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Shawn Wooden in Concert

June 26, 2014

                   It’s the Concert Event of the Summer! 

 You’ve seen, read and heard Hartford City Council President / state Senate candidate Shawn Wooden all week, as he desperately tries to explain his flip-flop on the New Britain Rock Cats Hartford stadium deal. Now Shawn will be taking his performance to the next level as he spins live in concert!

The Corporate  Media Spin Tour will feature Shawn performing his greatest hits…

 I Always Wanted Private Funding (I Just Never Said It), Stadiums = Jobs, Baby, Forget About My Flip-Flop, Don’t Take Your Vote Away, I Want Your Primary Love, Solid as a Rock Cat, Bonding with You, and Stop Dogging My Stadium Plan (featuring DMX).

If you don’t have money for a ticket, just borrow it like the City of Hartford does!  

This is a Politics as Usual production.

 

 

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Political Roundup: Wooden Flip-Flops on Stadium / Republicans Support Pelto

June 26, 2014
This column appears in the April 26 – July 3 edition of the Hartford News… Community Update: Black transgender teen Jane Doe was moved to the Albert J. Solnit Children’s Psychiatric Center, a Middletown facility run by the Department of Children and Families. Jane Doe’s lawyer Aaron Romano talked to the New Haven Register about the move. “All along we’ve said that jail was inappropriate for Jane and we’re pleased with this move. It’s not perfect, but it’s not jail.” http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20140624/jailed-connecticut-transgender-teen-moved-to-psych-center The Community Party will introduce the Jane Doe Act in 2015; this bill would prohibit DCF from incarcerating their clients. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2014/05/22/coming-in-2015-jane-doe-act/ Check out Cornell Lewis’ DCF Plantation blog for news and commentary about structural racism at DCF… http://dcfplantation.blogspot.com/  
Those calling for the United States to “stabilize” Iraq must have forgotten about this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rXPrfnU3G0 Bring the war dollars home!
 
Last Saturday Gov. Dannel Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman attended the Working Families Party convention. Mark Pazniokas of the Connecticut Mirror reported that Wyman thanked state workers for their votes in 2010 (I’m a state employee). “ ‘Without you in 2010, we couldn’t have survived and become governor and lieutenant governor,’  Wyman said, making the political personal. ‘Dan and I know we couldn’t have done this without you.’ ” Malloy was singing a different tune during an interview with New York Times reporter David M. Halbfinger in February 2011, three months after he was elected. “There is much skepticism in Hartford about whether Mr. Malloy will ultimately win what he needs from the unions, which provided critical support for his election. Even labor leaders question whether the governor will force concessions, he said. ‘I’ve had people come up to me and say, ‘We got you elected,’  Mr. Malloy said. ‘And my quick retort is, ‘Yeah, and you’re the reason it was so close.’ Because lots of people voted against me as a way to express their anger against them.’ ” You’re welcome, Dan…     
 
Raul De Jesus and Alexander Aponte were the latest councilmen to jump ship on the New Britain Rock Cats stadium deal; last week both said they would not support the construction of a stadium for the Rock Cats without funding from the private sector. City Council President Shawn Wooden has been performing daily on his Corporate Media Spin Tour, claiming that he told Mayor Pedro Segarra’s administration from the beginning that he wanted private investors to fund the stadium. However Wooden never made this demand publicly when the deal was announced, which would have been to his advantage because he’s challenging Sen. Eric Coleman in an August 12 primary.
 
Last Sunday Wooden appeared on the WFSB TV Face the State program with former major league baseball player and current ESPN analyst Doug Glanville. The fact remains that Wooden didn’t make his support conditional when he stood grinning next to Segarra three weeks ago; he started using the word “if” AFTER protests erupted over the deal. That’s a fact dude can’t talk around. Wooden’s claim would mean that he and Segarra proudly announced the stadium deal even though they both knew at the time that the city didn’t have the money to pay for it. Segarra told the media that the stadium plan was a “done deal.” 
 
During his Face the State appearance Wooden repeated the specious claim that sports stadiums = jobs; this report by economists Andrew Zimbalist and Roger G. Noll tells the inconvenient truth about stadiums, employment and economic development.  http://www.brookings.edu/research/articles/1997/06/summer-taxes-noll  Glanville told some warm and fuzzy stories about his experiences as a minor league player, but couldn’t provide concrete numbers to support the corporatist propaganda about stadiums.
What you’re seeing right now is a candidate for state Senate who is desperately trying to put out a fire before voters in Hartford hit the polls.
 
A component of this issue which has been lost in the sauce is the planned North Hartford supermarket that is now in limbo because of the stadium deal. http://www.courant.com/business/real-estate/hc-hartford-conn-supermarket-plan-ballpark-20140618,0,3945527.story Thomas E. Deller, the city’s director of development services, says that the supermarket deal is still a priority. Food deserts are a serious problem in low income communities of color. http://connectoc.org/Talk/ConnectOCBlog/tabid/116/PostID/92/Families-Landlocked-in-Food-Deserts.aspx Opponents of the stadium should also be talking about the need for this North Hartford supermarket to be built…
 
Councilman Kyle Anderson’s letter in last week’s edition of the Hartford News was an attempt to distort the fire safety issue that Mary Sanders, Adam Osmond, myself and others have attempted to get the city and the Hartford Fire Department to address. I did not contact Anderson only about Bowles Park; I emailed and called him and his aide to talk about Westbrook Village and privately owned buildings in the North End that I personally inspected. Anderson can play tit for tat for the sake of political expediency all he wants, the fact he cannot dispute is that he never responded. As I mentioned in a previous column, I did not hear from Anderson until after I called him out in my column. Even then, Anderson said only that he wanted to talk to me about my remarks. He did not mention the security bars issue at all; I still have the voicemail on my phone. Anderson is engaging in damage control because I named him in one of my FOI requests. If Anderson had put the same energy into this public safety issue as he has into covering his butt politically, he would have been better off. The city and the HFD have been totally uncooperative, which is why I made the FOI requests. You can read the March 19 email I sent to Anderson at CP’s No Sellout Blog.   https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2014/06/21/31914-email-to-councilman-kyle-anderson-re-security-bars/
 
HFD Captain James McLoughlin abruptly cut off our interview when I asked him if he would support an ordinance banning security bars without the quick release device. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/the-bedford-street-fire-tragedy-an-interview-with-hfd-captain-james-mcloughlin/ A City Hall employee refused to give me anything in writing pertaining to Wooden’s supposed efforts to enforce the law against security bars without the quick release device. The Office of Legislative Research provided State Representative Matt Ritter with a copy of the state law, which specifically prohibits security bars without a quick release device. Rep. Ritter and I will work on finding out if the buildings with the bars that violate state law were equipped before the law was passed, or if this is an enforcement issue. After we get more info we will discuss next steps. It will take 4-6 weeks to get additional info from OLR.
 
