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“I believe that any person seeking reproductive health care should be able to do so without confusion, deception, or shame.”

What are Crisis Pregnancy Centers?

Crisis pregnancy centers are fake clinics– they are fronts for anti-abortion organizations set up to steer people away from choosing safe and legal abortion.
CPCs do not provide or refer for abortion care, emergency contraception, or birth control, but often try to present themselves as comprehensive reproductive healthcare clinics in order to lure people inside. Once inside, people are often lied to, shamed, and pressured about their reproductive healthcare decisions.
Crisis pregnancy centers are an imminent threat to people seeking reproductive healthcare in Connecticut. Currently, there are about 30 CPCs and only 18 licensed family planning clinics in Connecticut. This website will help you spot the signs of a CPC and direct you to where you can get real (licensed clinic) reproductive healthcare.
At NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut, we believe that people should never be pressured, lied to, or shamed about their healthcare decisions.

For more information go to HERE.  Sign the petition. Spread the word.

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Sign the People’s Peace Treaty with North Korea

Alarmed by the threat of a nuclear war between the U.S. and North Korea, concerned U.S. peace groups have come together to send an open message to Washington and Pyongyang that we are strongly opposed to any resumption of the horrific Korean War. What we want is a peace treaty to finally end the lingering Korean War!

Inspired by the Vietnam-era People’s Peace Treaty, we have initiated a People’s Peace Treaty with North Korea, to raise awareness about the past U.S. policy toward North Korea, and to send a clear message that we, the people of the U.S., do not want another war with North Korea. This is not an actual treaty, but rather a declaration of peace from the people of the United States.

Our goal is to collect many thousands of signatures by the end of 2017, and to publicize the People’s Peace Treaty in conjunction with nationally coordinated peace actions on Armistice Day (aka Veterans Day), November 11. The People’s Peace Treaty will be sent to the governments and peoples of Korea, as well as to the U.S. Government. Please add your voice for peace by signing the People’s Peace Treaty with North Korea.

People’s Peace Treaty with North Korea
A Message of Peace from the People of the United States

Deeply concerned with the increasing danger of the current military tensions and threats between the Governments of the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (the DPRK, North Korea), which may re-ignite the horrendous fighting in the Korean War by design, mistake or accident;

Recalling that the United States currently possesses about 6,800 nuclear weapons, and has threatened the use of nuclear weapons against North Korea in the past, including the most recent threat made by the U.S. President in his terrifying speech to the United Nations (“totally destroy North Korea”);

Regretting that the U.S. Government has so far refused to negotiate a peace treaty to replace the temporary Korean War Armistice Agreement of 1953, although such a peace treaty has been proposed by the DPRK many times from 1974 on;

Convinced that ending the Korean War officially is an urgent, essential step for the establishment of enduring peace and mutual respect between the U.S. and the DPRK, as well as for the North Korean people’s full enjoyment of their basic human rights to life, peace and development – ending their long sufferings from the harsh economic sanctions imposed on them by the U.S. Government since 1950.

NOW, THEREFORE, as a Concerned Person of the United States of America (or on behalf of a civil society organization), I hereby sign this People’s Peace Treaty with North Korea, dated November 11, 2017, Armistice Day (also Veterans Day in the U.S.), and

1)  Declare to the world that the Korean War is over as far as I am concerned, and that I will live in “permanent peace and friendship” with the North Korean people (as promised in the 1882 U.S.-Korea Treaty of Peace, Amity, Commerce and Navigation that opened the diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Korea for the first time);

2)  Express my deep apology to the North Korean people for the U.S. Government’s long, cruel and unjust hostility against them, including the near total destruction of North Korea due to the heavy U.S. bombings during the Korean War;

3)  Urge Washington and Pyongyang to immediately stop their preemptive (or preventive) conventional/nuclear attack threats against each other and to sign the new UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons;

4)  Call upon the U.S. Government to stop its large-scale, joint war drills with the armed forces of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and Japan, and commence a gradual withdrawal of the U.S. troops and weapons from South Korea;

5)  Call upon the U.S. Government to officially end the lingering and costly Korean War by concluding a peace treaty with the DPRK without further delay, to lift all sanctions against the country, and to join the 164 nations that have normal diplomatic relations with the DPRK;

6)  Pledge that I will do my best to end the Korean War, and to reach out to the North Korean people – in order to foster greater understanding, reconciliation and friendship.

To sign the People’s Peace Treaty go to HERE. 

Puerto Rico, Capitalism, and the Hurricanes: What Does It All Mean for the Fight Ahead?
Friday OCt. 20th * 6:30pm* Elmwood Community Center
1106 New Britain Avenue, West Hartford, CT
(Gain Access via 11 Burgoyne street on GPS)
 
Hosted by Socialist Action: facebook.com/SocialistActionCT 
 
$5 suggested donation, No one turned away for lack of funds
Contact David: dkkiely@gmail.com or 203-400-3246
Featured Speakers:
* Jason Ortiz – CT Puerto Rican Agenda
* Milly Guzman-Young – Puerto Rican Activist returning from Cuba
* Alexis Rodriguez – CT Puerto Rican Agenda
“Washington set up for Puerto Rico for disaster”. . . Hector Figueroa, Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union.

