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FoodShare’s President to Resign, Heads to New York


BLOOMFIELD –Gloria McAdam, Foodshare’s President and CEO, has accepted a position heading an organization that fights hunger in Northern New York.

McAdam will remain at Foodshare until Dec. 31, 2014 when she will assume the role of Executive Director of GardenShare in Canton, NY, near where she grew up.  During the search for a permanent replacement, COO Christine O’Rourke will serve as interim CEO.

The organization has already activated its succession plan, which includes launching a nationwide search for a new President/CEO.

“We are indebted to Gloria for building a robust and dynamic organization with a strong mission and a deep bench of talented employees,” said Leslie Soler, Chair of Foodshare’s Board.  “Her determination and passion for the twin issues of fighting hunger and ending its causes has been an inspiration for the last 30 years.  We will miss her terribly, but her drive to build this organization into a fiscally sound force against hunger leaves it strong and resilient.”

 

 

 

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OEM Controls, Inc. Employees Eligible for Benefits


WETHERSFIELD – Former employees of OEM Controls, Inc. in Shelton, Connecticut who produced joystick controllers and control systems, were certified on September 9, 2014 as eligible to apply for federal Trade Adjustment Assistance.

The Connecticut Labor Department is mailing an eligibility notice regarding the benefits to all affected employees and is providing information on how to apply for benefits. Employees eligible to apply for federal benefits are those who are or will be totally or partially separated from employment due to lack of work on or after Aug. 8, 2013 and on or before Sept. 9, 2016.
Available assistance may include: training; income support in the form of Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA); job search and relocation allowances for qualified workers who seek or obtain employment outside their normal commuting areas.  Individuals 50 years of age and older who return to lower-paying work may be eligible to receive Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA) wage subsidies.
Workers who qualify yet do not receive eligibility information are urged to contact their nearest American Job Center for information and assistance.

Those who need to apply for unemployment benefits are reminded that claims can now be taken over the Internet or by telephone. Information can be found on the Department of Labor’s Web site at www.ct.gov.

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CRT Offers Help with Foreclosures


HARTFORD — Help is available for Greater Hartford area homeowners facing foreclosure.

The Community Renewal Team has housing counselors who can work with homeowners to put a plan in place to save the home from foreclosure.

There are no income restrictions to participate in CRT’s foreclosure prevention and homeowners don’t need to have a foreclosure notice before taking part.

CRT’s expanded foreclosure prevention program is due in part to increased federal funding to programs that help homeowners.

For more information on CRT’s Housing Counselling Department and how we can help homeowners at all income levels, call (860) 761-7937 or email foreclosure@crtct.org.

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The Latino Political House is Divided On Immigration


Those concerned with immigration reform, deportations, family separations, and unaccompanied minors surrendering at the southern border, are caught in a transfixed credibility debate about President Obama’s announcement to delay any decision to exercise executive action of administrative relief for the estimated 11 million undocumented migrants currently in the country.

After committing publicly at a White House press conference to make a decision by the end of the summer, Obama announced in early September that he would wait until after the midterm elections to decide what action to take. There is nothing conclusive indicating that any relief granted would be sweeping, bold, and inclusive – in any case. Everything about Obama’s trajectory tells us that it would be cautious, limited, and conflictive.

the-hartford-guardian-OpinionImmigrant rights activists have harshly criticized the president for one more broken promise. Republicans have denounced him as an opportunist for delaying his decision on electoral grounds and being an imperial executive usurping the legislative role of congress. Vulnerable Democratic Senators in tight competitive races and the Democratic Party leadership, fearful of a white voter backlash, gave off a big sigh of relief. And, administration insider and outsider apologists immediately lined up to defend their patron.

Sadly, Dolores Huerta is only the latest to try and pull Obama’s chestnuts out of the fire with her recent quote from a VOXXI.COM interview, “We have to look at the big picture and don’t get caught up in saying we want it now.” “…we are a community that can wait.” And, “we have to have faith in our president…” How ironic that she expresses no anger at the 70,000 to 100,000 more deportations Obama’s delay will provoke. Multi-millionaire Henry Cisneros, former Secretary of HUD under President Clinton, has repeatedly railed against immigrant advocates for demanding of the president “not one more deportation.” Disgraced and separated vice president of the Service Employees International Union, Eliseo Medina, has probably been the most protective of Obama at every turn. And, Cecilia Muñoz, Director of Domestic Policy Council, and Assistant to President Obama, has been the White House’s pit-bull in silencing critics of the deportation machine.

