is a monument to the political corruption and ruling class capitalism crushing Connecticut.
Accountability in Public Service
We must demand accountability and integrity from public officials to end political corruption and restore public trust.
Build Community Wealth
Public projects must focus on building community ownership to achieve equitable, multigenerational prosperity.
We must reconstruct our public institutions to more accurately reflect the demographics of the people they serve to ensure diverse and inclusive leadership.
The worst models exploit communities and feed oppressive power by allowing them to monopolize revenue streams and stand as the exclusive gatekeeper to a city’s biggest stage.
The best stadiums are designed to build multigenerational prosperity and civic pride for entire cities, states, and regions.
Dillon Stadium is an extraordinary story of Corruption, Cover-Up, and Exploitation.
After discovering shady irregularities in their process, we made a formal complaint with our evidence. The State Contracting Standards Board (SCSB) then launched an independent investigation. After an 18 month long investigation, they published their final report confirming our suspicions calling the process “convoluted” and a “charade.”
Evidence proved the City of Hartford, CRDA, and Hartford Athletic secretly conspired to demolish the historic park to build a new private stadium with taxpayer’s money at least 7 months before the public bid was even announced. Their plan came with a $10,000,000 price tag and they devised a coordinated scheme to trick taxpayers into paying the bill.
Once we learned the entire plan was predetermined, we understood the public bidding process was a manufactured sham, public participation was a waste of everyone’s time, every statement from the City of Hartford or the State of Connecticut was dishonest, and every public dollar spent was stolen from working people.
Hartford Athletic is the product of premeditated fraud and exists as a gross vanity project of entitled capitalists and political corruption that should not represent our community and our values.
City of Hartford
State of Connecticut
“Attorney General’s Office Refuses to Investigate Dillon Stadium Deal But Questions Remain.”
“The evidence implies that the deal between CRDA and Bruce Mandell’s group was already set before the formal request for proposals was ever issued in September of 2017, that the project would be paid for using a bond from the state, and that the City of Hartford and CRDA were aware that the cost of the project would run beyond the $10 million estimate early on in the process.”
But Attorney General William Tong refuses to investigate.
This is a massive failure to protect taxpayer’s money and the trust in our government.
Is William Tong covering up a major scandal to protect his political allies and private donors?
Understanding Ruling Class Capitalism
“Take A Closer Look At Dillon Stadium Plans”
Dillon Stadium stands as a monument to ruling class oppression and the extraction of community wealth from our city.
The goal of all of our action is to return this public venue to the people of Hartford as a driver of multigenerational prosperity.
We will continue to expose the political and financial corruption of the Bronin Administration and the Capital Region Development Authority.
“There are serious issues surrounding the City of Hartford’s ability and commitment to execute a project of this magnitude….or if they possess the professional integrity to engage or partner with a private company without risking serious financial losses.”
Premier Sports Group
“With Soccer Dreams Shattered, Mitchell Anderson To Be Sentenced For Dillon Stadium Fraud.”
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A Stadium for Public Benefit
Dillon Stadium can be revitalized as a space for both public play and private enterprise, but the development must not be guided by selfish, capitalist ambitions, or political patronage.
Fundamental to our plan is understanding the purpose of the project as Community Development rather than Economic Development. The difference between these two approaches is how we measure success.
In community development, public participation and community governance make democratic decisions about the venue with the goal of equitable distribution of wealth and power. Community development provides lasting, sustainable change driven by local residents.
The Wrong Way (Today)
• A single corporate enterprise monopolizes revenue and dictates the future of the venue.
• A public asset and community programming subsidizes an unsustainable team and its corporate losses.
• The stadium effectively exists as a private venue for one team.
The Right Way (Tomorrow)
• Civic Mind will grow Dillon Stadium as a non-profit organization and reinvest profits in stadium upgrades and community programming.
• Dillon Stadium serves as a regional asset by providing equitable access to a high quality facility.
Saving Dillon: A Fight Against The White Supremacy Culture Building American Sports Infrastructure
by Thomas Clynch
Foreword by Steven Hernández, Esq.
The book is based on Thomas Clynch’s tenacious public advocacy for the equitable redevelopment of Dillon Stadium, a historic public park in his hometown of Hartford, Connecticut. Saving Dillon chronicles the nefarious attempts to revive the community stadium with a critical analysis of the misguided motivations of aspiring politicians, arrogant bureaucrats, and selfish private interests.
Clynch provides a comprehensive case study of Dillon Stadium’s local consequences as the characteristics of white supremacy culture reveal themselves as the root cause of Hartford’s socioeconomic and cultural oppression. He then applies Hartford’s experience nationally to expose a systemic business model applied by ruling class capitalists to extract community wealth and exert powerful influence through America’s sports infrastructure.
Saving Dillon offers a transformative vision and clarity of purpose to reimagine our sports infrastructure in pursuit of cultural liberation, community wealth building, and a more equitable future for America.
His blend of social entrepreneurship and public interest advocacy has made him a recognized leader in community wealth building and socioeconomic justice in Connecticut.
Master of Public Administration, Fellows Program
University of Pennsylvania
School of Social Policy and Practice, Social Impact Strategy
School of Public Health, Climate Change and Health
Stanford Social Innovation Review
Design Thinking for the Social Sector
Westfield State University
Bachelor of Science, Business Management
Connecticut Sustainable Business Council
Senior Public Policy Fellow
State of Connecticut’s Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity & Opportunity (CWCSEO)