DTC Meets Thursday…..Nzinga Center Honors Shirley Black, Betty Boukus, Others…..Fight for $15 Rally April 15th

March Meeting Thursday 3/26 At City Hall

The Democratic Town Committee will meet Thursday, March 26th  at New Britain City Hall, Room 504 starting at 7 p.m.  On the agenda will be a municipal campaign update, a discussion of state legislation impacting the city and Justice of the Peace nominations. All Democrats are welcome.

Save the Date: 4/15 Day of Action in the Fight for 15!

More than two years ago, fast food workers launched the first strike for a $15 minimum wage. Now, over 190 cities are holding protests across the country on Wednesday, April 15th, and more types of service employees are joining in.11021237_1563800720568277_7928440022729600080_n

Walmart and other companies have recently relented on a  $10 per hour minimum as income inequality continues to grow.  They will soon find, however, that the hike to $10 will not be enough for a fair wage in today’s economy.

The Greater Hartford rally will be held at the State Capitol at 4 p.m. on Wednesday April 15th.

The push for living wages has expanded to part-time faculty at colleges and universities as well as  workers in fast food, retail, home care, retail and convenience sectors of the economy.

To join the New Britain contingent at the April 15th rally contact the Democratic Town Committee at newbritaindemocrat@gmail.com

Shirley Black, Betty Boukus To Be Honored Saturday, 3-21 By Nzinga Center

The Queen Ann Nzinga Center, Inc. will host its 6th Annual Connie Wilson Collins Exceptional Women Concert honoring outstanding women from the Greater Bristol, Plainville and New Britain community on Saturday March 21.

Shirley Black

Shirley Black

The celebration will honor nine women from the area including Ward 3 Alderwoman and DTC Vice Chair Shirley Black and State Rep. Betty Boukus of the 22nd Assembly District that includes the DiLoreto School district. Pamela Bianca and CCSU Professor Evelyn Newman Phillips from New Britain are also be honored.  The event was renamed last year in honor of Constance “Connie” Renee Wilson Collins who died in 1913. Connie, a longtime member of the DTC and former alderwoman, worked to help people reach their full potential through her work in politics, the labor movement and nonprofit organizations.

Rep. Boukus

Rep. Boukus

The public is invited to attend the concert and celebration, scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. at Raymond Hill School, 370 Linwood St., New Britain. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, visit http://qanc.org or call (860)229-8389. All proceeds help fund programming for the QANC, a nonprofit which emphasizes artistic expression and teamwork to build program participants’ skills and self-esteem.

 

LWV Host Forum on Incarceration Monday, March 23, At Trinity On Main

The New Britain area League of Women Voters will host an issues forum on Monday, March 23rd on “Issues of Incarceration” beginning at 7 p.m. at Trinity On Main, 69 Main Street. CT ACLU Attorney David McGuire and representatives of the Malta Justice Initiative will be on the discussion panel. The public is invited to attend.

Police, Colleagues Organize “Fundraiser for Kristen” March 29th at Generale Ameglio

Led by Police Chief James Wardwell friends and colleagues of NBPD Executive Assistant Kristen Perugini are organizing a benefit as Kristen undergoes treatment for a serious illness.

The benefit to include food, music and a raffle will be held on Sunday March 29th from 1 to 5 pm at the Bianca Ballroom of  Generale Ameglio Society on Beaver Street. The donation is $20. For tickets and more information call 860-826-3112.

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“This week we learned that more than 16 million Americans now have health coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act. We learned that the number of uninsured has plummeted faster than at any time in the last 40 years. And we learned that the House Republican budget unveiled today repeals the law and takes insurance away from more than 16 million Americans.

“When I talk with people in Connecticut, they know this issue isn’t about partisan politics, but the real lives of the kids, moms, dads, and grandparents who now have insurance. I’ve talked with so many who, before the Affordable Care Act, lived every day with the enormous burden of knowing they were one accident or illness away from total financial ruin. I don’t understand why Republicans think it’s a good political strategy to take health insurance away from millions of families and put insurance companies back in charge of patients’ lives.”

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy in a March 17th Statement on Republicans’ latest move to repeal the Affordable Care Act

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Selma Speech: President Obama At Edmund Pettus Bridge

Fifty years later Obama and others remind us it’s time to honor those who organized and died for the right to vote by continuing that struggle……..

