My Experience at the Rally for Puerto Rican Families
Da’kquie Jones- Chispa Trainee
Da’kquie- “On February 28, 2018. My Chispa coworkers and I went to the Rally for Puerto Rican families at the State Capitol. Their was about a hundred people there; the purpose of the rally was to raise support for families displaced by Hurricane Maria. At the rally, community leaders and state leaders collectively called for a state relief package to help families displaced by Maria find new homes and new jobs. I was taking videos and photos of the rally, and also people who went up and spoke. Alex went up to speak on behalf of Chispa and the importance of promoting environmental policy this legislative selection. it was very supporting to the Hispanic families who went threw a time with their country that has been destroyed by hurricanes. Also to the families who were kicked out of the Red Roof Downtown Hartford.”
My Experience Lobbying
Taylor Robertson - Lead Promotor
Taylor - “In the Month of February I lobbied at the State Capital for H.B 5028: An Act Providing Funds For Hurricane Victims From Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Living In Connecticut.
The purpose of the bill was to to give 2.5 Million to families displaced by Hurricanes Irma and Maria to ensure that they have all of their basic needs as a human. The purpose of lobbying is to get your state representatives and legislators to pass a bill that you and other people believe will be beneficial to the people. I got to speak to speak with legislative aides and assisted Chispa Organizer Alex Rodriguez in securing a cosponsorship of H.B. 5082. 11 legislators co sponsored the bill just before we gathered outside the Capitol for a rally for Puerto Rican families. It was intimidating at first but once you talk to one person and realize how they’re human and realize they have feelings too, the fear fades away. I look forward to lobby again."
My Reflection on The Black and Puerto Rican Caucus
Jose Gonzalez- Chispa Trainee
Jose - “On February 20th , I attended the Black and Puerto Rican caucus hearing with the Chispa CT team. At the hearing, I listened to stories from many concerned citizens and the causes they were advocating for; such as investments in public education, including teachers of larger diversity, and more hurricane relief for climate refugees. There was a great energy in the room, I personally liked the fact that everyone had their chance to speak and get to express what they were feelings regarding what each group or individual was advocating for that day. Our Chispa team was there to ask the caucus to endorse our Clean Buses for Healthy Ninos campaign. We reported that Chispa LCV as a whole, has gathered over 120,000 petitions nationwide, and that there are thousands of Connecticut families who want clean transportation for their children. Chairman of the caucus, Rep. Rosario thanked us for advocating for cleaner buses and a healthier environment.”
My Experience at The Rally against Offshore Drilling
Anderson Elien- Chispa Trainee
Anderson - “On February 13th, I attended a rally against offshore drilling with the Chispa team. The rally took place outside the Marriott hotel in Downtown Hartford. When we arrived, I noticed a fiery crowd standing outside dressed in mostly light blue carrying signs that said “NO OFFSHORE DRILLING” and “KEEP OUR OCEANS CLEAN”. One sign I noticed in particular was a sign reading “YOU WANT JOBS IN THE US? BUILD WINDMILLS & SOLAR PANELS”. It was clear to me that the advocates did not condone new operations that would pollute the oceans and harm undersea life. Our executive director, Lori Brown said that the offshore drilling proposal is “an assault on our way of life in Connecticut”. Following the rally, the team and i attended the BOEM meeting where we spoke with officials on the importance of protecting our shores and wildlife. BOEM provided a video on the precautions they would take when extracting from the proposed fuel sites. Reflecting on my experience, I think that using our voice for good is an important asset to our communities and the world. What is going to happened to the fish in the Atlantic? Or the Pacific? One thing is for certain, new offshore drilling operations are a bad idea. My peers and I stand against offshore drilling.”