CT Against Gun Violence Policy Luncheon


Please join CAGV for insightful discussions about gun violence prevention policy. This year’s luncheon speakers will talk about the ongoing toll of gun violence on our youth.

Ruth Abaya, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Emergency Medicine
Violence Prevention Initiative Fellow
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Aswad Thomas, MSW
Chapter Development and
Membership Director Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice.

Newtown Labor Day Parade


*Floats, fire trucks, festive music and more! The 57th running of The Newtown Labor Day Parade. Save the date and join us on September 3rd, 2018 for this fun, family-friendly event. And its the ONLY Labor Day Parade in the state of CT!

Make sure to share the event, and invite your friends and family for some pre-barbecue fun!

We are proud to have Ms. Eunice Laverty as the 2018 Grand Marshal for the 57th Annual Newtown Labor Day Parade. A longtime owner of BAGEL DELIGHT, Ms. Laverty is known to many as a pleasant, kind, caring, welcoming, “Gem of a Woman” and so much more.

Ms. Laverty starts each day (Including Christmas) at 5:00 a.m., opening her shop and preparing for the morning rush of steady customers who will flock to the aromas of fresh bagels, homemade salads, and the best-tasting lox this side of the US.

A retired Social Worker, Eunice has been operating Bagel Delight for 22 years and is a supporter of multiple organizations and town events. Selfless and giving from her heart, she is a humble woman to anyone with whom she comes in contact. Aligning with Ms. Laverty’s commitment to Newtown, our theme for this years Parade will be “Serving the Community.” It is a fitting tribute to Ms. Laverty’s hard work and dedication. (Just ask the kids at the Newtown Middle School).

Learn more here:  bit.ly/NLDP-FB


  • Taken from the Newtown Labor Day Parade Facebook page

CAGV Endorsements for the Primaries

CAGV Endorses William Tong (Attorney General) and Matt Lesser (State Senate 9th District) in Primary Elections

CAGV has endorsed State Representative William Tong for CT Attorney General and Representative Matt Lesser for State Senate in the 9th District for the primary elections on August 14, 2018. The endorsements recognize candidates running in primaries who CAGV believes will be true leaders in advocating and taking action to promote and pass common-sense gun laws if elected—and have already distinguished themselves with a history of championing gun violence prevention legislation as central to their agenda and core beliefs.




Running for Attorney General






Running for State Senate, 9th District




Candidates’ positions on gun laws will be an important factor for voters in the upcoming fall elections—especially among youth. According to a recent Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics poll, among 18-29 year olds who say they will definitely vote, 77 percent consider gun regulation an important factor in determining their vote. According to a Quinnipiac national poll, gun policy is one of the top five issues voters of all ages will consider when deciding how to vote.

CAGV endorsements for candidates running in primaries were made using responses to the CAGV Candidate Questionnaire about Gun Laws and, if the candidate is an incumbent, his or her General Assembly legislative record. Also considered are candidate interviews, public statements, testimony, appearances at public events and press conferences and remarks made to gun violence prevention and gun rights advocacy organizations.

CAGV is continuing the process of grading candidates. After the primaries it will publish candidate grades and will make additional endorsements for the general election.