Archive for April, 2017

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Join 32BJ SEIU and community allies for a rally to defend the rights of Connecticut immigrants, and celebrate the richness of our diverse state. We are #HereToStay! We will also be standing in solidarity with the #ClimateMarch in Washington DC on this day.

CO-SPONSORS:
32BJ SEIU Connecticut; 1199 SEIU New England; The 4Cs SEIU 1973; Action Together CT; AFL-CIO; American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut; AFT Connecticut; Amistad United Church of Christ; Black and Latino Caucus of the CT State Legislature; Center for Latino Progress; Connecticut Center for a New Economy; Connecticut Immigrant Rights Alliance (CIRA); Connecticut Students for a Dream; Council of American Islamic Relations Connecticut (CAIR-CT); CT NOW; Fight for $15; Hispanic Federation; Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services; Make the Road CT; Moral Mondays CT; New Haven’s Peoples Center; North United Methodist Church;Planned Parenthood of Southern New England; Rehoboth Church of God, SEIU-State Council; Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ); Unidad Latina en Acción (ULA); UAW Region 9A; Working Families Party

Organizations or supporters who wish to join the coalition are welcome! Please contact Rochelle at rpalache@seiu32bj.org.

***We are looking for local performers from the immigrant community who would like to showcase their talent at this event! Contact: Rochelle at rochellepalache@gmail.com***


***Estamos buscando artistas de la comunidad inmigrante que les gustaría exhibir sus talentos en este evento! Contacte a Rochelle: rochellepalache@gmail.com***

Unase con la 32BJ SEIU y nuestros aliados de la comunidad a defender los derechos de los inmigrantes de Connecticut, y a celebrar la riqueza de nuestra diversidad. ¡Aquí estamos para quedarnos! También estaremos en solidaridad con la marcha para la clima en Washington DC en la misma fecha.

GUARDA LA FECHA: El sábado 29 de abril
1:00-3:00 PM
Connecticut State Capitol- North Steps
* Musica * Comida * Historias *

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Earth Day and March for Science, East Hampton Ct.

For Anna

She saw me first and in her own blend of English and Spanish asked what time the package store was going to open? She had a shopping cart that had been unloaded with 4 large black bags of cans sitting on the side of the building. Oh Senora, Mushas del les grandes blosas I tried in my poor Spainish. She laughed. We talked sometimes not know what the other one was saying but having fun trying. Soy 74 anos de edad, Oh me I am 70 holding up my fingers to show her. “What is your name, Ricardo, you Senora, Anna.” Where are you from, de donde eres? Here America, you? Cuba. Oh Cuba, Cuba es in pas hermose, Cuba is a beautiful country.” I know the song Guantanamera, and we began to sing, Guantanamera, guajira, Guantanamera, Guantanamera, guajira Guantanamera. Then Anna sang, Yo soy un hombre sincero, De donde crece la palma,  Yo soy un hombre sincero, De donde crece la palma, Y antes de morirme quiero Echar mis versos del alma. Yes I thought those are the words that I know. I am a truthful man from the land of the Palm Trees, Before Dying I want to share these poems of my soul. We sang again, Guantanamera, guajira, Guantanamera.

Forgetting where we were standing on a street corner in West Hartford Ct. But who cared. Certainly not myself and certainly not Anna. We reminded everyone as we were surrounded by commerce and wealth where we stood, Con los pobres de la tierra, Quiero yo mi suerte echar, Con los pobres de la tierra, Quiero yo mi suerte echar, El arroyo de la sierra, Me complace mas que el mar.  Yes,  “With the poor people of the earth I want to share my fate. Guantanamera, guajira, Guantanamera.”  We danced and laughed like teenagers. Oh, Senora, bye, bye, adios, I am going to the doctor, voy al medico. We pecked each others cheek, gave a hug and I went down the street whistling Guantanamera, guajira, Guantanamera, turned back and waved. What a wonderful way to start the day.

Anna came to this country 10 years ago. She liked Castro but was too poor, “Now here,” she said, “I collect cans.”

Notes:

About the song

Originally written in 1929 as a patriotic song about Cuba, the rhyme scheme and structure of “Guantanamera” (purchase/download) has always lent itself easily to evolution and adaptation. Both of these things are necessary for any good protest song and that is exactly what it became famous for. The tune has evolved through the years and used in struggles for peace and justice across Latin America and the U.S. In America, “Guantanamera” has been used during anti-war demonstrations, union strikes, marches for an overhaul of the US immigration system, and civil rights for immigrants. In more recent demonstrations, it was sung at Wall Street and around the country where folks were commenting on the balance of wealth.

