Wednesday, May 1, 2019

OWNERS OF THE PLANTATION DEALING WITH OUTSPOKEN MALE SLAVES



The words contained in this blog are my opinion. There may be other articles that are published and these words/opinions belong to that writer.

Fighting on the Plantation

I created this website as a direct response to bias, discrimination and racism within the Department of Children and Families (DCF), Connecticut Juvenile Training School (CJTS) and other State Agencies. This is just a beginning introduction about state run agencies that oppress employees of color while claiming to help children & adolescents.


Monday, November 12, 2018

BLACK DCF WORKERS IN WILLIMANTIC UNDER ATTACK ?

There are rumors swirling in the murky ether of negative treatment of black workers in a social service agency. It is alleged that the Department of Children and Families is targeting black employees at its Willimantic office. One source claims a worker named Bella Wilson 'sistah' came under scrutiny by white management and then escorted off the DCF property for vague reasons. This theme of abusing black employees is a narrative that continues from years ago. "More black workers-male and female-are being targeted."

IS ANYONE MONITORING A RACIST AGENCY LIKE THIS ?

Sunday, September 23, 2018

THE ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ARE NOT BEING ADDRESSED

 The Department of Children and Families in Hartford, CT  supposedly ignored repeated rumors of sexual misconduct by a male in top leadership. The person in question has since departed DCF in order to evade possible exposure. This reporter listened intently as two female employees of DCF explained how a male in top leadership was involved in sexual affairs with females he supervised. According to sources this leadership person used his authority as a way to have sex with several women. In 2015-2016 some of this leaked out.

When will a full investigation take place??

Sunday, June 24, 2018

GAY MAN OF COLOR AT DCF WILLIMATIC OFFICE EXCESSIVELY MONITORED BY SUPERVISORS ?

The allegations about racial discrimination against employees of color at Department of Children and Families in Connecticut is a constant theme. In the year 2010 five workers at Connecticut Juvenile Training School filed a class action racial discrimination against Connecticut Juvenile Training School in Middletown, CT. Then employee Cornell Lewis et al. forced DCF to have  conversations about race..after Cornell complained to Governor Jodi Rell.

Now rumors are swirling of how insensitive supervisors at DCF in Willimantic are discriminating against a gay man of color. The main problems from what this writer is told are 1.he is a black man, 2. he identifies as a gay person.

There is a lot more to this story that shall be revealed in the near future.

There is quite a bit of racial animus toward employees of color at the Willimantic DCF office.

Stay tuned.

Monday, June 18, 2018

ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL PECCADILLOES AT DCF POSSIBLY COVERED UP, WHILE TOP STAFF QUIETLY DEPARTS

There are swirling rumors that a high ranking male member within Department of Families and Children was involved intimately with female employees over a period of years. This pattern of sexual activity with female staff at DCF Central Office on Park and Hudson Street ( also at a field office in Hartford ) grew to the point where it could not be ignored any longer. The fact activity of this type would be brushed under the rug at all is troubling for this agency, claiming to put children safety as a priority. This writer encountered several current and former workers at DCF Central Office who spoke about the wink and nod that allowed sexual activity by a male official within Central Office to go unchecked.

We have all heard about the #ME TOO Movement exposing sexual abuse of men in power toward women in Hollywood, industry, television media, Congress and Senate. Men were called out and rightfully punished for foul behaviors. Yet it appears as if men within DCF's Central Office hierarchy have a Monopoly Pass To Go-when rubbing up against and being involved intimately with female staff.

Instead of this drama of men behaving badly coming out into the open, DCF allowed the perpetrator to quietly relocate. Hmmmm! Looks like women in charge of DCF either did not know about what goes on with staff or do not care.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

THE LETTER THAT SHOCKED THE BLOOMFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT

We are receiving reports that a heartfelt letter from the victim was sent to several of her Bloomfield colleagues in an attempt to bring awareness to racial discrimination within the Bloomfield Public School District. Sources confirmed that several employees were visibly very emotional after reading the letter. Many were seen crying and in complete astonishment as to what this woman has been forced to endure. We were told that shortly after the emotional letter began circulating the district, the victim was asked by HR director William Joslyn to surrender her keys placed on administrative leave, citing the letter as a potential reason for doing so. Several attorneys have reviewed this letter and have confirmed that the victim was exercising her First Amendment right and engaged in what’s considered protected speech. Several of her colleagues, parents, and community members are not rallying around this issue and demanding justice.


If you would like to show your support for this woman, contact Bloomfield Public School District Human Resources Director William Joslyn at wjoslyn@blmfld.org or (860) 769-4234. Let your voices be heard and demand a STOP to the RACIAL DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, and other ILLEGAL TACTICS that this woman has been subjected to. CALL NOW!!!!
Please read the letter below, or click here to read. 



Saturday, May 12, 2018

RUMORS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT BLOOMFIELD HIGH SCHOOL, WHERE THE HELL IS THE #ME TOO MOVEMENT?

As
we continue with part 2 of our reporting, the hallways of Bloomfield High School are buzzing as many are now putting together pieces to a puzzle as to why one of their co-workers was abruptly transferred.

We
will now explore the harassment and stalking that was briefly mentioned in part 1. According to several credible sources, the woman of color from part 1 who is  known for advocating for students was subjected to multiple sinister acts by a male administrator
at Bloomfield High School. Acts such as multiple unwanted phone calls, catcalling, intensified surveillance using district security cameras, being stalked in the halls of the high school, lewd comments, as well as other diabolical acts. The victim reported
these instances to Human Resources but nothing was done to the administrator, in fact his behavior towards her escalated. Sources say that on one occasion he was even observed watching the victim on surveillance cameras and was overheard referring to the victim using a
misogynistic racial slur.  Multiple individuals said the victim felt terrified and even changed her routine to avoid contact with the administrator but felt that prompted him to become more aggressive with her as he began unleashing a series of insidious acts
upon the woman. On several occasions she began finding nails in her tires. When she continued ignoring him, he began making up malicious rumors about her including a “pregnancy”, her weight, and later transferred her to another location to punish her. Sources
revealed that during the time period of these acts she tried to report the additional harassments to the higher-ups but was constantly given the runaround and ignored. Not only did several managers refused to meet with her, on one occasion  she was directed
by a high-level manager to report her abuse to the same person she complained was inflicting the abuse.

America
the #MeToo movement has done an incredible job spotlighting and demanding justice in situations  involving celebrities but what about originary working females? When will the #MeToo movement expose and demand justice for  what’s being done to an ordinary working
class woman?

WAKE
Up AMERICA!!!!

Stay
tuned, we have a lot more diabolical events to reveal.

Local
activists led by Cornell Lewis are looking into organizing a rally in support of the woman mentioned above.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND RACIAL DISCRIMINATION IN THE BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT

What is going on in the Bloomfield School District??? This is unbelievable! According to several reliable sources, a woman of color who is employed by the Bloomfield Public School District has been harassed, assaulted, and discriminated against for advocating for students, informing management of her harassment and assaults, as well as questioning certain policies which specifically targets minorities. Sources state that since reporting these matters to management she was targeted and ostracized as the mistreatment towards her intensified. Sources indicated that she was then retaliated against, threatened financially, and subjected to hostile working conditions. It is the belief of many, that the actions being taken against this woman are deliberate and systematically done, in order to deter other employees from reporting incidents of sexual harassment and racial discrimination.

