Mary McLeod Bethune Club’s MLK Celebration Monday…..Campaign 2014 Candidate Events…Dem Leaders Set Legislative Priorities…….

“While we are mindful of the shocking fact that less than one-half of all non-white workers are covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act, we do not speak for Negro workers only.  A living wage should be the right of all working Americans, and this is what we wish to urge upon our Congressmen and Senators as they now prepare to deal with this legislation.”

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. —Statement on minimum wage legislation, March 18, 1966

Spottswood Hosts Bethune Club’s Celebration of King’s Legacy Monday, 1/20

A city-wide celebration on the national holiday and birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held on Monday, January 20th, at the Spottswood AME Zion Church, 25 Crestwood Lane. The event begins at 2 p.m.

Student Khalil Bradley recites a poem in tribute to the Rev. King at MLK Park last January.

Student Khalil Bradley recites a poem in tribute to the Rev. King at MLK Park last January.

The Rev. John C. Morris, Jr.,  the pastor of Spottswood, will speak on the life and legacy of the civil rights leader at the annual event sponsored by the Mary McCloud Bethune Club of New Britain. All are welcome.

In the morning the City’s Human Rights and Opportunities Commission will hold its annual breakfast and speaking program (by invitation) at Angelico’s Restaurant followed by a ceremony at Martin Luther King Park at the intersections of North, MLK Boulevard and Stanley streets.

Let the 2014 Campaign Begin…….

State Treasurer Nappier Kicks Off Campaign Thursday, 1/23

The Denise Nappier For State Treasurer Committee is holding a 2014 Campaign Kick-Off on Thursday, January 23rd at Hartford’s Arch Street Tavern, 85 Arch Street, Hartford.

The fundraiser for the incumbent State Treasurer who is seeking a fifth term will be held from 5 to 8 p.m.  Contributions are welcome to a maximum of $100.

To RSVP contact Diane Kulmacz at 860-301-2492/ email:  More information is available at the Nappier Committee’s website at 

Rep. Aresimowicz Sets Citizen Election Fundraiser for January 29th

Friends of A-Z, the committee for State Rep. and House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz of Berlin, will hold a fundraiser on Wednesday, January 29th, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Pineloft Restaurant, 1474 Berlin Turnpike in Berlin.

Aresimowicz, elected Majority Leader two years ago, represents the 30th House District including Berlin and a portion of Southington.  He was first elected to the Connecticut General Assembly in 2004.  Aresimowicz is a coordinator for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Council 4.

Rep. Aresimowicz is participating in the Citizen’s Election Program with a $100 maximum individual contribution and a requirement that 150 donations come from citizen in his district.   For further information email

Democratic Legislative Leaders Set Jobs and Training Priorities For 2014

Democratic legislative leaders have rolled out their “jobs and business agenda” for the
2014 session that begins in early February. It focuses on “employment and job training, cutting red tape, growing new markets by expanding state ports and helping businesses grow near university campuses,” according to a joint statement.

“While Congress has failed to act to renew critical unemployment aid for more than one million Americans, here in Connecticut we are taking action to provide a lifeline for families,” said Senate President Donald E. Williams, Jr. (D-Brooklyn). “The STEP-Up program has helped hundreds of Connecticut small businesses hire and train more than two thousand workers and the new workforce development programs proposed today will ensure that Connecticut residents have the skills they
need to gain employment.”

“Connecticut’s middle class is disappearing, and these proposals will help bring it back to life, while helping our local businesses grow,” said House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz.  “Right now 66% of Connecticut businesses looking to hire are having trouble finding qualified workers. Establishing a new school-to-job program to provide Connecticut students with skills that match local employers’ needs will help us reverse this trend and get ahead of the curve.”

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