Archive for April, 2017

Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio

April 30, 2017

Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio returns Tuesday, May 2. Commentary on urban issues from a grassroots perspective.  Beverly Jones, a community advocate in Ferguson for over 20 years, will join us to talk about the Ferguson movement against police violence, and the assassination of movement leader Darren Seals. We will also discuss racial profiling and police brutality in Hartford, Connecticut. 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. http://www.sometroradio.com/

Murdered Protest Leader Darren Seals Being Harrassed By Ferguson Police Dept. 3 Months Before He was Murdered

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Urban Legislators Silent on Racial Profiling, Malloy’s Attack on Public Sector

April 28, 2017

by David Samuels

This column appears in the April 27 – May 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: May 2. 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/
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Trayvon Martin Act

 
This legislation addresses racial profiling, police brutality, and  police containment of communities of color
 
 
Safe Work Environment Act
The Safe Work Environment Act would eliminatlegal barriers that people currently face when they file a lawsuit against their employer.
 
 
Community Update

Face the Facts
 
Middletown Mayor Dan Drew, a progressive Democrat, appeared last Sunday on WFSB’s Face the State to discuss his gubernatorial candidacy. Hosts Susan Raff and Dennis House resorted to fiction in an obvious attempt to discredit Drew, who supports single payer health care and taxing the rich. Raff claimed that “only Canada and maybe Taiwan” have universal health care. The truth is that the United States is the ONLY industrialized nation that doesn’t have single payer. The U.S, is ranked #38 in quality of health care by the World Health Organization. France, which uses single payer, is #1. https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/06/heres-a-map-of-the-countries-that-provide-universal-health-care-americas-still-not-on-it/259153/
House claims that rich people are fleeing Connecticut due to higher taxes; multiple studies by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that is not true. http://www.cbpp.org/research/state-income-migration-claims-are-deeply-flawed
 
 
 
 
Policy Watch:  Democrats Provide No Protection for Communities of Color 
Two weeks ago in this space I talked about the Connecticut General Assembly Judiciary Committee killing the Community Party’s traffic stop receipt legislation, which would provide motorists with proof that they were stopped by a patrol officer, and the information they would need to file a complaint with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, if they believed they had been racially profiled. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2016/11/17/community-party-trayvon-martin-act-bill-language-4/ Last Friday our colleague Zaida Berrios sent me this article from the Associated Press.
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut’s capital city have failed to report thousands of traffic stops as required by a state law aimed to prevent racial profiling, data analysts said Friday.
Hartford police submitted records for about 2,000 traffic stops between Oct. 1, 2015, and Sept. 30, 2016, but dispatch logs show there were about 6,500 stops during the same period, according to an audit by analysts at Central Connecticut State University.
Police brass said they are confident officers collected the required data and they’re looking into why data from several thousand paper forms filled out by officers weren’t submitted. They said there might have been a computer problem or a data-entry problem.
There also may be similar underreporting problems in Bridgeport and New London, but officials in those cities have not responded to requests to see their dispatch logs, said Ken Barone, an analyst with the university’s Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy. The institute compiles the statewide traffic stop data…
The Hartford audit was discussed Friday at a meeting of the Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project Advisory Board, which oversees the data collection…
Members said they were considering whether to warn Hartford and other cities that they could lose state funding for failing to submit accurate data. They also noted that the vast majority of the more than 100 police agencies in the state are complying with the reporting requirements.
I think at the very least we need to put these departments on notice,” said board member David McGuire, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut. “This is really troublesome.”
Analysts also said there were a variety of errors on the Hartford forms they did receive.
Hartford is one of only a few departments in the state that has officers fill out paper forms after each traffic stop. Officers in nearly every other department enter information on their in-vehicle computers…
Police officials in Bridgeport and New London did not immediately return messages Friday.
The reports have said Connecticut police stop black and Hispanic drivers at disproportionately high rates.
The most recent data showed police statewide reported making about 586,000 traffic stops between Oct. 1, 2014, and Sept. 30, 2015.
About 14 percent of the stops involved black drivers, while black people of driving age comprise 9 percent of the state’s population. Nearly 13 percent of traffic stops involved Hispanic drivers, while Hispanics of driving age comprise 12 percent of Connecticut residents.

