Political Roundup: Michael Brown, CRP3 Propaganda, Pelto / Murphy Collusion with Republicans

This column appears in the August 21 – 28 edition of the Hartford News… Activists responding to the police shooting of unarmed Black teen Michael Brown are circulating a petition calling on President Obama to introduce federal legislation which would require all state, county and local police to wear cameras. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/mike-brown-law-requires-all-state-county-and-local-police-wear-camera/8tlS5czf  This law would end the he said she said crap and cable news bickering that surround cases like this with no video evidence. The Community Party will add the camera provision to our Trayvon Martin Act. The corporate media predictably has fixated on a video which purportedly shows Michael stealing cigars from a local store. The legal fact is it doesn’t matter if Michael stole cigars or assaulted officer Darren Wilson. If Wilson shot Michael after he surrendered as community residents claim, Wilson is supposed to go to jail. This is what we must focus on. Every 28 hours Black people are killed by police, security guards and vigilantes. http://www.operationghettostorm.org/  These street executions are not isolated incidents.
 
Last week Christine Stuart of CT News Junkie and Daniela Altimari of the Hartford Courant both wrote articles on how the so-called Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project have used the East Haven police scandal, which resulted in the conviction of EHPD officers Dennis Spaulding and David Cari on federal charges of racially profiling Latinos, as the foundation of their work (see Resources). CRP3 gave me a different story last October: Bill Dyson and Redding Police Chief Douglas Fuchs told me that they had not studied the East Haven case at all. Fuchs claimed that they didn’t have to. He said, “That’s not our charge”.  https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/trayvon-martin-act-report-connecticut-racial-profiling-prohibition-project/  CRP3 members Sandra Staub (executive director of CT ACLU) and Ken Barone, the public face of CRP3, never responded to my requests to question them about the advisory board ignoring the EHPD case.
 
Ebony Murphy, independent gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Pelto’s running mate, bailed out of our blog conversation about race on July 4th, after I posted a series of private Facebook exchanges I had with Pelto. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/jonathan-pelto-exposed/  Murphy suddenly had a lot to say about me in an August 7 interview with Northend Agent’s. http://www.northendagents.com/lieutenant-governor-hopeful-ebony-murphy-education-wealth-gap/   Jonathan Pelto’s press release announcing his candidacy did not mention poverty, Black / Latino unemployment (as high as 50% for young Black males in some parts of Hartford) racial economic disparity, mass incarceration of Blacks and Latinos or police containment of low income communities of color, an issue currently dominating the headlines due to the events in Ferguson, Missouri. The unrest in Ferguson has resulted in militarization of the police becoming a hot topic. Brian Dowling of the Courant reported that state and local police in Connecticut have acquired $12.9 million in military weapons from the Pentagon through their 1033 program. Dowling noted that the Hartford Police have received $850,000 in weapons over the past few years, including a grenade launcher and a mine resistant tank. The HPD lied to Dowling about having this arsenal. Pelto did not mention an urban agenda in his interviews leading up to him announcing his candidacy, nor did he talk about the aforementioned economic justice issues during a Connecticut Mirror interview on his budget plan. http://ctmirror.org/pelto-state-budget-deficit-reveals-a-broken-fiscal-system/ 
 
Pelto, who is waiting to find out if he has the approved 7500 petition signatures necessary for him to get on the gubernatorial ballot (we should know by the end of August), gave a petition to former Republican state chairman Chris Healy, then said with a straight face that he did not expect Healy to circulate the petition among his fellow GOP members.  http://ctmirror.org/ex-gop-state-chairman-working-to-get-pelto-on-ballot/   Healy, who said he told Pelto he would distribute the petition to state Republicans, is a staunch supporter of the racist stop and frisk police policy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGc505WuxpE  If GOP gubernatorial nominee Tom Foley is elected, he will be able to choose his own people for the Office of Policy and Management. Sen. John McKinney was mentioned as a possibility during the Connecticut Network’s coverage of the state primaries last week. Foley talked about getting tough on crime in his CNN editorial on urban policy. http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/10/opinion/foley-zimmer-fix-cities/index.html Healy is an influential member of the party. I’m certain that if Foley is elected, his administration will float stop and frisk as a strategy to address gun violence in Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport. Murphy of course did not talk about the possible repercussions of the Pelto / Murphy campaign’s collusion with the Republicans during her Northend Agent’s interview. I challenge Murphy to drop her duplicitous rhetoric and do so, as her job is obviously to deflect attention away from this issue. Pelto, who said he was in the race to win, doesn’t have the guts to talk about it.  If Pelto truly wanted to win, he wouldn’t have colluded with Healy and alienated many liberals and progressives, who rightfully attacked him. Murphy has clearly demonstrated that she is also afraid to touch the subject. Check out a Twitter exchange I had with Murphy on Saturday. Murphy, who is running for public office, desperately tried to avoid talking about the GOP collusion issue; her frustration resulted in a straight up meltdown as she challenged me to a physical confrontation.  https://twitter.com/TheRealMsMurphy/status/500663127764402177?refsrc=email  Murphy is delusional if she thinks that resorting to bullying and defamation will get her votes.
 
