Dems Attend Soulfood Fest; Birthday Tribute from Congress for Alton Brooks

The Black Democratic Club’s annual Soul food Fest was held August 20th at Spottswood Church in support of the Club’s voter registration and get out the vote activities.

The occasion also provided DTC members and friends the chance to wish community activist and civil rights leader Alton Brooks a happy 95th birthday.  Brooks’ milestone is being recognized in the Congressional Record by Cong. Elizabeth Esty (D-5)

The Black Democratic Club held its annual Soulfood Fest on August 20th at Spottswood AME Church.

Democratic Town Committee  (DTC) leader Alton Brooks  (3rd from left) is presented with a statement entered into the Congressional Record by Cong Elizabeth Esty (D-5) on the occasion of Mr. Brooks’ 95th birthday. DTC member Stephanie Podewell presents the citation. Congratulating Brooks are from left Black Dems’ President and Ald. Shirley Black, State Senator Terry Gerratana, John McNamara, Town Chair Bill Shortell, Rosemary Klotz and Michael Gorzoch. (F. Gerratana photos)    

Serving up Southern Cuisine at the annual Soul Food Fest of the Black Democratic Club led by Ald. and DTC Vice Chair Shirley Black.  (F. Gerratana photo)

Serving up Southern Cuisine at the annual Soul Food Fest of the Black Democratic Club led by Ald. and DTC Vice Chair Shirley Black. (F. Gerratana photo)

 

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Democratic Primary August 9th Polling Locations

The Democratic Primary for State Senator and Registrar of Voters is Tuesday, August 9th and all polling locations will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters in District 6 will vote at Angelico’s Cafe replacing The Armory and voters in District 13 will vote at St. John Paul II School (formerly Holy Cross) replacing HRA.right-to-vote1

For more information e-mail  newbritaindemocrat@gmail.com  or call 860-505-8901

New Britain Polling Locations

  1. Vance Village School 183 Vance Street
  2. New Britain High School 110 Mill Street
  3. Roosevelt Middle School 40 Goodwin Street
  4. Gaffney School 322 Slater Road
  5. New Britain Senior Center 55 Pearl Street, 5-1 School Apts,  50 Bassett St, 5-2  Graham Apartments, 107 Martin Luther King Drive
  6.  Angelico’s Restaurant 542 East Main Street (NEW)
  7. Generale  Ameglio  13 Beaver Street
  8.  Smalley Academy   175 West Street
  9.   Chamberlain School 120 Newington Avenue
  10.  Saint Francis Church Hall 1755 Stanley Street
  11.  Holmes School   2150 Stanley Street
  12.  Pulaski Middle School   757 Farmington Avenue
  13. St. John Paul II School 221 Farmington Avenue (NEW)
  14.  DiLoreto School   732 Slater Road
  15.   Slade Middle School 183 Steele Street

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Convention Watch Party Thursday 7/28…..Convention Journal Day 1….August 9th Primary: Vote Row A

You’re Invited: NB Convention Watch Party, Philly Cheesesteak Sliders At Roma Thursday, 7/28

The Democratic Town Committee (DTC) will host a Democratic National Convention Watch Party on July 28th from 7:30 to 11 p,m. at the Roma Sports Bar & Grill dining room, 382 Allen Street. The suggested donation for the watch party is $25 (www.newbritaindemocrat.org/contribute/). Proceeds benefit NB Democrats’ voter registration and get out the vote campaign.

The DTC event will be an opportunity to meet our candidates, volunteer to help get out the vote, enjoy Roma appetizers and beverages as Democrats’ are expected to make history 96 years after the 19th amendment to the Constitution gave women the right to vote.

Former Secretary of the State Hillary Clinton is expected to accept the nomination on the last night of the convention.

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Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (R Berriault photo)

Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (R Berriault photo)

Convention Journal Day 1: From New Britain DTC member Bobby Berriault, a Bernie Sanders delegate at the DNC in Philadelphia:

PHILADELPHIA, July, 25; One thing that I’ve realized pretty quickly is being a delegate to a national convention is a  test of endurance and patience. The temperature neared 100 degrees yesterday. Everyone was hot, sweaty, and grumpy throughout the day. It was near impossible to move around the city due to all the road closures and heavy traffic all around the city. It took me two and a half hours to go from the Convention Center in the center of the city to the Wells Fargo Center – a trip that normally would take 20 minutes. I only ate once on the first night of the convention, and I waited in line for 45 minutes just for a soda and French fries.

