Archive for February, 2016

REPLAY WEDNESDAY: Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio

February 28, 2016

The planet’s PREMIER Soul, RnB and talk radio station. Debbie Duncan Cook and co-host Mary Sanders will talk about the Connecticut marijuana legalization bill. Howaste will talk about police violence against Native Americans, and socio-economic issues affecting the Native American community. We’ll have highlights of a California event organized by Laurie Valdez, widow of Antonio Guzman Lopez, and other police reform activists to honor the memory of victims of police murder. 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific.    http://www.sometroradio.com/

Resources

Policy Watch: Meagan Matters Update/Marijuana Legalization/ Tenants’ Rights/Workplace Bullying:

https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/02/26/policy-watch-meagan-matters-updatemarijuana-legalization-tenants-rightsworkplace-bullying/

Howaste Wakiya:

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009793771606

Sheila Eacret:

https://www.facebook.com/sheila.eacret.33

The Truth Must Be Told: The In-Custody Death of Raymond Eacret

http://www.poormagazine.org/node/5425

Laurie Valdez:

https://www.facebook.com/laurie.valdez1

Justice for Josiah Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Justice4Josiah/timeline

United Voices Against State Sponsored Violence:

David Samuels’ Meagan Hockaday Act Public Hearing Testimony

February 27, 2016

No Community Party Hartford News column this week, due to a special edition of the newspaper. This week we’ll share Community Party founder David Samuels’ public hearing testimony in support of CP’s Meagan Hockaday Act. Check out our  action alert for info on contacting the Connecticut General Assembly Public Health Committee.
https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/02/26/action-alert-support-the-meagan-hockaday-act/

 

First I would like to thank Public Health Committee Co-Chair Rep. Matt Ritter. Rep. Ritter has worked with the Community Party on police reform since he was a Hartford city councilman, long before this issue exploded nationally. We support H.B. No. 5271 AN ACT CONCERNING MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING IN STATE AND LOCAL POLICE TRAINING PROGRAMS AND THE AVAILABILITY OF PROVIDERS OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ON AN ON-CALL BASIS. This bill is a start, but we also want our original draft language restored to this legislation. We want officers to receive a minimum of 30 hours of training in dealing with mentally ill individuals and people in crisis, along with yearly 4 hour refresher courses. The bill should include language regarding individuals experiencing an emotional or physical crisis. This would provide protection for someone involved in a domestic dispute, or who is suicidal or suffering the effects of drug intoxication, which is currently a priority issue at the State Capitol due to the prescription drug/heroin epidemic. Dispatchers should find out if children are present, so they can be compassionately removed from the scene. This is where having a mental health professional partnering with police officers on patrols on a full time basis would be beneficial. Pilot programs utilizing this concept have been successful in the United Kingdom (described as triage patrols) and Canada.

We named our bill in honor of Meagan Hockaday, who was fatally shot last year by Oxnard, California police officer Roger Garcia in front of her children. Garcia was responding to a domestic dispute call and had already shot another woman who called police for help. Garcia has not been charged. We want enhanced criminal penalties for officers who use excessive force against mentally ill individuals and people in crisis, including whenever children are present. Police in the U.K. killed 1 person in 2014, 0 in 2013. Police in Canada killed 14 people in 2014. Police in China, a dictatorship whose population is 41/2 times the size of the United States, killed 12 people in 2014. Police in the U.S. killed 1,051 people in 2014 and 1,134 in 2015. Police killings increased, despite a year of national protests. Police in this country kill more people than all other industrialized nations COMBINED. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/meagan-hockaday-act/ This is not a time for mild, incremental change. Statistics and a cursory Google search show that there is a crisis level problem with policing in this country that has been ongoing for decades, compared to the rest of the world. Radical policy changes are necessary, in order to save lives. Training is not enough. ACCOUNTABILITY is the essential ingredient to these changes. We must dismantle and reform the system that protects police officers who commit murder, while officers who speak up against racism, brutality and corruption are run off the force.

David Samuels

Founder

Community Party

Hartford, CT

Policy Watch: Meagan Matters Update/Marijuana Legalization/ Tenants’ Rights/Workplace Bullying

February 26, 2016
This column appears in the February 25 – March 3 edition of the Hartford News…
Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio
Commentary on urban issues from a grassroots perspective. First and third Tuesday of each month. 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. Tune in! Replays the following Wednesday, same time. Next show: March 1.  http://sometroradio.com/  Check out our No Sellout blog for info on the rest of our lineup, including False Choice: the Bipartisan Attack on the Working Class, the Poor and Communities of Color. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/12/20/community-party-media-3/
Meagan Hockaday Act
Meagan Hockaday was murdered by Oxnard, California police officer Roger Garcia in front of her children on March 28, 2015. https://www.facebook.com/meaganmatters/timeline Garcia has not been charged. Coming in 2016: The Community Party’s Meagan Hockaday Act will include enhanced criminal penalties for excessive use of force by the police against mentally ill people and individuals in crisis, in addition to whenever children are present. Our legislation will implement a new international approach to policing, based on a successful model in the United Kingdom and Canada that emphasizes de-escalation and treatment. Public Health Committee co-chair Rep. Matt Ritter is collaborating with us on this bill. Stay tuned for updates and action alerts. Meagan Matters! https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/meagan-matters-police-murder-of-black-women-ignored-by-corporate-media-activists/ The official bill has been drafted: you can view it here. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/02/24/meagan-hockaday-act-bill-language/  We’ll post action alerts on my Facebook page and the CP Twitter page. Details at the end of the column.  Check out CP’s 2016 legislative package at our No Sellout blog. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/01/03/community-party-2016-legislative-package/
Drug Policy Reform/Housing Issues 
Mary Sanders provided a report on two important bills, H.B 5209 AN ACT CONCERNING REGULATION AND TAXATION OF THE PRODUCTION, SALE AND USE OF MARIJUANA https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&which_year=2016&bill_num=5209  and H.B. 5236
AN ACT CONCERNING THE LEGALIZATION, TAXATION AND REGULATION OF THE RETAIL SALE AND USE OF MARIJUANA https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&which_year=2016&bill_num=5236
It’s been reported that the proposed bills numbered 5209 and 5236 are in JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

