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New London Equality March for Unity and Pride

Sunday June 11, 2017
New London Parade Plaza
New London Ct.
10Am-3Pm
If interested in planning, please email info@outct.org
https://www.facebook.com/events/1782650115378553/?active_tab=about

About the March, courtesy of the planners:
The “Equality March for Unity & Pride” is a grassroots movement which will mobilize the diverse LGBTQ+ communities to peacefully and clearly address concerns about the current political landscapes and how it is contributing to the persecution and discrimination of LGBTQ+ individuals.

Progress has been made over the past decade in the ongoing fight for LGBTQ+ inclusion, access, and justice, but there’s still so much more to be done – especially since the progress we’ve achieved is currently being threatened by increased hostile rhetoric, discriminatory policies, and violence perpetrated against the most vulnerable in our communities.

We will use the Equality March, and sister events across the country, to give voice to our concerns, and to support, uplift, and bring attention to those in our communities who are targeted due to immigration status, ethnicity, religion, skin color, gender, and disability. We affirm and celebrate that we are a mix of diverse communities. Lack of unity has caused many of our needs to be neglected or ignored. But now, for 2017 and beyond, we are working to learn from our prior mistakes and come together through common belief in inalienable human rights and dignity for all.

Well us old gals are at it again. Traveling in search of a new home. This should be our last trip. We have contacts who have contacts who are in the know of where to live and where to go. Where to stay away from and where to check out.  Someone told us Vermont is full of cows, well we said even if we don’t drink milk, eat cheese or ice cream we love cows. Bonnie said with giggles, “you should see the place during rush hour, cows here, cows there, cows everywhere.” Yeah okay we will be in the city where we are sure there are very few cows. We’ll see some cows from the train give them a moo moo and be glad we don’t have to clean the barn. We love cows even if they do a job on the ozone. “I have to wonder,” said Bessy Marie, “do cows ever escape the field and come and stand on the train tracks?” I really hope they don’t as the train has no cow catcher in the front of it and if we hit such a creature it would be all over for the cow and cause delays. ( 1 ) Let’s hope not said Olga, lets hope the cows know where they at suppose to be and if they go anywhere else they will not hear the dinner bell. Here is a little song to start us on our way.

I am Cow, by Arrogant Worms.

Rush Hour In Vermont.

 

Lots of these on our trip. No worry the train is only 5 cars long. We were happy we weren’t waiting to cross the road or go on through to the other side of the tracks in Springfield as there was a freight train with almost 75 cars passing by.

The train route

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We know that by the time the train gets to us the bathrooms can be and usually are very smelly. Olga is the smart one in the bunch always brings a mask to wear when she is in the toilet. I just can’t sit there and smell that horrid smell, do my business and not have vomited all over the floor. Then the train folks would have another mess to clean up. So I get one of those masks fold it up keep in in my pocket along with a Lysol wipe or two. No telling what germs lurk around in the train. Germs are a funny thing can’t see them but if they get into you man can they do a job. Both of us gals are too old for that and thank our lucky stars we haven’t contracted anything this past winter on top of what either one of us have all ready. We take our Elderberry syrup each and every day. Getting old, now that is a whole other story. We don’t know too many old folks to sit around with and talk about getting old. I wish we did as then we would say, “Hey we don’t have it all that bad.” At the very least we would know what this getting old is all about and if this or that pain is worth complaining about. Maybe it will go away in a couple of days.

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Gals like us love the train. Having never learned to drive we take it all the time. You know the things you see on the train are much different than what you see in a car whizzing by at 60 miles per hour. These highways leave a lot to be desired as far as good scenery is concerned. Trees, cars, trees, cars. We love the train we get to see the backside of the cities, usually the older part, the graffiti along the tracks is always something to marvel at, an art show caught out of the corner of our eyes and then it retreats into the distant. Last time we were amazed at all of the mullein patches along the tracks. Huge Mullein plants, skunk cabbage, and ferns, ferns, ferns all along the tracks edge and into the woods. Something we very rarely see around these parts are white birch trees. The white lines among the green and brown, lovely. We came home last year in October and what a site to see out the windows of the trees changing colors. Never saw such beauty. What will we see in the spring time wondered Bessy Marie, of course we will be north and hopefully the gardens of tulips near the State Capitol will be in bloom. (more…)

As published today, Saturday May 13,2017 in the Guardian On Line,written by Edward Pilkington, Chelsea Manning prepares for freedom, “I want to breath the warm spring air.”

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On Wednesday, some time after dawn, the security gates at the US disciplinary barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, will be thrown open and a slight 5ft 2in woman will walk out into the open air and freedom.

For Chelsea Manning, release from military incarceration will mark a colossal turning point. Having been arrested seven years ago when she was an unknown, lowly and outwardly male soldier, she will emerge into an entirely new life as a civilian, a celebrity, and an openly transgender woman.

 

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Furbirdsqueerly did a review of the show and you can find it HERE.

CHELSEA MANNING

International Victory Day!

May 17, 2017

DEFEND ALL WHISTLEBLOWERS

Chelsea Manning is going to be free! Celebrate with us!

Chelsea Mannings 35-year sentence was commuted by Obama. It was a victory for Chelsea of course, but also for all of us in many countries who supported her and benefited from her courageous whistleblowing: the international women and lgbtq movements, the anti-war and anti-racist movements, the movements of whistleblowers, war veterans, refuseniks and everyone who stands for justice.

On May 17, we celebrate Chelsea’s freedom in many cities:

So far events that we know of are also planned in Auckland (New Zealand), Beer Sheva Israel (organized by refusenik pilot Yonatan Shapiro, near prison where Palestinians are on hunger strike), Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Dublin (Ireland), London, Manheim (Germany), Philadelphia  and Seattle.

WE INVITE YOU TO ORGANIZE AN EVENT, no matter how small: a protest, a vigil, a party.  Please send us news of your event and we’ll help publicize it.

I watched the world change from inside prison walls and through the letters that I have received from veterans, trans young people, parents, politicians and artists. My spirits were lifted in dark times, reading of their support, sharing in their triumphs, and helping them through challenges of their own. I hope to take the lessons that I have learned, the love that I have been given, and the hope that I have to work toward making life better for others.  – from Chelsea’s statement on her upcoming release (more…)

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Add this wonderful event to your calander.

The great abolitionist Frederick Douglass first spoke in Hartford on May 18, 1843 under the “open sky sanctuary” of the First Church on Main and Gold Streets. Help us dedicate the new “Frederick Douglass Court” and memorial plaque sponsored by the Church.

Douglass was also an advocate for women’s suffrage (he spoke at the 1848 Seneca Falls women’s convention) and labor rights (he co-founded with Isaac Myers the Colored National Labor Union in 1869).

Ironically, while there has not been a permanent tribute in Hartford to Frederick Douglass up until this time, there is a memorial plaque for Stephen A. Douglas, the slavery apologist who lost to Abraham Lincoln in the 1860 presidential election. It is located at 777 Main Street, corner of Pearl.

Help us dedicate this long overdue recognition of one of America’s greatest heroes.

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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
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