Bobby Berriault (F. Gerratna)

Bobby Berriault (F. Gerratana photo)

Despite the protests and the outbursts and the heat and long lines, I had a lot of fun. In the morning I attended two workshops – one on Healthcare equality and another on the negative effects of the Pacific Trade Pact.

Bernie Sanders spoke to the delegates in the early afternoon, and he gave a speech reaffirming his support for Hillary Clinton and calling on his supporters and for the party to unite against Donald Trump. And after his speech at the convention center, I took the shuttle to the Wells Fargo Center for the main event.

Security is understandably tight and arriving at the Wells Fargo Center was like arriving at a military fort. There were so many security parameters and checkpoints we had to go through. We were checked a half-dozen times. I can personally attest to the fact that the Wells Fargo Center during this week is the most secure building on the face of the earth. Surprisingly, the security lines were nearly non-existent. The Secret Service and Homeland Security Law Enforcement personnel did an outstanding job getting everyone with credentials through as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

The day’s proceedings got underway about 20 minutes late, which is pretty impressive considering the size and scale of this event. One thing I observed early on was some Bernie Sanders supporters who were intent on disrupting the proceedings and making a scene. I am personally disappointed at that. People should not be protesting and yelling and shouting during the invocation or when people are speaking. I thought it was very rude and tasteless. However, an email was sent to all the Bernie Sanders delegates about a half hour into the convention proceedings reading in part “I would ask you as a personal courtesy to me to not engage in any kind of protest or demonstration on the convention floor.” That was enough to calm things down so that we can get through the convention proceedings.

We heard from amazing speakers like Elizabeth Warren, Michelle Obama, and Bernie Sanders. It was truly an amazing experience. I got back to my hotel around 12:30am and ended up going to bed around 1am.  I only five hours of sleep but I am ready and excited for day two of the convention!

Democratic Primary Tuesday August 9th: Vote Row A

The Democratic Primary for State Senate and Registrar of Voters is Tuesday, August 9th. Polls are open from 6 a,m. to 8 p.m.

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Backyard Fundraiser For Registrar of Voters Candidate Mike Trueworthy Is Sunday, July 24th

Supporters of endorsed Democratic Registrar of Voters candidate Mike Trueworthy will hold a backyard picnic fundraiser on Sunday July 24th from 3 to 5 p.m. at the home of Democratic Town Committee members Isabelita and Santos Cancel, 406 Stanley Street.

Trueworthy, endorsed in May by the Democratic Town Committee,  is running in the August 9th Primary to succeed Registrar Juan Verdu who did not seek re-election.

A former Alderman and Chair of the Board of Assessment Appeals,  Trueworthy is an advocate for increased canvassing and voter registration efforts and opposes Republican proposals to close polling locations in the city.

The Democratic Primary is Tuesday August 9th and polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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You’re Invited: Democratic Convention Watch Party & Philly Cheesesteaks July 28th

The Democratic Town Committee (DTC) will host a Democratic National Convention Watch Party on July 28th from 7:30 to 11 p,m. at the Roma Sports Bar & Grill dining room, 382 Allen Street. The suggested donation for the watch party is $25 (www.newbritaindemocrat.org/contribute/). Proceeds benefit NB Democrats’ voter registration and get out the vote campaign.

The DTC event will be an opportunity to meet our candidates, volunteer to help get out the vote, enjoy Roma appetizers and beverages as Democrats’ are expected to make history 96 years after the 19th amendment to the Constitution gave women the right to vote.  Former Secretary of the State Hillary Clinton is expected to accept the nomination on the last night of the convention.

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Ministerial Alliance To Hold Prayer for Peace Service Tuesday….Patton Brook Well Sale On Council Agenda….Convention Watch Party July 28th….DTC Meets July 21st

New Britain Prayer For Peace Service Tuesday, July 12th

New Britain’s Black Ministerial Alliance will hold a “Community Prayer for Peace” service on Tuesday, July 12th, in response to gun violence and killings of civilians and police officers over the last week in Louisiana, Minnesota and Dallas, Texas.gg-540Icon-16v2

The prayer service will be held at Saint James Baptist Church, 15 Wilcox Street, at 7 p.m.

