Archive for July, 2016

REPLAY WEDNESDAY: Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio

July 31, 2016

Thanks to our guests Josh Elliott and Toni Taylor. Check out So-Metro Talk Wednesday for a replay of a previous show. http://talk.sometroradio.com/ 8 PM ET 7 PM CT 5 PM PT Below you can read info on Tuesday’s show, and resource info. Check out the So-Metro Radio website for podcasts!

The planet’s PREMIER Soul, RnB and talk radio station. Community Party Radio returns Tuesday,  August 2. Co-host Mary L. Sanders and I will discuss the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, and Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s campaign platform. Activist Toni Taylor will talk about the socio-economic conditions in Ferguson and St. Louis, as the two-year anniversary of the police killing of Mike Brown approaches (August 9). Toni will also provide an update on upcoming Cary on the Ball Foundation events.
8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. Replays on Tuesdays we aren’t on live, and every Wednesday.
http://www.sometroradio.com/ ‪#‎JusticeforCaryBallJr

 

Resources

 

 

Community Party Policy Watch: Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein

CT Petitioners for Jill Stein Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/CTPetitionersForJillStein/

Jill Stein 2016 Volunteer Info:
http://www.jill2016.com/volunteer
Democrats/Republicans refuse to implement ranked choice voting  nationwide, which would prevent splitting the vote in elections. Alameda County, California has ranked choice voting:
http://acgov.org/rov/rcv/
Mary Sanders on social media:
https://www.facebook.com/mary.l.sanders.56
https://twitter.com/marymaryssc1
Justice for Cary Ball Jr. Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/JusticeForCaryBallJr/
Toni Taylor Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/toni.taylor.3701

 

Josh Elliott, Candidate for State Representative
Check out CP’s No Sellout blog Election 2016 Candidate Tracker for a profile provided by Josh Elliott, who is running for a seat in the Connecticut General Assembly. Includes info on making a donation to his campaign. The statewide primary is August 9. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/05/14/election-2016-candidate-tracker-josh-elliott/

 

 

Policy Watch: Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein

July 31, 2016

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a Community Party Policy Watch series on Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s campaign. platform.  http://www.ontheissues.org/Jill_Stein.htm   Our analysis will include Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio reports, and Hartford News columns. The Community Party is not affiliated with the Green Party, or Jill Stein’s campaign.
http://www.sometroradio.com/ https://hendu39.wordpress.com/

A Former Cop Speaks Out: Part 2

July 28, 2016
 by David Samuels
This column appears in the July 28 – August 4 edition of the Hartford News…
Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio
Commentary on urban issues from a grassroots perspective. First, third and fifth Tuesday of each month. 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. Tune in! Replays on the Tuesdays that we’re not on live and every Wednesday, same time. Next show: August 2. Guests: Josh Elliott, candidate for Connecticut State Representative. Missouri police reform activist Toni Taylor.  http://sometroradio.com/  Check out our No Sellout blog for info on the rest of our Community Party Media 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/
Community Party Radio Podcasts
This week we’ll share Part 2 of the Democracy Now! interview with former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper. Check out the DN website. http://www.democracynow.org/
                                                                                                                           
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Ex-Seattle Police Chief Condemns Systemic Police Racism Dating Back to Slave Patrols

