Archive for January, 2017

Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio

January 30, 2017

Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio returns Tuesday, January 31. Commentary on urban issues from a grassroots perspective. We’ll discuss the Donald Trump presidency, and Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin’s attack on Ricardo Torres and the Hartford Civilian Police Review Board. We’ll also talk about how you can support the Community Party’s Trayvon Martin Act police reform legislation. 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. Note: This program was taped January 26, prior to President Trump’s backdoor Muslim ban. We’ll discuss this issue when we return live Tuesday, February 7. http://www.sometroradio.com/

Resources

Donald Trump & Luke Bronin Protect the Police State:

https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2017/01/27/donald-trump-luke-bronin-protect-the-police-state/

Summary Judgment: Mayor Luke Bronin attacks Hartford Civilian Police Review Board:

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Donald Trump & Luke Bronin Protect the Police State

January 27, 2017

by David Samuels

 

This column appears in the January 26 – February 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! http://www.sometroradio.com/  Next show: January 31. 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/

 

 

Action Alert: Support the Meagen Hockaday and Trayvon Martin Acts!

 

The Meagen Hockaday Act has been officially filed: S.B. No. 440

 

https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=LCO&which_year=2017&bill_num=2809

 

 

 

Visit our No Sellout blog for details on how you can support this police reform legislation.

 

 

https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2017/01/12/action-alert-support-the-meagen-hockaday-act/

 

 

 

Trayvon Martin Act

 

 

The bill has been officially filed. See this link for info on contacting Gov. Malloy, and the Judiciary Committee. Tell them to pass the Trayvon Martin Act racial profiling legislation!

 

 

https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2017/01/14/action-alert-support-the-trayvon-martin-act/

 

 

Mary Sanders is the author of the Community Party’s bill language.

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL REPORT: Bronin Retaliates Against Hartford Civilian Police Review Board

 

 

 

 

Last week the Hartford Civilian Police Review Board requested that the Hartford Police Department provide them with the names of 19 HPD officers, who refused to cooperate with the investigation of former Sgt. Sean Spell. Spell has been charged with third-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace, as the result of an investigation that was launched after Spell was caught on a West Hartford Police dash camera kicking Emilio Diaz in the head, following a car chase last June. Courant reporter Vinny Vella interviewed Board member Rick Torres, who initiated the unanimous vote to examine the Spell case. Torres called out the HPD on their hypocrisy, noting that officers have the same ‘no snitching’ code they have blasted community residents for following. “These people are public servants; we usually expect and they demand from us full cooperation in investigations.They always ask the public to come forward. Now the shoe is on the other foot, and we expect them to come forward, too.” Mayor Luke Bronin has retaliated against Torres and the Board, by attempting to replace them with his cronies and police stooges. Bronin has offered to meet with the Community Party to discuss this issue. Stay tuned for updates on this developing story. See the Resources section for a previous column on Bronin sabotaging the Board, and a 2016 interview with Torres.

 

 

 

 

 

Policy Watch: Trump Threatens Activists

 

 

“One of the fundamental rights of every American is to live in a safe community. A Trump Administration will empower our law enforcement officers to do their jobs and keep our streets free of crime and violence. The Trump Administration will be a law and order administration. President Trump will honor our men and women in uniform and will support their mission of protecting the public. The dangerous anti-police atmosphere in America is wrong. The Trump Administration will end it.” ~ White House website, which went live minutes after Donald Trump was sworn in. (report courtesy of Democracy Now!)

 

“Black males aged 15-34 were nine times more likely than other Americans to be killed by law enforcement officers last year, according to data collected for The Counted [1], an effort by the Guardian to record every such death. They were also killed at four times the rate of young white men.

Racial disparities persisted in 2016 even as the total number of deaths caused by police fell slightly. In all, 1,091 deaths were recorded for 2016, compared with 1,146 logged in 2015. Several 2015 deaths only came to light last year, suggesting the 2016 number may yet rise…* At least one in every five people killed by police in 2016 was mentally ill or in the midst of a mental health crisis when they were killed, according to reports following the incident by law enforcement, local media and relatives… In more than 80 killings by police in 2016, the initial contact with law enforcement began following a call reporting that the person was suicidal or harming themselves, or attempting to harm themselves. Of the at least 35 military veterans killed by police last year, at least 20 had been diagnosed with a mental illness or were having a mental health crisis.”  ~ Black Agenda Report

 

 

http://killedbypolice.net/ reported 1152 police killings in the United States in 2016. U.S. police kill people at a rate of 70 times more than police in all other ‘first world’ nations.

 

 

Still  hyperventilating over Trump? If you think this is bad, imagine how the people living in the seven predominantly Muslim countries Barack Obama bombed feel. Or the people in Honduras who are suffering at the hands of the brutal and bloody coup government that Hillary Clinton supported, or the people in Haiti who are dealing with the effects of the Clintons looting the country. Obama is a handsome, smiling fascist. Joe Biden is a folksy fascist. Hillary is a very rich fascist. There is no such thing as a ‘worse’ fascist. Trump is the new caretaker of fascism. Scared? You should have been scared for the past eight years, and for years before that.  By the way, here in Connecticut Democratic Party Governor Dan Malloy is about to release a scorched earth budget on February 8. If you’re a CT resident, you might want to be scared about that, too. Democratic fascism isn’t better. It’s still fascism.

 

 

Independent media is invaluable at times like this. Democracy Now! (hosted by Amy Goodman) coverage of the Trump inauguration included excellent analysis by the panel about the Democrats, and their liberal supporters. Naomi Klein talked about the danger of having a foe in Trump who is so despicable, the left will settle for restoring the Democrats to power, instead of recognizing that BOTH the Democrats and Republicans are the problem. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor talked about liberals being in deep denial, blaming the FBI and Russia for the election outcome, in order to avoid facing the fact that their party is totally disconnected from the working class, people of color and the poor, due to their neoliberal policies. 49.6 million people sat out the election, because they were repulsed by both Hillary and Trump, and saw no point in voting for either party as a whole. Taylor went on to say that instead of focusing on ‘messaging’ (better marketing of horrific policies), the Democrats and their liberal supporters must come to terms with the facts about the party’s neoliberal agenda.

 

 

Ralph Nader predicted chaos in the Trump presidency from day one, because Trump is not used to working hard. Nader said the volume of decisions Trump had to make as the head of his organization is “chicken feed”, compared to what Trump will face on a daily basis as President. Nader said adding in the factors of Trump’s temperament and “cardiac diet” (fast food is his staple), his business conflicts of interest that make him vulnerable to impeachment, and the certainty that the power drunk Trump administration will overreach and engage in illegal behavior, activists must be ready to pounce.

 

 

Taylor reported that the incoming Trump administration wanted tanks and rocket launchers to be displayed during the inauguration parade, similar to the military parades in the Soviet Union and North Korea. The idea was rejected by organizers of the parade, who feared that local streets would be damaged.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MeV0E6Ibyk  This juicy tidbit is indicative of Trump’s plan for an authoritarian style of governing, along with his treatment of CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta during a press conference, and the threat against activists involved with the movement against police violence. Projecting military might while crushing dissent will obviously be the theme of the Trump presidency, along with flaunting the power of the corporate state. As Klein pointed out, Exxon now the controls the State Department and Hardees runs the Department of Labor, headed by Rex Tillerson and Andy Puzder, respectively.

 

 

Back to the police state. Independent journalist Matt Agorist, “an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA”, according to the Free Thought Project, recently reported on an internal memo he obtained that outlines Trump policy expectations by the Fraternal Order of Police. The FOP endorsed Trump during the 2016 election.

 

“The newly proposed list, titled, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION: The First 100 Days, lays out the police agenda quite clearly with a prediction of executive action to reinstate so many of the tyrannical practices overturned by the last two administrations. Pledged to rescind Executive Order 13688 which imposed limits on State and local law enforcement (military) equipment programs throughout the Federal government.

 

Reverse or amend the broad, Bush-era ban on racial profiling by all or some Federal agencies.