Sources have reported that the individual who is originally from Bloomfield and grew up in the Bloomfield School District, took a job with the district about 4 years ago. She would purchase lunch for students who could not afford it, stayed after school to tutor students falling behind in their classes, and assisted present and past students with job search and resume writing. In the 4 years she has been working with the district, she has never been disciplined or received any negative evaluations. Sources indicated that after learning that two minority students had been called racial epithets by a teacher, she reported that incident as well as other unethical and discriminatory practices to school officials and was reprimanded for doing so. Sources revealed that she was then subjected to insidious behaviors. For example, being told by an employee to keep silent about any retaliatory methods that were being used against her.


Stay tuned for part two where you will hear about the sexual harassment that this individual was also subjected to


Local activists led by Cornell Lewis are looking into this case, and are considering further actions in her defense.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

TRUE VANGUARD PROTEST AT STARBUCKS OVER RACISM

A few freedom fighters went to Starbucks in Bloomfield, CT to protest the arrest of two black male patrons in a Philadelphia store last week. We were met with stares, glares, questions, and fear. I produced a hanging noose to emphasis how America used lynching as a means of social control. In 2018 social control is used by removing threatening black males from Starbucks for no reason This teaches blacks to "know your place."



Thursday, April 12, 2018

CALL IN TO PROTEST THE FIRING OF SOPHIA DIXON

Sophia Dixon worked for 11 plus years for a company named Key Human Services. Sources report that on March 1, 2018 Sophia was terminated. She had been working at a group home for adults with disabilities located at 15 Applewood Road Bloomfield, CT. Sophia is rumored to have inquired about a unsatisfactory evaluation from a male supervisor on the job. Also Sophia may have suffered from unwanted sexual advances from supervisors, the threat of revealing this news might have been another reason for her termination.
Sophia is a woman of color and is in need of the communities help.

CALL and ask why Sophia was fired.

Please contact: 
President and CEO Marybeth O'Neil

Key Human Services, Inc. 1290 Silas Deane Highway, Suite A
Wethersfield, CT 06109

(860) 4097350    Ext 124

Monday, April 9, 2018

CHARGES OF LOW WAGES, LONG HOURS AND THE TARGETING OF SOPHIA DIXON

In a previous blog story sources revealed that incidents at a group home in Bloomfield, CT raised cause for concern. First of all a woman of color named Sophia Dixon was terminated March 1,2018 from the group home on Applewood Road in Bloomfield. She had worked at the group home for over 13 years and the only crime committed during that time period [ in management's thinking] was questioning a performance evaluation. Several sources indicate how this particular group home operated by Keystone Human Services hires employees at low wages. The standard work shift is over 8 hours and includes employees caring for adults with cognitive or disability issues. Now add into the group home environment supervisors targeting employees considered trouble makers and tensions can run mighty high.

Why after over 13 years on the job did Sophia Dixon get bum rushed out the door? Keystone Human Services is a company with group homes in other states. I wonder if the treatment Sophia received is universal practice in other group homes owned by Keystone Human Services ?

Saturday, April 7, 2018

RUMORS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AND OTHER PROBLEMS AT GROUP HOME

The rumors are swirling around a home for adults with cognitive and physical disabilities. Several sources report that a group home in the Bloomfield area is not exactly a place people might want to work in. For example a former employee named Sophia Dixon is said to have worked 13 years at this Bloomfield facility with a decent evaluation. For some reason Sophia was given a negative evaluation and wanted to know why! Then sources indicate Sophia became the target of a male supervisor who might have made comments unbecoming to his position about her. Somewhere along the line racially charged comments were placed in an email about Sophia [ still working on finding out exactly who sent email]. On March 1,2018 Sophia Dixon was fired.

The DCF Plantation Blog is still collecting data on this issue. In future stories DCF Plantation will focus on the following story lines at this Bloomfield group home. The home is funded by the Department of Development Service.

1. Long working hours and low wages.
2. Charges of  male supervisors and female staff intimacy [ with cover up by management ].
3.Breach of Hippa violations against Sophia Dixon.
4. what the community can do to help Sophia Dixon.

STAY TUNED.

Connecticut Lottery Uses Taxpayer Money to Collect Files On Whistleblower.

The folder below contains photographs of Adam Osmond and family. Adam is a whistleblower that has exposed corruption within the Connecticut Lottery and other state agencies. The photos below were compiled from Facebook and other sites, then placed in a file for CT Lottery to use. Adam redacted pictures of family members for safety and privacy concerns. Also there are pictures below of boxes with Adam's personal information that has nothing to do with CT Lottery.


Saturday, March 24, 2018

CORRUPTION DISCOVERED IN DCF AND DECD, CORRUPTION MADE PUBLIC, BUT EVIDENCE DESTROYED.

The fight against corruption within state agencies has been carried on by Adam Osmond. Adam is a state worker that has suffered greatly due to his whistle blowing efforts within Department of Children and Families (DCF) and Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). In 2008 Mr. Osmond discovered widespread abuse of state credit cards being used in DCF to purchase gas and fix personal cars of employees totaling hundreds thousand dollars [ see below some of the misuse transactions]. In the case of DECD -last 4 years- Mr. Osmond discovered and exposed mismanagement of state funds, this was reported to the state auditor et al. with no real action taken yet. What has been done to Mr. Osmond is similar what state officials did to former Ethics Director Alan S. Plofsky.

http://articles.courant.com/2008-05-20/news/ethics0520.art_1_ethics-agency-state-ethics-commission-rell


Email from DECD showing that someone at DAS sent anonymous documents to the person who was interviewing Mr. Osmond for a position. 

Affidavit letter showing that management requested to destroy the documents that was sent anonymously.  It is against State law to destroy public documents without the permission of State Public Library Public Records. 

Small part of the illegal use of State credit cards that Mr. Osmond discovered,.and through his database these activities were halted.  Adam reported this abuse to the State Auditor which in resulted in retaliation against him as a whistleblower.

Emails from the State Auditors showing that they agreed with Mr. Osmond's findings, and giving him credit  for stopping the waste of State funds.


More to Come

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

NEW REVELATIONS ABOUT OLD FINANCIAL CONCERNS AT CJTS

A person sat down with this reporter at a coffee shop recently to discuss something important. It is no surprise to readers of this blog that Connecticut Juvenile Training School has been, and still is, woefully managed by old white men in administration. Whether it is allowing employees to abuse Workers Compensation, dispensing overtime to favored employees, using a white male employee as an instrument for keeping chaos brewing on campus, that facility is out of control. Now it is reported of how CJTS a few years ago, used scarce public funds for projects. When lawmakers et al.decided to close this facility in summer of 2018, one of the reasons cited revolved around finances, it cost lots of money to keep the facility open. In addition allegations of employee abuse in resident restraints were a factor.

So if residents are being sent to other facilities [beginning four years ago]- why spend more money at CJTS? It is reported how CJTS spent eight million dollars to build additions on to the old school structure facility for residents. Now wait a damn minute. There is already a school structure that could have accommodated residents [especially since residents were being phased out numerically]. All management had to do was restrict residents to a certain part of that existing school building. The official statement CJTS let out went like this "there is no money for other projects." Okay so where did white folk find eight million dollars for the project? This story gets better though, two million dollars went to fix up an abandoned female facility down the road. You cannot make this kind of stuff up. In the midst of severe budget crisis in Connecticut, monies magically appear for funding projects of a facility due to close. Now remember the building project at CJTS took place years ago- after it was decided to close the facility. Then these damn fools in management spent more money to refurbish a female facility nobody lived in.

Lord Jesus strike those people running that facility with blindness.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

COMMUNITY MEETING ABOUT DCF A PORTENT OF THINGS TO COME ?