Joint Committee on Judiciary
Legislative Office Building, Room 2500
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 240‑0530

WITHOUT the bill leaving committee, there will not be a public hearing so keep calling your personal legislators AS WELL as the committee (phone number above)

It would also be wise to contact the following:
Sen Coleman (Chair) – DEM Leg Aide Jemar Smith 860-240-0528
Sen Doyle (Vice) – DEM Leg Aide David Seifel 860-240-0475
Sen Kissel (Ranking Member) Leg Aide Kate McAvoy (800) 842-1421
REP Tong (Chair) 860) 240-8585 (Ask for direct transfer to leg. aide)
REP Fox (Vice Chair) (860) 240-8585 (ask for direct transfer to leg. aide)
REP Rebimbas (Ranking member) 800-842-1423
Mary is spearheading the grassroots effort to pass CP’s two proposed city ordinances. One would require that all apartment buildings in Hartford be equipped with security bars with a quick release device, so residents can escape a fire. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/the-bedford-street-fire-tragedy-an-interview-with-hfd-captain-james-mcloughlin/ The other is based on a Manchester snow removal ordinance, which would allow residents to call the city if landlords are delinquent in their snow removal duties. The city would remove the snow and charge the landlord.  https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/innovative-manchester-snow-removal-ordinance/
We contacted Rep. Ritter about a tenants’ rights issue in Rocky Hill. NBC Connecticut reported that Century Hills Apartments residents spent the entire Presidents’ Day weekend without heat, when temperatures were in the single digits. Rep. Ritter requested that the Connecticut General Assembly’s housing committee raise a bill that would amend the current state law, which gives landlords 2 business days to restore essential services, to 48 hours. The bill was raised last week so if it passes, landlords will be subject to legal action if they drag their feet when tenants lose heat on a weekend or holiday, which was the case here. Stay tuned for updates on these important housing issues.
Peter Tercyak Protecting Workplace Bullies
Labor and Public Employees Committee chair Rep. Peter Tercyak is the common denominator in years of failure of workplace bullying legislation to gain any traction at the State Capitol. Last year during a meeting to discuss workplace bullying at Connecticut Valley Hospital, Tercyak revealed to CVH employee John Hollis and I that he was in a relationship with Pat Rehmer, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services commissioner at the time (they are now married). This egregious conflict of interest has been underscored by Tercyak’s refusal to have a subsequent meeting with us during the 2015 legislative session to discuss CP’s Safe Work Environment Act, removing all of the enforcement language from our bill before passing it out of committee (the bill was placed on the Senate calendar but wasn’t called for a vote), and his failure to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request made by John and I back in December for email exchanges between Tercyak and Rehmer, during her tenure as DMHAS commissioner. Tuesday we were finally told that we would receive the emails, after informing Tercyak that we intended to publicly complain about him blowing off our request. Another FOI request revealed that DMHAS and the Department of Administrative Services are working together to kill workers’ rights legislation. Retired DMHAS Legislative Program Manager Doreen DelBianco and DAS official Terrence Tulloch-Reid bragged in a 2012 email exchange about killing a workplace violence prevention bill, despite the history of the 1998 Connecticut Lottery shooting. Employee Matthew Beck fatally shot 4 managers before he committed suicide. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/12/08/big-bad-das-killing-those-labor-bills/   A source at the Capitol told us that DAS killed the Safe Work Environment Act last year. We will file an FOI request with DAS.
California Workplace Bullying Law
This week we’ll share a report on California’s workplace bullying law, which went into effect last year, courtesy of  The Law Offices of Kelsuk, Silverstein & Jacob. http://www.californialaborlawattorney.com/  The Safe Work Environment Act is a part of our legislative package.
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What are the New Workplace Bullying Laws?

Los Angeles Employment Lawyers Explain Hostile Work Environments

Starting January 1, 2015, a new anti-workplace bullying law will take effect in California. Governor Jerry Brown signed A.B. 2053 on September 9, 2014, which passed in the state senate by a vote of 25-8 in August of this year.
Workplace bullying can cause a range of harmful effects, such as stress, low productivity, anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, digestive problems and even post-traumatic stress disorder.
Stephen Cruz, a staff worker at the University of California, San Diego, is a one example of a victim of workplace bullying. His new boss was prone to yelling at workers, scolding them and sending angry emails, all of which can be considered abusive behavior. He is hopeful that the new law may allow him to continue at his job without fear.

What Should I know about the Anti-Bully Law?

The new law will have three major points of consideration for both employers and employees starting in 2015:
  • Employers who have 50 or more employees are required to take anti-workplace bullying lessons every two years, along with the sexual harassment training that is conducted every two years for supervisors. Those presenting the lessons must have knowledge and expertise on the subject. Neither the amount of time for the lesson nor the contents used for the lesson are mentioned in the bill.
  • The bill describes abusive conduct as repetitive verbal abuse; derogatory, threatening or insulting language; physically threatening behavior; subjecting a worker to humiliation or sabotaging a worker’s work performance. Bullying must be repetitive and not an isolated incident to count as bullying under the new law.
  • The bill does not make workplace bullying illegal. It is only illegal if the bullying is based on some form of discrimination, such as race, gender or sexual orientation. The difficulty in making it illegal is that there is a large gray area between being abusive and being a demanding supervisor.
While this bill does not legally prevent bullying, it does help build awareness for workplace bullying behavior. The hope is that the required training will have an impact on bosses prone to abusive behavior. Additionally, the bill could influence employers to modify employee handbooks or manuals to include bullying as a workplace violation in company policies.
While bullying alone may not be enough to file a lawsuit, an attorney can find out if you are employed in a hostile work environment and advise on the best way to put a stop to it. Speak to a Los Angeles employment attorney to find out if your employer is breaking the law, and what you can do about it. The Law Firm of Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob offers free consultations.
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Follow CP on Twitter for state, national and world news headlines. https://twitter.com/CommunityParty1 Check out my Facebook page for daily news commentary. https://www.facebook.com/david.samuels.948   Listen to WQTQ 89.9 FM for CP’s public service announcements on our racial justice initiatives https://www.facebook.com/wqtqfm and So-Metro Radio the first and third Tuesday of each month at 8:00 PM for commentary on urban issues http://www.sometroradio.com/  Check out our No Sellout blog (https://hendu39.wordpress.com/) for the complete archive of CP columns and Northend Agent’s archive for selected columns (http://www.northendagents.com/). Contact us at 860-206-8879 or info.community.party@gmail.com  

