Political Roundup: Penn Act Propaganda / DCF Plantation Report

This column appears in the April 17 – 24 edition of the Hartford News… Community Update:  Monday members of the Community Party and the Occupy movement addressed the Hartford City Council regarding fire safety in low income housing. Full story next week…
 
 
 
  Definition of spin doctor (n)   1. somebody who imparts favorable bias: somebody whose job is to present to the public the policies, actions, or words of a person or organization in their best possible light
 
synonyms: publicist · PR expert · propagandist · marketing expert · representative    
 
 
 
 
Last week CT News Junkie posted a work of fiction on the state racial profiling issue that would make Stephen King envious. 
 http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/connecticut_makes_significant_progress_on_tracking_racial_profiling/  The article was obviously a response to the Community Party’s Penn Act commentary two weeks ago.  https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/legislators-ctrp3-oppose-trayvon-martin-act-workplace-bullying-report/   The CT News Junkie infomercial on the “significant progress” of the Penn Act, which included a bogus claim of a 95% compliance rate by police departments, is a prime example of what Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman describes as the “access of evil.” http://www.thenation.com/article/access-evil#  Goodman is talking about media outlets getting in bed with the institutions or individuals they’re covering, in order to maintain access to them. Another component of CT News Junkie’s Penn Act coverage is their “journalists” allowing personal feelings to get in the way of reporting the facts. Christine Stuart followed CP on Facebook and Twitter, yet she refused to mention our involvement in the Penn Act issue. We banned her from our pages because of this. Then her husband Doug Hardy started following us on Twitter. Their media blackout remains in effect as they dutifully carry out their masters’ continuous campaign to brainwash the public. Stuart’s report credits the ACLU and the Penn Act advisory board for motorists now receiving a card with information on how to file a complaint. The truth is that the Connecticut General Assembly passed CP’s traffic stop receipt, third party reporting agency and advisory board amendments in 2012. The receipt provision requires patrol officers to give a copy of the traffic stop report to the driver. https://www.facebook.com/notes/stop-racial-profiling-obey-the-law/community-party-trayvon-martin-act-bill-language/617004948349355 CT News Junkie did not mention our receipt language in their coverage of the bill’s passage. CNN did.  https://www.facebook.com/notes/stop-racial-profiling-obey-the-law/2012-cnn-report-on-the-community-partys-racial-profiling-bill/635113516538498 This provision was repealed by the legislature last year due to pressure by the police, who wield considerable political influence at the State Capitol. CP and State Representative Matt Ritter pressured lawmakers to restore the receipt language, which resulted in the compromise of motorists receiving a card with instructions on how to file a complaint. Assemblyman Ritter is supporting CP’s ongoing effort to restore the receipt provision. Unfortunately our idea of an advisory board with community representation was hijacked. This body is filled with bureaucrats who answer to Gov. Dannel Malloy. True community representation is nonexistent. 
 
 
 
I support the Drug Free School Zone bill (which would reduce areas of enhanced penalties for drug sales from 1500 to 200 feet from a school) even though I have beef with some of the people behind the legislation, simply because the bill is good public policy. My ego is not big enough to let my personal feelings trump the interests of the Black and Latino community. I don’t want to waste too much space talking about CT News Junkie. I don’t follow the site because although they tout themselves as “alternative media” they don’t cover issues such as Black / Latino unemployment, racial wage / wealth disparity and police containment that impact low income communities of color, which was my beef with them in the first place. I can get that kind of media bias anywhere. Like the corporate outlets, they inflate the importance of a corporate funded, fringe, far-right organization like the Tea Party, while ignoring much larger progressive organizations on the far-left. That’s an elitist agenda. My message to CT News Junkie is simple. If you don’t like our group, leave us alone. Don’t stalk us on social media. We don’t pay attention to you at all, except for when you’re screwing around with an issue we’re involved in. You stay over there, and we’ll stay over here. You’re definitely harming communities of color with your Penn Act propaganda. You’re also disrespecting people like Mary Sanders, who wrote CP’s Trayvon Martin Act bill language, and Rep. Ritter, who has worked tirelessly in support of our bill since he has been in office. We have no problem with Senator Gary Holder-Winfield, who was quoted in the CT News Junkie article and has publicly supported our legislation. News organizations should cover the news, not make it up… 
 
 
 
 
 
This week we’ll share posts from Cornell Lewis’ DCF Plantation blog.   http://dcfplantation.blogspot.com/
 
March 29, 2014
 

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INCIDENT IN BUILDING # 6 AND NO RESPONSE FROM MANAGEMENT

 
The management at Connecticut Juvenile Training School is highly dysfunctional when it comes to implementation of disciplining employees. In the last year CJTS [ Key Stone Cops type]  management terminated several Youth Service Officers for looking at a computer and not noticing two residents fighting. Now it has come to the attention of this blog site that on March 28, 2014 a similar incident occurred i.e. two residents fighting while a new staff looked at a computer ( was it work related ? ). Sources inside CJTS report a staff was transfixed at a computer screen while two residents fought in a bathroom on a Unit in building # 6. This fight was known because another resident told the staff about it. Staff then called for assistance to help break up the fisticuffs. To make matters worse the new staff wrote this fracas up in a report and placed it in a CJTS data base called Conduit. At this juncture the entire fight has been swept under the rug so to speak.