“While Wall Street vultures circle amid an ongoing humanitarian crisis and try to entice Puerto Rico with “relief” offers in the form of more debt. . . Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams.

“The mounting humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico shows that climate chaos is hitting the people of our nation today. And it’s not going to be Wall Street that protects us from climate chaos. If we are going to face these disasters head on, we have to start standing up for policies that not only move us off of fossil fuels, but also policies that respect the human right to water and prioritize local accountability. That’s why the worst thing we could do is privatize Puerto Rico’s utilities, as some are now eyeing to do—and as others have done in prior disasters, what Naomi Klein calls “disaster capitalism.” Instead, we should consider forgiving Puerto Rico’s debt and federally fund its reconstruction. It’s important to demand federal funding for our precious water infrastructure before disasters happen as well; indeed, this funding was cut off to Puerto Rico because of its debt, making a bad situation much worse when the hurricane hit. . . Wenoanah Hauter, Food and Water Watch.

Join us in a discussion of Puerto Rico, predatory capitalism, and what it all means for the fight ahead.

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Cuba Leads the Way in Hurricane Irma Preparedness

Cuba’s hurricane and tropical storm protection measures, compared to the limited financial resources available on the island, is second to none. As Hurricane Irma churns its destructive path over the Caribbean, Cuba’s storm preparation measures are operating at full throttle.
Speaking about the tropical weather system carrying winds up to 185 mph, and having caused 10 casualties and widespread property damage in the northeastern Caribbean, Cuba’s head of the National General Staff of Civil Defense Ramon Pardo stated that the storm’s trajectory is “threatening.” He added that the risk factors include heavy “winds, rain and waves that cause flooding,” according to Sputnik News.
Addressing a publicly televised meeting coordinated between the National Defense Council, the Revolutionary Armed Forces and the Ministry of the Interior, Pardo urged everybody to remain updated on information provided by the Institute of Meteorology and Civil Defense.
Public television also broadcast informational programs about hurricane preparedness, including how solar panels, irrigation machinery and construction materials are dismantled and warehoused in local schools.
The National Electrical Union televised warnings for people to turn off their electricity when Irma strikes to avoid being shocked by poles or wiring.
Cuba’s hurricane and tropical storm protection measures, compared to the limited financial resources available on the island, is second to none.
Marguerite Jimenez, senior associate for Cuba at Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas, told teleSUR that Cuba’s hurricane preparedness measures combine a comprehensive national and local emergency response plans, as well as education about disaster protection.
She emphasized that the Caribbean island’s response strategy is designed so that “everyone survives and that their response protects people of all socioeconomic classes no matter where you live. It means that poor people are not disproportionately affected,” by dangerous storms.
Jimenez also noted that Cuba’s rapid detection systems are coupled with “rapid mobilization through local community groups called the Communities for the Defense of the Revolution,” which have “existed in Cuba since the mid-60s.” This vital organ is very efficient at spreading information and responding to people’s needs.

Video Against Fascism

Public

Monday August 28, 2017. 630pm-900pm
Best Video Film and Cultural Center
1042 Whitney Ave. Hamden Ct.
Facebook page HERE.
A collection of videos and trailers to spur discussion on how to oppose fascists  and a tribute to Sacco and Vanzetti on the 90th anniversary of their execution in Massachusetts
Brought to you by Promoting Enduring Peace

Free Admission *** Refreshments on Sale

New Haven vs. The Proud Boys
The Antifascists (new film)
Charlottesville: Heather Heyer, Deandre Harris
Z (Greece)
Killah P I won’t cry, I won’t fear (Greece)
Hell on Earth (new film about Syria)
All You Fascists Bound to Lose (Woody Guthrie)
Here’s to You Nicola and Bart (Joan Baez)
Bella Ciao
and more

How about a little taste:

This is a very important article. It is from Liberation School and a comrade of ours posted it on facebook. A lot has been said about cops and their role in society and this article sums it up quite nicely. Here is the opening paragraph:

Cops: Enforcers for the Capitalist Class.

“For decades, into the 1980s, school districts across the country employed the “Officer Friendly” program that brought local cops into kindergarten and first-grade classrooms. Their point was obvious: to “educate” children with the belief that the police are an indispensable part of society, who not only uphold the law but heroically protect them.
This idealized concept of police has to be pushed upon workers at every turn because so much of their real-life experiences show the truth, which is the opposite: that the police function as an organized instrument of state repression.”

and further in the article this:

Historically the police are always used to break strikes and assault picket lines where workers are struggling for rights and better conditions. The cops repressed workers who fought for the eight-hour workday because it was in the interest of the capitalist class to hold onto the highest rate of exploitation possible. But not only have the police functioned to defend the capitalist’ profits they have also functioned, most importantly, to defend the system itself from being politically challenged and overturned. (more…)