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Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Time: 12:37 PM

After years of begging from community activists, the Common Council is finally considering broadcasting all of their meetings on public access television (pdf file).

THIS PROPOSAL NEEDS TO SUPPORT OF THE PUBLIC. Currently, Hat City Blog is the only form of media covering these meetings via videotape (the archive of the meetings will be available soon). We already have a channel on Comcast (Channel 24) that can be used for broadcasting of the meetings and it will not take much to make this happen.

PLEASE, come down to the Common Council meeting tonight at 7:30 and show your support for this important proposal. You have a right to know how your local government operates and what better way to know what's happening than to watch it all unfold on television.

The News-Times and the news

Sunday, July 02, 2006
Time: 2:39 PM

Oh, I'm just shaking my head in disbelief. The editor of the News-Times met with the xenophobes who call themselves the United States Citizens for Immigration Law Enforcement.

My question is simple: why?

Why pander to the smallest percentage of the total population in Danbury. Readers of this blog are well aware of how this group has used the media to their own gain. Look at Paul Streitz; he couldn't get 100 people FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY to donate to his campaign when he ran for senate yet, the hate-mongers get a meeting with the editor of the News-Times like they're relevant in Danbury?


Yes, the News-Times is not known for their great local reporting but catering to these morons is just nuts. In a later post, I'm going to write an open letter to Eric Conrad and offer my views on how the News-Times can do a better job in reporting the news (and it has nothing to do with a knee-jerk reactionary topic like immigration).

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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.



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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