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Is it Christmas yet?!

Text and photos by Rosalie Tirella

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Today, Rosalie, after donning her Santa cap to watch the WFD fire trucks snake up her Ward Street and Richland Street …

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… shouted from her 4th floor – yes, FOURTH! floor! – apartment: Another sad footnote to our lives here! … THERE REALLY ARE TWO AMERICAS! My America cannot make enough money to buy the crap houses we rent for exorbitant amounts of $$$ here, in our inner cities. The heroin, the guns! The garbage! Our people are suffering! … These neighborhoods weren’t like this a generation ago – these houses, these streets, were spring-boards to the middle class! I remember!

Rose looked to great minds for answers:
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The minds were mute.

American workers need a living wage! Rose cried. FIGHT FOR $15! she shouted, fists clenched. AMERICANS NEED FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SO WORKERS CAN LEARN NEW SKILLS TO GET GOOD-PAYING JOBS! she said.

But just look at the local politician who is running for Worcester mayor next election cycle, arguably the city’s most up and coming political up-and-comer: caustic, racist, race-baiting, hate-spewing, Turtle-Boy blog-promoting and all around asshole Michael Gaffney. Mike Gaffney! God help my city!

And on a much bigger canvas … The new president of the United States is Donald Trump!  DONALD TRUMP!!! MADNESS! MADNESS!!!! Trump, like Gaffney, is an insult to the working class. A death knell for all Worcesterites/Americans. But Trump and Gaffney get people on their side, get working class folks’ votes because they exploit their fears, their anxieties around a multicultural Worcester/America that is different and beyond their comfort zone. These two politician-creeps work that vein … demonize immigrants, women of color, the disenfranchised. They whip up discord and hatred to garner votes. All an act …

– from Stephen Colbert

Because it is all about power – or better yet, feeling good about themselves, boosting their, believe it or not, LOW SELF ESTEEM!!!!

That’s right.

Donald Trump is lying when he said he had a “great” childhood/youth. He had a shitty one, thanks to Daddy Fred Trump.

From Colbert:

Closer to home, Mike Gaffney also had a shitty childhood – we hear it was God awful deprived. Now this Man-Boy, who deep down loathes himself, wants us Worcesterites TO LOVE HIM BY VOTING FOR HIM, a la Trump. So he can love himself! Finally!!!!

Do not do this, Worcester!

Or America.

First step: IMPEACH TRUMP, or find some Contitutional-loophole to get rid of him!.

Step 2: VOTE ANYONE BUT GAFFNEY FOR MAYOR OF WORCESTER. LIKE THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA and lots of Americans did with president-elect (!!!!) Trump, we cannot make the mistake and dismiss Gaffney as a cynical nut job who could never be mayor of the second-largest city in New England.

He could do it…win … and make Worcester a mean, racist place where children hide in corners – just as he did.

Do you want to see Turtle Boy blogger Aidan Kearey, Gaffney’s mouth piece, in Worcester City Hall, in OUR mayor’s office, as Gaffney’s Chief of Staff?!!!😖😖😖🚒🚔♨♨🎃🎃

We’ve got Breitbart in the Oval Office.

It’s no big jump to Turtle Boy in the Worcester Mayor’s Office.

Worcester, do not discount these two devils: Michael Gaffney and Turtle Boy Aidan Kearney could do it.

Worc. City Councilor Mike Gaffney mouth-piece, Aidan Kearney, is Turtle Boy…the court paperwork proves it…(Aidan’s pissed off Lauren Larson, deep-pocketed Mama of Hampshire College student)

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I tot I saw a Purdle Boy!!! So, swue me! pic:R.T.

Turtle Boy unmasked!!! Here’s the court paperwork (public record)…filed a few days ago. I’ve made some sections bold. – R.T.

1685CV01794 Larson, Lauren et al vs. Kearney, Aidan et al

Case Type
Equitable Remedies
Initiating Action:
Injunction
Case Status
Open
Status Date:
11/30/2016
File Date
11/30/2016
Case Judge:
DCM Track:
F – Fast Track
Next Event:
12/06/2016

Party Information

Larson, Lauren – Plaintiff

Alias

Party Attorney

Attorney
Giunta, Esq., Michael P
Bar Code
543768

Address
LeClairRyan
One International Place
Eleventh Floor
Boston, MA 02110-2602
Phone Number
(617)502-8200
Attorney
Kenneally, Esq., Kevin G
Bar Code
550050

Address
LeClairRyan
1 International Place
Suite 1110
Boston, MA 02110
Phone Number
(617)502-8220
Attorney
Roche, Esq., Michael P.
Bar Code
639357

Address
LeClair Ryan
One International Place
Eleventh Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Phone Number
(617)502-8223
More Party Information
Commodore Builders Corporation – Plaintiff

Alias

Party Attorney

Attorney
Giunta, Esq., Michael P
Bar Code
543768
Address
LeClairRyan
One International Place
Eleventh Floor
Boston, MA 02110-2602
Phone Number
(617)502-8200
Attorney
Kenneally, Esq., Kevin G
Bar Code
550050

Address
LeClairRyan
1 International Place
Suite 1110
Boston, MA 02110
Phone Number
(617)502-8220
Attorney
Roche, Esq., Michael P.
Bar Code
639357
Address
LeClair Ryan
One International Place
Eleventh Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Phone Number
(617)502-8223

