Archive for January, 2018

Jayson Negron / The War on Hartford Public Schools / CVH & DMHAS Racism Exposed

January 30, 2018

by David Samuels

This column appears in the February 1 – 8 edition of the Hartford News.

 

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Next show: February 6. 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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Interviews on DMHAS Racism, Jayson Negron

Tuesday night DMHAS employee Immacula Cann and Justice for Jayson coalition members Takina Pollack and Mike Merli were guests on Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio. You can listen to the podcast here. https://www.spreaker.com/user/thebwegroup/community-party-radio-hosted-by-david-sa_65
 

Jayson Negron

Channel 3 Facebook page comment on Jayson Negron:

Sheila Viger The parents should be held responsible for their child’s actions. Regardless it’s their child they raised him like this and allowed bad behavior . His parents should be ordered to pay any damages to the city and so fourth (sic). It’s time people start taking responsibility for their actions.

David Samuels Damn right. I’m sure Sheila feels the same way about the white kid who shot up his school in Kentucky. Damn thugs…

White bigots don’t bring up parenting following mass shootings by white teens. Sandy Hook is the lone exception I have seen. External reasons are thrown around, ‘What video games did they play? What music did they listen to?’ Meanwhile Black and Brown teens are labeled as ‘thugs’. Last week Waterbury State’s Attorney Maureen Platt announced that no charges would be filed against Bridgeport Police officer James Boulay, in the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Jayson Negron May 9, 2017. You can read Platt’s full report on the shooting here. http://www.ct.gov/csao/cwp/view.asp?A=1802&Q=600146#Passenger

FACT: U.S. police kill at a rate of 70 times more than police in all other ‘first world’ nations. There is no way to defend the disparity in police shootings between this country and others. The racial disparity in U.S. police shootings is also indefensible. Police killings in the U.S. have exceeded the total of 1114 every year since 2014, the year that the Mike Brown protests occurred in Ferguson. The police don’t care about protests. Neither do the Democrats and Republicans. If they did, the number of killings would be decreasing. The system that protects killer cops, while crucifying police officers who speak out against racism, brutality and corruption in their departments, must be dismantled through grassroots policy work.    http://killedbypolice.net/ Tuesday night Justice for Jayson coalition members Takina Pollack and Mike Merli were guests on Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio. You can listen to the podcast here. https://www.spreaker.com/user/thebwegroup/community-party-radio-hosted-by-david-sa_65

#Resist

“Democrats quietly reached across the aisle to grant Trump and the surveillance state unprecedented power to spy on Americans. Seems that these self-anointed members of ‘The #Resistance’ are actually ‘The #Assistance.'” ~ Jill Stein

During the Doug Jones/Roy Moore Alabama Senate election hysteria, Dr. Stein talked on her Facebook page about Jones being a typical corporate centrist Democrat. Since being sworn in January 3, Jones has voted to expand President Donald Trump’s domestic surveillance powers and helped confirm Alex Azar,  Trump’s Health and Human Services nominee, a pharmaceutical industry price gouger.

 

Batchelder / Simpson-Waverly Closure Analysis

“To be clear, Batchelder and Simpson-Waverly are not being closed because they have relatively poorer test results and/or lower enrollment. They are being closed because these communities have less formal political power than the communities in the schools that are staying open and those which they are being replaced by. In fact, there are at least a dozen schools with worse accountability ratings and smaller enrollment than Bathelder and Simpson-Waverly, but the former are remaining open. See my data visualization here to see where these schools stand in terms of ratings and enrollment. ” ~ Robert Cotto    http://commons.trincoll.edu/cssp/2018/01/19/hartford-public-schools-enrollment-race-and-accountability-data-2015-16/

“All those ‘good people’ mainly POC who say they truly care about our Black and Latino students have bought into neoliberalism. At the end of the day, if they still can earn a good paycheck and their own children are not affected, then… It’s so disgusting to see our own people who ‘have made it’ drive in from their suburban/West End homes with the goal to use obscure yet pretty language to try to bamboozle HPS parents into thinking closing schools will lead to ‘excellence.'” ~ Luiselle Rivera on the closure of Hartford schools Batchelder and Simpson-Waverly.

What Luiselle said is so important. The bourgeoisie people of color carry out the agenda of white elites. They hold political office, and act as a mouthpiece during city council and board of education meetings.

Did the Hartford Board of Education follow policy, when they chloroformed Batchelder and Simpson-Waverly? Cotto raised the question on Facebook.

“The HBOE Policy 3600 on school closure was last updated in 2004. To summarize, the written regulations (R-3600 (c)) require the Board to notify parents of a potential school closure, prepare a closing study using multiple criteria is conducted by a committee (the selection process and requirement for a committee are vague), allow people close to the decisions (e.g. parents at the school) have input in deliberations about closing a school before the final decision is made, and arrange public hearings on the topic. Generally, any final decision to act requires a vote to close a school.
To be more specific, the closing study must, ‘include direct involvement by those communities considered in the study.’ Further, the study must consider the facility conditions, adequacy of the site, cost/savings, community considerations, and alternatives to closing the school.
In the case of recent vote to close schools, did the Hartford Board of Education follow this policy? What was your experience?”
http://commons.trincoll.edu/cssp/2018/…/26/hpsclosurepolicy/

So within the last couple of months the CT Democrats have been behind the closure of three Hartford libraries, the layoffs of over 40 city workers, and now the closure of Batchelder and Simpson-Waverly. Malloy tried to close Blue Hills Substance Abuse Services. Yet many of the Black folks who are upset about these closures and layoffs will vote Democrat all the way down the ballot in November. Understand now that you will be voting for the elimination of more of your community’s resources, and living wage jobs.

