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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
* Musica * Comida * Historias *

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Press Conference: 6 Workers Sue Hamden Restaurant for Wage Theft.

Thursday April 20, 2017, 4pm-6pm

Hamden Town House Restaurant, 2256 Whitney Ave, Hamden Ct.

Join six workers as they announce a lawsuit against Hamden Town House Restaurant. They were paid as little as, in some cases, $3.14, $4.20, or $5.97 per hour. They worked between 52 and 72 hours per week.

According to Connecticut law, they should have been paid $9.60 per hour, plus overtime when they worked more than 40 hours per week.  Wage theft is everywhere, and Connecticut is doing very little to stop these abuses. It’s up to us as a community to say NO MORE. Join the workers this Thursday as they courageously break the silence!

Nearly half of restaurant workers (46.3%) experience overtime violations, according to a national study (“Behind the Kitchen Door Multi-Site Study” 2011). While some restaurant workers earn a living wage, people of color are systematically confined to the lower paying and “back of the house” jobs like dishwasher, even when they have the same qualifications as white workers. Restaurant workers of color earn 56% less than white restaurant workers and experience poverty at twice the rate (“The Great Service Divide” 2014).

See HERE.

What a bunch of bull some people try to feed us and have been fed by others. When I saw this I had to cringe.

The person who posted this titled it Peaceful Resistance Always. Of course she is a democrat and a supporter of Obama.

So what is the real story of Obama and Peaceful Resistance:

Obama embraced the US drone programme, overseeing more strikes in his first year than Bush carried out during his entire presidency. A total of 563 strikes, largely by drones, targeted Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen during Obama’s two terms, compared to 57 strikes under Bush. Between 384 and 807 civilians were killed in those countries, according to reports logged by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

That figure does not include deaths in active battlefields including Afghanistan – where US air attacks have shot up since Obama withdrew the majority of his troops at the end of 2014. The country has since come under frequent US bombardment, in an unreported war that saw 1,337 weapons dropped last year alone – a 40% rise on 2015.

Afghan civilian casualties have been high, with the United Nations (UN) reporting at least 85 deaths in 2016. The Bureau recorded 65 to 105 civilian deaths during this period. We did not start collecting data on Afghanistan until 2015.

Total US drone and air strikes in 2016
Pakistan Yemen Somalia Afghanistan
Strikes 3 38 14 1071
Total people reported killed 11-12 147-203 204-292 1389-1597
Civilians reported killed 1 0 3-5 65-101

Notes on the data: The Bureau is not logging strikes in active battlefields except Afghanistan; strikes in Syria, Iraq and Libya are not included in this data. To see data for those countries, visit Airwars.org.

 

 

This is what Peaceful Resistance gets you.

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and this bullshit is overwhelming we only need one photo even if there are many more: The Obama administration has insisted that drone strikes are so “exceptionally surgical and precise” that they pluck off terror suspects while not putting “innocent men, women and children in danger”.

and really folks. Did the Nobel committee lose their minds?

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According to St. Pete for Peace here is a run down of peaceful resistance: (more…)

We were going through our archives today and came across this wonderful poem. It was published around 2009 but written much earlier. We hope that it is a call out to the artists in these parts. Hey folks you are being attacked by the new regime in DC and we are just wondering why all of the arts organizations from the mainstream to the alternative aren’t in the streets? Come on folks bring it on in a creative display, bring out your art, shout your poems, bring out your puppets, your floats, your music, your performance. Dance in the streets. Maybe if you asked Big Bird would come out.  The time to act is before their move if you wait till after you have already lost the battle and gained nothing. Anyway here is the poem.

The Struggle Is Our Art

The world is our studio, gallery, museum

With our lives we paint the new day.

Our thoughts, words, deeds and actions

like hammer and chisel shape reality.

Our poems are as gentle as the spring falling rain

But also as terrifying as the raising flood waters.

Our brushes are ready to sweep away the dirt

that oppressors try to heap upon us.

Our song like the mighty thunder rolls

Alarming all that hides beneath the rocks.

Chasing it out into the light of day.

Away, Away, Away

The chorus sings against injustice.

The battle lines are drawn our erasers are ready

to clean the pages of mistakes.

Our dance a million feet non-stopping

To those who oppose, We are their danger and they shall know

No ba, ba, helpless little sheep are we

No stay in your place people

No going back from where we came

No saying, “Yes, Sir,” “Yes Sir”

For no sir you are not our baby.

And if you try to turn the clock back, we will smash the clock.

The struggle is our art.

While we were writing this a thought came to Emma O. Furbird,  “Would you mind publishing what we think has been one of the greatest sculptures of all time. One that we need to see more and more of, Defiance is never out of style.”

Kadyrov opens first concentration camp for gays since Hitler’s times

by Paul Goble

Chechen head Ramzan Kadyrov has not only sponsored direct attacks on members of the LGBT community in his republic but has adopted a plan for “the final solution of gay issue” and opened the first concentration camp in the world for sexual minorities since Hitler did so in the 1930s, according to a Novaya gazeta investigation.

The goal of this effort, the paper’s Elena Milashina and Irina Gordiyenko say, is “the complete cleansing of Chechnya from men of non-traditional sexual orientation.” The authorities have set up several internment camps where inmates are killed or forced to promise to leave the republic.

One of those who fled told Milashina and Gordiyenko that before being incarcerated in one of these camps, he had been forced to pay bribes to Chechen police of thousands of rubles every month in order to survive. Now, the regime has taken another step against gays by creating these camps, this survivor says.

Another former inmate said that he and others incarcerated in “the secret jail” were beaten to force them to name other members of the gay community. The address of at least one of these concentration camps is known: it is in the former military headquarters in Argun at 996 Kadyrov Street, symbolic in its way.

Novaya gazeta and a few other Russian outlets last week reported about repressions against gays in Chechnya, but the Kadyrov regime denied all accusations. It even claimed that “if there were homosexuals in Chechnya,” the authorities wouldn’t need to deal with them because their relatives would.

The location of a known concentration camps in the former military headquarters in Argun at 996 Kadyrov Street (Image: novayagazeta.ru)

(Paul Goble is a longtime specialist on ethnic and religious questions in Eurasia. He has served as director of research and publications at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy, vice dean for the social sciences and humanities at Audentes University in Tallinn, and a senior research associate at the EuroCollege of the University of Tartu in Estonia. Earlier he has served in various capacities in the U.S. State Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and the International Broadcasting Bureau as well as at the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.)

Notes:

75 countries have adopted anti gay laws see Here.

No Place for Gays in Putin’s Crimea see HERE.

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