A CITIZEN'S ADVOCACY GROUP

Over the past two years, Milford Speaks Out has Initiated, Participated, Created and Arranged a dizzying array of events and actions.

 Here's a short list:   


Understanding Islam - Arranged for Imam Sami Andul Aziz to speak at Milford Library


Created #PlanetPledge video on YouTube


Initiated event for Tim Snyder to speak

at Milford Democratic Town Committee


#FightBackCT to resist Trump Administration budget, with training members and door knocking


Fought United Illuminating's rollout of

4000K streetlamps (and won)


Supported Ordinance to ban

Fracking Waste Storage in Milford


Invited Steve Johnson to speak about

environmental and ecological issues


Assisted with organizing and participated in #Hate Has No Home Here  rally on Milford Green


Rallied in New Haven in support of

Affordable Care Act


Rallied in Hartford with NOW-CT

(National Organization for Women)


Arranged informational meeting regarding "Aging at Home" options


Encouraged Milford Speaks Out members to run for office & supported them vigorously!


Participated in 2017 Memorial Day Parade as part of Veteran's Health advocacy


Created and distributed Milford Speaks Out Guide to Citizenship in Milford


Organized and held Families Belong Together rally in front of Milford City Hall


Held Speak Out Saturdays

throughout the summer of 2018

 in front of Milford City Hall


Dave Duffner’s event “Thanks for Coming” honoring immigrant’s contributions to Milford


Co-sponsored with Milford Public Library “Life on Parole”


The Otherness Project Series


Safety Pin Project


UN International Day of Peace Celebration and Re-dedication of Milford's Peace Pole


Continue to spread information on events, training and actions in the Greater New Haven Area via meetings, emails, social media


DEDICATED TO BRINGING ABOUT A FAIR AND JUST COMMUNITY THRU EDUCATION AND ACTION



 Meetings are held 

the second Sunday

 of the month at 4:00 p.m.

Fowler Building

 45 New Haven Avenue 

Milford, CT



millfordspeaksout@gmail.com


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The (Full) Case for Impeachment

A menu of high crimes and misdemeanors.

By  



 http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/10/the-full-case-for-trump-impeachment.html 


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LISTEN: Audio emerges of Trump suggesting Ukraine whistleblower should be executed


 https://www.rawstory.com/2019/09/listen-audio-emerges-of-trump-suggesting-ukraine-whistleblower-should-be-executed/ 


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READ IT: Whistleblower’s complaint on Trump Ukraine call released



https://intelligence.house.gov/uploadedfiles/20190812_-_whistleblower_complaint_unclass.pdf 


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THE INCREASINGLY DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP


PDF download: A Primer for the Increasingly Dangerous Case of Donald Trump



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Understanding our bully-in-chief: Donald Trump’s ‘antisocial personality disorder’ fits a pattern


  

- Commentary


Not all narcissists are bullies, but all bullies are narcissists: A sense of superiority is foundational for bullying behavior. 


 “People who are unable to empathize with and love others relate to them through control and domination.” 


 “Trump’s bullying behavior serves a restorative function, patching up holes in the false self of his followers as well. The scapegoating tactics used by him make it possible for him and his followers to retain the notion of their superiority and blameless victimhood.”

  

“If the collective narcissism pack is large enough, and powerful enough, it’s almost impossible to get the narcissist, the autocrat, out of power.”


So long as Democratic leaders and the media remain oblivious to or ignorant of what’s actually going on psychologically — not just with Trump, but his followers as well — they will continue to misjudge the situation, even as they repeatedly say how abnormal it is. And the danger will only continue to grow.


 This situation is abnormal in American history. But it’s depressingly normal for a country where a narcissistic bully has gained power. We need to reorient ourselves around that fundamental fact, and stop pretending that what’s been normal in the past provides any sound guidance now. Clinging to that illusion is, in itself, a subtle form of collective narcissism: the belief that “It can’t happen here,” the refusal to look ourselves in the mirror and confront what we truly are — which is the only way we can ever live up to what we wish to be. 


 https://www.rawstory.com/2019/08/understanding-our-bully-in-chief-donald-trumps-antisocial-personality-disorder-fits-a-pattern/ 



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Adam Schiff Used Mueller to Paint a Damning Portrait of Trump’s Russia Connections



https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/watch-adam-schiff-robert-mueller-testimony-863098/  



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Timeline of Trump and Obstruction of Justice: Key Dates and Events

   

https://www.justsecurity.org/45987/timeline-trump-obstruction-justice-key-dates-events/ 


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Trump’s support comes almost entirely from Fox News viewers: report

 https://www.rawstory.com/2019/05/trumps-support-comes-almost-entirely-from-fox-news-viewers/ 


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How can the American people protect themselves from dangerous leaders — like the one we’ve got?



 https://www.rawstory.com/2019/04/can-american-people-protect-dangerous-leaders-like-one-weve-got/ 

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Read and search the full Mueller report


 https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/18/politics/full-mueller-report-pdf/index.html 



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What Happens if Obamacare Is Struck Down?

