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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.

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

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

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

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.”


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

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Bethel Pride 2017

Posted: April 11, 2017 in *Celebration*

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Ok so here are some updates some people have asked for. More updates will be added in when they are official
•The parade will officially kick off on main st by the church and end at the municipal center in downtown Bethel. {exact route TBD}
•This is a free event. There is no fee to watch, march or participate in any of the events happening on this day.
•There will be some vendors selling their own products so bring some cash if you’d like to see what’s available. A full list will be posted as soon as I have them all officially signed on.
•As for entertainment we will have a DJ, several speakers {some high profile so stay tuned!!} and one surprise guest coming to preform a very special song for us. You’ll have to come to see who it is going to be!!
•We have Rita’s… ice, custard, happiness… coming to sell flavored ice!! And a food truck is in the works so there is food for everyone to enjoy.
•There will be more updates coming and if anyone has any questions feel free to message me or email and I’ll be happy to answer any questions.

Info at:

This piece was first published years ago  on Punkpink is a Bandits tip. Today we dedicated this piece to our comrade Deric who loves buns and you can read on for which side he is on.

Since it is Easter Week for our Christian Buddies I thought we would have a little fun with some Hot Cross Buns. To get us in the festive mood let us all join in singing the Hot Cross Buns song. Now don’t be shy, you can do it. GO______


Now wasn’t that nice? So I want to tell you what I found out about Hot Cross Buns that old time favorite for the Easter Week.  I also want to tell you a little story about a miracle in my studio kitchen that had our  artist friends and many others standing in line, paying a quarter to go through my door. First we will start with the old tale and then work out from there.


This is a picture of a Hot Cross Bun.

According to legend Hot Cross Buns were eaten by the Saxons in honor of the goddess Eostre with the cross cut into the buns to symbolize the four quarters of the moon. Eostre was the goddess of dawn, rebirth and spring. She comes forth dressed in white bringing light to all ending the darkness and cold of winter. Symbols associated with her are the hare and egg. The Anglo-Saxon month Eostur-monath is the equivalent to the month of April.

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During early missionary efforts, the Christian church adopted the buns and re-interpreted the cross in 1361. The buns along with Roman Catholicism was banned in England until Queen Elizabeth I passed a law allowing the consumption of Hot Cross Buns only on Easter, Christmas and funerals. (more…)

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April 18, 2017   4:30-5:30
450 Main Street Hartford Ct.
Tax Dodgers for Trump, Rejoice!
Billions more for the rich. More cuts for working people.
This man thinks he’s smarter than you. 10 out of 10 billionaires agree “Not paying your taxes makes me smart”

Some CT lawmakers agree! Sound Fair to you? Hell no. Let’s take it to the streets on Tax Day.
Hell no. Let’s take it to the streets on Tax Day.

Don your best billionaire costume as we thank Trump for fighting for the wealthy on Tax day.

Disclaimer: We’re not really thanking him. We’re just expressing how ridiculous and unfair his budget is for ordinary working and poor people.