 

 

(2-year mandatory minimum Federal prison sentence) for illegally re-entering the U.S. after a previous deportation, and a 5-year mandatory minimum for illegally re-entering for those with felony convictions, multiple misdemeanor convictions or two or more prior deportations; also reforms visa rules to enhance penalties for overstaying.

 

 

Among their other expectations, the FOP notes that Trump should reverse the position of the Federal government on the use of private prisons too.

In a stunning turn of events, the U.S. Department of Justice announced in August it will no longer use private prisons to incarcerate federal prisoners, deeming the notorious for-profit facilities both less safe and less effective in providing correctional services than those operated by the government.

‘They simply do not provide the same level of correctional services, programs, and resources; they do not save substantially on costs; and as noted in a recent report by the Department’s Office of Inspector General, they do not maintain the same level of safety and security.’ Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates explained in the announcement. Immediately following the announcement that they would lose their tax-subsidized cash cow, prison stocks plummeted.” Those stocks skyrocketed after Trump won the election. You can read the full article here.

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/natl-police-union-demands-trump-bring-back-racial-profiling-lift-ban-militarized-police/

 

 

 

 

Redding Police Chief Douglas Fuchs, a member of the so-called Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project, and the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association work hard every year to kill police reform legislation, while they talk out of the other side of their mouths about ‘building trust’ with urban neighborhood residents.

The Community Party calls on Gov. Dan Malloy and the Connecticut Democrats to respond to Trump’s threats against activists by passing the Meagen Hockaday and Trayvon Martin Acts with their original bill language intact, along with other legislation aimed at police accountability.

 

 

 

 

Resources

 

 

Community Party Radio Special Report – Meagen Matters: Meagen Hockaday and the Police War on Black Women

http://www.spreaker.com/user/thebwegroup/community-party-radio-hosted-by-david-sa_37

 

 

 

Luke Bronin Sabotaging Hartford Civilian Police Review Board

 

 

https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/10/27/jill-stein-blasts-sham-presidential-debate-luke-bronin-sabotaging-civilian-police-review-board/

 

 

Community Party Radio January 6, 2016 show. Guests: Hartford Civilian Police Review Board member Rick Torres and St. Louis activist Toni Taylor, the mother of Cary Ball, who was killed by St Louis Police in 2013.

 

 

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

 

 

 

Rep. Bruce Morris Passionately Supports H.B. 5437, Urban Lawmakers Hold Police Accountable

 

 

https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/rep-bruce-morris-passionately-supports-h-b-5437-urban-lawmakers-hold-police-accountable/

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                               

 

 

 

Obama & Trump: The Peaceful Transfer of Fascism

January 20, 2017

by David Samuels

This column appears in the January 19 – 26 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! http://www.sometroradio.com/  Next show: January 31. 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/

 

 

Action Alert: Support the Meagen Hockaday and Trayvon Martin Acts!

 

Meagen Hockaday was murdered by Oxnard, California police officer Roger Garcia in front of her children on March 28, 2015. https://www.facebook.com/meaganmatters/timeline Garcia was not criminally charged. The Community Party’s Meagen Hockaday Act includes enhanced criminal penalties for excessive use of force by the police against mentally ill people and individuals in crisis, in addition to whenever children are present. Our legislation will implement a new international approach to policing, based on a successful model in the United Kingdom and Canada that emphasizes de-escalation and treatment.  https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/meagan-matters-police-murder-of-black-women-ignored-by-corporate-media-activists/

Contact Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, and the General Assembly Judiciary Committee chairs and vice chairs. Politely tell them activists nationwide are watching to see that they pass the Meagen Hockaday Act IN ITS STRONGEST FORM, with our original bill language intact!

Visit our No Sellout blog for details.  https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2017/01/12/action-alert-support-the-meagen-hockaday-act/

 

 

 

 

Trayvon Martin Act

 

by Mary Sanders

 

 

Introduction ~ It’s time to take action to stop racial profiling and police containment in Black and Brown communities here in Connecticut.  Every 28 hours a Black person is killed somewhere by police, security guards and self-appointed vigilantes like George Zimmerman and Michael Dunn, according to a Malcolm X Grassroots Movement report . http://www.operationghettostorm.org/ . The veracity of the MXGM report has been disputed. See the Resources section below for a Washington Post editorial on the report, including a rebuttal by the report’s author. Trayvon was shot and killed after being confronted on the street by Zimmerman, an armed neighborhood watch leader. Dunn shot Jordan Davis during an argument about loud music.  Former Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer Johannes Mehserle murdered Oscar Grant in 2009.  http://sfbayview.com/2009/oscar-grant-young-father-and-peacemaker-executed-by-bart-police. Police in the United States kill at a rate of 70 times more than police in all other ‘first world’ nations.http://thefreethoughtproject.com/police-kill-citizens-70-times-rate-first-world-nations/   CP’s Trayvon Martin Act is aimed at addressing this public safety crisis.

The Trayvon Martin Act calls for the creation of a legislative task force on police misconduct and includes some of CP’s original racial profiling bill language. The CT legislature passed some of our provisions in 2012 and they were scheduled to go in effect July 1, 2013. Our traffic stop receipt language was repealed in favor of a version emphasizing electronic data collection and analysis, instead of a copy of the mandated “Traffic Stop Report” going to the motorist.  We believe this copy is the only way for motorists to know how their race is being represented and is a proven factor in undetected biased policing.  We sat in on testimony of dozens of motorists of color from around the state who were stopped, harassed, given tickets with race recorded as White, and heard of many other biased law enforcement actions.

Problem: Drivers do not get a copy of the Stop Report which has allowed some officers to lie about the race of the people they stop.  Some victims of profiling may not complain because they don’t know officers are covering up the profiled stops. As we mentioned previously our traffic stop language was passed by lawmakers in 2012 but was repealed due to pressure by the police before it was scheduled to become law in 2013.

Add to current law:  1) “Traffic Stop Reports are to be filled out in duplicate so that each motorist receives a copy of the completed form from the officer, in addition to any ticket or summons if one is issued.  2) The copy of the report should be given to the driver as well as the information on filing complaints if motorists believe they have been profiled.  3) If the reports are entered into an electronic data collection system a copy will be immediately available to the detained driver.”  https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/11/17/community-party-trayvon-martin-act-bill-language-4/

 

Our traffic stop receipt provision has been submitted to the General Assembly. See this link for info on contacting Gov. Malloy, and the Judiciary Committee. Tell them to pass the Trayvon Martin Act!  https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2017/01/14/action-alert-support-the-trayvon-martin-act/

 

 

Policy Watch: Liberals Prefer Democratic Party Oppression

 

 

“Don’t mention Trump to me. If the left in U.S was really serious about fascism, it would have been opposed to the smiling neo-fascism of Barack Obama.” ~ Ajamu Baraka, human rights activist and 2016 Green Party vice presidential candidate.

 

 

“Most Black spokespeople shamelessly defended Obama’s silences and crimes, in the name of racial symbolism and their own careerism. How hypocritical to now see them speak truth to white power, when most went mute in the face of Black power. Their moral authority is weak, and their newfound militancy is shallow.” ~ Activist Dr. Cornel West

 

 

 

President Barack Obama delivered his farewell address last week from his hometown of Chicago. How appropriate. The Obama Justice Department did nothing to rein in the Chicago Police, the department that collaborated with the FBI to assassinate Black Panther Party Illinois Chairman Fred Hampton in 1969. The CPD remains one of the most brutal and corrupt departments in the country, as the Laquan MacDonald case showed. It took the furor over the video of the lynching of McDonald and the subsequent cover-up, to force the DOJ to launch an investigation. Obama refused a 2009 demand from members of the Congressional Black Caucus, that he implement targeted job creation in Black communities with the highest poverty and unemployment rates. The lack of jobs and resources fuels urban gun violence in Chicago, the murder capital of the nation.

 

Liberals who are clucking about last week’s DOJ announcements regarding the Baltimore and Chicago police, are in denial about what the DOJ investigations really mean. These departments will have to sign a consent decree, an agreement with the federal government that basically says, “We Promise to be Nice to Negroes.” The cops who have been murdering and brutalizing Black people, and the department brass who covered up for them will still be there.

