Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Danny Glover to stump for Fernandez in New Haven

NEW HAVEN — Actor and director Danny Glover will join democratic mayoral candidate Henry Fernandez for several campaign stops in the Elm City Thursday.
Glover will join Fernandez for a jam day of issue-based discussions and community outreach initiatives, according to a release.
Fernandez, a Fair Haven resident, and former city economic development administrator and director of the Livable City Initiative said of Glovers visit,
“Not only is Danny Glover an amazing actor, but he has been a champion of human rights around the world,” Fernandez said. “I am proud of the work we have done together and prouder that he is coming to New Haven to knock on doors and meet voters with me.
“We will be talking about the issues that matter to New Haven: creating good jobs, fighting for great public schools, and cutting crime across the city,” he said.
A press conference is scheduled in front of Beulah Heights First Pentecostal Church, 782 Orchard St., with Glover, Fernandez and community leaders Robin Golden and Tracy Meares at 9:45 am.
Later during the  day Glover and Fernandez will canvass the community and meet with residents to discuss their concerns.
In addition, residents will be able to attend a public community conversation forum with Glover and Fernandez at 7 p.m. at Dixwell Congregational Church, 217 Dixwell Ave.
The Rev. Frederick Streets, pastor of the Dixwell Congregational Church, a supporter of Fernandez, said, “Glover has been a social activist and an advocate of social concerns majority of his public life.”
“Henry’s vision of the city reflects the value of urban American and its fitting that Glover would support his candidacy,” he said.
Yale professor Elizabeth Alexander will be the evening’s emcee.  For more information regarding the events call Jim Dumas at 703-589-7107.
- Shahid Abdul-Karim

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