Urgent Action Needed by Monday - Speak Up for PCSW Today!
Tell the Democratic leaders and your legislators the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) and its tireless work advocating for women and girls is a key reason Connecticut consistently ranks among the best states for women.
This week the Democrats in the House and Senate of the General Assembly have proposed consolidation of the six special commissions, including the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, into two commissions. The two commissions would be: a commission on “Women and Children” to cover the work of the PCSW, the Commission on Children and the Commission on Aging, and an “Equal Opportunity” commission to cover the work of the African American Affairs Commission, the Asian American Affairs Commission and the Latino & Puerto Rican Affairs Commission. This is a devastating blow to the ability of all of these commissions to fulfill their specific mandates and serve their unique constituencies. The women and girls of Connecticut need more effective advocates fighting for them – not less!
The PCSW is CWEALF’s critical partner in the on-going effort to advance the rights of women and girls in our state. CWEALF and PCSW co-chair the CT Campaign for Paid Family Leave and work together on pay equity, affirmative consent and many other important issues directly impacting women. What does PCSW and their work mean to you or your organization? Please take a moment today and speak up for this vital state agency!
Email or call the Democratic leaders and your legislators TODAY and urge them to keep the commissions autonomous. Here’s the contact information you need and a sample email you can personalize:
Sample Email to Legislators
Subject Line: Urgent Help for PCSW and Commissions
Body of email:
I am writing regarding the proposal to merge the six special legislatively-created commissions into two commissions, particularly the merger of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women in Connecticut. This is a devastating blow to the ability of all of these commissions to fulfill their specific mandates and serve their unique constituencies. Conflating women with children also implies a dated notion of how women define themselves, as I am sure you understand. On top of this, the consolidation plan saves $715,000 out of the combined commission budgets of $2.7 million, and I understand that the six commissions were not given the opportunity to give insights on how each commission might find the same total savings within their own budgets. PCSW is certainly willing to figure out a way to share in the budget cutting, as PCSW has throughout the current fiscal year.
Please reconsider this proposal. Please consider the importance of autonomy for these commissions and the importance of giving voice to those constituencies who have less representation in Hartford and beyond. At the very least, please allow the commissions to find the $715,000 while preserving their mandates.
Thank you very much for your consideration.
Brendan Sharkey - Speaker of the House
860 240 8500, 800-842-1902
Joe Aresimowicz – House Majority Leader
Toni Walker – Co-Chair of Appropriations - House
Martin Looney – President of the Senate
Bob Duff – Majority Leader of the Senate
Beth Bye – Co-Chair of Appropriations and Deputy Majority Leader in the Senate
By CWEALF at 1 May 2016, 07:25 AM
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