NVP News & Updates
March 2017


  • Community Gathering for Interfaith Solidarity * 6:30 pm, Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at St. John's Episcopal Church, Waterbury

  • NVP Annual Convention * 6:00 pm, Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at St. John's Episcopal Church, Waterbury

  • Please donate to support NVP's critical community organizing!

Season's Greetings,

This year the Naugatuck Valley Project has continued the work of finding solutions to problems which impact folks across the Valley. NVP has been organizing for the ability of elders to age in their homes

NVP Issue Campaign Updates

Naugatuck Valley Project Public Action with United Muslim Mosque and Allies Produces City of Waterbury Task Force that will Target Religious Bias

The Peace and Unity Action on January 18th that brought together 250 residents and public officials from the Waterbury Mayor, City Council, School Superintendent, Police Chief to express strong concern about threats against one of Waterbury's mosques and its members-including children harassed at school-has resulted in the creation of a task force to address these issues. The creation of the task force was announced by Aldermen President Paul Pernerewksi, Jr.  NVP will be represented on the task force by Bonnie Odiorne, NVP Secretary and a key leader in the campaign.

Additional members of the task force include:

   Mayoral Aide Monroe Webster 
   Assistant Deputy Police Chief Edward Apicella 
   Board of Education Member Felix M. Rodriguez
   Board of Education President Elizabeth C. Brown
   Interim Administrator of Waterbury Schools Security
Chief John Herman 
   Schools Pupil Personnel Services, Wendy Owens
   Naugatuck Valley Project Vice President Bonnie Odiorne and Yitz Rabinowitz from the city's Orthodox Jewish community.

Aging with Dignity Campaign Update

The NVP Aging with Dignity Team conducting research actions to as part of campaign to create a community network for aging in place. The team's research actions have included meetings with SEARCH (Seek Out Elders and Restore Courage and Hope), a program that was brought to the Kennebec Valley of Maine by sister organization, Kennebec Valley Organization (KVO); a meeting with Mary-Kay Gill, Director of New Opportunities Elder Services Program in March; and attendance at a conference on April 22nd on this subject in Concord, Massachusetts. 

Connecticut Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Campaign Update

The NVP-initiated Connecticut Statewide Home Healthcare Campaign has focused on winning state approval to protect additional home healthcare workers from sexual harassment beyond those covered in the initial Connecticut Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. That legislation, which the campaign won, only protected workers in workplaces with three or more employees. We are working to win protection for all home healthcare workers.

The campaign is also working to stop the passage of a law, proposed by the home healthcare trade association that would deny pay to home healthcare workers who are on-call at a patient's home during their own sleeping hours. This is unreasonable to the campaign-not unlike denying firefighters on call at a firehouse while they slept.

Finally, the campaign is planning a third Solidarity Gathering

for this spring to bring together home healthcare workers and seniors to build relationships and discuss how improving home healthcare worker jobs can reduce turnover and improve care for the elderly. We will keep you posted on the date, time and place of the next meeting.

Upcoming Events 

NVP Leadership Institute in April 25th and April 29th

NVP will offer a Leadership Skills Training from 6:30 to 9:00 pm on Tuesday evening, April 25th with repeat of the training from 9:30 to 12 noon on Saturday, April 29th at St, John's Episcopal Church, 16 Church Street, Waterbury. The topics for the training were identified at the NVP Annual Convention in January. The training will be offered by Steve Schrag, an NVP leader an experienced trainer. Details here:  Leadership Workshop Leaflet.   Contact Brandon Hicks, NVP Organizer at (704) 264-6260 for additional information.

NVP Clergy Caucus, Tuesday, April 25th at St. John's Episcopal Church, Waterbury

NVP will bring together clergy leaders from our member organizations and potential member organizations from 5:30 to 6:30 pm on Tuesday, April 25th at St. John's Episcopal Church, 16 Church Street, Waterbury to build relationships and review our progress on our issue campaigns.

IVP Local Leadership Institute at NVP Saturday, June 3

This Leadership Institute will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at St. John's Church, 16 Church Street in Waterbury from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Join us to learn: Why we Organize, What we are Organizing, How we Organize, Power, Self-Interest, Public vs. Power.  For details, contact Brandon Hicks at the NVP office.


InterValley Project Local Leadership Institute and InterValley Project Summer Leadership Institute

The InterValley Project (IVP), a New England community organizing network made up of NVP and 6 other organizations across New England, will hold its annual IVP Summer Leadership Institute from Thursday evening, July 6 through Saturday afternoon, July 8, 2017 at Rolling Ridge United Methodist Conference Center, North Andover, Massachusetts.

The training will be offered by experience organizers from IVP member organizations and cover Why, What and How We Organize. We will use experience of IVP member organizations is house meeting and issue campaigns as the basis for teaching.

This is a great opportunity to meet leaders from across the region and learn from them and talented organizer/trainers. Additional information about the institute will be available in the coming weeks.   

We anticipate holding an abbreviated IVP Local Leadership Institute earlier in the spring in the Valley, with the date to be determined soon.


For more information, to make a donation, or if you have questions, please contact the NVP office:    

16 Church St., Waterbury, CT 06702     203-574-2410 





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