 

During the Obama presidency there were high profile police murder cases in Ferguson, Baltimore, Cleveland and Chicago. DOJ investigations found that all of these departments engage in racist policing, and excessive use of force. The DOJ didn’t prosecute the officers who were involved in the incidents that brought worldwide attention to these racist departments. What’s wrong with this picture? Liberals are railing against Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions, but are silent about Loretta Lynch and Eric Holder, who prosecuted ZERO cops for killing Black, Latino and Indigenous people. U.S. police kill at a rate of 70 times more than police in all other ‘first world’ nations.

 

Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act, which allows the government to jail anyone without charges, or evidence. Obama bombed seven predominantly Muslim countries, and deported more undocumented immigrants than any other president. His administration will go down as being the most vicious against whistleblowers; the decision to commute the sentence of Chelsea Manning being the exception.

 

 

Donald Trump is the personification of the corporate state. Last week during a press conference Trump announced that his sons, Lucifer and Damien, will assume control of his business interests, in effect making the presidency a subsidiary of Trump’s company. Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, talked to Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman about how Obama’s surveillance state model will likely be enhanced by Trump, following unsubstantiated reports that Russian intelligence has compromising information on the President-elect. The Trump press conference included a shouting match between the new President and CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta. Trump refused to take questions from Acosta after CNN reported on the story.

JOEL SIMON: Well, I think that my response is just we see on display the attitude that Trump exhibited throughout his campaign and in every interaction with the media, which is that he has a framework in which the media, as long as it amplifies his message, he welcomes it, but as soon as it adopts a critical posture, there’s a completely different response. And what’s really concerning here is, OK, he’s angry. You can understand why he’s angry. I mean, these reports were very damaging. But now that he’s going to become president, how will these attitudes be transformed into policies?

AMY GOODMAN: Well, you have his press secretary, for example, Sean Spicer, threatening Acosta, saying he’s going to throw him out if he tries to ask another question.

JOEL SIMON: Yeah, I mean, that’s very alarming. But I think what’s the broader context here is this involves a leak. OK? This information was leaked. Now, as president, with Jeff Sessions as attorney general, are we going to see leak investigations? I think we are. His framework is that these leaks from intelligence officials—apparently, that’s where they come from, we don’t know, but it’s certainly possible—create an atmosphere similar to Nazi Germany. OK? So we can expect aggressive leak investigations that—

AMY GOODMAN: So, just to be clear—

JOEL SIMON: Yeah.

AMY GOODMAN: it was Trump who said—who compared intelligence officials—

JOEL SIMON: Yeah, exactly.

AMY GOODMAN: —to Nazis.

JOEL SIMON: Exactly. So, that framework suggests there will be aggressive leak investigations. The Obama administration has created a legal framework through its aggressive prosecution of leakers, where journalists are very vulnerable. And I think it’s highly likely that if these attitudes, this anger, this lashing out at the media every time he’s criticized—if those are transformed into policies, my greatest concern is about aggressive leak investigations, which ensnare journalists and which represent a significant threat to journalists in this country and potentially globally.

 

January 20 is not the beginning of fascism, but merely a continuation. The President of the United States is an agent of Wall Street and the military industrial complex; a caretaker of fascism. It’s in the job description.

 

 

Resources

 

 

“The World is a Business”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9XeyBd_IuA

 

It’s the Corporate State, Stupid: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7260.htm

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obama & Trump: The Peaceful Transfer of Fascism

January 20, 2017

by David Samuels

This column appears in the January 19 – 36 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! http://www.sometroradio.com/  Next show: January 31. 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/

 

 

Action Alert: Support the Meagen Hockaday and Trayvon Martin Acts!

 

Meagen Hockaday was murdered by Oxnard, California police officer Roger Garcia in front of her children on March 28, 2015. https://www.facebook.com/meaganmatters/timeline Garcia was not criminally charged. The Community Party’s Meagen Hockaday Act includes enhanced criminal penalties for excessive use of force by the police against mentally ill people and individuals in crisis, in addition to whenever children are present. Our legislation will implement a new international approach to policing, based on a successful model in the United Kingdom and Canada that emphasizes de-escalation and treatment.  https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/meagan-matters-police-murder-of-black-women-ignored-by-corporate-media-activists/

Contact Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, and the General Assembly Judiciary Committee chairs and vice chairs. Politely tell them activists nationwide are watching to see that they pass the Meagen Hockaday Act IN ITS STRONGEST FORM, with our original bill language intact!

Visit our No Sellout blog for details.  https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2017/01/12/action-alert-support-the-meagen-hockaday-act/

 

 

 

 

Trayvon Martin Act

 

by Mary Sanders

 

 

Introduction ~ It’s time to take action to stop racial profiling and police containment in Black and Brown communities here in Connecticut.  Every 28 hours a Black person is killed somewhere by police, security guards and self-appointed vigilantes like George Zimmerman and Michael Dunn, according to a Malcolm X Grassroots Movement report . http://www.operationghettostorm.org/ . The veracity of the MXGM report has been disputed. See the Resources section below for a Washington Post editorial on the report, including a rebuttal by the report’s author. Trayvon was shot and killed after being confronted on the street by Zimmerman, an armed neighborhood watch leader. Dunn shot Jordan Davis during an argument about loud music.  Former Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer Johannes Mehserle murdered Oscar Grant in 2009.  http://sfbayview.com/2009/oscar-grant-young-father-and-peacemaker-executed-by-bart-police. Police in the United States kill at a rate of 70 times more than police in all other ‘first world’ nations.http://thefreethoughtproject.com/police-kill-citizens-70-times-rate-first-world-nations/   CP’s Trayvon Martin Act is aimed at addressing this public safety crisis.

The Trayvon Martin Act calls for the creation of a legislative task force on police misconduct and includes some of CP’s original racial profiling bill language. The CT legislature passed some of our provisions in 2012 and they were scheduled to go in effect July 1, 2013. Our traffic stop receipt language was repealed in favor of a version emphasizing electronic data collection and analysis, instead of a copy of the mandated “Traffic Stop Report” going to the motorist.  We believe this copy is the only way for motorists to know how their race is being represented and is a proven factor in undetected biased policing.  We sat in on testimony of dozens of motorists of color from around the state who were stopped, harassed, given tickets with race recorded as White, and heard of many other biased law enforcement actions.

Problem: Drivers do not get a copy of the Stop Report which has allowed some officers to lie about the race of the people they stop.  Some victims of profiling may not complain because they don’t know officers are covering up the profiled stops. As we mentioned previously our traffic stop language was passed by lawmakers in 2012 but was repealed due to pressure by the police before it was scheduled to become law in 2013.

Add to current law:  1) “Traffic Stop Reports are to be filled out in duplicate so that each motorist receives a copy of the completed form from the officer, in addition to any ticket or summons if one is issued.  2) The copy of the report should be given to the driver as well as the information on filing complaints if motorists believe they have been profiled.  3) If the reports are entered into an electronic data collection system a copy will be immediately available to the detained driver.”  https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/11/17/community-party-trayvon-martin-act-bill-language-4/

 

Our traffic stop receipt provision has been submitted to the General Assembly. See this link for info on contacting Gov. Malloy, and the Judiciary Committee. Tell them to pass the Trayvon Martin Act!  https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2017/01/14/action-alert-support-the-trayvon-martin-act/

 

 

Policy Watch: Liberals Prefer Democratic Party Oppression

 

 

“Don’t mention Trump to me. If the left in U.S was really serious about fascism, it would have been opposed to the smiling neo-fascism of Barack Obama.” ~ Ajamu Baraka, human rights activist and 2016 Green Party vice presidential candidate.