Conclusion:

Fifty years from Bloody Sunday, our march is not yet finished. But we are getting closer. Two hundred and thirty-nine years after this nation’s founding, our union is not yet perfect. But we are getting closer. Our job’s easier because somebody already got us through that first mile. Somebody already got us over that bridge. When it feels the road’s too hard, when the torch we’ve been passed feels too heavy, we will remember these early travelers, and draw strength from their example, and hold firmly the words of the prophet Isaiah:

“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not be faint.”

We honor those who walked so we could run. We must run so our children soar. And we will not grow weary. For we believe in the power of an awesome God, and we believe in this country’s sacred promise.

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Bowling With Democrats Today (2/27) At Bowl-O-Rama…..24th DTC Members Hold District Meeting…..Municipal Candidate Endorsement Information

Bowl. Fight. Win  With New Britain Democrats Friday 2/27

Bowl the February blues and snow away at a DTC’ bowling party today, February 27th, at the Bowl-O-Rama 2143 Berlin Turnpike Newington at 7 pm.

A $25 contribution includes two games of bowling, shoe rentals, pizza and soda.

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DTC Members Hear Rep. Lopes, Discuss Issues At 24th District Meeting

Democratic Town Committee (DTC) members from the 24th State Assembly District got a briefing on a “tough” state budget and its impact on the city from Rep. Rick Lopes at the year’s first meeting of Town Committee members and Associate members from the 24th State Assembly district on February 14th.

DTC District Leader and Corresponding Secretary Mario Santos organized the grassroots caucus of  the DTC members who represent voting districts Vance (1), NBHS (2), Roosevelt (3) and Gaffney (4) and  Slade (5). Besides Lopes and Santos, participants included Alton Brooks, Bill Shortell, Chris Govola, Cora Bradley, Peter Kochol, Brian Keith Albert, Tom Shields and Tonilynn Collins.

Mario Santos, DTC Officer and District Leader

Mario Santos, DTC Officer and District Leader

Rep. Lopes said finances will be very tough for the state in the upcoming year with a projected budget deficit causing  cuts across the board this year to balance the 2015 budget and the prospect of revenue shortfalls for the new, two-year state budget that begins July 1.

“What this means to New Britain is that we will not be seeing the very large increases in state funding to our education budget that we have seen in each of the past four years,” said Lopes.  “This will lead to one of two outcomes, either the city finds the money to add to the education budget, or the school system will need to cut back on programs and services.”

DTC members expressed concern for education in New Britain and asked if anything else could be done.  Unless there is a dramatic change in direction at the state or federal level that leads to tax reform and increased aid to struggling cities “it is very doubtful that we will see any relief in this next year.

Alton  Brooks, who represents the Roosevelt School District, emphasized the importance of finding jobs for residents of the city, emphasizing that new job training and development efforts can reduce poverty. Others agreed and said access to employment is one of the city’s greatest needs.  That need extends to homeless persons whose numbers appear to be growing in New Britain, several DTC members said.  Santos and others cited the need to have more active members of the DTC; recruiting more people into the process is important this year.  Even when members of the DTC disagree they have to support one another and work toward progress in our city. “Residents of New Britain are over burdened with property and car taxes.  The services we receive for these taxes are not equitable for the amounts we pay.  The more people can get involved in the political process on fixing our problems, the better the solutions will be.”

Alton Brooks

Alton Brooks

Santos, Bill Shortell and Brian Keith Albert spoke about the importance of district meetings in the Assembly Districts to encourage civic engagement and dialogue on issues and the challenges city residents face.  “This type of grassroots organizing is the best and only way to create change that is driven by everyday residents of our community.”

Organizers said neighborhood-based political meetings and small group discussions are important. “Residents of New Britain are over burdened with property and car taxes.  The services we receive for these taxes are not equitable for the amounts we pay.  The more people can get involved in the political process on fixing our problems, the better the solutions will be.”

A second meeting of the 24th District DTC is planned for Mayor.  The organizers will urge the members of the 22nd, 25th and 26th Assembly Districts to organize grassroots dialogue in their districts.  The DTC is comprised of 47 members elected every two years from the city’s voting districts.

CAMPAIGN 2015: DTC Seeking Candidates For July Endorsements

It takes 27 individuals who reflect New Britain’s diversity and strengths to form a municipal slate for all city offices.  On the November ballot will be elections for Mayor, Tax Collector, City Treasurer, Ward and At Large Council, Board of Education, Board of Assessment Appeal.

