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It's time to bring an end to Christopher Columbus Ave.

Monday, October 12, 2020
Time: 12:11 PM

I'll be brief.

If you live in Danbury and support the blacklivesmatter movement, then NOW would be a good time to call for the eliminaiton of the name "Christopher Columbus Ave." and rename it after a city legend like Marian Anderson. It's time for Danbury to FINALLY give one of the city's most revered residents the respect and recognition she deserves...and remove the stain of Columbus' history from our city.

Maybe it's me but renaming a road in honor of a Danbury legend carries holds more weight than the attention being paid to remaining a sewer plant in honor of Mr. Dick Pants...

#HappyIndigenousPeoplesDay


View a small sample of former DHS teacher Joe Hanna disturbing social media postings

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Time: 10:50 AM

Someone needs to explain to me how a person who posted patently offensive material and anti-mask diatribes on multiple social media platforms was employed as a phys. ed teacher at Danbury High School until a couple of weeks ago?

As someone who has been monitoring Joe Hanna's social media accounts since first becomming aware of his postings in July, I have a lot of questions for a numebr of school officials...as well as a number of questions for elected officials who were social media "friends" with his individual...and so far, few answers that I've received make any sense.

I'll have more to say later but for now, take a look at this small sample of postings a collected from Hanna's Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts before he privitaized his accounts from the public; this person would still be teaching at DHS right now if not for the courage of concerned residents who sounded the alarm and exposed Hanna to the public.

You can view a small sample of Joe Hanna's social media postings that I collected before news of his commentary made headlines in the Newstimes...click here. (WARNING: Exteremly offensive material).


Never forget...

Friday, September 11, 2020
Time: 8:38 AM

...never ever forget.


ICYMI: Gov. Lamont and Mayor Boughton update residents on COVID spikes

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Time: 9:48 AM

Video courtesy of CT-N.


VIDEO: One on one with Energy and Technology Co-chair State Rep. David Arconti

Monday, August 17, 2020
Time: 7:44 AM

Recently, I had an opportunity to interview my State Representative, David Arconti of the 109th district, and get his take on Eversource's response to the recent storm as well as the controversy surrounding the utility company's rate increase.

As co-chair of the Energy and Technology Committee, recently, Rep. Arconti called for a public hearing to address the mounting criticism towards Eversource's hanlding of the electricity outages as a result of the storm and backlash towards the company's sudden delivery rate increase, which took many residents by surprise.

Here's my full/un-edited Zoom interview with Rep. Arconti...if you have any questions for the State Rep., you can reach him at David.Arconti@cga.ct.gov.


Board of Education chair responds to racist remarks

Thursday, August 13, 2020
Time: 12:33 PM


Gladys Cooper (file photo)

Last night, Danbury Board of Education chairwoman Gladys Cooper responded to the racist remarks which was uttered during last month's virtual meeting.

BACKGROUND...

School board chair Gladys Cooper said after she asked members to say the Pledge of Allegiance, a voice came over the Zoom call and made a racist remark toward Black people. A pornographic video then came on the screen.

“It was a cowardly act,” said Cooper, the only Black board member.

The meeting was stopped and later resumed on a different stream, which was posted on YouTube on Thursday.

The superintendent and mayor are investigating, Cooper said.

To say that Cooper didn't hold back her emotions regarding the unfortuante incident would be an understatment (warning: explicit language).


Oh the hypocrisy!


Time: 11:12 AM

In today's edition of CT GOP hypocrites, State Rep. John Frey takes deceitfulness to a new level.

State Rep. John Frey on Monday afternoon said the legislature should break up Eversource, contending that the state’s biggest utility has grown too big to effectively manage large scale response and restoration efforts.

“Here we are, seven days after the power went out, and thousands of residents in my town, Ridgefield, have yet to see their service restored,” said Frey, a Republican who serves the 111th District. “Thousands of others throughout Connecticut are in the same boat, and it seems the story from every community has been the same throughout this ordeal—Eversource has failed to communicate properly with local officials, keeping municipal public works crews sidelined too long while the company scrambled, and failed, to get inspection and restoration teams deployed in an orderly fashion.”

[...]

"While this action could be viewed as retaliatory, it is not. Eversource has become a multi-state conglomerate. In addition to providing electric service to 149 Connecticut towns, it also owns the natural gas provider and recently acquired the Aquarian Water Utility. The focus appears to have shifted from the days of the former CT Light and Power. It’s proven that it’s gotten too big to deliver reliable service.”

