New Britain Prayer For Peace Service Tuesday, July 12th
New Britain’s Black Ministerial Alliance will hold a “Community Prayer for Peace” service on Tuesday, July 12th, in response to gun violence and killings of civilians and police officers over the last week in Louisiana, Minnesota and Dallas, Texas.
The prayer service will be held at Saint James Baptist Church, 15 Wilcox Street, at 7 p.m.
The Alliance is organizing the prayer service that is open to all. The Ministerial Alliance is an alliance of African-American ministers and pastors and ministries from several Christian denominations in the city.
Patton Brook Hearing Monday: Council To Consider First Ever Sell Off Of Water System
The Common Council will hold a public hearing Monday, July 11th at 7 p.m. at City Hall on a Stewart Administration proposal to sell the city’s Patton Brook Well in Southington. The Planning, Zoning and Housing Subcommittee could send the proposed sale to the Wednesday July 13th Council meeting.
At issue is whether the city should sell a significant component of New Britain’s water infrastructure or continue to lease the well to Southington. Advocates of retaining the well say that the $1 million sale price seriously undervalues the well and will shortchange New Britain.
Democratic Convention Watch Party Is Thursday, July 28th
Join New Britain Democrats For a Philly Cheese Steak At The Roma
The Democratic Town Committee (DTC) will host a Democratic National Convention Watch Party on July 28th from 7:30 to 11 p,m. at the Roma Sports Bar & Grill dining room, 382 Allen Street. The suggested donation for the watch party is $25 (www.newbritaindemocrat.org/contribute/). Proceeds benefit NB Democrats’ voter registration and get out the vote campaign.
The DTC event will be an opportunity to meet our candidates, volunteer to help get out the vote, enjoy Roma appetizers and beverages as Democrats’ are expected to make history 96 years after the 19th amendment to the Constitution gave women the right to vote. Former Secretary of the State Hillary Clinton is expected to accept the nomination on the last night of the convention.
The Democratic platform draft finalized this weekend for the July 25-28 convention is expected to include a call for a $15 federal minimum wage and a public option for universal health care coverage. In response for calls to oppose the controversial and secretive Trans Pacific Trade Agreement, the platform committee opted for language that says “all free trade deals should be held to a strict standard that protects U.S workers.”
New Britain will be represented at the convention by DTC Member Bobby Berriault who was elected at the district level as a delegate for Bernie Sanders. Berriault was an early organizer for the Sanders campaign in the 5th Congressional District. Except for super delegates, the Connecticut delegation is split between supporters of Clinton and Sanders. Clinton edged Sanders in the April 26th Presidential Primary.
Town Committee Meeting July 21st
The Democratic Town Committee will meet in July on Thursday, July 21st, at 7 p.m. at New Britain City Hall, 27 West Main Street. New Britain. All Democrats are welcome to attend. On the agenda will be the August 9th Primary for Registrar of Voters and State Senate.
There will be time later for anger and for justice — anger whose purpose is served in justice. But for now we need to learn to understand each other, to really hear one another, to learn from each other.
Today our country seems capable of pulling apart in ways that have not seemed possible in many decades. Dallas, again, has been bathed in blood and grief. How we respond will help show a path forward to a divided, reeling nation.
from Dallas Morning News Editorial “This City, Our City” 9 July 2016
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