“Trigger happy cops” are completely unacceptable! We need transparency and accountability!

Last Thursday, Sgt. Steve Barone from the Hartford Police Department was recorded telling a group of people that he was “a little trigger-happy”. He also, said: “I get paid a ton of money in overtime, if I had to shoot somebody. Don’t do anything stupid”. This kind of behavior is completely unacceptable! We need police officers that are committed to the community, with cultural sensitivity and a strong ethic.

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"Puerto Rico’s problems are rooted in its status as U.S. territory"

"Hurricane Maria exacerbated many of the difficulties that Puerto Rico was already facing, including a long-running debt crisis, unemployment and housing shortage."

Check out this special edition of PBS NewsHour that focus on "the ongoing crisis in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and amid its debt crisis".

You can also watch the segment where Ivette Feliciano explains why many of those issues are rooted in the island’s status as a U.S. territory.


100+ State & Local Elected Leaders Join Call to #AbolishICE

100+ State & Local Elected Leaders Join Call to #AbolishICE

Growing Movement for Scrapping the Rogue Agency Wins Endorsement of Legislators, Mayors, and Council Members from Coast to Coast.

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Submit your cannabis comments here

Please use the form below to offer comments on what a cannabis industry could look like in Hartford. Thank you for your contribution.

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Our statement on the resignation of WFP Councilor Jennings

My statement on the recent resignation of WFP Councilor Jennings, and the letter from City Clerk Bazzano that clarifies the stance of the City on this matter.

"The news of Cynthia Jennings having changed her voter registration to Democrat and leaving her home in the Working Families Party came as a shock.

After years of enjoying a fruitful, cooperative relationship with her on the Court of Common Council, as WFP council members, we are saddened that our colleague did not inform us of her choice.

According to the City Charter, it appears that Attorney Jennings resigned from Common Council when she changed her political party affiliation. The voters of Hartford chose the Working Families Party to represent them, it is important for the health of our democracy that her successor represent the same party and values.

The WFP will work to find a successor from the registered Working Families Party voter rolls in Hartford. It has been a pleasure to work with Attorney Jennings in the last two years, and we wish her well in her endeavors. We thank her for her service and sacrifice."


Police surveillance ordinance


It's time to legalize Marijuana

"By passing this resolution we put ourselves in the drivers seat to ensure the conversation around the regulation of Marijuana in Connecticut is grounded in racial and economic justice. "

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Hartford Hurricane Relief Center Fundraiser/Clothing Drive


Puerto Rico Se Levanta! D.C. Unity March Nov 19

It was an honor to be a featured speaker at the Unity March for Puerto Rico. You can find the full text of my speech below. Full picture album courtesy of the CT Puerto Rican Agenda available at: https://www.facebook.com/NPRACT/posts/1484615938319563

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Housing Resources for Survivors Displaced by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico


 

Housing Resources for Survivors Displaced by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico

FEMA and the government of Puerto Rico announced today that Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) is available to Puerto Ricans who are unable to return to their homes because they are displaced as a result of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. This is one of several short-term housing options being offered to meet the demand for post-storm safe housing.  Transitional Sheltering Assistance allows eligible applicants to shelter in a hotel or motel, for a limited period of time, as a bridge to intermediate and longer-term housing.  FEMA pays all costs for rooms and taxes through direct payments to participating hotels and motels.

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