The DTC invites prospective candidates for all offices to discuss issues, share ideas and submit a candidate information form that is online  http://newbritaindemocrat.org/municipal-candidate-information-2015/

March Town Committee Meeting – March 26th

The next meeting of the Democratic Town Committee will be Thursday, March 26th. Please mark your calendars for 2015 meeting dates. All Democrats are welcome.

March 26
April 30
May 28
June 25
July 23 ENDORSEMENT MEETING FOR MUNICIPAL OFFICES
August 27
September 17
October 29
November 3   ELECTION DAY (Meet at headquarters)
December 3

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Obama’s Weekly Addresses Paid Leave and Child Care For Families To A Congress Certain To Reject His Plan

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“Convoy of Hope” Documentary Premieres Tonight (1/31) With Recognition For Alton Brooks…..Bethune Club Program Focuses on History of African Americans In New Britain On Super Sunday…..Wanted: A Democratic Slate That Reflects The City’s Diversity and Strengths

Alton Brooks To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award Following Premiere

“Victory” Documentary On New Britain’s Convoy of Hope Premieres Sat. 1/31

 

“Victory: Fire in the Heart of the City”, a documentary about a 2013 “Convoy of Hope” initiative organized by Bishop Rasheen Brown, his ministry and others, will premiere Saturday, January 31st at 6 pm at Trinity-On-Main.  Alton Brooks, DTC leader and longtime civil rights activist in the city, will receive an achievement award following Akintunde Sogunro’s documentary.static1.squarespace

The documentary chronicles the organizing and events of August 17, 2013 at  New Stadium when over 1,200 volunteers gathered to feed over 4.500 residents of a city once glorified as the hardware capital of the world.  Fire in the Heart of the City” is a documentary film that will cover all  stories, interviews, fundraisers and testimonies of hope which sum up to the Convoy New Britain Event — the third community event held as part of the “Purpose” movement.

Admission to the premiere is $10.

Bethune Club Program Focuses On New Britain African Americans Sunday, February 1 at CCSU’s Downtown ITBD Center

New Britain’s Mary McLeod Bethune Club will kick off Black History Month in the city with a Sunday afternoon, February 1, program on the history of African Americans in New Britain.

The program will be held at 3 p.m. at CCSU’s Institute for Technology and Business Development (ITBD) in downtown New Britain (185 Main Street).

Dr. Evelyn Phillips, CCSU Anthropology Professor and organizer of the Afro-American Oral History Project, will be the guest speaker.  Janice Edwards, member of the Bethune Club, says “we will feature the first Black Americans who came to New Britain and the achievements of the past and present.” The history project is adding information and personal histories of the city’s African American community to the New Britain Public Library and CCSU’s Elihu Burritt Library.

CAMPAIGN 2015: DTC Seeking Candidates For JulyEndorsements

It takes 27 individuals who reflect New Britain’s diversity and strengths to form a municipal slate for all city offices.  On the November ballot will be elections for Mayor, Tax Collector, City Treasurer, Ward and At Large Council, Board of Education, Board of Assessment Appeal.

The DTC invites prospective candidates for all offices to submit a candidate information form that is online  http://newbritaindemocrat.org/municipal-candidate-information-2015/

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DTC Meets Thursday Jan. 22nd….Municipal Endorsements…..MLK Day In New Britain…..Tony Norris’ Dinner For Urban Oaks Farm Jan 31st

Town Committee Meets January 22nd At City Hall

The Democratic Town Committee will hold its first meeting of the year at New Britain City Hall Room 504 on Thursday, January 22nd, at 7 p.m. The agenda includes state legislative issues, committee updates, municipal endorsement activities and Justice of the Peace appointments. All Democrats are welcome.

Campaign 2015: Nominations Committee Begins Work On Municipal Endorsements

A DTC nominating and candidate recruitment committee has begun work on endorsements for city offices this year. The Town Committee will endorse candidates for Mayor, Tax Collector, Treasurer, Common Council, Board of Education, Board of Assessment Appeal and Constable between July 21-28.

Members of the DTC on the nominations group include former Schools Supt. Ron Jakubowski, DTC District Leader Jahaira Jimenez, Associate DTC member Rosemary Klotz, former BOE President Peter Kochol, Democratic State Central Committeewoman Emma Pierce, DTC Recording Secretary Ann Speyer and DTC Chairman John McNamara.

