Archive for February, 2018

This week is the anniversary of FDR’s Executive Order 9066 which authorized the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. These folks lived through it.

 

Ernest O. St. Jacques Auditorium
Elmwood Community Center 1106 New Britain Avenue, West Hartford, CT
(Entrance via South Quaker Lane and then to Burgoyne Street)
RSVP HERE : https://www.meetup.com/350CT-org/events/246432791/

Endorse & Support the Climate Justice Teach In!

Speakers Include:
Jacqueline Patterson is the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Since 2007 Patterson has served as coordinator & co-founder of Women of Color United. She has worked as a researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate and activist working on women‘s rights, violence against women, HIV&AIDS, racial justice, economic justice, and environmental and climate justice.

Anne L. Hendrixson is the Director of Population and Development Programs at Hampshire College. In her Critical Social Inquiry course “Beyond the Population Bomb,” Hendrixson critically examines the gendered and racialized ways that environmental thinkers have framed population in relation to resource scarcity, food insecurity, conflict and violence, environmental degradation and climate change.

Sean Sweeney is the director of the International Program on Labor, Climate & Environment at the Murphy Institute, City University of New York. He also coordinates Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED) a global network of 42 unions from 16 countries. TUED advocates for democratic control and social ownership of energy resources.
Martha Klein is the Chapter Chair of the Sierra Club of Connecticut and a leader in the fight to stop the use and transport by pipeline of climate -wrecking fracked gas in our state. With a background in public heath nursing, Klein is well-positioned to explain the ways that regulators, government, and industry have used a false narrative about fossil fuels to pit social justice and environmental activists against each other.

Alexis Rodriquez is the Fairfield Representative of the Connecticut Puerto Rican Agenda and an advocate of decolonization. He has been deeply involved with hurricane relief efforts, the campaign against coal ash dumping in Penuelas, and educating about the relationship of PROMESA and sovereignty to environmental justice.

James Clement van Pelt helps to lead Promoting Enduring Peace, an organization that encourages the productive interaction and mutual support of the peace, environmental, and social justice movements. Van Pelt co-founded and led Yale’s Initiative in Religion, Science & Technology from 2003 to 2012 and has authored, co-authored, edited, and contributed to various articles and books, including Seeking Home in a Strange Land: True Stories of the Changing Meaning of Home (Utrecht: Stili Novi Publishers; in press) and Different Cultures, One World (Amsterdam: Rozenberg Publishers). (more…)

Support the Black PRIDE 4

Posted: February 17, 2018 in Uncategorized

Pride is supposed to be a celebration of resistance. It is supposed to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969, which were started by trans women of color who had had enough of state violence. It is supposed to be about protecting those who otherwise would go unprotected, especially the Black LGBTQIA+ population.

So the fact that queer and trans Black people were criminalized for resisting state violence at a Columbus Pride event last year is very telling of how far the mainstream gay rights movement has come from its roots. White cis men have little connection to what queer liberation really looks like, and yet maintaining their comfort seems to be what Pride is all about now.
According to Columbus Alive, On Monday, a jury convicted three LGBTQ activists on six of eight misdemeanor counts stemming from their June 2017 protest. Wriply Bennet was convicted of disorderly conduct, failure to comply with a police officer’s orders and resisting arrest. Ashley Braxton was convicted of disorderly conduct and failure to comply, and Kendall Denton was convicted of disorderly conduct. Sentencing is expected in the coming weeks.

A fourth activist, Deandre Miles, still faces a felony charge of aggravated robbery after being accused of reaching for a police officer’s gun, and will be tried separately.

Commonly known as the Black Pride 4, the demonstrators were part of a larger group that attempted to block the Columbus Pride parade as a means “to raise awareness about the violence against and erasure of black and brown queer and trans people,” among other concerns.
The Black Pride 4 need our help. You can contribute by donating to the legal defense fund established for them here.

I don’t know maybe we would just walk away.