 

  

  • · 21 MILLION
    People who could lose their health insurance.
  •  12 MILLION
    Adults could lose Medicaid coverage.
  • · 874 MILLION
    Medicaid spending for opioid addiction prescriptionshas more than doubled.
  • · 133 MILLION
    Americans with protected pre-existing conditions.
  • · 171 MILLION
    Americans who no longer face caps on expensive treatments.
  • · 60 MILLION
    Medicare beneficiaries would face changes to medical care and possibly higher premiums.
  • · 2 MILLION
    Young adults with coverage through their parents’ plans.
  • · $50 BILLION
    Medical care for the uninsured could cost billions more dollars.
  • · 1,000 CALORIES
    Menu labels are among dozens of the law’s provisions that are less well known.


The Affordable Care Act touches the lives of most Americans. 


Read more:

 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/26/health/obamacare-trump-health.html 


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Trump Proposed Budget Cuts Social Safety Net by Trillions



 If a budget is a statement of values and priorities, President Donald Trump's proposal for fiscal year 2020 clearly displays his commitment to enriching the wealthy at the expense of ordinary Americans. 


 "The Trump budget is breathtaking in its degree of cruelty and filled with broken promises," Sanders, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, said in a statement. "Donald Trump promised the American people that he would be a different type of Republican, that he would be a champion of the working American and that he would not cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. But his budget does the exact opposite of what he promised the American people." 


https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/03/11/trillions-safety-net-cuts-bernie-sanders-says-trump-budget-breathtaking-its-degree



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The Making of the Fox News White House

Fox News has always been partisan. But has it become propaganda?

By


https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/03/11/the-making-of-the-fox-news-white-house



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THE MOSCOW PROJECT


The Moscow Project is an initiative of the Center for American Progress Action Fund dedicated to analyzing the facts behind Trump’s collusion with Russia and communicating the findings to the public. 


The Moscow Project’s team employs a multi-disciplinary approach towards its work, leveraging a unique combination of experience and expertise gained on Capitol Hill, at the State Department, and in private industry to examine this complex and sprawling series of events stretching back decades.


 https://themoscowproject.org/ 


 MARCH 24, 2019


BARR’S LETTER SHOWS WHY WE NEED TO SEE THE FULL MUELLER REPORT NOW


 https://themoscowproject.org/dispatch/barrs-letter-shows-why-we-need-to-see-the-full-mueller-report-now/ 

  

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How Trump’s radical Republican tax cut broke the economy

- COMMENTARY 

 

 https://www.rawstory.com/2019/02/trumps-radical-republican-tax-cut-broke-economy/ 







NEWS & INFORMATION

   

The impeachment resolution: Politics, the Constitution and everything in between


https://www.rawstory.com/2019/10/the-impeachment-resolution-politics-the-constitution-and-everything-in-between/#.XbrHx3rGh1c.link


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Trump impeachment inquiry: All the latest updates


All the latest updates as US House launches official impeachment inquiry of US President Donald Trump.


 https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/trump-impeachment-inquiry-latest-updates-190924224434789.html 


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Greta Thunberg Just Delivered Her Testimony to US Lawmakers: It Was a Landmark UN Climate Report


"I don't want you to listen to me," said the youth climate leader. "I want you to listen to the scientists."


 https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/18/greta-thunberg-just-delivered-her-testimony-us-lawmakers-it-was-landmark-un-climate 


  

House Democrats vote to repeal 9/11-era law used to authorize perpetual war


Democrats want Trump to know: Military action against Iran needs congressional authorization.


 https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/6/19/18691936/house-democrats-vote-repeal-9-11-aumf-war-iran 


  



LGBTQ Advocates Cheer Historic Victory After US House Passes Equality Act


"This vote is a monumental step forward in the fight for true, lived equality for LGBTQ people." 

 
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/05/17/lgbtq-advocates-cheer-historic-victory-after-us-house-passes-equality-act 




HOUSE PASSES SWEEPING GUN BILL


https://www.npr.org/2019/02/27/698512397/house-passes-most-significant-gun-bill-in-2-decades



5 WAYS TRUMP’S NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARATION COULD BE STOPPED

  

     www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/2/15/18225325/trump-national-emergency-lawsuits-border-wall   


DIGNITY FOR 'MOST VULNERABLE' AMONG US, BERNIE SANDERS INTRODUCES BILL TO EXPAND SOCIAL SECURITY


  

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/02/13/ensure-dignity-most-vulnerable-among-us-bernie-sanders-introduces-bill-expand-social


  

'THIS IS WHAT HOPE FEELS LIKE': GREEN NEW DEAL RESOLUTION HAILED AS 'WATERSHED MOMENT' FOR NEW ERA OF CLIMATE ACTION


https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/02/07/what-hope-feels-green-new-deal-resolution-hailed-watershed-moment-new-era-climate


  

HOUSE DEMOCRATS UNVEIL FIRST MAJOR LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE OF VOTING, CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND ETHICS OVERHAULS

 

https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/house-democrats-unveil-first-major-legislative-package-of-voting-campaign-finance-and-ethics-overhauls
 

 




Inspirational Quotes

    

"PEACE cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through UNDERSTANDING"

 Ralph Waldo Emerson


"There can be no peace without justice and respect for human rights"

 -Irene Kahn


"It is possible to achieve our goals, but we need decisions, political will and transformational policies to allow us to still live in peace with our own climate."