On the whole, Obama’s Latino defenders all have a financial stake in his regime. They are all recipients of largesse either from the administration directly or through his party or allied private foundations. They belong to the corrupt patronage system and have gladly accepted their proverbial role as house peons who run to save the master’s burning house faster than the master himself. The most immoral observation about their behavior is the lack of transparency about their personal moneyed interests and positions as they implicitly defend massive deportations of historic dimension.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus for its part was incensed at its junior role in the jockeying for the president’s attention and shunted aside in deference to the conservative Democratic Senators. Almost two weeks to the day it finally issued a letter to the president calling on him to comply with his new promise, but refused to hold him to a date certain, and omitted to articulate any possible consequences for not acting before the year’s end. Muñoz met with the members prior to the letter’s release in an effort to placate them and caution against any overreach in their demands on her boss. Caucus members are feeling the heat from the streets by immigrant organizations in their respective districts and are deathly fearful of a lower than normal voter turnout for the elections.

There is a growing movement towards political independence away from both Democrats and Republicans, especially among younger voters and advocates. This is positive outcome of the controversy.

The demand for executive action by the president was not the product of mainstream funded groups, but of independent grassroots base organizations fed up with the legislative impositions emanating out of Washington D.C. Executive action became a necessity due to the impossibility of passing fair and humane immigration reform in the face of two million deportations and family separations, and 700,000 American minors exiled in Mexico with their deported Mexican parents. S.744, the bipartisan “comprehensive immigration reform” passed by the Senate last year, was nothing but a sop to big business and border enforcement xenophobes, and was light on equitable legalization for immigrants.

The National Coordinating Committee for Fair and Humane Immigration Reform 2014, in alignment with a growing independent movement of DREAMer and migrant-led organizations, advocates for immediate administrative relief and not waiting until after the midterms, unless the president suspends deportations for the duration of the delay. Migrant families should not pay the horribly high price for the party’s election anxieties. The relief must be sweeping and bold, and include all migrants contributing to the economic recovery of the country.

Absent such action, we recommend that Latino voters not support any Democratic or Republican candidate in the midterms that does not support an immediate end to deportations and relief, particularly in the five to nine toss-up Senate races of most concern to Democratic Party leaders. It is time to register as independent, and those already registered to re-register accordingly, forge an independent political electorate among Latino communities nationally, and make both parties work for our vote by every day addressing our problematic needs and interests as the largest non-white and fastest growing constituency in America.

We stand on the side of the millions of deportees and their families, and the millions more who still hold out hope for presidential action. Let the apologists be defined on the side of the deportation apparatus, while migrants judge their role in history. September 22, 2014.

The National Coordinating Committee 2014 for Fair and Humane Immigration Reform is an independent binational network of migrant worker and family grassroots organizations and coalitions that struggle for immigration reform according to the needs of our families in California, Texas, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Illinois, New York, Georgia, Florida and Mexico.

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Bike Week to Begin at Old State House


HARTFORD — How did a Civil War veteran become the father of the American bicycle and turn Hartford into the bicycle capital of the world?

Join Steve Goddard, author of Colonel Albert Pope and His American Dream Machines, on  Sept. 16 at noon to discover how one Hartford factory became the largest employer in New England, producing everything from high wheelers to bicycles to electric cars.

Following  Goddard’s talk, join in a panel discussion about making Connecticut more bike-friendly and promoting bike racing among Connecticut kids with Goddard, Aidan Charles, the Founder and Executive Director of the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program, and Kelly Kennedy, Executive Director of Bike Walk Connecticut. TheConnecticut Network’s (CT-N) Diane Smith will moderate the conversation.

Following the program, enjoy Wheels for All, a temporary exhibit that showcases six bikes dating from 1869 to 1914, on loan from the Connecticut Historical Society.  This will be on display at Connecticut’s Old State House from Sept. 16-20.

General admission rates apply to this exhibit.

The American Dream Machine: Bicycles Past, Present & Future begins at Noon, attendees are encouraged to enjoy their lunches during this free event inside Connecticut’s Old State House.

For more information on admission prices, upcoming events and parking discounts nearby, visit online at http://www.ctoldstatehouse.org.