Last week  Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary, a Democrat, told a legislative task force that pensions and health care benefits should not be part of collective bargaining for municipal employees. O’Leary made the recommendation to the so-called Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth. The public sector is the largest employer of Black people, and women.

 

CVH / DMHAS Uprising Gains Momentum

 

“(Gov. Dan) Malloy has continued to support (Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Commissioner Miriam) Delphin-Rittmon, which to (Republican Sen. Heather) Somers is tantamount to remaining silent about a scandal that dwarfs anything that has come before it.” – Courant reporter Josh Kovner on the Connecticut Valley Hospital patient abuse scandal. 10 CVH employees were arrested and 37 suspended, in connection with abuse of Whiting Forensic Division patient William Shehadi.

Black DMHAS employee Bernadette Riddick told WFSB that her white bosses chastised her for not smiling enough, and for having a close relationship with a Black co-worker. CVH workers who want justice must be willing to hold Malloy and the Connecticut Democrats accountable. Malloy is protecting Delphin-Rittmon, his appointee. The Democrats are protecting Malloy, the leader of the party. This is politics. Politicians are concerned about raising money, and getting re-elected. That’s it.

Last week Delphin-Rittmon told WTNH & WFSB that DMHAS would “investigate” their own systematically racist policies, following the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities public hearing on racism at CVH and DMHAS. Pure comedy. The violator cannot “investigate” themselves. Independent oversight of CVH and DMHAS is essential.

Resources

WTNH coverage of Black employees exposing racism at Connecticut Valley Hospital and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services:

https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/wtnh-report-on-racism-at-connecticut-valley-hospital-dmhas/

WFSB coverage:

http://www.wfsb.com/story/37354401/state-workers-file-complaints-say-they-are-discriminated-against

Courant coverage:

http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-news-mental-health-workers-claim-racial-discrimination-20180125-story.html

 

 

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Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio January 30

January 27, 2018

Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio returns Tuesday, January 30. Commentary on urban issues from a grassroots perspective. January 25 the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities held a public hearing on racism at Connecticut Valley Hospital and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.  We’ll talk to DMHAS employee Immacula Cann, about the racism she has experienced at the agency. During the show we will provide clips of TV coverage of the hearing. Members of the Justice for Jayson coalition will join us to respond to Waterbury State’s Attorney Maureen Platt’s announcement last Friday that no charges would be filed against Bridgeport Police officer James Boulay, who fatally shot 15-year-old Jayson Negron May 9, 2017.  8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific.  http://sometroradio.com/

 

Resources

Get Global Network podcast. We talk about racism, sexual harassment and workplace bullying with a Black Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services employee. We are concealing her identity.

 

Community Party Safe Work Environment Act

https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2018/01/04/real-protection-against-workplace-bullying-safe-work-environment-act-3/

 

Report of the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Waterbury Concerning the Death of Jayson Negron in the City of Bridgeport on May 9, 2017

http://www.ct.gov/csao/cwp/view.asp?A=1802&Q=600146#Passenger

 

WTNH coverage of community reaction to Waterbury State’s Attorney Maureen Platt’s report, which cleared Bridgeport Police officer James Boulay of wrongdoing in the May 9, 2017 fatal shooting of 15-year-old Jayson Negron.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WTNH Report on Racism at Connecticut Valley Hospital & DMHAS

January 24, 2018

Tuesday night WTNH correspondent Mario Boone reported on racism at CVH. The segment included interviews with Black CVH employees and data, obtained by the Community Party through a Freedom of Information Act request. Boone reported on our finding that between 2003 – 2013, 71% of CVH employees who were terminated were Black, compared to just 22% of whites.

Coming Tuesday, January 30: Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio interview with DMHAS employee Immacula Cann, on racism at the agency. 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. sometroradio.com

 

Coverage of January 25 CHRO public hearing:

 

 

Black People Must #Resist the CT Democrats

January 24, 2018

by David Samuels

This column appears in the January 25 – February 1 edition of the Hartford News.

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Community Update

Puerto Rican Evacuees in Hartford

Reversing Its Decision, FEMA Tells Puerto Rican Evacuees To Move Out of Hartford Hotel

WNPR

By Ryan Caron King

Only days after the Federal Emergency Management Agency said it would pay for dozens of hurricane evacuees to stay in a Harford hotel until mid-February, state officials were told by FEMA on Thursday there had been an error, and that several of the families had to vacate their temporary housing.
That left Wanda Ortiz scared she’d have to check out of the hotel in a matter of hours. She’s been living there with her daughter and two grandchildren. Carmen Cotto, another evacuee living there, translated for her.
“She’s scared she’s going to end up in the streets,” Cotto said, translating. “Because she’s called — and the shelters are full.”
Cotto said she was was told by hotel staff around noon that she, Ortiz, and several others had to leave the hotel by 3:00 pm.
But before that could happen, families were told by city officials not to leave the hotel. The state says it will now provide assistance to make sure the families can stay there — and on Thursday night, Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal issued a statement saying that FEMA had granted them a three-day extension.
Ortiz said the uncertainty has been hard for her family.
“She was saying that this back and forth of yes and no and yes and no, makes her sad, and brings instability to the children,” Ortiz said.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy wrote a letter to FEMA Thursday urging the agency to reverse its decision.
In a statement, FEMA Public Affairs Director William Booher said, “As a result of the latest eligibility review, 36 families located in hotels in Connecticut were determined to be ineligible for further assistance. FEMA is actively working with Connecticut’s Emergency Management Agency to address this issue and determine the most appropriate path forward to provide support to those with a validated need for continued assistance.”