The meeting in Hartford, Connecticut was packed with people. Only one subject was discussed on the agenda i.e. how the Department of Children and Families must be challenged on policies of racism. For over two decades the DCF has been accused by clients it serves and members of the community of institutional racism. Clients of color claim DCF targets their children disproportionally than other ethnic groups in the Connecticut area. Also people of color complain DCF barges into homes and removes children for flimsy reasons. When we look at the community concerns the issues are as follows, DCF doles out millions of dollars in contracts to service clients by white governed institutions. The few clinical agencies people of color manage, are ignored when DCF dispenses largesse from their cornucopia, i.e. monies from state and federal sources.

In the midst of all of this, DCF also disciplines employees of color more than other ethnic groups, terminations, letters of reprimand, etc. In the middle of a community of color on Park / Hudson Streets sits a structure called DCF... with headquarters. It is a monument to white apartheid policies and an insult to people of color... sitting there ... living off the misery and blood of blacks and Hispanics. Let me be clear. There is no logical reason for community members to continue discussing DCF racism... it is documented. In 2011 five members of Connecticut  Juvenile Training School [people of color] launched a lawsuit about racial hostility in that facility. How much longer do people in the community need to debate the obvious -DCF racism- before confronting this behemoth of institutional racial?

The meeting recently about DCF in Hartford might be a portent of things to come with people of color seeking to dismantle it. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

THE PLANTATION IS DUE TO CLOSE IN MAY 2018, RESIDENTS AND EMPLOYEES CAST TO THE WINDS

The word about Connecticut Juvenile Training School is that it is due to close May 2018. It has been determined by those people in positions of power, that CJTS must close due to ineffectiveness in treating male residents. For years Key Stone Cops administrators at CJTS were unable to effectively steer that facility through crisis with employees, nor with other issues. Finally in desperation -in order to get the heat off them- management blamed ALL of CJTS woes on Youth Service Officers harsh restraint of residents. What makes this story so sad is how YSO's could have banded together and held management accountable for all the dysfunctional antics at that facility. Instead many YSO's chose to place blame on several courageous employees, who filed a lawsuit of racial discrimination against CJTS in 2010. The YSOs and staff blamed former employees Cornell Lewis, Scott Beck, and current employees  YSO Kevin Strachan, supervisor Linette Gaunichaux and YSO Veronica Rogers for the lawsuit. Fear, cowardice, and ignorance were causes for YSOs et al. not standing up to management before and after filing of this lawsuit.

Now the chickens have come home to roost. A former employee who secretly worked for management became a whistleblower. This person provided documents to legislators et al. about so called abuse of residents by staff. Enemies of CJTS jumped on this news like a chicken on a June Bug. Politicians visited CJTS, held press conferences about possible resident abuse. When things really got hot and publicity focused on plantation management, then a black male YSO named Dupree was sacrificed as the prime example of negative client restraints. Yeah you got it, the youthful, muscle bound black man as King Kong. Dupree got ALL the blame for CJTS woes People overlooked white male management i.e. how they ran that facility into the ground.

Now the final curtain is about to fall. The fat lady is singing behind stage curtains and YSOs are soon to be cast to the winds. Rumor has it some YSOs will go to Correctional facilities, Whiting Forensic facility, or another detention institution. White administrators will be placed in other state facilities where no one will know about how CJTS was managed badly. All of this sad scenario could have been avoided if YSOs organized behind activists at that facility and called management out.

However fear, cowardice, and ignorance caused employees to remain silent. Now in May 2018 a facility will close. Residents are scheduled to be sent to other facilities.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

RACIAL TURMOIL AT WHITING FORENSIC HOSPITAL ?

Various employees of Whiting Forensic Hospital contacted DCF Plantation blog in February of 2018 about racial discrimination by administrators. From what is reported black employees are terminated more than other ethnic groups and receive harsher disciplinary measures across the board. The NAACP and local media got involved with this issue while the local employee union has shied away from representing the rank and file at WFH. At least 20 people presented written testimonies of racial animus by administrators during a public hearing January 25, 2018 held at Washington Middle School in Meriden, Connecticut. There were, of course, officials in attendance from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services [ DMHAS]. And even though the Commissioner of DMHAS attended the meeting, very little has been done  (according to employees) to eliminate unfair discrimination toward blacks in this large institution. While vocal advocates of black egalitarian rights seek the limelight in other geographical areas , right here in Connecticut problems exist. Major institutions within Greater Connecticut are bastions of white supremacy and have years of documented complaints from people of color about unfair discriminatory practices toward blacks.

When will the brothers and sisters receive help from community leaders about these racial issues ?

Saturday, February 3, 2018

IS IT TRUE LINETTE GAUNICHAUX IS RETIRING AND THAT WHITE MANAGEMENT IS HAPPY ?

The rumor mill is working overtime at Connecticut Juvenile Training School in Middletown, CT. Sources claim black female CJTS Supervisor Linette Gaunichaux has filed papers to retire soon. This has not been confirmed by anyone, however it must come as sweet music to the ears [ even if it is a rumor] of CJTS white management. The good ol' boys at the plantation have been fighting Ms G.- as she is called- for over 20 years about various issues. Linette has stood up for the right of Youth Service Officers and other staff when being treated negatively by management. She has also been a staunch advocate of AFSCME Union representation for workers. Linette is currently a Union Stewart. Linette also joined a group of five people in launching a discrimination law suit against CJTS several years ago. She is a woman that treated everyone equally and favored no one. She sought the truth and exposed those people who were not doing their job.

Friday, December 22, 2017

RESIDENT ON UNIT 5B IS NOT GETTING THE TREATMENT REQUIRED. WHY ?

The glorious  sounding mission statement of Connecticut Juvenile Training School reads that helping incarcerated male residents is a primary concern. If CJTS is so concerned about helping adolescent and young males in their custody, why is a black male being overlooked ? Here is the gist of what this writer has learned about a tragedy in the making. It is reported a black male considered large for his size and given an Axis I diagnosis is being ignored. Reports indicate the male should be in a facility with more resources, like Riverview, but that facility is playing a game called avoiding the client. People from Riverview will come down to CJTS and assess this youth periodically, but will not accept him as a client. Ergo, he remains at CJTS on Unit 5B without proper care from clinicians at CJTS, while shunned at Riverview. While everyone is avoiding actually treating this resident he, of course, is acting out behaviorally... assaultive.. long periods of silence.

Riverview gets paid of course to assess  the CJTS resident. His stay on Unit 5B helps place money in CJTS coffers. When will someone ask the obvious question hanging over this resident's head like The Sword of Damocles ? Are both facilities afraid of a large black male resident with aggressive behaviors and Axis I diagnosis ? If the client were Caucasian would he receive better treatment and be transferred to Riverview ? In the past CJTS Plantation has been reported to help the other [white] but ignore the brother [black].

Thursday, December 21, 2017

YOUTH SERVICE OFFICERS BID FAREWELL TO MEMBER OF OPERATIONS STAFF

Working under Keystone Cops management at Connecticut Juvenile Training School is not easy for Youth Service Officers. It seems as if highly paid and incompetent administrators are always stabbing YSOs in the back-so to speak. Whenever there is an issue with resident complaints etc. management blames it on YSOs. However it has been reported to this writer that a member of the Operations Staff named Miguel is retiring and will be missed by YSOs. The majority of YSOs contacting this blog indicate Miguel looked out for their scheduling and other issues. To be sure not all YSOs praised Miguel, but that is to be expected, and not detract from the fact Miguel is held in high regard by a majority. "Miguel had his faults but looked out for the common worker" in spite of all managements dirty tricks to hinder YSOs on the job.

From the YSOs ...so long Miguel.


