New Year’s Is Emancipation Day: Observances At Spottswood Church
The New Britain Branch of the NAACP will host its’ Annual Emancipation Day Program on Saturday, January 1, 2011 11:00 a.m. at the Spottswood AME Zion Church.
January 1 is one of the most important dates in the history of the U.S. civil rights movement. On January 1, 1863, Lincoln issued the famous proclamation that included the words: “I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free; and that the Executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons.”
Photo: by Chappel from the Gilder-Lehrman Collection. www.mrlincolnandfreedom.org
State Government In Transition: A Democratic Governor Returns On Wednesday
Wednesday January 5th ends a more than two-decade absence of a Democrat in the Governor’s Office as Dan Malloy and LG-elect Nancy Wyman will take office at a public Inaugural in the State Armory in Hartford, 360 Broad Street.
Access to the event is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at noon, and the ceremony begins at 2 p.m. Everyone must be seated by 1:30 p.m. People who plan on attending should arrive early, and anticipate a moderate walk from area parking lots and garages to the Hartford Armory. Additionally, parking will be available at Dillon Stadium (250 Huyshope Avenue, Hartford) and busses will take people from the stadium to the Armory. Because of the inaugural parade, attendees should also anticipate road closures around the Capitol.
Malloy and Wyman issued a statement inviting residents to the Inaugural festivities:
“Nancy and I are excited to begin this next chapter, and want to share it with as many Connecticut residents as we can,” said Governor-Elect Malloy. “There’s a lot of work to do – no doubt about it – and sometimes it’s difficult for people across the state to feel connected to their elected representatives. This free, open-to-the-public event is a good reminder of all the energy, commitment and promise we have as a state.”
“The response we’ve received from people interested in being a part of this historic event has been overwhelming,” said Lieutenant Governor-Elect Wyman. “We moved it to a larger space to accommodate as many people as possible, and we’re looking forward to spending time with people from one end of the state to the other, who believe as we do, that we can get things right once again.”
Aresimowicz, Boukus Get Leadership Roles In Legislature
O’Brien, Tercyak To Chair Key Committees
Berlin State Rep. Joe Aresimowicz (D-30) was named a Deputy Speaker by House Speaker Chris Donovan this past week. Aresimowicz will also serve on the Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Veterans, and Insurance and Real Estate Committees. Plainville’s State Rep. Betty Boukus (D-22), who represents New Britain district 15, will retain a leadership position as Deputy Majority Whip and will serve as General Bonding Chair of Finance, Revenue and Bonding and will be a member of the Transportation and Public Safety Committees.
State Rep. Peter Tercyak (D-26) was named Chairman of the Human Services Committee and State Rep. Tim O’Brien will Chair the Government Regulations Committee when the new session begins. Additional details on the Tercyak and O’Brien appointments are at www.newbritaindemocrat.org.
NEW BRITAIN INAUGURAL PARTY FRIDAY 1/7 AT TRINITY ON MAIN
New Britain Democrats will hold an Inaugural Week celebration on Friday, January 7th from 7 to 11 p.m. at the historic Trinity-on-Main Center for culture and performing arts in downtown New Britain.
The event will include ethnic dishes from local restaurants, musical entertainment and special recognition of campaign volunteers and elected officials. Support will help maintain strong voter support of Democrats and maximize citizen participation in an important 2011 municipal election year. Reservations ($35 pp) call Pat McNamara 860-827-9469 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Program advertising call Carlo Carlozzi, Jr. 860-805-3855. E-mail email@example.com. A New Britain Democratic Town Committee event.
Number 8 from Michael Moore’s “15 Things To Celebrate in a Bad Year”
8. The health care bill passed. No, it was not a single payer bill and it didn’t even have a public option, disappointing many of its original supporters. But the bill does extend health coverage to over 30 million Americans who would have otherwise been uninsured; it stops private insurance companies from rejecting people for preexisting conditions; and it allows children to remain covered by their parents’ insurance until the age of 26. Taken as a whole, it represents a progressive shift in U.S. social policy, which is why it is being so viciously attacked by the right. And from the left, the fight for a single payer system, especially on the state level, is far from over!
End Quote for New Year
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