Media Advisory: Press Conference In Support Of The Permanent Commission On The Status Of Women

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 11, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY
Press conference in support of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women

WHAT:
Press conference to support the independence of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and other commissions for marginalized groups.

WHO: 
NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut, Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF), Working Families Party, Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV), Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, All Our Kin, Patricia Russo (Yale Campaign School), and the Connecticut Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW).

WHEN:
May 11, 2016
11:00 a.m.

WHERE:
Connecticut State Capitol
Room 105
Hartford, CT 06106

WHY:
Disenfranchised groups have specific needs. The state of Connecticut has responded to this through the work of six commissions; the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, the Commission on Children, the Commission on Aging, the African-American Affairs Commission, the Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission, and the Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission. Current budget proposals being considered by the House and Senate would see these commissions rolled into larger entities, with those concerned with women, children, and the elderly becoming the "Commission on Women, Children, and Family.” This move is regressive, in suggesting that women’s issues are more deeply intertwined with those of children than they are other adult populations. The same argument can be made in relation to the other groups represented by these commissions.

At the press conference, varied organizations will speak about the ways in which these commissions work separately to ensure the long-term success of these disparate groups in Connecticut.

For interviews or additional information please contact Sarah Croucher.