July 14, 2016
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AMY GOODMAN: I want to turn to remarks made by the New York police commissioner, Bill Bratton, who was speaking Sunday on Face the Nation.
COMMISSIONER BILL BRATTON: Police officers come from the community. We don’t bring them in from Mars; they come from the communities they police. And over the years, increasingly, we’ve had much more diversity in policing—Muslim officers, increasing numbers of African-American officers, Latino officers. And that’s a good thing, because the community wants to see that. And that’s part of the way we bridge the divide that currently exists between police and community, a divide that has been closing and a divide that we hope, over time—and certainly here in New York, I can speak for our efforts here the last several years, myself and Mayor de Blasio—to not only bridge the divide, but to close it.
AMY GOODMAN: That’s Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. Your response?
NORM STAMPER: Our police officers do, in fact, come from the community. As Bill Bratton said, they don’t come from Mars. They are of us. They live among us. They are motivated by a variety of different interests in becoming a police officer. It’s not that—that the candidates that we’re selecting, necessarily, are poor candidates. It is what happens to them when they get acculturated by this law enforcement structure that makes it clear to them that they are on the front lines of a war against their own people. And so you get police officers heading out to put in a shift who are feeling that the people are the enemy.
NERMEEN SHAIKH: Well, I want to turn to Republican Senator Tim Scott, who spoke on the floor of the Senate Wednesday about being the victim of racial profiling. Scott is one of only two African Americans in the U.S. Senate.
SEN. TIM SCOTT: In the course of one year, I’ve been stopped seven times by law enforcement officers—not four, not five, not six, but seven times in one year—as an elected official. Was I speeding sometimes? Sure. But the vast majority of the time, I was pulled over for nothing more than driving a new car in the wrong neighborhood, or some other reason just as trivial.
NERMEEN SHAIKH: That was Republican Senator Tim Scott speaking Wednesday. So, Norm Stamper, can you respond to what he said, and also whether you think the police is plagued with systemic racism?
NORM STAMPER: Well, let me start with that question. The short answer is yes. I can also cite another example closer to home for me. A former King County executive, Ron Sims, African-American man, man of the cloth, spoke to a reporter recently and said, “I have been stopped eight times by the police. And invariably the question seems to be ‘What are you doing here?'” Do white members of our community get that kind of treatment? In blunt terms, it is racist. It’s a racist action on the part of an officer, if he or she does not have reasonable suspicion that a person has committed, is committing or is about to commit a crime. That’s what the law says. And yet that law is systematically defied by police across this country in unlawful search-and-seizure, stop-and-frisk situations.
But there’s also systemic racism. It goes back as far as the institution. And I know President Obama made reference to the long history, the centuries-old history, of the relations between police and community, and particularly communities of color. Policing in this country has its origins in the slave patrols. And from decade to decade, generation to generation, there are still police officers in this country who act with superiority, who act in a very authoritarian, very dominant way. Part of that is their training, and only some of that, by the way, takes place in the academy. Most of it takes place in the locker room or in the front seat of a police car, when the senior officer tells the junior officer, “Forget what they taught you in the academy. You’re in the real world now.”
AMY GOODMAN: I also wanted to ask you about the people who are arrested, the people who are filming these police attacks on civilians, the police killings. Yesterday on Democracy Now!, we had this extraordinary show. First we spoke to Abdullah Muflahi. He’s the man who owns the Triple S supermarket in Baton Rouge, who was a friend of Alton Sterling, who sold CDs outside. He came outside his store quickly. He saw what was happening to Alton. He took out his cellphone, started filming. Right afterwards, after the police killed Alton, they arrested the owner of the store, Abdullah Muflahi, and they went into his store without a warrant, and they took out not only the video that the store had, they took the entire video camera. And then we spoke to Chris LeDay. He had posted online the second video of the police killing of Alton Sterling. He’s a 12-year Air Force veteran. He works on a military base outside Atlanta. He comes to work, and he is surrounded by police. He is first handcuffed, then he is shackled. He is put in an orange jumpsuit. He is held for 26 hours. He kept saying, “What are you arresting me for?” And one police officer said, “You fit the profile.” And he said, “You have to finish the sentence. I fit the profile of what?” Ultimately, he was charged with not paying old traffic fines. Can you talk about what happens to those who document the crimes?
NORM STAMPER: Well, what happens to those who document these crimes is exactly what happened to those individuals in Baton Rouge.
This is a good time for me to insert a really important point, and that is, we have some wonderful police officers—sensitive, empathetic, compassionate—who, if they harbor racist or homophobic or sexist bones in their body, have learned to manage themselves, have learned to calm things down, to de-escalate, to defuse tense situations. They’re worth their weight in gold. And they need to be recognized. They need to be appreciated.
But we have altogether too many officers that police chiefs and sheriffs are fond of calling bad apples. Well, when you get as many bad apples as we seem to see in police work today, it’s time to examine the barrel. It is time to look at the entire orchard and to recognize that even a fresh apple placed into that toxic environment is going to turn bad.
So, as we look at, for example, a police officer being questioned about—a police officer questioning others, a police officer behaving very aggressively, if not unlawfully, toward individuals, a police officer shooting and killing someone unjustifiably, to see some—to see a fellow American filming that, snapping shots, filming it, audio, in some cases, is a—should be a source of comfort to many of us in the community. It is completely, 100 percent lawful for an American to do what those Americans did.
Now, here’s what I’m sure the police are saying: “We were evidence gathering. We had information that somebody captured this, so we’re to go after that evidence.” And there’s nothing wrong with gathering evidence. The question is: To what end are you going to put that evidence, and how did you gather it? It is unlawful, by definition, to engage in illegal searches and seizures. The Constitution of the United States, the secular Bible of the land, tells police officers what they can and cannot do. And right now, a whole bunch of them are doing things that, by law, they cannot do.
AMY GOODMAN: Very quickly, Norm Stamper, I wanted to ask you—last year, the large California-based affiliate of the United Auto Workers said they wanted the International Union of Police Associations kicked out of the union federation, claiming police have, quote, “utilized union resources to defend brutality and anti-Blackness.” The International Union of Police Associations is still in the AFLCIO. But what is your response to that, the role of police unions?
NORM STAMPER: Well, those who have read my first book understand that I’ve said I’m a labor guy through and through. I get goosebumps when I hear Joe Hill. My kin from Kentucky come out of coal mining. I am a pro-labor human being. But I draw the line at police unions. I think far too often they have shielded racist and brutal and trigger-happy police officers. I get their role to defend their fellow officers, but they do it in such a way that communicates to the community we’re going to circle the wagons, we’re going to do anything and everything we can to protect this lawbreaker.
I think it’s time for national standards, by the way, Amy. I think it’s essential that we recognize that policing is largely unsupervised in this country. There are no national standards—18,000 police departments, one Constitution. What does that tell you? It tells me that systematic violation of the Constitution is only rarely addressed in a Department of Justice investigation. Better to set national standards, certify all police officers and their agencies, and decertify those so they can’t go from Seattle, if they get fired, to NYPD the next day, which does happen. We need national standards.
                                                                                                                        
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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, third and fifth 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  

Political Roundup: Eric Coleman Update/Baton Rouge Police Attack/Former Cop Speaks Out