-UN General-Secretary Antonio Guterres



“All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.” –Harvey Milk


“Please remember, especially in these times of group-think and the right-on chorus, that no person is your friend (or kin) who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow and be perceived as fully blossomed as you were intended.”–Alice Walker


“Everybody’s journey is individual. You don’t know with whom you’re going to fall in love. … If you fall in love with a boy, you fall in love with a boy. The fact that many Americans consider it a disease says more about them than it does about homosexuality.”-James Baldwin


“It is revolutionary for any trans person to choose to be seen and visible in a world that tells us we should not exist.”–Laverne Cox 


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"On World Autism Awareness Day, we speak out against discrimination, celebrate the diversity of our global community and strengthen our commitment to the full inclusion and participation of people with autism. Supporting them to achieve their full potential is a vital part of our efforts to uphold the core promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: to leave no one behind."
 

Secretary-General António Guterres

United Nations


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Whenever one person stands up and says, ‘Wait a minute, this is wrong,’ it helps other people do the same.

— Gloria Steinem


The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.

— Alice Walker


We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.

— Malala Yousafzai


The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are. Imagine how much happier we would be, how much freer to be our true individual selves, if we didn’t have the weight of gender expectations.

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.

— Mae Jemison


If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not making decisions.

— Catherine Cook    

  

You must do the things

 you think you cannot do.

 --Eleanor Roosevelt

  

“A strong woman understands

 that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine

 as intuition and emotional connection. 

She values and uses all of her gifts.” 

– Nancy Rathburn


“I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.”

 – Emma Stone


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"The majority of the American people still believe that every single individual in this country is entitled to just as much respect, just as much dignity, as every other individual. "

-Barbara Jordan


 civil rights activist, lawyer, and politician 


 She served as a U.S. Congresswoman from 1972-1978, where she also made history as the first woman elected in her own right to serve as a representative from Texas. 








Good News Resources

Rawstory.com

CommonDreams.org

MilfordMirror.com

CTNewsJunkie.com

Propublica.org

TheDailyBeast.com

RandiRhodes.com

(Click on Homework tab)

Slate.com

Politico.com

Vox.com

TheAtlantic.com

HuffingtonPost.com

CTMirror.org

DailyKos.com

NPR.org

CTEnvironment.org



  

VIDEO/TV NEWS SOURCES


 MGATMilford Government Access Television has a YouTube channel 


  CT-N CONNECTICUT NETWORK: 

ctn.state.ct.us

 

C-SPAN  Cable Network

cspan.org







TRACKING and petitioning GOVERNMENT

U.S. Federal Government GovTrack.us

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GovTrack.us tracks the United States Congress and helps Americans participate in their national legislature.


They publish the status of federal legislation, information about your representative and senators in Congress including voting records, and original research on legislation and congressional oversight & investigations.

 https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/ 



State Government Connecticut

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Here are some resources  to help track the happenings in Hartford:


CGA Website:  View the General Assembly's schedule of events, stream the House and Senate sessions online via CT-N, or track a bill. 

https://www.cga.ct.gov/


 OpenConnecticut: Allows residents to track state government’s spending in real time and is operated by the Comptroller's office. 

https://www.osc.ct.gov/openct.html


Municipal Government - Milford

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City of Milford website

View information regarding Milford's government.

https://www.ci.milford.ct.us/






Petitioning Our Government

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 The right to petition government for redress of grievances is the right to make a complaint to, or seek the assistance of, one's government, without fear of punishment or reprisals, ensured by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution (1791). 

The Case for Impeachment

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Impeachment is a process,

 not an outcome, a rule-bound procedure for investigating a president, considering evidence, formulating charges,

 and deciding whether to continue on to trial.


As a House Judiciary Committee staff report put it in 1974, in the midst of the Watergate investigation: “The purpose of impeachment is not personal punishment; its function is primarily to maintain constitutional government.” Impeachable offenses, it found, included “undermining the integrity of office, disregard of constitutional duties and oath of office, arrogation of power, abuse of the governmental process, adverse impact on the system of government.”


https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/03/impeachment-trump/580468/



FACTS MATTER

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FactCheck.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. They monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Their goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding. 


https://www.factcheck.org/





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