Great article on the CTCIC

Friday, November 18, 2005
Time: 3:42 PM

Long time readers know that I have no love for the Connecticut Citizens for Immigration Control (CTCIC). These pests have been nothing but trouble and bring shame to Danbury with their hate rhetoric.

The guys over at The Danbury Media Center just came out with their latest edition of their newspaper Hat City Press in which they detail the history of this group of wackos. My favorite wacko is Bethel resident and co-host of Big T show, John "The so-called Wizard" McGowan. If I had a penny for every lie that has spewed out of his mouth, I'd be a millionare. We have so much video in which we caught him lying that it could fill a DVD!

Anyway, go and check out their site or download the latest issue of Hat City Press and read the article on the CTCIC. It's VERY imformative as it details the history of this hate/racist group.

Friday night local access madness

Time: 2:02 PM

Wonder who is going to swear first on Big-T show tonight. Will Big-T freak out and let the N-word slip out of his mouth (again) or will it be Bones (who's on the edge as it is) when he screams about the illegals?

I wish I had more bandwidth so I could post more video clips of this silly show (I've have about a year's worth of stuff archived). We'll get the whole video thing worked out soon (we're working on a server right now).

If there is a show worth recording, send a email and we'll Tivo it.

We didn't need a report to tell us the obvious

Thursday, November 17, 2005
Time: 9:03 AM

If you live between Waterbury and New York State, you already know how bad the traffic situation has been on I-84. The problems on the highway have been a thorn in the side to motorists and lawmakers have yet to address the problem.

Mark Langlois of the Danbury News Times did an excellent report on Connecticut lawmakers who are STILL ignoring the highway problem (FYI: the governor lives in Brookfield).

From The News-Times
The legislature and governor ignored too many areas of Connecticut in a transportation plan approved earlier this year, according to a report by a group that represents cities and towns.

The report said the state's plan, which devotes $1.3 billion over 10 years to improving Interstate 95 and rail transportation, focuses too much on coastal Fairfield County and ignores greater Danbury and other areas.

"Interstate 84 between Waterbury and the New York border is all too often a multi-lane truck and car parking lot," said the report, completed by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and the Central Connecticut State University finance department.

The report goes on to say that $1.3 billion is not nearly enough to solve Connecticut's gridlock problems, and that the state should spend $4.7 billion more.


It's obvious that the money approved by the legislature was insufficient to deal with statewide transportation needs, said Newtown First Selectman Herb Rosenthal, president of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.

He served on a task force concerning highway improvements from the New York state line to the Housatonic River region.

"That was roughly 10 miles of road, and it had projected costs of $280 million. So $1.3 billion (for the whole state) clearly isn't enough," Rosenthal said. "If traffic stands still on I-84, or 95, it strangles off economic growth. If there is a wreck on 84, Main Street in Newtown gets backed up."

Stews says "f-u" to Danbury

Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Time: 10:17 PM

Stew Leonard's just doen't take a hint. The city of Danbury doens't want Stew's to open a liquor store on Federal Road but the store isn't backing down and is prepared to put up one hell of a fight.

From The News-Times
Undeterred by its rejection from the city, Stew Leonard's dairy store is pressing on in its quest to build a liquor store right next to its Federal Road store.

This month, Stew Leonard's representatives will go to court to argue in favor of a zoning change that would allow them to build right next door to the dairy store.

Stew Leonard's has a wine shop, but in a different building on another part of Federal Road almost one mile away.

Stew's lawyer, Ward Mazzucco, said that shopping would be more convenient for customers if the wine shop were located right next to the store.

"It's one-stop shopping that everyone likes," Mazzucco said. "It's natural that when people buy food, they want to select wine for their meals."

A Superior Court hearing on Stew's request had been scheduled for Monday, but has been tentatively continued to Nov. 28.

Back in October of 2004, Danbury's zoning commission denied Stew Leonard's request to change zoning laws to allow liquor stores within 2,000 feet of one another.

Discount Liquors is within 2,000 feet of the Stew Leonard's dairy store.

Those against the Stew's proposal say that the law should stay as it is because it protects the quality of life.

Tom Saadi, a city councilman who testified against the proposal before the Danbury Zoning Commission, said that the regulations are there for a reason.

The only people complaining about the rules are the people who want to change them to make a profit, he said.

Saadi said that studies have shown that between the 1920s and 1960s, when the liquor stores were concentrated in certain areas, those areas went downhill.

"You had issues of crime, issues of loitering," Saadi said.

The city's lawyer could not be reached on Monday.

One Danbury liquor store owner, Rocky Patel, said he thinks Stew's should follow the city's rules. "It's a quality of life issue," Patel said. "How many more things can you put on Federal Road?

All things considered, seeing how important a situation this is for Stew Leonard's, it would of been nice if The News-Times got a comment from the guys.

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05.06.21 (VID): Danbury rally to fully fund public schools

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10.07.21 NEWSTIMES
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"Lessons from Danbury: Ending the dual process for charter school approval"

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Danbury residents plead for charter school funds in 9-hour state budget hearing: ‘Just exhausted’

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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

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(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

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

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VIDEO: Danbury Peace Coalition Immigration Forum (April 2006)
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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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