More Party Information
Kearney, Aidan – Defendant

Alias

Party Attorney

More Party Information

Turtleboy Enterprises – Defendant

Alias

Party Attorney

More Party Information
Events

Date
Session
Location
Type
Event Judge
Result
12/06/2016 02:00 PM
Civil A
WOR-4th FL, CR 20 (SC)
Hearing on Preliminary Injunction
Reardon, Jr., Hon. James G

Ticklers

Tickler
Start Date
Days Due
Due Date
Completed Date
Service
11/30/2016
90
02/28/2017
Answer
11/30/2016
120
03/30/2017
Rule 12/19/20 Served By
11/30/2016
120
03/30/2017
Rule 12/19/20 Filed By
11/30/2016
152
05/01/2017
Rule 12/19/20 Heard By
11/30/2016
181
05/30/2017
Rule 15 Served By
11/30/2016
120
03/30/2017
Rule 15 Filed By
11/30/2016
152
05/01/2017
Rule 15 Heard By
11/30/2016
181
05/30/2017
Discovery
11/30/2016
300
09/26/2017
Rule 56 Served By
11/30/2016
330
10/26/2017
Rule 56 Filed By
11/30/2016
362
11/27/2017

Final Pre-Trial Conference
11/30/2016
481
03/26/2018
Judgment
11/30/2016
730
11/30/2018
Docket Information

Docket Date
Docket Text
File Ref Nbr.
01/30/2016

11/30/2016
Attorney appearance On this date Michael P Giunta, Esq. added for Plaintiff Commodore Builders Corporation
11/30/2016
Attorney appearance On this date Michael P. Roche, Esq. added for Plaintiff Commodore Builders Corporation
11/30/2016
Case assigned to: DCM Track F – Fast Track was added on 11/30/2016
11/30/2016
Original civil complaint filed.

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11/30/2016
Civil action cover sheet filed.
2
11/30/2016
Attorney appearance On this date Michael P Giunta, Esq. added for Plaintiff Lauren Larson
11/30/2016
Attorney appearance On this date Michael P. Roche, Esq. added for Plaintiff Lauren Larson
11/30/2016
Plaintiff Lauren Larson, Commodore Builders Corporation’s EX PARTE Motion for Temporary Restraining Order
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11/30/2016
Endorsement on Motion for Ex Parte Temporary Restraining Order (#3.0): Other action taken Short order of Notice to issue, returnable 12/06/2016 at 2:00pm in courtroom 20.
12/01/2016

The following form was generated: Notice to Appear Sent On: 12/01/2016 10:10:41
Case Disposition

Gordy parked in fashion … Worcester city councilors Gaffney and Lukes and a few dollars more

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Worcester City Councilor Mike Gaffney and Turtle Boy blogger Aidan Kearney engage in the same kind of race baiting as the divisive Donald Trump. pic:R.T.

By Gordon Davis

When thinking about Worcester City Councilor/Reverend Sarai Rivera’s Austin Street church building controversy and the Worcester City Council, Malcolm X, Southern Black churches and the White Citizens Councils come to mind.

The Worcester City Council has given its support for the partial removal of federal block grant money from the fund to demolish six condemned properties in Worcester. One of the six condemned properties is a building owned by Rivera’s church. The controversy arises because Reverend Rivera is also a Worcester City Councilor.

Rivera is co-minister of the Christian Community Church which is open to all races and serves a mostly Hispanic congregation. Rivera has been an outspoken critic of the Worcester Police in the past. Rivera has also shown support for the Black Lives Matter civil rights movement. To be fair, she has also expressed support for the Worcester Police, especially in its efforts to remove trail bikes from the streets.

Worcester City Manager Ed Augustus has defended his decision to include the property owned by Rivera’s church in the federal block grant for demolition of condemned properties. The property met the same criteria as the other properties on the manager’s list.

The appropriateness of the money going to the church was raised by Turtle Boy blogger Aidan Kearney, who is known for his racism. Michael (Mike) Gaffney, a white Worcester city councilor who has been characterized as a racist, brought the issue before the Worcester City Council.

It is not the first time Gaffney has attacked Reverend Rivera. He has attacked another woman of color when he sought to close the Mosaic Complex.

Malcom X said black coffee loses its essence if too much milk is added. For a long time some people in  government and elsewhere said they were “revolutionaries” – or at least progressives. These people, I suppose, were well meaning, but they misled the struggle for racial and economic justice.

The southern Black churches during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s supported their ministers independently of white folks, the white community. It was known that taking the “man’s” money brought ambiguity to whomever the ministers were ministering.

Closer to home, here in Worcester, in 2016: A predominantly Black church’s minister was on the board of directors of the Mosaic Complex. The minister abruptly quit Mosaic’s board when Gaffney and Turtle Boy plunged it into controversy. It is known that this minister also serves on at least one City of Worcester Committee – with some funding involved for his projects.  A reasonable person could conclude that instead of ministering to his flock, there is ambiguity in this minister’s responsibilities.

“Divide and Conquer” by racists like Kearney and Gaffney also existed in the old Civil Rights movement. It seems to be extant in the new Civil Rights Movement. We have learned from the old Civil Rights movement that the strongest organizations have been multi-racial organizations. Unfortunately, many progressives still have difficulty grasping this; even the right wingers have their “tokens.”

Wikepedia gives the following definition: “The Citizens’ Councils (also referred to as White Citizens’ Councils) were an associated network of white supremacist organizations in the United States, concentrated in the South. The first was formed on July 11, 1954. After 1956, it was known as the Citizens’ Councils of America.”

Although the Worcester City Council is not anything like the so called Citizen Councils, our city council comes to mind on this issue. The Worcester City Council, to some extent, is a representation of the old Worcester. The old Worcester was mostly White and seemingly comfortable for many White people. It was not so comfortable for many Black and Latino people back then.

This nostalgia by some Worcesterites for Worcester’s exclusionary (based on a person’s color or ethnicity) past has allowed Worcester city councillors like Michael Gaffney, Gary Rosen and Konnie Lukes to remain in office.  Councilor Lukes has recently sought a report of arrest records of recent immigrants to Worcester. This is a form of terrorism, as it has caused much anxiety and emotional distress for many law-abiding residents of our city. Lukes could have instead sought a list of hate crimes and harassment of the newcomers to the city in an effort to mitigate the racist Trump effect. She didn’t.

Councilor Riverai’s church’s board of directors should say it did not ask for, nor does it, at this time, want any federal block grant money for the demolition of its condemned property.

The church should remain separate from government – especially when in the struggle for justice.

I suppose each generation will have to learn anew the lessons from the old Civil Rights movement. People with one foot in each camp will eventually mislead us and the man’s few dollars will be the downfall of some and the heartbreak of others.

After the Thanksgiving feast, a few thoughts on Worcester’s turkeys

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The future.     pic:R.T.

By Rosalie Tirella

The family Thanksgiving Day dinner I attended with two friends was divine! Near the New Hampshire border in a farm house we gathered, seated ’round a long, dark wood table, the one my friend’s grandad had built for his farmhouse years ago. He set his big table under the sunniest window. … There were so many veggie dishes and desserts at this Thanksgiving feast! Many cooked from scratch. The wealth and comfort of my host, hostess and their kids, brothers and cousins made me think of – and talk to them about – my beloved Worcester ‘hood: its kids, our inability to get the public library book mobile to visit our neighborhood … so many struggles.

A few days later, a few pounds heavier, I am thinking about the people in my city who are destroying my city, my neighborhoods. Sure, the family in New Hampshire with whom I spent my holiday will do nothing for my people – there really are two Americas!! – but here in Worcester there are public officials who go beyond my dinner hosts’ indifference, detachment and cluelessness. These Woo leaders actively engage in destroying the city they were elected to serve, raise up …

For example:

The in-appropriateness of CDBG funds going to the church co-owned and run by D 4 Worcester City Councilor Sarai Rivera, who is also a pastor there, was trumpeted by At Large Worcester City Councilor Mike Gaffney in the most toxic terms on his most toxic YouTube show and on the city council floor where Gaffney sees himself as a modern day Douglas (ha!). His stupidity was aided and abetted by Aidan Kearney on his (formerly) pornographic, racist, classist and sexist Turtle Boy sports blog. These two Man-Boys are arguably the most racist public figures we have in Worcester today. They are leading this city down such a dangerous path!

Together, under the guise of “crusaders for justice” – an excuse for them to whip up racial hatred in Worcester in the same way Donald Trump has incited racial violence in Anerica – Gaffney and Kearney have destroyed several key progressive Black leaders/groups in Worcester. Groups and people who work to make Worcester’s inner city BETTER. Safer. Healthier. Smarter. Even happier. Gaffney and Kearney will have none of it! Since Day 1. Together. Working as Woo’s evil tag team. They have destroyed: Black (now former) Worcester Public Schools Superintendent Melinda Boone, the Black Lives Matter protesters at Kelley Square  and the Mosaic Complex, a tiny Black social welfare agency run by Brenda Jenkins. They have destroyed Brenda, too, a Black woman, a true community activist, known for her fearlessness when it came to speaking out against racial inequality in Worcester and her years of work with our inner-city Black men/youth around mental and physical health issues.

Poof! Gone!

Thanks to the fiery lies and hatred fanned by Gaffney and Turtle Boy Aidan. In the Worcester blogosphere and in Worcester City Hall every Tuesday night. Then oozing into our community life …

Instead of trying to foster thoughtful discussions, open dialogues about important issues – many racial because of the city’s evolving demographics – these two man-boys fan the flames of hatred. They confused Worcesterites,  lied to people. Played to folks’ prejudices. Racist Kearney posted unflattering photos of Brenda Jenkins on his Turtle Boy blog – the community roared!!! – then there was his photo of Boone’s head pasted on top of a grave stone – the community roared again!!!!

City Councilor Gaffney has called City Councilor Rivera a soldier in THE “MCGOVERN CRIME FAMILY.” Is this any way to lead a Gateway City in the 21st century? What kind of city councilor talks the way Gaffney does – especially about one of the country’s most progressive  congressmen, Jim McGovern? A man who has spent his entire political life fighting for the hungry, the poor, the disenfranchised?… Many in our city.. . Gaffney’s fact finding missions on behalf of the community are sick and twisted. He uses them as an excuse to publicly mock, denigrate and destroy leading people of color in Worcester. In this way racist Gaffney keeps people of color down – in city government, in city politics, in city life, in Worcesterites’ heads.