Jonathan Pelto, who has been collecting petition signatures in an effort to be added to the 2014 gubernatorial election ballot as an independent candidate, met with ex-Republican state chairman Chris Healy and gave him a petition. Healy of course circulated the petition among his GOP colleagues. Pelto claimed that he never expected Healy to do this, which is like me giving Bernie Madoff my ATM card and PIN number, then being surprised when my bank account was wiped out. Pelto’s actions are proof for his critics who say that Pelto is running for governor so he can stick it to Malloy, who would not give Pelto a job in his administration. Are we supposed to believe that when Pelto gave Healy a petition, he thought that this influential Republican operative would have the petition framed and hang it on his living room wall? Call me crazy, but the only reason why I would hand somebody a petition is for them to circulate it. Pazniokas reported on the Pelto / Healy meeting.

“A former Republican state chairman is gathering signatures to help get Jonathan Pelto, a Democratic critic of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, on the ballot as an independent candidate for governor, telling GOP voters that Pelto will draw votes from Malloy.

“Chris Healy, who stepped down in 2011 after four years as GOP chairman, wrote an email to Republicans in his hometown of Wethersfield urging them to sign a Pelto petition. He told The Mirror he was circulating a petition he obtained from Pelto, whom he has known for years, in a recent meeting over coffee.

“Healy and Pelto give the same the account of that meeting only to a point: Pelto says he gave Healy the petition, but not with the intention that Healy get signatures. Healy says he explicitly told Pelto he would circulate the petition.
‘I told him I would do what I could to help,’ Healy said. ‘I certainly did not ask nor would I expect any help or support from the Republicans. We’re doing just fine on the petitions,’ Pelto said.
 
“Whatever the case, Healy wrote an email to Republicans in Wethersfield, making the case that Pelto could do to Malloy in 2014 what Tom Marsh did to Republican Tom Foley in 2010. Marsh was a Republican selectman from Chester who ran for governor as an independent. He attracted 17,000 votes, a factor that Foley, the front runner for the GOP nomination this year, blames for his loss to Malloy by 6,404 votes.
 
“Joe Visconti, a Republican who failed to quality for a GOP primary, also is petitioning at get on the November ballot as an independent candidate for governor, stressing his opposition to gun control and the Common Core. Pelto, who tried and failed to get a job with the Malloy administration, has been a critic of Malloy since he took office in January 2011 as the first Democratic governor since William A. O’Neill left office two decades earlier. As the party’s political director, Pelto played a role in O’Neill’s last campaign.”
 
Pelto had the gall to rip off Martin Luther King while he spoke at the Working Families Party convention last Saturday; he used Dr. King’s quote, “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” After promising me that he would formulate an urban agenda, Pelto rolled out a platform without one. Pelto has betrayed communities of color with his silence on issues such as poverty, Black / Latino unemployment, racial wage / wealth disparity and police containment. He lied to me, and is lying to his supporters and the media. Pelto could get some votes if he put the same effort into connecting with the urban community as he does chasing after unions who don’t want anything to do with him. Pelto could have made a difference, instead he is just more of the same. Blacks and Latinos, don’t waste your vote on this con artist. The 2014 gubernatorial election is a false choice.
 
I’ll let teacher Stephanie Sans have the last word; she posted this response to my column last week on Pelto excluding an urban agenda from his platform. Stephanie will share more info about her experience with Pelto in the coming weeks. Stay tuned…
 
“Does one need a platform on this issue if one is perhaps not running for governor but as a spoiler? Where is the education platform, especially for inner city schools given the achievement gap? While education was mentioned, it is very, very, vague – too vague for me as a Rocky Hill, Manchester, and Hartford Public School teacher.

“Where was Mr. Pelto on the nights we coalesced on behalf of the community for Clark School and America’s Choice at SAND? At home blogging about it rather than showing public support. My former principal Steve Perry was front and center both nights. His tweets following both meetings made me quite uncomfortable, especially as the first HFT Building Rep in the history of C Prep. Politicians have agendas and certain groups carry the weight of those agendas. Perhaps we are just a platform for soundbites. Just food for thought.

“In my life, I judge actions, not just words. Sometimes, it’s up to an individual or small group to make a meaningful difference. It’s not as easy but “doing” is better than just talking. A heart with true intentions is compelled to act upon his/her words. Talking or blogging gets your message out to larger audience but then there must be a “history” of actions behind the talk. Blogging about Clark Uprising was good but being there in support of the teachers and community was better. I know, I was there. I look around and it’s so fascinating to see those who often shout the loudest run away the fastest when push comes to shove.”

 
                                                                                          
 
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Founder
Community Party
 
 
 
 
 
                          
 
 
 
 
  
                                
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                  

 
 
 
 
 

3/19/14 Email to Councilman Kyle Anderson re: Security Bars

June 21, 2014

Politics as usual…  A letter by Hartford City Councilman Kyle Anderson was published in the June 19 – 26 edition of the Hartford News. Anderson said that he was contacted by me only about fire safety at the Bowles Park housing project. As the email below shows, Anderson is talking out of his ass. In the email I expressed grave concern that Mayor Pedro Segarra and Hartford Fire Department Captain James McLoughlin were playing political games over the issue of fire safety in Hartford apartment buildings. Anderson did not respond. Buildings that I photographed in North Hartford in March were equipped with security bars which do not have a quick release device that can be opened from the inside; a report by the Philadelphia Fire Department stated security bars that do not have the quick release device are a fire hazard, as residents can become trapped in their homes and firefighters could be delayed gaining entry into a building because of the bars. I distributed flyers to Bowles Park, Westbrook Village and North Hartford residents who told me that their units were equipped with security bars that did not include the quick release device.

