In light of the recent news stories regarding ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and the City of Danbury, Tribuna Newspaper organized a community dialogue and panel discussion with Mayor Mark Boughton, Danbury Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour and Deputy Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bill Glass on immigration and community relations.
Fifty community leaders and stakeholders from the Brazilian, Ecuadorian, Dominican and Peruvian communities, along with ethnic media news outlets, gathered at Getsêmani Community Church in Danbury, led by Pastor Eli Coture, who graciously hosted the event with CONPAS (Council of Latino Pastors in Danbury).
The meeting format, a panel discussion followed by a question and answer period, and its size, no more than 50 attendees, was designed to provide ample time for dialogue.
The attendees, who collectively reach thousands in the immigrant community, were charged with sharing the information discussed with the community.
The question posed to the panel was, “What does a possible partnership between ICE and the City of Danbury mean to our immigrant community?”
-Danbury Mayor Mark D. Boughton delivered remarks on City Policy.
-Danbury Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour delivered remarks on Public Safety.
– Deputy Superintendent of Danbury Public Schools Dr. Bill Glass delivered remarks on the Educational System’s perspective.
The full two-hour video of the meeting is available to the public on social media to be shared far and wide, so residents of the city of Danbury can draw their own conclusions as to what the city’s stance is on this issue, and create action plans based on information coming directly from those charged with implementing the law. The video can be viewed on Tribuna’s Facebook page and website (http://tribunainenglish.com/news/community-meeting-on-ice-and-the-city-of-danbury/ )
In this issue, our cover story will be the first part of a series that will provide analysis of the meeting.
We thank our multimedia partner Emigrantes Brasil, and Rádio Via Brasil Channel, Comunidade News, LLC and Global Post Latino for event coverage and help with the distribution of the video and the information discussed at the meeting.
We thank all participants for their dedication to our community and their commitment to bring clarity to this important issue.
Together, we can help Danbury be a safe community for ALL residents regardless of their legal status. But in order to do so, we must have open and clear channels of communication between the city and the immigrant community. This gathering was a step in the right direction.
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