Black Lives Matter Rally

Sunday, July 5, 2020 at Noon in Stonington Borough.
More information here and on Facebook.

Thank You

Thank you so much for participating in our Black Lives Matter protests in Mystic. Some of you were there almost every day and you made it an inspiring demonstration.

But as I’ve been saying a lot this week, we are not done yet. There’s SO MUCH MORE to do.

If you want to get involved,
If you want to meet and work with like-minded individuals,
If you want to continue to fight, 
Join Us! Sign up for our email list here.

RiseUpMystic Supports Black Lives Matter

Join us in downtown Mystic to send this message.  We will be there every day this week (June 1-5) from Noon – 1pm, Monday through Friday at the Liberty Pole Square anchor.

Bring your signs.

Show your support.

Masks and proper social distancing, please.

Please find additional updates on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

We’re excited about a new local effort: S.H.A.R.E.

We are excited to introduce you to a new local effort spearheaded by RUM member, Peter P. Peter collaborated with neighbors, local leaders, and other RUM members to create S.H.A.R.E., a program that helps keep more people at home during the Covid-19 pandemic while encouraging patronage of our local businesses.

S.H.A.R.E. (Stonington Helps Area Residents in Emergency) seeks to match at-risk residents of Stonington, North Stonington, and Mystic with low-risk volunteer neighbors for food deliveries, shopping, or occasional check-ins.

YOU can help! Either by signing up as a volunteer or by staying home to help flatten the curve if you or someone in your household is at increased risk. There are also administrative volunteer opportunities that don’t require driving. Please see for more information. 

Terrific work Peter! And a special thank you to the donors who made this possible:  Mauro, Meredith, Wendy, Janis, Catherine, Mary and Paul, Sara, Theresa, H. Paul and Bea, and Mark. You have made this happen with your generosity. And thank you to Maria for agreeing to act as the Project Coordinator and to Lyndsey & Chris for building the website. We also appreciate the support of First Selectman Danielle Chesebrough and State Representative Kate Rotella.

Local officials and leaders have asked for our help because they know RiseUpMystic members get things done. This next month will test our community and we’ve been asked to step up and be ready. Many of you are already volunteering your efforts, others may need help getting started, and some may want to get the call when a new need arises. Let’s organize our efforts and share resources. Let’s capitalize on our talents. Let’s share our strengths. 

At this time, we’ve identified some specific needs:

  • Sewing masks & gowns for local long-term care facilities (such as Pendleton, Masonicare, etc) and front-line workers 
  • Driving – pick-ups and drop-offs to reduce the number of people moving around
  • Project coordinating
  • Donations of materials and funds

Completing the survey will help us to compile a list of resources and organize needs. If none of these opportunities fit your skillset, that’s okay! Please just check the box for “other” and let us know about your situation or skills!

Please complete the Covid-19 Community Pandemic Response Volunteer Form via this link.

A RiseUpdate from Bob Statchen

Thank you all for supporting Bob! The response from our last post was tremendous. With your help, Bob has qualified for the Citizens’ Election Program and is done fundraising!

In other news, Bob’s National Guard unit has been federalized, which means he cannot actively campaign for the time being. While we know his work with the National Guard must take precedence, now it’s up to us to campaign in his stead until this crisis has passed.

Please watch for upcoming emails regarding opportunities to help RiseUpMystic and Bob Statchen in the CT State Senate race. Thank you all, your efforts are appreciated. 

Don’t get our emails? Make sure to sign up where it says “Join RiseUpMystic!” on this page. [On your phone: at the bottom of the page. On your laptop/desktop: to the right.]

For additional updates from Bob’s campaign team, follow Bob Statchen for State Senate on Facebook.

Help Us Help Bob

Last week, our friend Bob Statchen was called up for active duty with the National Guard. He is helping to make sure all of our Eastern Connecticut towns get the support they need to face this crisis. Meanwhile, he has had to suspend his campaign efforts.

As you know, Bob Statchen has always stepped up when his community needed him. Now is our chance to step up for Bob. Let’s help Bob raise $1,200 to meet his goal for the Citizens’ Election Program before the end of Tuesday, March 31st!

Please, if you are able, donate to Bob’s campaign. Bob is out on the front lines of this pandemic serving us, and now we’re calling upon you to support him. In these unprecedented times, it is even more clear why we need his voice fighting for Eastern Connecticut.

You can donate online by clicking here

We hope that you are all staying safe and healthy.  We are so grateful to all our members who have come together to support their neighbors and communities in some pretty extraordinary ways.  

Sign Up for 2020 Canvassing

We’re gearing up for this upcoming election season and we need your help! Use the form below to sign up right now!

RiseUpMystic 2020 Canvassing Commitment Signup Form

Talking Social & Racial Injustice with City Councilor & Educator Kevin L. Booker Jr.

RiseUpMystic is proud to have New London City Councilor Kevin L. Booker, Jr. as our guest speaker for our next meeting on Wednesday, February 12th at the Groton Public Library at 7pm.

Kevin is an award-winning activist and educator and will be offering us a presentation on social and racial injustice. His motto is, “get comfortable with being uncomfortable.”

This presentation is FREE and open to the public. We hope to see you there.

RUM Meeting Featuring Local Aid Organizations

Monday December 2nd, 2019
7 PM – 8:30 PM
Groton Public Library
52 Newtown Rd, Groton, CT 06340

Our December action will be collecting items for the New London Community Meal Center and New London Homeless Shelter. Judy Mann, Volunteer Coordinator for the New London Community Meal Center, will speak about these very important local organizations. Please consider bringing an item or two from the list below to help those in need this holiday season.

  • Men’s and Women’s hats
  • Gloves
  • Coats
  • Plastic Razors
  • Travel Size Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Socks
  • Large Canned Foods
  • Salad Dressing
  • Hot Sauce
  • Coffee
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Powdered Drink Mixes/Iced Tea
  • Coffeemate

If you are unable to attend the meeting, our alternate drop off location is at RiseUpMystic headquarters (home of our President – Jason Hine), 23 Denison Ave. Mystic, CT 06355

We will also be joined by members of the New London Mutual Aid Collective. They will describe the diverse ways their group provides direct aid to the many in need in our community. Co-founder Hayward Gatch will let us know how we can help.

In addition, RiseUpMystic President, Jason Hine, is laser-focused on the 2020 elections and wants your input on how we can have the most impact. Join us and bring your ideas!