Saturday, November 11, 2017

THE PLOT TO SILENCE A BLACK FEMALE SUPERVISOR BY WHITE MALE ADMINISTRATORS

In the last article published by DCF Plantation Blog Connecticut Juvenile Training School was depicted as harassing a black female supervisor named Lynette Gaunichaux. This writer described how females in Hollywood were and are subjected to emotional, mental, economic, and physical assaults by men in power. Then a juxtaposition was made with Lynette who has been and still is being investigated using policy and procedures as cudgels. Lynette fights for equal treatment for employees at CJTS. As a chief Union Steward Lynette is relentless in exposing favoritism, nepotism, racial animus etc promoted by white males in power. Having taken up the cause of Youth Service Officers has not made Lynette a lot of friends among white male supervisors nor their spies who run back reporting on the workers. Since the story came out a few days ago about how this black woman is being treated, other employees have voiced concern about Ms G. as she is called. For several years people knew about the horrible treatment of actresses et al. in Hollywood by white males in power. Yet nothing was said by the many in Hollywood and only certain stories were told by a few. At CJTS people know what is being done to Ms G. yet tongues have not moved in her defense, YSOs are afraid about losing their jobs. Why worry about that facility anyway ? From all indications CJTS is due to close in June or July of 2018.

Where is the rallying cry for a black woman who for years fought that 'good old boy' network at CJTS ; you know the good ol' boys called Key Stone Cops, due to their never being able to run that facility correctly. If anything CJTS has been run into the ground due to dysfunctional white men who are not fit or capable of running a dog kennel. While people are fixated on female abuse by Hollywood male moguls, no one seems to give a crap about negative treatment of a true freedom fighter at CJTS.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

HOLLYWOOD IS NOT THE ONLY PLACE WHERE WHITE MALES ABUSE WOMEN...LOOK AT CJTS

The assault and disrespect shown a black female employee named Lynette Gaunichaux at Connecticut Juvenile Training School is outrageous. Let me be clear. In Hollywood there has been and still is a culture that allows white men in power to abuse women. Scores of women have come out to tell horrible tales of mental, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse by white males in power. Now switch your thinking to CJTS and how Lynette -who is fighting for an end to racism at CJTS-as a black female supervisor and union steward, with 20 plus years of experience, is being abused in other ways. White male supervisors have monitored Lynett's activities as a Unit Leader and employee. Because she advocates for justice for Youth Service Officers at CJTS management constantly has her under investigation for trivial matters. Behind the scenes, white male administrators whisper how they will dance an Irish jig when Lynette finally retires.
At CJTS abuse of a black female supervisor occurs all the time and people know about it but say nothing due to fear. Hey was it fear that kept people from speaking up in Hollywood about the abuse of females by directors and studio owners ? Hmmm! Now abuse at CJTS is being covered up.

TWO MALE DEPUTY COMMISSIONERS OF COLOR DEPART FROM DCF AND ARE REPLACED BY WHITE FEMALES

It has come to the attention of this blog that two males of color that were Department of Children and Families Deputy Commissioners have resigned. Now it took a while for white folks who control DCF to consider placing males of color close to the power base. Now after years of being on the inside of DCF-which some people claim these commissioners had no effect- these men departed. Details of why they resigned are not known. What is known is that these two Deputy Commissioners did not speak up on issues of racism that employees of DCF raised against management. The years of racial turmoil that engulfed Connecticut Juvenile Training School in Middletown, CT were not addressed publicly by the former Deputy Commissioners. What can be said is that men of color sat close to the seat of power, yet, were impotent.
Well these men rode out of the DCF plantation with pockets filled with state money. I wonder how these men feel about leaving people of color who run agencies without contracts from DCF.

Friday, October 6, 2017

THE ADMINISTRATIVE CULTURE AT CJTS DENIES ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR MISHAPS OR PROBLEMS

What happens if people who are in charge of an agency do not take responsibility for mishaps or problems that occur ? If you are seeking answers to that question just look at the awful state of Connecticut Juvenile Training School in Middletown, Connecticut. For years this facility has been besieged with problems of administrative incompetence when handling issues relating to employees i.e. Youth Service Officers, racism from white staff directed toward employees of color, female supervisors abusing Workers Compensation, or leadership going out to bars on the weekend, and drinking to excess, while twerking the night away and having it photographed. There are too many infractions that occurred at CJTS over the years to mention, however there is a pattern of denial that is documented by this blog. When something takes place that needs to be handled professionally, CJTS management will do the following (1. ignore the problem and view it with suspicion, (2. seek to blame someone or something as responsible for what happened, (3. try and keep the problem from becoming public, (4. vilify anyone trying to address the issue with management.

The denials are part of a dysfunctional Key Stone Cops management style that over the years resulted in a class action lawsuit from people of color proclaiming institutional racism. Also because of weak leadership, racial animus from white employees have been directed at YSOs and residents. The latter being called "porch monkeys" by a white female employee who also worked at the same facility as a school teacher.

If you doubt the words in this story please take time to peruse earlier blog articles.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

WAS HE EVER IN THE SYSTEM ?

The local news in Hartford, Connecticut reported another story about a 19 - 21 year old male killed by gunfire. From what can be ascertained the youth and family moved from Bridgeport, CT to Hartford in order to keep the youth from negative gang influences. However on September 14, 2017 the youth in the story was targeted by alleged gang members. Shot down in the prime of life.

I have to ask the question... was the youth ever in the system? The Department of Children and Families and Connecticut Juvenile Training School have vast resources in both Bridgeport and Hartford to deal with youth. Did any of those vast resources ever place this youth in their system and give him a chance to survive? At this juncture there are rumors swirling around in the ether that this youth was not deemed any longer profitable for the mill that scoops up families and their children. No one will go on record publicly to verify if this youth received help from child rescue agencies. The way this youth died leaves many of my readers wondering if he was ever in the system.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

FORCED TO WORK EXTRA SHIFTS AND BEING ROBBED BY MANAGEMENT, WHO DAT LADY?- NEW ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT

The writer of this blog has been informed of a cockroach move by the Connecticut Juvenile Training School against Youth Service Officers. For sometime now Key Stone Cops administrators at the plantation have mandated YSOs to work double and triple shifts in order to address the state layoffs of workers at their facility. However management will force YSOs to work 3 shifts but demand the third shift is done by schedule change with another employee. In this manner CJTS does not have to pay time and a half for the third shift. If this report is true then Keystone Cops management has reached a new low point. People in the upper income level at CJTS are waging economic war on the working class. It is called wage theft.  Why on earth do YSOs keep putting up with humiliation after humiliation from these incompetent petty tyrants on the plantation ?

In their infinite wisdom management at the plantation decided to hire a new female Assistant Superintendent at CJTS. The last one was to busy guzzling at night spots and twerking with staff on the weekends. I digress. This new Assistant Superintendent is supposedly from another facility and supposedly placed on administrative leave for one year. Hmm! Has anyone bothered to ask what the administrative leave concerned ? I doubt that CJTS management even knows about their new hire being on leave for one year. Hell, CJTS two years ago hired a supervisor who had no valid drivers license for over one year and came to work everyday.

Only at CJTS could this happen

Saturday, August 5, 2017

ADMINISTRATIONS NEW EMPLOYEE SCHEDULE ACTUALLY COSTING MORE IN OVERTIME / HIRING DURATIONAL WORKERS

When will those Key Stone Cops who manage Connecticut Juvenile Training School  make sound decisions ! It is reported by credible sources that the old schedule that Youth Services Officers worked under is being considered for reinstatement. Now not long ago CJTS administration decided to eliminate -what was deemed costly overtime- old working schedules. Ergo, a new and improved work schedule  emerged from wise DCF Plantation Superintendents. I kid you not folks, the damn new schedule actually is paying out more money for overtime. And to really show readers how dysfunctional CJTS really is, the new schedule created more hours worked, thus creating additional payouts. Will wonders never cease ! You mean to tell this writer that people in charge of running-  into the ground- CJTS cannot put into place sound plans for scheduling ? There are people with advanced degrees at CJTS who are paid between $70,000-$100,000 dollars in salary and they can't govern properly that facility.