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In other words it’s business as usual in Connecticut as legislators in Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport continue to show no will to hold the police accountable, despite the 2012 East Haven Police racial profiling scandal that made national headlines, and resulted in four EHPD officers going to prison.  https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/department-justice-releases-investigative-findings-east-haven-connecticut-police-department  Our argument for seven years has been that community residents should not be frozen out of the traffic stop data collection process, which is the case under the current law. This issue is being controlled by white elites in politics and the nonprofit industrial complex such as McGuire. The ACLU has a history of hijacking local grassroots legislation so they can push their own agenda. Check out what the ACLU did to Black activists in Chicago. https://blackagendareport.com/non-profits_pacification_black_lives_matter ;

McGuire’s predecessor, Sandra Staub, actively opposed our legislation in favor of the ACLU’s toothless racial profiling bill, which focuses on data collection that is totally controlled by institutions (state government, police). Like Staub, McGuire is a privileged white person; years of data show that people of color are disproportionately stopped, searched and subjected to violence by police.The so-called Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project (CRP3) also opposes our amendment; Redding Police Chief Douglas Fuchs, a CRP3 member, has testified against our bill at public hearings. CRP3 is made up of political puppets and cops, who kill our legislation because they don’t want grassroots activists they can’t control having input on this issue. The results of this audit are infuriating, but predictable. We also have received complaints from community residents, that officers aren’t giving them the info cards with instructions on how to file a racial profiling complaint. Our other police reform legislation, which is based on a successful public health model that is being used in Britain and Canada, also has gotten no support from urban lawmakers.

Gov. Dan Malloy says he will issue over 1000 layoff notices next month if state employee unions, who have agreed to wage / benefits concessions twice since 2009, don’t do so again. The public sector is the largest employer of Black people and women. State employees who are upset about the threat of layoffs need to stop complaining solely about Malloy, and hold their legislators accountable. Four months into the legislative session, urban legislators had not presented an alternative budget plan, such as increasing taxes on the rich, that would provide much needed revenue. Last Thursday, proposals to increase taxes on high income earners were submitted to the legislature’s tax-writing committee. This should have been a priority for urban legislators from opening day! http://www.courant.com/politics/hc-taxes-budget-proposals-20170420-story.html
 
 
The Community Party supports Connecticut Voices for Children recommendations on the sales tax. http://www.ctvoices.org/blog/20170404/voices-capitol-xiii-spending-cap-and-modernizing-sales-tax#Modernize
                                                                
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Spotlight: Broadening the Sales Tax

Failure to keep our laws up-to-date with the 21st century economy has weakened the 
sales tax as a stable source of revenue. Broadening the sales tax base to include services (in addition to goods) would strengthen the state’s revenue system so that we can continue to invest in education, healthcare, transportation, and other critical services.
Over the past 40 years, the share of household spending on services has increased from one third to close to half of household budgets. Yet, services – such as interior design, tennis lessons, haircuts, car washes, pet grooming, bowling alleys, and taxi and limousine rides – remain largely untaxed. As a result, taxable sales as a share of total household income in Connecticut have declined from 32.6% in 2002 to 26.4% in 2015.
Broadening the sales tax base to include services, while at the same time lowering the tax rate from 6.35% to 5.5%, could generate $730 million in new revenue annually. Legislators are considering broadening the sales tax as one of the possible options to raise new revenue.
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Last week I heard an Interesting discussion on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour about the Democrats, which applies to Malloy, urban legislators and state employees. Nader talked about how the labor unions support the Democrats without making any demands, telling their members the Republicans are worse and that voting for third party candidates is a waste.
Nader added that the Democrats abuse labor, Black and Latinx voters, because their attitude is that these voters have nowhere to go. Nader said voters who the Democrats have taken for granted for decades need to develop “political self-respect”, and challenge the Democrats on a grassroots level. Malloy said, “I don’t think I even need to assure you I will act.” Malloy doesn’t have the same attitude when it comes to poverty, Black unemployment, racial wage / wealth disparity, the state’s regressive tax system and corporate welfare: Connecticut companies stash $40 billion dollars in offshore accounts, while corporate tax breaks fuel a $7 billion yearly loss of state revenue. Malloy refuses to support legislation that would close the carried interest tax loophole for billionaire hedge fund managers.
My fellow state workers, next year our unions will issue rubber stamp election endorsements to the Democrats, who are laying us off and cutting our wages and benefits. I don’t know about you, but I refuse to vote for any of that. It’s time for us to organize on our own, and identify candidates who will truly support the working class, both public and private sector. Malloy and the corporate Democrats are abusing us because they feel like they can. This cannot continue. Decades of hard fought gains in wages and benefits are.being rolled back by a party that claims to be a friend of labor. It’s time for us to act and push back against the neoliberal agenda that threatens all of us. The common denominator in this country’s problems are the Democrats and Republicans, two wings of the same corporate controlled war party.
Resources
 