July 22, 2016
 by David Samuels
This column appears in the July 21 – 28 edition of the Hartford News…
Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio
Commentary on urban issues from a grassroots perspective. First, third and fifth Tuesday of each month. 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. Tune in! Replays on the Tuesdays that we’re not on live and every Wednesday, same time. Next show: August 2. Guests: Josh Elliott, candidate for Connecticut State Representative. Missouri police reform activist Toni Taylor.  http://sometroradio.com/  Check out our No Sellout blog for info on the rest of our Community Party Media 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/
Community Party Radio Podcasts
Josh Elliott, Candidate for State Representative
Check out CP’s No Sellout blog Election 2016 Candidate Tracker for a profile provided by Josh Elliott, who is running for a seat in the Connecticut General Assembly. Includes info on making a donation to his campaign. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/05/14/election-2016-candidate-tracker-josh-elliott/
Special Message
Violence against police officers only HURTS the movement for police reform. There are cops who care about the community, and are speaking out against racism, brutality and corruption. This movement is supposed to be about STOPPING VIOLENCE! If you’re thinking about harming a member of law enforcement, STOP!    .
Mandatory Police Body Cameras
Judiciary Committee Co-Chair Sen. Eric Coleman has not responded to the Community Party’s call for him to introduce a bill in 2017, which would make it mandatory for all police officers in Connecticut to wear body cameras. We have contacted him on Facebook, and via email. I’m one of Coleman’s constituents. Ironically last week I received a mailer from Coleman with the heading “Fairness & Equality Under the Law”. There is a picture of Coleman speaking at a University of Hartford event on race relations in Connecticut. Coleman personifies the Democrats’ attitude regarding the police violence issue: plenty of lip service, but no interest in REAL police reform. Young Black males are 21 times more likely to be shot and killed by police than white males. We will continue to demand that Coleman walk the walk, and implement legislation that will protect communities of color. My colleague Mary Sanders said it best. “This has been another brutal year for people of color and I would hope CT legislators have seen enough to finally take appropriate preventive action. Hopefully we’ll be able to work with our co-chairs, instead of around them this next session.”  Stay tuned.
 Facebook Conversation on Baton Rouge
These comments were posted on Sen. Gary Winfield’s Facebook page last Sunday.

Nick Gauthier When a system forces people into bondage, kicks them and shoots them when they’re being held down (sometimes literally), and removes all peaceful means to challenge such injustice, then violent resistance is inevitable. Unjust systems of governance, such as ours, are eventually reformed and those at the top are the ones who choose whether those reforms can occur peacefully, by opening democratic avenues of resistance and change, or violently, by responding to those with legitimate grievances with violent suppression enforced by a militaristic police state.

Side note: The point still stands regardless of the details of this specific incident.

David Samuels   Exactly.
David Samuels Nick’s comment should be pasted onto the forehead of every legislator in the Connecticut General Assembly who has engaged in obstruction on the police reform issue. The Democratic controlled legislature annually kills bills submitted by Mary L. Sanders and I. The cowardice of elected officials has brought us to this point. They thought that lip service about ‘coming together’ would put a lid on the rage in communities of color, and allow the status quo to remain. They were wrong. I condemn any attacks on police officers. I wish that elected officials had seen the warning signs in Baltimore, Ferguson and as far back as Los Angeles back in 1992 following the Rodney King verdict, and realized that we were headed to what now appears to be a war in the streets. Police in the United States kill at a rate of 70 times more than all other ‘first world’ nations. At least 37 people have been killed by police in the U.S. this month, which is more than the total number of people killed by police in Britain since the year 2000. 585 people have been killed by police in this country in 2016.
Mary L. Sanders I believe they did see the warning signs David Samuels – unfortunately they opted to increase their suppression with more weapons, less tolerance, and more incarceration if not brutality. Not saying all cops are down with that … but unfortunately the fallout for challenging the system is too much for many to risk. That goes for both the elected officials and cops.

David Samuels Exactly. Easier to give lip service and do nothing.

Mary L. Sanders As for the cops, they risk their livelihood – the lawmakers risk political capital, committee assignments and reelection.
David Samuels Police in Britain killed 0 people in 2013, 1 person in 2014. Police in Canada killed 14 people in 2014. Police in China, a dictatorship 41/2 times the size of the U.S., killed 12 people in 2014. Police in the U.S. killed 1140 people last year.
Mary L. Sanders   “What we allow, is what will continue.”
David Samuels Time to examine law enforcement policies in other countries, and implement REAL change to policies here. Continuing to prop up the current system clearly is not working.
This week we’ll share Part 1 of a Democracy Now! interview with former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper, who is speaking out against police violence. Check out the DN website.  http://www.democracynow.org/
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                                                        Ex Seattle Police Chief Condemns Systemic Police Racism Dating Back to Slave Patrols
NERMEEN SHAIKH: On Wednesday, President Obama met at the White House with law enforcement officials and civil rights leaders. President Obama hosted the meeting one week after the police—fatal police shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, and the killing of five police officers by a sniper in Dallas.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: The roots of the problems we saw this week date back not just decades, date back centuries. There are cultural issues, and there are issues of race in this country, and poverty and a whole range of problems that will not be solved overnight. But what we can do is to set up the kinds of respectful conversations that we’ve had here, not just in Washington, but around the country, so that we institutionalize a process of continually getting better.
NERMEEN SHAIKH: While the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile made national headlines, they were not isolated incidents. According to a count by The Guardian, at least 37 people have been killed by police in the United States so far this month. That’s more than the total number of people killed by police in Britain since the year 2000. Overall, police in the United States have killed a total of 585 people so far this year.
AMY GOODMAN: After Wednesday’s summit, President Obama said the nation is “not even close” to resolving issues between police and the communities they serve.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: We’re going to have to do more work together in thinking about how we can build confidence that after police officers have used force, and particularly deadly force, that there is confidence in how the investigation takes place and that justice is done.
AMY GOODMAN: Well, our next guest writes, quote, “American policing is in crisis. … Alton Sterling and Philando Castile are two of the most recent casualties in what has become a deadly epidemic.” It may surprise you to learn who wrote those words—not a Black Lives Matter activist, but a former big city police chief. Norm Stamper is the former police chief of Seattle, Washington. He joins us now from Los Angeles, California. His new book, To Protect and to Serve: How to Fix America’s Police. He recently wrote an article for Time magazine called “Police Forces Belong to the People.” His previous book headlined Breaking Rank: A Top Cop’s Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing.
Norm Stamper, welcome back to Democracy Now! As you look at what happened in the last week alone, not to mention what has happened in the years since you were the chief of police in Seattle, what are your comments about how police are trained to deal with communities of color?
NORM STAMPER: You know, the training of police officers is a very prominent theme in the conversation about police reform, and it’s, of course, very, very important. But there are much deeper and important issues, as far as I’m concerned, namely those associated with the institution itself, the structure of the organization, the culture that arises out of that structure. It’s paramilitary. It’s bureaucratic. It insulates and isolates police officers from the communities that they are here to serve.
NERMEEN SHAIKH: So what would you say, Norm Stamper, are some of the systemic problems of police violence? And what do you think has led to—you referred to the paramilitary nature of the police forces now. What do you think accounts for that?
NORM STAMPER: I think what accounts for it—there are several factors, one of which is that in 1971 Richard Nixon famously proclaimed drugs public enemy number one—drug abuse—and declared all-out war on drugs, which was really a declaration of war against his own people. And overwhelmingly, young people, poor people, people of color suffered, and have continued to suffer over the decades as a result of a decision to put America’s front-line police officers on the front lines of the drug war as foot soldiers. And then we wonder why there’s such a strain in the relationship between police and community, and particularly those communities that are entrenched in poverty and other economic disadvantage, communities that historically have been neglected or abused or oppressed by their own police departments. So we really intensified and escalated the country’s war against poor people with that drug war. And we have spent $1.3 trillion prosecuting that war since the 1970s, incarcerated literally tens of millions. Please hear that figure: tens of millions of disproportionately young people and poor people and people of color. What do we have to show for it? Drugs are more readily available at lower prices and higher levels of potency. It’s time for us to end that drug war. That began the militarization of policing, without a doubt.
9/11 is another milestone, for obvious reasons. The federal government began throwing military surplus at local law enforcement agencies, such that, in terms of how they look, in terms of how they’re equipped, in terms of how they are weaponized, America’s police forces look more like the military than domestic peacekeepers.
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Next week: Part 2.
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REPLAY WEDNESDAY: Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio

July 18, 2016

The planet’s PREMIER Soul, RnB and talk radio station. Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio Replay Wednesday. Co-host Mary L. Sanders and I will discuss the police killings of ‪#‎AltonSterling‬, ‪#‎PhilandoCastile‬ and ‪#‎DelrawnSmall‬, and the attacks on police in Dallas and Baton Rouge. Bernie Sanders supporter Dan Durso will join us for a preview of the Democratic National Convention July 25-28 in Philadelphia. 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. Replays on Tuesdays we aren’t on live, and every Wednesday.
http://www.sometroradio.com/

Resources
Community Party Radio interview with former LAPD officer Alex Salazar (two parts): 
https://www.spreaker.com/user/thebwegroup/community-party-radio-hosted-by-david-sa_5
  
https://www.spreaker.com/user/thebwegroup/community-party-radio-hosted-by-david-sa_6
Police in the US Kill Citizens at Over 70 Times the Rate of Other First-World Nations:
 FULL SPEECH: Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. Republican National Convention
Walker Report: Baltimore Police Union Contract Impedes Accountability:
Community Party Sandra Bland Police Reform & Economic Justice Plan:
 

 

 

Sen. Eric Coleman: Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and Delrawn Small Deserve Justice!

July 14, 2016

by David Samuels

This column appears in the July 14 – 21 edition of the Hartford News…

Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio
Commentary on urban issues from a grassroots perspective. First, third and fifth Tuesday of each month. 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. Tune in! Replays on the Tuesdays that we’re not on live and every Wednesday, same time. Next show: July 19. Mary Sanders and I will talk about the police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, and the attack on Dallas police officers. Guests: Dan Durso, Outreach Coordinator with the grassroots Bernie Sanders Connecticut Team, will join us for a preview of the Democratic National Convention July 25-28 in Philadelphia.  http://sometroradio.com/  Check out our No Sellout blog for info on the rest of our Community Party Media 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/
Community Party Radio Podcasts
Josh Elliott, Candidate for State Representative
Check out CP’s No Sellout blog Election 2016 Candidate Tracker for a profile provided by Josh Elliott, a Bernie Sanders supporter who is running for a seat in the Connecticut General Assembly. Includes info on making a donation to his campaign. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/05/14/election-2016-candidate-tracker-josh-elliott/
Community Update: Hartford Housing Issues
Activists Mary Sanders, Debra Cohen, Jill Friedman and Evelyn Richardson spoke during Monday’s Hartford city council meeting, calling for housing reform. JoAnne Bauer and Luz Santana also attended. They requested that homes and apartments in the city that have security bars on the windows be modified, by installing bars with a safety release on the inside. A January 2014 fire on Bedford Street took the lives of 4-year-old Shantay Drake and her mother, Susan Therrien. Firefighters were delayed entering the home due to security bars on the windows that did not have a safety release. The other issue discussed involves snow removal: specifically the adoption of the current Manchester ordinance, which allows residents to call the town for snow removal services if the landlord does not clear the snow in a timely fashion. Delinquent landlords in Manchester are billed for snow removal services that are performed by the town. If the bill is not paid, a lien is placed on the property.
A Week of Violence
“Police practices follow public policy. Public policy has real consequences.” That’s a quote from Rev. Raphael Warnock, who gave the most insightful critique on police brutality that I’ve ever heard during a CNN interview last week. Warnock said the talk about good cops and bad cops misses the point, which is that the United States is the incarceration capital of the world, and police policies are directly connected to Black mass incarceration. Warnock pointed out the fact that the U.S. is responsible for 25% of the prison population worldwide, and described police officers as “cogs in a wheel” who carry out mass incarceration policies through their actions in the streets. Warnock called on presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to address the connection between Black mass incarceration, and police violence.  It’s time to talk about the racist so-called War on Drugs…President Obama’s Justice Department has prosecuted 0 police officers.
Lots of talk about “establishing trust” between police, and communities of color. The Connecticut Police Chiefs Association could do their part, by ending their practice of knee jerk opposition to any police reform legislation that is introduced at the State Capitol. Last week former NYPD cop Harry Houck blamed “anti-police rhetoric” and protests for the attack on police in Dallas. So let me get this straight: am I supposed to just shut up about the fact that police in this country kill people at 70 times the rate of other ‘first world’ nations? Am I supposed to shut up about the fact that Black people (um, that’s me) are being killed at a disproportionate rate? Am I supposed to tell Misha Charlton, Laurie Valdez, Toni Taylor and others who have lost loved ones to police violence to shut up, and get over it? No, I won’t be doing that. Unlike the bigots on the right who savor Black death, I don’t celebrate what happened in Dallas. I’m not cool with that at all. However the actions of a lunatic doesn’t mean that people who are speaking up against police violence are wrong. VIOLENCE IS WRONG!!!
Check out this bombshell, courtesy of  Daily Kos.  http://www.dailykos.com/