 

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Quinnipiac Poll Shows Foley Leading Malloy in Gubernatorial Race


HARTFORD — Eight weeks before the gubernatorial election, Connecticut voters are thinking Republican candidate Tom Foley would do a better job than Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
That’s according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released on Wednesday. The poll shows Foley leading with 46 points to Malloy’s 40– when asked who would do a better job at handling the economy/jobs.
Hartford-VotersFoley leads 82 to 9 percent among Republicans and 48 to 35 percent among independent voters, while Malloy takes Democrats 77 to 10 percent, the poll finds.
However, Malloy has a 45 to 38 percent lead with women. And Foley has a 54 to 35 percent lead among men.
But it’s too early to call this race, said Douglas Schwartz, PhD, director of the Quinnipiac University poll.
“In our first likely voter poll, Tom Foley has the edge but Gov. Dannel Malloy is certainly within striking distance,” Schwartz said. “Foley has a double-digit lead among the key swing group, independent voters. With eight weeks until Election Day, there are 6 percent undecided and another 30 percent who say they could change their mind.”
Schwartz added that Malloy’s difficulty is that he has a high negative favorability rating, 53 percent as opposed to Foley’s negative favorability rating of 33 percent.

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John Dempsey Hospital Has Some Explaining to Do


By Ann-Marie Adams

The University of Connecticut’s John Dempsey Hospital has some explaining to do.
After months of requesting medical records for an emergency visit to this hospital in April, I have yet to receive all my records, primarily to prove the horror that occur on that faithful day I was forced into the hospital.
Dr_AnnMarie_AdamsIt was a scary six-month journey of encounters with medical students and doctors who seemed frighteningly out of touch with reality. And this is not hyperbole.
What was frightening to me is that they were not used to interacting with many educated black women such as myself—much less formulate a socio-psycho evaluation of me. In fact, I hardly came in contact with any black or culturally competent doctors.
the-hartford-guardian-OpinionI moved through the Hartford-area medical systems in a state of shock because I did not know it was that bad. The situation then turns into another nightmare when I asked for my own medical records six months ago.
According to Connecticut’s state law, doctors and medical facilities are required to promptly allow patients to review or get copies of their medical records. For John Dempsey, it has been a six-month maze, leaving me to conclude that they are covering up the big mess they caused by their “mistake.”
What was even more frightening is that they were forcing medications on me without a signed consent form. I went into the hospital on April 4, 2014 a healthy, strong woman and came out with all manner of illness. Naturally, I was curious about the details of my stay.
After waiting so long to review the information, I’m starting to believe they are hesitant about even having me review the records because there is something untoward about that faithful day. And it must be investigated.
So I was patient. I made another visit to the medical record office, and I was told that another option was to just make an appointment to review the records. I spoke to Michele Brackett, who is the supervisor of the medical reviewing unit. And a month later, I’m still waiting for an appointment—just to look at those records.
This is odd.
If John Dempsey has nothing to hide, its medical records supervisors should have had a logical explanation when I visited the office recently. They didn’t. It also occurred to me that these people are not aware of that there is a law that exists to regulate this matter. Or they just don’t care.
But it should be said in this case, John Dempsey, that it was the cover up—not the crime—that usually gets the culprits.

Perhaps it’s time for your staff to review the Hippocratic oath. It’s right here.

And send me my damn records—all of it.

Dr. Ann-Marie Adams is an award-winning journalist/historian and the founder of The Hartford Guardian. She has worked for numerous local and international publications, including The Hartford Courant, People Magazine, Washington Post, The Root, Fox News and NBC News4. She has also taught history and journalism at Howard University, Quinnipiac University and Rutgers University.


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Spanish-Speaking Center Puts Out Alert


Updated Sept. 10, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

NEW BRITAIN — The Spanish Speaking Center of New Britain on Tuesday said Greater Hartford residents should be beware of deceptive business practices from the multi-level marketing company, Herbalife. 

Representatives from the small faith-based community organization that has been serving low and moderate income families since 1964, said the organization’s campaign is “to raise awareness and provide information about the resources available to assist those who have lost money to the nutritional products and weight loss supplement maker.”

They said consumer fraud is pervasive in the Latino community that those who are being deceived are afraid to come forward.

“I am deeply troubled by the stories I am hearing from members of this community who have invested their hard-earned time and money into Herbalife,” said SSCNB Executive Director Mary L. Sanders. “The Spanish Speaking Center of New Britain wants those who have lost money to Herbalife, which is often framed as a get-rich-quick business opportunity, to know that they are not alone—and that resources are available to assist them.”

“I lost over $2,000 of my savings in Herbalife,” said Nereida Duran, a former Herbalife distributor.  “I experienced tremendous pressure to recruit more and more individuals in order to move up the ladder.  The promises I was given included cruises, vacations and a great income.  In the end, I never once received a check from Herbalife.  I encourage others who had experiences like mine to come forward today.”