ACTION ALERT: Support the Meagan Hockaday Act

February 26, 2016

Meagan Hockaday was murdered by Oxnard, California police officer Roger Garcia in front of her children on March 28, 2015. https://www.facebook.com/meaganmatters/timeline Garcia has not been charged. The Community Party’s Meagan Hockaday Act includes enhanced criminal penalties for excessive use of force by the police against mentally ill people and individuals in crisis, in addition to whenever children are present. Our legislation will implement a new international approach to policing, based on a successful model in the United Kingdom and Canada that emphasizes de-escalation and treatment. Public Health Committee co-chair Rep. Matt Ritter is collaborating with us on this bill. Stay tuned to CP on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/CommunityPartyAction/timeline and Twitter https://twitter.com/CommunityParty1 for updates. Meagan Matters! https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/meagan-matters-police-murder-of-black-women-ignored-by-corporate-media-activists/ Check out CP’s 2016 legislative package at our No Sellout blog. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/01/03/community-party-2016-legislative-package/

H.B. No. 5271  AN ACT CONCERNING MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING IN STATE AND LOCAL POLICE TRAINING PROGRAMS AND THE AVAILABILITY OF PROVIDERS OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ON AN ON-CALL BASIS.

This amended version of the Meagan Hockaday Act is a start, but does not contain significant portions of CP’s original draft. You can read the bill language here.  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&which_year=2016&bill_num=5271

Mary Sanders  provided details on what we need you to tell lawmakers. Send your email to Phtestimony@cga.ct.gov  Copy Rep. Ritter on the email: Matthew.Ritter@cga.ct.gov

“Please let the Connecticut General Assembly Public Health Committee members know right away that you support having mental health professionals partner with police when they interact with people with special needs or in crisis situations … It may save the life of someone you know! We want the following changes to strengthen the bill so please let them know it’s important to:

1) Increase the hours. They should already get more than 2 hours in their basic police training The recommended Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) training is 30 hours. In-service / Refresher workshops – minimum of 4 additional hours yearly. Knowing that not every officer is a good candidate for responding to these types of calls is why a mental health professional would be a great partner in saving lives – If not, then at least half the force should have the minimal 30 hours CIT and dispatch will have to be better trained to gather info and send the right person out.

2) The language, ‘a serious mental illness and individuals affected with a developmental disability’ is a good start although ‘serious’ may leave too much to interpretation. I feel very strongly that it’s detrimental to leave out “or experiencing an emotional or physical crisis”. This would include protection for someone in a domestic violence situation and even someone suicidal or experiencing a drug overdose.

3) (and one of the major benefits of having a crisis worker present) Dispatch should find out if children are present so they can be safely and compassionately removed from the scene by a trained professional. Children should not be traumatized by witnessing their parent or guardian facing arrest, possible injury or death, as was the case for Meagan Hockaday who was killed by CA police in front of her 3 little children when they responded to a domestic violence call.”

We also want enhanced criminal penalties for police officers who use excessive force on mentally ill individuals or people in crisis, especially when children are present. Please send your email today.

Meagan Hockaday Act Bill Language

February 24, 2016

Raised Bill No. 5271

February Session, 2016

LCO No. 1193

*01193_______PH_*

Referred to Committee on PUBLIC HEALTH

Introduced by:

(PH)

AN ACT CONCERNING MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING IN STATE AND LOCAL POLICE TRAINING PROGRAMS AND THE AVAILABILITY OF PROVIDERS OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ON AN ON-CALL BASIS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 7-294r of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2016):

[On and after October 1, 2014, (1) each] Each police basic or review training program conducted or administered by the Division of State Police within the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, the Police Officer Standards and Training Council, established under section 7-294b, or a municipal police department in the state shall include a course of not less than two hours on handling incidents involving (1) an individual affected with a serious mental illness, and (2) [each review training program conducted by such agencies shall make provisions for such a course] an individual affected with a developmental disability.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2016) Not later than October 1, 2017, each municipality shall, within available appropriations, employ or contract for the services of at least one provider of mental health services who is (1) experienced in working with individuals affected with a serious mental illness and individuals affected with a developmental disability, and (2) available on an on-call basis, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, to advise or accompany any police officer of the municipality’s police department who requests assistance in responding to an incident involving such an individual. Such municipal police department may also utilize the provider’s services on a ride-along when the department anticipates an officer will encounter such an individual during the officer’s shift. For purposes of this section, “ride-along” means an arrangement for the provider of mental health services to accompany a police officer while such officer is on patrol in a police vehicle.