During an interview I conducted with McLoughlin, he admitted that the Bedford Street apartment building where four-year-old Shantay Drake and her mother Susan Therien perished in a fire earlier this year was equipped with security bars which did NOT have the quick release device. Initial media reports, which included a quote from McLoughlin, indicated that HFD firefighters were delayed getting to Shantay’s mother because she was trapped by the security bars. I named Anderson in a Freedom of Information request due to the total lack of cooperation by the City of Hartford and the HFD regarding this issue. Anderson’s letter is obviously a politically motivated response to my FOI request, and a poor response at that. The columns that I wrote about this fire safety issue are available in the archive section of this blog site.

David Samuels

Founder

Community Party

—–Original Message—–
From: ok
To: andek002
Sent: Wed, Mar 19, 2014 9:56 pm
Subject: Bedford Street Fire / Security Bars

Greetings,

 
This is a follow up to the voicemail message I left for your aide over the weekend. I’m a community activist; I write a weekly column for the Hartford News. I interviewed HFD Captain James McLoughlin about the January Bedford Street fire that killed Shantay Drake and her mother, Susan Therrien. Captain McLoughlin would not respond to my question about whether or not he would support an ordinance that would require the security bars on Hartford residences be replaced with bars which include a quick release device that can be opened from the inside. I’m appalled to see that a member of the HFD and Mayor Pedro Segarra would choose to play political games over an issue which the Philadelphia Fire Department has identified as a serious fire hazard (see column). Segarra’s spokesperson, Maribel La Luz, was copied on the email exchanges between McLoughlin and myself. I have been taking photos of buildings in North Hartford which have security bars all around the first floor windows. People could easily become trapped inside during a fire, and firefighters could be delayed entering these residences as the PFD report points out. I was told that you are head of the public safety committee. I would like to discuss this matter further with you.
 
 
David Samuels
 
 
The Bedford Street Fire Tragedy: An Interview with HFD Captain James McLoughlin

 
This column appears in the March 13 – 20 edition of the Hartford News…  On January 28th a fire at a home on Bedford Street took the lives of 4-year-old Shantay Drake and her mother, Susan Therrien. Multiple media outlets reported that Hartford firefighters were delayed entering the home by security bars on the windows. I contacted Maribel La Luz, Mayor Pedro Segarra’s Communications Director, about these reports. La Luz referred me to Hartford Fire Department Captain Mark McLoughlin. My questions focused on the city’s low income residents as some live in buildings which are not properly maintained by landlords, consequently building code violations may include fire safety systems.
 
 
 
Samuels:
 
 
 
 I would like to know if the HFD, Mayor Segarra, City Council President Shawn Wooden and the council members intend to examine fire safety in low income housing, since firefighters were delayed entering the Bedford Street apartment by security bars. Obviously, this scenario could happen again. 
 
 
 
Captain McLoughlin:  
 
 
 
    The City of Hartford Fire Department is working on a comprehensive inspection program for ALL city residents.
 
·        This is not accurate. Firefighters were not delayed in entering the Bedford St home, even though there were security bars on the building.
 
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S      Samuels:
 
H        A source told me that the HFD was going to prepare a briefing on the Bedford Street fire that would be shared with the public. Is this correct?  
 
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           Captain McLoughlin:
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                A briefing is being prepared, however is not ready for release at this time.
 
 
 
l            Samuels:  
 
               Has there been any discussion about providing fire safety training to low income housing residents?  
 
 
         
             Captain McLoughlin:    
 
T                 The HFD has a Public Education Program that addresses Fire Safety for ALL of Hartford’s residents
 
 
                  Samuels:
 
                I  need some clarification… You said that firefighters were not delayed, but this quote from the Courant appears to contradict that observation,
“             ”The girl’s mother was at a side window, he said, but there was a problem: The same bars designed to keep out intruders were blocking her rescue.
               Firefighters had to rip out security bars to get her out, McLoughlin said — a process that he estimates took no more than a few minutes.” 
 
               The Philadelphia Fire Department considers security bars on windows to be a danger to city residents. http://www.phila.gov/fire/pdfs/Security_Bars_and_Lo.pdf The PFD specifically cites security bars as causing delays in fire rescues, “ Security bars and double-keyed dead bolts installed without knowledge of their effects during a fire have too often resulted in occupants being trapped inside a burning home, and have also delayed the rescue efforts of firefighters.”
      PFD lists the following recommendations: Security bars should be equipped with a quick release device that can be opened from the inside. Occupants should know how to operate the quick release device on barred windows. The bars on an emergency escape window and at least one of the bedroom windows should be equipped with a quick release device that opens from the inside. 
    
I      I’m assuming that the bars on the Bedford Street home did not have the quick release device. Don’t you think this is a problem that the HFD should examine?
 
 
       Captain McLoughlin:      

       
 
        The quote from the paper was information that was released at the scene. Since that time, a comprehensive review has been determined that the mother was actually rescued by firefighters out the rear door. No one was rescued through the window as was stated at the scene.
 
        I appreciate the reference to the Philadelphia Fire Department, however the Hartford Fire Department has to apply the codes which are enforced here in CT. Please be aware that no bedrooms at the Bedford St location had security bars on them, not even one.
 
        The security bars on the Bedford St home did not have quick release devices, however, the fact that there were security bars on some of the windows, had absolutely NO impact on the firefighters ability to enter the home, rescue occupants, put the fire out and ventilate the building. The HFD is examining this issue within the scope of their inspection program.
 
 
 
       Samuels:       

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       Regardless of whether or not the rescue of an occupant of this particular home was delayed by security bars, the Bedford Street home is just one building out of many in this city. I must say, I’m deeply disturbed to hear that the PFD report is not enough justification for the HFD to address the fact that security bars without the quick release device are a dangerous fire hazard. My concern is that someone will have to die in the manner that the PFD describes before the HFD and the City of Hartford will follow the PFD report recommendations.  Would you support an ordinance which would make security bars with the quick release device mandatory?
 
Note: McLoughlin did not respond to my final question.
 
