Archive for October, 2013

Socialist Action presents

WOMEN AND MASS INCARCERATION

Saturday, Nov. 2 at 1pm

The Hartford Public Library
500 Main St, Hartford
Youth Program Room

Studies show that from 1977-2004 the rate of women incarcerated for sentences over one year has grown by a staggering 757%, double the rate of men. While there is a growing body of study and literature on mass incarceration in the US, most of the work focuses primarily on men. However women experience a situation that is different in many ways from that of their male counterparts. Join us on November 2nd for an important forum on Women and Mass Incarceration.

SPEAKERS
Beatrice Codianni is a former Latin Kings member who served 15 years in federal prison. She is now the Managing Editor of Reentry Central, the nation’s leading non-governmental source on reentry news, information, grants, jobs and resources. Codianni is active in the struggle to stop the transfer of women prisoners in Danbury, CT to as far as Alabama because of the Bureau of Prison’s plan to turn the only women’s facility in the Northeast into a prison for men.

Dr. Sandra Enos, Associate Professor of Sociology at Bryant University, specializes in the history of child welfare, parenting in prison, and the needs of children of incarcerated parents. She is author of the book Mothering from the Inside: Parenting in a Women’s Prison, published in 2001 and continues to write articles about women and mass incarceration.

 
For more information contact Toka, 860-680-7247

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witch playJudy Dworin Performance Project has long been one of our favorite artists groups in Hartford. We try never to miss a performance. When we first saw the Witching Hour years ago we were amazed by the work. We love it when all of the arts, music, poetry, dance, visual art are brought together in a piece.

Here is a blurb from the Projects site. Check out some of the other art that the Project performs.

During Halloween week this fall, a newly restaged version of the award-winning, The Witching Hour will be presented on Friday and Saturday November 1st and 2nd at 7:30 p.m. in the Aetna Theater at the Wadsworth Atheneum where the very first incarnation of the piece was seen in 1994!

Set in the context of the Puritanical community values of colonial Connecticut, The Witching Hour presents the little known stories of the prejudices and persecutions that resulted in the nation’s earliest witch craze in Hartford. Audiences will have the opportunity to discuss the performance and its themes with the cast in post-show talkbacks.

I was wonderfully impressed by The Witching Hour! Well conceived, beautifully executed, and totally satisfying….(and I am a fussy audience!) ~Brenda Milkofsky, CT River Museum

On Tuesday October 15th at 12:00 noon there will be a sneak preview of the piece at the Old State House, the site where Alyse Young, the first woman accused as a witch was executed in 1647.

Told through dance, spoken word, and music, The Witching Hour invites parallels to such pressing contemporary issues as bullying, gender injustice, intolerance, and wrongful accusation. Tickets are $25 General Admission, $15 Seniors & Let’s Go Arts! Members, $10 Students. To purchase tickets, call (860) 527-9800, email info@judydworin.org or buy online tickets by clicking on the Buy Ticket button NOW! (more…)

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A favorite card from our collection sent out for you this Halloween.

UCONN Students for Justice in Palestine presents…

Palestinian Liberation in the New Middle East:

The Arab Spring and Palestine at_UCONN Storrs Student Union Theater

Saturday, October 26th, 2013    10AM.

Featuring:

Ali Abunimah of Electronic Intifada

Nihad Awad of CAIR National

Panel on Syria and Egypt

One or Two State Solution Debate

Amnesty International: campaign to help students in Gaza access education

more details
https://uconntact.uconn.edu/organization/sjp/calendar/details/306302

The victory is in the struggle and in living in balance with nature. With a resounding NO to the murderous policies of the State and a seductive culture, and an equally resounding YES to everything else, as we lift up each other with tender hands.

John Bach. Quaker Chaplin at Harvard

This is from Joshua  King on our Facebook page.

“Someday people will talk about U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan and around the world in the same way that they talk about the massacre at My Lai, the coup against Salvador Allende, the installation of the Shah in Iran, and all the other countless victims of U.S. imperialism. Our government kills innocent people in our name every day, and we really don’t have too much to say about it.”

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_world_/2013/10/22/human_rights_watch_and_amnesty_international_issue_blistering_reports_on.html

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This blog agrees, Down with Americkkkan Drones. This blog agrees with Amnesty International that U.S. Drone Officials should be charged with War Crimes.

Two new reports out today cast a disturbing light on America’s drone war. One by Amnesty International focuses on recent strikes in Pakistan. Another, by Human Rights Watch, assesses U.S. targeted killings in Yemen. Most discomfiting, in the Amnesty report, is the story of Mamana Bibi, a 68-year-old.
I am sure if it was my grandmother that they hit I would hate them so there is no telling what I may do. We would think that even the coldest heart would say this is wrong. That is the trouble with war, a grandmother out picking food for dinner is struck by a hellfire missile from a drone attack. Come on guys this is plain wrong. But where is americkkkans voices? Why such silence? Was she really just in the way. Is that all? Come on guys and gals you raised your voices loud and clear against George Bush why the silence now? Liberals wake up! These crimes are committed in your name!