When employed in the United States, the verses sung tend to remain concise – sticking to the verse about being an honest man. This states “My verses flow green and red” and references blood on the land – an allusion to revolution, though it’s almost never used to incite violence in the US. The final verse speaks about casting one’s lot with the poor.

We find this in Song Facts “Guantanamera” is Spanish for “Guantanamo,” a city on the southeast tip of Cuba where the notorious Guantánamo Bay military base/detention camp is located. The United States has leased the area under a treaty signed in 1903, but the song has nothing to do with it. The refrain “guajira Guantanamera” means “peasant girl from Guantanamo.” A Cuban bandleader named Joseito Fernandez had a radio show in the 1930s called “La Guántanamera,” and he regularly performed the song, changing the verse lyrics every time to be about whatever he felt like talking about – only the “guajira Guantanamera” part remained constant.

Joes Marti

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Apostle of the Cuban Revolution

Born in Havana, Martí began his political activism at an early age. He traveled extensively in Spain, Latin America, and the United States, raising awareness and support for the cause of Cuban independence. His unification of the Cuban émigré community, particularly in Florida, was crucial to the success of the Cuban War of Independence against Spain. He was a key figure in the planning and execution of this war, as well as the designer of the Cuban Revolutionary Party and its ideology. He died in military action during the Battle of Dos Ríos on May 19, 1895. His death was used as a cry for Cuban independence from Spain by both the Cuban revolutionaries and those Cubans previously reluctant to start a revolt.

More on Marti see HERE.

Jose Marti: What the revolutionary means to Cubans from Aljazeera.

Some verses of the song.

Yo soy un hombre sincero
De donde crece la palma
Y antes de morirme, quiero
Echar mis versos del alma
Guantanamera, guajira guantanameraMi verso es de un verde claro
Y de un carmín encendido
Mi verso es de un ciervo herido
Que busca en el monte amparo
Guantanamera, guajira guantanameraCultivo una rosa blanca
En julio como en enero
Para el amigo sincero
Que me da su mano franca
Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera

Y para el cruel que me arranca
El corazón con que vivo
Cardo ni ortiga cultivo
Cultivo la rosa blanca
Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera

Con los pobres de la tierra
Quiero yo mi suerte echar
El arroyo de la sierra
Me complace más que el mar
Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera

I’m an honest man

From where the palm trees grow
and before I die, I want
To share the verses in my soul
Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera

My verse is light green
My verse is fiery crimson
My verse is a wounded doe
Looking for shelter in the mountains
Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera

I cultivate a white rose
In July as in January
For a true friend
Who gives me his honest hand
Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera

And for the cruel one who breaks
My beating heart
I cultivate neither thistles nor nettles
I cultivate a white rose
Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera

With the poor people of the earth
I cast my lot
Mountain streams
Please me more than the sea
Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera

THERE IS NO PLANET B

“I am the son of a refugee from Nazi-occupied Europe and the grandson of refugees from Tsarist Russia. I [am] marching in honor of the immigrants who came to this country and contributed to the advancement of scientific knowledge and to improvements in health that have benefited the people of Boston and the citizens of this planet.” Dr. Thomas Michel, marching in Boston

“It’s a time to say thanks for the advancements in society we have because of science: the USB, polio vaccine, HIV tests. ” Carey Reed, marching in New York City

March for Science, April 22,2017 see HERE.

March for Science facebook page HERE.

March for Science Ct. facebook page HERE.

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The mother of all bombs cost $314 Million. Yes that is for one. Let’s cut meals on wheels to pay for it. Oh wait we don’t spend that much to help take care of elderly people to make sure that each day they have food to eat and contact with the person who delivers their dinner. Don’t get us wrong we do not only worry about the monetary cost of war but of the cost to life.

We do not support war in any manner, shape or form. We are disgusted that amerikkka has dropped what they call the Mother of All Bombs and even more disgusted that they use mother in that context. Have they no shame? Wrong is wrong no matter who does it or says it. What could possibly be more immoral than war? It takes rather than gives. We at furbirdsqueerly commit ourselves to stand against the slaughter fest of war, the taking from the poor, the destroying of plants, animals, and other living creatures.  In the last few years we have seem beautiful civilizations crumble under war and war mongers. Thousands dead and more dying each day more and more people displaced from their homes living in refugee camps. This is wrong and we know it.