 

Connecticut Valley Hospital: Politics Jeopardize Real Reform 

 

“We are separating and isolating the risk, so that we can give the public the impression that we are doing something different from what we are now… My question to (Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Commissioner Miriam Delphin-Rittmon): How is separating something on paper – how does that improve the quality of care that is delivered to the patients?” ~ Republican Sen. Heather Somers talking on WNPR’s Where We Live, about Gov. Dan Malloy’s executive order separating Connecticut Valley Hospital from Whiting Forensic Division in response to the CVH patient abuse scandal.

People who are outraged about patient abuse at Connecticut Valley Hospital and racism at CVH and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services must raise hell, and put heat on the Connecticut Democrats. Democratic legislators do not want to hold  Delphin-Rittmon accountable because she was appointed by Malloy, the leader of the party. State Representative Matthew Lesser, whose district includes Middletown (where CVH is located), told me that he met with Delphin-Rittmon and DMHAS officials to “get their take” on the CVH patient abuse scandal. Lesser rejected my request that he meet with CVH workers to “get their take” on racism and workplace bullying at the facility. Lesser fully endorsed Malloy’s Whiting executive order in a Facebook message to me. “I am confident that this change will assist us as we continue our efforts to improve the quality of care at Whiting and CVH.”  Rep. Josh Elliott responded to my email about developing a policy plan for independent oversight of CVH and DMHAS, by suggesting that I join DMHAS’ sham “CVH task force”.   Somers is the lawmaker who is pounding the table, and asking the hard questions.

Tuesday night WTNH correspondent Mario Boone reported on racism at CVH. The segment included interviews with Black CVH employees and data, obtained by the Community Party through a Freedom of Information Act request. Boone reported on our finding that between 2003 – 2013, 71% of CVH employees who were terminated were Black, compared to just 22% of whites.

Coming Tuesday, January 30: Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio interview with DMHAS employee Immacula Cann, on racism at the agency. 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific. sometroradio.com

 

Policy Watch

Trump Presidency Eclipses CT Democrats’ Neoliberalism

 

The 2018 Women’s March was held January 20. Opposition to President Donald Trump and the Republicans was the message repeated nationwide.  The Democrats and Republicans both harm women on a policy level. The 1996 bipartisan so-called welfare reform bill, led by Democrat President Bill Clinton (with full support of Hillary) and Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, is a prime example. ColorLines correspondent Seth Freed Wessler reported in 2010 on Connecticut women, kicked off of welfare and unable to find jobs, being forced to sell their food stamps in order to buy basic necessities for their children. Connecticut’s 21 month welfare time limit is the shortest in the country. https://www.colorlines.com/articles/selling-food-stamps-kids-shoes

Democratic Party senators voted January 16 with Republicans to expand Trump’s domestic surveillance powers. The list includes Alabama Sen. Doug Jones, who was sworn in January 3 after defeating Republican candidate Roy Moore in an election that captivated the nation for weeks; the race was touted by liberals as being critical to their so-called resistance movement.  https://theintercept.com/2018/01/17/fisa-section-702-nsa-internet-surveillance-senate/

Democrat Gov. Dan Malloy tried to close Blue Hills Substance Abuse Services in Hartford. Hartford City Council President Gwendolyn Thomas, Majority Leader Julio Concepcion, Assistant Majority Leader John Gale, and council member James Sanchez sent a letter last month to the Hartford News, where they bragged about laying off city workers and cutting library funding. Three Hartford library branches were closed in December. Two Hartford schools, Batchelder (South End) and Simpson-Waverly (North End), face closure at the end of the school year. However all I see Black people in Hartford screaming about on Facebook is Trump, who marked his first year in office January 20 with a government shutdown. These two corporate controlled parties didn’t have a problem agreeing on funding war. Last July the Democrats voted with the Republicans to approve $700 billion for Trump’s war budget, $100 billion more than Trump requested.

The policies of Trump and the Republicans are blatantly racist. So are the policies of the Democrats. The Democrats in the Connecticut General Assembly cut human services and attack the public sector, the largest employer of Black people and women. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin has undermined the collective bargaining rights of city employees, and is obstructing police accountability. The Democrats and Republicans deprive communities of color of jobs and resources. Tuesday night the Hartford Board of Education approved a plan to close Batchelder and Simpson-Waverly schools, along with Capital Community College Magnet Academy.

