the series instructor. This class series includes 6 sessions, and all classes are hybrid. Classes will be held on 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/2 and 3/9 (Saturdays) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Gardeners of all experience levels are welcome.

  • Soils and Composting – 2/3/24
  • Cool Weather Crops – 2/10/24
  • Warm Weather Crops – 2/17/24
  • Garden Pests and Diseases – 2/24/24
  • Seed Starting, When and Where to Plant – 3/2/24
  • Essential Flowers & Herbs – 3/9/24

A Green Gift for the Gardener in Your Life: $35 for individual classes, $98 for all 6 classes.
We offer the classes to community gardeners for free with code “honor.”

Register via link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2024-nhs-of-new-haven-organic-vegetable-gardening-tickets-774407121547?aff=oddtdtcreator.

For more information, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2024-nhs-of-new-haven-organic-vegetable-gardening-tickets-774407121547?aff=oddtdtcreator, or contact me: Junyi Wang (she/her/hers), Marketing Communications Manager, 203-562-0598 Ext. 212;  [email protected].

Climate Promise March and Rally in Hartford Feb. 2

by the Sierra Club CT

Calling All Earth Defenders, Justice Champions, and Activists for a Better Connecticut! Climate chaos is upon us and Connecticut is lagging behind on meaningful and equitable climate action. After a lackluster session in 2023, folks who care about the climate, the planet, and the well-being of all people in the state are coming together to plan on how to put pressure on our elected officials and regulatory agencies to Keep Connecticut’s Climate Promise. Focusing on issues like greenhouse gas reduction, clean energy, housing, job creation, and corporate responsibility, we will come together at the Old State House, 800 Main Street, at noon to march through Hartford on Feb. 2 and we will keep up pressure on the legislature throughout the 2024 session. We are hoping for an enormous turnout to remind the powers that be of who they work for and of our inalienable rights to a safe, healthy, and sustainable world.

For more information, please contact Ann Gadwah, Sierra Club CT at 860-733-2249, or [email protected]. Old State House, 800 Main Street, Hartford CT.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration

by Yale Peabody Museum

Join the Yale Peabody Museum, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and the New Haven Museum for the 28th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy of Social and Environmental Justice with two days of free events open to all, on Jan. 14 and 15. Space is limited. Free registration is strongly recommended. Live ASL interpretation is available upon request on or before Jan. 7.

Free parking is available in Yale Lot 22 at 260 Whitney Avenue. For more information, call 203-432-8987, or visit the website peabody.yale.edu/events/mlk-celebration,

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Love March Jan. 15

WYBC Radio, 94.3 FM

Join WYBC and Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in New Haven for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Love March on Monday, January 15, at 11 a.m. The MLK Love March in New Haven has been going strong for over 50 years and it celebrates the life and work of the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Love March will begin and end at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, located at 100 Lawrence St., and continue to Whitney Ave., Edwards St., State St., and back to Lawrence St. We will march on this day rain or shine to commemorate the dreams and aspirations of MLK. The Love March, which was started by Shiloh’s late Founder and Pastor, Rev. George W. Hampton Sr., has been a positive force in the community of New Haven for more than 50 years. The Love March was created to preserve the notion of nonviolence. Come out and lend your voice of support to the community in making New Haven a better place to live. Scheduled to attend will be some of our political leaders from New Haven and the State of Connecticut.

For further information, please call 203-776-8262, email [email protected], or visit www.smbcnh.org.

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