Tuesday, May 1, 2018

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) plantation and Connecticut Juvenile Training School (CJTS). This is just a beginning introduction about state run agencies that oppress employees of color while claiming to help children & adolescents.


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


Saturday, January 14, 2017

EMPLOYEE BEING SINGLED OUT ? FOR WHAT REASON ?

The rumors coming out of Connecticut Juvenile Training School are disturbing if indeed true. This writer was informed of the story about a Youth Service Officer that is coming under special scrutiny while other employees are not. The YSO in question was sent to a doctor for determination about being able to perform job duties. It is reported the doctor examined the YSO and said "there is nothing wrong with you. Why are you here being examined by me?" The YSO returned to CJTS wondering what the hell is going on. In the years this YSO has worked at CJTS there has never been any mention of not performing job duties.

Now there are plenty of other Unit Leaders, Operations Staff, Clinicians et al. that do not perform job functions in any capacity. For example one female Unit Leader is a Workers Compensation queen, not having been at work consistently for over five years. However this same female Unit Leader can go to the casinos in Connecticut, sit at the Black Jack tables, swinging a leg while sitting in a high chair. Meanwhile the YSO sent to see a doctor for no reason wonders why.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

WORKERS COMPENSATION PEOPLE MEET AT PLANTATION TRYING TO BAIT AND SWITCH

There are more shenanigans going on at Connecticut Juvenile Training School with dysfunctional management.  Since November of 2016, Workers Compensation adjusters visited CJTS / met with the Superintendent  at least 2-3 times. The question that needs asking is why ?  This blog has printed stories in the past about a certain female Unit Leader who is never at work because of allegedly being injured on the job [ for 4 years she sang the Workers Compensation song ]. I digress and must get back to the story line. Reliable sources indicate the visits to CJTS by WC adjusters recently seek to place blame on Youth Service Officers for the high rate of staff injury at the male lock down facility. Now take into account how YSOs are required by their job description to work double shifts if instructed by management. And since the worker layoffs and imminent closing of CJTS possibly in 2018, YSOs are forced to work even when tired physically / mentally.

However the truth is that management is either utilizing or abusing WC more than YSOs. Take for example the five Operations Staff that are currently out on WC, all they do is sit in the office all day. Then there are two clinicians out on WC. Let us not forget the female Unit Leader- called WC queen- supposedly repeatedly injured for 4 years or more. She is at this writing out on WC yet again. Well, either she is baking cookies during working hours or injured. The management at CJTS need to stop blaming everything that is dysfunctional at that place on YSOs. When is someone just going to take a broom and sweep all of those high paid white management types out the door for running that facility into the damn ground ?



Thursday, December 22, 2016

THE POINT WAS MISSED DURING WNPR INTERVIEW

Department of Children and Family Commissioner Joette Katz and Deputy DCF Commissioner Fernando Muniz were interviewed December 22, 2016 on WNPR radio at 9:00am. The first segment of this interview focused on the handling of clients within the care of DCF, mishandled cases, and systemic concerns. Then the interview shifted to discussing closing Connecticut Juvenile Training School in 2018. This facility houses adjudicated male residents in a secure locked down facility. Severe criticism about how CJTS Youth Service Officers handle restraining residents, high costs of maintaining the facility, and offering more therapeutic services to residents were offered as reasons for closing CJTS. Oh by the way all this chatter came from lawmakers over the last year or so.

However all of the chatter on WNPR missed the point. Both DCF Commissioners danced around real issues about CJTS and why it is closing. It is interesting how Deputy Commissioner Muniz answered questions about CJTS. I guess his commentary about a facility with mostly residents of color incarcerated gave the show authenticity. Muniz stayed on message by citing how  financial savings in closing CJTS might be transferred to other service agencies [ even though legislators will make that decision not DCF ], he then stated the need to change CJTS from a punitive facility to a more therapeutic one. Muniz did not discuss how  CJTS management ran a dysfunctional facility for years. Nor did this blog writer hear anything about allegations of racism at CJTS from employees of color that roiled that facility and led to a class action lawsuit, public protests outside that facility... not to mention unfavorable media attention. For some strange reason Joette Katz and Fernando Muniz are ignoring the obvious i.e. within DCF as an agency dysfunctional behavior is overlooked. Now Katz and Muniz will retort that their agency has taken steps to deal with instances of incompetent workers. Yet that same standard is not applied to the KeyStone Cops management that ran CJTS literally into the ground. It will make no difference if CJTS is moved to another area or there are more therapeutic services made available for residents in the future. When you have management that by their silence condones racial animus, embraces mistreatment of Youth Services Officers, allows overtime to be handed out to favored employees ... there will always be problems. When you have all white top management at CJTS turning away from honest dialogue about issues with employees .. there will always be problems.

It is noted how CJTS closing was discussed during the last segment of WNPR and people called to complain about their personal issues about child care. CJTS is a textbook example of how not to run a facility while maintaining the same top management for years.

And the band played on.


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

THE ALL SEEING EYE

This is dedicated to the Unit Leader who sees everything but reports only what white management wants to hear.

