Connecticut Collaborative on Poverty, Criminal Justice and Race

Moving toward equitable and productive futures for justice-impacted individuals and their families.

The mission of this Connecticut-based Collaborative is to inspire and sustain dialogue and action among individuals, organizations and coalitions in Connecticut whose interests intersect the issues of poverty, criminal justice and race.

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The Collaborative was formed in Hartford, Connecticut in early 2018 in order to encourage continuous dialogue and conversation that address structural inequities in our communities and in our criminal justice system until these inequities are addressed and removed.  Everyday Democracy gathered individuals and organizations throughout the state whose work or passions intersect, or touch in any way on the areas of poverty, criminal justice and race. 

In November, 2018, the Collaborative launched with A Time To Talk event, at the Chrysalis Center, Hartford, featuring American lawyer, policy maker, law professor and author of Not a Crime to be Poor,  Peter Edelman who participated in a panel discussion and community dialogues.

The Collaborative hosts One State, One Film a series of film screenings and conversations that re-imagine a justice system where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. 

Member Organizations

The CT Collaborative on Poverty, Criminal Justice and Race planning team:

Martha McCoy, lead

Alicia Alamo

Andrew Clark

Anderson Curtis

Amber Elliot

Stephen Fagbemi

Richard Frieder

Charmane Glass Tripp

Sue Gunderman

Gus Marks-Hamilton

G. Duncan Harris

Sandy Heierbacher

Sandy Lominico

Brendan Lounsbury 

Darryl McGraw

Nutan Mishra

Francine Nichols

Ashley Stewart

Kenyatta Thompson

Sagacity Walker

Michelle White


Collaborative Member News

July 2, 2019 - Picking up the baton: criminal justice reform moves slowly forward - CT Mirror

This story is written by Collaborative Member Amber Elliott, Community Solutions on the topic of Food Security, in North Hartford.

If you or your organization is interested in joining the Collaborative and learning more about the Connecticut Collaborative on Poverty, Criminal Justice and Race, contact:





Connecticut Civic Ambassadors are everyday people who care about and engage others in their communities by creating opportunities for civic participation that strengthens our state’s "civic health."

Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and our tools, advice, and resources foster that kind of change. Whether you’re grappling with a divisive community issue, or simply want to include residents’ voices in city government, Everyday Democracy's Dialogue to Change process, using a racial equity lens, can help.