 

 

“Most Black spokespeople shamelessly defended Obama’s silences and crimes, in the name of racial symbolism and their own careerism. How hypocritical to now see them speak truth to white power, when most went mute in the face of Black power. Their moral authority is weak, and their newfound militancy is shallow.” ~ Activist Dr. Cornel West

 

 

 

President Barack Obama delivered his farewell address last week from his hometown of Chicago. How appropriate. The Obama Justice Department did nothing to rein in the Chicago Police, the department that collaborated with the FBI to assassinate Black Panther Party Illinois Chairman Fred Hampton in 1969. The CPD remains one of the most brutal and corrupt departments in the country, as the Laquan MacDonald case showed. It took the furor over the video of the lynching of McDonald and the subsequent cover-up, to force the DOJ to launch an investigation. Obama refused a 2009 demand from members of the Congressional Black Caucus, that he implement targeted job creation in Black communities with the highest poverty and unemployment rates. The lack of jobs and resources fuels urban gun violence in Chicago, the murder capital of the nation.

 

Liberals who are clucking about last week’s DOJ announcements regarding the Baltimore and Chicago police, are in denial about what the DOJ investigations really mean. These departments will have to sign a consent decree, an agreement with the federal government that basically says, “We Promise to be Nice to Negroes.” The cops who have been murdering and brutalizing Black people, and the department brass who covered up for them will still be there.

 

During the Obama presidency there were high profile police murder cases in Ferguson, Baltimore, Cleveland and Chicago. DOJ investigations found that all of these departments engage in racist policing, and excessive use of force. The DOJ didn’t prosecute the officers who were involved in the incidents that brought worldwide attention to these racist departments. What’s wrong with this picture? Liberals are railing against Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions, but are silent about Loretta Lynch and Eric Holder, who prosecuted ZERO cops for killing Black, Latino and Indigenous people. U.S. police kill at a rate of 70 times more than police in all other ‘first world’ nations.

 

Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act, which allows the government to jail anyone without charges, or evidence. Obama bombed seven predominantly Muslim countries, and deported more undocumented immigrants than any other president. His administration will go down as being the most vicious against whistleblowers; the decision to commute the sentence of Chelsea Manning being the exception.

 

 

Donald Trump is the personification of the corporate state. Last week during a press conference Trump announced that his sons, Lucifer and Damien, will assume control of his business interests, in effect making the presidency a subsidiary of Trump’s company. Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, talked to Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman about how Obama’s surveillance state model will likely be enhanced by Trump, following unsubstantiated reports that Russian intelligence has compromising information on the President-elect. The Trump press conference included a shouting match between the new President and CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta. Trump refused to take questions from Acosta after CNN reported on the story.

JOEL SIMON: Well, I think that my response is just we see on display the attitude that Trump exhibited throughout his campaign and in every interaction with the media, which is that he has a framework in which the media, as long as it amplifies his message, he welcomes it, but as soon as it adopts a critical posture, there’s a completely different response. And what’s really concerning here is, OK, he’s angry. You can understand why he’s angry. I mean, these reports were very damaging. But now that he’s going to become president, how will these attitudes be transformed into policies?

AMY GOODMAN: Well, you have his press secretary, for example, Sean Spicer, threatening Acosta, saying he’s going to throw him out if he tries to ask another question.

JOEL SIMON: Yeah, I mean, that’s very alarming. But I think what’s the broader context here is this involves a leak. OK? This information was leaked. Now, as president, with Jeff Sessions as attorney general, are we going to see leak investigations? I think we are. His framework is that these leaks from intelligence officials—apparently, that’s where they come from, we don’t know, but it’s certainly possible—create an atmosphere similar to Nazi Germany. OK? So we can expect aggressive leak investigations that—

AMY GOODMAN: So, just to be clear—

JOEL SIMON: Yeah.

AMY GOODMAN: it was Trump who said—who compared intelligence officials—

JOEL SIMON: Yeah, exactly.

AMY GOODMAN: —to Nazis.

JOEL SIMON: Exactly. So, that framework suggests there will be aggressive leak investigations. The Obama administration has created a legal framework through its aggressive prosecution of leakers, where journalists are very vulnerable. And I think it’s highly likely that if these attitudes, this anger, this lashing out at the media every time he’s criticized—if those are transformed into policies, my greatest concern is about aggressive leak investigations, which ensnare journalists and which represent a significant threat to journalists in this country and potentially globally.

 

January 20 is not the beginning of fascism, but merely a continuation. The President of the United States is an agent of Wall Street and the military industrial complex; a caretaker of fascism. It’s in the job description.

 

 

Resources

 

 

“The World is a Business”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9XeyBd_IuA

 

It’s the Corporate State, Stupid: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7260.htm

 

 

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Workplace Bullying: A Survivor’s Story

January 15, 2017
by David Samuels

This column appeared in the November 1 – 8, 2012 edition of the Hartford News.

UPDATE: Connecticut Valley Hospital worker Employee X, who talked about racism against Latinos at CVH in our last column, was cleared of work rule violation charges this week.
The Community Party continues to receive reports about abusive workplace conduct from state employees throughout Connecticut. The workplace bullying issue cuts across racial lines, but racism is a key component. A Latina employee (who we’ll call Employee A to protect her identity) at a Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services facility contacted CP to tell her story of courage and survival. Employee A’s story shows how pervasive abusive workplace conduct and racism is throughout DMHAS. Employee A has been on unpaid leave from her job on her doctor’s orders since September 2011, due to the hostile climate at her job. “I have been targeted since 2005 following my CHRO settlement regarding my Americans with Disabilities Act discrimination complaint,” Employee A said. “DMHAS wants me to return to work under the same administration which has been abusing me. I’m not supposed to be supervised by administration; they just want to continue targeting me.” She has since filed another CHRO complaint which has cleared the merit assessment phase. 
Employee A has been collecting unemployment benefits but those payments have not been enough to prevent the loss of her car and home. Her credit has been destroyed. The mounting pressure led Employee A to consider a drastic step which other targets of workplace mobbing have unfortunately decided to take. “I contemplated suicide in September 2011 as a result of mobbing,” Employee A said. “I suffer from depression and attempted suicide before in 2009. My doctor told me to take a stress leave. I was planning to take an overdose of a combination of pills that I take for insomnia and anxiety.” 263 people in the United States committed suicide in 2008 as a direct result of workplace mobbing, the highest number since this statistic has been tracked. 
Like other employees who have talked to CP, Employee A described DMHAS as an agency which simultaneously violates and manipulates the law in order to ruin the lives of their targets. “DMHAS is refusing to accomodate me under ADA. I have lost my health insurance since I’ve been out of work,” Employee A said. “DMHAS called me into an ‘unofficial meeting’. They told my union that I would not need representation. When I arrived for the meeting I was met by state troopers; they arrested me and charged me with workplace violence for supposedly harassing my husband, who also works for the state. My civil rights were violated when I was tricked into going to that meeting. I was not even informed of my Miranda rights. The charges were dismissed.  Another time my clinical director ridiculed me in an email. I was so humiliated I went home. I forwarded the email to DMHAS Commissioner Pat Rehmer and received no response. My primary abuser then filed a work rule violation complaint against me, which of course was an act of retaliation.”
I asked Employee A if she believes that racism is a factor in her treatment by DMHAS. “I’m Latina, all of my superiors except for one are white,” Employee A said. “A person of color is powerless; there’s no support. I’ve gone to the affirmative action department and they did nothing. I felt totally helpless. Administration uses my mental illness against me. My new supervisor wrote me a two page letter about a conversation which never happened. She wrote that her role was not to accommodate me regarding my depression; I never shared that information with her. DMHAS has undermined me by giving me poor performance evaluations. They manipulate a subjective process. I was given a poor service rating despite a letter of commendation from my former supervisor. DMHAS documented my Federal Medical Leave Act time on my annual review, which is illegal. I filed a complaint with the Department of Labor, who made them redact it.”
Employee A has persevered despite the obstacles which have been placed in front of her. “I was able to get unemployment benefits because my doctor said that DMHAS refuses to accomodate me,”  Employee A said. “I have no health care. I just got out of the hospital and am facing a huge bill. I may have to be readmitted. The doctors said that my physical ailments could be stress related. I have insomnia, depression and panic attacks. I also suffer from agoraphobia (a fear of being in crowds, public places or open areas). I once refused to leave my house for two months. I have migraines from electroconvulsive therapy (a treatment for depression), which I needed as a result of workplace mobbing.” Employee A told us that DMHAS has also engaged in employment discrimination against her. “DMHAS has denied me clinical supervision, which is essential for me to get licensed and promoted,” Employee A said. “The director of social work sent me a letter stating that it’s ‘inappropriate’ of me to request clinical supervision. DMHAS has accused me of lying about my grievances. I offered to take a polygraph test but they refused.”
Employee A is determined to get justice. “I contacted Governor Malloy’s office but his staffer Zachary Hyde said that Malloy is too busy to meet with me,” Employee A said. “I’ve lost everything, but instead of killing myself I want to fight back. I think that DMHAS administration are criminals who should be arrested and lose their licenses. I consider what they’re doing to me to be a hate crime. I’m currently pursuing a federal lawsuit. These people could have ended my life.”

Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio: Meagen Matters!

January 14, 2017

Coming up on Tuesday, January 17: a Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio special report. Meagen Matters: Meagen Hockaday and the Police War on Black Women. Monique Wallace, Meagen’s mother, will join us as we examine an aspect of police violence that’s being ignored by the corporate media. We’ll open the phone lines to family members and loved ones of victims of police violence, so they can sound off on the extrajudicial killings of Black women. We’ll also provide information on a national call to action campaign to pass our Meagen Hockaday Act, which will be introduced during the Connecticut General Assembly 2017 legislative session. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/03/10/meagan-matters/ 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. http://www.sometroradio.com/

ACTION ALERT: Support the Trayvon Martin Act!

January 14, 2017

Contact info for Gov. Malloy and the Connecticut General Assembly Judiciary Committee is available at the end of this announcement.

Raised H.B. No. 7258  AN ACT CONCERNING THE ALVIN W. PENN RACIAL PROFILING PROHIBITION ACT.

Introduced by House Majority Leader Matt Ritter

To amend the Alvin W. Penn Racial Profile Prohibition Act to provide that: (1) Violation of the act is a discriminatory practice, (2) each traffic stop, including those that do not result in a citation, results in an electronic record on an electronic device in the police vehicle, (3) such electronic device print notice and information in English and Spanish to be given to each person stopped concerning how to file a claim under the act, and (4) a copy of such notice and information be provided as part of each motor vehicle operator’s license renewal notification.

Introduced by:

Judiciary Committee

https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&which_year=2017&bill_num=7258

 

Community Party Trayvon Martin Act Bill Language

Written by Mary Sanders.

Introduction ~ It’s time to take action to stop racial profiling and police containment in Black and Brown communities here in Connecticut.  Every 28 hours a Black person is killed somewhere by police, security guards and self-appointed vigilantes like George Zimmerman and Michael Dunn, according to a Malcolm X Grassroots Movement report . http://www.operationghettostorm.org/ . The veracity of the MXGM report has been disputed. See the Resources section below for a Washington Post editorial on the report, including a rebuttal by the report’s author. Trayvon was shot and killed after being confronted on the street by Zimmerman, an armed neighborhood watch leader. Dunn shot Jordan Davis during an argument about loud music.  Former Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer Johannes Mehserle murdered Oscar Grant in 2009. See: http://sfbayview.com/2009/oscar-grant-young-father-and-peacemaker-executed-by-bart-police. Police in the United States kill at a rate of 70 times more than police in all other ‘first world’ nations.http://thefreethoughtproject.com/police-kill-citizens-70-times-rate-first-world-nations/   CP’s Trayvon Martin Act is aimed at addressing this public safety crisis.

The Trayvon Martin Act calls for the creation of a legislative task force on police misconduct and includes some of CP’s original racial profiling bill language. The CT legislature passed some of our provisions in 2012 and they were scheduled to go in effect July 1, 2013. Our traffic stop receipt language was repealed in favor of a version emphasizing electronic data collection and analysis, instead of a copy of the mandated “Traffic Stop Report” going to the motorist.  We believe this copy is the only way for motorists to know how their race is being represented and is a proven factor in undetected biased policing.  We sat in on testimony of dozens of motorists of color from around the state who were stopped, harassed, given tickets with race recorded as White, and heard of many other biased law enforcement actions.

Problem: Drivers do not get a copy of the Stop Report which has allowed some officers to lie about the race of the people they stop.  Some victims of profiling may not complain because they don’t know officers are covering up the profiled stops. As we mentioned previously our traffic stop language was passed by lawmakers in 2012 but was repealed due to pressure by the police before it was scheduled to become law in 2013.

Add to current law:  1) “Traffic Stop Reports are to be filled out in duplicate so that each motorist receives a copy of the completed form from the officer, in addition to any ticket or summons if one is issued.  2) The copy of the report should be given to the driver as well as the information on filing complaints if motorists believe they have been profiled.  3) If the reports are entered into an electronic data collection system a copy will be immediately available to the detained driver.”

Problem:  Drivers and their passengers are being asked for I.D’s. and questioned about their immigration status even when they are clearly not involved in criminal activity.

Add to current law: “ 1) The driver shall only be asked for a: Driver’s License, the Vehicle Registration and Proof of Insurance and no other identification or questions about immigration status;  2) Passengers shall not be asked for any identification or questions about their immigration status unless they are being arrested for criminal activity.”

Problem:   Men of color are stopped and frisked or worse in every corner of our state; community residents have reported to us that if they dare challenge police officers in their neighborhood, they are often thrown to the ground, cuffed and arrested, then charged with resisting arrest. This happens to our teenagers in schools as well as on our streets.  Many have been beaten or shot by police or others with “authority”, often fatally as the MXGM report shows.

Add to current law:  “1)  Create a Legislative Task Force which would serve in the following capacities: a) investigate complaints of misconduct of state or local police officials,  b) provide training and oversight to public school guards, university and transportation police,  c) provide training and oversight of neighborhood watch organizations and properly screen and monitor persons functioning in these roles;  2) the Task Force will reserve spots for urban lawmakers whose constituents are disproportionately affected by these issues;  3) the Task Force will conduct monthly public hearings around the state, days and evenings, which would also be broadcast by the Connecticut Network for television or online viewing;  4) the Task Force will create a process whereby people could file formal complaints about profiling and harassment by police or other law enforcement authorities through their legislators’ offices or CHRO.”  5) Body cameras will be mandatory for all municipal patrol officers. 6) Elected, independent, community based investigators will probe all complaints regarding excessive use of force, resulting in injury or death.

The Community Party supports the demands of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, which are listed in their racial justice plan.