Now instead of giving the old schedule back to the YSOs, -who in reality run the joint- administration is hiring 15 durational workers. Say what ? Yes you read correctly. In the midst of a state budget crisis CJTS is actually adding more workers to govern 40 youth. This entire scenario is boarding on the absurd. Yes let me give CJTS a new moniker -THEATRE OF THE ABSURD.


Monday, July 24, 2017

DISPOSABLE YOUTH ON THE PLANTATION

There are two stories about young incarcerated men at Connecticut Juvenile Training School that reeks of not caring about them from management. The first tale of disposable youth is from Unit 5B. It is reported that this male returned to CJTS after being personally involved in a car accident. The youth was in the car that hit a person and then reportedly, shearing off both their legs. Now the youth in the car at the time of this accident had already been a guest of  CJTS several times. However he still had some worth i.e. insurance for housing etc. Other youth on Unit 5B said "I guess this guy can use a car, hit someone and take off their legs, then come back to CJTS. If nothing happens to him for hitting that person with a vehicle. Then if I kill someone no big deal is it."

Another youth from Stamford also had been incarcerated in CJTS on several occasions. However now it is reported one day KeyStone Cops management decided to dispose of the youth. This particular person had reached the peak of his usefulness i.e. the limit of commitment had been reached. Also CJTS no longer could collect any money from the person's insurance. What did management come up with as a solution ? The youth was literally discharged back to Stamford with no regard for possible danger to him in the environment. Barely one week after being released this youth CJTS disposed-was shot multiple times. He is in critical condition in Stamford at this time.

People are not discussing how CJTS et al. just dump disposable youth like the two in this story.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

TWO RESIDENTS OF UNIT 5 DELTA ESCAPE , SIT ON GREEN HOUSE, CHILLIN' IN THE SUN

What in hell is going on at Connecticut Juvenile Training School in Middletown, CT ? It has been reported that something truly strange occurred July 18, 2017 on Unit 5 Delta. Two male residents were on the Unit and decided to wild out. The two residents watched a male staff place his bag in plain sight with personal items inside. Now it is a rule Youth Service Officers at CJTS place belongings in the secure staff office. For whatever reason the personal bag did not go in the staff office. One resident went down near the electronic door leading out of the Unit 5 D. The other resident grabbed the YSO's bag, then hit the button opening the electronic door. Resident one made sure it stayed open. They both ran out to the CJTS grounds. From this point on the story reads like some old Woody Allen movie.

Both residents ran to the Green House and climbed up onto the roof. Once sitting high on their throne, both residents took out the YSO's electronic cigarette and smoked it. Oh it gets better folks. While smoking the e -cigarette the escapees took out the YSO's cell phone holding it in their hand. It is reported staff and management just stood looking.

I just can't find words to express yet another episode of foolishness at the CJTS Plantation.

Friday, July 7, 2017

SERVICE PROVIDERS DISCUSS HOW DCF MOVES AROUND CLIENTS TO PAD STATISTICS

The service providers from several agencies sat in a room with this writer not long ago with a story of deception and dangerous clients. It is reported that the Department of Children and Families frequently use their position and financial wealth for the purposes of "client dumping." Let me be clear. This is what the service providers said to the writer. "DCF will send us one client or more with very little notice or paper work. When we receive the client in many instances he or she is older and not appropriate for our program. Then it is said that the client is only going to stay at our facility for a few days. After the allotted time draws near DCF will manipulate the situation and the client is now staying longer." I asked what is the purpose of all the duplicity and intrigue by DCF and got this reply. "DCF is under a Consent Decree and must improve client services and outcomes. The Consent Decree has been in place for years and is meant to help DCF clean up cases of clients being lost in the system or not receiving adequate care. However in order for DCF to have higher scores from Consent Decree monitors, clients are sent to any facility that DCF can dump them at. Then this state funded agency can check the client (s) off a list for Consent Decree monitors to peruse."

Another service provider runs an agency for specific clients with targeted age limits. But DCF often sends clients who are physically aggressive... low functioning intellectually and prone to run away. Again the scenario goes like this "DCF gives some discharge date for the person , yet one day before the scheduled release an official from DCF calls and asks for a extension for the client. This game is played for three - four weeks and the agency caring for the client becomes frustrated." If the agency is fuming over this shell game what about the client's feelings ?

Please let it be noted how most of the clients mentioned in this story getting sent to inappropriate agencies for treatment are black...Hispanic. In the final analysis maybe that is why this happens. Just saying.

Friday, June 23, 2017

THE ABUSE OF WORKERS COMPENSATION BY MANAGEMENT / YOUTH SERVICES OFFICERS WORKING OVERTIME AND IT IS UNSAFE / LEADERS AT CJTS INCOMPETENT

While this writer was wandering around in a Hartford supermarket several Connecticut Juvenile Training School Youth Service Officers approached. The YSOs told a familiar story of how the superintendents at CJTS are covering up for abuse of Workers Compensation. Now it is true that WC is high at CJTS Plantation and something needs to be done to curtail the financial drain on State of Connecticut monetary coffers. However CJTS management are pointing to YSOs as the main culprits in this apparent fraud, when in actuality it is management solely responsible for high rates of being absent. At this writing sources claim at least fifteen Assistant Unit Leaders are out on WC. There are no AULs covering some Units at CJTS. Yet the mantra of CJTS KeyStone Cops management is "tell YSOs to come to work."

How can YSOs come to work when tired and emotionally drained? Let me be clear. At this juncture YSOs are being forced by management to work double or triple shifts. KeyStone Cops management explain how state layoffs are causing shortages of staff, ergo it is necessary to mandate the working of two-three shifts. So it sounds as if 16-20 hour shifts are mandatory. Then YSOs go home and return to work the next day. It is reported how forced to work employees shuffle around CJTS like "the night of the living dead." Their vacant eyes see nothing, their reflexes are slow as molasses, record keeping non existent due to lack of concentration. It goes without saying that working all those hours create an unsafe environment for staff and residents.

News Flash !!  Keystone Cops management at CJTS are incompetent and have run the facility into the ground. Scandal, after scandal rock the facility and racism reigns supreme among a white elitist hierarchy determined to remain in power. White men ruling a facility of incarcerated brown and black residents. Yes these same white supervisors in command of CJTS, use residents of color as commodities, in order to acquire federal monies and certain grants. In this manner white power brokers use the money earned in bloated salaries to make certain their kids get quality educations, vacations take place, and mortgages are paid. What about the residents of color and employees. To be honest about it, management does not really care.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

ADMINISTRATION POWER CLEANS RESIDENT ROOM AFTER STORY OF SQUALOR ;THE REAL PROBLEM IS DYSFUCTIONALISM

The DCF Plantation blog published a story recently about how a resident with a leg cast was living in squalor in his room at Connecticut Juvenile Training School. This black male resident lives on Unit 5 B and did not get placed in the CJTS infirmary for reasons that escape this writer. However after the story came out about the filthy conditions in the room, lo and behold the resident's room suddenly got power cleaned with some machine. Will wonders never cease ! This writer will argue how the real issue is CJTS dysfunctional KeyStone Cops management of that facility. It boggles the imagination how the two men running that facility manage to keep their jobs. So many issues have arisen at CJTS over the years, and it is due to inept  handling of employees, overtime, and endemic racism from white apartheid management. Now the latest fiasco entails a youth of color being allowed to live in third world squalor due to an injury that limits his movements. It took someone writing about the Unit 5B atrocity in order for the room to be cleaned.

