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Saturday, Jan 20 @ 8am — corner of Whitney & Edwards:
Stand for reproductive rights! Support our local clinic!

January 20th marks one year since Trump’s inauguration. It also comes shortly before the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Join members of the New Haven community to demonstrate in support of reproductive healthcare and full access to all reproductive rights, and stand against the hate groups that harass our community.
Local community members have been doing a weekly action for clinic defense every Saturday, intervening when clients and workers are harassed and creating a display of support, for two years. In his first year in office, Donald Trump and his administration have launched a full-on attack on reproductive healthcare, including abortion access, STI / STD testing, HIV/AIDS prevention and gender-affirming care. Across the country, people have been resisting these attacks. On January 20, we ask you to join us in New Haven for a mass action of solidarity!
Dress warm! Signs and banners will be provided, but feel free to bring your own too! Free street parking available.

For info on Facebook HERE. 

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Hartford Forum: Fascism & Anti-Fascism

Sunday, February 4, 2018

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Sea Tea Comedy Theater, 15 Asylum Street Hartford Ct.

Hosted by the Industrial Workers of the World

From the Facebook page:

Thank you to Sea Tea Comedy Theater for hosting us! Please join us for an engaging conversation on the dangers of right-wing extremism and its remedies. Connecticut is no stranger to white supremacist activities; in October the towns of Bristol, Southington and Newington were the targets of Nazi-affiliated flyers. The UConn College Republicans have now invited not one but two openly racist figures to abuse anyone who does not fit into their warped, narrow definition of personhood. And on December 29th, 15 white supremacists held a public demonstration in Hartford in broad daylight.

What does all of this mean for those of us who are in their crosshairs? Our friend Roger Benham will lead the discussion. Here is his summary:

Since the rise of “Populist” movements in Europe and elsewhere, and the campaign and presidency of Trump, we have seen the reemergence of far right ideas and movements in the bourgeois democracies.

While those of us with a radical analysis are aware that the ideas of liberal democracy are built upon inequality and imperialism, these ideas have presented a challenge to many of us. This year brought them to international attention with the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville in August. How do we deal with them without reinforcing the neoliberal status quo?

Drawing from the actual histories of these Fascist movements, I aim to give a brief history of them in the U.S., from the original Fascist upsurge in the 1930’s, with the Silver Shirts and the German-American Bund, through their postwar manifestations in the Nazi Party of George Lincoln Rockwell, their intersections with Klan organizing through Louis Beam, the currents that fed into them from the Survivalist movement and William Potter Gale’s Posse Comitatus ideas, through the 1980’s uptick in Fascist and neo-Nazi terrorism and organizing by leaders like William Pierce and Tom Metzger, up through their convergence with contemporary European Fascist movements like Identitarianism, the Nouvelle Droite, and their mainstreaming in rightwing parties like the Front National, Golden Dawn, and the Austrian Freedom Party, as well as their similarities and divergences with contemporary Russian far right figures like Alexander Dugin. And to give a brief overview of the major American Nazi and Fascist organizations today, like the Traditionalist Worker’s Party, Identity Europa, and the National Socialist Movement, as well as “fellow travelers” short of declared Nazis like the Proud Boys and speakers like Milo Yianoppolous, Steve Bannon, and others of the so-called “alt-right” and “alt-lite.”

Ultimately, I hope this will lead to a discussion of how we not only as antifascists but also as working class radicals with a class based analysis and liberatory vision beyond liberal democracy can effectively respond to them.

As for me, I am not an academic, but a self taught historian of these movements. I’m also a street medic and an active supporter of antifascist organizing in the streets and elsewhere. I provided medical support in Charlottesville and elsewhere over the past year.

Win a Trip to Day for Night, Houston’s Experiential Art and Music Festival
December 15–17, 2017 / Houston, Texas

Hyperallegic is partnering with Listings Project to give away a trip to Day for Night in Houston, including two VIP tickets, plus airfare and hotel.

Through music and art, Day for Night explores the possibilities of light, space, and sound. With headlining musicians performing alongside immersive digital artworks, Day for Night creates a heightened sensorial experience that blurs boundaries between performance and installation. We were there last year, and we can’t wait to go again.

