Monday, April 21, 2014

#DCFJaneDoe speaks: Her imprisonment in adult jail without charges diminishes liberty for all

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Trans teen held in adult jail rebuts DCF Commissioner Katz
  • Statement by Jane Doe April 23, 2014

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  • Cool Justice Editor's Note: We understand Jane Doe has faced juvenile charges; the extreme maneuvers placing her in segregation in adult jail, however, demand a better semblance of due process, transparency and accountability. Can't CT do any better than this?

    Cool Justice column
    #JaneDoeDCF speaks: Her imprisonment in adult jail without charges diminishes liberty for all

    I had been hearing about unwise and inappropriate incarceration of young women in Connecticut for many months, if not longer.

    The calls built up as there was talk of a new and locked residential facility for delinquent girls in Middletown.

    This is weighty stuff: damaged and endangered lives and practices and policies that some of our supposedly best and brightest can’t get right.

    Without knowing many details, why not just jump in?

    What better starting point than the April 12, 2014 affidavit of 16-year-old Jane Doe. Her statement was filed in the U.S. District Court action Jane Doe v. the state department of correction and the department of children and families and their commissioners, respectively, James Dzurenda and Joette Katz.

    This Jane Doe cannot say she was protected by or benefited from the parenthood of DCF, which has been responsible for her well being most of her life.

    As of this writing – a couple days before publication – Jane Doe had been locked up in a cell 22-23 hours day at the Niantic jail for the crime of, well, for no crime. The only crime I can think of goes something like this: You are herby locked up because your natural parents and the state of Connecticut could not or would not protect or nurture you as a vulnerable child ...

  • Complete column at Register Citizen

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  • Middletown Press

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  • More Cool Justice: 'Governor of the Hidden Public Records'
  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    ‘Governor of The Hidden Public Records’

    NEW, via New Haven Register:

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    From Danbury City Hall


    the City has not received any warnings from actuaries regarding the funding of City pensions


    Cool Justice column:
    More bad jokes emanate from Danbury City Hall as public records are sought

    Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton’s legal team – famous across the land for baseless threats against a local blogger – continues to write new chapters in the delay, deny, defend game over access to public records.

    Curiously, these efforts now focus on stonewalling requests for financial records as gubernatorial candidate Boughton proclaims the mantra, “People Over Politics.” Already criticized for hypocrisy over his alliance with indicted former congressional candidate Lisa Wilson Foley, a flip-flop on gun control and deletion of critical Facebook comments on the gun issue, Boughton’s war on freedom of information poses a grave threat not only to the citizenry at large, but also to his own political fortune.

    What was up with the Boughton-Wilson Foley deal? After the New Haven Register and Register Citizen broke the story that former Gov. John Rowland had a shadow role in Wilson Foley’s campaign while ostensibly working for her husband’s nursing home chain, Boughton helped deliver Danbury delegates to his former rival. Maybe he’s like Mother Theresa and just did it out of the kindness of his heart. Or, maybe there’s more to it.

    As CT News Junkie reported, Boughton’s decision to end his relationship with Mayors Against Illegal Guns came just a few days after he was criticized by Second Amendment supporters at a Capitol rally. “I am not sure that the timing of his departure will help his campaign at this point,” a leader of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League told the news site. The daughter of slain Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung criticized Boughton for “putting his political ambitions ahead of the safety of Connecticut families.”

    A normal and reasonable person might think Team Boughton would have wised up after being exposed in federal court for amateurish attempts to silence Hat City blogger Al Robinson ...

  • Complete column & DOCUMENTS at Register Citizen

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  • Saturday, April 12, 2014

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    The official poster for the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History Jazz Appreciation Month 2014 features the Joseph Holston screen print “Jazz.” Created and printed in 1990 by Holston, the print is his tribute to American jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane.

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  • More Cool Justice: She ‘imagined hearing poems read in a variety of languages by people who just love poetry’
  • Tuesday, April 08, 2014

    She ‘imagined hearing poems read in a variety of languages by people who just love poetry’

    Bessy Reyna, the poet and arts editor for @IdentidadLatina, reports that about 70 languages are spoken in Hartford.

    Reyna saw this as an opportunity to bring poetry – not just any poetry, but poets reading from at least 16 of those languages – to every neighborhood in the capital city. The city government and the Hartford Public Library agreed.

    “I’ve long wanted to work with Bessy and this is the perfect opportunity,” said Kristina Newman-Scott, the city of Hartford’s director of Marketing, Events and Cultural Affairs. “So many people in Hartford don’t realize how diverse our city is. I’m excited to attend all of these events – It’s like taking a trip without having to leave home.”

    As a result of this collaboration, a two-week celebration called “Hartford Loves Poetry” was to open Monday evening, April 7, at the Park Street branch of the library. The opening event was to feature Fulbright Scholar Jose Gonzalez, an English professor at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Each of the 10 branches of the HPL will host readings and workshops with opportunities for the audience to share works via open microphone sessions. A complete schedule is posted under programs and exhibits at the library website,

    “The opportunity to create a poetry festival for Hartford sparked thoughts of the diversity and cultural richness of our many communities,” Reyna said. “I imagined hearing poems read in a variety of languages by people who just love poetry.”

    Along with English translations, poets will read from languages including Chinese, Italian, Nepalese, Spanish, Hindi, Tamil, Bosnian, Greek, Polish and Hebrew.

    The program is a homecoming of sorts for poet John Stanizzi, who grew up on Albany Avenue in Hartford. Stanizzi – currently teaching English at Manchester Community College – will read at the Albany Avenue library branch on Saturday, April 12. His poem “Cardinals” was featured on National Public Radio’s The @WritersAlmanac with Garrison Keillor

    “This is Bessy’s vision – she hit at least a three-run homer,” said Stanizzi, named New England Poet of the Year by the New England Association of Teachers of English and the author of “Ecstacy Among Ghosts,” now in its fourth printing. “I bet a lot of people didn’t know there were that many library branches in Hartford. Bessy’s sending a message that poetry is alive and well and an uplifting way to bring our lives in focus.”

    Appearing twice in “Hartford Loves Poetry” is Kate Rushin, whose reading of “The Black Backups” at Farmington’s Sunken Garden Poetry Festival was also featured on National Public Radio. Rushin has taught at Wesleyan, MIT and UMASS Boston. Her long poem, “My Lord, What A Morning,” was commissioned by the International Festival of Arts and Ideas and is inspired by the Marian Anderson Studio at the Danbury Historical Society. Rushin will appear April 12 at the Barbour Street branch and April 16 at the Ropkins branch ...

  • Complete column at Register Citizen

  • Also at:

  • New Haven Register

  • Middletown Press


    -- MURDERER'S ROW - Gaby "She Be Stinging" Calvocoressi, Kate "La Terrible" Rushin and Binnie "The Demon Barber" Klein take a breather after reading from their works in a boxing ring Jan. 15, 2010 at The Hartford Club. Also among the presenters during the CT Young Writers Triple Knockout Event -- Poetry, Prose And Pugilism -- was a former State Poetry Champion, Amy Ma, who now teaches for the Hartford Public Schools. The festivities -- including writing workshops, two bands and a boxing exhibition -- drew about 150 guests to the Hartford Club.

    -- Triple KO photos by Bob Thiesfield for the CT Young Writers Trust

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