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Danbury homelessness dilemma continues...

Sunday, December 09, 2018
Time: 11:11 AM

* Twelve years after the Danbury's "10-year plan to end homelessness" initiative...

* Years of local officials and residents in Danbury demonizing the Dorthy Day House...

* Proposal to play loud music to discourage homeless people from loitering at Danbury Public Library...

* Backlash from local officials towards two encampments at City Hall set up to bring awareness to homelessness in Danbury...

* Local pundits and property owners in Danbury spewing lies and misinformation regarding the city's homeless population (e.g., a majority of the homeless population are from other communities, drug addicts, illegal immigrants, freeloaders, etc).

Yeah...stories like the case of death of David Mullen shows that we as a community have to LONG way to go when it comes to realistically addressing the city's homelessness dilemma.


The quote tells the story

Thursday, November 08, 2018
Time: 8:08 AM

"The voters have spoken but I’m still scratching my head" - Former State Senator Mike McLachlan.

If McLachlan is scratching his head, then it's painfully obvious that he either not paying attention to his opposition, or not taking his opponent seriously.

I'll have my take on what really happened Tuesday, and why the defeats of McLachlan and Boucher should not be as a shock to many...and why newly elected Democrats in Greater Danbury would be wise to get to work for the common good of all their constituents in their districts...the Presidential 2020 cycle is closer than you think.


VIDEO: The moment McLachlan conceded to Kushner...

Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Time: 9:47 AM

I waited 10 YEARS for this moment...from last night, here's video footage of Mike McLachlan conceding to Julie Kushner...

I'll have more on last night HUGE win for Democrats in Greater Danbury later...


Newtown State Rep Duff stumbles to explain pro-gun voting record

Tuesday, November 06, 2018
Time: 8:29 AM

To say that Newtown State Representative Will Duff is out of touch with the will of his constituents would be an understatement...and there is no greater example of the FAR-right Republican ignoring his community than his vote AGAINST banning bump stock gun attachments.

As a representative for a community that is still dealing with the after-effects of the Sandy Hook tragedy, when questioned about his bump stock stance, Duff has routinely ignored the topic while using "mental health" as a scapegoat for his pro-NRA voting record.

At a recent debate in Redding, while Duff stumbled to defend his bump stock vote, Raghib Allie-Brennan set the record straight about the state lawmaker's willingness to ignore his community.

On Election Day...in the 2nd district...the choice is clear...


McLachlan use of campaign fear tactics reaches a new low

Saturday, November 03, 2018
Time: 8:43 AM

I'll say it again...in the 24th State Senate district, incumbent Michael McLachlan is running a desperation campaign built on fear tactics and dishonesty.

It's bad enough that the far-right extremist tried to scare voters into believing that his challenger Julie Kushner supports highway tolls, now he's straight up trying to scare his base to come out and vote.

"In a different twist on traditional efforts to promote Election Day turnout, Republican state Senate leaders have paid for mailers that falsely warn that their own voters could get tossed off the rolls if they fail to get to a polling place on Tuesday.

A campaign mailer that might have targeted those GOP voters who might have missed the last election, includes a scratch-off sticker that supposedly includes information to make voting easier on Tuesday. That’s news to the Secretary of the State, whose office warns that the mailer could prove confusing for local poll moderators.

The mailers were sent out on the behalf of state Rep. Pam Staneski of Milford, who is running for a Senate seat that includes West Haven, Woodbridge and Orange. Her opponent is Democrat James Maroney of Milford.

Other districts where the mailers were sent include those of state Sen. George Logan, R-Ansonia and Sen. Michael McLachlan. Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano of North Haven said that he wasn’t fully informed about the full circulation of the mailer, but thought it might have been to more-competitive districts."

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“There is no requirement to bring any mailer sent by a candidate or a political party to the polling place on Election Day,” said Gabe Rosenberg, communications director for the Secretary of the State. “A mailer that purports to be an official document but is not can potentially cause confusion in the polling place.”