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I read a comment on Facebook that no police officers are speaking up against racism, brutality and corruption, which is not true. I have interviewed three cops who spoke up, including former LAPD officer Alex Salazar, on Community Party Radio. Cleveland police officer Nakia Jones condemned the Alton Sterling shooting in a viral video.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IOY2nyBkKA Unfortunately officers who do speak up are usually run off the force, while cops who engage in racial profiling, corruption and violence are protected by police union contract/bill of rights. Former NYPD officer Adrian Schoolcraft was tossed into a psych ward for complaining about corruption in the department. So for the record, I’m not a part of the ‘f— all cops’ faction.
Surveillance video has emerged that contradicts NYPD officer Wayne Isaacs’ claim that he fatally shot Delrawn,Small, an unarmed Black man, July 4 after Small walked up to his car and punched him in the face.  http://www.democracynow.org/2016/7/11/as_protests_erupt_nationwide_a_new
The Bahamas has issued a travel warning to citizens who visit the United States, due to police violence.
Body Cameras
Below is an email that was sent to Senator Eric Coleman, following the police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. 

Subject: PUBLIC SAFETY EMERGENCY: Mandatory Body Cameras for Police Officers

 

The live video that Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds took of the police murder of her boyfriend, Philando Castile, July 6 in Minnesota underscores the need for MANDATORY BODY CAMERAS FOR ALL POLICE OFFICERS. Police in the United States kill people at 70 times the rate of other ‘first world’ nations. 1140 people were killed in 2015, according to The Gaurdian newspaper’s The Counted database. http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2015/jun/01/the-counted-police-killings-us-database 580 people have been killed by police this year, according to the Killed by Police database. http://www.killedbypolice.net/  Young Black males are 21 times more likely to be shot to death by police, according to a ProPublica analysis. https://www.propublica.org/article/deadly-force-in-black-and-white  8 Black women have been killed already this year; 10 were killed in all of 2015. The Community Party is calling on Sen. Eric Coleman, Co-Chair of the Connecticut General Assembly Judiciary Committee, to introduce an amendment to the current body cameras law during the 2017 legislative session, requiring all patrol officers to wear cameras. Most police departments, including the Hartford Police, are not complying with the current body cameras law, which is voluntary and provides grant money to police departments that opt in. The HPD is currently being sued for brutality by two men, who were arrested following a June 4 car chase. It is time for state lawmakers to pass legislation that will hold killer cops accountable.
David Samuels
Mary Sanders
Debbie Duncan-Cook
Janet Frazao-Conaci
Jacqui Parker
Garland Parker
Christina Eva
Body cameras are just a start… NYPD cop Daniel Pantaleo was caught on crystal clear video using an illegal choke hold to murder Eric Garner. Pantaleo walked because of a rigged grand jury system, where prosecutors act as de facto defense attorneys for accused officers. Police union contract/bill of rights language further insulate killer cops from accountability. These systemic issues must also be addressed.
Resources
Community Party Radio interview with former LAPD officer Alex Salazar (two parts): 
  
Police in the US Kill Citizens at Over 70 Times the Rate of Other First-World Nations:
Walker Report: Baltimore Police Union Contract Impedes Accountability:
Community Party Sandra Bland Police Reform & Economic Justice Plan:
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Political Roundup: Neo-Nazi Group Supports Donald Trump/Workplace Bullying