Like Argus in Greek mythology you are never asleep,
One eye remains open at all times roving.
You see injustices that occur but never speak up,
Instead you run to Cap' boss for another biscuit
and piece of chicken.

Does the eye see how Youth Service Officers suffer?
Will the eye take an honest critique of white management?
Can the eye continue to guide you up the stairs to Cap' boss
office where you grin like Sambo,
Or dance up and down the stairs like Bogangles Robinson.

Yes the all seeing eye goes up to heaven and down to earth.
Yet that eye blots out truth while embracing deception,
Wash away your hatred of black people.
Pour into that eye the liquid that Harriet Tubman used
Maybe then you will develop enough backbone
And not strut around like a plantation Mammy.

EMPLOYEE FROM UNIT 5D AT THE FRONT DESK/ CRITIQUE OF UNIT LEADER UNIT 6B/ INTAKE PROCESS HALTED FOR RESIDENTS

The story appeared on this blog within the last two weeks or so about how a resident on Unit 5D called 911 on a staff cell phone. After sneaking into the staff office a resident said on the phone "I have a gun and will shoot people at Connecticut Juvenile Training School." Police and Swat Team came to CJTS and entered the Unit 5D with guns drawn. Police departed after discovering what really happened. However the Youth Service Officer on duty at the time did not see anything suspicious while the resident slithered into the staff office. Now management in their infinite wisdom is trying to ascertain what the YSO -now under investigation for the incident- was doing during the time this cell phone was used. The Unit is set-up with a control panel in the middle of the floor and all should be visible to any YSO awake, alert, and not distracted. Well. At this juncture management has the YSO under investigation,  and sitting at the front desk where visitors and guests come in. Just hope this YSO took No Doze while the investigation is being completed.

There are rumors circulating around CJTS about the lack of clear cut and decisive leadership from supervisors on Unit 6B. This is nothing new, this has been reported repeatedly on this blog. However our story takes a different route due to an employee critique. A YSO mentioned to management at CJTS how there is no consistency on Unit 6B in terms of following policies or procedures. Residents are allowed to do certain things one week and not so the following week. Disciplinary measures are handed out willy- nilly confusing YSOs and residents. When a YSO offered critique to the Assistant Supervisor things started to change for the YSO. This particular employee submitted weeks in advance requests for time off during the holiday season. Now -after the employee critique- this second in command superintendent et al. slowed down the employee's request for time off. I mean slowed it down to snail pace. This kind of punishment is not uncommon on the plantation, management always seems to personalize critiques, suggestions or differences of opinion from employees.

Finally management at CJTS decided to stop the intake process of new male residents. In the past whenever residents were committed to CJTS staff read the rules to residents, told them about expectations and then placed them on Units. From what i'm hearing it is now just placing residents on Units with peers their age. What kind of logic dictates placing residents in unfamiliar environments without clear expectations for following rules and regulations. Oh yeah, it is reported the idea is to let residents tell incoming youth what to do. Have mercy... the blind leading the blind.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

INVESTIGATION OF STAFF CONCERNING SWAT TEAM INCIDENT/ WHERE ARE THE VOICES NOW?/ DID RESIDENTS RECEIVE ANY COUNSELING AFTER POLICE VISIT UNIT 5D?

The rumors at Connecticut Juvenile Training School are swirling about how Swat Team / State Police / and other law enforcement officials bum-rushed Unit 5D with guns drawn last week. It is reported that a resident somehow got into the staff office, secured an employee cell phone. Then called 911 threatening to shoot people at CJTS. Now the drama is shifting to the staff that were on duty when the resident crept into the staff office. Sources report that an investigation is under way regarding those staff on duty i.e. where were Unit 5D staff and what the hell were they doing? This writer hopes any staff working on that Unit during this event has a lawyer and Union representation.

Where are those loud voices from the media, Childs Advocate Office, and lawmakers over the latest incident at CJTS? Let me be clear. When Youth Service Officer Dupree restrained a resident during a mini riot, all hell broke loose. State Lawmakers et al. were running around in a fit of spasms denouncing YSOs and Dupree especially for acting like thugs with incarcerated male residents because of physically restraining them during fights ... disruptive behavior etc. However when State Police / Swat Team members stormed Unit 5D with guns drawn - there are no voices crying out in anguish as if souls in Purgatory. You hollered against Dupree.


After the big fiasco on Unit 5D with the police did the residents get counseling? It is reported that several residents living on Unit 5D were traumatized about police with guns on their Unit. At this juncture no public word has been issued from CJTS about the residents mental status. The majority of residents at CJTS are youth of color. So, if CJTS administrators [ 95% white] do not get residents trauma counseling what does it mean? Well you could extrapolate and say this, white management do not consider counseling necessary-because those youth of color are use to police... guns... in urban America. I am just saying!!!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

SWAT TEAM / STATE POLICE DESCEND ON THE PLANTATION AFTER GUN THREAT BY RESIDENT

The sources within Connecticut Juvenile Training School report a tale that is hard to fathom but also highlight what goes on inside CJTS /Department of Children & Families. On November 27, 2016 on Unit 5D while a staff member was supposedly in a somnolent state, at the control panel a resident slithered into the staff office and stole a staff member's cell phone. Even thought the phone was locked the resident managed to call 911 and say " I have a gun and will shoot people." In order to cover what took place the resident opened the door to a resident bathroom while the incident occurred, thus blocking the view of this staff member who obviously took large doses of Nyquil while on duty. Where were people in Operation Unit who supposedly are monitoring cameras at CJTS?! Then it is reported State Police called CJTS and asked if an employee by the name of .... who owned the cell phone was at work. Operation staff replied yes. Police disconnected the telephone and proceeded to descend upon CJTS with a SWAT Team in tow.

