Archive for October, 2016

Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio

October 31, 2016

The planet’s PREMIER Soul, RnB and talk radio station. Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio returns Tuesday. Co-host Mary L. Sanders and I will analyze Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election, and the importance of Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein’s campaign, in terms of organizing for social justice. We’ll also discuss the plight of the Hartford Civilian Police Review Board. 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. Visit http://www.sometroradio.com for info on replays and podcasts.

Resources

David Samuels Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/david.samuels.948

Jill Stein Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/drjillstein/

October 18 Hartford Civilian Police Review Board meeting:

 

 

 

Jill Stein Blasts Sham Presidential Debate / Luke Bronin Sabotaging Civilian Police Review Board

October 27, 2016

by David Samuels

 

 

This column appears in the October 27 – November 3 edition of the Hartford News.  http://www.hartfordnews.org/

 

 

 

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! Next show: November 1. Our Policy Watch series continues with an Election Day Preview, featuring Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein. We’ll also discuss the plight of the Hartford Civilian Police Review Board. 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

 

 

 

Visit No Sellout to listen to podcasts of past shows. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/04/08/podcast-community-party-radio-on-so-metro-radio/

 

 

Josh Elliott, Candidate for State Representative

 

 

Check out CP’s No Sellout blog for a profile provided by Josh Elliott, who is running for a seat in the Connecticut General Assembly. Includes info on making a donation. Election Day is November 8. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/05/14/election-2016-candidate-tracker-josh-elliott/

 

 

 

Policy Watch

 

 

Jill Stein’s Analysis of Final Hillary vs. Trump Debate

 

 

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein was excluded from the debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, due to rules set by the Commission on Presidential Debates. This so-called commission is actually a corporation, controlled by the Democratic and Republican parties, who implemented rules designed to keep third party candidates out of the debates. Democracy Now! interviewed Dr. Stein after last week’s final debate in Las Vegas. Below is an excerpt of her response.
“What a—what a distressing, you know, hour and a half to sit through: Donald Trump’s psychosis and Hillary Clinton’s distortions of her record and what the future would look like. And the picture they paint of unbridled militarism, which is already robbing us blind, taking up more than half of our discretionary budget, almost half of your income taxes, only making the world a more dangerous place, you know, that’s terrifying enough. Add to that, you know, what they want to do with the economy. Donald Trump is all about more—more trickle-up. Actually, it’s not trickle-down: He wants more tax breaks. But, you know, Hillary is also not being clear with us about where we’re going and what her track record is. Hillary laid the groundwork for the financial crash of 2008—not Hillary alone, of course, but she was certainly supporting the policies of Bill Clinton that not only sent our jobs overseas, but which also laid the groundwork for Wall Street deregulation and, in fact, you know, enacted Wall Street deregulation, not to mention the anti-immigrant legislation, the anti-African-American legislation that opened the floodgates to this racist war on drugs and the endless expansion of mass incarceration, particularly of people of color. It’s a very dystopic future.

“And, you know, I think it’s really important for us, as Americans, to look at what we’re facing. You know, this is a race to the bottom. We have to exit this—this incredible spiral downward. The sooner we exit this, the better. Those who would say that you have to vote for the lesser evil now, you know, it’s really important to look at the track record for that, because the lesser evil simply paves the way to the greater evil, because people just stop coming out to vote for a lesser evil politician and a lesser evil party that’s throwing you under the bus. The base doesn’t come out, so the Congress flips from being blue to being red, as the Democratic Party has thoroughly established itself in a lesser evil party. So, when is it going to get better? You know, if we don’t stand up and fight now, when exactly are we going to stand up and fight?

“And what is really important to remember is that there are actually enough people right now, 43 million young people locked in debt, that if that word alone got out, we have the numbers. That is a plurality. That’s a winning plurality, let alone 27 million Latinos who have had it, who understand that the Republicans are the party of hate and fear and the Democrats are the party of deportation, detention and night raids and imprisonment of children and families in these horrific private prisons.

“So, you know, we have a very bleak reality. And for people—you know, everybody knows that Donald Trump is, you know, terrifying and dangerous. But to think that we are secure with Hillary Clinton in the White House, where Hillary Clinton is telling us right now that she wants to start a war with Russia over Syria, creating a no-fly zone, which means, folks, get ready. It’s going to be very hard not to slide into World War III here with Hillary at the helm, starting off her four years, or whatever her term is—starting off with declaring war against Russia by enacting a no-fly zone.

“We need a weapons embargo to the Middle East. We need to put a freeze on the bank accounts of our supposed allies who are continuing to fund terrorist enterprises. We got this mess going. We can shut it down. We need a new offensive in the Middle East. It’s called a peace offensive. We’re not going to hear that from either of the corporate-sponsored political parties who are rolling in dough from the weapons industry, from the fossil fuel giants, from the war profiteers, from the big banks. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. In the words of Alice Walker, the biggest way people give up power is by not knowing we have it to start with.” You can watch the full interview with Dr. Stein here. http://www.democracynow.org/2016/10/20/green_partys_jill_stein_on_donald

 

 

Reappointment of Hartford Police Chief James Rovella Challenged

 

A source provided the Community Party with the following letter.