 
 
 
   

                                                              

Political Roundup: Jonathan Pelto Enters Race for Governor / Response to Mike McGarry

June 19, 2014

Community Update: State Representative Matt Ritter is looking into the security bars issue. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/political-roundup-jonathan-pelto-reportedly-considering-run-for-governor-fire-safety-in-hartford/ The City of Hartford has responded to my Freedom of Information request on this matter but the Hartford Fire Department has not. Stay tuned for updates… What a difference two weeks and public outcry makes… On June 4 Hartford City Council President Shawn Wooden stood next to Mayor Pedro Segarra, as they proudly announced a deal with the owner of the New Britain Rock Cats to bring the minor league baseball team to Hartford. Since then community residents have voiced outrage and state legislators – including Sen, Eric Coleman, who Wooden is challenging in an August 12 primary, expressed dismay at the lack of transparency surrounding the deal. Wooden initially continued to defend the Rock Cats move, saying that community residents would understand after they got more information. Wooden has now officially flip-flopped, saying that he will not support the construction of a stadium for the Rock Cats unless private investors put some money up.

Hartford Courant columnist Kevin Rennie opined that the Wooden / Coleman primary has become a referendum on Rock Cats-gate.

“Any sports team, but especially baseball, is a bauble politicians cannot resist. Decades of economic studies, however, have frequently concluded that their benefits are oversold to entice taxpayers into footing the costs of building stadiums for rich team owners.

A baseball stadium is a major investment and serious risk to city finances that requires meaningful public participation. Giving the people who are going to have to pay for the stadium a voice in how or whether to proceed appears to be what Segarra and his allies fear most. They trust a duplicitous Boston real estate developer but fear the people of Hartford. However you feel about the proposal, the manner in which it was shaped, presented and defended ought to give you pause. Thanks to Eric Coleman, thousands of Hartford Democrats will have a chance to express themselves in a meaningful way. A Coleman victory and Wooden defeat on Aug. 12 will send the kind of message politicians do not need translated.”

Coleman is obviously taking advantage of a golden opportunity to throw some dirt on Wooden, who was endorsed by the Democratic Party over the longtime incumbent. Still, the latest development is great news for opponents of the stadium…. Activists in New Hampshire achieved a major victory, as the state legislature passed a workplace bullying bill. Check out the Our Bully Pulpit blog for details. http://bullyinworkplace.com/2014/06/14/new-hampshire-legislature-passes-workplace-bullying-law/

Jonathan Pelto officially turned the 2014 gubernatorial race in Connecticut upside down when he announced his third-party candidacy on June 12. A glaring omission from Pelto’s platform is an urban agenda, which means that Republican Tom Foley remains the only gubernatorial candidate who has publicly acknowledged low income communities of color. A few weeks ago Jonathan assured me that he would formulate a racial justice plan; I have not hear a word from him since, even after I sent him a follow up message on Sunday reminding him of his promise. Foley’s “urban think tank” can only be viewed as an election gimmick, considering the GOP’s overwhelming whiteness and their history of totally ignoring the socioeconomic issues which affect Black and Latino neighborhoods, such as poverty, unemployment, racial wage / wealth disparity, mass incarceration and felony disenfranchisement. Well, that’s not totally true. Republican Congressman Paul Ryan had this to say, “We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work, and so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with…you need to get involved, you need to get involved yourself, whether through a good mentor program or some religious charity, whatever it is to make a difference. And that’s how we resuscitate our culture.”

Ryan is clearly a student of the Southern Strategy, which was explained by GOP strategist Lee Atwater. “You start out in 1954 by saying, ‘Nigger, nigger, nigger.’ By 1968 you can’t say ‘nigger’—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… ‘We want to cut this,’ is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than ‘Nigger, nigger.’ ” This 1968 George Wallace presidential campaign TV ad is a good example of the Southern Strategy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RZ4G251WR4

Ryan launched a so-called War on Poverty which consists of shredding the remaining strands of the safety net. Ryan’s House budget is a continuation of his war on the poor. The Center on Budget broke it down. “For several years now, Chairman Ryan (R-WI) has proposed annual budgets that would deeply cut programs for the poor. The Ryan budgets have consistently secured between 60 and 67 percent of their budget cuts from programs for low- or moderate-income people.” Atwater would be proud…

Pelto needs 7500 petition signatures by August 6 to appear on the ballot as the “Education and Democracy Party” candidate; he told the Hartford Courant that a squad of 200 volunteers had already collected 2200 signatures since he launched a petition drive the previous week. Pelto told the Courant his thoughts on Democratic Party critics who warned that Pelto would be throwing the election to the Republicans. Gov. Dannel Malloy and Foley were tied in the most recent poll. “That’s the Democratic process…. We are better off as a nation, a state, and a society when you have more candidates bringing in more issues. … Democracy has repercussions. What we’re going to witness here in Connecticut are the effects of a democratic system.” The problem is that Pelto isn’t bringing in “more issues” regarding low income people of color. He’s also engaging in tokenism by naming a Black woman, Ebony Murphy, as his running mate. Pelto is behaving exactly like his archrival Malloy. He’s obviously only interested in being a gubernatorial election alternative for white liberals.

Pelto had said that he wouldn’t run if he couldn’t win; that position has morphed into a broad definition of being a “credible” candidate who would provide a “strong voice” on what he considers to be key issues. The Democrats whine about Pelto’s selfish motives, but they clearly brought his candidacy on themselves by continuing to embrace a center-right, corporatist agenda. Pelto’s silence on core urban issues means that, as usual, low income communities of color will remain invisible as the gubernatorial race plays out.