Bronin and Senator Richard Blumenthal used Martin Luther King Day to attack Trump. The reality is that Dr. King’s speech at the 1967 National Conference on New Politics called out the racism of the Democrats and Republicans. Dr. King talked about Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater’s “18th century policies”, then explained his fallout with President Lyndon Johnson, a Democrat, over Johnson’s escalation of the Vietnam War. Dr. King also condemned the machine politics of Democrat Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, who sabotaged a local jobs program Dr. King had organized.

“Even when the people persist and in the face of great obstacles, develop indigenous leadership and self-help approaches to their problems and finally tread the forest of bureaucracy to obtain existing government funds, the corrupt political order seeks to crush even this beginning of hope. The case of CDGM in Mississippi is the most publicized example but it is a story repeated many times across our nation.

Our own experience here in Chicago is especially painfully present. After an enthusiastic approval by H.E. W’s Department of Adult Education, SCLC began an adult literacy project to aid 1,000 young men and women who’ve been pushed out of overcrowded ghetto schools, in obtaining basic [literary] skills prerequisite to receiving jobs.
We had an agreement with A&P stores for 750 jobs through SCLC’s job program, Operation Breadbasket and had recruited over 500 pupils the first week. At that point Congressmen Paccinski and the Daley machine intervened and demanded that Washington cut off our funds or channel them through the machine controlled poverty program in Chicago. Now we have no problem with administrative supervision, but we do have a desire to be independent of machine control and the Democratic Party patronage network.

For this desire for a politically independent approach to the needs of our brothers, our funds are being stopped as of September 15th and a very meaningful program discontinued. Yes the hour is dark, evil comes forth in the guise of good. It is a time of double talk when men in high places have a high blood pressure of deceptive rhetoric and an anemia of concrete performance. We cry out against welfare hand outs to the poor but generously approve an oil depletion allowance to make the rich, richer.”

These elitist whites – Democrat and Republican – have Black folks thinking that Martin Luther King Day is about painting somebody’s house, or performing some other type of benign “service”. MLK Day is actually a day to study Dr. King’s radical critiques of racial and economic injustice, and use the blueprint that he left us. Democrats want Black activists to stop demanding the whole loaf of bread and settle for a slice. Maybe next year you can get another slice. Hell no. We must demand the whole bread aisle.

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Workplace Bullying Report: A Survivor’s Story

January 20, 2018

by David Samuels

 

This column appeared in the November 1 – 8, 2012 edition of the Hartford News.
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 Inez to protect her identity) at a Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services facility contacted CP to tell her story of courage and survival.

Inez’s story shows how pervasive abusive workplace conduct and racism is throughout DMHAS.  Inez 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,” Inez 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.

Inez 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 Inez 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,” Inez 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, Inez 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,” Inez 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 Inez 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,” Inez 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.”

Inez 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 accommodate me,”  Inez 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.”

Inez 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,” Inez 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.”

Inez 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,” Inez 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.”

Strategy Call January 17 on Racism at Connecticut Valley Hospital & DMHAS

January 17, 2018

There will be a conference call TONIGHT with the coalition of Black Connecticut Valley Hospital and Department of Mental and Addiction Services employees, who have filed a racism complaint with the CT NAACP and Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. If you are a CVH/DMHAS employee who has been subjected to racial discrimination, you are urged to participate. Call in and follow the prompts. call time: 7:00 PM call number: 774-220-4000 conference ID: 061-915

White Liberals’ Paternalism + Democrats’ Neoliberalism = Trump’s “Shithole” Racism

January 17, 2018

by David Samuels

This column appears in the January 18 – 25 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 30. 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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CVH / DMHAS Racism Public Hearing January 25

The Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities will host a public hearing on racism at Connecticut Valley Hospital and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services on Thursday, January 25 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Washington Middle School, 1225 N Broad Street in Meriden. Over 20 CVH / DMHAS employees have sent racism complaints to the CT NAACP office. DMHAS employees who believe that they have been subjected to racial discrimination are urged to attend.

 

Puerto Rican Evacuees Update

Twenty of the thirty Puerto Rican families currently staying at a Hartford motel, after coming to the U.S. due to the devastation from Hurricane Maria, received a 60 day extension from FEMA. Ten were denied and must leave the motel February 14. Elected officials are assisting the displaced families. Legislators announced they have formed a work group to examine the plight of evacuees.

 

Neoliberal Attack on Batchelder and Simpson-Waverly Schools

Hartford Democrats neoliberalism is behind Hartford Public Schools Superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez’s plan to close city schools Batchelder (South End) and Simpson-Waverly (North End).  Corpwatch: What is Neoliberalism? explains one of the main points of neoliberalism. “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.”  http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=376

 

Policy Watch

Democratic Party: The More Effective Evil

Letter from Birmingham Jail

By Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., 16 April 1963

“First, I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can’t agree with your methods of direct action;’ who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a ‘more convenient season.’
Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.”