The Alliance is organizing the prayer service that is open to all. The Ministerial Alliance is an alliance of African-American ministers and pastors and ministries from several Christian denominations in the city.

Patton Brook Hearing Monday: Council To Consider First Ever Sell Off Of Water System 

The Common Council will hold a public hearing Monday, July 11th at 7 p.m. at City Hall on a Stewart Administration proposal to sell the city’s Patton Brook Well in Southington. The Planning, Zoning and Housing Subcommittee could send the proposed sale to the Wednesday July 13th Council meeting.

At issue is whether the city should sell a significant component of New Britain’s water infrastructure or continue to lease the well to Southington.  Advocates of retaining the well say that the $1 million sale price seriously undervalues the well and will shortchange New Britain.

For background information  on the issue go to THE SELLING OF PATTON BROOK WELL  at NBPoliticus.

Democratic Convention Watch Party Is Thursday, July 28th 

Join New Britain Democrats For a Philly Cheese Steak At The Roma

The Democratic Town Committee (DTC) will host a Democratic National Convention Watch Party on July 28th from 7:30 to 11 p,m. at the Roma Sports Bar & Grill dining room, 382 Allen Street. The suggested donation for the watch party is $25 (www.newbritaindemocrat.org/contribute/). Proceeds benefit NB Democrats’ voter registration and get out the vote campaign.

The DTC event will be an opportunity to meet our candidates, volunteer to help get out the vote, enjoy Roma appetizers and beverages as Democrats’ are expected to make history 96 years after the 19th amendment to the Constitution gave women the right to vote.  Former Secretary of the State Hillary Clinton is expected to accept the nomination on the last night of the convention.

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The Democratic platform draft finalized  this weekend for the July 25-28 convention is expected to include a call for a $15 federal minimum wage and a public option for universal health care coverage. In response for calls to oppose the controversial and secretive Trans Pacific Trade Agreement, the platform committee opted for language that says “all free trade deals should be held to a strict standard that protects U.S workers.”

SandersClintonMilwaukeeDebate640New Britain will be represented at the convention by DTC Member Bobby Berriault who was elected at the district level as a delegate for Bernie Sanders. Berriault was an early organizer for the Sanders campaign in the 5th Congressional District. Except for super delegates,  the Connecticut delegation is split between supporters of Clinton and Sanders. Clinton edged Sanders in the April 26th Presidential Primary.

Town Committee Meeting July 21st

The Democratic Town Committee will meet in July on Thursday, July 21st, at 7 p.m. at New Britain City Hall, 27 West Main Street. New Britain. All Democrats are welcome to attend.  On the agenda will be the August 9th Primary for Registrar of Voters and State Senate.

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There will be time later for anger and for justice — anger whose purpose is served in justice. But for now we need to learn to understand each other, to really hear one another, to learn from each other.

Today our country seems capable of pulling apart in ways that have not seemed possible in many decades. Dallas, again, has been bathed in blood and grief. How we respond will help show a path forward to a divided, reeling nation.

from Dallas Morning News Editorial “This City, Our City” 9 July 2016

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Registrars Move To Re-Locate Two Polling Places For Primary, November Election

Polling Place changes possible for State Senate, Registrar Primary and Presidential Election……

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By John McNamara

New Britain’s Registrars of Voters are moving to change polling places in Districts 6 and 13 in time for an August 8th Primary and the November 8th Presidential Election.right-to-vote1

Republican Peter Gostin and Democrat Juan Verdu have identified Angelico’s Cafe restaurant on East Main Street to replace the State Armory in Voting District 6 in the 25th Assembly District. Angelico’s is a stone’s throw away from the Armory location which is located at the corner of East Main and Smalley Streets.

In Voting District 13 in the 26th Assembly District the vacant  Holy Cross School (Saint John Paul II) is the proposed site for a new polling station. Registrars have contacted  the parish to use the school property at the corner of Farmington Avenue and Boulevard to replace the HRA (formerly Ben Franklin School) on Clinton Street.

In letters to Angelico’s and Holy Cross Church the registrars…

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