Past Events and Actions

Birth Control in America: How a Hard-Won Right is Now Vulnerable Presentation by Chester Resident Christine Palm 3/21/17

Christine Palm,  Communication and Women’s Policy Analyst for the General Assembly’s Commission on Women, Children and Seniors, spoke about topics including Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood, Connecticut vs. Griswold, and the state’s legislative landscape.  Her presentation was held at the Chester Town Conference Hall.

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Black History in the Connecticut River Valley Presentation by Dr. Stacey Close 2/27/17

Dr. Stacey Close, a trustee of the Connecticut Historical Society, spoke about the history of the black community in the Connecticut Valley at the Deep River Public Library. His presentation included a discussion of the area’s ties to slavery, abolitionism, the underground railroad and the Ivory trade.


Emergency Vigil 1/29/2017

On January 29th, members held an emergency vigil outside of the Deep River Town Hall to show solidarity with the national protests taking place at airports around the country regarding the refugee and immigration ban.


We Have A Dream – A Celebration Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 1/15/2017

The Valley Stands Up hosted a community celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr at the Deep River Congregational Church.  Over 100 people of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds attended and participated in a program including a short talk on Chester’s own civil rights hero Constance Baker Motley, an interactive reading of Dr. King’s “I have a dream” speech, music, and more.


Yard Signs 1/10/17

The Valley Stands Up obtained and distributed 50 of these welcoming yard signs.  The signs were inspired by a Mennonite church in Virginia and quickly started appearing in communities across the country.


March From Chester To Deep River 11/13/2016

One week after the results of the 2o16 presidential election, our newly formed group organized a march to affirm love and build community. Over 300 people peacefully marched from the center of Chester to Deep River Town Hall.