“The white liberal is the worst enemy to America, and the worst enemy to the Black man… The white liberal aren’t white people who are for independence, who are moral and ethical in their thinking. They are just a faction of white people that are jockeying for power. The same as the white conservative is a faction of white people that are jockeying for power. They are fighting each other for power and prestige, and the one that is the football in the game is the Negro, 20 million Black people. A political football, a political pawn, an economic football, and economic pawn. A social football, a social pawn.” ~ Malcolm X

Last week I spoke with a white Democratic Party legislator, regarding the Community Party’s Trayvon Martin Act traffic stop receipt amendment. This lawmaker exhibited the paternalistic attitude Dr. King talked about, saying we should have settled for a pilot program in order to get a Connecticut General Assembly controlled by Democrats, the supposed friend of people of color, to pass it.  This was AFTER a 2012 national racial profiling scandal, where two East Haven police officers went to federal prison for violating the civil rights of Latinx drivers, and the EHPD was found to be systemically racist by the Department of Justice.  https://www.colorlines.com/articles/how-east-haven-conn-became-synonymous-racial-profiling  The Black Panthers talked about police repression 50 years ago! This is a national emergency.  We need radical change policy change now, not pilot programs, trial subscriptions or other stall tactics.

 

I’ll take President Donald Trump’s “shithole” in-your-face racism, over the two-faced racism of white liberals. I would have respect for this legislator as a man if he fought for our bill in its strongest form and it died in committee, instead of the CGA passing a bastardized version.

 

Former Civilian Police Review Board member Ricardo Torres attended the January 10 CPRB meeting at City Hall in Hartford.

“So here is my report from the Civilian Police Review Board meeting. Ed Peruta’s case was finally up (Peruta is a local media personality suing Hartford Police). Keep in mind that in order to really maintain public trust in HPD, the Board has its own investigators that go out and conduct their own investigation independently from HPD Internal Affairs Division. The Board then reviews both investigations and votes. In the Peruta case, both HPD, IAD and the CPRB investigators mention a video DVD that was provided by the complainant (Peruta) depicting what had transpired that lead to his complaint.
Would you believe only one out of five Commissioner’s ever bothered to watch the video and SEE for themselves what actually happened. I interrupted the meeting screaming: ‘If you didn’t see the video you shouldn’t vote.’ That did not go over too well. However they FINALLY after being called out, decided to again pass the case for video review.
During public comments I asked the new chairperson Molly Rosado about the 2017 list of officers with sustained civilian complaint cases. She had NO CLUE about this requirement of the CPRB as mentioned in the Municipal Code, and said she would have an answer on January 24. What a circus!!

I still cannot understand how only one Commissioner took the initiative to see the video that was mentioned by both HPD Internal Affairs and the CPRB Investigators in their reports. Said video clearly depicts what happened on the night of the complaint. Yet they were ready vote without ever watching this important piece of evidence that was provided by the complainant.”

Now we know why City of Hartford Corporation Counsel Cynthia Lauture transferred our Freedom of Information Act request for the 2013, 2016 and 2017 lists of HPD officers with sustained civilian complaints to the Hartford Police. The current Civilian Police Review Board members did not keep a record for 2017, which they’re required to do.

Last year, during a city council meeting on the firing of Torres and other Board members for asking inconvenient questions about the Sean Spell brutality investigation, Assistant Majority Leader John Gayle was overheard during a break telling attendees that the Board needed “new blood”. Gayle claimed that Torres and other members weren’t pulling their weight.

Torres is a retired State of Connecticut Agency Police Officer. He was the only CPRB member with law enforcement training. Torres is a Certified Use of Force Instructor. As we can see, Bronin wanted Board members he can control, who obviously are clueless about their job.

“Unemployment rages at a major Depression level in the Black ghettos, but the bipartisan response is an anti-riot bill rather than a serious poverty program.
The modest proposals for model cities, rent supplement and rat control, pitiful as they were to begin with, get caught in the maze of congressional inaction. And I submit to you tonight, that a Congress that proves to be more anti-Negro than anti-rat needs to be dismissed. It seems that our legislative assemblies have adopted Nero as their patron saint and are bent on fiddling while our cities burn.” ~ Excerpt of Martin Luther King’s speech at the 1967 National Conference on New Politics

Bronin, the Hartford City Council, Gov. Dan Malloy and urban legislators collectively are Nero. Hartford has one of the highest poverty rates in the nation. http://www.city-data.com/poverty/poverty-Hartford-Connecticut.html  Last week Jenna Carlesso of the Courant reported on Hartford residents voicing their opinions about Bronin. “’There’s a new energy,’ (Bronin) said. ‘There’s a new level of activity, and it’s not just in the downtown.’
The mayor’s description of the city was a drastic departure from the accounts offered by residents during a public comment session (January 8).
Before a council meeting at city hall, Hartford dwellers blew off steam about Bronin’s fundraising campaign and larger political ambitions, and complained about what they called a lack of attention on city neighborhoods, especially communities in the South End.
‘Nobody has done anything for the South End,’ resident Raquel Calderon said. ‘I’m really sad about that.’
‘The thing I don’t get is how we’re always focused on downtown,’ said another speaker.
Leslie Hammond, who lives on Linden Place, told council members that with Bronin concentrating on a gubernatorial bid, they would have to ‘step up to the plate.’
And resident Anne Goshdigian said the mayor’s focus was ‘in the wrong place.’
‘A lot of problems in this city need his attention and he’s too busy raising money for his exploratory committee,’ she said. ‘This is not helping the people of this city.'”

Then there’s the North End…

The Connecticut Democrats lost their majority in the General Assembly, because they’re screwing the people who are supposed to be their voter base. White liberals can pop that “Blue Tsunami” nonsense about the Dems winning elections in Alabama and other states until they’re well, blue in the face. This is Connecticut.