National Demands for Racial Justice

Preliminary Demands
  1. We call for the elimination of the Police Bill of Rights and the numerous civil service rules and judicial policies and procedures that give the police anonymity, freedom from having their behavior recorded and virtual immunity from accountability and prosecution.
  2. End to the various polices of containment such as racial profiling, stop and frisk, gang injunctions, secure communities, etc.
  3. End the “War on Drugs” and all of its related laws, policies and programs
  4. Enact democratically elected “Police Control Boards”, with the power to fire, subpoena, and indict police officers for human rights violations
  5. Demilitarization of domestic law enforcement, including eliminating the use of Drones and various surveillance operations and institutions.
  6. The redirection of military funding to social programs, such as public education, housing, health care, public transportation, and grassroots-controlled programs to prevent domestic and intra-communal violence.
  7. Legislate and enact a National Plan of Action for Racial Justice that will make the United States government compliant with all the norms and standards of the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) on all levels
Suggested Strategies, Tactics, and Targets.
Boycott
  1. Boycott Black Friday and all Major Commercial Stores and Outlets until the government meets the aforementioned demands on a municipal, state, and federal level.
  2. Boycott various Missouri based businesses.
Divestment
We call on all unions, churches, investment groups, and all the various forces of civil society to divest from any Missouri state bond holdings until the aforementioned demands are meet.
Proposed Demands and Campaigns in Depth (from Let Your Motto Be Resistance found at http://mxgm.org/let-your-motto-be-resistance-a-handbook-on-organizing-new-afrikan-and-oppressed-communities-for-self-defense/)
  • Police Control Boards – Grassroots Police Control Board’s are intended to serve as directly elected oversight and disciplinary committees on a city or municipal level. They have the power to monitor and reform policies and to discipline, fire, subpoena and prosecute police or other law enforcement agencies operating within their jurisdiction. Campaigns to institute Police Control Boards are designed to avoid the pitfalls of Citizen Review Boards. Over the last 50 years various movements and communities have demanded Citizen Review Boards that have been taken over by Mayors and other local officials. Mayors have appointed their own political cronies to protect the police and the status quo. We propose that our movement organize electoral campaigns or referendums that transform the Charters of Cities and Counties to establish Police Control Boards via the limited democratic means that presently exist. Electoral campaigns for Police Control Boards become vehicles for extensive outreach and education to move our base and shape public opinion. Campaigns of this nature will require grassroots fundraising to retain the integrity of the initiative and pay for media ads, etc.  They will also require forming alliances with various forces in the city or region that share similar interests and the development of a comprehensive strategy that builds enough power to institute this structural reform.
  • Anti-Containment Campaigns – These campaigns focus on stopping local, statewide, and national policies and programs that repress and displace our communities like racial profiling, check points, stop and frisk, weed and seed, gang injunctions, drug war policies, three strikes and zero-tolerance policies, etc. In addition to stopping these reactionary policies, we should also engage in proactive campaigns, like those that seek to abolish prisons.
  • Anti-Surveillance Campaigns – These campaigns should focus on forcing the state to become transparent about its extensive surveillance infrastructure and operations, and organizing campaigns that demand that they be wholly dismantled. These campaigns can start with initiatives that publically expose the methods and tactics used by various government agencies to monitor our social activities. We must also develop and effectively utilize a national database that exposes the undercover agents and provocateurs used by the government to infiltrate, disrupt, and discredit our social movements (this must be done through extensive factual documentation and not innuendo which can be and is very destructive to our movements).
  • Demilitarization Campaigns – These campaigns should focus on ending the military weapons and tactics used by domestic law enforcement.  Law enforcement agencies throughout the US empire have enhanced their military capacities since the 1960’s, primarily focused on containing and repressing the national liberation and progressive social movements. For their arsenals they have acquired and incorporated military assault rifles, tanks, combat ready helicopters, grenades, hollow point bullets, camera and satellite integrate surveillance systems, infrared equipment, and sonic and microwave crowd control equipment, etc. Tactically, they incorporated various strategies of counterinsurgency and pacification, including envelopment tactics that surround communities, check-points that control traffic in and out of a community, “weed and seed” programs that deliberately divide communities, gang injunctions that criminalize social relationships and customs (youth fashions, informal associations, etc.), “stop and frisk” tactics that allow for illegal searches and seizures on a massive scale, and initiatives like “Operation Ghetto Storm” intentionally designed to terrorize oppressed communities.  These campaigns are intended to heighten the contradictions between the people and the state (i.e. the government) and put the questions of institutional racism, national oppression, and US imperialism at the center of public debate within the empire.
  • Anti-Drone Campaigns – The introduction of surveillance and military drones over US held territories marks a critical new phase in the development of the repressive capacities of the US government. In order to preserve any notion of democratic space, we must launch local campaigns to resist the use of drones at the local and municipal levels and join or start campaigns that challenge their legitimacy and utilization throughout the empire.
  • Prisoner Defense Campaigns – These campaigns should focus on defending a) our political prisoners, prisoners of war, and political exiles from ongoing prosecution and violations of international law, b) our prisoners from unjust prosecution and human rights abuses, and c) community members from entrapment, false imprisonment, and false prosecution. These campaigns should employ every means of struggle we have available to us, but should rely first and foremost on methods of mass struggle, rather than legalistic methods that appeal to the enemy’s courts rather than the people.
  • Truth and Reconciliation Initiatives – Dr. Mutulu Shakur and other New Afrikan political prisoners, prisoners of war, and political exiles are demanding that the US government commit to a process of Truth and Reconciliation similar to that employed in post-Apartheid Azania (South Africa) to address the governments human rights violations during the COINTELPRO era and provide amnesty for the political prisoners, prisoners of war, and political exiles whom the US government transgressed against during this era. These Truth and Reconciliation campaigns can and should be launched on a local and regional level, following the model of organizers in Omaha, Nebraska regarding the Defense of the Omaha 2, which have targeted the role of local police forces in collaboration with the FBI in infiltrating organizations like the Black Panther Party and the Revolutionary Action Movement, and setting these organizations up via provocateur actions. These campaigns are essential to holding the US government accountable and fortifying the will and confidence of the people in their right and ability to successfully resist. On the Federal level people should link with and support the Truth and Commission organizing process being driven by Dr. Mutulu Shakur.
  • National Plan of Action for Racial Justice and Self-Determination – This campaign should be focused on building a movement with enough strength and power to force the Federal government to implement broad social reform program based on international law to combat institutional racism and it various manifestations and legacies in the US empire. The National Plan of Action for Racial Justice and Self-Determination is an outgrowth of the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) in Durban, South Africa and the Durban Declaration and Program of Action (DDPA), and calls on the Federal government to commit to a transformative program of action to combat inequality caused by the legacies of colonialism, genocide, enslavement, and economic exploitation.  In addition to campaigning for this demand on Federal level, we should also demand that city, county and state governments pass similar measures that respect, protect, and fulfill the full human rights of oppressed and exploited peoples.

Resources

Washington Post editorial on MXGM Operation Ghetto Storm Report. Includes a rebuttal by the report’s author:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/wp/2014/12/24/the-viral-claim-that-a-black-person-is-killed-by-police-every-28-hours/?tid=pm_politics_popnfront

Contact information for Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy and CT General Assembly Judiciary Committee

Gov. Dan Malloy: https://www.cga.ct.gov/jud/

Office of the Governor

State Capitol
210 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106

Phone Number: (860) 566-4840
Toll-Free: (800) 406-1527
TDD: (860) 524-7397
Fax: (860) 524-7396

email: http://portal.ct.gov/en/Office-of-the-Governor/Contact-Governor-Malloy/Share-your-Opinion-with-the-Governor

Call House/Senate Democrats and Republicans, and ask for the Judiciary Committee chairs and vice-chairs by name.

Judiciary Committee members, info on submitting  public hearing testimony: https://www.cga.ct.gov/jud/

Contacting Legislators:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/olm/YourVoice.asp

Police War on Black Women / Malloy Leads Democrats to Self-Destruction

January 12, 2017

               by David Samuels

This column appears in the January 12 – 19 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! http://www.sometroradio.com/  Next show: January 17. 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/

PROGRAM ALERT

Coming up on Tuesday, January 17: a Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio special report. Meagen Matters: Meagen Hockaday and the Police War on Black Women. Monique Wallace, Meagen’s mother, will join us as we examine an aspect of police violence that’s being ignored by the corporate media. We’ll open the phone lines to family members and loved ones of victims of police violence, so they can sound off on the extrajudicial killings of Black women. We’ll also provide information on a national call to action campaign to pass our Meagen Hockaday Act, which will be introduced during the Connecticut General Assembly 2017 legislative session. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/03/10/meagan-matters/   8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. http://www.sometroradio.com/

 

 

Policy Watch: 2017 Legislative Session

 

 

“(Balancing the state budget) probably means elimination of some significant functions of government. If we were to make widespread layoffs, it would be very disruptive, but we may have to be very disruptive because we have to live within the means that we have.” ~ Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes, threatening the elimination of vital human services and public sector jobs if state employees, who have already agreed to concessions TWICE since 2009, do not do so again in 2017.