Then it is reported the youth underwent another surgery two days ago but is still not in the infirmary.

Monday, June 12, 2017

INJURED RESIDENT ON UNIT 5B LIVING IN SQUALOR ; OVERTIME PAYMENTS OR RACE A FACTOR ?

The reliable sources within the Department of Children and Connecticut Juvenile Training School are talking to this writer about a situation concerning another human being. I have been told the story about a male CJTS resident living in deplorable conditions on Unit 5B. This male resident has a cast on his leg and cannot move around well. Meals are brought to his room. He sits in the Unit 5B dayroom for hours. To quote a Youth Service Officer "the room smells and garbage strewn on floor. That room is not fit for dogs." Why then is a human being living in the room? Well since the State of Connecticut is closing down CJTS slowly, overtime payment are frowned upon. Ergo, it is easy to somehow or another justify not paying an employee to watch this resident in the infirmary. Yes, the resident needs to be in a hospital type setting. Finances might be one reason for the squalor this resident is living in on Unit 5B. .

Another way of viewing why the resident is living with little regard for his care might be found in his race. The youth on 5B is black. CJTS management does not have a stellar record when it comes to handling people of color, whether employees or residents. Take for example how a white youth with an injury living on the former Unit of 5D was treated. The white youth was living in the infirmary with a YSO to attend his needs. Also the white youth had parental advocates while the black youth does not. Let me be clear. Several years ago the cry for fair and humane treatment for CJTS residents went forth like mighty trumpet blasts. The Child Advocate, CT lawmakers, disgruntled YSO right winger whistle blowers, etc called for justice concerning youth restraints. To make matters worse, YSO Dupree became the poster child of restraints, loss his job. He fought and got the job back, but my point is no expense was spared in denouncing a muscular black man over allegations of harming youth. Dupree suffered public humiliation over a witch hunt at CJJTS.

Now there is a black resident on Unit 5B injured and wearing a leg cast. He lives in deplorable conditions inside a room. There are no hues or cries about his humanity. The writer of this blog has to wonder if Key Stone Cops management at CJTS placed saving overtime money in front of caring for the resident. Then just maybe being black and without parental advocates is hindering the resident being admitted to the infirmary.

One thing is known for certain, the white boy who had a similar injury while living on the former Unit 5D went to the infirmary-with overtime YSOs to help.

Friday, June 2, 2017

ADVOCATE FOR JUSTICE RETURNING TO WORK ON THE PLANTATION

It is rumored that  a 20 year plus employee at Connecticut Juvenile Training School is returning to work June 3, 2017. Now the fact that any employee returning to work after medical leave is no big deal. However Linette Gaunichaux is no ordinary woman. Linette is a strong black woman determined to make sure  CJTS administration treats all employees-white, black, Hispanic- with fairness. To be sure Ms G. as she is called by friend and foe, has been critical of biased policies of CJTS over the years, and as chief Union Steward, has filed grievances and a class action lawsuit against unfair practices such as racism... and hostile workplace environment.

You can rest assured CJTS management and the good ol' boys that run CJTS will not be happy about Ms G. coming back to work.

Let us hope Ms G. will continuing kick some sparks out of the asses of those dysfunctional managers on the plantation.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

AFTER SWAT TEAM WENT ON A UNIT NO COUNSELING GIVEN TO RESIDENTS

 In  late November or early December 2016 a SWAT team, State Police et al. descended on Connecticut Juvenile Training School after a false 911 call about a gun in building # 5 and a shooting due to occur. This blog published a story about the incident on December 3, 2016 and wondered  if counseling was provided to the  youth on the Unit that police entered. Now an eye witness reports that no such counseling to traumatized youth materialized. Why ? This reporter talked face to face with a youth who was actually on the Unit when police came in with M-16 rifles and made residents enter their rooms. According to the eye witness "no counseling was provided that day or days later. We were all shook up by seeing these men surround the building and come on our Unit with M16s."

Reliable sources indicate that the majority of residents of the Unit in building # 5 are of color. Indeed CJTS residents are predominately made up of males of color. Many of these youth are from urban environments where violence occurs frequently. It stands to reason that seeing police with all those guns triggered trauma in these residents. However CJTS nor the Department of Children and Families deemed it necessary to provide counseling after the police departed. Please note that CJTS / DCF proclaim to have the best interest of youth as their primary goal. However it did not appear necessary to have clinicians come in to unpack possible trauma to youth

Well it should come as no surprise that both agencies use males of color as commodities in securing federal, state, and other funding to promote supposed safe guarding of youth. Yet when police bum rushed building # 5 and entered a Unit, white management did not give a flying f... about the residents.

White supremacy in action.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

"MESSAGE TO THE BLACKMAN" AT CJTS

I grew up in Detroit, Michigan and had occasion to visit the Nation of Islam Mosque on Linwood Avenue. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad led the NOI and printed a book called "Message to the Blackman." In this book Elijah Muhammad instructed black people how to live, eat, and fight against endemic American racism from white people. Recently a black man working at Connecticut Juvenile Training School contacted this blog for advice. This black man was given a directive by the secondary white male supervisor at CJTS. Needless to say the Youth Service Officer perceived the comment as racist and insulting.

This is my "Message To The Blackman" at CJTS.

1. You claim to have been objectified and atomized by this white administrator, plan a response.

2. You claim a fellow CJTS employee heard the racist remarks. Will this person verify your claim?
     Sending a letter to Human Resources about the incident is not enough to achieve victory.

3. It is time to stop relying on others to fight for you.. standup and fight against oppression.

4. Finally I suggest you remember these words black man.Years ago your fellow YSOs engaged in a
    fight against racism at CJTS. You declined [ as did others] to participate and watched from the safe
    haven of the sidelines as you protected your job and overtime pay. Now the same evil has affected
    you. It is time you the and witness to this event- in the words of Spike Lee - "Do The Right Thing."
    

That is my "Message To The Blackman" at CJTS.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

LINETTE GAUNICHAUX UNDER ATTACK AT THE PLANTATION

Linette Gaunichaux is a black female supervisor at Connecticut Juvenile Training School employed for over twenty years. Ms G. as she is called by friends has also advocated for employee rights while becoming a target of white administration at CJTS over the years, white apartheid administrators at CJTS have investigated Linette for minor things, accused her behind closed doors of giving confidential information to this blog, spread rumors she is difficult to work with and tried to keep her from becoming a chief Union Steward. It is worth noting that when Ms G. did become chief Union Steward a few years ago the second in command at CJTS came to her office the day after the election and proclaimed "we want to work with you." Yeah right !!

However since she has been out on medical leave something nefarious is happening. KeyStone Cops management is trying to undermine the Unit 5B that is supervised by Linette. Behind closed doors decisions are made about where residents should be housed. It is rumored by reliable sources that white management intentionally sends male residents with acute and chronic behavioral issues to Linette's Unit 5B. Now check out this slimy plan that management hatched. While Linette is out on medical leave the clients begin acting out and this is documented. In essence the behaviors make it appear as if no control is being exerted on Unit 5B. Ergo, white management can step in and institute measures that undercut Linette's authority. I know such actions by management seem petty but the record-over the years- clearly show management always comes with low ball tactics against Linette.

