The Black and Puerto Rican Caucus Calls for Racial Equity

Caucus Members Unveil New Agenda for Special Session

Daniela Doncel
July 07, 2020 - 4:58 pm
Hartford, State Capitol

Daniela Doncel

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTIC Radio) - The Connecticut Black and Puerto Rican Caucus unveiled "An Agenda for Equity" with six main policies on Tuesday for the upcoming special session. 

State Representative and Caucus Chair Brandon McGee said the agenda is a call for racial equity in Connecticut with a focus on several issues regarding systems of inequity.

The policies include voting rights, police accountability, housing and education equity, as well as economic and environmental justice.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, McGee said every accommodation needs to be made so all residents can vote, including absentee/distance voting. 

As the call for justice for Black lives continues across the nation, the agenda looks to implement police accountability in Connecticut with expanding the power of community oversight and implementing statewide independent investigations of police misconduct.

The agenda also calls for accountability from municipalities, according to McGee, if they "continue to enact and enforce segregationist practices." Housing equity also involves expanding no-strings-attached home-ownership opportunities, McGee said.

School closures amid the pandemic have highlighted the necessity of access to technology, McGee said. To achieve education equity, McGee said efforts toward closing the digital and literacy gap must be made for students.

As for economic justice, the agenda offers several ideas including offering resources for those on the front-line of the pandemic, continuing financial relief efforts for those most vulnerable and providing long term economic opportunities in low income neighborhoods.

Lastly, the caucus calls for updating existing environmental laws to tackle environmental inequalities that have an impact on public health.

"No single platform or single bill can right centuries of wrongs," McGee said. " Let the following serve as a table-setting moment for what we hope will be a renewed and years-spanning commitment to racial equity in Connecticut."