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LIVEBLOG VIDEO STREAM: Bill Melillo for State Rep fundraiser

Thursday, June 19, 2008
Time: 6:30 PM

8:15 P.M.: Thanks for watching. I'll re-post the interviews via YouTube later.

6:35 P.M. Live video feed is all set. Due to where I'm set up, I can't get the entire group of people into the video. From what I hear, there are a series of events happening tonight which is why people are still trickling into the place.

I'll start interviewing people around 7:10 P.M.



6:20 P.M. I'm live blogging from the Bill Melillo for State Rep fundraiser from the Atlantic Restaurant on Osborne Street. People are still showing up and I'm hoping on conducting a number of interviews before the night is over.

I'm setting up the video stream now and the video should be online in a few minutes.

Random notes and a LIVE BLOG announcement


Time: 2:04 PM

Some quick tidbits:

1. Went to Mayor Boughton's community forum at the King Street school and lets just say the mayor had some interesting things to say about a few topics including informaiton on the bomb threat/bank robbery, the bonding issue, and recent threats against immigrant rights supporters that have surfaced from the anti-immigrant whack-packers (AGAIN). The last honest man in Danbury also had me in stitches over his latest response regarding the rate of increase in the property taxes (which requires it's own seperate post). I'll role out the video footage and break things down later.

2. I guess I made a pretty good impression on last week's cable access show "Ideas at Work and Beyond." My appearance about the Hispanic Center is now the most watched Ideas at Work and Beyond episode on YouTube grabbing over 100 viewers since Saturday (which isn't bad for a local access show).

I've been approached by several people throughout the week who congradulated me shedding light on the obvious laundry list of lies that's STILL flowing from City Hall in regards to the Center. It's moments like that we're doing this website is worth the hassle.

3. If you like what I had to say last week, BE SURE TO TUNE INTO CHANNEL 23 TONIGHT at 9PM as I'll be part of a roundtable discussion about our lovely City Clerk Jean Natale. Let's just say that I'm going to get a few things off of my chest.

4. ALSO TONGIHT, please be sure to visit the site at 6PM as I'll be hosting a LIVE BLOG from the Bill Melillo for State Represenative fundraiser. Melillo is racing against State Rep Jane Giegler for the 138th District seat and tonight, I'll have my video gear set up in order to do a series of interviews from the fundraiser. Make sure to tune in because you never know what's going to happen during a live broadcast.

5. Anger is STILL brewing over the chain of events that led up to the denial of the funds for the Hispanic Center. Columinsts, reproters, and activists from across the country are up in arms over city hall's latest attack upon the immigrant community and seems like the lunatics that operate their bigotry under the shadows are about to be in for a wake-up call that will make the Pauline Basso/Joel Urice/Mary Teicholtz email scandal look like child's play.

I'm working very hard with several mainstream media outlets in terms of offering my video footage and background information (including the slanderous and defaming LIES that were told from the anti-immigrant establishment) and lets just say that some people should be getting phone calls from reporters soon. This "racially motivated" story is FAR from over...people are just busy doing their homework for now.

6. Since I won't be in town this weekend, I want to inform everyone that Congressman Chris Murphy will be in town hosting a housing and mortgage education event at City Hall this Saturday at 2 P.M.

7. Finally, it's that time of the year when I pack up my things and spend some time in Newport R.I. Don't be alarmed, I'll still be blogging...in fact, it's in Newport where I do my best work because I'm able to write in peace. I'll probablty post pictures from Newport from time to time in an effort to make everyone jealous :-)


That's it, make sure to come back here at 6 P.M.

Community Forum 06.18.08 broadcast


Time: 11:00 AM

Host: John Gogliettino
Guests: Bruno Tropeano, President Amerigo Vespucci. John DeBenedetto, Financial Secretary, Amerigo Vespucci.


Danbury Live: June Common Council meeting

Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Time: 10:49 PM

Part 1 (broadcasted 06.07.08)


Part 2 (Hispanic Center debate, broadcasted 06.14.08):

He tried to warn you...


Time: 5:16 PM

...and now, you have only yourselves to blame.



Think about it the next time you jump into your SUV.

It's a matter of honesty


Time: 1:38 PM

Oh the memories...

