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!

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Chris Hutchinson’s Remarks from the “No Stadium Deal” march and rally

No Stadium Deal, People Before Profits!

by Chris Hutchinson a UPS Teamster and member of Socialist Action

Hartford Workers, the unemployed, and their families mostly Black and Latino, face a city government, billionaires like Josh Solomon, and banks that seek to disenfranchise and exploit the labor and resources of oppressed communities to line their own pockets. As it stands official unemployment in Hartford is 12.6% and if you factor in those who are no longer counted because they are demoralized and no longer looking for work we could nearly double that number. “African-American woman working full time, year round made just 64 cents for every dollar a white man made and Hispanic women made just 54 cents.” stadium proposal, that has been cooked up in secret by the mayor, Josh Solomon and their banker friends will only continue to entrench the severe income inequality that already exists in our city. Whether publicly or privately funded the stadium will be a boon for the banks and a bust for those living in Hartford.


In fact a recent New York Times article stated that it may be impossible to find any private backers at all. “To think they could even come up with a third of stadium costs is not possible,” said Miles Wolff, the commissioner of the Can-Am League and the American Association, two independent baseball leagues. “Ballparks don’t make money. That’s why they’re public facilities.”

The public-private partnership that the mayor is now considering is also a scam. It is a way to sneakily transfer costs back on to the public sector through off book accounting to make it look as though expenditures are lower than they actually are. The current economic and financial crisis was caused by the same policies of public-private partnerships as are currently being pushed on Hartford workers by the Mayor.


We’ve known about the corruption in the private sector and how they are less able to manage risk. Hartford working people need to stand together and say not another dime of our hard earned money to the banks. No more concessions to corporations. No more back room secret discussions by politicians and billionaires. We want open and democratic discussions regarding the economic decisions made in Hartford that are accountable first and foremost to the most oppressed in our community.


-Working people in Hartford do not need this stadium! We need our public schools like Martin Luther King Jr. fully funded and repaired.


– We need to End racist discrimination and oppression.

-We need Preferential hiring of Black, Puerto Rican, Latino, indigenous, LGBTQ and female workers to make up for centuries of marginalization from the better jobs.

– We need corporations and the wealthy to pay their fair share of taxes and not hide behind loopholes and offshore accounts.

– We need a massive jobs program that puts all the unemployed and underemployed back to work with a living wage.

-We need to increase the minimum wage to be a livable wage.


If the Mayor and the billionaires are counting on the people of Hartford to roll over and accept without question their schemes and seedy deals they are dead wrong. We are going to come back again and again to city hall every time we get a whiff of a rotten deal that further disenfranchises and exploits a community that deserves to have a sustainable and beautiful life free of oppression.

No to this rotten stadium deal! No to the Secret Deals! No to the Billionaires! Forward for a Hartford that puts people before profits!

Community Marches and Rallies Against Stadium Deal in Htfd; Monday , July 21, Meet @ 4 pm

Hartford Community Marches Against the Stadium Deal

March and Rally to Oppose the Rock Cat’s Stadium Deal


Who: The Hartford Coalition to Stop the Stadium 

When: Today, July 21 

Where: 4 pm:  Meet at 1212 Main St in Htfd, the proposed site for a stadium

4:30 pm: March to City Hall, Htfd

5pm: Rally at City Hall
6-7 pm: Public Hearings at City Hall, 550 Main St

For more info, contact: Christopher.Hutch@gmail.com or 860.593.6392

By now, most people have heard about the proposed $60 million baseball stadium for DoNo Hartford.

  • We know the “deal was done” in secret negotiations for 18 months;
  • we know the “overcooked” numbers about jobs make no sense (see Jeff Jacobs’ Sunday Courant column); and
  • data from 25 years of baseball/stadiums proves they almost never benefit a city but instead create decades of debt service (see Noll & Zimbalist: Sports, Jobs & Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums) ;
  • and that a much needed supermarket complex got overridden by yet another big ticket development deal imposed by corporate interests and willing city “leaders”

Even if you’re not a Htfd resident, come out to lend your support and solidarity for the grassroots Coalition that is campaigning for a better deal for Hartford residents than a short-sighted baseball stadium.


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!


“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.”


Press Release: A Wide Lens on the Rock Cats Stadium Deal – a community forum

For immediate release: July 14th, 2014

From the Hartford Stadium Deal to Detroit Water Shutoffs: Glen Ford on the New Corporate Scheme


What: Community forum sponsored by Socialist Action CT

When: Thursday July 17th, 7:30pm

Where: 136 Westland St., Hartford, CT

Contact: Chris Hutchinson 860-593-6392 or Christopher.hutch@gmail.com


Detroit, New Orleans, Atlanta, Newark…What can they Teach US About the Plans of the 1% for Black, Brown, and Working Class Cities?  How Can We Fight Back?


What is going on when a mayor secretly spends 18 months on a deal to borrow $60 million for a ballpark just after laying off 99 city workers and selling $34.5 million in city assets?  A deal that will cost $4 million a year in debt payments alone but will only return $500,000 in annual rent?  Is there more at stake here than the routine theft of public funds?  Could the new stadium deal be better than the first?  What is in store for Hartford residents should the government fail to repay the debt in the coming years?  What can we learn from other cities like Detroit that are targeted by wealthy scam artists?


The state of Michigan is now using Detroit’s engineered bankruptcy to replace the elected city government with a state-appointed “Emergency Financial Manager” who is serving the city on a platter to the very loan sharks who put it under water.  City revenue is turned directly over to creditors, pensions are plundered, and now tap water is cut off to tens of thousands of residents as part of a scheme to privatize the water service.


Hear Glen Ford, Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report, help make sense of the stadium deal and the larger offensive on Black, Brown, and working class cities.


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!


Community Leader’s and Supporters Rally to Call on Senators to Demand, “End U.S. Aid to Israel!”

For Immediate Release:  July 13, 2014

Community Leader’s and Supporters Rally to Call on Senators to Demand, “End U.S. Aid to Israel!” 

For information:  Stanley Heller 203-934-2761                                                                                                                   


What: Solidarity rally for Palestinians

Where: The Old State House (GPS location 1 Market St.) Hartford, CT

When: Monday July 14, 2014


Outraged by Israel’s increased assault on Palestinians community leader and CT groups are calling for a rally in front of the Old State House and a walk to the offices of Senators Murphy and Blumenthal on Monday July 14, 2014.   There will be speakers and banners around 4 p.m. and a walk to the offices at 4:30 p.m.


The theme of the rally will be a call to cut off U.S. aid to the Israeli government. Israel’s war crimes against Palestinians in Gaza and its brutal occupation in Palestine as a whole are unacceptable uses of tax payer money.


The rally is being sponsored by the Middle East Crisis Committee, ANSWER, Students for Justice in Palestine (UCONN), Council on American Islamic Relations – CT, Tree of Life Education Fund, Socialist Action –CT, We Refuse to Be Enemies, and the International Socialist Organization – CT


Stanley Heller, Executive Director of the Middle East Crisis Committee said, “Over 170 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza by the Israeli military.  This morning 18 people were killed in one family.  Mosques, hospitals and a center for disabilities have been attacked.  Instead of giving the ‘green light’ for these attacks the U.S. government should signal its displeasure but cutting off the billions it gives to the Israeli military each year.  In particular CT senators should speak out on this issue.  It is grotesque that the Israeli military is showered with billions of dollars while our own citizens are in need.  It’s projected that in Detroit 40% of the people will have their water cut off by the end of the summer for non-payment of bills.”