As we travel around, read our emails, and talk to folks we find some very interesting articles that we wish to share with our readers. Here is one such article published in Freedom Socialist and well worth the reading.

Civil liberties — use ’em or lose ’em
BY MUFFY SUNDE | FEB.-MARCH 2018 FREEDOM SOCIALIST

The U.S. government, monarchs, dictators and other protectors of the rich hate civil liberties. Because they provide protections to poor and working people against abusive regimes. In the U.S. these are called the Bill of Rights.

These rights were not in the original of the U.S. Constitution, which was written to protect slave owners and big property owners. Radicals and small farmers who threatened to stop its ratification forced the inclusion of the first 10 amendments — the Bill of Rights.
Exercising our civil liberties has never been an easy ride. Slave owners, property owners and big business have been trying to squelch our free speech rights to organize and protest since the ink was dry.

The Haymarket martyrs were railroaded in 1886 to try to stop the movement for the eight-hour day. Socialists, anarchists and unionist immigrants were deported during WWI to chill support for the Russian Revolution. During WWII, masses of U.S. residents of Japanese, and even some of German and Italian backgrounds, were thrown into concentration camps.
Congress passed the USA Patriot Act after 9/11 and renewed it in 2014. It shreds privacy and free speech and denies trials to “terror” suspects.
I admit, it’s tempting to blame Trump for the current assault on civil liberties. He is so contemptuous of protesters who dogged his inauguration, so dismissive of football players who dare take a knee against police brutality. But he is just the latest example of state repression, not the source.

The U.S. media provokes fear about anti-Nazi “violence” at counter-demonstrations, and ignores the real threat to lives and free speech represented by fascist mobs. Its commentaries and reporting after the Charlottesville killing made little effort to explain the profound difference between what neo-Nazis and anti-fascists stand for.
U.S. government “terrorist baiting,” especially against -Antifa — the anarchist wing of the anti-fascist movement, is an attempt to scare us into silence. As is the jailing of Reality Winner for whistleblowing Russian hacking.

But trying to shut us up isn’t working. Hundreds of protesters were arrested in Washington D.C. at Trump’s January 20th inauguration. Many now face felony trials for protesting Trump’s politics. Prosecutors insist demonstrating is a crime. The jury didn’t buy it and acquitted the first six of over 200 protesters charged! All remaining charges must be dropped! (more…)

This very interesting article was published on the Ct. Witch Memorial page. We re-publish it here in our continuing search for justice for the women and men who were falsely accused of being witches and hung.

PURITAN PASTORS HELPED IN CONVICTING CT ACCUSED WITCHES

The role of many Puritan preachers in the Connecticut witch trials was not one of keeping calmer heads but rather one of fanning the flames. In his book, Prospero’s America, W. Woodward states, “Before 1663, Connecticut ministers were aggressive witch hunters, often instrumental in securing the evidence of the diabolical complicity they required for conviction.” Indeed, from the first case to the last, they left their mark even if we do not know every specific detail.

The first witch hanging occurred under the watch of the esteemed minister Thomas Hooker. Windsor’s official minister at the time was John Warham but he was away at a Synod, or meeting of churches, and Hooker was in Windsor in his stead. We even have Hooker’s sermon that he gave in June after Alice Young’s death. Could such a respected minister have acted to stop this first colonial witch trial and hanging? It certainly seems this pastor, a man regarded as a charismatic religious leader as well as a skilled diplomat, could have done something to stop poor Alice’s death. We do not know if Thomas Hooker would have participated in other witch trials because he died just five weeks after Young’s brutal death.
Let us not forget either that his son Samuel Hooker, a pastor from Farmington, played a role in the Hartford Witch Panic when he came to Hartford and took notes during the utterances of Anne Cole as she accused others who would later hang at the gallows. His notes would have been used as evidence during the trials. Reverand Whiting and Reverend Joseph Haynes also took notes and gathered evidence.

