Dozens of New Haveners turned out to a virtual public hearing, invoking two new crises to press lawmakers for support for an older cause.
The Health and Human Services Committee of the New Haven Board of Alders held the hearing Tuesday night. After hearing the testimony, the alders unanimously voted in support of holding a referendum on federal spending priorities. Proposed by from the Peace Commission, the nonbinding referendum calls upon U.S. Congress to reallocate military funding to address city-level priorities, including education, employment, and sustainability.
The two-hour-long hearing, hosted on Zoom and live streamed on YouTube, featured over 30 concerned residents giving testimony in support of the referendum. Their testimonies denounced federal military spending and highlighted important local needs.