2015 Hartford Police List of Officers with Sustained Complaints

February 19, 2016

This column appears in the February 18 – 25 edition of the Hartford News…

Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio

Commentary on urban issues from a grassroots perspective. First and third Tuesday of each month. 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. Tune in! Replays the following Wednesday, same time. Next show March 1 http://sometroradio.com/ Check out our No Sellout blog for info on the rest of our lineup, including False Choice: the Bipartisan Attack on the Working Class, the Poor and Communities of Color. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/12/20/community-party-media-3/

Meagan Hockaday Act

Meagan Hockaday was murdered by Oxnard, California police officer Roger Garcia in front of her children on March 28, 2015. https://www.facebook.com/meaganmatters/timeline Garcia has not been charged. Coming in 2016: The Community Party’s Meagan Hockaday Act will include enhanced criminal penalties for excessive use of force by the police against mentally ill people and individuals in crisis, in addition to whenever children are present. Our legislation will implement a new international approach to policing, based on a successful model in the United Kingdom and Canada that emphasizes de-escalation and treatment. Public Health Committee co-chair Rep. Matt Ritter is collaborating with us on this bill. Stay tuned for updates. Meagan Matters! https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/meagan-matters-police-murder-of-black-women-ignored-by-corporate-media-activists/ Check out CP’s 2016 legislative package at our No Sellout blog. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/01/03/community-party-2016-legislative-package/

Police Misconduct in Hartford

This week we’ll share the current list of Hartford Police officers with sustained civilian complaints. We obtained the list through a Freedom of Information Act request. There are 31 officers on this list, an increase from 2013 (19) and 2014 (29). Officer Jill Kidik has made the list again; sustained complaints against Kidik in 2014 include Violation of Civil Rights, Excessive Force and Profane Language. SHE IS STILL ON THE STREETS. You can read the entire 2014 list here. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/12/23/2014-hartford-police-department-list-of-officers-with-sustained-complaints/

Big shout out to the cops nationwide who are speaking out against racism, brutality and corruption. https://www.facebook.com/PeacefulStreets/photos/a.349724435087459.82412.346419072084662/969893656403864/?type=3

OFFICER (S) Note: * Indicates officer SUSTAINED ALLEGATION (S): IAD NO: sustained on 2 or more complaints

AGOSTINO, DOMENICK * Illegal Search & Seizure 13-011

AGOSTINO, DOMENICK * Discourteous Attitude 14-121

ALLEN, MICHAEL Neglect of Duty 14-112

ANGIERI, PETER Neglect of Duty 14-104

BUDWITZ, TIMOTHY Discourteous Attitude, Civil Rights Vio, Conduct Unbecoming 15-004

BUYAK, JOSEPH Discourteous Attitude 14-093

DEPINTO, DANIEL Harassment, Vio Code of Conduct, Conduct Unbecoming 15-037

DZIERZGOWSKI, GREG Neglect of Duty 14-104

GENRY, MIRELLA Poor Service, Vio of Code of Conduct 14-103

GUSTIS, BRIAN Disc. Attitude, Profane Lang, Harass, Ill. Search & Seizure, Civ Rights Vio 14-098

HEIMERDINGER, CHRISTIAN Disc. Attitude, Profane Lang, Harass, Ill. Search & Seizure, Civ Rights Vio 14-098

HILDEBIDLE, SUZANAH Neglect of Duty, Civil Rights Vio 14-089

JENKINS, TYRELL * Vio of Code of Conduct 14-085

JENKINS, TYRELL * Poor Service, Illegal Arrest 14-096

KIDIK, JILL Traffic Complaint, Discourteous Attitude 15-006

LABBE, KENNETH Cond Unbecom, Neglect of Duty, Vio of Code of Conduct, Disc. Attidute 15-012

LARSON, CHRISTOPHER Civ Rights Vio, Negl of Duty, Vio of Code of Conduct, Ex Force During Arrest 14-036

LEMKE, ERIC Cond Unbecom, Neglect of Duty, Vio of Code of Conduct, Disc. Attidute 15-012

NELSON, JUSTIN Illegal Search & seizure 13-111

NEWELL, JAMES Civ rights Vio, Negl of Duty, Vio of Code of Conduct, Ex Force During Arrest 14-036

PETERSON, DANA (RET) Civil Rights Vio, Ill. Arrest, Ill. Search & Seizure, Vio of Code of Conduct 13-111

PETHIGAL, JEFFREY Civil Rights Vio, Ill. Arrest, Ill. Search & Seizure, Vio of Code of Conduct 14-036

RAGNO, ANTHONY Civil Rights Vio, Discourteous Attitude, Poor Service 14-078

RODRIGUEZ, RICHARD, JR Discourteous Attitude 14-121

ROSARIO, JOSE Civil Rights Vio, Illegal Arrest, Ill. Search & Seizure 13-111

RUIZ, LUIS Illegal Arrest, Illegal Search & Seizure, Vio of Code of Conduct 13-111

SHERBO, JOSEPH Harassment, Discourteous Attitude 15-024

STACHOWICZ, KAMIL Conduct Unbecoming of an Officer 14-077

TRAHAN, JOSEPH Discourteous Attitude 15-031

VELAZQUEZ, MICHAEL Discourteous Attitude 15-001

VELEZ, THERESA Discourteous Attitude, Conduct Unbecoming, Harassment 15-015

WALSH, JOSHUA * Poor Service, Neglect of Duty, Discourteous Attitide 14-061 WALSH, JOSHUA * Discourteous Attitude, Conduct Unbecoming 15-009

YOUENS, JONATHAN Civ Rights Vio, Negl of Duty, Vio of Code of Conduct, Ex Force During Arrest 14-036

Follow CP on Twitter for state, national and world news headlines. https://twitter.com/CommunityParty1 Check out my Facebook page for daily news commentary. https://www.facebook.com/david.samuels.948 Listen to WQTQ 89.9 FM for CP’s public service announcements on our racial justice initiatives https://www.facebook.com/wqtqfm and So-Metro Radio the first and third Tuesday of each month at 8:00 PM for commentary on urban issues http://www.sometroradio.com/ Check out our No Sellout blog (https://hendu39.wordpress.com/) for the complete archive of CP columns and Northend Agent’s archive for selected columns (http://www.northendagents.com/). Contact us at 860-206-8879 or info.community.party@gmail.com

REPLAY WEDNESDAY: Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio

February 15, 2016

The planet’s PREMIER Soul, RnB and talk radio station. Rep. Matt Ritter will discuss legislation that would legalize marijuana in Connecticut. California activist Laurie Valdez will talk about an upcoming event marking the anniversary of the police murder of her husband, Antonio Guzman Lopez. Mary L. Sanders will join us to talk about Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy’s proposed human services budget cuts,  Hartford housing issues and the police murder of autistic transgender woman Danielle Jacobs. NEW TIME 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific.
‪#‎JusticeforJosiah

