Archive for April, 2015

March 20 Public Hearing on H.B. 5437

April 30, 2015

There will be no Community Party Hartford News column this week, due to a Hartford Arts and Heritage special edition of the paper. As protests in support of Freddie Gray take place around the country, we invite you to check out the Connecticut Network video of the March 20 Judiciary Committee public hearing on racial profiling and anti-police brutality legislation. Check out this Action Alert for info on what you can do to support these bills. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/04/08/action-alert-stop-racial-profiling-police-brutality-in-connecticut/ Next week’s column will feature commentary on how the corporate media and activists on the left have ignored police murders of Black women such as Meagan Hockaday, who was shot to death by an Oxnard, California police officer in front of her children. https://www.facebook.com/meaganmatters?fref=ts

March 20 the Judiciary Committee held a public hearing on H.B. 5437 An Act Concerning The Alvin W. Penn Racial Profiling Prohibition Act., Rep. Matt Ritter’s racial profiling bill (http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&which_year=2015&bill_num=5437). Community Party member Mary Sanders, who wrote our Trayvon Martin Act bill language, testified in support of the legislation, which includes CP’s Trayvon Act traffic stop receipt amendment. Mary appears at about the 8 hour, 24 minute mark of the Connecticut Network video. http://www.ctn.state.ct.us/ctnplayer.asp?odID=11330 Nicole Hutchings contributed written testimony. Rep. Bruce Morris passionately endorsed the receipt provision, which would require that a motorist receive a copy of the traffic stop report patrol officers are required to fill out. The receipt would have to be provided whether the officer gives the driver a ticket, written/verbal warning or not. The report includes the date/time/location of the stop and the officer’s identifying information. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/community-party-trayvon-martin-act-bill-language/ Morris became emotional as he talked about being racially profiled by a police officer days earlier, after leaving the Legislative Office Building late at night. You can watch Morris’ comments at about 4 hours, 32 minutes. Sen. Gary Winfield called a spade a spade, calling out the police for opposing any legislation aimed at holding them accountable. You can watch his remarks at about 4 hours, 44 minutes. Rep. Angel Arce put Farmington Police Chief Paul J. Melanson in check for attempting to challenge his account of being racially profiled by Farmington cops. His remarks, which include a history lesson about racism by the Avon police, begin at about 4 hours, 54 minutes. Rep. Robyn Porter told a chilling story about being stopped by a cop who told her he had to make sure her legislative plates weren’t stolen. She talked about the need for accountability and how police body cameras have been successful in Hamden, her district. Porter advised the police chiefs who testified at the hearing to reach out to the Hamden police, who have implemented a privacy protocol regarding usage of the cameras. Her comments begin at about 5 hours, 7 minutes.

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Capitol Update: Support H.B. 5437/Meagan Matters/Stop Malloy Budget Cuts/Safe Work Environment Act

April 23, 2015

This column appears in the April 23 – 30 edition of the Hartford News…

Call and email your legislators and tell them to vote Yes on H.B. 5437, Rep. Matt Ritter’s racial profiling bill, and anti-police brutality legislation currently active at the State Capitol. Rep. Ritter’s bill includes the Community Party’s Trayvon Martin Act traffic stop receipt amendment. Check out our Action Alert on the CP No Sellout blog for details.

https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/04/08/action-alert-stop-racial-profiling-police-brutality-in-connecticut/ Mary Sanders, who wrote CP’s Trayvon Martin Act bill language, will be a guest May 26th at 8:00 pm on Voice of the City with host JCherry on WESU 88.1 FM. http://tunein.com/radio/WESU-881-s28607/ Starting in May I will co-host the BlackOut Radio Hip Hop show with Eddie Blacktear Thomas at least once a month. We’ll be discussing issues which impact the urban community. The show airs Tuesdays from 10:00 pm – midnight. https://www.facebook.com/events/1555412738040252/permalink/1556328361282023/

The first show will focus on a police murder case that has received no mainstream media attention: the shooting of 26-year-old Meagan Hockaday, a mother of three children, by Oxnard, California police officer Roger Garcia. Black Talk Radio Network reported on the case. “Witnesses have stated it took less than 20 seconds for police to kill Hockaday once they arrived to investigate a domestic violence call placed by Hockaday’s boyfriend. Children were also present and witnessed the shooting. ” Last Sunday I spoke with Misha Charlton, Meagan’s sister. Misha said that nothing is really happening other than the internal police and DA ‘investigations’ which routinely clear an officer of wrongdoing. She will appear on BlackOut Radio next month. We will continue to have conversations with Misha; stay tuned for updates on this developing story. Check out the Meagan Matters Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/meaganmatters?fref=ts We’ll also of course be following the Freddie Gray case in Baltimore. http://heavy.com/news/2015/04/freddie-gray-baltimore-dead-cause-of-death-in-police-custody-cops-arrest-details-van-protest-video/?hc_location=ufi

Sign the MoveOn.org petition demanding that funding be restored to the Department of Developmental Services. http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/tell-the-state-of-connecticu.fb47?source=s.icn.fb&r_by=12936137 Gov. Dannel Malloy has proposed $25 million in human services funding cuts. At least 12 state agencies, including the Spanish Speaking Center of New Britain, CT (Mary is executive director) face closure July 1. Tell your legislators to restore these funds! The MoveOn.org petition includes instructions on who to contact.

S.B. 1035 An Act Concerning Bullying in the Workplace passed the Labor and Public Employees Committee vote unanimously. However the bill only contains CP’s Safe Work Environment Act advisory board amendment, while our enforcement language has been excluded. http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&which_year=2015&bill_num=1035 Tell legislators to add CP’s enforcement provisions to S.B. 1035. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/01/16/real-protection-against-workplace-bullying-safe-work-environment-act/ Visit the Connecticut General Assembly website for info on finding and contacting your legislators. http://www.cga.ct.gov/ This week we’ll share legal analysis by Gail Pursell Elliott, courtesy of her Mobbing and Bullying blog site. https://mobbing101.wordpress.com/ Information on Gail’s books and website is available at the end of her column.

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If You Can’t Stand the Heat

Posted by tashidelay on December 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

©2014 Gail Pursell Elliott

Most of us are familiar with the phrase “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” This form of management was once a recommended way to get employees to quit rather than go through the process of counseling, warnings and the rest of a disciplinary process. While the phrase may be outdated, it is interesting that people still know and understand what it means. Actually, the process is still used although it is considered to be less than ethical and definitely falls into the category of bullying and mobbing.

A recent case in Canada that went to litigation, involved an employee who refused to falsify some information. Her supervisor retaliated by turning up the heat on her, using tactics such as demeaning language and humiliation, often in front of her coworkers. Following company policy, the employee filed a complaint which subsequently was leaked to her supervisor by management. She was then threatened by her supervisor and subjected to increased abusive behavior, some of which was described by her coworkers as “horrific” and “ferocious”. A supposed internal investigation determined that her complaint was unsubstantiated and no action was taken. Finally, after an especially demeaning event, the employee resigned. The courts ruled in favor of the employee, finding not only the supervisor’s actions reprehensible but also the company’s lack of action in addressing the complaint, despite evidence and personal statements on the part of coworkers. The company violated its own policies when it did not intervene on behalf of the employee.

Too often, I hear of this happening within organizations that supposedly have policies and procedures in place to address harassment and other forms of mistreatment of staff, although perhaps not as dramatically as this example. The key point is that when organizations establish policies and procedures they are just as bound by them as their employees are. One of the factors in mobbing is that if the organization does not act, it is construed as approval.

Meaghan McWhinnie of the Canadian law firm McCarthy Tétrault LLP, who wrote a detailed article about this case, suggests the following to employers. These are wise words for any organization regardless of location.
• “Employers must adhere to their own workplace violence and harassment policies. As the Court of Appeal noted, it is not enough to simply pay “lip service” to such policies.
• Employers are vicariously liable for the actions of their employees and therefore it is important that employees, and in particular managers and supervisors, are fully trained with respect to the company’s workplace violence and harassment policies.
• Employers must take all complaints of workplace harassment and violence seriously and an investigation will almost always be required. The key to ensuring that a workplace investigation is conducted properly is to ensure that it is organized, complete and fair. This includes adhering to any pre-determined policy, having impartial investigators, collecting adequate information and making a decision that is supported by the results of the investigation.
• Employers should not threaten reprisal or impose sanctions against employees who make complaints about harassment or violence in the workplace except for in clear cases of bad-faith complaints.
• Courts will not hesitate to punish “bad behaviour.” Therefore, a proactive human resources and investigation strategy is key to prevent management overstepping the line.”

This occurred in Canada where legislation was passed in the fall of 2013 to address workplace violence and harassment through their Occupational Health and Safety Act. Although great strides have been made regarding awareness of bullying and mobbing in the U.S., including action on the part of companies to address these issues through policies and procedures, without the clarification of a law addressing workplace bullying and mobbing, all sorts of issues have recently surfaced which have astonished even some attorneys. For example, some of the policies enacted by organizations when challenged by employees under certain circumstances have been described by the NLRB as “too vague”.

Perhaps we are addressing this topic in the U.S. in the wrong venue. After all, the impact of mobbing and bullying can certainly be construed as a work injury and has been. Early statutes prohibiting this type of victimization in the workplace enacted in Sweden in the early 1990’s emanated from their Occupational Safety and Health agency. Organizations may consider not only policy but also training addressing mobbing, bullying and general harassment as part of their safety program. Mobbing is a serious risk management issue in the areas of both workers compensation and violence prevention.

For videos including the Five Phases of the Mobbing Process visit youtube.com/dignityrespectlady
Gail Pursell Elliott, “The Dignity and Respect Lady”, has over 20 years experience in middle and upper management, founded Innovations “Training With A Can-Do Attitude” in 1998, and is author of several books including School Mobbing and Emotional Abuse and co-author of the book Mobbing: Emotional Abuse in the American Workplace. Her Food for Thought articles are read by people around the world. Gail has been a guest on such programs as MSNBC’s Deborah Norville Tonight, ABC World News NOW television programs and the Workplace Violence Today program on talk radio.
Contact Gail through her website: http://www.innovations-training.com

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Action Alert: Stop Human Services Budget Cuts, Workplace Bullying in CT!

April 19, 2015

Sign the MoveOn.org petition demanding that funding be restored to the Department of Developmental Services. http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/tell-the-state-of-connecticu.fb47?source=s.icn.fb&r_by=12936137 Gov. Dannel Malloy has proposed $25 million in human services funding cuts. At least 12 state agencies, including the Spanish Speaking Center of New Britain, CT (Community Party member Mary Sanders is executive director) face closure July 1. Tell your legislators to restore these funds! The MoveOn.org petition includes instructions on who to contact.

S.B. 1035 An Act Concerning Bullying in the Workplace passed the Labor and Public Employees Committee vote unanimously. However the bill only contains CP’s Safe Work Environment Act advisory board amendment, while our enforcement language has been excluded. http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&which_year=2015&bill_num=1035 Tell legislators to add CP’s enforcement provisions to S.B. 1035. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/01/16/real-protection-against-workplace-bullying-safe-work-environment-act/ Visit the Connecticut General Assembly website for info on finding and contacting your legislators. http://www.cga.ct.gov/

“F— Your Breath”: Police Killings in South Carolina & Oklahoma/The Penn Act Political Football

April 15, 2015

This column appears in the April 16 – 23 edition of the Hartford News…

Last Thursday defense attorney Mark Geragos, appearing on CNN, described what happened when North Charleston, South Carolina police officer Michael Slager murdered Walter Scott. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LNO_y9Dge4 Geragos said that Slager used a bogus excuse to pull over Scott, telling Scott that his “third brake light” was out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ttyxt3bjq2k According to Geragos, this is known as a “pretext stop”, where a patrol officer will invent a reason to racially profile, fishing for a way to bust a Black driver.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yvPvc7IEIU Scott’s murder, which was captured on cell phone video by eyewitness Feidin Santana, is graphic evidence of how racial profiling can lead to murder.

Call and email your legislators and tell them to vote Yes on H.B. 5437, Rep. Matt Ritter’s racial profiling bill, and anti-police brutality legislation currently active at the State Capitol. Rep. Ritter’s bill includes the Community Party’s Trayvon Martin Act traffic stop receipt amendment. Check out our Action Alert on the CP No Sellout blog for details.

https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/04/08/action-alert-stop-racial-profiling-police-brutality-in-connecticut/ Mary Sanders, who wrote CP’s Trayvon Martin Act bill language, will be a guest May 26th at 8:00 pm on Voice of the City with host JCherry on WESU 88.1 FM. http://tunein.com/radio/WESU-881-s28607/ Incredibly, Gov. Dannel Malloy said a police body cameras bill will not be passed; he used cost of the cameras as an excuse. http://wwlp.com/ap/malloy-expects-police-body-camera-law-but-not-this-year/Yjis This is the same guy who has launched a $100 billion transportation project without identifying any funding sources. Find the money for body cameras! If not now, when?

Monday a video surfaced from Oklahoma of 73-year-old Robert Bates shooting and killing another unarmed Black man, 44-year-old Eric Harris. Bates apparently mistook his gun for his Taser. The video of the shooting was recorded on a body camera. Harris is heard on the video saying that he was losing his breath after he was shot. An officer on the scene said, “F— your breath.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gfh_dRpu3gM Bates, who has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, is the owner of an insurance company who is also a reserve deputy for the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Department. ABC News reported that Harris’ family is outraged at the relationship between Bates and the sheriff. “The family said Bates ‘is a wealthy man who has contributed vehicles, equipment and money to TCSO [Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office].’ They said Bates ‘has a close personal relationship’ with Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz and ‘contributed thousands’ to his campaign. Bates reportedly owns an insurance company and served as chairman of the Glanz re-election committee in 2012. The Tulsa World cited records showing he donated $2,500 to Glanz’s campaign that year. The family also accused Bates of wanting to be a ‘pay to play’ cop. ‘We do not believe it is reasonable – or responsible – for TCSO to accept gifts from a wealthy citizen who wants to be a ‘pay to play’ cop,’ the statement said.”

Last week Office of Policy and Management Under Secretary Mike Lawlor and members of the so-called Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project took credit for reforming the Alvin W. Penn Act, the state racial profiling law, during a briefing last week at the Capitol. CRP3 members Andrew Clark and Ken Barone presented a dry summary of data which told us what we already knew: racial profiling is happening in Connecticut. The Department of Justice investigation of the East Haven Police Department, and subsequent 2013 convictions of EHPD officers Dennis Spaulding and David Cari for violating the civil rights of Latinos, was more than enough proof.

The Courant, CT News Junkie and Connecticut Mirror Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Pazniokas ignored events at the March 20 Judiciary Committee public hearing on H.B. 5437 and the aforementioned bills. Rep. Bruce Morris revealed that he was racially profiled by the police days earlier, and became emotional as he urged the CT police chiefs who opposed H.B. 5437 to support it. Sen. Gary Winfield and State Representatives Angel Arce and Robyn Porter held the police chiefs accountable for their opposition to our bill and anti-police brutality legislation, in an exchange that became heated. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/rep-bruce-morris-passionately-supports-h-b-5437-urban-lawmakers-hold-police-accountable/

The Penn Act was named in honor of the late Sen. Alvin W, Penn, a Black lawmaker who pushed for the passage of legislation against biased policing after he was racially profiled in 1996. http://www.nytimes.com/1998/07/26/nyregion/policing-the-police-on-racial-profiling.html Despite this history and with everything happening in this country around the issue of racial profiling and police violence, Christine Stuart and Doug Hardy of CT News Junkie and Pazniokas made a decision not to mention the developments at the March 20 hearing at all. However they covered the OPM/CRP3 infomercial by white Capitol bureaucrats, a story that had all of the drama of Ferris Bueller’s economics class. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUjhSBjxuXA Only the Connecticut Post reported on the fireworks at the Judiciary Committee hearing.

The racist overtones of the Capitol reporters’ biased coverage of the racial profiling issue in Connecticut is an example of what Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman refers to as the Access of Evil. Reporters suck up to those in power, in order to maintain access to those people.

http://www.thenation.com/article/access-evil A personal grudge against CP is also a factor in the CT News Junkie coverage. Lawlor, CRP3 project manager Jim Fazzalaro, Clark, Barone, Stuart, Hardy and Pazniokas can afford to play bs political games with the racial profiling issue, because they know they will never have to worry about a cop pulling them over for no reason and putting a hole in them, like Slager did to Scott. They walk around the Capitol all hunky dory with their internalized white superiority and white privilege. This issue isn’t a game in my world. What happened to Walter Scott could happen to me. These bureaucrats and ‘journalists’ are on the wrong side of history.

Resources:

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

https://mxgm.org/we-charge-genocide-again-new-curriculum-on-every-28-hours-report/

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Malloy Uses Indiana Law, State Budget, Transportation Projects to Beef Up His DNC Resume

April 8, 2015

This column appears in the April 9 – 16 edition of the Hartford News…

Gov. Dannel Malloy spent last week as the lead Democratic Party voice against the homophobic Indiana ‘Religious Freedom’ law, which was signed and defended with vociferous intensity by Republican Gov. Mike Pence until national outrage forced him to backpedal. Malloy signed an executive order banning state funded travel to Indiana, host of the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four. Malloy also appeared on MSNBC to denounce the law. He did a one-on-one interview on Morning Joe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jexytsmU-WQ The main event was his Hardball steel cage match against MSNBC political analyst Michael Steele, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9mBmAIqW_o I was struck by Malloy denouncing Pence for failing to get Indiana GOP lawmakers to treat their citizens fairly.

After running his mouth on national TV about how elected officials should demonstrate integrity in the policy decisions that they make, Malloy gave an interview to the Connecticut Mirror. He said that legislators can forget restoring his draconian $25 million human services cuts, due to the constitutional spending cap. http://ctmirror.org/2015/04/02/malloys-message-forget-raising-taxes-restoring-cuts/ That was news to Appropriations Committee co-chair Rep. Toni Walker. Mirror Budget Reporter Keith Phaneuf talked about the routine practice by both the Democrats and Republicans of legally circumventing the cap. “While Gov. Dannel P. Malloy portrayed the spending cap Thursday as an unavoidable constraint on the next state budget, governors and legislators from both parties have skirted that constraint repeatedly for a decade. Leaders of the legislature’s Appropriations Committee can’t understand why both Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Republican legislative leaders are attacking their efforts to move more state spending outside of the constitutional cap to preserve social services. With the state’s dysfunctional cap crippled for nearly a decade, critics argue, legally exceeding the cap — or moving funds outside that system — has become standard operating procedure, and none should feign shock or surprise. Since 2011, the Democratic governor has proposed or signed into law hundreds of millions of dollars in fiscal maneuvers to shift spending out from under the cap. And GOP lawmakers have short memories, committee leaders say, having voted overwhelmingly to adopt a 2007 budget that shattered the cap by almost $700 million — a record in the cap’s 25-year history. ‘It’s the same thing we’ve been doing for years and years, and now, all of a sudden, nobody seems to take that into account,’ Rep. Toni Walker, D-New Haven, co-chair of the Appropriations Committee, told The Mirror on Thursday. ‘People use the cap when it is convenient,’ added Sen. Beth Bye, D-West Hartford, the panel’s other co-chair.”

At least 12 human services providers, including the Spanish Speaking Center of New Britain, CT (SSC’s executive director is Mary Sanders, a Community Party member) face closure on July 1 if the Connecticut General Assembly does not restore Malloy’s cuts. The Bristol Press interviewed Mary, who talked about how funding cuts have hurt SSC. “It gets harder and harder to have people fund your services, especially during poor economic times. There was a time in the late 1970s and 1980s when there was a lot of money for training and employee related services. It’s dried up.” http://www.centralctcommunications.com/bristolpress/news/article_b868c262-d59e-11e4-8c71-87b831e6006d.html Malloy’s fairness comment about Pence rings hollow due to the fact that his budget endangers the state’s most vulnerable residents, who are already underserved due to years of human services funding cuts. What’s especially disturbing about Malloy’s scorched earth budget proposal is that Malloy grew up as a special needs person. He knows firsthand the obstacles that individuals with special needs face, and the importance of human services. Due to his dyslexia, Malloy read and studied using audio books for the blind. Malloy would not be where he is today without human services. However Malloy is a corporatist who must protect the interests of the wealthy and big businesses, at the expense of the working class and the poor. Malloy’s out of control ego and obvious political ambition are also clearly factors in his suddenly rigid budget stance.

The Democratic National Committee is grooming Malloy for a more high profile role in 2016, when Hillary Clinton most likely will be the party nominee in the presidential election. In December Malloy was named chair of the Democratic Governors Association. http://www.courant.com/politics/hc-malloy-dga-chair-2016-20141209-story.html Courant reporter Chris Keating explained Malloy’s duties as DGA chairman. “The political position will allow Malloy to take a place on the national stage and participate in the all-important fundraising effort to try to get Democratic governors elected in a presidential election year.” Last month Malloy laughed off Face the State host Dennis House’s question about him being on a list of possible candidates to be Clinton’s running mate, but it’s clear that he is gunning for a spot in her administration, if she is elected. Malloy may have his eye on the Cabinet Secretary of Transportation position. That would explain CT Fastrak and Malloy launching a 30-year, $100 billion transportation project that the state currently does not have the money to pay for.