From all accounts the scene at CJTS looked like something from a military training exercise, SWAT  Team / State Police came onto the property with guns drawn, flanking building# 5 before entering the Unit 5D. It looked like the invasion of Iwo Jima during World War II. Once inside the issue of threatening cell phone call got cleared up. However several troubling questions remain for this blog writer.

Why is it the issue of what took place never became public? When CJTS white administrators were looking for scapegoats to publicly vilify over supposedly resident illegal restraints by Youth Service Officers, going public with the name of YSO Dupree was damn quick. Why did no one in management at CJTS or DCF talk about police with guns drawn on the plantation property? Why did no management type discuss the failure of Operation staff in the main office with cameras on a console to see what this resident did.... or why staff let it happen?

Lawd have mercy!!




































Wednesday, November 23, 2016

FEAR IS CAUSING THIS NEED FOR WHITES TO SEEK BLACK ACTIVISTS

The clarion call for black activists and people of color to join protests across America at this juncture is interesting to say the least. When BlackLivesMatter and Moral Monday CT tried to get white activists to join their movements hesitation occurred. White activists did not want to be associated to some degree with BLM. There were problems with tactics, agendas, targeted sites for protests. Also MMCT experienced great difficulty enlisting white people to help with systematic oppression of people of color in Hartford, CT. Again whites had to "consider" whether MMCT used "proper" tactics or if words were sufficiently utilized to white people's satisfaction. Now white people are singing a different tune. Oh yeah!! There is palpable fear circulating these days within the white community about the presidential win of Donald J. Trump. Draconian policies that Trump said would be implemented [ if he won.. and he did win ] affects whites and other groups. With such a revelation about what Trump's policies would mean for them, whites are stampeding to find black allies. Whites want blacks to march on Washington. Whites want blacks to protest with them in Oregon. Whites are showing up in droves at black meetings, begging for intersectionality on white issues. Whites are plugging in to MMCT's conference calls in record numbers seeking solidarity. Hold on Bubba. Why you love me now?

Let me be clear. Whites are showing up by the hundreds to meetings in Hartford like Standing Up For Racial Justice [ SURJ ] a white group that trains other whites to be allies against oppression, for one reason only -FEAR. It is clear a Trump administration in the White House is dangerous not only to people of color but whites and "others" caught in the sights of those administrators, surrounding Trump, who are capable of making policy decisions. So now a clarion call goes out to the black community et al. from whites for collaboration, unity, intersectionality, understanding, and lockstep protests in the streets.

However my reply to white folks is this.
Where were you when blacks needed you?

Saturday, November 19, 2016

WHITE ALLIES STABBED BLACKS IN THE BACK



Moral Monday CT

Statement Regarding SURJ-Hartford
November 19, 2016
After a time of prayer and deliberation, the executive leadership of Moral Monday CT has decided to sever ties with the Showing Up For Racial Justice, Hartford (SURJ-Htfd) organization.  Our executive leadership met with SURJ-Htfd core leadership for an extended time of conversation and could not reconcile inconsistencies/barriers that compromise our ability to work together.  
Moral Monday CT is a black-led organization representing a broad cross-section of people of faith and conscience, whose work is centered around how our deep moral values relate to the movement for black lives. We seek relationships (both individual and organizational) of mutuality and common interest. As leaders in the movement for black lives, it is our duty and responsibility to name abuses.  It is for this reason that we are obligated to speak truth from our prospective to SURJ-Htfd.
SURJ has primary stated goals. They are to organize White people for racial justice through community organizing, mobilizing and education while being accountable to People of Color. MMCT executive leadership was asked to hold a relationship of accountability.  SURJ-Htfd core leadership understood checks and balances within itself, however, they were unable and/or unwilling to articulate an understanding of such terms to MMCT, all the while acting in ways that attempted to usurp and undermine our leadership.  Racial justice work must be done from a position of humility. 
Zeal and ambition with unchecked and uninterrogated white supremacy is a reckless and dangerous recipe for this moment in time. Trusting white people to have the capability on their own to step outside of whiteness, outside of white supremacy in and of itself is extremely ambitious.  And to do so without mutual regard and a definite understanding of the responsibility of checks and balances is a detriment to the movement of Black Lives.  We will not endorse empire building in the name of racial justice.
Moral Monday CT will continue to welcome anyone who seeks to be engaged in the struggle for racial justice and our arms remain open to any individual involved in SURJ-Htfd.



Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A MEETING CALLED BUT FEW CAME / UNIT 5B MOVES TO A RAT INFESTED SPOT / # 136 COMPLAINT AGAINST UNIT LEADER

The Connecticut Juvenile Training School Superintendent called a meeting on November 15, 2016 for Youth Service Officers to attend. The CJTS Superintendent wanted to explain a few things as it relates to ..the possibility of overtime funds running out in December 2016. The front line YSO staff are called to fill in certain areas when needed, this is overtime pay. However only two YSOs showed up to the meeting. Why? The answer is simple, YSOs do not trust what the Superintendent says at any given time. In the past this same leader at CJTS Plantation accused YSOs of being responsible for all the ills at CJTS including unlawful restraints. The same Superintendent et al. threw YSO Dupree under the bus during an investigation about resident restraints. Dupree [ a black man ] was made the poster child for restraints at CJTS; Dupree won his job back through arbitration but is not being called back to work. Also the Superintendent mentioned inordinate amounts of Worker Compensation claims by YSOs but failed to mention the queen of Worker Compensation use is a female Unit Leader who goes out injured-supposedly- monthly [ this same Unit Leader is well enough to sit at the black jack table at Foxwoods Casino while out on WC ]. Yeah another YSO meeting by the Superintendent is scheduled for Thursday. Maybe two jack rabbits will attend.

The Unit 5B moved to Unit 5C because the former supposedly had plumbing problems. Then while in Unit 5C residents noticed baited and set rat traps in the day room for residents. There are rumors circulating that maybe 5B did not have plumbing problems at all, and the rats Ben / Willard came to live as squatters. Residents in 5C report rats running out of their rooms.

It is reported that a Unit Leader in building #6 is not allowed on the Unit due to a resident complaint. The resident filed what is know as a #136 document. The document was passed on to administrators at CJTS for investigation. Meanwhile the Unit Leader in building # 6 cannot enter the Unit when the resident is inside. Only when the resident is not around can the Unit Leader come around. Well maybe all of this will be cleared up soon about the Unit Leader. But hold on, when YSOs have #136s filed against them by residents or management ... YSOs are barred for months -in some cases- of being on the Unit. Is there some double standard at work here??


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

WHITE EXISTENTIAL ANGST OVER TRUMP; NOW YOU KNOW HOW IT FEELS, YOU GAVE THE VAMPIRE A TRESPASS RIGHT

The sounds for several days of white existential anguish over the victory of Donald J. Trump for United States President is interesting. In the distance one hears cries reminiscent of souls in Purgatory in Dante's Inferno, it is white folk lamenting the end of their so called Democracy. It must be noted that these same people going to get therapy from psychologists / healing places for solace are beyond being consoled. White people now want to know what to do, how to fight someone they perceive as a threat not to America but to a white population that has basically for years enjoyed standing on the sidelines, while people of color fought tooth and nail against racism. Now to be fair some white allies have been fighting with people of color to end racism for years, but in my experience most whites questioned tactics of black leadership, strategy and whether or not to get involved. All of that hesitation and obstructionism ended with the advent of Trump as "the strong man on horse back" to lead the mixed rabble. Now you know how it feels.

The days after Trump's victory were like being on a super fast train ; whites calling me asking for advice, whites rioting in Oregon because Trump won the election. I gave those whites a few lines from Dante's Inferno about how they related to the black struggle "let us not speak of them; but look, and pass on." Yeah you looked white people when the BlackLivesMatter and Moral Monday CT organizations were seeking help. Now you want to ask me for help. In the words of the old rapper from Public Enemy Flava Flav ..."I can't Do Nothing For You Man." It is time for whites to understand that their inaction led to the situation called Trump. Let me be clear. If whites had been willing to unite behind black leadership as one force the outcome of this election might have been different. If whites had not been angry / vindictive about Bernie Sanders not winning the primary for president the outcome of this election might have been different. Whites et al. held back their vote as a protest, some even voting for third party candidates, how many of you crying over Trump now had your underwear in a bunch because events did not go your way? You withheld  millions of votes, you looked the other way... and now Trump is lord and master. Your river of tears mean nothing to me whites in existential anguish.

In the vampire movies the one known as Dracula is depicted as a blood thirsty creature. There are many ways to get rid of vampires... holy water, stake in the heart, holding up a cross symbolizing Jesus and Christianity. However the most effective way to thwart a vampire is not to let it in your home... etc. In the movies a vampire must be invited in to your dwelling and this is called a trespass right. The lack of whites voting and reluctance to get behind black leadership to fight for social justice gave Trump a trespass right, now the vampire is in the White House. Dracula or vampires seek blood of victims; Trump et al. will seek blood in the form of cutting benefits for elderly, poor and disadvantaged, placing people on the Supreme Court that will erode hard fought legal victories for Americans, scuttle rights and freedoms Americans have taken for granted. Dracula is in the house and now you cry out for solidarity with blacks that you did not want to follow or support. Whites now take to the streets asking for support to protest with them. Whites frame their arguments saying "we are all in this together" and hurriedly form coalitions making sure that in agendas at least the black cause is mentioned [ third or fourth ] in the platform. March to Washington in December / January for social justice is the white folk cry, there must be solidarity or else perish is the white mantra.Meanwhile back at the ranch, black people are openly saying " man this is a white problem." White folk are jamming telephone conferences with black lead groups wanting advice, their voices raw with emotion, invoking words from Martin Luther King, Gandhi and agents of non violence. However violence in the form of Donald J. Trump and Draconian policies he is planning seems to be the epitome of violence. Whites have been in a Rip Van Winkle slumber as it relates to helping in the black struggle. Now it appears as if whites are fully awake. Well. Black people have been awake to the racism in America for years while other folk embraced their white skin privilege and did nothing thinking "let us not speak of them; but look, and pass on."