 

 

Rachel M. Baird, Attorney

Mitchell Lake, Associate Attorney

Patricia A. Tartaglino, Office Manager

Edward A. Peruta, Legal Investigator

Thomas J. Clarke II, President

Court of Common Council

City Hall

550 Main Street

Hartford, CT 06103

 

September 26, 2016

 

Re: September 26, 2016 – Meeting of the Court of Common Council

Resolution regarding Reappointment of James C. Rovella as the Chief of Police

 

 

Dear Council President Clarke and Members of the Court of Common Council:

 

I represent American News and Information Services, Inc. (“American News”) and had

the opportunity to attend a meeting of the Hartford Civilian Police Review Board (“Board”) on

Tuesday, September 20, 2016. American News regularly conducts business in the City of Hartford

(“Hartford”). Fortunately, each of the five current members of the Board were in attendance for a

quorum; otherwise the meeting would have been cancelled. The Board’s governing ordinance

mandates that the Board be comprised of nine regular voting members with two alternates.

Municipal Ordinance, § 2-196(b). The absence of a full and functioning Board places the important

work of the Board in jeopardy.

The same Municipal Code ordinance that mandates a Board of nine regular voting

members and two alternates also mandates the following:

Within fifteen (15) days of the conclusion of any discipline or

disciplinary proceedings by the police department with respect to a

sustained citizen complaint, the Office of Human Relations shall be

notified and shall promptly notify the civilian police review board

and any community-based agencies involved.

Municipal Ordinance, § 2-196(c). Furthermore, Chief Rovella is required to prepare an annual

report for submission to the Mayor and the Court of Common Council indicating disciplinary

actions taken and assistance offered to police officers and members of the Hartford Police

Department against whom multiple complaints were received. Municipal Ordinance, § 2-196(e).

The role of police chief requires leadership and an example of compliance with the laws,

including municipal ordinances. Subordinates, such as the head of internal affairs, who witness a

chief disregard laws requiring prompt reports to the Board and annual reports to the Mayor and

 

Common Council about police conduct and discipline follow accordingly with the same disregard

in addressing citizen complaints about matters of police conduct and discipline.

American News respectfully asks for the postponement of any consideration of Chief

Rovella’s reappointment until and unless the reports to the Board, the Mayor, and the Common

Council are received and made available for public disclosure. In the absence of these mandatory

reports, the Mayor, the Common Council, and the public cannot engage in any meaningful

discussion regarding Chief Rovella’s performance in the crucial areas of respect and service.

Transmitted by email to the Members of the Court of Common Council:

 

 

Thomas J. Clarke II, President – TJ.Clarke@hartford.gov

Julio Concepcion – julio.concepcion@hartford.gov

Cynthia Jennings – jennc002@hartford.gov

James Sanchez – James.Sanchez@hartford.gov

Glendowlyn Thames – Glendowlyn.Thames@hartford.gov

John Q. Gale – John.Gale@hartford.gov

rjo Winch – wincr001@hartford.gov

Larry Deutsch, M.D. – deutl001@hartford.gov

Wildaliz Bermudez – wildaliz.bermudez@hartford.gov

 

 

 

Edward Peruta is a former Wethersfield cop and a legal investigator. Peruta is suing Sgt. Sean Spell, the cop caught on tape kicking Emilio Diaz in the head, following a June car chase. Diaz is suing the HPD; a criminal investigation is ongoing. Spell retired in August. Peruta says the city is punishing people who file lawsuits against officers and the city, by tabling their complaints to the Hartford Civilian Police Review Board. The city is claiming that the Board can’t rule on civilian complaints, while the individual has a lawsuit going. The Board wants clarification on this. Peruta filed a Freedom of Information request, and discovered that there are 25 cases involving people who can’t get a Board ruling on their complaints against officers, because they’re suing the city. Peruta also noted that the city gave a glowing rating to SSC Investigations, a vendor that the city uses to investigate civilian complaints against officers. During an October 18 Board meeting, it was revealed that Board members regularly complained about SSC to the Corporation Counsel administrative assistant, who turned around and gave SSC an excellent rating. You can watch the video of the meeting here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5MBodjewzo

 

 

 

Peruta, who has vowed to attend and record future Board meetings, called out Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin for sabotaging the Board: there are currently only 5 members, when there are supposed to be nine and two alternates. This severely compromises the core function of the Board, as meetings must be cancelled if there is less than the required quorum of five members present. Our source said, “Bronin and Rovella act as if the Board doesn’t exist.” Peruta warned Bronin to fully staff the Board, pointing out high profile police killings in Ferguson, (Mike Brown) and South Carolina (Walter Scott) and the subsequent unrest, as examples of the need for Hartford to get serious about police accountability. Stay tuned.