McNamara said the committee will consider all potential candidates and make recommendations to the 47-member DTC prior to July endorsements.

“The DTC is discussing a mayoral run with  several high-profile Democrats who have  the experience, maturity and skills to lead the city in 2015,”  said McNamara. “The nominations process involves identifying a diverse slate of candidates who are representative of residents and who are attuned to community needs.”

Interviews with municipal candidates will begin in early February.

The DTC invites prospective candidates for all offices to submit a candidate information form that is online  http://newbritaindemocrat.org/municipal-candidate-information-2015/

New Britain Events For MLK Day Monday  1.19.2015 

Mary McLeod Bethune Club To Hear NBHS Principal

“Strengthening Our Youth and Children to be empowered in the 21st Century” is the theme of the Mary McCloud Bethune Club’s program on the Martin Luther King national holiday January 19th.

David Chambers, Principal of New Britain High School, will be the speaker for the annual King Day observance that will also include an appeal for scholarship giving.  Joining Bethune Club members will be Cong. Elizabeth Esty (D-5) and leaders of the New Britain branch of the NAACP.  The event will be held at 2 p.m. at Spottswood AME Zion Church, 25 Crestwood Lane in New Britain.

The city’s Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities program will include a ceremony after 10:30 a,m, at MLK Park at the corner of MLK Drive and Stanley Street after the Commission’s traditional  morning breakfast at Angelico’s Restaurant.

DTC Associate Member Duane Hinkson, Janice Edwards and Hinkson's children at 2014 MLK Park Ceremony  (DTC Photo)

DTC Associate Member Duane Hinkson, Janice Edwards and Hinkson’s children at 2014 MLK Park Ceremony (DTC Photo)

The New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., will observe the King holiday with a special Community Day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The celebration will include a range of activities including art activities, film showings and photographic images on display. Children and families are invited to create a bumper sticker in the Stanley Works Center featuring an inspiring King quote.

The historic “I Have a Dream” speech will be shown throughout the afternoon. Admission is free for all. For more information, call the museum at (860) 229-0257 or visit www.nbmaa.org.

 Tony Norris’ Dinner For Urban Oaks Farm To Be Held January 31st

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The 3rd annual Tony Norris Dinner will be held Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Central Connecticut State University’s Memorial Hall. Tickets are $45 and may be purchased at our farm stand or by calling (860) 223-6200. All proceeds will go to Urban Oaks Organic Farm.

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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”   the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Happy New Year from New Britain Democrats….Legislature Opens With Hopes For Property Tax Relief….BOE Schedules Budget Meetings…The Year In Pictures…

A Quote For The New Year…….

“The difference between Democrats and Republicans has always been measured in courage and confidence. The Republicans believe that the wagon train will not make it to the frontier unless some of the old, some of the young, some of the weak are left behind by the side of the trail….We Democrats believe that we can make it all the way with the whole family intact…….”

Mario M. Cuomo (1932-2015) from the keynote speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention. Governor Cuomo died January 1st at the age of 82,

Legislature Begins New Session Wednesday, January 7th: NB Delegation To Discuss Priorities, Issues At League of Women Voters Breakfast January 10th.

The Connecticut Legislature will open its 2015 session on Wednesday, January 7th, to adopt a two-year budget that will be hampered by projected budget deficits for the two-year period beginning July 1st.

The Office of Legislative Research (OLR) has released a report on key issues for 2015.

House Speaker Brendan Sharkey and Senate President Martin Looney have signalled that property tax reform  to reduce burdens on municipalities will be among the key issues to be  considered.  Among the proposals will be legislation to revise Payments in Lieu of Taxes aid that reimburses cities and towns for non-taxable institutions and state property.  The city’s legislative delegation will be focusing on property tax relief measures amid the Stewart administration’s 11 percent property tax jump, major fee increases and projections of new cuts to local services.

