Weekend Update …Coming Events….2016 Calendar….The Alton Brooks Scholarship Fund

Happy New Year from New Britain Democrats

“The name of the game is to talk to people. If you don’t talk to people, you can’t get started…You knock on twenty doors or so, and twenty guys tell you to go to hell, or that they haven’t got time. But maybe at the fortieth or sixtieth house you find the one guy who is all you need. You’re not going to organize everything; you’re just going to get it started”

Cesar Chavez, President United Farm Workers (UFW) 1927-1993

Legislative Brunch To Be Held January 9th

New Britain’s Democratic legislators will participate in the New Britain League of Women Voters’ annual Legislative Brunch on Saturday, January 9th, from 10 am to noon at the New Britain Public Library’s Community Room on High Street.

The Connecticut General Assembly will convene on February 3 and adjourn on May 4th.

The New Britain Delegation with links to legislators includes: State Senator Terry Gerratana (6), State Rep. Betty Boukus (22), State Rep. Rick Lopes (24), State Rep. Bobby Sanchez (25) and State Rep. Peter Tercyak (26)

MLK Day Weekend: New Britain Democrats To Join Celebration For Justice Equality & Democracy January 16th

DTC Organizing Bus to Event At Bloomfield’s Bethel AME Church

A coalition of labor and government reform groups is organizing a Greater Hartford “Celebration of Unity, Equality and Democracy” on Saturday, January 16th at Bloomfield’s Bethel AME Church to mark the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s national holiday.

The event, slated for 10 a.m., will focus on citizen responses to “the shrinking middle class”, income inequality, public service cuts and Black and Latino unemployment.

A group of New Britain Democrats will participate in the event and the Democratic Town Committee is organizing transportation for January 16th.  Members and friends may contact DTC Member Bill Shortell for more information 860-833-6123   or e-mail newbritaindemocrat@gmail.com  mlk4-2-page-001

DTC Committee Looking At Key Issues for 2016

A newly-formed DTC sub-committee has been organized on local and state issues and ideas to improve the quality of life in New Britain and to increase involvement in the DTC for the 2016 state and national election year.

At an initial December meeting the sub-committee  identified six issues of concern including fighting poverty, the “Fight for $15” and support for union organizing, blight and abandoned buildings, the “Black Lives Matter” movement, diversity in municipal jobs and commissions and art, recreation and cultural opportunities in the city.

The sub-committee will present a report to the Town Committee  for discussion, amendment and endorsement of key 2016 issues.  Thanks to co-chairs Bill Shortell and Aggie Kurzyna, DTC Recording Secretary Ann Speyer, District Leader Jahaira Jimenez, Aram Ayalon and Amy Martin for their participation so far.

The DTC invites additional comments online through its “Why I Am A Democrat” Citizen Survey:


For the Season of Giving and 2016: The Alton Brooks Scholarship Fund

Democratic Town Committee Member Alton Brooks was doing what he usually does on Election Day last November 3rd.  Not letting a cold deter him, Brooks, 94, had his own sure voter list to call a network of friends, encourage them to go vote and, if need be, give them a ride to the polls.

Alton Brooks (center) at ceremonies dedicating city street Alton Brooks Way in November 2012. (F. Gerratana photo)

Alton Brooks (center) at ceremonies dedicating city street Alton Brooks Way in November 2012. (F. Gerratana photo)

No matter the election Mr. Brooks will always do his part to get out the vote. He came to New Britain in the 1940s from Arkansas and the Jim Crow South where segregation blocked African-Americans from their franchise. It didn’t take long for him to become a leader of voting and civil rights in the city he has contributed so much to ever since.

The commitment to civil rights and community service has  guided Mr. Brooks through the years as a union shop steward, political leader, coach and founding director of the city’s  community action agency.

That’s why every election day in New Britain is  a reminder of why “Mr. Brooks” is a mentor and role model for the rest of us involved in politics and why efforts began to establish a permanent scholarship in his honor.

Established in 2014 the Alton Brooks Scholarship “is for a graduating high school senior from the New Britain area who embodies the qualities of service to humankind, academic achievement and the highest integrity –qualities by which Mr. Brooks has lived.”

Scholarship contributions for the Alton Brooks Scholarship Fund should be made to the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, 74 a Vine Street, New Britain, CT 06052.  To make an online gift go to DONATE NOW at the Community Foundation’s website and scroll to the Alton Brooks Scholarship Fund.


Town Committee By Voting Districts: Town Committee petition filing deadline January 27th; Primary Date March 1st; Organizational Meeting within one week after March 1st.

February 16: SOTS Denise Merrill To Announce Presidential Primary Ballot Candidates

April 26: A Presidential Preference Primary

March 22-29: Delegate Selection To State and District Conventions

May 3-24: Convention period for U.S Senator (State), Representative in Congress, State Senate and Multi-Town State Representative Districts

May 17-24; Endorsement Period for municipal offices including single-town state representative, justices of the peace and Registrar of Voters.

Election Day November 8th for President, Vice President, U.S. Senate, Representative in Congress, State Senator, State Representatives and Registrar of Voters.

For information contact the Democratic Town Committee

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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

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