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Reclaim Pride Coalition

THE 2020 QUEER LIBERATION MARCH

FOR BLACK LIVES AND AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY

The Reclaim Pride Coalition has been monitoring events and carefully deliberating to determine the nature of this year’s Queer Liberation March. We have determined that the only way to move forward is to once again have a physical March through the streets of Manhattan on Pride Sunday, June 28. Our March will center the movement for Black Lives and focus on the violence committed against Black bodies by law enforcement and the mass incarceration state.

RPC’s Queer Liberation March for Black Lives and Against Police Brutality will be focused on elevating and protecting Black Lives. This moment, the principles of the 1970 march, and the RPC founding mission demand it. Black Americans and their children have suffered disproportionate abuse at the hands of America’s white supremacist power structure. The most marginalized among Black Communities, like Trans people, Immigrants, Disabled people, Deaf and Hard of Hearing people and Neurologically Diverse people live under an even greater risk for the worst outcomes within this system. Inordinate risk calls for urgent consideration.

Fifty years ago, on June 28th, 1970, the LGBTQ+ movement created the Christopher Street Liberation Day March. It was mounted on the first anniversary of the Stonewall Riots which Trans Women of Color and our community’s Black youth played a crucial role in initiating. That beautiful, intersectional March, produced by the Gay Liberation Front and allies, confronted the same oppression and police brutality that protesters are responding to today. The Gay Liberation Front went on to create an important dialogue and relationship with Huey Newton and The Black Panthers.

RPC is keenly aware that the NYPD is a major problem: Tuesday night, a peaceful march for Trans people of color who have been killed by police and other bigots was attacked by the NYPD. One of our members, Jason Rosenberg, received multiple injuries including a broken arm, and was repeatedly denied medical care while in custody for over 5 hours. Jason was not alone in sustaining injuries or in being denied care that night. And we are certain that the same is true for many of the hundreds of Black protestors arrested over the course of the last week.

The Reclaim Pride Coalition will continue to seek guidance from the Black Queer Community and our Elders to program meaningful actions. We invite our Participating Organizations and individuals to follow suit where appropriate. On June 28th we will all explore what the future of Racial Justice looks like. Join Us.

Location and Time will be announced in the coming days.

Check out the link above for more information.

Pride
film-Screening and video-conference discussion with Mike Jackson, co-founder of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners

Sunday, June 23
1:30pm
Carriage House Theater
360 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105

In 1984 the Thatcher government sought to close coal pits as part of an offensive on trade-unions in the UK. Mine-workers responded with what turned out to be one of the largest and most intense strikes in British history. After a spontaneous fundraising effort for miners at the London Gay Pride Parade, two gay activists (Mark Ashton and Mike Jackson) formed Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. The group grew to 11 chapters and raised over 20,000 pounds for the families of strikers (about 80,000 American dollars in 2018).

The solidarity forged in the strike and support campaign led to major turning points in the movement for gay rights. After the end of the strike, the miners’ union joined the Gay Pride March in 1985 and in the same year campaigned for the first resolution in the history of the labour party to support gay rights – and it passed.

Join us for a viewing of the widely acclaimed film, Pride which tells the story of this remarkable struggle. The film will be accompanied by remarks and discussion with Mike Jackson by video conference, co-founder of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, and a major consultant for the film.

For more information:
Contact 860-662-6278
On Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1971561662971325/

I use to like the queen if only for her colors. No more.

by punkpink

Please your royal highness go and sit down and be quiet. Yes, please do. Giving legitimacy to a evil person such as Donald Trump says to me, you are just as bad as he. You in your pretty colors, you with all your manners. Prim and proper. Your miss manners are showing. Let your children rebel and refuse you and your invitation summoning them to dinner. Maybe they know the old saying, “Birds of a feather flock together.” They have no desire to be one of those birds. Really Queenie do you want to be one of those birds?

You know maybe it is too much for this uncoth Trump to sit down to such a formal setting. He will be asking you all night about what spoon to use and we bet he slurps his soup. Maybe it would be better to serve cold hamberders. But what the heck, let’s confuse the president. No snickering now while he tries to navigate the place setting.

(Donnie this isn’t your seat. Good luck with the cutlery and glasses.)

If Trump gets his way, tens of millions of Americans will lose all protections for pre-existing conditions. Millions more will lose tax subsidies that allow them to afford private coverage. And in a particularly devastating blow, nearly 14 million mostly working Americans will lose access to Medicaid – likely destroying their only option for health coverage. That’s not all your majesty, there are plans in the works to make drastic cuts to Medicaid, Social Security, and Medicare in order to fund tax breaks for the wealthy. Just think more money coming into the coffers of the wealthy. Climate change forget about that let it change, build more pipe lines, drill for oil in the wilderness. Drop more bombs, drone attack innocent people, build up the military the hell with the hungry, they won’t be if we kill them. Our hope is that not one but many are knitting as Madame Defarge did in days gone by. If Trump gets his way LGBTQI+ folks in Amerikkka will become second class citizens with no rights. He is on his way.

