Archive for October, 2013

Socialist Action presents


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.

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

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 or buy online tickets by clicking on the Buy Ticket button NOW! (more…)

halloween cat

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.


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

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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.”


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!