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Something to think about when you receive your property taxes in a couple of weeks...

Community Forum 06.11.08 broadcast


Time: 1:20 PM

Host: Susan Shaner
Guest: Gaby Ellert, Bethel Yoga


CTBob interview with Congressman Murphy

Monday, June 16, 2008
Time: 10:50 AM

On Saturday, Congressman Chris Murphy sat down with fellow blogger Connecticut Bob and did an exclusive online interview.
The video covers topics such as the 2006 election, the Supreme Court, the Constitution, current bills before the House, and Chris's impressions from his first term in Congress. The entire interview runs 22 minutes.



Trust me when I say that editing this interview was no small task (seeing that Bob used TWO cameras) so make sure to stop by Bob's blog and post a comment.

Anti-immigrant bigotry in Danbury gaining attention

Sunday, June 15, 2008
Time: 2:10 PM

I just handled yet another media request for background information regarding the anti-immigrant insanity in Danbury and now I'm exhausted.

I have to day that it's been an interesting month going back through my archives and assisting in providing background information to the mainstream press. Lets just say that things should be very interesting in Danbury this summer as several people will have to answer for their past statements and actions.

On a side note, I have to say thank you to all the readers who emailed me over the last couple of days and congratulated me on my appearance on television. To answer everyone's question: YES I will be making more appearances on cable and my local access show will premiere later this summer. The show would have started sooner but I'm still experimenting with Final Cut Pro and don't want to put anything on T.V. without giving it my best effort.

Let's just say that my appearance on Ivon's show last week was just a minor shot across the bow...

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MEDIA
02.04.23 (OP-ED/NEWSTIMES): Letter: "Republicans rigged the system in Danbury"

01.25.23 (OP-ED/PATCH):
"Letter: 'Danbury Is Not Immune To Gerrymandering'"

01.24.23 (NEWSTIMIES-TENSA):
"Is proposed Danbury ward map 'gerrymandered' or does it better represent downtown? Plan sparks debate"

02.17.22 (NEWSTIMES-PERKINS): "Danbury is redrawing its ward maps. Here’s what it means for voters."

CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS
01.25.23: (VID) REAPPORTIONMENT AD-HOC

01.17.23: (VID) REAPPORTIONMENT AD-HOC
• (DOC) PLAN A MAP (01.17.23)
• (DOC) PLAN B MAP (01.17.23)

R.A.C MEETINGS
10.06.23: (VID) R.A.C. final report
09.29.22: (VID) R.A.C. meeting
04.28.22: (VID) R.A.C. meeting
04.21.22: (VID) R.A.C. meeting
04.07.22: (VID) R.A.C. meeting
03.16.22: (VID) R.A.C. meeting
03.10.22: (VID) R.A.C. meeting
03.03.22: (VID) R.A.C. meeting
02.17.22: (VID) R.A.C. meeting

02.01.22: (VID) Establishment of R.A.C. (02.22 City Council)

10.03.18 (PDF):
"Approval of Danbury Prospect Charter School"

10.30.20 (HatCityBLOG VID): Charter School discussion during 2020 interview with Julie Kushner

2018 (RADIO): WLAD
"State Board of Ed signs off on Danbury charter school proposal"

08.20 (VID): CT-LEAD
"Stand up for Education Justice" Rally

08.20.20 (OP-ED): KUSHNER: "Charter schools are not ‘magic bullet’ to improving Danbury schools"

09.13.20 (OP-ED): CHAPMAN
Candidate for state Senate supports charter school for Danbury

01.15.21 (VID): CT-LEAD
Danbury Prospect Charter School press conference

03.19.21 (OP-ED): CT MIRROR
"Danbury leaders do not want a charter school"

04.01.21 (OP-ED): CT-LEAD:
"Why did Sen. Kushner vote against us?"