Connecticut Mirror political reporter Mark Pazniokas explained the challenge Pelto will face as a third-party candidate. “General-election ballot access is relatively easy: He must gather 7,500 signatures of registered voters, less than required to qualify for a Democratic or Republican primary. But qualifying for public financing requires raising $250,000 and gathering 111,000 signatures, and the payoff is smaller: one-third of the $6.5 million available to major-party nominees. ‘As a third-party candidate for Governor, I recognize that the campaign system is rigged to make being elected as difficult as possible, but I see a clear path forward and I am indeed running to win,’ Pelto said.” If Pelto really wanted to win, he would have been proactive about reaching out to the underserved, overlooked urban community. The last time we spoke, Pelto promised that he would adopt an urban agenda the same way that a lazy husband promises that he will take out the garbage. Disappointing, but not surprising…

The possibility of a four-way race for governor looms, as Tea Party member Joe Visconti is collecting petition signatures in his bid to run as an independent. If Visconti’s bid is successful, the GOP gubernatorial nominee would also face the possibility of a third-party candidate siphoning votes. The Tea Party is still basking in the glow of economic professor David Brat’s shocking June 10 victory over House Speaker Eric Cantor in the Virginia primary. Cantor became the first sitting House majority leader to lose a primary since 1899, when the position was created. Cantor raised $5,447,290 compared to Brat’s $206,663 total, a mammoth 40-1 spread; a post election analysis revealed that Cantor had spent more money eating at steakhouses ($168,637) than Brat spent on his entire campaign ($122,793). While Cantor will now have plenty of time to check out lunch specials, his colleagues have to deal with the repercussions of a defeat that has shaken the GOP to its core. Meanwhile the Democratic / Republican duopoly in Connecticut is being challenged from the Left and the Right by Pelto and Visconti, respectively. Foley faces a three-way GOP primary against Sen. John McKinney and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, a candidate with a history of inflammatory remarks about immigrants. The long anticipated Malloy vs. Foley II sequel is being altered by a Democratic Party dissident and three conservatives who obviously didn’t get the memo about Foley’s scheduled coronation.

Last week Mike McGarry claimed that opponents of the New Britain Rock Cats stadium deal have not provided any answers to the economic issues affecting this city and region. I routinely present solutions such as the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement Jackson Plan, a $15.00 minimum wage indexed to inflation, a progressive income tax, and closing corporate tax loopholes that allow corporations like AT&T to ship profits made in Connecticut to Nevada, where they don’t have to pay taxes on the money. I have also called for the regulation of corporate welfare such as Malloy’s First Five initiative, a single payer health care system, and a publicly owned bank. Revamping this state’s regressive tax structure, making corporations pay their fair share of taxes and creating a public bank would generate revenue which could be shared with cities and towns, allowing Hartford to reduce taxes on its residents. Rep. Ritter introduced CP’s public infrastructure bank bill in 2013. I can only assume that Mike chooses to ignore my column, which appears next to his every week.

Mike, you’re entitled to disagree with the Left, but you’re being disingenuous when you say that we don’t have answers. The single mother who you referred to needs job training to make herself more marketable, and a living wage so that she can enjoy a modest but secure lifestyle. The report on sports facilities that I included in my column last week clearly states that a new stadium has “an extremely small (perhaps even negative) effect on overall economic activity and employment.” I’m not sure what the “new, stinking weed” is that you’re referring to, but I would be happy to discuss that topic if you will talk about the poison known as the extrajudicial killing of Blacks every 28 hours in this country by the police. http://www.operationghettostorm.org/ Let’s deal with facts, not rhetoric.

Last week WNPR reported that activists are discussing a campaign to collect the 1400 signatures needed to trigger a referendum on the stadium. It was interesting to watch City Council President Shawn Wooden backpedal while talking about the stadium issue on the Fox CT Capitol Report program. Wooden is now saying that the “private sector” must step up with some money to pay for the stadium. There will be a public hearing on the stadium issue July 21.

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Resources

Open Secrets Twitter page: Open Secrets provides analysis of the influence of money in politics:

https://twitter.com/OpenSecretsDC

The truth about stadiums and economic development:

http://www.brookings.edu/research/articles/1997/06/summer-taxes-noll

Malcolm X Grassroots Movement Jackson Plan:

http://mxgm.org/the-jackson-plan-a-struggle-for-self-determination-participatory-democracy-and-economic-justice/

Fight for 15 Twitter page:

https://twitter.com/fightfor15

CT Voices for Children Budget and Tax reports:

http://www.ctvoices.org/publications?issue=1

Community Party A Public Bank for Connecticut page:

https://www.facebook.com/PublicBankCT

Cornell Lewis’ DCF Plantation blog on structural racism at the Department of Children and Families. Includes data charts and info on Cornell’s Legal Defense Fund:

http://dcfplantation.blogspot.com/

David Samuels

Founder

Community Party

Special Report: Shawn Wooden Flip-Flops on Rock Cats Deal

June 18, 2014
What a difference two weeks and public outcry makes… On June 4 Hartford City Council President Shawn Wooden stood next to Mayor Pedro Segarra, as they proudly announced a deal with the owner of the New Britain Rock Cats to bring the minor league baseball team to Hartford. Since then community residents have voiced outrage and state legislators – including Sen, Eric Coleman, who Wooden is challenging in an August 12 primary, expressed dismay at the lack of transparency surrounding the deal. Wooden initially continued to defend the Rock Cats move, saying that community residents would understand after they got more information. Wooden has now officially flip-flopped, saying that he will not support the construction of a stadium for the Rock Cats unless private investors put some money up.
 
Hartford Courant columnist Kevin Rennie opined that the Wooden / Coleman primary has become a referendum on Rock Cats-gate.
“Any sports team, but especially baseball, is a bauble politicians cannot resist. Decades of economic studies, however, have frequently concluded that their benefits are oversold to entice taxpayers into footing the costs of building stadiums for rich team owners.
A baseball stadium is a major investment and serious risk to city finances that requires meaningful public participation. Giving the people who are going to have to pay for the stadium a voice in how or whether to proceed appears to be what Segarra and his allies fear most. They trust a duplicitous Boston real estate developer but fear the people of Hartford. However you feel about the proposal, the manner in which it was shaped, presented and defended ought to give you pause. Thanks to Eric Coleman, thousands of Hartford Democrats will have a chance to express themselves in a meaningful way. A Coleman victory and Wooden defeat on Aug. 12 will send the kind of message politicians do not need translated.”
 
Coleman is obviously taking advantage of a golden opportunity to throw some dirt on Wooden, who was endorsed by the Democratic Party over the longtime incumbent. Still, the latest development is great news for opponents of the stadium.

