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The Greater Hartford Interfaith Action Alliance (GHIAA) was officially launched on October 28 with 1400 people in attendance. Thirty-eight members of AHCC were there to witness and celebrate this historic moment where faith-based organizations pledged close to $135,000 for fiscal year 2020 to support GHIAA.

What differentiates GHIAA is that it is action based. To that end, five campaigns were launched:

Education on anti-racism – with a commitment from superintendents from Hartford, West Hartford, Farmington, Newington, Bloomfield, Simsbury, South Windsor, Manchester and CREC, that includes specific plans and a time-line.

Housing – with a commitment to repeal welfare lien statutes (CT and NY are the only two states that have a law allowing the state to label welfare benefits as lifelong debt). Nine senators and representatives committed to co-sponsoring a bill this coming legislative session.

Healthcare – with a commitment to focus on the use of reclaimed medications to be announced and launched in the coming months.

Gun Violence – with a commitment to get towns to join the Do Not Stand Idly By campaign.

North End Power Team will address the issue of trash and blighted buildings in the North End of Hartford. This team celebrated the passing of the house code that occurred during the founding event – a significant achievement as the City of Hartford had not updated its housing code in 40 years.

What’s next?

Come to a GHIAA Orientation Session to deepen an understanding of GHIAA, to clarify the work of GHIAA and outline the leadership opportunities as AHCC Core Team Members. The session is Wed, Dec. 4, 1:00pm at the Center for Leadership and Justice (formally Christian Activities Council), 47 Vine Street, Hartford. 

Note: If you are interested and not available to attend, please contact Reverend Mia Douglas at 860.216.9834 or mdouglas@ahcc.org and she will direct you to a community organizer to help find a suitable time.

Justice seekers who want to take action, join the GHIAA movement!