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Mayoral Race Heats Up In May, 2015 OIB News Highlights

December 25th, 2015 · 3 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

2015 May news highlights: The concept began with former State Rep. Auden Grogins, now on the state bench, and has continued with her State House replacement Steve Stafstrom. The state Department of Transportation has approved the city’s application to provide $3.8 million for a pedestrian bridge over Ash Creek linking Black Rock from Fox Street […]

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Final Mayoral Debates Before Primary

September 9th, 2015 · 17 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

The final two debates before the September 16 Democratic primary will take place Thursday morning at 8 at Housatonic Community College hosted by the Bridgeport Regional Business Council and Thursday night at Mount Aery Baptist Church, 73 Frank Street, from 7 to 9 p.m. organized by Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut.

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The Challenge Of Police And Community Relationships Aired At Church Forum

June 18th, 2015 · 6 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

A responsive rather than reactionary police department was one of the sentiments shared Wednesday night at a forum at Bethel AME Church on Grove Street.

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Pastor Bennett: Racial Divide Makes Us Black And Blue

May 24th, 2015 · 16 Comments · News and Events

In a commentary that first appeared in the Sunday edition of the Connecticut Post, Anthony Bennett, pastor of Mount Aery Baptist Church, writes about the poor condition of race relations in America, asserting “black and white fears are compounded with blue fear as lived out by many law enforcement agencies.” In the aftermath of Freddy […]

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Pastors: Address Larger Racial Issues In Police Department And Community

March 18th, 2015 · 18 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

In response to a story about Mayor Bill Finch’s police recruitment efforts, OIB was contacted by Rev. Anthony Bennett, pastor of Mount Aery Baptist Church, who shared that his full remarks–edited for a news release video issued by the mayor’s office–were not focused on recruitment but rather on the city’s response to the “white power […]

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With Ganim On The Horizon, Finch Pitches Diversity In Police Department Recruitment Effort

March 17th, 2015 · 19 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, News and Events

In an election year, closing in on the deadline to apply for the latest police recruitment class, Mayor Bill Finch was flanked by members of the city’s clergy including Anthony Bennett, Bernadette Maynard-Hickman and Charlie Stallworth (see video), promoting diversity that reflects the makeup of the city. In doing so Finch is reaching out to […]

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

December 21st, 2014 · 7 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 […]

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The Power Of The Pulpit–Is Pastor Bennett Considering A Mayoral Run?

December 12th, 2012 · 49 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Education

The next mayoral election is 2015, but if you want to build coalitions, speak out on issues and poise yourself as mayoral timber, it’s not too soon to commence groundwork. That, at least, is the thinking of a number of political operatives and neighborhood leaders prevailing upon Anthony Bennett, pastor of Mount Aery Baptist Church […]

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