“What is good for the goose is good for the gander” so goes the saying: management did not place this staff on paid administrative leave like three YSOs last year ( for the same type of situation ). I wonder if the YSO in bldg # 6 will be investigated or terminated like those YSOs last year from Unit 4D? How can leadership at CJTS fail to act decisively in this case of a fight in bldg # 6 when they did so last year when a fight took place in 4D? Well, one reason management moved quickly in the 4D incident is because that issue was used as a pretext to attack activist Cornell Lewis for exposing racism / bias at CJTS. Now it appears this new case is being ignored. Situations like the one in bldg # 6 are commonplace at this facility and continues to speak volumes about a management staff that could not manage a dog kennel effectively.

Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain.”
   — Friedrich von Schiller

 
 
, April 12, 2014
 

WHITE AND GAY PROTECTED, BLACK OR LATINO AND GAY REJECTED

 
The story you are about to read is a follow up to a previous one about an employee feeling unsafe on Unit 6 Delta. Sources contacted this blog about a situation they feel is unfair, biased and racist. Again let me be clear that the facts are coming from Youth Service Officers working at Connecticut Juvenile Training School and not confirmed by management [ they refuse to speak with staff writers from this blog ]. It is reported that an openly gay white male YSO did not feel safe on Unit 6 D, and to make the point sent e-mail to the Assistant Superintendent at CJTS stating such a fact. Then management in their wisdom transferred the gay YSO to Unit 4 Delta where even a change of scenery did not remove the fear.

If you are a YSO at CJTS, working with difficult and assaultive residents is part of the job, this is told to possible employees up front. Yet this writer wonders why management is going out of their way to protect a YSO who claims to ” feel unsafe around residents and staff ” and ” coming to work daily increases that fear.” For the record there are openly gay YSOs working at CJTS that do not receive special treatment; a black male, black female, and Latina female have worked at CJTS for close to  a decade and endured taunts, etc. from residents but received no solace from white administrators. The openly gay white male is moved to 4 Delta and given protection when he appears for work. Sources indicate that management moved experienced YSOs to Unit 4D to make this white YSO feel safe. Say what?? If we look even more closely at this biased behavior it seems strange how black males [ the big black shiny chest buck syndrome ] are taken from various Units to work on 4D when the white gay YSO is on the property. Why did management take experienced black YSOs from Units 5C and 5D to work with a white male in order to make that person feel safe?  Hell, the gay YSOs of color never were given such honors. In fact a Latina gay female was constantly berated by residents a few years ago and no person in authority offered any help. The poor woman had to take time off work to refocus her damaged psyche.

Well for the record if you are white and gay [ at CJTS ] you are protected, but black or Latino and gay is rejected. The insults to employees of color continue to mount with no end in sight. When will some higher official look into what is going on at this CJTS plantation and correct the problems? Evidently current leadership at CJTS is not doing their job while collecting hefty salaries. In the final analysis there is a definite distinction made between white or employees of color at this plantation: even Stevie Wonder can see something is wrong.

” He who allows oppression shares the crime.”
  – Erasmus Darwin

 
 
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ACTION ALERT: STOP RACIAL PROFILING IN CONNECTICUT!

 
We need folks to contact the Judiciary Committee and legislators in your district and urge them to support the Community Party’s Trayvon Martin Act amendments during the legislative session. Call and email committee Chair Sen. Eric Coleman http://www.senatedems.ct.gov/Coleman.php and Vice Chair Rep. Matt Ritter http://www.housedems.ct.gov/RitterM/ .  Assemblyman Ritter has supported our bill since we first introduced it in 2010. The contact info for the other committee members can be viewed here. http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/MemberList.asp?comm_code=JUD Identify your legislators by providing your info on this page. http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/CGAFindLeg.asp  You can read our bill language here. https://www.facebook.com/notes/stop-racial-profiling-obey-the-law/community-party-trayvon-martin-act-bill-language/617004948349355
 
 
Follow CP on Twitter for state, national and global headlines and updates on the status of our Trayvon Martin Act and Safe Work Environment Act, including action alerts. https://twitter.com/CommunityParty1  Check out CP’s No Sellout blog for the archive of our Hartford News columns. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/  Listen to WQTQ 89.9 FM for CP’s public service announcements on our racial justice initiatives. https://www.facebook.com/wqtqfm Contact us at 860-206-8879 or info.community.party@gmail.com.
 
 
Resources
 
United for a Fair Economy report on racial economic disparity:
 
 
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement report on the extrajudicial killing of Black people:
 
 
Drug Free School Zone bill:
 
 
Cornell Lewis Legal Defense Fund:
 
 
David Samuels
Founder
Community Party
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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