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” ~ Martin Luther King

 

The main points of neo-liberalism include:

  1. THE RULE OF THE MARKET. Liberating “free” enterprise or private enterprise from any bonds imposed by the government (the state) no matter how much social damage this causes. Greater openness to international trade and investment, as in NAFTA. Reduce wages by de-unionizing workers and eliminating workers’ rights that had been won over many years of struggle. No more price controls. All in all, total freedom of movement for capital, goods and services. To convince us this is good for us, they say “an unregulated market is the best way to increase economic growth, which will ultimately benefit everyone.” It’s like Reagan’s “supply-side” and “trickle-down” economics — but somehow the wealth didn’t trickle down very much.
  2. CUTTING PUBLIC EXPENDITURE FOR SOCIAL SERVICES like education and health care. REDUCING THE SAFETY-NET FOR THE POOR, and even maintenance of roads, bridges, water supply — again in the name of reducing government’s role. Of course, they don’t oppose government subsidies and tax benefits for business.
  3. DEREGULATION. Reduce government regulation of everything that could diminish profits, including protecting the environment and safety on the job.
  4. PRIVATIZATION. Sell state-owned enterprises, goods and services to private investors. This includes banks, key industries, railroads, toll highways, electricity, schools, hospitals and even fresh water. Although usually done in the name of greater efficiency, which is often needed, privatization has mainly had the effect of concentrating wealth even more in a few hands and making the public pay even more for its needs.
  5. ELIMINATING THE CONCEPT OF “THE PUBLIC GOOD” or “COMMUNITY” and replacing it with “individual responsibility.” Pressuring the poorest people in a society to find solutions to their lack of health care, education and social security all by themselves — then blaming them, if they fail, as “lazy.”

source: Corp Watch    http://www.corpwatch.org/index.php

 

 

Liberals in Connecticut rail about the racism of Donald Trump, while they’re silent about the racist, neoliberal policies of Democrat Gov. Dan Malloy. Malloy’s budget plan includes 10 percent across the board funding cuts to the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. As a result, DMHAS has floated the idea of closing Blue Hills Substance Abuse Services, which serves communities of color in Hartford. Malloy is once again demanding concessions from state employees (I’m a state worker). The public sector is the largest employer of Black people, and women. Malloy continues to coddle the rich and corporations. Under Connecticut’s regressive tax structure, the working class and the poor pay more than the wealthiest residents. This state loses $7 billion in revenue yearly due to corporate welfare, according to a 2016 report by CT Voices for Children. If that’s somehow not enough for you, Derek Thomas, the organization’s New Haven Policy Fellow, wrote a Connecticut Mirror op-ed on a new report, which debunks the corporatist propaganda that this state is ‘hostile’ toward businesses. “In no other state do businesses pay a lower share of total state and local taxes than in Connecticut.  According to a report prepared by Ernst & Young LLP for the Council on State Taxation (COST), a trade association consisting of more than 600 multistate corporations, Connecticut had the lowest ratio —3.5 percent— of state and local business taxes to the private sector gross state product (GSP) in Fiscal Year 2015 (FY 2015). The total effective business tax rate (TEBTR) is an absolute measure that captures business tax rates as a share of the overall economy.”  ConnPIRG reports that CT companies stash $40 billion in offshore accounts.

Last week Malloy focused most of his State of the State address on continuing to conflate public sector workers with CT’s ongoing fiscal problems, invoking the name of conservative icon Ronald Reagan as he touted his 2016 offensive against the public sector. Malloy is a walking, talking campaign ad for a third party political organization such as the CT Green Party, if they can only get their act together. If you’re a state employee who voted for Malloy in 2010 and 2014, you voted for layoffs and cuts to your benefits. If you’re a working class person who voted for Malloy, you voted to be soaked with taxes. If you’re a person of color who voted for Malloy, you voted for your community to be deprived of jobs and resources. Malloy’s speech to the General Assembly was perfect, if he intends to run for a third term as a Republican. Malloy didn’t mention the poverty and Depression era Black unemployment that plagues Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport; urban policy is a nonissue to him. The Democrats’ rapidly eroding power in the General Assembly: a 17-17 Dem/GOP tie in the Senate, the smallest Dem majority in 30 years in the House, has not resulted in even a slight deviation from Malloy’s neoliberal agenda. Clearly his constituency is the rich and corporations. How in the hell could anyone otherwise explain what Malloy is doing?

Malloy and the CT Democrats routinely ignore the policy recommendations from CT Voices for Children. Here is an excerpt from their 2015 state budget proposal. Note: The estimated state revenue loss from corporate welfare has been revised to $7 billion, since this report was released.

“Connecticut can avoid deep budget cuts to programs supporting children and families by fixing tax inequities and waste. The report outlines a series of revenue options that could prevent harmful cuts to essential programs and services, including: Establishing ‘sunset,’ or expiration dates, for tax breaks. Tax expenditures — in the form of exemptions, deductions and credits – result in a loss of over $6 billion in state revenues, nearly one-third of the state’s annual budget. Yet, unlike other forms of public spending, these tax breaks are not reviewed each year in the budget process. The report suggests establishing automatic sunset dates for all existing and new tax expenditure that would require regular review of these tax breaks. Eliminating ineffective or outdated tax expenditures. The report specifically identifies $476 million in tax expenditures for elimination, including tax exemptions for amusement and recreation services, winter boat storage, and lawn bowling clubs. The reason given by the state’s Office of Fiscal Analysis for the creation of these expenditures is either expediency — defined as violating best tax practices without offsetting public benefit — or economic incentive for goods or services that no longer require special treatment.

Broadening the base of the sales tax to include more services. While the sales tax applies to the sale of most goods, services are not taxed unless done so explicitly through legislative action. Services make up a growing share of the state’s economy, but the state’s sales tax has not kept pace. Increasing progressivity at the top end of the state’s personal income tax. Connecticut’s top ‘marginal rate’ of 6.7% is substantially lower than those in other states like New York (8.82%) and New Jersey (8.97%). Increasing progressivity by raising top rates would offset $300 million in cuts to children and families while leveraging significant ($114 million) federal funding. Further revenue options include closing corporate tax loopholes through ‘combined reporting’ reforms, raising the cigarette tax, and introducing a sugar-sweetened beverage and candies tax.”

 

 

Malloy name dropping Reagan will make a nice audio clip for GOP gubernatorial candidates to use in their TV/radio ads, but it won’t do much for Malloy’s 24% approval rating. It’s clear that Malloy has no intention of providing anything resembling a firewall against the Donald Trump presidency. Grassroots activists in Connecticut will have to mobilize against attacks from the Governor’s Mansion, and the White House.

Resources

Meagen Matters: Police Murder of Black Women Ignored by Corporate Media, Activists

https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/meagan-matters-police-murder-of-black-women-ignored-by-corporate-media-activists/

In a Lean Budget Year, Invest in Connecticut’s People
http://ctviewpoints.org/2017/01/06/in-lean-budget-year-invest-in-connecicuts-people/

Martin Luther King: The Three Evils of Society

“An almost lost Dr. King speech, from the Pacifica Archives; this speech was given at the first and only National Conference for New Politics. It is an amazing speech which looks at American’s three deadliest sins, War, Racism and Poverty!”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8d-IYSM-08

 

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ACTION ALERT: SUPPORT THE MEAGEN HOCKADAY ACT!

January 12, 2017

Meagen Hockaday was murdered by Oxnard, California police officer Roger Garcia in front of her children on March 28, 2015. https://www.facebook.com/meaganmatters/timeline Garcia was not criminally charged. Coming in 2017: The Community Party’s Meagen 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.  https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/meagan-matters-police-murder-of-black-women-ignored-by-corporate-media-activists/

Bill number  S.B. No. 440

AN ACT CONCERNING STATE AND LOCAL POLICE HANDLING OF INCIDENTS INVOLVING INDIVIDUALS AFFECTED WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS OR INTELLECTUAL OR DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY.

To protect individuals with a mental illness or intellectual or developmental disability in their interactions with state and local police officers.

Introduced by:

Sen. Gary A. Winfield, 10th Dist.

Contact Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, and the General Assembly Judiciary Committee chairs and vice chairs. Politely tell them activists nationwide are watching to see that they pass the Meagen Hockaday Act IN ITS STRONGEST FORM, with our original bill language intact!

