Archive for April, 2015

Last week the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) delivered a landmark ruling that employees must have access to restroom facilities consistent with their gender identity. In other words: transgender people can’t be forced to use the wrong restroom AND they can’t be forced to use separate restrooms at work!
Despite the recent barrage of anti-trans bathroom bills, and other attempts by lawmakers to normalize discrimination against trans people, these type of victories are an indicator that we are continuing to move forward. And we’re well on our way to making all of these policy advances a reality for trans people across the country.
The bottom line is that this ruling is helping to clarify what nondiscrimination means in real life, whether at work, at school, or seeking housing or health care.
The next step in this process is working to pass legislation that provides explicit federal workplace protections, and we’re well on our way. We’re continuing to send a strong message to lawmakers that we won’t back down and that we’ll continue to fight back against discrimination.
We congratulate Tamara Lusardi, the Army civilian worker who demonstrated tremendous courage in bringing this case, and the Transgender Law Center, which represented Ms. Lusardi.
Sincerely,

Harper Jean Tobin
Director of Policy
National Center for Transgender Equality

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Friday April 17, 7:00pm

Carriage House Theatre, 360 Farmington Ave, Hartford Ct.

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A Socialist Action Forum

In February, the Wisconsin State Senate passed legislation that enforces the “right to work for less.” In their effort to implement this anti-union measure, the Wisconsin legislature is following on the heels of its neighbors Indiana and Michigan, and 22 other states that using the law to try to hold down wages and workers’ rights. At the same time, 7000 oil refinery operators have had to go on strike to try to halt the twelve-hour shifts and abandonment of the most elementary safety standards by big oil. The leaders of the union representing 20,000 West Coast longshoremen, weakened by automation of the ports, have signed a contract but everyone knows that the shipping companies and ports will continue to do away with all they have won over the decades. Municipal workers lose their pensions. Teachers face the degradation of their profession as their public schools are turned over to predatory corporate privateers. The viciousness of these attacks, however, does not compare to the misuse and abuse of low wage, part time, contingent workers struggling for a decent wage in the fast food, retail, childcare, eldercare, warehouse and distribution centers, as well as the special victimization of workers without papers.

What is the answer to this situation? How can working people respond effectively to this offensive against their standard of living and their basic dignity? Hear the thoughts of veteran union militants who have studied the history of the labor movement, its defeats and its victories. Contribute your ideas about how to build a Connecticut union movement capable of defending all working people.

Panel Discussion featuring:

Ann Montague, organizer of the recent state rally for $15 minimum wage in Oregon; former leader of SEIU Local 503 (OR), former president of SEIU 503, Sub Local 001, and a founding member of the Lavender Caucus

Dan Durant, Hartford Rising and AFT Connecticut

John Woodruff, International Representative of UE and long time labor activist

Chris Hutchinson, Community Committee of Fight for $15 CT and Member of Teamsters Local 671 at UPS

There is ample free parking between the Mark Twain House lot and on-street parking. There is a closer parking for those needing spaces marked “Handicapped.”

For more information, call Hutch at 860-593-6392 or email VoteSocialistAction@gmail.com

www.SocialistAction.org or Search Socialist Action CT on Facebook

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STREET LIT If you’ve seen the above stenciled on various sidewalks around the Bay, and you need a little boost of loose lyricism in your life, give a call won’t you? Alas, you won’t be patched directly through to Beat bard Allen Ginsberg — I don’t think any of us are ready to face the dread possibility of Zombie Ginsberg — but you will get a nice little poem by him read well, lifting you up by the eardrums out of the bland quotidian.

Just call 415-763-6968 now.

Launched by “psychoactive” poet and storyteller Evan Burton and “interactive artist” Zachary McCune, the Call Allen project encourages people to celebrate National Poetry Month — that’s this month, April, the cruellest one — in the most accessible way possible, via their phones.

That the duo have also selected one of the most accessible poets is a way of making poetry seem, in today’s wild and crazy term, “relatable.”

Check it out Need A Lyrical Lift? Better “Call Allen.”

Weekend Music Series

Posted: April 11, 2015 in for your reflection

Hymne à la Liberté
Music and Lyrics by Georges Delerue
Performed by Jessye Norman, soprano

Communist I

A National day of action for dignity, respect and better wages.

Meeting Location: Bushnell Park Workers Memorial (near the intersection of Trinity and Elm Streets. March and Rally at the State Capitol.

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Contact for Ct. 860-251-6083 or Fight15CT@gmail.com.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 – 5PM
Gather at 451 Grand Ave

April 14, 2015 marks the the 18th anniversary of the murder of Malik Jones by the East Haven Police, who chased him near his home and shot and killed him.

Malik’s mother, Emma Jones, has been fighting for justice over the last 18 years. On April 14, she will lead this march and meeting, and will be filing a lawsuit at the U.S. Supreme Court seeking justice for Malik. Multiple juries have agreed that the East Haven Police Department was responsible for the “wrongful death” of Malik, but the city of East Haven continues to appeal the case.

As activists in New Haven, across Connecticut and around the country have mobilized in the hundreds and thousands against racist police killings, police and governments have refused to give justice. Only a strong, united people’s movement is capable of getting the justice we demand and need.
Join the MALIK organization, ANSWER CT and People Against Police Brutality on April 14th for a rally, march and public meeting against police brutality and terror.

At 5:00PM, rally at 451 Grand Avenue in New Haven, near James Street.
At 5:30PM, march to downtown New Haven.
At 6:30PM, join a public meeting downtown (location will be announced shortly).

Called by the MALIK organization, ANSWER CT and People Against Police Brutality. Endorsers list in formation. To endorse, leave a comment on this page. Hosted by ANSWER CT and People Against Police Brutali..

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