We demand ethical, professional and honest government from Hamden!

We demand ethical, professional and honest government from Hamden!

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The People United started this petition to Mayor, Town of Hamden Mayor Curt Leng and

The world is waiting to see if Derek Chauvin, the white former police officer will be convicted for the murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. Meanwhile in Connecticut, Black and Brown people are anxiously awaiting the declaration of the oldest pandemic, racism. In the midst of this, Valerie Horsley, a white woman, Yale Faculty, Fiscal Stability Committee chair and Hamden Town Council member representing District 4, used profanity against a Black man and fellow council member, Justin Farmer, exercising her privilege by demanding he refers to her by her professional title, justifying her demand by her acclaimed 'tribal' roots. Ms. Horsley was verbally aggressive and unprofessional toward Mr. Farmer at last night's Legislative Council meeting after which she took to social media to solicit support from her 'tribe' of women supporters. in a similar fashion to how Donald Trump utilized social media to promote and create a 'safe' environment for white supremacists. 

While many are aware of the attempted coup which occurred at Washington, DC on January 6th, few know that some residents of Connecticut, which included public servants were also at that event where the state flag was flown. Additionally, during the recent public legislative hearings, several Republican representatives were outright in their disdain for any law or processes which promoted or protected Black and Brown lives, police accountability, equity and inclusivity. 

Ms. Horsley defended her stance by asserting the significance of her position as faculty at Yale University, demanding Mr. Farmer to address her as such as opposed to her publicly appointed role as legislative council member. Her behavior was vile and erupted concern from witnesses, including an open letter to Yale University. 

We recognize racism as a public health crisis, and the need to address inappropriate, racially toned behavior could not be more necessary during a global health pandemic. Last year, the world watched while in quarantine while a Black man, George Floyd cried out for his mother for 8m 46s while white police officer, Derek Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd's neck. Last night, the town of Hamden watched while white council member Horsley put her knee on Black council member Farmer's neck for 41s. Join us as we demand justice!

We are asking for a public apology from the town and council, the immediate removal of Yale faculty, Fiscal Stability Committee and Legislative Council member Horsley and for the town of Hamden to demonstrate their recognition of equity and inclusivity as leaders by publicly declaring racism a public health crisis.

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