Lately, City Councilor Konnie Luke’s has joined Gaffney and blindly jumped into the racist fray – calling for lists, names and addresses of Worcester’s refugees and immigrants. She’s stupidly supported many of Turtle Boy and Gaffney’s hate-inspired crusades. I believe Lukes hasn’t thought things out – she is not a racist but she is getting there. She is paranoid and can be sucked into Gaffney’s – or any fear-monger’s – tsunami.

The Rivera church-CDBG issue WAS a valid issue – city officials shouldn’t look like they’re getting city sweet heart deals. But if we take the longview, sweetheart deals have been going on in Worcester city government for decades. DECADES!!!! From hiring, to firing, to job contracts, to neighborhood beautification – the only difference being that, up until recently, the “winners” (or should we say “sinners”?) were white, male and Irish Catholic.  So, naturally, everyone looked the other way.

It’s a new world, kids! – and many in Worcester are unwilling to accept the fact. Gaffney and Kearney keep the blinders on.

It’s called Burning the Future.

Gordy parked in fashion … Worcester City Councilor Konnie Lukes backs Billy Breault’s proposed racist dragnet

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People against Billy Breault’s petition picketed his meeting.        photo: Gordon Davis

By Gordon Davis

Worcester City Councilor Konstantina (Konnie) Lukes has been a Worcester politician (serving on the Worcester school committee and city council) for almost 40 years. Lately, she has been scapegoating refugees and immigrants. In September 2016, at a Worcester City Council meeting, Lukes said, “We see signs here basically accusing us of being racist. I have yet to hear anybody tell me what I have done that is racist… Give me names, dates, times.”

Two months later, on November 15, 2016, Councilor Lukes voted to harass and terrorize immigrants and refugees. She targeted Muslims and Hispanic people. Lukes voted in favor of a petition before the Worcester City Council regarding the “financial” and “criminal” impact of newcomers to Worcester. The petition was drawn up by and is being pushed hard by William Breault.  Here is a small part of Breault’s petition – he wants the following from the city manager:  “… information from the City Administration on the financial impact incurred by the city for processing refugees or asylum seekers during the past five years, including the location of housing provided for them and the source of funding for that housing.”

Worcester city councilors Michael Gaffney,  Moe Bergman and Lukes signed onto this financial petition – how much money it costs the city to house and process newcomers and refugees.

Lukes was the sole Worcester city councilor who signed on to the criminal section of Breault’s petition. She voted to seek the records of immigrants arrested by the Worcester police.

Lukes could have acknowledged the positive impact that immigrants and refugees have on Worcester/America. She could have sought the number of hate crimes committed against  refugees and immigrants in Worcester. Instead, she sought the opposite.

Billy Breault, a longtime Main South resident, is known for many of his controversial, sometimes racist stances, such as trying to stop a funeral home from conducting the preparation of a Muslim man’s body for burial. On November 17, 2016, Breault tried to get support for his anti-refugee petition at a neighborhood meeting, which Lukes attended. Incredibly, instead of Councilor Lukes disowning Breault’s overtly racist petitions, she doubled down in her support of them. (Some folks have called Breault’s petitions Nazi policies.)

There was a protest outside Breault’s meeting – pushback by many people in the community, including  the groups Show Up Against Racism, the Progressive Labor Party and Catholic Worker. These groups and others held signs. One sign read: “Stop Nazis’ Hate and Lies”; another sign said “No Racist Immigration Laws.” Inside the meeting some people engaged Breault and Councilor Lukes in heated discussion.

Councilor Lukes’ stance reminds me of the recent racist rants made by the Governor of Maine, Paul LePage. Governor LePage has stated that Maine’s opioid crisis is caused by Black and Hispanic people moving to Maine from Massachusetts. He has used the word “niggers” and “cunts” in his racist and sexist rants.

Like Lukes, Governor LePage has asserted that he is not a racist and that the people who are calling him a racist are themselves racist.

A reporter in Maine, Gattine, said the following:

“LePage floated the remarkable notion that calling out racism is equivalent to using racist and sexist slurs during his radio interview Tuesday, saying that being called racist is ‘like calling a black man the ‘N’ word or a woman the ‘C’ word. It just absolutely knocked me off my feet.”

After 40 years of political life during which time she showed much paranoia and wallowed in sensationalism, it is time for City Councilor Konnie Lukes to retire. In response to Lukes’ stance on this latest issue, many of her opponents are preparing to resist her – and President Elect Donald Trump’s fascist policies of mass deportations and a Muslim registry.

Just wondering …

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BRRR! So cold in Tumpland! pic:R.T.

By Rosalie Tirella

Why does Worcester City Councilor Mike Gaffney link to a pornographic website on his Worcester City councilor man-of-the-people (what BS!) Facebook Page?

Why does Face Book allow this? I thought they enforce “community standards.” The link to porn on the Gaffney city councilor FB page flouts FB’s community standards – and violates our city’s standards – the standards we implicitly set for our city councilors. Gaffney is a stab in the heart to the Worcester community.

