Senator Chris Murphy is on a mission.
He’s walking the entire state of Connecticut over the coming days, talking to people along the way. Today’s leg of the journey brought him through Hartford, where his first stop was Hartford’s North End.
Schools were the big topic at Wilson-Gray YMCA, where the senator chatted with a group of local teens.
“I’m about to be a senior so my main focus is how to get into college, as well as safety in our schools with arming teachers,” said Adeena Myrie. She had the chance to ask the senator about both.
“It was interesting to have a conversation with school safety with these kids,” said Murphy. “Not a single one of them thought arming teachers was the solution.”
“It’s better to give someone a personal insight on how you live your life,” said Shamar Richards, who also participated in today’s talk. “They don’t often get that chance to get that personal connection and personal information.”
Senator Murphy continued south down Broad Street, making a stop for lunch at Sol de Borinquen and then across Park Street to El Mercado. It was there where Keisshla Cotto, a local mother of 3, sparked a passionate conversation about the recent immigrant family separations with the senator while in the check-out line.
“Here in the South End, people are furious about what Trump is doing with these immigrant kids,” Murphy said.
“It felt good,” Cotto said after the conversation. “I felt like I made a difference, because people need to speak up on the subject.”
The entire journey will take 4 days, but for now, he’s continuing south and finishing the day in New Britain.
“When you walk the state you realize what a diverse state this is,” Murphy added, “and how that’s a strength of the state.”