Resources

New Bill Proposed To Legalize Marijuana In Connecticut, Poll Shows State Residents Want It Passed:

New Bill Proposed To Legalize Marijuana In Connecticut, Poll Shows State Residents Want It Passed

State Representative Matt Ritter:

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

Laurie Valdez’s Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/laurie.valdez1

Justice for Josiah Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Justice4Josiah/timeline

Mary Sanders’ Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/mary.l.sanders.56

Connecticut Voices for Children state budget recommendations:

http://www.ctvoices.org/publications/impact-governors-proposed-fy-2017-budget-children-and-families

The Bedford Street Fire Tragedy: An Interview with HFD Captain James McLoughlin:

https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/the-bedford-street-fire-tragedy-an-interview-with-hfd-captain-james-mcloughlin/

Innovative Manchester Snow Removal Ordinance:

https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/innovative-manchester-snow-removal-ordinance/

It’s the Corporate State, Stupid

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

Autistic woman Danielle Jacobs fatally shot by Arizona police:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3433188/Asperger-s-sufferer-touched-hearts-sharing-footage-dog-helping-cope-meltdown-shot-killed-police-suicide-call.html

Community Party 2016 Legislative Package; includes Meagan Hockaday Act:

https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/01/03/community-party-2016-legislative-package/

Scalia: Hero of the Far-Right Dead at 79

February 15, 2016

Attorney Kamau Franklin says Justice Antonin Scalia participated in some of the most reactionary rulings affecting blacks, women, gays and workers in Supreme Court history – February 13, 2016

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=15664

Policy Watch: Donald Trump & Ted Cruz Turn Hate into Votes

February 12, 2016

This column appears in the February 11 – 18 edition of the Hartford News…

Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio

Commentary on urban issues from a grassroots perspective. First and third Tuesday of each month. NEW TIME 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. Tune in! Replays the following Wednesday, same time. Next show February 16. http://sometroradio.com/ Check out our No Sellout blog for info on the rest of our lineup, including False Choice: the Bipartisan Attack on the Working Class, the Poor and Communities of Color. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/12/20/community-party-media-3/

Meagan Hockaday Act

Meagan Hockaday was murdered by Oxnard, California police officer Roger Garcia in front of her children on March 28, 2015. https://www.facebook.com/meaganmatters/timeline Garcia has not been charged. Coming in 2016: The Community Party’s Meagan Hockaday Act will include enhanced criminal penalties for excessive use of force by the police against mentally ill people and individuals in crisis, in addition to whenever children are present. Our legislation will implement a new international approach to policing, based on a successful model in the United Kingdom and Canada that emphasizes de-escalation and treatment. Public Health Committee co-chair Rep. Matt Ritter is collaborating with us on this bill. Stay tuned for updates. Meagan Matters! https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/meagan-matters-police-murder-of-black-women-ignored-by-corporate-media-activists/ Check out CP’s 2016 legislative package at our No Sellout blog. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/01/03/community-party-2016-legislative-package/

State Budget

Another year, another corporatist budget from Gov. Dannel Malloy. The formula remains the same: Malloy is calling for across the board cuts to human services, and threatening layoffs if he doesn’t get more concessions from state employees (I’m a state worker). This is after he promised not to go after more concessions when he was running for re-election. Malloy also wants to cut funding for public schools, while putting more money into charter schools.

Meanwhile corporations and the rich remain protected. I’ll have more to say about Malloy’s budget in the coming weeks. Don’t fall for his Town Hall Propaganda Tour. Malloy will tell everybody why they’re wrong, then tell his media lackeys that he proved he can take the heat. Malloy gets his marching orders from his corporate masters.

Race for the White House: The Republicans

“The world is a business.” ~ Arthur Jensen (played by Ned Beatty), chairman of the fictional Communications Corporation of America, in the 1976 movie Network. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9XeyBd_IuA

A supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gave a concise response to a CNN reporter who asked why she backs Trump’s candidacy. The woman said that Barack Obama, who has gone out of his way to do nothing for Black people during his presidency, is “pro-Black”. She went on to say that “white people founded this country, now we’re being pushed aside”. Blacks make 60 cents for every dollar whites make, and possess 10 cents of net wealth for every dollar whites have. The Black unemployment rate is at Depression era levels. Poverty, gun violence, addiction, mass incarceration, underfunded public schools and disparate health problems plague low income communities of color. Yet this woman thinks she’s the one who’s being “pushed aside”. Trump is playing on white fear, as he runs on a platform of white nationalism. Trump supporters yap about Trump refusing to be ‘politically correct’, which is coded language meaning that he openly expresses racist views.

While Trump bashes Mexicans and Muslims, orders Black protestors to be assaulted at his events and does everything but burn a cross in his quest to Make America White Again, Ted Cruz, Trump’s nemesis, is just as dangerous. Cruz, who pulled an upset of Trump in the Iowa caucuses but was defeated by Trump in the New Hampshire GOP primary, promotes the same extremist ideology as Trump, just much more quietly (with the aid of the corporate media). Right Wing Watch, a website that closely follows the movements and associations of conservative politicians, media personalities and assorted wackos, has kept track of Cruz’s allies. http://www.rightwingwatch.org/ While Trump rides a wave of racism, Brian Tashman reported that Cruz is using virulent homophobia as the fuel for his campaign.

