Wesleyan Democrats, Wesleyan Political Union, Every Vote Counts, Climate Action Group, and Veg Out are bringing Matt Lesser, and Quentin “Q” Phipps to Wesleyan’s campus!
Since 2008, Matt has been a strong progressive leader in the Connecticut General Assembly. Matt wrote the nation’s first Student Loan Bill of Rights, co-authored legislation that kept fracking waste out of Connecticut, and took on Wall Street to protect retirement security for public school teachers. A cancer survivor, Matt is leading efforts to protect the Affordable Care Act in Connecticut and provide everyone with access to paid family and medical leave. Read more about Matt here: http://mattlesser.com/.
Quentin “Q” Phipps is a lifelong resident of Middletown and proud to be running for State Representative in the 100th District. In 2007, Quentin filled a vacancy on the Middletown Planning & Zoning commission. In 2009, he was unanimously elected Chair of the Planning & Zoning Commission. He was first elected as City Treasurer in 2011 and was most recently re-elected in 2015. Read more about Quentin here: https://qphipps2018.com/.
Remember, the last day to register in Connecticut is October 30, but you can still register on Election Day so it’s not too late to learn about local candidates running in the district!
Climate Ambassadors, Wesleyan’s hot new climate justice group, is heating up the campus faster than greenhouse gas emissions are heating up the planet:
Climate Ambassadors is hosting a screening of Split Estate followed by a discussion with State RepresentativeMatt Lesser ’07 and Ariana Shapiro, an anti-fracking activist who has organized civil disobedience demonstrations against the natural gas industry in upstate New York.
Come to learn about and discuss the issues of hydro-fracking on a state and national scale, as well as how Wesleyan is complicit in this unjust industry.
Date: Tuesday, April 16 Time: 8:00 p.m. Place: Downey House 113 Facebook:Link
Do you want to keep Mitt Romney out of the White House help President Barack Obama get reelected in November 2012? Care about issues like women’s rights and maintaining a progressive platform? Hoping to get some job experience, such as internships on a campaign? Perfect, because Michael Linden ’15, President of WesDems, has news for you: the Wesleyan Democrats are having their kickoff meeting tonight! In his own words:
This will be a kickoff / informational meeting about everything we plan on doing this Fall to support the Democratic ticket, from the President down to the local Democratic candidates. We will discuss our planned efforts in Connecticut, potential trips to swing states, opportunities for students to work on political campaigns this Fall, and more. And as a special bonus, former Wes student and current Connecticut State Rep. Matt Lesser will be joining us!
Date: Tuesday, September 18 Time: 8:00 pm Place: PAC 125 Why: because WesDems don’t want these guys in the White House
So get your game face on, peeps — it’s sure to be an intense election season!
In a surprise upset, Democratic challenger Matt Lesser unseated Congressman Ray Kalinowski, winning 51% of the votes in the district. His victory was made possible only by virtue of an overwhelming 67% mandate in the Middletown districts, which compensated for losing margins in Middlefield and Durham.
Overall, the results indicate that Dems swept Middletown. Check out The Eye for the results of other local elections and referenda.
Tonight, the League of Women Voters is hosting a debate in the Middletown Council Chambers at City Hall between the two candidates for Connecticut’s 100th Assembly District, which includes parts of Middletown and the neighboring towns of Middlefield and Durham.
Democrat Matt Lesser, a rising leader in the progressive community and former Wesleyan student, squares off against incumbent Republican Ray Kalinowski, a traditional conservative and former secret service agent in the Nixon White House. The differences between Lesser, 25, and Kalinowski, 68, extend far beyond the age gap, including substantive disagreements on education, the environment, and major social issues.
Tonight’s debate at 6:45 is a great opportunity to show your support and hear straight from the candidates what their visions are for the future of the 100th District.
What: Political Debates Who: Local candidates Matt Lesser and Ray Kalinowski Where: Council Chambers, Middletown City Hall, 245 deKoven Drive When: 6:45pm
Want to get outside of the Wesleyan bubble a little bit? There are a couple of events you may want to check out:
Canvass for a local former-Wes-student Democrat!
Got Wesleyan pride? Have a couple of hours to spend making a difference locally before the election?
Join Wesdems in canvassing around Middletown for Matt Lesser, a former Wes student who is running for democratic state representative!
Matt is passionate about funding education, reforming Connecticut’s highest-in-the-nation property tax system, expanding support for renewable energy, and protecting our open spaces and needs your help!
Email Sophie Ackoff at sackoff@wes or Miriam Berger at maberger@wes if you are interested!
See a local play at Oddfellows Playhouse!
Theatre 4 is a new professional theater company based in New Haven, and this weekend, they’re going to be putting up a new show right here in Middletown, over at Oddfellows Playhouse.
The play, “Anton in Show Business,” is described as an “intelligent comedy for grownups, satirizing the trials and tribulations of producing a play. While taking a comical look at self-involved actors, egotistical directors, complacent audiences, over zealous critics, and fickle corporate sponsors, the play’s heart lies in the growing importance of the arts for their ability – if only for a moment in time – to create community and magic.”
When: October 10-11 at 8 pm Where: Oddfellows Playhouse (128 Wash St) $$$: I think free? But Theatre 4 is a nonprofit and there is a $20 suggested donation Reservations: Call 203.623.7560
Donate blood to the American Red Cross!
The Wesleyan Blood Drive (this monday/tuesday at Beckham Hall) still needs people! See our prior post for more info. Sign up to give blood at www.giveblood.org – just put in 06459 as our zip code and look at what time slots are still open.
Matt Lesser, 25, who attended Wesleyan, is running for State Representative in the Middletown area. Matt is running on a progressive platform, which you can read about on his website www.mattlesser.com, against a far-right Republican incumbent. The district, which starts just down the road from Wesleyan, is the most Democratic district in Connecticut currently held by a Republican. Matt is going to win – but he needs your help.
Matt Lesser’s biggest campaign event of the summer will occur this Saturday at 11am at 106 Jacobs Terrace, which is just off of High Street. Matt will be giving a speech alongside other local elected officials to kick off a day of door-to-door canvassing in Middletown.
If you’re on campus, and you’ve been itching to get involved in something political, this is a great opportunity to spend just a couple hours and make a huge difference. This is the one best chance to get involved in Matt’s campaign this summer.
Please drop me a line at saul at mattlesser.com or via Facebook if you want to get involved or have any questions. Or just swing by on Saturday – hope to see you there!
Who: Matt Lesser What: Canvass for Change in Middletown Where: 106 Jacobs Terrace, just off of High St When: 11am, Saturday, July 26
Normally I find it difficult to connect local political happenings to Wesleyan, but when a prior Wesleyan student (and present member of the Wesleyan community) runs for State Representative, the connection is obvious. Matt Lesser received the Democratic Nomination for State Representative in Middlefield last night–a unanimous decision–and afterward told me a little bit about his campaign: