• A Walking Audit With #DesegregateCT

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    The legislation for rezoning Connecticut has been laid behind the rosy facade of non profits, foundations, private funds, angel investors, and quasi government agencies. This is how our government has been captured. Public, private, partnerships. In Connecticut we have quasi government agencies run by public, private, partnerships. The Sparks Report has covered this many times. #DesegregateCT was founded by Sara Bronin, the Mayor of Hartford's wife, in response to George Floyd’s death. Sara Bronin also sat on Hartford’s Zoning and Planning Commission for 7 years before she stepped down to serve on Biden’s Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. How is Hartford after the Bronins’ leadership?

    What does George Floyd have to do with Connecticut’s affordable housing? Is Connecticut racially segregated? #DesegregateCT is a program of the Regional Planning Association. The RPA is a policy driver. It was founded in 1922 by rich white men. I specify this since the race card has been used against the common person, it has relevance. The RPA programs include a wide variety of agendas that will completely reshape our region. From congestion pricing to #DesegregateCT. The Regional Planning Association is supported by BlackStone, Amazon, JP Morgan, The Durst Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropy, The Robert Wood Foundation, just to name a few of the billion dollar organizations with their money behind RPA and its programs like #DesegregateCT.

    This money drives legislation in Connecticut. In 2021 Connecticut passed the Zoning Enabling Act, which takes power from municipalities to zone and plan and gives that power to the legislators in Hartford. The law passed via lobbyists, big money, and the public’s ignorance on the matter. The local media in Connecticut, where most people get their information, never report on public, private, partnerships, NGOs, or the money and power behind philanthropy. This enables the corruption to fester like a malignant cancer. #DesegregateCT is not an organic grassroots effort. It is a powerful corporate effort with a lot of money to redesign and control Connecticut.

    After COVID we saw a very odd thing happen. A major real estate boom where homes sold for double the market rate value as Wall Street saw a new business opportunity and purchased homes for cash, making home ownership near impossible for everyone not rich enough to compete with big money. We do not have a race problem in Connecticut, we have an economic problem.

    Are multi family homes illegal in Connecticut? Is your town racially segregated? Do you think NGOs like #DesegregateCT and the quasi government agency, Municipal Redevelopment Authority aka MRDA are a means to solve affordability in Connecticut?

    Take a look at a citizen’s conversation with #DesegregateCT -- CLICK HERE TO WATCH.

    “The Municipal Redevelopment Authority aka MRDA, is a quasi government agency that was dubiously enacted via the State of Connecticut’s biannual budget in 2019. Governor Malloy had been trying to pass legislation to create the MRDA since 2015. Each time it was introduced it was killed. With good reason. In 2017 legislators tried to create the municipal redevelopment agency with the powers to seize private property! In 2019, Lamont snuck the municipal redevelopment agency into in the budget and has been growing its power ever since. To kick start the Municipal Redevelopment Authority, the budget provided a General Fund appropriation of $500 thousand for both the fiscal years of 2020 and 2021. The MRDA was created by the executive branch without a hearing, bypassing the legislative process where the people have a voice. Did you vote for this? Did you know about this?” The Authority

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    “How does private investor money shape our laws and our culture? How can it be ethical that Connecticut Innovations can gamble with tax payer money and invest in companies that do not always benefit the people, but rather the investors? How did Annie Lamont’s holding, Sema4, affect testing policies? Remember those mandated tests? It was Sema4 providing them to state institutions where people were mandated to test. Do the people have a say? How can this be legal? The people pay Shipman and Goodwin to represent Connecticut Innovations. Our House Speaker, Matthew Ritter, and his sister Melissa, are partners at Shipman and Goodwin. Melissa Ritter specializes in education and law. She represents the government run schools and some private schools as well. It’s a big club, that we pay for, but seem not to care about. When will the public become outraged enough to stop this tide of overt and growing corruption?” The Quasi Vulture

    Links and References:


    Opinion on Desegregate CT

    Sara Bronin: https://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/housing/info-2022/2022-housing-workshop-day-2-keynote-sara-bronin.html

    Sara Bronin, founder of Desegregate CT: https://aap.cornell.edu/people/sara-bronin

    RPA Financials: https://rpa.org/about/financials

    RPA 990: https://s3.us-east-1.amazonaws.com/rpa-org/pdfs/FY2022-Form-990.pdf

    DURST major funders of RPA: https://www.durst.org

    RPA Annual Report: https://s3.us-east-1.amazonaws.com/rpa-org/pdfs/2021-AnnualReport_RPA.pdf

    RXR Major Funders of RPA: https://www.commercialsearch.com/news/rxr-realtys-3b-project-moves-ahead-with-land-deal/

    RPA/Social Justice: https://www.92ny.org/recalibrate-reality

    RPA Planning: https://rpa.org/latest/news-release/recalibrate-reality-rpa-92y-launch

    CT Legislation: https://www.cga.ct.gov/current/pub/chap_126.htm#sec_8-19

    Open Communities Alliance Zoning: https://assets.nationbuilder.com/opencommunitiesalliance/pages/115/attachments/original/1655925648/Zoning_101_3_25_22.pdf?1655925648

    NJ Lawsuits/Fair share: https://wrat.com/2022/09/15/4-jersey-shore-towns-sue-the-governor-over-affordable-housing/

    NJ Lawsuits/Fair share: https://www.nj.com/news/2022/06/despite-a-hot-housing-market-lawsuit-puts-up-roadblock-for-600-home-sellers.html

    NJ Lawsuits/Fair share: https://www.greenbaumlaw.com/insights-publications-NJs_AffordableHousing_Determinations_Are_Finally_Nearing_Completion.html

    NJ Lawsuits Fair Share: https://www.cbsnews.com/newyork/news/n-j-supreme-court-hears-arguments-in-ongoing-affordable-housing-battle/

    Fair share: https://www.ctoca.org/fairshare

    Yale /Zoning Atlas: https://iedl.yale.edu/zoning-atlas-sara-bronin

    Civil rights Laws: https://www.loc.gov/exhibits/civil-rights-act/segregation-era.html

    Luke Bronin: https://www.rga.org/connecticut-dem-gov-primary-gets-ugly-dan-drew-sharply-attacks-luke-bronin/

    Zoning for Equity: https://www.ctoca.org/zoning_for_equity_vol2

    Community Foundation: https://cfect.org/about/about-us

    Community Foundation: https://d2bj8c3dwxuffq.cloudfront.net/documents/2022-CFECT-AnnualReport_website.pdf

    CATIC: https://catic.com


    UN CT Chapter

    RPA: https://rpa.org/about/research-areas/housing-neighborhood-planning

    WEF: https://www.weforum.org/organizations/robert-wood-johnson-foundation-rwjf

    Henry Kissinger Bloomberg Philanthropy, RPA: https://rpa.org/latest/news-release/rpa-announces-partnership-desegregate-ct-coalition


    MRDA: https://jcherry152.substack.com/p/the-authority



    Jennifer Sparks aka J.Cherry

    Jennifer Sparks aka J.Cherry is an independent journalist, radio host, and producer. On the airways she was known as J.Cherry where she produced a popular local radio show, VOICE of the CITY, airing on WESU 88.1FM. There she conducted in depth and candid interviews with artists, politicians, authors, activists, scientists, and community leaders. In 2020 Jennifer left WESU to pursue an independent podcast where she could freely talk about controversial subjects. A mother and wife before being a journalist, she felt compelled to break free and dig into medical freedom, government policy, parental rights, public health, corruption, and big pharma. Over the years Jennifer has been published in local newspapers as a freelance writer. Frustrated with being censored and not being able to publish the stories she felt were important and under reported, she began her own blog. Her work can be found at jcherrrypresents.com and on Substack https://jcherry152.substack.com/.

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