“Ted Cruz is already boasting of the endorsements he has received from activists who have linked homosexuality to Ebola, violence, terrorism and train derailments, so it came as no surprise to see the Texas senator’s presidential campaign release a statement yesterday touting his latest endorser: Paul Blair. ‘Pastor Blair has been a leader for life and marriage in Oklahoma and beyond,’ Ted Cruz said. ‘I am honored to have the support of Pastor Blair, who has been a friend of natural marriage and an advocate for unborn life. He set out to walk in the footsteps of the colonial pastors who fought for ‘liberty from tyranny,’ and he has done so. I’m grateful for Pastor Blair’s willingness to be a ‘watchman on the wall.’ Blair, the pastor who leads the group Reclaiming America for Christ, is one of the most vitriolic gay rights opponents in the country. He has likened his anti-gay activism to the work of slavery abolitionists and anti-Nazi dissidents, while painting the gay rights movement as a Satanic, communist conspiracy to bring down the U.S. and replace it with a world government.”

Right Wing Watch’s Kyle Mantyla reported on another Cruz supporter, Mike Bickle. “Bickle is the founder of the International House of Prayer, a controversial missionary for engaging an organization in Kansas City, Missouri, that some critics have labeled a cult and which is best known for engaging in nonstop 24-hour-a-day prayer in preparation for the End Times and for its anti-gay activism in Uganda. Bickle, unsurprisingly is a demon-fighting radical who believes that gay marriage is ‘rooted in the depths of hell,’ that homosexuality ‘opens the door to the demonic realm’ and that Oprah Winfrey is a forerunner of the Antichrist. Back in 2004, Bickle declared that as the End Times approach, all Jews will be given a chance to accept Jesus, warning that if they do not accept ‘the grace’ of Christ, God will then ‘raise up a hunter’ who will kill two-thirds of them ‘and the most famous hunter in recent history is a man named Adolf Hitler’.”

Cruz, not wanting undocumented immigrants to feel left out, told New Hampshire voters that he will cut off federal funding for sanctuary cities like New Haven. Undocumented immigrants pay more in taxes than the rich. http://www.care2.com/causes/undocumented-immigrants-pay-more-in-taxes-than-wealthy.html

Predictably, Trump is receiving support from white supremacists. Aaron Morrison of International Business Times provided details. “William Daniel Johnson, (is) a white nationalist activist and author who regularly appears in media espousing nationalist ideas. The Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based organization that monitors hate groups, said that Johnson claimed racial mixing and diversity in the U.S. has led to social and cultural decline. Johnson gave $250 to the Donald J. Trump for President Inc. organization in September, according to the Republican candidate’s campaign finance report filed with the Federal Election Commission, Media Matters reported. The contribution is listed as coming from white nationalist organizations run by Johnson. As of Monday, the latest campaign report didn’t show that Trump had refunded the contribution.”

Voters in Iowa and New Hampshire were inundated with robocalls from white supremacists urging them to vote for Trump. Johnson is featured on the calls. Anti-immigrant Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced his endorsement of Trump. Two Black women,

Diamond and Silk aka Step and Fetch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVd5HFIk_uU have become an internet sensation as they express their support for Trump. Trump’s choice of these idiots to be his token Blacks is telling: they act like they walked straight out of an episode of What’s Happening. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Apv9Kgkf-z8 During the New Hampshire Republican debate Fuhrer Trump defended the “really fantastic” police, who killed 1,134 people last year. Young Black males were nine times more likely to be killed by police than other Americans.

Sexism continues to be another issue for Trump. A female former Trump campaign staffer alleges that she was a victim of discrimination.

“NEW YORK (Reuters) — A 26-year-old former campaign staffer for Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has accused the campaign of sex discrimination, the New York Times reported on Sunday.

Elizabeth Mae Davidson, who worked as an organizer in Iowa for the New York businessman, filed a complaint with the Davenport, Iowa, Civil Rights Commission, claiming female staffers were paid less than male staffers, according to the report.

She claimed her requests to plan and speak at Trump’s campaign rallies were ignored while her male peers were allowed to do so, it said.

Davidson also claimed that Trump had addressed her and a young female volunteer with a remark that referred to the women’s appearances, saying ‘you guys could do a lot of damage,’ the Times report said.

According to the Times, Trump, in an interview on Sunday, denied having made the remark to the two women. He did not address the other two allegations, the Times said, and he said he did not remember Davidson but had been told she had done ‘a terrible job’ while working on the campaign.”

Cruz knocked Democratic Party presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ single payer (Medicare for all) health care plan during a rally in Iowa and at the New Hampshire debate. He went on about how the government would decide who would be covered. Yeah, that’s much worse than having a profit driven corporation decide. Insurance companies make money by NOT covering people! Health insurance companies have employees whose job is to find a reason to deny claims. The United States is ranked 37th in quality of health care by the World Health Organization. France, which uses a single payer system, is ranked #1. The U.S. is the only industrialized nation that doesn’t have free health care.

Former health insurance industry executive turned whistleblower Wendell Potter talked to Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman about the Affordable Care Act aka ObamaCare, and the ruthless tactics of health insurance companies including Cigna, his former employer.

“It’s kind of ironic, but the one thing that the Republicans and conservatives are saying they want to repeal is the provision that we all have to buy coverage from private insurance companies. They’re citing or they’re saying that that’s unconstitutional. That’s also all for show, because it is just an effort to try to, in a sense, turn people away from the idea of reform. It sounds complicated, but it’s part of the insurance companies’ strategy. They want to have more Republicans in Congress because they thrive in an environment in which Republicans are controlling one house, or both, in Congress, or state houses and state governorships.

Actually, the idea of a mandate is something that Republicans in the past have embraced. And it’s been — it was a central of tenet of the insurance companies’ ideas for reform. And they — it was their biggest need in this legislation, the other being the — making sure that the public option was not included in the legislation. But they want this to go forward with that provision. They just don’t like some of the consumer protections in the bill.

What we have now is a system in which insurance companies, if they don’t want to pay your claims and you’ve bought your insurance through what’s called the individual market, if you get sick and you have medical claims coming in, they can go back and cancel your policy. And they’ll return your premiums, but they will refuse to pay for any of your medical care. There was a woman who testified before Congress about this practice. It’s called ‘rescission.’ And she was in the midst of treatment for breast cancer when she got notice that her insurance was being covered, and she was going to be left to have to pay for all of her cancer care. And the reason was because she presumably had forgotten to note on her application for coverage that she had been treated for acne in the recent past. And they felt that that was justification enough that she had not disclosed everything about her medical care. And so they used that.

