Hartford Rally and March Against Israeli War Crimes 7/31

Justice for Palestine, Free Gaza

Rally and March in Hartford! Thursday July 31

“No More Money for Israeli War Crimes”, Rally and Speakers, then a March in Hartford

First Presbyterian Church, Hartford, Connecticut

136 Capitol Ave, Hartford, Connecticut 06106

5pm – 6:30pm

More to be announced!

FB event page

https://www.facebook.com/events/811563892201615/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

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Today! All out! CAIR-CT solidarity rally

Demand that the US stop all military aid to Israel!

Demand an end to the siege of Gaza, end collective punishment!

When: Friday, July 18, 3pm 

Where: 1 Market st Hartford CT, the Old State House.  

 

For more information on the current situation read the article below in its entirety at SA News

Israel out of Gaza! Justice for Palestine!

By MICHAEL SCHREIBER

“As we go to press on July 17, Israel has undertaken a ground invasion of the beleaguered Palestinian enclave of Gaza. Naval gunships, drones, helicopters, and F-16 fighters have kept up a constant bombardment of the territory to accompany the assault by infantry and tanks. Israel has called up at least 50,000 soldiers for the operation.

Three days earlier, Israel had dropped thousands of leaflets on some parts of Gaza, warning residents to evacuate since an attack was imminent. But few people left the area; they had nowhere to go.

Airstrikes at the start of the land invasion killed at least four Palestinian children playing on a rooftop, while several nurses were injured when Israeli tanks barraged the al-Wafa rehabilitation hospital. The hospital had also been hit by airstrikes a week earlier, destroying the holding tanks that supply water to patients.”

http://socialistaction.org/israel-out-of-gaza-justice-for-palestine/

Jane Doe needs your help! Call & Tweet DCF and Malloy

CALL TO ACTION: Jane Moved to BOYS’ Facility! Call & Tweet DCF and Malloy

Yesterday, July 13, Jane Doe was unexpectedly transferred to CT Juvenile Training School, a locked facility for boys. The transfer was done in secret, without informing her lawyers. DCF is claiming that she is currently being held there in solitary confinement. This means that at best, our sister is in solitary AGAIN, this time in a facility for delinquent males who have been charged with crimes. At worst, she is in general population with those same males.

Effective immediately, we are asking people to call and tweet at CT Governor Dannel Malloy and CT DCF with the following demands:

1. Release Jane Doe from the CT Juvenile Training School into an appropriate environment approved by her therapist. CJTS is a facility for males on parole status – Jane is neither male nor on parole! Release her immediately into a loving foster / adoptive home!
2. Fire DCF Commissioner Joette Katz now. This person has done enough damage to Jane Doe and who knows how many other youth in her “care”. She is clearly on a sick vendetta against Jane, using Jane’s gender identity to torture her further.
3. CT legislature must repeal CT statute 17a-12, which allows DCF to imprison children and place them in inappropriate, traumatizing environments
4. Launch an independent investigation into CT DCF to uncover ALL the abuses permitted and perpetrated against children in their care.

Call Malloy: 860-566-4840
Call DCF (demand Jane’s immediate release): 860-550-6300
Tweet: @CTDCF and @GovMalloyOffice. Use #JusticeForJane hashtag.

Sample message(s):

  • I’m calling to express my disgust that the abuse of Jane Doe, the 16-year-old transgender victim of trafficking, is continuing at the hands of DCF Commissioner Joette Katz. I am demanding that Jane be immediately released from the CT Juvenile Training School boys’ facility, be given the therapy she deserves and be allowed to be fostered or adopted into a loving home.
  • It is clear that a commissioner who goes on such a sick vendetta against an abused child, lies about the child’s treatment and demonizes her in order to preserve her own reputation is unfit to hold her highly compensated position. No child should suffer like Jane Doe is. I am demanding that Commissioner Katz be fired now and that her position be filled by someone who knows how to deal with trauma and is not prejudiced against trans* youth.
  • CT statute 17a-12, which allows DCF to imprison children and which has been the legal root of Jane’s suffering, must be repealed by CT legislature immediately.
  • Finally, these events and the words of other children in the care of DCF show that Jane is not a unique case. I am demanding that an independent investigation be launched into CT DCF’s treatment of children. Whatever Katz’s preferences may be, it is not OK for a department whose agents traffic and rape children to investigate itself. The safety of these children is at stake and an independent investigation is imperative.

Please stay tuned for announcements of on-the-ground protests, rallies and marches to support Jane. Spread this information far and wide!

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URGENT ACTION NEEDED

Defend Free Speech and the Rights of Third Parties!

Complaints regarding the politics of the Socialist Action campaign have led administrators at Manchester Community College to require campaign volunteers on the MCC campus to sit behind a table while collecting signatures to put their candidate on the November ballot.  Volunteers – including an MCC student – have been told that if they approach a person on campus to ask for a signature they will face arrest, making signature collection next to impossible.We believe this represents a threat to free speech on all Connecticut campuses and to the ability of third party candidates to obtain ballot status.  We strongly urge supporters of free speech to contact the campus administrators below to express support for these rights on MCC’s campus.

The first complaint against Socialist Action was lodged by a member of the Young Republicans who boasted about his ability to help kick socialists off the campus on his blog.  His post ends with, “We already have one Socialist in office we don’t need more, and with the help of The Greater Manchester Young Republicans we prevented another one today.” His blog post can be seen here: http://gmyr.blogspot.com/

After this incident we were told we had to check in with the office of Student Affairs before collecting signatures.  We did so on June 16th without any problems.On Wednesday June 23rd, while two campaign activists (including an MCC student) collected signatures on campus (after having obtained permission to do so) a complaint was made “against disturbing literature being pushed on persons” (quoting from the police report) alongside two anonymous complaints which made no specific allegations other than that the volunteers were members of the “Communist Party.”