Hall of Shame: Baseball, Vanity & Ambition Trump Social Justice

June 12, 2014
This column appears in the June 12 – 19 edition of the Hartford News… “In our forthcoming Brookings book,  Sports, Jobs, and Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums, we and 15 collaborators examine the local economic development argument from all angles: case studies of the effect of specific facilities, as well as comparisons among cities and even neighborhoods that have and have not sunk hundreds of millions of dollars into sports development. In every case, the conclusions are the same. A new sports facility has an extremely small (perhaps even negative) effect on overall economic activity and employment. No recent facility appears to have earned anything approaching a reasonable return on investment. No recent facility has been self-financing in terms of its impact on net tax revenues. Regardless of whether the unit of analysis is a local neighborhood, a city, or an entire metropolitan area, the economic benefits of sports facilities are de minimus.” ~  Roger Noll and Andrew Zimbalist  
 
Mayor Pedro Segarra,  City Council President / State Senate Candidate / Sellout Shawn “I Don’t Talk About Race” Wooden, the Democratic Party controlled council board and the other miscellaneous hustlers at City Hall routinely provide proof that they don’t give a damn about racial economic disparity in this city. The evidence, of course, is that the Democrats never say a word about this issue. So the deal with the New Britain Rock Cats minor league baseball team should not be a surprise to anyone. More on this later. Wooden is using the publicity to boost his primary challenge against incumbent Sen. Eric Coleman. During a meeting at City Hall last week about the security bars issue I reported on in this space, (https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/political-roundup-jonathan-pelto-reportedly-considering-run-for-governor-fire-safety-in-hartford/ ) a Coleman supporter actually tried to use her allegiance to make herself look good. This person knows that the Coleman / Wooden race is a false choice.
 
Neither man has or ever will talk about Black / Latino unemployment or the racial wage / wealth gap between people of color and whites. They won’t support a $15.00 minimum wage https://twitter.com/fightfor15  or the Jackson Plan  http://mxgm.org/the-jackson-plan-a-struggle-for-self-determination-participatory-democracy-and-economic-justice/  (neither will this Coleman sycophant) because these core urban issues are not a part of the Democrats program. Wooden has gone from the street, to a mayoral candidate, to city council president, to a party endorsed candidate for state senate, an unheard of trajectory. Powerful people are obviously supporting him; word around the campfire is that Gov. Dannel Malloy played a key role in Wooden’s rise. Wooden is following the Barack Obama formula. Smile a lot, avoid the subject of race, and talk in vague terms about policy. 
 
My colleagues Mary Sanders, Adam Osmond and I endured endless double-talk at the meeting, which was a clear indicator that the public safety of low income residents in this city is not as important to Wooden as his political career. Several weeks ago we were told that Wooden would not be able to meet with us because of his work on the city budget. The budget of course is now signed, sealed and delivered, so the new excuse we got was that Wooden is now too busy campaigning to meet. The same person who said we had to talk to Wooden’s scheduler about his availability made it clear that he wouldn’t have time to meet with us. Um, ok. I know that if we had a fat check for Wooden, he would find the time. Predictably, I encountered resistance when I asked for a summary in writing, which would provide details of Wooden’s supposed effort to strengthen and enforce penalties for landlords who do not install security bars with a quick release device that can be opened from the inside. I will file a Freedom of Information request for any emails by Wooden and others at City Hall and the Hartford Fire Department regarding the security bars issue. Stay tuned for updates.   
 
Now, back to Rock Cats-gate. Debra Cohen of Activate CT  https://www.facebook.com/Activatectnow shared this report. 
 
“Due to confusion on my part, I arrived at the Hartford City Council meeting too late last night to sign up to speak on the Rock Cats stadium plan but I was there to hear some great testimony from others. The overwhelming majority of people who I heard speak were in opposition to building the stadium and their reasons included the following: Lack of transparency in the process of this decision – citizens of Hartford knew nothing about it until it was announced to be in the works. One person who stated this is a representative of the district in which the stadium is planned to be built! I am sorry I don’t remember his name (Hartford Cityline reported that this was Rep. Angel Arce). One speaker demanded to see an audit type of report from every group responsible for development of this plan.
 
The money planned to be spent on the stadium should be used to address other needs in the city. Many people spoke about improvements that are needed at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School. Another speaker brought an impressive list of specifics that could be addressed by 60 million dollars including the hiring of teachers, school renovations, early education opportunities for city youngsters and more.Parking – no provisions have been made for adjacent parking. Reports that stadium building rarely brings in the revenue that they are meant to bring in.
Several people challenged the idea that Rock Cat games would be a boon to the restaurant and hotel industry in the city, pointing out that the idea of thousands of people coming to games from out of town and choosing to stay at a city hotel is unrealistic. A challenge was made to the claim that the stadium would result in 600 new jobs. One person raised the important issue of consequences of closing the existing stadium in New Britain to that city.

“The meeting room was full – more full than I have ever witnessed. When the period of public comment was finished there was a lot of continued conversation in the hallway and several people were interviewed for TV. I do not recall the channels that were represented but it was obvious that this topic is a big deal. The next meeting for public comment will be in July (Hartford Cityline reported that the date is July 21). Apparently, this is not a ‘done deal’ but we must watch very closely to be sure that no further decisions are pushed through in secret as has been the case with developments so far.”

 
The motivation for Segarra, Wooden and the council board is simple. The plight of the poor does not keep elected officials in this state up at night, but their Boston / New York inferiority complex does. The Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins get busy to our north, the Yankees, Mets, Giants, Jets, Knicks, Nets and Rangers do likewise to the south. Hartford’s professional sports scene is not quite as glamorous. The Hartford Whalers were this city’s only major league sports franchise. The Whalers played in the World Hockey Association from 1972-79, then joined the National Hockey League in 1979 along with the Edmonton Oilers, Quebec Nordiques and Winnipeg Jets as part of the WHA / NHL merger.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NHL%E2%80%93WHA_merger  The Whalers played in Springfield, Massachusetts from 1978-80 due to the Hartford Civic Center roof collapse.
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=hartford+civic+center+roof+collapse+photos&qpvt=hartford+civic+center+roof+collapse+photos&FORM=IGRE#a
 
