Basecamp: Afford to Dream Bill

Subject: (NEWS UPDATES AND CALLS TO ACTION) 📢 Help stop the political games

Thank you to everyone who called Senate leadership. Unfortunately, too many political games are being played with the Afford to Dream bill HB7000/SB17. Both the Senate and House want the other body to vote on the bill first and meanwhile time is running out.

On the shoreline, the Republican reps and senators our STILL telling us that the Afford to Dream bill does NOT have enough support from their constituents despite all the calls, emails, and tweets they’ve received. PLEASE CALL/email THEM (AGAIN) TODAY, AND TELL THEM WE ARE BEHIND THIS BILL AND WANT THEM TO SUPPORT IT NOW!

Here is a link to a local story you can share with them:
http://www.shorelinetimes.com/news/shoreline-daca-students-dare-to-dream-while-going-to-college/article_408adabc-0b0f-5c6c-b097-0a8f577201c3.html
and a link to a letter to the editor published in the New London Day:
http://www.theday.com/letters-to-the-editor/20170521/non-tax-student-aid-for-immigrants

WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GET THE BILL PASSED WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF AT LEAST 2 of THESE REPUBLICAN REPS:
**Rep. Noreen Kokoruda
(R) Durham, Madison 860-240-8717

**Rep. Jesse MacLachlan (R) Clinton, Killingworth, and Westbrook 860-240-8725
    Rep. Robert Siegrist (R) Chester, Deep River, Essex and Haddam 860-240-8389
    Rep. Devin Carney (R) Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook
860-240-8700
    Rep. Vincent Candelora (R) Durham, Guilford, North Branford, Wallingford
860-240-8700

These Reps are not on the shoreline but important to call because they
previously supported the bill and we need them to commit to supporting it again:

** Rep Pam Staneski (R) (Milford, Orange) – (860) 240-8389

**Rep Tim LeGeyt – R (Avon, Canton) 860-240-8787
**Rep Livvy Floren – R (Stamford, Greenwich) (860) 240-8778
 **indicates most receptive to voting for the bill but we need a firm commitment
from them. The other legislators may likely vote ‘yes’ IF they receive enough
calls from their constituents.
WE STILL NEED AT LEAST 1 MORE VOTE IN THE SENATE:
Sen Art Linares
(R) Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland, and Westbrook (800) 842-1421
Sen Len Fasano (R) Durham, East Haven, North Haven and Wallingford 860-240-8871
Sen Paul Doyle (D) Cromwell, Middletown, Newington, Rocky Hill & Wethersfield 860-240-0475
Script: My name is…from…. I am calling to ask you to support HB7000/SB17 An Act Equalizing Access to Student Generated Aid so that all students who qualify to pay in-state tuition can apply for institutional aid regardless of their immigration status. This type of aid is SOLELY funded by tuition dollars. It is NOT funded with any taxpayer dollars and has NO fiscal impact on the state budget. It is unfair that students who contribute to the fund through their tuition payments cannot apply for institutional aid. Please address this inequity by supporting HB7000/SB17. Are you willing to support the bill? (Obviously, adjust the script if you’ve called before and are calling to follow up)

If you haven’t yet done so, please use this online tool to automatically send a email / letter to your legislators and feel free to share the link widely: https://actionnetwork.org/lett ers/tell-your-legislators-to-s upport-higher-education-access -for-all-students

Since we are counting votes, please be sure to report any responses you receive to the CT Students for a Dream campaign coordinators here > bit.ly/c4dlegdebrief2017 and/or let me know.

Basecamp Update

Subject: (NEWS UPDATES AND CALLS TO ACTION) Timothy Snyder Event

We are fortunate to have
Timothy Snyder here to speak on his book:
NO TYRANNY: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century.
Friday, June 9, 7:00 pm at the Community Center, 32 Church St., Guilford.

Cosponsored by CT Shoreline Indivisible, Adult Education Committee of First Congregational Church Guilford, and Breakwater Books, Guilford.  Books will be at the bookstore by this weekend and also available at the event.  Small book, small price with BIG thoughts.

From his book: “The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy.  Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century.”

His presentation and conversation promises to be stimulating, informative and important for the future of our democracy.