And then there was the authoritarian preacher Reverend Stone who questioned Mary Johnson, a Wethersfield woman forced to give birth in jail. How many hours of questioning and torture did the poor woman endure before she confessed to the crime of witchcraft? We also find him participating in the Hartford Witch Panic. It was he who declared that Anne Cole’s Dutch speech during her utterances were the work of the devil (even though her neighbors were Dutch). After Rebecca Greensmith admitted to Merry Making at Christmas, Stone chimed in that the devil loved Christmas and made other damning comments.

There are others too. In general, Puritan preachers in Connecticut believed that the devil was disrupting their towns with witchcraft. In the Connecticut trials, the earliest ones in the colonies, many pastors did what they could to ensure so-called witches were purged from their communities. They were intimately involved in proceedings to bring suspected witches to the gallows.
B. Caruso 2-10-2018

For more about the Ct. Witch Memorial go to their facebook page HERE. 

For articles that this blog published go to HERE and Here.

 

Jimmy Fallon has updated Bob Dylan’s song. Jimmy your no Bobby.

Bob Dylan returns to the Orpheum Theatre in Minnesota to perform an updated version of “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” Full lyrics below:

Come gather round people wherever you roam
And admit that our country don’t feel like our home
And that silence speaks louder than those who condone
If a tweet to you is worth favin’
Then lift up your voices and put down your phones
For the times they are a-changin’

Come women and men who hashtag Me Too
And believe me when I say that we believe you
For weak is the man who calls truth “fake news”
Time’s up, our silence we’re breaking
And even though Mel Gibson was in Daddy’s Home 2
Well the times they are a-changin’

Come athletes with platforms throughout the land
Who by taking a knee are taking a stand
And before you shout out that they should be banned
Listen to what they are saying
Perhaps they’d stand up if you reached out your hand
Well the times they are a-changing

Come journalists, writers who report the facts
And brandish your pen to fend off his attacks
Look past what he says and look at how he acts
The fire and fury is raging
For his words can hurt, but your words can fight back
New York Times, they aren’t a-failin’

Come leaders who bully like Internet trolls
We’ll curse you with four-letter words ‘love’ and ‘hope’
For we will go high even when you go low
The order is re-arranging
For you have the power, but we have the vote
The times they are a-changin’

 

Note from furbirdsqueerly:

Yeah, we got the vote but they fuck with the vote. Its going to take more than a song to undo the creature in the White House and all of the creatures that support him. Its going to take a lot more than a song to undo this filthy rotten system where some have far to much and others have not enough. Maybe a song will get us to somewhere but it seems that we many times get there and then go back to before we even heard the song. Yeah we got the vote but now we gotta say “who we going to vote for?”

People from all over the country will descend on Washington, D.C., to say NO to Donald Trump’s War Parade on Veterans’ Day weekend November 10-12, 2018.

This is an outrage! It is an obscene glorification of war and a criminal waste of urgently needed money. At this very moment so many working people are unable to pay their medical bills and rent, millions in Puerto Rico still have no electricity, youth unemployment is still staggering, the drug epidemic is worsening, and the country’s infrastructure is crumbling. The War Parade is aimed at stimulating a new war drive that will bring death and destruction to one (or more) of the countries on the Pentagon hit list, potentially North Korea, Iran, or Venezuela. The over-the-top celebrations of the war machine — in the false guise of “patriotism” — also serve to stifle dissent at home, as Trump has repeatedly shown with his racist attacks on #BlackLivesMatter protesters.

The people of this country, and the world, will not stand for it. We will not be led into the slaughterhouse of war — either as perpetrators or victims — so as to repair a wounded ego or a wounded Empire. Hundreds of thousands will pour into the streets to stop Trump’s agenda of militarism and racism.

Donate to build a truly massive counter-mobilization of the people against Trump’s war parade.
http://www.answercoalition.org/trumps_war_parade

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