People in the insurance companies were paid and have been paid bonuses for being able to find reasons to cancel people’s coverage. The legislation will outlaw that, and it already has, unless someone — unless someone actually intentionally lies in their application, which points out something else about our healthcare system: people are so desperate to get coverage, if they have been sick, that often they will lie. They will either leave something out or make some intentional misrepresentation, because otherwise they can’t get care. That doesn’t happen in any other developed world. It’s insane that we have a system in which people are afraid to tell the truth because they’re afraid they won’t get coverage.”

Trump, Cruz and the Republicans use bigotry and religion to maintain the power of the corporate state. Their god is money. Unfortunately for the working class and the poor, corporations also control the Democratic Party. We need a third party movement.

Resources

Information Clearing House – It’s the Corporate State, Stupid:

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

2016 presidential candidates campaign finance profiles:

http://www.opensecrets.org/pres16/

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Policy Watch: Hillary Clinton’s Racism, Bernie Sanders’ Support of War

February 5, 2016
This column appears in the February 4 – 11 edition of the Hartford News…
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Meagan Hockaday Act
Meagan Hockaday was murdered by Oxnard, California police officer Roger Garcia in front of her children on March 28, 2015. https://www.facebook.com/meaganmatters/timeline Garcia has not been charged. Coming in 2016: The Community Party’s Meagan Hockaday Act includes enhanced criminal penalties for excessive use of force by the police against mentally ill people and individuals in crisis, in addition to whenever children are present. Our legislation will implement a new international approach to policing, based on a successful model in the United Kingdom and Canada that emphasizes de-escalation and treatment. Public Health Committee co-chair Rep. Matt Ritter is collaborating with us on this bill. Stay tuned for updates. Meagan Matters! https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/meagan-matters-police-murder-of-black-women-ignored-by-corporate-media-activists/ Check out CP’s 2016 legislative package at our No Sellout blog. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/01/03/community-party-2016-legislative-package/
State Budget
Next week’s column will include commentary on Gov. Dannel Malloy’s budget proposal.
Race for the White House: The Democrats
The Democratic presidential primary is long on drama, but short on substance. A Martin Luther King Day weekend debate between Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley produced fireworks between Clinton and Sanders, who has turned the expected coronation of Clinton into a dogfight: Clinton was declared the winner in the Iowa caucuses by less than one percent. Sanders’ surging national popularity sends a clear message. Voters are fed up with the Democratic Party establishment, who go out of their way to alienate the people who they claim to serve. Here in Connecticut, voters showed their displeasure with the Dems in the last election as the Republicans won 10 seats in the House of Representatives; they have gained 27 seats since 2010. The GOP is gearing up to wipe out the Democrats’ shrinking majority (87-64 in the House, 21-15 in the Senate) in November, hoping to tap into voters’ anger over the state budget quagmire. The Dems continue to abuse the working class and the poor by raising taxes and slashing funding for human services, while the budget deficit grows. Of course a Republican controlled legislature would be the equivalent of moving around the deck chairs on the Titanic. Neither party is working in the interests of the people.
During the debate Sanders did not answer the question by a Black voter about appointing special prosecutors to investigate police killings, such as the murder of Tamir Rice. His talking points response about automatically referring cases to the Department of Justice (0 prosecutions of killer cops during Barack Obama’s presidency) and hiring more Black police officers was lame. Sanders would connect with more Black/Latino voters if he talked about prosecuting police officers who commit murder with the same passion that he talks about prosecuting Goldman Sachs executives, and other Wall Street crooks. Let’s not forget about Native Americans, the ethnic group being killed by police at the highest rate.  http://bluenationreview.com/native-americans-are-the-group-most-likely-to-be-killed-by-police/

It was amusing to hear Clinton claim that ObamaCare, a private insurance based system that leaves 30 million people without health care, would serve more people than Sanders’ single payer (FREE HEALTH CARE FOR ALL) plan. The United States is the only industrialized nation that does not have a single payer system. The World Health Organization ranked the U.S. 37th in quality  of health care. France, which has a single payer system, is #1. President Harry Truman proposed a national health insurance plan in 1945. The Truman Library and Museum provides details about the single payer legislation on their website. http://www.trumanlibrary.org/anniversaries/healthprogram.htm

