Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio July 18

Community Party Radio on So- Metro Radio returns Tuesday, July 18. Commentary on urban issues from a grassroots perspective. The show will feature an interview (courtesy of Democracy Now! with Chokwe Antar Lumumba, the new Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi. The latest installment of our Policy Watch series will include analysis of the Hartford bankruptcy issue and the economic collapse in Kansas, which was caused by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget plan that is the model for President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget.  We’ll also discuss Johnny Eric Williams, a professor at Trinity College here in Hartford who created a national firestorm with his social media posts on racism. 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific.



Keep Hartford Public Library Mark Twain and Blue Hills Ave Branch from Closing
Petition by Jasmine Wilson

“Bridget Quinn-Carey ex Chief Operating Officer of the New York Queens Burough Public Library now CEO of Hartford Public Library, has made a budget cut totaling around $1.25 million resulting in the closing of the Mark Twain Branch, The Blue Hills Branch, and the Camp Field Branch. However, the 2017 budget for Hartford Public Library is $10.6 million. In 2015 they had a budget of $8 million and had much more staff and branches running perfectly fine. Why close access to a vital community asset if its affordable? These branches are essential for the citizens of Hartford who don’t have access to these resources at home. They are dangerously vital as it allows many citizens to apply to jobs and for youth to participate in after school programs. “Thousands of Hartford children and their families will lose reading programs, homework help and free computer time,” the library posted in a plea for help on its Facebook page. Read more here.

This petition will be delivered to:
Mayor of Hartford
Luke Bronin


Connecticut State Representative Josh Elliott talks about the state budget crisis, and presents his budget proposal.



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