Mixing It Up

A closer look at cultural diversity

Lack of diversity on Main Street Partnership

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People have been asking me why there aren’t any African-Americans on the Main Street Partnership in Danbury, CT. So I gave Mayor Mark Boughton a call to get the answer. Boughton said he didn’t really look at skin color when appointing people to the group, which is responsible for planning the revitalization of the city. […] [Read More]

Mayor’s office receives hundreds of tacos

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Joseph Maturo’s office, a.k.a. East Haven Town Hall, received about 500 tacos Thursday afternoon, according to several media outlets. The tacos were donated to a local homeless shelter, reports said. Junta for Progressive Action, a Latino non-profit organization in New Haven, Conn., sent the tacos to the East Haven mayor on behalf of people who sent […] [Read More]

East Haven mayor helps Latino community one taco at a time

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As you’ve probably heard, four East Haven police officers were arrested Tuesday on charges of intimidating and harassing Hispanic residents and business owners. I’m glad the FBI is holding these officers accountable for their actions, which are racist and bullying. However, since hearing a clip of their mayor talk, I’m not surprised that this type […] [Read More]

MLK celebration in Danbury Monday

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New Hope Baptist Church will have its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration Monday, Jan. 16 at 11 a.m. Thirty-year-old Chris Price, a Danbury High School graduate will be the keynote speaker. The program will also include musical performances by members of the Danbury High School band and the church’s youth choir, as well as […] [Read More]

More Asian-Americans are running for Congress

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There is a record number of Asian-Americans running for Congress in the 2012 elections, according to USA Today. There are currently 11 members of the U.S. House and two in the U.S. Senate who have Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander ancestry, the article says. But that’s really not that many compared to the 400+ […] [Read More]

Newt Gingrich to urge blacks to get off food stamps

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“I will go to the NAACP convention and tell the African-American community why they should demand paychecks instead of food stamps,” 2012 Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said according to TheGrio.com. Gingrich allegedly made this comment during a town hall in Plymouth, New Hampshire. I’m not sure what the context of Gingrich’s statement was, but if it’s true that […] [Read More]

WIll election bring Hispanics to Danbury council?

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Although the city is 25 percent Hispanic, there are no Hispanics on Danbury’s City Council, said Joe Cavo, the council’s chairman. “We’d love to have the council be representative of the constituents,” Cavo said. If the council represented the city, there would be 5 or 6 Hispanics on the 21-member council. In the 2011 election, […] [Read More]

Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial dedication ceremony postponed

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CNN has reported that Sunday’s dedication ceremony for the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial in Washington, DC has been postponed because of the anticipation of Hurricane Irene. I’m so disappointed. I was planning to attend this monumental event and tell you all about it. I guess I have to wait. Safety first! Related links: Mixing […] [Read More]

Washington honors MLK Aug. 28

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Tavis Smiley – MLK Memorial by BuildTheDream Martin Luther King, Jr. will be honored with a memorial dedication, Sunday, Aug. 28, in Washington, D.C. The celebration will begin at 10 a.m. with a concert and the dedication at 11 a.m. The dedication will take place in the National Memorial West Potomac Park and will mark […] [Read More]

Meet the Alams

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I recently had the pleasure of meeting the Alams. Mohammed Rafiqul Alam, his wife Nasreen, and their two sons are from Bangladesh, and currently live in Danbury. The Alams started a new mosque on Main Street called Baitul Mukarram Masjid. They also host many fundraisers for local politicians including Chris Murphy and Chris Donovan, as […] [Read More]