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Why you can't trust anti-immigrant politicians

Saturday, September 04, 2010
Time: 8:18 AM

As someone from Danbury, I know a thing or two about people who spread lies about the immigrant community, which is why the following video from Arizona Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry Goddard is a homerun.

Capitalizing on Jan Brewer's god-awful debate performance, Goddard goes after the anti-immigrant governor's lies about beheadings by undocumented immigrants.

When it comes to the history of misleading statements about undocumented immigrants from the Republican's choice for Lt. Gov., the Connecticut Democratic State Party can learn a thing or two from this clip.

LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Community Fourm 09.01.10 broadcast

Friday, September 03, 2010
Time: 1:02 PM

Arizona anti-immigrant Gov. Jan Brewer=FAIL

Time: 11:14 AM

From Arizona's only gubernatorial debate, here's Gov. Jan Brewer in action...this is painful to watch...

Anti-immigrant Sheriff Joe Arpaio sued by Justice Department

Thursday, September 02, 2010
Time: 1:08 PM

The Justice Department on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in Arizona for refusing to fully cooperate with the department's investigation of alleged national origin discrimination in the course of immigration enforcement.

DOJ has been looking into whether Arpaio is in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act since March 2009. The controversial Arpaio passed a deadline last month to provide DOJ with the documents they requested, and his lawyer met with DOJ last week.

The Justice Department said at the time it was "hopeful" that Arpaio would cooperate following the meeting, but in a statement said on Thursday that it had "[exhausted] all cooperative measures" to gain access to the requested documents and facilities.

DOJ is unaware of any other police department of sheriff's office that has refused to cooperate with an investigation in the past 30 years, making Maricopa County "an extreme outlier," said the department.

From TPM, here's the PDF of the complaint against Sheriff Joe.

Danbury DTC annual picnic highlights

Time: 12:50 PM

From the Danbury Democratic Town Committee annual picnic, here's video highlights of some of the speeches at the event.

Murphy secured federal funding for homeless veterans

Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Time: 4:30 PM

On Monday, Congressman Chris Murphy paid a visit to the Vet House in Danbury to announce that he's secured funding for those homeless residents who served our country. Danbury is set to receive 15 federal housing vouchers for homeless veterans as well as funding for Vet House II, a housing project that provides shelter for homeless vets in the area.

Via Congressman Murphy's press release:
"These new housing resources will change lives.  No one should have to go without a roof over their heads, but veterans in particular deserve a place to call home given all they have done to serve our country.  I'm thrilled to see Danbury get its first dedicated housing vouchers and I'm looking forward to seeing how these resources will impact our homeless veterans," said Murphy.


Housing vouchers for veterans are allocated under a joint initiative between the VA and HUD called the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH).  Murphy was joined by Vet House and HUD-VASH officials.
Vet House I is part of the "Housing for Heroes" Program in Danbury, and provides temporary housing for veterans in need.  Vet House II is currently under construction, and Murphy secured $190,000 for that project.

From Monday, here's video footage of Murphy's presser.

LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Danbury Live 08.28.10 broadcast

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Time: 2:36 PM

...I'll have PLENTY to say regarding this outrageous ad-hoc committee meeting later.

LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Spotlight On 08.25.10 broadcast

Monday, August 30, 2010
Time: 11:55 AM

LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Progressive Soup 08.25.10 broadcast

Sunday, August 29, 2010
Time: 9:22 AM

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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

(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

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