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Stamford Democratic City Committee Weekly Roundup!

Democratic Party updates, campaign announcements, and the latest news from our local, state, and federal elected officials

 The Stamford DCC hopes everyone had a healthy and safe Memorial Day weekend. We honor the men & women who gave their lives in service to our country and all those who continue to serve today 

DCC Updates

Statement on the Uvalde, Texas Shooting

We are horrified by the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that senselessly took the lives of innocent children and teachers. This comes only a week after ten people were shot and killed in a racially motivated mass shooting in Buffalo, New York. Our thoughts are with the families of every life lost needlessly by gun violence.

Gun violence is a uniquely American problem and it is, sadly, far too easy to get desensitized and numb to the carnage when we see this happen over and over again. We cannot afford to let that happen – too much is at stake.

Thanks to our Democratic elected officials, Connecticut has passed strong, common-sense gun safety laws that makes us one of the safest states in the country. But our work is far from over and we cannot get complacent.

The November election is six months away and everything we do between now and then will impact the outcome. We must take our outrage, sadness, and anger and harness it into action to ensure we elect candidates that will prioritize gun violence prevention legislation.

Let’s get to work.

March for Our Lives is calling for nationwide rallies and marches on Saturday, June 11 and Stamford March for Our Lives and the Enough Campaign are organizing an event at 11:00 am. We will share additional information as it becomes available but we encourage you to attend and share widely with your networks. 

City Updates

Mayor Caroline Simmons, Superintendent Dr. Lucero, Police Chief Shaw, school administrators, law enforcements officers, and public health experts came together for a City and School Forum on student safety and mental health. 

While this forum was planned before the horrific shooting in Texas, the events of last week put even more in focus the importance and urgency of addressing safety and the mental health of Stamford students.

You can access a recording of the forum here.

Mayor Simmons and Director of Economic Development Loren Nadres visited Shiro Dessert, a new business on Bedford Street. Shiro offers desserts and beverages rooted in East Asian culture and was opened by 19-year old UCONN Stamford student Sabrina Yang. 

To read more about Sabrina’s entrepreneural journey, click here

Federal Updates

“What are we doing? Why are you here? If not to solve a problem as existential as this. This isn’t inevitable. These kids weren’t unlucky. This only happens in this country and nowhere else. Nowhere else do little kids go to school and think they might get shot that day.”

ICYMI: Senator Chris Murphy gave a passionate speech on the Senate floor in response to the Uvalde shooting and called for his Republican colleagues to work with Democrats to pass gun violence prevention legislation. 

You can watch his full remarks here

In the News

“Uvalde. Buffalo. Parkland. Newtown. Four communities forever changed by gun violence. Four communities representing a small fraction of gun violence in the United States, where more than 100 people are killed by guns every day. Four communities among the many that deserve action.”

ICYMI: Dr. John Murphy, President and CEO of Nuvance Health, wrote an op-ed calling for gun violence to be treated as a public health crisis. 

You can read the full op-ed here

“As a lifelong Republican I understand, appreciate and respect my party’s concern for the rights embodied in the Second Amendment. Yet, it is clear to all that gun violence in American needs to be addressed with urgency.”

ICYMI: Dan Quigley, the former chair of the Greenwich Republican Town Committee, wrote an op-ed calling for elected leaders to pass gun violence prevention legislation. 

You can read the full op-ed here.

Campaign Announcements

Representative Dan Fox is running for re-election! Since 2011, Representative Fox has been an effective leader in Hartford, championing legislation that supports a range of issues, including supporting small businesses and investments in our schools and infrastructure. As the Co-Chair of the Government Administration & Elections Committee, he has also been working at the forefront on legislation to protect and expand voting rights in Connecticut, including no-excuse absentee voting and early voting. 

In order to qualify for the Citizens’ Election Program, Representative Fox needs at least 150 contributions from Stamford residents. The minimum contribution amount is $5 and the maximum contribution amount is $290.

Click here to contribute!

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