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Jahana Hayes responds...

Saturday, August 04, 2018
Time: 10:38 AM

Thursday evening at a fundraiser held at Chuck's Steakhouse, Jahana Hayes responded to the racially disparaging remarks made by Danbury Democratic Town Committee member Martha Rhodes and explained to those in attendance why she's running for Congress.


Danbury Town Committee member Martha Rhodes should resign for racist remarks about Jahana Hayes

Wednesday, August 01, 2018
Time: 7:24 AM

The following Facebook post regarding Jahana Hayes' performance at the most recent debate held in Torrington was written by Danbury Democratic Town Committee member Martha Rhodes.

As a person of color, I feel that a large percentage of this unhinged rant reeks of a form of white privilege that I normally associate with Republicans. Although I don’t have a dog in this primary (I feel that Mary Glassman or Hayes would be better than any of the GOP candidates), I sincerely hope that caucasian supporters don’t feel “excluded” as a white person when Hayes “harps” on her life experience, “harps” on the lack of diversity in government, or characterizes Hayes commentary as “veiling her own racism with allusions to diversity.”

In other words...as a society, everyone should condemn Rhodes' outlandish and disparaging form of criticism as it has no business in our political discourse.

The backlash against Rhodes insensitive and racist rant was swift and included words of condemnation from former congressional candidate Daniel Roberti...

...Progressive activist and Green Party candidate for Attorney General Peter Goselin...

...as well as Hayes herself.

Danbury Democrats are better than this...and at this point, Rhodes would do a world of good if she handed the DDTC chairperson her resignation.


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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

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Order on Motion to Dismiss

Defendants' Answer to Amended Complaint

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(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

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(10.03.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 rally

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(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)
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2007: Community protest anti-immigration forum

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