Connecticut didn’t have a Democrat governor for THIRTY YEARS, until Malloy was elected by a thin margin in 2010. Malloy has a 27% approval rating. He is ranked the least popular Democratic governor in the U.S. Malloy’s administration has seen billion dollar budget deficits year after year, including this election year. I was a D math student in school, but I can calculate the odds of us getting a Republican governor in 2018.

The GOP will be constantly talking about the budget deficit on the campaign trail; good luck to the Democrats trying to explain that away. The Dems are also obstructing police accountability, and exacerbating other urban problems (poverty/unemployment) with neoliberal policies, as usual. The CT Democrats would rather lose than go left.

Dr. King launched his Poor People’s Campaign in 1968, following his split with President Lyndon Johnson, a Democrat, over Johnson’s escalation of the Vietnam War. Dr. King’s National Conference on New Politics, a coalition of left organizations and disenchanted Democrats, was the target of surveillance by Johnson.

Last week I listened to Rev. Dr. William Barber on Democracy Now! talk about his Poor People’s Campaign, which is supposedly a continuation of Dr. King’s work. Barber mainly focused on the racist policies of the Republicans in red states, with a passing mention of the Democrats. Barber said nothing about Democratic Party controlled cities such as Hartford, that annually have the highest poverty rates in the nation.
The time to launch a Poor People’s Campaign was while Barack Obama was in office. Obama refused a 2009 demand from members of the Congressional Black Caucus, that he implement targeted job creation in communities with the highest poverty and unemployment rates. This of course would have included low income communities of color.

The Democrats are the party that can actually be pushed on policy.  Barber’s campaign appears to be a ripoff of Dr. King’s vision, which was to challenge the political duopoly.  This should be the objective of people of color.

Resources

Trayvon Martin Act

https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2018/01/04/coming-in-2018-community-party-trayvon-martin-act/

 

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Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio January 16

January 13, 2018

Community Party Radio on So-Metro Radio returns Tuesday, January 16. Commentary on urban issues from a grassroots perspective.  You will hear the Martin Luther King that the corporate media has erased. We will play a portion of Dr. King’s speech at the 1967 National Conference on New Politics in Chicago. Our Policy Watch segment will focus on the Democrats propping up the police state in Connecticut. We’ll talk to St. Louis activist Carlos Ball about a major new development in the case of his brother Cary Ball, Jr. Cary was shot 21 times by St. Louis police April 24, 2013. 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central 5:00 PM Pacific http://sometroradio.com/

 

Resources

Cary Ball, Jr. police murder case.

http://www.stlamerican.com/news/local_news/bruce-franks-jr-family-of-cary-ball-jr-call-on/article_562f34ec-e5d5-11e7-9561-0f32a81b6667.html

Carlos Ball Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/carlos.m.ball

Toni Taylor (mother of Cary Ball, Jr.) Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/toni.taylor.3701

Cary on the Ball Foundation

https://www.facebook.com/CaryBallJr/

Coming in 2018: Community Party Trayvon Martin Act

https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2018/01/04/coming-in-2018-community-party-trayvon-martin-act/

Malloy Engages in Budget Drama & CVH Damage Control, Bronin Obstructs Police Accountability

by David Samuels

This column appears in the January 11 – 18 edition of the Hartford News.

https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2018/01/10/malloy-engages-in-budget-drama-cvh-damage-control-bronin-obstructs-police-accountability/

What the Corporate Media Won’t Tell You about MLK | Interview with Drs. Jared Ball & Wilmer Leon

 

The Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King with William F. Pepper (Part 1/3)

 

 

Malloy Engages in Budget Drama & CVH Damage Control, Bronin Obstructs Police Accountability

January 10, 2018

by David Samuels

This column appears in the January 11 – 18 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 16. 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/

 

Police State

“Why do Black folks CONTINUE to accept Democrat leadership that won’t stand up for US over the police. Like (NYC Mayor Bill) de Blasio, or (Chicago Mayor) Rahm Emanuel, or (Baltimore Mayor) Stephanie Rawlings-Blake … For real, why?” ~ Erica Garner, daughter of NYPD murder victim Eric Garner. Erica died of a heart attack December 30. She was 27 years old.

“It’s a snow job. Hartford Police only keeps count of the cases that their own Internal Affairs Division sustains (seldom any). They will provide you their list, not the list of cases sustained by the Civilian Police Review Board, who for the sake of objectivity also conducts a separate investigation from IAD. CPRB then makes a determination after reviewing both the IAD findings and the findings of CPRB investigators. You want the CPRB list!” ~ Former CPRB member Ricardo M Torres, on the email response the Community Party received January 5 to our Freedom of Information Act request for the 2013, 2016 and 2017 CRPB list of HPD officers with sustained civilian complaints. We have sent a follow up email to the HPD and Corporation Counsel Cynthia Lauture, specifically requesting the CRPB list.

Since Mayor Luke Bronin took office, the City of Hartford has denied CP access to the CPRB list. Torres was fired by Bronin in 2017, immediately after Torres made a request to Bronin to expand the scope of the Sean Spell brutality investigation. Torres reports that the CPRB again cancelled a scheduled meeting, due to lack of a quorum. He plans to attend the January 10 meeting, if it takes place. Bronin kept the Board at the minimum five members during Torres’ tenure, despite Torres’ repeated requests for Bronin to add members (maximum is nine). The current Board has dwindled to six members. This does not bode well for police accountability on a state level, as Bronin explores a run for governor. The number of HPD officers with sustained civilian complaints increased each year from 2013 to 2015.