If Trump gets his way thousands of migrants will continue to languish in makeshift camps under the bridges. If Trump gets his way the lives of millions of Black and Brown citizens of the U.S will be in danger. He seeks to divide the people of our country, stroking anger and hate, and hate crimes against many of us have increased. He is a danger to the world, yes Your Majesty you have invited a real danger to your table. Got investments in amerikkka Queenie? Yeah you will make more, more, more, at the expense of the poor and the workers. Is this the type of dog you want at your table? I hope he drops his fork, bends down to pick it up and bumps his god damn head on your dining table spilling the soup and creating havoc. Tell your servants to keep an eye on the cutlery as he may think it a joke to steal from your table.

Meanwhile in the street Stop Being Cute, Hop to it,  burn down the banks, break windows and shut down London. Let the demonstrators clog the streets and denounce the right wing fascist pig. This Hitler wanna be, this darling of the wealthy, a lover of the KKK, Neo-Nazis and other scum, clip the wings of the rightest scum and stupid people who follow him. It is not the time, and we don’t have time to be nice, and say it can’t happen here, as it is.

Yes, I use to like the queen if only for her colors, but no more.

After LA:
The Battle for Education
and the Emerging Labor Movement

Thursday, February 28th
7:00pm
Elmwood Community Center
1106 New Britain Avenue, West Hartford, CT
(Gain access via 11 Burgoyne street on GPS)

After the ground-breaking strikes from West Virginia to Oklahoma to Arizona to Los Angeles – and now likely Oakland – join us to discuss struggles over education in Connecticut and what we can learn from the wave of community-supported teacher-strikes across the U.S.

Speakers Include:
Pam Cobham – Retired Hartford School Social Worker
Josh Blanchfield – Hartford Public School Teacher

Sponsored by CT Socialist Action
For more information: 860-662-6278

When the Journey Writers are asked about why they decided to present a staged showcase of writings, that has to do with Queer Black History, their answer is simple:
“These are stories that need to be told. There is nothing being produced like it, so why not?”

So that is what the audience will see, a “series of dramatic readings” focused on a few individuals of color, who were/are gay. All of the people being portrayed, either lived openly gay, and fought openly for equal rights for everyone, or were forced to stay “in the closet.” Coming out would have threatened their livelihoods, or the great causes for which they worked.
Either way, their ability to be celebrated as the heroes and sheroes they are/were has been stifled. Was it because of their sexuality?

Come and check out the inner thoughts of these Queer Black History icons.

Find out why they seem to be in the shadows.

It is important to celebrate these people who come from different walks of life.
Young gay people today, need to see their reflections in role models.
Individuals who may feel that they are alone, under represented, or inadequate in their uniqueness or abilities, could use a dose of affirmation too!
These role models validate, and make it okay for each person, respectively, to be okay with who they are.

Who knows, maybe they will be among the Queer Black History folks we celebrate in the future?

 

Justice & Faith: Hartford’s First Black Church 1819-2019

February 5, 2019 – 12-1 pm

For two hundred years, African Americans — both enslaved and free — have maintained a vital community of worship in Hartford. The Talcott Street Church also provided a safe haven to speak out and organize around American slavery, the primary moral issue of the day.

As the church grew, it became the home of women and men who were powerful examples of faith-based justice, including James Mars, Rebecca Primus, Rev. James Pennington, and Ann Plato. Today, Faith Congregational Church continues this proud and unbroken history.

Join historian, Steve Thornton, founder of the Shoeleather History Project, as he introduces some of these fascinating figures and uncovers previously unknown stories that are relevant to our times.

This event is free to attend and registration is not required, but is encouraged, for this Conversations at Noon program. Register for the program HERE.

Encounters: La Amistad

February 16, 2019 – 10 am – 12 pm

The Encounters Series is a program that fosters unexpected conversations around divisive issues. On July 1, 1839, fifty-three Mende captives overtook the crew of La Amistad. Unable to return to Africa, these individuals were interned in New Haven, Connecticut, while a trial deciding their fate took on the crucial question of the relationship between humanity and the ownership of human beings in the early Republic.

Program participants will join in the conversation as we discuss the Amistad revolt; the Supreme Court case, United States v. The Amistad (1841), which began in the room where Encounters will take place; human rights and international politics; and the intimate connections between slavery and freedom. To register for this free program, please RSVP to dana.miranda@uconn.edu.