In closing the white existential angst over Trump is somewhat amusing to behold. Wait, let me get my popcorn.

The waking have one world in common; Sleepers have each a private world of their own.
--Heraclitus, Fragments

Saturday, October 29, 2016

SCHOOL SAFETY AND CUTTING BACK ON OVERTIME

The Connecticut Juvenile Training School has recently discontinued In School Suspension for residents during academic time. ISS was used to help students study more, deal with acting out behaviors during class, or for other offenses. During ISS Youth Service Officers were present to help the teacher maintain order and redirect residents if needed. That meant staff usually worked overtime shifts in order to keep enough YSOs monitoring hallways and classrooms. However KeyStone Cops management discontinued ISS to save the overtime dollars. Now let me continue with the story.

When a resident at CJTS acts out in school, that person now is escorted to their Unit by one staff, and that staff stays with the resident. This means there are not enough YSOs in the school to handle disturbances that occur daily. Now let us say three to four residents from different Units fight in class. Now four YSOs must accompany residents back to their Units. So as you can see this is an issue of safety ...for teachers and staff. If the management at CJTS wanted to save money how come that Unit Leader -that management is always protecting- in building #6 has not moved to bldg. # 5 like all other Units? Because of not adhering to the program and moving that Unit, money is being lost that could be used for keeping ISS open. Well dysfunctional management has done it again. Closing down ISS and increasing safety hazards while the Unit Leader in bldg. # 6 continues to stay put and buck dance like Bill Bogangles Robinson for white management.

Monday, October 17, 2016

WORKER COMPENSATION QUEEN AT IT AGAIN / NOT MOVING INTO BUILDING # 5 AND THE GOOD NEGRO

The administration at Connecticut Juvenile Training School is universally considered to be dysfunctional at best incompetent and blind at worst. In the past several years numerous mistakes or lapses in judgment have been recorded by this blog that CJTS made. For example allowing a right wing male employee to be the attack dog for management and keep employees of color in line. Oh let us not forget how management did not know or looked the other way while a female Caucasian supervisor was arrested several times for drinking under the influence of alcohol, then stripped of a driving license-but still she came to work for almost one year [ no drivers license ]. Now administrators are continuing to enable a white supervisor to -once again- be out of the facility on Workers Compensation. At CJTS where on hands restraints are common, it is possible to become injured and therefore need time off. However this female supervisor- a Unit Leader- takes advantage of the Workers Comp situation : in five years or more this Unit Leader at CJTS has not worked more than 60 complete days. Other employees must report to work or be disciplined by management, not the Workers Comp queen though, she is like Casper the Ghost... showing up for one week, then claiming injury just from walking through the CJTS front gate and doors. Say what ?

This blog documented several instances where the female Unit Leader seemed to be milking the State of Connecticut dry , gaining filthy lucre through deception or out right lies. Yet at the CJTS Plantation it is business as usual; hen house unguarded, foxes running off with chicken eggs.. while management is sleep at the wheel of the facility.

Hey it was reported that during negotiations about CJTS layoffs and closing the facility, cutting costs might help ease the burden of operating the facility. It was decided that every Unit at CJTS would move into building # 5. But hold your horses folks. Directives from KeyStone Cops management in June 2016 made it clear ALL Unit Leaders were to move residents etc into building #5. At this juncture there is one Unit Leader in bldg. 6 moving slower than molasses in obeying directives to move, hell all the other Units moved into bldg. #5. There is speculation why Unit in bldg. 6 has not moved, it is due to receiving special favor from ol' Massa in the front office. Let me be clear. White administrators within the DCF apartheid complex are quick to embrace, support or promote Negroes who "know their place" and buck dance to ol' Massa's tune. Also it is possible the numerous trips this Unit Leader makes to see administrators is not only about discussing Unit issues but tattling on employees. In other places it is called dry snitching... dropping dimes... being a rat fink etc. Now it is also reported how moving into bldg. # 5 with other Unit Leaders could expose all of the "dirt" or irregularities committed within the Unit constantly. Very few people working at CJTS know for certain what occurs in Unit  bldg. # 6, and moving to bldg. #5 just might turn on lights that will cause cockroaches to scurry.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

