Puya Gerami is a Connecticut activist. He is education director at District 1199 New England, a graduate student in history at Yale, and a member of Central Connecticut Democratic Socialists of America.
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Close to a hundred people gathered in a conference room on Sunday April 7 2019 to discuss Democratic Socialist politics and their visions for Connecticut’s future.
The Central Connecticut Democratic Socialists of America, or DSA, met at the Planned Parenthood of Southern New England on Whitney Avenue for their monthly general assembly meeting.
Becky Simonsen, a member of the chapter’s steering committee, told attendees. “The strength of our organization relies on our size, our unity and our ability to influence public policy and to exert power in whatever campaign we’re running.”
Attendees discussed “Fight for 15,” which describes the legislative effort to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour in the state. Connecticut’s current hourly minimum wage is $10.10 — almost $3 more than the national figure. A bill regarding an increase in minimum wage to $15 — a figure widely cited by progressive activists throughout the country — has already passed the Connecticut General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee. The resolution is awaiting a hearing date before the entire General Assembly votes on it.
The proposal for a higher minimum wage reflects the group’s values and hopes for an “end to austerity and class inequality, end to patriarchy and end to white supremacy,” said Puya Gerami, another member of the steering committee.
New Haven’s activist community expanded March 2017, when the Central Connecticut Democratic Socialists of America held its first open member meeting.
Nearly 70 New Haven community members and Yale affiliates filled the Bradley Room of the United Church on the Green to discuss organizing strategies and visions for the group. The idea for the group originated in November after the presidential election, according to Will Bloom LAW ’17, one of the group’s six lead organizers.
Organizer Puya Gerami GRD ’21 said in addition to action-oriented activities, the group also wants to host educational activities such as teach-ins and speakers for both members and the larger New Haven public.
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