And you wonder why CJTS is so dysfunctional !!


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

IT'S A JUNGLE AT CJTS / WHY EMPLOYEES WANT THE INTAKE UNIT BACK / SUPERVISORS ARGUING OVER RESIDENTS

It is being reported at Connecticut Juvenile Training School daily that the place is dysfunctional. The phrase Youth Service Officers et al. are repeating is "it's a jungle at CJTS." Why you might asked is this phrase being spoken? According to certain sources a number of incidents and situations have occurred that makes working at CJTS almost unbearable. For example on Unit 5D residents are making fire sprinklers operate in their rooms. When the YSO's open locked doors to let residents escape the deluge of water, it is then that an orchestrated attack on another resident happens. Another reason CJTS is being compared to a jungle is the fact NO YSO wants to work on Unit 5D due to the lack of disciplinary measures meted out to residents for acting out behaviors. In other words the supervisors for that particular Unit are soft. Ergo, the residents are aware of this 'softness' from supervisors and act accordingly--i.e. residents go buck wild. Now because of this chaos on Unit 5D management has to mandate [ force] YSOs to work on this Unit.

The Intake Unit
In the past new CJTS residents would receive instructions about rules and regulations from staff in the Intake Unit. This data would let residents know what was expected of them, how to address staff and other details like cleaning their room etc. However someone in KeyStone Cops management at CJTS decided to eliminate the Intake Unit and now residents enter the facility without any guidelines. YSOs are requesting the return of this intake unit as part of accepting new residents. As it stands now residents come into CJTS and see fights with staff, notice rooms not being properly cleaned, and other acting out behaviors as normal. Who made that decision to eliminate the intake unit? Inquiring minds want to know.

Only Certain Residents Wanted
Why are CJTS supervisors arguing over what residents will be accepted on Unit 6B? It is reported that 6B supervisors are attempting to get only residents with minor behavioral problems on that Unit. The thinking is that by doing this it will not make the Unit appear dysfunctional. Wait a damn minute. Hold the presses. From all reports, Unit 6B is already whacked out, off the hook, and without proper discipline being imposed on residents. So how in God's name can supervisors be engaged in some verbal Jujitsu over what clients can improve Unit 6B in terms of image?

No wonder people are saying "it's a jungle at CJTS.


Monday, March 20, 2017

FOI DOCUMENTS REVEAL BIAS IN DCF HIRING AND TERMINATION PRACTICES

This writer obtained documents through the Freedom of Information Act regarding the Department of Children & Families hiring and termination practices over a 10 year period. The first chart shows hiring practices of DCF as it relates to people of color. These are mostly low level positions. A perusal of the second chart clearly highlights the percentage of how people of color were terminated within the same time period. In the first chart 26% of hires by DCF are black employees.  Yet in the second chart blacks are fired to the ration of 48.9%. This writer does not want to minimize the fact that Hispanics also suffer from a lack of hiring opportunities, but blacks are the group terminated in higher numbers than anyone else. And within that subgroup black males suffer more.

Number of hires = 2,703

                                                              Number of Dismissals = 131

The four emails below show empirical proof that DCF / officials in state government were monitoring activist Cornell Lewis as he sought to expose apartheid like racism within several agencies. Lewis and four employees at Connecticut Juvenile Training School launched a class action lawsuit in 2010. From that point DCF, CJTS, and obviously officials in the Governor's office colluded to offer "alternative" facts to thwart Lewis's truth.





The emails below is about a former DCF employee named Adam. He discovered the misuse of funds within DCF by employees. Adam brought this illegal siphoning of funds to the attention of the CT Attorney General and State Auditor. For his efforts the state agencies monitored and retaliated against him. Instead of monitoring a man who tried to expose financial waste in agencies it would behoove DCF to watch the money.

jll




THE DOCUMENTS POSTED TODAY ARE ONLY A PORTION OF WHAT DCF PLANTATION BLOG HAS OBTAINED. MORE DOCUMENTS TO BE POSTED ON THIS SITE IN THE NEAR FUTURE.


Monday, February 20, 2017

VETERAN MALE SCHOOL TEACHER ASSAULTED AND COVER-UP ATTEMPTED

The story is told that on Feb. 17,2017 a veteran white male teacher at Connecticut Juvenile Training School was viciously assaulted by a resident and required stiches. In this case the resident was taken back to his Unit and placed on something called "out of program " meaning the offending resident sits outside their room in a chair until management deems rehabilitation took place. Give me a damn break!!! So, the resident gives a veteran male teacher a ghetto ass whipping.. including abrasions and stiches around the head area and no outside criminal charges are filed? Why?

KeyStone Cops management at CJTS are rumored to have covered up the entire incident in order to not have the assault documented in a certain way. Let me be clear. If the assault is not charged outside of CJTS it does not count on the CJTS statistical chart and cannot be added to monthly or yearly aggregate numbers. Now since the big concern last year about the number of unlawful restraints of residents by Youth Service Officers, an unofficial policy hands off the residents is in place on the CJTS plantation. It is well known by staff and residents how management is bending over backwards in attempts to make sure that the APPEARANCE of treating residents fairly is being maintained. However, what about the veteran male school teacher who got his clock cleaned by a resident?? Where is the concern for his well being in this scenario? And by the way this same resident et al. was overheard saying "hell, if hitting a teacher means sitting on the Unit in front of my room door. Then why not hit staff and take the punishment."  So it is now clear management is manipulating incidents as not to make them appear in quarterly records.

Meanwhile back at the ranch a veteran white male teacher is assaulted with no real concern for his safety from management. Open season on teachers and YSOs.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

CLINICIANS NOT AT THE FACILITY WHEN NEEDED / SCHEDULING CHANGES / STILL RUNNING TO OLD MASSA

The Connecticut Juvenile Training School operates 24 hours each day. Incarcerated male residents need adequate staff to be on hand for any situation that might arise. It is mandatory all Youth Service Officers report to work no matter what the circumstances. And KeyStone Cops management at CJTS enforce the law i.e. YSOs must be on the job. If this is the case about YSOs being ready to work should not the same rule apply to other staff ? It is reported that well paid clinicians are not always available at CJTS, especially during crisis. In the past clinicians would be on call, if an incident occurred these clinical folk would visit the facility. Also clinicians would be at the facility on weekend duty. Now however there are no clinicians present at CJTS on the weekend. This is how it is operating now. When an incident occurs with residents Unit Supervisors will instruct YSOs to initiate what is called "one to one observation." Then the clinician is called but NEVER comes in. In other words YSOs with no clinical training are asked to observe residents during crisis not knowing subtle signs of possible negative behaviors.. psychotic or suicidal ideations etc. This is a problem to have untrained frontline staff being thrust into a role they are not equipped for.

A letter from the Department of Children and Families with the name of Joette Katz on it was sent Feb. 2, 2017, to the staff representative at AFSCME C-4 Union in New Britain, CT. The main point in this two page letter is scheduling changes for YSOs. As this missive reads there will be fixed days to work and time off, and this provides KeyStone Cops management with flexibility, in lacing workers where needed. It has been reported there are lots of YSOs out hurt on Workers Compensation, some claim these workers are not hurt at all, just trying to survive in the dysfunctional atmosphere at CJTS. I cannot speak truthfully about whether someone is hurt or not. Yet it is clear workers are out on WC for long periods of time. The most famous worker out on WC being the Unit Leader claiming to be injured since last April but not hurt enough to stop travelling to Foxwoods Casino, leg dangling off a stool playing Black Jack, smoking cigarettes and sipping Diet Coke. In addition this writer heard while KeyStone Cops management at CJTS works YSOs like slaves picking cotton, Operations Staff reside in their office feet high on the desks, watching television and munching on snacks. Seems like Operations Staff is protected by the Superintendent.

