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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.