Pasta, Pierogis & Presidential Politics… DTC Meeting On Friday 1/29……GOP Move To Reduce Voter Access….NB Dems Part of Call For Social Justice At MLK Celebration

Pasta/Pierogi Supper & Town Committee Meeting Slate For Friday, 1/29, at Pulaski Club

A Pasta/Pierogi Supper will be held Friday, January 29th from 5:30-7:30 to kick off the 2016 Election Year at the Pulaski Club, 89 Grove Street.

The program will include presentations from the campaigns of the three Presidential campaigns — Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders.   Donations to the supper are $20 to benefit party building and voter registration activities and payable to the NBDTC.  A  Donation Form is available at newbritaindemocrat.org.  All Democrats and friends are welcome.

The January Democratic Town Committee meeting will follow the supper at 7:30 p.m.  The agenda includes Justice of the Peace appointments and the 2016 calendar of endorsements and conventions.  Democrats are gearing up for a new term that begins March 1st for the 48-member town committee.

The organizational meeting of the DTC will occur during the first week of March and selection of delegates to state and district conventions will occur between March 22-29. Endorsement meetings and conventions will be held in May for the Presidential election which will include nominations for Registrar of Voters, the city’s four state representative seats and the 6th state senate district. For information call 860-505-8901; email: newbritaindemocrat@gmail.com

 

Inside City Hall: Republicans Seek To Eliminate Polling Places in Center of New Britain

By John McNamara

Republican Mayor Erin Stewart and Registrar of Voters Peter Gostin are moving quickly to reduce voter access to polling places for the November Presidential election.

A  plan drafted by Republican Gostin will be come up for a fast-tracked feasibility study vote at the Wednesday January 27th Common Council meeting.right-to-vote1

The feasibility study apparently has the support of Democrat Carlo Carlozzi, Jr., the council minority leader. Consideration of the plan would appear to be a done deal if the Council majority  agrees to look into sudden changes in where the electorate votes in 2016 . Carlozzi, however, maintains that he will oppose sudden changes in polling places despite supporting the feasibility move by Republicans.

Democratic legislators and other Democratic leaders are expected to strongly oppose any changes so close to a primary and the general election especially for its impact on elderly and minority voters.

Facing a tight timeline,  GOP leaders and the Registrars met on Monday to float the plan to reduce the number of polling places in the city from 17 to 13 on the eve of an April 26th presidential primary and the November general election.

The plan takes direct aim at two polling places in the central part of the city — the Graham and School Apartment polling places — where a minority and older population reside.

The GOP plan would eliminate those polling places and residents would apparently be offered a shuttle to the New Britain Senior Center to vote, according to Democratic Registrar Juan Verdu.

Also under consideration is the elimination of two additional polling places including the Holmes School (District 11) and the Armory (District  6). The Armory District is also in the center of New Britain where many minority residents live.

Republican Registrar Gostin has previously floated a plan to reduce polling places in the city from 17 to 10.  Gostin, who lobbied heavily for a pay raise for himself in 2015, is calling for reduced voter access as a way to save the city money,  but apparently not to reduce  the payroll and administrative expenses in his office.

The Common Council meeting on January 27th begins at 7 p.m. with public participation.

New Britain Democrats Support MLK Celebration and Call For Action

New Britain Democrats turned out strongly for a “Celebration for Unity, Equality and Democracy” on January 16th prior to the national holiday for the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

New Britain Town Committee members and volunteers attended the January 16th celebration for equality and democracy.

New Britain Town Committee members and volunteers attended the January 16th celebration for equality and democracy.

A coalition of labor, human rights and government reform groups backed the gathering at Bloomfield’s Bethel AME Church that drew more than 300 persons to hear speakers discuss income inequality, access to education, racial, gender and ethnic justice. Town Committee member Bill Shortell and the DTC issues committee organized a bus for New Britain people to attend.

According to one press report: “participants came not only to celebrate the life of Dr. King, but also to commit to building a more just and inclusive society. The diverse group of people that attended pledged to work together and hold leaders accountable on five key themes. These included good jobs and fair wages; universal access to quality public education (preschool to graduate school); a vibrant and fairly funded public sector; racial, gender, and ethnic justice; and democracy in our state and in our workplaces.”

Organizers said that the January 16th event “was intended to be a kickoff, a call to action.  The real work of organizing change and crafting winning messages and strategies against well funded and well entrenched adversaries happens at the General Assembly in the next 3 months and on the campaign trail in the 6 months after that.”

