Stop the misinformation...

Saturday, August 11, 2018
Time: 7:26 PM

Seems like there is a great deal of misinformation regarding the immigration battle in Danbury between the years of 2005-2010.

I'll make this simple...I was one of a VERY small handful of reporters/bloggers who say that they were at virtually EVERY single event that involved immigration in the city..and of that group, I'm the ONLY one still around.

A sample of some of the events I covered include:

* 2005 Danbury March In Unity

* 2006 May Day March

* Danbury 11 arrest. the rally, and court case

* Stop the Raids Rally at WCSU

*Formation, height and fall of the anti-immigration hate groups CT Citizens for Immigration Control (Paul Streitz) and the United States Citizens for Immigration and Law Enforcement (Elise Marciano).

* Anti-immigrant forum at Roger's Park School and at WCSU

* ICE ACCESS forums, (including debates and final vote on the proposal at the common council)

* Attack on Hispanic Center and it's director Maria Cinta Lowe

* Formation, height, and fall of the immigrant rights group Danbury Partnership for Unity/Danbury Alliance.

* Infiltrating and secret recordings of anti-immigrant meetings.

* Danbury GOP racist email scandal.

* Threats on my life by members of the same anti-immigrant group.

* Implementation of the Secure Communities program (which in many ways replaced 287g).

Over the years, I painstakingly videotaped all of these events as well as many other events surrounding the issue of immigration that occurred in Danbury as well as archived any and all documents, news video footage, and news articles on the subject...and I posted all of my work online.

Recently, there's been some rather breath-taking revisionist history regarding what actually transpired during those very difficult years in the city; some people are overstating their participation in opposing anti-immigrant efforts while demonizing others based on personal petty grievances. At the same time, people are spreading mischaracterizations about the things that happened in the city.

This can not be allowed to happen...and I will not allow it to happen on my watch. Too many people suffered because of that dark moment in Danbury's history...I haven't forgotten...and I'll challenge ANYONE who tries to distort the truth about what actually happened.

First and final warning...

VIDEO: Zoning Board of Appeals August 9 2018 meeting

Friday, August 10, 2018
Time: 10:07 AM

ICYMI, here's video footage of the Zoning Baord of Appeals decision on the Dorthy Day House fisaco.

Well said Glenda...well said.

Thursday, August 09, 2018
Time: 11:49 AM

“My Lord — we had more African American officers 25 years ago than we have today,” said Glenda Armstrong, president of the local NAACP. “We’re not moving in the right direction. Hiring them is not a police officer’s job, it’s on the Mayor’s Office.”

As someone who has lived in Danbury since the late 80s and can fondly remember complaints of a lack of minorities among the ranks of the Danbury Police Department over the decades...and it’s a shame that this topic hasn’t been properly addressed to the satisfaction of people of color in the city.

The Danbury Newstimes has the’s worth the read...

VIDEO: August 2018 City Council meeting

Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Time: 7:56 AM

August 2018 City Council Agenda (PDF)

Rhodes “apology” to Jahana Hayes is more offensive than her racist comment

Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Time: 9:45 AM

This is rich.

After staying silent in face of the firestorm around her, on the same day that the Newstimes started an inquiry reagrding her offensive and racist commentary regarding Jahana Hayes, Danbury Democatic Town Committee memebr Martha Rhodes posted the following message before temporarily deactivating her Facebook account.


In apologizing “if my personal commented in any way offended" anyone, Rhodes shows that she didn’t learn a thing from denigrating a person of color.

I felt excluded by her because I’m white and she repeatedly harped on how government should look like her while veiling her own racism with allusions to diversity and fairness in her final remarks.

To add salt to the wound, in response to a comment of support for her, Rhodes shows her true colors in calling her critics as people with "clouded lenses" and appears to takes umbrage over the entire dust-up.

By deflecting blame to her critics and not honestly accepting full ownership for her remarks, Rhodes shows that she learned nothing from her actions and is unfit to hold a position of the town committee.

Rhodes needs to resign...and she needs to resign now.

EXCLUSIVE AUDIO: Danbury NAACP speaks out on racially disparaging Jahana Hayes post

Monday, August 06, 2018
Time: 7:57 AM

Last Thursday, I was able to catch up with Greater Danbury NAACP chairperson Glenda Armstrong and get her to take on the offensive remarks about Jahana Hayes and subsequent apology/non-apology from Democratic Town Committee member Martha Rhodes and the need for the committee leadership to properly address the controversy.

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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)

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"

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

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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



11.15.23 Recanvass return
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11.07.23: Election night returns
(Head Moderator Return Format)

11.07.23: Initial returns

Oct 10 2022
Jan 10 2023
Apr 10 2023
Jul 10 2023
Oct 10 2023

Apr 10 2023
Jul 10 2023
Oct 10 2023

Dem/GOP slate/ballot position

VIDEO: DRTC convention
VIDEO: DDTC conveniton


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

(VID) DRTC nomination convention
(PDF) DRTC campaign slate flyer

(VID) 2021 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum

First quarter
Alves Apr 10th SEEC filing

Second quarter
Alves Jul 10th SEEC filing
Esposito Jul 10th SEEC filing

Third quarter
Alves Oct 12th SEEC report
Esposito Oct 12th SEEC report

Alves "Jan 6th" attack mailer 10.21.21
Esposito "you can't trust Alves" attack mailer 10.20.21
Alves mailer 10.20.21
Alves mailer 09.30.21
Esposito mailer 09.28.21
Alves mailer 09.27.21
Esposito mailer 09.27.21


Danbury 2005 election results
Newstimes Dean Esposito profile (10.25.05)

Danbury 2007 election results
(VID) Helana Abrantes TV ad
(VID) BRT tax deferral presser
(VID) Helena Abrantes "Community Forum" interview

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

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

Danbury 2013 election results
(VID) 2013 DDTC nominaiton convention

Danbury 2015 election results

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

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