LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Danbury Live August 8 2009 broadcast

Saturday, August 15, 2009
Time: 2:09 PM

Sloppy reporting at it's finest

Time: 9:45 AM

Oh do I long for the days of articles from Valerie Roth!

Read this tidbit from News-Times' reporter Dirk Perrefort regarding the Route 7/quarry fiasco (you know, the story the Hartford Courant wrote about in GREATER detail on FRIDAY)...
The leader of the state's Democrats has issued a scathing letter to Gov. M. Jodi Rell, calling into question her role in the Route 7 bypass and the seizure of a local quarry to make room for the new highway.


A statement from Rell's office this week defended her actions, and area lawmakers also supported her involvement in the project, which has been on the books since the 1970s and is slated for completion this fall.

and which area lawmakers are Perrefort talking about?
State Rep. David Scribner, R-Brookfield, who serves as a ranking member of the legislature's Transportation Committee, praised Rell for her leadership on the Route 7 project.

Besides the fact that this particular State Rep/treasurer for Brookfield has a problem paying his LOCAL property taxes, grabbing the opinion of one politician (who resides in Rowland-Rell's hometown) doesn't really add up to several area lawmakers supporting the governor.

...and the entire article fails to address the point raised by DiNardo.

Lets recap the Democratic State Chairwoman's questions to Gov. Rowland/Rell.
-"Why were you, as Lieutenant Governor, involved in these Department of Transportation meetings?"

-"What was your role?"

-"Did the proximity of the quarry to your home in Brookfield play any part in your involvement in the issue?"

-"How many meetings did you have with DOT officials about this issue?

-"Who did you meet with?"

-"What, specifically, was said?"

-"As part of these meetings, did you have any knowledge of the two internal DOT memos by senior officials admitting the quarry was actually worth between $25-30 million?"

No where in Perrefort's piece does Scribner address DiNardo's concerns regarding a screwed-up project which is going to cost the taxpayers an additional 28 million dollars.

Upon reading this so-called article, unlike the details in the Courant piece (in which the reporters directly questioned the governor's office), it's clear that Perrefort's reporting consisted of reading a couple of press releases and making a phone call to Scribner.

In wake of the governor's screw-up on the Route 11 upgrades, and the I-84 "storm drains to no-where" in Cheshire, DiNardo's questions regarding Rowland-Rell's role in this latest DOT debacle demands a response...and it's a reporter's responsibility to ask the questions on behalf of the public, not just re-write press releases from the comfort on one's desk.

In short, this type of reporting is a disservice to the public and an insult to the public's intelligence.


LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Spotlight On August 4 2009 broadcast

Friday, August 14, 2009
Time: 5:39 PM

Questions raised about Gov. Rell's role in quarry fiasco

Time: 8:37 AM

Absent in the pages of the News-Times is this story regarding questions raised about Gov. Rowland-Rell's involvement in the re-routing of Route 7 through the Brookfield quarry.
The state Democratic Party chairwoman asked Gov. M. Jodi Rell on Thursday to explain the role she played years ago, as lieutenant governor, when she met with transportation officials on the routing of a Route 7 bypass through a quarry in her hometown of Brookfield.

"Perhaps there was a perfectly legitimate reason why you felt the need to involve yourself, as Lieutenant Governor, in this issue. But certainly you can agree that your involvement does, at the very least, seem odd and even self-serving, given your residency in Brookfield and potential personal interest in the outcome," Democratic Party chief Nancy DiNardo wrote to Rell.


The decade-old routing decision led to a judge's July 29 order that the state pay the quarry owners $28 million extra for land the Department of Transportation took in 2004 by eminent domain.

The state paid $4.1 million then, but the owners sued for more, and Superior Court Judge Barbara J. Sheedy issued a decision blasting state officials for "unprofessional behavior" as they minimized the property's appraisal.

Sheedy's decision mentioned that Rell met with state transportation personnel and federal officials about the stalled project in July 2000 while she was lieutenant governor. Before assuming that office in 1995, Rell was a state legislator for a decade.

In her letter, DiNardo cited a Courant editorial urging more investigation and called it "unconscionable" that taxpayers may pay $28 million "for the state's malpractice."

DiNardo told Rell that "surely you would agree that your constituents in Connecticut deserve to know the answers to several $28 million dollar questions," including:

-"Why were you, as Lieutenant Governor, involved in these Department of Transportation meetings?"

