Action Alerts & Updates

#RESIST with a peaceful heart

Non-Violence Training

We are hosting a non-violence training facilitated by Joanne Sheehan of the War Resisters League on Saturday, May 20th from 11:30am – 2:30pm at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 31 Main Street , East Haddam, CT 06423.

The event is FREE & accessible.  Please bring a brown bag lunch. Public transit to this event is available through 9 Town Transit (please contact us for more information if needed). We are working to secure a ASL interpreter- please email us at if you personally will need an interpreter.

We’re requesting that people register at this link



A Butterfly Birth & More!

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Thank you to the 300+ people who showed up for our March for Science: 50 mL Fair, Satellite Vigil for March for Science, & Earth Day Poetry Read-In today! A huge shout out to our 25+ organizations, farms, scientists, environmental activist groups that educated and inspired people on a huge variety of topics. Thanks to all of our volunteers who made today such a success. It takes ALL of us, working hand-in-hand, to listening, learning, everyday to ensure robustly publicly-funded & communicated science as a pillar of human freedom & prosperity. And it will take ALL of us to demand the changes that need to be made to address the climate crisis. We’re in this for the long-haul & we’re proud to work with all of you.


March for Science DAY

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Together We Rise CT- Building Bridges for Justice & The Valley Stands Up are excited to annouce that we will be hosting a Satellite Event for the March for Science!! We’re excited to bring together scientists, farmers, bee keepers, musicians, local artists, renewable energy experts, environmental activists and community members to CELEBRATE science & champion robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity! We will unite as a nonpartisan front to explore all that science has taught us and the future of possbilities!

This event is FREE & accessible to all! There will be lots of kid-friendly, hand-on activities, experts who will share their experiences, refreshments & snacks by donation!


10-11am Satellite Vigil for March for Science
10-12pm Music by The Grays!
12-1pm Beginner’s Yoga with The Inverted Tree Yogi
10-2pm Lots and lots of Booths including

The After Life!
Donate Life Connecticut
Connecticut Green Burial Grounds
New Nature Arts

Animals & Birds!
The Connecticut Audubon Society
Maybe some baby goats!

Eightmile Wild & Scenic River Watershed
Farms & Gardens!
Hay Farm House
Provider Farm
East Haddam Land Trust
Ballek’s Garden Center
UConn Extension Master Gardener Program

Conservation Groups!
Appalachian Mountain Club Connecticut Chapter (CT AMC)
East Haddam Conservation Commision

UConn Home & Garden Education Center

The Sanctuary at Shepardfields & EcoArcitecture!
CT Solar Challenge

other tables will have scientists who will teach you about
1. How the shape of wind turbines is related to performance
2. Expolring statistics! Looking at how statistics can be misused, with misleading graphs, correlation vs causation and more!
3. Birds of a Feather- Looking at the challenges of removing oil from feathers
4. CitizenScientist! Examples of ways in which the general public can get involved with science through joining existing programs such as FrogWatch, FeederWatch, Horseshoe Crab Monitoring, etc. Many of which involve assessing impacts of climate change.
5. Green Your Period- In a lifetime a woman will create ~62,500 POUNDS of waste- we’ll explore eco-alternatives to reduce waste

2-4pm Earth Day Poetry Read-In

If you would like to be part of this experience by hosting a booth, please fill out a booth application form here:

Activism Teach-In Details

registerhereWe believe that “knowledge is power”, that facts matter, and that for all of us to be effective activists, we need to enhance our knowledge and build our skills. Therefore, Together We Rise CT, is hosting an Activism Teach-In, where experts from across Connecticut will speak from their experience and teach to the following topics. ASL Interpreting services will be provided, however the venue is not handicap accessible- we apologize as this is the only venue we could find.  We will work towards live streaming the event for those who cannot attend.  If we can make any additional accommodations please send an email to