July 7, 2016

by David Samuels

This column appears in the July 7 – 14 edition of the Hartford News…

Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio
Commentary on urban issues from a grassroots perspective. First, third and fifth Tuesday of each month. 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. Tune in! Replays on the Tuesdays that we’re not on live and every Wednesday, same time. Next show: July 19. Co-host: Mary Sanders. Guest: Dan Durso, a retired Teamster who is now the Outreach Coordinator with the volunteer grassroots Bernie Sanders Connecticut Team, will join us for a preview of the Democratic National Convention July 25 – 28 in Philadelphia. Check out our No Sellout blog for info on the rest of our Community Party Media 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/
Community Party Radio Podcasts
Josh Elliott, Candidate for State Representative
Check out CP’s No Sellout blog Election 2016 Candidate Tracker for a profile provided by Josh Elliott, a Bernie Sanders supporter who is running for a seat in the Connecticut General Assembly. Includes info on making a donation to his campaign. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/05/14/election-2016-candidate-tracker-josh-elliott/
Domestic Terror Watch
The Neo-Nazi Traditionalist Worker Party, the group that was involved in a violent confrontation with anti-fascism protesters in Sacramento last week, will attend the Republican National Convention to support Donald Trump. Democracy Now! reported on the story.
“Cleveland and a federal judge have agreed on a new plan for protests during the Republican National Convention in July. The new guidelines will permit more time for demonstrations and a march route closer to downtown Cleveland. This comes after the ACLU sued Cleveland over its planned restrictions on free speech during the convention. Thousands of protesters are expected to travel to Cleveland—including the white nationalist group the Traditionalist Worker Party, which has confirmed it will be heading to the RNC to ‘make sure that the Donald Trump supporters are defended from the leftist thugs.’ The group held a neo-Nazi rally in Sacramento, California, where five people were stabbed on Sunday.”
There are 892 hate groups currently active in the United States, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. https://www.splcenter.org/hate-map
Safe Work Environment Act Report
This week we’ll share a column from the Undercover Lawyer on workplace bullying, courtesy of the ToughNickel  website. https://toughnickel.com/ Coming in 2017: The Community Party’s Safe Work Environment Act. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/coming-in-2015-safe-work-environment-act/

Employee Rights: Can I Sue My Former Employer For Giving Bad References?

Job Applicants Have Rights Too

Are you are working hard at getting a new job, sending out resumes, getting interviews, and being told you only have to pass a reference check, but then not getting the job? Multiple people have recently contacted me about this exact scenario wanting to know if the law provides them with any recourse at all. The answer is: YES! There are two ways that you can file a lawsuit against your former employer for giving out negative references about you. One way is by suing for defamation. A second way if by suing for discriminatory retaliation. Each way requires that you meet certain criteria, and neither way should be taken lightly. This Hub will cover suing a former employer for defamation. A second related Hub will explain suing a former employer for retaliatory discrimination. In brief, can sue for defamation if:
  1. Your former (or current) employer says untruthful things about you;
  2. To a company where you have applied to work;
  3. The company where you applied would have hired you had your ex-employer not said untruthful things about you; and
  4. You lose out on income as a result.
Number for may seem obvious, but if you were hired by a third company right away, for the same or more money, then you would not be “out” any income. You would not have a case because you would have no “damages.”

Hiring Managers Often Avoid Calling the Former Employer’s H.R. Department

What this means is that employers must give references that are completely accurate or they face being sued by former employees. This is the primary reason why so many companies today refuse to give out any information besides:
  1. Date of Hire;
  2. Date of Separation;
  3. Beginning Wage;
  4. Ending Wage; and
  5. Job Title.
Each of these five things is totally objective. A company can prove that it was completely accurate and truthful with your job references if it only releases these five things. Many companies refer all letters and telephone calls about references to their Human Resources Department, and the H.R. Department strictly follows the “name, rank, and serial number” approach to giving references. But many reference checkers purposefully avoid calling the human resources department because of this.

The End of an Employment Relationship Can be as Nasty as the End of a Marriage

What happens, then, is that a hiring manager from Company B will not call the H.R. Department of Company B, but instead will call around to get a hold of your former manager, or a lower level supervisor. Frequently line managers are annoyed by the H.R. Department always telling them what they can and can’t do, and who they can and can’t talk to. They feel put-upon by Human Resources, and they may also feel jilted by the fact that you left, or, they are still angry about your perceived short comings when you were working for them.
As a result, a lower level manager often decides on their own to tell the caller (the hiring manager from Company B) what a pain in the neck you were (not that you really were, but that’s what the manager might wrongly believe). The larger the company, the easier it is to find someone, somewhere, who is willing to talk about you.  In this way, a bully boss or abusive manager can continue to come after you even after you have left the company.
Also, employment relationships are the closest thing we have to family relationships. Often companies proudly say “We’re like family here.” And just like a divorce, the breakup of a working relationship can cause feelings of resentment, betrayal, anger, and a desire for revenge. A former manager will occasionally act on these feelings by “sticking it” to you through giving a very bad reference to a company were you applied, even though you don’t deserve it.

Take Action and Dig for Evidence

If you suspect that a prior bully boss or abusive manager is trying to “stick it to you” by giving you bad references, you should take action.  Go to the company that did not hire you, Company B in our example, and ask for a copy of your application and all the notes that went with it.  Give them this request in writing, and specifically ask for interview notes and reference checks.
This will probably scare Company B, who will think you are about to sue them for discrimination because they hired someone else instead of you.  Keep a copy of your written request for yourself. If Company B does not comply, see an attorney about writing a letter on your behalf, or opening a case for you and subpoenaing your application records.
Another easier, cheaper, and sneakier way to check what is being said about you is to have a friend pose as a potential employer, and have your friend call and ask questions about you. Tell your friend to be chummy and not to take “no” for an answer. You can even find a friend who owns their own business do this so it is more legitimate.
After you establish that your former employer is saying something negative about you, you will have enough evidence to file suit, even pro se (meaning filing it yourself) if you need to. To win in court, however, you will need to prove each of the following elements to win your defamation case against your former employer:

The Four Legal Elements of Defamation

When you’ve completed your investigation compare your evidence (it does not have to be written evidence) to the following four elements that are required to prove that your former employer defamed you:
  1. “Publication…” — this does not mean that your employer must write untruthful things about your past job performance in a book or newsletter. “Publication” in legal terms simply means “communication to a third party.” Your former abusive manager satisfies this element by simply talking about you on the telephone to your potential employer;
  2. “…Of a false statement…” — This is the element that employers try to avoid my only giving out name rank and serial number, which can be objectively proven true. But if some jerk you used to work for tells a potential employer anything negative about you that is subjective, then you can argue that it is false by using your entire employment record at the old company as evidence. You can also use oral testimony from your former co-workers as evidence. In other words, if your old manager describes you as anything other than a good employee then you will be able to argue that you were defamed.
  3. “…that harms your reputation…” — This element is simple to prove. Just show that you did not get the job you applied for at the new company.
  4. “…and damages.” — Your damages are the equal to the salary of the job you did not get, from the time someone else was hired through to the present day. The only way you won’t be able to prove your damages would be if you got some other job soon after finding you you did not get the one in question.