-"What was your role?"

-"Did the proximity of the quarry to your home in Brookfield play any part in your involvement in the issue?"

-"How many meetings did you have with DOT officials about this issue?

-"Who did you meet with?"

-"What, specifically, was said?"

-"As part of these meetings, did you have any knowledge of the two internal DOT memos by senior officials admitting the quarry was actually worth between $25-30 million?"

DiNardo concluded by saying that "at a time of great economic distress in many Connecticut households, and certainly in our state's fiscal outlook, as well, it's unconscionable that taxpayers will be asked to cough up an additional $28 million to pay for the state's malpractice, and perhaps, even blatant disregard for the truth. Connecticut residents deserve their Governor practicing the transparency and accountability she so often preaches. I look forward to hearing back from you promptly regarding these questions."

While a spokeperson for the governor's office called the comments from Connecticut Democratic chairwoman DiNardo ""pathetically, blatantly political and unworthy of those she purports to represent," specific questions by the Hartford Courant went unanswered.


8/12 Hartford Courant Editorial: Taking Of Quarry For Highway Bypass Was A Costly DOT Fiasco

8/9 New London Day: Rell Still Dragging Her Feet On Route 11 Project

Common Council and Board of Education attempt to get on the same page

Thursday, August 13, 2009
Time: 12:32 PM

With questions lingering regarding school administration's concessions, as well as the decision making behind the latest copy machine contract, yesterday, members of the Board of Education addressed these concern with members of the Common Council at their first meeting before the start of the school season. In a meeting which became a bit testy at times, last night was an opportunity for elected officials from the board and Common Council to get on the same page.


Common Council Minority Leader Tom Saadi questions Lewis Brey, Director of Human Resources about the terms of the school administrator concessions

As noted in previous posts, Minority Leader Tom Saadi has been vocal about his concerns regarding the recent concessions made by the school administrators:

From the News-TImes article dated 07.28.09
School administrators who agreed to take two unpaid furlough days as a contract concession could have done more, according to at least one city official.

Common Council Minority Leader Thomas Saadi has asked representatives of the school district to attend an upcoming council meeting to address the issue.

"I don't want to drag anyone into an inquisition," Saadi said. "I just want to get some answers to questions people have been asking me."

He questioned how the giveback, which amounted to an estimated total savings of about $40,000, equated to about 1 percent of the administrators' total salaries, as school officials said last month.

"I would also like to know why there wasn't a give back of an actual pay increase," Saadi said. "The teachers stepped up and actually gave back a percentage of their raises. The teachers stepped up and the supervisors didn't."

From last night's meeting BOE meeting, here's footage of the conversation between Saadi and members of the board.


Elio Longo, Director of Finance points to the terms of the
Request for Proposal document with Common Council member Benjamin Chianese.

The recent decision of the board to deny a $900,000 copy-machine contract to a company in Bethel to operation based in Middletown, although the winning bid was 100,000 higher than the local company, has caught the attention of the public.

From the News-Times article dated 07.24.09
The owner of a Bethel copy company is furious that Danbury school officials awarded a $900,000 copy-machine contract to another bidder.

Mike Boyle, president of Base Technologies in Bethel, said his bid was rejected although it was $100,000 lower than the winner, who's had the contract for the past four years.

The contract is worth $232,000 a year for four years, for a total of about $928,000.

School officials said Boyle's bid did not satisfy all the specifications listed in the Request for Proposal document.

The Board of Education discussed the bids behind closed doors at its meeting July 22 and voted to award the contract to A and A Office Equipment in Middletown.

"We took a look at eight vendors and there were price differentials among all eight, as well as differences in the machine specs that they were giving us,'' Danbury schools finance director Elio Longo said Friday.

"Of the bidders, not all met specifications. According to the bids that are public, Base Technologies did not bid to specs on all the aspects of the RFP."

Boyle said he's written to Superintendent Sal Pascarella and members of the Danbury Common Council, who must approve the multi-year contract, to have them look at the contract.

"We knew we didn't meet the specs for one of the 62 machines, but I told him if he didn't accept the alternative I would give him the exact same machine he had spec-ed, and he told me he would get back to me,'' Boyle said.

Based on concerns raised by Base Technologies to the media and Common Council, the issue surrounding the decision making behind the copier contract was also addressed.