There are rumors floating around at CJTS that the all seeing eye Unit Leader s still running up to offices of management with information about YSOs.  Some workers say that the Unit Leader looks for the management male daily. If she misses the person then he goes looking for this Unit Leader. How can a Unit Leader go to management and inform on staff? What makes this even more bizarre is how staff allow the all seeing eye Unit Leader back around them, acting as if nothing happened.
Perhaps the times have passed this writer by; thought people like this Unit Leader would be ostracized or worse. Guess times have truly changed when you embrace the all seeing eye as friend.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

MANAGEMENT SENDS WORKER BACK TO UNIT AND IGNORES 5D INCIDENT

The highly dysfunctional nature of KeyStone Cops management at Connecticut Juvenile Training School is beyond belief. Let me review the facts. Several months ago a male resident at CJTS on Unit 5D creeped into the staff office and called 911 to say "I have a gun...plan to shoot people." This resident used a staff cellphone. SWAT Team and State Police stormed Unit 5D and investigated the matter.....then departed. In order to sneak into the staff office the resident tiptoed around a somnolent Youth Service Officer. KeyStone Cops management placed the YSO on administrative desk duty for two months while an investigation took place. Now it has been revealed the YSO in question was absolved of any wrong doing in the SWAT Team / State Police fiasco. Say what ? You are reading correctly. How can a person be seen on film nodding while working like someone on 125th Street in New York City after using heroin and not be disciplined?? Not to mention that it costs thousands of dollars for activation of those law enforcement officers to descend on CJTS... all for nothing.

According to reliable sources the YSO under investigation was called by management and told "listen you are good, report back to your Unit in building #6." Now in years gone by other YSOs were put through the inquisition for minor transgressions while working. It leads one to wonder why this particular YSO got away with no disciplinary actions at all. And this is not the first time the YSO has been the subject of controversy within CJTS. Yet management NEVER disciplines this person. I wonder why?

Oh the YSO was instructed to show up for work this weekend. However this person decided to call out and not report to work.  The height of hubris.

Friday, January 27, 2017

JUST ANOTHER SMOKE SCREEN / EMPLOYEES SELLING OUT TO MANAGEMENT

The news out of Connecticut Juvenile Training School is more of the same foolishness from KeyStone Cops management. the lawmakers in Connecticut supposedly agreed to reduce the number of residents at CJTS in preparation for closing the facility in 2018. This came on the heels of so called revelations of Youth Service Officers abusing residents during restraints. Once the media got wind of these alleged restraint abuses and lawmakers marched through CJTS on tours... plans to close hat place were locked in stone. Now it has come to this writer's attention that slowly but surely resident intake numbers are on the increase. At one time the residents numbered at CJTS were over one hundred, then due to all the publicity those intake numbers diminished. Now instead of decreasing, an increase happened- there are fifty five residents at CJTS. The increase in numbers is just another incident is just another smoke screen at that facility. It should be noted that no suburban community wants a facility where incarcerated residents are housed... especially black and brown ones. Sources report there are only two-three Caucasian residents at CJTS. Now each time one resident leaves that facility one more is ready to be shipped in. Well this seems just like another smoke screen by management.


Sources report that YSOs are running up to the offices of management like it is Saturday night and the liquor store is about to close. It has been reported that these YSOs are giving management information about possible problems one the horizon, what the YSOs are considering in terms of Union activities and other information. What makes this so hideous is by going to management the YSOs are undercutting the very AFSCME Union representing them. Indeed this is another indication of how instead of banding together to fight corrupt...incompetent... white supremacist management. YSOs are looking to gather favor from their oppressors. So sad !

Monday, January 23, 2017

SELF DEFENSE BRIGADE DELIVERS LETTER TO MAYOR OF HARTFORD

Self Defense Brigade
PO Box 400092
Hartford, CT 06140

Hon. Luke Bronin
Mayor, City of Hartford
Hand Delivered

January 22, 2017

Dear Mr. Mayor,

It has come to our attention that a meeting is being hosted at Faith Congregational Church in Hartford on Feb. 8, 2017 for the purposes of discussing residents’ needs and the allocation of resources to meet those needs.  Only a select number of clergy are invited to this meeting.
We are disturbed to learn that City leaders believe that only select members of the clergy are worthy of participating in such a meeting.  Some members of the clergy who have been heavily involved in community organizing have been excluded from this elite group.  Nor does this group speak for the entire community – in fact they aren’t interested in the opinions of some groups in the community.  
The Self Defense Brigade is composed of members who are dedicated to the protection of their community.  We will protect our community from being victimized from within, from forces with out and power structures over our community.  We will be attending the meeting as well.

Sincerely,


Self Defense Brigade
Cornell Lewis, Founder

Saturday, January 21, 2017

WHITE SUPREMACY USES COMPROMISED LEADERS TO PROMOTE AN AGENDA

Dear Colleagues:
                I would like to invite you to a lunch with Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin on Feb. 8th at noon to be held at Faith Congregational Church, 2030 Main Street in Hartford.
This meeting has been arranged by the Rev. Steve Camp, pastor of Faith and I am grateful that he has made this engagement possible.  Mayor Bronin is interested in hearing from clergy about the needs of the greater Hartford area as well as to discuss some of the challenges he is facing in leading the city at this time

The words above indicate something is brewing in the City of Hartford and it smells like old rotten fish heads resting on sidewalks in June. A perusal of the words above must take into account several things, 1.) white supremacy is seeking to disrupt any chance of popular dissent by the unwashed masses, 2.) only certain selected leaders that white folks feel comfortable with were invited to the meeting above, 3.) the clergy in Hartford is ineffective... weak... and more worried about gaining favor from white folk than seeking egalitarian rights for the oppressed.

We most also note that  clergy activists  that have been involved in social activism for the last 2-3 years in Hartford, and were not invited to this shindig. This writer specifically means religious leaders Pam Selders and her husband Bishop John Selders, founders of Moral Monday CT. These two pillars of social justice have led marches, street demonstrations, visited offices of CT Governor Danell Malloy asking for justice, and both Pam and John were arrested for their beliefs. Now let me juxtapose the Selders work of direct action with the non action of moribund clergy summoned to the above mentioned meeting Feb. 8, 2017. When rallies were held by MMCT, clergy in many instances vanished like Casper the Ghost. In particular Negro clergy did not weigh in on issues affecting people of color. Yet now that ol' Cap'n Boss done summoned the house Negroes to a meeting, it is seen as advantageous to these buck dancing Negro clergy to show up ... grinning in front of Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin like Sammy Sunshine in those old Little Rascals comedy series.

For years the white supremacist machinery in Hartford has used meetings with selected clergy to consolidate a hold on the city's political machinery, power, finances, and thinking of the majority population consisting of blacks and people of color. These same religious leaders coming to this meeting in Feb. seem to have no shame whatsoever in opening churches for whites to hold meetings, that are only good for taking pictures of grinning Negro preaches et al. What is really disturbing to this writer is the unmitigated gall and temerity of black clergy who are comfortable with embracing the white power structure. Well. Maybe it is time to gather people together and protest outside or inside the churches of black clergy in particular who placate the Mayor Bronin in their houses of worship. What the hell, activists have a moral obligation to confront injustice wherever it manifests itself and also to denounce traitors of the unwashed masses. Just perhaps members of the true vanguard will turn up [ protest ] inside of the church of this meeting Feb. 8th and make their voices heard. 

He who allows oppression shares the crime.- Erasmus Darwin