Four members of the city's legislative delegation celebrate a victory at the Pulaski Club on Election night. They begin their new term this week, From left Rep. Bobby Sanchez (25), Rep Peter Tercyak (26), State Senator Terry Gerratana (6) and State Rep. Rick Lopes (24). Rep. Betty Boukus (22), representing  the DiLoreto School district in the city, celebrated her big win at Plainville Democratic headquarters. (F. Gerratana photo)

Four members of the city’s legislative delegation celebrate a victory at the Pulaski Club on Election night. They begin their new term this week, From left Rep. Bobby Sanchez (25), Rep Peter Tercyak (26), State Senator Terry Gerratana (6) and State Rep. Rick Lopes (24). Rep. Betty Boukus (22), representing the DiLoreto School district in the city, celebrated her big win at Plainville Democratic headquarters. (F. Gerratana photo)

According to the OLR Key Issues report “rising property taxes strain many property owners’ finances.” Legislators may consider proposals geared toward supplementing municipal revenue streams, encouraging economic development, or providing tax relief to property owners.  Also on the agenda may be implementing a statewide motor vehicle tax  reducing the tax burden on certain populations.  City Democrats are expected to call for extending income limits beyond current state levels on property tax bills to reduce new and higher property taxes.

The Berlin/New Britain League of Women Voters will host member of the New Britain delegation at a Saturday, January 10th breakfast meeting from 10 am to noon  to be held at the New Britain Public Library’s Community Room on High Street.

Upcoming City Meetings

Common Council: January 14 and 28

The Common Council will hold its first meeting of the year on Wednesday, January 14th at City Hall’s Council Chambers. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.

Public participation is scheduled at 7 p.m. The regular meetings of the Common Council are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, except for the months of July, August, November and December.

Board of Education: January 14 Budget Hearing At High School

The New Britain Board of Education (BOE) will hold budget meetings this month in the first steps toward setting municipal spending for the fiscal year that begins on July 1st. Scheduled are a special meeting on Monday, January 12th and a Wednesday, January 14th 6 p.m. public hearing to be held at the Tercyak Lecture Hall at New Britain High School on Mills Street. The BOE will adopt a budget to submit to the Mayor and Council on January 20th. Mary

Rev. King Holiday Program Sponsored By Mary McCloud Bethune Club, January 19th

“Strengthening Our Youth and Children to be empowered in the 21st Century” is the theme of the Mary McCloud Bethune Club’s program on the Martin Luther King national holiday January 19th.

David Chambers, Principal of New Britain High School, will be the speaker for the annual King Day observance that will also raise funds for scholarships.  The event will be held at 2 p.m. at Spottswood AME Zion Church, 25 Crestwood Lane in New Britain.  The Bethune Club program will be preceded by a morning breakfast and Martin Luther King Park ceremony organized by the city’s Human Rights and Opportunities Commission.

Town Committee Meets January 22nd At City Hall

The Democratic Town Committee will hold its first meeting of the year at New Britain City Hall Room 504 on Thursday, January 22nd, at 7 p.m. The agenda includes state legislative issues, committee updates, municipal endorsement activities and Justice of the Peace appointments. All Democrats are welcome.

New Britain Democrats 2014: The Year In Pictures

The photos below highlight the year in pictures for New Britain Democrats. To view the complete 2014 Gallery go to

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New Britain's Emma Pierce accepts the William A. O'Neill award at the JJB Dinner in September. At left is State Chairwoman Nancy Dinardo. (Gerratana photo)

New Britain’s Emma Pierce accepts the William A. O’Neill award at the JJB Dinner in September. At left is State Chairwoman Nancy Dinardo. (Gerratana photo)

 

NB Democrats crowded party headquarters to hear Governor Malloy. From left Francisco Cuin, unidentified volunteer, Eva Torres-Luciano, Senator Terry Gerratana, Rep. Bobby Sanchez DTC Deputy Treasurer Willie Justiniano and DTC Corresponding Secretary Mario Santos.

NB Democrats crowded party headquarters to hear Governor Malloy. From left Francisco Cuin, unidentified volunteer, Eva Torres-Luciano, Senator Terry Gerratana, Rep. Bobby Sanchez DTC Deputy Treasurer Willie Justiniano and DTC Corresponding Secretary Mario Santos.

 

New Britain Delegates at the May state convention: From left Bill Shortell, Ann Speyer, Donna Crockett and Ald. Shirley Black.

New Britain Delegates at the May state convention: From left Bill Shortell, Ann Speyer, Donna Crockett and Ald. Shirley Black.

 

At the August Soul Food Fest From left: Rev. John Morris, the pastor of Spottswood Church, Alton Brooks. Lt. Governor Wyman, Alderwoman Shirley Black and Cong Elizabeth Esty.

At the August Soul Food Fest From left: Rev. John Morris, the pastor of Spottswood Church, Alton Brooks. Lt. Governor Wyman, Alderwoman Shirley Black and Cong Elizabeth Esty.

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