Ralph Nader Radio Hour: What’s Wrong with the Democratic Party

https://ralphnaderradiohour.com/whats-wrong-with-the-democratic-party/

 
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Hartford Stadium Analysis – ‘There Was Always a Better Plan: The DoNo That Might Have Been’

April 20, 2017

by David Samuels

This column appears in the April 20 – 27 edition of the Hartford News…

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Action Alert: Support the Meagen Hockaday Act!

 

The Meagen Hockaday Act has been officially filed: S.B. No. 440
Trayvon Martin Act
 
This legislation addresses racial profiling, police brutality, and  police containment of communities of color
 
 
Safe Work Environment Act
The Safe Work Environment Act would eliminatlegal barriers that people currently face when they file a lawsuit against their employer.
 
Community Update
 
 
Gov. Malloy & the Democrats
The good news: Gov. Dan Malloy will not run for re-election in 2018. The bad news: the Connecticut Democrats will nominate someone with the same neoliberal agenda. What Malloy has done as Governor for 8 years is not unique – he is a disciple of Clinton New Democrats neoliberalism, which consists of privatizing human services, attacking public sector workers (largest employer of Blacks and women) and soaking the working class and the poor with taxes, while coddling the rich and corporations.
Voters get caught up in personalities and ignore policy. Malloy’s austerity budgets were supported by your favorite Democratic Party legislators, who passed them every year. You might want to be upset at them, too. Forget how nice they are – look at your legislators’ VOTING RECORD. The Democrats are screwing you over, not just Malloy. He has a lot of help.
Policy Watch: Hartford Baseball Stadium
 
Food for thought on why former Hartford city council president Shawn Wooden repeatedly touted Dunkin’ Donuts stadium as an “economic driver”, when data regarding sports stadiums clearly shows the opposite…
“Black capitalism won’t cure black unemployment… Karl Marx wrote 170 years ago that capitalist economies always require a large reserve of unemployed workers to depress the wages of those currently employed. That has not changed. So black unemployment is not a bug in capitalism, it is a core feature. There’s nothing in the fantastical black capitalist universe to prevent the gentrification of black and brown communities either, because under this economic system the only value a stable poor or working class neighborhood possesses is the value which might be realized by flipping it, by expelling the current residents and moving in hotels, stadiums and richer, usually whiter inhabitants. This particular feature of capitalism explains why the black political class has never been able to offer any alternative model of urban economic development to its low and moderate income constituents.” ~ Dr. Jared Ball
 