On October 15th, 2013 New York City Community Board 2’s Landmarks & Public Aesthetics Committee held a meeting to enroll the public to discuss the proposed draft of what will be written on the plaque to be placed on the Stone Wall Inn honoring the Riots of 1969. Many transsexual and transgender people oppose the use of “gay” as an umbrella term, as it misrepresents and erases trans* people who are not gay and minimizes the leading role trans women and people of color had in the Riots.

Transsexual and intersex journalist Ashley Love read a statement from Stonewall Veteran Miss Major concerning Major’s deep concerns about the proposed plaque’s wording and the overall misrepresentation of Stonewall’s legacy.

Ashley then explained why activists have created a new educational project entitled Stonewalling Accurate & Inclusive Depictions, or S.A.I.D., which draws attention to the ongoing pattern of trans-erasure, whitewashing, misgendering and problematic messaging spread in numerous media portrayals, political establishments and educational institutions regarding the history and multi-movement building surrounding The Stonewall Riots of 1969. This campaign aims to encourage filmmakers, historians, educators, students, journalists and activists to responsibly affirm the colorful diversity which ignited the global revolution which the Stonewall Rebellion inspired. 

S.A.I.D.’s website: http://1969said.blogspot.com/

This is a very important group for all of us to join. Ourstories are not just stories about “gay” people but all inclusive stories which simply means inclusion of all. Many many of us do not fit under the umbrella term of gay nor do we want to fit. One thing that we who have been working for over 40 years now will not and cannot tolerate is the omitting, suppressing, denying or erasing any of our people. That is what the outside has done to us.

SAID – Stonewalling Accurate & Inclusive Depictions

Join Stonewalling Accurate & Inclusive Depictions’ Facebook Page to support trans-inclusion, P.O.C. visibility and affirming language in Stonewall portrayals and history: https://www.facebook.com/pages/SAID-Stonewalling-Accurate-Inclusive-Depictions/535864313155630

Join Stonewalling Accurate & Inclusive Depictions' Facebook Page to support trans-inclusion, P.O.C. visibility and affirming language in Stonewall portrayals and history: https://www.facebook.com/pages/SAID-Stonewalling-Accurate-Inclusive-Depictions/535864313155630

“S.A.I.D. is an educational project challenging the trans-erasure, whitewashing, misgendering and history revisionism of The 1969 Stonewall Riot’s legacy.
Stonewalling Accurate & Inclusive Depictions, or S.A.I.D., is an educational project drawing attention to the ongoing pattern of trans-erasure, whitewashing, misgendering and problematic messaging spread in numerous media portrayals, political establishments and educational institutions regarding the history and multi-movement building surrounding The Stonewall Riots of 1969. This campaign aims to encourage filmmakers, historians, educators, students, journalists and activists to responsibly affirm the colorful diversity which ignited the global revolution which the Stonewall Rebellion inspired.”
You know some of us are old enough now to realize how many times is this damn fight going to come up. It seems like it is over and over again the same old thing to push out transfolks or to put us all back into the closet of “gay.” This blog along with their sisters and brothers at Queers Without Borders have been fighting this fight in Hartford for years now. Fighting off attacks by folks in town who should know better. This blog wrote and  published an article denouncing a local gay magazine when they declare that there were no drag queens at Stonewall. We also at that time with the Ct. Stonewall Congress brought Sylvia to town for a Saturday congress where she gave the keynote speech.
The piece that was published No Drag Queens at Stonewall You Say? We say take a flying fuck! a bit raw but tells the story from the mouths of those who were there.  It also challenges the Metroline and its editor and anyone who dares to make such a statement that there were no trans folks at Stonewall.
Though tired we join this fight.

Cops are-

Posted: October 20, 2013 in for your reflection, Real Food For Thought

from Anarchist meme  -RL…..Thank you.

-RL

Yes we remember it well. One of the guys from our hometown was a big bully jerk. A big jerk to everyone including the lunch ladies in school. Man how they hated him and these were good church women. He even has a chain and brass knuckles that he would use if provoked. No one bothered him as he was the son of the police chief and this kid later went into the Marines and came back and became a cop. He rose up the ranks because of daddy and became the police chief. Well the funny thing was he did one too many wrongs and went to jail where he belonged. Now we don’t like jail but certain folks need to be put away somewhere as they are a menace to society, to lunch and church ladies, other men and women and give brass knuckles and chains a bad name.

If anyone cares to go to our Pages and scroll down. You will find an essay called, The Myth of The Cops As Our Brothers In The Struggle. Check it out. It was written when some in Occupy Hartford were trying to tell us that the cops were our brothers and members of the 99%. Bullshit we said wrote the piece and published it.