 

The Mythology Show
a Group exhibition
at Artspace Hartford
555 Asylum Avenue,
Hartford, CT 06103

Public Reception with Live Music, Performance Art & Refreshments
Sat, Jan 26, 2019 from 6-9pm
Gallery open weekends Jan 19 & 20, 26 – 27, 12-7pm
or by appointment at
212.673.9074 ~ zitozone@gmail.com

Facebook Page for the event is HERE.

New York City curator, painter and sculptor, Antony Zito, returns to his home state to compile a group exhibition on the theme of “mythology”. Featuring 19 New England artists who are represented through a carefully selected array of paintings, sculpture, photography and installation art, The Mythology Show will fill Artspace Hartford’s gallery and its subterranean “Grotto” with contemporary interpretations of the legends and archetypes of humankind. The women and men in this exhibition were selected based on their alignment with the following quote about the function of myths and stories in our lives:

“Shakespeare said that art is a mirror held up to nature. And that’s what it is. The nature is your nature, and all of these wonderful poetic images of mythology are referring to something in you. When your mind is trapped by the image out there so that you never make the reference to yourself, you have misread the image. The inner world is the world of your requirements and your energies and your structure and your possibilities that meets the outer world. And the outer world is the field of your incarnation. That’s where you are. You’ve got to keep both going. As Novalis said, ‘The seat of the soul is there where the inner and outer worlds meet.’ ”
– Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth (more…)

Decolonize This Place Announces January 26 Town Hall Regarding Whitney Museum’s Tear Gas Problem

The group’s recent letter calls for continued action, adding “Inaction with respect to the art-washing industrial complex of contemporary art makes our field complicit with death, disaster, and destruction.”

by Hrag Vartanian

as reposted from Hyperallergic


graphic from Decolonize This Place

The Decolonize This Place movement is calling for continued action against the Whitney Museum after news that one of the institution’s vice chairs owns Safariland, which is a manufacturer that was supplying tear gas to border authorities that gassed a group of migrants last month. The issue, first reported by Hyperallergic, has caused a wave of protest and guerrilla actions across the city.
On Sunday, December 9, dozens of protesters occupied the lobby of the Manhattan museum, chanting “Fire! Fire! Fire to the colonizers!” while they burned sage and unfurled banners. A few days later artist Rafael Shimunov staged his own quiet protest on the walls of the museum. Other actions in New York City subway stations and elsewhere have also taken place.
The newest letter, published in its entirety below, is calling for a #J26 town hall assembly on January 26, while emphasizing solidarity with museum staff and the “conspicuous silence from many artists, curators, historians, and critics, including those whose work is celebrated for its engagement with themes of politics, social practice, racial justice, and even institutional critique.”

To read the rest of the article go to HERE. 

We Agree Kanders Must Go!

Trans Lifeline Benefit at Chez Est

Hosted by Mia E Z’Lay and Chez Est

Sunday November 25, 2018 4pm to 11pm

458 Wethersfield Ave. Hartford Ct.

There will be no entry fee! We will have a show every hour starting at 5pm. We have so many amazing entertainers who are donating their time and art. All money made from the shows will be donated to Trans Lifeline.
Mia E Z’Lay and Layne Alexander Gianakos will be running the event at Chez Est

If you are interested in donating and can not make it please message Mia or Layne. If you want to perform message us asap!

Please share with your friends and family!

Facebook Page HERE. 

Hosted by AIDS Ct. and Real Art Ways

November 30, 2018 -5:30-7:00pm

56 Arbor Street, Hartford Ct.

Real Art Ways is partnering with Visual AIDS and AIDS Connecticut (ACT) on the 29th annual Day With(out) Art, for a one-night film screening of “Alternate Endings, Activist Rising” and a round table community discussion to follow.

Taking place in our video gallery, this is a special opportunity to compare and contrast the various methods and programs presented in the film with local organizers and activists here in Hartford.

Deputy Director of ACT, Shawn M Lang and Real Art Ways Visual Arts Coordinator, Neil Daigle-Orians will help lead the roundtable talk asking critical questions such as: How is the AIDS crisis still affecting us in Hartford and Connecticut, and what are people doing about it?

Visual AIDS is the only arts organization fully committed to raising AIDS awareness and creating dialogue around HIV issues today. They produce and present work, assist artists living with HIV/AIDS, and have a commitment to preserving and honoring the work of artists with HIV/AIDS and the artistic contributions of the AIDS movement.

AIDS Connecticut, with its partners, increases Connecticut’s capacity to ensure that all people impacted by HIV/AIDS and related health issues have access to health, housing and support services.

Free Admission.
All are invited to attend and add to the conversation.

Learn more about the film: https://bit.ly/2PW1Yn7

Facebook page for this event is found HERE.