Follow these social media pages for updates:

David Samuels (Facebook): https://www.facebook.com/david.samuels.948

Community Party (Twitter): https://twitter.com/CommunityParty1

(Facebook):   https://www.facebook.com/CommunityPartyAction/

Stop Racial Profiling – Obey the Law! (Facebook):  https://www.facebook.com/PennAct/

Mary Sanders (Facebook) :    https://www.facebook.com/mary.l.sanders.56

Monique Wallace (Facebook):  https://www.facebook.com/monique.wallace.5832

Contact information for Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy and CT General Assembly Judiciary Committee

Gov. Dan Malloy: https://www.cga.ct.gov/jud/

Office of the Governor

State Capitol
210 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106

Phone Number: (860) 566-4840
Toll-Free: (800) 406-1527
TDD: (860) 524-7397
Fax: (860) 524-7396

email: http://portal.ct.gov/en/Office-of-the-Governor/Contact-Governor-Malloy/Share-your-Opinion-with-the-Governor

Call House/Senate Democrats and Republicans, and ask for the Judiciary Committee chairs and vice-chairs by name.

Judiciary Committee members, info on submitting  public hearing testimony: https://www.cga.ct.gov/jud/

Contacting Legislators:  https://www.cga.ct.gov/olm/YourVoice.asp

Resources

Police in U.S. kill more people than all other developed nations COMBINED:

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/cops-killed-8-hours-2015-early-graves-day/

Hamilton, Ontario Police COAST Program: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/news/hamilton-police-send-mental-health-pros-to-the-front-lines-with-cops-1.3024000

https://www.stjoes.ca/health-services/mental-health-addiction-services/mental-health-services/coast

Community Party Trayvon Martin Act: https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/11/17/community-party-trayvon-martin-act-bill-language-4/

Community Party urban policy paper: Sandra Bland Police Reform & Economic Justice Plan: https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2015/10/25/sandra-bland-police-reform-economic-justice-plan-4/

UK Police use police back up, de-escalation, and public order shields to subdue a mentally ill man wielding a machete.

Investigative report on the police murder of Caroline Small, an unarmed woman who was experiencing a mental health crisis:

http://investigations.myajc.com/caroline-small-shooting/

Mentally Ill and Murdered by Police:

http://socialistworker.org/2012/12/11/mentally-ill-and-murdered-by-police

New Mexico Police Shoot at Minivan Full of Kids:

Safe Work Environment Act Report

January 6, 2017

by David Samuels

This column appears in the January 5 – 12 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! http://www.sometroradio.com/  Next show: January 17. 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/

 

Next week’s column will feature an analysis of the Connecticut General Assembly 2017 legislative session.

 

 

 

Policy Watch: Workplace Bullying

This week we’ll share an article on abusive workplace conduct, courtesy of the Undercover Lawyer website. http://www.undercoverlawyer.com/

Coming in 2017: The Community Party’s Safe Work Environment Act.  https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/11/25/real-protection-against-workplace-bullying-safe-work-environment-act-2/

What is the Definition of a Hostile Work Environment? (PART 2 of 3)

August 24, 2011 By UndercoverLawyer

 

 

 

Step One to Fighting Back: Understand Employment At-Will

 

 

 

In a previous post, a 52 year old nurse, Lenora, felt sick and distressed about the hostile work environment her new supervisor (and former co-worker) was subjecting Lenora to. The new supervisor and head nurse, Michelle, was acting like a tyrant, but only toward Lenora and not the other nurses. Feeling alone and dreading going into work, Lenora stayed home and called her brother-in-law, a corporate employment lawyer named Curt.

Curt explained that an illegal hostile work environment has to be based on a protected class like race, religion, national origin, gender, disability or age.

Lenora was even more despondent, because she and Michelle were both women, so Lenora doubted the law would protect her. In Lenora’s mind, Michelle was simply “out to get me.”

Don’t Quit Your Job Before You Learn the Exceptions to Employment At-Will Curt met Lenora for lunch near his downtown office. “So you don’t I should just quit before she fires me?” Lenora said to Curt as she pulled a chair up to their table.

“Not at all,” said Curt. “I’ve been thinking about your situation, and I think you just may be in a protected class. Now you are both women, and nursing is still a predominately female profession, so your gender won’t work. I know you’re 52. How old is this awful person Michelle?”

“She’s in her mid 30’s I’d say. I think she’s 34. This whole Head Nurse title has really gone to her head.”

“Well, how many other nurses are there over 40 years old that Michelle supervises?” said Curt.

“Just me and Clara. Clara’s about to quit though,” said Lenora.

“Why is she about to quit?”

“Because Michelle cut her hours back and gave Clara all nights on every schedule since becoming Head Nurse. Clara needs to be working days so she can watch her grandson at night.”

“Lenora,” said Curt, “has it occured to you that this 30-something boss of yours has a big problem with employees who are older than she is, and that’s why she’s out to get you and Clara?”

“I hadn’t. I just thought she had it in for me. But you’re right. It could be age. But why do we have to diddle around with this protected class business? So what if it’s not illegal, what she is doing is wrong. I’m going to turn her in to human resources.” Lenora smiled to herself at the thought of Michelle getting called into H.R. to explain the reason for her unfair attacks.

“Lenora,” Curt said, “Human Resources will side with Michelle. They will tell you nothing is wrong. They will spin the whole situation around make it about your job performance.”

“That’s impossible,” said Lenora, “what that bitch is doing is so obviously unfair. She’s going to ruin the whole place for everyone. How could they try to make it about me? I do a good job. I always have.”

“It’s good that you’ve always done well there. That will help,” said Curt. “But you have to understand that H.R. is not concerned about making sure that Michelle treats you ‘fair’. The law doesn’t require ‘fair’ and they know that. It may sound strange, but the law doesn’t guarantee that your boss treats you nice, or fair, or even respectful. Michelle can terminate you right now, for any reason she wants, or for no reason at all.”

 

 

Employment “At Will” Means Employment “At Whim”

 

 

“I hate lawyers” said Lenora. “Where do you get this crap?”

“Listen” said Curt, “I know it sounds harsh, but employment at-will is the starting place for all employment law in the United States. It means that an employer can terminate any employee at any time for any reason, even a bad reason or no reason, just so long as it’s not an illegal reason. In other words Michelle could let you go on a whim, and there’s nothing illegal about it. She could let you go for a ridiculous reason like you were one minute on a day there was a major traffic accident right in front of you on the way to work. Or she could fire you because you use the word ‘fabulous’ too much.”

“I hate that word,” said Lenora. “Michelle says it a lot.”

“Yes, well the point is that she could terminate you for any conceivable idiotic reason, or she could just walk up to you and say ‘your fired’ for absolutely no reason at all. And it would be perfectly legal.

“Well that sucks” said Lenora. “And that’s stupid. No one gets fired for no reason at all. There’s always a reason. And it’s usually because the person screwed up or is lazy.”

“Well I agree with you,” said Curt. “But there is an exception to employment at will that makes a bit of sense. And that is, Michelle can’t fire you for an illegal reason. That’s why I brought up age discrimination. Firing someone because of their age is illegal. Age is a protected class that you might be able to use here to protect yourself.”

“So Curt, you are telling me that little bitch Michelle could fire me on a whim, for no reason what so ever, and the law says she is in the right. But if she fires me because I’m older than her, the law says I’m in the right?”

“Right. But listen, I can tell you how to use age to protect yourself. You can fight back against Michelle. You just have to drop the notion that you are going to get her in trouble for being “unfair” and accept that you have to get her in trouble for doing something that looks to outsiders like age discrimination. I have to get back to the office, but we can talk on the phone later if you want. I’ll tell you more about protected classes, the ‘illegal reasons’ for terminating an employee.”

“Okay Curt, let’s talk later. But I still don’t like this. I want to take Michelle on, head on, and get her in trouble for how she’s ruining my career that I’ve worked so hard for.”

“Don’t do it,” said Curt. “Just trust me. You don’t want to take this to H.R. yet. Let me explain protected classes first and then you can really fight back, with the law on YOUR side.

 

You can read Part 3 here.  http://www.undercoverlawyer.com/what-is-the-definition-of-a-hostile-work-environment-part-3-of-3/

 

 

 

 

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