Danbury Public Schools Request for proposal: Full digital multifunctional devices (Download: pdf file).

Thousands not hundreds

Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Time: 4:48 PM

What was Dirk Perrefort thinking when he made the following reference regarding the number of people who protested against the 287g program in front of City Hall last year.
City officials submitted their application to the Department of Homeland Security in February 2008, after much local controversy.

Immigrant businesses throughout the city shut their doors for a day then in protest of the partnership, and hundreds of people descended on City Hall for the Common Council meeting when the application was approved by a vote of 19-2.

Now, notwithstanding the fact that I detailed the massive size of the protest on my site, and that the News-Times front page article the day after the 287g vote last year cited "thousands" of protesters, it's important to also mention that every single media outlet that were in attendance at City Hall on that fateful day echoed the same figure.

Let's recap:

If that's not enough, here's video footage of the protest...

At a time where leaders at City Hall are in full PR spin mode over the ICE ACCESS program, it's important for reporters not to downplay the number of residents who are opposed to the implementation of this program.

...just sayin'

FLASHBACK: Chief Baker meeting with the Danbury Alliance media roundup

Time: 3:23 PM

Here's a flashback post I did on June 25 2008 regarding Chief Baker's meeting with the Danbury Alliance about the 287g program

Chief Baker and Wilson Hernandez wait as residents concerned over the ICE ACCESS program begin to fill into the room at the Brazilian Catholic Center

This post will be dedicated to the mainstream media's coverage of tonight's meeting between Chief Baker and the Danbury Alliance.

I was in attendance at tonight's meeting and will post the event in it's entirety later this week.

To start things off, the News-Times came out with a blistering editorial that highlights Mayor Boughton's and the Republican-controlled "racially motivated" Common Council's use of illegal immigration for political purposes.
Danbury Police Chief Al Baker continues to carry the burden of what happened last winter when the Common Council voted to authorize the police department to work with federal immigration agents.

There was no need for a council vote -- since the police work with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies on a daily basis.

There was no need for the spectacle caused when competing activists converged on Danbury City Hall for the council vote -- which was a vote on nothing.

All these months later, there still is no written agreement between Danbury and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Baker has been regularly meeting with local groups -- some involved in the immigration issue, some not -- to explain the role of the department and what a partnership with ICE would mean.

"I'm always willing to meet with people on issues of concern to the public and the Danbury Police Department," the chief said.

One of those meetings is scheduled for tonight at the Brazilian Catholic Community Center on Liberty Street. It was arranged by the Danbury Alliance and will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Baker is doing a good job cleaning up the mess created by politicians who decided to get involved in what should be a purely law enforcement decision.

The extremes on both sides of the debate envisioned ICE agents sweeping into Danbury neighborhoods for mass roundups of those suspected of being illegal immigrants.

Naturally, there were fears of racial profiling against legal immigrants and citizens.


The lack of a written agreement with ICE points out the needless rush by the council. The city hasn't even been told by ICE whether it will be accepted into the ICE program for local police. The city also has not been told if any Danbury police officers will be offered training spots in ICE programs.

ICE will probably say yes. But just as ICE is taking its time to make decisions, the Danbury Police Department should have been given time to decide how best to approach a partnership with ICE -- without the posturing and interference of the Common Council.

Here's Fox61's report.

WTNH report

After the meeting with Chief Baker, the Danbury Alliance issued the following statement:
Danbury Chief of Police, Alan Baker, at a meeting yesterday with representatives of Latino/Hispanic communities and representatives of the Danbury Alliance, Would not commit to several modifications proposed by the Danbury Alliance to the agreement with ICE pursuant to the authorization given to him by the Danbury Common Council on February 6.

Between 80 and 100 members of the Latino/Hispanic communities and the Danbury Alliance voiced concerns with some of the clauses they say are common to all the existing Memorandum of Agreements (MOA) with ICE but are vague and inconsistent in nature. They sought assurances from the Chief of Police that these clauses would be modified in the agreement which the Chief of Police is expected to sign with ICE.

Chief Alan Baker did not agree to put a specific clause in the MOA that would forbid officers from asking crime victims their immigration status or sharing their status with ICE. In addition, Chief Baker said there would be times that immigration status would be asked and shared with ICE, such as the U Visa program which grants crime victims a temporary visa during the time they cooperate with the prosecution of a criminal.

