Ask The Guv Tuesday 4/5…Rally For Schools…Newington Dems’ Comedy Night…Rev King and the Labor Movement

Guv Forum on State Budget Hits NB Tuesday, 4/5

Governor Dannel Malloy’s one-hour state budget forum comes to New Britain Tuesday April 5th to Trinity On Main, 69 Main Street. Those interested in asking the Governor a question and/or attending are urged to arrive early for the forum, which is one of the last of 17 meetings Malloy has held across the state to raise awareness of state budget issues and a projected $3.5 billion deficit.

Gov. Malloy campaigning in New Britain Mt. Pleasant neighborhood last year.

Malloy’s New Britain visit comes as crunch time approaches for the Legislature to deal with the Administration’s plan for revenue and spending for the 2011-2013 budget. With increasing doubts over attaining $1 billion per year in concessions from public employee unions, revisions to the Malloy plan can be expected to emerge by mid April for state officials to adopt a budget by Memorial Day. That is the informal goal set to finish ahead of the June 6th close of the regular legislative session. To date, legislative leaders including House Speaker Chris Donovan (D-Meriden) have issued favorable but non-specific statements about the Malloy plan.

In the likelihood that many attendees will not get a chance to ask questions members of the Malloy’s staff will take questions and respond. Views and suggestions on the state budget can be expressed to Malloy via email in addition to the Tuesday forum:

More information on the state budget and related issues may be found at the following links:

The Governor’s Budget:

Rebuild Connecticut: A Fair Economy for All:

Rally For Schools Called Ahead of Malloy Forum Tuesday

Public school leaders have called for a rally ahead of Governor Malloy’s budget forum on Tuesday in front of Trinity on Main at 6:30 p.m.

BOE President Sharon Beloin-Saavedra has called for “a visible show of support for the children of the New Britain public school system” amid prospects that the city’s schools will be dealing with significant layoffs and large class sizes in the 2011-2012 school year.

Said Beloin-Saavedra:

The achievement gap and preparation gap will not be closed or even narrowed if class size continues to rise, teachers and support staff continue to be laid off, and programming continues to be reduced or eliminated. Our kids deserve the same quality of programming and opportunities as students around the State of Connecticut receive. The State of Connecticut must not only work to implement the Common Core but also the supports necessary district by district – child by child – to make good on the promise, the hope for an “employable” future. When we say all students will be college and workplace ready – we need to mean it!

Malloy’s budget proposal calls for level-funding of Educational Cost Sharing (ECS) aid to cities and towns. The Board of Education has already sent a budget to City Hall that started with 80 teacher layoffs which has level-funded ECS funding included.

Did You Hear The One About The Cash Cop? Newington Dems’ Comedy Night April 30th

The Newington Democratic Town Committee will hold “Comedy in Newington” on Saturday, April 30th at the Sphinx Temple, 3066 Berlin Turnpike Newington with doors opening for a 7 p.m. reception and a show at 8 p.m. The comedy night will feature Larry Lee Lewis (“Comedy at the Piano’) and Linda Belt (‘Connecticut Housewife turned stand-up comic”). More information contct Bernadette at 860-666-9391. Admission is $35 for the fundraiser to support the Newington DTC.

From the Chairman:
April 4th: Rev. King and the Labor Movement

Ultra-conservative radio host Dan Lovallo was distorting the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the radio the other day. He joined a caller in bashing labor unions by objecting to unions’ honoring and remembering King for his strong support of organized labor generally and public employee unions specifically. It’s all part of Lovallo’s and his drive-time competitor’s [you remember former public employee John Rowland] steady trash talk against many who work in the public sector. Lovallo’s distortions aside, the anniversary of Rev. King’s assassination on April 4th is a sad and irrefutable reminder that King gave his life for both civil and economic rights, especially the right of public employees to bargain collectively.

In this season of attacks against labor rights in the public sector, Rev. King should be remembered for his close allegiance with labor. It’s something if you are of a certain age like me you don’t forget:

04 APRIL 2007: 39 Years Ago Today

I remember exactly where I was on April 4, 1968. Thirty nine years ago today the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis. That week day, like many others in my senior year in high school, I drove to Bradlee’s Department store on the Lynnway in Lynn, Massachusetts to punch in for the evening shift earning some money before entering Boston University in the fall.

Rev. King marches with striking sanitation workers in Memphis on March 28, 1968.

The news spread quickly that Thursday evening that King was dead. It didn’t take long to realize that my shift as a retail clerk would be different from all the others. The store quickly emptied out. Not a customer in sight all night. No need for Mr. Silverman, the shaken and somber store manager, to send me out on outside carriage control. The bullets in Memphis were enough to bring a normal business day to a halt in Lynn and most of the nation. Just five short years before I had come home from junior high on a late summer day to watch King deliver his “I Have A Dream” speech – an event that would inspire so many of us to become active in politics and protest.
There are many good remembrances of what King said and stood for on his national holiday In January every year, but not so much is being said on this anniversary of the day he died. It’s worth remembering on April 4th and throughout the year why King was in Memphis on a day I will never forget.
By 1968, Rev. King was widening the concerns of his movement. In Where Do We Go From Here? King opposed a Vietnam policy that had begun to break the nation further apart. The lunchroom sit-ins and battles over accommodations and voting rights were giving way to a broader agenda. He was planning a new march on Washington – “the Poor People’s Campaign” — when he decided to take up the cause of 1,300 Black sanitation workers in Memphis, a city of southern segregation, where the white power structure opposed the right to unionize and the Mayor vowed never to bargain in good faith in a way that would give the sanitation workers their dignity. The strike and a citywide economic boycott were a cause King knew he could not ignore.
King’s prophetic “I’ve Been to the Mountain Top” speech on the eve of the assassination is his best known from Memphis. But two weeks earlier, on March 18th, King galvanized support for strikers by saying: “So often we overlook the worth and significance of those who are not in professional jobs, or those who are not in the so-called big jobs…..One day our society will come to respect the sanitation worker if it is to survive.” Following King’s assassination, the Memphis power structure gave up its intransigence – recognizing the union, awarding pay raises and instituting merit promotions.
King’s campaign for striking sanitation workers reaffirmed his greatness at the hour of his death and resonates today in the cause of social and economic justice. That is worth remembering most from the day he died.

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