Passover and Easter Greetings from New Britain Democrats
“These are two very different holidays with their own very different traditions. But it seems fitting that we mark them both during the same week. For in a larger sense, they are both moments of reflection and renewal. They are both occasions to think more deeply about the obligations we have to ourselves and the obligations we have to one another, no matter who we are, where we come from, or what faith we practice.” – President Obama, April 2009
DTC Meets Thursday, 4/21 at City Hall: Budget Issues, Endorsement Process On Tap
The April meeting of the Democratic Town Committee will be held Thursday, April 21st, at 7:30 p.m. at New Britain City Hall, Room 201. Democrats will discuss municipal budget priorities and the current debate on state and federal budgets, including the Republicans’ plan to eliminate Medicare. All are welcome.
A five-member DTC nominations committee is continuing to gather information and review candidacies for all city offices. In July, the town committee will make endorsements for all city offices to be on the ballot on Nov. 8, including mayor, tax collector, treasurer, city council by district (10), city council at large (5), board of education (3), board of assessment appeal (2) and constable (4).
Democrats interested in municipal office or contributing ideas on municipal priorities and policies are encouraged to participate. For candidate information go to https://newbritaindemocrat.org/2011-endorsements/
New Britain Democrats extend sympathies to the Terycak family on the passing of Shirley Tercyak, the mother of 26th State Rep. Peter Tercyak. The funeral will be held Wednesday, April 20th at 10 a.m. Holy Cross Church. Calling hours will be held Tuesday, April 19th at Burritt Hill Funeral Home, 332 Burritt Street, from 4 to 8 p.m. Additional information will be available in Monday’s newspapers.
Tax Action Day: TARP-Subsidized Bank of America Focus of Fairness Campaign
A coalition of labor and consumer organizations will call attention to tax avoidance by corporations on Monday, April 18th – the deadline for the filing of tax returns in the U.S.
Locally, the Tax Day Action will occur on Monday 4/18 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.at the Bank of America, 4 North Main Street in West Hartford.
Connecticut Citizen Action Group (CCAG), in conjunction with the Connecticut Action Alliance for a Fair Economy (CAAFFE) and MoveOn.org, are hosting the Tax Day Action to call on Bank of America and other corporations to pay their fair share.
In the call to action CCAG stated:
Bank of America paid $0 in federal and state income taxes in 2009, thanks to its 115 offshore tax havens. In Connecticut, 500 B of A employees and their families are enrolled in CT’s Husky health program, costing taxpayers $6.4 million annually. They took bailout money yet in 2009 made only two small business loans in Connecticut totalling $75,000. B of A has a bad record on foreclosing on homes instead of mitigating and restructuring mortgages, driving down our property values and hurting our communities. How does B of A shirk their responsibility? Over the last 10 years, they spent $11 million on campaign contributions and $24 million on lobbying expenditures. In return, B of A received $2.3 billion from the federal government in 2009 while it made $4.4 billion in profits.
The current state and federal budget debates over deep cuts to education and public services are occurring at a time of growing income inequality, according to members of the Fair Economy Alliance. Income inequality in the United States is at its highest since the 1920’s. The richest 1% own 40% of our country’s wealth and take in 24% of our nation’s income. Millionaires are one fifth of one percent of taxpayers. But they receive about 17.6 percent of the income tax cuts.”
America and Connecticut are not broke — we need to demand that everyone pays their fair share to rebuild the American Dream. CCAG and CAAFFE have had a strong presence at all of the Governor’s budget forums. People from all over the state asked why Bank of America isn’t paying their fair share, especially in a time when we are asked to participate in “shared sacrifice”.
From the Chair: Community-Wide Response Needed On Literacy, Reading Scores
New Britain’s economic difficulties manifest themselves clearly and painfully in the data and test results on literacy and reading levels among both children and adults. The recent news that third grade reading scores — a key indicator of school success in later grades — are the lowest in Connecticut should be a call to action among many individuals and organizations in the city.
An Early Literacy Campaign — launched with the help of first-in-the-nation foundation grants from the Annie E. Casey and William Caspar Graustein foundations — will get underway this month to address the problem of low literacy in the city.
“We need to do better for our children. New Britain is a community with many resources, and it will take all of us working as partners to change this outcome for children,” say organizers of the Early Literacy Campaign. ” We need help in identifying new ways to build children’s reading ability. Some of the strategies will include schools and early childhood programs in the city. Strategies must include other resources, some we may not have considered-parents, church groups, sports leagues, grandparents, and city businesses can all play a role on behalf of young children.”
Two meetings on “Uncovering New Britain’s Assets to Improve Reading” will be held on April 28th from 4-8 p.m. and April 29th from 8-11:50 a.m. at the Human Resources Agency, 180 Clinton Street. Registration and RSVP is required with child care provided for these meetings. Please follow the links below to register:
For More information: Ivette Ruiz, (860) 229-6018 Ext. 308 Email: iruiz@NewBritainReads.org
But let me be absolutely clear: I will preserve these health care programs as a promise we make to each other in this society. I will not allow Medicare to become a voucher program that leaves seniors at the mercy of the insurance industry, with a shrinking benefit to pay for rising costs. I will not tell families with children who have disabilities that they have to fend for themselves. We will reform these programs, but we will not abandon the fundamental commitment this country has kept for generations.
President Obama, April 13th, at George Washington University