 A second meeting to organize around issues raised at the January 16th event will be held on Thursday February 4th at UAW Region 9A 111 South Street in Farmington at noon.  The focus will be on legislation to be considered in the Connecticut legislative session that begins next week.

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New Britain DTC Joins MLK Celebration Of Equality And Democracy January 16th

A coalition of labor and government reform groups is organizing a Greater Hartford “Celebration of Unity, Equality and Democracy” on Saturday, January 16th at Bloomfield’s Bethel AME Church to mark the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s national holiday.

The January 16th event, slated for 10 a.m., will focus on citizen responses to “the shrinking middle class”, income inequality, public service cuts and Black and Latino unemployment.

New Britain Democrats will participate in the event and the Democratic Town Committee is organizing transportation for January 16th.  Members and friends may contact DTC Member Bill Shortell for more information 860-833-6123   or e-mail newbritaindemocrat@gmail.com

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Weekend Update …Coming Events….2016 Calendar….The Alton Brooks Scholarship Fund

Happy New Year from New Britain Democrats

“The name of the game is to talk to people. If you don’t talk to people, you can’t get started…You knock on twenty doors or so, and twenty guys tell you to go to hell, or that they haven’t got time. But maybe at the fortieth or sixtieth house you find the one guy who is all you need. You’re not going to organize everything; you’re just going to get it started”

Cesar Chavez, President United Farm Workers (UFW) 1927-1993

Legislative Brunch To Be Held January 9th

New Britain’s Democratic legislators will participate in the New Britain League of Women Voters’ annual Legislative Brunch on Saturday, January 9th, from 10 am to noon at the New Britain Public Library’s Community Room on High Street.

The Connecticut General Assembly will convene on February 3 and adjourn on May 4th.

The New Britain Delegation with links to legislators includes: State Senator Terry Gerratana (6), State Rep. Betty Boukus (22), State Rep. Rick Lopes (24), State Rep. Bobby Sanchez (25) and State Rep. Peter Tercyak (26)

MLK Day Weekend: New Britain Democrats To Join Celebration For Justice Equality & Democracy January 16th

DTC Organizing Bus to Event At Bloomfield’s Bethel AME Church

A coalition of labor and government reform groups is organizing a Greater Hartford “Celebration of Unity, Equality and Democracy” on Saturday, January 16th at Bloomfield’s Bethel AME Church to mark the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s national holiday.

The event, slated for 10 a.m., will focus on citizen responses to “the shrinking middle class”, income inequality, public service cuts and Black and Latino unemployment.

A group of New Britain Democrats will participate in the event and the Democratic Town Committee is organizing transportation for January 16th.  Members and friends may contact DTC Member Bill Shortell for more information 860-833-6123   or e-mail newbritaindemocrat@gmail.com  mlk4-2-page-001

DTC Committee Looking At Key Issues for 2016

A newly-formed DTC sub-committee has been organized on local and state issues and ideas to improve the quality of life in New Britain and to increase involvement in the DTC for the 2016 state and national election year.

At an initial December meeting the sub-committee  identified six issues of concern including fighting poverty, the “Fight for $15” and support for union organizing, blight and abandoned buildings, the “Black Lives Matter” movement, diversity in municipal jobs and commissions and art, recreation and cultural opportunities in the city.

The sub-committee will present a report to the Town Committee  for discussion, amendment and endorsement of key 2016 issues.  Thanks to co-chairs Bill Shortell and Aggie Kurzyna, DTC Recording Secretary Ann Speyer, District Leader Jahaira Jimenez, Aram Ayalon and Amy Martin for their participation so far.

The DTC invites additional comments online through its “Why I Am A Democrat” Citizen Survey:

http://newbritaindemocrat.org/democratic-citizen-survey-2016/

For the Season of Giving and 2016: The Alton Brooks Scholarship Fund

Democratic Town Committee Member Alton Brooks was doing what he usually does on Election Day last November 3rd.  Not letting a cold deter him, Brooks, 94, had his own sure voter list to call a network of friends, encourage them to go vote and, if need be, give them a ride to the polls.

Alton Brooks (center) at ceremonies dedicating city street Alton Brooks Way in November 2012. (F. Gerratana photo)

Alton Brooks (center) at ceremonies dedicating city street Alton Brooks Way in November 2012. (F. Gerratana photo)

No matter the election Mr. Brooks will always do his part to get out the vote. He came to New Britain in the 1940s from Arkansas and the Jim Crow South where segregation blocked African-Americans from their franchise. It didn’t take long for him to become a leader of voting and civil rights in the city he has contributed so much to ever since.

