Leslie Bourne Fundraiser, Rep. Matt Ritter 2014, Justice for Luis Anglero, Jr., Stadium Update, Race for Governor, WFSB Racism

Headstone Fund for my Mom

This column appears in the October 2 – 9 edition of the Hartford News… “Hi my name is Jessica Bourne. I am here to ask for some funding for my mother’s headstone. My mother Leslie lived a life of struggle and addiction. And because of that she chose to give me a better life and gave me to my family. Sadly in 1992 she was murdered. Strangled to death by a man. Now because of the life she chose to live, my grandparents and family didn’t have a funeral or service for her. At the current time she is buried in the Medowvale cemetery with NOTHING to represent her life. I understand she made bad choices in life, but we all make mistakes and she did make the BEST choice by not allowing me to live through it all. Every time I go and visit her, there is NOTHING there, and it is heartbreaking. No matter what, EVERY person deserves a funeral or some sort of service to represent the life they lived!! All I am looking for is a small, flat granite stone with her name and birthday on it. Something small and simple. Please anything to help is very much appreciated.” Jessica’s goal is $2500. Visit her fundraising page to make a donation. http://www.gofundme.com/lesliebournefund You can follow Jessica on Twitter: @Ovo_JessLynn_xo

State Representative Matt Ritter 2014

State Representative Matt Ritter is running for reelection in the 1st Assembly District. You can get updates from Rep. Ritter on the Connecticut General Assembly website, Twitter and Facebook. See below for links. Rep. Ritter has supported the Community Party’s Trayvon Martin Act racial profiling bill, our Safe Work Environment Act legislation aimed at stopping workplace bullying and our effort to bring a publicly owned bank to Connecticut. Election Day is November 4th.

http://www.housedems.ct.gov/RitterM/

https://twitter.com/MattRitter308

https://www.facebook.com/RepresentativeMattRitter

Justice for Luis Anglero, Jr.

The Hartford Police “investigation” which cleared detective Shawn Ware of wrongdoing in his barbaric tasering of Luis Anglero, Jr. should not be a surprise to anyone in urban neighborhoods. The lynching of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman was not an isolated incident. The extrajudicial killing of Black people every 28 hours by police, security guards and vigilantes like Zimmerman is a public safety crisis. The Community Party’s 2015 Trayvon Martin Act addresses police containment of low income communities of color. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/community-party-trayvon-martin-act-bill-language/ ICYMI Check out Northend Agent’s for my column on Michael Brown and propaganda by the so-called Racial Profiling Prohibition Project. http://www.northendagents.com/commentary-david-samuels-michael-brown-crp3-propaganda/

Stadium Update

As the Hartford stadium plan championed by Mayor Pedro Segarra and city council president Shawn Wooden clears legal hurdles at City Hall, the question that looms is whether or not the supermarket and health / nutrition complex that was originally planned for the site of the stadium will be a part of the equation. Wooden spoke enthusiastically about the “vision” for a full service supermarket during a city council meeting on the stadium plan last week, a big change from the past couple of months when the supermarket was not mentioned at all by Segarra or his communications director Maribel La Luz and glossed over by Wooden. Shop Rite has emerged as a possible tenant: the supermarket chain requested an increase of the original 25,000 square feet allotted for a grocery store. Up to 50,000 square feet is now the plan. A source told me that Shop Rite is open to the idea of housing a “healthy hub” in the Downtown North location. However the issue of access remains. How will North Hartford residents get to the supermarket on days that the stadium is in use? Traffic congestion and lack of parking would be a major issue. This problem must be resolved if the supermarket plan is to be considered viable in terms of serving the North End, the current site of a food desert. http://www.foodispower.org/food-deserts/ Stay tuned for updates.