My thoughts on Hartford Yard Goats Opening Night… Baseball is my favorite sport. However that can’t obscure the following facts: 1) A much needed North End supermarket and healthy food hub was scrapped in a secret deal brokered by former mayor Pedro Segarra and Wooden, so Dunkin’ Donuts Stadium could be built. North End residents are subjected to food apartheid, as they’re denied access to healthy foods that are plentiful in white communities. People such as Courant columnist Dan Haar calling for us to just forget about the stadium process and root, root, root for the home team actually want you to forget about this fact the most.
2) Multiple studies show that a sports stadium has little to no effect on the local economy, and in some cases hurts the economy.http://news.stanford.edu/2015/07/30/stadium-economics-noll-073015/ Temple University economist Michael Leeds said that if all FIVE sports teams left the city of Chicago, the economic impact would be a fraction of one percent. http://www.kpbs.org/news/2015/mar/03/economic-impact-chargers-leaving-san-diego-would-b/
I share the opinion of local activist and North End resident Jamil Ragland, a vocal opponent of the stadium who was a guest last week on WNPR’s Where We Live program. Ragland reiterated his opinion that the stadium will not help his community, but said he will attend some games because the stadium is within walking distance of his home, and he sees no point in boycotting the facility now that it’s here. I will also probably set foot in the stadium at some point as it is minutes away from my home, but I will also continue to push for the supermarket / healthy foods complex that was cast aside because of corrupt behavior by Segarra, and Wooden.
This week we present an excerpt of Jamil’s 2016 analysis of the Hartford stadium deal, which originally appeared in Nutmegger Daily (co-founded by Jamil).  The full column is available on their website. http://www.nutmeggerdaily.com/?p=156
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There Was Always a Better Plan: The DoNo That Might Have Been



I am not a journalist. I am a writer who loves my city, my neighborhood and the people who inhabit them. Every time I walk past Dunkin’ Donuts Park and glance through the shuttered doors at the manicured, empty field, I feel sadness and anger. The people I love and the neighborhoods we all live in are now on the hook for a project which may never live up to the promises which were made two years ago. Instead of an economic engine, we have an unfinished monument to arrogance and poor planning. So no, I don’t intend to write about the development in Downtown North with objectivity or a dispassionate view. You won’t find any quotes from former Mayor Segarra, Thomas Deller, the Solomons or the Centerplan developers. They’ve controlled the narrative since the “done deal” was announced.
Instead, I want to introduce you to Rex Fowler, the Executive Director of the Hartford Community Loan Fund. I’ve known Rex for just over two years. In fact, the first time I met Rex, I was visiting him in his home on Vineland Street to discuss the details of the very development plan I’m going to be writing about. The plan didn’t center around a baseball stadium. Its main focus was a grocery store which would be the anchor for a major development project in Downtown North. We’ve heard stories about a mythical grocery store coming to this area, but I don’t think many residents of the city know how close we were to finally having a critical part of any healthy, thriving community before it was torpedoed by the very people in City Hall who’d asked for it. A great deal of thought and effort, from multiple organizations and individuals, was marshaled to lay the groundwork for a successful development that responded to the needs of everyone near Downtown North. And it was all swept away by that press conference on June 4th, 2014.
After you read this, I hope that you experience the same feelings of sadness and anger which I do when I pass the stadium. Let’s take that anger and do something positive with it. Let’s imagine development and opportunity in our city which reflects the needs and desires of all of its residents. Let’s be active politically and economically to ensure that our voices are heard. We study the past to prevent ourselves from making the same mistakes in the future. Dunkin’ Donuts Park may be here to stay (even if the Yard Goats aren’t), but we can make sure that the next big idea in Hartford has the residents at its center.
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Before we begin, we need to establish some context regarding how serious the lack of affordable, quality food is for residents in Hartford, especially low-income residents and residents of color. In 2014, The Reinvestment Fund, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) with ties to the U.S. Treasury Department, issued a report titled “2014 Analysis of Limited Supermarket Access.” In the report, Connecticut ranked first (meaning worst) among the 48 lower states in terms of limited supermarket access for low-income residents.
CT Rank
The report states,
Connecticut exhibits the highest income disparity ratio at 2.0, followed by Pennsylvania (1.9), Ohio (1.8), Kansas (1.7), and the District of Columbia (1.7) in the top five. In other words, Connecticut’s low-income residents constitute 58% of the state’s [Limited Supermarket Access] area residents compared to only 29% of the general population; hence the state’s food access problem disproportionately affects low-income residents more so than any other state.
The chart also demonstrates that, as a percentage, 1.5 times more people of color live in limited supermarket access areas than their percentage of the population. While this report doesn’t rank the city of Hartford itself, an earlier report from The Reinvestment Fund did score Hartford against other similarly sized cities. In its 2011 report “A Summary of Searching for Markets,” Hartford ranked 8th in the nation among cities with populations between 100,000-250,000 in terms of the “scale of the problem and burden on low-income people.” By the way, Connecticut as a state ranked 4th on the worst states list. The problem of low supermarket access in Connecticut actually became worse between 2011 to 2014. Keep that timeframe in mind.
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Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio

April 17, 2017

Community Party Radio returns Tuesday, April 18. 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central  5:00 PM Pacific. Topics include Donald Trump’s U.S. foreign policy, the Hartford stadium issue and Colin Kaepernick being blackballed by NFL teams.

http://www.sometroradio.com/

Donald Trump discusses Syria airstrike on Fox News.

Sports stadiums do not generate significant local economic growth, Stanford expert says

http://news.stanford.edu/2015/07/30/stadium-economics-noll-073015/

The NFL has effectively blackballed Colin Kaepernick: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/redskins/the-nfl-has-effectively-blackballed-colin-kaepernick/2017/03/23/d0b754d6-0fd1-11e7-ab07-07d9f521f6b5_story.html?utm_term=.7c6fa533a636

Syria: Democrats Support Trump’s Illegal Act of War

April 14, 2017

by David Samuels

This column appears in the April 14 – 21 edition of the Hartford News.

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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: April 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/
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Action Alert: Support the Meagen Hockaday Act!

     

The Meagen Hockaday Act has been officially filed: S.B. No. 440
Trayvon Martin Act
 
This legislation addresses racial profiling, police brutality, and  police containment of communities of color
 
 
Safe Work Environment Act
The Safe Work Environment Act would eliminatlegal barriers that people currently face when they file a lawsuit against their employer.
 
Community Update
 
 
Blue Hills Substance Abuse Services Closure  = Neoliberalism
 
 
The possible closure of Blue Hills Substance Abuse Services in Hartford, a city plagued by opioid addiction and overdose deaths, is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Gov. Dan Malloy and the Connecticut Democrats. The targeting of Blue Hills is just a small piece of Malloy’s racist, neoliberal agenda, which is aimed at privatizing human services. It’s not enough to talk about Blue Hills while not mentioning Malloy’s budget: his plan includes 10% across the board cuts to human services, while proposing tax cuts for the rich that would cost the state revenue that could fund these services. I have not heard or read any public comments addressing Malloy’s ongoing attack on low income communities of color, since he has been in office. You can read the Community Party’s team analysis of Malloy’s budget here. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2017/03/04/team-analysis-dan-malloys-state-budget-proposal-updated/
Policy Watch: Democrats & Republicans Agree on Airstrike in Syria 
 