Malloy is trying to portray himself as a man of action. That’s what folks do when they know that their bosses are watching. Malloy has adopted the George Costanza model as his approach to governing: look annoyed while actually doing nothing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd9ma2UVLHM Malloy may appear as if he is doing a lot, but his policies are clearly self-serving. His unconscionable position on the budget is an attempt to appear decisive to the DNC. Malloy’s transportation crusade is a ploy to show the DNC kingmakers that he’s a go-getter. The suffering that Malloy is causing among human services clients, advocates, caregivers and dedicated nonprofit workers such as Mary with his budget proposal is collateral damage. I have talked to folks on the left who have the power to mobilize people against Malloy’s budget. They won’t do it, because they’re afraid of offending the Democrats. I will continue to have conversations. If a Republican rolled out this budget, folks would march on the State Capitol. Malloy will be on a plane to Washington if Clinton becomes the next President of the United States. Unless community residents and sincere activists push back and hold Malloy accountable, he will leave the wreckage of an already shredded safety net in his wake.

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ACTION ALERT! Stop Racial Profiling & Police Brutality in Connecticut!

April 8, 2015

HB 5437, Rep. Matt Ritter’s racial profiling bill, was passed by the Appropriations Committee May 11 by a 35-19 vote, and will now be debated by the General Assembly. http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&which_year=2015&bill_num=5437

Rep. Bruce Morris talked at a March 20 Judiciary Committee public hearing about being racially profiled by the police. Morris became emotional as he called for the passage of H.B. 5437, which includes the Community Party’s Trayvon Martin Act traffic stop receipt amendment. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/rep-bruce-morris-passionately-supports-h-b-5437-urban-lawmakers-hold-police-accountable/ This provision requires that patrol officers give motorists a copy of the traffic stop report they must fill out. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/community-party-trayvon-martin-act-bill-language/
The Black and Puerto Rican Caucus has revived the provision in S.B. 1109 which calls for all police officers in Connecticut to wear body cameras. http://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Police-body-camera-bill-is-revived-6279740.php

The March 27 Judiciary Committee meeting included debate on bills aimed at addressing police violence. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2015/JUDdata/ca/2015ca-00327-R001200JUD-ca.htm Rep. Ritter has introduced another bill in response to an incident where former Major League Baseball player and current ESPN analyst Doug Glanville was racially profiled in his own driveway. http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/04/i-was-racially-profiled-in-my-own-driveway/360615/

H.B. 6863 An Act Concerning The Enforcement Of Ordinances Related To Public Health And Welfare would ban a patrol officer from traveling outside of his jurisdiction to enforce town ordinances, such as the one this West Hartford cop used to harass Glanville.

Call and email your legislators and urge them to support Rep. Ritter’s bills and the other aforementioned anti-police brutality bills. You can find your State Representative/Senator and their contact info on the CGA website. http://www.cga.ct.gov/default.asp

Policy Watch: Capitol Update/GOP Congressional Budget Mirrors Malloy Plan

April 1, 2015

This column appears in the April 2 – 9 edition of the Hartford News…

Racial Profiling

HB 5437, Rep. Matt Ritter’s racial profiling bill, has passed a Judiciary Committee vote, 21-20. See how legislators voted here. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2015/TS/H/2015HB-05437-R00JUD-CV49-TS.htm We have not received confirmation yet but the ‬ bill may be going to the House of Representatives first, then to the Appropriations Committee, because it has a fiscal note. http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&which_year=2015&bill_num=5437 The March 27 Judiciary Committee meeting included debate on bills aimed at addressing police violence. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2015/JUDdata/ca/2015ca-00327-R001200JUD-ca.htm Republicans Sen. John Kissel and Rep. Richard A. Smith voted against H.B. 5437, because of the provision which allows people to file a complaint with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities instead of the police. Of course Kissel, Smith and the cops know that people of color will be much less likely to file a complaint if they have to go to a police station. Also, police want to keep the complaint process internal, so they can control it. Teens Luis Anglero, Jr. in Hartford and Teandrea Cornelius in New Haven were both assaulted by police officers on video. Hartford Police Det. Shawn Ware and New Haven Police officer Joshua Smereczynsky were cleared by internal ‘investigations’.