Connecticut, unlike some other states, does not have a voter-purge process, noted Senate President Pro Tempore Martin M. Looney, D-New Haven. “This is almost the flip side of those red states, such as Texas, where they are trying to suppress the vote,” Looney said. “We have no provision that you’re going to be removed from the ballot if you fail to vote.”

Residents in the 24th State Senate district deserve better than this...


VID: Julie Kushner speaks out on Mike McLachlan misleading "highway tolls" attack mailer

Monday, October 29, 2018
Time: 7:48 AM

This morning, I had the opportunity to interview 24th district Democratic State Senate candidate Julie Kushner and get her opinion on Mike McLachlan's latest attack ad where he falsely states that she supports highways tolls.


McLachlan stoops to a new low and insults people's intelligence in latest attack ad

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Time: 9:40 AM

Dog Whistle: A coded message communicated through words or phrases commonly understood by a particular group of people, but not by others.

While avoiding to debate his opponent, in recent days State Senator Mike McLachlan has proven that he'd do anything to win an election...and now his desperation includes a smear campaign built on false information, "dog whistle" scare tactics, and an unparalleled level of dishonesty that is unbecoming of anyone who wants to represent the residents in the 24th district.

First, a little background is in order:

The debate over installing border tolls in the state has been a hot button topic in Greater Danbury with most residents who live along the CT/NY border in the 24th district expressing strong opposition to the plan. Knowing that the issue of tolls would inflame the passions of voters in the district who live along the state border (1st and 2nd ward of Danbury/New Fairfield), McLachlan and the State Republican Majority Committee took a page out of President Trump’s playbook by mischaracterizing his challenger's comments in order to gain votes. In his latest attack piece, McLachlan approved the following statement: "Kushner supports increasing taxes and instituting tolls."

There's only one thing wrong with McLachlan stating that Kushner wants to "instituting tolls in the state"...it's not true. To make matter worse, McLachlan knows that his mischaracterization of Kushner's stance on tolls is a lie because he was present when she stated her position.

Recently, McLachlan and Kushner participated in a forum hosted by the Northern Fairfield County Association of Realtors. At the forum, the panelists asked the candidates whether or not they support highway tolls in the state; Kushner's answer was clear and made within an earshot of McLachlan.

Last week, McLachlan and Kushner met together with members of the editorial board of the Newstimes where both candidates were asked for their opinion on highway tolls...and while McLachlan was present, Kushner stated her opinion on the issue.

They both oppose tolls, but Kushner would want to invest in new public transportation infrastructure like more rail lines while McLachlan sees them as an expensive extravagance that few would bother to use.

It’s bad enough that McLachlan continues his old and tired tradition of not debating his opponent and limiting his public appearances during the campaign season, now the State Senator, whose campaign is showing signs of nervousness, has resorted to a strategy based on the using fear, dog whistle tactics, and dishonesty in order win an election...and it’s wrong.

People in the 24th State Senate district deserve better than this.


Manny Santos’ higher education debt solution: Get a job!

Thursday, October 18, 2018
Time: 2:28 PM

While Manny Santos is on record for supporting the President Trump’s deficit-busting tax breaks for the rich, when it comes to rising cost of higher education and ways to assist working families who are struggling to pay off college debt, at a recent debate in Danbury, the the 5th CD Party of Trump candidate offered a simple solution: Get a job!

Needless to say that Santos’ solution didn’t sit well with Jahana Hayes...

Unnecessary tax breaks for the rich while working families who are struggling with college debt are told to get a job...

Food for thought this November.


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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.

CLICK HERE TO READ/DOWNLOAD MAYOR BOUGHTON'S DEPOSITION

CLICK HERE TO READ/DOWNLOAD MIKE McLACHLAN (then MAYOR CHIEF OF STAFF) DEPOSITION

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: Tereza Pereira's ordeal with ICE agents

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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