Conclusion: Defamation Can Be a Powerful Weapon Against a Past Bully Boss

As you can see, the four required elements of defamation match up almost perfectly with the process of a past employer giving you an unwarranted bad reference about you to a potential new employer.  This is what makes defamation such a powerful weapon that job applicants can use to keep a past bully boss in check, and ensure that he or she doesn’t try to continue trying to hurt you even after the employment relationship is over.
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REPLAY WEDNESDAY: Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio

July 5, 2016

The planet’s PREMIER Soul, RnB and talk radio station. Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio Replay Wednesday. Co-host Mary L. Sanders and I will discuss new information on the Orlando mass shooting, the upcoming one-year anniversary of the police murder of Sandra Bland, Hartford’s budget crisis, and Donald Trump’s connection to a Neo-Nazi group.  8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. Replays on Tuesdays we aren’t on live and every Wednesday, starting at the same time.
http://www.sometroradio.com/

 

Resources:

 

Sandra Bland Police Reform and Economic Justice Plan:

 

https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/10/25/sandra-bland-police-reform-economic-justice-plan-4/

Political Roundup: Bankruptcy, Gun Violence, Freddie Gray, Brexit, Terrorism

July 1, 2016

by David Samuels

This column appears in the June 30 – July 7 edition of the Hartford News…

 

Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio
Commentary on urban issues from a grassroots perspective. First, third and fifth Tuesday of each month. 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. Tune in! Replays on the Tuesdays that we’re not on live and every Wednesday, same time. Next show: July 5. Mary Sanders and I will talk about the Hartford bankruptcy and stadium issues. Guests: Native American activist Howaste will discuss the Dakota Access pipeline protest. Lisa Ganser of Poor Magazine will talk about the impact of the Orlando mass shooting on the LGBTQ community.  http://sometroradio.com/  Check out our No Sellout blog for info on the rest of our Community Party Media 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/
Community Party Radio Podcasts
Josh Elliott, Candidate for State Representative
Check out CP’s No Sellout blog Election 2016 Candidate Tracker for a profile provided by Josh Elliott, a Bernie Sanders supporter who is running for a seat in the Connecticut General Assembly. Includes info on making a donation to his campaign. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/05/14/election-2016-candidate-tracker-josh-elliott/
Bankruptcy and the Neoliberal Agenda 
Any person of color thinking about supporting a bankruptcy filing by the City of Hartford should take a long, hard look at Detroit…
Detroit Citizens Say No to Bankruptcy
by Abayomi Azikiwe
I suspect there is a small group of racist rich men and banks who have been pulling the puppet strings of Detroit for a very long time.”
“Contradicting what the corporate media editorial boards have promoted in chorus with the multi-millionaire Governor Rick Snyder and his appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr, 110 people filed objections to the forced bankruptcy of the City of Detroit. The hearing took place on September 19 and was widely covered in the local, national and international press.
This extraordinary hearing had provided only a small window of time for legal action. Many of the people that testified were retirees, city workers, community organizers and professionals who met the deadline set by the Judge Steven Rhodes to submit their objections.
Outside the federal courthouse on Lafayette Blvd. downtown, members of the Moratorium NOW! Coalition carried a banner which read ‘Cancel the Debt: Jobs, Pensions, City Services, the Banks Owe Us!’ Later a group of active firefighters gathered to demonstrate their displeasure with the state of affairs facing the people of this majority African American municipality.” You can read the rest of the 2013 Black Agenda Report commentary here. http://blackagendareport.com/content/detroit-citizens-say-no-bankruptcy
Democrats, Guns and Liberal Hypocrisy
Hey John Lewis, John Larson and Democrats, while you were sitting on the floor you should have talked about urban gun violence and its roots causes: poverty, Black/Latino unemployment and lack of economic opportunity. You should have talked about how this lack of economic power leaves Black/Latino/Indigenous people vulnerable to state sponsored violence (police brutality/murder), and how police in the United States kill more people than all industrialized nations combined. You should have talked about Black mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex. You should have talked about white terrorists like Dylann Roof. In other words, you should have talked about all the injustices that you NEVER talk about. You all will sit for gun control, but won’t take a stand for racial justice. Typical liberal hypocrisy. #‎DemsNeverSat‬ hashtag blew up on Twitter: folks listing all of the issues the Democrats in Congress have never protested. Folks were not impressed with the neoliberal slumber party.
Poverty = Crime
Every Summer in Hartford
1. Shootings spike.
2. Community becomes outraged.
3. Stop the violence marches are organized.
4. Mayor promises action.
5. State troopers are called in to supplement Hartford Police. (optional)
6. Root causes of urban gun violence (poverty, unemployment, racial wage/wealth disparity) are not addressed.
7. Repeat
Following a shooting in Hartford last week that left two people dead and one injured, the reaction on social media was harsh.  For those who want to blame people of color in the North End for their predicament, do your homework. The Center for Social Inclusion found that the unemployment rate for young Black males age 18 – 25 is as high as 50% in some areas of Connecticut. Hartford annually has one of the highest poverty rates in the nation. A Princeton University study found that Black males with no criminal record have the same opportunity of being hired for a job as a white male with a felony conviction. So being born Black in this country is the equivalent of a felony. There are areas of Hartford with NO ECONOMY. This is where the underground economy, primarily the drug trade, thrives. Young Black males with no economic opportunity turn to the drug trade to get paid. Violence is an occupational hazard. That’s not an opinion, it’s a fact that is supported by statistical evidence. I organized statewide job fairs. Most of the attendees were from the North End. I have canvassed the neighborhood and talked with brothers on the corners. People in North Hartford want to work. If they can’t find a job, they will find another way to survive. Black unemployment is at Depression era levels. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal federal jobs program employed over 8 million people at the height of the Depression. Current and past presidential candidates Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein and Rocky Anderson all support a New Deal jobs program targeting low income communities of color. North End residents don’t want to hear another I Have a Dream speech. They don’t want to hear judgemental lectures. They want jobs. The neoliberal Democrats who YOU support oppose a New Deal jobs program for low income communities of color.
Freddie Gray Verdict
Body cameras are definitely not the whole answer, but they are a piece of the puzzle regarding police accountability. If Baltimore police officers had been wearing body cameras, Freddie Gray may be alive today. Studies have found that the number of citizen brutality complaints drop considerably for departments where officers wear cameras, which indicate that they do deter abusive behavior by cops. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/police-body-camera-study_us_561d2ea1e4b028dd7ea53a56
The Hartford Police aren’t complying with the state body cameras law that went into effect January 1; three HPD officers are currently being investigated for an alleged June 4 brutality incident. Attorney Corey Brinson is suing the HPD on behalf of Ricardo Perez and Emilio Diaz.
Attorney Alan Dershowitz told CNN’s Don Lemon that he predicted acquittals in the Gray case, because Baltimore District Attorney Marilyn Mosby overcharged the police officers in order to quell civil unrest. Dershowitz said that Mosby could have won convictions if she had charged that the officers involved were negligent. Folks ‘took it to the streets’ following the acquittal of police officer Caesar Goodson. The number of police killings in the United States have INCREASED since nationwide police violence protests began. The police and elected officials, including the First Black President, have made it clear that they don’t give a damn about protests that aren’t coupled with specific policy demands.
Brexit Vote
Lots of concern that the vote in Britain to leave the European Union is an indication that Donald Trump will be elected President of the United States in November. Although some on the left in the U.K. were in favor of Britain leaving the E.U., most of the support came from right-wingers who use the same white nationalist, anti-immigrant rhetoric as Trump.
The Facts About Terrorism
Like they did with the assassination of British lawmaker Jo Cox by a right-wing extremist, the corporate media is not reporting on the connection Donald Trump has to a clash between a Neo-Nazi group and counter protesters yesterday in Sacramento. The Southern Poverty Law Center describes the Traditionalist Youth Network as “an identitarian inspired umbrella group, that aims to indoctrinate high school and college students into white nationalism”. The Traditionalist Worker Party, the group that fought with counter protesters in Sacramento, is the political wing of TYN. Telesur reports that TYN organized the Sacramento rally in response to nationwide protests against Trump. The Southern Poverty Law Center reports that there are 892 hate groups  currently active in the United States. 
The report below is courtesy of Telesur English.  http://www.telesurtv.net/english/index.html
Europe Far-Right ‘Lone Wolf’ Terrorists Kill Most: Report
Despite a mainstream media narrative that focuses on the threat of Islamic terrorism, right-wing “lone wolf” extremists are to blame for more killings and injuries in Europe than other lone extremists, including Islamic terrorists, according to a London-based think tank report formally launched Wednesday.
According to the research by the Royal United Services Institute analyzing 120 lone-actor cases across Europe from the beginning of 2000 to the end of 2014, right-wing extremists were behind attacks that caused 260 injuries and 94 deaths.

In the same period, “religiously-inspired attacks” resulted in 65 people being injured and 16 killed. It was not clear from the report which religions were included in this category.

Right-wing lone-actor extremists killed over five times as many people as religiously-motivated lone wolf attackers in terror incidents across Europe, according to the report.

“These findings have clear implications for policy-makers and practitioners,” read the report. “Right-wing extremists represent a substantial aspect of the lone-actor threat and must not be overlooked.”
The cases analyzed included far-right Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik who killed 77 people and injured 242 more on July 22, 2011 when he set off a bomb in Oslo and shot up a summer camp.

The institute launched the Countering Lone-Actor Terrorism project to investigate the phenomenon across Europe and argue that the report’s findings have policy implications across the region.
“Lone-actor terrorists are perceived as presenting acute challenges for law enforcement practitioners in detection and disruption,” the report reads. “By definition, they act without direct command and control from a wider network, and it is assumed that without such communications they may evade the ‘tripwires’ that would usually bring them to the attention of the authorities.”

The official launch of the report in London on Wednesday comes less than a week after the murder of British Labour representative Jo Cox last Thursday at the hands of a far-right terrorist, who reportedly shouted “Britain First” in reference to the country’s far-right, anti-immigration party before he shot and stabbed the lawmaker to death.

It also comes on the eve of the “Brexit” referendum that has polarized political debate in the country with xenophobic and fear-mongering messaging from the far-right campaign for Britain to leave the European Union.

According to the U.S. Southern Poverty Law Center, Cox’s murderer Thomas Mair was a supporter of a neo-Nazi group and followed white supremacist publications. When asked to state his name when he appeared in court, Mair replied “Death to traitors, freedom for Britain!”
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, third and fifth 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