The current grand jury process is rigged in favor of the police: NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo was cleared despite being caught on video using an illegal chokehold to lynch Eric Garner. Jurors in the grand jury case involving Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed Black teen Michael Brown, were given a definition of justifiable use of force that was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court 30 years ago. The Obama Justice Department has not prosecuted any cops for the extrajudicial killings of Blacks or Latinos. However DOJ investigations in East Haven and Ferguson have produced the results that police departments fear. Smith and fellow GOP Rep. Cecilia Buck-Taylor said they will oppose the bill if cities and towns aren’t reimbursed by the state for the cost of electronic data recording equipment. If Gov. Dannel Malloy can launch a 30-year, $100 billion transportation project without identifying any funding sources, the Connecticut General Assembly can find enough change in the sofa cushions to fund Rep. Ritter’s bill. The debate on HB 5437 begins at about the 2 hour, 15 minute mark of this video. http://www.ctn.state.ct.us/ctnplayer.asp?odID=11359

A couple of years ago, Black legislator Rep. Ernest Hewett made an inappropriate comment to a teenage girl at a public hearing and it was all over the news. This year, Black legislator Rep. Bruce Morris talked at the March 20 Judiciary Committee public hearing about being racially profiled by the police, and only the Connecticut Post has covered the story. Morris’ account of being racially profiled recently was hard to listen to. Morris said that he was scared and thought about Eric Garner. The cop who stopped him was totally hostile, until he ran Morris’ plate and saw that he was a legislator. Morris became emotional as he called for the passage of H.B. 5437, which includes the Community Party’s Trayvon Martin Act traffic stop receipt amendment. This provision requires that patrol officers give motorists a copy of the traffic stop report they must fill out. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/community-party-trayvon-martin-act-bill-language/

Rep. Ritter has introduced another bill in response to an incident where former Major League Baseball player and current ESPN analyst Doug Glanville was racially profiled in his own driveway. Last year Glanville, who resides in the West End of Hartford, was shoveling snow when he was approached by a West Hartford police officer. The officer had received a report of a Black man going door to door offering to clean snow, which is banned by a town ordinance. This cop had the audacity to drive into Hartford and target Glanville, the first Black man he saw with a shovel. http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/04/i-was-racially-profiled-in-my-own-driveway/360615/

H.B. 6863 An Act Concerning The Enforcement Of Ordinances Related To Public Health And Welfare would ban a patrol officer from traveling outside of his jurisdiction to enforce town ordinances, such as the one this West Hartford cop used to harass Glanville. Rep. Ritter provided the following statement on H.B. 6863. “This legislation clarifies existing law and the aim is to prevent interactions like the one that occurred with my neighbor. Everyone agrees that community policing and knowing your local officer is critical to fostering good relationships between law enforcement and citizens. Therefore, we do not want officers from other towns coming into Hartford to enforce an ordinance which has no legal authority in Hartford and which no Hartford citizen is likely to know exists. This is common sense legislation and I look forward to moving it forward in the coming weeks.” Call and email your legislators and urge them to support Rep. Ritter’s bills and the other aforementioned anti-police brutality bills. You can find your State Representative/Senator and their contact info on the CGA website. http://www.cga.ct.gov/default.asp

Safe Work Environment Act

S.B. 1035 An Act Concerning Bullying in the Workplace passed the Labor and Public Employees Committee vote unanimously. However the bill only contains CP’s Safe Work Environment Act advisory board amendment, while our enforcement language has been excluded. http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&which_year=2015&bill_num=1035 We will keep you updated on our effort to strengthen the bill.