But should we be surprised? This is just another creepy layer to creepy Gaffney –  creepiness that city folks uncover daily. Which is why most people who get to know the Gaffer or work with him call him an “asshole” – and stay away.

We can thank Aidan Kearney’s Turtle Boy sports blog for the porn.

I hadn’t visited Kearney’s website in awhile – what I saw during a recent quick read-through of his blog was awful! The photos a la Hustler!… Sure, the Turtle Boy Sports blog has never really been about sports or the city – it’s always been about racist, classist and sexist posts – but now it’s misogynistic and disgusting. Kearney needs the ad revenue, desperately, I guess.  People in Woo have turned against him … his advertisers, too. Is this why he has moved to Jefferson? Is not his religious right mom Mary Mullaney freaking out? Ashamed of her son? All tits and ass ads – that’s what she sees on her son’s Turtle Boy blog – young women in various states of near nakedness – their big boobs and butts just comin’ at ya with a life of their own! I can’t visit the site any more – it’s too gross!  Anyone who posts comments there – or buys ads on the site – is posting on Hustler.

But hey, Gaffney and Turtle Boy are pals.

Along with Paul Paulie Collyer.

They go to each others parties, share news tips – I should say “tits”! They believe they are the force to bring CM Augustus, CC Rivera and the CDC s down and usher in a brand new Worcester – one that is devoid of poor folks, one that reflects a punitive, vindictive brand of Republicanism that has never flown here in Worcester –  a Democratic, fairly progressive Gateway City.

These three sickos support and validate each other and their projects. Remember:  they are the three points – THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE of stupid!

Gaffney is not about making Worcester a better place. Gaffney is about destroying people and gaining political power – the mayor’s seat to be exact. Thank God Joe O’Brien is running for Worcester public office again. We – and all city progressives – missed his voice! Petty is running for Mayor again, so he will be reelected to his office and O’Brien will get the next highest number of votes – become city council vice chair. Bye bye,  City Council Vice Chair Mike Gaffney!

When Gaffney denied this past winter that he posted obscene, salacious, woman-hating stuff on a FB page we didn’t believe his denials. Now do you see? Visit his current FB page, click on his buddy Turtle Boy and see all the porn…

Gaffney is OK with this. What if a senior at Doherty High School wanted to connect to Gaffney to (heaven forbid) interview him for a people in politics or  Worcester City Council term paper? The kid – and his or her parents – would get another kind of education!

Kearney, Gaffney, Collyer – they think they’re smarter than all of us, but people get to know them and realize they’re a disgrace to the NEW WORCESTER – the new, multicultural, pro-immigrant, Gateway, sooner than later majority-minority city that Worcester is fast becoming.

They are our Trumpians: tapping into folks’ fears, their racial and class and gender prejudices. Why? To gain power. It is all about their weak dicks and fragile egos. Meet the denizens of Trumpland!

Shame on Billy and Konnie! (and Mikey and Paulie and Turtle Boy, too!)

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Rosalie says: Oh, baby, it’s getting chilly here in Trumpland! Thank you, K & B! pic: R.T.

By Rosalie Tirella

Leave it to Main South Alliance for Public Safety founder,  head guru, top blowhard and one-man-band Billy Breault to suck in conspiracy-loving Worcester City Councilor Konnie Lukes and get her to attend his anti-refugee meeting last night. Breault, a la Trump, flagellates the most vulnerable groups in America – refugees, undocumented immigrants – calls for a witch hunt of sorts. Can we count these people in Woo? he wants to know. Where do they live? Can we track them? Can we check their criminal records? he demands. And Lukes attends his kooky, hateful meeting AND AGREES WITH HIM. Despite the facts that she’s a daughter of Albanian immigrants and once headed the local chapter of the ACLU! I bet you City Councilor Mike Gaffney was frothing at the mouth to attend this racist, ethnophobic shindig but declined because he’s savvier (read: sneakier) when it comes to public relations.

Why would Lukes be so nutty with her new buddy?  And dangerous?  Breault is calling for names, numbers, stats… TRACK THESE PEOPLE DOWN!!, he says. He stupidly, blindly believes the hateful Trump rhetoric: that all nefarious activity in America (and Main South, where Breault lives) can be traced to refugees, undocumented immigrants …and that if they were removed, ejected, deported Main South, America would be the better for it.

It’s happening in Worcester and all over America, folks!…Trump’s election to POTUS – the highest political perch in our land – has begun to poison our cities and towns – fuel more racism and hatred. Here in Worcester, it’s as if his election has validated – was a catalyst for! – the ugly meeting convened by Breault and attended by Lukes.

The same could be said for Gaffney and his boys on another issue: Gaffney’s going after Worcester City Councilor Sarai Rivera for the demolition of her church with CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) funds. This Trumpian move scapegoats, too – it seeks to destroy a progressive, Latina politician and decimate our inner-city CDCs – by going after the federal monies that keep them in business.