Herbalife has refuted claims of fraud. According to a press release to The Hartford Guardian.

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“The allegations being made today are misguided and entirely incorrect, and we would welcome an opportunity to educate everyone involved in order to correct the misinformation and misperceptions they have been given about Herbalife.

 

As has been documented in the press repeatedly, Herbalife has been the target of a manufactured and misleading campaign by a Wall Street hedge fund manager with the hope of putting the company out of business to enrich himself and to the detriment of thousands of members, customers, employees and investors.  Unfortunately, this campaign continues today.

 

There is nothing new here.  The data offered is inaccurate and the allegations are ill founded.  Herbalife stands behind the quality of our products and our commitment to member satisfaction and consumer protection. Herbalife’s ‘Gold Standard’ consumer-protection rules provide all members with industry-leading protections including low startup costs, a 100% money-back guarantee for unsold products within 12 months of purchase, clear and accurate product information with business opportunity guidelines and a written acknowledgement of these protections. The company’s ‘Gold Standard’ rules not only meet, but exceed the standards prescribed by the Direct Selling Association (DSA), of which the Company is a long-time member in good standing.

 Herbalife is very proud of its presence in Connecticut, supporting nearly 4,000 independent members throughout the state. Their success is a tribute to the hard work of our members and a clear demand to live a healthy lifestyle.”

 

 

 

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Group Seeks Volunteers to Help Veterans


HARTFORD — Several agencies want to help Hartford veterans, the men and women who served in the armed forces.

Rebuilding Together and the Livable, Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative has teamed up to perform exterior home and yard clean-up aimed at renovating the homes of twelve Hartford veterans.

The group is looking for volunteers to assist in the project, which is scheduled for Sept. 13  from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The 12 homes of these honored veterans are located throughout the city.

Officials said that volunteers are needed “to help serve those who have served.”

Individuals interested in volunteering can register on-line at www.rebuildingtogetherhartford.org.c When you go to the website, click on the green box that says: “Click here to Register.”

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Do We Need to Reassess Our Immigration Reform Strategy?


By Angelo Falcón, New America Media
ISIS beheadings. The Putining of the Ukraine. The Ebola pandemic. The police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. The 2014 mid-term elections. And then there is immigration reform.

The immediate big question is whether President Obama will be taking decisive executive actions to stop and slow deportations before the mid-term elections. A politically cautious move would be to keep promising to do so, but actually doing it sometime after November. This would make the most jittery members of his party running for reelection less jittery while continuing to make promises to Latino and other immigration advocates who otherwise have no place else to go.

national-immigration-reform-blacksOr, who knows, the President might make a bold move by implementing long-overdue executive actions to keep his promises to the Latino community, with the only political benefit to him being using this to promote more unpopular impeachment talk by the Republicans. Then there is a possibility that he will come up with some weak middle ground that nobody will be happy with, except the America with Obama political triangulators.

By postponing any action on deportations until after the midterms, the President then moves the issue within the dynamics of the 2016 Presidential race. This would put more pressure on the Republicans to compromise on some form of comprehensive immigration reform. It would then increase the possibility of the President coming up with some sort of legislative solution to this problem. But will the dynamics change radically in Washington if the Democrats lose control of the Senate? No one really knows.

Within this context, there are still Latino and other immigration advocates who are holding on to the hope (some say foolishly) of comprehensive immigration reform passing the Congress in this session while at the same time pushing for unilateral action on this issue by the President. The Congressional inaction on proposals to address the issue of the unaccompanied border kids should be a clear tip-off that the future of comprehensive immigration reform through the Congress anytime soon is, pardon the pun, the stuff of dreamers.

the-hartford-guardian-OpinionAll indications are that any Congressionally created immigration reform will be largely punitive against Latinos and other poor immigrants. The Senate bill, which was widely lauded when proposed last year, creates a bureaucratic nightmare, more of an obstacle course than a path to citizenship. And it would add to an already overly-militarized border, at a time when the Michael Brown case has raised the nation’s consciousness about the negative and often deadly effects of militarizing our police. And this was the best that the Congress could produce; with even more disastrous versions emerging after it failed to get support.

Which raises the question: Does the Latino community need fundamentally to reassess our strategy for immigration reform, both from a political and policy perspective? The move to focus on what the President can accomplish unilaterally through executive action is a good first step. But the political winds in the next few years promise to be tortuous for Latinos and the country as a whole. How we navigate them as a community may require the need to get back creatively to basics.

Angelo Falcón is president of the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP). He can be reached at afalcon@latinopolicy.org.

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