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.
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.
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 :-)
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...
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"
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.