 

Resources

Community Party Radio Hosted by David Samuels with Mary Sanders – Show 13 January 6 2016 Rick Torres & Toni Taylor

The show guests include an interview with Hartford Police Civilian Review Board member Rick Torres and St. Louis activist Toni Taylor, the mother of Cary Ball a young man who was killed by St Louis Police in 2013.  The Community Party Radio show is hosted by author and political activist David Samuels and co-hosted by Mary L. Sanders. The show airs Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 8p est / 7p cst /5p pst on www.SoMetroRadio.com one of the original member stations of the GET GLOBAL NETWORK.

http://www.spreaker.com/user/thebwegroup/community-party-radio-hosted-by-david-sa_14

 

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: Hartford Housing Code Awareness Forum/Jill Stein Debate Response

October 21, 2016

by David Samuels

 

This column appears in the October 20 – 27 edition of the Hartford News. 

 

http://www.hartfordnews.org/

 

 

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! Next show: November 1. Our Policy Watch series continues with an Election Day Preview. 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

 

 

 

Visit No Sellout to listen to podcasts of past shows. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/04/08/podcast-community-party-radio-on-so-metro-radio/

 

 

 

Josh Elliott, Candidate for State Representative

 

 

Check out CP’s No Sellout blog for a profile provided by Josh Elliott, who is running for a seat in the Connecticut General Assembly. Includes info on making a donation. Election Day is November 8. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/05/14/election-2016-candidate-tracker-josh-elliott/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Update

 

 

 

Housing Code Awareness Forum

 

by Mary Sanders

 

Members of Community Party, Vecinos Unidos and Daughters & Sons of Eve will be hosting a Housing Code Awareness Forum. NEW LOCATION The event will be held Wednesday, October 26 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM at the Hartford Public Library Albany Avenue branch, 1250 Albany Avenue in Hartford. Free parking is available.  http://www.hplct.org/locations-hours/albany  Please join us to learn about Hartford housing code and enforcement. Listen to officials from various departments and agencies, including Licensing and Inspection, the Fire Department and Hartford Legal Services. We will present information and discuss issues related to tenants’ rights to safe and adequate housing. We will particularly discuss fire safety as related to existing state and city housing code, and what you can do if you feel your apartment is not safe. Join us and learn about these important issues that are intended to keep you and your families safe. Ask your related questions and contribute ideas in this public awareness forum. We will also discuss the Housing Commission re-established last December, and the current need for Housing Commissioners in our cities. If your group could provide bottled water, light refreshments or transportation from your neighborhood, it would be greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

 

Haiti Donations

 

Haiti has been devastated by Hurricane Matthew. Operation Blessing is accepting donations to support their work on the island.  https://www.ob.org/

 

 

 

 

Police Reform in Connecticut

 

 

Protesters went to Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin’s house last week, in response to the video that shows Hartford Police Sgt. Sean Spell assaulting Ricardo Perez during an arrest in June. Unfortunately we don’t see these activists during the legislative session, when police reform bills are killed or weakened by lawmakers who are protecting the cops. The body cameras law that the Connecticut General Assembly passed last year is toothless: participation is voluntary, and only a couple of police departments are complying. The HPD is NOT one of those departments. The only reason that Spell’s assault on Perez was captured on video, is because a West Hartford Police dash camera caught it by accident. Those who truly want to stop police brutality must go from being reactive to proactive, by introducing and supporting police reform legislation. Most policy work takes place outside of the view of TV cameras, but it is the work that will ultimately bring about real change. The Community Party will introduce our Meagan Hockaday and Trayvon Martin Acts during the 2017 legislative session. More info soon.

 

 

 

 

Policy Watch: Jill Stein Debate Response

 

 

 

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein responded to debate questions Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump answered October 9 at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Stein made her comments during the Democracy Now! Expanding the Debate special, hosted by Amy Goodman.

 

 

“This—this debate, so-called, is really a sad commentary on what our political system has become. This debate is indeed a sham debate. The League of Women Voters called this process established by the Commission on Presidential Debates a fraud being perpetrated on the American voter. What we’re hearing, as this debate opens, is the candidates go at it about their personal histories, about Hillary’s emails, about Donald’s despicable, abusive behavior and language towards women…. And yes, this is all, you know, fair terrain, but it’s—it’s shameful that this has to be the focus of the discussion here. The American people have very serious issues before us, and we need to get past this debate over whether Hillary or Donald is more corrupt, who has the more offensive history.

 

“These two are bickering about who is more abusive and who has been more derelict in their responsibilities towards the American people. And I—personally, I think they’re both right, that Donald Trump’s behavior is absolutely abusive and inexcusable; Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, though her demeanor is certainly much nicer and her message is easier to hear, it’s important to remember that it’s not the talk, it’s the walk. And while Hillary is talking about, you know, her history defending and promoting women and children and the cause of our families, remember, it was the Clintons who dismantled Aid to Families with Dependent Children—that is, the major social safety net—throwing over a million families and children into poverty. The Clintons actually passed—and I mean Bill signed, but Hillary supported—NAFTA, which sent millions of jobs overseas, and Wall Street deregulation, leading to the economic meltdown and, in fact, the miserable economic conditions that have led to the rise of Donald Trump.