 
“I can look at their (Syrian children’s) faces and say, ‘You can’t come here.’ We have a country. I’ll look into their faces.” ~ Candidate Donald Trump in 2016.
Raytheon Stocks Surge After Chemical Attack, Personally Benefiting Trump
HEADLINE APRIL 10, 2017
The stocks of the military contractor Raytheon surged following the missile attack (on Syria), which used 59 of the company’s Tomahawk missiles, estimated to cost $1.4 million apiece. As stocks surged, Raytheon added about $1 billion to its market value Friday morning. According to financial disclosure filings, President Trump personally invests in Raytheon, meaning he profited directly from the attack.
TOPIC: Military Industrial Complex
source: Democracy Now!  https://www.democracynow.org/
The U.S. military is an extension of the police. U.S. bombs fall on Brown people, police bullets hit Black, Brown and Indigenous people at a disproportionate rate. The U.S. is the biggest arms seller in the world. Today liberals are screaming about Trump; they don’t have anything to say about the equally war mongering Democrats, who cheered for Trump’s air strike in Syria. Hillary Clinton called for an air strike hours before Trump gave the green light. Not surprising – the party hasn’t made a peep about Trump’s proposal to add $54 billion to the U.S. war budget, which is already 54% of the total budget. Meanwhile the Connecticut Democrats continue to prop up the system that protects racist, corrupt, killer cops, while officers who speak up about misconduct and corruption are run off the force. U.S. police kill people at a rate of 70 times more than police in all other ‘first world’ nations.The East Haven Police were at the center of a 2012 racial profiling scandal that made national headlines. Four EHPD officers went to jail, two of them for violating the civil rights of Latinos.
As Attorney General Jeff Sessions seeks to repeal the already feeble sanctions by the Obama Justice Department, targeting police departments such as Ferguson who they found engage in structural racism, the Connecticut Democrats have demonstrated that they have zero interest in providing a state level firewall against the Trump presidency. The Community Party’s police reform legislation has been pushed aside in favor of the cosmetic measures by the so-called Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project, a body of political puppets that includes members of law enforcement, such as Redding Police Chief Douglas Fuchs.The excuse we got for our Trayvon Martin Act being killed by the Judiciary Committee was that it wasn’t supported by the big, bad Republicans, who gained an 18-18 tie in the Senate and narrowed the Democrats’ House majority to 79-72 in November (currently 78-72 due to a vacant seat). However the Democrats have also resisted our legislation since 2010, when they held a large majority in the General Assembly and Democratic Gov. Dan Malloy was elected. Liberals in this state are silent about police brutality, like they were silent about Barack Obama bombing 7 predominantly Muslim countries. Now they’re losing their minds over Trump bombing Syria. Democrats, liberals, you are the reason why Trump is the President of the United States. The Community Party will prepare for the Democrats becoming the minority party in 2018, in addition to losing the Governor’s Mansion. They are their own worst enemy.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, broke ranks with Democrats and criticized Trump’s attack on Syria. “It angers and saddens me that President Trump has taken the advice of war hawks and escalated our illegal regime change war to overthrow the Syrian government. This escalation is short-sighted and will lead to more dead civilians, more refugees, the strengthening of al-Qaeda and other terrorists, and a possible nuclear war between the United States and Russia.

This Administration has acted recklessly without care or consideration of the dire consequences of the United States’ attack on Syria without waiting for the collection of evidence from the scene of the chemical poisoning. If President Assad is indeed guilty of this horrible chemical attack on innocent civilians, I will be the first to call for his prosecution and execution by the International Criminal Court. However, because of our attack on Syria, this investigation may now not even be possible. And without such evidence, a successful prosecution will be much harder.”  

 
 
While the corporate media played the Pentagon video of Tomahawk missiles being launched on a continuous loop, and trotted out military industrial complex stooges who praised Trump, the independent media provided the truth. Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, talked to Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman. “What we heard was that (Trump) was motivated by the claim that this was somehow in the U.S. interest, that this was going to protect Americans, which is simply not the case. He made no reference to what it might mean for Syrians. And he referred to it in terms of his own emotions. He was moved by seeing these children that had been killed so horrifically, as I think everybody who saw or heard anything about this attack. But that doesn’t take into account, as we know, the problem of the war that has been waged in Syria and in the region, where the deaths of children have not motivated, either, U.S. officials—the deaths of children in Mosul, the deaths of children across Syria, the deaths of refugee children who are being denied entrance to the United States. The hypocrisy of it from the vantage point of the Trump administration is staggering, an administration that slams the door in the face overwhelmingly of children and women from Syria who are trying desperately to find refuge somewhere. This is something that might actually help some people. I don’t think that an attack on one airfield, unfortunately, is going to change the military balance of forces.
I think what we are seeing is a complete violation of international law by the United States, in the context of other violations that have happened across the war battlefield in Syria, certainly more casualties caused by the regime, but violations of international law on all sides. The claim that somehow Trump’s own emotions give him the right to now violate both domestic law—no consultation with Congress—and international law—no approval from the United Nations—this was an illegal act. This was an act of war. And to say that this is somehow going to make things better for Syrians, I’m afraid that after this, it’s going to get much worse, not better.”
The Middle East foreign policy analysts who appeared on DN stated the obvious (except to the cable news networks): neither Trump nor Russian President Vladmir Putin care about the Syrian people. Syria is Russia’s client state and Trump messed with it. Syria is on a U.S. neocon Middle East regime change hit list, that was drafted after 9/11.
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Neocon ‘Chaos Promotion’ in the Mideast