The attack on Rivera’s integrity was fueled by the “news tip” left in a comment section by Sarai Rivera-hater Paul “Paulie” Collyer, a guy who under the radar (of course), has done more to damage the progressive, compassionate trends of this city than anyone I know. He turned former CM Mike O’Brien into a CDC-hater because the CDCs interfered with Paulie’s weak-dick attempts to redevelop Woo HIS way (read: jettison the poor!). Collyer hates Rivera for not doing economic development HIS way and for showing compassion to the hurting folks in her district, where Paul has his buildings. Vindictive bully boy Collyer hates progressive City Manager Ed Augustus for pretty much the same reasons as he hates Rivera and because he can’t control him the way he did O’Brien – ending O’Brien’s career in Woo because he caused O’Brien to  go against the soul of this city so intensely. So Collyer’s snooping around and breaking this “news” was a double whammy for Paulie!

How did this happen? Easy. Paulie posts his racist tip/nutty idea in a comment section, maybe FBs with his buddy Gaffney. Gaffney, who is right in step with buddy Collyer, runs with the tip on the City Council floor, making it a “legitimate” news story.  Racist Turtle Boy Aidan Kearney -a FB pal to Gaffney and Collyer –  runs hard with Collyer’s tip, now Gaffney’s crusade, on his blog.  It’s delicious click bait.

From Collyer to Gaffney to Turtle Boy – three points – the Bermuda Triangle of Stupid.

Sure, City Councilor Gary Rosen figured he’d be the cool hip councilor and suck up to the millennials and take a ride to huge popularity on the back of our city’s dogs via his dog park crusade. But now Gary’s awfully quiet – some taxpayers, Collyer included, are peeved that there may actually be a price tag to improving Woo quality of life. So Gary has shut up, stopped all his dog park yapping.

Gary is a pointless demagogue.

Gaffney, Lukes, Collyer,  Breault and Turtle Boy Aidan Kearney are deadly demagogues.

TODAY’S DOWNTOWN WORCESTER! … and City Councilor Mike – the Gaffer – Gaffney …

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Rosalie – jonesin’ for a downtown

By Rosalie Tirella

Driving around my city a few weeks ago, photographing all the POW! WOW! WORCESTER murals going up and all the attendant excitement, I, like everyone else in Worcester – except Worcester City Councilors Konnie Lukes and Mike Gaffney, two mural-haters and two of the most cynical politicians Woo’s ever had the misfortune of electing to public office – Can we torpedo them to Russia?), said to myself: WOW! WORCESTER IS ON THE MOVE! REALLY! THIS TIME IT’S GONNA HAPPEN! REALLY!

Yesterday, driving around downtown, I had second thoughts. My enthusiasm wavered, my hopes deflated. The ghost town-ness of our downtown had resurfaced – not so much on North Main Street by the courthouse but, in Main Middle, the part of Main Street that I and many Worcesterites most strongly associate with Worcester downtown commerce and bustle. Growing up that’s where most of the shops and restaurants and movie houses were. That is where the action was! Denholms, Woolworths, American Supply, Shacks, Marcus, the Mart (up the street a bit), the Eden, Rovezzis, Showcase Cinemas, the Paris Cinema, Sylvia’s Dress Shoppe…not to mention City Hall, lawyers’ offices, dentists’ offices and on and on.

All this amazing action in our Main Middle! – lots of it geared towards the folks in the middle(class). Not fancy restaurants – they’re great for the Boston wannabes and transplants, well heeled millenials and millenial transplants – but what about us natives? The peeps who give the city continuity, solidity? The folks who are here day in and day out? Downtown needs shops, eateries and businesses that once catered to Worcester’s secretaries, clerks, teachers and teachers aides, solid middle/lower middle class manager types and working class heroes who had solid jobs in our factories and owned the three deckers they lived in and had a car and were maybe even pinning their aspirations on a son or daughter who would be the first in the family to go to college.

A HUGE chunk of the Worcester population.

The population I am most passionate about, the people that may be reluctant to join in an urban core revival cuz they’re not 1. students or 2. part of the trendy, chi chi crowd. They’ll shop at the Auburn Mall, grab a bite to eat on Shrewsbury Street, spend their money some place else in the city, but they’re not gonna be drawn to a downtown that, for the present, caters to the elites and students … and the very poor.

MAIN MIDDLE NEEDS WORCESTER’S MIDDLE CLASS!

LET’S WORK IT FOR THE THOUSANDS OF JUST REGULAR FOLKS! Worcester has a ton of them…they are in so many of our great neighborhoods! The neighborhoods with the little capes, ranches and bungalows.

I’d love to see a Target downtown, more shops, yes, but Target too! Regular people love shopping at the big red T! It is not the devil. If located in the right downtown spot, it will draw folks into the center of our city. And … Many small businesses only employ family and a handful of close friends. Chain stores are more open…they take job applications and hire the best job seeker! These days minimum wage is 10 bucks an hour. Not great – we need $15 – but it’s a start. I support the push to have big chains pay their employees MORE $$ than minimum wage – they are multi-billion-dollar global corporations!! – they can handle $15 an hour. EASILY.

As I was saying … I felt letdown yesterday in our downtown: the lack of people doing stuff; the paucity of men, women and children window shopping, grabbing a quick bite, buying stuff made me sad. Worcester’s downtown, like most great cities downtowns, must be THE place to be on a Saturday! The mixing and the mingling of middle class and working class, well heeled and no heeled, rich and POOR should not be feared! It’s intoxicating!