2013 – 19
2014 – 29
2015 – 31

 

30 Puerto Rican Families in Crisis

“These Puerto Ricans, American citizens and taxpayers, have until January 14th to vacate the Red Roof Inn in Hartford CT because funds have run out. I ask everyone who watches this video how heartless it is to allow these people, most with children, to become homeless this winter. Shelters are full. All they’re asking is for help until they get their bearings in this new cold place. They want to work but they need stability first.” ~ Facebook post by Pedro Bermudez, about 30 Puerto Rican families who are victims of Hurricane Maria.

Wildaliz Bermudez (Hartford City Council)
January 2 at 11:17pm ·

Today, we RECEIVED NOTIFICATION that the FAMILIES WILL RECEIVE AN EXTENSION FROM FEMA HOWEVER, the FAMILIES WHOSE CASES HAVE BEEN CLOSED BY FEMA (many w/out a reason or explanation as to why their case was closed by FEMA) HAVE NO WHERE TO GO AFTER JANUARY 13TH. THEY WILL BE DISPLACED. PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL BE POSTPONING THE PRESS CONFERENCE scheduled for this upcoming THURSDAY, JANUARY 4TH DUE TO THE INCOMING SNOW STORM & WILL KEEP EVERYONE POSTED on the NEW DATE of the PRESS CONFERENCE. This is happening right here in Hartford. Families who left Puerto Rico and were relocated here by FEMA, as part of the disaster relief effort, have until January 13th to find permanent housing. Specifically as of right now, these are the families whose cases have been closed by FEMA (many of whom have not received reasons as to why their case has been closed). Most used what little money they had to buy themselves, and their kids, plane tickets to come here. Some have not found employment yet, most lost everything. WE DEMAND BETTER FOR OUR COMMUNITY!!!
https://www.facebook.com/pedro.bermudez.31/posts/10155370926634482 The evacuees received a 5 week extension at the motel, as this column went to press. Elected officials scheduled a press conference for Wednesday, to announce that they are forming a working group to examine this issue. The group is scheduled to meet in about a week.

 

Real Protection Against Workplace Bullying: Safe Environment Act

The Safe Work Environment Act would provide workers with more protection than the Healthy Workplace Bill, while eliminating legal barriers that people currently face when they file a lawsuit against their employer. Our legislation eliminates the HWB requirement that an employee must prove malice and intent by an employer, which is basically impossible. Our language would also remove the HWB stipulation that an employee must provide proof of damage to their physical / psychological health.

The federal employment discrimination law does not include either of the HWB provisions, which provide massive loopholes for abusive employers. We will also incorporate language from the Nevada workplace bullying bill (see below), which eliminates the burden of having to prove workplace bullying based on race or gender discrimination.

We also want lawmakers to create a workplace bullying advisory board, which would solicit and implement input from public employees when they recommend future legislation. One bill will not stop workplace bullying, which is a constantly evolving issue. Legislation must evolve with it! The creation of a workplace bullying advisory board will ensure that this issue remains active at the State Capitol EVERY YEAR. You can read more about the Safe Work Environment Act at No Sellout. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2018/01/04/real-protection-against-workplace-bullying-safe-work-environment-act-3/

 

CVH / DMHAS Racism Public Hearing January 25

The Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities will host a public hearing on racism at Connecticut Valley Hospital and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services on Thursday, January 25 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Washington Middle School, 1225 N Broad Street in Meriden. Over 20 CVH / DMHAS employees have sent racism complaints to the CT NAACP office. DMHAS employees who believe that they have been subjected to racial discrimination are urged to attend.

 

Malloy’s CVH Executive Order is Window Dressing

Last week Gov. Dan Malloy issued an executive order to separate Whiting Forensic Division from Connecticut Valley Hospital. http://m.ctpost.com/news/article/Malloy-signs-order-to-make-Whiting-a-stand-alone-12468548.php This will do NOTHING to address the root cause of the abuse of patient William Shehadi, and the subsequent silence by the 37 employees who were suspended for not reporting the abuse. Certainly most of those workers remained silent because they feared retaliation, if they reported the abuse.

Fox 61 received an anonymous letter from a CVH employee, who said that co-workers who initially reported the abuse of Shehadi were ignored by management, and retaliated against by other staff. A Whiting employee told me how he faced swift retaliation from management and co-workers, for reporting something.

Malloy’s order doesn’t address the daily abuse that the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and CVH management dishes out to employees, or the systemic racism that is clearly shown by the data retired CVH employee John Hollis and I obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests. https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2017/11/28/cvh-public-hearing-analysis-testimony-jayson-negron/

Malloy is continuing to protect his appointee, DMHAS commissioner Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, and the CVH managers and supervisors who currently abuse workers with impunity. This culture of abuse infected Shehadi. DMHAS’ response to the CVH patient abuse scandal was to recycle a bureaucrat, Michael Norko, who was running CVH when  patient James Bell was killed by staff while putting Bell in restraints in 2002. Malloy’s order is a shell game, done for the sake of political expediency. http://articles.courant.com/2004-01-29/news/0401290759_1_mental-health-bell-s-death-lawsuit

 

State Budget

“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 (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

“There has to be a place for a centrist Democrat; I think that’s how you win general elections.” ~ Roy Occhiogrosso, former senior adviser to Gov. Dan Malloy, talking on WTNH Capitol Report last Sunday about the 2018 state elections. “Centrist Democrat” means what Malloy has done for 8 years: cutting funding for human services, propping up the police state, attacking urban neighborhoods and public schools, maintaining a regressive tax code and corporate tax loopholes.