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

10.07.21 (VID): Danbury City-Wide PTO "Meet the Candidates" education forum

10.07.21 NEWSTIMES
Danbury candidates quarrel over charter school, education funding

01.10.22 NEWSTIMES
"New operator named for Danbury charter school: ‘I’m a huge advocate for parent choice’"

01.10.22 NEWSTIMES
"Some Danbury Democrats ‘open minded’ about charter school after new, CT operator named"

01.21.22 (OP-ED): CT MIRROR
"Lessons from Danbury: Ending the dual process for charter school approval"

02.09.22 NEWSTIMES
"Proposed Danbury charter school won’t open in 2022, governor leaves funding out of budget"

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

03.05.22 (LTE):
Time has come for Danbury charter school

03.12.22 (OP-ED): TAYLOR
"Why I am excited about the Danbury Charter School"

03.16.22 (LTE):
"Why a Danbury Charter School?"

04.02.22 CT EXAMINER:
"Crowding and a Lack of Options for Danbury Students, But No Agreement on Solutions"

04.04.22 (OP-ED): DCS
"Danbury Charter School plans debut"

04.07.22 (PODCAST): (CEA)
"SENATOR KUSHNER DISCUSSES POINTS OF OPTIMISM FOR DANBURY PUBLIC SCHOOLS"

04.18.22 (VID): CT-LEAD
Protest press conference

04.25.22 (RADIO): WSHU
Latino group call on Connecticut lawmakers to open a Danbury charter school

06.03.22 (OP-ED): KUSHNER:
"Career Academy ‘a great deal for Danbury"

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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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2022 STATE ELECTIONS
24th STATE SENATE
KUSHNER (D) | COEHLO (R)

JULIE KUSHNER
Video
04.11.22: Town Hall Meeting
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MICHELLE COEHLO
Campaign website

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Nomination speech
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2nd STATE REP. DISTRICT
ALLIE-BRENNAN (D) | LEWIS (R)

Dem. State Rep. Raghib Allie-Brennan

GOP candidate Jenn Lewis

107th STATE REP. DISTRICT
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JEFF GINSBURG

PAT CALLAHAN

109th STATE REP. DISTRICT
SANTOS (D) | FERNANDEZ (R)

FARLEY SANTOS
Campaign website

(VID) Nomination speech

JESY FERNANDEZ
Campaign website
(VID) Nomination speech

110th STATE REP. DISTRICT
GODFREY | GLEISSNER

ROBERT GODFREY

(VID) Nomination speech

ERIC GLEISSNER
(VID) Nomination speech

138th STATE REP. DISTRICT
GUCKER (D) | CHALESKI (R)

KEN GUCKER
02.21.22 (NEWSTIMES):
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Info
Campaign website

Video
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News
03.31.22 (NEWSTIMES):
"With two Danbury school board candidates seeking state office, education emerges as major issue"

OFFICE OF PROBATE
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JOE DASILVA JR.
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DOM CHIEFFALO
(VID): Nomination speech


2021 (ALVES/ESPOSITO)

TOWN COMMITTEES
(VID) DDTC nomination convention
(PDF) DDTC campaign slate flyer

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FORUMS/DEBATES
(VID) 2021 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum

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Alves Oct 12th SEEC report
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2007 (BOUGHTON/ABRANTES)
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(VID) Helana Abrantes TV ad
(VID) BRT tax deferral presser
(VID) Helena Abrantes "Community Forum" interview

2009 (BOUGHTON/GONCALVES)
Danbury 2009 election results
(VID) 2009 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum
(VID) 2009 Danbury Chamber of Commerce mayoral debate
(VID) 2009 DDTC nomination convention

2011 (BOUGHTON/TABORSAK)
Danbury 2011 election results
(VID) Saadi/Nero campaign kickoff

2013 (BOUGHTON/NO DTC ENDORSED CANDIDATE/MCALLISTER)
Danbury 2013 election results
(VID) 2013 DDTC nominaiton convention

2015 (BOUGHTON UNCHALLENGED)
Danbury 2015 election results

2017 (BOUGHTON/ALMEIDA)
Danbury 2017 election results
(VID) Al Almeida concession speech
(VID) 2017 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum
(VID) Al Almeida nomination acceptance speech

2019 (BOUGHTON/SETARO)
Danbury 2019 election results
(VID) 2019 NewsTimes Editorial Board interview with Mark Boughton and Chris Setaro
(VID) 2019 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum
(VID) 2019 Danbury Chamber of Commerce mayoral debate
(VID) 2019 convention endorsement speeches from Mark Boughton and Chris Setaro