CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENT ADVOCACY DAY AT THE CAPITOL

Connecticut State Capitol 210 Capitol Ave., Hartford

CT NOFA is proud to join with the Sierra Club of Connecticut and other organizations for this day of advocacy. Come to the State Capitol in Hartford to advocate for strong and meaningful legislation to protect our environment and keep Connecticut’s climate promise! At this event you will hear from speakers about bills before the legislature on topics including climate, clean energy, pollution reduction, toxics, and waste reduction. We’ll have materials available for you to share with your legislators following the program. Once you have signed up, please reach out to your own legislators, invite them to the program, and ask to meet with them after the program ends at 10:30 am. Meet in Room 310 (third floor). For more information

Sound Off for Climate Action Day

Hartford Capitol 300 Capitol Ave, Hartford

It’s grind time! We are one month away from the end of the 2024 legislative session, and General Assembly has heard our issues relating to climate accountability and the need for increased investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Still, we need people power to push these priority bills past the finish line! That is why we’re inviting you and your friends to our “Sound Off for Climate Action Day” on April 3! At this event, we will hear from leading legislators and advocates on the status of our priority bills, conduct a legislative training session, and break off into groups to meet with legislators. Will you join us? For more information

Documentary: SEEDS OF CHANGE to air on Connecticut Public Television

An organic farmer in Maine sets out to transform the Prison food system. Filmed over the course of two-years, Seeds of Change chronicles the intersecting stories of lifelong farmer Mark McBrine and several incarcerated men as they grow their own food on a five-acre prison garden unlike any other. Nick Callanan, Director of the Maine Outdoor Film Festival called it “a complex piece of narrative-building, such an elevated work,” and Governor Janet Mills said “I am proud of this work…Seeds of Change is fundamentally a story of hope.” Seeds of Change premiered at the 2023 Maine International Film Festival and has gone on to receive numerous accolades and awards across the country, including the Human Rights Award at the Mystic Film Festival, in Connecticut. In a place where life is routinely defined by shame and despair, good food can be a gateway to meaning, wellness, and dignity. Discover the power of using organic agriculture as a means to reform our food systems and change the course of people’s lives. Learn more at seedsofchangefilm.com. Maximilian Armstrong is an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in Portland, Maine. Follow his work on Facebook and Instagram @onewingpictures.

Greenwich Earth Day Cleanup: Mianus River

Get involved and give back to your local community on Earth Day! Link up with Trout Unlimited and friends to clean up the Mianus River in Greenwich along River Road. We'll get things started at 10 am - look for the big blue TU tent! There should be plenty of parking on the pull offs up and down River Road. We'll have stuff like water, snacks, gloves and trash bags onsite. Bring a reusable bottle! For more information

Wilton Earth Day Cleanup: Schenck’s Island Park

Schenck's Island Park 202 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton

Get involved and give back to your community on Earth Day! Link up with Trout Unlimited and friends to clean up the Norwalk River at Schenck's Island Park. Volunteers will split up into teams to scout for garbage along the banks, and cut back vines and invasive plants. We'll have all the stuff you need like water, snacks, gloves, trash bags and loppers - bring a reusable water bottle! For more information

Norwalk Earth Day Cleanup: Silvermine River

Join Trout Unlimited and friends for a cleanup of the Silvermine River in Norwalk at the Silvermine Elementary School. We'll provide all the stuff you need like waters, snacks, gloves and trash bags. Bring a reusable water bottle! For more information

Earth Day Expo at The Groton Public Library

Groton Public Library 52 Newtown Road, Groton

Invest in our planet. Join community organizations as we celebrate Earth Day and raise awareness of climate change, and give the community resources it needs to live more sustainably. This community event features a variety of vendors and organizations who support sustainable living as well as speakers throughout the day. Speakers: Stephanie Draus Mauro Diaz-Hernandez Jason Hine Representative Christine Palm Stacy Jameson For more information

Salons at Stowe: Literary Activism Locked Up

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center 77 Forest Street, Hartford

A 2023 study by PEN America found that book bans in prison systems have risen dramatically in the last decades, even in seemingly progressive states.  Washington state, for example, more than doubled the instances of book bans between 2019 and 2021.  In addition to restrictions on reading through specific book bans, censoring certain topics in the name of safety, and mailing restrictions, incarcerated people may have limited outlets for telling their stories, writing about their experiences, and advocating for justice. In this Salon, we will discuss the value, purpose, and restriction of literacy activism and literacy in incarceration institutions such as prisons, juvenile detentions centers, and locked wards.  PEN America’s Reading Between the Bars will help inform the discussion, as well as articles from the Prison Journalism Project. For more information

Jane’s Walk: Bridgeport 2024

Explore the unique story of how we see, interact with, and feel about Downtown Bridgeport on foot, on film, and collaborative discussion. Join us for Jane’s Walk, an event where the unique story of how we see, interact with, and feel about our city will be explored on film, on foot, and through collaborative discussion. This year we are again expanding the international Jane's Walk event concept to celebrate the advocacy and legacy of Bridgeport's civic heroes. The afternoon of activities begins at 2:00 p.m. at the Bridgeport DSSD office (938 Broad Street). From there we take a walking tour of the neighborhood, exploring Jane Jacob’s approach to community-led, human-centered design; highlighting the impact of recently installed public artworks on individual places in our neighborhood; and featuring the evolving uses of the historic buildings in our Downtown and the purposes they have served over time. Expert guides will take you through an exploration of colorful Downtown Bridgeport, its history, and unique places. For more information

Rally for Choice at Ridgefield’s Ballard Park

Ballard Park 485 Main Street, Ridgefield

The ad hoc grassroots group “Neighbors in Darien, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Stamford, Weston, Westport, and Wilton” will hold a public “Rally for Choice” on Sunday, June 23, at 3 pm at the gazebo in Ridgefield’s Ballard Park, to unhappily mark the second anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization (the “Dobbs Decision”).