In response the campus police told the two volunteers that they were required to remain at their seats at the table, and that if they approached people for signatures they would face arrest.  Two police officers were then stationed about 30 feet from either side of the table.

We met with the Dean of Student Affairs and the Assistant to the Dean of Student Affairs on the afternoon of Wednesday June 30th to defend our right to political speech.  They have said they need to talk more with other Administrators, faculty and staff before making a decision on the right to petition or distribute literature on campus, and will contact us by Tuesday, July 5th.This is a critical moment for defenders of free speech to express their opinion to the MCC administration.

Today the space for open political debate, discussion and organizing is extremely narrow.  The arduous but elementary task of collecting signatures to put new candidates and parties on the ballot requires the ability to approach people for signatures – especially in spaces where many people congregate.  Most of these spaces are now privately owned.  But Manchester Community is a public college funded by tax dollars and student tuition.  It is an institution of education where open debate, discussion, and organizing should not simply be defended, but encouraged.  Political speech and activity will always be controversial. Simple differences of opinion cannot justify curtailing the right to express political opinions or to seek out like-minded individuals.

Please call and/or e-mail the Dean of Student Affairs and the Assistant to the Dean of Student Affairs to express your support for the right to collect signatures and distribute political literature on Manchester Community College’s campus.  Please be polite and courteous, but firm.  The administrators can be reached here:

Duncan Harris, Dean of Student Affairs
(860) 512-3202
GHarris@mcc.commnet.edu

Umesh Vig, Assistant to the Dean of Student Affairs
(860) 512-3204
UVig@mcc.commnet.edu

Feel free to contact us for more information at 860-986-9750 or votesocialistaction@gmail.com

Text from the “disturbing literature” can be read here:
http://votesocialistaction.org/about-the-campaign/
http://votesocialistaction.org/demands/
http://votesocialistaction.org/about/

Thank you so much for your support!

New study shows activists are happier

People engaged in political activism are more likely to live happier and more fulfilling lives than the average person, according to two psychologists writing in a recent issue of the journal Political Psychology.

“There is something about activism itself that is beneficial for well-being,” says Tim Kasser, co-author of the research paper, which is based on studies of college students. “We found that activists were feeling more autonomy and more personal growth. They also felt they had better relationships, more purpose in life, and they liked themselves better.”

The full article can be found via In These Times.

According to the study, the four psychological components that every person must feel in order to be happy are met by marching, fliering, and even petitioning. They are:

  1. autonomy
  2. competence
  3. security
  4. connection to others

Anyone who wants to try Kasser’s theory out for themselves should contact the campaign and help us put Chris on the ballot! The campaign is run entirely for and by workers and students that are want to make change. Email votesocialistaction@gmail.com for more info on how you can help build a movement for a working-class fight back!

Bring the War $$ Home – Stop the Cuts to Education

Friday, June 4 – 7-9:30pm

La Paloma Sabanera Coffee House (405 Capitol Ave, Hartford)

On May 4, CNN reported that more than 80% of the nation’s school districts are planning to cut jobs in 2011. More than 275,000 education jobs, at least 2000 of them in CT, are expected to be lost. These attacks will weaken an already sick system and be used to further reduce the power of public workers unions. On March 4, students in California marched in their thousands. A recent statewide student walkout in NJ demonstrated that young people, 16,000 of whom participated in the Facebook organization of the protest, are ready to fight for their right to an education. What can the teachers unions, the community, and the labor movement as a whole do to put a stop to this rout?

Join us for a panel discussion featuring:

June Pinken, Hartford Federation of Teachers, retiree chapter president

Stanley Heller, American Federation of Teachers Reform Caucus, West Haven

United National Antiwar Conference – Final Proposal!

A National Conference to

Bring the Troops Home Now!

July 23–25, 2010

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Albany, New York

In these troubled times, Washington’s wars and occupations rage, resulting in an ever increasing number of dead and wounded and the destruction of countries posing no threat to the U.S. Trillions are spent on seemingly endless conflicts in pursuit of profits and global domination, while trillions more are lost by working people in loss of jobs, homes, pensions, health care, and cuts to social programs and public services. The U.S. goes to war to plunder the world’s fossil fuel resources, the unrestrained use of which threatens the future of our planet.

We must demand the immediate and total withdrawal of U.S. military forces, mercenaries and contractors from Afghanistan and Iraq, and the end to drone attacks on Pakistan, Afghanistan, and other countries and call for self-determination for the people of all countries. Moreover, we recognize that the Middle East cauldron today also encompasses Iran, Yemen, Palestine, and Israel, while countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa are targeted for intervention by a militarized U.S. foreign policy.The urgency of the current world situation DEMANDS UNITY OF ACTION and purpose to generate the broad social movement we must create to not only end wars and occupations, but to fundamentally change the aggressive policies that inevitably lead our country to militarism, racism, and war.

Our cry must be “Money for Human Needs; Not for Wars, Occupations, and Bail-Outs.” Come to a conference where peace, social justice and environmental activists will come together to discuss the major concerns we face and to hammer out an ambitious program of action. The time is long overdue for such a gathering.

Find the proposed agenda and final action proposal on the UNAC website, and contact the campaign to come to the conference!