So, let’s be clear, what Hillary is offering is more of this neoliberal centrism, especially now that Republicans are fleeing into her camp. It’s one big happy Demo-Republican party.

“This issue of Hillary’s statement about the public views versus the private views, that’s certainly borne out by her history, where, you know, her public statement is that she is the friend to women and children, but, in fact, privately and her actual track record is to dismantle Aid to Families with Dependent Children, to have supported NAFTA and the offshoring of our jobs, to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership. And now she says she’s against it, but her director of transition, Ken Salazar, is a big booster, as is her VP candidate. So, you know, which is it?

In Haiti, as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton led the charge to push down the abysmal poverty wages of the Haitian people from 60 cents an hour down to a shocking 40 cents an hour, so as to boost the profits of the American corporation. So, you know, and on Black Lives Matter, you know, there was lip service to the cause of racial justice. But the Democratic Party official position, revealed again in some leaked emails, was that, you know, pat them on the head, you know, meet with them, but don’t make any concessions to them, do not give them any ground, do not, in other words, acknowledge what a crisis situation this is, where African Americans are at risk, driving in their cars down the street, from police violence.”

 

 

Clinton supporters love to look down their noses at Trump supporters, while they engage in the same behavior. These liberals run off at the mouth about Trump getting the nuclear codes. Meanwhile, they cover their ears and yell, ‘La, La, La’ when confronted with recent statements by General Joseph Dunsford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Dunsford told Congress that establishing a no-fly zone in Syria, which Clinton has been pushing for years, would require going to war with Russia, an armed nuclear power. Dr. Stein has been warning about this for months. Gorbachev said he has never seen the United States and Russia so close to a nuclear war. Clinton supporters are so focused on parroting Democratic Party bs, they are in denial about the dangerous foreign policy of their candidate.

 

 

“Syria is a disaster, and it’s a very complicated disaster. It is a civil war. It is a proxy war among many nations. It is a pipeline war also between Russia and the Gulf states, who are competing to run their pipelines with fracked gas into Europe across Syria. So, this is a very complicated situation, and there is a hornets’ nest, a real circular firing squad of alliances here that’s, you know, extremely, extremely complicated. To present a no-fly zone here as a solution is extremely dangerous. A no-fly zone means we are going to war with Russia, because it means we will be shooting down planes in the sky in order to create this no-fly zone, which is where Russia has a commitment to defending the Assad government. So, remember, there was a ceasefire, which was very hard-won, and that ceasefire was destroyed by the action of the Americans bombing, apparently by mistake, although some people say not by mistake, but it was our bombing of the Syrian troops that destroyed that ceasefire.

We need to redouble our efforts here. And we need to acknowledge that war with Russia is not an option. There are 2,000 nuclear weapons on hair-trigger alert. And who was it that dropped out of the nuclear arms control? That was George Bush. That was our part, the U.S., in allowing the nuclear arms race to re-engage. Mikhail Gorbachev, the former premier of the Soviet Union, said last week that we are now at a more dangerous period regarding nuclear war than we have ever been. So, it’s really important for the warmongers in the Democratic and Republican parties to be cooling their jets now and for us to be moving forward towards a weapons embargo and a freeze on the funding of those countries that are continuing to fund terrorist enterprises.”

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio

October 15, 2016

The planet’s PREMIER Soul, RnB and talk radio station. Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio returns Tuesday. David Samuels and  Mary L. Sanders will discuss Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein’s campaign platform, and her debate response to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. Visit http://www.sometroradio.com/ for info on replays, and podcasts.
#SteinBaraka #JillNotHill

 

Resources

Expanding the Debate: Jill Stein “Debates” Clinton & Trump in Democracy Now! Special – Part 1:

http://www.democracynow.org/2016/10/10/expanding_the_debate_jill_stein_debates

Check out David’s Facebook page for news and commentary:

https://www.facebook.com/david.samuels.948

 

