Together We Rise CT Building Bridges For Justice
Together We Rise CT: Building Bridges For Justice is a grass roots group of like-minded individuals from the Lower Connecticut River Valley and surrounding areas who believe that “no one is free while others are oppressed.” We came together within two weeks of the 2016 elections. We aim to exemplify solidarity and to work as peaceful advocates for justice. Using tools of open-communication, art, personal testimony, community building, political advocacy, and education we work to address issues of social, economic and environmental justice at the local, state and national levels. Our ultimate goal is to build and strengthen an engaged and egalitarian community, with respect towards all humanity.
Our Weekly Vigil:
Our Weekly Vigil began on November 26, 2016. As of today, July 6, 2019, we have had 137 consecutive vigils. Each week we stand together with our sign above, and bear witness to the ongoing atrocities that the Trump administration and those who enable them. Over the course of our many vigils, most of those who drive by have moved from neutral or Trump supporters to overwhelmingly supporting what we do each week.
We have hosted both Women's Marches, March for our Lives, special vigils to promote gun regulation, and special events for Pride Month, Black Lives Matters, Simple Gifts, a banquet that raised $18,000 for an immigrant bail fund, A Celebration of International Human Rights Day, A Science Fair, and special Poetry Read-Ins at which we share the poetry of various groups on our sign.
Our Core Values
1- We are devoted to nonviolent action,
2- We condemn all hate crimes and hate speech,
3- We believe in this nation’s founding principle of religious freedom, which includes a freedom from religion, and the rights of all people to practice their faith without discrimination,
4- We support Gender and Sexual Minorities (GSM) rights and are in fierce opposition to conversion therapy or withdrawal of rights of any kind,
5- We TRUST Women and we will never back down on women’s rights, whether in healthcare, the workplace, or any other area where women’s rights are violated or threatened,
6- Black Lives Matter to us,
7- No Muslim Registry- ever,
8- We stand for the rights and agency of children and minors,
9- We support the human rights of immigrants, refugees, and their families,
10- We support equal rights and equal opportunities for seniors and for people with differing abilities,
11- We stand strong in support of the rights of all Indigenous People,
12- We believe in the First Amendment which includes Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Press as integral facets of our society,
13- We believe that climate change is real, that environmental justice IS social justice, and we will fight for the health of our planet,
14- Our group does not follow party lines, but we always support and defend our Core Values, regardless of political affiliation.