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City Councilor Mike Gaffney 

By Rosalie Tirella

Was there ever a bigger bully than Worcester City Councilor Mike Gaffney? Was there ever a Woo politician more intent on taking a fairly progressive, compassionate Democratic city – Worcester – and turning it into … Pottersville?

And to spew his dark cloud over our children, women and needy while chanting his pro-police, law and order military, rah rah rah jingoism! A perfect fascist! And yet it’s a lie: in the city council chamber, before the city council, before all of Worcester, City Councilor Michael Gaffney denies our city the tools it needs to solve our problems – doesn’t want the City of Worcester to pony up the extra money to make our police force stronger, doesn’t want a progressive city manager to feel the love of a grateful city council and city. ..

That is until something juicy hits the papers – like cops in our schools – then the Gaffer will get up and grandstand and subject us to his slippery brand of demagoguery … MORE COPS IN OUR SCHOOLS!!! he’ll demand, even though he was against hiring more  a while back. Is it because Mayor Joe Petty – a TRUE COP SUPPORTER and progressive mayor – was pushing for it? So now – without studying the cops in schools issue, without really thinking through a complex urban issue – the GAFFER, before the TV cameras and reporters shouts MORE COPS!

How cynical. And then his buddy Aiden Kearney, the brain behind the racist and classist Turtle Boy blog, will rush into support the Gaffer and dump his dumptruck-load of ugliness on us all.

So tonight Gaffney, before the Worcester City Council and the citizens of Woo, will get up and grandstand again – cuz this asshole thinks he can one day be the mayor of Worcester: HA HA HA HA!!! and believes this fight brings him a thousand votes closer to his goal.

He will take the brutal New England winter, the Nor’Easters that can cripple an entire county for days and say: WHY PUSH TO EXTEND City Manager ED AUGUSTUS’S CONTRACT NOW? LOOK AT SNOWPLOW GATE! And the Gaffer will begin the dance of the demagogues. He will shout, maybe illustrate his crooked argument with his own handmade posters – for the cameras, for his political career:  LAST WINTER DURING A BIG SNOWSTORM THE PEEPS OF WOO WERE SLIPPING AND SLIDING ALL OVER THE PLACE. MY GOD! CAN WE GIVE ED OUR LOVE AND A CONTRACT EXTENSION AFTER THAT DEBACLE?!!!!##???!!!!##!!!

And on and on Gaffney will pontificate. Not for the safety of Worcester drivers and pedestrians. For the death of Ed Augustus, Joe Petty, Jim McGovern and the Democratic leaders who give our city its shape, if you will. The politicians who truly support our police union and teachers union, the politicians who’ve brought poor Worcester inner-city kids WPL book mobiles, RECREATION WORCESTER, after school programs … the guys and gals who’ve voted for living wages for laborers on city jobs … and more diversity in city departments. And a bustling down town jump-started with federal and state funds.

Mike Gaffney will have none of that.

He wants all that null and void because the Woo Democratic leaders made it happen, and Gaffney is head of the Republican Committe and wants his people in the power seats, as well as himself.

So tonight at the city council meeting he will say everything to make City Manager Ed Augustus look incompetent. He won’t have much to go on, but he’ll milk what little he has. Especially the New England weather.

Paul Collyer, Worcester’s Dirty Secret, and the Woo Quality of Life Task Force

Editor’s note: Paul Collyer has turned his WORCESTER’S DIRTY SECRET Face Book page into a political screed against progressive, compassionate politics, poor people and folks who struggle with homelessness, opioid addiction/mental illness. Collyer’s page was all about illegally dumped trash in Woo neighborhoods but quickly devolved to became a vehicle for Collyer’s outsized ego, far right Trumpian politics of hatred, and Paulie’s warped money-food-booze obsessed world view. Forget about the illegally dumped garbage in Piedmont! Paulie’s against: Community Health Link/UMass hospital, Mayor Joe Petty, D 4 Councilor Sarai Rivera, City Manager Ed Augustus, homeless people, people who are struggling with heroin addiction, CDCs, State Rep. Mary Keefe, downtown development, City Council hopeful Peter Kush, former City Councilor Ric Rushton and, in general, inner-city challenges and the people who address them with compassion, as well as smarts. Drop Paulie into Worcester’s very own Basket of Deplorables headed by the always despicable Turtle Boy (aka Aidian Kearney) and City Councilor Michael Gaffney. Collyer attends the Turtle Boy, Gaffney parties, is one of them. He has found his spiritual home and a racist, classist, community-poisoning abode it is!

Here’s Edith’s take on how you can keep our urban core clean without having the creepy, nasty-hearted City Councilor Gaffney (he has no heart, is all ego) the racist/classist Turtle Kearney who wants A Leave it to Beaver Worcester, and the always controlling Paulie Collyer foisting their beyond Trumpian politics on you – the politics of hatred and exclusion! They’re using dumped sofas as an excuse to shit all over Worcester’s poor people, homeless people, people struggling with mental illness, people struggling with drug addiction. Their despicable, deplorable style fans the flames of hatred. Just look at all the rotten, racist, negative, violence-laced ideas floating in their FB page comments sections. Like Donald Trump, they bring out the worst in people, incite race wars, tease out the us against them mentality that all great cities – Worcester included – strive to extinguish.