State Budget Deficit Grows, Malloy Threatens More Cuts

Malloy, who has already proposed $25 million in human services cuts as part of his draconian budget proposal, sharpened his cleaver once again as the deficit continues to grow. Keith Phaneuf of the Connecticut Mirror reported on the bleak economic news. “Nonpartisan fiscal analysts again asserted Wednesday that the current state budget deficit is worse than Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration has reported – and that’s despite a recent administration estimate that more than doubled the shortfall. And while the Office of Fiscal Analysis was issuing its $191 million deficit forecast, Malloy’s budget chief directed all agencies Wednesday to brace for a third round of emergency cuts and to ensure spending is ‘significantly curtailed’ between now and the fiscal year’s close on June 30. The administration acknowledged last week that the deficit had worsened largely because of two trends: Medicaid payments from Washington and hospital tax receipts that both are less than anticipated. Legislative analysts also have been more pessimistic than the administration about potential cost-overruns involving Medicaid and magnet schools. And they say a potential surplus in the debt service account is not as large as Malloy’s staff projects.”

The corporatist economic policies of the Malloy administration have this state sinking in fiscal quicksand. Malloy and his budget chief Benjamin Barnes continue to protect the wealthy and big businesses as they stubbornly steer the Titanic toward the iceberg, instead of acknowledging the failure of their policies and going in a new direction which will benefit the working class and the poor. Connecticut Voices for Children has proposed new policies which would generate revenue for the state, including taxing the rich and closing corporate tax loopholes. ” Adjust top marginal rates on the state’s highest incomes. Connecticut’s top ‘marginal rate’ of 6.7% is substantially lower than those in other states like New York (8.82%) and New Jersey (8.97%). Increasing progressivity by adjusting top rates would offset $300 million in cuts to children and families while leveraging significant ($114 million) federal funding. Enact combined reporting. Connecticut is the only state in the Northeast that does not require combined reporting – a fix of an existing tax loophole that allows corporations that conduct business in multiple states to use accounting gimmicks to avoid paying state taxes. Enacting combined reporting legislation could produce an estimated $129.8 to $149.5 million in tax revenue.”

Rep. Susan Johnson’s public bank study bill died quietly, despite the fact that the Bank of North Dakota, the country’s only publicly owned bank, has generated $300 million in revenue for the state’s General Fund in the last 10 years, at NO COST to taxpayers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX8pcADnsEs That money is used to fund social services and infrastructure projects. Twelve social services agencies, including the Spanish Speaking Center of New Britain, CT (executive director Mary Sanders, a CP member), face closure due to Malloy’s proposed cuts. As I mentioned earlier, Malloy has not come up with a plan to fund his transportation project. BND facilitates principled lending for small businesses, homeowners and students. http://banknd.nd.gov/lending_services/index.html Still, a bill to study the feasibility of a public bank went nowhere. The legislature snuffed out CP’s public infrastructure bank bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Ritter, in 2013. Corporatism is obviously the obstacle to bringing a public bank to Connecticut.

Republican U.S. House/Senate Budget Mirrors Malloy Proposal

The striking similarities between the Malloy budget proposal and the budget plans by the GOP U.S. House and Senate lawmakers underscores the fact that the Democrats and Republicans are a duopoly. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities provided details.

“More than two-thirds of cuts in the budget plans that the House and Senate will vote on this week come from low- and moderate-income programs, even though they represent less than one-quarter of federal program costs. Now, let’s examine how deep those cuts would be.
In dollar terms, the plans before the House and Senate would cut low- and moderate-income programs by $3.7 trillion and $3.2 trillion, respectively, over the next decade. The cuts would be large throughout this period but would grow over time. In 2025, in fact, the House and Senate plans would shrink low- and moderate-income programs by 43 percent and 37 percent, respectively. Such deep cuts would produce a dramatically weaker safety net, driving millions of people into poverty and denying or weakening health coverage for tens of millions more. In vivid contrast, the plans wouldn’t raise any additional revenues, such as by limiting tax expenditures (deductions, exclusions, credits, and other preferences), which primarily benefit high-income households and which cost the nation more than $1 trillion a year.”

The corporate controlled Democrats and Republicans are two wings of the same party. Activists in Connecticut must follow the lead of protestors in Ferguson and Wisconsin, who have made the connection between corporatism and the police state.

Resources:

Community Party Urban Policy Plan:

https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/election-2014-urban-agenda-analysisct-polling-locations/

A Public Bank for Connecticut:

https://www.facebook.com/PublicBankCT

Connecticut Voices for Children:

http://www.ctvoices.org/

Columns and podcasts by Connecticut Mirror Budget Reporter Keith Phaneuf:

http://ctmirror.org/tag/5things/

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Off the Charts blog:

http://www.offthechartsblog.org/

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David Samuels
Founder
Community Party