“The most controversial aspect of the plan was the proposed national health insurance plan. In his November 19, 1945 address, President Truman called for the creation of a national health insurance fund to be run by the federal government. This fund would be open to all Americans, but would remain optional. Participants would pay monthly fees into the plan, which would cover the cost of any and all medical expenses that arose in a time of need. The government would pay for the cost of services rendered by any doctor who chose to join the program. In addition, the insurance plan would give a cash balance to the policy holder to replace wages lost due to illness or injury.
President Truman’s health proposals finally came to Congress in the form of a Social Security expansion bill, co-sponsored in Congress by Senators Robert Wagner (D-NY) and James Murray (D-MT), along with Representative John Dingell (D-MI). For this reason, the bill was known popularly as the W-M-D bill. The American Medical Association (AMA) launched a spirited attack against the bill, capitalizing on fears of Communism in the public mind. The AMA characterized the bill as ‘socialized medicine’, and in a forerunner to the rhetoric of the McCarthy era, called Truman White House staffers ‘followers of the Moscow party line’.* Organized labor, the main public advocate of the bill, had lost much of its goodwill from the American people in a series of unpopular strikes. Following the outbreak of the Korean War, President Truman was finally forced to abandon the W-M-D Bill. ”
Clinton did her best to paint Sanders as a shill for the NRA. Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman made an important point during a discussion on Clinton. Clinton is going after Sanders for his voting record on guns, but she is a former board member of Wal-Mart, one of the biggest gun sellers in the country. NBC News debate commentators couldn’t help but ask questions about what Bill Clinton did with women during the 90’s, an issue that has absolutely no impact on the problems facing this country.
SocialistWorker.org commentator Paul Heideman documented the sordid history of the Clintons and race (including a mention of Sanders and the current Vice President) in his column, The Clintons’ Shameful Hypocrisy on Racism. http://socialistworker.org/2016/01/26/the-clintons-shameful-hypocrisy-on-racism “Bill Clinton came to the White House after 12 years of Republican occupants convinced that the Democrats’ decline had been due to the party being too far to the left. As president, he intended to finish the reorientation he had pushed for as governor of Arkansas.
In the service of this goal, he brought in conservative strategist Dick Morris, notorious for helping veteran race-baiting Republican Sen. Jesse Helms win re-election in 1998 over a Black opponent , thanks in part to a blatantly racist ad encouraging white workers to blame Black workers for their layoffs.
Clinton’s push to the right bore fruit in the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act. This bill, authored by Joe Biden at the behest of the White House, established draconian three-strikes laws that sent people away to prison for decades for trivial crimes. It also included ‘truth in sentencing’ provisions that eliminated early parole for huge numbers of prisoners.
Though the trend toward the era of mass incarceration had begun earlier and was largely driven on the state level, Clinton’s passage of the 1994 law helped entrench the system even further. As the crime bill was being debated in Congress, Hillary Clinton was a vocal advocate for it, repeating the kinds of racist talking points used to support the ‘war on crime.’ At a time when the U.S. prison population was skyrocketing, she declared, ‘There is something wrong when a crime bill takes six years to work its way through Congress and the average criminal serves only four…We need more police. We need more and tougher prison sentences for repeat offenders. We need more prisons to keep violent offenders for as long as it takes to keep them off the streets.’ Bernie Sanders, it should be noted, voted for this bill while serving in the House.”
Heideman went on to talk about President Clinton teaming up with the Republicans in 1996 to pass a ‘welfare reform’ bill that has fueled poverty in the United States. If Sanders would sign a blood oath vowing to end his support of Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians and U.S. militarism in general, he would have my vote. Sanders’ economic and health care policy positions would benefit people of color. Sanders is the only major party candidate who talks about Black/Latino unemployment: he has proposed a New Deal type of federal jobs program.
Addictinginfo.org reported on a 2014 incident where activists held Sanders accountable for his Middle East policies. “Senator Bernie Sanders—the longest serving independent member of congress in American history—compromised his firm antiwar position at Saturday’s climate change event in New York City. This is not the first time, nor will it be the last time the potential presidential candidate finds himself in the crosshairs over his inconsistent—Israeli exempt—opposition of U.S. entanglement in the Middle East. 
Last night in New York City, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was interrupted by two protestors, while he addressed the panel on ‘The Climate Crisis: Which Way Out?’  The protesters held a sign for the audience, which read ‘BERNIE VOTED FOR THE WAR ON THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF PALESTINE.’ In a similar incident last August, Sen. Sanders faced heavy criticism from Cabot Town Hall audience members. Citizens expressed their disapproval over his statements and votes in support of Israel’s recent military offensive, which devastated the Gaza Strip—Operation Protective Edge claimed the lives of over 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians. In a rare video of the event posted on YouTube, Sanders becomes angry and instinctively defends Israel’s internationally condemned bombings on Gaza’s civilian population.”  http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/09/21/activists-disrupt-bernie-sanders-speech-over-his-support-for-war/

Michael Arria of Alernet.org examined Sanders’ foreign policy record in a May 2015 piece, Bernie Sanders’ Troubling History of Supporting U.S. Military Violence Abroad. http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/bernie-sanders-troubling-history-supporting-us-military-violence-abroad  Arria pointed out the similarities between Sanders and Hillary Clinton. “The difference between the two candidates on war is hardly substantial and his political closet is filled with as many skeletons. Notably he supported NATO’s bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999, a stance which caused one of his staffers to resign in protest. In his resignation letter to Sanders, former staffer Jeremy Brecher explained the Clinton administration’s position at the time. ‘While it has refused to send ground forces into Kosovo, the U.S. has also opposed and continues to oppose all alternatives that would provide immediate protection for the people of Kosovo by putting non-or partially-NATO forces into Kosovo,’ wrote Brecher, ‘…The refusal of the U.S. to endorse such proposals strongly supports the hypothesis that the goal of U.S. policy is not to save the Kosovars from ongoing destruction.’ Brecher’s note to Sanders closes with a set of rhetorical questions, ‘Is there a moral limit to the military violence you are willing to participate in or support? Where does that limit lie? And when that limit has been reached, what action will you take? My answers led to my resignation.’

Hillary Clinton is an imperialist. A vote for her is a vote for corporatism and global hegemony. Bernie Sanders’ domestic policy platform is clearly the reason for his appeal among the far left and disenchanted Democrats. However the fact that his foreign policy record mirrors Clinton’s cannot be ignored, nor can his vote in support of Bill Clinton’s racist 1994 crime bill, or his weak policy response to police violence. A Sanders presidency coupled with a corporate controlled Congress presents the distinct possibility of more disappointment for the left, unless they hold Sanders accountable for his campaign promises.
Next week: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump exploits white fear, as he runs on a platform of white nationalism.
Resources
2016 presidential candidates’ campaign finance profiles:
Follow CP on Twitter for state, national and world news headlines. https://twitter.com/CommunityParty1 Check out my Facebook page for daily news commentary. https://www.facebook.com/david.samuels.948   Listen to WQTQ 89.9 FM for CP’s public service announcements on our racial justice initiatives https://www.facebook.com/wqtqfm and So-Metro Radio the first and third Tuesday of each month at 9:00 PM for commentary on urban issues http://www.sometroradio.com/  Check out our No Sellout blog (https://hendu39.wordpress.com/) for the complete archive of CP columns and Northend Agent’s archive for selected columns (http://www.northendagents.com/). Contact us at 860-206-8879 or info.community.party@gmail.com