The team won a league championship and qualified for the playoffs every year during their time in the WHA, but struggled after joining the NHL. The Whalers won only one division title and missed the playoffs ten times. They were ridiculed throughout the NHL for their Brass Bonanza fight song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcluKrNGZYM The Whalers were also demeaned as the team that played their games in a mall. Still, the franchise had a loyal fanbase until owner Peter Karmanos moved the team to North Carolina in 1997.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rus3oCVc-r0
 
Since the Whalers left town, politicians in Connecticut have tried to fill the void. In 1998 Gov. John Rowland attempted to lure the New England Patriots of the National Football League to Hartford. Rowland and Patriots owner Bob Kraft came to a verbal agreement to relocate the franchise here. Two days before the deal became binding Kraft backed out; apparently Hartford was used by Kraft as leverage to get the Patriots a new stadium in Massachusetts. Rowland was left with egg on his face. http://articles.courant.com/2014-03-18/news/hc-250th-hartford-patriots-0317-20140316_1_robert-kraft-east-hartford-patriots
 
Now the New Britain Rock Cats are the object of desire. The Minnesota Twins farm team is viewed by the Hartford Democrats as an opportunity to bring some prestige to the city. The proposed $60 million dollar baseball stadium would be worth six times more than the most expensive ball park in the Double-A Eastern League, where the Rock Cats play. A specious claim that the stadium will generate 665 “full time equivalent jobs” is being used to justify the deal. Don’t get it twisted, this is the equivalent of your neighbor who never talks to you buying an outrageously expensive TV, then inviting you to come over and watch the game so he can rub his purchase in your face. Malloy, a notorious publicity hound who is running for re-election, was quick to distance himself from the Rock Cats announcement. Malloy said that the city should not count on getting funds from the state to pay for the new stadium. 
 
While tone deaf sportswriters like Jeff Jacobs of the Courant mock critics of the Rock Cats deal and hail the arrival of a professional sports team, the economic reality in Hartford remains unchanged. A 2011 Brookings Institution report shows the impact of poverty in this city. http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2011/nov/03/us-poverty-poorest  Black and Latino unemployment is still at Depression-era levels; the unemployment rate for young Black males in some areas of Connecticut is as high as 50%. http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/17/report_communities_of_color_bear_heaviest  
 
People of color earn about 60 cents for every dollar whites make and possess about 10 cents of net wealth for every dollar whites have. The median wealth for single Black women is $100, $120 for single Latino women, and $41,000 for single white women. http://www.democracynow.org/2010/3/12/study_median_wealth_for_single_black  It’s a shame that residents had to tell Wooden and the council board the obvious; throwing money they don’t have at a luxury item like a sports facility is a bad idea. The Hartford Democrats’ top priority is themselves. This stadium, if it is built, will be another monument to their narcissism. The Major League Baseball Hall of Fame is located in Cooperstown, New York. You can find Hartford’s Hall of Shame at 550 Main Street.  
 
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Resources       
 
The truth about stadiums and economic development: 
 
http://www.brookings.edu/research/articles/1997/06/summer-taxes-noll
 
United for a Fair Economy State of the Dream report on racial economic disparity:
 
http://www.faireconomy.org/news/state_of_the_dream_2010_drained
 
It sure would be nice if the city shelled out money for THIS instead of a baseball stadium:
 
http://onlyinbridgeport.com/wordpress/here-comes-the-pothole-killer/
 
1995 phone conversation between Tupac Shakur and Sanyika Shakur (no relation) aka Monster Cody about Tupac’s revolutionary plans for community organizing:
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO0mI5AbTc4#t=416
 

6/10/14 Hartford City Council Meeting on Proposed Rock Cats Stadium

June 11, 2014

Debra Cohen, Activate CT https://www.facebook.com/Activatectnow

I attended the Hartford City Council meeting last night and share this report back:

Due to confusion on my part, I arrived at the Hartford City Council meeting too late last night to sign up to speak on the Rock Cats stadium plan but I was there to hear some great testimony from others. The overwhelming majority of people who I heard speak were in opposition to building the stadium and their reasons included the following:
** Lack of transparency in the process of this decision – citizens of Hartford knew nothing about it until it was announced to be in the works. One person who stated this is a representative of the district in which the stadium is planned to be built! I am sorry I don’t remember his name. One speaker demanded to see an audit type of report from every group responsible for development of this plan.
** The money planned to be spent on the stadium should be used to address other needs in the city. Many people spoke about improvements that are needed at the MLK school. Another speaker brought an impressive list of specifics that could be addressed by 60 million dollars including the hiring of teachers, school renovations, early education opportunities for city youngsters and more.
** Parking – no provisions have been made for adjacent parking.
** Reports that stadium building rarely brings in the revenue that they are meant to bring in.
** Several people challenged the idea that Rock Cat games would be a boon to the restaurant and hotel industry in the city, pointing out that the idea of thousands of people coming to games from out of town and choosing to stay at a city hotel is unrealistic.
** A challenge was made to the claim that the stadium would result in 600 new jobs.
** One person raised the important issue of consequences of closing the existing stadium in New Britain to that city.

The meeting room was full – more full than I have ever witnessed. When the period of public comment was finished there was a lot of continued conversation in the hallway and several people were interviewed for TV. I do not recall the channels that were represented but it was obvious that this topic is a big deal.

The next meeting for public comment will be in July. I will confirm the date and post it here when I am sure. Apparently, this is not a “done deal” but we must watch very closely to be sure that no further decisions are pushed through in secret as has been the case with developments so far.