The Democrats and Republicans are two wings of the same corporate controlled war party. The Connecticut Democrats are a burning house. People of color, public sector workers and others who have been abused and betrayed by this party need to get out. Let them burn down to the ground.
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Liberals #Resist Trump, Support Democrats’ Racism, Neoliberalism, Militarism & Fascism

April 6, 2017
by David Samuels
This column appears in the April 6 – 13 edition of the Hartford News.
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Get Global Network podcast. We pay tribute to Martin Luther King, who was assassinated April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. We’ll talk about the Dr. King that the corporate media has erased: a revolutionary who organized against racial economic disparity and the Vietnam War, launching his Poor People’s Campaign. Connecticut State Representative Josh Elliott will join us to discuss Dr. King and Gov. Dan Malloy’s state budget proposal, which slashes funding for human services while cutting taxes for the rich. We will also play excerpts of Dr. King talking about economic justice.
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Policy Watch: The Trump Presidency & Liberal Hypocrisy
“Instead of fighting for single payer healthcare, the Democratic Party and the GOP blame Russia for Clinton’s loss. Instead of discussing poverty and unemployment, the two parties are more concerned with Trump’s rhetorical gestures toward peace with Russia. Neither the GOP nor the Democratic Party has protested the Trump Administration’s promise to increase the military budget by 54 billion USD. Indeed, the entire attack on the Trump Administration occurring within the bowels of Washington is defined by war. The Democratic Party and the GOP are united in their goal to wage war against the Russian Federation and believe that the former Soviet Union is the perfect boogeyman to capture the gaze of the US populace.
So fear Trump, the corporate media says. Fear his overt racism and his brutish patriarchal character. Fear his tax returns and fear Russia. Resist his rule, but don’t pay attention to the system at large. The bipartisan consensus of privatization of education, healthcare, and the public sector is of little importance. Ignore the mass Black incarceration state and police brutality. Find Trump’s accusations about being ‘wiretapped’ by the Obama Administration and his conflict with the corporate media to be ridiculous, but don’t question the US military state’s mass surveillance program or the deeply monopolized media environment that exists in the United States.” ~ Black Agenda Report commentator Danny Haiphong
Hartford’s ninth homicide occurred last week on Washington Street. 29-year-old Oscar Salgado was fatally shot in the head. As this column went to press, the city’s tenth murder was reported on King Street, where a man was shot. A witness who heard the shots told Fox 61 that the area is known for drug activity. Mayor Luke Bronin continues to talk out of both sides of his mouth, telling community residents and the media about the link between poverty and gun violence, while he pushes the neoliberal policies that cause poverty in this city. Gun violence will continue as long as Bronin, Gov. Dan Malloy and the Democrats continue to deprive communities of color in Hartford of jobs and resources.
Liberals resist Donald Trump. They didn’t resist the Barack Obama presidency, which included unchecked police repression of communities of color, Black mass incarceration, mass deportations, neoliberal attacks on the public sector, a health care system that left 24 million people uninsured, attacks on civil liberties and the bombing of seven predominantly Muslim countries.
U.S. police kill people at a rate of 70 times more than police in all other ‘first world’ nations. The Obama Justice Department prosecuted ZERO officers for killing Black, Latino and Indigenous people. Obama deported more immigrants than any other president. The public sector, the largest employer of Black people and women, is being devastated by wage / benefits cuts and layoffs, spearheaded by Democrats and Republicans. Malloy is threatening to lay off 4200 state employees, if they don’t agree to concessions for the third time since 2009 (I’m a state worker). Hartford school teachers are facing the loss of their jobs, as Bronin pursues the closure of multiple city schools. Bronin recently touted his “aggressive” negotiations with city employee unions (during an appearance on The Real Story), as he seeks concessions.  Liberals don’t resist Democratic Party fascism. They vote for it.