Chief Baker would not commit to include language in the MOA prohibiting racial profiling. He noted that the police force does not engage in racial profiling yet, several members of the public stated that they had received multiple complaints from persons who said that they had been racially profiled by the Danbury police but were afraid to report it.

The financial costs associated with participation in this program were also addressed by the public however; Chief Alan Baker was unable to provide any details associated with this and stated the city council had not done a cost analysis, to his knowledge, but that it was something that he and the city could do.

Mr. Wilson Hernandez asked Chief Baker if he would limit the number of detectives who receive ICE training to the original number of two detectives he proposed to the common council in January. Chief Baker's response was "I don't want to tie our hands to that number" adding that the number could eventually be increased.

When asked by the public, "what constitutes the definition of a criminal alien" Chief Baker said that there were specific types of criminals they were looking for but could not provide a definition of the term. Chief Baker would not commit to including the definition of criminal alien provided by the Alliance in the wording of the MOA.

Finally, Chief Baker would not agree to allow members of the Alliance to review the final MOA before it is signed.

Despite the reluctance of Chief Baker to commit to the modifications that had been proposed, members of the Alliance issued the following statement: "We consider tonight's event a success in many ways. One of the primary missions of our group is to facilitate dialogue and inform the public. We believe that information is gleaned as much by the question as by their answers. Tonight was a perfect example of that."

Here's a link to the News-Times write-up.

Continued problems with the expansion of 287g

Time: 2:59 PM

On July 29th, Amy Goodman of Democracy NOW held a roundtable discussion on the expansion of the 287g program under the Obama administaration and the criticism the program has received as of late.

Joining Goodman in the roundtable are Aarti Shahani, lead author of “Local Democracy on ICE,” a report on the 287(g) program by the nonpartisan criminal justice institute Justice Strategies, and Roberto Lovato, contributing associate editor with New America Media and a frequent contributor to The Nation and the Huffington Post. He was previously the executive director of the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), then the country’s largest immigrant rights organization.

For those who don't think Danbury has just joined the racial profiling business, this is required viewing.

LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Progressive Soup August 5 2009 broadcast

Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Time: 4:28 PM

GUEST: Lynn Taborsak

Shotgun meeting?

Time: 3:59 PM

As you know, for some time now, Common Council Minority Leader Tom Saadi has been very vocal in his concerns over the school administration's salary concessions as well as other matters related to the judgement of the board of education, the latest being the board's decision reject Base Technologies' copier machine contract offer, although their bid was $100,000 lower than the eventual winner.

With a little over 24 hours notice for the public, Council President Joe Cavo emailed this memo out to members of the council:
Dr. Pascarella has invited Council Members to attend a meet and greet with Dr. Robert Rossi, the new Danbury High School Principal. This will take place at the Beaver Brook School Administration building at 6:30 PM on Wednesday August 12th 2009.

For Council Members interested in attending as members of the public, there will be a Special Board of Education meeting to follow at 7:00 PM.

The Board of Education agenda will include a presentation of the copier bid as well as information regarding the Administrators furlough days.

Best Regards,

Joe Cavo
Council President

Now, not withstanding that NOT ONE MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC IS AWARE OF THIS "SPECIAL" MEETING (and notice of the meeting is not posted on the BOE's website, the notion that somehow a meeting that's as important to members of the public can be called with a little over 24 hours notice is disheartening to say the least. For Cavo, the council President, to go along with the BOE's scheduling of this meeting, in light of all the criticism and attention paid to the decision making of the BOE by members of the public, is inexcusible.

LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Community Forum August 5 2009 broadcast

Monday, August 10, 2009
Time: 6:02 PM

HOST: Susan Shaner
GUEST: Kate Lupo

Talking out of both sides of his mouth

Time: 4:51 PM

In honor of Danbury being accepted into the ICE prorgam, lets look at some past quotes from the last honest man in the city.

Mayor Boughton, Hartford Courant 05.07.05
Lost in the hubbub is the political reality that having state police enforce immigration law in Connecticut is unlikely to happen anytime soon, if ever. And even Boughton acknowledges that his plan would have little effect on the number of undocumented immigrants in town.


Blumenthal responded to Boughton's request by saying it would need the approval of Gov. M. Jodi Rell, Public Safety Commissioner Leonard Boyle and the state legislature.

Blumenthal said there is no chance of that happening this year and he has "serious reservations" about the proposal.