Race for Governor / WFSB Racism

WFSB Face the State host Dennis House continued his repugnant display of racism and classism when Gov. Dannel Malloy appeared on the program last month to talk about his election battle against Republican challenger Tom Foley. House, Connecticut Mirror reporter Mark Pazniokas and Connecticut Magazine group editor Matt DeRienzo did not ask Malloy any questions about core urban issues (e.g. poverty, Black / Latino unemployment, racial wage / wealth gap, mass incarceration) during the program, despite the fact that Malloy held a press conference a few days earlier to promote an initiative which he promised would address the jobless rate in communities of color. House also ignored Black / Latino communities while serving as the moderator of the second debate between Malloy and Foley Tuesday night, opting instead to talk about compelling topics such as three digit license plates and whether or not the incumbent and the challenger have ever smoked a joint. House’s refusal to acknowledge the plight of urban neighborhoods was underscored by the recent release of U.S. Census data which reveals that child poverty, the poverty rate among families, the amount of people whose income is below the federal poverty level and the number of residents without health insurance in Connecticut have all increased since 2003. http://www.ctvoices.org/publications/poverty-median-income-and-health-insurance-connecticutsummary-2013-american-community-s House, the personification of white privilege, obviously doesn’t give a shit about poor people in this state.

House uses Face the State to promote an elitist, corporatist agenda, a prime example being his role as a shill for the Hartford stadium plan. I have seen one Face the State program which included opponents of the stadium; the rest have been infomercials for the proposal. House recently made an assertion about unnamed, unseen North End residents who think that the stadium is a great idea, by golly. House obviously hasn’t talked to Jamil Ragland, a resident of North Hartford who eloquently explained his opposition to the stadium when he was interviewed by New York Times reporter Benjamin Mueller in July. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/12/nyregion/hartfords-stadium-plan-for-the-new-britain-rock-cats-is-a-hard-sell.html?_r=0 The fact is that House doesn’t want Jamil or any other uppity Black or Latino North End residents who oppose the stadium on his show. Of course House is just being a company man (see Resources below). WFSB promotes three images of North Hartford residents: 1) chalk outlines in the street 2) mugshots 3) shiftless spooks who don’t vote. House’s role as Hartford Stadium Plan Minister of Information is sickening to watch.

My next column will feature an analysis of Malloy and Foley’s urban policy plans. Yeah, Foley’s plan is plagiarized, but let’s actually examine what’s in it. My concern is the hidden agenda and contradictions that I noted while reading the plan. http://www.tomfoleyct.com/2014/09/24/plan-restoring-pride-prosperity-connecticut-urban-policy-agenda/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=sp&utm_campaign=20140924_21496828_Foley-Somers%20for%20Connecticut&utm_content=body_text_urbanpolicyagenda1&Auto_Number=&action=email_click Malloy’s urban agenda (if that’s what you want to call it) can be read here. http://www.danmalloy2014.com/economy/ It won’t take long. That’s the problem.

Community Update: Last but not least, the AFSCME Safe Workplace Committee thanks those who attended the September 17 Meet and Greet in New Britain. Stay tuned for updates on the committee’s efforts to educate AFSCME members about workplace bullying and its effects. 15% of total adult suicides are related to abusive workplace conduct, which the Department of Health and Human Services says is the equivalent of domestic violence. http://www.foh.hhs.gov/eapnews/consortium/dealing.html

Follow CP on Twitter @CommunityParty1 for state, national and global headlines and updates on the Trayvon Martin, Safe Work Environment and Jane Doe Acts. Visit our No Sellout blog for the archive of CP Hartford News columns. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/ Check out the CP Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/CommunityPartyAction Listen to WQTQ 89.9 FM for CP’s public service announcement on our social justice platform. Contact us at 860-206-8879 or samuelssloflo@aol.com.

Resources

Network 1976 – Turn off your TV! (combined with today’s news):

Network 1976 – Ned Beatty – The World is a Business

Information Clearing House article on the corporate state:

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7260.htm

Malcolm X Grassroots Movement report on the extrajudicial killing of Black people:

http://www.operationghettostorm.org/

United for a Fair Economy report on racial economic disparity:

http://www.faireconomy.org/state_of_the_dream_2010_fact_sheet

David Samuels

Founder

Community Party

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One Response to “Leslie Bourne Fundraiser, Rep. Matt Ritter 2014, Justice for Luis Anglero, Jr., Stadium Update, Race for Governor, WFSB Racism”

  1. David Samuels Says:

    Be advised that this is a troll free zone. If you’re a loser talking out of your ass, you’re wasting your time posting here because I won’t read it and it won’t see the light of day. Go post on the Hartford Courant with the other idiots.

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