4 hours ago near Wethersfield, CT
Jay Kamins
I am also concerned how it will affect New Britain. They need revenue too.
4 · 4 hours ago
Debra Cohen
I agree, Jay. That was one of my first reactions. I wonder what the city of Hartford has offered to the team owners to lure them away from New Britain, a city that has supported them for so long.
1 · 4 hours ago
Shannon Watson
Debra. Would you mind if I copy this and send it to David Samuels? He was very interested to hear how it went and may want I use some of the info in his next blog post
4 hours ago
Debra Cohen
Shannon, I let him know I’d be posting it here but there’s no harm sending it on.
1 · 4 hours ago
Norm Braveman
Sounds like a great meeting and like people did their homework and did it well. There are too many stadiums that have been built by public money that end up costing the same public even more because there’s no incentive on the part of the teams or other groups that use it to put the best on the field…they got a free home. And typically it doesn’t end there because they threaten to leave unless they get tax breaks, improvements and other perks. Basically, it’s a down payment on more expenditures of the public’s money. One question that the council could be asked is if the stadium is so important to attracting the best teams, etc. why don’t the owners of those teams pay for it?
3 · 4 hours ago
 

Dan Malloy, CT Democrats, Twitter and Liberal Hypocrisy

June 4, 2014
This column appears in the June 5 – 12 edition of the Hartford News… ICYMI Check out Northend Agent’s for my commentary on Jane Doe, Ken Krayeske and WNPR Where We Live host John Dankosky.   http://www.northendagents.com/category/opinion/

 
Governor Dannel Malloy and the Connecticut Democrats are not interested in talking about structural racism, because their policies perpetuate it.  Last week my colleague Adam Osmond was blocked by the Malloy @DanMalloyCT and CT Democrats @CTDems election campaign Twitter pages for asking a question about the disproportionate incarceration of Blacks in this state. https://twitter.com/CTLotteryWatch/status/471839511383928834/photo/1  I contacted CT Democrats spokesperson Devon Puglia, who claimed that Adam was not blocked because of his question, but because of a “history of abusive posts.” Puglia also made a cryptic comment about a “legal situation” involving Adam. Adam forwarded me all of the posts he has made to both the Malloy and CT Democrats Twitter accounts. None of them could be remotely considered “offensive” unless the Malloy and CT Dems communications staff are offended by fact based questions. Adam also denied Puglia’s claim about a “legal situation.” I sent a text to Puglia, telling him that I spoke with Adam and wanted to ask some follow up questions about his comments. Puglia requested that I send my questions to him via email. When I agreed and asked for his email address, I did not get a response. 
 
Adam is a data analyst who has crunched numbers for Cornell Lewis’ DCF Plantation blog http://dcfplantation.blogspot.com/ in addition to myself and my Connecticut Valley Hospital co-worker John Hollis, an AFSCME union steward. Adam’s analysis of data obtained from the Department of Children and Families and CVH through Freedom of Information requests has revealed a pattern of systemic racism at both facilities.  https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/coming-in-2015-safe-work-environment-act/  Adam has documented the Connecticut Lottery’s racist impact on communities of color through his CT Lottery Watchdog website  http://www.ctlotterywinners.org/ and Twitter page. https://twitter.com/CTLotteryWatch  Puglia doesn’t have the guts to speak, but Adam has something to say.
 
 
“All of my tweets are dealing with minorities in jail and gambling addiction, especially where I highlight that Albany Avenue (in North Hartford, which has a high poverty rate) is the number one selling zip code for lottery ticket sales. Also, CT has more black people who can’t vote due to felony disenfranchisement than all of the rest of New England. I’m not always critical of the Democrats; I have tweeted positive information about the party. I believe that the Democrats’ communications staff was more upset about the data and charts, and the fact that I testified against Keno (repealed this year by the CT General Assembly) and shared data about Keno with legislators.

“I want Puglia to show me one tweet where I said anything offensive. I follow simple rules when I’m posting something online which is 1. Stick to facts and numbers.  2. Never say something that my three young girls would view as being offensive. I never use profanity in my tweets.There is already retaliation going on where a few months ago the deputy of the Department of Administrative Services Googled my name and sent articles about my activism to my job. They claimed that they did some sort of investigation on me and could not find anything; I filed a Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities complaint about this.
 
 
“The reason that the Malloy and CT Democrats communications staff blocked me is they don’t like the facts in my charts; they can’t spin my data on Twitter. Puglia talking about a ‘legal situation’ is of an act intimidation and bullying meant to discredit me, unless he can clarify it. The College Democrats of CT   have also blocked me because one of my tweets showed that the poor play the lottery the most of any other demographic in the state. The Democrats don’t like the data about the prison population; they would rather censor it. I challenge Puglia to publicly explain why 68% of prisoners in CT are Black or Hispanic. I also challenge him to explain which one of my tweets  was ‘offensive.’ I talk about policies, not individuals. Puglia wouldn’t talk to David on the phone after David told him that he spoke with me and had additional questions for him. First he asked for the questions to be emailed, so he could screen them. Then he chickened out entirely. The Democrats can’t handle the truth.”
 
The Democrats claim to be a friend of people of color. This party has controlled the urban communities in this state and nation for decades. Poverty is rampant, Black and Latino unemployment is at Depression-era levels. Blacks and Latinos earn about 60 cents for every dollar whites make, and possess about 10 cents of net wealth for every dollar whites have.  http://ww.faireconomy.org/dream These socioeconomic factors are fueling gun violence in Black and Brown neighborhoods. Year after year, the CT Democrats on the city and state level refuse to address these core urban issues, instead attempting to fool the public by passing cosmetic legislation such as the minimum wage bill, which will raise the wage to $10.10 in 2017. A study by the Economic Policy Institute found that for a single parent with one child, the $10.10 wage will not lift them out of poverty. EPI used an updated formula they call the Federal Budget Calculator to determine the actual cost of living for their report, as they found that the current federal poverty line is misleading. The EPI study found that a single parent with one child would need an annual income of $48,000 to have a “modest, but secure standard of living.” A $15.00 minimum wage indexed to inflation would improve the economic condition of low wage and fast food workers. Last week the Seattle city council unanimously approved a $15.00 minimum wage.  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/02/seattle-plan-minimum-wage-hike-workers
 
The November elections are a false choice. The corporate controlled 11/2 party system consisting of the Democrats and Republicans serves the ruling class in this country. What we need is a third party that will truly work in the interests of communities of color, the working class and the poor. That’s a fact the Democrats’ communications staff cannot block.
 
 
Follow CP on Twitter for state, national and global headlines and updates on the status of our Trayvon Martin and Safe Work Environment Acts. 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    
 
 
Complete record of Adam Osmond’s tweets to the Gov. Dannel Malloy and CT Democrats Twitter pages:
 
 
Open Secrets website. Open Secrets examines the influence of money in politics:
 
 
The definition of the corporate state:
 
 
 
David Samuels
Founder
Community Party
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
  
 

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June 2, 2014

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