Liberals Attack Jill Stein & Ajamu Baraka

October 13, 2016
by David Samuels
This column appears in the October 13 – 20 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! Next show: October 18. Our Policy Watch series continues on Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein. 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 for a profile provided by Josh Elliott, who is running for a seat in the Connecticut General Assembly. Includes info on making a donation. Election Day is November 8. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/05/14/election-2016-candidate-tracker-josh-elliott/
Community Update
Housing Code Awareness Forum
by Mary Sanders
Members of Community Party, Vecinos Unidos and Daughters of Eve will be hosting a Housing Code Awareness Forum. NEW LOCATION The event will be held Wednesday, October 26 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM at the Hartford Public Library Albany Avenue branch,  1250 Albany Avenue in Hartford. Free parking is available.  http://www.hplct.org/locations-hours/albany  Please join us to learn about Hartford housing code and enforcement. Listen to officials from various departments and agencies, including Licensing and Inspection, the Fire Department and Hartford Legal Services. We will present information and discuss issues related to tenants’ rights to safe and adequate housing. We will particularly discuss fire safety as related to existing state and city housing code, and what you can do if you feel your apartment is not safe. Join us and learn about these important issues that are intended to keep you and your families safe. Ask your related questions and contribute ideas in this public awareness forum. We will also discuss the Housing Commission re-established last December, and the current need for Housing Commissioners in our cities. If your group could provide bottled water, light refreshments or transportation from your neighborhood, it would be greatly appreciated.
Police Brutality Caught on Tape
Report courtesy of Free Thought Project…
Hartford, CT — Concerns over excessive force only intensified after Hartford, Connecticut, police released dash camera footage of a controversial arrest — showing an officer in street clothes walk up to a handcuffed suspect sitting on the curb, and kick his head into the ground — for no apparent reason.
“That there is obviously of serious concern to the police department and now to the state’s attorney’s office,” Hartford Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley asserted, according to WFSB.
Ricardo Perez’ mugshot — eyes bruised and one swollen shut, a large bandage on his forehead, and his right jaw alarmingly distended — was sufficiently disturbing to spark an immediate internal investigation, even before the department viewed the video.
“The following morning, based on the appearance solely on the mugshot because we weren’t aware of the video at that point, we started an immediate internal investigation,” Foley stated.
On June 4, officers pursued Ricardo Perez and Emilio Diaz through the streets of Hartford and West Hartford in a vehicle police suspected to be stolen. When the chase ended, officers arrested the pair — but the details of those arrests are now the subject of multiple investigations.
According to reports, officers punched, struck, and used their Tasers against Perez and Diaz — both men’s mugshots show facial injuries.
While Hartford police initially claimed Perez’ dramatic head injuries occurred when the vehicle’s airbags deployed, the new dash camera footage shows a cop in street clothes — later identified as Sgt. Sean Spell, a 20-year veteran of the force who has since retired — walking up to the handcuffed man sitting calmly on the curb and deliberately, stomping his head onto the pavement with enough force, it bounces.
Hillary/Trump October Surprise 
CNN political correspondent Phil Mattingly said Donald Trump’s comments about groping women finally stopped Trump’s campaign in its tracks because of one reason: Republican members of Congress who are involved in tight races are fearful of the impact on their own re-election campaigns. .
Meanwhile in the corrupt Hillary Clinton universe…
“Excerpts of Hillary Clinton’s remarks during paid speeches to Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, and other groups were leaked online Friday afternoon by WikiLeaks… Clinton told a housing trade group in 2013 that on certain issues, she has ‘a public and a private position.’ ‘If everybody’s watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least,’ said Clinton. ‘So, you need both a public and a private position.’ Full story from The Intercept. https://theintercept.com/2016/10/07/excerpts-of-hillary-clintons-paid-speeches-to-goldman-sachs-finally-leaked/
Hillary Clinton Tried to Murder Julian Assange

Independent news site True Pundit reported on Hillary Clinton’s attempt to use a drone strike to assassinate WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a journalist who is protected by the First Amendment. Clinton wanted to prevent WikiLeaks from releasing 250,000 secret cables between State Department staff and foreign assets and allies, between 1966-2010. “Clinton’s State Department was getting pressure from President Obama and his White House inner circle, as well as heads of state internationally, to try and cutoff Assange’s delivery of the cables and if that effort failed, then to forge a strategy to minimize the administration’s public embarrassment over the contents of the cables. Hence, Clinton’s early morning November meeting of State’s top brass who floated various proposals to stop, slow or spin the Wikileaks contamination. That is when a frustrated Clinton, sources said, at some point blurted out a controversial query.