Occhiogrosso is clinging to Clinton New Democrats neoliberalism, which led to the rise of Donald Trump.  From Telesur, “Bill Clinton campaigned as a ‘New Democrat’: tough on crime, fiscally responsible, and stern with welfare recipients. Clinton effectively fulfilled the Reagan Revolution by gutting welfare, passing NAFTA, deregulating telecommunications and the finance sector, and ramping up government spying, policing, and immigrant detention. Clinton could grant the right-wing’s wish list because the Democratic base was conditioned to supporting any deal no matter how bad because the Republicans would supposedly be worse. Yet Clinton needed Republicans to pass NAFTA because the Democrats controlled Congress. He threw millions of poor women and children off welfare to shore up his right flank in advance of the 1996 election. But that cynical calculation was unnecessary. Clinton trounced the feeble Republican nominee, Bob Dole in a race that was never in doubt. And deregulation happened in Clinton’s second term when he was freed from election concerns.” https://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/How-the-Democrats-Became-The-Party-of-Neoliberalism-20141031-0002.html

President Clinton’s 1999 repeal of the Glass-Stegall Act led to the 2008 economic crash. The lingering economic effects of the crash fueled anger of white voters, who subsequently supported Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass%E2%80%93Steagall_legislation#Decline_and_repeal

 

 

Malloy continues to clash with legislators over the state budget. Keith Phaneuf of the Connecticut Mirror reported on the Medicare funding drama.

“Hoping to focus legislators on closing a $224 million state budget deficit, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy tried Wednesday to make a Friday special session (postponed until Monday) about a different task unnecessary.
The governor suspended legislatively mandated cutbacks to a popular social services program for seniors and the disabled until July 1… Malloy has said for weeks that he’s fearful legislators would restore the funds needed to make the Medicare Savings Program whole — but not in a fiscally honest way.
By deferring any program cuts until the next fiscal year, the governor effectively expanded the deficit by another $20 million.”  The General Assembly voted to restore Medicare funding Monday; the House and the Senate approved the measure by a veto-proof majority. Malloy said he would reject the Medicare fix.

Malloy suspended the Medicare cuts until July 1, but this is a disagreement between Malloy and legislators about what cuts will be used to fund the restoration of the Medicare money. Both Malloy and legislators are only interested in cuts, as a means of balancing the budget. There is no interest in generating revenue by raising taxes on the wealthy, or closing corporate tax loopholes. A publicly owned bank would generate revenue, that could be used to preserve human services.

The white liberals in Connecticut who are screaming about the Trump tax plan, should do the same about the regressive tax code in Connecticut. They shouldn’t be silent because the governor is a Democrat, and the Dems control the General Assembly.

Go along to get along politics is why the left is so messed up. I watch the heads of nonprofits cozy up to the Connecticut Democrats. These people come to the Legislative Office Building every year and say, “Pretty please, with sugar on top, don’t cut us.” The Democrats smile, nod politely, then slash their funding. Some nonprofits get shut down. So yeah, I’ll take my chances with my big mouth.

 

Trump Book

There is nothing in Fire and Fury that will make me forget that white liberals view Blacks as pawns, in their ongoing power struggle with white conservatives. Black Democrats parrot these liberals, babbling about Russia while Black communities are engulfed in poverty, gun violence and police repression. These conditions are a direct result of policies by the Democrats and Republicans.

 

Resources

The Revolutionary MLK – Guest Jared Ball:  https://www.commondreams.org/news/2012/01/16/revolutionary-mlk

 

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 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/). Contact us at samuelssloflo@aol.com.

 

 

CVH / DMHAS Racism Public Hearing January 25

January 5, 2018

The Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities will host a public hearing on racism at Connecticut Valley Hospital and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services on  Thursday,  January 25 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Washington Middle School, 1225 N Broad Street in Meriden. Over 20 CVH / DMHAS employees have sent racism complaints to the CT NAACP office. DMHAS employees who believe that they have been subjected to racial discrimination are urged to attend.

 

 

Resources

Community Party Radio Hosted by David Samuels – Show 52 Aug 1 2017

We talk about racism and workplace bullying with a Black Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services employee (we are concealing her identity). This worker was sexually harassed by her white boss. We also analyze structural racism at Connecticut Valley Hospital.

 

CVH Public Hearing Analysis & Testimony / Jayson Negron

by David Samuels

This column appears in the November 30 – December 7 edition of the Hartford News.

https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2017/11/28/cvh-public-hearing-analysis-testimony-jayson-negron/

 

REAL Protection Against Workplace Bullying: Safe Work Environment Act

https://hendu39.wordpress.com/2018/01/04/real-protection-against-workplace-bullying-safe-work-environment-act-3/