The always opportunistic Hillary Clinton weighed in on White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s disrespectful behavior toward Black reporter April Ryan during last week’s press briefing. Hillary talked about Black women being subjected to condescension by whites; she was obviously counting on people forgetting about her arrogant dismissal of Black Lives Matter activist Ashley Williams, who crashed a Hillary fundraiser last year to confront Hillary about her racist ‘superpredator’ comment regarding at-risk Black youth. Hillary enthusiastically supported President Bill Clinton’s racist crime and welfare bills, which fueled Black mass incarceration and poverty, respectively. Hillary is a racist, neoliberal war monger. Somebody should tell her she lost the election. Liberals who still voice support for Hillary on social media, gleefully sharing the ‘Are you still worried about my emails?’ meme, demonstrate that they learned nothing from Hillary’s loss to Trump. 46 million people stayed home, because they saw two horrible presidential candidates. Liberals and conservatives ridicule each other but they’re exactly the same. Both support structural racism, neoliberalism, militarism and fascism. BAR’s Glen Ford talked to The Real News Network about the hypocrisy of U.S hysteria over Russia possibly interfering in the presidential election.
Nobody holds a candle to the United States, when it comes to interfering in the internal affairs of other countries. Nobody even comes close. And we only get a sense of the scope, and sheer size, and the unique character of U.S. interference in the rest of the world, by taking in the totality of history, and the whole wide range of meddling in other people’s rights to self-determination that the United States is guilty of.
The U.S. has absolutely no respect for anybody else’s right to self-determination, except its own. It overthrows governments. It overthrew most of the governments of Latin America, and still threatens to do so. It has participated in the overthrow of emerging governments in Africa, and now, basically is an occupier of Africa, through its Africom.
It annexes whole countries, and that begins with the beginnings of the United States, the annexing of all the original people, the original nations of the United States into the United States. And goes on to include, oh, about half or more of Mexico, and all of Puerto Rico and the Philippines. And they damned near took Cuba several times, including at the turn of the 20th Century.
The United States blackmails and coerces nations to form governments that will go along with the United States’ wishes. And they use the threat of force to do that. They fund political parties all over the world. They do that covertly, and they do that overtly. And they do it to people, to governments, that are supposed to be their friends.
Most notably, right after World War II, they subverted and tried to guide the course of politics in France and Italy, when communist parties were very strong in those countries. It arms opposition groups — that is, wages proxy wars. And it’s been doing that in the Muslim world for some time, going on 40 years now. Starting with Afghanistan, and most recently with Libya, and with Syria, and with the cumulative loss of millions and millions of lives.
It imposes sanctions at the drop of a hat on countries all over the world. And sanctions are, and are meant to be, interference in the internal affairs of other countries. And it wages ceaseless propaganda wars for the purposes of regime change. And in this regard, it’s certainly not just the U.S. government; the U.S. corporate media is not a junior partner, a full partner in these propaganda wars.
And they start off when you hear a government being referred to as a, regime, rather than a government. That’s when you know that the crosshairs are on that government’s neck.” You can read the full interview with Ford here.  https://blackagendareport.com/node/5681
Trump has inadvertently exposed the hypocrisy of liberals. Their vocal opposition to the Trump presidency underscores their deafening silence in response to oppression by the Democrats.
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Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio

April 1, 2017

Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio returns Tuesday, April 4.  Join us as we pay tribute to Martin Luther King, who was assassinated April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. We’ll talk about the Dr. King that the corporate media has erased: a revolutionary who organized against racial economic disparity and the Vietnam War , launching his Poor People’s Campaign. Connecticut State Representative Josh Elliott will join us to discuss Dr. King and  Gov. Dan Malloy’s state budget proposal, which slashes funding for human services while cutting taxes for the rich. We will also play excerpts of Dr. King talking about economic justice. 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. http://www.sometroradio.com/

 

Resources

Analysis of Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign.

http://billmoyers.com/2015/01/18/revolution-values/

The Revolutionary MLK

TRNN REPLAY: Jared Ball: Martin Luther King Jr. stood for revolutionary transformation; he is used today to support policies that he fought against.http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=6101

 

Martin Luther King Jr- Briefly discussing group economics and black empowerment (1967)