‘Can’t we just drone this guy?’ Clinton openly inquired, offering a simple remedy to silence Assange and smother Wikileaks via a planned military drone strike, according to State Department sources. The statement drew laughter from the room which quickly died off when the Secretary kept talking in a terse manner, sources said. Clinton said Assange, after all, was a relatively soft target, ‘walking around’ freely and thumbing his nose without any fear of reprisals from the United States. Clinton was upset about Assange’s previous 2010 records releases, divulging secret U.S. documents about the war in Afghanistan in July and the war in Iraq just a month earlier in October, sources said. At that time in 2010, Assange was relatively free and not living cloistered in in the embassy of Ecuador in London. Prior to 2010, Assange focused Wikileaks’ efforts on countries outside the United States but now under Clinton and Obama, Assange was hammering America with an unparalleled third sweeping Wikileaks document dump in five months. Clinton was fuming, sources said, as each State Department cable dispatched during the Obama administration was signed by her.”
Policy Watch: Jill Stein Campaign Exposes Liberal Hypocrisy
The social media comments I have read by white liberals directed at Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein are despicable. One woman called Dr. Stein the Ann Coulter of the left. Then these liberals want to talk about the ignorance and racism of Donald Trump supporters…  Dr. Stein is like truth serum for liberals: she’s bringing out their racism and general hypocrisy. The vicious attacks by liberals on Dr. Stein, who by far has the strongest urban policy platform of the four candidates, and articulates the need for radical policy reform to address structural racism and white supremacy, has me ready to tell off any liberal who disses her. Hillary Clinton supporters don’t give a damn about the racist policy record of the Clintons, which is well documented (Bill’s crime/welfare bills), or the further damage that neoliberal Clinton policies will inflict on communities of color. Liberals want a Democrat in the White House, who will select a liberal Supreme Court Justice. They don’t care about the consequences for Black, Latino and Indigenous people. Trump has only spewed racist rhetoric; the Clintons have already done catastrophic damage to people of color in the U.S., and Brown people around the world.
Liberals’ argument to Black people is that if Hillary is elected we’ll still have to work on the plantation, but unlike Trump she will at least give us Wednesday nights off. If liberals are so scared of Jill Stein costing Hillary the election, they should tell the Democrats to pass an emergency ranked choice voting bill before Election Day. Dr. Stein tried to pass ranked choice voting legislation for SIXTEEN YEARS in the Democratic controlled Massachusetts General Assembly. They killed it every year, because they don’t want competition from third party candidates. Now they’re using the politics of fear to get votes. Black Agenda Report commentator Margaret Kimberley talked about liberals’ vicious, baseless attacks on Dr. Stein and her running mate, Ajamu Baraka.
“Liberals are no longer going through the motions of criticizing the Democrat. Instead they openly show love for Hillary Clinton and disdainfully pile on Stein and Baraka with fury. The blog Wonkette called Jill Stein ‘c—y’ and ‘a mendacious nihilist piece of s—.’ The site Very Smart Brothas declared that a vote for Stein was akin to putting it in the trash. They also threw in a dig at Cornel West because he dared to criticize Barack Obama. The Huffington Post chose to deride Green Party convention delegates because they ate at McDonald’s. Gawker tried to link Ajamu Baraka to holocaust denial. His unassailable human rights credentials didn’t mean much when the media decided to go into attack mode.
“The list is long and will get longer between now and Election Day. The degree of antipathy is actually quite useful. It tells us why the Green Party is so important and why liberals are such a dangerous enemy. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing. They spend years wringing their hands because Republicans control state legislatures but when the recently released DNC emails show that the party starves local races of money they say nothing. When they spoke up at all they made a big deal about a spurious Russian hacker connection to Donald Trump. There is no longer any pretense of claiming a desire for systemic change or even calling themselves progressives. They are ‘with her’ — as the slogan goes — and her illegal activities and record of mass killing don’t dissuade them from supporting her. Liberals don’t want the Democrats to change. They cling to a bizarre hope for reform, nibbling around the edges while keeping the criminals in charge. They prefer to look down their noses at Trump supporters or consider themselves the cool kids in the high school clique. When they have an opportunity to make history and begin the process of dismantling the hold of the Democratic Party they instead become quite vicious on their behalf.”
It’s time to take the halo off of liberals’ heads. As Martin Luther King and Malcolm X have pointed out, they’re worse than conservatives. Liberals pretend to be a friend of Black people, who they actually view as pawns. At least conservatives are honest about their racism.
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Jill Stein Challenges President Obama on Ranked Choice Voting

October 7, 2016

by David Samuels

This column appears in the October 6 – 13 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! Next show: October 18. 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 for a profile provided by Josh Elliott, who is running for a seat in the Connecticut General Assembly. Includes info on making a donation. Election Day is November 8. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/05/14/election-2016-candidate-tracker-josh-elliott/
Community Update
Meagan Hockaday Act
The police killing of Alfred Olango last week by El Cajon, California police has sparked outrage. Protests erupted over the fatal shooting of Olango, who suffered from mental illness. Pasadena police killed Reginald Thomas, a father of four who called them because he was experiencing a mental health crisis. Telesur English reported on the story. “Los Angeles County police are investigating the death of a Black man who died after calling police for help Friday morning. ‘I woke up this morning to a bad dream,‘ Shainie Lindsay, the partner of the deceased, told KTLA. ‘He called the police on himself. He wanted help.’
Lindsay said her partner, whose name has not been released, suffered from bipolar disorder and was in the midst of a mental health episode.

Pasadena police showed up at the scene after the man called, finding the victim wielding a knife and a fire extinguisher. According to Lindsay, the man was then tasered twice, struck with batons and kicked him even after he dropped the extinguisher.

Officers reportedly tried to resuscitate the man but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
‘He was a good father, and they didn’t have to kill him,’ Lindsay said. ‘He just wanted help. He didn’t want to die.’