Pelto is the leader of a mostly white coalition. He has not mentioned core urban issues during his campaign, and he has a Black running mate. That is the definition of tokenism. Following the social media exchange between Murphy and I, the Pelto / Murphy camp went into spin overdrive. Their excuse now is that they were going to eventually get around to talking about core urban issues, which is a lame and condescending response.  As soon as Pelto (who claims to be a social justice advocate) started talking about running for governor, the plight of urban neighborhoods should have been one of his primary talking points. Foley doesn’t give a damn about communities of color, but he was shrewd enough to create an urban think tank before he announced that he was going to run again. Pelto is using Murphy the same way that the West End Civic Association, the Connecticut Green Party, Socialist Action CT and Hartford Food Not Bombs tried to use me. This is what many whites on the left try to do with Black activists, and Murphy is well aware of that fact. Recently I shared commentaries by Joanna Iovino and Cornell Lewis about this practice. Murphy can defend Pelto and accuse me of being a misogynist, but the fact is that unlike Murphy, I’m not running for anything. Unlike Murphy, I have evidence to support my criticism of the Pelto / Murphy ticket. My message to Murphy is simple. You can rant and rave all you want about me being sexist, or hating puppies or loving polka music, but you cannot hide from the ramifications of your collusion with the Republicans. The reports that Pelto may not have enough signatures to get on the ballot explains the alliance with the GOP. The Connecticut Mirror reported that volunteers for Tea Party member Joe Visconti, who is also trying to get on the ballot and has collected over 10,000 signatures, obtained signatures for the Pelto / Murphy campaign in the days leading up to the August 6 deadline.
 
Murphy and Pelto both welshed on a promise to support the Community Party’s Safe Work Environment Act. I told them that I wanted to expand the bill to cover municipal employees, so public school teachers like Murphy who were bullied by Capital Preparatory Magnet School principal Steve Perry would have some protection. Pelto, the supposed champion of teachers, did not join our campaign. Murphy sent me a tweet promising to write an editorial for this column. She never wrote the piece and did nothing to support our legislation. Pelto heavily promoted commentaries that Murphy wrote for national blogs and media outlets. I’m especially disgusted about Murphy’s refusal to support a bill which would benefit her fellow teachers while she collaborates with Pelto, who  in effect currently has her and their supporters working for Foley. One activist compared the Pelto / Murphy organization to a cult. In my opinion, the lure of Murphy seeing her editorials in newspapers like the Washington Post and the thought of her name appearing on campaign posters won out over taking action to empower her oppressed colleagues. Murphy’s narcissistic “Haters Hate Me Because I’ve Got It Goin’ On” interview was politics as usual from a candidate who claims to represent an alternative to the status quo. The purpose of Pelto’s candidacy is obviously to stick it to incumbent Gov. Dannel Malloy, who rejected Pelto’s application for a job with his administration. Pelto and Murphy are conducting a clinic on how not to run a campaign. 
 
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
 
Police brutality caught on tape in Hartford: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qA8xBZUCH7M


 

Black Panthers co-founder Huey P. Newton talks about police containment of low income communities of color:

 
 
CT News Junkie, Hartford Courant fluff articles on the so-called Racial Profiling Prohibition Project:
 
 
 
 
Hartford Courant report on the militarization of police in Connecticut
 
 
 
Know Your Rights – How to deal with police in the street and at home: 
 
 https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/know-your-rights-how-to-handle-police-encounters/
 
 
Lawrence Welk Pennsylvania Polka:
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3Qnlu9Nfj8
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                          
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
  
                                   
 
 
 
 
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