11:15 -11:30 a.m.- Arrival & Parking
11:30 -11:35 a.m.- Welcomes & Orientation to the Space
11:35 -12:20 p.m.- How to Talk to Your Legislator & Make An Impact- Michele Mudrick
12:20 -12:45 p.m.- Meet Your Neighbors at Lunch
12:45 -1:35 p.m. -The Lives of Undocumented Kids in CT & How to Help- Edwin Colon
1:35 -1:40 p.m.- Stretch Your Legs
1:40-2:30 p.m. -Demystifying the State Budget & Fight for Children- Derek Thomas
2:30-2:35 p.m. – Breathing/Stretching Exercises
2:35-3:25 p.m. – Intersectionality 101: What is it & How to Center our Work around It- Kristianna Smith
3:25-3:30 p.m.- Closing & Thank Yous

Here’s more about the experts who we’ll hear from
mmudrick-11Michele Mudrick works to bring the concerns raised by Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ to the Connecticut General Assembly and executive offices, particularly in the legislative process. She also works to organize local church members to make sure their voices are heard on issues of concern. A Connecticut native, Michele has worked with the Christian Activities Council as a congregational organizer. She has also served in organizing or fundraising positions with the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance, the Greater Hartford Interfaith Coalition for Equity and Justice, and United Action of Connecticut. Educated at Stonehill College and the University of Bridgeport, she spent five years as an elementary school teacher.

uconn-ec-award-2-15Edwin Colon joined the Center for Children’s Advocacy in 2011. He is an expert on the very specific Federal law and Connecticut procedures for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), which helps abused, neglected or abandoned immigrant children regularize their immigration status. In addition to providing legal representation for new arrival children and training Connecticut attorneys on this very specific work, Attorney Colon advocates in the public schools on behalf of youth who need educational support, are suffering from issues that keep them from academic success, or are involved with the juvenile justice system. He holds a JD from UConn School of Law and a MSW from UConn School of Social Work. He has worked with the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Casey Family Services, providing support for individuals and families involved with the foster care system, and with the Department of Children and Families as an Investigations and Treatment Social Worker on child abuse investigations. Attorney Colon has held faculty positions at the UConn School of Social Work and at Capital Community College, Hartford. Edwin Colon was named a 2013 “New Leader in the Law” by the Connecticut Law Tribune and one of the “50 Most Influential Latinos in Connecticut” by Latinos United for Professional Advancement in 2014 and 2015. He is a director on the board of the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association.

dtcqajvrDerek Thomas serves as a Fiscal Policy Fellow at Connecticut Voices for Children. Mr. Thomas served as Senior Policy Analyst for the Indiana Institute for Working Families since 2012, where he focused on state-level economic analysis and policy work to support mobility for low-income families. Mr. Thomas’ research was cited by The Guardian, a Reuters series on income inequality, and the U.S. Department of Labor, and he earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs and a Master of Public Affairs in Policy Analysis from Indiana University.

1422934321288Kristianna Smith is an experienced educator and impassioned theatre artist & a founding partner of Via Arts LLC, an arts service company currently operating in Connecticut, that believes it is their social imperative to share their creative survival tools with people who, like them, continue to traverse their paths toward a greater understanding of humanity.
She has spent the past decade working with youth, educators, and the elderly reinvigorating the human experience through theatre arts. Kristianna attended the University of New Hampshire, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre with an emphasis in Secondary Education. After college, Kristianna was accepted as the 2011-2012 Education Resident for Long Wharf Theatre’s Next Stage Program.
Most notably, she has trained educators in both Arts Integration and Social Justice Theatre. This work has specialized in using the arts to reach students in traditional and non-traditional classroom settings.



Happy Valentine’s Day! We can’t imagine a better present for all our #localactivists than some #RevolutionaryLove! #Savethedate for our Activism Teach-In on March 4th at 11:30am at Hadlyme Public Hall. Check back tomorrow for profiles of our presenters! Here’s a few hints- One of our speakers is one of the “50 Most Influential Latinos in Connecticut” & another has served in organizing or fundraising positions with the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance and another has research that was cited by The Guardian!!

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