The lineup of this year’s festival includes:

  • Music by: Nine Inch Nails, Thom Yoke, Solange, Justice, St. Vincent, Tyler, the Creator, James Blake, and more
  • Artworks from: Ryoji Ikeda, Matthew Schreiber, Conditional Studio, Processing Foundation, James Clar, and Felice d’Edtienne d’Orves
  • Talks by: Chelsea Manning, Nadya from Pussy Riot, Laurie Anderson, Lauren McCarthy & more

For the full lineup, visit dayfornight.io.

Prize includes flight, hotel, and VIP passes to Day for Night for two people. Hotel accommodations include three nights at the Hilton Americas-Houston. Flights to be awarded with two $500 Visa gift cards. Enter by 12/1/17.

 

Monday, November 20
Transgender Day of Remembrance 2017

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) 2017

*** This event has been created to raise awareness of this special day. This event has no specific location and can be honored anywhere in the world. Please respond as “Going” to show that you will support this powerful day for the transgender community. *** Check out your city or town for an event.

From GLAAD.org:

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. You can read more about the Transgender Day of Remembrance below, and find out how you can participate.

Additionally, during the week of November 14-20, individuals and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people and address the issues these communities face.

* What is the Transgender Day of Remembrance?
The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence that year and began an important memorial that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

“The Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people — sometimes in the most brutal ways possible — it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice.”
– Transgender Day of Remembrance founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith

* How can I participate in the Transgender Day of Remembrance?
Participate in the Transgender Day of Remembrance by attending or organizing a vigil on November 20 to honor all those whose lives were lost to anti-transgender violence that year. Vigils are typically hosted by local transgender advocates or LGBTQ organizations, and held at community centers, parks, places of worship, and other venues.

The vigil often involves reading a list of the names of those who died that year.

Here in Hartford please join the vigil at the Metropolitan Community Church. For more on this vigil go to HERE.

 

The Fight Against Racism and Segregation in CT Schools

When: Friday, September 22 @ 7pm
Location: Elmwood Community Center: 1106 New Britain Ave
(Gain Access Via South Quaker Ln to Burgoyne Street)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1949454522009351/

2017 has been a shameful year for Connecticut. In the midst of a 12-month period granted by the courts in the hope that the state may finally come up with a genuine and truly effective solution to the desegregation of education inConnecticut, Governor Malloy proclaimed that the state’s obligation under the landmark Sheff vs. O’Neil State Supreme Court decision had been fulfilled!

Twenty-one years after the landmark court decision in Sheff vs. O’Neil, a decision stating that “Hartford students suffer daily from the devastating effects that racial and ethnic isolation, as well as poverty, have on their education,” far too little has changed. Two decades later, the majority of students in Hartford, to say nothing of Bridgeport, New Haven, and other major cities, remain in segregated and under-resourced schools, with discriminatory cultures of discipline and neglect that constitute a school to prison pipeline. Connecticut is not alone, of course. The retreat from equality is nationwide.

Hear a panel speak the truth about the schools and explore the solutions that they believe are worth fighting for.

Speakers:

Rachel Gary, Sheff Movement; Former Student
and Current Parent of Student in CT Magnet schools

Rose Reyes, Windham Teacher; Member of Bad
Ass Teachers, CT; Working Families Party

Evan Fritz, Socialist Action CT

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Dramatized by Joseph Robinette from the story by C.S. Lewis

This new dramatization of C.S. Lewis’ classic, set in the land of Narnia, faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. The intense action features chases, duels and escapes as the witch is determined to keep Narnia in her possession and to end the reign of Aslan. All the memorable episodes from the story are represented in this exciting dramatization: the temptation of Edmund by the witch, the slaying of the evil wolf by Peter, the witnessing of Aslan’s resurrection by Susan and Lucy, the crowing of the four new rulers of Narnia, and more. The supporting characters are also here: the unicorn, the centaur and other forest animals, along with Father Christmas, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver and Tumnus the Faun. This story of love, faith, courage and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life.

Don’t forget to purchase your tickets on Brown Paper Tickets http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3065633 or the day of performance at the Box Office at the Carriage House Theater 360 Farmington Ave Hartford.

Pearwater Productions Facebook page HERE.

For online tickets HERE.

September 22-September 28

Facebook information found HERE.

For more information on the United Farm Workers go to HERE.