The incident comes after a similar death in the case of Alfred Olango, who was killed by police during a mental health crisis. The death of the unarmed man has prompted protests in El Cajon, near San Diego.”
Sacramento Police dash cam video released last Friday shows two officers respond to a call about 51-year-old Joseph Mann, who suffered from mental illness, by trying to run over Mann twice, then shooting him 14 times. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/10/01/im-going-to-hit-him-dashcam-shows-cops-tried-to-run-over-man-before-shooting-him-14-times/?ref=yfp&utm_term=.cdd81dd94a0c
At least fifty percent of people killed by U.S. police were mentally ill. Police in the U.S. killed over 1,000 people each of the last two years, and have killed at least 872 this year. Police in Britain killed 0 people in 2013, one person in 2014. Police in Canada killed 12 people in 2014.
Meagan Hockaday was murdered by Oxnard, California police officer Roger Garcia in front of her children on March 28, 2015. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/meagan-matters-police-murder-of-black-women-ignored-by-corporate-media-activists/ Garcia was not criminally charged. Coming in 2017: 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. Stay tuned for updates. Meagan Matters! https://hendu39.wordpress.com/meagan-hockaday-act/
Hillary Tells Progressive Voters: “I’m a Progressive!”  Hillary Tells Rich Donors: “I’m a Centrist.”
Hillary Clinton described herself as a progressive during her primary battle against Sen. Bernie Sanders, who ran on a platform that included free health care, and free college. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hillary-clinton-progressive_us_561dafabe4b050c6c4a35c3
Hillary sings a different tune when talking to a room full of wealthy check writers. Report courtesy of The Intercept. https://theintercept.com/2016/09/30/hillary-clinton-center-right/
“In the hacked recording of a private conversation with campaign donors in February, Hillary Clinton distanced herself from progressive goals like ‘free college, free healthcare’ and described her place on the political spectrum as spanning from the center-left to the center-right.
Clinton has been inconsistent in the past about espousing political labels. She has at times touted herself as a stalwart liberal. For instance, she said last July: ‘I take a backseat to no one when you look at my record in standing up and fighting for progressive values.’ But a few months later, she told a group in Ohio: ‘You know, I get accused of being kind of moderate and center. I plead guilty.’
The newly disclosed comments came in audio, apparently from hacked emails, that was revealed this week by the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative blog run by a Republican communications strategist. Clinton was speaking at a Virginia fundraiser hosted by Beatrice Welters, the former U.S. ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, and her husband Anthony Welters, the executive chairman of an investment consulting firm founded by former Clinton aide Cheryl Mills.
Clinton’s opponent at the time, Sen. Bernie Sanders, was pointing to successful programs in Norway and Sweden, which provide universal daycare, family leave, and government sponsored healthcare and college education, as policies that he would seek to adopt.
CLINTON: It is important to recognize what’s going on in this election. Everybody who’s ever been in an election that I’m aware of is quite bewildered because there is a strain of, on the one hand, the kind of populist, nationalist, xenophobic, discriminatory kind of approach that we hear too much of from the Republican candidates. And on the other side, there’s just a deep desire to believe that we can have free college, free healthcare, that what we’ve done hasn’t gone far enough, and that we just need to, you know,  go as far as, you know, Scandinavia, whatever that means, and half the people don’t know what that means, but it’s something that they deeply feel. So as a friend of mine said the other day, I am occupying from the center-left to the center-right. And I don’t have much company there. Because it is difficult when you’re running to be president, and you understand how hard the job is —  I don’t want to overpromise. I don’t want to tell people things that I know we cannot do.” 
Overlooked in the furor over Clinton’s description of Sanders supporters as basement dwellers, she also told the donors that Sanders’ free college and free health care ideas are “indefensible”. Wow.
Policy Watch: Ranked Choice Voting and the Politics of Fear
Last week Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein blasted President Barack Obama on Twitter, for saying that a vote for Dr. Stein is a vote for Donald Trump. Dr. Stein pointed out that Obama didn’t try to pass ranked choice voting during his presidency. This system would allow people to vote for BOTH Dr. Stein and Hillary, without splitting the vote. Dr. Stein introduced a ranked choice voting bill in 2010, when she ran for governor in Massachusetts against incumbent Deval Patrick, a Democrat. The Democratic controlled General Assembly killed the legislation, as they had done each of the previous ten years. The Democrats want to have it both ways. They won’t support ranked choice voting, then they engage in fear mongering to keep voters from supporting third party candidates like Dr. Stein.
Obama, former vice president Al Gore, senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have warned voters not to support Dr. Stein, as the Democrats attempt to trick younger voters into supporting Hillary. Gore said,

“First of all I understand their feelings and misgivings. But if they are interested in my personal advice, I am voting for Hillary Clinton. I urge everyone else to do the same. I particularly urge anyone who is concerned about the climate crisis, sees it as the kind of priority that I see it as, to look at the sharp contrast between the solar plan that Secretary Clinton has put forward, and her stated commitment to support the Clean Power Plan, and the contrast between what she has said and is proposing with the statements of the Republican nominee, which give me great concern.”