"Deputizing local or state police is not a long term or fundamental solution to the problem,"
he said.

Although Boughton wants state police to enforce immigration law, he is not interested in Danbury police having the same authority, for fear it would cripple their ability to investigate other crimes.

"The same is true, to an even greater extent, for the state police," Blumenthal said.

Mayor Boughton, New York Times 05.25.05
It will begin at Kennedy Park, where the crowds of Hispanic men who gather before dawn to find work as day laborers helped prompt Mayor Mark D. Boughton to ask that the state police be deputized to enforce federal immigration laws.


Now, while members of Danbury's Common Council continue to draft a ''repetitive outdoor activity'' ordinance to restrict volleyball by cracking down on parking and noise, among other things, the mayor says deputizing the state police may not be necessary, that the police may have enough remedies without becoming immigration agents.

Mayor Boughton, Hartford Courant, April 26 2006.
Most local police departments say they have no interest in arresting illegal immigrants who have not committed crimes. Even in Danbury, when Mayor Mark Boughton last year tried unsuccessfully to have state police enforce immigration law, he said he didn't want his police doing it because it could discourage immigrants from cooperating in criminal investigations.

Food for thought...kinda makes you wonder about his comments regarding the Danbury 11 case huh?

Danbury accepted into ICE program

Time: 2:41 PM

Although not confirmed, word has it that the Department of Homeland Security accepted Danbury into the ICE (287g) program and that the city will be proceeding with execution of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

...but there is a catch. You see, the entire program is being overhauled.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced an overhaul of that program, placing greater restriction on police. Most notably, 287(g) now explicitly places priority on "aliens who pose a criminal threat," says Matt Chandler, Assistant Press Secretary for DHS's Office of Public Affairs.

This is meant to discourage police from charging illegal immigrants with small crimes and dragging them through the ICE system, a process that could end in deportation.

With the last honest man in Danbury bragging about the city being the safest area in the state, given the current economic climate, it will be interesting to see how Boughton will factor in the implementation of this needless (and racially motivated) policy.

...more to come.

Why re-elect an incompetent city clerk?

Time: 12:29 PM

I guess in the world of the most racist/idiotic/incompetent City Clerk in the history of Danbury, desperate times call for desperate measures...

Get a laugh at this fundraising letter for Jean Natale.


Now, not withstanding that this letter was sent to people Jean thought were her friends at least 10 days (if not more) before she officially filed the necessary paperwork declaring herself as a candidate (ahem, can you say campaign law violation), the letter, is a joke.

Take a look at dumb-dumb's job description:
Section 3-3 CITY CLERK.
The City Clerk shall be the Clerk of the Council. The City Clerk shall keep for public inspection copies of every proposed ordinance and a record of all proceedings including all roll call votes. All records so kept shall be authenticated by such Clerk or the President of the Council or both. The Clerk shall be responsible for the publication of such notices of hearing and publication of ordinances as may be necessary and perform such other duties as the Council may determine. The Council may, at any time,appoint an Assistant Clerk or Clerks, who shall, in the absence or disability of the Clerk, perform all the duties of the Clerk, and all records and acts of said Assistant shall have the same validity as the records and acts of the Clerk.

As you can see, Natale's laughable letter clearly highlights why she doesn't deserve re-election.

The City Clerk is the CLERK OF THE COUNCIL not the CLERK OF THE MAYOR! Natale's letter to her so-called supporters has nothing to do with her job description...in fact, Natale brags about how she works closely with the mayor when in fact, working with the mayor has NOTHING to do with her job description.

...and lets not bring up the fact that she DOESN'T do her job!

Unfortunately, we have a City Clerk who's simply too stupid, racist, and arrogant to understand that she's doesn't work at the pleasure of the mayor.

When it comes to the frustration people (on BOTH sides of the political aisle) have with Jean Natale, I'll let the video tell the story.

Come November, think before you vote.

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"Stand up for Education Justice" Rally

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Candidate for state Senate supports charter school for Danbury

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"Danbury leaders do not want a charter school"

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"Why did Sen. Kushner vote against us?"

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

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10.07.21 NEWSTIMES
Danbury candidates quarrel over charter school, education funding

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

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

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

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Time has come for Danbury charter school

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"Why I am excited about the Danbury Charter School"

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Latino group call on Connecticut lawmakers to open a Danbury charter school

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"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.



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

trans_button Santos Family Story
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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