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With Trump as inspiration, anti-bigotry bills are partisan

Farhan Memon, state chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, stood with U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal to denounce President Trump’s travel ban Thursday as evidence of anti-Muslim bigotry. Then he hurried across the Legislative Office Building atrium to join state legislators in their call for an expanded hate crime law in Connecticut. Continue Reading →

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Malloy zings GOP on bail reform, gets counter from Fasano

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the Connecticut leader of the NAACP pushed back Monday at Republican opposition to Malloy’s proposed bail reforms, casting them as an overdue blow for racial and economic equality. One GOP leader said Malloy was playing the race card, while another made a counter offer. Continue Reading →

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Civil rights groups at odds with CT lawmakers over visa program

WASHINGTON -– A coalition of civil rights groups have joined this week to condemn Congress’ response to the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino – including legislation supported by Connecticut’s Democratic lawmakers. Continue Reading →

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Police violence cases spurring CT proposals for body cameras

WASHINGTON — A rash of cases involving police violence against young black men — most recently including the death of a Baltimore man in police custody — has bolstered the case for body-worn police video cameras both in Connecticut and Washington. Several Connecticut departments are exploring the idea, and the U.S. Senate will hold a hearing on the issue this week. Continue Reading →

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Despite GOP opposition, Senate confirms Bolden to federal bench

WASHINGTON – New Haven Corporation Counsel Victor Allen Bolden was confirmed by the U.S. Senate Thursday to a federal judgeship in Connecticut on a narrow 49-46 vote. All Senate Republicans opposed the nomination of Bolden, 49, who has served as an attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and as a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union.
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Bolden nomination to U.S. court advances despite GOP opposition

Saying he is an “activist” who would not interpret the law without bias, a key Republican lawmaker led GOP opposition Thursday to the nomination of New Haven Corporation Counsel Victor Allen Bolden as a U.S. District court judge for Connecticut. Nonetheless, Bolden’s nomination was reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on a party-line 10-8 vote. Continue Reading →

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CT foundation helps Library of Congress commemorate civil rights struggle

WASHINGTON — With a $500,000 grant, the Connecticut-based Newman’s Own Foundation has helped fund a special exhibit at the Library of Congress that includes more than 200 items and 70 audio-visual recordings illustrating the centuries of struggle for racial equality of African Americans and other minorities. Continue Reading →

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