 Dr. Stein responded by pointing out the facts about President Bill Clinton and Gore regarding the environment.
“I sincerely appreciate Al Gore’s efforts to raise awareness about climate change, but while Gore and Democrats talk the talk on environmental issues, they don’t walk the walk. Friends of the Earth founder David Brower said that the first 4 years of the Clinton/Gore administration were more environmentally destructive than the preceding 12 years of Reagan and Bush. The Clinton-Gore administration rewarded its corporate campaign contributors with special deals, like allowing sugar cane growers to accelerate destruction of the Everglades and allowing unrestricted logging in many national forests. Particularly devastating was their passage of the NAFTA trade deal, which empowered multinational corporations to challenge environmental legislation in international tribunals dominated by large corporate interests.”
“Gore’s call to vote against the candidates with the strongest environmental agenda raises questions about whether he is seriously committed to the kind of emergency mobilization that we need to prevent climate meltdown, which my Green New Deal plan calls for.”
“What Gore calls ‘spoiling’ we call participation. Voting for what you want should never be a ‘problem.’ So we challenge Al Gore– and Democratic Party leadership– to join us in support of ranked choice voting, which will instantly eliminate vote-splitting concerns. Ranked choice voting empowers voters to vote their values rather than their fears. It lets you rank your choices, and if your first choice loses, your vote is automatically assigned to your second choice. This improved voting system is used in cities around the US and is now on the statewide ballot in Maine.”
“The regretful tone of Al Gore’s support for Hillary Clinton suggests that he understands how the two-party system has failed Americans who care about leaving a livable world for our children and future generations. I ask Gore to publicly declare support for ranked choice voting and ask his fellow Democrats to do the same, so that America can finally have a truly democratic electoral system where voters who care about our planet’s future won’t be intimidated into voting against a climate future we can survive in.”
The Democrats will use any bs excuse they can think of to oppose ranked choice voting, which is used by countries around the world, but it’s clear why they want to prop up the two-party voting system. The Democrats do not want to lose their grip on liberal and progressive voters. They don’t want competition from third party candidates. Every election cycle, the Democrats use fear of a Republican candidate to get votes. Trump is just the latest GOP boogeyman. Ranked choice voting is real democracy. The Democrats should not be allowed to continue to hold voters on the left hostage. As Dr. Stein says, a party that uses fear to get your vote isn’t your friend.
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Housing Code Awareness Forum

October 5, 2016

by Mary Sanders

Members of Community Party, Vecinos Unidos and Daughters & Sons of Eve will be hosting a Housing Code Awareness Forum. NEW LOCATION The event will be held Wednesday, October 26 6:00 PM at the Hartford Public Library Albany Branch, 1250 Albany Avenue in Hartford. Free parking is available.  http://www.hplct.org/locations-hours/albany

Please join us to learn about Hartford housing code and enforcement. Listen to officials from various departments and agencies, including Licensing and Inspection,  the  Fire Department and Hartford Legal Services. We will present information and discuss issues related to tenants’ rights to safe and adequate housing. We will particularly discuss fire safety as related to existing state and city housing code, and what you can do if you feel your apartment is not safe. Join us and learn about these important issues that are intended to keep you and your families safe. Ask your related questions and contribute ideas in this public awareness forum. We will also discuss the Housing Commission re-established last December, and the current need for Housing Commissioners in our cities.

If your group could provide bottled water, light refreshments or transportation from your neighborhood, it would be greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

 

Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio

October 3, 2016

The planet’s PREMIER Soul, RnB and talk radio station. PROGRAM NOTE: Due to a special So-Metro Radio broadcast, Community Party Radio returns Wednesday. David Samuels and co-host Mary L. Sanders will analyze the first presidential debate, including Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein’s response. We’ll also discuss the police killing of Alfred Olango, and the sports media reaction to Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest. Special guest contributor Dan Durso will talk about Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Our Revolution political organization. 8:00 PM Eastern Time, 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. Check out http://www.sometroradio.com/ for info on replays, and podcasts.

 

Resources

 

Expanding the Debate:  Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein:

 

 

 

Expanding the Debate: Green Party vice presidential nominee Ajamu Baraka:

 

http://www.democracynow.org/live/expanding_the_debate_october_4th_vice

 

Under Intense Pressure to Silence Wikileaks, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Proposed Drone Strike on Julian Assange:

Under Intense Pressure to Silence Wikileaks, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Proposed Drone Strike on Julian Assange

 

Housing Code Awareness Forum:  Wednesday, October 26 6:00 PM Hartford Public Library downtown branch, 500 Main Street in Hartford:

https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/10/05/housing-code-awareness-forum/

 

Colin Kaepernick’s Twitter page:

https://twitter.com/Kaepernick7pKNx_7Q7w