Wars and more wars, over and over again and again. We spoke out against the governments of Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama and certainly against the current mishap Trump. None of them were any good according to us. We marched, we prayed, we burned our draft card with the best of them, we swayed and sang songs for peace, we sat in, we got arrested, we got hit upside of our heads, jailed and tear gassed all for peace. We testified with thousands and we stood with one or two. Dorthy Day once said no matter how many join you this doesn’t matter, someone must always be testifying against war.

Image result for another mother for peace posterNo we can’t feed the poor, build housing, give an education, repair infrastructures, provide decent health care and a maximum wage to people. We have forgotten to promote the general welfare of all of our people and in doing so we leave so many behind. We must stop this anyway we can.
     Finally we are putting peace back on the front burner. We have been calling for this and calling for this for months now. War never went away. We know from our other postings that the U.S. has been at war bombing countries for years now. No folks it wasn’t okay and everything wasn’t peaceful when Obama was the man. Now we have this crazy monster in DC surrounding himself with other crazy monsters beginning to pounce. Bombing Syria, (even Hillary got in the act calling for bombing 2 hours before the bombs dropped) using the Mother of All Bombs in Afghanistan, and provoking North Korea which may lead us down the path of real all and all destruction. Trumps new military budget calls for a 54 billion $ increase in military spending so where is the money going to come from? These folks are crooks, they will make a bundle on war and the preparing for war. They already have and will continue to make more. Meanwhile due to cuts in the budget Grandma will have a hard time making ends meet.
     How do we stop this plague that has come upon amerikkka? Is there no stopping it?  One thing we can hope for that there is a special place in hell for those who have profited or are profiting from death and destruction. Defense stocks are top performers on Wall Street. ( 1 ) One thing we can hope for is that the people will rise up when they really realize what is happening. But usually the case is, when it is biting at my ass then I will do something about it. What bullshitters those folks are. How cruel. All it takes for us with every new war is a photo of one dead child murdered by this regime. This is worth far more than all of the little boo hoos that amerikkkans think are so important and will get in the streets over.

We like what artist Mike Alewitz has to say about this. These lines are from his posting Happy Tax Day. “Most of our tax dollars go to “defense.” (That’s another word for war). Trillions of dollars fund the slaughter of workers just like us, but from other countries. This is highly profitable, as the weapons-makers sell to all sides. In fact, the permanent war economy lies at the heart of ensuring the best super-profits for the US capitalist class.Which is why all the Democratic and Republican politicians, from Trump to Sanders, support the war industry.

As you relinquish your last few dollars, find solace in knowing that our blood and sweat has allowed wealthy parasites like Donald Trump to enjoy their lavish lifestyle without the inconvenience of having to take any responsibility for the millions of impoverished workers that created their treasure.

But here’s the best part – after they take a huge chunk of every paycheck, and make us pay national, state, local, property, vehicle and sales taxes; they send us a bit of change called a “tax return.”

We then get to walk around feeling like we got some free money.”

World Beyond War has this to say, “fractions of the proposed military budget could provide free, top-quality education from pre-school through college, end hunger and starvation on earth, convert the U.S. to clean energy, provide clean drinking water everywhere it’s needed on the planet, build fast trains between all major U.S. cities, and double non-military U.S. foreign aid rather than cutting it.” (Gee that sure sounds a heck of a lot better than all of this killing.) Where does the greatest support for war originates? The United States builds, sells, buys, stockpiles, and uses the most weapons, engages in the most conflicts, stations the most troops in the most countries, and carries out the most deadly and destructive wars. By these and other measures, the U.S. government is the world’s leading war-maker, and — in the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. — the greatest purveyor of violence in the world. Ending U.S. militarism would eliminate the pressure that is driving many other nations to increase their military spending. It would deprive NATO of its leading advocate for and greatest participant in wars. It would cut off the largest supply of weapons to the Middle East and other regions. (2)

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Notes:
The Department of Defense asked for $2 billion over five years to buy 4,000 Tomahawks for the U.S. Navy in its fiscal 2017 budget last February.
(1) What companies are making a killing in war profits see HERE.
(2) Introduction to World Beyond War go to HERE.