DUPREE WAS FIRED QUICK, BUT DCF SLOW IN HIRING HIM BACK

This is a story that has appeared on the DCF Plantation Blog several times. Resean Dupree is a 33 year old black man that is still waiting for justice within Department of Children & Families ... Connecticut Juvenile Training School. Dupree was a Youth Service Officer at CJTS without any blemish on his record for years. To be honest in ten years of working for various state agencies Dupree's record is spotless. However while working at CJTS Dupree, in order to quell a fight between several youth.. placed them in an unauthorized hold or restraint. Dupree is an avid weight lifter built like a Greek god, he certainly was not trying to hurt the youth he restrained at CJTS. However in April of 2015 Dupree was placed on paid administrative leave for placing the youth in a so- called unapproved hold. We need to understand that what happened to Dupree came after The Childs Advocate office conducted a lengthy investigation about resident abuse through unauthorized restraints by YSOs. The resulting circus from this investigation included tours by legislators in Hartford, news stories, and white administrators looking for scapegoats. Well white folks found and targeted Dupree as their victim-"the usual suspect.. blame it on the huge black male." Dupree received notice on September 2, 2015 of being terminated from CJTS.

Now if we fast forward there seems to be a happy ending to this sordid tale of targeting another black male for harsh disciplinary action within the DCF Plantation. Dupree through an arbitrator's decision was reinstated to his job, with full back pay etc. Hold on. Why is Dupree still not back at the job ? He received the fair arbitration hearing decision Sept. 1, 2016, yet white administrators are slow in placing the black man back on his job. Dupree has been vindicated in some respects but feels betrayed. When administrators needed some sort of sacrifice to appease the Child Advocate and howling mob Dupree became expendable. Throughout the history of America black men and women were used to justify racist practices. In the past lynchings or other means were used to keep black people in line. In 2016 the white power structure uses policy and procedure in workplace settings to justify racial excesses against people like Dupree. DCF / CJTS fired Dupree before the world in hideous fashion, making him the poster child of beast like restraint at CJTS. Now these same people have the unmitigated gall to move slowly in giving the brother his job back.
Please forgive me readers, this is just to much to take.

Please call CJTS Superintendent William Rosenbeck at (860) 638-2420 and ask for Resean Dupree to be reinstated immediately.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

WHITE ACTIVIST THOUGHTS ON POLICE SHOOTINGS OF BLACK PEOPLE

How many Black people will die before police departments police themselves in America?

Terence Crutcher, an unarmed father of four, walking slowly away from police and toward his stalled car with his hands up in the air, is the most recent victim who died for being Black. Killed in the streets by Tulsa police.

Their police department claims he was not complying with officer's orders; yet police don’t have carte blanche to kill anyone who doesn’t show perfect compliance. In fact, a ruling in Boston Tuesday by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court stated that blacks in Boston who escape run-ins with police officers may be justifiably motivated by a desire to “avoid the recurring indignity of being racially profiled,” and their flight should not be automatically interpreted as evidence of “criminal activity.”

Can Hartford citizens count on their Police Department to do the right thing? Will Hartford speak out about this latest tragedy by issuing a clear and timely statement condemning rogue police actions and police departments that perpetrate or condone racially-motivated profiling, predatory policing and overreach, brutality, and killings in the streets of US cities? 

It’s long past time to change the policing culture and practices of silence.

JoAnne Bauer, Hartford


Friday, September 23, 2016

THE CLERGY'S INTERFERENCE STIFLES THE PROTEST OF FREEDOM FIGHTERS

The recent civil unrest in Charlotte, North Carolina over the shooting death of a black man by police has people on edge. For two days freedom fighters took to the streets and during the process some property destruction took place. It is clear that after watching black men, women and children dying at the hands of police over a three year period, people have expressed outrage and are beyond being consoled. However something I saw on the CNN News service caused a moment of reflection inside my brain. Clergy in the city of Charlotte went out on the street and formed a boundary between police and freedom fighters. What is interesting is how on television pictures of the clergy hollering at freedom fighters and protesters displaying anger at clergy came across. What the clergy did during one night of protest is offensive to the idea of people trying to free themselves from oppression. Clergy seem to come out in cities only when there is civil unrest, and then clergy want to impose their "love, peace, and Jesus" worldview on the unwashed masses. If the religious community would come out of their churches daily to interact with the people perhaps there might be some manner of connectivity. However how can religious leaders come out of those religious sanctuaries to quell righteous indignation of an abused population, and stand with religious garb on in front of the very oppressor that has unleashed death upon the people?

The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche wrote in Thus Spoke Zarathustra how people feel about the clergy "churches are places of putrid air and words of empty meaning." These select words from Nietzsche are reflective of protesters feelings in Charlotte toward clergy. How can preachers go into the streets during moments such as the rebellion in North Carolina and preach love and harmony? What shibboleth do the clergy hold up as justification for  standing between the police- who historically used force on black folk- and angry citizens. The clergy's interference in affairs of freedom fighters smacks of hubris and disrespect. These holy ones show up at civil unrest situations and proclaim a God that has not shielded the masses from injustice in America. These same preachers stand shoulder to shoulder with locked arms in front of police and ask the unwashed masses to embrace the state. Nietzsche writes in Zarathustra "the state ? What is that? Well then ! ... The state is the coldest of all monsters. Coldly it lies, too; and this lie creeps from its mouth: I the state am the people."