The commitment to civil rights and community service has  guided Mr. Brooks through the years as a union shop steward, political leader, coach and founding director of the city’s  community action agency.

That’s why every election day in New Britain is  a reminder of why “Mr. Brooks” is a mentor and role model for the rest of us involved in politics and why efforts began to establish a permanent scholarship in his honor.

Established in 2014 the Alton Brooks Scholarship “is for a graduating high school senior from the New Britain area who embodies the qualities of service to humankind, academic achievement and the highest integrity –qualities by which Mr. Brooks has lived.”

Scholarship contributions for the Alton Brooks Scholarship Fund should be made to the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, 74 a Vine Street, New Britain, CT 06052.  To make an online gift go to DONATE NOW at the Community Foundation’s website and scroll to the Alton Brooks Scholarship Fund.

KEY DATES FOR DEMOCRATS IN 2016

Town Committee By Voting Districts: Town Committee petition filing deadline January 27th; Primary Date March 1st; Organizational Meeting within one week after March 1st.

February 16: SOTS Denise Merrill To Announce Presidential Primary Ballot Candidates

April 26: A Presidential Preference Primary

March 22-29: Delegate Selection To State and District Conventions

May 3-24: Convention period for U.S Senator (State), Representative in Congress, State Senate and Multi-Town State Representative Districts

May 17-24; Endorsement Period for municipal offices including single-town state representative, justices of the peace and Registrar of Voters.

Election Day November 8th for President, Vice President, U.S. Senate, Representative in Congress, State Senator, State Representatives and Registrar of Voters.

For information contact the Democratic Town Committee

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Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.

Pope John XXIII

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Make MLK’s Vision Reality

The New Britain Democratic Town Committee is organizing a bus for members and friends to attend the MLK weekend Celebration of Unity, Equality & Democracy. Information e-mail newbritaindemocrat@gmail.com or call DTC member Bill Shortell (860) 833-6123

HARTFORD RISING!

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More than 50 years ago, Dr. King articulated a powerful vision that challenged us to fight for genuine equality, racial justice, economic fairness and a stronger democracy. Join us to talk about concrete steps we can take to move it closer to reality.

Click here for a save the date flyer.

Click here to RSVP on Facebook.

UPDATE: The location of this event has been updated to the Bethel AME Church in Bloomfield.  There is also a new save-the-date flyer to share widely.  Thanks!

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For the Season of Giving and 2016: The Alton Brooks Scholarship Fund

Democratic Town Committee Member Alton Brooks was doing what he usually does on Election Day on November 3rd.  Not letting a cold deter him, Brooks, 94, had his own sure voter list to call a network of friends, encourage them to go vote and, if need be, give them a ride to the polls.

No matter the election Mr. Brooks will always do his part to get out the vote. He came to New Britain in the 1940s from Arkansas and the Jim Crow South where segregation blocked African Americans from their franchise.

Alton Brooks (center) at ceremonies dedicating city street Alton Brooks Way in November 2012. (F. Gerratana photo)

Alton Brooks (center) at ceremonies dedicating city street Alton Brooks Way in November 2012. The Scholarship Fund in his honor was launched in 2014. (F. Gerratana photo)

The commitment to civil rights and community service has  guided Mr. Brooks through the years as a union shop steward, political leader, coach and founding director of the city’s  community action agency.

That’s why every  election day is  a reminder of why Mr. Brooks is a mentor and role model for the rest of us involved in politics and why efforts are continuing to establish a permanent scholarship in his honor.

Established in 2014 the Alton Brooks Scholarship “is for a graduating high school senior from the New Britain area who embodies the qualities of service to humankind, academic achievement and the highest integrity –qualities by which Mr. Brooks has lived.”

Scholarship contributions for the Alton Brooks Scholarship Fund should be made to the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, 74 a Vine Street, New Britain, CT 06052.  To make an online gift go to DONATE NOW at the Community Foundation’s website and scroll to the Alton Brooks Scholarship Fund.

 

 

 

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Merry Christmas from President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

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Obama’s Thanksgiving Message

“Nearly four centuries after the Mayflower set sail the world is still full of pilgrims men and women who want nothing more than the chance for a safer better future for themselves and their families…”
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