Black and Puerto Rican Caucus unveils ‘Agenda for Equity’ for upcoming special session

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Members of Connecticut’s Black and Puerto Rican Caucus unveiled their ‘Agenda for Equity’ for the upcoming special session at the Capitol on Tuesday.

On Monday night, New Haven and Middletown voted to declare racism a public health crisis.

This is all in response to recent protests, police killings and the disproportionate impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on communities of color.

The legislature’s Black and Puerto Rican Caucus is still working out the details but they’ve laid out six priorities they want to take on during a special session to address racism, which they say is a public health emergency.

They’re calling this “An Agenda for Equity.” It includes tackling:

  • Voting rights – making absentee and distance voting accessible. They were joined by the Joined by Secretary of State.
  • Police accountability – they want to expand community oversight over police
  • Economic justice – calling for worker’s compensation and sick pay
  • Relief for essential workers – given that a disproportionate number are people of color who have been on the frontlines during the pandemic, particularly in nursing homes.
  • Housing equity – they want to expand home ownership opportunities in urban communities
  • Education equity – a broad topic but for one they want all kids to have tools for digital learning

And they also want to tackle environmental laws that address poor air quality and pollutants in communities of color.

If that sounds long, it’s actually short compared to the Juneteenth agenda unveiled by senate Democrats. They have more than 30 policy issues on their list.

Members of the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus say both of these agendas compliment one another.

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