Then on this same CNN News broadcast there were clergy speaking about how they brought calm to the city and no rioting occurred. Let it be noted that during this interview a black male preacher and white female clergy were present. However it was the young white female clergy doing most of the talking. In other words white folks who have no idea of how it is to live or die black, talking about bringing peace to a largely black community in the depths of despair over yet another shooting death. Not only is the clergy's interference in affairs of the unwashed masses offensive but a white female is the one to articulate feelings of natives in their natural habitat. Give me a damn break !

In closing let me state that at this juncture in history it is clear America has declared open season once again on the destruction of black people. There is no longer any time for the same tired strategies from religious leaders or  foolish people getting in the way of righteous indignation over killings of black people by police.

And to be sure it is no longer necessary for clergy to come down and interfere with righteous indignation of people being oppressed. And black people damn sure do not need well meaning white clergy -who do not suffer as black people do in America- to explain reasons for standing in front of the police and angry demonstrators.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

WHITE FOLKS COMMENTING FROM WHERE IT IS SAFE

I know and have worked with lots of dedicated white activists over the years. These white male / female / transgender / lesbian & LGBTQ, religious/ non religious activists are wonderful people seeking social justice in America. However there is a segment of white folks in America commenting on issues from where it is safe. Let me be clear. I recently saw on Facebook the video shooting of a black man in Tulsa, Oklahoma by white police officers. The shooting occurred last week but the video footage was just released. The man did not have a gun and was walking towards his car that broke down on the road. After viewing the video I made a few comments and then pondered what I had seen on the video. Well it did not take long for white folks from different parts of America to comment on my words. Of course one white person said "all we need in America for healing is to embrace Jesus." Next came the "there is not enough evidence to conclude what happened in the video." Oh really? What is interesting is how many of the white folks looking at the video commented on it from the safe haven of white privilege somewhere in whitopia. When white people make their remarks and then couch it in their worldview, I ask where is my parallel to that type of thinking?

For the most part the responses to my comments about the shooting of this black man by police were not received with enthusiasm or appreciation by white people. That is okay with me. What is troubling is how whites in various geographical locations in America can comment about healing, prayer, meditation, and working with the police when black folks are literally being hunted by people sworn to protect them ... dat be da police. It is bad enough to wait for the predictable response from black activists over this murder - marching, singing ol' man river spirituals,  black clergy calling for independent investigations that yield verdicts on the side of police, begging for God to come down from heaven and stop the killings. The response of white folks however is an exercise in how to comment from where it is safe; not having to worry whether their lives are valued or not based on their skin color. So let white folks continue to have conversations about the National Anthem and Colin Kapernick, or whether to get involved in social justice issues, or whether black activists tactics are too divisive for white tastes. In the mean time back at the ranch, black people are shot with hands in the air by police officers and "white folks are commenting from where it is safe."

Friday, September 2, 2016

DUPREE IS VICTORIOUS AND GETS JOB BACK, BUT THERE IS A LARGER ISSUE THAT MUST BE EXPLORED

Youth Service Officer Dupree won his job back on September 1, 2016 after an arbitrator declared Connecticut Juvenile Training School fired him without cause. Now CJTS Plantation must give Dupree back pay plus any time lost. Let me refresh the memory of readers about the persecution of yet another black man at the CJTS Plantation. On April 1, 2015 YSO Dupree was working on the infamous Unit4D, known for  Supervisors who abuse Workers Compensation and are incompetence [ not to mention baking cookies while at work ]. A riot situation occurred in which incarcerated residents were out of control. YSO Dupree tried to restore rule of law on the Unit 4D and finally got involved in a hands on restraint. Dupree is a young muscular black man of over 200 pounds and has [in 4 years of working at that facility] never could be accused of being abusive toward residents, but all that changed on April 1, 2015. After the restraint took place a Greek Chorus led by Unit 4 D Supervisors- who are always applying overly maternal instincts to incarcerated males- and white male management, Dupree got singled out as the personification of the hulking black male out of control. The Child Advocates Office issued reports about Dupree's restraint, videos surfaced of supposedly bad restraints,while the local media showed up at Dupree's home looking for "dirty laundry" during interviews. Dupree lost his job, was found guilty in the court of public opinion, could not come out of his home because media trucks were outside.

For over one year Dupree languished in a Purgatory created by white management for the hulking black man. Instead of pointing out how the incompetence of Unit 4D Supervisors created unsafe conditions might be part of the reason(s) a riot took place- a time honored American tradition happened.. blame it on the big black male. If CJTS management and the Childs Advocate Office really looked into what happened on Unit 4D, empirical evidence would have pointed to Unit Supervisors more concerned with promoting motherly balms toward male residents and not rule of law. Ergo, the residents on Unit 4D were always in some sort of chaotic situation due to mismanagement by Unit Supervisors. Dupree provided cover for white management during all the uproar over improper restraints by YSOs. To be blunt white management covered their asses by sacrificing Dupree.