[...]

“There’s little doubt that the complexities of the energy industry combined with regulatory bureaucracy, and even the sheer footprint of the company’s Connecticut customer base, would pose challenges to breaking it up,” Frey said. “But it’s not impossible, and I think my colleagues and I need to have that conversation in Hartford because even the average guy who will be sitting at home in the dark tonight can see that Eversource is so big that its right hand has no idea what its left is doing.”

Tough talk from a guy who sided with the utility companies when the General Assembly tried to reign them in.

Substitute for Raised H.B. No. 5542

Session Year 2012

AN ACT CONCERNING CONSUMER PROTECTION FOR UTILITY CUSTOMERS.

To disclose the salaries of certain executives of public utility holding companies, to limit the ratepayer funds used to compensate such executives, to credit certain utility customers for food losses during prolonged service outages and to require certain utility companies to waive late fees and credit customers during prolonged service outages.

John Frey-Nay Vote

It's outlandish for John Frey to express outrage when he sided with the utility company AND AGAINST accountability when he had a change to make a difference on behalf of his constiuents.

Congrats State Rep Frey, you're my first choice for hypocrite of the day.


Danbury Prospect School responds...

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Time: 3:10 PM

Last Saturday, I attended the the rally to demand education justice at the Danbury Green; the event was organized by proponents of the Danbury Prospect Charter School.

At the rally, Danbury Prospect Charter School spokesperson Pimentel Lucas responded to criticism and personal attacks he's received from Danbury Democrats who vehemently oppose the creation of the charter school in the city...here's a small portion of his remarks.

I will have a full write-up on the event posted later.


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On September 26, 2007, ten plaintiffs filed suit in response to an arrest of aday laborers at a public park in Danbury, Connecticut. Plaintiffs amended their complaint on November 26, 2007.

The amended complaint states that plaintiffs sought to remedy the continued discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws against the Latino residents of the City of Danbury by Danbury's mayor and its police department.

Plaintiffs allege that the arrests violated their Fourth Amendment rights and the Connecticut Constitution because defendants conducted the arrests without valid warrants, in the absence of exigent circumstances, and without probable cause to believe that plaintiffs were engaged in unlawful activity. In addition, plaintiffs allege that defendants improperly stopped, detained, investigated, searched and arrested plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also allege that defendants violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights when they intentionally targeted plaintiffs, and arrested and detained them on the basis of their race, ethnicity and perceived national origin. Plaintiffs raise First Amendment, Due Process and tort claims.

Plaintiffs request declaratory relief, damages and attorneys fees.

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Danbury Area Coalition for the Rights of Immigrants v.
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
3:06-cv-01992-RNC ( D. Conn. )

(02.25.08) Court docket

(10.24.07) Memorandum in Opposition to Defendant's Emergency Motion for Protective Order

(09.26.07) Press Release

(12.14.06) Complaint


Barrera v. Boughton, No. 07-01436
(D. Conn. filed Sept. 26, 2007)

(02.25.08) Court Docket

Amended complaint

Defendants' Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction

Defendants' Motion to Dismiss State Law Claims

Plaintiffs' Opposition to Motion to Dismiss

Order on Motion to Dismiss

Defendants' Answer to Amended Complaint

NEW HAVEN REGISTER: Immigrant's 2006 arrest was flawed Danbury mayor testifies

(10.05.07 (VIDEO) Boughton mislead the public about Danbury's involvement in raid

(09.18.07) Yale Law Students expose Danbury involvement in raid

(12.14.06) VIDEO: Interview with Yale Law Students at FOI presser

(12.14.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 FOI complaint media roundup

City Clerk Jean Natale standing next to skinhead sparks outrage

(10.03.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 rally

(09.29.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 case deepens

Word of raid spread across the country

(09/29/06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 protest news conference

(09/29/06) Immigrant newspaper "El Canillita" gives best account of ICE day labor raid at Kennedy Park


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VIDEO: Danbury Peace Coalition Immigration Forum (April 2006)
featuring Mayor Boughton and Immigration attorney Philip Berns

VIDEO: 2007 Stop the Raids immigration forum at WCSU

2007: Community protest anti-immigration forum

A tribute to Hispanic Center Director and immigrant activist Maria Cinta Lowe


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