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OIB Poll: What’s Your Opinion About Leadership Issues In The City’s Black Community?

December 21st, 2014 · No Comments · Analysis and Comment

OIB and Connecticut Post articles have raised questions about a leadership vacuum in the city's black community. Do you agree or disagree?

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New Generation Of Black Leaders More Concerned With ‘What’s In It For Me’

December 21st, 2014 · No Comments · Firefighters, News and Events

Retired city firefighter Donald Day shares a perspective on leadership differences in the black community past and present. Day served as president of the Firebird Society and fought for racial balance in the Fire Department.

With all the press about a vacuum in the black leadership here in Bridgeport, from the NAACP and our black organizations, I felt compelled to address this issue. Let me quote Reverend Dr. Anthony L. Bennett, “There is no one black organization that speaks for all the black people here in Bridgeport.”

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Foster To Finch: Use Your Own Loot

December 21st, 2014 · 25 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

Mary-Jane Foster, a 2011 mayoral candidate considering another run in 2015, asserts Mayor Bill Finch is using city funds to promote his reelection campaign. Commentary from Foster that also appears in the Sunday print edition of the CT Post.

In the last few months, my husband and I have each received birthday cards from Mayor Bill Finch. We both thought it odd as we don’t consider ourselves friends of the mayor’s but then we remembered: it’s a primary year and time for the mayor to start spending taxpayer dollars to advance his re-election campaign.

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Torres Chats With Rush On Obama’s Cuba Policy, ‘Black Relations My New Pet’

December 21st, 2014 · 13 Comments · City Council, City Politics, National Politics

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Enrique Torres, displaying recent tattoo in support of black economic liberation, appeared on Rush radio show to talk free trade with Cuba.

It took 10 years, but Republican City Councilman Enrique Torres got through to conservative talk show godfather Rush Limbaugh on Thursday to agree with Barack Obama about free trade with Cuba where Torres once lived. Torres also told Rush “I’d love to call you some future day and talk to you about black relations, because that’s my new pet.” The transcript from Rush’s website follows: [Read more →]

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Ballot Rigged? Election Splits Local Guardians Organization

December 19th, 2014 · 6 Comments · City Politics, Law Enforcement, News and Events

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Rev. Al Sharpton, left, with Ron Bailey during Guardians awards ceremony in 2009.

The Bridgeport Guardians, a 40-year organization fighting for the rights of minority police officers, is in the throes of a testy organizational struggle between current leader Lonnie Blackwell, a lieutenant who commands the Bridgeport Regional Police Academy, and members supporting the election of Milton Johnson as president.
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Barry Christmas! Mayor Issues Holiday Greeting Featuring Barack, Finch: Obama A Strong Friend To City

December 19th, 2014 · 13 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

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Mayor Bill Finch and family with Barack Obama during his Bridgeport campaign stop for Governor Malloy. Left to right, Christopher Finch, Sonya Finch, Obama, Finch, Aiden Finch, Atticus Finch, Pete Finch.

UPDATE: Finch statement. While some politicians run for the holiday hills from Barack Obama’s coal-filled stocking approval rating, Mayor Bill Finch embraces him, so much so the mayor mailed a holiday card featuring his family in a photo taken with the president during his campaign stop in Bridgeport for Governor Malloy on the eve of the November election.
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CT Post: Blacks Have Lost Their Voice, Inner-city Children Suffer

December 18th, 2014 · 18 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

Infighting, allegations of misconduct and suspension of local members by the national office has the Greater Bridgeport chapter of the NAACP trying to rediscover itself in a leadership gulf. Interesting read from the editorial board of the Connecticut Post:

The history books tell us that the African-American civil rights movement ended in 1968 with passage of the Fair Housing Act, a vital and shamefully late piece of legislation that followed the 1965 Voting Rights Acts and the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

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