They are WORCESTER’S BASKET OF DEPLORABLES!

– Rosalie Tirella

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How’s the quality of your life? The City of Worcester’s Quality of Life Task Force works to improve it

By Edith Morgan

All those daily little irritations and annoyances beginning to get to you? Wish there was someone who could resolve some of these problems without having to go through the entire city bureaucracy to get help?

It seems the City of Worcester has heard us, and there is hope, in the form of “The Worcester Quality of Life Task Force.”

In September of 2015, City Manager Ed Augustus organized this new task force, a team of specialists, who would not only provide direct services to Worcester residents but who also would “identify challenges or gaps of (sic) services.” Of course once identified, they would recommend solutions.

Task force members worked long hours and long weeks to identify problems in 70 areas that were identified – by getting information from over 70 sites in the city, including neighborhood and Crime Watch groups; they also included complaints to the Mayor’s office and the City Manager’s office, as well as to the City Council. More recently, the team started working with the WPD Neighborhood Response Team.

It was not just enough to identify the problems and to see how they were being taken care of presently by various city departments; they also sought new and better solutions – and in their cooperation with the police department – to determine if the present fine and fee structure in effect was adequate to address the problems they were trying to solve.

And what are these problems?

Surely we all are aware that illegal dumping is a big one. It is often difficult to determine who dumped things; but the group has often been able to find the address of a violator, by examining old mail or other evidence in the dumped materials. For catching repeat offenders, the team has three portable cameras, and can monitor areas where things are repeatedly dumped.

Other areas of concern to this group are problem properties, homeless encampments , hypodermic needle collections, and other areas of concern as pointed out by policemen.

Even though this is a new group, and the Council has just received a complete report with suggestions as to what ordinances need to be amended to be more effective, word has already gotten out!

The Quality of Life group has a good record of achievements:

for example, they have removed 394 tons of illegally dumped material, including garbage, household goods, and furniture, from 1196 sites they have gone to

They have levied fines at 40 sites, totaling $8,000.00.

With the help of City solicitor David Moore, they have submitted two suggested amendments to Chapters 4 and 8 of the revised city ordinances (yet to be approved by the City Council as thy just received them).

As a resident of District 2, I was particularly amazed at the map at the end of the report, showing where the major “homeless encampments” were located.

The group found two in District 1, 29 (the largest number) in District 2, 11 in District 3, 16 in District 4, and 14 in District 5.

I strongly recommend that all groups involved study the figures, the report and the recommendations and help implement them.

We have already made a difference in so many areas! Keep tuned – things are moving!

Attorneys have bullied legal advocates – including this one!

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Fair play – the AMERICAN way pic:R.T.

By Gordon Davis

Many opposing attorneys have bullied legal advocates with the threat of “practicing law without a license.”

The issue has come up in several of the cases I am working on:

In my lawsuit against Turtleboy, his lawyer, Margaret Melican, threatened to have me investigated for practicing law without a license.

Melican’s threat was hollow, as the venues in which I practice do not have a requirement of being a lawyer to represent clients. The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) allows non-attorneys to practice through the initial investigation. The Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) and respective Housing Authorities do not require representatives of clients to be lawyers.

As a rule, all courts whether State or Federal, require representatives of clients to be lawyers. Of course, a person can represent himself as pro se. For both of my cases, Davis vs. Turtleboy, and Gaffney vs. Davis, I am a pro se party.

A lawyer’s value is found in his knowledge of court rules and legal concepts.

It is easy to confuse evidence with a charge or count. For example, in State courts denial of Federal FMLA cannot be a charge – but it can be evidence of bias. What lay person is familiar with the Courts’ rules for Interrogatories and their one year cutoff date?

Once, during an Investigative Conference at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) a lawyer for United Parcel Service (UPS) asserted to the Hearing Officer that I should not be allowed to represent my client. The Hearing Officer ignored him. The lawyer made the assertion a second time, and then the Hearing Officer said the Commission allows non-attorneys at this stage of proceedings.

It came up again today when I joined a blockade of a bank auction of a foreclosed house. The main organizer, Lori, told me of how a bank attorney shouted in court that she would face criminal charges for practicing law without a license. She was not sitting at the Defendant’s table, but in gallery.

The bank’s attorney was practicing intimidation and bullying.

For all of the cases in which the Worcester Anti Foreclosure Team (WAFT) supports homeowners, the homeowners are pro se. They represent themselves.

According to Lori, the banks’ attorneys have declared war on WAFT.

Why, I wondered, as the banks’ attorneys get paid either way. She said that with the approximately 34 cases of foreclosures being defended by pro se homeowners, the banks’ attorneys have to work harder and make relatively less money.

The law about licensed lawyers is applicable to disbarred attorneys or to someone who falsely represents themselves as an attorney.

I am not an attorney.

It has been my experience that there is a courtesy that other court officers extend to lawyers that is not extended to pro se parties. Many lawyers call each other “brother” or “sister.” If you are pro se, expect to face disrespect. I recall a case in which I shipped a box of papers to an attorney. The papers in the box were not stamped with a number, and I asked that the box be shipped back to me. My adversary refused and told me to come and get the papers. So I had to go to Boston and get a 40-pound box of papers.

I suppose all is fair in love and law.