Now the moral arc of justice has swung in favor of Dupree, Sept.1, 2016 an arbitrator said "CJTS fired this man without cause." Yet the larger issue in this story is racism and how it pervades the CJTS environment. For over three decades the Department of Children and Families has faced allegations of racism from employees of color. For some unknown reason such allegations of racism at CJTS / within DCF are not addressed by the black or brown residents in Hartford. In 2010 five CJTS workers launched a class action lawsuit against DCF /CJTS alleging hostile workplace environment and racism. Disciplinary actions against people of color working within the DCF/ CJTS Plantation is hovering around 60%, while lower for other ethnic groups. While this blog celebrates the fact Dupree is reinstated to his job, what about the toxic atmosphere of white supremacy within the DCF/CJTS plantation allowing Dupree to be  lynched by policy / procedure?

Thursday, September 1, 2016

BEAT DOWN AT THE CLOCK TOWER

The narrative coming out of Connecticut Juvenile Training School this week is about a fight between three residents. As the story is told two residents were outside near the clock tower and decided to beat down a resident from Unit 5B. Now fights between residents are not unusual at CJTS but this one resulted in severe injuries to the resident beaten by two peers. Now during the beat down assistance was called for to breakup the altercation, but the fight continued. There were no staff to respond due to several factors (1.) due to state layoffs of workers staff levels at CJTS are at an all time low, (2.) then the staff that are at the facility have worked double and triple shifts... ergo, cannot respond quickly.

Now the beat down continued at the clock tower for several minutes; no response from staff. When a group of female staff came on the scene they could not separate the combatants. Finally by some miracle the fight ended, but not before severely injuring one resident. This writer learned that the one resident beaten by two peers is in the hospital. When Youth Service Officers do not perform their jobs management investigate them. The dreaded mandated report called #136 is filed against YSOs who are deemed negligent when dealing with residents. With the depletion of YSOs on the CJTS Plantation an unsafe condition exists, why no #136 filed against management for a shortage of staff ? If that youth in the hospital dies who is responsible for not having appropriate levels of staff at CJTS to handle client safety?

Sunday, August 28, 2016

JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT COULD NOT GET ANY WORSE ON THE CJTS PLANTATION

Right winger still on paid leave / set to retire
The birds are chirping at Connecticut Juvenile Training School about the former attack dog for white management at that facility. For years KeyStone Cops management used a Caucasian employee to watch over, report  news about, and use policy / procedure to keep employees in line. It was a known fact this particular right winger informed management about black or brown employees, used grievances as weapons against Youth Service Officers and then walked around like Caesars's wife "above suspicion." However white management soon became aware of not being able to control the right winger and tried to terminate their attack dog. Sources report that the right winger played an instrumental role in providing data to lawmakers and media sources... that helped place CJTS in the position of being closed down in 2018 by lawmakers and the Child Advocate's office. Since all of this hit the fan the right winger has been investigated for over one plus years while being paid, they call it administrative leave... yeah right !! Behind the scenes rumors are being whispered that CJTS management is not going to let their former attack dog back on the property in Middletown, CT. Their plan is to let the right winger continue to be investigated and then retire. All of this of course is financed by tax payer dollars.

Ball of confusion with scheduling / seniority
The reduction in staff at CJTS is down to a bare minimum due to layoffs and YSOs being out on Workers Compensation leave. Ergo, it should not be problematic to maintain scheduling for the remaining 50 or so staff right? Well think again. Sources within the CJTS Plantation report how people in charge of scheduling are making mistakes. There are so many mistakes until the remaining YSOs are confused, while being forced to work double or triple shifts. Several YSOs were laid off because of administrative staff -who were also laid off- being wrongly given credit for being at the facility longer than others. However upon closer scrutiny it was discovered several YSOs were mistakenly(?) laid off and those jobs given to former Unit Leaders. Now the mistakes in those cases are cleared up; why is it the people at CJTS do not just put up correct lists of people and their seniority? This will clear up all confusion, relieve the angst of being laid off, and help that facility operate more efficiently [ if such a thing is possible ].

Object of intimate desire transferred to another facility-cover up ?
The sources at CJTS are babbling about how male management employed a female administrator and for years engaged in sexual peccadilloes on a weekly schedule. It was then revealed how these same males almost fought some years ago during their staff meeting because of encroachment on each other's schedule. In other words somebody hit on my hit. With the break down in secrecy at the plantation about such matters, someone made the decision to send the object of desire to another facility.. before CJTS closes in 2018. It is reported the female in question never feared losing her job, after all when you service 3-4 male administrators on the job that is better security than having All State Insurance.

Hiring more YSOs in spite of promises to close the facility
Since there are only 50 or so incarcerated youth at CJTS why is there need for more Youth Service Officers? There are at least 16 YSOs out on Workers Compensation due to injury. However the rank and file workers are saying how things like worker injury should have been factored into plans for closing the facility in 2018. Now KeyStone Cops management is scrambling around like chickens with no heads, all due to incompetence. So what else is new?